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Weather Facts: Lighting Awareness

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Four people have died in the United States after being struck by lighting.

Due to it being lighting safety awareness week, there are common facts and myth about the silent killer that many should be aware of.

Can lightning strike the same place twice?

Lightning often strikes the same tall objects over and over. So this is why everyone is advised to stay away from trees and towers.

Is a car a safe place to be during a lightning show?

Most cars are safe from lightning but it is the metal roof and sides that provide protection and not the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles and motorcycles offer no protection.

After the storm and it's not raining, you are safe from lightning?

No, lightning often strikes more than three miles from center of the storm and in some cases it can strike 10 to 15 miles away from storm. Make sure to follow the 30/30 rule. If thunder is heard in 30 seconds or less after seeing the bolt, go inside. Don't go out again until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

Is it safe to touch a lighting victim?

The human body does not store electricity so a victim can be touched and given CPR immediately.

If you are trapped outside during a storm should you just lie flat on the ground?

This is not a good idea. Lying flat increases the chance of being hit by deadly ground current. So just keep moving toward safe shelter.

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