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Man killed by lightning

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) said the island-wide black out occurred as a result of inclement weather in the west which impacted the transmission lines.

A man was killed when he was struck by lightning on Goodman’s Bay yesterday, authorities reported.

Superintendent Edward Demeritte, officer in charge of the Cable Beach Police Station, said police received a report around 2 p.m. of a man being struck by lightning. According to Demeritte, the man, believed to be in his 50s, was erecting a tent in preparation for a private event to be held on the park when he collapsed. Demeritte said while authorities believe the man was struck by lightning, an autopsy will confirm the exact cause of death.

He pointed out that there was heavy rain and lightning yesterday due to inclement weather.

The Department of Meteorology advised yesterday morning that a “severe thunderstorm” warning was in effect for New Providence, Andros, Acklins, Crooked Island, Grand Bahama, the Berry Islands and Cat Island.

The warning was in effect between 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

The department said boaters in the warning areas should seek safe harbor and residents should remain indoors.

“Residents should not seek shelter under trees or in water as these can become lightning conductors,” the department advised.

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