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Lightning safety tips

Allen's been talking about pop up thunderstorms during his forecasts and with those storms, come lightning dangers. 
This week is lightning safety awareness week.

The national weather service is warning people, "if it roars, stay indoors"
Earlier this month, a Santa Rosa man was killed after he was struck by lightning.

Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez has tips on how to stay safe.

During the last decade, lightning was responsible for an average of 33 fatalities every year in the United States.
We spoke with a Santa Rosa man who not only lost  a loved one struck by lightning, but had a close encounter himself.

Chris Gay remembers back when he was in high school boating out in the Gulf with his dad.
The weather suddenly changed, and in a flash, lightning struck a fishing rod on the boat just 3 feet away from him.

Now when he hears thunder, he doesn't hesitate to head for cover.
It was just earlier this month when Gay's family was hit with tragedy. His father in law, James McDaniel was killed after being struck by lightning.

"It's not necessarily something you can avoid.... and change our lives."

The National Weather Service offers these tips:
If you hear thunder, get to shelter. Lightning is close enough to strike you.
Stay off corded phones, computers and other electronics.
Avoid sinks, baths, and faucets.
And while inside, stay away from windows and doors.

And if you can't get to shelter, the National Weather Service advises you to avoid elevated areas, don't stand under a tree, and never lie flat on the ground.