Lightening is a dangerous force that has to be dealt with if you what to go outside at all. The following is some
information about it and several articles. The purpose of this site is to help you recognize the dangers around you
but still enjoy the out of doors.
Lightning kills man beneath cloudless sky
A Dade landscaper died after being struck by an unusual type of lightning that's stronger, hotter, lasts longer and strikes
from clear skies.
By TERE FIGUERAS NEGRETE AND LUISA YANEZ
David Canales, 41, of West Miami-Dade, was on the job at a Pinecrest home when the
bolt hit. It first seared a tree, then traveled and struck Canales, standing nearby.
Experts said Canales was killed by a weather phenomenon fittingly called a ''bolt
from the blue'' or ''dry lightning'' because it falls from clear, blue skies. He was pronounced dead at South Miami Hospital.
Canales is the latest victim of one of Florida's least enviable honors: It's the
country's lightning capital. Five of the 47 people killed by lightning across the country last year were in Florida.
Dan Dixon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, said that
when Canales was hit, a typical afternoon storm was forming but nowhere near the area.
Weather data showed that lightning activity picked up north of Pinecrest shortly
before 1 p.m., as a storm gathered momentum and swept through Coral Gables and then downtown.
''Most lightning will come from the base of a thunderstorm, inside that rain-shaft
area,'' Dixon explained. ``But occasionally, what we call a bolt from the blue comes out of a thunderstorm still several miles
The fair-weather bolts pack a bigger, deadlier punch and form differently.
Most lightning bolts carry a negative charge, but ''bolts from the blue'' have a
positive charge, carry as much as 10 times the current, are hotter and last longer.
The bolts normally travel horizontally away from the storm and reach farther than
typical lightning, then curve to the ground. This bolt struck the front yard of a home at 10500 SW 62nd Ave.
''My wife said the sky was blue, but the lightning bolt was the most horrible sound
she had heard in her life,'' said Clemente Vazquez-Bello, owner of the home where Canales and two workers had come to do landscaping.
Startled by the violent sound, Margarita Vazquez-Bello ran to the backyard. The men
were not there. Canales' workers were knocking on the front door, seeking help.
She dialed 911. Officers with the Village of Pinecrest and Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue
arrived at the home. But Canales was in grave condition when transported, said rescue spokesman Lt. Elkin Sierra.
The Vazquez-Bellos rushed to South Miami Hospital, where Canales was pronounced dead.
Canales' wife, also at the hospital, could not be reached for comment.
Vazquez-Bello said Canales was ''a wonderful human being'' and a dependable hard
''We feel terrible about this,'' said Vazquez-Bello, a Miami attorney.
Dixon said protecting yourself from such unexpected lightning is difficult.
''They are very unpredictable and very dangerous. We urge people to stay indoors
even if you hear thunder only faintly in the distance,'' Dixon said. ``If you're close enough to hear thunder, you're close
enough to be struck by lightning.''
Earlier this month, a worker was hospitalized after being struck at a construction
site in Miami. Nine people, including three children, were forced out of their Plantation home after a lightning strike caused
There has been at least one fatality in South Florida this year: A person on a roof
in Miramar was killed by lightning May 19, Dixon said.
It's not the first time in South Florida ''bolts from the blue'' have proven deadly.
In August 1988, a Norwegian couple vacationing in South Florida were struck while
standing on a Fort Lauderdale beach. Witnesses said the sky was cloudless.
Miami Herald staff writer Penny McCrea and researcher Monika Z. Leal contributed
to this report.
As you can see from the charts it a danger that is faced around the nation.
Pa. Man Survives 2nd Lightning Strike
July 29, 2007 - 8:45pm
HAMLIN, Pa. (AP) - Lightning can strike twice.
Just ask Don Frick.
Frick said he survived his second lightning strike Friday _ 27 years to the day of his first _
and emerged a bit shaken with only a burned zipper and a hole in the back of his jeans.
"I'm lucky I'm alive," Frick
told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday night.
Frick was attending Hamlin's Ole Tyme Daz festival on
Friday afternoon when a storm came up quickly. He and six others sought refuge in a shed shortly before lightning struck the
ground nearby. The strike sent a shock through Frick and four others in the shed.
"It put me up against the wall,"
said Frick, 68. "When I came to and realized I was alive, the first thing that came to my mind was that I'm pretty lucky.
burned my zipper off, burned my pockets, but didn't burn me."
None of the others in the shed were seriously injured,
Twenty-seven years earlier, Frick was driving a tractor-trailer in Lenox, Pa., when the antenna was struck
by lightning, he said. He said that his left side was injured in that strike and that he was laid up for 3 to 4 weeks.