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Sun, 07/27/2014 02:30 PM Injured Stuart Archer, 4 of 13  0.0  Venice Beach CA 
 USA 
  on beach playing volleyball    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Laura Montenegro, Leanne Suter and Amy Powell Sunday, July 27, 2014 VENICE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A 20-year-old man was killed and another critically injured after lightning struck Venice Beach on Sunday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers in and out of the water near the 3500 block of Ocean Front Walk around 2:30 p.m. Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old, were examined at the scene, and eight patients were hospitalized after being struck near the Driftwood lifeguard tower, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said. Five others were injured, but did not require hospitalization, she said. The man who died was swimming in the water and disappeared under the waves after the lightning strike. He was pulled from the water 90 minutes later, given CPR and transported to Marina Del Rey Hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries. His identity was not immediately released. The other man who was critically injured was a surfer. He was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Los Angeles County lifeguards say it doesn't appear either the deceased swimmer or surfer took a direct hit, but the deadly surge of electricity knocked both of them unconscious. Two people were transported with minor injuries to Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica. Officials say the majority of the victims were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover. Los Angeles County Fire Lifeguard Division Capt. Danny Douglas said he had never seen anything like this before, and that authorities were still trying to determine what exactly happened. "We don't have any idea whether (lightning) hit the water, hit the land or hit some buildings," Douglas said. "We just have reports of one and then some people are saying multiple lightning strikes." Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released the following statement on the lightning strike Sunday night: "Amy's and my prayers are with the victims of the lightning strike today at Venice Beach. This tragedy reminds us that we can take nothing for granted or underestimate the power of nature." Those who were at the scene and saw the lightning strike say it was a horrifying experience. Others said they felt the electricity as it surged through the water. "Out of nowhere, we heard like a thunderstorm," witness Jason Alas said. "It was like really, really loud." Stuart Acher was struck by lightning while playing volleyball. "We went about our game and then all of a sudden, there was a big flash of light and a boom, and it felt like someone punched me in the back of my head," Acher said. "It went down my whole side of my right body, and my calves sort of locked up, and I fell over. And I looked up and everybody else was, you know, falling over." Acher was treated by paramedics at the scene and released. He felt all right and went back to playing volleyball. A man, who only wanted to be identified as Paul, was knocked unconscious by the lightning strike. He left St. John's Health Center Sunday night after being treated and thanks his partner, Jose Mendoza, and another friend for saving his life. "I was in the water, I was boogie boarding and the next thing I know I was trying to get my head above the water for air," Paul said.
Sun, 07/27/2014 06:25 PM Injured person   0.0  West Palm Beach FL 
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Outside 
Apparent lightning strike near PBIA sends person to hospital COMMENT(1) 0 0 0 9 ÿ By Michael Denison Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH  A person was rushed to a hospital Sunday night after reportedly being struck by lightning near Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said. Crews responded to reports at 6:25 p.m. of a possible electrocution in the 3200 block of Belvedere Road, just west of Congress Avenue, said Capt. David Toohey, Fire Rescue spokesman. A band of showers and thunderstorms was passing through the West Palm Beach area at the time. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20142807072544____federated_1.htm#sthash.ikolo9L9.dpuf
Sun, 07/27/2014 02:30 PM Injured Paul, 1 of 13  0.0  Venice Beach CA 
 USA 
  swimming    Beach,Indirect,Outside,Swimming 
A 20-year-old man has died in the hospital after being struck by lightning at Venice Beach on Sunday, officials said. Seven other beachgoers were also hospitalized, including one with critical injuries. Updates: Download the NBCLA app The victims were in or near the water next to the pier when the bolts touched down about 2:20 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Man Dies After Being Struck by Lightning on SoCal Beach[LA] Man Dies After Being Struck by Lightning on SoCal Beach A 20-year-old man has died in the hospital after being struck by lightning at Venice Beach, officials said. Kate Larsen reports from Venice on the NBC4 News at 6 on Sunday, July, 27, 2014. "All of a sudden it was the loudest thunder I've ever heard, it was like a scene out of 'Jaws,' all the mothers were going into grab their kids to drag them out of the water," said witness Joe Doro. Thirteen people, who were all in or near the water when the bolts touched down, were checked out by firefighters at the scene. Eight of them were taken to hospitals, including seven adults and a 15-year-old, the LAFD said. Exclusive: House, Car Torched in Fatal Lightning Storm Exclusive Photos: House, Car Torched in Fatal Lightning Storm The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed that the man died at Marina Del Rey Hospital. A swimmer who was released from the hospital Sunday night said he doesn't remember the lightning strike, but recalls being rescued by friends from the water after suddenly losing consciousness. "The next thing you know I was struggling to get my head back above the water," said the swimmer, who identified himself only as Paul. "Thank God they were brave enough to just jump in and not hesitate." "I understand one person didn't make it. I just want to say that my thoughts go out to that person's family," Paul added. A video taken at the scene shows the frantic moments when rescuers pulled another person who appeared to be unconscious out of the water. A beachgoer who was about 50 yards away from the pier said he felt a jolt of electricity from his feet to the top of his head when the lightning struck. "We all got up off the ground and we were just amazed by what had happened," Eric Amparansaid. "We saw some commotion by the waterline and another person was struck by the lightning, and he was unconscious lying on the beach. The lifeguards were already there doing CPR on him." Witnesses said the clap of thunder sounded like an explosion. "A flash and simultaneously the loudest clap of thunder Ive ever heard in my life, because it was so close. I thought it was like a bomb almost," said witness Ned Walker. On Santa Catalina Island, a 57-year-old man who was on an Avalon golf course was also struck by lightning. He was hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. He was expected to survive. In Redondo Beach, a home and car parked in its driveway in the 1600 block of Haynes Lane were damaged by a bolt of lightning. No one there was hurt. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, hundreds of Southern California Edison customers in Redondo Beach were without power. The utility said it hopes to have power restored by 6 a.m. Monday. The lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused. Monsoon conditions moving in from Arizona were expected to bring small amounts of rain -- up to a quarter-inch -- all throughout Los Angeles County through the evening, according to David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. There is that potential for brief heavy amounts, Sweet said of the rain. In most places it will be small. In Avalon, about two-thirds of an inch was recorded in about 30 minutes, weather officials said. One man was apparently injured in a lightning strike and minor flooding reported in the area, according to wire reports. After a cloudy night, the sun was expected to be out again Monday. Temperatures were expected in the mid to upper 70s inland areas and 80s and 90s inland. Weather officials said the rainfall was too localized to make any dent in the state's ongoing drought crisis. Kate Larsen and Gadi Schwartz contributed to this report.
Sun, 07/27/2014 02:30 PM Injured boy on beach, 2 of 13  15.0  Venice Beach CA 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Sun, 07/27/2014 12:00 PM Injured golfer  57.0  Santa Catalina Island CA 
 USA 
  on golf course    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning strikes 14 in Calif., leaves 2 critically hurt Daily Photo Galleries Sunday - July 28, 2014 This Just In Blog Terrifying iceberg collapse caught on camera July 26, 2014 A couple out in a boat get a little to close for comfort. By The Associated Press Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:39 p.m. Updated 9 hours ago LOS ANGELES  Lightning struck 14 people, critically injuring two, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said. Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old, were treated at Venice Beach in Los Angeles when lightning hit the area about 2:30 p.m., and at least one required CPR, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said. Four people were treated at the scene, and the rest were taken to hospitals, where two are in critical condition, she said. Other fire officials said most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover. Some appear to have been in the water and others on the beach's famed boardwalk. Lifeguards performed CPR on at least one person pulled from the water. On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He did not have other details. The lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said. The unusual weather stemmed from monsoon moisture that brought a line of brief but fierce afternoon thunderstorms to the region. Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported, but the storms vanished in the afternoon as they moved northwest. Read more: http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/6515936-74/lightning-angeles-island#ixzz38lDLIFHI Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
Sun, 07/27/2014 02:15 PM Killed man swimming, 3 of 13  20.0  Venice Beach CA 
 USA 
  swimming  N/A  Beach,In Water,Outside,Swimming,Water 
Lightning hit Venice Beach at about 2:15 p.m., and several people were struck while in the water. "I heard this crackle," one witness told CBS Los Angeles, "and there was this giant bolt of lightning shooting across the sky and the loudest thunder I've ever heard." The deceased man was 20 years old, and died after being transported to Marina Del Rey Hospital; according to ABC7, he had been swimming when he was hit, and lifeguards found him in the water 90 minutes later. According to Weather.com's senior digital meteorologist Nick Wiltgen, rain doesn't often hit California beaches in July. "In this case, monsoon moisture from the deserts drifted farther west than usual, allowing some showers and thunderstorms to fire up," he said. "Thunderstorms are uncommon at the beach in Los Angeles any time of year, but particularly in July." - - Catherine Garcia
Sat, 07/26/2014 11:45 AM Injured person   0.0  Boca Raton FL 
 USA 
      Outside 
By Erika Pesantes, Sun Sentinel 5:52 p.m. EDT, July 26, 2014 A person was injured during a possible lightning strike in West Boca on Saturday, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue official. The person was taken to Delray Medical Center after the incident, which happened in the 17000 block of Balboa Point Way shortly before noon, Capt. David Toohey said in a release. Officials haven't released the patient's name, age and gender.
