Did you know that across the earth's atmosphere lightning flashes about 50 times per second which is 4.3 million times a day. That’s how common lightning is.

While the sight of lightning flashing through the skies is spectacular, did you know that it is also one of the leading natural forces that kills. Thousands of people across the world die every year due to lightning bolts.

And here's one more interesting nugget on lightning deaths. more men than women die by it. So gentlemen, you've been warned!

But there are ways to be safe at times of heavy thunder and lightning. This story has more.