Lightning Safety

Lightning Safety

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Severe Weather Preparedness Week is taking place here in central Illinois from February 28 through March 5.

While most people think of tornadoes when the topic of severe weather comes up, there are many different categories that apply. One of those topics is lightning. On average, lightning strikes more than 1,000 people in the United States each year, killing around 50 of them and causing hundreds of others to suffer from permanent neurological disabilities.

There are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, of which nearly 800,000 occur in the state of Illinois. A lightning bolt is roughly 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.

For more facts and tips pertaining to lighting, check out the National Weather Service Lightning Safety website.

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