National Weather Service Stresses Lightning Safety

LightningTAUNTON – With the heat and humidity comes thunder and lightning, and the National Weather Service is working to educate the public on storm safety.

Officials have coined next week Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and are using that opportunity to try and debunk lightning myths

Meteorologist Glenn Field says ducking, crouching, or laying flat on the ground during won’t improve your chances of survival while caught outside in a storm. He adds that lightning can strike anywhere thunder is heard.

Officials stress the importance of moving inside after first hearing thunder, instead of waiting for lightning to appear. Field says lighting can strike anywhere within about 15 miles of a storm, and does not need to be accompanied by rain.

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