Reports that a 56-year-old woman was struck by a bolt of lightning in northeast Wichita during this morning’s thunderstorm are false, authorities said.
The strike was reported at 11:18 a.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. The woman said the lightning came through a window at her townhouse in the 7400 block of East 32nd North. She was treated at the scene for a minor injury, the dispatch supervisor said, and refused transport to a local hospital.
“It appears there was a nearby (lightning) strike, but it did not strike the house or her,” Sedgwick County EMS Capt. Keith Maurath said.
Intense lightning was frequent as a gust front and thunderstorm rolled through the metropolitan area late in the morning. More showers and thunderstorms are possible later tonight.