Tuesday’s thunderstorms were electrifying, literally.
According to the National Weather Service in Miami, 1,697 lightning bolts seared to Earth during a two-hour period beginning at 2 p.m.
There was a little bleed over in the numbers into northern Broward County, but NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Robert Molleda said the strikes were “pretty high.”
It’s an amount he said is only seen a few times a year during the most active days.
Florida gets 90 percent of its strikes between June and September, so nearly 1,700 bolts is notable for a March storm.
During the entire storm event, Molleda said there were about 2,500 strikes in the Palm Beach County area.
“You have to remember that every single thunderstorm is a potential killer,” Matt Braga, a meteorologist and lightning safety specialist with the Melbourne NWS told The Post last year. “Although you hear a lot about hail and rain, lightning is the only thunderstorm threat that can reach outside the periphery of the storm.”
In 2014, Florida received 1.47 million lightning strikes, the most of any state except Texas, which was hit by cloud-to-ground flashes 2.6 million times, according to the National Weather Service.
Between 2006 to 2015, 313 people were struck and killed by lightning in the U.S.
Fishermen accounted for 33 deaths, with 18 people killed at the beach, 17 while camping and 14 while boating, according to a January 2015 report by John Jensenius, NOAA’s lightning safety specialist.
“At the beach, it can be difficult to hear the thunder because of the surf,” Jensenius told The Post last year.
And the rules on how to stay safe from lightning can change.
Jensenius said the NWS used to recommend that people who can’t find shelter in a storm get into a crouching position to minimize their height and surface contact, but there “is no safety in the crouch,” he said.
“It’s just really important to follow the forecast if you’re doing some activity outside,” Jensenius said. “If you think you won’t be able to get to safety, don’t do it.”