Information on Lightning Protection in the state of North Carolina
Ranked 28th in size and in the top ten in lightning fatalities, North Carolina has had 190 lightning causalities in the last 50 years. With 11 flashes per square mile (pdf) and 165 people square mile you need to use common sense when lightning is in the area and consider a lightning protection system for your property.
In 2010, ten people were injured by lightning. So far in 2011, 9 people have been injured. All nine were taking shelter under a canopy. Remember that a canopy is not a substantial building. If it looks like lightning is about to strike, get inside and shut the windows.
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July 19, 2015 Lightning struck and caused a devastating fire to two homes in nearby communities in Onslow County, in North Carolina.
July 18, 2015 Lightning struck the steeple of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Because of the fire that resulted, it destroyed most of the building.
June 27, 2015 Lightning struck a horse barn of a world-class equestrian facility in Durham, North Carolina, causing a 3 alarm fire which destroyed the facility. All horses were safely evacuated.
September 05, 2014: Lightning stuck a student dorm at Elon University in North Carolina causing an evacuation due to a sprinkler going off on the top floor and causing damage to the floors below. The strike also caused a power surge destroying the fire alarm system.
Also see How to stay safe during lightning storms