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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
916 AM EDT Wed Jun 20 2018

...Lightning Safety Awareness Week Continues - Lightning Facts

The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA has declared June
18 through June 22 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Each day
during the awareness week will feature information about a
different lightning related topic.

While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is also a
potential killer. In the United States, there are between 20 and
25 million cloud to ground lightning flashes each year. Each one
of those 25 million flashes is a potential killer.

In addition to the deaths and injuries, lightning causes
considerable damage across the nation. Each year, lightning is
the cause of about 25,000 fires, including about 4400 house fires,
1800 other structural fires, and numerous forest fires. Those
fires are responsible for an additional estimated 12 deaths per
year. All totaled, lightning causes nearly $1 billion in damages
each year.

Remember there is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm.
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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