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What to do during a thunderstorm

Lightning strikes just east of Lubbock, Texas, in May, 2005. Lightning strikes just east of Lubbock, Texas, in May, 2005.
STATEWIDE - What you can do if you are caught in a storm:

If you are: Then:
In a forest Seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees.
In an open area Go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods.
On open water Get to land and find shelter immediately.
Anywhere you feel your hair stand on end (which indicates that lightning is about to strike) Squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact it the ground. DO NOT lie flat on the ground.

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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