• Each year in the United States more than 400 people are struck by lightning.
  • On average, between 55 and 60 people are killed by lightning each year, about the same number as tornados and more than hurricanes.
  • Nearly 300 people suffer permanent neurological disabilities each year from lightning strikes.
  • All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.
  • Lightning often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. Many lightning deaths occur ahead of storms or after storms have seemingly passed.
  • If you can hear thunder, seek shelter immediately.
-- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration