Elderly woman and man visiting DC from Wisconsin have died after being hit by lightning

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Man, 75, and man, 76, visiting DC from Wisconsin person died aft being deed by lightning portion sightseeing adjacent the White House: Two others stay successful hospital

  •  Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, were among the 4 injured by a lightening onslaught adjacent the White House connected Thursday
  • The brace were visiting from Wisconsin erstwhile they were injured earlier 7 p.m. adjacent a histrion astatine a DC park 
  • The National Weather Service had issued a terrible thunderstorm informing connected Thursday for Washington D.C. betwixt 6:30 and 7:15 p.m 

By Vanessa Serna For Dailymail.Com

Published: 14:22 BST, 5 August 2022 | Updated: 15:13 BST, 5 August 2022

Two aged radical hospitalized connected Thursday aft being critically injured by a lightening onslaught portion show seeing astatine Lafayette Square adjacent the White House, person died. 

Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, were visiting DC from Wisconsin when lightening struck them adjacent a histrion on with 2 others, according to The Washington Post. 

'We are saddened by the tragic nonaccomplishment of beingness aft the lightning onslaught successful Lafayette Park,' White House Press Secretary Karine Jeane-Pierre wrote successful a statement. 'Our hearts are with the families who mislaid loved ones, and we are praying for those inactive warring for their lives.'

The different 2 haven't been identified. 

Fox News cameras whitethorn person captured the lightening onslaught that injured the 4 victims. A video posted shows a lightening onslaught astir the aforesaid clip of the incident. 

A CBS News newsman was connected the White House North Lawn connected Thursday erstwhile a lightening struck nearby. The newsman is seen jumping successful fearfulness portion different idiosyncratic is heard saying, 'That's excessively close, we're shutting down.' 

NEW: Our @fox5dc cameras caught the lightning onslaught that whitethorn person caused the injuries adjacent the White House. Clearly hits either the crushed oregon adjacent tree. You tin spot the sparks connected the crushed aft the contact. NEVER structure nether a histrion during a storm. Lightning tin beryllium deadly! pic.twitter.com/ZCCDzRXMEJ

— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) August 5, 2022

Our camera was rolling connected the White House North Lawn contiguous erstwhile lightning struck Lafayette Park nearby, injuring four. The thunder was truthful loud, @gabrielle_ake and I jumped up successful fright. “That’s excessively adjacent — we’re shutting down” advised lensman Ron Windham. pic.twitter.com/oTtU9VeQBw

— Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) August 5, 2022

Officers of the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police, which person a regular beingness successful the square, went to the assistance of the victims immediately

Officers of the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police went to assistance the victims immediately, according to VIto Maggiolo, a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson. 

Maggiolo said it was apt that the 4 radical caught successful the incidental tried to question structure nether the adjacent histrion erstwhile the tempest passed on conscionable earlier 7 p.m.

The Fire and EMS spokesperson noted that trees are not the perfect structure during thunderstorms.

'Trees are not harmless places,' Maggiolo said. 'Anybody that goes to question structure nether a tree, that's a precise unsafe spot to be.'

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a terrible thunderstorm informing for Washington D.C. betwixt 6:30 and 7:15 p.m

Lafayette Square, a seven-acre nationalist parkland that lies straight northbound of the White House, is often crowded with visitors, particularly successful the summertime months.

A convulsive thunderstorm swept done the superior precocious successful the day.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a terrible thunderstorm informing for the country betwixt 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., cautioning of upwind gusts up to 60 mph.

Temperatures successful Washington exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit connected Thursday, although, with the precocious humidity, the vigor felt similar much than 100F, forecasters said.

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