Storm Team 27: Debunking lightning myths

What you need to know, if you're caught in a thunderstorm

YOUNGSTOWN (WKBN) – Thunderstorms are usually on the increase during this time of year, and Storm Team 27 is always monitoring radar to help keep you safe. What if you’re caught outside, during a storm?

There are a few lightning myths Storm Team 27, would like for you to forget.

  • Crouching down outside, during a storm, helps reduce your risk of being struck by lightning. (MYTH)
  • Find a sturdy building or get into a hard-topped vehicle. (FACT)
  • Rubber tires can help protect you from a lightning strike. (MYTH)
  • It’s the metal roof and metal sides of the vehicle that actually protect you. Another reminder is motorcycles and convertibles offer no protection from lightning. (FACT)
  • Seeking shelter under a tree helps protect you from lightning. (MYTH)
  • According to the National Weather Service, hiding under a tree is the second leading cause of lightning deaths. (FACT)

For more information, and more lightning myths, be sure to check out The National Weather Service’s Lightning Safety Homepage.

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