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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Severe Weather Awareness Week Focusing on Thunderstorms, Lightning Today

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2021 in Minnesota and today’s topic deals with storms, hail and lightning. A typical thunderstorm is about 15 miles in diameter and lasts for 30 minutes. But, regardless of size, all thunderstorms have the ability to be dangerous.

Thunderstorms can produce straight-line winds of up to 100 miles per hour and produce hail and lightning. Every thunderstorm has lightning in it and approximately 100 Americans a year are killed by lightning – more than tornadoes – and lightning causes $1 billion in damages each year.

To see a video about lightning safety, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMOFxrAWquk

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