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Deadliest in a decade: Lightning deaths climb higher in August

Posted: 9:00 AM, Aug 30, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-30 15:00:33Z

This month is turning out to be especially deadly for lightning strikes as two more people died over the weekend.

Eleven people have died because of lightning strikes during the month of August, making this the deadliest August in the last 10 years.

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These latest deaths from lightning brings the total number of lightning fatalities to 32 — the most since 2009.

In the last 10 years, an average of 31 people have died from lightning strikes each year.

Overall, lightning deaths have been on the decline over the years, but this year, the U.S. seems to be experiencing a recent uptick.

Of course, it's nothing compared to the 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway earlier this week.

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