Round Lake Heights police and Round Lake FPD firefighter/paramedics responded about 7:16 AM Thursday September 20, 2018 to a report of four children struck by lightning at Lotus Drive and Ottawa Drive Round Lake Heights, Il. Later official reported that three children were hit by lightning. The children were apparently near a bus stop before school during a thunderstorm that was passing through Lake County. The location where the children were struck by lightning was located at the edge of a small subdivision near a large open field
Firefighter/paramedics from Fox Lake and Lake Villa also responded with ambulances for mutual aid.
Round Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief 26 reported by 7:27 a.m. that all ambulances will be transporting.
Some or all of the children were transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center. Three of the children were hospitalized. One child is listed in serious condition. Possibly one child was transported, but not hospitalized.
There has been a lighting strike at the bus stop near the corner of Ottawa and Lotus in Round Lake Heights. Three students were taken to Condell Hospital. The rest of the students were transported to the school. Please continue to visit the district website www.district41.org and facebook for updates.
There were other children at the bus stop, but they went home before police and firefighters arrived. Police and firefighter/paramedics were checking the neighborhood to make sure other children were not injured.
The children were students at Lake Villa District 41.
NWS Severe Thunderstorm Warning Criteria
A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, winds of at least 58 mph (50 knots or ~93 km/h), and/or hail at least 1″ in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. A thunderstorm wind equal to or greater than 40 mph (35 knots or ~64 km/h) and/or hail of at least ½” is defined as approaching severe.
The National Weather Service Chicago tweeted at 7:18 a.m. that thunderstorms were moving across far northern and northwestern suburbs with hazards including lightning, heavy rain and possibly gusty winds to 30 mph. No Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued at the time of the lightning strikes.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) September 20, 2018
T-storms moving across the far nrn/NW #Chicago burbs this AM should exit over the lake by ~8am-8:30am. Main hazards: lightning, heavy rain & possibly gusty winds to ~30 mph. If you are outdoors & hear thunder or see lightning, head indoors until the t-storms safely pass. #ilwx pic.twitter.com/HWvRZsEVr6
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) September 20, 2018
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) September 20, 2018
SPC Sep 20, 2018 1300 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook: SPC 1300Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0755 AM CDT Thu Sep 20 2018 Valid 201300Z – 211200Z …THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM… https://t.co/3w2MJNkM0k pic.twitter.com/IBDKJPneKr
— Cardinal Weather (@CardinalWeather) September 20, 2018
Round Lake Radar from Weather Underground at 7:14 a.m.
Round Lake Radar from Weather Underground at 7:19 a.m.
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