The women struggled to get back to shore. They even capsized several times. Elliot said they eventually made it out and ran for cover to their vehicle.
There was also a woman jogging during the storms, who he offered shelter to until the rain passed.
Elliot has been in Florida for two weeks and as a storm chaser, he says the weather here lives up to its reputation.
“I will say that Florida has not disappointed me with the weather so far,” said Elliot.
Largo fire officials said lightning was the cause of a house fire on Shoreline Drive shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The owner said his wife called him when they saw smoke.
“The house shook, it got hit by lightning in the back,” said Anthony Competelli.
Even though Elliot is a storm chaser, he remembers safety and tries to capture the beauty from his vehicle.
“Yesterday was one of the best lightning shows I’ve seen in probably five years of storm chasing,” he said.”