Lightning Kills Two Oconto County Men

Two people were killed by lightning when a storm rapidly developed during the early evening of August 3, 2014, in southern Oconto County. Both men were working on a treehouse about five miles west of Abrams. One man was killed instantly; the second succumbed to his injuries on August 6. The lightning likely occurred with a thunderstorm about two miles south of the property.

Below is a radar image at about the time the lightning struck. The location of the fatalities is highlighted.

Radar image


Deadly cloud-to-ground lightning can occur with any thunderstorm, regardless of the storm's strength. If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be in danger; move indoors and stay away from windows. Click here for more lightning safety information from the National Weather Service.

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