Florida tops for lightning damage
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 the average cost per claim. But remember that a few large lightning claims, from when lightning strikes a multi-million dollar home, can drive up the average quite a bit. Florida lightning losses from 2014 were closer to the national average: $ 7,075 vs. $7,400 for the U.S. as a whole.
If you are building or remodeling a home, installing a lightning protection system is a smart move, especially for high-end homes. Damage to a million-dollar home can have a lofty price tag, so an investment in lightning protection could prevent a costly, or deadly, house fire.
The Lightning Protection Institute separated lightning fact from fiction to debunk some myths during this year’s Lightning Safety Awareness Week. (Yes, lightning does strike the same place twice – or more.)
If you hear thunder, find enclosed shelter. NO place is safe outside when thunder roars.