Be smart during electrical storms

Be smart during electrical storms

SPOKANE, Wash. - The National Weather Service in Spokane hoping you'll take note of the dangers of severe weather after a Hayden, Idaho woman was nearly hit by lightning Tuesday night.

Stephanie Rey was outside with her daughter taking video of Tuesday storm when a bolt of lightning streaks through the sky, hitting the ground near her. Her daughter CC Weske, caught the whole thing on camera.

Rey is lucky; so far this year there have been 20 deaths caused by lightning within the U.S.

With the threat of thunderstorms in the forecast for the next few days, the National Weather Service wants you to be aware of your surroundings.

"We like to just keep it simple," NWS Meteorologist Greg Koch said. "If you can see lightning or if you can hear thunder you're close enough to be in danger."

He says to head inside, either your home, a building or your car.

But what should you do if you find yourself in the midst of a storm while hiking, boating or just outdoors?

Koch says to find a low lying area spot away from trees and wait out the storm.

"Keep these lightning safety tips in mind," Koch said, "don't take any chances, it's not worth it."