The path of least resistance in the case of lightning means that path will have
the highest current flow on it. The rest of the paths can have current flow
also as there can, and usually are, be branching of the downward leader.This
shunt current is of high enough voltage and current to be the cause of the type
of damage the previous poster mentioned occurred in her neighborhood.( I
thought it was kind of cute that she tossed in the idea that her neighbors
tower was "possibly illegal")
Also in the case of multiple strikes in a short time frame, the column of
ionized air will have moved with the wind and the path of least resistance in
the atmosphere will have moved a number of feet in the direction of air
Of course lightning doesn't read and just does what it wants to.
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