According to NOAA's NWS, there have been 7 lightning fatalities so far this year, the most recent coming from North Carolina on July 18th as a 40-some year old man was walking to store. Note that 4 of these deaths have occurred in Florida, which is considered to be the lightning capital of the United States.
Myth: If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. See our safety page for tips that may slightly reduce your risk.
Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year
Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.
Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.
Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!
Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!
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According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY 2017 tornado count is 1187 (through July 21). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,655 tornadoes. Keep in mind there was a major tornado outbreak in the Gulf Coast region from April 25-28, 2011 that spawned nearly 500 tornadoes, some of which were deadly. That outbreak is known as the Super Outbreak of 2011 and has gone down in history as one of the biggest, costliest and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in history.
2.) Heavy rain shifting southeast across the upper to middle Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, and Midwest, Tue-Thu, Jul 25-27.
3.) Flash flooding possible for parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, Mon-Fri, Jul 24-28.
4.) Excessive heat for parts of the lower Mississippi Valley, Oklahoma, and Texas, Thu-Fri, Jul 27-28.
5.) Excessive heat continuing for parts of Oklahoma and Texas, Sat-Mon, Jul 29-31.
6.) Flash flooding possible for the desert Southwest, Sat-Fri, Jul 29-Aug 4.
7.) Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for much of the western U.S. and Great Plains, Sat-Fri, Jul 29-Aug 4.
8.) Flooding occurring, imminent, or possible for parts of the upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, and Midwest.
9.) Severe Drought across parts of the Great Plains, Arizona, California, and Hawaii.
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Localized Heavy Rain Threats
By Paul Douglas
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