Lightning Strikes Long Island Teen

An 18-year-old Long Island woman suffered second-degree burns and possible hearing loss after being struck by lightning over the weekend.

Nicole Burke, of East Patchogue, is expected to be released sometime tonight from Stony Brook University Hospital, hospital officials said.

Burke was struck at Heckscher State Park in East Islip around 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Newsday. She lost consciousness for moments afterwards, said Dr. Steven Sandoval, director of the hospital's burn unit.

The lightning struck Burke behind the ear, leaving her with second-degree burns on her arm and possible hearing damage in her right ear, Sandoval said.

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