National Weather Service Says Stay Away From Water During A Thunderstorm

This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and Meteorologist Wes Browning with the National Weather Service reminds you to stay away from water during a thunderstorm.

“Water conducts electricity very efficiently,” said Browning.  “So you do not want to be anywhere near a swimming pool, or especially in a swimming pool, if there is cloud-to-ground lightning going on.  It is just not a good place to be.”

“Even though you may not actually see lightning, if you can hear thunder you want to try to get indoors.  A catchy phrase to remember is “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Lightning strikes can actually occur up to ten miles away from where the rain is falling.”

Browning said summer is peak season for lightning, so people should be especially cautious.