Archive for August 10th, 2011

Thunderstorms and Lightning!

August 10, 2011

I’m generally a pretty sound sleeper.  But even I was awakened this morning by a rather strong thunderstorm that moved through the area.  The thunder and lightning were amazing!   All thunderstorms and dangerous and produce lightning.  In addition to the lightning, some of the other hazards associated with a thunderstorm can include strong winds, hail, flash flooding and tornadoes.  Did you know that . . .

  • In the United States, an average of 160 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year by lightning?
  • Flash flooding is actually responsible for more fatalities than lightning (an average of 140 deaths per year)?
  • Only 10% of thunderstorms are classified as “severe” (one that produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher, or produces a tornado)?
  • Thunderstoms typically produce heavy rain for a brief period (usually 30 minutes to an hour)?
  • Lightning strikes outside of heavy rain and may even occur as far away as 10 miles from any rain?
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are about 1 in 600,000?

Here are precautions you can take before, during, and after a thunderstorm to protect yourself from harm or injury.

Source: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).