Light­ning deaths a warn­ing on safety

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION -

Trag­i­cally light­ning has claimed an­other Florida life. This is the sec­ond death this year in Florida, but sadly won’t likely be the last. While at the Broward South­west Re­gional Li­brary on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, a pow­er­ful bolt struck within 100 yards while par­ents and their chil­dren ig­nored the threat and walked to their ve­hi­cles in the rain hold­ing an umbrella, a po­ten­tial light­ning rod, over their heads. Sad.

Although deaths have de­creased over the years, Florida will al­ways be the light­ning cap­i­tal of the U.S. When thun­der roars head in­doors, or at least into a ve­hi­cle. James Lushine (re­tired Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist), Pem­broke Pines

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