Boy Hit By Lightning, Flash Flooding Reported In Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2019

Authorities say a young boy was struck and injured by lightning as severe weather roared through Pennsylvania.

The child, who is between the ages of 5 and 6, was struck around 9:20 p.m. Sunday in Bethlehem. Authorities say he was conscious when emergency responders arrived and was being treated at a hospital, but his name and further details on his condition were not disclosed.

The lightning strike came as severe storms struck the state on Sunday.

Emergency responders in Pittsburgh and other nearby towns had to use boats to rescue residents from their vehicles and homes after heavy rains caused widespread flash flooding. Officials say nearly 3 inches of rain fell in the region on Sunday and more severe weather was expected Monday.

A number of roads in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County remain closed or have restricted access, including: 

  • Route 8 (Washington Boulevard) between Route 130 (Allegheny River Boulevard) and Negley Run in the City of Pittsburgh is closed due to flooding;
  • Route 286 (Golden Mile Highway) between New Texas Road and Pine Valley Road in Plum Borough is closed due to flooding and slides;
  • Route 2001 (Bunola River Road) between Elkhorn Road and Pangburn Hollow Road in Forward Township is closed due to a landslide;
  • Route 130 (Sandy Creek Road) between Allegheny River Boulevard and Verona Road in the Municipality of Penn Hills is closed due to debris on the roadway from flooding;
  • Route 2064 (Lime Hollow Road) between Coal Hollow Road and Springdale Drive in the Municipality of Penn Hills due to shoulder restriction from flooding;
  • Route 380 (Saltsburg Road) between Center New Texas Road and Center Hill Road in Plum Borough is closed due to flooding;
  • Route 2066 (Old Frankstown Road) between Monroeville Trestle Road and Pierson Run Road in Plum Borough is restricted to a single lane due to a landslide; and
  • Route 2066 (Old Frankstown Road) between Hockberg Road and Route 286 in Plum Borough is restricted to a single lane due to a landslide.