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Neighbors say three children were struck by lightning, after running for cover under a tree when storms started. Neighbors say three children were struck by lightning, after running for cover under a tree when storms started.
Police officers administered CPR until an ambulance arrived. Police officers administered CPR until an ambulance arrived.
LaPortia Knowlton said her 17-year-old brother, Demario Williams, does not remember much after LaPortia Knowlton said her 17-year-old brother, Demario Williams, does not remember much after
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(WMC-TV) - Three people are recovering after being stuck by lightning when a round of storms moved in Thursday night.

Mary Munn recalled it being dinner time on Oxford Street when suddenly a noise sent her racing to the front door.

"Next thing we hear, boom," said Munn. "We looked out the door I thought something may have hit a tree … No, it was three kids under the tree. The lightening had hit them."

Three teenaged friends were walking home from playing basketball. Then, they were struck by lightning.

"One was face down, the other one was laying down hollering ‘help, help, help', " said Munn.

Police officers administered CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Laportia Knowlton said her 17-year-old brother, Demario Williams, does not remember much after he and the two other teens ducked under a large tree during a thunderstorm.

"All I can do is just thank the Lord because it could have been way worse than what it was,"she said. "He's doing pretty good he has burns on his right foot and his left upper back ... He couldn't feel his legs."

Dr. Barry Gilmore of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital said nine people nationwide have died this year from lightning strikes.

"If you're noticing those kind of thunderstorms, you really don't need to be outside. There really is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm," said Gilmore.

(WMC-TV) - Three people are recovering after being stuck by lightning when a round of storms moved in Thursday night.

Mary Munn recalled it being dinner time on Oxford Street when suddenly a noise sent her racing to the front door.

"Next thing we hear, boom," said Munn. "We looked out the door I thought something may have hit a tree … No, it was three kids under the tree. The lightening had hit them."

Three teenaged friends were walking home from playing basketball. Then, they were struck by lightning.

"One was face down, the other one was laying down hollering ‘help, help, help', " said Munn.

Police officers administered CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Laportia Knowlton said her 17-year-old brother, Demario Williams, does not remember much after he and the two other teens ducked under a large tree during a thunderstorm.

"All I can do is just thank the Lord because it could have been way worse than what it was,"she said. "He's doing pretty good he has burns on his right foot and his left upper back ... He couldn't feel his legs."

Dr. Barry Gilmore of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital said nine people nationwide have died this year from lightning strikes.

"If you're noticing those kind of thunderstorms, you really don't need to be outside. There really is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm," said Gilmore.

Knowlton said her brother could be released from the hospital as soon as the next day or two. She is unaware of the condition of the two friends he was with.

Dr. Gilmore said if those three survived that strike, it is likely they will be fine, and their conditions will continue to improve.

Being under trees is one of the worst places to take shelter in dangerous weather.

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