Severe Weather Awareness: Lightning

By: Will Harkins Email
By: Will Harkins Email

Meridian, Miss, Severe Weather Awareness is a good time to learn about the dangers of lightning. It frequently occurs in the south and is frequently ignored.

However, a single bolt of lightning can contain up to 100 million volts of electricity and can reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees.

Lightning killed 23 people last year, and 238 from 2006 to 2012.
Many of them were involved in outdoor activities, like golf.

"We have a lightning detection system that actually detects when lightning strikes over a 10-mile radius and a 2-mile radius," said golf pro Billy Pomeroy. "When lightning does strike within that 2-mile radius, we get an alert in the golf shop and also on my cell phone and we will sound a siren to tell everyone to either come into the club house or to seek shelter."

The top three outdoor activates that result in deaths by lightning are fishing, camping, and boating.

Avoiding this danger is possible by following this simple rule, 'When thunder roars, go indoors.'

If it's impossible to get indoors, make sure you're not the tallest object in a field. Get low and stay low.

Never seek shelter near trees. If lightning strikes it can expand outward from the tree and still get you.

After a storm passes wait at least 15 minutes from when you last heard thunder before resuming your outdoor activity.


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