Boom, Strike, Lightning

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena–lightning. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, and lightning strikes kill more people each year than tornadoes. In the United States, 53 people are killed each year by lightning and hundreds more are severely injured.

This week is Lightning Awareness Week and thunderstorms are in the forecast! We want to help educate you about the dangers associated with lightning, and what you can do to stay safe.


Here are some important steps you can follow:

  • Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light, or increasing wind. Listen for the sound of thunder.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
  • Listen to the radio or television for the latest weather forecasts.
  • Access emergency preparedness information and receive severe thunderstorm watch and warning alerts (in any location) by downloading the American Red Cross Tornado App.

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