More people are killed by heat and cold than severe storms

There are about 2,000 deaths each year in the U.S. from weather-related causes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new report from the CDC shows that it’s actually the heat and the cold that kills more people than severe storms. 

Over the years we’ve seen severe weather that has brought flooding, dangerous lightning and even tornadoes.

And while this kind of weather can lead to deaths and injuries, a report from National Health Statistics on weather-related deaths in the U.S. shows that heat and cold kill far more Americans each year. 

The study found that there are about 2,000 deaths each year from weather-related causes, about 31 percent are from the heat. 

“My husband works construction and I work construction as well and I see it all the time. They get heat stroke they’re out there in boots and gear so I can see how it could be more dangerous,” said Stephanie Downey of Springfield.

“People stay outside and don’t realize they’re too hot or don’t drink enough water,” said Erin O’Connor of Springfield.

While heat stroke and sun stroke were responsible for many of the heat related deaths, about twice as many, or 63 percent were caused by exposure to the cold.

Just 6 percent of deaths were caused by severe weather. 

“I think for regular heat exhaustion we don’t think about it. We just go out and do our thing in the heat or in the cold but when there is a warning of a tornado or any other kind of horrific weather we just take head of it,” said Doris King of Three Rivers.

The study looked at over 10,000 deaths from 2006 through 2010. The report also found that older people and men had higher weather-related death rates.

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