Police evacuate Capitol lawn due to lightning strikes

The U.S. Capitol Police evacuated the west front of the Capitol on Thursday after reported lightning strikes near the National Mall ahead of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE's "Salute to America" July 4 event.

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Weather was a concern in the Washington area throughout Thursday in the run-up to the Fourth of July festivities on the National Mall, with rain rolling through periodically and more forecast throughout the night.  

Trump is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial, with the festivities to end with a fireworks display after 9 p.m.