On average more than 1500 Americans die from extreme heat each year. Young children; elderly people, especially those who live alone; and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to become victims.
On average, the United States gets 100,00 thunderstorms each year. A severe thunderstorm is defined as having wind of at least 58 mph and/or hail 3/4 of an inch in diameter or larger. Severe thunderstorm wind can gust to more than 100 mph, overturning trailers, unroofing homes, and toppling trees and power lines. Lightning is a major threat during a thunderstorm. In the United States each year around 100 Americans are hit and killed by lightning, while another 500 are injured. In a typical year, lightning will strike the U.S. over 21 million times and will claim more victims than tornadoes or hurricanes.
Winter storms may be accompanied by strong winds, blizzard-like conditions, and extreme cold. Accumulations of ice and snow can paralyze a community.
- National Weather Service Winter Weather Information
- Extreme Cold – Guide from CDC
- Winter Storm Fact Sheet
- Winter Storm
- Winter Storm Safety Checklist
- Winter Storms The Deceptive Killers