How dangerous is lightning?

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Lightning strikes in the United States are responsible for about 100 deaths each year, more than hurricanes and tornadoes. It is likely that this is an underestimate, as many deaths may be unreported. According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, people under the age of 35 represent some 85 percent of lightning victims. One out of five strike victims die, and 70 percent of those who survive suffer serious long-term aftereffects. (This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program)

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