Lightning Strikes 2 Women at Point Pleasant Beach

Two women are in the hospital after they were struck by lightning in Ocean County, New Jersey, Saturday afternoon.

Police say a 63-year-old woman was at Point Pleasant Beach at the foot of New Jersey Avenue at 2:53 p.m. when she was struck by lightning. She required CPR at the scene but was alert when she was taken to the Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey, officials said.

A 54-year-old woman who was about a half a mile away from the first woman was also struck by lightning at 3:01 p.m. while she was sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot at 300 Ocean Avenue. She was also alert while being transported to the Ocean Medical Center.

Officials say both women suffered minor injuries and should be released from the hospital Saturday night. Both women told officials they were in the process of leaving the beach because of incoming storms before they were struck by lightning. No other injuries have been reported.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Ocean, Camden and Burlington counties in New Jersey while a Flood Advisory is also in effect for Burlington and Ocean counties.

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