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Sat, 09/13/2014 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
 Bengal 
       
Purulia/Howrah(WB), Sep 13 (PTI) Five persons were killed and one was critically injured in lightning in separate incidents in Purulia and Howrah districts of West Bengal this evening. Purulia superintendent of police Neelkanta Sudhir Kumar said four workers were struck by lightning when they were constructing a building for ICDS at Puncha, about 32 km from Purulia town. Three of them were killed on the spot and another was critically injured
Thu, 09/11/2014 01:00 PM Injured 13 pupils  0.0  Lusanshya  
 Zambia 
      School 
By NANCY SIAME THIRTEEN pupils of Central Secondary School in Luanshya have sustained burns and cuts after being struck by lightning during Tuesdays freak rains. Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened around 13:00 hours during an out-of-season downpour. He said the pupils sustained minor burns and cuts and were treated at Roan General Hospital. There was a downpour in Luanshya yesterday (Tuesday) and around 13:00 hours, 13 pupils were struck by the lightning and sustained burns and cuts, Mr Chipango said. He also said the lightning left a trail of destruction after blowing off four roofing sheets and shattering window panes. Mr Chipango said two stoves in the home economics department and a fridge were also damaged. The ministry is still trying to assess the cost of the damage, Mr Chipango said. He said Government will ensure that the damaged property is repaired quickly. Our officers are already on the ground and we will ensure that we find resources to repair the damaged property, he said.
Thu, 09/11/2014 12:00 PM Killed boy & farmer  0.0   
 VietNam 
  farming    Farming,Outside 
two people were killed by lightning strikes in separate incidents on Monday in Pursat and Kandal provinces, officials said yesterday, bringing the death toll this so far this year to 70. The deceased were a boy and a farmer, both of whom were driving near their rice fields. Keo Vy, cabinet director of the National Disaster Management Committee, said that the dead were Han Kimhong, a 14-year-old farmer killed while driving a motorbike from his familys field in Kandals Chhaving commune, and Thorn Tak, 24, who was driving his tractor through his fields in Kravainh districts Tra Ngel commune. Lightning is causing the farmers in the remote areas concern and making them scared of leaving home to monitor their farms at night and when there are storms, he said. He added that, since January, lightning has killed 70 people and seriously injured 50 farmers.
Wed, 09/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed 15 climbers  0.0  Pico Island  
 Portugal 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
A group of fifteen people who were climbing to the second highest point on Pico Island in the Azores was struck yesterday by a lighting bolt causing them to fall to the ground and a number of them lost consciousness. Azores - 15 climbers struck by lightning while posing for photo A 33-year-old man suffered a heart attack and a dog he was carrying died. The rest of the group sustained burns. The group was struck as they climbed Topo Mountain and were nearly at its peak when they stopped to take a picture. A nurse who was among the group helped to prevent a more serious outcome.
Tue, 09/09/2014 12:00 PM Killed Army Soy  0.0  Pangasinan  
 Philippines 
  fishing in a boat    fishing,Outside 
Lightning fatally struck a fisherman off Dagupan City in Pangasinan province last Tuesday afternoon. Killed was Army Soy, a resident of Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City, according to a report by GMA Dagupan. Relatives said Soy was heading home after fishing when lightning struck. "Pagkatingin ko sa langit, kumislap nung sabi ko sa utol ko na dumapa siya, isisid niya yung sarili niya pati ako, tapos nung sinisid namin, hindi ko naman akalain na ganun pala ang mangyayari sa tiyuhin ko," said nephew Michael Vidal. The victim was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to injuries to the face and several parts of the body.  Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured officer, 2 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
 USA 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
Two Walton Academy students and a Student Resource Officer are recovering after getting a shock during Monday's thunderstorms. All three were on school computers when lightning hit, and they were taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. It happened in an instant. A lightning strike sent a jolt through school computers, shocking two students and their Student Resource Officer. "There was nothing, no smoke, no fire. The students were sitting being taken care of, the SRO was on the porch, and he said he had some type of indirect lightning strike through the computer," Lieutenant Jerry Hall, with the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, said. Luckily the students and the SRO were not seriously hurt. All three have already been released from the hospital, and are in good condition. Another SRO tells NewsChannel 7 the officer struck today has been released to return to work Tuesday. The investigation into the exact location where the lightening struck is still something officials are trying to figure out. "The electricity was shut off in all the areas, except for maybe one or two buildings. But through the investigation with Gulf Power it was a pretty significant power outage," Hall said. Walton Academy Charter School Administrator Ray Sansom says child safety is the staff's main concern. "We want to let the parents and community know, that here at Walton Academy, and also in the Walton County School District, we have lots of training to make sure that if there is any type of weather that could be to danger to students, we are to take the extreme caution, to be overly careful to make sure students and staff are safe," he said. Classes resumed shortly after the lightning strike. Sansom says he's just happy the two students and SRO officer are safe.
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured 1 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
 USA 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
By KARI C. BARLOW | Daily News Published: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 09:20 PM. DEFUNIAK SPRINGS A lightning strike sent two Walton Academy students and a Walton County Sheriffs Deputy to the hospital Monday morning. The deputy, who works as the schools resource officer, and two boys were taken by ambulance to Healthmark Regional Medical Center, said Catherine Rodriguez, public information officer for the Sheriffs Office. All three were treated and released. Walton Academy Administrator Ray Sansom said they were using computers in two separate buildings during the lightning strike. They felt a charge ... in their fingertips, he said. ... We went ahead and had them go to the hospital to be on the safe side. Were very thankful everyone is okay. The deputy and the students are expected to be back at school today. Sansom said its not clear what the lightning struck. It could have been out on the road where the Gulf Power transformer is, he said. He said the school did lose power for a short period during the storm. We have very comprehensive safety guidelines on our campus, Sansom said. We watch the weather very closely. Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari C. Barlow at 850-315-4438 or kbarlow@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.
Sun, 09/07/2014 09:00 AM Killed Louwerton Vidal  53.0  Clarendon  
 Jamica 
  fishing in a boat    Boat,fishing,Outside 
CLARENDON, Jamaica  Fifty-three-year-old Clarendon fisherman Louwerton Vidal was struck by lightning at sea on Saturday while, also in Clarendon, 18-year-old Alex Morgan of Savannah Cross was electrocuted at a business place in Lionel Town. Reports from the Hayes Police are that about 9:20 pm Morgan was allegedly trying to remove copper from a utility pole and was electrocuted. Meanwhile the Lionel Town Police said that Vidal was brought to shore about 9:30 pm where he was observed with severe burns on his upper body reportedly from a lightning strike. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. Investigations into both incidents are ongoing, the police say.
Sun, 09/07/2014 12:00 PM Killed Larry Dasher  0.0  Lowndes County GA 
 USA 
  at a construction site    Construction site,Outside,Work 
A man died from a massive heart attack over the weekend at a construction site. According to Lowndes County coroner Bill Watson, Larry Dasher suffered a massive heart attack Sunday afternoon, possibly caused by a lightning strike. â¬SThe lightning may have triggered the coronary,⬝ Watson said. An autopsy is pending on Dasher to confirm the cause of death. Dasher was apparently struck by lightning at a construction site near Raisin' Cane on Highway 41.
Sat, 09/06/2014 04:00 PM Killed Marguerite Tomany, woman swimming,1 of 2  61.0  Ipswich MA 
 USA 
  swimming   N/A  Beach,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,In Water,Indirect,Outside,Swimming,Water 
Two women hit by lightning in Ipswich Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on gmailShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services 24 Posted: Sep 06, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Updated: Sep 07, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Ipswich, MASS (WFXT) - Two women struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in Ipswich remain in critical condition. Here is the latest from police. IPSWICH - Acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard announces that cleanup efforts are still underway after three severe storms ripped through town yesterday. "Good progress has been made in cleaning up the town and restoring power, thanks in part to a tremendous mutual aid effort by out neighboring communities and state partners," Acting Chief Hubbard said. Hubbard, an Ipswich Police Lieutenant, is the Director of Emergency Management for the town and is serving as Acting Chief while Chief Paul A. Nikas is away on vacation. The two women who were struck by lightning at Crane Beach yesterday remain listed in Critical Condition as Massachusetts General Hospital. Their names are not being released, but they identified as a 69-year-old woman from Concord and a 61-year-old woman from North Grosvenor Dale, Conn. No other injuries were reported yesterday. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, 150 Ipswich Electric Light Department customers are still without power, but this is not due to any systemic issues. Most of the outages are due to electrical wires that were torn from homes due to winds and falling debris, trees, and tree limbs. Ipswich Electric Light would like to thank the municipal electrical departments of Groveland, Georgetown, Merrimac, Rowley, and Welesley for sending crews to town to help restore electrical service quickly to affected customers. At peak, 2,000 customers were without power. During the three storms, which included a microburst which is believed to have produced wind gusts in excess of 80 mph, hundreds of trees were damaged and more than 60 roadways were partially or completely blocked by debris. Ipswich Forestry Department and Department of Public Works crews have been working to remove debris since last evening. They have been aided by Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Department of Conservation and Recreation crews organized by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Lightning from the storms also damaged Ipswich emergency radio communications and cut electrical power to the Ipswich Police Station and Town Hall. The Ipswich Fire Department would like to thank the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and the Beverly Fire Department for allowing IFD to use the Fire District 5 radio frequency while repairs were underway. "Mutual aid is the name of the game during any kind of disaster," said Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory G. Gagnon. "The Ipswich emergency agencies have done a tremendous job dealing with these storms, and we are very grateful for all of the help we have received from our neighbors and partners in state government." ### One of the women struck by lightning on an Ipswich beach over the weekend has died, police said today. Marguerite Tomany, 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., died "as a result of injuries suffered in the lightning strike," Ipswich police said in a statement. A second victim, a 69-year-old woman from Concord, Mass., remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, police said. Police have said that the women were in the water on Crane Beach on Saturday during the fast-moving storm that slammed the area when the bolt of lightning struck, sending both into cardiac arrest. Lifeguards performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived. They were the only reported injuries at the beach.
Sat, 09/06/2014 04:00 PM Killed Marianne Povell Mellnick, 2 of 2  69.0  Ipswich MA  
 USA 
  swimming   N/A  Beach,Delayed Death,Indirect,Outside,Water 
