What are my chances of getting zapped by lightning?

The odds of the average American getting struck are 1 in 5,000. Lightning strikes about 2,000 people world-wide each year, and 9 out of every 10 victims survive with symptoms ranging from memory loss to dizziness to bizarre scars.

Lightning can kill people (3,696 deaths were recorded in the U.S. between 1959 and 2003) or cause cardiac arrest. Injuries range from severe burns and permanent brain damage to memory loss and personality change. About 10 percent of lightning-stroke victims are killed, and 70 percent suffer serious long-term effects. About 400 people survive lightning strokes in the U.S. each year.


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