A mother was killed Thursday after being struck by lightning near a Florida park, local officials say. Her child was also hospitalized due to the strike, but the child’s current condition is unclear.
Police in Winter Springs, which is just north of Orlando, said they responded Thursday afternoon to reports that several people were struck by lightning near a local park. Authorities provided “immediate lifesaving aid” to the mother and child and both were hospitalized.
Authorities did not name the victim out of respect for his privacy, adding, “City staff send their deepest condolences to the family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Although lightning strikes are rare — the odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are less than one in a million, according to the CDC — several people have already been killed this year. Lightning in Washington, DC,and seriously injured another earlier this month; weeks earlier, a soldier was at a Georgian army base.
While nearly every state has reported a lightning strike, the CDC calls Florida the nation’s “lightning capital,” citing the more than 2,000 recorded incidences of lightning injuries over the past 50 years. More than 30 people in Florida have died from the strikes, the CDC said.