According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida woman has died after being struck by lightning while repairing a roof.

The Times is quoted as saying, “Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that Romelia Ramirez died of her injuries on Friday. She and five male co-workers were struck by lightning on July 30.”

Police report that Ramires has died two weeks after being struck by lightning while she and co-workers were repairing a roof in Wellington, Florida.

Ramirez was reportedly standing near an air conditioning unit at the time of the lightning strike, which knocked her to the ground from the top of a two-story building. A second worker was knocked from a ladder and hit his head. That worker has survived his injuries. Four other roofers were taken care of by paramedics at the scene (or at a hospital) and sent home.

Remember, lighting can strike you up to 20 miles away from the actual thunderstorm. The rule of thumb for meteorologists is, “When thunder roars… get indoors”.


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