One dangerous aspect of weather that sometimes is not taken as seriously as others is lightning, also known as the Underrated Killer. In the United States, an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning, with many more who survive strikes but suffer long lasting injuries and symptoms.
Avoid getting caught in a dangerous situation!
If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning!
Did you know...
Thunderstorms do not have to be large in size or severe in nature to create potentially fatal lightning strikes.
For safety, use the "30-30 Rule".
To estimate your distance from lightning, use the "Flash to Bang Method".
Example: After a strike, you count to 15 before you hear thunder. 15 divided by 5 gives you an estimated distance of 3 miles.
Learn more about lightning from the NOAA's Lightning Safety Guide.