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There is something rarer than being killed by lightning, CDC says
There is something rarer than being killed by lightning, CDC says

The lightning strikes that killed one person and injured at least seven others at Southern California’s Venice Beach this week were freak events. But when it comes to extreme weather, there’s something even more unusual than being killed by lightning -- dying in a flood. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 182 Americans were killed by lightning between 2006 and 2010, and it contributed to the deaths of five others during that period. Floods, however, were even less deadly, causing 93 American deaths (and contributing to one more) over five years, the CDC data show. Altogether, lightning, floods and cataclysmic storms -- a category that...

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