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Lightning Claims First Life of 2017

8 May 2017, 5:06 pm

A 37-year-old Colorado woman and her horse were killed Sunday after they were struck by lightning. A 15-year-old girl was also struck, but survived with serious injuries and is being treated for electrocution.

“The Douglas County coroner’s office has confirmed the identity of the deceased as Laura Miller,” the Douglas county sheriff’s office said. “We are still trying to acquire updated information for the 15-year-old female but have not yet gotten a response. If we do receive updated information on the 15-year-old, then it will be posted on Twitter.”

The 37-year-old became the first person to die from a lightning strike this year. In the past 10 years, an average of 30 people die each year from lightning, most of them enjoying the outdoors when bad weather hits. 2016 was an especially deadly year with more people dying from lightning strikes than any other year since 2007.

Credit: National Weather Service

There is typically at least one lightning strike death in both March and April for any given year. The most lightning strike deaths typically occur in June, July and August when thunderstorms are more prevalent.

The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year is 1 out of 1,042,000 while the chance of being hit during an 80-year lifetime is 1 out of 13,000, according to the National Weather Service.

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