“When thunder roars, go indoors.”
This is a common saying when it comes to storm safety. The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin tweeted this year’s statistics as of May 2, 2016:
More than 20 people died per year as a result of lightning in each of the past 10 years. The most fatalities during that period occurred in 2006, with a total of 48 people. Last year alone saw 27 deaths because of lightning strikes. The number of lightning fatalities has been nearly consistent the past five years:
This year’s fatalities so far have occurred in Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana. Last year, there was a total of two Iowa fatalities, one in May and one in June. On average, most of the deaths happen during the warm summer months – June, July and August.
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 4, 2016