Lightning

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

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.

What to Do

  • Avoid open high ground and isolated large trees.
    • Avoid water (swimming pools, lakes and rivers), beaches and boats.
  • Seek shelter inside a building or an automobile, but not a convertible or a golf cart.
  • 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.

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.

Get More Info

Lightning information from Florida Hazardous Weather Guide

Lightning safety from the National Weather Service