Two men were killed and one was injured in deadly weekend storms that stretched from Texas to the East Coast.
In Texas, hundreds of people were gathered to watch a soccer game on at the Escondida Soccer Club, just north of Houston, Saturday when a fast-moving storm approached the field.
Three men huddled under a tree were struck by lightning that hit the tree, local ABC affiliate KTRK reported. One of the men, whose identities were not released, died at the scene. Another was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The third man survived but remains in the hospital with burns, officials said.
The three men, believed to be in their 30s and 40s, were said to be resting before their next game when the storm appeared to come out of nowhere.
“We were playing soccer, and all of a sudden, you could see it starting to lightning, but not as bad and then when I looked up, I saw lightning hit the ground, but I didn’t know anybody was in there,” soccer player Jose Mayen told KTRK.
Across the country, in New York, a family’s camping trip was cut short when lightning lit through the roof of their R.V.
Fire and Rescue officials in Gardiner, N.Y., responded to the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campground Sunday afternoon to find the ceiling of the RV on fire after it was hit by lightning.
The family’s four children were inside when the RV was hit but all survived with no injuries.
“The whole ceiling was on fire,” said the mother, Jennifer Moritz. “The entire ground was electrified. The three kids who are old enough to understand, they’re very upset.”
The coast-to-coast storms were just the latest in a wrath of wicked weather that has plummeted the country in recent weeks, producing flooding rains in some parts of the country and dangerous drought conditions in others.
The two deaths in Texas were the tenth and eleventh lightning deaths reported to the National Weather Service this year alone, officials said. Over the last six years, the month with the most lightning strike deaths has been July.