July 7th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site

Hours after Casey Anthony learned on Thursday that she will leave jail next week, lightning apparently struck a tree next to a makeshift memorial in honor of her slain daughter,  Caylee.

No one saw lightning strike the pine tree on Suburban Drive in Orange County, Florida, where teddy bears and flowers mark the spot where 2-year-old Caylee's remains were found on December 11, 2008.

But long, diagonal strips of exposed wood scarred the tall pine tree, WESH reported, and bits of bark lay scattered across the road.

"It could be a sign from the angels that they aren't happy with what's happened," a visitor to the site told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The rain, the lightning, the storm - it's the heavens indicating they aren't happy."

There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com.

A Pinellas County jury acquitted Anthony, 24, of murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday in the death of her daughter. The same jury convicted her of four charges of obstruction of justice for lying to police during the search for Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail - one year for each of her four convictions - but with credit for nearly three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said.

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  1. Noneya

    I don't understand how someone can drive all the from New York to Florida to stand in front of someone's house. Honestly, do they not have a job or a life?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam C

      That is their job. To stand in front of houses

      July 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noneya

      Probably, maybe I should quit my day job then?

      July 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam C

    So what willit mean if it's ssunny tomorrow? Or will lightening be all day, every day? What a useless story. Like it or not, the DA didn't prove their case. They couldn't even prove the kid was murdered.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tds

    You know, this is central Florida during the rainy season. Lighting strikes here more often than nearly any other part of the world.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Agree.... FLORIDA "IS NOT ALL SUNSHINE".. Been there / Lived There / SURVIVED Hurricanes...

      July 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AnnonUSA

    Maybe Nancy Grace went in anger and chewed the bark off the tree.....

    July 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. harbharb

    Should be under the editorial section

    July 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DrMabuse

    A coincidence brings out all sorts of nonsense. "[T]he angels...aren't happy"–oh my left eyeball....

    July 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Casey

    Dancing in the rain

    July 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Baez

      I'll dance with ya babe!

      July 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DJ

    Jeez, what'd the tree do to tick God off?

    This is nonsense.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bluebird

    I did feel really good watching EVEYONE save one or two lawyers on Fox, be SOOOOOO WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jp

    Cnn pretty much reports anything nowadays. Is this really top news?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    Is this story for real? Come on, now. Now, you're really, really reaching. What if it starts to rain? Hey, I'm all for people - ON A PERSONAL LEVEL - reading into natural events and trying to attach them to their lives, but to write a "news story" about it? Please, spare me. Spare us!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vin, Milton WA

    Is this The Globe tabloid? I thought I was looking at CNN.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dragon8me

    The invisible spigetti monster will get you if you be bad. Oh, Im so scared.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marie

    I'll retype this Without the sticky keys...

    This IS newS in FLORDIA– Trust me, I've lived there; and through 5 Hurricanes... Lightening IS taken seriously...
    I have since Moved to TEXAS )Where the DEATH Penalty is also taken seriously)...

    ... In TX, we need RAIN- so when IT gets here– "the WEATHER" will Also be "in the News"...

    ... @ Least it Gives Writers a JOB!!! ..... Okay, coffee time!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ash

    Are you kidding me? This isn't news, CNN. C'mon!

    July 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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