Beware of Lightning!

Published 06/23 2014 08:50AM

Updated 06/23 2014 09:22AM

From NWS Burlington
From NWS Burlington/NOAA
It's Lightning Safety Awareness Week!

How appropriate we have the threat of lightning the next couple of days, Tuesday and Wednesday that is June 24th and 25th. Though even when it is nice, clear, and sunny outside, it's still important to know the dangers and how to stay safe in/around lightning.

According to the National Weather Service, there are an estimated 25 million lightning strikes every year in the United States. Lightning is estimated to cause fifty deaths a year in this country and hundreds of injuries.

This area gets between 20 and 30 thunderstorm days each year, of course given the variability of the season. The numbers usually average out to that range. Each thunderstorm can carry deadly lightning with it. This week is all about being aware of your surroundings before, during, and after you're outside. Even when inside, you want to stay away from windows and in a central part of the building during t-storms.  This is a full week worth of information for you, which we'll probably post about as the days come. Remember, when thunder roars head indoors. That is the simplest and most straightforward slogan and it can save your life! To learn more about this week, go to the NWS's website.

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