Lightning Safety Awareness Week - updated with lightning fatalaties!

June 24 through 30 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Lightning is the number two storm-related killer, after floods. Below is a list of documented lightning fatalaties so far this year across the U.S. Please note some lightning deaths go unreported, so this list might not be complete. Look at the activities. Many are people involved in recreation such as golfing, fishing, boating, etc. Others are just doing routine summer outdoor activities such as yard work, walking across a parking lot to a car, etc.

Don’t be the next victim. Check the forecast and radar before heading out at weather.gov/chicago. If thundertorms are in the area, don’t wait until it starts raining to seek shelter indoors. Lightning can precede the rain. If you see lightning or hear thunder, go inside an enclosed building or a closed metal vehicle. Picnic shelters, gazebos, baseball dugouts, and covered porches will keep you dry but do not protect you from lightning.

Lightning 2007
ID
Date
State
City
Age
Sex
Location
Activity
Victim
1
3/29/2007
IL
Carbondale
18
M
track field
watching track meet
Corey Williams
2
4/24/2007
MO
University City
25
M
Under Tree
Standing
Joshua Reed
3
5/1/2007
TX
Cameron
23
M
fish pond
reeling in rod
Ronald Jake Ingram
4
5/2/2007
KY
Nicholasvillle
55
M
YARD
On Riding mower
Chuck Hibbs
5
5/2/2007
TX
Tradinghouse Creek
28
F
Parking Lot
WALKING TO CAR
Melissa Brinegar
6
5/18/2007
MT
Helena
50
M
RESERVOIR
FISHING
Theodore Austin
7
5/19/2007
FL
Maramar
24
M
ROOF
REPAIRING ROOF
Darwin Olivera
8
6/8/2007
OH
North Lima
66
M
Yard/Outside
Yard
David Copeland
9
6/9/2007
VA
Campbell County
14
M
Field
Had been fishing
Jeremy Mosebrook
10
6/19/2007
PA
York
24
M
Yard/driveway
Running home
Shawn Kelley
11
6/21/2007
FL
Miami/Pinecrest
41
M
Yard/near tree
Landscaping
David Canales
12
6/23/2007
TN
Overton County
47
M
Open Field
Lean against motorcycle
George Wood Jr
13
6/25/2007
GA
Cummings, Forsyth County
27
M
Unfinished house
taking shelter
Jose DeJesus-Cruz
14
6/26/2007
FL
Lynn Haven
57
F
Yard
Doing yard work
Lois Boyll
15
6/27/2007
NY
Waterford
17
M
Near water
Standing by boat launch, had been swimming
Brandon Jones
16
6/27/2007
MD
Oxon Hill
16
F
Under tree
Waiting for bus
 
17
6/27/2007
MI
Detroit
70
M
Golf Course
Playing Golf
 

 For more information go to www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

 



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