Three people struck by lightning

Three people have been hit by lightning in Camberley.

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What should you do if lightning strikes?

Lightning bolts such as this one strikes ground in Britain 300,000 times a year Credit: PA Wire

After three men were hit by lightning in Camberley yesterday, here's some advice for people across the South in case lightning strikes near them.

There are three different ways of being hit by lightning.

There's the direct strike where the lightning hits you and goes to earth through you and the side flash where the lightning hits another object and jumps sideways to hit you. There's also a ground strike, which strikes the ground then travels through it, hitting you on the way.

What to do if a storm happens near you?

-Seek shelter and make yourself as small a target by crouching down with your head tucked in.

-Do not shelter beneath tall trees as one in four people are struck seeking refuge under them.

-Get out of water and off of beaches as water can transmit strikes from further away.

-Beware of objects that can conduct or attract lightning such as: golf clubs, umbrella, wire fencing and rails.

-Do not use a mobile or landline until the storm is over as it could conduct the lightening.

-Seek shelter quickly if your hair begins to stand on end and appliances begin buzzing - it may mean lightning is just about to strike.

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