(ATLANTA) — The odds being killed by a lightning strike are something like 700,000 to one, and yet, most everyone ducks for cover with they see an electrical storm in the distance.
Even with those long odds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s another weather event that’s even less likely to cause death, and that’s floods.
In fact, the CDC says that between 2006 and 2010, just 93 people in the U.S. died in a flood, compared to the 182 killed by lightning during the same period.
All told, according to the CDC, close to 10,650 people died as the result of a weather event in that five-year span, which took into account extreme heat and cold, lightning, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards.
What killed more Americans than any other weather calamity was cold or hypothermia, which accounted for 6,660 deaths. Heat stroke or sun stroke was next, with 3,340 fatalities.
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