This area near Disney World is the lightning capital of the US

Four Corners located 2 miles from Animal Kingdom Lodge

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Four Corners area of Central Florida, just 2 miles from Disney World, is the 2022 lightning capital of the United States, according to a new report.

Finland-based Vaisala, which uses weather and environmental forecast and observation services to track weather worldwide, reported that Four Corners saw 1,229 lightning events per square mile in 2022, the highest density of lightning of any community in the country.

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Four Corners, near Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is a census-designated area near the borders of Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties.

According to the report, Four Corners took the No. 1 spot from Flatonia, Texas.

The state of Florida also secured the top spot in the U.S. for total lightning density, with 285 lightning events per square mile, an increase of 27% compared with 2021.

News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said it’s important to remember that there is no safe place outdoors when lightning is near.

Lightning strikes can travel up to 10 miles. Just because you don’t see lightning, doesn’t mean you are safe. So even if you don’t consider yourself to be in a lightning risk area, when thunder roars, go indoors.

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