TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Severe weather preparedness week continues and storm team 10 is reminding the Wabash Valley to take the necessary steps to protect themselves against lightning.
Did you know lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun? Lightning kills an average of 47 people per year in the United States. The safest course of action to keep yourself safe is to go indoors during thunderstorms. Many lightning victims are outside during a dangerous storm by not going indoors fast enough. Some also return outside too soon. Staying inside for a half-hour after a storm has passed can ensure that the strongest lightning does not stike you.
If you are caught outdoors with absolutely no option to go indoors a vehicle is the safest option but not for the reason many might think.
You might think it's the rubber from the tires that keep you safe during a lightning strike but it's actually the metal frame from the car that guides the lightning strike into the ground. That's why it's best if you're caught out in the elements during a storm always make sure you're inside the nearest vehicle to make sure you are safe.
Ultimately planning ahead in the event of a storm can be the difference between life and death. Make sure you follow Storm Team 10 for updates on severe weather all year.