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Did You Know?

About 16 million thunderstorms occur around the world each year.

Although thunderstorms can strike any time of year, they occur most frequently in summer during the afternoon and evening hours. This can be a time when you're planning outdoor family activities. Be prepared for the unexpected by teaching your family about the importance of finding shelter immediately, and when that's unavailable, finding a low-lying spot to take cover. Locating a covered picnic area or sheltering in a tent isn't enough protection. You need to find a sturdy building with a solid foundation.

These outdoor activities have resulted in lightning-related deaths in the past: riding a lawnmower, riding a horse, fishing, standing under a tree, golfing and swimming.