This next few days we are at great risk of thunder and lightning. We are in the middle of a heatwave with hot, damp air moving up from the south. As a precaution I have disconnected my amateur radio rigs, PC, antennas and mains plugs.
Luckily I have never suffered a lightning strike but know friends who
have. One was living in a very ordinary home, was not a radio amateur or short wave listener, had no big antennas, but his electrics were ruined. Earth's natural electrical activity should always be treated
with respect. I don't like thunderstorms at all. Even if not directly
hit, the power surges can cause damage.
As I write this, Greece is having bad storms according to the maps.
See http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime?lang=en .