Fri, 07/25/2014 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed   0.0  Tripura 
 India 
       
Three people, including a school student, were killed and two others injured when lightning struck them in Tripura Friday, an official said. Ashes Nath, 13, a class VII student, Ram Bahadur Reang, 45 and Khagendra Reang, 55, were killed on the spot when lightning struck them in separate incidents in Kanchanpur area of northern Tripura. "Nath was returning home from school while the other two men were working in their rubber gardens when lightning struck them," an official of the state disaster department said. Reang was a leader of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist. The official said that two other people suffered burns due to lightning in different places of the state. Rain, accompanied by high velocity winds, lightning and thunder, has been lashing northern Tripura since Thursday, damaging crops and uprooting electric poles and trees. At least 20 people have been killed in lightning strikes this year in Tripura. Though the four-month-long (June-September) southwest monsoon hit the northeastern region June 10 and spells of rain followed in most parts of the region, comprising eight states, including Sikkim, the rainfall is much below the normal data. According to physicists, the northeastern region is a lightning-prone area due to its topography. Lightning claims an average of 100 lives every year, especially in March-May.
Thu, 07/24/2014 12:00 PM Injured Jennifer Lyons  49.0  Chippenham Wiltshire 
 UK 
  inside on phone     
Talk about a hero wardrobe piece. Jennifer Lyons, a 49-year-old nurse from Chippenham, Wiltshire, was miraculously unharmed when a bolt of lightning rebounded off her satellite dish and zapped her in the end, all thanks to her favourite pair of flip flops. Jennifer was on her mobile, perched on the bed with her feet on the floor, during the summer thunderstorms last Saturday afternoon, when 300,000 volts of electricity hit the dish and were then attracted to the microwaves emitted from her phone. Collect photograph of the damage the lightning did to the inside of Jennifer Lyon's home. Jennifer was struck by lightning inside her home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, but was saved because she was wearing her flipflops. July 24 2014. See SWNS story SWFLIP; A nurse struck by lightning had a miracle escape after she was saved - by her rubber FLIP FLOPS. Lucky Jennifer Lyons, 49, was on the phone to a friend when her TV satellite dish was hit by the massive bolt. The energy from the 300,000 volt strike was then attracted to the microwaves emitted from her mobile. She was zapped in the head by the lightning but the care home nurse had a miracle escape - because of her favourite pair of flip flops. The nurses house did not get off quite so lightly (Picture: SWNS) The bolt struck her in the head but didnt pass through her body because the rubber soles acted as insulators. The mother-of-three escaped with just a bump on her forehead and a little wooziness. The electricity just shot down my arm, then my leg and into my foot. I think it then kind of shot out of my leg and into the wall, said Jennifer, adding If I hadnt have been grounded like that, the chance of us being here is very small. Jennifer Lyon, 49, who was struck by lightning inside her home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, but was saved because she was wearing her flipflops. July 24 2014. See SWNS story SWFLIP; A nurse struck by lightning had a miracle escape after she was saved - by her rubber FLIP FLOPS. Lucky Jennifer Lyons, 49, was on the phone to a friend when her TV satellite dish was hit by the massive bolt. The energy from the 300,000 volt strike was then attracted to the microwaves emitted from her mobile. She was zapped in the head by the lightning but the care home nurse had a miracle escape - because of her favourite pair of flip flops. This is what was left of Jennifers phone after it was hit by 300,000 volts (Picture: SWNS) However, her house fared slightly less well. Her daughters room caught on fire while metal sockets and plaster were blasted off the walls. Jennifer told MailOnline: There was so much debris everywhere  switches had been blown off the wall, it was like a bomb blast. But, thankfully, she was saved by her bargain shoes: Im not really a slipper girl so its just what I wear around the house. I brought them from Store 21  they only cost me a couple of quid. Money well spent then.
Thu, 07/24/2014 11:50 AM Injured Samuel Sepulveda  0.0  Sand Key Park FL 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Samuel Sepulveda was on the sand about 25 yards south of the lifeguard tower just before noon when the strike hit near him. He was taken to Largo Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. It hadn't been raining or actively storming when a bolt first struck at the unoccupied north end of the beach, sparking a small brush fire. Clearwater firefighters, based at the station right outside the park, put it out within minutes. Within seconds, another struck nearer beachgoers. "The first one, I heard it. The second one, I felt it," said Clermont resident Bill Osowski, 65. "I felt it in my feet. In fact, my feet were numb for a while ... Then I heard the screaming." Osowski, a retired police officer from Delaware, said he looked over and Sepulveda was face-down on the sand "flailing in the air and shaking." He said he ran over to Sepulveda, who was blue in the face, helped him sit up and wiped the sand from his mouth. Just as other Pinellas County lifeguards were beginning to temporarily close the beach, lifeguard Jorge Perdomo said he heard Osowski and other people calling for help. Perdomo came by in his car and took Sepulveda to an area away from the beach. There Perdomo gave Sepulveda oxygen until the ambulance arrived. "People just need to listen to the lifeguards," said Perdomo, who has 10 years as a lifeguard. "Any time it storms, they need to get off the beach, immediately. Lightning is not predictable." Lightning strikes injure man, create brush fire in Sand Key Park 07/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:07pm]
Wed, 07/23/2014 12:00 PM Injured boy   12.0  Lansford PA 
 USA 
  outside     Indirect,Outside 
LANSFORD  Lightning struck a house in Carbon County Wednesday afternoon, damaging the home and sending a boy to the hospital. Two children were right near where the lightning bolt hit, and it caused quite a scare. A pile of bricks was left on the ground after the lightning strike blew apart the top of the chimney on the house in Lansford, and really shook up the people who were at home when it hit. All the years Ive seen lightning and thunder, Ive never witnessed something like that, said Margie Karnish of Lansford. Karnish and her husband now have a mess to clean up. She was in her bedroom when the lightning struck. When it hit it actually knocked me sideways, the pressure was so bad, said Karnish. The Karnishs great grandchildren were right nearby when it happened. A 14-year-old girl was on the porch, and a 12-year-old boy was in the driveway. Well before you know it, it hit the chimney and she came in the house screaming and screaming. Theres a fire in our chimney, a fire in our chimney! said Karnish. Firefighters came and found the debris, but no fire. They also found the 12 year old physically feeling the affects of the strike and took him to the hospital. He just felt like there was something going through his body, electricity or something going through his body, said Karnish. He was okay and back at the house Wednesday night, and the kids said goodbye to great grandma and grandpa before returning to Texas today, after quite an ending to their visit. It was just something I dont ever want to hear again. I dont ever want to see again. It was horrible! explained Karnish. The storms that swept through Carbon County also brought down some trees. Newswatch 16 found large trees that toppled along route 209 in Nesquehoning. One of them is a big pine tree leaning right on a house. Branches also fell around some homes.
