Nova Scotia

2 people struck in Nova Scotia lightning storm

Two people were struck by lightning Tuesday night during a severe thunder and lightning storm.
Taken from Barrington Street in Halifax, with Fenwick Tower in the foreground. (Duncan Enman)

Two people in Halifax were struck by lightning Tuesday night during a severe thunder and lightning storm.

They were struck by one of 20,000 bolts that hit Nova Scotia and the coastal area over the course of several hours.

Capital Health said both people were taken to Dartmouth General Hospital — one was released and the other was transferred to the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

It's not clear if that person has been released.

The two patients were brought in about one hour apart — one at 9 p.m. and one at 10 p.m.

Environment Canada says more than 2 million strikes are counted across Canada every year.

"Those lightning strikes generally cause about 10 deaths during a year and will injure about 160 other people," said Jean-Marc Couturier for Environment Canada.

With two people injured in Tuesday night's storm, he said it could easily have been much worse.

"That's a pretty good ratio considering the night. There could have been a lot more people out there as well if it would have happened during the afternoon for instance," said Couturier.

According to Environment Canada, the safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors.

As soon as you hear thunder, head inside.

The next best place is in your car, but make sure it's not parked near any trees.

If you can't get inside, make sure you stay away from tall trees, lamp posts, water or anything that conducts electricity.