A man working outside on a Doral street Friday afternoon was struck by lightning as he stood by a tree to avoid the rain, police say.
The 59-year-old man was taken as a trauma alert to a nearby hospital, Miami-Dade Fire rescue said. The man, who police said was hit in the shoulder, was expected to recover.
The incident happened along 114th Avenue and 70th Street around 2:30 p.m. as he worked with a crew to pave the road.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the incident is a reminder of how quickly the weather can turn and how important it is to be careful in inclement weather.
“We recommend the 30-30 rule,” said spokeswoman Erika Benitez. “If you hear thunder within 30 seconds of seeing lightning, always take cover. It means it’s close.”
The rule also advises waiting 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder to go back outside.