July tends to be an active month for lightning and the events of the past week reinforced what many of us know about its dangers. Over the past week five young people have been killed by lightning including a 16-year-old riding a bicycle during summer camp in Colorado. Later in the week a 19-year-old was hit on a personal watercraft in South Carolina. In Virginia Beach, Virginia a 23-year-old has truck by lightning while jogging along the shoreline. In addition, two 16-year-olds were killed by lightning: one while outside on the family farm in Wisconsin and another who was in a beach hut in North Carolina to get shelter from the storm. The National Weather Services says picnic shelters, carports, dugouts, sheds and other partially open or small structures are not safe. Lightning killed 45 persons in 2007 and so far this year the number has reached 16.
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