Elliott Dorris has spent many hours on his porch watching storms move over Watts Bar Lake. Several of his trees have been struck by lightning through the years. On occasion, the lightning has hit closer to home.

"Once it ran in on the house and there was a television and a dishwasher we had to replace," says Dorris. "And then once it struck me."

That was in 2014. He thought that storm had ended, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

"The lightning came up through my feet, came up both legs, and went out my shoulders," recalls Dorris.

Thankfully, he only had shoulder pain for a short time, but knows it could have been worse. Dorris usually watches while barefoot, and the porch leaves him somewhat exposed to the elements.

Another tree just 100 yards from Dorris's home was struck early last week. This time he and his wife, Edna, were uncharacteristically watching from inside the house.

"A straight line of lightning came down right into the tree and the top just flew out. It made a loud pop," says Edna.

Bark was stripped off the 90-foot tall poplar, and the lightning even killed a vulture nesting in it.

"Just amazed at what it does. Just amazed. Especially the piece that's driven into the ground," adds Edna.

However, old habits die hard. Even being struck himself hasn't stopped Elliott from enjoying his hobby.

"The next time it came a storm I was right back out there," says Elliott. "It's unsafe. Don't do what I do."

Here are a few quick storm safety tips:

• Get inside a sturdy shelter as soon as possible
• Stay away from windows
• Don't use electronics that are plugged into outlets
• Don't use faucets.

If you can't find shelter, stay in an open area away from trees and other tall objects. Crouch down to make yourself as short as possible.