More than 1,000 people are killed by lightning strikes each year, and the National Weather Service says that's more than those killed by tornadoes or hurricanes. After Wednesday’s thunder and lightning, we remember just how important it is to protect yourself in our Safe Family report.
Usually we see lightning when it rains, but don't wait for the rain to start. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles ahead of the storm. It usually hits the tallest objects in the air-- don't let that be you! If you see lightning, take cover.
"If you're outside and see lightning or hear thunder, you should take immediate precautions. Get into a vehicle or building but do not stand outside. If you have to, get down in crouch position if there's no safe location as lightning nears you," KXII-TV meteorologist Tom Miller says.
Remember to take thunderstorms and lightning strikes seriously—it can happen to you.
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