gatorsafe_icon_web_LIGHTNINGFlorida has more lightning deaths than any other state. In fact, lightning kills more people in Florida than all other direct weather hazards combined. Statistically, the most dangerous months for lightning in the state are June, July, and August in association with the summer thunderstorms.

What to Know

If you hear thunder or see lightning – When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

What to Do

  • Stop all outdoor activities.
  • Seek shelter inside a substantial building or a hard-topped vehicle, but not in a convertible or golf cart
  • Avoid open high ground and isolated large trees
  • Avoid water (such as swimming pools, lakes, and rivers), beaches and boats
  • Stay away from doors, windows, and metal objects such as pipes or faucets
  • Monitor your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio
  • Use the 30-30 rule for outdoor activity

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 the shelter.

If Someone is Hit by Lightning:

  • Call 9-1-1. Provide directions and information about the lightning strike and victim(s).
  • Give first aid. Do not delay CPR if the person is unresponsive or not breathing.
  • If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can strike twice. Don’t become a victim.

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.

Source: Department of Emergency Management


UF Weather Hazards/Lightning

National Weather Service Lightning Safety Tips and Resources

Florida Hazardous Weather Guide

Version Date: 08/2016