Professional angler Tucker K. Owings had a dangerously close call on Lake Athens in Texas on Oct. 12 when lightning struck the water in front of his boat.
A cold front cutting down into Texas from the Midwest combined with moisture off of the Gulf of Mexico to create enough instability in the air to set of a series of violent thunderstorms on Saturday. The area received nearly an inch of rain during the storms, which grew stronger as the day warmed up.
Being out on open water during a thunderstorm is an incredibly dangerous place to be. The safest locations for protection from deadly lightning strikes are in an enclosed building, or a car with the windows rolled all the way up.
According to NOAA, 62 percent of all lightning fatalities occur during a leisure activity, typically because people do not want to end their activity and get inside. So far this year, four people have been killed by lightning while out on the water in a boat or canoe. Another three lost their lives while next to a body of water. All 23 lightning fatalities to date in 2013 occurred when people were outside or in an unsecured shelter.
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While a surge in warmth and humidity will lead to downpours and gusty storms in the northeastern United States into early Saturday, much cooler air will soon follow.
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala around 6:31 a.m. Thursday (8:31 a.m. EDT), the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
Even though Cindy is inland and weakening, the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms will continue along the central Gulf Coast and part of the interior South.
Cindy made landfall early Thursday morning along the border of Texas and Louisiana.
The longest heat wave in more than 20 years in the United Kingdom peaked on Wednesday with temperatures again topping 32 C (90 F) in parts of southern England.
Effects from Tropical Storm Cindy have been felt across the southern United States.
Cindy will continue to release torrential rainfall and raise the risk of flooding even as the storm pushes well inland over the United States into this weekend.