North Carolina is sixth in the nation for lightning-related insurance claims, according to a State Farm report released on Monday.
During severe weather season, the question always comes up: Can you protect your home from lightning.
WFMY News 2 found three ways you can protect yourself and your home when thunderstorms are in the forecast.
First, say off your electronics and unplug them before the storm. If lightning hits your house, or your power-lines, it can follow the wiring your house. If the storm is in your area, it is too late to unplug your electronics. Weather Educator, Randy Jackson recommends you don't play with your power cables because that can cause problems.
Second, get a power surge protector. Insurance companies get a lot of calls after storms about power surge problems.
Third, do not take a shower or a bath. Everyone needs to stay away from water and windows.
You've always heard lightning doesn't strike twice, but that's not true. The Empire State building is struck by lightning about 100 times each year.