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Deputy talks about lightning strike just feet in front of cruiser

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PADUCAH, KY -

We brought you video of a lightning strike at Paducah’s LowerTown district Thursday. It shook the dashboard of a police cruiser and shook up a McCracken County sheriff’s deputy, too.

It’s a lesson that lightning can strike anywhere, and it’s important to be inside during a thunderstorm.

North 6th Street is full of historical homes and art. For deputy David Shepard, its where he encountered to one of the craziest things he’s seen. “It wasn't like it was a deafening sound, but it was the fact that it just moved you. Everything in the car rocked,” Shepard said.

With a three-day weekend approaching, it’s a valuable lesson, according to Local 6 meteorologist Trent Okerson. “If you're anywhere within the sound of thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning,” Okerson said.

Wherever your Memorial Day plans take you this weekend, while you’re enjoying time off, remember: If you hear thunder, put those plans on hold.

“There really is no safe place outdoors. If you're out on the water, out on the golf course, as soon as you hear thunder, the best thing for you to do is to get inside,” Okerson said.

Trent says if you're in the car and there's lightning outside, just make sure your windows are rolled up and you're insulated and safe. He also advises you should wait 30 minutes after the last lightning strike you hear before you go back outside. 

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