A couple enjoying serene waters and lush landscapes as the perfect selfie background were shocked when a burst of lightning struck the trees behind them, erupting in a ball of fire.
The couple was splashing around in Yal-Ku Lagoon in Mexico, located roughly 65 miles from Cancun, as rain showered the beach on July 24.
They happened to be recording video when attempting to take the selfie. Just as they hit the capture button, an immense lightning bolt struck behind them creating a cloud of fire in the trees.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Robert Richards, pop-up storms are not uncommon for the area.
"Showers and thunderstorms can develop during the afternoon this time of year and since it is a tropical place, it does not take much to ignite a thunderstorm," he said.
People who are hoping to relax at area beaches should be aware of the dangers the weather can pose, especially during the afternoon hours. Take warnings seriously, and for the most precaution, check radar before heading out to spend time in the sun.
Fortunately for this couple, neither were injured. Lightning can be deadly and should never be taken lightly.
The threat of severe weather will return to the south-central United States this weekend.
Limited rainfall is expected into next week as crews continue to battle raging fires in British Columbia and Alberta.
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