Last night's brief lightning storm may have been pretty but in New Jersey it was considerably more serious: a New York City woman was struck by lightning while sitting on a sea wall on Monmouth Beach, and tens of thousands of residents lost power. According to the Asbury Park Press, the 48-year-old woman was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
As we've noted before, people have died after being struck by lightning on four-story buildings. The City urges you to "observe the 30/30 rule" when viewing lightning storms, and if the lightning and thunder are less than 30 seconds apart go inside. Wait for 30 minutes past the last thunderclap before venturing outside again. And this tip, well, makes our hair stand on end:
If lightning is about to strike you or something extremely close, you may experience a tingling feeling on your skin and/or your hair may stand on end. If this occurs, quickly assume the position ["crouch down, grab your ankles and bend forward, so that your head is not the highest part of your body and your head does not touch the ground"] described above. Even if you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, do not panic. You will likely find sufficient shelter.