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Office of Emergency Management issues lightning warning

There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach.

Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the U.S. Each year in the United States there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes and more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, between 55 and 60 people are killed; hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. The months of June, July and August are typically the highest chance for lightning strikes.

Most of these tragedies can be avoided with a few simple precautions. The best way for you to protect (more…)

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