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Governor Urges Safety From Lightning

Governor Urges Safety From Lightning

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor Jon Huntsman is declaring this week Lightning Awareness Week in Utah. A national campaign is also taking place to help lower lightning death and injury rates.

Lightning is one of nature's deadliest hazards.

During the past 30 years, lightning has killed an average of 66 people a year in the United States. That is more than the average of 65 deaths per year caused by tornadoes.

In Utah, lightning has claimed the lives of 60 people since 1950. That's more than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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