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Lightning strikes a dozen people, kills one, in Georgetown County 4th of July storm

A dozen people were struck by lightning during a 4th of July storm in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Ryan Gamble, 44, of Andrews, was killed in the incident, according to the Georgetown County Coroner’s office.

Four people were reportedly unresponsive when emergency officials arrived shortly after  2 p.m.

Several people were taken to a hospital, after the incident near the Black River in the Lawshe Plantation area, WMBF news reported.

The National Weather Service confirmed the lightning strike, which hit a tree near the river bank.

Weather officials  also report that pop-up storms are possible throughout the area today and tonight, especially in the Pee Dee area. 

Those outdoors and on the beach should take cover immediately when thunderstorms approach.

 

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