Recent lightning fatalities around Hampton Roads
May 2005 - Richard Moran Jr., 43, of Virginia Beach, killed in Southampton County while riding his motorcycle.
Jul 2008 - Tephanie Dawn Kirpes, 23, of Woodbridge, Killed in Sandbridge while Jogging on the beach.
July 2004 - Raul Vargas Arroyo, killed while working on the roof of a Virginia Beach school.
August 2002 - Heather Hewitt, 26, of Chesapeake, killed in a parking lot in Hatteras, N.C.
August 2001 - Lonnie West, 39, of Gloucester County, killed on a boat at a marina in Norfolk.
July 2000 - Brian Okuley, 46, of Chesapeake, killed while doing yard work at a Virginia Beach home.
July 1997 - Waldo Morales, 18, of Nags Head, N.C., killed while sitting on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
- Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles ahead of a storm.
- Use the 30/30 rule: If the time between the lightning flash and thunder clap is 30 seconds or less, move indoors or into a vehicle. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last clap before going back outdoors.
- Avoid water, metal, or tall and lone trees – it is better to crouch on open ground.