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Contact: Karen Brna, 970-586-1201
A Thursday afternoon thunderstorm resulted in localized damage to the lower Fern Lake Trail, located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The storm, which developed along the Continental Divide during mid-day intensified as it moved east, resulting in heavy rain, hail, lightning, and localized flooding.
The condition of the 65 year-old woman who was struck by lightning yesterday afternoon while hiking the Ute Trail is still unknown. She was transported from the park by ambulance and later transferred from the Estes Park Medical Center to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.
The National Weather Service is again forecasting showers and thunderstorms today throughout areas of northern Colorado including Rocky Mountain National Park. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this afternoon and evening. Park users are reminded of the hazards that may accompany mountain storms. Heavy rain, hail, strong winds, flooding and severe lighting can be expected. Caution should be taken when travelling in burn areas that have been affected by recent wildfires, including the Fern Lake Fire. For updates on weather and Hazardous Weather Outlooks, park users are encouraged to monitor information from the National Weather Service.