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Lightning Safety Awareness

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This week (June 23 - June 27) is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. There are a lot of common misconceptions when it comes to lightning, and this week is dedicated to informing and reminding the public of the danger that lightning imposes.

There are usually over 50 deaths each year due to lightning. So far in 2014 there have been 7 deaths, with 4 of those occurring in Florida. According to the National Weather Service, most lightning deaths in the past eight years have been from those who were fishing or spending time on the water. In total, since 2006, 30 people died from lightning while fishing. In most cases, these victims waited too long to seek shelter. It's always a smart idea to have a plan as to where you will seek shelter in case of a storm while you are outside.

Water is obviously not a safe place to be during a thunderstorm. No area outside is really safe when there is lightning and thunder. When you hear thunder, go inside immediately with no hesitation. If there is thunder, then there is lightning. A lot of people think you can stay outside when you hear thunder and that you are safe until you start to see the lightning, but that is NOT true. Lightning actually creates the sound of thunder during a storm. Just because you don't see the lightning doesn't mean it isn't there. If you can hear thunder then you are close enough to get struck by lightning. Always remember, "when thunder roars head indoors."

For more safety tips and detailed information, you can head to the NWS Lightning Safety Awareness Week page by clicking here.

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