Hikers Struck by Lightning

Three hikers were reportedly struck by lightning today on an Arizona mountaintop.

Rescuers were working to reach the hikers who are on Humphreys Peak.  When the call was received, there was continuous lightning on the peaks, so responders couldn’t reach the hikers.  The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says it received a 9-1-1 call from one of the hikers just before 1pm.

Officials say at least one hiker was reported to be unresponsive.

It’s not known if all three hikers were struck.

Weather can be volatile on Humphreys Peak, and hikers are warned to watch for lightning. Located just north of Flagstaff, the peak is the highest point in Arizona, at more than 12,600 feet above sea level.

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So far this year, there have been 14 lightning fatalities.  The latest one happened in North Carolina where a man was struck while riding his motorcycle.

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