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Hazards and Disasters

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What is the leading cause of disaster-related death in the United States?

Lightning is the leading cause of disaster-related death in America. From 1940 to 1981, about 7,700 people died from lightning strikes, 5,300 from tornadoes, 4,500 from floods, and 2,000 from hurricanes. So, it’s best to avoid open spaces, high ground, water, tall metal objects, and metal fences during an electrical storm.



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