Public Information Statement
10:20 AM EDT on June 26, 2012
...Lightning safety awareness week continues...
...June July and August typically have the most lightning deaths...
As might be expected because of increased outdoor activity...the
Summer months have the highest recorded number of deaths due to
lightning. In a normal year...based on statistics from
1982-2011...there are 12 deaths in the United States in both June
and August with 16 deaths in July.
As of June 26 2012...there have already been 4 people killed in the
United States this year. This is below the average and we are hoping
that this trend continues...from increased lightning safety
On June 8 2012 on Lake Okeechobee in Florida...a 51 year old man was
killed on a boat while fishing.
On April 11 2012 in Ponchatoula Louisiana...a 54 year old father and
his 33 year old son were killed while in a small metal shelter after
having been fishing.
On March 30 2012 in Greenville Alabama... a 12 year old boy was
struck and killed by lightning while playing under a tree.
Lightning fatalities can occur anywhere...not just in the southern
states. Yesterday...on June 25 2012...more than a dozen Golf course
employees were injured in Stonington Connecticut. Quite fortunately
there were no fatalities.
As you can see... these are real people in real situations. In many
cases...you can prevent being struck by following basic lightning
safety rules. If you can hear thunder...you are close enough to be
struck. The only safe place is indoors in a sturdy building. Stay
away from trees...fences...and hilltops. If there is no
building...then try to get inside a hard topped automobile...but not
an unprotected motorcycle. If on the water...get to shore when
billowing clouds are seen in the distance...the storms can arrive
Remember these rules...
when thunder roars go indoors.
If you can hear it...fear it.
If you can see it...flee it.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch 417 in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening…
… Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon
into this evening…
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Once again it is going to be a hot day. Stay in AC if you can and drink a lot of Water.
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