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Man struck by lightning in Pasadena listed in critical condition

Anne Arundel County Police Department received a call at 5:52 p.m. Sunday evening that a man had been struck by lightning at Fort Smallwood Park.

A man who was struck by lightning while fishing in Anne Arundel County remains hospitalized in critical condition, while officials with the National Weather Service investigate whether Sunday's strong storms produced a tornado in Harford County.

Authorities identified the injured man as Elmer Coreas, 29, of Glen Burnie. He had been fishing off a pier at Fort Smallwood Park when he was struck about 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

Matthew Grey, the park ranger on duty at the time, had been patrolling to make sure people had gotten out of the park as the storm approached. He said a man ran toward him screaming about an injury on the pier. Grey ran to the end of the pier where he found Coreas unconscious and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

"It hit very quickly," Grey said. "There was so much flashing and booming going on. … It was just a matter of giving the person the best possible care."

Coreas was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Steven Zubrick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said a special weather statement was issued Sunday afternoon warning of strong thunderstorms in Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. It named Fort Smallwood Park as one of the specific areas that would be affected.

Zubrick said there were about 12 lightning strikes within a five-mile radius of the park's pier between 5:30 and 5:40 p.m. It was part of a string of storms that hit the East Coast as a cold front moved in from the northwest.

Also Sunday, a funnel cloud was reportedly spotted about 4:45 p.m. in Harford County, though it has not been confirmed as a tornado.

Members of the National Weather Service are doing a storm survey of the area to determined whether a tornado touched down.

xcxjbaughman@baltsun.com

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