The sunshine state is the lightning capital of the U.S. and the 2nd leading country in the world when it comes to lightning. While central Florida seeing the most lightning flashes per square mile we see more than our fair share here in NWFL.
Looking at lightning fatalities across the state between 1959-2003 you can see our area has had 37 fatalities or around 1 per year.
It is important to know that with a few basic safety tips you can keep your family safe. The most basic rule of thumb is... 'If you can hear thunder roar, head indoors.'
Use ‘The 30-30 RULE’ to determine the threat of lightning in your area.
If someone is struck by lightning, what should you do?
In the event that a person is struck by lightning, medical care may be needed immediately to save the person's life. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch and help. Cardiac arrest is the immediate cause of death for those who die. Some deaths can be prevented if the victim receives the proper first aid immediately. With proper treatment, most victims survive a lightning strike.
Remember to use common sense when it comes to any weather threat!
Next week we will take a look at the tropics and how things are shaping up for the month of July.
Chief Meteorologist, WJHG-TV