WESTAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Storms turned deadly Wednesday when a man was killed by a lightning strike on a New Jersey golf course. It happened at Burlington Country Club.
Officials say 70-year-old Michael Florence was on the golf course when he got caught in a pop-up storm.READ MORE: Brotherly Love: Zummo Bike Donating Refurbished Bikes To Montgomery County Kids For Seven Years Strong
Storms have the ability to become a lot more serious than they first appear.
This happened just about 500 yards away from the course’s clubhouse.
Ribbons and bolts plagued the skies over Burlington County Wednesday evening — each one, a solemn reminder of what a lightning strike had just taken.
Things looked much different during the mid-afternoon hours — heavy heat meant that the course at the Burlington Country Club in Westampton was not as busy as it might have been.READ MORE: Only Part Of MLK Drive Will Reopen To Vehicles On Wednesday Due To Bridge Repairs
One golfer said the sky was gray but did not appear immediately threatening.
By 3:30 p.m., things seemed to change in an instant. Radar shows lightning swiftly entering the Westampton/Mt. Holly area.
According to Westampton police, Florence was rushing to seek shelter from the pop-up storm and was fatally injured when lightning struck a tree that was close to him.
He died at the scene near the seventh hole.MORE NEWS: Upper Merion School District: Teachers, Staff Must Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Or Routinely Get Tested
It’s unclear exactly how he was injured but the ground is wet from recent heavy rainfall, making it easy for currents to travel.