2022 Lightning Fatalities Now Up To 18
Since 2006, Florida has seen a total of 82 lightning fatalities including the three this year.
Sadly, a middle school boy who was struck by lightning on Thursday evening near Orlando, Florida has died. The boy was on a crew team in a lake when lightning struck. A second person was also injured, but there is no update on their condition.
PUERTO RICO — Unfortunately, a man and a woman were struck and killed by lightning Sunday evening near Salinas, Puerto Rico. They were reportedly riding jet skis when they were struck. A third person in the area was injured.
WINTER SPRINGS, FLORIDA — Three people were struck by lightning Thursday afternoon near an elementary school in Winter Springs, Florida. Those struck were under a tree at Trotwood Park when they were struck. Emergency officials in Seminole County say the mother who was struck by lightning has died. Her daughter who was also struck is expected to make a complete recovery.
WASHINGTON, DC — Four people were struck by lightning Thursday evening in Lafayette Park in Washington DC. Three of those people have succumbed to their injuries. Police say James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin were two of the victims. The third victim is a 29-year-old man. His identity has not been released yet. The fourth victim remains in critical condition.
WYOMING — A 22-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning Tuesday evening, August 2nd. He was camping in Teton County in Wyoming when struck. This is now the 9th known U.S. lightning fatality of 2022.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLORIDA — A 27-year old man was doing lawn maintenance in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Tuesday, July 19th when he was struck by lightning. He has died from his injuries. According to the National Lightning Safety Council “there have been 9 work-related lawn care/landscaping lightning deaths in the U.S.; 7 of the 9 occurred in Florida.
FORT GORDON, GEORGIA — A training exercise at Fort Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia ended in tragedy on Wednesday July, 20th after one Army Reserve Soldier was killed and nine others injured following a lightning strike. The United States Army Reserve Command issued a statement: ““We extend our sincere sympathies to Sgt.1st Class Clark’s unit and his family during this difficult time,” said Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General of U.S. Army Reserve Command. “Sgt. 1st Class Clark was a valuable member of our Army Reserve team and we are all deeply saddened by his loss.”
The nine Soldiers that were injured remain in good condition.
SIDNEY, OHIO — A sad update to this story as there are two more lightning fatalities to report. There have now been 6 total in 2022. On Wednesday, July 6th a man was struck and killed in Sidney, Ohio. The 50-year-old was on the highway fixing his truck when he was struck. The sixth fatality occurred in Brewton, Alabama on Saturday, July 9th. A 30-year-old man was struck and killed while floating down a creek.
MADISONVILLE, KENTUCKY — A man who was struck by lightning on Saturday, July 2nd in Madisonville, Kentucky has succumbed to his injuries. He was flying a remote control airplane in a field when he was struck.
Unfortunately, there have now been three fatal lightning incidents in 2022. The first known lightning fatality of the year occurred the morning of June 22nd. A lady was walking her dogs when they were struck. Her and the dogs died.
The second fatality occurred in Mountain City, Georgia as a 39 year old man was loading tools in a van on July 2nd.
The third lightning death was on July 3rd in Masonboro Island, North Carolina. A man was near a beach when he was struck. This is the 21st lightning fatality in North Carolina since 2006.
According to the National Lightning Safety Council “Based on the past 10 years, the U.S. averages 9 lightning fatalities through July 4th. ” Since 2006, there have now been a total of 149 U.S. lightning deaths in July.