Considered the lightning strike capital of the U.S., Florida leads the country in both the number of fatal hits and the density of strikes, with just over 20 flashes per square mile every year.
Considered the lightning strike capital of the U.S., Florida leads the country in both the number of fatal hits and the density of strikes, with just over 20 flashes per square mile every year. Robert F. Bukaty AP
Considered the lightning strike capital of the U.S., Florida leads the country in both the number of fatal hits and the density of strikes, with just over 20 flashes per square mile every year. Robert F. Bukaty AP

Jenny Staletovich is a Florida native who covers the environment and hurricanes for the Miami Herald. She previously worked for the Palm Beach Post and graduated from Smith College.