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Lightning Strikes Men 6x More Than Women

From Skye (weather.aol.com)

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, American men are almost six times more likely to be struck and killed by lightning than women. From 1968 to 2010, a total of 3,389 lightning deaths were reported in the U.S.; 85 percent of those fatalities were males while only 15 percent were females.

Deaths from lightning in the U.S. have been steadily declining since the start of the report. In the four decades studied, deaths have decreased by 78.6 percent among men and 70.6 percent among women.

A study released by NOAA on June 24 revealed similar findings. The report showed that from 2006 to 2012, 238 people were struck and killed by lightning in the U.S., and 82 percent of those deaths were men.

The NOAA report also found that two thirds of lightning deaths occurred while the victims were participating in an outdoor leisure activities. Fishing tops the list of those activities, accounting for 26 deaths.

So far this year, 14 people — eight males and six females — have been killed by lightning.

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