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Lightning Death

A girl who was struck by lightning in Montgomery has died.

Tracey Steele had been in critical condition since the strike, which happened Tuesday in the parking lot of a shopping center. Steele's mother and another adult were also hit by the bolt. They are both expected to recover from their injuries.

While many may believe this is a freak accident, it actually happens more often than you might think. According to weather forecasters, a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to be injured in a hurricane or tornado.

Last year, 12 people in Alabama were injured by lightning and one died.

Lightning travels in three ways: through the ground, through wires and pipes and by direct hit.

There are some things you can do to stay safe.

  • Don't talk on the telephone during storms with lightning.

  • Stay out of water, including pools, showers and bathtubs.

  • Do not look for shelter under a tree.

  • The myth about wearing shoes with rubber soles is not true. They don't prevent injury.

    Forecasters say summer is the most likely time people can be hit by lightening.


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