Weather experts explain the dangers of lightning

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Weather experts are reminding people of the dangers of lightning after a UNCW student was struck by lightning and killed last week.

They say many lightning deaths happen ahead of the storm, because people wait too long before seeking shelter.

Surfer Greg Bradshaw said he's seen several storms quickly form while he's surfing.  He said sometimes it looks like you have a half hour, but five minutes later the storm is on top of you.

Each year there are about 70 people in the United States who are killed by lightning - more than hurricanes or tornadoes.

Joshua Weiss with the National Weather Service said there were 11 lightning strikes in the area the day 18-year-old John Sackett was killed at Wrightsville Beach.

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Family members are currently making funeral arrangements for Sackett.

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