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Summer brings increased danger from lightning

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Lightning streaks across the sky in East Brainerd. / Submitted by Eyewitness user cariyunger Lightning streaks across the sky in East Brainerd. / Submitted by Eyewitness user cariyunger

By RANDALL DICKERSON
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Summer weather brings increased chances of electrical storms and two recent incidents in Tennessee underscore lightning danger.

On Friday, a lightning strike during a thunderstorm set an apartment building afire in Memphis. Everyone inside escaped unharmed, but damage was considerable. Five days earlier, lightning struck a building in Gallatin, starting a fire that killed a woman who lived there.

While it isn't possible to be completely safe from lightning, there are ways to reduce the chances of being harmed.

Forecaster Trevor Boucher with the National Weather Service office in Nashville says one of the safest places to be in a lightning storm is in a car, where the steel frame conducts the charge around the passenger compartment. When indoors, avoid standing under light fixtures or near sinks.

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