Why Worry About Thunderstorms

Published 03/14 2012 11:33AM

Updated 01/23 2013 04:28PM

  • 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
  • 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
  • Can be larger than a softball (5 inches in diameter)
  • Causes more than $1 billion in crop and property damage each year
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