Florida, the Lightning Capital of the US

Florida is known to hold the title for the lightning capitol of the United States. However, it is an unfortunate title to have since lightning strikes are extremely dangerous and have already killed 19 people so far this year. The fatalities have occurred in 12 different states, and Florida has the most with four deaths so far in 2013.

In 2012, The National Lightning Detection Network detected a total of 901,381 flashes in the Sunshine State. The greatest amount of strikes are during the summer when many people are out and about in pools, parks and front yards. That is why an increase in lightning deaths occur during the summer months.

Be safe and aware before heading outdoors. Always check the weather and remember that the safest place to be when thunder roars is indoors.

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