Two men fear lightning struck them, avoid serious injury during Baton Rouge severe storms _lowres

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN BALLANCE -- Severe weather moves through the Baton Rouge area on Tuesday afternoon.


Authorities checked on two men who thought they’d been struck by lightning around 4:50 p.m. outside the Paula G. Manship YMCA off Siegen Lane and Perkins Road, said East Baton Rouge Parish EMS spokesman Mike Chustz.

But the men, who had been putting away umbrellas outdoors during the storm when they apparently saw lightning flash near them, didn’t have any serious injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital, Chustz said. Rarely do emergency personnel get calls about being struck by lightning, he said. Residents should stay indoors away from windows when thunder is audible, he said.

Severe weather rumbled through Baton Rouge on Tuesday afternoon, dropping heavy rain and hail, downing trees and knocking out power across the area.

At its height, Entergy reported more than 11,000 homes were without power in East Baton Rouge Parish. A chunk of the power outages were located in the LSU/Highland Road area.

Here's video of lightning striking in Baton Rouge on Florida Boulevard.