A lightning strike caused the deaths of two people close to the White House.
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AAP Andrew Harnik Lightning struck the park near to the White House in Washington, D.C., killing two individuals and critically injuring two more.
At 6:52 on Thursday night, emergency personnel received a call regarding people who had been discovered hurt in Lafayette Park. The four injured victims received immediate aid from nearby U.S. Secret Service agents as well as U.S. Park Police officers. According to Vito Maggiolo of D.C. Fire and EMS, neither the strike nor any of the property or automobiles were harmed.
According to Maggiolo, who spoke to NPR, it’s possible that the four were struck while they were close to a tree during the torrential downpour.
The Metropolitan Police Department reported that James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both from Janesville, Wisconsin, had been declared deceased early on Friday.
“The horrible death that resulted from the lightning strike in Lafayette Park saddens us. We pray for those still battling for their lives and our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones “Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, made a statement.
Maggiolo recommends residents to stay inside because further thunderstorms are anticipated in the American capital on Friday night.
“You should seek refuge inside a structure or a moving vehicle if you hear thunder or see lightning. Avoid attempting to find cover beneath a tree, “said he.