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...2017 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska...

Today marks the fourth day of Severe Weather Awareness Week for the
state of Nebraska, which continues through Friday, March 31st.

The topic for today is lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lightning is one of the more dangerous aspects of thunderstorms, and
is sometimes not taken as seriously as others. All thunderstorms
contain lightning, and if you are close enough to hear thunder, you
are close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning strikes 10 to
15 miles away from a thunderstorm are possible, so seek shelter if a
storm approaches.  Summer is the peak season for lightning , but
don`t be fooled, lightning strikes happen at all times of the year.

In the United States, an average of 32 people are killed each year
by lightning and hundreds more are severely injured.  In 2016, 38
people died due to lightning strikes. People struck by lightning can
suffer from a variety of long term, debilitating symptoms, including
memory loss, sleep disorders, and numbness.

If you are outside and a thunderstorm threatens, get into a sturdy
building or hard topped vehicle immediately.  Once inside, do not
stand near open doors, windows, or metal pipes.  Do not use corded
telephones or electrical appliances, do not take a shower, and do
not do laundry or dishes, until the storm is over.

If you are outside and no building or vehicle is nearby, stay away
from isolated trees or utility poles. Get off of tractors or other
metal farm equipment. Get out of and away from open water.  Stay
away from wire fences, clotheslines, or other metal objects.
Terminate any outdoor activities and seek shelter immediately.

Officials in charge of organized outdoor activities should put
together a lightning safety plan before an event. Those involved in
the event and their guardians should understand the plan and know
what to do in case of an approaching thunderstorm.

If someone is struck by lightning, get medical help immediately.
With proper treatment, including CPR if necessary, most lightning
victims survive.

Additional information on lightning can be found at:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov



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