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Find the safest place during a dangerous storm

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Lightning kills more men than women each year. The reason: men tend to be outside more often and they tend to take more risks -- ignoring the signs. The sign couldn't be more clear it's called thunder.

Thunder is the sound that lightning makes, as superheated air expands and contracts quickly. So if you hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck.

Head for a sturdy building if possible but in a pinch, a car will do! 

It's not the rubber tires on the car, it's the metal cage, which deflects electricity around the passenger compartment. Maggie Bagley can attest to that.

"We had a huge crack of thunder it sounded like it was in the front yard," she said.

The next morning? Major electrical damage to her car and her neighbors, which was parked directly behind.

"I started my car and every warning on my dashboard was on," she said. "The computer was fried and every fuse was fried. They're still working on it."

But the inside of the car?  No damage at all, proving a car can keep you safe. When a building or car isn't around?  Don't hide under trees - that's a bad idea!

Finally - lightning tends to hit the tallest thing around. If you are stuck in the middle of a field?  You're the tallest object if you can't get to a car or a sturdy building - crouch down and hope for the best,

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