FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.,- Today, WINK News talked to a father vacationing on Fort Myers Beach with his family. his young children witnessed yesterday's strike. He, like many beachgoers, returned to the sand today, but still have images from yesterday imprinted in their minds.
"My 12-year-old is looking at the sky saying are those storm clouds, and I'm saying we're good buddy, they are white, we are clear, we are good!"
Beach-goers are keeping their eye on the sky after a deadly storm came through Fort Myers Beach Tuesday afternoon.
"Yesterday, was our first day of vacation. We were here when it all happened, probably within 30 or 40 feet of it," said Shane Updyke.
The lightning so intense it struck three people who were on the sand. 45-year-old Scott Wilcox died from a deadly bolt, two teenagers, Chelsea Gill and Zach Lataweic were taken to the hospital.
"It was a little rough, I feel for those families, i can't even imagine."
Shane Updyke was with his nine and 12-year-old. He said witnessing the unthinkable has left horrific images in their minds. He even sat down and had a talk with his boys about what they saw.
"I asked them if they were ok. I think the older one is having a more tougher time, the younger one I don't think quite understood," said Updyke.
His older son brought a journal with him and Tuesday night jotted down his thoughts, about the tragedy on the beach.
"He wrote about it, i think it was good for him to do that"
Updyke said they took shelter when the storm was rolling in, but say the three victims still on the beach.
"For that to happen on the first day was a little rough."