A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces 3/4 inch diameter hail or larger and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour. Severe thunderstorms are often accompanied by dangerous lightning, and may be capable of producing tornadoes or other damaging winds. Virginia averages 35 to 45 thunderstorm days per year.
Between 1998 and 2008; 9 Virginian's were killed by lightening.
When thunder roars go indoors. Seek safe shelter - enclosed, grounded building - tents, picnic pavilions and porches are not good shelters
Use Your Brain-Don't Wait For Rain
Lightning can strike up to 15 miles away from a thunderstorm and rain.
If outdoors participating in - soccer, softball, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, football, golf, etc, seek shelter.