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2 women struck by lightning as storms move through

September 7, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Two women were struck by lightning at a beach as a band of slow-moving thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts, causing some power outages and prompting a short-lived tornado warning.

Boston.com reports (http://bit.ly/1w2ssmp ) two women in their 70s were struck by lightning on Crane Beach in Ipswich. Ipswich Fire Department spokesman John Guilfoil tells the website two people were sent to a hospital and are in critical condition. An ambulance company says the women went into cardiac arrest.

The National Weather Service lifted a tornado warning at 5 p.m.

Late Saturday, more than 10,000 customers were without electricity: NStar reports 2,165 customers are without power; National Grid has 8,035 customers without service; and Western Massachusetts Electric Company has 41 in the dark.

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