Lightning injures multiple people in Grand Canyon amid monsoonal thunderstorm

Thunderstorm fueled by a monsoon wave of moisture passing over Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday afternoon, throwing down lightning and injuring at least four people, park officials said.

The park responded to an emergency call at 2:50 pm at the Bright Angel Trailhead and found a 30-year-old male and 28-year-old female who were struck by lightning and unresponsive.

The male regains consciousness without intervention, while first responders initiate CPR and advanced intervention saves lives on the female, who regains a pulse.

“Due to significant storm activity, air transportation was not available, and both patients were transported by land to Flagstaff Medical Center,” the park said in a statement. “The female victim is reported to be in stable condition at a regional burn center.”

The names and cities of the victims have not been released.

They reported that at least two other patients self-transported to the Grand Canyon Clinic with lightning splash injuries.

The National Weather Service issued warnings Tuesday for storm activity, including storms and flooding.

“Showers spread with thunder in northwestern and north central Arizona including the Grand Canyon and up towards Page,” the weather service said on Twitter at 2:15 pm “Continue to expect coverage throughout the afternoon and into the evening.”

Lightning is common in the Grand Canyon, which sees an average of 25,000 strikes a year, the park said.

“This lightning strike is a reminder that monsoon season brings not only rain, but dangerous and potentially life-threatening lightning during thunderstorms,” the park said. “Serious injuries and deaths occurred in Grand Canyon National Park as a result of lightning strikes. Visitors to the park recalled that if the sound of thunder followed a flash of lightning within 30 seconds or less, they should seek shelter in a building or car or go to the nearest bus station to get on a park shuttle. “

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