The deadliest natural hazard in Florida may surprise you

Rip currents kill more people in Florida than tornadoes, hurricanes and even lightning.

On average, rip currents kill 19 people every year in Florida and about 100 people nationwide.

They are often the most overlooked hazard because they are harder to see and tourists often fall victim to the dangerous currents.

The deadliest time of the year for rip currents in Florida is from April through October.

Rip currents are narrow channels of swift-moving water. The speed of the water can exceed 6 mph, which is faster than an Olympic swimmer.