Swimming instructor jolted by nearby lightning strike in Lauderdale Lakes

A 27-year-old swimming instructor was taken to a hospital after she was jolted by a nearby lightning strike, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.

The woman was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived at the Lauderdale Lakes aquatic center on Northwest 39th Street.

She was taken to Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

According to authorities, the woman had been sitting in her car, waiting for the rain to let up when she decided to walk into the building.

Authorities said lightning struck a cement pole, and the jolt traveled through the ground to where the woman was walking.

The woman made it inside the building, where she suddenly felt dazed.

"Of course she was a little shaken up first of all, and then she mentioned that she had a little issues with her right side -- a little nervousness with her right side," Marna Mobley, of the city of Lauderdale Lakes, said. 

Mobley said the victim has worked for the city for six years.

Authorities said about six Floridians are killed annually by lightning. 

"Let this close call be a reminder that anytime there's lightning, anytime you hear thunder, see lightning or even see dark clouds -- we're heading into the rainy season now. Seek shelter," Jachles said. 

The woman is expected to be fine. 

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