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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are there any signs that a lightning strike is imminent?

 

Sometimes, but not always. In either case, there is little, if any, time to take action to protect yourself. Some of the signs include:

  1. Your hair stands on end (as charges from the ground surge to the top of your head)
  2. You hear a distinctive snapping or crackling sound (small discharges of static electricity may occur in an area where lightning is about to strike)
  3. You experience a tingling sensation (electrical charges may be moving through your body)
  4. There is a sudden increase in the static on portable electronic devices (electrical charges may be moving through the devices, and
  5. An abnormal burning smell in the air (static discharges within the air give off an unusual odor)

If you see any of these signs, lightning is about to strike you or somewhere very near you. It is extremely important that you plan ahead to avoid this situation. You could be killed at any instant.