A radar image taken as the debate kicked off Tuesday night shows the strength of the storm over Manchester.
A map shows the amount of lightning strikes in Manchester, New Hampshire during the first half hour of the debate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - So just how was bad was the weather Tuesday night outside the GOP debate site in Manchester, New Hampshire?
CNN Severe Weather Expert Chad Myers sends along this radar image of the Manchester area just as the debate was kicking off. It indicates the strongest part of the storm happened to be centered right over Manchester just as the Republican hopefuls were making their opening statements.
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Weather Services International, Inc. reported several instances of lightning strikes throughout the debate, the effects of which could be heard a few times when some of the candidates' microphones went in and out as they were speaking.
In a particular case of bad timing, lightning struck just as Giuliani was responding to recent comments from a Catholic bishop likening the former New York City mayor to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who condemned Jesus to be crucified.
As his microphone buzzed in and out, Giuliani joked, “For someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a frightening thing that’s happening right now.”
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