Lightning Strikes Family of 4 in Wilmington

Two adults and two children were eating dinner under a tree when the lightning hit

By Karen Araiza
|  Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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A family in Wilmington, Delaware is jolted by lightning. A pregnant woman is among them. It's the second lightning strike this week. NBC10's Rosemary Connors explains what happened.

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A family in Wilmington, Delaware is jolted by lightning. A pregnant woman is among them. It's the second lightning strike this week. NBC10's Rosemary Connors explains what happened.

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Lightning Strikes 4 People in Delaware

A pregnant woman along with her husband and two sons were sitting outside eating lunch when a lightning bolt struck close by in Wilmington. The family was rushed to the hospital. According to Christiana Hospital, all four people were in good condition. NBC10's Rosemary Connors is at the scene with the latest.
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A lightning strike sends a family of four to the hospital in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware.

And for the second time this week, one of the victims is a pregnant woman.

County dispatchers confirmed to NBC10 that two adults and two children were under a tree Friday afternoon when lightning hit. They were eating dinner, according to Delaware Online.

The family was outside the Cranston Hill Apartments on Old Capitol Trail. A witness told the newspaper that the lightning hit, sending the family's umbrella up over their heads.

According to the paper, the woman's right arm was red and she was complaining of some numbness. One of the children, a little boy, was shook up and crying.

We did confirm that everyone is expected to be OK. The family is being checked out at Christiana Hospital and they will probably be released this evening.

On Wednesday, a lightning strike along the Jersey Shore sent a pregnant woman and three other family members, including one of her children, to the hospital.

A storm moved into Wildwood quickly that day and lightning struck near the family as it huddled under some umbrellas. No one was seriously hurt.

"They just had some tingling in their hands and arms."

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