No place outside is 100 percent safe from lightning during a thunderstorm and we see more than our fair share of strike during monsoon.
However, there are some precautions you can take to minimize your risk.
The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods and other dangerous conditions is to not put yourself, family or friends in danger in the first place. No one should be caught off guard by thunderstorms. Weather information is all around you. You can:
The 30/30 rule can be used by:
If fewer than 30 seconds elapse between the time you see a flash and hear the thunder, then the flash is less than 6 miles away. Research has shown that the distance between successive flashes can be anywhere from 2-6 miles, which means that you should begin seeking shelter if lightning is less than 6 miles away.
Lightning fatalities and injuries tend to occur more often at the end of a storm than at other times and least often in the middle of storms. At the end of storms, there is often still a risk of lightning even though rain has ended or diminished and the lightning rate is low. You should remain indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder in order to minimize the risk at the end of storms.
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