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Weather Blog: Lightning safety

This week is severe weather week in Northeastern Indiana. We're taking a look at how you can stay safe when there's lightning outside.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 3:45 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 3:45 PM

Lightning happens through most of the year, but people don't always realize the dangers.

Lightning happens when the negative charges in the cloud connect with the positive charges on the ground.

It's a bright flash of electricity typically produced by a thunderstorm.

Tall objects like trees, mountains and skyscrapers are commonly struck by lightning.

It's very important to form a plan before severe weather occurs, so you know what to do.

When thunder roars, go indoors.

It's the national slogan for lightning safety, created by the National Weather Service.

Lightning can strike up to 15 miles away from a thunderstorm.

If you're outside and a storm is heading your way, the safest place to be is inside a sturdy building or car.

A convertible offers no safety from lightning, even if the top is up.

The lower to the ground you can get, the better because lightning is more likely to strike taller objects.

If you're inside a sturdy building, you're already in one of the safest spots.

Stay away from electrical appliances and water because they can carry an electrical current and shock you.

Also, stay away from windows.

The lightning bolt can explode the glass, sending fragments flying.

Before returning outside, wait 30 minutes after you see the last bolt of lightning or hear the last clap of thunder.

Our FOX 55 Severe Weather Center App can notify you of lightning nearby in your area.

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White28110
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Switzerland320
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