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Alabama currently in peak season for lightning strikes

With three people being struck by lighting in north Alabama in 10 days it's important to know how to stay safe.

Posted: Jul 6, 2018 11:00 PM

It's more important now than ever to be vigilant about lightning safety.

For the past two weeks WAAY 31 told you about several people struck by lightning in our area.

According to the Madison Fire Department, in 2017 Alabama ranked second in the United States behind Florida for the amount of people struck by lightning.

According to the National Weather Service 90% of people struck by lighting survive, but it can still be deadly.

On Friday night the woman struck by lightning in Hampton Cove last Thursday was still fighting for her life in critical condition in Huntsville Hospital.

To give you a sense of some lightning dangers, think about this:

If a storm is directly above Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville the NWS said lightning can still strike someone 10 miles away, which would be all the way to Hampton Cove.

Donovan Massey from the Shoals is one of the 90% of people struck by lightning who survive.

He was changing a tire at the time.

"I felt like somebody was hitting me in the chest and I realized I just got hit by lightnin,'" said Massey.

Chris Mankin is a Paramedic with the Madison Fire Department.

He said people are naive about the dangers of lightning.

"I wouldn't think people pay very much attention to it at all," said Mankin.

If someone is struck by lightning he said there are things people near by can do to save a live before first responders get there.

"Open their airway, check their breathin and cpr just like we train people here at the fire station once a month," said Mankin.

You don't have to worry if the person is still holding a charge, because the lightning already went into the ground.

There are several ways you can get hit:

The NWS website said the the most common are a direct strike, a side flash, a ground current after it strikes a tree, and conduction where you're touching something lighting strikes.

Massey said he's lucky the bolt that hit him wasn't worse.

"I couldn't be here if it would have been more direct hit, but I guess I got lucky," said Massey.

According to the NWS we are right in the middle of the peak time for lightning strikes during the year and will be until the end of August.

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