Being outdoors is perilous during thunderstorms

4:47 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The recent deaths of two people at a scenic overlook in northern Arizona mean 14 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the U.S. this year.

According to the National Weather Service, many of the victims were enjoying summertime activities.

Arizona and Florida are leading the nation so far this year in lightning fatalities with three each. The married couple who were killed Tuesday in Arizona were sitting beneath a rock wall at a scenic overlook.

Others killed this year have been under trees in Missouri and New York, fishing on a boat in Louisiana, walking on the beach in Florida and camping in California.

Weather experts say when thunderstorms roll in and you're outside, you should immediately flee to a safe area inside a building or vehicle.

FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

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