# How far away can lightning be and still strike you?

## How far away can lightning be and still strike you?

Greg Schoor with the National Weather Service says in some instances lightning can strike even 60 miles away from the storm, and if it hits just 100 feet away, you can still feel the effects from it.

## Can lightning strike 20 miles away?

This means, if there is a storm in one of those towns, folks in the other need to be aware lightning can strike in their area! Yes, lightning can travel up to 20 miles.

## Can lightning strike you while driving?

Cars are safe from lightning because of the metal cage surrounding the people inside the vehicle. This may sound counter-intuitive because metal is a good conductor of electricity, but the metal cage of a car directs the lightning charge around the vehicle occupants and safely into the ground.

## Can lightning strike you from 10 miles away?

The intense electrical current heats the air around the lightning strike instantly to 50,000 degrees. This is five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning can travel 10 to 12 miles from a thunderstorm. This is often farther than the sound of thunder travels.

## Can lightning strike 30 miles away?

That lightning bolt can travel a great distance – up to 25 miles – from the storm cloud. The bolt then angles down to the ground.

## Can lightning strike you 50 miles away?

That lightning bolt can travel a great distance – up to 25 miles – from the storm cloud. The bolt then angles down to the ground. What makes them especially dangerous is that they do seem to come out of the blue sky, and people are not looking out for lightning if there is no storm visible.

## How far away is the closest lightning strike?

If you count the number of seconds between the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder, and then divide by 5, you’ll get the distance in miles to the lightning: 5 seconds = 1 mile, 15 seconds = 3 miles, 0 seconds = very close.

## Can you poop during a thunderstorm?

That combined with the methane gas in poop caused the bomb-like effect that traveled through the pipes, exploding the toilet in their master bathroom. The plumbing company said this is just as rare as getting struck by lightning yourself. Luckily, the mess will be covered by insurance.

## How can you tell how close lightning strikes?

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• Tingling skin
• A metallic taste in your mouth
• The smell of chlorine (this is ozone,which is produced when nitrogen oxides from lightning interact with other chemicals and sunlight)
• Sweaty palms
• A vibrating,buzzing,or crackling sound coming from metal objects around you
• ## What is the safe distance for lightning?

While lightning has been recorded to strike at a distance of 10 miles, the rule of thumb used for safety is a six mile distance. Thus, seeking shelter is recommended if the lightning is six miles away or less. There are a number of lightning detectors on the market using various methods to determine lightning distance.

## How to determine how far you are from lightning?

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• A stopwatch (or the ability to say,”One-Mississippi,Two-Mississippi…”)
• A safe indoor location