Wed, 07/23/2014 12:00 PM Injured man   34.0  Deerfield Beach FL 
 USA 
  sitting on fence    Fence,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside 
Man injured after lightning strike in Deerfield Beach Show Transcript Hide Transcript NOW AT 5:30, A LIGHTNING SCARE FOR ONE MAN WHEN STORMS ROLLED INTO DEERFIELD BEACH TODAY. THAT MAN WAS NEARLY HIT BY LIGHTNING STRIKE. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER TAMIKA BICKHAM LIVE IN DEERFIELD BEACH WITH THE LATEST ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY. THAT MEEKA. Reporter: THIS MAN, LIGHTNING STRUCK CLOSE TO WHERE WE'RE STANDING. IT WAS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO KNOCK A 34-YEAR-OLD MAN TO THE GROUND. B.S.O. SAID THAT THIS MAN WAS úSITTING ON A RAILING OUTSIDE OF THE BUSINESS LOCATED ON NORTHWEST 2nd STREET AND LOF ROAD IN DEERFIELD BEACH. AT 1:30 THIS AFTERNOON THAT LIGHTNING STRUCK CLOSE TO HIM AND B.S.O. SAID THAT MAN LANDED POPPING THEY SAY WHEN HE ARRIVED HE COMPLAINED OF KIDSY IN AND HAD BURNS ON HIS BACK BUT LUCKILY THEY WERE NOT SEVERE. THAT MAN WAS DEAN TO BROWARD COUNTY HEALTH NORTH WHERE HE WAS CONSCIOUS AND ALERT. GOOD NEWS FOR H'M BUT CERTAINLY WE'RE HEARING TOO MANY STORIES OF THIS HAPPENING ALL SUMMER ALONG, AND B.S.O. WANTS TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW IF YOU SEE DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - A 34-year-old-man was taken to a hospital after being nearly struck by lightning in Deerfield Beach. The incident occurred at 198 Lock Road. According to Michael Jachles, the man who responded to the scene, the victim was sitting on a railing when lightning struck nearby. He was then thrown to the pavement.
Wed, 07/23/2014 06:30 AM Injured Christopher M Church  0.0  Coles Creek Park NY 
 USA 
  camping   N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent 
Man struck by lightning at Coles Creek State Park in Waddington PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014 AT 1:23 PM ARTICLE OPTIONS A A print this articlee-mail this article WADDINGTON  State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation officials are investigating a report a man was struck by lightning shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at Coles Creek State Park. Regional parks Director Kevin A. Kieff said he was made aware of the report Wednesday morning. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital by the Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad. Mr. Kieff said he learned later Wednesday morning that the man was going to be discharged. I spoke with staff at Coles Creek who had spoken with the man, Mr. Kieff said. He was being discharged and planning to return to the park. While social media reports indicate the man was camping at a tent site, Mr. Kieff said he could not confirm whether he was using a tent or a camper. Were waiting to complete the accident report until we can talk to the gentleman involved, Mr. Kieff said. Were really glad it worked out this way and no one was seriously injured. A heavy thunder and lightning storm moved through the Waddington area shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday. A Michigan man is being treated at Massena Memorial Hospital after apparently being struck by lighting in St. Lawrence County. Christopher Church of Dewitt, Michigan, was camping with his family at Coles Creek State Park in Waddington. A strong thunderstorm rolled through at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Christopher left his tent go check on a tarp, which was covering supplies. That's when a bolt of lightning struck a tree next to him, he said. "It was definitely a bright light and it was definitely a feeling of almost like having a big bell put over my head and just rung real hard," he said. "My left leg and my left arm were completely numb." Christopher's wife, Shannon, said she heard a "horrific crash sound" before seeing her husband crawling on hands and knees towards. He told her to call 911, saying "I've been hit by lightning." Shannon said both of their cell phones were dead, so another camper made the call. "I was hysterical. I was freaking out," said Shannon. Christopher suffered a burn mark to his shoulder as well as minor head injuries from falling. He was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital, where he's being held for observation until Thursday. Shannon said Christopher is talking. He wants to wants to go back to the camp site to go fishing. Shannon, a St. Lawrence County native, said they'll be moving their tents to a different area. Until then, the couple's children, ages 4 and 6, are staying with relatives. MASSENA  Christopher M. Church and his family were sleeping in a tent at Coles Creek State Park in Waddington early Wednesday when a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area. Ironically, though, it was a break in the storm that woke him and made this a trip that he and his family will never forget. We didnt have any lightning for a couple of minutes and the rain had stopped, he said. His wife, Shannon, had to go to the bathroom and while she was gone, I was checking to make sure the tarp was over our stuff, he said. While Mr. Church was checking on his familys supplies, there was another crack of thunder and strike of lightning. It was like someone stuck a giant bell over my head and rung it, he said, describing the feeling of being struck by lightning. My whole left leg and left arm felt numb. I had to keep looking back while I was crawling to the tent to make sure they were still there. As the lightning struck her husband, Mrs. Church was making her way back to their campsite. When it hit, I screamed, because it was so loud, she said, adding she didnt yet know the same bolt had struck her husband. After realizing her husband had been struck by lightning, Mrs. Church said, she began to panic. I was crying like crazy, she said. I was so scared. Making matters even worse, their cellphones had died. A neighboring camper let Mrs. Church borrow his phone. Mr. Church said he could tell his wife and children, who were now awake, were worried, but he tried to keep them calm. I just told her to call 911, and I was telling the kids everything would be OK, he said, adding that deep in his head that may not have been what he was thinking. I was probably mumbling some stuff. I think I thought I was going to die. Mr. Church began to slip in and out of consciousness as adrenaline ran out and the effects of the lightning strike caught up with him. Mr. Church said he is thankful for the other campers at Coles Creek who came to his aid, as well as members of the Waddington Rescue Squad, who responded to the scene, and staff at Massena Memorial Hospital. Now hes looking forward to resuming his vacation and fishing on the St. Lawrence River for the first time. The family will return to Coles Creek, although they will be at a new campsite for the duration of their trip. Were paid up through next Wednesday, Mr. Church said, adding their original reservations didnt even start until Thursday. We started our vacation a couple of days early. Mrs. Church was born in Ogdensburg and still has family in the area. Her parents, she said, are recently retired and are looking to move back to St. Lawrence County, where they can enjoy life along the shores of the St. Lawrence. My father-in-law was really talking up the fishing, so thats what Im going to do, Mr. Church said. I came for my family, but thats my objective. Im here to catch some nice fish, so thats what Im going to do. In the aftermath of the incident, Mr. Church said, he has heard jokes from family members about receiving super powers; but to date he has no new powers, that hes aware of. As for how hes feeling after being struck by lightning, Mr. Church said hes feeling pretty good. I feel OK. Im a little bit shaky but, other than that, Im OK, he said. Mr. Church does have many visible scabs and burn marks, but he said the one on his neck hurts the most. He also said he has a red mark on the bottom of his left foot and burn marks were visible on the sandal he was wearing at the time. Mr. and Mrs. Church said this was their first time camping at Coles Creek, but it likely wont be their last. When we come back next year, hopefully it will be a little less eventful, Mrs. Church said. Mr. Church added, Im definitely not going to forget this trip. Given that Mr. Church was OK after being struck by lightning, Mrs. Church said she decided to try their luck, buying him some scratch-off tickets. I think we won $2, she said. We must have used up all our luck at the park. While getting struck by lightning isnt something that happens to everyone, your odds of being struck may be better than you think. According to National Geographic, a persons odds of being struck by lightning in any particular year is one in 700,000, but throughout the course of your lifetime those odds drop all the way to one in 3,000. Shockingly, National Geographic reports that only 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning are killed, although 70 percent do suffer serious long-term effects. The magazine reports that roughly 400 people in the U.S. survive lightning strikes each year. When asked if he is worried about being struck by lightning again, Mr. Church replied, Im definitely not going to go under any trees when its storming.
