ROANOKE, Va. – Your Local Weather Authority often mentions the threats associated with thunderstorms when they’re headed our way. Flooding, wind, hail and tornadoes are typically at the top of mind on active days, but there’s another threat that can be just as dangerous under the right circumstances.
In 2001, lightning killed 55 people in the United States on average each year. The National Lightning Safety Council (LSC) created National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (LSAW) to call attention to the underrated killer. Since then, U.S. lightning deaths have dropped to less than 30 per year.
The LSC has declared this week (June 21-27) as 2020′s LSAW. We have some tips for you so you can stay safe from lightning when thunderstorms threaten our area.
The most important mantra is “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”, which was created by the LSC in 2003. An alternative that some organizations are using is “See A Flash, Dash Inside!” to be inclusive of the deaf and/or hard of hearing communities.
For the deaf and hard of hearing community...if you "see a flash, dash inside!"— NOAA WRN Ambassadors (@WRNAmbassadors) June 22, 2020
We have more weather safety content including videos with captions and American Sign Language at:https://t.co/goE5KzXnTp#LightningSafety #WeatherReady pic.twitter.com/oUBxSp1c0W
So this LSAW and moving forward, Your Local Weather Authority hopes you will be mindful of ALL the threats that thunderstorms pose to our communities.
More resources from the National Lightning Safety Council are available here.