Lightning struck at Florida beach on Sunday, leaving eight individuals injured, police stated.
The victims have been struck at Clearwater Beach close to Tampa on Sunday afternoon, in line with the Clearwater Police Department.
The department stated one individual was hit by the strike immediately and rushed to a close-by hospital in a crucial situation. Another individual was treated for burns, and three others have been hospitalized as a precaution. At least three others had been injured, however, refused treatment on the scene. Lightning was also blamed for at the least three fires within the area on Saturday.
The Clearwater Fire and Rescue stated it is common for folks to stay on the beach to look at the storms go. However, it’s harmful.
“Beachgoers should take cover and go to a protected place when lightning and thunder are present. As a reminder, Clearwater Fire and Rescue makes use of the phrase: once you hear the roar, go indoor,” the fire department informed ABC affiliate WFTS.
Storms moving by way of the Midwest following days of file warmth sparked a number of lightning storms. The unstable weather resulted in two others being struck by lightning in Pennsylvania and Illinois on Sunday.
A 16-year-old boy was struck by lightning at a soccer match in Aurora, Illinois, according to Chicago ABC station WLS. The boy remained conscious and was taken to a local hospital.
A boy was also struck by lightning in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon. The boy was taken to the hospital in unknown condition, according to Philadelphia ABC station WPVI.