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106 lightning strikes where teen hiker was killed

UPDATE: FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the death of a 17-year-old boy struck by lightning in northern Arizona (all times local):

12:03 p.m.

The National Weather Service says the area where a 17-year-old boy was killed by lightning experienced over 100 strikes on the ground within a one-hour period.

Meteorologist Cory Mottice says data shows that 106 strikes hit the ground around the Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff between noon and 1 p.m. Wednesday.

There were nearly 400 cloud-to-cloud strikes in the same time period.

Authorities haven't identified the boy who died. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says a group of three hikers called 911 shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday to report the incident during a heavy monsoon storm.

The Humphreys Peak is the highest in Arizona and often experiences lightning storms, especially during the monsoon season.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has died after being struck by lightning near the summit of Humphreys Peak in northern Arizona.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials say a group of three hikers called 911 dispatchers shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday to report the incident during a heavy monsoon storm in the Flagstaff area.

A sheriff's spokeswoman released a statement saying a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. Both were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them.

She says emergency responders had been delayed due to continuous lightning on the San Francisco Peaks.

The three hikers are from Tempe. No other information was released about the victims.

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