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Upward Striking Lightning in Tempe?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning covers the desert sky. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Maricopa County.

On a visit to Tempe one summer, I watched an intense thunderstorm with lightning, and I remember staying up all night watching the lightning from my hotel window. SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East responds to storm damage emergencies every year, and we want everyone to be safe around lightning. Here is some information about lightning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • Upward striking lightning is possible but extremely rare, but high-speed cameras have shown upward lightning flashes to be more common than previously thought
  • Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as ten miles away from any rainfall
  • “Heat lightning” is lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
  • Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening
  • Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately. Most people struck by lightning are not killed but are injured significantly.
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions 

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When your Tempe home or business has storm damage, SERVPRO® of North Tempe and Mesa East’s technicians are Here to Help. ® We typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 480-456-0000.

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