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Two kids struck by lightning while fishing on North Carolina coast, officials say

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Two boys, 11 and 14, were fishing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks Monday when a fast-moving storm came through the area, officials say.

A lightning strike from the storm knocked both boys to the ground when they were standing with their fishing poles in Rodanthe, North Carolina, according to WTKR.

Rescue crews took both boys to the Outer Banks Hospital after the lightning strike at about 4 p.m. Monday, according to WAVY.

One of the boys was airlifted to the hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, for treatment but will probably be released Wednesday, officials told WAVY.

The fast-moving thunderstorm passed over the Outer Banks Monday afternoon and spawned a waterspout off the beach at about the same time the boys were hit by lightning, according to OBX Today.

“When thunder roars, head indoors!” Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue said on Facebook Tuesday, sharing photos of the fishing poles the boys had when they were hit by lightning.

The rods appear cracked and singed by the strike.

Bolts of lightning struck the ocean shore in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during a thunderstorm on July 5, 2019. The National Weather Service had said thunderstorms in the area could produce “frequent and deadly lightning.”

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
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