Two Girls Thrown Down By Lightning Strike In Craven County

Two young Craven County girls are counting their blessings after having a close call with a bolt of lightning this afternoon.

Abby Morefield, who is 12, and her nine year old sister, Anna, had just gotten off the school bus at their home on Oakview Drive.

Because of the bad weather, their mother, Deborah Morefield, had waved the bus down to their house. When the two walked next to some trees there was a loud crash and a bolt of lightning. Both girls were knocked to the ground. They started crying and managed to get up and run toward the house.

Their parents called a family doctor who told them to dial 911 because the oldest couldn't feel her hands or feet. There were also strange markings on her right hand and right foot.

EMS gave the 12-year-old an EKG and said she was going to be okay.

That tree in the yard had a large area where the bark was peeled away from the trunk.

Their mother says there's nothing they could have done differently and she's just glad her girls are okay.

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