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This page lists numerous lightning statistics related primarily to Florida: Click on the topic you are interested in or just scroll down the screen:

Deaths due to weather/weather related phenomena in Florida: 1959 - 1993 (from Storm Data)

Total number of people killed/injured by lightning in Florida between the years 1959 and 2007

Average number of people killed/injured by lightning in the United States in the years 1995 - 2004

Top 10 States with most lightning casualties

Lightning deaths per state (map)

Top 10 States with most lightning fatalities

Average number of people killed/injured in Florida

East Central Florida Lightning Casualty Statistics  1959 - 2007

Number of thunderstorm days in the central Florida area

Approximate number of lightning strikes in Brevard county, Florida per month

 


Deaths due to weather/weather related phenomena in Florida: 1959 - 1993 (from Storm Data)

 

Lightning

53.1%

Drowning

16.1%

Tornadoes

12.9%

Hurricanes

8.7%

Wind

4.2%

Cold

3.5%

Others

1.5%

 

 

Total number of lightning casualties in Florida between the years 1959 and 2007:
 

Killed

449

Injured

1788

 

 

Average number of lightning casualties nationwide between the years 1995 and 2007:
 

Killed

48

Injured

273

 

Top 10 States with most lightning casualties (deaths + injuries), 1959 - 2004.
 

Rank

State

# Casualties (Deaths + Injuries)

1

Florida

2117

2

North Carolina

818

3

Michigan

815

4

Pennsylvania

760

5

New York

749

6

Texas

716

7

Ohio

671

8

Colorado

602

9

Georgia

586

10

Tennessee

554

From - Lightning fatalities, injuries and damage reports in the United States, 1959 - 1994, by B. Curran and R. Holle.Updated 1995 - 2004 by Matt Bragaw

 

 

Casualties (Deaths + Injuries) per state (click for full-sized)

USA map of lightning deaths 1995 to 2007 (click for full size)
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

 

 

Top 10 States with most fatalities, 1959 - 2007.
 

Rank

State

Deaths

1

Florida

449

2

Texas

206

 3

North Carolina

186

 4

Ohio

141

 5

Tennessee

140

 6

New York

137

 7

Louisiana

136

 8

Colorado

132

 9

Pennsylvania

126

10

Maryland

124

From - Lightning fatalities, injuries and damage reports in the United States, 1959 - 1994, by B. Curran and R. Holle.
Updated 1994 - 2007 by Matt Bragaw

 

 

 


Average number of people killed/injured in Florida between the years 1959 - 2007:
 

Average Killed

 9

Average Injured

 39

Based on the above numbers, the odds are about 1 in 5 that you will be killed if struck by lightning.

 

 

East Central Florida Lightning Casualty Statistics  1959 - 2007:
 

Lightning Statistics for east 
central Florida 1959 - 2007

COUNTY

KILLED

INJURED

Brevard

25

80

Indian River

3

9

Lake

13

37

Martin

1

15

Okeechobee

0

7

Orange

16

76

Osceola

5

4

St. Lucie

7

15

Seminole

3

30

Volusia

11

44

 

 

Number of thunderstorm days in the central Florida area:
 

East coast (Melbourne/Vero Beach

70-80

Interior (Orlando)

80-90

West coast (Lakeland)

90-100

 

Approximate number of lightning strikes in Brevard county, Florida per month:
 

January

37

February

81

March

288

April

576

May

838

June

4398

July

5707

August

6676

September

2461

October

1100

November

31

December

3


The following table shows the days on which people were killed by lightning in the state of Florida. Not surprising, most people were killed in the months of May through September. What is quite surprising though, is a majority of people are killed on Wednesdays (as compared to other days). Also, the weekends did not show that much of a difference from the rest of the days in the week.
 

Day/ 
Month

SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

Totals

JAN

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

FEB

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

MAR

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

4

APR

0

1

0

1

0

1

1

4

MAY

4

3

3

9

5

1

4

29

JUN

9

11

13

10

9

7

11

70

JUL

15

11

13

22

10

12

10

93

AUG

12

16

10

24

14

2

16

94

SEP

11

5

4

4

3

3

4

34

OCT

0

0

1

1

0

0

3

5

NOV

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DEC

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

2

Totals

52

47

44

71

45

26

51

336


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