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Tennessee Emergency Management Agency releases Severe Weather update

February 25, 2018

Tennessee Emergency Management AgencyNashville, TN – A powerful storm front moved across Tennessee on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, and produced localized flooding, lightning impacts, and unconfirmed reports of tornado touchdowns.  Several Tennessee counties have rescued individuals from damaged structures and transported those with injuries. 

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is activated at a Level 4 – Elevated status and staffed with Emergency Service Coordinators from many State of Tennessee departments with personnel providing direct assistance to the impacted counties.

Debris is strewn throughout the neighborhood Sunday morning after a fierce storm hit Saturday night in the Farmington subdivision. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK)

Debris is strewn throughout the neighborhood Sunday morning after a fierce storm hit Saturday night in the Farmington subdivision. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK)

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State Farm reminds everyone that Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 18th-24th

June 21, 2017

State FarmMurfreesboro, TN – The number of homeowners insurance claims from lightning strikes and electrical surges in the United States rose in 2016, compared with 2015; however, the average cost that insurers paid on those claims fell, according to a new analysis by the Insurance Information Institute(I.I.I.).

Tennessee is 12th on the List of Lightning Insurance Claims, Kentucky is 21st. (NOAA)

Tennessee is 12th on the List of Lightning Insurance Claims, Kentucky is 21st. (NOAA)

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Are you Prepared to be Shocked by Lightning Damage?

July 7, 2016

State FarmMurfreesboro, TN – Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 19-25, which is primetime for electricity in the atmosphere. According to State Farm® Insurance, Tennessee ranked sixth nationwide in lightning claims in 2015.

Policyholders filed 791 claims statewide at a cost of $5.7 million. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself and your property.

Lightning strikes can cause fires. (NOAA)

Lightning strikes can cause fires. (NOAA)

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Be weather aware, have a safety plan for outdoor recreation

May 8, 2016

Written by Sara Goodeyon
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersKansas City, MO – With the arrival of the outdoor recreation season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District reminds outdoor enthusiasts and recreationalists to be weather aware when visiting Corps lakes and recreation areas.

The National Weather Service advises the public that the best protection from weather-related injury or death is to monitor the weather and postpone or cancel outdoor activities when inclement weather is in the forecast.

Sixty-four percent of lightning fatalities result from outdoor recreation. A large portion of these are from water activities and sports. Infographic courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District) [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Provides Tips on Lightning Safety

April 21, 2016

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the season’s warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants Tennesseans to be familiar with the risks and precautions involving lightning.

“Lightning can pose a variety of fire hazards,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is important to monitor weather conditions and know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike.”

Severe thunderstorms possible Wednesday into Wednesday night for Clarksville Montgomery County

Severe thunderstorms possible Wednesday into Wednesday night for Clarksville Montgomery County

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Tennessee’s in Top Ten for Lightning Damage according to State Farm®

June 19, 2015

State Farm® Releases Top States for Lightning Claims; Joins IBHS for Lightning Awareness Week

State FarmMurfreesboro, TN – Lightning may not seem as destructive as other natural disasters, yet a strike can cause serious damage to business equipment and electrical appliances, disrupt electrical service for long periods of time, and spark wildfires.

In 2014, State Farm paid nearly $149 million dollars for insurance claims as a result of damage from lightning strikes.

Lightning strikes. (NOAA)

Lightning strikes. (NOAA)

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Tennessee ranks 6th in the Nation for Insurance Claims Resulting from Lightning according to State Farm

June 21, 2014

State Farm® Paid out Nearly $15 Million in Lightening Claims in 2013

State Farm®Lightning is an underrated danger and the second leading cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S., exceeded only by floods. Most lightning claims were surge or power related.

Damage is generally caused by power surges carried by the electrical wiring, TV cable, or phone lines serving the home or business and usually involve one or more electronic items.

According to State Farm, Tennessee paid out more than $5 million in lightning claims. Georgia led the nation in claims resulting from lightening in 2013 with nearly $15 million paid out.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office provides tips on Lightning Safety

May 26, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As spring storms roll through Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when lightning is imminent.

“Lightning strikes can cause fires. As the spring’s warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, we want Tennesseans to know what the risks and precautions are,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “It is important to monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the climate becomes threatening.” [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office provides tips on Lightning Safety

April 20, 2013

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As spring storms pop up this month, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans to keep safety in mind when lightning and storms are imminent.

“Lightning strikes can cause fires. And, as the season’s warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, we want Tennesseans to know what the risks and precautions are,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is important to monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the climate becomes threatening.”

Lightning strikes can cause fires. (NOAA)

Lightning strikes can cause fires. (NOAA)

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Costly Lightning Losses can be Prevented

June 21, 2010

*In Support of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 20th-26th, 2010

Hartford, CT — Hurricanes and tornadoes receive the news coverage, but according to Underwriters Laboratories (UL), lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars annually in structural damage to buildings in the U.S. alone. A single bolt of lightning can generate heat in excess of 50,000 degrees F which can spark fires or cause surging through electrical circuitry. Packing up to 100 million volts of electricity, a lightning strike to an unprotected home or business can be disastrous, with lightning most often igniting roofs, sidewalls, framing and electrical wires. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), insured losses from lightning continue to climb, with the average cost per claim up 39 percent over the past five years. A single lightning strike can cost a homeowner over $5,000, with losses ranging from damage to expensive electronics to structural fires that destroy entire homes. [Read more]

 
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