We had a thunderstorm Thursday evening and I think my house got zapped by lightening. I lost two TV's, a VCR, and my cable modem. Of course, the good news is that the cheaper the TV, the less damage it sustained. The best TV doesn't turn on at all, while the picture only fills half the screen and the colors screwed up on the other damaged TV. The cheap ones in the bedrooms didn't sustain any damage at all. All the surge protectors for electrical power and not a one saw a glimpse of activity. The only thing in common is that anything connected to cable was at risk. I've never heard of that happening before, although, if a lightening surge can travel through the phone line, then I guess the cable's not much different (I was also pretty sure the cable was buried, but maybe not).