Lightning Strikes- 300 Injuries Annually

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Lightning Strikes- Here is how to avoid a potentially deadly situation

A Weather forecast can be your best friend, when it comes to lighting and other weather events. Farmer’s Almanac around since 1818, issued a report about the does and don’ts of Lighting safety. Due to the fact that farmers and gardeners spend so much of their time outdoors, they need to be especially mindful of lighting. The statistics are a bit alarming, but properly preparing, and heading the warnings will save lives.

The peak season for lighting to strike is the summer time, June to August, hence the report. According to the National Weather Service, lighting on the average kills just under 50 people every year in the States. Hundreds of other people are injured yearly, with some of those injuries life altering. The ‘NWS’ calculates that 25 million cloud to ground lighting strikes happen each and every year. Many people find the rays of light omitted during a lighting strike all consuming to watch but they can be deadly.

Lighting Strikes Usually Only Kill One Or Two People At A Time

Lighting strikes only kill one or two people at a time. Because of this, the masses don’t pay as much attention to them as other weather events. Powerful tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes have the mass causalities, and generate most of the headlines. Lightning strikes are deadly and should be treated as the serious threat they are say the experts at ‘FA’.

There are approximately 300 related lighting strike injuries a year in the United States. However meteorologists suspect there are several other injuries, that for whatever reasons are not calculated. There have been four lighting strike deaths thus far in 2019, many people don’t look upon lighting and thunderstorms as the natural threat that they are. Deadly lighting occurs during a thunderstorm, each time a cloud to ground strike occurs, it has the capacity to kill.

When And Why Should People Seek Shelter During A Thunderstorm

The general rule of thumb is, if you can hear the sound of thunder, you are close enough to be in the danger zone. There is a thirty thirty rule when calculating the distance approaching thunderstorms. This rule can only be used, if you have good visibility, and there is nothing blocking your view. When lighting is present count in seconds until you hear a thunder strike. If the time that the thunder strike is heard is thirty seconds or less, that means the thunderstorm is six miles away.

That distance puts people in the dangers zone, and the experts advise people to seek shelter immediately. The amount of time passed before it is safe to leave the shelter is somewhat confusing. Many people think that a clear blue sky means all is safe. Experts, say that is very misleading, a storm that can generate a lighting strike is still possible. They advise for people to wait at least 30 minutes before it’s safe to leave a shelter.