Lightning and North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina ranks eighth nationwide for lightning deaths and injuries each year.

So remember, if you’re close enough to hear thunder – you’re close enough to get struck.

In April 2015, an Angier man was struck and killed while standing in a Cary shopping center parking lot.

Every second, the Earth’s surface is struck by about 100 lightning strikes, according to National Geographic.

A bolt of lighting can pack quite the punch – up to a billion volts of electricity.

A lightning storm moves over the Atlantic Ocean near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. (Jeff Reeves/CBS North Carolina)
A lightning storm moves over the Atlantic Ocean near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. (Jeff Reeves/CBS North Carolina)

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