This week has been declared Lightning Safety Awareness Week by the National Weather Service.
Andy Ervin, Meterologist with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says this week is picked as a way to remind everyone that lightning causes more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes and July usually has the most lightning fatalities. He says whenever thunder is heard, people need to be aware that lightning is in the area and should finish any outdoor activity.
Ervin adds significant injuries can occur from an indirect lightning shock and says the best place of safety is inside of your home or a hard‑topped car. Counting the seconds between a lightning strike and thunder is a good rule, he adds however, lightning can strike up to 12 miles away from a thunderstorm. For more information about lightning safety, look at this link.