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Each year, an estimated 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the United States. Of those, about 10 percent are classified as severe thunderstorms - those that produce hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter, have winds of 58 miles per hour or higher, or produce a tornado. The map at right shows the geographical distribution of severe thunderstorm watches issued in 2010 in the U.S. As shown in this map, thunderstorms are common occurrences in the Midwest and Central United States.
All thunderstorms are dangerous and can be associated with a number of hazards. Heavy rains can lead to flash flooding events – one of the primary causes of death associated with thunderstorms.
Lightning, which is produced by every thunderstorm, causes an average of 80 fatalities and 300 injuries each year. Lightning can also start building fires, damage electrical equipment, electrocute humans and livestock, and is the leading cause of farm fires. High winds generated by thunderstorm can cause damage to homes, overturn vehicles, uproot or damage trees, or blow down utility poles causing wide spread power outages. Hail causes billions of dollars in damage to crops and property each year and can injure people or animals left outdoors.
The following factsheets will help you prepare your family, home and farm, animals and business in efforts to minimize the impact from thunderstorm situations and help to speed the recovery process.