As we move through mid-summer, thunderstorms are in the forecast for parts of the U.S. almost daily. Here is a quick summary of Dos and Don'ts to stay safe during thunderstorms.
When thunderstorms are in the area you should seek protection as quickly as possible.
Being in water during a lightning storm adds extra danger. Seek shelter as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning.
It is most dangerous during a thunderstorm while in the open water. Even if a lightning strikes 350 feet away, the current is still transmitted through the water and can affect the entire body. Then there is an acute danger to life.
Stadiums are filled with metal which allow electricity to flow easily.
If there is an unexpected thunderstorm in the open field, you should always crouch down and then wait for the thunderstorm with your legs tightly closed. If you spread your legs, a so-called step voltage can occur when lightning strikes in the immediate vicinity. But you can stay weather aware and keep an eye out for lightning on our WeatherRadar.
Certain tall and risky objects should be avoided. These are single trees, groups of trees, or poles. A distance of at least 32 feet is optimal. In the interior of a forest with a consistently high stock of trees, the risk is lower than with individual groups of trees.
A house offers the greatest protection. However, you should avoid contact with all metal lines such as gas, electricity, and telephone lines. Mobile phones may be used. Bathing or showering during a thunderstorm is not safe.
Stay alert, activate severe weather notifications on the Weather&Radar app, and be safe!