Woman struck by lightning during severe storm remains in coma

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Huntsville woman struck by lightning Thursday is in a coma at Huntsville Hospital, according to family members.

Family members tell us 73-year-old Jo Somers is a local civil engineer who has been a pioneer for women in her industry.

The Hampton Cove Homeowners' Association said she was inspecting a sea wall as the storm arrived.

Family members say doctors are watching Somers closely. She remains in a coma as of Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to the incident around 2:00 Thursday afternoon.

HEMSI emergency officials took Somers to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit.

Neighbors say Somers was standing under a tree when the lightning struck, critically injuring her.