Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000 some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck.
What causes lighting- Heavier, negatively charged particles sink to the bottom of the cloud. When the positive and negative charges grow large enough, a giant spark - lightning occurs between the two charges within the cloud. This is like a static electricity spark you see, but much bigger.
What to do after lighting strikes-
- Never drive through a flooded roadway.
- Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
- Continue to listen to a Weather Radio or to television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
- Help anyone who needs help, check on your neighbors.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
- Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
- Make sure you have your Emergency kit near by.