Myth Busting: How To Stay Safe During Central New York Thunderstorms
More thunderstorms are in the forecast for Central New York today. After 20 people were struck by lightning in Lake George and Poughkeepsie this month killing 2 reports poststar.com, here's how to stay safe during a thunderstorm.
During the 'Dog Days' of Summer, Central New York gets hit with severe storms that can include gusty winds, tornados, rain, hail, lightning, and thunder. People are getting hurt and some are dying because they don't know what to do if they're caught outside during a storm.
Myth Busters From The National Severe Storms Laboratory.
- Can lightning strike the same place twice? Yes.
- No, it is not possible to have thunder without lightning.
- The lightning we see comes from the ground up.
- Lightning USUALLY strikes the tallest object
- Lightning is just as dangerous and deadly as a tornado.
- 90% of people struck by lightning survive.
- Lightning doesn't just occur under a storm. Lightning can travel 10 miles horizontally from a storm.
What to do during a thunderstorm according to NOAA?
- Stay inside, but away from pipes, metal objects, showers, sinks, bathtubs, and electrical equipment during a thunderstorm.
- If caught outside with no shelter, never lay flat on the ground, never huddle under a tree or cliff, stay away from bodies of water and objects that conduct electricity.