Severe Thunderstorm Safety
|Lightning kills more people than tornadoes. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, so be prepared!|
By counting the seconds between a lightning flash and the thunder and dividing by 5, you can estimate the distance you are from the strike in miles.
Severe Thunderstorms and Lightning
Lightning Fact or Fiction
|FICTION: Lighting never strikes the same place twice.|
FACT: Lightning has "favorite" spots that it may hit several times during one storm.
FICTION: If it's not raining, then there's no danger of lightning.
FACT: Lightning often strikes outside of a rain area and may strike miles away.
FICTION: The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect you.
FACT: These provide NO protection. The steel frame of the vehicle provides protection if you are not touching metal. You are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
FICTION: People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and shouldnt be touched.
FACT: They carry no charge, and should be attended to immediately. Call 911.
FICTION: "Heat Lightning" occurs after hot summer days and poses no threat.
FACT: The lightning is usually from a thunderstorm too far away for the thunder to be heard. However, the storm might be moving in your direction, so be prepared!
*source - North Texas Know What2do Guide