A New Jersey teacher struck by lightning outside middle school
WASHINGTON (CIRCA) —
A middle school teacher in southern New Jersey was struck by lightning during the snowstorm sweeping up the East Coast.
According to NBC Philadelphia, the 33-year-old woman is an 8th grade teacher at Manchester Middle School in Manchester Township.
Capt. Todd Malland of the Manchester Township police department says, the woman was holding an umbrella while on bus duty outside the middle school around 2:30 p.m. when the strike occurred.
Malland says, the woman felt tingling in her hand and arm but didn't lose consciousness and wasn't knocked to the ground.
After being struck the woman was alert and conscious and was taken to the school nurse's office.
She was taken to the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A second woman who was also standing underneath the umbrella was uninjured.
This is the second major snowstorm to slam the Northeast in a week and it is producing reports of flashes of lightning and "thundersnow."
Meteorologists and residents are reporting flashes of lightning and booming thunder from the Philadelphia area to New York City. Experts say the unusual phenomenon is caused by shallow layers of rising, unstable air.