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Three dead after a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday

Three people, including a Wisconsin couple celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary, died after being struck by lightning Thursday night. in Lafayette Square, just north of White House, D.C. police, said Friday.

Four people – two men and two women – were seriously injured in hit just until 19:00 in center of a park, in grove of trees about 100 feet southeast of a statue of Andrew Jackson, fire This was stated by the representative of the department Vito Maggiolo. news briefing on Thursday evening. The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Park Police provided assistance to the victims, assistance that fire officials enlisted with initial survival of all victims.

Among those who died Donna Muller, 75, a retired teacher, and her husband James Muller, 76, who owned drywall business for ten years before retirement, according to one of their daughtersin-law, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her privacy.

They were high school sweethearts before marriage and were in Washington as tourists, going on vacation to celebrate their anniversary, daughter-inthe law said. She said they have nothing to do with another people who were under the tree when the lightning struck hit.

The couple lived in Janesville, Wisconsin, about 70 miles to the west. of Milwaukee, and he had five adult children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Both will do anything for them family and friends,” their relatives said. in statement.

The other person killed was a 29-year-old man.year- Old man, the police said in announcing his death Friday afternoon. His identity has been withheld pending notification. of native.

What happens when lightning strikes – and how stay safe

White House Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in statement: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after a lightning strike in Park Lafayette. Our hearts with families who lost loved ones and we pray for they are still fighting for their lives.”

Because lightning tends to strike tall objects, experts warn that taking cover under a tree during a thunderstorm is very dangerous. When the tree hit electric charge, moisture and juice in According to the National Weather Service webpage, a tree conducts electricity easily, carrying it to the ground around the tree. on lightning science.

“When lightning strikes a tree or other object, of energy escapes from the impact in and on the earth’s surface”, web page says. “This is known as the earth current. Anyone outside near a lightning strike is a potential victim of Earth current”.

The lightning was caused by a severe thunderstorm that swept through the area. just before 19:00, the National Weather Service reported a severe thunderstorm warning for a lot of of ring road area from 18:30 to 19:15, warning of the threat of harmful gusts of wind up up to 60 mph and quartergrad.

Chris Wagasky, analyst for Vaisala who manages national lightning network detection said in report that there was a “six-stroke flash” near the White House that hit same point on earth” at 18:49. He explained what it means six individual bursts of electricity hit same point on earth inside half a second.

wagasky tweeted that between 2010 and 2021, “289 cloud-to-ground flashes occurred within 1 mile of of White House, average of 24 people year”.

“This incident highlights need for people get to the safe place thunderstorm anytime in in areaJohn Jensenius said safety specialist with National Lightning Safety Council, in email. “Even the distant murmur of thunder should serve as warning get inside the solid building or hard-metal immediately.

Lightning strikes were carried out during a severe thunderstorm in Washington DC up to four people apparently hit near the White House on August 4th. (Video: Dave Statter)

Lightning kills 23 people in United States in average year. Thursday strike victims in the county increased the number of lightning casualties in 2022 to 12, more than last years total of 11. According to the Lightning Safety Council, this first fatal lightning incident in county since 1991, when a teenager and 10 others were killed people were injured at St Albans School in Northwest Washington.

In June 2020, two National Guardsmen were injured. in lightning strike near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest Washington. In 1998, a woman was severely injured and other members of the audience were injured when lightning struck the RFK stadium during a concert.

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July and August are peak months for lightning in United States.

Numerous storms containing frequent lightning, flash up in in region Thursday evening after the temperature jumped to the mid and above 90s earlier in day, prompting heat advisory. Heat indices, measure of how hot to the touch with taking into account humidity, in reached 100-110 degrees.

Thunderstorms are forecast for Washington region again Friday and over weekends. The weather service published flood watch for in area for Friday afternoon and evening.

it’s developing story and will be updated.

Clarence Williams, Emily Davis and Razzan Nahlavi contributed to this report.

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