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MUST SEE: Fierce lightning strikes too close to home in Alberta

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:36 AM - Scattered thunderstorms that fired up across Alberta Wednesday night continued to roll into western Saskatchewan early Thursday morning.


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Heavy downpours, small hail and intense lightning strikes were reported.

In the video above, you can see as a fierce lightning strike literally knocks the camera out of an Albertan's hand.

Despite being indoors, the storm hit a little too close to home.

Here are a few tips that can help keep you safe, courtesy of The Weather Network and the Canadian and American Red Cross.

LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

  • Stay away from windows.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use the telephone.
  • Avoid running tap water.
  • Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT  considered safe).
  • Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
  • If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.

IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

  • Call for help / dial 911.
  • The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
  • People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  • Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.

Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder. 

Dark, menacing clouds were also caught on camera Wednesday night as several residents took to Twitter to report the punishing storms.

"Thunderstorms will re-fire through Saskatchewan and Manitoba later this afternoon, with isolated severe storms possible through the interlakes," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "Thunderstorms are possible along the foothills with left-over moisture through this afternoon/evening."

According to Dillon, the thunderstorm risk will continue again on Friday through central/southern Alberta due to the "thermal low crossing from the Rockies tonight and bringing more rain and thunderstorms to the region."


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