June 24, 2018
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Woman hospitalized after lightning strike in Gorham

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

GORHAM, Maine — Strong thunderstorms rumbled through Cumberland County on Wednesday afternoon, and one woman was taken to the hospital after a lightning strike at a Gorham home.

Lightning struck a house on Main Street in Gorham, according to Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre.

He said a woman was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for evaluation, but the fire chief said he doesn’t believe her injuries to be serious.

Lefebvre said firefighters were called to the residence about 3 p.m. The home did not have any fire damage from the lightning strike.

Other possible lightning strikes were reported in Cumberland County, including one in Cape Elizabeth, but no further storm-related injuries were reported as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Gray issued a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday afternoon, urging people in Cumberland County to seek shelter from storms with the potential for 60-mph winds and hail.

On Tuesday evening, a storm knocked down a dozen trees along King Street in Oxford. One woman there was taken to the hospital after reportedly being struck by lightning, according to CBS 13.


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