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Severe Weather Awareness Week, Day 4: Lightning Safety

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
Posted: 12:17 AM, Mar 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-29 01:17:15-04
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Severe Weather Awareness Week, Day 4: Lightning Safety

You will hear us say this phrase a lot during severe storm season...When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

During the spring and summer months we all want to spend more time outside whether its getting in a golf game, watching our kids play sports or just enjoying some other outdoor activity. However, you should never let you guard down you always need to be aware of changing weather conditions. If you hear thunder, a storm is nearby and you need to seek shelter immediately .

The National Weather Service says that outdoor activities (fishing, boating, golf, soccer, walking, running, yard-work) contributes to dozens of lightning deaths in the United States every year.
On average Nebraska and Iowa combined can see 1.4 million lightning strikes a year. Lightning strikes across the United States annually are even higher around 25 million. Those bolts generate intense heat, lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun which is 10-thousand degrees Fahrenheit.

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS:

-Don't shelter under a tree

-Bring pets inside

-Stay away from windows

-Wait 30 minutes after the last strike to go back outside