UPDATE: Alabama leads the nation in lightning deaths

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(WHNT)– Alabama has the most lightning-related deaths of any state in the U.S. so far in 2015.

21 deaths have been caused by lightning strikes, four of which occurred in Alabama. Florida has the second highest number of lightning deaths with three.

The most recent lightning death in Alabama happened on July 23 in Autauga County. A 73-year-old woman was outside her home underneath a tree picking blueberries when she was struck and killed. 12-year-old Megan Nickell was killed playing volleyball in Fort Morgan on July 5 while on vacation.