Eight people injured after lightning struck a Clearwater beach

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WCJB) - At least eight people are making a recovery after lightning hit the beach.

It was a clear day when a lightning bolt struck near Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on Clearwater beach.

"I hope he's gonna make it, his girlfriend was right next to him on the floor and she was completely traumatized,” One witness said about a man who was injured. "I was just hoping he would make it."

At least four more victims have been sent to hospitals for treatment with one person suffering burns.

Firefighters remind beachgoers to take cover this summer as thunderstorms roll in.