Sadly, Florida often has more lightning deaths than any other state. Statically, the most dangerous months for lightning in the state are June, July, and August, due to summer thunderstorms. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

What to Know

  • The 30-30 Rule:
    • 30 Seconds: Count the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder. If this time is less than 30 seconds, lightning is still a potential threat. Seek shelter immediately.
    • 30 Minutes: After the last lightning flash, wait 30 minutes before leaving your protected area.

What to Do

Follow Take Action Guidance when appropriate.

You can tell how far away lightning is by counting the seconds between
seeing the lightning flash and hearing thunder. For every five seconds
you count, lightning is one mile away.

Get More Info

NWS – Lightning Safety Tips and Resources – Thunderstorms and Lightning