By Alexandria Hoff

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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s unclear exactly how he was injured but the ground is wet from recent heavy rainfall, making it easy for currents to travel.

Alexandria Hoff