Did you know lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain? It’s a common misconception that lightning will only strike in the area that’s being hit with the hardest rain. As a general rule of thumb, if you can hear thunder, you may be in danger.
Believe it or not, there are no safe places outside when a thunderstorm rolls into town. Your best bet is to get indoors as quickly as possible as soon as you hear the first crack of thunder. If you can’t, here’s what you need to know to keep potential hazards at bay:
Stay away from open areas. If you’re the tallest object in the area, there’s more of a likelihood of being struck as tall objects tend to attract lightning. With that said, avoid areas with tall trees, towers or utility poles.
- Steer clear of objects that may conduct electricity. This includes wires and fences. Even though metal doesn’t necessarily attract lightning, it can travel a long way through it.
- Refrain from forming clusters with the people surrounding you. It’s best to spread apart to prevent multiple injuries and increase the chances of somebody being able to help even though it may increase a single person’s risk of being struck.
Additional Lighting Stats and Facts:
- All thunderstorms produce lightning.
- Lightning may strike as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
- If you can hear thunder, you are in danger.
- Lightning often leaves victims with permanent injuries or disabilities.
All in all, it’s best to seek shelter if you get caught in a thunderstorm. Lightning is no joke and is definitely not something you want to test and remember, lightning CAN strike twice!