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Lightning Safety

by Monty Webb

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Updated today at 10:27 PM

For the second day in a row another person was struck by lightning in Kentucky!  Lightning is the number two weather killer in the U.S.  Killing more people every year than hurricanes and tornadoes combined (only floods kill more). 

New Albany, IN July17.2010

Kentucky Lightning Stats (U.S. survey 1957-2007)...

- Ranked 20th in lightning deaths

- 24th in lightning injuries

- 19th in related lightning damage

Lightning Facts

- Lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun (approx. 54,000 F)

- A stroke of lightning can discharge 300 million volts of electricity

- Lightning can strike 25 miles away from the edge of a thunderstorm

Lightning Safety

- No place outside is safe during a thunderstorm

- Get out of water (pool, lake)

- Seek shelter inside a building and away from windows (a car with a metal roof is your second best option)

For more Lightning Information and Safety Tips... Click Here, More Info

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