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Airport Worker Injured in Lightning Strike

Fort Lauderdale worker injured as nasty storm sweeps through South Florida



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    FT.MYERS, FL - AUGUST 16: Lightning strikes the ground as a violent thunder storm approaches the area August 16, 2004 in Ft. Myers, Florida. The town of Punta Gorda, located approximately 25 miles away from Ft. Myers, received the blunt force of Hurricane Charley, causing vast destruction and about 16 weather related deaths, to date. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    A worker at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport has been injured after he was the victim of an "indirect type of lightning strike," according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

    Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to an electrocution call Monday morning at Gate F6. The man, identified as a ramp-side worker, was conscious and breathing, police said.

    Police didn't describe the extent of his injuries or how they happened, only saying that the lightning strike was "indirect."

    The 33-year-old man was transported to Broward General Medical Center as a precaution.

    The injury is the first to be reported as a nasty storm makes its way across South Florida. As much as three inches of rain is expected to have fallen in Miami-Dade and Broward since this morning, as a thunderstorm warning was issued until midday.

    Delays at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport were up to three hours this morning, according to the Broward County Aviation Department. 54 flights have been canceled from the airport and another 65 were canceled at Miami International Airport.

    As of noon, 10,000 customers in Miami-Dade and 3,100 in Broward were without power.

    Stay updated on weather developments here.