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Woman killed by lightning identified

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A 21-year-old Grand Rapids woman who was spending the summer with her grandparents has died after being hit by lightning in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Alyson Knenlein was struck Friday and found near the Grand Lake beach house in Presque Isle County, north of Alpena.

The Alpena News says Knenlein was working as a lifeguard at Grand Lake for the Presque Isle Harbor Association.

East Grand Lake Fire Chief Ron Fournier says conditions were stormy at the time of the lightning strike.

Michigan is considered one of the more dangerous states in the U.S. when it comes to lightning injuries and deaths. In Michigan more than 30 percent of lightning fatalities are water related. On average lightning kills more than 62 people per year in the US.

One bolt of lightning has more than one billion volts of electricity, and lightning can also strike 10 miles away from the core of a thunderstorm. It is extremely important to remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to get hit by lightning. 

There is no safe place outside when there is a storm. If ever you see lightning or hear thunder you should seek shelter immediately. A substantial building with walls, a roof, plumbing and electricity is the safest place to be. A metal top car with windows rolled up can suffice if you are not near a building.

Another lightning safety tip is to never seek shelter under a tree or tall structure as those are likely places for lightning to hit. Also, if you are in a thunderstorm you should stay away from pools and lakes or other bodies of water.

Remember when thunder roars go indoors.  

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