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What the weather was like when a tree killed an 11-year-old camper in Indiana

Posted: 11:08 AM, Jun 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-21 11:13:06-04

BENNINGTON, In. -- An 11-year-old girl was killed overnight when a tree fell onto a cabin at Camp Livingston, according to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

Camp officials said lightning hit a tree around 3 a.m. Tuesday and it fell onto the cabin , seriously injuring the girl. Emergency services arrived shortly after, but the girl did not survive her injuries, according to a post on the camp’s Facebook page.

A few rounds of showers and storms passed through Switzerland County overnight. Winds were gusting as high as 50 mph during the night. The National Weather Service put out special statements regarding Switzerland County at 12:36 a.m. and again at 2:31 a.m. as storms moved through. The advisory warned of high winds, very heavy rain and frequent lightning. 

Alongside the storms, there were several dozen cloud to ground lightning strikes over Switzerland County between 2 and 3 a.m, according to WCPO Meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark. 

PHOTOS:  Cabin crushed by fallen tree at camp in southeast Indiana

Ketchmark said there were about 22 cloud to ground lightning strikes at about 2:15 a.m. and there were 15 more strikes at about 2:52 a.m. 

The images below show cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes in the area during these periods. The white dots represent the lightning.

This first image is from 2:15 a.m. 

This second image is from 2:52 a.m. 

Here's a look at the storms in this area our team tweeted about overnight:

Lightning stopped being picked up over central Switzerland County by 3 a.m., suggesting the tree was struck before that time.

Camp Livingston's  website states the camp holds drills  in all emergency procedures during staff week. Fire and weather drills are held at least once each session with campers.