Wednesday’s severe storms on the north shore claimed the life of a Slidell-area man, according to St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston.

Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago, 36, was working on a construction site on East End Boulevard south of Slidell when lightning struck him, Preston said in a news release.

Castro-Santiago was taken to a hospital, where he died.

An autopsy is pending, and the investigation into the death is ongoing.

The death highlights “the deadly force of nature,” Preston said, urging residents to exercise extreme caution in any severe weather.