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National Lightning Awareness Month

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Any day of the week numerous sportsmen in our part of the country are on our bayous and lakes fishing. 

Anglers in particular need to be aware of weather changes and know what to do in the event of a sudden thunderstorm. Monroe sportsman James Mann: "I look for clouds and you can hear the thunder.  When it starts getting close, I get out."

The National Weather Service says since 2006, 64% of lightning deaths have occurred while people were enjoying outdoor activities.  Most of those deaths were associated with  fishing.

Monroe sportsman Eugene Newman: "I fish just about every day.  I was in Bayou DeSiard not too long ago.  Lightning struck a tree right by me.  I left the boat and my stuff in the water."

Lighting deaths that occurred while people were participating in other outdoor activities, such as camping, boating, soccer and golf were also noted by the weather service survey.
Swartz sportsman Dan Walker: "I had it hit my duck blind before.  If you see what it does to a tree out here, you can imagine what it will do to you." So the best advice is:  to stay safe while on the water, stay alert.

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