Lightning Rod Protection in the State of Alabama
With 52,419 square miles and an average of 824,171 cloud-to-ground flashes a year (pdf), lightning is a common occurrence in Alabama with an average of almost 16 strikes per square mile annually. Thunderstorms with hail and lightning are common in the state. The southern part of the state averages 70 to 80 days a year of thunderstorms where the northern portion of the state gets an average of 60 days of thunderstorms.
Alabama had the 5th most insurance claims in the United States in 2013. There were 5,199 insurance claims for a total of $34.8 million. That’s an average of $6,694 per claim! More and more new structures are having lightning protection systems installed to protect the contents and lives in the structure.
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June 19, 2015 Lightning was blamed for a power outage at the Limestone Correctional Facility in Alabama which affected the air conditioning system for 3 days.
January 05, 2015: The Moulton Elementary School, in Moulton Alabama, experienced electronic damage by a lightning strike affecting the alarm system, the intercoms, bells and computers. The event was classified as an emergency otherwise repairs could take up to 6 weeks due to needing to get bids for the repairs.
December 24, 2014: Lightning stuck the electrical wiring in a home in Moulton in the early morning and slowly smoulderd into a fire which was then quickly put out.
March 31, 2015: The Moulton, Alabama, Emergency Management Agency's 100 foot tower was strick by lightning which damaged the early-warning system for tornados and phone lines of the 911 system
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms