WASHINGTON (AP) - Five young lives have been ended by lightning
in less than a week.
The National Weather Service says July typically marks the peak
in lightning activity. It's a time when people are vacationing and
are outside, and so they're vulnerable to lightning strikes.
A 16-year-old Georgia youth was riding a bicycle at a summer
camp in Colorado when he was struck down on July 3rd. Two days
later, a 19-year-old was riding a personal watercraft in South
Carolina when hit. The next day, lightning killed a 23-year-old
while she was jogging along the shore in Virginia Beach. On July
7th, two 16-year-olds died -- one on a family farm in Wisconsin and
another in a North Carolina beach hut, sheltering from a storm.
The Weather Service says it's important to seek shelter in a
substantial building if there's thunder or the sky looks
threatening. It says picnic shelters, carports, dugouts, sheds and
other partially open or small structures are not safe.
Stay away from metal objects and do not seek shelter under tall