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Unformatted text preview: is detected within 20 miles. Most lightning strikes that involve Most lightning strikes that involve people occur in elevated locations. The highest point is subject to being struck by lightning. Lightning Studies
In 2006: Lightning killed at least 43 people in the U.S. (Annual average is 61 fatalities) Hundreds of people are injured by lightning, often with debilitating health effects, such as permanent nerve damage or brain injury. Source: Dr. Mary Ann Cooper of the University of Illinois’s dept. of emergency Lightning Statistics
Lightning Statistics In continental 48 states, an average of 25,000,000 cloudtoground flashes occur every year (since 1989 when the lightning detection network recorded lightning activity in all of the continental US).
Half of all flashes have more than one ground strike point or two or more ground hits per flash.
The highest frequency of cloudtoground lightning is in Florida between Tampa and Orlando. Weather Fatalities
Weather Fatalities Lightning Precautions
Lightning Precautions Stay inside buildings or inside vehicles during a lightning storm
Stay away from fences, antennas and metal pipelines that are not grounded
Stay away from trees or high structures and seek low ground if shelter is not a...
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