Tue, 07/22/2014 04:00 PM Killed Scott Wilcox, 1 of 3 on beach  0.0  Fort Myers Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach in guard stand  N/A  Beach,Outside 
One man has died after being hit by lightning and two others have been injured, according to fire department officials on Fort Myers Beach. The strike happened on the beach near a Hooters restaurant, according to an employee there. UPDATE: TUE, JULY 22, 4:20 p.m. The body of the man killed by the strike remained on the beach as of 4 p.m. awaiting the Lee County Medical Examiner. A spokesman for the Lee County Sheriff Office said that of the two others who were hit, a woman was talking and walking before being transported to the hospital and another man was bring worked on. LCSO Lt. Jeffrey Dektas said that lightning is a common occurrence this time of year, so much so that many people ignore it. "Then you have an instance like this to remind us that lightning is nothing to play with." FLORIDA AND LIGHTNING There have been five lightning strike deaths in Florida this year, according to the National Weather Service. Most recently, a roofer in Sarasota died after being struck on July 16. Summer is the peak season for lightning, and nationwide, 51 people on average are killed each year while hundreds more suffer severe injuries. Across the country, there have been 14 fatalities from lightning strikes in the over the last three months, according to the National Weather Service. It was a brief encounter with a stranger, and one that Zhenia Evans will never forget. "It's crazy, you don't expect something like this to happen, especially out on this beach," said Evans, of Fort Myers Beach Tattoo. Evans works at the T-shirt and tattoo shop on Fort Myers Beach, which is the same one seen in one of Scott Wilcox's Facebook pictures. "I definitely recognize him, he was in the shop asking to do artwork," said Evans. Evans said Wilcox and the two teens, Chelsea Gill and Zac Lataweic were at the shop just before the storm rolled in yesterday. Evans says Wilcox was asking about a tattoo for his arm. The teens had her make matching "his and her" T-shirts. "He's mine, she's mine, cute kid kind of thing," said Evans. "This morning when I saw the news - I saw they had the exact same shirts on in the picture, and I'm like no way- wow!" We spoke to one of Wilcox's daughters over the phone. She said he is a father of seven. He's originally from Florida but was living in New York for a while, and moved back to Fort Myers within the last year. Another family member told us the teens are dating. From all accounts, the trio were just enjoying a fun day down on the beach, then there was tragedy. The lightning strike killed Wilcox instantly. Paramedics rushed both teens to the hospital. Tonight family members say Chelsea is OK. Zac is in a medically induced coma, fighting for his life. "It's sad. I hope they get well ya know," said Evans. A day later, Evans can't help but think about the fact that she was one of the last people to see Wilcox alive. "It's not anybody that I knew personally, but when you deal with customers and you talk to them, you don't expect the same customers for that to happen to hours, minutes later," said Evans.
Tue, 07/22/2014 02:45 PM Injured Zac Latawweic, 3 of 3 on beach  14.0  Fort Myers Beach FL 
 USA 
  running to car on beach  N/A  Beach,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside,Pictures,Raining,Taking Pictures 
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- One man is dead and two others injured after being struck by lightning just after two Tuesday afternoon. It happened on the beach behind the Hooters restaurant on Estero Boulevard. Witnesses working near the scene said they saw a big flash, heard a big crack, then everyone fled the area. Romell Gutierrez was cooking at the Wicked Wings Beach Grill when the big bolt flashed right before his eyes. "I saw a big strike and then heard everyone scream and start coming in running," Gutierrez said. Gutierrez said beach visitors ran for cover, the beach emptied in an instant. He said except for the three victims. Matthew Rector saw the lightning strike and immediately ran over to help. "I saw the flash and I ran down there when I approached he was clearly deceased and the other guy had no pulse. I started giving him CPR, he wasn't really responding then EMT's came and took him," Rector said. Lightning killed one man in an instant, the other two rushed to the hospital. Law enforcement officials said this awful tragedy serves as a strong reminder that when it comes to severe weather, no risk is worth taking. "It was terrible. Makes me think. I live here right on the beach and I take chances out here walking around in the rain and lightning now I realize I can't take those chances," Robert Gustafson said. Lee County Sheriff's officials said the one young man who was taken to the hospital appeared to be in serious condition, the young woman was conscious and breathing. The identities of the victims have not been released.
Tue, 07/22/2014 02:45 PM Injured Chelsea Gil, 2 of 3 on beach  16.0  Fort Myers Beach FL 
 USA 
  running to car on beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Raining,Taking Shelter 
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Three juveniles were struck by lightning around 2:15 this afternoon on Fort Myers Beach, behind Hooter's. According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, one person did not survive. Two others were transported to the hospital, and one of them went into cardiac arrest. LCSO said the victims were two males and one female, and did confirm to WINK News that they were juveniles. No exact ages or names have been released. According to WINK News Chief Meteorologist Jim Farrell, the chances of lightning striking three people in the same occurrence is extremely rare. "It was the most traumatic experience I have ever been through," said Joseph Martin. It was a horrific and terrifying scene on Fort Myers Beach Tuesday afternoon. "That kid just got killed immediatly on the spot," said William Murnane. Lee County Deputies tell WINK News a bolt of lightning struck three people and killed one of them. "They were headed back to their car running from the rain and then it just happened out of nowhere," said Matthew Rector. Rector is seen in exclusive cell phone video running to the victims lying on the sand. He says one of them was barely alive. "Borderline. No pulse so we started chest compressions and mouth to mouth. He started to respond. his chest started fluctuating," said Rector. Witnesses tell WINK News, one of the victims, a girl, was in shock, but responsive. "She was in a stretcher. She looked conscious, but I don't know if she was actually saying anything," said Murnane. All of this happened during an intense lightning storm. Tons of people ran out of the water to take shelter. "It was like two storms coming together and then colliding and then there were multiple lightning strikes," said Robert Gustafson. Even those who have lived on the island for years say they've never experienced lightning like this. "I take chances out here walking around in the rain and the lightning and now I realize that you just cant take them chances," said Gustafson FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - The 911 call from Chelsea Gill begins with screaming. Oh my God, she shouts, hysterical as a dispatcher struggles to understand. Im at the beach right now and we just got struck by lightning. Audio from the call released Thursday shows that a dispatcher asked Gill repeatedly to calm down and stop yelling. Eventually the picture becomes clear. Gill is on the beach, unable to walk. A lightning strike has killed one man, 41-year-old Scott Wilcox. His bloodied body sits at the waters edge. Gills boyfriend, 14-year-old Zac Latawiec, is laying nearby but he isnt breathing and has no pulse. Baby, babe, talk, Gill, 16, says, pleading with his lifeless body while a dispatcher listens. Babe, talk. Baby, say something. Babe, say something. Eventually passersby stop to help Gill, giving Latawiec mouth-to-mouth. When asked by the dispatcher to help Wilcox, another man on the phone with Gill says its too late. The guy in the waters done, he says. Hes dead. Hes bleeding, yea hes toast. Four people called 911 Tuesday afternoon to report the lightning strike having seen and heard it. The strike killed Wilcox. Both Gill and Latawiec were taken to the hospital.
