A British woman is warning others about the dangers of being struck by lightning after she unknowingly had a close call while at the beach recently.
Footage taken by Karyin Sandiford on July 4 shows her hair standing on end as a thunderstorm approached at Lytham St Annes in England.
“Bit of static on the beach,” she jokes in the video.
It was only when Sandiford got home that she realized that she potentially could have been struck by lightning.
In a Facebook post, Sandiford said that she saw the storm “rolling in from miles away” and didn’t think much of it until it was right on top her, causing even the hair on her arms to stand up – a sign lightning is about to strike you, according to the National Weather Service.
“It wasn’t until we were home and I researched it, did the possibility of instant death by lightning strike dawn on me. Apparently this static phenomenon is nature’s final warning of imminent lightning strike, and you are the conductor.. so stay safe, if this happens don’t be daft and take pictures like we did, get the hell out of there,” she warned.
“If your hair stands on end, lightning is about to strike you. Drop to your knees and bend forward but don’t lie flat on the ground. Wet ground is a good conductor of electricity,” advice issued by the National Weather Service says. Credit: Karyn Sandiford via Storyful