Sheds, dugouts among unsafe locations during lightning storm

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM

SPOKANE— Thunderstorms are expected to roll across the Inland Northwest this week bringing severe lightning with it.

On Tuesday, experts reported the region experienced 1,700 lightning strikes.

The National Weather Service said the best place to be during a lightning storm is in any fully enclosed structure and to steer clear of any electronics.

Experts said some of the worst places you can go are car ports, open garages, covered patios, picnic shelters, dug outs, sheds, and greenhouses.  They said cars are an okay option but suggested not using the radio.

The sound of thunder travels one mile every five seconds.  To judge how far away the store is, count the seconds between the flash of lightning and the crack of thunder, then divide by five.
 

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