Mon, 07/21/2014 10:30 AM Injured man  0.0  Lake Wylie SC 
 USA 
  inside a building    Indirect,Indoors,Water,Wet 
LAKE WYLIE  An off-duty volunteer firefighter was struck by lightning on Monday when he was cleaning water from the floor of his home as a storm raged in York County, dumping several inches of rain in Clover and Lake Wylie. The firefighter was hospitalized at the burn center in Chapel Hill, N.C., but is expected to return home later today, said Bethel Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Laws. At about 10:30 a.m., a bolt of lightning hit the mans home in Autumn Cove subdivision, across from Crowders Creek Elementary School on S.C. 49. The bolt passed through an outlet and jolted into the firefighters body, Laws said. The electricity entered the firefighter through his hand, he said, and exited through his foot. The firefighter was not on duty at the time of the incident, Laws said. He was taken to a Charlotte hospital and then transported to Chapel Hill, where doctors performed extensive tests to determine if he suffered from any internal injuries. He is expected to return home Tuesday evening. The family asked Laws not release the firefighters name or age. He is a four-year veteran with us, Laws said, and means a lot to the department. He added: Were hoping for a speedy recovery because hes an asset to our community. Laws was grateful emergency personnel did not experience more catastrophes as a cluster of showers and thunderstorms roared through the county Monday morning. His district, Laws said, was hit so hard that some firefighters reported that the water so deep some cars were floating in the road. Weather officials estimate that about 5 inches of rain fell on the area Monday, said Alex Staarmann with the National Weather Service. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20142207014901_104.htm#storylink=cpy
Fri, 07/18/2014 12:00 PM unknown Victim's message: Lightning-strike effects can las  0.0  PA 
 USA 
      mpu 
Odds are 1 in 12,000 that a person will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime. But if you find yourself in the shoes of David Bodkin-Parris, 14, who was hit by a bolt of bad luck Monday in Glenolden, it can change your life forever. Michael Utley knows this all too well. In May 2000, Utley, 63, was golfing in Cape Cod, Mass., when it happened. Rain and hail began to fall as the siren blared, alerting golfers to get off the course. Severe weather was coming. As Utley headed inside, a bolt hit him. "My buddies saw me fall to the ground," Utley said. The strike left burns on his waist and thighs, where the metal of his belt buckle and zipper had been. Utley's heart stopped several times. In the midst of the storm, friends performed CPR until paramedics arrived. Utley was near death upon arrival at the hospital, where he stayed for 38 days in the intensive-care unit. He spent three months in rehab. There, he learned to walk again, to talk, and to do the small, everyday things he used to take for granted. Now, 14 years later, the Altoona native and onetime Philadelphia resident is a lightning-safety spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Utley is far from fully recovered. "People think you're fine," Utley said. "There's no exit wounds." Being struck by lightning, he said, is like spilling Coke on a laptop. On the outside, everything may look OK. But the insides won't work properly. Every day for Utley is a struggle. Because of balance problems, he can't put on his pants standing up. His arms hurt constantly. Utley still golfs and sails, he said, "because I can't walk." On the course, he rides a golf cart from hole to hole, standing only to swing. With no feeling in his toes or fingers, Utley can't plug in his cellphone charger unless he is staring directly at the outlet. That may seem insignificant to most people, but it causes Utley much frustration. He said his "short-circuited" brain has made him have mood swings and become irritable. When talking, he often grasps for words. Bodkin's recovery should be less painful, Utley said. Bodkin was struck between his thumb and wrist and did not lose consciousness. On Tuesday, Bodkin returned home. He said he planned to spend the week relaxing. His thumb felt tingly, he said, and he was a bit tired. Besides that, he said, he has experienced no other common poststrike symptoms, which include nausea, headaches, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. "It's not uncommon for lightning victims to develop symptoms," Utley said. "If he's feeling OK, that's the best sign." In June 2007, another 14-year-old boy, Zachary Yizzi, was struck in Cherry Hill. Yizzi was knocked to the ground, unconscious, and his shirt burst into flames. Seven years later, Yizzi is doing fine, his grandmother Nancy Foglia, said Wednesday via e-mail. "Zach's awful scars on his back and arm," Foglia said in the e-mail, "are a constant reminder of what many think 'will never happen to me.' " Utley reminds people it could happen to them. He works in the media and at conferences to increase awareness of lightning's danger. He focuses on teaching preteens. Utley knows his advice probably won't have much of an effect on 45-year-old men, he said. "It's real simple," Utley said. "When thunder roars, go indoors." During a storm, he advises, people should head inside, to cars or houses. Do not touch anything metal, which conducts electricity, or take a bath. If a person can't get inside, spread out from others. And know CPR. That saved Utley's life. Still, he knows some people won't listen to him. The odds of getting struck are slim. What would he say to those people? Take a look, he said, at a Golf Channel clip of Utley walking the course. The video is on his website, struckbylightning.org. "Ask them if they want to walk like me," Utley said. "You don't want my life." Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140718_Victim_s_message__Lightning-strike_effects_can_last_a_lifetime.html#j4BMEggUbTBtBPlm.99
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed Roofer   39.0  Esplanade By Siesta Key FL 
 USA 
  roofing    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
NEW: Roofer dies after struck by lightning STAFF REPORT Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. SARASOTA COUNTY - A 39-year-old man died Wednesday after apparently being struck by lightning. The man, whose name has not been released, was roofing a home in the 8200 block of Varenna Drive in Esplanade By Siesta Key  a Taylor Morrison development  when he was most likely struck by lightning, according to the Sarasota County Fire Department. The man went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were not successful, according to the fire department. NEW: Roofer dies after struck by lightningSTAFF REPORT
Wed, 07/16/2014 03:15 PM Injured woman   0.0  Boca Raton FL 
 USA 
  standing in a puddle    Ground Strike,Outside,Water 
Apparent lightning strike injures one person in Boca Raton, fire rescue says John Sparks 3:49 PM, Jul 16, 2014 One person was injured following an apparent lightning strike in suburban Boca Raton, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. It happened just before 3:15 p.m. in the 20000 block of Spinnaker Way. A woman told emergency crews that she was standing in a puddle when lightning struck near her and she felt the shock to her body. Fire Rescue classified her as a trauma patient and transported her to Delray Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson identified the woman as Sydney Rittweger and said she has since been released from the hospital.
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman & son  0.0  Nasugbu  
 Philippines 
       
Woman, son fatally hit by lightning in Batangas July 16, 2014 8:31am 8961 91 0 9103 A woman and her son were killed after being hit by lightning in Nasugbu town in Batangas province Monday evening, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred in Barangay Pantalan in Nasugbu town, radio dzBB's Rodil Vega reported. Citing initial information, a separate dzBB report identified the fatalities as Mercedes Grumal and son Mark Anthony Gruma. An investigation showed the two were on their way home when a bolt struck them. They were rushed to the Jabez Medical Center but were pronounced dead on arrival.  Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Injured construction worker, 1 of 4   0.0  Meyerland area TX 
 USA 
  working on foundation    Construction site,Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
HOUSTON  Four people were transported to a nearby hospital Wednesday after a lightning strike in the Meyerland area, according to HFD authorities. The incident happened in the 5400 block of Imogene at Renwick. The four construction workers were completing foundation work at a house located in the 5400 block of Imogene at Renwick. A large tree was clearly hit by lightning, and it carved a path all the way down to the base off the tree. One of the four workers was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The other three workers were in stable condition. Stay tuned to KHOU .com for updates.
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Injured construction worker, 2 of 4   0.0  Meyerland area TX 
 USA 
  working on foundation    Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Four people have been hurt after an apparent lightning strike in Houston, Texas, as they worked on the foundation of a house. The Houston Fire Department says Wednesday afternoons accident left one worker critical and three in stable condition. All four victims were transported to Houston hospitals. A department spokesman Thursday had no immediate update on their conditions. Lightning also damaged a tree near where the victims had been working.
Wed, 07/16/2014 08:15 AM Injured worker   0.0  Westerly RI 
 USA 
  inside a building    Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning safety tips for inside the home Waterbury home damaged by lightning strike WESTERLY, RI (WTNH) A Westerly man was injured after the building he was in was struck by lightning Wednesday. The town manager in Westerly says she understands the lightning didnt strike the building but struck close enough nearby to cause a power surge. It was business as usual at the Margin Street Plant in Westerly Rhode Island. But at 8:15 Wednesday morning a lightning strike sent one worker to the hospital. The Chief of Westerly Ambulance Corps said that the lightning did strike the building at the sewage treatment plant. Link: Lightning safety tips for inside the home The power went off and on. The generator came on briefly and then went right back on the power came back on. There was no damage that I know of. There was no interruption of service, said Michelle Buck, Westerly Town Manager. The worker is actually an employee of United Water, the contractor which runs the plant. News 8 was told paramedics transported him to Westerly Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was initially listed in stable condition. Because the lightning strike I guess was so close it may have caused some kind of power surge within the building and when he touched a metal door, my understanding is he felt a little bit of tingling in his arm so he was taken as a precaution, said Buck. The person who answered the phone at United Water wasnt sure when the injured worker will be back on the job.
Tue, 07/15/2014 02:30 PM Injured lifeguard, 1 of 4  0.0  Neptune NJ 
 USA 
  on beach in guard stand  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Lifeguard,Outside,Work 
NEPTUNE  A lightning strike on the Ocean Grove beach on Tuesday sent four lifeguards to the hospital as a precaution, an official said. The strike occurred about 2:30 p.m. at the Main Avenue beach in the vicinity of a lifeguard stand, said J.P. Gradone, the executive director of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, which owns the beach. None of the guards was hit directly by the lightning. They were mildly affected by it and we sent them to the hospital as a precaution, said Gradone. The four lifeguards were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in the township. Gradone confirmed they were treated and released. The lifeguards did not sustain injuries and can return to work, he said. Gardone said they were not certain the exact spot where the lightning struck the sand.
Tue, 07/15/2014 03:00 PM Injured woman  20.0  Nokomis FL 
 USA 
  outside near a fence    Fence,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Woman Indirectly Struck By Lightning In Nokomis July 15, 2014 A 20-year old woman was indirectly struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon in Nokomis, FL. The woman was outside a home in the 6100 block of North Pineville Road, just north of Nokomis Road, when lightning struck a nearby fence or other object about 3 p.m. The woman was barefoot at the time and suffered a shock from the lightning strike. She was reportedly complaining of a loss of sensation in her legs. She was transported to Atmore Community Hospital with injuries that were not considered serious. Atmore Ambulance and the Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to the call. NorthEscambia.com file photo.
