PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — A least one person has been hospitalized by the severe weather that’s been sweeping across the Panhandle Thursday.
Lightning proved to be dangerous Thursday morning when a tourist was struck at Panama City Beach.
Panama City Beach Police (PCBPD) said a 33-year-old man from Naperville, Ill. was walking on the Russell-Fields Pier at about 11:50 a.m, that’s when he was hit by a bolt of lightning.
Several witnesses told us what they saw as the incident unfolded.
“The guys, the two guys come walking down the pier. And we seen the lightning hit a little bit behind them,” Ethan Brown said. “And about 5 seconds after that, one of them got struck. And you could just see them kind of scatter, you know, and there was a big scene out here. He was completely unconscious. And they were doing a lot of work on him. They transported him to the hospital. I’m not sure.”
When PCBPD arrived, a bystander was performing CPR. Paramedics took the victim to Ascension Sacred Heart Bay with serious injuries. The victim’s condition is still unknown.
A previous version of our story is below:
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Severe weather caused damage, hail and sent at least one person to the hospital Thursday.
Panama City Beach Police responded after a person was struck by lightning at Russell Fields Pier near Pier Park. The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m.
It came in the midst of a tornado warning in the same area and a strong storm. Meanwhile, a viewer sent in a video of golf ball-sized hail coming down at Back Beach Road and State 79. Also, another viewer called to say hail was coming down at her home in Southport.
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