Latest Lightning Death Brings This Year’s National Total to 20 Fatalities

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A construction worker in Bonita Springs, Florida was killed on Monday afternoon while working on the sixth story of an apartment building. Firefighters on the scene attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful.

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Five lightning fatalities so far this year have occurred in Florida, four in Louisiana and two apiece in Alabama and Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). An average of 49 deaths occur nationwide from lightning each year, according to the NWS.

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Typically, lightning fatalities in the United States spike during the summer months as thunderstorms increase in areal coverage.

If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to potentially be struck by lightning. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officially advocates the saying “When Thunder Roars, Head Indoors” to express lightning safety.

For more information on lightning safety, visit the NWS’ lightning safety page.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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Thousands Ride Across Iowa

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RAGBRAI is an acronym and registered trademark for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which is a non-competitive bicycle ride organized by The Des Moines Register and going from west to east across the U.S. state of Iowa, that draws recreational riders from across the United States and many foreign countries.

This year, the excessive heat scared some riders away, and possibly the location this year. Each year, the route changes from northern Iowa to southern Iowa. This year, the route travels across most of southern Iowa, which is a hilly terrain. Sargent Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol said on Monday, that nearly 18,000 riders were counted.

The weather will finish out strong the remainder of the week, as temperatures will be in the 80′s, with low humidity.

 

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