PA Lightning Death

PA Lightning Death

A boy has been killed by lightning in Pennsylvania. In lieu of this, this blog is about lightning fatalities each year and how you can avoid danger.
SkyTracker Meteorologist Steve Glazier's Blog:

An Amish boy in Pennsylvania was struck and killed by lightning while enjoying the great outdoors. According to a police report, the boy and three others were cooling off at a local creek when a storm started. The boys then left the water, ran to an open field, and that's where the boy was hit by lightning.

A neighbor was quoted saying he heard a really loud crack from the lightning nearby. Emergency crews tried to revive the boy and got his heart pumping but unfortunately he died at the hospital. Another boy was injured during the strike too.

This is a reminder to take shelter anytime a thunderstorm comes rolling in. In a case like this it is very hard to get to a safe place. I'm not exactly sure of the weather conditions, the situation these boys were in, or the nearest building. There are many tips for several scenarios of what to do when lightning nears: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/outdoors.htm.

Know the weather conditions before you go outside. Summer weather can change in an instant, so keep tabs on the forecast too.

Prior to this, through mid-August, there had been 20 deaths by lightning so far this year. The 30 year average from 1984 to 2013 shows 51 people are killed every year from lightning. The average number of fatalities from lightning has been falling though, from 48 in 2006 to 23 in 2013. A majority of men are killed by lightning compared to far fewer women, and many of the southern states have the highest amount of lightning deaths. You can find a lot more of this information at the following website:  http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/fatalities.htm
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