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Florida woman dies 2 weeks after lightning strike

Authorities say a 20-year-old woman has died two weeks after being struck by lightning while repairing a roof in Florida. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
Authorities say a 20-year-old woman has died two weeks after being struck by lightning while repairing a roof in Florida. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Aug. 12, 2019

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Authorities say a 20-year-old woman has died two weeks after being struck by lightning while repairing a roof in Florida.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that Romelia Ramirez died of her injuries on Friday. She and five male co-workers were struck by lightning on July 30.

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Officials say Ramirez was standing near an air conditioning unit when she took a direct hit from the lightning, which knocked her to the ground from the top of a two-story townhouse. Another worker was knocked from a ladder and hit his head. He survived his injuries. The four other workers were treated at the scene or at a hospital and sent home.