Alabama storms always give us a lightshow. Lot’s of lightning in August.
Being outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. The National Weather Service advises that when you hear thunder or see lightning to quickly move indoors or into a hard topped vehicle and remain there until well after the storm has passed.
Any location is dangerous durning a lightning storm, however, some areas are more dangerous than others. Some of the riskiest locations include:
- Anywhere near the water:
- Activities on the beach
- Areas near tall trees (especially isolated trees):
- Golf course
- Picnic areas
- Hiking trails
- High terrains such as hill tops and ridges
- High places such as house roofs during construction
- Open areas like fields
Knowing outdoor safety rules can help save your life or that of loved ones.
When lightning approaches, get inside a completely enclosed building. Car-ports, open garages, storage sheds, metal sheds, and covered patios are not safe shelters.
If no enclosed building is available, get inside a hard-topped, all metal vehicle.
Get out of the water! Get off the beach and out of small boats and canoes. If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center of the boat away from metal hardware. Avoid standing in puddles of water, even if wearing rubber boots.
If you cannot reach shelter, avoid being the tallest object in the area. Do not take shelter under a tree. If you are in the woods, find shelter under the shortest trees.
If only isolated trees are nearby, crouch on the balls of your feet. A rule of thumb to follow is to stay twice as far away from a tree as it is tall. Don’t lie on the ground.
Avoid leaning against vehicles and get off bicycles and motorcycles.