Lightning Strikes and Their Danger
Lightning has always been a part of people’s lives and depending who you are or your geographical location, it may or may not be posed to be an immediate threat compared to a tornado. Make no mistake though, lightning is powerful and can lead to the damage of yourself or your home.
As a lightning storm approaches one of the safer areas is an indoor shelter with a hard top. Do not mistake a tree for shelter. The risk is much greater if you stand next to a tall object. Lightning will always try and seek the shortest path.
The chance is low, but lightning could cause a power surge to your electrical system, damaging almost all of your electronics. There are surge protectors, however, common surge protectors do little to stop the power of a lightning strike and end up destroying your electronics anyway. The best thing to do is to unplug your electronics.
While in your shelter, make note of the interval between the sound of thunder and the flash of lightning. The National Weather Service states it takes thunder 5 seconds to travel a mile. Count the number of seconds between the flash and the sound to estimate how far away the lightning strike was. The farther, the better.
Remember to seek shelter, prepare, determine the distance of the storm, and most importantly, stay safe.