Stop wondering how close a thunderstorm is and start counting every 5 seconds between the sight of lighting and the sound of thunder as 1 mile. If there’s 20 seconds that means the lightening is 4 miles away. However, don’t think you’re safe, because bolts can come out of thunderclouds and strike up to 10 miles away. An old wives tale that rubber boots or rubber soles, rubber tires, could save your life and stop a thundercloud bolt of lightening from striking you. Don’t bet your life on such a tail. A phone with a cord isn’t even safe, but a wireless phone and game controllers seem to be safe.