Two women were in critical condition last night after they were struck by lightning on Crane Beach in Ipswich yesterday afternoon as powerful thunderstorms crossed the state, prompting tornado warnings, torrential rains and damaging winds that knocked out power to thousands. The unidentified women, who were said to be in their 60s or 70s, were hit by the lightning at about 4 p.m. and went into cardiac arrest, prompting lifeguards on the beach to perform CPR until emergency crews arrived and took them to Beverly Hospital, acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard said. The patients had no pulse when rescuers got to them, but each had a pulse by the time they arrived at the hospital, Hubbard said. The women were later transferred to Mass. General Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition last night. The initial investigation shows that the two women were in the water when they were struck as the storm popped up very quickly, Hubbard said. The victims may not have had enough time to exit the water and get to safety. The 4 p.m. thunderstorm was the first of three that hit Ipswich and the surrounding area yesterday  2,000 Ipswich Electric Light Department customers were without power at the peak of the storm and 60 roads were blocked, Hubbard said. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the two women who were struck by lightning this afternoon. We wish them the best and we hope they will recover, Hubbard said. We are grateful that more people were not injured. Massachusetts Emergency Management officials will investigate today whether a possible tornado struck Ipswich, Hubbard said. National Weather Service crews also will survey the damage from the microburst, said meteorologist Bill Simpson. Were hearing upwards of 100 trees were downed in Ipswich during the microburst, Simpson said. On Argilla Road, which leads to Crane Beach, one resident who declined to give her name said the storm was sudden, with intense lightning and powerful winds. There were tree branches whipping all over the place, we had a tree fall onto a house on our property and a window was ripped off of our house, she said. Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued across the state, including in Essex, Middlesex, Franklin and Worcester counties. Ipswich seems to be the hardest-hit and over in the Lawrence, Dracut, Methuen area, that was hit pretty hard as well, Simpson said. Then over in western Massachusetts, the towns of Bernardston and Leyden were also hit hard. There were reports of trees down in several towns, including Lawrence, Billerica and Methuen. The storms knocked out power to more than 6,300 residents  at 7:30 p.m., Nstar reported 5,300 customers without power; Western Massachusetts Electric Company had 851 customers without service and National Grid said service had been cut to 176 customers. The storm system prompted officials to evacuate the Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall for two hours. The Boston Red Sox game was also delayed. Matt Ingersoll contributed to this report. IPSWICH  As severe thunderstorms swept across the state Saturday afternoon and left downed trees and power lines in its wake, two women were struck by lightning on a beach in Ipswich, according to authorities. The victims, who were in their 60s or early 70s, were hit on Crane Beach off Argilla Road, said the Ipswich Police Department. Emergency responders arrived at the scene about 4 p.m. and saw lifeguards performing CPR on the two women, police said at a news conference Saturday night. The women were taken to Beverly Hospital, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in critical condition, police said. Both victims were without a pulse when rescuers got to them, but their heartbeats were restored before arrival at the hospital. [We] finally got their hearts going, emergency responder Justin Petrillo said during the news conference, adding that they performed CPR for 20 minutes on both victims. He said he was pretty surprised at the outcome. Acting Ipswich Police Chief John Hubbard said the first storm arrived quickly and without warning at about 4 p.m. He said there were no more injuries reported in Ipswich despite the two other storms that crossed the area. Watch: Boston Calling concertgoers take shelter Watch Video Video: Lightning flashes at Boston Calling As storms rolled into downtown Boston, attendees of the Boston Calling Music Festival were ordered to take shelter. MORE COVERAGE Images, reports from the storm Boston Calling: live updates Police said the initial investigation revealed that the women were in the water when they were struck by lightning. The storm moved in quickly, and authorities believe the victims did not have the chance to get out of the water in time. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the two women who were struck by lightning this afternoon, said Hubbard in a statement. We wish them the best and hope they will recover. The women were not identified by police. Across the region, the sky darkened rapidly as the storms rolled though late in the afternoon. People attending the Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza were evacuated about 6 p.m., according to the festivals website. Some were moved to the covered VIP areas, and those who did not stay were asked to exit through the main gate, where staff led attendees to the Government Center Parking Garage. Boston Calling resumed at 9 p.m. with headliners Lorde and then Childish Gambino, according to the festivals Twitter account. Concertgoers who sheltered at City Hall watched the wind and rain pull at the tapestries attached to the stage during the Boston Calling Music Festival. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE Concertgoers who sheltered at City Hall watched the wind and rain pull at the tapestries attached to the stage during the Boston Calling Music Festival. Wind damage was widespread across the state. In parts of Franklin County, strong gusts knocked trees onto power lines, causing some outages, according to the National Weather Service. Nickel-size hail was reported in Dracut, and a transformer was struck by lightning in Leyden, according to the weather agency. Lightning struck in Methuen, exposing live electrical wires, according to the Methuen Police Department. In Cambridge, police responded to at least six incidents of toppled trees and downed wires. No reports regarding any power being out, but we do have a flurry of trees being down and wires being down, said Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick. Thousands lost power at some point Saturday, according to outage maps for NStar and National Grid. NStar had 4,579 outages and National Grid had 195 without power as of 8:45 p.m. In Ipswich, approximately a half mile down the road from Crane Beach, the Whitten family stood in their house on Saturday afternoon watching lightning flash across the sky and listening to thunder roar. After spending a beautiful morning down by the marshes at the back of the beach, Chug Whitten, his wife, Nicole, and their 5- and 9-year-old daughters returned to their home on Argilla Road as stormy clouds began to move in around 2 p.m. Within a few hours, a giant gust of wind and sheets of rain toppled a large maple tree in their yard. We had monster [storm] bursts. We lost a big tree in our yard. . . . It just happened quick, Whitten said, adding that the trees fall barely made a noise over the raging wind and rain. It was like a bouquet of flowers hitting the ground. He said no one was injured, and the tree did not damage his house. Whitten is no stranger to storm damage. Six years ago, his family had to rebuild their home after lightning hit the house on a July afternoon. He said he wasnt worried about this storm because after his family lost the house he installed a pretty big lightning protection system. Lightning wasnt the only worry as storms rumbled through the state. About 5 p.m., tornado warnings in numerous parts of Southern New England expired with no confirmation of any touching down, according to the National Weather Service. The thunderstorms were ushered in by the days uncomfortable heat and humidity across parts of the state. Severe thunderstorm watches were issued in most counties across Massachusetts until 9 p.m., with the exception of the Cape Cod area. If you hear thunder, its time to head indoors immediately, said Matthew Belk, a meteorologist for the weather service in Taunton. Temperatures were sweltering all day, hitting 92 degrees by 2:55 p.m. in Boston. Dew points were measured in the low 70s. Accompanying the stifling heat were gusty winds reaching up to 25 miles per hour. A cooling effect is expected to follow as thunderstorms continued moving across the state, said meteorologist Bill Simpson. Highs for Sunday will reach the mid-70s and dew points will stay comfortably in the mid-50s. Once the early-morning rains have passed, there will be zero chance of precipitation, Simpson said. Monday through Wednesday temperatures will remain in the low 70s and potentially dip into the high 60s. BOSTON (CBS)  The second of two women struck by lightning in Ipswich a week ago has died. Marianne Povell Mellnick, 69, of Concord, died at Mass. General Hospital Saturday. Mellnick and her friend, Marguerite Muggy Tomany, 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., were both struck by lightning Sept. 6 at Crane Beach as they walked toward the street. Tomany died last week. Ipswich police said their investigation found that the two women were not swimming when they were struck as originally thought. Mellnick and Tomany had no pulse when police officers and firefighters began performing CPR on them at the beach. First responders were able to restore the womens pulses by the time they arrived at the hospital. Mellnick worked in public finance and tax management before retiring in 2010. A public service will be held for Mellnick at St. Michaels Church in Bedford on Friday.
Sat, 09/06/2014 06:00 PM Injured man fishing  30.0  Stamford CT 
 USA 
  fishing     Cardiac Arrest,CPR,fishing,Indirect,Outside 
STAMFORD -- A Port Chester man who was fishing at Cove Island Park Saturday evening was struck by lightening during the violent thunderstorm that rolled through the area around that time, Stamford police said. The 30-year-old man's fishing pole was struck by lightening, his brother told police officers who arrived on the scene. He said the lightning strike knocked the man unconscious and not breathing, and that he performed CPR and got him breathing again, according to Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn. Responding officers found the man on the beach near the Holly Pond dam, with burns to his stomach and groin area, police said. He was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition. The man would likely be transferred to Bridgeport Hospital's burn unit later in the evening, Hohn said.
Sat, 09/06/2014 05:00 PM Injured man taking out garbage  0.0  North Andover MA  
 USA 
  taking out garbage  N/A  Indirect,Ladder,Metal,Metal ladder,Outside,Work 
By Garrin Marchetti and Lauren DiTullio gmarchetti@eagletribune.com, lditullio@eagletribune.com NORTH ANDOVER ⬠Saturday's severe storm left trees and power lines down around the region and one employee of the Dunkin' Donuts on campus at Merrimack College injured. Merrimack College spokesperson Jim Chiavelli said a manager of the restaurant was taking out trash during the storm and was injured when lightning struck a metal trash can shortly after 5 p.m. According to Chiavelli, Merrimack College police officers responded along with North Andover police and fire. Chiavelli said the man was conscious and alert when authorities arrived on scene. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. In fact, officials said the victim dialed 911 himself. Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, said that three people were struck by lightning during Saturday's storm. In addition to the North Andover strike, two women in their 70s were hit on Crane Beach in Ipswich. Media outlets reported they were in critical condition last night. The tornado warning for Essex County was issued at around 4:30 p.m. and expired shortly after 5:00 p.m., but lightning and heavy wind and rain continued to pummel the region. A severe thunderstorm warning remained in effect in various parts of the state through 9 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Essex County and other parts of the state shortly after 6 p.m. It expired at 9 p.m. Area police departments used social media to distribute numerous photos of downed trees and streets flooded up to the hoods of cars. They warned residents that live wires were down and forbade touching fallen trees. A utility pole down caused outages and blocked traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in North Andover. Methuen police closed Woodland Street near Haverhill Street due to power lines down in the area. Though an intense storm ripped through Methuen and the surrounding towns in early July, damaging many buildings and utility poles, Simpson said the season has not been dramatically worse than a typical New England summer. Chris Milligan, a spokesperson for National Grid, said about 10,000 customers in the Merrimack Valley were without power as of 7 p.m. The highest concentration was in Methuen with about 3,000 homes and businesses in the dark, she said. â¬SItâ¬"s a mixture of trees on the line, direct lightning strikes, downed wires, and things like that, just because the storm was so intense for a little while," she said. LOOK FOR LIVE REPORTS TONIGHT ON 7 NEWS.

