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Ten People Struck by Lightning
Last Week in Florida

June 12, 2001
By: Elizabeth Nelson

On average, five to ten people are killed by lightning each year in Florida. About 100 people are killed by lightning each year in the United States (more than tornadoes or hurricanes). Last week, Florida had a record ten people stuck by lightning. One man was killed, and nine others were injured.

Lightning strikes somewhere in the United States over 55,000 times a day and due to heat and humidity, Florida received about 3,500 strikes a day.

According to Ron Holle, a lightning expert with Global Atmospherics, "If you see lightning and you count the number of seconds until you hear thunder, if it's 30 seconds or less, it is time to take action." It is best to take cover in a large building. After the last flash of lightning, you should wait at least 30 minutes before leaving your house.

Other safety tips include: Standing away from doors, windows, and electrical appliances. Unplug appliances before the storm, not during. Stay away from water in sinks, baths, and faucets. Stay off of the telephone.

If you happen to be caught outside during a storm, follow these safety guidelines from The Lightning Protection Institute: get in a hard-topped car. Never seek shelter near a tree. Avoid areas that are higher than the surrounding landscape. Keep away from metal objects including bikes, golf carts, fencing, machinery, etc. Avoid standing near tall objects. Immediately get out and away from pools, lakes, and other bodies of water. Spread out-- don't stand in a crowd of people. If you feel a tingling sensation or your hair stands on end, lightning may be about to strike! Immediately crouch down and cover your ears. Do not lie down or place your hands on the ground. Victims of lightning shock should be administered CPR if necessary, and seek medical attention immediately.

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