By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
June 28, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- South Georgia and the Big Bend encounter a lot of lightning, especially in the summer. But despite the frequency of these bolts, some myths are still prevalent.
Myth 1: Metal or metal on a body attracts lightning.
Not necessarily true. The height, shape, and isolation of an object do play a role. But a metal object doesn't really make a big difference.
Myth 2: The rubber car tires protects you from lightning.
Nope. When lightning hits a vehicle, It goes through the metal frame into the ground, keeping occupants safe. But it’s best not to lean on the doors during a storm.
The third myth: If trapped outside in a storm, one should lie flat on the ground.
That wouldn’t be a great idea as it would increase your chances of being impacted by the deadly current from a nearby strike. Seeking shelter in a place with a roof and four walls will be the best protection from lightning.
Myth 4: People who are struck must not be touched because they carry an electrical charge.
That statement is dangerously false. Victims of a lightning strike do not carry a charge. It is safe to check the vitals and administer CPR, and call 9-1-1.
Myth 5: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
That’s not true. It can strike a location multiple times. For instance, the empire state building is struck twenty-three times a year on average.
We do have a bonus tip that Chief Meteorologist Mike McCall would appreciate. The proper spelling of lightning has no “e” in it.