>> ALSO ON 7: IT FELT LIKE SOMEBODY WAS RESTARTING MY HEART WITH SHOCKERS.

>> LITERALLY. A SHOCKING SURVIVAL STORY FROM A MAN FROM LAWRENCE. HIT BY LIGHTNING NEAR THE CAMPUS OF MERRIMACK COLLEGE. HE KNEW THERE WERE GOING TO BE STORMS IN THE AREA. APPARENTLY, HE JUST SAID HE HAD TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH THAT DAY.

>> RIGHT. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS, MAYBE HE GETS OUT OF SOME CHORES NEXT TIME AROUND. HE TOOK A FEW STEPS OUTSIDE. HE FELT SOMETHING HE HAS NEVER FELT BEFORE.

>> RIGHT THROUGH THE VERY TIP HERE.

>> THIS BURN MARK ON ERIC'S LEFT THUMB IS WHERE A LIGHTNING BOLT ENTERED HIS BODY. HE WAS SIMPLY EMPTYING A TRASH CAN OUTSIDE OF HIS WORKPLACE.

>> I TOUCHED THE METAL WHICH STRUCK MY THUMB WHICH SENT ME 12 FEET INTO THE AIR THROUGH A WINDSHIELD ON A VOLKSWAGEN.

>> THE LIGHTNING THAT HIT HIM SATURDAY NIGHT LIT UP THE MASSACHUSETTS SKYLINE.

>> IT WAS THE BIGGEST FLASH OF LIGHT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. USUALLY, THE LIGHT JUST FLASHES IN THE SKY. BUT THIS WAS AN ACTUAL BOLT, LIKE, TWO, THREE INCHES FROM MY FACE.

>> WHEN IT ACTUALLY TOUCHED DOWN, ERIC HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAD HIT IT.

>> IT FELT LIKE SOMEBODY WAS RESTARTING MY HEART WITH SHOCKERS. UNBELIEVABLE PAIN. UNBELIEVABLE.

>> RUSHED INTO EMERGENCY SURGERY. THE FATHER OF SIX HAD BURNT TISSUE IN HIS SHOULDER AND NUMBNESS IN HIS ARM. BUT HE IS ALIVE.

