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4 Critically Hurt During Apparent Lightning Strike Near White House

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Source: NBC4 Washington

Four people have life-threatening injuries after they were apparently struck by lightning near the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday evening, fire officials say.

Secret Service and United States Park Police officers rushed to help the two women and two men when they saw the lightning strike, D.C. Fire and EMS Public Information Officer Vito Maggiolo said.

The victims were at Lafayette Square across from the White House, and they were near the center statue of former President Andrew Jackson, as well as a tree, Maggiolo said. Medics took the women and men to area hospitals. Maggiolo said he could not elaborate on their exact injuries.

Thunderstorms moved through D.C. and surrounding areas about 6:30 p.m. Severe weather drenched parts of the region after a sweltering day of temperatures in the mid 90s.

Read more: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/4-critically-hurt-after-apparent-lightning-strike-near-white-house/3125777/



Have been watching the radar and storms down there...

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Apparent lightning strike Lafayette Park NW. #DCsBravest on scene in the process of treating and transporting 4 patients, all in critical condition.
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Breaking: ⁦@dcfireems⁩ says 4 patients in critical condition after lighting strike in Lafayette Park across from White House ⁦@nbcwashington⁩
7:30 PM · Aug 4, 2022



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Four people in critical condition after lighting strike near White House

Washington (CNN)Four people are in critical condition following an apparent lightning strike across the street from the White House.

The lightning strike hit Lafayette Park, which sits directly across the street from the White House, according to DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Two men and two women were transferred to area hospitals, DC Fire and EMS tweeted.

"All had critical life threatening injuries," the agency tweeted.

A severe thunderstorm hit the DC region around 7p.m. ET Thursday.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/04/politics/white-house-lightning-strike/index.html




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Reply 4 Critically Hurt During Apparent Lightning Strike Near White House (Original post)
BumRushDaShow Thursday OP
50 Shades Of Blue Thursday #1
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50 Shades Of Blue Thursday #5
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electric_blue68 Friday #21
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electric_blue68 Friday #26
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TigressDem Thursday #3
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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 08:44 PM

1. Holy fuck!

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 08:59 PM

2. It's always stormy down there in summer

But more so in Montgomery County to the north/west than actually in the city.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:16 PM

5. I know!

I actually live in Montgomery Co. and where I am it's been thunderstorming/raining off and on for awhile, but I didn't see any lightning.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:30 PM

8. Stuff just rolls across that Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Bethesda area

all the time. It's just wild! I had to commute down there a few times a year as a fed before I retired (and one year, was down there every month for 9 months straight, taking a training course). Over the years, my car(s) knew how to get there from here in Philly, on their own!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:41 PM

9. And I'll bet your car was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal sick of all the traffic!

My 'burb borders Rockville and I go through there all the time.

I used to work in DC (I'm also a retired Fed!) and sometimes ate lunch in Lafayette Park, that's another reason I really gasped when I saw the news.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:48 PM

10. Up and down 355 and occasionally 270

Rockville Pike (with the hours-long lights) was always "under construction"!

Traffic on the beltway was always a given though so whenever I was leaving from down there to come home, I told my boss that I needed to be out of there and on the road NLT 2 pm or I was screwed!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:03 PM

11. Oh, I hear that! Ain't retirement wonderful?!

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:13 PM

14. Well oddly enough, the gas prices down there were cheaper than up here

although I know the cost of living down there was always higher.

And yes I was READY to go!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #14)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 11:01 PM

19. That is odd - maybe that evened things out! Either way, I'm soooo grateful

My commuting days are over!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 04:52 AM

21. Whenever I visited DC for fun (vs marches & demonstrations) I'd always be checking the forecast....

as long as it was sunny to partly sunny 2-3 days in a row I knew I had a very good chance of no rain, no storms. 👍

🤔 Possibly one March or demo we got some rain. I didn't care if it was cloudy bc I wasn't there for good weather.


The only time I had a bit of a concern was visiting the Clinton WH American Crafters Christmas celebration. I was staying over at someone's house overnight. The rare snow wasn't supposed to start until the afternoon, but my host informed as I got up for breakfast around 9AM that there was a half inch on the ground already! And I had to walk a bunch of blocks to get the bus where I was in Georgetown.

