A Lightning Bolt Sent A Chunk of Pavement Through A Truck’s Windshield
A lightning strike in Florida sent a chunk of concrete from a highway through the windshield of a pickup truck.
When rescue crews responded they found a Ford truck with both its windshield and rear window shattered.
Two occupants of the vehicle where injured and were transported to a local hospital. Fortunately, their injuries weren't life-threatening, according to the Walton County Fire Rescue.
In 2020, there were 17 fatalities from lightning in the United States. Florida and Texas had the most with three each while Iowa had zero deaths from lightning strikes. The 10-year average for lightning-related deaths in the U.S. is 26 pear year. The temperature potential of a direct lightning strike is 50,000*F.
According to Vaisala.com, in 2020, there were 170,549,822 cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, nearly a 24% decrease from 2019. Florida had the most lightning strikes in 2020 out of the 50 states.
According to the National Weather Service, only about 10% of people struck by lightning are killed. You have a 1 in 15,300 chance of being struck by lightning during your lifetime.
In 2019, Iowa had over 3.6 million lightning strikes, the eight most in the entire United States. But in 2020, Iowa saw only 2.6 million lightning strikes, ranking 22nd in the country.
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