All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. In the United States, hundreds of people are injured and approximately 50 people are killed each year by lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail, flooding, and flash flooding.

Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities—more than 140 annually—than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard.

Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.

Facts About Thunderstorms

Facts About Lightning

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SOURCE: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)