On WRAL at 5 : Construction put on pause after workers find human remains in Wake County. Aaron Thomas shares the next step in the investigation. — Workers clearing out land for subdivision development in Wake County found human remains on Wednesday afternoon. Aaron Thoams shares the latest details about the investigation, on TV at 5.
On TV at 6 : A new rental scam could cost you thousands. WRAL 5 On Your Side shows how to protect your money. — A local family got keys to a rental house, moved in -- then found out they were victims of a scam that cost them thousands. At 6 on WRAL, 5 On Your Side's Monica Laliberte shares how the scam works -- to keep others from being caught.
Published: 2009-06-23 10:46:00
Updated: 2009-06-23 10:53:21
Posted June 23, 2009 10:46 a.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2009 10:53 a.m. EDT
By Nate Johnson
...and the lightning strikes!"
Or so the now-famous ditty by Garth Brooks says. Of course, it is the other way around — lightning first, then thunder — but that's a point for another post.
Today's message is all about lightning. Did you know:
Sad, but true, and all of these were 100% preventable. That's why this week is Lightning Safety Week. Spring and summer thunderstorms produce a lot of lightning, and people are more likely to be outside and away from shelter during these "outdoorsy" months.
During 2008, 100% (yes, all of them!) of the people killed by lightning were outside when they were struck, nearly a third were under a tree, and more than a quarter were on or near the water. When lightning is a possibility, then, it makes sense to be inside or at least away from water, as well as away from trees, power lines, and other tall objects.
There are two rules of thumb to keep in mind when it comes to lightning:
The 30/30 rule — Get inside if the time between the flash of the lightning and the bang of the thunder is 30 seconds or less and stay inside until you haven't seen lightning or heard thunder for at least 30 minutes.
. . . or, put even more straightforwardly . . .
When thunder roars, go indoors!