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NWS Warns of Lightning, Recommends Precautions

The July Fourth holiday weekend officially begins at midnight tomorrow (July 2) and the National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms and warning about safety.  Charles Fishburne talked with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Orrock, at the National Weather Service in Wakefield. Seventy-percent of lightning deaths occur in the months of June, July and August. The National Weather service survey  says fisherman accounted for almost half the fatalities, boaters 23%, people relaxing on the beach 21%, and swimmers eight percent. From 2006 through 2013, 261 people died from lightning strikes, 2/3rds of them were outside, enjoying leisure activities.