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U.S. Lightning Deaths in 2017: 16
5 in Florida, 3 in Alabama, and 2 each in North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1 5/7 Sun CO Douglas County 37 F Open Field Near Tree Riding Horse Laura Miller
2 5/17 Wed FL Jensen Beach 46 M Near pool area Construction Guadalupe Salinas
3 6/27 Tue FL Pembroke Pines 34 M Construction site Construction Edwin Ramos Jarquin Armas
4 6/29 Thu FL Ft. Myers 0 M Outside home Mother walking Owen Davidson
5 7/3 Mon TX Midland 43 M Outside home Sitting on wall David Ortiz
6 7/10 Mon FL Baker 35 M Under tree Camping Jeremy Harper
7 7/11 Tue NC Jacksonville, MCAS New River 23 M Tarmac Working on aircraft Sylar James
8 7/18 Tue NC Sanford 39 M Sheltering under tree Walking to store David Everette
9 7/21 Fri AL Lee County, Lake Harding 34 M On lake Boating Toby Burrow
10 7/26 Wed AL Dothan 16 M On porch under tree Stepped onto porch Aron Eugene Dunn
11 7/28 Fri FL Satellite Beach 35 M Beach Walking on beach Lamar Rayfield
12 8/2 Wed OH Brewster 82 M In field outside home Dumping load of dirt Richard Lutes
13 8/13 Sun CO Telluride 24 M Mountain trail Biking John Daniel Huisjen
14 8/26 Sat AL Gulf Shores 24 M Beach Beach Activities Taylor Harsh
15 9/5 Tue PR Juana Diaz 63 M Boat at beach Fishing Roberto Collazo Porrata
16 9/20 Wed TX Friendswood 65 M Golf Course Golfing Michael Ibarguen

Lightning Fatalities 2017 by State

lightning fatalities by state, see list below for text equivalent 

2017 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age*
Day Of Week*
By Month
AL 3 F 1 (6%) 0-9 1 (6%) Sun 2 (13%)   2017 16 15 14 13 12 11 10
09
08
07
10 Yr Avg
CO 2 M 15 (94%) 10-19 1 (6%) Mon 2 (13%) Jan
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
FL 5   20-29 3 (19%) Tue 4 (25%) Feb
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
NC 2   30-39 6 (38%) Wed 4 (25%) Mar
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
1
OH 1   40-49 2 (13%) Thu 1 (6%) Apr
0
3
2
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
1
1
PR 1   50-59 0 (0%) Fri 2 (13%) May
2
1
4
5
5
0
1
4
2
2
5
3
TX 2   60-69 2 (13%) Sat 1 (7%) Jun
1
4
11
3
2
3
5
7
12
9
12
7
      70-79 0 (0%)     Jul
8
12
5
9
6
13
9
11
10
14
10
10
      80-89 1 (6%)     Aug
13
4
5
4
6
6
4
3
0
9
5
              Sep
2 
3
1
3
5
2
4
2
4
1
5
3
              Oct
 
0
 
1
 
1
1
1
1
0
2
1
              Nov
 
0
 
0
 
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
              Dec
 
1
 
 
 
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
              Year 16**
39
27
26
23
28
26
29
34
28
45
31*
*Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100 percent. ** Known Fatalities to date
Note: Monthly averages are based on a 10-year average from 2007 to 2016. Due to rounding, the sum of the monthly averages may not equal the yearly average.

Male_Female fatalties pictogram. See table above for list.

Fatality statistics for past years