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Why Worry About Thunderstorms

<strong>Lightning</strong> <ul> <li>Causes an average of 55-60 fatalities and 400 injuries each year</li> <li>Occurs with all thunderstorms</li> <li>Costs more than $1 billion in insured losses each year</li> </ul> <strong>Tornadoes</strong><strong></strong> <ul> <li>Cause an average of 60-65 fatalities and 1,500 injuries each year </li> <li>Can produce wind speeds in excess of 200 mph</li> <li>Can be 1 mile wide and stay on the ground over 50 miles</li> </ul> <strong>Straight-line Winds</strong> <ul> <li>Can exceed 125 mph</li> <li>Can cause destruction equal to a tornado</li> <li>Are extremely dangerous to aviation</li> </ul> <strong>Flash Floods and Floods</strong><strong></strong> <ul> <li>Are the #1 cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms, more than 90 fatalities each year </li> </ul> <strong>Hail</strong><strong></strong> <ul> <li>Can be larger than a softball (5 inches in diameter) </li> <li>Causes more than $1 billion in crop and property damage each year</li> </ul> <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/resources/ttl6-10.pdf" title="Nature's Most Violent Storms Brochure" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to download the entire brochure on Nature's Most Violent Storms - Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Lightning</a>.<br />
Lightning
  • Causes an average of 55-60 fatalities and 400 injuries each year
  • Occurs with all thunderstorms
  • Costs more than $1 billion in insured losses each year
Tornadoes
  • Cause an average of 60-65 fatalities and 1,500 injuries each year
  • Can produce wind speeds in excess of 200 mph
  • Can be 1 mile wide and stay on the ground over 50 miles
Straight-line Winds
  • Can exceed 125 mph
  • Can cause destruction equal to a tornado
  • Are extremely dangerous to aviation
Flash Floods and Floods
  • Are the #1 cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms, more than 90 fatalities each year
Hail
  • Can be larger than a softball (5 inches in diameter)
  • Causes more than $1 billion in crop and property damage each year
CLICK HERE to download the entire brochure on Nature's Most Violent Storms - Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Lightning.
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