HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and experts want people to learn more about one of the biggest hazards of thunderstorms. Steve Gerome will never forget what happened one stormy afternoon last July.
"We came to learn that someone had gotten hit by lightning at the house next door and I was really first surprised because I wasn't sure how that happened but then I learned someone was up in a tree," says Gerome, "sure it scared me, lightning is a powerful force."
That tree was in the backyard of his neighbor's house and emergency crews took three people to the hospital.
Experts are trying to prevent injuries from happening again this year.
Experts warn people should pay attention to thunderstorm warnings and avoid going outside during a thunderstorm.
Gerome knows all too well that it's best to stay away from water as well.
"This huge oak tree got hit by lightning, we could see the traces where the lightning traveled through the trees, down the roots, and up through the kitchen sink and blew out part of the kitchen sink," said Gerome.
Lightning kills about two thousand people every year. The incident, which happened in 2013, is a reminder to Gerome that it could happen to anyone.
"A lot of people think that it can't happen to them but if you're not taking care and if you're not aware then the chances are greater that it could happen to you," says Gerome.
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