Lightning Strike Injures Two During Elementary School Open House
SPRING HILL – In the last few weeks there have been at least three people struck by lightning in Spring Hill. Last month a man was stuck by lightning at Turner Funeral Home on Spring Hill Drive, after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area. Sources say the man was dazed and appeared “ashy” but was not seriously injured.
Yesterday, while hundred filed in and out of Spring Hill Elementary for their Open House event, two people were injured after they were struck by lightning. Officials with Hernando County Fire Rescue say both patients were transported to a local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition. RNRF received unconfirmed reports that between 8 and 10 vehicles were damaged, possible “totaled” said one witness, but those reports have not been confirmed. We tried to speak with a representative of the school but they have not returned our calls.
According to weather.com, there are nearly 1.5 million lightning strikes annually in Florida, with an average of 24.7 strikes per square mile. There have been a total of 32 fatalities since 2006, five in 2012 alone.Experts with the Centers for Disease Control say males are five times more likely than females to be struck by lightning and around 85% of lightning fatalities are men. People aged 15–34 years account for almost half of all lightning strike victims (41%). And one very interesting fact, according to the CDC, is that Caucasians account of 89% of all lightning strike fatalities.
The safest place to avoid being struck by lightning is indoors but according to the CDC, about 32% of lightning injuries occur indoors. Weather experts say, to reduce the risk of being injured indoors during an electrical storm, it is best to stay away from plumbing and electrical appliances.
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