When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Published 07/28 2014 05:56PM

Updated 07/28 2014 08:11PM

JULY 28, 2014-   In light of a series of lighting strikes that injured some and killed others across the country, emergency responders are speaking out.
Sunday evening was the prime example of a lighting storm that could have seriously injured people in our region.
Experts say although lightning storms can be beautiful you need to be on high alert.
Thunder roared and lightning illuminated Erie County Sunday evening.
Luckily, no one was injured.
But that wasn't the case this past weekend in California where one person was killed and 12 other were struck by a rare lightning storm.
Regardless, local officials say lightning strikes rather quickly and before you know it, it can be too late.
Matt Exley is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Millcreek Township.
The township is certified through the “Storm Ready Program”, and he says he keeps a watchful eye on Waldameer and Presque Isle.
These two areas are prone to strikes because of their proximity to water and open space.
Exley along with Harry Latta from EmergyCare says avoid open fields, outdoor activities during storms and anything with metal on it.
If you're caught outside, seek shelter.

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