''Lightning Alley'' leads nation in strikes

11:52 AM, Jun 27, 2008   |    comments
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Orlando  — A stretch of Central Florida from Tampa to Brevard County called "lightning alley" leads the nation in lightning strikes.

An area roughly from Cocoa to Deltona and Cape Canaveral to Bithlo stands behind only Tampa Bay for the most lightning strikes.

"When you have those discontinuities and sea breezes form, they start bumping up against each other, colliding with each other and they produce the motion necessary for lightning,” National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bragaw said.

An area from Fort Myers to West Palm Beach sees a large amount of strikes but nothing compared to Central Florida.

Brevard County averages more than 22,000 strikes per year with the most coming in June.

Local 6 News/ Orlando

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