Lightening: Dangerous And Deadly
Lightning causes the second highest number of severe weather deaths in Texas, after flooding. Lightning is
especially dangerous because it does not depend on extreme or severe storm conditions. It can occur during
any storm, no matter how small, and can strike as far away as 15 to 20 miles from the storm itself.
Here are some important tips to protect yourself and your family.
- Lightning tends to strike tall objects as well as metal objects, and can travel through moist soils for
dozens of feet. Move into a sturdy building and stay away from windows and doors. For increased
protection, avoid electric appliances or metal plumbing. Stay off the telephone.
- If you are outside, the interior of a car, truck or bus is relatively safe from lightning. To be safe, do
not touch metal on the inside of the vehicle. The outside bed of a truck is a deadly location. Do not
lean against a car or truck -- get inside the vehicle quickly.
- If you are outdoors with no shelter available, stay low. Move away from hills and high places, and
avoid tall, isolated trees. Do not touch metal objects, such as tennis rackets, baseball bats or golf
clubs. Do not ride bicycles, or lean against fences or metal sheds.
- If you feel your hair suddenly stand on end, it means you may be a lightning target. Leave the area
immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy structure or vehicle. Avoid wet areas that can conduct the
- Lightning can strike as far away as 10 miles from the area in which rain is falling. As soon as you
hear thunder, immediately seek safe shelter. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.
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