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Good Question: Reply All-Lightning

Benjamin Franklin experimented with it and we associate it with spring storms.

We are talking about lightning.

Scientists say there are 1.4 billion flashes each year.

Good Question: Reply All-Lightning

Lightning, it can be fascinating to watch, but it can also cause damage and even death.

Keith-Eubank: Can lightning go through your house?

Keith, it can and it happens frequently.

If lightning hits your home it can often times cause a fire.

Lightning can hit your house and travel through the plumbing, electrical wires even your appliances.

Experts say four to five percent of people are hit by lightning while indoors on the phone.

Where in the U.S. does lightning strike most often?

You have to travel to central and western Florida to get that answer.

Tampa actually has the most lighting strikes, weather folks say they see at least 100 days with thunderstorms popping up.

How do I know how far I am away from lightning?

We've all been there, caught outside when lighting hits the sky.

A University of Florida professor says the average bolt is one inch wide and five miles long.

To figure out how far away you are, that professor says to count the seconds between when you see lighting and hear thunder, then take the value and divide by five.

The result is the approximate distance you are in miles from the lighting.


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