Lightning kills one, injures two others

Fort Myers Beach, Florida -- One man has died after being hit by lightning and two others have been injured, according to fire department officials on Fort Myers Beach.

The strike happened on the beach near a Hooters restaurant, according to an employee there.

There have been five lightning strike deaths in Florida this year, according to the National Weather Service. Most recently, a roofer in Sarasota died after being struck on July 16.

Across the country, there have been 14 fatalities from lightning strikes in the over the last three months, according to the NWS.

The weather Tuesday in the Southwest Florida region has been unstable with numerous thunderstorms and lightning strikes.

Cape Weather tracked 15 storms this afternoon and reports that 11,443 strikes came from the thunderstorm that hit the Fort Myers Beach area around the time the three people were struck. Nearly 2,000 of those strikes were cloud-to-ground, the weather outlet says. Upwards of 86 strikes per minute were recorded during the peak of the storm, which was shortly before 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the Lee County coast around 2:30 p.m.


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