Last night storms ripped through Douglas County where a 59 year old woman was hospitalized after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through her yard and indirectly struck her just outside her home.
At a nearby home on Holland Drive an 11 year old dog was killed when lightning struck next to the doghouse she was sleeping in.
And lightning is also believed to be the culprit behind a house fire at the 3700 block of Landmark Drive. The strike triggered a fire in the attic and along the roof. The homeowner estimates it will take 3 months to repair everything. No one was injured.
The National Weather Service's motto says "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors", but the inside of your home is not lightning proof, so what can you do to protect yourself?
First, we all know not to take a bath or swim in a pool during thunderstorms, but the same goes for washing dishes, washing your hands, or taking a shower. It's not just the water, but also the plumbing that provides the water that creates a double hazard.
Second, common knowledge tells us not to use corded phones or computers, but ANYTHING that is directly connected to electricity should not be used, including your stove, power tools, and TVs.
Finally, do not lie on concrete floors, or lean up against concrete walls. The concrete itself isn't the dangerous part; it's the metal rebar reinforcements inside that pose the biggest threat.
Remember, lightning can enter your home through a direct strike, through wires or pipes starting outside the structure, through the ground, or cracks in your glass windows. So the best place to be is an interior room away from windows and doors, plumbing, and electrical systems.