Much of Central Illinois has dealt with severe thunderstorms this year and state officials are urging people to be safe when lightning strikes. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Spokeswoman Patti Thompson says one good motto to keep in mind is, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”
Those who survive lightning strikes often suffer with long-lasting symptoms like memory loss, fatigue, and nerve damage. People who are outside when lightning is approaching should look for shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle. And they should always stay away from trees and metal objects.