LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - June 21 to the 27th has been designated as Lightning Awareness Week. According to the National Weather Service, there have already been 9 deaths caused by lightning in the U.S. in 2015.
While we've seen a lot of lightning on the South Plains this Spring, none of the fatalities reported this year have been in Texas.
Right now, lightning caused deaths have only been reported in five states.
The closest to Lubbock is in Carrizozo, New Mexico, about four and a half hours west of the Hub City, near Ruidoso, New Mexico. The victim, Kalina Jinzo, was riding a motorcycle at the time. She was rushed to a Lubbock hospital for treatment, but died from her injuries.
According to the weather service, most lightning related deaths happen in the month of July, which is approaching fast. The weather service has a variety of resources to educate yourself and children about the dangers of lightning. You can access those resources