Florida leads the nation in lightning deaths this year

Lightning strikes near Fort Wayne, Indiana, as seen from Dowling, Michigan -- nearly 100 miles away -- on Monday, June 20, 2016. (Kelly Hughes/ReportIt)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The year is more than half over, and out of a total of nine deaths by lightning in the U.S., Florida leads the nation with four of them, more than any other state.

According to the National Weather Service, the four people killed by lightning in Florida were in Manatee County, Daytona Beach, Boynton Beach and Hobe Sound.

June 13, a Manatee County farm worker died after being struck by lightning while loading a truck at Falkner Farm. Most recently, on June 27 a woman was struck and killed by lightning while standing in shallow waters at the beach in Daytona Beach Shores.

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The other two death occurred while one man was working in a yard near a tree and another man was killed during a family picnic in a grassy field.

RELATED: Man, woman hit by lightning at Volusia County beach

Louisiana has two lightning deaths this year, Mississippi has two, and Missouri has one.

Only two of the nine people killed from lightning this year are females, the NWS reports.

Florida leads the number of lightning deaths this year

Florida leads the number of lightning deaths this year (Courtesy: NWS)

 

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