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Remember to Seek Shelter During Thunderstorms

When a thunderstorm is in your area, it’s important to understand that they present legitimate threats. In 2019, 20 people died and more than 200 people were injured by lightning strikes. 

Thunderstorms can happen in any part of the US, even during the winter! If you hear thunder, then lightning is close enough to strike you. Be cautious, and follow these guidelines from the National Weather Service.

  • Immediately move to safe shelter when you hear thunder. Remain until at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sounds of thunder.
  • If shelter isn’t available, crouch down in a ball-like position. Cover your ears with your hands and try to have as little contact with the ground as possible. Never lie flat on the ground outside. 
  • Do not seek shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Immediately get out of the water (pools, lakes, ponds, etc.).
  • Stay clear of objects that conduct electricity, like power lines, windmills, and barbed wire fences.
  • When indoors, stay away from windows and doors, and don’t use sinks, baths, faucets, electric equipment, or computers.
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