Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Fw: [ XWX_911 ] Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Gabriel Ricker Haverhill,MA,USA
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Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 13:51:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [ XWX_911 ] Lightning Safety Awareness Week
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Lightning Safety Awareness Week

The NOAA National Weather Service announced this week
that NOAA along with its government, academic and
private partners are educating Americans on the
dangers of lightning and ways to stay safe during its
annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19-25,
2005. See ... for more information on lightning safety
and other prevention tips.

According to NOAA, cloud-to-ground lightning strikes
within the United States an average of 25 million
times every year. A single bolt, with a length that
can exceed five miles and a width of one to two
inches, can generate 100 million electrical volts and
a temperature near 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Director of the NOAA National Weather Service,
Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.),
indicates that lightning is a potential hazard to
people both outdoors and indoors and results in
millions of dollars in economic losses. General
Johnson has indicated that lightning kills an average
of 67 people in the United States each year and can
result in property loss, damage to aircraft and
electronics, and can be the spark that ignites
devastating wildfires.

Exceeding the number of fatalities are the estimated
600-700 lightning survivors that are left with
debilitating health effects each year. Approximately
90 percent of those struck by lightning survive, but
they frequently have permanent after effects such as
chronic pain, brain injury and thought processing

NOAA recommends that individuals reduce their chances
of being struck by moving inside a substantial
building or hard-topped metal vehicle when
thunderstorms threaten. Once inside, they should avoid
contact with plumbing, corded phones or anything
plugged into electricity.

Casualties from lightning are more likely to occur
during the summer months and in open areas such as
golf courses and playing fields, but lightning's
deadly strike can hit anytime during the year and in
all segments of the nation.

(NOAA National Weather Service)


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