Lightning can strike long before it starts raining! In fact, many lightning strike victims are hit before rain begins. Lightning can strike over 10 miles away from a thunderstorm, so action needs to be taken before the wet weather arrives.
Whenever thunder is heard or lightning is seen, there is a risk present and play should be suspended. The field should be evacuated immediately.
Players, Managers/Coaches, Umpires and spectators should take shelter in a fully enclosed building that has plumbing and electricity. If this isn’t an option, seek shelter in a hard-topped vehicle with the windows up. While in the vehicle, don’t touch anything metal, or any electronics.
Everyone should wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning or clap of thunder before returning to the field.