Lowndes County - It often comes without warning and leaves serious damage. "My legs were burning, I literally saw the fire on my hands and I don't remember anything from there," said Tina Flowers.
Tina Flowers knows first hand the dangers lightning can bring. It's been almost a year since she was hit. "I was going in the house and when I reach for the handle to close the door, that's when it hit me," said Flowers.
Tina only received a few minor burns, but many people aren't so lucky. "Just last year there was a child killed by lightning in our area and several other people have been hit," said Lowndes EMA Director Nick Lacey.
But using a little extra caution will keep you from becoming a victim. First and foremost, if you hear thunder, find shelter immediately. "That's in a firm structure building with concrete floors or in a vehicle that's covered," said Lacey.
But just because you're inside doesn't necessarily mean you're safe. Being near windows and talking on the phone can also pose a threat. "Lightning can come through the telephone because its a conductor of electricity," said Lacey.
Tina has very few physical side effects from her injury. "Sometimes I have numbness in my hands," said Flowers.
But it has affected her lifestyle. "I panic real bad now," said Flowers. And taught her a valuable safety lesson.