LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WOWK) — A woman was struck by lightning in her kitchen in Lincoln County on Tuesday.
Lincoln County dispatchers said this happened around 12:40 p.m. They say it happened on Laurel Fork in Lincoln County.
Dispatchers say she was taken to the hospital, but her condition is unknown at this time.
Medical personnel responded to the scene.
As the storms rolled into the area Tuesday afternoon, Lincoln County residents watched the creeks and rivers as the water rose quickly.
“All of the sudden you could watch the creek. It was just coming up to this… I don’t know, it’s like a dam busted open,” said Yawkey, West Virginia resident Bobby Perdue.
Locals in the area said flooding is not uncommon. Some, like neighbor James Smith, said when the rain comes down, they prep for it.
“Here, you just ride around looking at the water, see what’s going on, where you can get through and where you can’t so… That’s just what we do, that’s Lincoln County for you,” said Smith.
While no further injuries were reported, emergency crews were also dealing with the effects of this weather. Officials said at the EMS Station 20 along Midway Road water was going into the building, although there were no damages.
How often are people struck by lightning?
According to data from the CDC, the odds of getting struck by lightning are less than one in a million. The odds of dying from a lightning strike are even slimmer since 90% of lightning victims survive.
The CDC also reported that one-third of lightning injuries occur indoors, like the woman in Lincoln County.
From 2006 to 2021, fewer than five people died from lightning strikes in West Virginia.