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24 Injured When Lightning Hits Pavilion; 11 Still Hospitalized Today

July 2, 1990

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) _ Lightning hit a tin-roofed pavilion and injured 24 people huddled under it to escape a storm which was part of a system that brought heavy rains, high wind and hail.

Eleven members of the Kingwood Pike Coon Hunters Club were still hospitalized this morning following the storm Sunday at a Preston County archery range. All were in stable, fair or good codition.

″It just happened - no crack, no thunder, no nothing, then it hit and there were people over there yelling,″ said James Seaman, who was under the shelter when the lightning hit.

The club was holding target practice when a thunderstorm hit shortly before 1 p.m., and the members sought refuge under the open-air structure in this northern West Virginia city.

″It was kind of a state of confusion. People were scattered everywhere,″ said Ed Turnley of the Reedsville Volunteer Fire Department. All but one of the injured were conscious when rescue workers arrived, he said.

The victims complained of chest pains, burns and other sensations associated with electrical shock, officials said.

On Sunday, heavy thunderstorms rolled across northern West Virginia, and rain, hail and high winds raked portions of Preston, Wetzel, Harrison, Upshur and Lewis counties, knocking down trees and power lines. Nearly 1,000 Marion County homes and businesses lost power, Monongahela Power Co. said.

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