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Cell Phones and Lightning

Question:

As I sit here through today's thunderstorm, I thought of a question for you.  I've been told NOT to use a telephone during a thunderstorm because you can get zapped.  Does the same hold true for cell phones?  Since there is not a landline, is it safe to make or receive calls on a cell phone during lightning?

Answer:

It is my understanding that while you should NOT use a "wired" telephone - lightning's electrical charge can travel substantial distances along telephone lines - it is okay to use cell phones.

Good question!

Jay Grymes
Chief Meteorologist
WAFB Storm Team

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