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INFOGRAPHIC: Which Weather Conditions Prove Deadliest?

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
August 20, 2014; 11:34 PM ET
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In a study of weather-related deaths from 2006 to 2010, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the most fatal conditions were directly related to temperatures and the subsequent health dangers of being too hot or too cold.

An additional finding was that more Americans were killed after being struck by lightning than those who died due to flooding.

Overall weather at least contributed to the death of 10,649 people. Roughly 2,000 people die at the hands of the weather each year. Most of those are related to the natural cold and the complications freezing temperatures inflict on the human body.

More Americans were killed by lightning that flooding from 2006 to 2010 according to a July 2014 study published by the CDC. (Flickr/Alexander Baxevanis)

The study concluded that those who lived in the Southern states of the U.S. were at most danger of being killed by weather. Those living in large central metro communities and with the highest median gross income ($49,241 and above) perished more to weather-related issues than those living in rural settings.

In fact, those in the lowest category gross median income category ($35,517 or below) were least likely to be killed as a result of the weather.

However, the numbers may seem skewed as the study reported that nearly 60 percent of the country's population live in the higher income counties whereas six percent live in the lowest income counties.

Rural counties had the highest percentage of lightning and cold-related deaths due an increased risk of exposure to the elements.

Elderly adults proved to be at the most elevated risk of dying at the hands of weather with the highest weather-related death rate per million people for all age classifications. Most of the deaths in persons over the age of 85 were due to the cold.

Frigid temperatures can bring hypothermia and aggravate previous medical conditions, heightening the risk of death.

The study also claimed that statistics may be limited as the number of heat and cold-related deaths is most likely higher than what eventually is reported.

The study based death causes on what was listed on death certificates as provided by the government.

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