Lightning and Its Associated Hazards
Lightning is an extremely fascinating and elusive subject. Although people are drawn to its beauty and uniqueness,
lightning is a very dangerous form of weather. Nearly 2,000 people worldwide are injured by lightning strikes per
year and between 25% to 30% of those struck die. Closer to home, lightning kills 81 people a year, more than any
other type of severe weather, including tornadoes and floods (Changnon and Kunkel, 2006). Although lightning is
a great wonder it is important to take necessary precautions to avoid this hazard.