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 Tampa Bay is known as the lightning capital of the nation. In June, 1993, more than 21,000  cloud-to-ground lightning flashes occurred within a 50-mile radius of Tampa Bay. In June 1  1994, the number of

flashes rose to an incredible 50,000.

 Florida averages 10 deaths and 30 injuries a year from lightning.

Since 1959, Florida has had  more than 350 lightning-related

deaths and more than 1,000 injuries.

 The temperature of a single bolt can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, about five times as hot  as the sun's surface; lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the storm.