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Lightning Strikes Killed Fewest Americans Ever in 2013

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Lightning strikes killed fewer people in the U.S. last year than in any other year on record, officials said Thursday.

Just 23 people died as a direct result from lightning strikes in 2013, according to figures from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This is in contrast with 1943, the deadliest year for lightning strikes in the U.S. when 432 people were struck and killed.

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