A man has been hospitalized after being struck by lightning while at the beach Monday afternoon, just before 2:45 p.m. He was conscious while being transported to the hospital, and told the lifeguards that he felt the lightning’s charge from his head through his foot.
Atlantic Beach police said about an hour later that lightning from another, larger thunderstorm passed over the beaches and struck the roof of a house and caused a fire that burned through the roof of the home on Oceanwalk Drive South. The couple was home at the time, and although they did not realize that a fire has started at first, they got out safely and no injuries were reported. One third of the attic caught fire.