>> SIX KIDS, ME. WE JUST GOTT 38400
Sat, 09/06/2014 12:00 PM Injured man mowing lawn  26.0  Cooper City FL 
 USA 
  mowing lawn    Ground Strike,Mowing the lawn,Outside,Work 
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 " Updated at 6:20 PM EDT A man was struck by lightning while mowing a lawn in Cooper City Saturday afternoon. Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 5000 block of SW 114th Avenue after a report of a lightning strike hitting a landscaper. The 26-year-old victim was riding a lawn mower when the bolt struck. Four other landscapers reported seeing their co-worker fall off the lawn mower after the strike. The man was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital as a trauma patient. Fire Rescue said no burn marks were seen on the victim. The man was semi-conscious when they arrived on the scene, but was fully conscious by the time they transported him to the hospital.
Fri, 09/05/2014 09:00 AM Killed student  18.0   
 Canada 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
A first-year University of Waterloo student was struck and killed by lightning while walking on campus Friday morning. The 18-year-old was walking down a pathway from the school's ring road to the Student Village 1 residence area around 9 a.m. Fire officials say she had moved under a tree for shelter from the fast-moving storm when she was hit. PHOTOS Student killed by lightning Flowers are left near where an 18-year-old University of Waterloo student was fatally hit by lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (David Imrie / CTV Kitchener) Waterloo lightning strike Police tape blocks off a section of the University of Waterloo campus after a student was fatally struck by lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Terry Kelly / CTV Kitchener) She was taken to hospital unconscious, where she was later pronounced dead. "Everybody here at the University of Waterloo is deeply saddened," school spokesperson Nick Manning told CTV News. The woman was a first-year engineering student from the Markham area, enrolled in the school's nanotechnology program. Waterloo student Toni Ogumad said two of his friends saw her on the ground after she was hit. Her clothes were torn in different places. One of her shoes was on fire, he said. She didnt have any pulse, so they called 911. Authorities say they will not be releasing the students name at the request of her family. Counselling services are available for students, university officials said. Read more: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/university-of-waterloo-student-killed-in-lightning-strike-1.1992746#ixzz3CUf5eCJB
Tue, 09/02/2014 02:45 PM Injured man on roof  19.0  Marietta GA 
 USA 
  working on roof    Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Officials said a 19-year-old man was struck by lightning while pressure washing on a rooftop in Marietta Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the man was a contractor working on the roof of Northern Tools And Equipment at the corner of Cobb Parkway and Gresham Road. The incident happened at 2:45 pm. According to Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department, the man received an indirect strike when the bolt struck the building. Baldwin said the man collapsed on the roof. Two other workers were there, but Baldwin said they were not struck. The man was transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment. His condition was not immediately available. In Austell, the storms caused a tree to fall across power lines and onto Love Street. Luckily, no one was injured. Strong storms moved through the metro area on Sept. 2.Strong storms moved through the metro area on Sept. 2. (Photo: 11Alive)
Tue, 09/02/2014 08:30 PM Injured Zaki Davis, 2 of 2 working on car  21.0  Albany GA 
 USA 
  working on a car  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Tree 
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials say two men were struck by lightning in central Albany Tuesday night as storms moved through southwest Georgia. Just after 8:30 p.m., John Clyde, 21, was hit by a bolt of lightning, as he was working on a car outside a home at 711 West 1st Avenue, according to witnesses. Neighbors say Clyde was over at Zaki Davis' house. Davis was also struck but it wasn't as bad as the strike to Clyde, who is in critical condition. They were changing a tire on a car in the driveway next to a large tree when the strike hit. Davis told WALB's Wright Gazaway it wasn't raining when they started working. Authorities said the strike sent Clyde into cardiac arrest. Witnesses performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was then rushed to Phoebe Putney Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, as of 11:00 Wednesday morning. Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.
Tue, 09/02/2014 08:00 PM Injured John Clyde,1 of 2 working on car  0.0  Albany GA 
 USA 
  working on a car    Critical,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside 
ALBANY, GA -- UPDATE (9/3/14 1:30 P.M.): John Clyde is in critical condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after he and his friend, Zaki Davis, were injured by a lightning strike. Davis wasn't taken to the hospital. This happened after lightning struck close to the car the two men were working on Tuesday night, according to neighbors. ORGINAL STORY: Dougherty County EMS has confirmed a report of a lightning strike Tuesday evening. The call came in from 711 West First Avenue but EMS says they can't confirm that the victim was in fact struck by lightning. That victim was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. That person's name and condition aren't being released.
Tue, 09/02/2014 12:00 AM Injured Brandon Noreen, brother, 1 of 2  0.0  Yukon OK 
 USA 
  inside on phone    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
Tue, 09/02/2014 07:00 AM Injured Sadie Noreen, sister, 1 of 2  0.0  Yukon OK 
 USA 
  inside on phone  N/A  Cell Phone,Door,Indirect,Indoors 
YUKON, Okla.  Most of the rain and thunderstorms have passed through the metro area this evening, but Tuesday morning, much of the area was wet. Some of you might have woken up to heavy thunder and lightning. The loud bangs woke a Yukon mom and children, but the children say they were greeted with more than loud clashing sounds. The brother and sister say they actually felt the lightning in the area. I started seeing all the lightning and thunder and Im like oh, so I hopped off here and I came over here and I opened up my blinds, Sadie Noreen, a 5th grader said. She loves weather, especially storms and was watching the light show at around 7 this morning. Her brother was in the next room. I was just laying on my bed and playing on my phone and listening to the thunder and lightning, Brandon Noreen, her 8th grade brother said. Their mom, Amy Noreen, was in the kitchen making coffee, when everyone heard a big clap of thunder. A couple of seconds later there were 4 lightning strikes and the whole house was just shaking, their mom said. I just looked out the window and I closed the blinds then I came right here and I just got this ooh feeling, Sadie says. When I was playing on my phone there was like a shock in my leg and my arm and it surprised me and I just ran down from my bunk-bed and then I went to my mom and told her I got shocked, Brandon says. They claim they were shocked, an electrical feeling from the lightning. I had this really shaky feeling in me and it felt all shocky, Sadie described. I was just playing my game and the lightning struck and then I just felt it in my thumbs and it went down to my leg and it was like shocking, Brandon remembered. Their mom just wants to know what happened. I cant explain to the kids what just happened to them, we live in Oklahoma, I mean we are surrounded by this type of weather and what can we do in the future? their mom said. We spoke with Dr. Ron Miller, a physics professor at the University of Central Oklahoma who says its probably impossible to explain what happened to the kids. Miller says electricity is unpredictable and normally tries to find the easiest path from cloud to ground. Miller tells us its possible the main lightning strike was not close to the kids, but since lightning creates an electric field, the discharge could have been through the children because they were close to electrical devices or even just close to electrical outlets in the home. He says staying away from electricity and outlets during storms is always a best practice.
Sun, 08/31/2014 03:00 PM Killed Ephraim Stoltzfus, 1 of 3 swimming  8.0  Fulton Township PA 
 USA 
  running across field, taking shelter  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Field,Outside,Swimming,Taking Shelter,Water 
Updated: Sunday, August 31 2014, 03:23 PM CDT FULTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Officials tell CBS 21 that 2 Amish boys were struck by lightning in Fulton Township, Lancaster on Sunday afternoon. One boy sustained minor injuries but the other went into cardiac arrest at the scene. Both boys were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. The boys were struck by lightning while swimming in the Conowingo Creek in the 700 block of Nottingham Road. State police are handling the investigation. The condition of the two boys was not immediately known.
Sun, 08/31/2014 08:00 PM Injured Danny Murphy, 1 of 2  0.0  Denison IA 
 USA 
  storm chasing    Ground Strike,Outside,Storm Chasing 
Minnesota chasers were setting up cameras when the storm rolled into Crawford County. Denison, Iowa (ABC9 News)- Amazing video to share after lightning strikes a storm chaser near Denison during Sunday's bout of severe weather. Odds are slim you'll ever be struck by lightning. But it can happen. Check out this incredible video of a man who found the odds were unfortunately in his favor during Sunday's storms. It's what father son duo Danny and Derrick Murphy love to do as storm chasers, but Sunday night, it almost cost them their lives. With their cameras rolling on the storm, lighting strikes and a branch of this bolt surges through Danny. Doctors say it hit him in the leg and barely missed derrick. "I don't remember thunder, I don't remember a flash," says Danny Murphy. "I just remember getting up 15 minutes later. I do remember shortly after that I was paralyzed. I do remember I was worried. I couldn't move my left foot." An ambulance rushed to the scene and took Danny to the hospital. His son Derrick wasn't hit directly by the lightning, but still felt the impact. Derrick says, "You just get that hair stands on the back of your neck feeling but it was so sudden you didn't have any time to react. Boom! It struck. For two seconds, I just went blank. I couldn't remember anything for 2 seconds and I woke up as I was lying back 3-4 feet against the car." The Murphy's have been storm chasing for more than 10 years. This is their first incident. Danny says nothing can stop him from chasing, but that he'll be staying in the car from now on. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. and KCAU-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Page: [[$index + 1]] More From The Web Murdered 14-Year-Old Sends Horrifying Text Right Before Her Death (Stirring Daily) Michigan Wolverine Cheerleaders Are SMOKING HOT (RantSports) 5 Highest-paid College Football Coaches (Bankrate.com) Pictures Show Why Andre Drummond Should Have Stayed With Jennette McCurdy (RantSports) Driven to Laughter  16 Hilarious Road Signs (Reader's Digest) Its not Junk: The Most Overlooked Garage Sale Items You Should Buy (Reader's Digest) More From This Site Ridge View Edges Woodbury Central in Game of Week Car Crash Leaves 7 Year Old Dead Iowa State Fair Recording Low Attendance Storm Damage: Surprising Damage To Siouxland Golf Course Laurel Man Dies In Grain Bin Accident "AK-47" Bandit Wanted by the FBI - SiouxlandMatters
Sun, 08/31/2014 03:00 PM Injured boy, 3 of 3 swimming  0.0  Fulton Township PA 
 USA 
  swimming     Fresh Water,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside,Swimming,Water 
PEACH BOTTOM, Pa.  Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek. Lancaster Newspapers reports that three boys were swimming in the Conowingo Creek in Fulton Township when a storm moved through Sunday afternoon. ADVERTISEMENT Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said crews used an ATV to cross a field to reach the boys. Two of them were taken to Lancaster General Hospital and then to Hershey Medical Center. The Dauphin County coroner's office says one boy was pronounced dead at the Hershey hospital Sunday night. The condition of a second boy who was injured hasn't been released. The third boy apparently wasn't hurt.
Sun, 08/31/2014 04:00 PM Injured father on beach, 3 of 3  49.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Thrown,Under Trees 
Three people are hospitalized in New York City with injuries from a lightning strike as heavy thunderstorms swept the tri-state, authorities say. Track Severe Weather Alerts Here The men were hurt at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx at about 5 p.m., and were being treated at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the FDNY. They did not appear to be seriously injured or physically burned. Track the Rain on the Interactive Radar Telemundo identifies two of the victims as a father and son, 49 and 19 years old, who sought shelter under a tree during the storm. A friend of the family told the news station that the lightning hit the tree, then sent the men flying at least 10 feet. The friend showed the station photos of the victims' clothing that appeared to be shredded in parts from the lightning strike. bronx lightning strike, lightning strike nyc, lightning strike nyc beach, lightning strike orchard beach, severe thunderstorm nyc new jersey, electric zoo canceled, airport delays nyc nj, us open suspended, Visitors at Orchard Beach said they weren't seriously concerned about the rain until they heard the thunder. "That crack of thunder and lightning came, and that's when everybody started to run away," said Cheryl Greenidge. Edgar Ayalla said he saw lightning hit either the beach or the water "like an explosion," and that debris was sent flying from that lightning strike. Elsewhere in the city, torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island. Traffic crawled on the Garden State Parkway in East Orange, where roads were flooded and emergency responders had to attend to a stranded driver, a traffic camera showed. Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused long delays onto the George Washington Bridge. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all reported long delays as a result of the storm. Another round of thunderstorms is expected in the area by Monday. Labor Day will be otherwise hot and humid. The last area thunderstorm broke records on Long Island, where the town of Islip saw more than 13 inches of rain fall in a matter of hours on Aug. 14.
Sun, 08/31/2014 03:00 PM Injured boy, 2 of 3 swimming  0.0  Fulton Township PA 
 USA 
  swimming     Fresh Water,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside,Swimming,Water 
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:39 pm | Updated: 7:12 am, Mon Sep 1, 2014. By JENNIFER TODD | Staff Writer A lightning strike killed one boy and injured another Sunday in Fulton Township. The two initially were taken to Lancaster General Hospital then transferred to Hershey Medical Center. One of the boys was pronounced dead there Sunday evening, according to an official from the Dauphin County Coroner's Office. The name and age of the deceased were not immediately available. The condition of the other boy wasn't known Sunday night. Emergency personnel were called to the area of Nottingham Road and Soapstone Hill Road at 2:30 p.m. The two boys and another male were swimming in the Conowingo Creek when a storm moved through the area, according to Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson. Crews had to use all-terrain vehicles to travel through a field to reach the boys, who were swimming in an area behind the fire company, Tomlinson said. He said he didn't believe the third boy was hurt. State police responded to the scene but are not investigating the incident. They had no information about the accident Sunday night.
Sun, 08/31/2014 07:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Denison IA 
 USA 
       
