A Death Even Rarer than 'Struck by Lightning'

A Death Even Rarer than 'Struck by Lightning'
MGN Online
Weather Talk
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 11:53pm

The Center for Disease Control has just published an article entitled "Deaths Attributed to Heat, Cold,
and Other Weather Events in the United States, 2006–2010" in which it found that there is a way to be killed that is MORE RARE than being struck by lightning.

It's dying in a flood!  New data reveal that 182 Americans were killed by lightning between 2006 and 2010.  Floods, however, were less deadly, causing 93 American deaths.

Overall, 10,649 people in the U.S. died as a result of weather events between 2006 and 2010, according to the report.

Deaths due to cold weather were the most common. Hypothermia caused 6,660 deaths, or 63% of the total extreme weather deaths during the five-year period.

Heat was also a leading killer of Americans with 3,340 deaths between 2006 and 2010.  A combination of “exposure to excessive natural heat” and “heat stroke or sun stroke” was the main cause of heat related deaths.

If you'd like to see the full report, please click here.. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr076.pdf

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