Mon, 07/14/2014 01:30 PM Killed Ramiro Cruz MartAnez  25.0  Juarez  
 Mexico 
      Outside,Picnic 
Lightning struck and killed a 25-year-old Juarez man on Saturday while he was at recreational park in east Juárez near the Ysleta Port of Entry, officials said. Ramiro Cruz Martínez, 25, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Hospital 66 of the Mexican Social Security Institute, or IMSS, said Julio Castañeda, spokesperson of the Chihuahua Attorney General's Office. The incident happened at around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Witnesses told officials that a bolt of lightning hit Cruz Martínez, while he was having a picnic with his family near the pool at Las Fuentes recreational park, Castañeda said. Lorena Figueroa may be reached at 546-6129.
Mon, 07/14/2014 12:00 PM Injured David Bodkin-Parris  14.0  Glenolden PA 
 USA 
  getting into car  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
GLENOLDEN, Pa., (CBS)  A teenager in Delaware County was struck by lightning and rushed to the hospital. Police say it happened on Ashland Avenue in Glenolden Monday evening. According to family friends, the 14-year-old had just stepped out of his house to head over to his aunts house. CBS 3 is told his finger was struck by lightning when he was getting into his friends car. He was conscious when paramedics rushed him to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Late Monday, friends told Eyewitness News, he was in good condition and was waiting to be transferred to a childrens hospital. His body was shaking like never before. Blood poured from a tiny cut between his wrist and his thumb. Moments earlier, around 8 p.m. Monday, David Bodkin-Parris, 14, had run to his friend's car, parked on Ashland Avenue in Glenolden, Delaware County. Thunder echoed around him. Wind shook the trees. Rain pounded the pavement. Then, it struck. "At first, it seemed not real," Bodkin said Tuesday. "I got hit by lightning." Odds are one in 12,000 that someone will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime, according to the National Weather Service. In June 2007, another 14-year-old boy, Zachary Yizzi, was struck in Cherry Hill. The bolt that hit Yizzi stopped his heart, knocking him unconscious and severely burning his body. He recovered but does not remember the incident. When Bodkin was struck Monday, he was leaving the home of his birth mother, Mellisa Parris, with a 16-year-old friend. The two were planning to drive to Prospect Park, where Bodkin lives with Jayne Von Bergen, his aunt and adopted mother. As the boys headed out to the car, a brutal storm rolled in, bringing rain and hail along with thunder and lightning. Most local officials, including Delaware County emergency manager Ed Truitt, reported no major problems from the weather. Except for Bodkin's injury. Bodkin said the lightning hit between his wrist and thumb. His sister and a cousin were inside the Ashland Avenue house at the time. "What even happened?" Bodkin said he thought Monday, as he looked down at his bloody wrist. "It was shocking." When Bodkin's friend realized lightning was the culprit, the boys ran back inside. They applied pressure to Bodkin's bleeding cut, which Bodkin said was not there before the strike. Von Bergen was driving home. But she soon re-routed, heading to Crozer-Chester Medical Center when she got a call about the incident. Bodkin said he was conscious the entire time. An initial report called the injury a lightning strike, and paramedics took him by ambulance to the Chester hospital. He was then transferred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington, where he spent Monday night. Bodkin and Von Bergen were still there Tuesday afternoon, waiting for an orthopedic specialist to check Bodkin before he could be released. A lightning strike mainly affects the nervous system, according to the Lightning Injury Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Side effects can include ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and other post-concussion-like symptoms. Bodkin - a baseball, basketball, and soccer player who has suffered from concussions - said he felt a bit tired. Not too bad. Mostly, his hand just felt tingly. "It's a little numb," Bodkin said. "It hurts a little when I move my thumb." Bodkin said doctors told him to expect some muscle weakness. All his blood work, Von Bergen said, came out fine. David Bodkin's brother, Dan, 16, was at home Tuesday, and he received a text from David in the morning. It read: Happy to be alive. Tuesday evening, Bodkin was home, relaxing with Parris, his birth mother, and a cousin in Glenolden. Drinking strawberry Gatorade and watching TV, he could finally relax after a wild 24 hours. A little before 6 p.m., the faint sound of thunder returned. More storms were coming. But Bodkin was not worried. "No, I'm not scared," he said. "I don't think I'll get struck twice." Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140716_Hit_by_lightning_on_Monday__he_s_OK_and_not_worried_it_will_happen_again.html#W7Q5HalIo0Z0BAFR.99
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Injured Kim Cardwell, 2 of 4 at RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
For a second day in a row, lightning killed a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park and injured the victims' companions,. Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, was killed Friday after she was struck by lightning, the Denver Post reported. Teilhet was struck by lightning at about 1:20 p.m. on the Ute Crossing Trail on Trail Ridge Road at roughly 11,400 feet, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook, according to parks spokesman Kyle Patterson. Teilhet, who was hiking with her husband and a friend, died at the scene. Her husband and friend were ttaken to Estes Park Medical Center, the newspaper reported. On Saturday, a man who has not been identified, was one of four people injured in a lightning strike shortly before 4 p.m. near Rainbow Curve, at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road. All four were taken to Estes Park Medical Center, where one man was pronounced dead, Patterson said. Previously, the last lightning fatality at the park was in 2000, the newspaper reported. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141307065215_ngd8b.htm#sthash.HeTt6NyQ.dpuf KUSA - On June 14, 1991, Kim Cardwell married the man of her dreams during a thunderstorm. That man was Gregory Cardwell. "Right after our minister pronounced us husband and wife, there was a huge storm outside and a clap of lightning struck and a huge thunder boomed," Cardwell said. "Greg and I looked at each other and said 'That's God blessing our marriage.'" The memory of her wedding day brings Cardwell a renewed sense of strength during a time of incredible loss. On Saturday, during an anniversary trip to the mountains, Cardwell's husband, Greg, was killed at Rocky Mountain National Park by a single bolt of lightning. It was the second lightning fatality at the park in two days. Cardwell says she felt 'weird' right before the strike but had no idea danger was looming above. "The clouds were not like dark storm clouds, they were wispy, little clouds, it came out of nowhere," Cardwell said. "It sounded like a bomb." RELATED: Adams Co. couple witnessed deadly lightning strike RELATED: RMNP lightning survivor loses wife of 22 years RELATED: Man ID'd in 2nd lightning death at RMNP RELATED: Lightning strike kills 1, injures 7 in RMNP The pair was standing just 10 feet from each other when the lightning hit. The force from the strike knocked Cardwell and several others standing nearby off their feet. "I was in a daze. I know I stood up and turned and saw my friend on the ground. I thought he had a heart attack or something. I started yelling trying to wake him up," Cardwell said, "I didn't even realize my husband was struck by lightning. When I saw him, I just started screaming for help. I didn't know what to do, I was in shock." Despite her efforts, Greg never woke up. It's a tough reality Cardwell is starting to accept. She says her strong faith, and the support of her family and friends, is helping her through. "My husband and I have a huge faith in God, so we know everything that has happened has been his will." (KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Killed Gregory Cardwell, 1 of 4 at RMNP  52.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
Yellow Springs woman killed in Colo. lightning strike 0 0 0 13 By Breaking News Staff For a second day in a row, lightning killed a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park and injured the victims' companions,. Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, was killed Friday after she was struck by lightning, the Denver Post reported. Teilhet was struck by lightning at about 1:20 p.m. on the Ute Crossing Trail on Trail Ridge Road at roughly 11,400 feet, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook, according to parks spokesman Kyle Patterson. Teilhet, who was hiking with her husband and a friend, died at the scene. Her husband and friend were ttaken to Estes Park Medical Center, the newspaper reported. On Saturday, a man who has not been identified, was one of four people injured in a lightning strike shortly before 4 p.m. near Rainbow Curve, at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road. All four were taken to Estes Park Medical Center, where one man was pronounced dead, Patterson said. Previously, the last lightning fatality at the park was in 2000, the newspaper reported. A Scottsbluff Nebraska man was the victim of a fatal lightning strike at Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday, the second person to be killed by lightning in two days in the park. Gregory Cardwell, 52, died after a bolt struck him near Rainbow Curve, at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road, according to a statement from park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. Three others were injured by the strike and taken to Estes Park Medical Center, where Cardwell was pronounced dead, Patterson said. The woman killed in Friday's lightning strike was Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Previously, the last lightning fatality that occurred in the park was in 2000, when a technical climber was struck on the Diamond on Longs Peak. Saturday's incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. About 1:20 p.m. Friday, the park staff was notified of a lighting strike on the Ute Crossing Trail on Trail Ridge Road at roughly 11,400 feet, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Eight people suffered various injuries from that strike. They were hiking back to the trailhead when lightning hit, roughly 500 yards from the trailhead, Patterson said. An air ambulance was able to land between bouts of severe weather but Teilhet died at the scene. She was hiking with her husband and a friend, who were taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center. The other five victims were part of a local hiking group and transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center, Patterson said. Various parts of Colorado reported severe weather Saturday. A tornado touched down in El Paso County, but no injuries were reported, and hail pelted parts of Pueblo County. Tom McGhee: 303-954-1671, tmcghee@denverpost.com or twitter.com/dpmcghee
