A 24-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning while enjoying an outing at the popular Montoya beach in Barra de Maldonado, one of the most upscale districts in the Uruguayan resort city of Punta del Este, media reports said Sunday.

Luciano Montemurro, a Uruguayan citizen, died instantly when lightning struck his beach umbrella.

Several other people nearby sustained burns, but no one else was seriously injured.

A severe weather warning is in effect this weekend in Uruguay's southern and eastern coastal areas due to the powerful thunderstorms affecting many areas of the country, the weather service said in a bulletin. EFE