OXFORD — A local woman was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon when a bolt struck a tree behind her home at 309 King St. and traveled into the house, fire Chief Scott Hunter said.

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital, the chief said.

The incident occurred during a storm that blew down about a dozen trees along King Street amid drenching rain, hail and lightning.

Hunter said firefighters answering the calls on King Street were forced to wait out the worst of the storm because the conditions were too dangerous.

“We stayed in the truck for a while,” he said. “Trees were falling down all around, limbs flying by the truck.”

No homes where trees fell were hit, and no one was injured by falling trees, he said.

A house at 639 King St. was hit by lightning, blowing a hole in the side of it but not igniting a fire, Hunter said. No one was hurt, he said.

Trees were also blown down on Rabbit Valley Road, Black Island Road and Pleasant Street near Gore Road, he said.


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