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Hazleton storm chaser struck by lightning

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An Eastern Iowa storm chaser is in the hospital after being struck by lightning.

It happened Sunday night near Denison. Danny Murphy, of Hazleton, was photographing the severe weather when he was struck. His son Derrick was nearby.

“I was just about to say, 'let's get out of here, it's getting pretty bad,'” Derrick said. “Then the hairs on the back of my head stood up and everything goes black.”

Derrick said the blast knocked him back into the car.

“I look over and he's laying on the ground,” he said of his father. “He didn't look good.”

Danny Murphy contributes weather video to KWWL, among other television stations. He is recovering in a Sioux City hospital.

Family members told KWWL he is awake, but in a lot of pain. He is expected to survive.

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