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National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 1998 –  

How many lightning strikes does the United States get a year?

20 million cloud-to-ground strikes, from approximately 100,000 thunderstorms

 

What state has the highest incidence of lightning strikes?

Florida

 

Does lightning always strike the highest object?

Not necessarily. It strikes the best conductor on the ground, which in some cases might be you

 

Do car tires offer lightning protection?

The car itself is well insulated and offers more protection than being outside

(Convertibles provide virtually no protection)

 

How close do you have to be to a thunderstorm to be struck by lightning?

If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck

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