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Injured Mary Iverson, 4 of 4 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK  Two people have been killed in two days in separate lightning strikes at Rocky Mountain National Park, RMNP spokesperson Kyle Patterson confirms. A lightning strike near the Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road affected 13 people Saturday. They were taken to the Estes Park Medical Center. Doctors say rangers and first responders administered CPR on a man who was directly hit by the bolt of lightning. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the center. The strike happened at around 3:30 p.m. RELATED: Lightning strike kills 1, injures 7 in RMNP This comes just over 24 hours after a woman died from a lightning strike on the Ute Crossing Trail  which is located on Trail Ridge Road between the Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Seven other people were injured. The woman who died has been identified as Rebecca Teilhet of Yellow Springs, Ohio. She had been hiking with her husband and a friend. In total, 21 people were taken to the hospital -- and two died from their injuries -- because of lightning strikes on Friday and Saturday, an official with the Estes Park Medical Center told 9NEWS. The last lightning fatality in Rocky Mountain National Park happened in 2000, when a technical climber was struck on the Diamond on Longs Peak. Park officials are reminding visitors of the dangers associated with being above tree line -- or more than 10,000 feet. That area is very exposed and there are few places to take cover. Park rangers say visitors should head to lower ground by 12 p.m. to avoid being caught in a dangerous storm. (KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation) A breathtaking view...literally. RELATED CONTENT Storm aftermath makes it a busy day for people in... Hikers, bikers in Springs on high alert after two... Minn. firefighters search for missing hikers in Colorado Second person killed by lightning in RMNP identified Turley recall effort has divided people in Woodland Park "We didn't see the bolt, it was just a white flash," said Mary Iverson. "It felt like something hit me in the head and I lost my vision and hearing for a solid 10 seconds," Daniel Walenter said. Iverson and Walenter were standing close to 52-year-old Gregory Caldwell on Rainbow Curve, an overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park. Caldwell, who was in a wheelchair, was struck by a bolt of lightning and killed. "Could have been any one of us so I'm feeling pretty lucky," Walenter said. Caldwell was the second death over the weekend in the park. Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed on Friday. According to the National Weather Service, on average about three people die from lightning every year in Colorado. Since 1980, El Paso County is the most dangerous place for lightning...with 10 fatalities and 76 injuries. Most lightning deaths and injuries in Colorado occur during the afternoon and evening. July is typically the deadliest month. Lightning can strike more than 10 miles from the rain area of a thunderstorm. That distance is about as far as you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder...you could be in danger of being struck by lightning. Even being inside doesnt completely protect you from lightning. You should stay away from talking on a land-line telephone and stay away from the shower and sink since wires and plumbing pipes can conduct electricity.
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
1 dead, 12 injured in Saturday lightning strike at Rocky Mountain National Park 4:34 PM, Jul 12, 2014 10:02 PM, Jul 12, 2014 ESTES PARK, Colo. - Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park say a lightning strike Saturday afternoon killed one person and injured 12 others. "At approximately 3:30 p.m. there was a lightning strike in the Rainbow Curve area along Trail Ridge Road," a statement from Rocky Mountain National Park said. One man died from his injuries. Estes Medical Center said they had treated 12 people for injuries following the lightning strike. View Larger Map At 10,829 feet, the Rainbow Curve Overlook is more than two vertical miles above sea level. On Friday, lightning in the park killed one visitor and injured seven others. The victim was identified by the park as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was hiking with her husband a friend who were injured. The other five victims were part of a local hiking group and transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center. Friday's death was the first by lightning in Colorado this year. Click for lightning safety tips from NOAA: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Print this article Back to Top A A A
Sat, 07/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured family of four  0.0  Rennebu  
 Norway 
      Ground Strike,Outside 
Family of four struck by one lightning bolt Published: 15 Jul 2014 00:46 GMT+02:00 Updated: 15 Jul 2014 00:46 GMT+02:00 Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit Four members of the same family were all struck by a lightning bolt on Saturday in Rennebu, South Trøndelag. Around 5pm on Saturday, a married couple, both 57 years old, and their son, 24, and daughter, 23, were all admitted to St Olav's Hospital. The couple and their daughter suffered only minor injuries from the lightning attack, but the young man was seriously injured. He was taken to intensive care at the hospital where his condition is said to be stable. He received vital heart and lung rescue at the scene of the incident after having a heart attack. Tore Kyllo, operation leader with the local police, confirmed to NTB: "It is a family of four that is struck. One of them got a cardiac arrest, but resuscitation made his heart beat again." The lightning struck the family in the mountains around Lake Jølvatnet, over 1,000 meters above sea-level. The family were able to notify the emergency services and initiate first aid to the young man until rescue services arrived. Rescue leader Bjørn Jarle Åmlid said to Adressa.no: "An airborne ambulance from Dombås and a Sea King helicopter from Ørland were sent to the site. They localized the family in the mountains and brought them to St. Olavs Hospital." Locals and visitors to the area confirmed there had been a thunderstorm in the area at the time of the incident. Karl Olav Mærk, owner of holiday cabins at Lake Jølvatnet, said: "There had been a normal thunderstorm for this time of year." Meteorologist Frank Dahlslett confirmed reports there were unusually high numbers of "fierce thunderstorms" across all of Norway on Saturday. There were 710 registered lightning strikes during a six-hour period, where 338 strikes hit the ground. For more stories about Norway, join us on Facebook and Twitter
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 7 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 3 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Park Rangers were notified around 1:20 p.m. about a strike that hit the Ute Crossing Trail, which is located off Trail Ridge Road between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Park Spokesman Kyle Patterson said the strike killed one woman. Two of the seven others affected by the lightning strike were taken to Estes Park Medical Center by ambulance. The five others drove themselves to the hospital.
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Killed Rebecca R Teilhet, 1 of 8 in RMNP  42.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Hiking,Outside,Park 
A woman died Friday afternoon and two other people were treated and transported by ambulance after lightning struck along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park staff were notified at 1:20 p.m. of a lighting strike that occurred on the Ute Crossing Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Park Spokeswoman Kyle Patterson wrote in a news release. That area is located off of Trail Ridge Road between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Eight people were affected by the lightning strike with a variety of injuries, Patterson wrote. One woman  whose name has not yet been released  died from her injuries. Of the remaining seven, two were transported by ambulance and five transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center. On Friday, lightning in the park killed one visitor and injured seven others. The victim was identified by the park as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was hiking with her husband a friend who were injured. The other five victims were part of a local hiking group and transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center.
