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2 women struck by lightning in Orlando

1 victim taken to hospital with serious injuries


ORLANDO, Fla. – Rescue officials in Orlando say two women are recovering from lightning strikes.

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The lightning strikes happened in 4600 block of Martinez Drive just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Homeowner Carmen Newell said her two friends were standing in the driveway after running errands when they were struck.

Officials said one woman, who the friend says is a 30-year-old wife and mother, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The other woman refused treatment.

Meanwhile, trees were down on Old Highway 441 in Tavares, and a mobile home was damaged near the intersection of Main Street and State Road 19, according to Tavares police.

One tree fell on a playground set at a Tavares preschool, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The heavy rain affected Marion, Sumter and Lake counties Wednesday afternoon.

"Rain chances will increase by Friday to 60 percent," said Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said, adding that the chance of rain will remain at that level through Sunday.

Also, a tropical wave has a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.  Currently, it's located off the west coast of Africa.