2 men struck by lightning while playing soccer at Queens park; 3rd man struck nearby

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QUEENS — Two people were injured, one critically, when they were struck by lightning at a park in Queens Tuesday night.

It happened just after 7:30 p.m. as a major thunderstorm rolled through the area.

The men were playing soccer at Flushing Meadows—Corona Park when they were struck.

Police say a 30-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition. The other person, a 42-year-old, is expected to survive.

A third man, 33, was hit by lightning about 20 minutes later in Jamaica, police said.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued, but was canceled as of 8 p.m.

A flash flood warning is still in effect for New York and New Jersey. The flooding could be in Hempstead, Levittown and West Babylon NY until 11:15 p.m.

People are advised to seek shelter inside. There could be torrential rainfall and localized flooding. People should not try to drive through flooded roadways.

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