According to the Orlando weather channel Central Florida leads nation in lightning strikes.” Central Florida nicknamed ‘Lightning Alley’. The corridor from Tampa Bay to Titusville receives the most lighting in the U.S. annually, which is why it gained the nickname “Lightning Alley” for a reason. On average, this zone experiences about 56 lightning strikes every square mile annually with about 90% of these strikes happening from May to October between noon and midnight.
If you live in Florida, a lightning protection system is not a luxury – it is a necessity.
According to Palm Beach Post –
“The lightning came for Walker Bethune as he stood just feet away from his family, lifting him off the ground and cutting a jagged slash through his board shorts before dropping the 17-year-old in the sand.
It had rained lightly but was clearing to blue over Marco Island on July 17 when the teenager, who was visiting with his parents and brother from Georgia, was struck near 4 p.m.
“It was hard to believe because it seemed to come horizontally straight at him,” said Andrea Macias, who was standing behind Walker when the lightning struck. “I had never been so close to lightning before. The sky went purple, and then was clear.” Click here to read the full article.
This is why you need a lightning protection system!