Lightning is one of nature's leading killers. As the old adage goes, "If you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning."

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The New York State Office of Emergency Management mentions these safety tips as a thunderstorm approaches:

  • Take shelter in a sturdy car or building, never under trees, in a small shed or in a convertible car.
  • Stay away from bodies of water and get out of a boat.
  • Unplug any unnecessary electrical appliances, and stay off of the phone.
  • Do not take a shower or bath during a thunderstorm.
  • Turn off your air conditioner to avoid the effects of a possible power surge.
  • If flash flooding is possible, get to higher ground.

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