Luckily I didn't slip and fall anywhere at any point. I had on sneakers, and walked carefully. When I was on the subway at 3PMish all the federal workers were going home.

By the time I was ready to go back to NYC later on there was ?3-?4 inches on the ground on The Mall.

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #21)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 05:43 AM

23. The past few years, D.C. metro has been getting more snow than even here in Philly

and I think it has happened enough times now that the "1 snowflake freakout" that goes on down there, is now to the point of ridiculousness!

When I was commuting down there one week a month for about 9 months almost 15 years ago, part of that occured in January/February/March and I was glad those designated weeks were generally snow free (both here and down there).

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #23)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 06:03 AM

24. More snow there than Philadelphia?! Ha, that's pretty wild. ...

You were lucky, then.

I love Philly.
My sib was there for about 10+ months.
Visited her a few times. Went to the celebrated (outdoor food) Market at least once; saw The Liberty Bell, and always visited the then famous street that had a ton of cool stores for Crafts, clothes etc. Walked around the area that had Historical Town houses. Of course, I did have one Philly Cheese Steak on one visit. 😁

Her half basement apt faced a corner where the
Trolley turned! Obviously she got used to it.

Good times! 👍🧡

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #24)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 06:40 AM

25. Weather is one of my 50+ year hobbies

and I post on a weather forum that has a lot of snow lovers and they were whining at all the storms that were shifted south of here and into the central midatlantic area (MD/VA & northern NC). In fact, even Atlantic City (which is SE of Philly) had more snow than we did.

Wish I could find the tweet but NWS Mt. Holly had tweeted out a snowfall totals chart around the end of the 2022 met winter period!

And LOL at the trolley. When I was really little before moving to another house, I lived on a little street where the trolly rolled to go to another street that headed right to an access to the depot to do its turn/loop. I remember times in winter when the trolley was stuck on the street in front of our door (especially in winter).

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #25)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 07:23 AM

26. Those trollies in front of your house! ...

Wow, about Atlantic City getting more snow!

We went to Atlantic City when I was a ?tween, maybe a bit younger. I looked it up on G maps bc I didn't realize it was where it was.

Then I was very surprised to see one of our last family vacations was to Wildwood NJ even further south!


I'm a bit of a weather buff. I've always loved clouds (I draw them in my landscape art); and enjoying the Earth Sciences (and Space Sciences) I've read about clouds, and weather.

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #26)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 08:09 AM

27. This past winter was a bit wild

Still looking for Mt. Holly's summary but did find a NJ.com graphic -



I ended up with about 16" where I live.

Philly is about 60 miles NW of of AC but those of us who aren't annual trekkers to the shore, do tend to head to Wildwood because of the piers and amusements. Of course any trip to AC would also be for the casinos, although now that PA has full legalized gambling (and casinos at selected locations around the state including 2 here in Philly), AC's casinos have lost most of the Philly gamblers (including the seniors who used to hop the $10 bus that gave them $10 in quarters back every day and had their "regular" slot macines that they would station themselves in front of ).

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #27)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:11 PM

30. Oh, look at that....not much of anything, then one big Whomp...

especially in AC!

Hopefully those 16" we're taken care of, or melted on the faster side. 👍

The only time I ever played the slots...
I was gifted a short vacation to Puerto Rico. I was in the area east of San Juan. I chose the hotel bc they had an organically shaped pool which was very cool! My 2 disappointments were...
1) not swimming up to the bar on a day I was fully there. When I swam up on the morning I was leaving the bar wasn't open yet. 2) I've always wanted to see/be in the 🧡turquoise, teal waters of the Caribbean, and I was! Only because I was on The Atlantic side the water wasn't clear with the saves churning up too much sand. Still the color was glorious! Even the deep water was a more vibrant dark blue sort of Ultramarine-ish. All in all I had a *wonderful* time!

And I did play the slot machines! 👍😄 That was pretty fun. I think I won back 25$.

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Response to electric_blue68 (Reply #30)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:24 PM

32. What's great about the Caribbean water

is the temperature as well as the color and the coral sand. I've been to the Bahamas twice and to Jamaica and it's really nice. Hawai'i is similar but with more opportunities to go snorkeling.

