Source: NASA More: Global Lightning (NASA). Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Areas of low lightning strikes are shaded gray and purple. In particular, Lake Maracaibo, right off the Caribbean Sea, holds the record for "highest concentration of lightning," according to The Guinness Book of World Records.There, you'll find the Catatumbo lightning—colloquially, and terrifyingly, known as the "everlasting storm"—a weather phenomenon that averages about 260 storm days per year, 150 of which feature lightning. The map above shows the average yearly counts of lightning flashes per square kilometer from 1995 to 2013. Lightning strikes have caused ten deaths in the state over the past decade. The areas with the most strikes are bright pink (as many as 150 per year per square kilometer. (2020, July 23). Mississippi records an average of 18 lightning strikes for every square mile per year. The global maps shows the average density of lightning strikes per square kilometer based on data from 1995 to 2013. The lightning strike that destroyed the historic church was one of the more than 0.856 million lightning strikes recorded each year in the third-most lightning-prone state in the country. Lightning strikes worldwide kill about 24,000 people each year, and roughly 240,000 people are injured on an annual basis. Here's what you can do to avoid being a lightning strike statistic. Map of Global Lightning Strikes. In 2019 there were 20 direct lightning fatalities, compared with 21 in 2018, according to the National Weather Service. Areas with the fewest number of flashes each year are gray and purple; areas with the largest number of lightning flashes—as many as 150 per year per square kilometer—are bright pink. Lightning strikes more than 100 million times per year in the tropics. The odds of being struck by lightning for over the period of 80 years have been roughly estimated as 1:10000. ScienceDaily. — The National Weather Service says Florida is the lightning capital of the country, with more people dying from strikes in the state each year than any other state. About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year. Lightning strikes The National Weather Service tracks lightning strikes. If the lightning strikes were independent events, the probability of being hit seven times would be (1:10000) 7 = 1:10 28.These numbers do not quite apply to Sullivan, however, who by the nature of his work and his physical location was exposed to more storms than the average person. Why Florida "It's simple really. And according to data collected by the National Weather Service, more than 260 people have been killed by lightning strikes between 2010 and 2020 -- more than 20 deaths per year.