Lightning is the most underestimated danger from thunderstorms. Powerful wind, large hail, torrential rainfall and tornadoes all present obvious, tangible dangers. Lightning, however, is so commonplace and so quick that the danger can be overlooked.

Every year, however, severe and fatal injuries along with devastating property damage results from lightning strikes. The National Weather Service does not put out warnings for lightning because it is so common. Not only that, most human lightning strikes do not happen during severe lightning storms. Instead, most lightning casualties happen in relatively weak thundershowers when people are more likely to delay seeking shelter.

There is a simple rule regarding lightning safety; if you see lightning or hear thunder, get to shelter as quickly as possible. Avoid touching metallic, conducting materials including electrical devices or kitchen and bathroom devices if the plumbing is copper.

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