I know you had a ball!!!! i remember what are now I guess the "old days" where you put coins in the slots. I don't even think they even do that anymore. As it is, I haven't even been to either of the casinos here in Philly yet.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #32)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:47 PM

33. You're probably right about the water temperature, I don't quite remember...

The first "blink my eyes" moment was - I went in March so walking out of the airport into the very warm, and slightly humid air was a bit of a shock even knowing it would be like that!

And beautiful green trees, and palm trees, and oh, a whole lot of Bourgenvilia flowers (a favorite of mine)!

I had to check the NYC temps on the TV. I apologized to my Tri-State area bc there were having a colder run in the lower 20°F's, and I laughed at the week forecast. I was there 🧡 4 days, 3 nights.

We've had a pretty big Casino somewhat further out in Queens (the Burrough). Maybe one day... Until then the Mohegan Sun hotel in Connecticut had one, and may have been the closet until this one was built.

And, yes....yes I did use those metal flat circles embossed with designs, and denominations to play the slots!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:06 PM

3. You know, Lord, there is this weather potential in Florida....

Just saying, "Some crazy orange man is on the golf course a lot, with a lightening rod IN HIS HAND. It would improve the WHOLE NATION if the stink of his person hood was seared into stone so it couldn't waft all over the country."

Or even just that Governor who doesn't believe in Democracy any more and just suspends and appoints people to do his bidding.

Really, Lord, one well placed lightening strike for either would truly improve morale for millions.

WHY let honest people get hit when there are so many MAGATs out there?


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Response to TigressDem (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:06 PM

12. +1

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:11 PM

4. Did it get one of the Secret Service agents that Major bit?

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:19 PM

6. A local news links

I am a few miles north of there, but for many years ate my lunch most days there, so it caught my eye. Thunderstorms were rolling through, and I had to stop mowing, but it wasn't that bad at my place. Radar showed a different story. In any case, here is an article from local news radio WTOP:

https://wtop.com/dc/2022/08/4-people-in-critical-condition-after-lightning-strike-near-white-house/

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 09:27 PM

7. Dear Lord: You're two years late

to smite the blasphemer.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:13 PM

13. Somebody tell Zeus that Trump doesn't live there anymore.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:46 PM

15. There was intense lightning here downtown

it was bright and loud and lots of it

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:50 PM

17. Wow.

I was just saying that Dems have been enjoying some wins this week with Kansas, and Sinema, and more info on DoJ and Jan 6 committee, and Alex Jones…

Is this supposed to be a sign or something…..?

Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones….

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Response to Karma13612 (Reply #17)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 05:16 AM

22. It was close to the statue of Andrew Jackson. God is pissed off

It was close to the statue of Andrew Jackson. God is pissed off At Andrew Jackson because Of how he treated the American Indians. W

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Response to raccoon (Reply #22)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 04:32 PM

29. My first thought too ;o) - too bad they were near when it happened

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Thu Aug 4, 2022, 10:51 PM

18. Dammit! For four years I prayed for someone at the White House to get hit by lightning.

And that someone is still living it up at Mar-a-Lago.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 04:21 AM

20. Yikes! 😮 Hopefully these poor people will recover. Good luck to them, and their people!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 04:25 PM

28. Never Ever Ever stand under a tree or be in water when you hear thunder rumbles, no matter how

far away. Think of thunder as an early detection device that lightning is in your area.

A tree is the tallest structure, generally, in your immediate area, and you are the 2nd tallest.

I cannot remember where I saw the doc about Lightning - Nova? Discover Science? I'm sure youtube will have the doct - and the newest advances and findings that have been discovered.

The safest place outside during thunder/lightning (other than your auto) is either in a ditch or to squat with your heels up and Do Not Touch the Ground with Your Fingertips while squatting in a field with no trees around.

Science started stepping up when 13-ish kids were either struck or killed when playing a soccer type sport and they all ran and huddled under the tree when it was struck by lightning.

The doc should really be shown to kids in 6th-ish science class since that is when they really start to be away from home and they need to be alerted to dangers of thunder/lightning. They can also presage tornadoes.

I'm fixin' to do a search to see if I can find the doc. Highly suggest showing it to your family - forewarned is fore prepared.

Here's a link for teachers:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/earth/lightning.html

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:23 PM

31. Locking.

Not INONI. Please feel free to repost in GD.

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