Is it OK to camp in a thunderstorm?
The large amount of water that can accumulate during a short storm is the biggest risk for tents and can cause even more damage than lightning itself.
In hollows, tents are submerged from below, whilst in dried-out streambeds, you can run into torrents of water..
Can you get struck by lightning in a tent?
Tents alone don’t attract lightning, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe during a thunderstorm. The possibility for a tent to get struck by lightning is increased by the campsite location and adjacent tall objects.
Can you sleep in a tent during a thunderstorm?
Unfortunately, tent safety during a thunderstorm in the backcountry can be extremely challenging. If the tent stands higher than nearby objects or is under a tree, you could be at an increased risk of being struck by lightning or suffering exposure to sideflash or ground current—all which can be deadly.
What to do if there is a thunderstorm while camping?
So, two answers: If you’re car camping, the safest thing to do is to get out of the tent and find a better shelter. If no developed (plumbing and electricity) and fully enclosed buildings are nearby, go into your car (if it’s metal-topped and not a convertible) and wait out the storm.