KNOXVILLE (WATE) – During the summer months, there is a spike in lightning fatalities because thunderstorms are more frequent and more people are outside. Over the past 10 years, the U.S. lightning fatality numbers have dramatically decreased, especially from 2006 to 2008.
The majority of the fatalities have been men. So far this year, we are up to 17 lightning fatalities and counting.
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This time of year, a lot of folks are out on the water, hiking through the Smokies or soaking up the sun, and the skies can turn ominous with very little warning. That is why when thunder roars, to go indoors. Once you’ve made it inside, stay away from windows and wait an additional 30 minutes from the last time you hear thunder. That is important because lightning can strike as far as 25 miles away from its parent thunderstorm.
Lightning is known as one of the most underrated weather killers and can strike in a blink of an eye.
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