For the past several days, lightning has flashed through skies and wreaked havoc on a few occasions. Authorities investigated the report of lightning striking a residence Sunday in the Clyattville area.

The possibility of thunderstorms are forecast daily for the next week in South Georgia.

Nothing unusual for this time of year in South Georgia. And only appropriate since this week marks Lightning Safety Week (June 22-28).

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has updated its mobile app which includes geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts, a checklist of emergency supplies, a map of open shelters, access to live traffic maps, etc.

GEMA also issued lightning recommendations.

• Know the 30/30 rule: go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

• If a storm does approach, find shelter in a sturdy building or hard-top automobile. Keep all windows closed.

• Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.

• Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any purpose. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

• Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will help prevent glass from shattering into your home.

• If you are caught outside and cannot find shelter, go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.

• If someone is struck by lightning, they carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number. Learn first aid and CPR by taking an American Red Cross first aid and CPR course; call your local Red Cross chapter for class schedules and fees.

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