FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Lightning happens throughout severe weather season, but not everyone realizes how dangerous it is.
Lightning forms when negative charges in the clouds connect with the positive charges on the ground.
It's the bright flash of electricity produced by thunderstorms.
Tall objects are usually struck first by lightning, like trees, mountains and skyscrapers.
Before severe weather strikes, it's very important to have a plan so you know what to do.
The national slogan for lightning safety is 'when thunder roars, go indoors.'
#Lightning is the most frequent threat to personal safety during tstorms. It seeks the tallest object. Remember that when in an open area, YOU ARE the tallest object. Key safety phrase to remember is, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! https://t.co/mQUOYPi92h #SeverePrep #ILwx pic.twitter.com/9qNP4C22s2
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 3, 2021
That was created by the National Weather Service.
July is considered to be the deadliest month for lightning strikes in the United States.
June and August are the second deadliest months.
These months are responsible for the most deaths because this is when people are outdoors enjoying the warmer weather.
Lightning can strike up to 15 miles away from a thunderstorm.
If a storm heads your way and you're outside, the safest spot you can be is inside a sturdy building or a car.
However, convertibles don't provide any safety from lightning, even when the top is up.
— NWS Goodland (@NWSGoodland) March 3, 2021
Inside a sturdy building is one of the safest places you can be during a thunderstorm.
But there are some spots inside that you may want to avoid.
Electrical appliances and water can carry an electrical current and can shock you.
Windows are also a good spot to stay away from.
— NWS Goodland (@NWSGoodland) March 4, 2021
That's because a lightning bolt can strike them, exploding the glass, sending fragments everywhere.
Don't forget to download our FOX 55 Severe Weather App.
It can notify you when lightning is close to your location.