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There are many ways in which a professional sports team receives its nickname, although some are more obscure than others. Do you know why the Tampa Bay National Hockey League franchise is dubbed “Lightning”? While Florida is the “Sunshine State,” the central portion of the state from Tampa through Titusville is known as “Lightning Alley.” This central Florida region is bombarded with around 100 lightning storms per year.
According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, 125 Floridians died from lightning strikes from 1990 to 2003. Lightning is the top cause of weather-related fatalities in Florida. Nationally, nearly 200,000 homeowners insurance claims are filed each year due to lightning strikes, according to insurance industry data. The total annual insured losses related to lightning is around $800 million.
Some quick facts about lightning, courtesy of National Geographic News:
Here are some safety tips to prevent being struck by lightning, which can be devastating or even fatal.
According to the National Weather Service, lightning can strike from as far away as ten miles away from the storm itself. And, lightning can strike even before the rain begins. So if you hear thunder, seek shelter immediately.
The heat from a lightning strike can spark a fire; and lightning can also cause a power surge that may ignite a fire. Most homeowners, comprehensive automobile policies and business insurance policies should cover lightning-related damage. Some home and commercial lines policies will also cover losses stemming from power surges.
Check with your agent, especially if you live in the “Lightning Alley” region of Central Florida. If you live in the Tampa area, for a free Homeowners quote, click here or a Condominium quote, click here.