June 21-27 is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. While the National Weather Service does not issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for lightning alone, it is still dangerous and can be deadly. There were 20 deaths in the United States from lightning in 2019 and already 4 in 2020. All thunderstorms by definition produce lighting, but there are a few things to remember to keep you safe this summer.
- When thunder roars, go indoors! If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Seek shelter immediately.
- Once inside, stay away from windows, electrical lines, plumbing, or any other material that conducts electricity.
- If you cannot reach a shelter, avoid open fields, high areas, trees, or other tall objects. Seeking shelter in a metal topped vehicle with the windows closed is better than remaining outdoors.
- Wait 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder before returning to the outdoors.
Please visit www.weather.gov/safety/lightning for more information about lightning and ways you can remain safe. In addition, attached to this email are a few graphics that summarize lightning hazards and safety measures. Please share them within your community, business, or school.