More details on man struck by lightning in Panama City Beach

One of the most serious results of today's storms is a 33-year-old man who was struck by lightning.
Published: Apr. 27, 2023 at 1:02 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - (UPDATE: 8:40 p.m.) Panama City Beach Police have identified the man who was struck by lightning at the City Pier on Thursday. Police say Joshua Lee Wheeker, 33, of Naperville, Illinois was hit by a lightning strike. Officials say he remains in critical condition at the hospital.


Panama City Beach Police have reported an update on the person hit by lightning.

At 11:52 a.m. on Thursday, a 33-year-old male was hit at the City Pier. When officers arrived on scene, they say he was receiving CPR from a bystander.

The victim was reported with serious injuries. EMS was immediately dispatched, and he was transported to Bay Medical Center for further treatment.

A person has been struck by lightning at a Panama City Beach pier.

Officials have confirmed they were struck at the Russell-Fields City Pier earlier this afternoon. We have no information on their condition at this time.

We’ll continue to update as we learn more.