Alabama 6th in the nation in lightning-related fatalities

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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1372205636&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4116937&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1372205636 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Living in Alabama increases a person’s chances of being struck by lightning.

In fact, Alabama ranks sixth in the nation for the number of people killed by a lightning strike.

According to the National Weather and Atmospheric Administration, more Alabamians die from lightning than tornadoes and hurricanes.

Over the past five years, lightning killed 11 people in Alabama.

Florida leads the nation with 52 deaths as a result of being struck by lightning.

The full study can be found here and here.

Tips for lightning safety can be found by clicking this link.

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