A 17-year-old Florida girl died Sunday after being electrocuted by a downed power line during severe storms sweeping the state.
The teenager was driving through Spring Hill, about 40 miles north of Tampa, when her vehicle collided with a power line overturned by a falling tree, according to a statement from the Florida Highway Patrol.
As a result of the collision, the victim’s car caught fire on the driver’s side. When she tried to escape, she stepped on the active power line, resulting in an immediate and fatal electric shock. She has not been identified by the police.
Storms and severe weather conditions hit parts of the southeast and the Gulf over the weekend, bringing hail, wind and nearly two inches of rain causing flooding on the streets in some areas, according to NBC affiliate WTVJ.
A storm on Saturday damaged about 20 homes in the Florida Gulf Coast region and injured one person, officials said.
Several homes and businesses in the center of the state near Orlando are said to have caught fire after being struck by the lighting. Some structures were leveled and roofs were blown off by extreme tornado-like winds, the WTVJ said.
Florida wasn’t the only state to experience deadly storms, with two Louisiana residents killed over the weekend by inclement weather.
A 48-year-old man died after a tree fell on his mobile home Friday night in the Shreveport area, according to a statement from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. Nearly 200 miles southeast of St. Landry Parish, one person died and seven others were injured after a tornado hit the area, said Jessie M. Bellard, St. Landry, at NBC News.
The National Weather Service reports that thunderstorms are still expected in parts of South Florida on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed.