Twenty-three boy scouts and three adults were injured Monday when lightning struck the Griswold Scout Reservation in New Hampshire, according to The Associated Press.
The scouts and adults were reportedly under shelter when it struck, and were not hit directly. All were transported to the hospital.
The Boy Scouts of America Organization could not be reached for comment.
"If you're not in an enclosed shelter, you can still feel the effects of a strike," according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler.
"If you're out hiking or camping in remote areas, it's tough," he said. "The thing you want to do is stay off of higher ridges, exposed places or open fields when a storm is coming and get into the lowest spot as possible."
Lightning was occurring throughout western and central New England Monday, but the frequency of the strikes was not anything unusual.
Typically, the frequency of lightning strikes is lower in New England and highest in Florida and along the central Gulf coast.
Twenty-eight fatalities were reported in the United States due to lightning in 2012, according to the National Weather Service.
Repeating and slow-moving storms will raise the risk of flash flooding and damaging winds over the northern and central High Plains into Thursday night.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours to the northeastern U.S. and break the back of an extended heat wave.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms moving westward off the coast of Africa may pave the way for future tropical systems over the Atlantic Ocean in the weeks ahead.
Highs will run between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average across much of the interior western United States into the upcoming weekend.
A budding tropical system threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with potential future impacts on China and Taiwan.
The heat felt across the United Kingdom during the middle of July has faded and is not expected to return through at least the first week of August.
Small but intense storm, said to be the worst in about 50 years, hit southern Mississippi (where Camille hit in 1969). U.S. Coast Guard cutter lost with 39 aboard.
New England (1949)
Heat wave in New England; Greenville, RI hit 102 degrees.
Marquette, Il (1988)
99 degrees for a date record.