Woman struck by lightning in kitchen; flooding reported

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 4:04 PM EDT
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LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A woman in Lincoln County was struck by lightning while in her kitchen Tuesday, said county Emergency Services Director Allen Holder, who also reported flooding in parts of the county.

Holder said the lightning strike incident happened along Laurel Fork Road in Sumerco. The woman’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, and she was taken to CAMC in Charleston.

“That storm had a lot of damaging and very dangerous lightning, and we had at least one person struck by lightning,” Holder said.

He also reported flooding in part of the county, including at an EMS station where they said there was roughly 2 feet of water inside the station, but no reported injuries or water rescues. Yawkey was among the communities affected by floodwaters

Up to a foot and a half of water was reported in some areas but was starting to recede. Crews are in the clean-up process.

Some driving home through the county weren’t expecting the roads to be flooded like Hamlin resident Lee Preece.

“I don’t recall it ever being over the white line away from the creek, Preece said. “This is the worst I’ve personally seen it.”

Viewer Judy Gillenwater shared this photo with us, taken in Griffithsville:

Viewer Judy Gillenwater shared this photo from Griffithsville, W.Va.
Viewer Judy Gillenwater shared this photo from Griffithsville, W.Va.(WSAZ with permission)

This photo was taken on state Route 3 by Duval PK-8 School:

Water covers part of state Route 3 near Duval PK-8 School in Lincoln County.
Water covers part of state Route 3 near Duval PK-8 School in Lincoln County.(WSAZ/Emily Bennett)

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