The National Weather Service reports that Texas ranks among the top states with lightning fatalities each year. The number of Americans killed by lightning each year typically exceeds the number killed by either tornadoes or hurricanes.
Electrical current from lightning moves along the ground. Most people are injured by lightning that strikes nearby, rather than by direct lightning strikes. That's why on average, six of every 10 victims of lightning strikes will survive. However, survivors may suffer painful effects for the rest of their lives.
Lightning can strike as far away as 10 miles from the area in which rain is falling. As soon as you hear thunder, seek safe shelter immediately. Do not wait. A house or other substantial structure offers the best protection from lightning. Do not resume outdoor activities until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. Remember: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.
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