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With lightning and thunderstorms threatening portions of Los Angeles County to continue through Friday, the county’s Office of Emergency Management issued these tips.

  • No place outside is safe in or near a thunderstorm. Stop what you are doing and get to a safe place. Small outdoor buildings such as rain shelters and sheds are not safe;
  • Electrical charges can linger in clouds after a thunderstorm has passed. People should wait at least 30 minutes after the storm before resuming activities and stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as barbed wire fences, power lines and windmills, according to experts.

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter nearby, here are some things experts advise to possibly reduce risk:

  • Get off of elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks;
  • Never lie flat on the ground under an isolated tree nor use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter. Get away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.

— City New Service

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