WEATHER BLOG: National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

WEATHER BLOG: National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

TAMPA, Fla. – This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Here in Tampa Bay, we look forward to an increasing chance of thunderstorms in our area for the rest of the week and this weekend.

You may be surprised to learn that in a typical year, Texas has more lightning strikes than Florida and any other state. But that’s because of the size of Texas. Florida is the leader in lightning density.

Check out this information from the National Lightning Safety Council.

As a result, according to the Insurance Information Institute, Florida is leading the nation in the number of claims filed for lightning damage in 2018.

In Florida, our rainy season is from June to September. During these four months there are thunderstorms on most days in some parts of the state. For the entire country, however, July is the deadliest month for lightning. People enjoy the warm weather outside when it is also the peak month for lightning in the United States.

So, how can you stay safe?

Plan ahead. When you go out, check the forecast with our Weather on the Nines and use the Spectrum Bay News 9 app to alert you to lightning near your area. You can also get Klystron9 updates on your mobile phone. The app is free and available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Lightning can be more than 10 miles from the thunderstorm. So if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning even if it is not raining at your location.

Enter a building and stay away from windows. If there is no building nearby, get in a hard roof car.

Wait 30 minutes after hearing the thunder before going out again.

Teach your kids that “When the thunder roars, go in!” It is never safe to be outside during a thunderstorm.