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Old 06-23-2014, 01:44 PM   #1
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What is the general consensus here on a realistic and generally safe distance to stay from an active thunderstorm with lightning?

I was out in Chocta Bay yesterday with those storms rolling across the northern part of the Bay, and watching them on my XM allowed me to stay at least 6 - 8 miles off the active strikes showing up on the screen (which are typically a few minutes old). It was great on the south side of the bay and I really didn't want to go in. Eventually I did when that big one started building to the west late in the afternoon, but still, perhaps I should have been more prudent and gone in earlier. It seems to me that in Florida in the summertime, these storms show up all the time and if I went in every time a storm popped up there would be no point in having a boat.

What say the smart folks here in the Panhandle on this issue?
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:50 PM   #2
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I know of AF peeps hit by lighting on the flightline and lightning wasnt within 5nm.
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My rule is that if you can hear thunder, lightning can get you!

If you Google this subject, you will find info that “will give you pause” as it were, & make you make you wonder if it is ever safe to go outdoors.
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I'm the tallest thing on the water around me when in my boat. I'm outa there if there's thunder or lightning whichever I see or hear first! I'll go back...even my best day of fishing is not worth my life!
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There was a girl killed by lightning on the beach in Destin years ago.skies were clear. The storm was in Niceville. She was here with her friend and her friends family. I can't imagine having to make the call to her parents.
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I've heard that lightning can strike you up to 10 miles or more away but I generally use the 5 mile rule. When you see the lightning you count the seconds till you hear the thunder and every 5 seconds is roughly 1 mile so I use 25 seconds. I was knocked unconscious from a lightning strike that hit a tree that I was fishing under in a canal in Homestead and I had a Navy friend that was hit with a direct strike to the chest while fishing and killed here in Pensacola back around 1997 so I don’t mess around with it.
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They way I see it, if God is going to bring me home by lightning, there is little I can do. I have seen it blow holes in roofs and fry a refrigerator.

Now granted, I am now going to hold a steel pole up during a storm, or fly a kite.

But look how many people get killed / struck by lightning in Florida at this link:

http://databases.sun-sentinel.com/ne...y=dDescription
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i thought it was every second was a mile, 25 seconds would be a loooong wait. at work they close the flightline when lightning is within 5 miles.
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No it's 5 seconds for every mile; 25 seconds is 5 miles away.

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/distance.htm
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No it's 5 seconds for every mile; 25 seconds is 5 miles away.

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/distance.htm

Your first post had it right.
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