GRAHAM (AP) – A man has died after he was struck by lightning at an Alamance County home.
Horacio Ascencio, 19, died Wednesday in the burn unit at UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital. Police say Ascencio was standing under a tree in the front yard of a home in Graham around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday when he was hit by lightning.
His mother says Ascencio's shoe came off, his sock was ripped open and smoke was coming from his body.Ascencio's heart stopped, but he was revived and taken to a hospital.
Alamance County was under a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service when Ascencio was struck.
Witnesses told authorities that the sky was clear, and there was a light drizzle of rain.