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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

As of July 8, 2015, 17 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States — ALL of these deaths were avoidable. This is double the average number of year-to-date lightning fatalities (8.8) over the past five years (2010-2014). There are several possible reasons for this, such as more convective activity across the country; an improved economy resulting in more people taking vacations this summer; the possibility of people taking more risks than usual; and the element of chance. But the most important issue is behavior: People must go indoors when they hear thunder!


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Understanding Lightning: http://1.usa.gov/1FCBomY

Number of year-to-date fatalities as of July 6:
  •   2015: 17 fatalities

  •   2014:  9 fatalities

  •   2013:  9 fatalities

  •   2012:  7 fatalities

  •   2011:  8 fatalities

  •   2010: 11 fatalities

Be safe and Be ready, Utah.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.



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