DENISON, IowaSevere weather moved into Iowa Sunday night, including a tornado that struck Crawford County around 7p.m. The National Weather Service reports a man got hit by lightning in Denison. There is not word yet on how he is doing. Campers also got scattered from the high winds, as did tree limbs. Flash flooding closed part of Highway 39, five miles north of De
Sun, 08/31/2014 04:00 PM Injured man on beach, 1 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  on beach     Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
A lightning strike at a New York City beach has injured three people. The fire department says the men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area. The men are being treated at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. The lightning strike happened as heavy thunderstorms swept through the city. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to a musical festival on an East River island. Dozens of commercial flights into the city's airports were delayed because of the severe weather.
Sun, 08/31/2014 04:00 PM Injured son on beach, 2 of 3  19.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  on beach   N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Thrown,Tree,Under Trees 
A lightning strike at a New York City beach has injured three people. The fire department says the men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area. The men are being treated at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. The lightning strike happened as heavy thunderstorms swept through the city. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to a musical festival on an East River island. Dozens of commercial flights into the city's airports were delayed because of the severe weather.
Sun, 08/31/2014 08:00 PM Injured Derrick Murphy  0.0  Denison IA 
 USA 
  storm chasing    Ground Strike,Outside,Storm Chasing 
Minnesota chasers were setting up cameras when the storm rolled into Crawford County. Denison, Iowa (ABC9 News)- Amazing video to share after lightning strikes a storm chaser near Denison during Sunday's bout of severe weather. Odds are slim you'll ever be struck by lightning. But it can happen. Check out this incredible video of a man who found the odds were unfortunately in his favor during Sunday's storms. It's what father son duo Danny and Derrick Murphy love to do as storm chasers, but Sunday night, it almost cost them their lives. With their cameras rolling on the storm, lighting strikes and a branch of this bolt surges through Danny. Doctors say it hit him in the leg and barely missed derrick. "I don't remember thunder, I don't remember a flash," says Danny Murphy. "I just remember getting up 15 minutes later. I do remember shortly after that I was paralyzed. I do remember I was worried. I couldn't move my left foot." An ambulance rushed to the scene and took Danny to the hospital. His son Derrick wasn't hit directly by the lightning, but still felt the impact. Derrick says, "You just get that hair stands on the back of your neck feeling but it was so sudden you didn't have any time to react. Boom! It struck. For two seconds, I just went blank. I couldn't remember anything for 2 seconds and I woke up as I was lying back 3-4 feet against the car." The Murphy's have been storm chasing for more than 10 years. This is their first incident. Danny says nothing can stop him from chasing, but that he'll be staying in the car from now on. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. and KCAU-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Page: [[$index + 1]]
Thu, 08/28/2014 05:20 PM Injured man on bicycle  0.0  Maryland Heights MO 
 USA 
  riding a bicycle    Bicycle,CPR,Critical,Direct hit,Outside 
MARYLAND HEIGHTS " A bicyclist riding on the Maryland Heights Expressway was struck in the head by lightning and went into cardiac arrest Thursday evening, witnesses said, but Pattonville paramedics were able to revive him. Maryland Heights police Detective Joe Eagan said the man, 51, of Ballwin, was unconscious and in critical condition Thursday night. The incident happened about 5:20 p.m., as the man was bicycling south on the expressway about a quarter mile south of the Hollywood Casino, said Pattonville Fire District Batallion chief Ken Aydelott. Eagan said he worked in the Riverport area and was bicycling home. It was storming violently, Aydelott said, and passing motorists saw a lightning bolt strike his head. Eagan said the man had a wound on his foot, so it was unclear where on his body he was initially struck or if the bolt had exited his foot. The man fell to the ground, and the witnesses pulled over, called 911, and began CPR. Paramedics arrived within four minutes and began advanced life support, and they were able to revive him on the way to SSM DePaul Health Center. Aydelott said about half a dozen people were at the scene when paramedics arrived, and they risked getting struck by lighting as well. "For those bystanders to get out of their car and help was really something," he said. Police did not release the man's name. The man was riding a basic 10-speed road bike, Aydelott said. Half of the outer plastic shell of the man's helmet had been torn or melted off by the bolt, exposing the foam underneath.
Wed, 08/27/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman  26.0   
 Nepal 
       
BANEPA: A woman was killed in lightning in Gokule VDC-3 in the district last night. The deceased has been identified as Makkhi B.K. (26) of the same place, said DSP Janak Bhattarai. Villages surrounding the Mahabharat Range are considered highly risky zone in terms of lightning. Before this, four people were killed by lighting in the same area last May, police added. - See more at: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Lightning+kills+woman+in+Kavre&NewsID=425586#sthash.akn6zr93.dpuf
Tue, 08/26/2014 12:00 PM Killed 4 died, 8 injured  0.0   
 India 
       
