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Battling a fear of storms

Have a fear of storms? There's a name for that

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    Thursday, October 31, 2013, 1:00 PM -

    High winds are set to move into parts of southern Ontario and Quebec Thursday -- and that can be scarier than Halloween ghosts and goblins, especially for people who suffer from a weather phobia.

    If you're afraid of storms, you aren't alone.

    Experts estimate that weather phobias may affect as much as 10 percent of the (human) population.

    One of the most common names for a fear of storms is astraphobia and it has been documented in both humans and animals. In severe cases, astraphobics can develop a secondary fear called agoraphobia, which is characterized by an extreme reluctance to leave the home. 

    But there are other types of weather phobais as well.

    We've compiled a list, with a little help from our friends at The Weather Channel.

    NAME FEAR
    Nephophobia     Clouds      
    Ombrophobia    Rain
    Thermophobia Heat
    Cryophobia Cold
    Chionophobia Snow
    Lilapsophobia Tornadoes/hurricanes


    With files from Travis Koshko, The Weather Channel

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