Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week: Lightning & Wildfires

By: Meteorologist Branden Borremans Email
By: Meteorologist Branden Borremans Email

More deadly than hurricanes or tornadoes, lightning strikes in America each year kill an average of 73 people and injure 300 others. In fact, since 1980, lightning has killed and injured more people in Colorado than any other thunderstorm hazard.

Lightning is also responsible for most wildfires in Colorado. This happens when lightning is generated from thunderstorms which produce minimal rainfall.

For more detailed info, visit our partners at the National Weather Service Office in Pueblo.

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  • by Homeowner Concerned Location: E Colorado Springs on Apr 20, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    I'm with one of the mention insurance companies and did have wind and hail damage to our roof last year and now I'm afraid to call them as I had a couple of claims for lightning damages several years ago; kind of back to back. You cannot out guess where lightning will strike. How can insurance companies do this. It is, is it not, insurance to protect your home from fire, wind and hail, and lightning. Who is the watchdog for these companies and how are the getting away with this practice. That is like taking out medical coverage and because you had a couple of surgeries in the past couple of year and now need another one; they can cancell you out! Total nonsense in my opinion.
  • by Homeowners Beware Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    Homeowners that have their homes protect by State Farm Insurance Companies, BEWARE! My family has had State Farm Insurance for over 40 years. This past year we had significant hail damage to our roof. We submitted the claim and an agent came out and verified that we did indeed need a new roof. My husband and I are paying additional for the 50 year or lifetime warranty roof to avoid such expense in the future since you can no longer purchase t-lock replacements for roofs. All was well until one week later we received a letter from State Farm that we were being cancelled! I called them, I was told that in over forty years we have had too many claims for wind, lightning and hail! So, homeowner beware, I guess the rule of thumb is pay the damages yourself and do not file a claim with State Farm or better yet FIND A NEW COMPANY TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY!! For those of you who have lived in Colorado for a while, you know hail is a rather common occurrence in the spring and summer. In fact, Colorado is one of the most hail-prone states in the U.S. Additionally, hail occurs more frequently in the lee of the Rockies than anywhere else in North America. Hail can not only do major damage to vehicles, buildings and crops, but it can also be life threatening if you happen to get caught outside.
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      by C* on Apr 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM in reply to Homeowners Beware
      The same goes for Allstate! I don't know that there's an honest insurance company anywhere. No claims here! I was trying to come up with the money needed when I was told they were canceling the insurance!
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