FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (July 26, 2013)--The recent deaths of two people who were struck by lightning while at a scenic overlook in northern Arizona raised the total killed by lightning strikes in the U.S. this year to 14 and the National Weather Service says many of the victims were enjoying summertime activities.
At three each, Arizona and Florida lead the nation so far this year in lightning fatalities.
The married couple who were killed Tuesday in Arizona were sitting beneath a rock wall at a scenic overlook when they were struck.
Others killed this year have been under trees in Missouri and New York, fishing on a boat in Louisiana, walking on the beach in Florida and camping in California.
Weather experts say when thunderstorms roll in those who are outside should immediately head to a safe area inside a building or vehicle.