A house or building is the best shelter to prevent getting hurt while lightning is going on. You never go under a tree. These days cars are so well equipped with protection against lightning that will be a second choice. Good luck to everyone while trying to stay safe. I am looking forward to any suggestions.
Exactly, it is way too dangerous to be outside when there is EXTREME weather. People have been struck by lightning; only a few survived. So when it is thundering & lightning-STAY INDOORS!!!
One day while boating a storm came up out of nowhere on me and two of my sons. We hurried to the nearest shore which was a small island in the middle of the lake. (Better than the aluminum boat we were currently sitting in...) Now as we're Gilligan-ed on our little piece of paradise being drowned by rain, shook by thunder, and hoping we had enough cover to hide us from the lightning we began to get a bit slap happy and my oldest proceeds to (with his shirt off) belly flop on the ground laughing and shouting "I heard you should get as close to the ground as possible" as he's slithers side to side as if burrowing into the ground. The storm lets up. We get back in the boat and high tail it to the mainland.
Two days later, safely at home, my boy comes down the stairs with his shirt off revealing the worst case of poison ivy he'd ever had from his abdomen to his neckline.
Theory: Laying on your belly, writhing around in a bed of poison ivy trying to bury yourself in the ground may actually keep you from being struck by lightning.
Disclaimer: This statement is for entertainment purposes only. Do not try this at home or when stranded on an island in a storm.
When the media news tries to scare us that terrorist are lurking around every couner on every day.
Keep in mind, you are eight times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a terrorist. Use common sense stay indoors when lighting is on. Besides you will get soaking wet.
Good afternoon mister Castlepaloma. You are right. Indoors is the best shelter. Thank you. I wish you a wonderful day.
I hear Florida has the world record for lighting storms.
Actually, a car is probably better protection than a house, as long as it is metal and not fiberglass, plastic or a convertible.
It forms a low quality farraday cage around you, shunting the lightning to ground without harm to the person inside. A house, on the other hand, can and will burst into flame or, in some cases, literally explode in the path of the lightning.
I've been in a car travelling at speed on the freeway when it was hit by lightning. It blew out every light bulb in the car, from dash lights to headlights, markers, turn signals, tail lights - the works. Not fun at 2 in the morning and 70 miles per hour, but we survived with no harm at all. Just some minor expenses to buy new bulbs and a very slow drive into town a few miles away.
I was struck by lighting carrying steel rods in my truck. I hit the roof, never heard anything so loud. True rubber wheels will make you safe too.
Rubber wheels won't do a thing for you. At the voltage lightning carries, not much will. Except an easier path to ground.
Consider that it travels through 20, 30, 40 feet through solid wood all the time. A few inches of rubber means nothing.
Perhaps the metal frame of the car could protect you. I would think tires would act as an insulator, could be wrong. Don't want to test it again.
It is the metal body of the car that provides protection - the lightning follows the path of least resistance, which is the sheet metal around the human body.
Looking at the fact that air is a decent insulator, and lightning travels through miles of it, there isn't much that will insulate against lightning. The only way to gain protection is to provide a better path to ground than through you or what you don't want destroyed. Lightning rods protect in this manner rather than trying to insulate a building or tower.
I adore storms. When I was a teenager I used to run outside at the first sign of one. I got some of my best thinking done while wandering around getting soaking wet with the sky lighting up all around me. It’s funny because my mom has always been such a worrier and protective beyond the realm of normalcy yet I’d say “k I’m gonna go hang out in this storm” and she was like “okay have fun bye!”
We got hit by a storm last week and I volunteered to move all of my coworkers cars into the parkade for them because it was hailing and I just really wanted to be outside. They all think I’m strange now no doubt.
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