This is something I bet most don't know. I mean, after all, how often do we think about lightning? We've all seen it before. It scatters across the sky like electric fingers. But unfortunately, it's not all mystifying beauty. Lightning can cause death. I don't know about you but anything that can cause death needs to be looked at.

About 40 million lightning strikes hit the ground every year in the U.S. according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the odds of getting struck by lightning are about one in a million, it does happen and can cause death. Lightning occurs at any time of the year but especially in the summer months, particularly in July.

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What if I were to tell you that Texas ranks not only high in lightning strikes overall but also in deaths caused by these strikes? It does. Certainly higher than I ever thought. Scroll ahead to see where Texas ended up on the hotlist.

Shocking: Top 10 States For Lightning Deaths And Texas Ranks Very High

We're taking a look at the top ten states for lightning deaths from 2011-2020 according to a report from the Lightning Safety Council.

Texas is second only to Florida in the number of deaths caused by lightning. There are even more facts gathered in an article by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • From 2006 to 2021 there have been 444 deaths from lightning strikes in the U.S.
  • Males are four times more likely than women to get struck by lightning.
  • The average age of a person struck by lightning is 37.
  • Lightning deaths often occur on the weekend, particularly on Saturdays and in the afternoon.
  • Two out of three lightning deaths occur between noon and 6:00 pm.
  • About one-third of lightning occurs indoors through plumbing, wiring, etc.

When you think about it, lightning is pretty incredible. For even more electrifying facts, keep on scrolling.

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