Man Found Unconscious at Seaside Park Beach Amid Lightning Warning

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Written By Lori Walker

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Patrick Dispoto, 59, was found unconscious on Sunday evening around 7:30 p.m. at J Street beach in Seaside Park, according to local police officials.

His girlfriend informed police that he had gone to warn children to leave the beach because of an approaching storm, as reported by the Asbury Park Press.

On Sunday night, storms moved through the New York City area, ending a heat wave that had brought record-high temperatures. Radar showed a storm passing over the Jersey Shore, including Seaside Park and Asbury Park.

This incident marks the third lightning-related death in the U.S. this year, according to the National Lightning Safety Council. It occurred three years after a lifeguard was fatally struck by lightning on a South Seaside Park beach. Since 2006, it’s the 16th lightning-related death in New Jersey, including five on beaches.

Meanwhile, New York City faced a severe weather threat on Thursday evening, with NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center rating it at Level 2 out of 5. The forecast included rain showers, thunderstorms, and potential for damaging winds and large hail. The National Weather Service warned that strong wind gusts might cause tree and power line damage.

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