In the United States each year, there are about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is extremely dangerous. Between the years 2003 and 2012, there were 349 lightning deaths in the United States. Bringing that down to the local level, Alabama had 11 reported lightning deaths during that time, which ranked 7th in the nation for highest mortality rate. While those numbers have come down significantly in recent years, Alabama regularly has someone that falls victim to a lightning strike. The problem is, there are still people who wait too long to seek safe shelter. We continue to urge people to follow the motto, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors . . .and stay there at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder."
Throughout the week, we will highlight certain aspects of Lightning Safety. Here are the topics that will be covered each day: