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Lightning Awareness Week June 23-30

Wind, rain and lightning
Wind, rain and lightning

UNDATED (WHTC) Summertime means the possibility of severe weather and lightning can cause some major damage.  One misconception many people have is getting under a tree to take shelter from bad weather.  It’s always best to seek shelter in a fully enclosed building.  In the U.S., twenty-eight deaths were caused by lightning and 85% of the victims were engaged in work or recreation.  State Farm Public Affairs Director Angie Rinock says some 30-thousand homes were damaged by lightning last year but even if your house doesn’t catch fire, things inside can be damaged. A whole house surge protector can greatly reduce the risk of damage or fire.  Certain locations can be extremely dangerous during thunderstorms.  Avoid any open water and if you’re riding a motorcycle, bicycle, farm equipment or golf cart, which are all open to the elements, stop and seek shelter. 

Story by:  Diane E Coston