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Severe Weather Awareness: Lightning (Evening Edition)

Lightning is often a less-talked-about severe weather threat. But over 300 people per year are struck by lightning. Here's a look at how to stay safe around your home this summer.
Lightning is dangerous. The air near a lightning strike is heated to 50,000°--hotter than the surface of the sun! All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous, but did you know that lightning often strikes away from rain? If you can hear thunder, you are in danger. This summer, remember to get out of swimming pools and lakes when you hear thunder, since water conducts electricity. Stay away from metal objects such as fences during thunderstorms, since metal conducts electricity too. Trees should be avoided, since lightning is attracted to tall objects. While cars offer some protection and are a good choice if you are otherwise out in an open area, a house or other sturdy, enclosed building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
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