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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:08 AM

Two dead after Thursday night lightning strike near White House

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Source: Washington Post

Two of those hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Thursday evening after an apparent lightning strike in Lafayette Square, just north of the White House, have died, a D.C. police spokesman said Friday.

Four people two men and two women were critically hurt in the strike just before 7 p.m. in the center of the park, in a grove of trees about 100 feet southeast of the statue of Andrew Jackson, fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said at a news briefing Thursday night. The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Park Police rendered aid to the victims, which fire officials credited to the ability of the victims to initially survive.

Police identified those who died as Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, of Wisconsin. The other two victims remain in critical condition, police said.

The lightning was unleashed by a severe thunderstorm that swept across the District just before 7 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for much of the Beltway area between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., cautioning of the threat of damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/08/05/two-dead-white-house-lightning/



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Two of those hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Thursday evening after an apparent lightning strike in Lafayette Square, just north of the White House, have died, a D.C. police spokesman said Friday.

Four people two men and two women were critically hurt in the strike just before 7 p.m. in the center of the park, in a grove of trees about 100 feet southeast of the statue of Andrew Jackson, fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said at a news briefing Thursday night. The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Park Police rendered aid to the victims, which fire officials credited to the ability of the victims to initially survive.

Police identified those who died as Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, of Wisconsin. The other two victims remain in critical condition, police said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Clarence Williams, Emily Davies and Jason Samenow contributed to this report.

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Marthe48 Friday #1
mahatmakanejeeves Friday #2
AllaN01Bear Friday #3
sakabatou Friday #8
John1956PA Friday #4
elleng Friday #5
chowder66 Friday #6
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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:12 AM

1. Sorry for the victims

Probably the trip of a lifetime.

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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:42 AM

2. It's just coming in to the Roanoke Times too.

A Wisconsin couple has died following last night's lightning strike across the street from the White House. Two other people were injured.


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 09:56 AM

3. dont take lightly the lightnings . when thunder roars , go indoors

a number of years ago , i was in dc with a disney land tour. was in the hotel for the nite . a storm blew up and a lot of ppl were caught on the mall with lighting and thunder . scarry.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 03:58 PM

8. Stay low, don't touch water, metal, or anything high.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 11:42 AM

4. I'm sorry for them and their family. I was in the square during the 2005 war-protest march. n/t


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 12:30 PM

5. OH NO!

Lafayette Park (and the White House) were near my 20-year 'old' office, across the street from the Old Post Office Pavilion, and I walked through there often, a lovely place and now it'll be a memorial. (even tho it's so close to G.W. Hospital.)


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 12:35 PM

6. This is so sad. How awful for their loved ones.

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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 03:51 PM

7. So sorry.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Aug 5, 2022, 07:53 PM

9. they went together. 1 bright spot.

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Fri Aug 5, 2022, 10:03 PM

10. As a farm kid, I saw an entire cattle herd wiped out by a lightning strike

20+ cows sheltering under a big oak tree that got hit.

Lightning is nothing to laugh at.

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