BALANGIR: Four persons died when lightning struck them at Patnagarh on Tuesday. The deceased are Sitaram Jal (50), Menaka Jal (16), Premananda Bhoi (23) and Gangadhar Putel (19). Eight others injured in the incident are undergoing treatment at Sub-Divisional Hospital here. The incident occurred when more than 100 daily wagers were working in a patch of land. Patnagarh SDPO Pradipta Mohapatra and Tehsildar Amiya Sahu, Block Chairperson Bhaktabandhu Naik and NAC Chairperson Manas Manjari Panigrahi visited the injured at the hospital. Meanwhile, the locals have demanded compensation for the families of the deceased.
Tue, 08/26/2014 02:45 PM Injured man, 1 of 3 in garage  24.0  Lake Odessa MI 
 USA 
  in garage     Garage with door open,Indirect 
Lake ODESSA, Mich. (WZZM)-- A man and a woman were hospitalized and another person was treated at the scene after a reported lightning strike in Ionia County. It happened shortly after 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Circle K Ranch Trucking, in the 4100 block of West Clarksville Road. Storms were moving through the area when Fire Chief Jeff Sanderson says possible lightning hit a pole barn. A 24-year-old man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital by Life Ambulance. Sanderson says the victim was conscious and talking before he left. A 30-year-old woman was also hospitalized. One other person was treated at the scene. Ionia County Sheriff's deputies assisted Lake Odessa firefighters at the scene.
Tue, 08/26/2014 03:30 PM Injured Jose Salas, 2 of 2  0.0  Denver CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Raining,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
7NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Denver lightning strike victim gives thanks to stranger for calling 911 TheDenverChannel.com Team 4:02 PM, Aug 26, 2014 5 hours ago DENVER - Authorities in Denver say two men were sent to an area hospital after the tree they were taking shelter under from the rain was struck by lightning. One of the men had no pulse and was not breathing when crews arrived. He was transported to Denver Health in critical condition, but is expected to live, according to the Denver Fire Department. The second man, Jose Salas, told 7NEWS he was walking from his apartment and was struck near the tree. He too was transported to Denver Health. The lightning strike occurred at about 3:30 p.m. near the campus of Colorado Heights University at South Federal Boulevard and West Bates Avenue. "At first I couldn't move at all," said Salas. "Total numbness. Like not able to move or nothing." Salas' black shoe is torn up from the strike. He also has a small burn on his foot -- evidence of the jolt. "I sat up on my own. That's when I realized, where's my hat, where's my glasses. And I looked at my shoe. And my shoe had a like a hole. I was like oh man," said Salas. Salas credits a call from a stranger for the quick response of emergency crews. "Thank you for calling the fire department," he said. "Heard many cases of people who don't make it. Thank God I'm here." The two men are not students of the school, the Denver Police Department said.
Tue, 08/26/2014 04:30 PM Injured soccer player, 2 of 3  0.0  Travis County TX 
 USA 
  at soccer practice  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Summer Camp 
Three children were taken to Dell Children's Medical Center Tuesday afternoon after a possible lightning strike in Bee Caves. It happened at the intersection of Highway 71 and Hamilton pool road at the Field of Dreams. According to Austin-Travis county EMS, two boys and one girl were injured. All three were taken to Dell Children's via STARflight. EMS says one of the boys has potentially life-threatening injuries, while the other two children's injuries are potentially serious. They say the boy had no pulse when they arrived, and crews stabilized him by performing CPR. According to Bee Caves police, that child is 10 years old. EMS says the children were electrocuted, but can't confirm if it was from a lightning strike. Boy struck by lightning remains in hospital Community offers support through social media COMMENT(4) 3 13 3 79 ÿ Related View Larger Boy struck by lightning remains in hospital photo Pray for Alex Facebook page Alex Hermann (photo from Pray for Alex Facebook page) By Rachel Rice Austin Community Newspapers Staff A 9-year-old soccer player was struck by lightning on the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams soccer fields in Bee Cave Aug. 26. Parents who were present at the incident performed CPR on Alex Hermann, a fourth-grader at Lakeway Elementary School, until he was airlifted to Dell Childrens Medical Center in Austin. Two other students were also transported to the hospital but have since been released. LTYA leadership said Alex, who was identified in a newsletter from Lakeway Elementary School, is in serious condition. Alex has been transported to a hospital in Dallas, and LTYA board vice president Glenn Smith said he and the boys coaches have spent time with his parents in the hospital. LTYA coaches and administrators said they are shocked and saddened by the incident, which came with no warning. One practice was ending and another was about to start, and some kids were in the middle of the field, and (the lightning strike) came totally out of the blue, Smith said. It was six miles out from the storm is what the weather guys were telling us & were having meetings to see if anything else could have been done. Lake Travis High Schools lightning alert system activated around the time that Alex was struck, Smith said, but the LTYA didnt find out until after the incident. Hardly anybody has lightning detectors, and nobody knows the accuracy of them at this point, Smith said. I called a bunch of youth league offices and they dont have them. Its a $60,000 investment, and we dont even know much about them & were trying to look into every possible option, and everything is under discussion. Nothing is ruled out at this point  we want to be as safe as possible. One hundred people are struck by lightning in the United States every year, Lakeway Regional Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Curtis Townsend said. The after effects of being struck by lightning are two-fold  the patient is typically burned and then suffers injuries similar to that of a concussed individual, he said. It really depends  there are variations of what youre affected by, Townsend said. If you get hit directly, its different than if its a flashover phenomenon and youre blown away from it. Townsend said males ages 10 to 19 are the demographic that most often suffer lightning strikes. Lightning injuries are different than electrical, because (electrical shocks) can go through the body, whereas lightning injuries dont usually traverse through but flash all around it, Townsend said. The shock can cause fractures and dislocations, and a lot of survivors complain of temporary paralysis  so basically like getting hit by a linebacker. Eighty-nine percent of patients have burns & they could also have some sort of muscle injury and concussive injury, and 50 percent of the time it blows your eardrums. This was shocking to all of us, and we just send our thoughts and prayers with him, LTYA board executive director Scott Cronk said. All of the people in this organization are affected by this  the teams, the coaches the parents  its a bad deal.
Tue, 08/26/2014 04:30 PM Injured soccer player, 1 of 3  0.0  Travis County TX 
 USA 
  at soccer practice    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Summer Camp 
Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 10:44 PM CDT 9 p.m. UPDATE: According to the Lake Travis Youth Association, just before 5 p.m., a LTYA soccer team was practicing at the LTYA fields and was suddenly struck by lightning. EMS responded to the scene, and two players were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their current condition is unknown. Officials say upon notification of the incident, all LTYA activities were cancelled until further notice. --------------------------------- EARLIER: Officials say three children were injured by a lightning strike Tuesday afternoon in west Travis County. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, it happened at around 4:30 p.m. at the Field of Dreams in Bee Cave. A STAR Flight helicopter transported a 10-year-old victim to Dell Children's Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries, officials say. Austin-Travis County EMS said another male child was taken to Dell Children's Medical Center with serious injuries and a female child has possible serious injuries. We have a crew on the way to the scene and we will update this story as we learn more. Follow us on Twitter @keyetv and LIKE us on Facebook for updates! Read More at: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/updated-children-injured-lightning-strike-w-travis-co-20381.shtml
Tue, 08/26/2014 03:30 PM Injured man, 1 of 2  0.0  Denver CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  CPR,Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Raining,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
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. Its 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.
Tue, 08/26/2014 09:00 AM Injured Phil Shafer  51.0  St. Joseph County IN 
 USA 
  hauling hay in tractor  N/A  Farming,Indirect,Tractor,Work 
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A St. Joseph County man was struck by lightning in the 1900 block of New Road Tuesday morning. When emergency responders arrived, the victim was on the ground complaining of head and shoulder pain. Tuesday morning's thunderstorm was something like an ambush. Phil Shafer was outside hauling hay in a tractor when he was struck by lightning. "He said it just felt like it hit him in the head with a sledgehammer," said Paul Shafer, Phil's dad. Paul drove up just in time to see Phil collapse. Emergency responders weren't far behind. Phil managed to call 9-11 before fainting. "He didn't have any burns they could see, but they said it head was hurting and his shoulders were burning," said Paul. ABC57 Meteorologist Greg Bobos says lightning strikes aren't as rare as you would think. "We saw thousands just today," said Bobos. On average, Indiana has about 500,000 lightning strikes per year, which is why Bobos recommends heading inside when you hear thunder. "You don't want to be stuck outside, you want to take the precautions beforehand and have the tools to know when things are coming before they get there," said Bobos. Paul says he was struck by lightning 30 years ago. He said he learned the hard way Mother Nature is supreme. "Don't play in the water when there's lightning," said Paul. Phil has since been released from the hospital. Experts recommend avoiding tall objects like trees or construction equipment if you're stuck outside during a thunderstorm. Of the twenty people that have died this year, over half were outside working. Click here for more information about staying safe in a thunderstorm news@thepilotnews.com LAKEVILLE  A Lakeville resident was given a fright when lightning struck near him while he was working on his farm on Aug. 26. Phil Shafer, 51, was working on a Bobcat skid loader when at 10:54 a.m., lightning struck near the implement. We took out a first responder unit, an EMT ambulance, and paramedic ambulance that went. We had a whole team of people there in case you need them, said Mike Hargreaves, a firefighter and EMT with the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department. Hargreaves reported that Shafer awake and talking before he was taken to the hospital. I didnt see a lot burns, his heart was going real fast. He was shaken up real good, he said. Shafer was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital, which has a trauma center that specializes in serious conditions. Shafer was kept under observation, treated and discharged later that day. Hargreaves stated that the danger with electricity is that it can be difficult to see what damage has been caused until later, including heart and nervous system issues.
