Iowa Woman Killed by Lightning
PALO, Iowa (AP) — State officials say a Hiawatha woman died after she was struck by lightning at a recreation area in eastern Iowa.
The state Department of Natural Resources says 42-year-old Rebecca McCarty was camping with family and friends at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area near Palo when she was struck by lightning shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. She was pronounced dead at a Cedar Rapids hospital.
McCarty had been walking between camping spots at the time.
The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms were recorded Saturday across eastern Iowa.