They are unpredictable and deadly - lightning strikes. And they are common along the Gulf Coast.
They are already to blame for two house fires that happened Tuesday, one in Mobile and another in Daphne.
But what if you are out in the open and vulnerable?
As pop up storms began to brew, many people along the beach are prime targets for lightning strikes.
NBC 15's James Gordon is in Gulf Shores where lifeguards are now armed with a new tool that takes the guesswork out, helping them monitor severe weather and lightning on the beach.