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3729
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For thousands of years many plants in the Coastal Plain prospered through lightning-caused fires, which burned away surface materials and promoted new growth. As people now occupy these areas, lightning fires are controlled and plant survival is threatened.
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8941
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North Carolina ranks second in the total number of reported fatalities and fourth in reported injuries from lightning strikes. Between 1959 and 2004, lightning killed 182 people in the state and injured an additional 550 who survived. The high incidence of strikes is directly related to the large number of North Carolinians who engage in outdoor activities, either for work or pleasure. In 1907, fifty Cape Fear Power Company construction workers in Chatham County took refuge in a building as a storm approached; lightning struck the structure, killing seven and injuring the rest. This record stood until 1961, when lightning struck a Sampson County tobacco barn, killing eight and injuring four. The record of eight deaths from a single lightning bolt remains unsurpassed in the nation.
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16682
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North Carolina is the second most-dangerous state for lightning strikes, averaging eleven flashes per square mile each year. Florida ranks first with twenty-five flashes. Barnes defines lightning and identifies the common types and lists ways to avoid being struck.
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28654
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North Carolina ranked second highest in lightning-related casualties from 1959 to 2007. Tips for how to protect yourself from lightning strikes and data about lightning strikes in the state and country are detailed.