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There were 34 fatalities in 2009

Lightning deaths occurred in 22 states and Puerto Rico
Florida suffered 5 fatalities; Texas and North Carolina, 3

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1

3/15

Sun

TX

Port Aransas

63

M

On beach

Walking to car

Stan Grassel

2

4/25

Sat

KS

Perry

45

M

Highway

On motorcycle

Troy Gentzler

3

5/6

Wed

MN

St. Cloud

42

M

Back yard

Yard work

Chad Giroux

4

5/16

Sat

MS

Yazoo County

18

M

Corn field

 

Andrew Williams

5
6/3
Wed
CA
Fontana
40
F
Under tree Walking to bus Tina Marie Bond
6
6/3
Wed
VA
Fredericksburg
12
M
Ball field Playing baseball Chelal Matos
7
6/3
Wed
TX
Crystal Beach
33
M
Beach Jogging Isaias Lara-Matinez
8
6/3
Wed
CA
Portola
70
F
Near tree Yard work MaryAnn Heald
9
6/5
Fri
CO
Evans
21
M
Open field Walking Efrain Trevizo-Molina
10
6/8
Mon
FL
Coral Springs
53
M
In yard Trimming grass Dessalines Oleus
11
6/8
Mon
NC
Fairview
65
M
In field Clearing brush Donald M. Lynch
12
6/10
Wed
KY
Shelbyville
44
M
Under tree Waiting for ride Brian Larsh
13
6/11
Thu
IN
Indianapolis
10
M
Near tree Going to car Jeremiah Miller
14
6/11
Thu
FL
Sebring
32
M
Near tree Golfing Pierre Hyppolite
15
6/17
Wed
MO
Columbia
23
F
Open field Fishing Georgette Tillett
16
6/27
Sat
PR
Moca
43
M
Outside home Cutting lawn Antonio C. Mangual
17
7/1
Wed
MA
Orleans
41
M
Boat Shell fishing Christopher West
18
7/3
Fri
NY
Lloyd
35
M
Outside home Building treehouse Dan Schlosser
19
7/4
Sat
FL
North Lakeland
30
M
Open field Soccer Benjamin Gonzalez
20
7/4
Sat
NM
Rio Rancho
26
M
Parking lot Seeking shelter Jarrod Truesdale
21
7/4
Sat
MT
Billings
26
M
Park Seeking shelter Blake Harmon
22
7/6
Mon
AL
Atmore
51
F
Yard Taking out trash Dawn Yoder
23
7/8
Wed
FL
Melbourne Bch
54
M
Beach Seeking shelter Frank Paxton
24
7/21
Tue
MN
Stillwater
14
F
Outside home Playing in rain Taylor Zimmerman
25
7/26
Sun
NJ
Newark
22
M
Under tree In unsafe shelter Isaac Coello-Pineda
26
7/27
Mon
NC
Southern Shores
49
M
Beach Jogging Matthew Glomb
27
8/5
Wed
PA
Bethlehem
53
M
Outside home Yardwork Anthony Vaccaro
28
8/27 Thu
TX
Bedford 19
F
Outside home Crossing street Taylor Lawson
29
8/30 Sun
NM
Quemado
61
M
Near tree Hunting Harry Beggerly
30
9/5
Sat
FL
Soldier Key
37
M
Boat Fishing Ernesto Perez-Suarez
31
9/5
Sat
LA
Lake Charles
44
M
Boat Fishing Joe Landry
32
9/20 Sun
AZ
Clay Springs
68
M
Roadway Riding motorcycle Ben McLachlan
33
9/25
Fri
NC Wrightsville Beach
18
M
Beach Swimming John Edward Sackett
34
10/8
Thu MO Phillipsburg
40
M
Outside home Checking cattle Jesus Guadalupe Perez

Lightning Fatalities for 2009 by State

 2009 Lightning Deaths.  See box below for text version.

2009 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AL
1
Male 28 (82%) 0- 9 0 (0%) Sun 4 (12%)  
09
08
07
06 
Norm*
AZ
1
Fem 6 (18%) 10-19 6 (18%) Mon 4 (12%) Jan
0
1
0
1
0
CA
2
  20-29 5 (15%) Tue 1 (3%) Feb
0
1
0
0
0
CO
1
  30-39 5 (15%) Wed 10 (29%)

Mar

1
0
1
0
1
FL
5
  40-49 9 (26%) Thu 4 (12%) Apr
1
0
1
3
2
IN
1
  50-59 4 (12%) Fri 3 (9%) May
2
2
5
5
6
KS
1
  60-69 4 (12%) Sat 8 (24%) Jun
12
9
12
10
13
KY
1
  70-79 1 (3%)     Jul
10
14
10
16
17
LA
1
  80-89 0 (0%)     Aug
3
0
9
7
13
MA
1
          Sep
4
1
5
4
5
MN
2
          Oct
1*
0
2
2
1
MO
2
          Nov  
0
0
0
0
MS
1
          Dec  
0
0
0
0
MT
1
          Year
34*
28
45
48
58
NC
3
                     
NJ
1
                     
NM
2
                     
NY
1
                     
PA
1
                     
PR
1
                     
TX
3
                     
VA
1
                     
Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
* - Known Fatalities to date

Note: Monthly normals are based on the 30 year average of 58 deaths per year (1979-2008) multiplied by the average monthly percentage of annual deaths from 1959-1994 as documented in NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-193 with December 1961 plane crash fatalities


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