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3 Children Recovering After Lightning Hit Near Their Round Lake Bus Stop

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 13-year-old girl and two of her classmates were knocked unconscious when lightning hit near their bus stop in Round Lake Thursday morning.

According to school and fire officials, the students were waiting at their bus stop around 7:20 a.m. and sought shelter from the rain under a nearby tree when lightning struck.

One of the lightning strike victims, Carrington Monk, talked to CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole via Facetime from her room at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The three middle schoolers were conscious when they were transported to the medical center. Two of the girls were a bit more dazed than Carrington Monk. Despite her injuries, she tried helping the other injured girls.

“I heard thunder and then the next thing I know, I am lying on the ground, unconscious,” recalled Monk.

From her hospital bed, the 13-year-old recalled the moments when a powerful lightning strike somehow knocked her and two classmates to the ground. They were huddled under a tree waiting for their school bus in a strong, sudden downpour.

“Then when I woke up, I felt the tingling and it started to fade away,” Monk said.

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In the pounding rain, multiple crews rushed to the scene near Lotus and Ottawa Drive in Round Lake Heights. Three were transported to the hospital.

“We had a report of up to 9 students at a bus stop and we had three on the ground, semi-unconscious,” said Round Lake Fire Department Deputy Chief Joe Krueger.

Radar from the storm Thursday morning showed the storm was powerful, but short lived. Neighbors described its intensity.

“Then boom! That’s when the world seemed it exploded,” said neighbor Frank Yontz.

“It didn’t hit me as bad as it hit the other two,” Monk claimed. “I started shaking them to wake them. I said to breathe in and out.”

Carrington Monk remembered, in a daze, trying to revive the other 12-year-old girls that were knocked to the ground. A school nurse living nearby hurried in to help the injured, as did Carrington.

Social workers have been provided at Palombi Middle School for any traumatized students.

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Three Children Injured By Lightning Strike In Round Lake Heights

Three Children Injured By Lightning Strike In Round Lake Heights

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three children were injured by a lightning strike Thursday morning in north suburban Round Lake Heights.

A group of children was waiting at a bus stop around 7:20 a.m., standing near a tree, when lightning struck, according to the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District. Firefighters arrived to find three children lying on the ground, suffering from injuries caused by the lightning strike.

Officials originally said four children were struck by lightning, but later said there were three victims.

The children were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center; one was in serious condition, the other two were stabilized.

The victims’ ages and genders were not immediately available, but officials said they appeared to be middle school students.

Fire department officials did not say which school the children attend.

This is a developing story.

Monsoon Rains Trigger Deadly Philippines Landslide

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A massive landslide buried dozens of homes in two villages near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least four people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent cellphone text messages pleading for help, officials said.

The avalanche surged down on about 30 rural houses after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province, Roderick Gonzales, the city police chief, told The Associated Press by telephone as he helped supervise the search and rescue. Seven injured villagers were rescued from the huge mound of earth and debris.

Some victims still managed to send text messages after the landslide hit, Gonzales said, adding elderly women and a child were among the dead.

The landslide hit while several northern Philippine provinces were still dealing with deaths and widespread damage wrought by Typhoon Mangkhut, which pummeled the agricultural region Saturday and left more than 80 dead and 71 others missing. A massive search was still underway for dozens of people feared dead after landslides in the gold-mining town of Itogon in the north.

It’s not immediately clear how many residents were trapped in Naga city, where rescuers were treading carefully in small groups on the unstable ground to avoid further casualties.

“We’re running out of time. The ground in the area is still vibrating. We’re striking a balance between intensifying our rescue efforts and ensuring the safety of our rescuers,” Naga city Councilor Carmelino Cruz said by phone.

Cristita Villarba, a 53-year-old resident, told AP by phone that her husband and son were preparing to leave for work when the ground shook and they were overwhelmed by a roar.

“It was like an earthquake and there was this thundering, loud banging sound. All of us ran out,” Villarba said, adding she, her husband and three children were shocked but unhurt.

Outside, she saw the house of her elderly brother, Lauro, who live with his family about two houses away, was buried in the landslide. “Many of our neighbors were crying and screaming for help. Some wanted to help those who got hit but there was too much earth covering the houses, including my brother’s.”

More than a dozen people live in his brother’s home, mostly his family and grandchildren, she said, adding many small houses in her community got hit.

It’s not clear what set off the landslide, but some residents blamed limestone quarries, which they suspect may have damaged and caused cracks in the mountainside facing their villages. Villarba said a light rain has stopped when the landslide hit and there were no rains on Wednesday.

More than 300 villagers were evacuated from the area for safety as search and rescue work continues, Angeline Templo, an assistant to the mayor, told AP by phone.

Naga is a coastal city with a population of more than 100,000. Cebu province was not directly hit by Mangkhut but the massive typhoon helped intensify monsoon rains in a large part of the archipelago, including the central and southern regions.

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Watch rising river levels after Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence brought a lot of rain, which in turn made river levels rise. The New York Times animated the rise over a five-day period. The height of the bars represents the rise of the river level, as compared to levels on Thursday.

I like the visual metaphor of bars going up with river levels. I’m not sure the sudden rise and falls in such short periods of time would appear as surprising.

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