In Colorado this weekend, lightning struck and killed a 31-year-old woman while she was hiking in the mountains. Three others were injured, one critically.

This brings the number of lightning deaths in the U.S. to 21 so far this year — well above the five-year average of 13.4 by this point in the year.

Three have been killed here in Florida. Remember, there is NO safe place outside if thunderstorms develop.

  • Know the weather patterns of the area you plan to visit. For example, in mountainous areas, thunderstorms typically develop in the early afternoon, so plan to hike early in the day and be down the mountain by noon.
  • Listen to the weather forecast for the outdoor area you plan to visit. The forecast may be very different from the one near your home. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, stay inside.
  • When thunder roars, stay indoors.