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42,000 Lightning Strikes Reported In Central Fla. Wednesday
2004 07 08

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Thunderstorms have hit Central Florida hard recently, bringing fierce lightning that has damaged businesses and homes and sparked at least one brush fire.

More Than 52,000 Lightning Strikes Reported In Central Fla. Tuesday

There were 42,000 lightning strikes in Central Florida Wednesday, which was down from 52,000 reported strikes Tuesday, Local 6 News reported.

Lightning is suspected of starting a brush fire that threatened homes in Brevard County, Fla., Wednesday. The fire was contained early Thursday but was still burning.

Two cooks at a Pierson, Fla., convenience store were injured Wednesday night when lightning hit a building. The strike traveled into the building and struck the men inside, according to emergency workers.

A Sanford family lost its home to a lightning strike Tuesday and three fans at the Pepsi 400 were hurt Saturday in an electrical storm.

Lightning set three homes near Oviedo on fire on July 1, and a firefighter was injured by crashing debris. The same day, lightning killed a plumber working on a home in Kissimmee, Fla.

Weather experts said there is nothing that sets this year apart from others. They said the clash of hot inland air with cool air rushing in from the coast creates the violent storms.

Local 6 News reported that more storms and fierce lightning is likely again late Thursday.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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