Police: Pregnant woman struck by lightning in Fort Myers

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 14:03:27-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A pregnant woman was taken to a hospital after being struck by lightning in Florida.

Fort Myers Police Lt. Jay Rodriguez said the woman was hospitalized after being struck by lightning Thursday afternoon on a street in a gated community.

The woman's name was not released, but friends tell Fox 4 that she is in critical condition and has delivered her baby.

Tampa-based National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew McKaughan said there have been three fatal lightning strikes in the U.S. so far this year, including two in Florida.

McKaughan said storms had dropped almost an inch of rain over Lee County by Thursday evening. He said anyone who hears thunder is close enough to a thunderstorm to be struck by lightning.

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