An aged mates died and 2 others earnestly wounded erstwhile lightning touched down extracurricular the White House connected Thursday successful Washington, DC.
The victims were located successful Lafayette Park, and according to a spokesperson with the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, agents from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police rushed implicit to render assistance earlier paramedics arrived and took over, Fox Weather reported Friday:
Firefighters reported 2 men and 2 women were transported to section hospitals successful captious condition. Two of the victims aboriginal died Friday morning, according to DC Police. They were identified arsenic a 76-year-old antheral and 75-year-old pistillate visiting from Wisconsin. The different 2 victims are believed to stay successful captious condition.
Video footage showed a darkened entity implicit the White House erstwhile moments later, lightning was seen hitting the crushed nearby:
UPDATE: 2 dead, 2 critically injured successful lightning strikes successful beforehand of the White House pic.twitter.com/IVivIeQIfc
— BNO News (@BNONews) August 5, 2022
Officials did not bespeak if the White House oregon grounds were affected by the storm, the Fox study said, adding that Lafayette Park was a fashionable tourer site.
More video footage showed officials astatine the scene, and Fox Weather said thunderstorms were successful the forecast connected Friday for the mid-Atlantic.
The outlet besides urged those readying connected walking the National Mall to cognize wherever to find structure during specified an event:
“Police did not disclose whether the victims were tourists oregon knew astir the incoming storm,” the outlet continued, noting the incidental reportedly occurred adjacent the Andrew Jackson statue.
In a societal media station Thursday, DC Fire and EMS shared images of archetypal responders astatine Lafayette Park:
Apparent lightning onslaught Lafayette Park NW. #DCsBravest connected country successful the process of treating and transporting 4 patients, each successful captious condition. pic.twitter.com/1jyCh44Q2n
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 4, 2022
Storms moved implicit the country conscionable earlier 7:00 p.m., with lightning affecting the halfway of D.C.
“Lightning kills astir 20 radical each twelvemonth successful the United States and hundreds much are injured. Some survivors endure lifelong neurological damage,” according to the National Weather Service’s website.