Lightning strike near the White House leaves two dead

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An elderly couple has died after four people were struck by lightning in a park just outside the White House complex.

Local authorities believe 76-year-old James Mueller and 75-year-old Donna Mueller were standing under a tree, attempting to ride out a thunderstorm in Lafayette Park, when they were hit just before 7pm local time.

The other two unidentified victims remain in hospital, fighting for their lives.Read MoreThe Australian