Motorcyclist Killed After Being Struck by Lightning in Florida Amid Severe Weather

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At the time, he was driving on I-95 in Volusia County, Fla., about 50 miles from Orlando, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement Sunday.

The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:11 p.m. on Sunday.

A motorcyclist died in Florida after he was struck by lightning and crashed on a major highway, authorities said.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the motorcyclist from Charlotte, North Carolina suffered the fatal crash after lightning struck his helmet. His identity wasn't immediately released.

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The marks on the helmet confirmed the cause of the crash, the spokeswoman added.

The department tweeted a photo of the man's helmet, punctured by the strike.

The motorcyclist was hit while traveling southbound on I-95 in Volusia County in the afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida leads the nation in lightning deaths, according to National Weather Service data. But perhaps more surprising, nine out of 10 people who are actually struck survive the event. In the past decade, 47 people have died from lightning strikes in Florida. Texas had the second highest number of fatalities from lightning strikes with a total of 20.

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