Thursday’s lightning strike near the White House in Washington, D.C. claimed the lives of two individuals and left two others in critical condition.
All of the victims were sent to local hospitals, but on Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police revealed that two of them had been pronounced dead: Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, both from Janesville, Wisconsin.
According to the police report, the other two individuals remain in critical condition.
A spokesperson for the White House stated that the Biden administration was “devastated” by the awful loss of life.
The press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, stated, “We are praying for those who are still fighting for their lives.”
According to the Washington Post, scientists claim that the climate crisis is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States. Two people were killed and two others were in critical condition after lightning struck a square near the White House.
The fire and emergency medical services department of the District of Columbia reported that four people were struck in Lafayette Park, which is located just outside the White House complex.
The study indicated the strike was caused by a big thunderstorm that blew through the city in the evening, releasing strong winds and severe weather.