Severe Weather Awareness Week

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week, a joint effort between NOAA, NWS, and Florida Division of Emergency Management, to help keep Floridians safe from weather hazards. Today’s topic is lightning, which is one of the deadliest weather hazards in the state, as Florida has an average of 70-100 lightning days per year.

Orangetree, right here in southwest Florida, is the lightning capital of the United States. The most important thing to remember if you see lightning or hear thunder is to head indoors, and when indoors, stay aware from water, power cords, and windows if possible.

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