Lightning hits NJ teacher during snowstorm

Lightning struck a middle school teacher in southern New Jersey during Wednesday snowstorm slamming the East Coast, authorities said.

The teacher, a 33-year-old woman, was on bus duty outside Manchester Middle School when the lightning struck her, Capt. Todd Malland of the Manchester Township Police Department said. She was holding an umbrella at the time.

Medics brought her to Jersey Shore Medical Center for evaluation, according to She is expected to recover.

Witnesses and weather authorities reported lightning and thunder during the nor'easter. Lightning during a snowstorm is referred to "thundersnow."

"Thundersnow can be found where there is relatively strong instability and abundant moisture above the surface, such as above a warm front," according to the National Weather Service.

With the Associated Press