Chicago weather: Person injured by lightning strike in Garfield Park on West Side as severe weather moves through area, CFD says

Chicago weather: Person injured by lightning strike in Garfield Park on West Side as severe weather moves through area, CFD says

CHICAGO (TOC) — A lightning strike injured a 13-year-old woman on the West Facet as storms moved by means of the Chicago space Wednesday afternoon.

When a lightning bolt hit the bottom behind Jordan Garrett and his father Daniel Jackson, of Future Water Ice Firm, the pair was simply on the point of shut up store when rain began to return down mid-afternoon.

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The Chicago Park District mentioned the teenager was out having fun with a day together with her household within the park close to the Garfield Park Conservatory.

“We may simply see the sparks from again there after which we simply heard screaming,” Garrett mentioned. “We simply heard screams. I did not know if anyone received hit or not till they got here out together with her. Then I used to be like, wow, a complete youngster received hit. I really feel unhealthy for her and her household.”

Emergency crews have been known as to the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue at about 1 p.m. for studies of a woman struck by lightning, Chicago Hearth Division spokesman Larry Merritt mentioned.

CFD mentioned the 13-year-old woman was taken to Stroger Hospital in essential situation.

The daddy and son have been simply toes away from the place the bolt hit.

“We really thought it hit a tree. However once we noticed the ambulance and the hearth division pull up, we knew anyone had been struck,” Jackson mentioned. “I am very shook up. And I really feel for the mother and father.”

Robust storms began growing within the west and northwest suburbs round 12:30 p.m. and moved into the Chicago space over the following three hours, in response to the Nationwide Climate Service, prompting a extreme thunderstorm watch.

Roughly 5,000 lighting strikes have been recorded between 1-2 p.m. from Lake County to Will County because the strongest a part of the storm moved by means of the realm, the climate service mentioned, citing preliminary information.

About 40 million lighting strikes hit the bottom in the US every year, in response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, including that the percentages of being struck by lightning are lower than one in 1,000,000.

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