Take lightning seriously

Jul 31, 2017

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about lightning.  The discharge of electricity from atmosphere to ground looks beautiful but can be deadly.  Summer is lightning season, and Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S. in strikes per square mile.  At the highest risk are people outdoors -- fishing, golfing, camping or just walking.  When you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder.  If it comes before 30, take action.  Get inside a building or hard-top vehicle.  In a building, stay away from wiring and plumbing.  If shelter is not nearby, avoid high ground, isolated tall trees and bodies of water.  If you are in a boat, hunker down.  After you think the show is over, wait 30 minutes before leaving a safe place.  It may not be over.  I’m Paul Janensch.