Deadly Lightning Strike Kills One, Injures 2 in Miami

On Sept. 2nd around 2pm, three men were struck by lightning in metropolitan South Miami-Dade, Florida. Andres Telles, 31, and his friends, Fidelmar Montero and Miguel Lopez, were pressure-washing a tractor-trailer rig when the lightning bolt hit.

Credit: bruce.aldridge via Flickr

Credit: bruce.aldridge via Flickr

We went outside, and all three of them were on the ground,” Janet Suarez, an on-site witness told CNN affiliate WSVN. Suarez and her son administered CPR, but unfortunately, weren’t able to save Andres Telles. The injured men, Montero and Lopez, were taken to a local hospital and are in stable condition, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

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Credit: CallMeWhatEver via Flickr

“We’re still investigating whether the individuals were directly struck by the lightning or the lightning struck the ground nearby,” said Det. Robin Pinkard.

Shows at what stage of a thunderstorm you're most likely to be struck.

Shows at what stage of a thunderstorm you’re most likely to be struck. Casualties have been highest when thunderstorms are approaching and departing. – Credit: NOAA

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), to date, there have been 19 lightning fatalities across 12 states in 2013 alone, with Florida being the most prone to lightning danger. Rain shelters, small sheds, and open vehicles are not safe when lightning is present. You can even be struck with clear, blue skies overhead.

2013 Lightning Fatalities by State - Credit: NOAA

2013 Lightning Fatalities by State – Credit: NOAA

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Telles, Montero and Lopez families.

-The WeatherBug Team

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