Tue, 08/26/2014 04:30 PM Injured Alex Hermann, 3 of 3  9.0  Travis County TX 
 USA 
  at soccer practice  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Field,Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Summer Camp 
AUSTIN (KXAN)  A 9-year-old boy struck by lightning during soccer practice Tuesday is still in critical condition at a Dallas Hospital. Alexander Hermann was at the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams in Bee Cave when a bolt of lightning from a storm several miles away hit the field. The fields, which had been closed since the incident, reopened for practices on Thursday. Two other children who were injured as a result of the lightning strike have been treated and released from the hospital. Things could have turned out much worse if new coach Carson Monks wasnt nearby. If I wasnt there, I wouldnt know what would have happened. No one else knew CPR, Monks told KXAN on Wednesday. As soon as I got a pulse, I just felt like a sense of joy, a sense of happiness in doing something and that hes on his way back to recovery. Austin Community Newspapers Staff A 9-year-old soccer player was struck by lightning on the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams soccer fields in Bee Cave Aug. 26. Parents who were present at the incident performed CPR on Alex Hermann, a fourth-grader at Lakeway Elementary School, until he was airlifted to Dell Childrens Medical Center in Austin. Two other students were also transported to the hospital but have since been released. LTYA leadership said Alex, who was identified in a newsletter from Lakeway Elementary School, is in serious condition. Alex has been transported to a hospital in Dallas, and LTYA board vice president Glenn Smith said he and the boys coaches have spent time with his parents in the hospital. LTYA coaches and administrators said they are shocked and saddened by the incident, which came with no warning. One practice was ending and another was about to start, and some kids were in the middle of the field, and (the lightning strike) came totally out of the blue, Smith said. It was six miles out from the storm is what the weather guys were telling us & were having meetings to see if anything else could have been done. Lake Travis High Schools lightning alert system activated around the time that Alex was struck, Smith said, but the LTYA didnt find out until after the incident. Hardly anybody has lightning detectors, and nobody knows the accuracy of them at this point, Smith said. I called a bunch of youth league offices and they dont have them. Its a $60,000 investment, and we dont even know much about them & were trying to look into every possible option, and everything is under discussion. Nothing is ruled out at this point  we want to be as safe as possible. One hundred people are struck by lightning in the United States every year, Lakeway Regional Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Curtis Townsend said. The after effects of being struck by lightning are two-fold  the patient is typically burned and then suffers injuries similar to that of a concussed individual, he said. It really depends  there are variations of what youre affected by, Townsend said. If you get hit directly, its different than if its a flashover phenomenon and youre blown away from it. Townsend said males ages 10 to 19 are the demographic that most often suffer lightning strikes. Lightning injuries are different than electrical, because (electrical shocks) can go through the body, whereas lightning injuries dont usually traverse through but flash all around it, Townsend said. The shock can cause fractures and dislocations, and a lot of survivors complain of temporary paralysis  so basically like getting hit by a linebacker. Eighty-nine percent of patients have burns & they could also have some sort of muscle injury and concussive injury, and 50 percent of the time it blows your eardrums. This was shocking to all of us, and we just send our thoughts and prayers with him, LTYA board executive director Scott Cronk said. All of the people in this organization are affected by this  the teams, the coaches the parents  its a bad deal.
Sat, 08/23/2014 12:00 PM Killed man   25.0   
 India 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Two washed away in flood waters in C'nagar, lightning kills man in Tumkur Bangalore, Aug 23, 2014, DHNS : Water entered houses in low-lying areas in Shimoga following heavy rain on Saturday evening. DH Photo Miseries continued even as several parts of the State received heavy rainfall on Saturday. A couple of rain-related deaths were reported from two districts. Two persons were washed away in flood waters over a bridge between Bisalavadi and Mettilavadi village on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border on Saturday in Chamarajanagar district. The deceased have been identified as Balaraju (44) and Chandru (50), both residents of Mettilavadi, Talwadi taluk, in Tamil Nadu. They were returning to their village from Karnataka side, when they were washed away in the waters of a stream. The residents said that they had warned them against crossing the bridge submerged in water. The body of Balaraju was found one km away from the bridge. The search is on for Chandru. Talwadi Police have registered a case. 25-year-old Manjunath was struck by lightning at Vengalammahalli village in Koratagere taluk of Tumkur district on Saturday. The incident occured when he was returning home from his fields. Manjunath took shelter below a tamarind tree as soon as it began raining and was killed by lightning. For the last four days, Tumkur City and the surrounding areas have been receiving good rainfall, while the remaining parts have not received any showers. Moderate to heavy rains lashed several parts of Shimoga, throwing normal life out of gear, on Saturday. Shimoga, Bhadravati and Thirthahalli received heavy rain in the evening. Shimoga received heavy rain for an hour in the evening. Water overflowing from a canal flooded 20 houses in Rajendranagar.
Sat, 08/23/2014 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead, 3 injured  0.0   
 Philippines 
  on a boat    Boat,Outside 
LEGAZPI CITY, PhilippinesLighting struck a group of people about to hold a fluvial procession in the village of Cawayan on the island of Bacacay in Albay, killing one person and critically wounding three others. The villagers were about to start the fluvial procession to celebrate the feast of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion (Our Lady of Salvation) when lightning struck the shoreline around 12:30 p.m., Senior Superintedent Marlo Meneses, provincial police director of Albay, said in a text message. The fatality was identified as Jerry Ecuenca, 30, of Barangay Bilbao, Rapu-Rapu, Albay. He was hit by lightning as he was about to start the engine of his motorized banca. Injured were Gina Barquilla, 25, Reynante Basaca, 10, and Domingo Barde, 50, all of Barangay Cagbulacao on Bacacay. The victims were on separate boats and about to depart from Cawayan port when lightning struck. All the victims were rushed to Dr. Armando D. Cope Memorial Hospital in Tabaco City. The wounded were later transferred to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Daraga, Albay. The Feast of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion was being celebrated through a maritime procession participated in by thousands of devotees from the municipalities of Bacacay, Malilipot and Rapu-Rapu, said Meneses. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/632077/lightning-leaves-1-dead-3-wounded-in-albay-fluvial-procession#ixzz3BGRmeYpt Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Fri, 08/22/2014 09:00 AM Injured Chadron Hazelbaker  39.0  Spokane WA 
 USA 
  inside on laptop plugged in    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
SPOKANE, Wash. - A South Hill man is lucky to be alive after experiencing what he said was a lightning strike Friday morning. Related Content Be smart during electrical storms "There was a flash and I felt something come through my arm and come out my other finger and saw a bright flash of light by the outlet, Chadron Hazelbaker said. The 39 year old said he had just woke up and remembered his laptop needed to be charged. Hazelbaker recalls going to the outlet by the master bedroom window and felt the energy go through when he picked up the cord. "I knew the path that it went through, He said. I could feel that something had gone in a straight line in my body." Only a mark on his elbow and a break in the vinyl window where he thinks the lightning entered remains from the incident. His wife, Staci was still laying in bed when she witnessed her husband jerk back. I actually saw the lightning come out of his finger, which was impressive," Staci said. Her next action was to go to Facebook and tell her friends about what happened. It wasn't long after that she realized the severity of the incident. "After about an hour of it happening it really sunk in, like what really happened and it scared me," she said. Staci said she thought about her four kids and how they needed their dad. She said wasn't taking any chances with losing him and made her husband go to the emergency room despite that it would interrupt their oldest son's birthday plans. Four hours and a couple of blood tests later, doctors said Chadron would be fine. "I probably should have died a few times in my life, Chadron said. Obviously there's something still left to be accomplished. © 2014 KXLY.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.
Fri, 08/22/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 herdsman  0.0   
 India 
       
