USA saw fewest lightning deaths on record in 2013: ’23 Americans died from lightning in 2013, the fewest since records began in 1940′
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'2013 was also a relatively quiet year in the USA for severe thunderstorms, which produce large hail, tornadoes or very strong winds.' - 'The previous record low was in 2011, which had 26 deaths.'
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According to data from the National Weather Service. The previous record low was in 2011, which had 26 deaths. Accurate lightning death records go back 73 years to 1940.