The Best (and Worst) Things to Do in a Lightning Storm

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Aug. 19 2014 1:19 PM

The Best (and Worst) Ways to Avoid Lightning Strikes

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Lightning flashes over hotel-casinos in downtown Las Vegas during a thunderstorm early on September 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stormy weather is expected to continue through Thursday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Meteorological researchers couldn’t be clearer about what to do in a lightning storm: Go inside. But persistent myths continue to lead to hundreds of injuries annually. Deaths have declined sharply in the last 50 years, but they still happen. The video above runs through who is mostly likely to be struck and the best way to avoid becoming one of them.

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