2008_07_lighnin.jpgLightning strikes from NJ to Long Island hit twelve people. One of those people was fatally hit--a 38-year-old NJ man who was laying on a Sandy Hook beach with friends (two of them were also hit). Five men who had been playing soccer in HIcksvile but took shelter from the storm under a tree were also hit when lightning struck the tree. Four other were injured during a lightning strike in Cape May, NJ. While a National Weather Service meteorologist told the NY Times, "It was just a stormy day," a National Parks Service spokesman said of the lightning on Sandy Hook, "I’ve been here for 17 years, and it has never occurred on my watch.”