From - Lightning fatalities, injuries and damage reports in the United States, 1959 - 1994, by B. Curran and R. Holle.
Updated 1995 - 2007 by Matt Bragaw
Lightning is one of nature's most fascinating but most misunderstood phenomena. Some astounding facts about lightning:
Unfortunately, lightning isn't all fun facts and figures. Over the last 30 years, an average of 55 people per year have been killed by lightning in the United States - a higher death rate than hurricanes (47), and those are only the documented cases. Since 1959, Alabama ranks 18th in the nation in lightning deaths (110 people) per capita, while Tennessee ranks 14th (140 deaths). Note: The map above represents values through 2007. To see the latest data click here.
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