Texas Panhandle weather can be unpredictable. Here's some lightning safety tips for our readers.

Hutchinson County continues to enjoy plenty of rain this summer. Weather reports from local folks like Charles Gillingham tell us we've received nearly 6.5 inches of rain so far this month. That's wonderful, but those same thunderstorms bring plenty of lightning too. Here's a few lightning safety tips provided by our friends at Texas Co-op Power.

Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. We all know lightning can cause serious injuries and death. Follow these tips to lessen the chances of a lightning accident.

First, take shelter in a vehicle with a solid metal roof. Close windows and avoid contact with electrical-conducting paths. If outside, avoid water, high ground and open spaces. Do not seek safety in open-frame shelters or vehicles such as golf carts. Do not stand near poles, metal fences or bleachers, trees or even other people. Groups of people should spread out at least 20 feet apart. Wait until 30 minutes has passed without lightning or thunder until you venture outside. Finally, even when indoors you should stay away from electronics, outlets and plumbing during storms.

Do you have a lightning strike story or know anyone who has been struck? Share your story with our readers. We just may contact you for a story in the News-Herald.