DC Lightning Strike Kills 2, Critically Injures 2 Others

Faye Higbee
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A DC Lightning strike Thursday evening killed an elderly couple from Wisconsin and critically injured 2 others at Lafayette Park near the White House. Four people in total were struck by lightning strike near the Andrew Jackson statue in the park. UPDATE: Another one of the last remaining persons has died. One left.

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The Wisconsin couple, Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, were in DC to celebrate their 56th anniversary.

Meteorologists said the DC lightning strike was “6 pronged,” meaning that about 6 different strikes hit at the same time in the same place. It occurred at around 6:52 p.m. at Lafayette Park near the White House. Upon arrival, first responders located 4 people, 2 adult females, and 2 adult males, who had been struck with life-threatening injuries. All 4 were transported to local hospitals.

The 4 people were reportedly “riding out” the thunderstorm under a tree when the lightning hit, according to the Weather Channel. Authorities recommend that when a storm like that hits, go indoors. The suggested these courses of action, courtesy of WFMY news:

  • Keep moving towards safe shelter. If you are caught out in the open, do not stop.
  • Stay away from isolated trees or other tall objects. You do not want to be the tallest object! If you are in a forest, stay within a lower group of trees.
  • Avoid open fields, hills, boulder fields, rocky outcrops, and ridge tops. Do not lie flat on the ground.
  • Avoid bodies of water and metal objects, which can conduct electricity.
  • Distance yourself from others in your group. Spread out so that at most only one person is likely to be hurt by lightning and the others can apply first aid.


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