25 Jun '11, 6pm

#Lightning fact or fiction? People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge & should not be touched #severeweather

Do you know everything about lightning safety? Think again. Have a look below at some of the most commonly known “facts” about lightning to see whether they are right or wrong. #1 If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning. Fact or fiction? Fiction. Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur more than 16 km away from a storm. If you can hear thunder, you are at risk of being struck by lightning and should take shelter immediately. Remain sheltered for at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. #2 The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect you from being struck by lightning. Fact or fiction? Partly fact, mostly fiction. Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The lightning strike between the cloud and the ground has potentially traveled thousands of meters through thin air, there...

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channelnewsasia.com 25 Jun '11, 10pm

HANOI - At least 10 people have been killed, seven of them struck by lightning, during several days of storms and heavy ra...