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7/20/2012 - Three myths about lightning

There are many myths surrounding lightning.

While it's true that some of the most significant property insurance losses each year result from lightning strikes, there are a variety of myths about these types of storms that many individuals may think are accurate.

To help set the record straight, the Insurance Information Institute outlined what some of these are and where the truth lies.

One of the most common myths is the notion that lightning never strikes the same place twice. In reality, lightning can strike the same location repeatedly. This is especially true regarding objects that may be out in the open and are tall or come to a point.

Another misperception is that if there are no clouds, lightning cannot materialize. The III says that this is also not true, as lightning can often strike three miles from where clouds dominate.

An especially important myth to clarify is the belief that lightning rods attract lightning. In fact, they do not attract lightning but rather provide the path to the ground that's needed to safely channel electricity away from structures or objects that can become electrified.

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