Threat Of Lightning Often Not Realized

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Lightning has killed one person in Kansas this year and injured at least two others.

Still, weather officials say, people don't take lightning seriously enough.

Chance Hayes, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita, says it's difficult for people to perceive the threat of lightning because they don't see how it can be a harm to them.

A study of lightning injuries and fatalities between 1959 and 1994 showed Kansas as ranking 25th for fatalities with 56 deaths. However, the state was second in lightning damage reports with 1,182.

Hayes says many lightning victims are struck before or after the peak of a storm, not realizing that the threat still lingers.

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