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Lightning Safety. Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomena. About 100 strike Earth’s surface every single second Lightning storms cause more deaths than most natural storms. Each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity.

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cloud to ground lightning bolts are a common phenomena
Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomena.
  • About 100 strike Earth’s surface every single second
  • Lightning storms cause more deaths than most natural storms.
  • Each bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity.
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Men are struck by lightning four times more often than women.

  • You are most likely to be stuck by a lightning bolt in Florida.
  • 10,000 forest fires are caused by lightning each year in the U.S.
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Each of these bolts is about 150 feet long.

  • Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface.
  • The sound of thunder travels about 1 mile every five seconds.
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You should always stay away from water during a lightning storm.

  • Some types of lightning, including the most common types, never leave the clouds but travel between differently charged areas within or between clouds.
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If you are caught outside during a lightning storm you should curl up in a ball.

  • Lightning bolts are even hotter than the SUN!!!!!
  • Hundreds survive strikes but suffer from a variety of lasting symptoms, including memory loss, dizziness, weakness, numbness, and other life-altering ailments.
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The safest place during a lightning storm is inside

  • Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomena.
  • People who get struck by lightning die of cardiac arrest.