With showers and storms expected for this week, which means our chance to see lightning and hear thunder increases.
The National Geographic estimates that in a given year, your odds of getting struck by lightning — one in 700,000. For one man, those odds came true after taking cover in his garage to get out of the rain.
Lightning kills about 50 people a year in the U.S. and injures hundreds more. That number may not seem like much, but it happens and did happen to Chris Luberecki.
First, I thought I honestly had been shot, he said.
He spends most days outside landscaping. One day, the skies turned gray and Chris moved inside the garage to get out of the rain.
Lightning struck the garage, traveled through the building and traveled through me, he said.
He felt an electric shock through his body and smelled burning hair and flesh, and soon realizing all the hair on his legs was singed. After going to the hospital, doctors determined he would be okay.
As Chris reflects on that day, he wants to give this advice to those watching.
We all think we’re indestructible. I was not as keenly aware of the lightning as I am now. Like now I just hear the crackle and the hair on my arm stands up and the hair on my back, and I’m like I’m out, he added.
Lightning strikes can be deadly. That’s why storm chasers and emergency preparedness experts say it’s important to stay alert.
Taking cover would be in a substantial building where there is water and electricity provided. Not just a canopy or something like that, said Duke Cumbelich, P5Preparedness Co-Owner.
Advice Chris plans to take from here.
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