Interesting article and well presented. Thanks for sharing that.
I live in Florida which is the lightening capital of the USA. North Carolina is #2 but has less than 1/3 the number of strikes as Florida; so that paints a pretty good picture.
I also used to race ocean going sailing yachts. We were the only object higher than the water for many, many miles. Add to that a metal mast of about 80'.
Therefore my experiences tell me that when your time is up - your time is up. Live your life daily as if the next strike is meant for you. In my case, it probably is!