As destructive as mother nature can be, storms can be an absolute spectacle to watch from a safe distance. One man was filming the ocean off Daytona Beach and managed to capture an incredible bolt of lightning striking the water, which has since gone viral on YouTube.
Lightning doesn’t strike the ocean as much as it does land, but when it happens, the water acts as a conductor causing it to spread out over it. Rarely do we get to witness footage of lightning striking so close to the shore, but Daytona Beach resident Clint Blevins happened to be at the right place at the right time.
Blevins’ footage shows the desolate beach during a midday lightning storm. At first, there is a cluster of lightning bolts prominent in the distance. Suddenly, a massive bolt of lightning strikes within a hundred feet, creating an electric line followed by a trail of burnt air.
According to The San Francisco Globe, the footage shows a series of secondary lightning strikes. “The initial lightning strike can also be followed by secondary strokes utilizing the same ionized air channel,” writes A. Harfield Ltd. “Up to 4 secondary strokes can be expected, though much higher counts have been recorded.”
Clint Blevins slowed down his footage to show the sheer magnitude of the lightning bolt striking the ocean. The video has gone viral since being uploaded to YouTube, receiving over 10 million views and counting.
Apparently Florida is no stranger to severe lightning with the state earning the title of “lightning capital” of the United States. This appellation comes from the fact that Florida ranks number one in the number of deaths due to lightning.
According to the University of Florida, the state experiences storms approximately 100 days out of the year with 94% of lightning related deaths occurring between late May and end of September.