Lightning Awareness
NWS Gaylord

Lightning is the biggest weather killer in Michigan.   Since 1950, more than 90 people have been struck and killed by lightning in Michigan.   The majority of people struck by lightning are outside, but some have been struck by lightning even when in their houses.

If you hear thunder, you are close enough to a thunderstorm to be struck by lightning. 

Remember these safety rules when dealing with lightning:

  • Move indoors or to a shelter. A vehicle is more safe than standing outdoors.
  • Avoid standing in an open or high area
  • Avoid standing near tall objects, or objects that may attract lightning.
  • Avoid standing near objects, like chain link fences or grandstands, that may be struck and carry a charge quite a distance.

To learn more about lightning safety, visit the National Lightning Safety Web Page.

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