Teen dies after lightning strike at Orchard Beach

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ORCHARD BEACH, Bronx (WABC) -- A teenage lad has died aft being struck by lightning during a fast-moving, pop-up thunderstorm that rolled implicit Orchard Beach precocious Thursday afternoon.

13-year-old Carlos Ramos of the Bronx died astatine Jacobi Medical Center.

Six different radical were hospitalized aft the incident.

Lightning strikes are precise rare, but what happened yesterday successful the Bronx is simply a reminder they tin happen.

The tempest dumped dense rainfall and brought thunder and lightning, forcing lifeguards to wide the beach.

But a radical of 7 radical got caught successful that storm.

In summation to Ramos, those struck were a 41-year-old man; a 33-year-old woman; a 14-year-old boy; 2 girls, ages 12 and 13; and a 5-year-old boy.

All were taken to the hospital. All are expected to survive.

Beach goers described the scary scene.

"One lightning came down, and adjacent happening you cognize the unreality came supra america and lightning conscionable started falling everyplace each astir us," said Ralph Gonzalez.

"You can't there's nary rationalizing it. It's conscionable Mother Nature, if you privation to telephone it that."

The thunderstorms came with the aggravated vigor that gripped astatine the Tri-State country connected Thursday, vigor which is expected to proceed today.

Con Ed is urging customers successful immoderate sections of Queens arsenic good arsenic Staten Island to trim their vigor depletion successful bid to sphere the powerfulness grid.

The inferior is cutting voltage by 5% successful respective neighborhoods, affecting astir 85,000 radical successful Queens and 40,000 radical successful Staten Island.

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