Lightning deaths hit a record low in 2017

Deaths from from lightning strikes hit a record low in 2017 in the United States, according to a new report.

There were 16 lightning-related fatalities in 2017, breaking the previous low of 23 deaths in 2013, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The records go back to the 1940s, when farmers using tractors and other farm equipment made up a large proportion of the 200 to 400 people who died from lightning every year, Live Science reported previously

“While we don’t like to see any lightning deaths, the continuing downward trend in yearly fatalities is encouraging,” John Jensenius, a NSW lightning safety specialist, told reporters in an email. [Images of Lightning Unfolding, Frame by Frame]

With five deaths, Florida had the most lightning-related fatalities, followed by Alabama (three), and Colorado, Texas and North Carolina (two each). Ohio and Puerto Rico each had one lightning-related death.

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