A lightning strike can result in a cardiac arrest and death, and the most lightning strikes occur during warm summer months when people are outside enjoying the weather.
While the southeastern U.S. is no stranger to humid, stormy conditions, widespread wet weather will be more disruptive than usual this week.
An annual event, known as the North America monsoon, will continue to bring the risks of flash flooding, dust storms and lightning strikes over the southwestern United States in the weeks to come.
Violent storms led to an EF2 tornado in the Plains this week, killing an infant and injuring dozens while the aftermath of the devastating Japan flooding proves challenging for rescue efforts.
A lightning strike has sent 15 soldiers to the hospital in Columbia, South Carolina on Thursday. The National Weather Service in Columbia confirmed the strike hit near Fort Jackson during a training exercise.
Following a deadly and destructive tornado from Tuesday night, more severe storms, including the potential for a few tornadoes will affect part of the north-central United States into Thursday night.
Showers and thunderstorms will help ease drought conditions in the southwestern United States into the weekend, but also enhance the risk of flash flooding and dust storms.
Lightning from average thunderstorms continues to be a significant risk to lives this summer.