Two dead as deadly lightning strikes White House

During a powerful thunderstorm in Washington on Thursday (August 4), the White House was briefly struck by a large bolt of lightning.

Two people were killed and two seriously injured in a deadly strike in Washington’s Lafayette Square just north of the White House.

Lafayette Square, a 7-acre park, attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months.

A Reuters camera mounted on a building across the street captured the moment lightning struck the four men near a tree a few yards away from the fence surrounding the presidential palace and offices.

All four victims suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals, where two later died, officials said.

Scientists say climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States.

The hot and humid conditions in Washington state on Thursday were ready for electricity.

Temperatures peaked at 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius), according to the National Weather Service. That’s five degrees (3 degrees Celsius) higher than the 30-year normal high on August 4th.

More heat draws more moisture into the atmosphere, which also promotes rapid updrafts. These are her two key factors in the charged particles that lead to lightning.

(Reuters) Two dead as deadly lightning strikes White House

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