There are a lot of lightning-related myths, such as “lightning never strikes the same place twice.” This statement is incorrect. Although, in a wide flat area, it is unlikely that lightning will strike the same point twice in a long period of time, lightning can hit a specific object (especially taller ones) many times. For instance, the Empire State Building is a frequent target for lightning strikes. Note that lightning tends to strike taller objects, but it may strike a nearby shorter one under certain conditions. So shorter objects are NOT safe during a thunderstorm. Some of these myths were explained in a
that Ron and I wrote a few years ago.