|Published:||Jun 21, 2013 9:35 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 21, 2013 11:18 PM EDT|
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Another person in Southwest Florida was hit by lightning Friday, 24 hours after a man survived a strike Thursday.
We don't know their condition since that person's name has not yet been released. Nicole Hornberger with Bonita Springs Fire-Rescue said there was barely any thunder when that person was struck Friday afternoon in the Citrus Park area.
"It wasn't your typical afternoon storm that rolled in," Hornberger said. "It was more like a light shower. The sun was even partially out. Still, someone was injured severely from a lightning strike."
Thursday, 29-year old Richard Knox was working in Cape Coral when he was hit and he has a hole in his shirt to prove it. "I saw a bright, bluish white flash and woke up on the ground," Knox said. "It had hit the pole next to me."
It's a danger we all live with in Florida, with an average of 1.4 million lightning strikes a year. Of the seven deadly lightning strikes across the country this year, two have been in Florida. One on a beach in Belleair. Another was on a boat in Lake Okeechobee.
Last year, lightning killed five people in the state, including 11-year-old Jesse Watlington who was struck in an open field in Fort Myers.
Just as Florida is known as the lightning capital of country, it's also known as the golf capital of the world. Playing in stormy weather puts golfers' lives at risk.
"We've never, thank God, had anybody killed or injured which is really fortunate," Fort Myers Country Club Golf Director Richard Lamb said.
At Fort Myers Country Club, there's a sobering reminder at the first tee - a sign that reads "Summertime brings storms and lightning. Please use good judgment. Seek shelter immediately. Let's not be a statistic."
Lamb said they try to educate all golfers to call it quits at the first sign of danger. "If you have not started your round and there is definitely lightning in the area, and golfers know when lightning is in the area, it's not a secret, we will not sell them a ticket," Lamb said. "Nobody wants to be part of a scenario like that. If we feel like we're are not in harm's way, we will go out and tell these people that to get on the cart. But, every so often, they don't listen."
Fort Myers Country Club has three or four small shelters throughout the course in case of lightning or storms.
Hornberger said Friday's strike is a reminder that just because we get lightning everyday doesn't mean we can ignore it. "It's really important to be aware of your surroundings, especially in the summer as the weather starts to turn," Hornberger said. "Come off the golf course, come in from the pool, take shelter, because lightning can happen at any time."
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