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...Public Information Statement...

...Continuing Severe Weather Awareness Week for Louisiana...

Today`s topic is Lightning Safety...

There are an estimated 25 million cloud to ground lightning
flashes each year. While lightning can be fascinating to
watch, it is also dangerous. Most lightning caused deaths occur
during the spring and summer months when the frequency of
thunderstorms and outdoor activities peak.

By definition, all thunderstorms produce lightning. During a
thunderstorm, each flash of cloud to ground lightning is a
potential killer. Although some victims are struck directly by the
main lighting stroke, most are affected indirectly when lighting
strikes nearby objects, and the electrical current moves through
the ground. Because these indirect strikes are weaker in
intensity, most victims survive, though often with painful and
lifelong effects. While most people take some protective action
during a thunderstorm, many unknowingly still leave themselves

Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the base of a
thunderstorm, which is about the distance from a storm that you
are able to hear its thunder. If you can hear thunder, then you
are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Remember to follow this rule, when thunder roars, go indoors.
Following this simple rule will help prevent you from being struck
by lightning.


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