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In 2007 there were 45 Lightning Fatalities in 24 States:
Florida Numbered 11 Fatalities

No. Date Day State City Age Sex Location Activity Victim
1 3/29 Thu IL Carbondale 18 M Open field, track At track meet Corey Williams
2 4/24 Sat MO University City 25 M Under tree Standing Joshua Reed
3 5/1 Tue TX Cameron 23 M Open area at edge of pond Fishing, reeling in rod Ronald Jake Ingram
4 5/2 Fri KY Nicholasvillle 55 M Yard On riding mower Chuck Hibbs
5 5/2 Tue TX Tradinghouse Creek 28 F Parking lot Walking to car, had been boating Melissa Brinegar
6 5/18 Wed MT Helena 50 M In boat in water Fishing in reservoir Theodore Austin
7 5/19 Wed FL Miramar 24 M On roof Repairing roof Darwin Olivera
8 6/8 Fri OH North Lima 66 M Outside in yard ? David Copeland
9 6/8 Fri MN Deer River 30 M On dock, Bowstring Lake Had been boating Jeremy Joseph McCarty
10 6/9 Sat VA Campbell County 14 M Field Had been fishing Jeremy Mosebrook
11 6/12 Tue TX Cisco 64 M Oil storage area Cleaning pump James Mayes
12 6/19 Tue PA York 24 M Yard/driveway Running home Shawn Kelley
13 6/21 Thu FL Miami/Pinecrest 41 M Yard/near tree Landscaping David Canales
14 6/23 Sat TN Overton County 47 M Open field Lean against motorcycle George Wood Jr
15 6/25 Mon GA Cummings, Forsyth County 27 M Unfinished house Taking shelter Jose DeJesus-Cruz
16 6/26 Tue FL Lynn Haven 57 F Yard Doing yard work Lois Boyll
17 6/27 Wed NY Waterford 17 M Near water By boat launch, had been swimming Brandon Jones
18 6/27 Wed MI Detroit 68 M Golf course Playing golf  
19 6/27 Wed MD Oxon Hill 18 F Under tree Waiting for bus Shaneeka Cannon
20 6/30 Sat GA Tifton 23 M Under tree Taking shelter Pablo Figueroa
21 7/1 Sun FL Jacksonville   M Under tree Walking Cirilo Yanez
22 7/8 Sun FL Hialeah/Miami 40 M Outside in neighborhood Walking door to door selling books Hailu Kidane Marian
23 7/9 Mon MO St. Louis 25 M Near tree Walking Donald Weeks, III
24 7/15 Fri AZ Nazalini 21 M Open/on bridge Watching swollen river  
25 7/21 Sat FL Deerfield Beach 36 M In water Scuba diving Stephen Wilson
26 7/24 Tue FL Treasure Island 16 M On beach Heading for cover Sam Santilli
27 7/24 Tue TX Vanderpool 50 M Under tree Standing, had been hiking William Clardy
28 7/27 Fri CO Morrison 24 M Open area Running Lucas Simmons
29 7/30 Mon FL Boca Raton 20 M Open field Playing soccer Angel Villanueva
30 7/30 Mon SC Hilton Head 22 M Beach Walking Michael Jurist
31 8/7 Tue AL Monroeville 61 M Swamp Logging Johnny Montgomery
32 8/13 Mon FL Parkland 24 M Open area near lake Trimming weeds Domingo Andres Francisco
33 8/16 Thu KS Topeka 70 F Outside apartment ? Viola Combs
34 8/17 Fri NJ Howell 45 F Outside Walking between car and restaurant Cindy Osler
35 8/25 Sat ME Baxter State Park 24 M Under tree Camping Evans Huber
36 8/26 Sun GA Alpharetta 15 M Parking lot Riding bicycle Kevin Avalar
37 8/27 Mon WI Madison 75 M Under tree Golf Francis Adams
38 8/29 Wed TX Port Arthur 25 M On barge Working Brandon Jenkins
39 8/29 Wed SC Spartanburg 17 M Open field Soccer Alexander Holbein
40 9/2 Sun CO Colorado Springs 21 M Tent on mountain ridge Camping John Cowan, Jr.
41 9/8 Sat NJ West Milford 47 M Boat Fishing Tony Gardner
42 9/10 Mon FL Fort Myers 53 M Open, on pier Fishing Mike McCaffery
43 9/21 Sun FL Clewiston 49 M Open field, vegetable farm Walking back to van Jose Manuel Perez
44 9/27 Tue TX Longview 53 M Near/under tree Outside home Dennis Lee Harrison
45 10/7 Sun TX Danbury 30 M Under tree Riding four-wheeler Joshua Keith Dyer
46 10/13 Sat UT Uinta Mountains, Kamas 60 M Open/In tent Camping with wood stove in tent Gary Richter

 

Lightning Fatalities for 2007 by State
lightning fatalities map for 2007, text above

 

2007 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AL 1 Male 42 (89%) 0- 9 0  ( 0%) Sun 6 (13%)   2007 2006  NORMAL*
AZ 1 Fem 5 (11%) 10-19 7  ( 16%) Mon 7 (15%) Jan
0
1
0
CO 2   20-29 17 (36%) Tue 10 (18%) Feb
0
0
0
FL 11   30-39 3  ( 7%) Wed 7 (15%) Mar
1
0
1
GA 3   40-49 6  (13%) Thu 3 (6%) Apr
1
3
2
IL 1   50-59 6  (13%) Fri 6 (13%) May
5
5
7
KS 1   60-69 5  (11%) Sat 8 (17%) Jun
12
10
14
KY 1   70-79 2  (4%)     Jul
14
16
18
MD 1   80-89 0  ( 0%)     Aug
9
7
13
ME 1   Unknown 1  (2%)     Sep
5
4
6
MI 1           Oct
2
2
1
MN 1           Nov
-
0
0
MO 2           Dec
-
0
0
MT 1           Year
47
48
62
NJ 2           * - Known Fatalities to date
NY 1            
OH 1            
PA 2            
SC 2            
TN 1            
TX 7            
UT 1            
VA 1            
WI 1            

*Normal is based on 30-yr average of 62 deaths per year (1977-2006) multiplied by the average monthly percentage of annual deaths from 1959-1994 as documented in NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-193 with Dec 1961 plane crash fatalities removed from the data.

Fatality statistics for past years