Lightning is the most frequent and important weather threat to personal safety during the thunderstorm season. Keep these lightning safety tips in mind:
Simply put, if you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. You can use the "flash to bang" method to estimate the distance of lightning. When you see a flash of lightning, count the seconds until you hear the bang of the thunder, then divide by 5. The result is your distance in miles from the lightning strike. It is recommended that you stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder, before you can safely return outdoors.
Each year, Lightning Safety Awareness Week is held to help you prepare for thunderstorms and lightning. This year's cmapaign will be held from June 22 to 28. For more information, visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov