Lightning strikes are nearly as varied as snowflakes. Each individual strike is unique, and the effects on lightning-strike victims can be equally varied.
In the U.S. alone, there are over 25 million lightning flashes every year. While uncommon, these flashes kill an average of 58 people, while injuring at least 300 more.
While lightning strikes may seem to not cause initial external damage, internal damage can be severe.
Short-term health problems can include anything from mild daze to paralysis, and long-term issues can cause recurring problems. Many former lightning strike victims complain of joint and muscle problems and neurological issues such as memory loss or headaches.
Obviously, anyone struck by lightning should immediately consult a doctor and also think about contacting their insurance company to make sure any and all incidents are covered.
Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from where it is raining. If you hear thunder, you are at risk even if you don't see lightning.
The odds of getting struck by lightning are slim, but the more prepared you are for such an eventuality, the better. There are several different ways to keep yourself safe from lightning strikes on land and sea.
Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, while wildfires raged in the West and flooding downpours persisted in the East.
As much of the West continues to be plagued by intense drought, the production of favorite and trendy foods may be more challenging for states operating in dry conditions.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
A warmer weather pattern is forecast for much of the Central and Eastern states, while temperatures should throttle back in the Northwest during the middle of August.
Japan and South Korea face tropical floods into this weekend; the danger of a typhoon looms for next week.
Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
Hurricane Erin crossed central Florida from the east with 50-70 mph wind gusts. 9.06" of rain fell in Melbourne. (An all time 24 hour record).
Erie, PA (2000)
1.75" diameter hail.
A total of 5.31" of rain.