Less than a week after a 34-year-old man was killed and two others injured by a lightning strike on Lake Harding, 16-year-old Aron Eugene Dunn was pronounced dead Wednesday after lightning struck near his back porch.
“It looks like it ran down the tree, jumped from the tree to him,” Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd told the Dothan Eagle.
Byrd said that Dunn stepped out onto his back porch around 4:30 p.m. when the lightning struck.
Rescue workers were on the scene for about 20 minutes before they transported him to Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
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The United States averages about 30 lightning fatalities per year. Florida sees the most lightning strikes and deaths by far — it saw more than 50 fatalities since 2007, according to the National Weather Service, which tracks lightning deaths and injuries.
Georgia, Alabama and most other Southern states see more lightning strikes than the rest of the country. Georgia saw 10 fatalities from 2007-16, while Alabama saw 13.
The NWS estimates that the odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are over a million to one.
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