Two herdsmen were today injured and 25 cattle were killed in separate places of Chhattisgarh's Kanker district when they were struck by lightning, police said. Herdsmen- Lalit (60) and Ishwar (50) received injuries and 8 goats were killed at Tarasgaon under Charama police station limits, a police official told PTI. After primary treatment at a local health centre, the injured were shifted to Kanker district headquarters for further treatment, he said. In another lightning incident in Charama area, as many as seventeen cattle comprising 15 goats and two cows, were killed in Chandeli village, he said. Adequate compensation will be provided to villagers by the local administration for the loss of their livestock, he added.
Thu, 08/21/2014 08:40 PM Injured soldier, 1 of 6  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  outside on a Range    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A lightning strike during a training exercise Thursday in Jefferson County injured six soldiers. The incident occurred some time around 8:40 p.m. on Range 44 at Fort Drum, Julie Halpin, a Fort Drum spokeswoman, said. The injured soldiers -- who belong to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the Army's 10th Mountain Division -- were taken in ambulances to the hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn't known, though Halpin said their injuries were not life-threatening. It wasn't clear how the lightning injured the soldiers during the field training exercise Thursday. The injuries happened just a day after military and civilian ambulance crews and hospitals carried out a mass casualty drill in the area, The Watertown Daily Times reported.
Thu, 08/21/2014 08:40 PM Injured soldier, 2 of 6  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  outside on a Range    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
FORT DRUM, N.Y.-- Several soldiers at Fort Drum were injured after a lightning strike, according to Army officials. A spokesperson at Fort Drum said it happened around 9:15 p.m. Thursday when the soldiers were training on a range. She said six soldiers were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officials have not said what injuries the soldiers suffered. The injured soldiers are with the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20142308083354_fort-drum-soldiers-injured-after-lightning-strike.htm#sthash.LIVT9Nhr.dpuf
Wed, 08/20/2014 unknown Isaiah Carter  13.0  Murfreesboro TN 
 USA 
  outside on bikes    Bicycle,Ground Strike,Outside 
MURFREESBORO  Lightning hit really close to home for the Carter family Wednesday. In the beginning stages of severe thunderstorms that rocked parts of Rutherford County that evening and caused structural damage to at least one home, 13-year-old Isaiah Carter was struck by lightning in front of his Murfreesboro home. "We'd just gotten through shooting hoops ... and we were all standing around in a circle and talking. And all of a sudden, there was a lightning bolt that came right in the middle of us. It shocked the bike I was holding onto and it hit right off my knuckles and I could feel it go up my arm to my head," said Isaiah, using his left hand to demonstrate the path it traveled up his right arm. In a state of shock, literally, Isaiah bolted for the house but stopped as he fell to the ground because of the after-effects. "I didn't really (know what happened) after I got shocked. I was wondering what it was until I noticed lightning and thunder," Isaiah said, still rubbing his right hand, which continued to tingle a little on and off all day Thursday. The lightning strike was so powerful, Isaiah's father, Garry Carter, saw it from inside the house. "It just lit up purple outside, and (Garry Carter) ran out there," said Isaiah's mother, Candy Carter, who was not at at the time of the incident. Candy Carter surmised that her son did not sustain a direct hit from the lightning bolt. "From what we can understand, the lightning shot down in between him and the rest of the children, and we're not sure if the lightning grazed his knuckles or if it bounced back up and hit him. But he didn't get the full brunt of it," Candy said. "He was holding onto the rubber handle bars on his bike and we really think that helped (diffuse the shock) to some degree  probably slowed it down a lot." Near the time Isaiah was struck, Candy Carter, who is director of a local street ministry, was driving down the road with a friend when they saw a lightning bolt strike in front of their car. "Right after that I got a text from Garry that Isaiah had been struck by lightning," said Candy Carter. Candy Carter was in the car with passenger Sarah Scott, whose husband is Dr. Joe Scott, so they called him to see what they should do. Isaiah's arm right arm was completely numb and his heart was racing. Although there were no visible signs of damage, Dr. Scott said there could be internal damage or the shock could throw his heart off rhythm, and he advised them to head to the emergency room immediately. Once the two women arrived at the Carter home, they loaded Isaiah in the car and headed for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. "They took us right on back. We didn't have to wait," Candy Carter said. Isaiah underwent X-rays to check for internal damage, had an electrocardiogram done and monitored his heart for two hours. During that time Candy Carter posted what happened to her son on Facebook and the outpouring of support was nothing short of amazing. "I was blown away with how many people shared it on their Facebook pages to pray. It litearlly brought me to tears," Candy Carter said as tears welled in her eyes as she recalled the night's events. By the time they left the ER, Isaiah had all the feeling back in his arm and no physical evidence of being hit. "We definitely recognize the protection God provided for Isaiah. We've heard way too many tragic stories when people are hit by lightning and they permanently have brain damage or are paralyzed or deceased," Candy Carter said. Isaiah said he's "glad I'm here" and shrugged off the attention. Because of what happened to her son, the mother is also quick to point out the importance of heeding weather warnings about thunderstorms. "You never expect something like this to happen. It's so random," Candy Carter said Thursday. In honor of her son's ordeal, Candy bought him a T-shirt emblazoned with the lightning bolt symbol of DC Comics character, The Flash. "We've kind of been comical about it to lighten the heaviness of the situation. We've made comments like, 'A superhero has been born.' In all reality, we realize how fortunate he is and we have to give God the glory for that, because today could be a really different day," Candy Carter said as more tears welled in her eyes. "As a mom, I couldn't imagine what that would look like." Contact Nancy De Gennaro at 615-278-5148 or degennaro@dnj.com. Follow her on Twitter @DNJMama.
Tue, 08/19/2014 05:00 PM Injured Demetrius Aguilera, 4 of 6  13.0  Las Cruces NM 
 USA 
  football practice  N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Tree 
LAS CRUCES (KRQE)  One of the three Las Cruces eighth grade football players struck by lightning is out of the hospital. The father of 13-year-old Demetrius Aguilera says his son was released Friday afternoon from the El Paso childrens hospital. Officials say the most badly injured player, Hunter Keffer, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. The third teen, Zeke Gama, is said to be in good condition and an injured coach was released from a hospital after treatment. The lightning struck near the schools practice field Tuesday afternoon. Practice has now been cancelled indefinitely.
Tue, 08/19/2014 06:30 PM Injured Stephanie Rey  0.0  Hayden ID 
 USA 
  outside taking pictures    Ground Strike,Indirect,Pictures,Yard 
HAYDEN, Idaho - A Hayden woman says she was struck by lightning, and the whole thing caught on camera by her daughter. As severe weather moved in Tuesday night, CC Weske and Stephanie Rey grabbed their cameras and headed outside. Just after 6:30 pm, Weske began taking a Snap Chat of the sky, her mom steps into the frame and a bolt of lighting followed by a loud bang lights up sky. "I was like, 'Oh something is about to happen,' that's why I was filming it," Weske said. "Then just all of the sudden, it just literally everything lit up and it sounded like a gun went off." "I screamed my phone flew out of my hand and I really wasn't sure what happened," Rey said. "I was like expletive, I think I just got hit by lightning and so we just took off running." Tonight, the pair are thankful that no one was hurt. Rey says she felt a bit of a tingle several hours after and is glad nothing worse happened. "Very, very thankful," Rey said . "Even though we are joking about it and funny or what ever but very creepy." © 2014 KXLY.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.
Tue, 08/19/2014 05:00 PM Injured football player, 3 of 6  0.0  Las Cruces NM 
 USA 
  football practice  N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Tree 
A New Mexico middle-school student is in critical condition and three others were injured after a lightning strike. The lightning strike happened Tuesday at Picacho Middle School in Las Cruces in the southern part of the state. The schools eighth-grade football team was practicing after school ended when it became overcast and started to drizzle, said Jo Galvan, director of communications for Las Cruces Public Schools. The group started walking toward the school when lightning struck a nearby tree, sending several students and coaches falling to the ground, likely the lightning grounding itself, Galvan said. One of the uninjured football players, Emiliano Frano, saw a flash from the lightning strike. Not even a couple seconds later, I smelled burning plastic. It was gross. Ive never smelled anything like that, Frano told ABC affiliate KVIA-TV.
Tue, 08/19/2014 05:00 PM Injured football player, 2 of 6  0.0  Las Cruces NM 
 USA 
  football practice    Football,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Tree 
Three young football players and their coach were taken to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after a lightning strike during football practice at a Las Cruces middle school, according to the Las Cruces Police Department. One boy, who police said was between the ages of 11 and 14, was initially in critical condition, but was stabilized and airlifted to a pediatric burn unit Tuesday night. The others were not critically injured. Two other boys also were injured, but were not rushed to the hospital. The lightning strike happened in the open field around 5 p.m. at Picacho Middle School. A thunderstorm started gathering across western Las Cruces Tuesday afternoon, and dumped more than inch of rain in less than an hour on some parts of town, according to meteorologist Gregory Lundeen, of the National Weather Service. There were also strong winds and lightning, Lundeen said. We dont hear too often about (lightning strikes) as far as someone getting injured, he said. Its relatively infrequent. Police said residents are encouraged to stay indoors during lightning storms. Rain is expected at higher elevations in the state today, with chances in central and northeastern New Mexico higher than for the rest of the state, Lundeen said.

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