Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week continued today focusing on lightning safety.
According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes nearly 25 million times a year on average, killing more people than tornadoes and hurricanes annually. In Georgia, 22 deaths have been blamed on lightning since 1999.
Albany resident Kevin McLeod was indirectly struck by lightning and is thankful he survived.
You felt your muscles contract, your body lock up, and basically you felt like a force kind of holds you in there for just an instant, and in that exact instant that it happened, it was over just that quickly, said McLeod.
Here are a few safety tips:
Make sure to stay inside you house. Do not use plumbing such as taking showers or using water. Don TMt use electronics. And if you TMre caught in a storm while driving, stay in your car.