Local weather forecaster warns about dangers of lightning

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Lightning lights up the night sky In Neumarkt, Germany, Sunday, June 20, 2021. Heavy rains and thunderstorms have caused flooded cellars and streets as well as fallen trees and a variety of property damage in Central and Upper Franconia in the night to Monday. (Tobias Hartl/dpa via AP)

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — With the recent storms moving through the area, meteorologists are warning about the dangers of lightning.

Statistics show around 49 people are killed each year from lightning and hundreds are injured. They said the best way to keep yourself safe from lightning is to stay indoors. Tom Mazza is the Lead Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

“When thunder roars go indoors… When it is lightning outside it is not best for them to take a shower either,” Mazza said.

Another safe spot would be in your car. They also encourage any outdoor activities like swimming, or cookouts, be cancelled when you hear thunder roar.

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