Why does it seem that Tampa, Florida, has so much dangerous lightning, with so many deaths each year?
Central Florida, from the Gulf coast to the Atlantic coast, has the dubious honor of experiencing the most lightning strikes of any region in the United States. Exactly why this is so is not clear. We do know that most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months and during the afternoon and early evening. You can increase your chances of surviving a lightning strike by taking all lightning seriously and staying inside during storms.