Struck By Lightning While Watching Youth Baseball Game
July 18, 2005
Concord, NC --
Louis Besteiro was struck by lighting Monday afternoon at a youth
baseball game at Rocky River Elementary School in Concord.
A thunderstorm roared through the area,
flooding the baseball field and dropping lightning.
A lightning bolt hit the tent that
Besteiro was in. Besteiro was seeking shelter under a tent that
was struck by a bolt of lightning. Unfortunately, he was holding
onto a metal post.
"I live in Florida which is lightning
headquarters and to come to North Carolina and to get hit by lightning,
I think it's great," said Besteiro.
The Sunshine State leads the nation
in lightning deaths, injuries and casualties.
Medics checked Besteiro out. He says
he's feeling a bit numb, but he says he's glad he wasn't hurt more
Lightning takes an average of 67 lives
each year, according to the National Weather Service, which adds
that lightning deaths and injuries peak during summer. Two-thirds
of all lightning strikes in the U.S. occur in June, July and August.
Lightning is the number two weather
killer in the U.S. and North Carolina ranks among the top seven
states in the number of annual lightning storms.