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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
903 AM EDT TUE JUN 21 2016

...Lightning Safety Awareness Week Continues - Summer Months Have
The Most Lightning Deaths...

Because of increased outdoor activity, the highest number of
deaths due to lightning occur during the summer months. In a
normal year, based on statistics from 1985-2014, there are 11
deaths in the United States in both June and August, with 15
deaths in July.

2016 has already been deadly. As of June 18 2016, unfortunately,
there have been 6 people killed by lightning in the United States
this year.

On March 18 2016 in Larose, Louisiana, a 28 year old woman was
killed by lightning in a tent while attending a music festival.

On March 25 2016 in Hobe Sound, Florida, a 41 year old man was
killed on a grassy field while enjoying a family picnic.

On April 15 2016 in Boynton Beach, Florida, a 23 year old man
was struck and killed while working in a yard, near a tree.

On April 27 2016 in Mantachie, Mississippi, a 37 year old man
was killed by a lightning bolt while riding a horse outside a

On April 27 2016 in Slidell, Louisiana, a 36 year old man was
struck and killed while working at a construction site.

On June 13 2016 in Manatee County, Florida, a 47 year old man
was loading a truck at a farm when he was struck and killed
by lightning.

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 inside 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 quickly.

Remember these rules:
When thunder roars, go indoors.
If you can hear it, fear it.
If you can see it, flee it.

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visit the NOAA lightning safety awareness Web site at


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