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Lightning danger from storms

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email

Lightning is one of the leading causes of deaths from weather related events.

Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey, says you have about one in 700,000 odds of being struck by lightning. That goes to 1 in 10,000 in your lifetime.

Thursday's storms put on a spectacular lightning show.
"At one time last night we had about 15,000 flashes per hour across central and eastern KY. That is just off the charts," says Bailey.

Even though we had two people struck by lightning Thursday night, KY does not make the top 10 rankings for lightning deaths or injuries, according a joint study by the National Weather Service and Centers for Disease Control. In fact your chance of being struck goes up in Florida, where daily seabreeze storms occur. 126 people are killed on average a year.

Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Colorado round out the top five. KY averages about 12 deaths a year.

We were on scene on the Fayette, Clark county line where a tree was struck by lightning and burst into flames while laying across active power lines. Even coming back a day later you can see the enormous amount of heat from the lightning flash that has hollowed out this tree.

iWitness video from a resident on Combs Ferry Road shows the fire consuming the tree. Being outside in a storm is never safe and you should seek shelter in a building or metal roofed vehicle to stay safe.

It's estimated that 1,000 people are injured by lightning strikes each year.


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