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Lightning Safety

  • There are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 of which occur in Illinois alone. 

  • Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous – it is the underrated killer

  • Each year in the United States, more than 1,000 people are struck by lightning

  • On average, around 50 people are killed and hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities

  • Visit the NWS Lightning Safety Awareness web page for more information


  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!


Lightning Messages (Click on images below for a larger graphic)

       Lightning Fatalities by Activities              Fishing/Boating in a Thunderstorm can be Deadly


           Lightning & Outdoor Sports                                      Lightning & the Work Place


             Lightning Safety at Home                                      2014 Lightning Safety Guide (PDF)




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     KIDS' PAGE (click here)

           Video of lightning strike in Decatur in 2004.  Video by Paul Hadfield.          
 Decatur on May 24, 2004.
Courtesy of SWOP observer
Paul Hadfield




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Lightning and rainbow in Bloomington.  Photo by James Gluba. 
Lightning and rainbow.
Photo by James Gluba, Bloomington, IL

(Click image to enlarge.)


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