Riverview child in critical condition after possible lightning strike

A child is in critical condition after a possible lightning strike on the Williams Park boat ramp in Riverview on Thursday afternoon, according to the Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue Department.

This happened just after 4:00 pm. The child was taken to a local emergency room, according to HCFR.

ABC Action News chief meteorologist Denis Phillips said the lightning detection network showed that there was no rain on the ramp at the time of the impact. Philips said it’s still 5-10 minutes before it rains.

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According to Lightning Safety Council11 people were struck by lightning in Florida alone in 2021. An average of 25 people are struck by lightning each year in Florida.