Lightning

Lightning strike in Florida
Florida's Palm Beach County saw 1,700 lightning strikes in just two hours during Tuesday's storms, according to the National Weather Service.

Lightning storms of this magnitude are only seen a few times each year, on average, meteorologist Robert Molleda told the Palm Beach Post.

During Tuesday's storms, some 2,500 lightning strikes were measured in the county.

A lightning strike knocked three Boca Raton firefighters off their feet as they put out a backyard fire that had been ignited by a previous bolt. One of the firefighters was flung about 15 to 20 feet, and began having a seizure. The other two remained conscious. All three have recovered.

Florida ranks tops nationally for the number of cloud-to-ground strikes per square mile, with 1.2 million bolts per year.