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Surprising Tips to Stay Safe in Thunderstorms

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It’s officially summer and with the warmer weather, we are all ready to head outdoors. Here in the South, summer has two meanings-warmer weather and thunderstorms. North Carolina sees an average of 40 to 50 thunderstorm days per year.

Thunderstorms produce lightning, and lightning is just one of the dangerous hazards that accompanies thunderstorms. More than 300 people are struck by lightning each year in the United States. In 2013 alone, there were 23 lightning fatalities. In 2014, we have already lost 7 lives due to lightning.

This week is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. The slogan used by the National Weather Service (NWS) is “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”

But does the sound of thunder really mean lightning is that close? The answer is yes. If you hear thunder, that means lightning is close enough to strike where you are.

If you are planning any events outside, always start by checking the forecast. That is your first line of defense. If there is a chance for thunderstorms, the Weather Team here at My Fox Carolinas will be the first to let you know. Plan ahead, and head to safety at the first sign of a storm developing.

Lightning Safety: Outdoors as well as Indoors

Contrary to what you may think, no place outside is safe when there are thunderstorms and consequently lightning in the area. If you hear thunder, you need to move to a safe shelter-head indoors! You also need to stay put for a while-wait to head back outside at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

But being inside doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. When inside, please stay off corded phones and other electronic devices that are plugged in. Those devices put you in the direct line of fire with electricity.

Also stay away from sinks, bath tubs and faucets-basically any form of plumbing. Windows, doors and porches are off limits too.

What do you do if you cannot get to a safe place inside somewhere? First-stay away from elevated surfaces. Mountains, hills or anything tall.

But you also do not want to lie flat on the ground! This is a big no-no! Lying flat on the ground increases the chance of you being affected by potentially deadly ground currents.

 

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