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Today: Hot & Muggy with some Showers & Storms Popping Up in the Afternoon - Some Could Have Gusty Winds.
High: 87     Winds: W 5-10 mph

Tonight: Another Round of Showers & Storms in Parts of the Area.
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What to Stay Away From in Lightning Storm

DAYTON -- The odds of getting struck by lightning are one in 12,000 according to the National Weather Service.

It's one of Mother Nature's most powerful and deadly sights.

"There are several cases of people getting electrocuted in the shower, washing their hands, even playing a video game because it's connected to the wall," said our morning Meteorologist Chris Mulcahy.

When lightening strikes, stay away from power sources and water.

"Water and metal they are one in the same, they're just as conductive as far as electricity goes," Mulcahy explained.

One of the safest places to be when severe weather strikes is actually right in your car. Just make sure you have the window up.

 
"Rubber is definitely going to ground everything out and usually with the metal (the lightning's) going's to travel around you, so you should be fine," Mulcahy said.

When it strikes, you can be hit as far as ten miles away. At Dayton Children's, the cases are sporadic.

"We may not have any in a year, and then you know, we get one or two," said Dr. Thomas Krzmarzick, Director of Dayton Children's Emergency Services.

His biggest concern is, "it can cause very very deep burns to your muscles and to your organs."

And he explained the injuries will show themselves within 24 hours. They also run the gamut. From just a shock like Monday night's case with the little boy in Dayton to immediate cardiac arrest.

"Serious brain injury, serious injuries to the eyes the ears the muscles, so it can affect may different organ systems to your body."

So when the thunder sounds, heed those warnings. A general rule of thumb is the 30 minute rule. When you hear a rumble, you want to wait until there has been 30 minutes of no thunder before you are in the clear.

 
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