Observing Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Lightning is the number two weather-related killer across the country. In fact, lighting kills more people each year than tornadoes and hurricanes combined!

Afternoon thunderstorms occasionally produce deadly lightning. Just this past May, a man was struck by lightning and killed while cutting the grass in Jessamine County.

So far this year, there have been one death and two lightning injuries, and we haven't even reached the peak of summer.

The National Weather Service offices across the country recognize June 24th through the 30th as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Every year, this week falls during the summer months because this is the time of year when most lightning fatalities occur.

When you combine electric afternoon thunderstorms with outdoor summer activities such as baseball, tennis, and swimming, the risk for being struck by lightning drastically increases.

If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. If you get caught outside during lightning, avoid taking shelter under tall objects such as trees. Instead, move away from tall things that could attract a lightning strike.

The heat from one lightning strike is 5 times hotter than the sun and has enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for nearly two months.

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