It’s Lightning Awareness Week, “If thunder roars, go indoors”

Des Moines, Iowa – The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot and the odds of being struck by lightning are -not- about the same. It’s much more likely you’ll be zapped by a bolt from the blue. This is Lightning Awareness Week and meteorologist Kelsey Angle, at the National Weather Service, says there were no lightning deaths in Iowa last year, however…

Nationwide, lightning strikes claimed 38 lives last year, which is well below the annual average of 47. He says the two Iowans who were killed were not under or inside a shelter.

Lightning is one of the top three weather-related killers, along with flooding and heat. Be aware of your situation, Angle says, as the weather can change quickly, and be mindful of the forecast.

If the skies are darkening with clouds, Angle suggests you remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”

For the record, the odds of being struck by lightning are about one-in-960-thousand while the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one-in-292-million.

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