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Weather kills 2,000 a year; cold is top culprit

Which Kind of Weather Kills More?

NEW YORK (AP) -- The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report.

That may surprise some people, the researchers acknowledged. Hurricanes, tornadoes and heat waves "get more publicity, for some reason, than cold-related deaths," said Deborah Ingram, one of the report's authors.

The report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed U.S. deaths attributed to the cold, the heat, storms, floods and lightning. It used national death certificate information for five years. The report found:

- Of the 10,649 deaths attributed to the weather, about 63 percent were tied to exposure to the cold or hypothermia. Those who more often fall victim to the cold include the homeless, alcoholics, those who take part in wilderness activities and winter sports, and fragile people already fighting illnesses who live in under-heated homes.

- About 31 percent of the deaths were caused by heat, heat stroke or sun stroke. The remaining 6 percent were blamed on storms, floods or lightning.

- More than two-thirds of weather-related deaths were men and boys, and men were twice as likely as women to die from storms, floods or lightning strikes. And people 65 and older had much higher death rates than younger people, perhaps because it's harder for them to endure temperature extremes, the researchers said.

- The highest heat-related death rates were in cities and very rural areas; the most isolated areas also had the highest rates related to the cold and to storms, floods and lightning. Low-income counties had higher weather-related death rates than high-income counties. That could be due to people in poor rural or urban places lacking heating, air conditioning or help during blizzards or heat waves, the researchers said.

- For blacks, the heat-related death rate was about 2.5 times higher than the rate for whites, and about twice as high as the Hispanic rate. Blacks also died at a higher rate from the cold. That finding may be tied to higher concentrations of low-income blacks in large cities or very rural areas. Also, blacks might be more vulnerable to weather extremes because they have more heart disease and other chronic health problems. Whites, however, died at twice the rate of blacks from floods, storms and lightning strikes.

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

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cae303 August 01 2014 at 9:29 AM

As global temperatures become colder the warmers and changers continue their efforts to convince us that this is not happening.Check out the increase in South Pole icecap formations, increased polar bear population and many other real phenomina that disproves their faulty fearfuln predictions

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Peter cae303 August 01 2014 at 1:24 PM

It's a real shame how much you drink, and how much your brain has shrunken. Why don't you go live in California until you die? Should take about two weeks for somebody in your debilitated condition.

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thorrsman cae303 August 01 2014 at 7:10 PM

Petey, is that ALL you have?

A juvenile insult?

Too wedded to an failed theory to give it up, yet too uneducated to produce more than a lame insult in defense of your new religion.

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brewmurgy August 01 2014 at 8:21 AM

Nothing kills more people than stupidity.
The most abundant element in the universe. Stupidium

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Dan P August 01 2014 at 12:06 PM

But let's all focus on the so called global warming as we die from the cold.

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Taina Dan P August 01 2014 at 2:50 PM

You will be sent to re-education camp.

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vulturesmotto Taina August 01 2014 at 3:35 PM

And like Rosie O'Donnell, Rosanne Bar and a number of other far left ideologues stated "Those that can not be re-educated will just have to be eliminated. We [they] calculate it will be about 25 million." (their words not mine).

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b'hamster Taina August 01 2014 at 9:44 PM

Sorry, he already did time in public school

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BRUCE August 01 2014 at 5:28 AM

Well yes I am a bit surprised as I thought it would be lightining.
But I'm even more surprised that Aol would make a race issue out of it.

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Jetncat August 01 2014 at 12:42 PM

It's a good thing we have global warming then. LOL!

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songbirdgray August 01 2014 at 6:58 PM

oh yeah , global warmingis here folks! I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND HURRICANES ARE MY PROBLEM , I LEFT ALL THE COLD AND SNOW BEHIND BUT I KNOW IT CAN CAUSE A LOT OF DEATHS , THE COLD IN THE NORTH, I DO NOT BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING, WE HAVE SEASONS AND THAT IS THAT.

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thorrsman songbirdgray August 01 2014 at 7:12 PM

I moved to Florida this past October and never missed the Colorado winter one bit.

And from what my friends and relatives back there said, I moved at a perfect time.

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TruthBeKnown August 01 2014 at 7:23 PM

Someone tell me where the weather is 80 all year and I am packing ~!

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dwtomczyk August 01 2014 at 7:05 AM

news flash.. extreme heat or cold might be deadly.

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vulturesmotto August 01 2014 at 3:38 PM

With Earth cooling for the last 17 years, Glaciers advancing (not retreating as is being presented), we will welcome the 0.05 F increase that will only be realized at night if CO2 levels more than double to 800 ppma from the current 395 ppma.

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skydrop007 August 01 2014 at 4:59 PM

The world has voted that Obama kills more than 2000 per year.

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modfather910 skydrop007 August 01 2014 at 9:20 PM

Childish, very childish. I bet you are a republicant.

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