When Thunder Roars, Get Indoors

. Wednesday, June 24

According to an interview with the National Weather Service, more lightning in June is normal, but not this much. So far, 11 people have died from lightning strikes this month. Compare that with the 28 killed in 2008, and the 15 total so far this year. About half of the people killed were standing under a tree. All of the deaths have occurred in the lower part of the country, with the cool and damp weather of New England netting none.

So, think of the words of wisdom touted by NOAA: When the thunder roars, get indoors - at the first sign of a rumble. A hardtop vehicle will work too. Stay in until the thunder has stopped for 30 minutes. A cell phone is safe to use, but not a corded one. And, stay away from plumbing, electrical equipment and wiring.