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Two killed by Bradley Creek lightning strike while clearing hurricane debris

New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington is collecting yard debris from Hurricane Matthew. (File photo)

WILMINGTON — Two men were killed by a lightning strike midmorning Wednesday while cutting tree limbs.

Hurricane Isaias cause downed trees and debris across the Wilmington region after making landfall in southern Brunswick County late Monday night.

The homeowner, Ralph Thomas Wallace, 77, and his friend Saw Ni Keday Moo, 42, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The house next door to Thomas’ in on Bradley Overlook road also incurred damage from the lightning strike. Though a small attic fire broke out, no one was injured.

Update: WPD originally incorrectly identified the names of both men. Their names have since been corrected.

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