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Tips For Hikers And Boaters In Thunderstorms

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Summers in Montana are known for sudden afternoon thunderstorms. While there may be blue skies when you hit the water or trail, conditions can change quickly.

But, what should you do if you get caught in a storm?

"You want to put all your rods down and try to stay low and you should try to get over the bank," said Steve Summerhill, The River's Edge owner.

Summerhill said getting your fishing rods down is extremely important in severe weather because they attract lightening.

Summerhill also said you should be careful when coming to shore.

"You just want to try to find a place that's relatively open, so you're not the highest point out there," said Summerhill.

Patrick Lair with the U.S. Forest Service said not being the highest point will also help you while hiking in a storm.

"What we encourage people to do is to plan to get through the high elevation portion of your hike before 2 p.m. each day," said Lair.

Lair said another thing you can do is plan ahead by checking the weather, packing rain gear and always hiking with a partner.

"Knowing where you're going to be hiking, what kind of terrain it is, having maps," said Lair. "Think about those things before you go out there."

And for those latest updates before you hit the trails or the water, stick with ABC FOX Montana's Chief Meteorologist, Dave Cochran, and abcfoxmontana.com


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