7 people hit by lightning on Grandfather Mountain

Originally Published: 14 AUG 21 12:49 ET

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    LINVILLE, North Carolina (WLOS) -- Seven hikers were struck by lightning at Grandfather Mountain State Park on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Four of the seven were hurt, but all were able to hike out on their own. There's no word yet on their conditions now.

A spokesperson for Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation said the hikers were near MacRae Peak when a storm came up and lightning hit nearby.

A team from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit that runs the adjacent attraction, and a number of other local emergency management groups helped the hikers.

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