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Woman, child struck by lightning in Fayetteville

Posted September 25, 2009 4:11 p.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2009 9:09 p.m. EDT

— 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.

"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.