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If Lightning Strikes

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

You are more likely to get struck by lightning twice in your life than win the lottery.

Although many gamble on the lottery, e-m-a directors say, you should not gamble on your safety.

A gulf shores woman watches hopelessly as her family is struck by lightning Tuesday.

"I just heard the sound, I screamed, and when I looked up, opened my eyes, my whole family was laid out like they'd been hit by machine guns. I mean my daughter was down the beach, my husband was down, my son was out of his chair on the ground, and I looked,” said Debbie Thrower.

Lightning strikes over 20 million times a year and is known as the "Underrated Killer."

“Lightning kills more people than tornados and hurricanes combined,” says EMA Community Coordinator Steve Carlisle.

Even so, officials say many people don't take it as seriously as they should.

"It won't happen to me...What are the odds of it hitting me...It's striking everywhere but what are the odds of it hitting this spot, It doesn't necessarily have to hit you it can hit near you and injure you kill you kill several people,” said Captain Sean Gibson of the Dothan Fire Department.

“To keep you and your family safe during a storm you should stay away from electronics like these...especially your phone...only use it in case of an emergency. Here are some other safety tips for you,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.

If you're inside, stay away from windows and doors, avoid electrical and plumbing equipment, and steer clear of concrete.

If outside, take shelter. Or if at all possible, stay inside your car.

Officials also say even if a storm is miles away, you can still be struck.

Lightning can travel long distances.


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