Lightning Sends Pregnant Woman, 3 Others to Hospital in Wildwood New Jersey

A lightning hit on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey sends four family members to the hospital, including a pregnant woman and her child

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    A lightning strike on a Wildwood beach sends four people to the hospital. One of them is a pregnant woman. All four were treated and released from the hospital. (Published Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012)

    A lightning hit on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey sends a family of four to the hospital, including a pregnant woman.

    "They're shaken up," Josh Rinesmith told NBC10's Ted Greenberg.

    Lightning Sends 4 People to Hosptial in Wildwood

    [PHI] Lightning Sends 4 People to Hosptial in Wildwood
    Four members of a family were sent to the hospital after lightning struck the beach in Wildwood, N.J. The victims say they were trying to wait out the storm and were huddled under three umbrellas when the lightning hit. NBC10's Ted Greenberg was there when ambulances took the victims to get checked out at the hospital. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012)

    His pregnant sister and her child were among the family members taken to the hospital, as a precaution.

    The family is vacationing from Mechanicsburg, Pa. They were at the Cedar Avenue beach around 12:30 p.m when the torrential rain moved through.

    Torrential Rains Soaking SJ

    [PHI] Torrential Rains Soaking SJ
    A Flood Advisory has been issued for all of Cape May County until 3:45 p.m. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012)

    "The storm came up quickly," Rinesmith said. "Lightning struck around an umbrella they were standing under."

    Fire Chief Christopher D'Amico tells NBC10 that no one took a direct hit from the lightning strike.

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

    The lighting strike prompted lifeguards to immediately clear people off the beaches.

    "It happened so fast, it kind of came out of nowhere. It was raining like crazy and then all of a sudden you heard a big crack of lightning and everybody started running," said Jim Ambrose from Greenville, Pa. He said it was the loudest thing he's ever heard. "Sounded like a gunshot going off."

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