Broward County

In the middle of flood advisory, Broward home gets struck by lightning

A Coral Springs bedroom damaged by a lightning bolt Sunday.
A Coral Springs bedroom damaged by a lightning bolt Sunday.

A flood advisory was in place for Broward County on Sunday, and one home felt the effect of the rough weather.

At about the same time a flood advisory was announced for Broward County, a Coral Springs house was struck by lightning, fire officials said. Just before 11:30 a.m., homeowners heard a loud bolt at the same time they lost power, and called fire officials.

“You can obviously see the intensity and power of a lightning bolt,” said Coral Springs Fire Department spokesman Mike Moser, adding that it’s uncommon for houses to get hit by lightning.

The Coral Springs Fire Department posted pictures of a bedroom in the home, located at 1350 NW 102nd Dr., which showed walls ripped and damaged by the lightning bolt. No one was injured.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory late Sunday morning in place until 1:15 p.m. The advisory came after forecasters saw heavy rain from thunderstorms that they say will cause minor flooding in central Broward County.

Flooding is expected in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Plantation, Sunrise and other parts of Broward County. Thunderstorms are expected across South Florida for the rest of Sunday, with lightning, gusty winds reaching at least 40 mph and even hail the size of a penny.

The storms are expected to clear in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

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