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Woman, child struck by lightning in Fayetteville

Posted September 25, 2009
Updated September 26, 2009

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— A mother and her 18-month-old daughter were struck by lightning Friday just after 4 p.m. outside a TJ Maxx store in Fayetteville. The pair were headed toward the store at 5027 Morganton Road when the strike happened, according to Scott Iverson of the Fayetteville Fire Department.

Iverson said the woman was carrying her child and holding an umbrella as they walked across the parking lot.

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"The umbrella was obviously struck at the top, and we have burns at the bottom of the umbrella where she was holding it," he said.

The child suffered burns to her torso and abdomen; the woman was burned and briefly stopped breathing, paramedics said.

Authorities did not release the identities of either victim, but said both were in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley hospital. 

Iverson said a soldier who was in the parking lot at the time of the strike performed CPR on the woman, reviving her before paramedics arrived.

Afternoon storms flare up south, east of Triangle

WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson called the storm that rumbled across Cumberland County Friday afternoon "garden-variety," pointing out that every thunderstorm can be deadly. 

The U.S. Coast Guard said a lightning strike to the water was responsible for the death of an 18-year-old man at Wrightsville Beach.

Ocean rescue personnel pulled John Edward Sackett of Annapolis, Md., from the ocean just after 3:30 p.m. Sackett was a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.


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  • time4real Sep 25, 2009

    sorry for them, hope they'll be alright, but Fishel is 0 for 1 with his 3 day wet forecast! Not here in the triangle!

  • itsmyownopinion Sep 25, 2009

    I hope and pray they will both completely recover. This may be a stupid question, but would they have been less likely to have been struck had she not been holding an umbrella? I've heard before not to carry an umbrella in the rain if it's lightning. I had a young cousin killed by lightning while riding his bicycle home from mowing the church/cemetery lawn.

  • james27613 Sep 25, 2009

    Quick thinking by the Soldier for helping.

    Tell us about him or her.

  • SkepticalGirl Sep 25, 2009

    Should have said the EMT's were giving CPR to someone hit by lightning. Long day.

  • SkepticalGirl Sep 25, 2009

    I heard on the radio traffic report around 3:00 that the EMT's were giving CPR to someone. Praying for both. Oh, and it was on the traffic report because all the emergency vehicles had a major road tied up.

  • Professor Sep 25, 2009

    I hope the child will be OK.

  • lissarra Sep 25, 2009

    I'm always worried something like this is going to happen to me. It's so rare! My thoughts are with the family.

  • pinklady-1 Sep 25, 2009

    hope they will be okay!

  • egh Sep 25, 2009

    I hope they are ok.
    God Bless

  • sssh.. whisper Sep 25, 2009

    Oh my... I hope they will be okay. My prayers are with them