What's the safest place to be, when stuck outside in a thunder storm?

8 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    I'd evaluate whether I was truly stuck outside, or whether the limitation was in my mind.  Normally, I wouldn't hitch hike, bang on doors, or break into cars or houses, but if it was a matter of survival, it would be fair game.  Shelter is better than survival tricks.

    I'd also have to consider what the greatest threat was.  Lightning strike?  Hypothermia?  Flash flood?  Hail?  Even a tornado?  For example, if I was hiking a narrow valley in Hawaii, I would scramble up the valley wall, or climb a small tree.  Lightning rarely hits the ground there, but a flash flood could be lethal.

    I'm never outside and far from shelter, except when hiking or bike touring.  If baseball hail started, and I couldn't run to a nearby overhang or sturdy tree, I'd try to protect my vital areas with my pack or bike.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Underneath the car

  • Rain
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

     Try to go inside any building or apartments. Get inside the car, if available nearby and you will be safe.

  • 2 months ago

    As low as possible. If flooding is not expected, a ditch is the safest spot.

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  • TQ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There is no safest place to be when stuck outside in a thunder storm [sic].

    The time to think about where the safest place to be in a thunderstorm is before you're stuck outside in a thunderstorm.

  • Dze
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    near trees but not close to them .. you dont want to be in an open field ..

  • 2 months ago

    In a low area in an automobile with rubber tires is another good place. Where you don't want to be is next to the Big tall tree in the middle of the open field.

  • 2 months ago

    Any place except Seattle.

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