Lightning Strikes

Remember: No place outside is safe during a thunderstorm, so when thunder roars – go indoors. When you see the clouds building up, hear thunder or see a flash of lightning, it’s time to dash inside to a lightning-safe place - Chris Vagasky Meteorologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lightning Strikes
Lightning Strikes

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How to prevent getting struck by lightning

Lightning is a mesmerizing natural phenomenon. The way it lights up the night sky with bolts of searing electricity is, well, electrifying. But anyone who has ever experienced the shock and awe of a nearby lightning strike knows it’s much more than a free light show—lightning demands respect... Once you’re outdoors, the first rule of avoiding lightning is to take shelter as soon as you hear thunder, which is a guaranteed sign there’s lightning nearby (you can’t have thunder without lightning). But don’t think you’re safe because the dark clouds are far off on the horizon—lightning can strike as far as 20 miles away from a storm, according to Greg Schoor.

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 How to prevent getting struck by lightning

Before you even step outside, it’s critical that you’re aware of the forecast. Check local and national severe weather forecasts so you know what to expect and can make a plan for if the weather turns sour.

Lightning Strike and Electrical Shock Survivors International

Our organization serves as a lifeline for survivors, offering guidance, camaraderie, and resources during their journey to recovery. We understand the unique challenges faced by our members, family and caregivers and are here to help.

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National Lightning Safety Council

The National Lightning Safety Council was established to promote lightning safety education and awareness. The Council recognizes National Lightning Safety Awareness Week as a unique opportunity to provide the public with safety information about lightning. We also encourage you to visit NOAA's comprehensive lightning safety web site to learn more about lightning and lightning safety.

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