Earlier this week we had an adventure to remember! Well, it was more like a scene from a horror movie, I'd actually say.
It was a hot Monday. We took my parents to their summerhouse in the morning and agreed to come take them back home later in the evening. We ate dinner, did our jobs and at 7pm we were on the road to take my parents. Everything was going perfectly except for the dark heavy clouds that started gathering behind us. Oh and a few lightning strikes somewhere in the horizont. But we were in the car and we were like.. Safe? Haha, we were. For 10 more minutes or so.
The car broke down suddently, just as suddently as the rain started pouring and the thunder began cracking like crazy all around us. We were like half a kilometer away from the summerhouse, both of my parents' cells were out of range. It became dark quickly and it was impossible to see anything two meters away because of the heavy rain. And, oh boy, the lightning! Do you know how scary it is when you're outside? Like a lot! Somehow our weird brains told us to go to my parents, see if they're fine and better wait out the storm in the house instead. We knew it was very unsafe to run in the lightning so we had to walk slowly as if we were enjoying the weather. How funny is that?
Luckily things didn't get any worse and we reached the house. I was all shaking after every lightning strike. It seemed like it was breaking all the trees and burning everything around. The sounds were awful!
The sun came out after an hour or so as if nothing has really happened. My dad went to check the car and even managed to fix it. We were on our way home. It felt like a scene from a film. Like the ending of a horror movie, where there's only one person who has survived and horrorful night of being chased and attacked by some deformed cannibalistic men and the sun is just begining to rise in the horizont.
Yeah, I know, my imagination is wild and I watch too many horror movies. That said, the lightning is still dangerous and my worry didn't come out of thin air. As soon as I got home I decided to check the web for some information. Wouldn't it be great to know some does and dont's during the lightning? Especially when you end up staying outside. I hope that these tips will help other scared rabbits! Stay safe! :)
What to do during the lightning storm?
If you're outside.
- Always seek for shelter. Look for a large, enclosed building when a thunder or lightning storm threatens.
- If you are in a car and it has a hard top, stay inside and keep the windows rolled up. Do not touch the metal parts of the car.
- Keep away from tall trees, metal fences, pipes, tall or long objects and tree trunks. If you are in the woods find an area of shorter trees.
- If you are on a boat and see the lightning storm coming in the distance, immediately get to land.
- If your skin tingles or your hair stands on the end, a lightning strike may be about to happen. Crouch down on the balls of your feet with your feet close together. Keep your hands on your knees and lower your head. Get as low as possible without touching your hands or knees to the ground. Never lie down on the ground!
If you're inside.
- Stay at least a few feet away from open windows, sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, electric boxes and outlets, and appliances. Lightning can flow through these symptoms and "jump" to a person.
- Avoid using regular telephones, except in an emergency. If lightning hits the telephone lines, it could flow to the phone. Cell or cordless phones, not connected to the building's wiring, are safe to use.