According to the National Weather Service, five people were struck by lightning in White Springs, Florida on Saturday. As dangerous storms blew through Hamilton County, local sources say Kourtney Lambert, 23, was struck and instantly killed. Four others who were taking shelter under a camper overhang with the woman were injured.
Officials say all five individuals were at the Woodpecker Mud Bog when a heavy downpour began, causing attendees to scatter for shelter.
Local Jacksonville news reports that the strikes happened at about 2:50 p.m.
Storms are forecast for parts of northeast and greater Florida over the next few days.
Florida is overwhelmingly the “lightning capital” in the nation.
“So one thing we know about Florida it is hot and humid — and it is precisely this reason why we have a lot of lightning,” Amitabh Nag, a scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology said.
Florida’s geographical location also puts it in the lightning target range. Surrounded by two warm bodies of water with a strong sea breeze brings hot air inland, where it ascends to create towering thunderclouds.
The Sunshine State also leads the nation in lightning-related deaths.
The National Weather Service says the odds of being struck by lightning are about 1 in a million. Peak season for strikes goes through August.