(Pawley’s Island) A South Carolina man is recovering after being struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon.
A landscaper was working in the Ricefields neighborhood, spreading pine straw in between about six trees, each more than ten feet tall, in a resident’s backyard.
Reports claim lightning struck one of the trees. Then the lightning leapt to the victim.
Fire Rescue responded to the situation, and they took the man to Waccamaw Hospital in Georgetown and say the victim was conscious and responsive in the ambulance.
Now if you or anyone around you is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 immediately. Lightning strikes can lead to cardiac arrest, nerve damage, severe burns and even death.
We have seen many storms this week, and some storms have produce as many as 600 lightning strikes in just 15 minutes. That is around 40 per minute.
Here are some additional tips for staying safe in lightning