Breakdown: Why lightning can strike the same place twice

Breakdown: Why lightning can strike the same place twice

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A common saying goes, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.” However, lightning can strike the same place twice and sometimes even multiple times.

Lightning is one of the most dangerous parts of thunderstorms and kills nearly 50 people each year.

While most areas do not see a lightning strike more than once, there are certain objects that are more susceptible to lightning. Tall, pointed, isolated objects can generate strong enough electrical fields to be struck repeatedly.

In fact, the Empire State Building in New York City is struck around 100 times each year.

When thunderstorms are slow-moving, some lightning-prone locations can be struck many times from a single storm.

Even some people have endured a lightning strike more than once. Roy Sullivan, a former park ranger, was struck seven different times by lightning, which is the most of anyone on record.This is likely because he was frequently the tallest object in an open area or near a tall tree that received the strike.

This is why you should never let your guard down when lightning is in the area and should always seek shelter indoors when a storm with lightning is in the area.

Remember the saying, when thunder roars, lightning is close and you need to go indoors.

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