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6 injured in lightning strike at New York City beach

The six people were on the sand at Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Thursday when they were injured in a lightning strike.

Six people were hospitalized after lightning struck a beach in New York City on Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The New York City Fire Department did not disclose the conditions of the patients. NBC New York reported that a 15-year-old was seriously injured, citing officials.

The six were on the sand at Orchard Beach in the Bronx when they were struck during a fast-moving storm shortly after 5 p.m., according to the parks department and the fire department.

The fire department said the patients were taken to Jacobi Medical Center. The teenager was in cardiac arrest, NBC New York reported. The five other people were expected to survive.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragic incident," Meghan Lalor, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, said in a statement.

Lifeguards at Orchard Beach ordered people out of the water and made announcements to clear the beach before the lightning strike, NYC Parks said.

The storm came through so fast that lightning struck before everyone could get off the beach, according to NBC New York.

The strike happened on a sweltering day in New York City. Excessive heat warnings had been issued for the region Thursday, with heat index values of over 100 degrees forecast.

Just before 5 p.m., there was a temperature reading of 92 degrees in Central Park in Manhattan, according to the National Weather Service. The high heat will remain through most of Friday.