Two people were struck by lightning in New Smyrna Beach and one is in serious condition after a severe storm hit Volusia County, the city’s Fire Department said.
A man doing maintenance on Middlebury Loop was found under a tree in critical condition and taken to an area hospital.
A resident of the area, Edqard Williams, told Wesh2 that when he saw the victim the back of his head was singed and when he turned it over “his pants were not there” referring to the fact that they were burned.
Another person was struck outside an AutoZone store on State Road 44 and also taken to a medical facility where he is in stable condition, according to the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department.
The National Weather Service had warned of severe storms for Volusia and Brevard and Seminole counties.
The City of New Smyrna Beach recommended that “when the thunder roars, go inside!”
Lightning is one of the leading causes of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, he detailed.
If you are under a thunderstorm warning, the City of New Smyrna Beach recommends the following:
▪ Entering a building or car with a metal roof and sides.
▪ Pay attention to weather alerts and warnings.
▪ Avoid running water and the use of electronic devices connected to a power outlet.
▪ Turn around, don’t drown! Do not drive through flooded roads. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
The incident occurred after last July 1 A truck was struck by lightning on I-75 near Tampa and the moment was captured on video.
The images of the video recorded by the wife of the driver of the vehicle, Edward Whalen, show how the lightning hit the vehicle that he was driving and in which he was traveling with his children.
Florida is the lightning capital of the United States, home to the highest lightning density and frequency of thunderstorms, especially in the summer.
An investigation by Vaisala National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) shows that the state averages nearly 1.2 million lightning strikes a year.
The state also far leads the nation in lightning-related deaths with 49 since 2001, according to the National Lightning Safety Council. That’s more than double the next state on the list: Texas, which had 22 deaths.
This story was originally published on July 20, 2022 1:35 p.m.