Woman Fatally Struck by Lightning, Power Knocked Out in NJ Storms

The severe storms moved through the state before 9 p.m. Saturday

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    Lightning photo from NBC4 New York viewer on July 7, 2012

    A line of strong, fast-moving storms blew through central and southern New Jersey, killing a woman who was struck by lightning and knocking out power to nearly 70,000 in Ocean and Monmouth counties.

    The severe storms moved through the state before 9 p.m. Saturday.
    Indira Turusnova, a 48-year-old woman from New City, N.Y., was walking along the sea wall with friends and family at a Monmouth County beach when she was hit by a bolt of lightning, authorities said. She was about 20 feet behind the others in her group when she was struck.
    Turusnova was taken to Monmouth Medical Center where she died.

    "At the time that it happened, the beach had been mostly vacated," said Monmouth Beach Police Lt. Dennis Cahill. "The storm was right upon us at that time."  

    A Monmouth Beach police officer who happened to be nearby saw what happened and tried, along with others on the scene, to revive Tursunova before she was taken to the hospital.

    Meanwhile, utility crews were continuing to restore service to thousands of customers who lost electricity in the storms. 

    Nearly 70,000 customers lost service. The storms, containing lightning and strong winds that gusted more than 70 mph, knocked down numerous trees and power lines across the region.

    Jersey Central Power & Light says more than 39,000 Monmouth County customers lost power at the height of the storm, while more than 25,000 in Ocean County had no service.

    By late Sunday afternoon, about 5,000 customers still had no electricity.

    The storms came just a week after similar storms hit in Atlantic and Cape May counties, knocking out power to about 206,000 customers.

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