4 sent to hospital after lightning strike at shore
WILDWOOD, N.J. - August 1, 2012 (WPVI) -- Four members of the same family were sent to the hospital after a lightning strike at the New Jersey shore.
It happened just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday near East Cedar Avenue in Wildwood.
Witnesses Charlene Schriver and her sister Therasa Stephenson said the storm moved in quickly, no lightning and no thunder, just a torrential rain.
Authorities say the four family members were huddled under an umbrella during a storm.
The family included two women, one of whom was pregnant, a man and a child.
"There was a big huge flash, he bounced, we saw him bounce and then everyone just kind of freaked," Stephenson said.
Stephenson said the man was holding the umbrella. He bounced off the ground.
"I can't even get that out of my head. He was convulsing on the ground; he was talking at least. He was telling his family to get away," Stephenson said.
A woman also appeared to have taken some of the force from the bolt.
"She was also on the ground just shaking saying she just felt everything and they were trying to get the dad to calm down," Stephenson said.
The two adults were taken to Cape Regional Medical Center.
The pregnant woman and her child rushed to get out of the storm and went home. They too were later transported as a precaution.
The Wildwood Fire Department says all four are expected to survive.
"I thank God. We've been praying, we are just thanking God that everyone is ok that we didn't see anything worse," Stephenson said.
new jersey, wildwood, lightning, severe weather, local/state
- Pa. Turnpike reopens after multi-vehicle crash 3 min ago
- Temps Soar 19 min ago
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- 2013 Troop Greetings 6 min ago
- Volleyball coach accused of sex with student 21 min ago
- Shots fired at home in Lower Gwynedd 23 min ago
- 2 men sought in Deptford Twp. hotel robbery
- Quick moving blaze damages house in West Philly
- Car plunges into lake in Vineland, victims ID'd
- Security breach affected all cards, not just Target's
- Philippine mayor among 4 killed at Manila airport 13 min ago
- Is heroin addiction as close as your medicine cabinet?
- Photos: Pictures of the Pa. Turnpike crash
- Woman's secret Santa turns out to be Bill Gates
- Temps Soar
19 min ago
- Philippine mayor among 4 killed at Manila...
13 min ago