DENVER (CBS4) – Lightning struck two men in Denver on Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Fire Department said.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital. One is in critical condition but is expected to survive. The other was not as seriously injured.

The strike happened at 2850 S. Federal Boulevard near the Colorado Heights University campus.

Authorities said two people took cover under a tree on the west side of Federal during a rain storm.

The men are in their mid 20s. One is a student at the university. It’s unclear if the two men knew each other.

Heavy rain, lightning and thunder moved across the metro area in the afternoon. Flash-flood warnings were issues for the southwestern corner of the state to the eastern plains.

The storm also knocked out power to roughly 1,600 customers, Xcel Energy said at 4:30 p.m. Power has been restored to about half those customers.


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