Hot Springs, NC-- A woman was killed when she was struck by lightning while hiking on Max Patch Bald in Madison County, authorities confirmed to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Capt. Levi Roullard of the Spring Creek Fire Department said, the victim was struck during a thunderstorm around 4:30pm Friday as she hiked in an open area on U.S. Forest Service land which is about 15 miles northwest of Hot Springs near the Tennessee line.
The woman, whose name wasn't released to the newspaper, was dead with emergency workers arrived on the scene. A Madison County dispatcher said she was from out of state.
Capt. Roullard said that if you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, it's best to stay out of open areas and seek a lower elevation if possible. Also avoid getting under tall trees.
Investigators have not said who called for help or if the woman was hiking alone.
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