Stories update lightning safety information

By Jack Williams ©2015

Like many people,  you might think that if lightning hits you, you’re done for.

In fact, as I say in one my two stories about lighting safety that the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang published June 26 and 27, 2013: “approximately 90 percent of those lightning hits survive, but often with long-lasting neurological damage.”

The two stories on the Capital Weather Gang Web site are:

In these stories I rely on experts on lightning and lightning injuries to describe the latest thinking on lightning safety. The basic rule is: “When thunder roars go indoors.”

You have probably heard or seen advice to crouch down to make yourself as low has possible if  you’re caught out in the open by a thunderstorm. The NWS and other authorities are no longer offering that advice.

The “How lightning kills and injures victims” story describes why the NWS and others no longer teach the “lightning crouch.”

The current advice is if you’re caught in the open by lightning is: “Run for safety as though your life depends on it.”

The take-home lesson on all of this is to pay close attention to the weather and don’t get caught in the open or out on the water by a thunderstorm.

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