Lightning in Florida Returns With a Vengeance
Thursday, June 29th a nine month pregnant woman was struck in Fort Meyers, in a gated community. She was hospitalized for her injuries. A BJ's Wholesale store less than two miles away was also struck, causing smoke and haze. The manager evacuated the store for a while after. Monday a Nocatee home in St Johns County was struck by lightning and burnt down. A dog was saved from a small closet and has since recovered. The Tucker Fire in West Cocoa was started by lightning, also on Monday. It grew to over 4,500 acres before being put out by a heavy rain later in the week. So far this year three people have been killed by lightning. Two of the deaths occurred in Florida. Since January 1, 2007, 304 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States and 8.8 billion dollars worth of insurance claims were filed because of it. Florida remains the deadliest state for lightning with 52 killed by it in the last 10 1/2 years.. Texas came in second with 21. If you can hear thunder the storm is close enough to strike. Take cover!
Below is a cat that thought it would be fun to do a little storm watching in Jacksonville, FL this week, until lightning convinced it otherwise..