3 dead, 1 injured after lightning strikes near White House – KIRO 7 News Seattle

WASHINGTON — Three people have died and another was seriously injured after a lightning strike near the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, authorities said.

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Update 4:50pm EDT Aug 5: An unidentified man, 29, has died from his injuries after Thursday night’s lightning strike near the White House.

The fourth victim, a woman, remains in critical condition, according to the WTTG.

Update 3:20pm EDT Aug 5: According to The Associated Press, the two deceased were identified as James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin. Both died of their injuries after being struck by lightning Thursday in Lafayette Park.

The Muellers’ niece, Michelle McNett, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the couple was on a trip to Washington, DC to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. The couple had five children, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The other two victims, a man and a woman, remain in critical condition, according to the AP.

Update 8:36 a.m. EDT, Aug. 5: According to WRC-TV, two of the four people injured in what appeared to be a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday have died. Police told WRC-TV that the two dead were a Wisconsin couple.

According to the WTTG, the deceased couple is an elderly couple. US Park Police and Secret Service were among the first people to witness the lightning strike in Lafayette Park.

Original report: The two men and two women, whose identities were not immediately released, were found in central Lafayette Park just north of the White House just before 7 p.m., the Washington Post reported. The victims were about 100 feet from the statue of Andrew Jackson, fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo told the newspaper.

The National Weather Service gave one Severe thunderstorm warning for the area on Thursday night, according to ABC News.

Thunderstorms passed through the nation’s capital and surrounding areas around 6:30 p.m. EDT, WRC-TV reported. Severe weather soaked parts of the region after a day with temperatures soaring into the mid-1990s.

Chris Vagasky, an analyst for Vaisala, which operates a national lightning network, said in a message to the Post that at 6:49 p.m. EDT there was a “six-strike lightning near the White House that hit the same point on the ground.” met”. . Vagasky said that six individual shocks hit the same spot on the ground within half a second.

All four victims were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to the newspaper. The actual cause of her injuries is still under investigation, police told the newspaper.

According to the National Weather Service, there were nine deaths from lightning in 2022. According to the National Lightning Safety Council, the latest fatality occurred Tuesday in Teton County, West Virginia, when a man was struck while camping in a tent.

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