How to avoid getting struck by lightning

It’s summer in South Africa, and with that comes a wave of thunderstorms - and lightning. There’ve already been a number of fatal lightning strikes this season. Just this week, four workers died after they were struck on a farm near Upington. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - With the thunderstorm season in full swing, South Africans who live on the highveld and on the escarpment have been warned that when thunder roars, go indoors.

There have been a number of fatal lightning strikes this season.

READ: Rowing community 'deeply saddened' after coach killed by lightning

Four workers died after they were struck on a farm near Upington this week.

On Sunday, a rowing coach died and a teenager was injured when they were hit by lightning in Germiston.

Forensic pathologist Ryan Blumenthal says lightning is South Africa's biggest weather-related killer, with between 80 and 100 people dying annually. 

He's urged people to find shelter - preferably in something like a car that is fully enclosed in metal - when thunderstorms hit. 

Blumenthal warned against standing on a hill or sheltering under a tree. 

Watch the interview with Professor Ryan Blumenthal from the University of Pretoria's Forensic Medicine department above for more tips. 

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