WBZ-TV weather forecaster Todd Gutner was on the air delivering a report about torrential rains and lightning when something went terribly wrong. Just as he said, "This is a dangerous--" the studio went black and the sound was lost.
Then the radar map came back on, leaving Gutner silhouetted against it. Finally, sound returned and Gutner, staying cool and collected, explained what happened.
"We just took a potent lightning strike," he said, "probably right to the rooftop or to our transmitter."
Assignment editor Amanda Howes was in the station's newsroom when it happened.
"I could hear claps of thunder and see lightning outside," she told me. "All of a sudden, the lights flickered and then they went out."
She wasn't surprised that Gutner kept his cool.
"He's one of the best we have here in this market," she said. "He did an amazing job."
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