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Stormiest state in the U.S.? You’re living in it! Of the top 12 stormiest cities, Florida owns 7 spots. (Lakeland tops the chart.) Thunderstorms are just part of the summertime experience, and where there is thunder, there is lightning – and lightning damage. No surprise, then, that Florida ranks #1 for the most lightning claims.
In 2015, Florida had nearly 12,000 lightning claims. A look at the number of claims and average claim cost shows that Florida also leads in
This is Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and we could all use a refresher course. Main lesson: If you are outside and hear thunder, get inside. Or, as the National Weather Service says, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”
Living in Florida means frequent opportunities to see the amazing light show accompanying tropical weather. A word to the weather wise: Do your viewing from the safety of a sturdy, fully protected structure. Florida happens to be known as the Lightning Capital of the U.S, and Tampa Bay is the epicenter.