Two People Struck by Lightning after Leaving Yankees Spring Training


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Josh Andrade

Imagine spending time doing something you love, or even something you hate and then getting hit by 300 million volts. Unfortunately, after spending time at the New York Yankees spring training game, a woman in her 20’s and a man in his 60’s were struck by lightning. This occurred in the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on April 4th this year. The two people were rushed to the hospital where they were stabilized.


According to the national Weather Service, the weather for that night indicated a “slight risk” of severe weather. Based on that information, the last thing that comes to mind would be getting struck by lightning. These fans were walking back to their vehicles in parking lot 1 when the two collapsed due to the high voltage coursing through their bodies. 


The odds of one person being struck by lightning are 1 in 500,000. That means the odds that two people got struck by lightning are 1 in 1,000,000 according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC explained that over the past 50 years, more than 2,000 lightning related injuries have occured in Florida. This makes it the “lightning capital” of the country.


Better be careful before taking a trip to the lightning capital of the country. Florida, besides being known for its nice weather, beaches, and tourist attractions is also surprisingly dangerous as these two fans found out. The fans, while hospitalized, were later found to be recovering well according to James Lanee, the spokesperson for the Tampa Police. As of now, no other news has been shared about the current condition of the two individuals.