Fri, 07/11/2014 04:30 PM Killed Shannon Mosley  23.0  Clarke County MS 
 USA 
  riding a horse  N/A  CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Clarke County, Mississippi A 23-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by lightning Friday afternoon while riding her horse. It happened about 4:30 Friday in Clarke County near the Nancy community, just off County Road 291. Clarke County Emergency Management Director Eddie Ivy says the woman, identified as Shannon Mosely, was unresponsive when rescue workers arrived and her horse was killed by the strike. Mosely was first taken to H.C. Watkins Hospital but then transferred by Baptist Life-Flight to Hattiesburg. Ivy says the family says she will be transferred to the burn center in Jackson. A 23-year-old woman who was struck by lightning while riding her horse in Clarke County is still fighting for her life. Emergency Response Manager Eddie Ivy tells News Channel 12 it happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in Quitman. The victim, Shannon Mosley, was airlifted from a local hospital to Forest General in Hattiesburg. Mosley was then taken to the burn center at CMMC here in Jackson. The 23-year old is still in critical condition. Ivy also says the horse Mosley was riding died on the scene. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. A Mississippi woman and the horse she was riding are dead following a cloud-to-ground lightning strike, authorities reported on Saturday (July 12). Clarke County EMA Director Eddie Ivy said 23-year old Shannon Mosely was riding a horse about 4:30 p.m. Friday when she was struck by lightning. The incident happened just off of County Road 291, near the Nancy Community in Quitman, according to WTOK-TV. Ivy said Mosley was airlifted from a local hospital to Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and then taken to the burn center at CMMC in Jackson, where she died Saturday afternoon. He said the horse died at the scene of the lightning strike on Friday. Mosely is the first lightning-related death in Mississippi in three years. The last lightning death occurred on July 31, 2011, when a Pascagoula man was struck and killed while fishing. According to Vaisala, a company that monitors cloud-to-ground lightning activity across the United States, Mississippi ranks 15th in the country as the most dangerous state for lightning strikes with 106 deaths since 1959. Florida is by far the most dangerous state with 475 lightning fatalities since 1959 including four so far this year. July is historically the most dangerous month for lightning strikes in the United States, accounting for the most deaths and injuries nearly every year. So far this year, 12 people have been killed and more than 80 others have been injured in lightning strikes. Four of the deaths have occurred this month alone. In Colorado, two people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been injured from lightning strikes in Rocky Mountain National Park in two days (since Friday). Posted: Jul 12, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Updated: Jul 12, 2014 11:50 PM EDT By Perrise Thomas - email Lightning safety tips Lightning safety tips "Clarke County was experiencing some thunderstorms, we did have lightning and thunder in the area." Clarke county emergency management director, Eddie Ivy says 23-year old Shannon Mosley was riding a horse on her family's property Friday afternoon, when she and the horse were struck by lightning. "We're unclear as to exactly what was struck, but she was struck by lightning. She was injured very badly and the horse was killed." Mosley was taken to CMMC in Jackson for treatment. Ivy says its important to be aware of weather conditions in order to lessen your chances of being struck. "Anytime you hear thunder, or see lightning, that's the time to seek shelter. That's the time to go inside and stay until at least 30 minutes after you hear that last clap of thunder, that last bolt of lightning." Here are a few tips Ivy says help protect you from getting struck by lightning: Avoid open fields, trees and metal objects such as fences. Stay out of the water. And if you're outside and can't immediately seek shelter indoors, if possible, get inside a vehicle with a metal roof. Ivy says 50 people die a year as a result of being struck by lightning, but that doesn't have to be you. "If you can hear the thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning."
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 4 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
DENVER  A lightning strike killed a woman and injured seven other people yesterday as they hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, a park official said. The group was at an elevation of 11,000 feet on the Ute Crossing Trail when they were hit by the bolt in the early afternoon, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. The woman, whose name had not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Estes Park, and five others drove themselves to the medical facility, Patterson said. Kerrie Hill, spokeswoman for the Estes Park Medical Center, said some of the injured were treated and released, but could not comment on the condition of the others or the extent of their injuries. National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Leszcynski said radar and satellite imagery showed an isolated storm cell that moved over the area produced several lightning strikes in the park.
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured Justin Teilhet, 2 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Lightning Survivor Has No Memory of Deadly Strike DENVER  Jul 14, 2014, 3:37 PM ET By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press Share 1 Share on email0 Comments Associated Press Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife. It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and a cut on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious. Lightning killed two people last weekend just miles apart in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results. Rebecca Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed Friday while hiking on the Ute Crossing Trail at about 11,400 feet above sea level. Justin Teilhet and six other hikers were injured. One day later and a few miles away, lightning killed 52-year-old Gregory Cardwell of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, at Rainbow Curve, a pullover on Trail Ridge Road with sweeping vistas from a vantage point about 10,800 feet above sea level. Three others were hurt by that strike. They were the first lightning deaths in the park since 2000, officials said. Thunderstorms occur in the park almost daily during the peak travel months of summer, and many produce lightning. "A storm blew in, and it came very fast," Justin Teilhet said Monday from his home in Ohio. "It started raining a little bit. We were hearing claps of thunder everywhere, but it there wasn't any lightning." His wife and his good friend Nick Tertel of Fort Collins were hustling back to the trailhead parking lot on Trail Ridge Road as the storm closed in. The next thing Teilhet remembers was struggling to lift his body from the ground, with one side numb. "I was walking, and then I was trying to stand up," he said, adding he had no memory of anything in between. "When I found Nick trying to revive my wife, I crawled to them and tried to help." Tertel also was injured but gave Rebecca Teilhet CPR and kept her alive until paramedics arrived, Justin Teilhet said. "He really was a hero at that event." Tertel declined to comment. Park officials said a helicopter was dispatched, but Rebecca Teilhet died at the scene.  Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 6 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 8 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/11/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman   48.0  Dawsonville GA 
 USA 
  trimming hedges    Outside,Yard 
I learned today of another lightning fatality. A 48-year-old Dawsonville, GA, woman was struck by lightning on Friday, July 11th, while trimming hedges in her back yard (inserted as number 12 on the list). She succumbed to her injuries on July 15. To my knowledge, there was no online news story concerning this incident.
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 5 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured Sebastian Cedeno  7.0  Henry County GA 
 USA 
  inside home    Indirect,Indoors,Window 
ATLANTA  Parents of a 7-year-old boy say lightning struck him when he was inside his home. Channel 2s Tom Jones went to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the boy's mother spoke to us about Sebastian Cedeno. He is recovering in the burn unit after the frightening encounter. "We're standing at the bay window and all of a sudden we hear this big "koosh," said Cedeno's mother, Kara Rivers. "It blew both of us back. Both of our hands went to our ears and all I could see was my son on the ground and his foot was smoking." Rivers showed Jones a picture of her son's sock that was smoking after the lightning strike. Cedeno suffered first-degree burns on his left hip, pelvis going down to his groin area. The boy was also burned on his right arm and on the back of his body. Rivers became even more concerned when her son initially had difficulty standing. "He told me his legs couldn't move. He couldn't move his legs, and that of course freaked me out a little more," she said. Rivers said the weather was really bad right before the lightning strike and she was in the window with her son waiting for her husband to come home. She said it's a miracle her son wasn't severely injured. "It's just really kind of amazing, but he's stable," Rivers said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141107064747_ngc43.htm#sthash.MLDJJCQp.dpuf
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured Adam Campbell  0.0  San Juan Mountains CO 
 USA 
  running     Ground Strike,Jogging / Running,Outside 
A runner almost caught lightning in a bottle and thats not a good thing. Adam Campbell of Calgary was running in a super marathon in southern Colorado when he was nearly struck by lightning. It happened while he and a running partner were nearing the summit of a peak on the San Juan Mountains. The strike was close enough to destroy his headlight and cause his heart to skip a beat. Campbell still finished 3rd in the 162 km international race with a time of 25 hours, 56 minutes and 36 seconds.
Thu, 07/10/2014 04:00 PM Injured teen   15.0  Spartanburg SC 
 USA 
  bringing in dogs    Dogs,Fence,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
An Upstate teenager was shocked by a nearby lightning strike Thursday afternoon, according to EMS. Spartanburg County emergency workers responded just after 4 p.m. Thursday to reports of a teen struck by lightning. According to dispatchers, the 15-year-old was shocked by lighting that struck chain link fencing in the 100 block of Blue Springs Circle. The teen said he was trying to get puppies out of the kennel and into the house when the lightning hit. Duncan Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene. Neighbor Susie Salters said, It was like he was disoriented, just stunned, said he was aching all over. Then he said his heart started hurting. And I said, Oh yeah, you need some medical help." The teen was taken to the hospital to get checked out. Thunderstorms were expected to move through the area throughout the evening, and, as always with thunderstorms, residents should be aware of potential lightning danger.
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning claims eight lives in Osmanabad  0.0  Osmanabad  
 India 
       
Aurangabad: Eight persons were killed and five sustained severe burn injuries after lightning struck on two firecracker factories at village Terkheda in Washi tehsil of Osmanabad district on Tuesday evening. The victims have been admitted to the government hospital in Barshi and still are not out of danger. Police said that one Farid Pathan owns a firecracker factory Prince Fireworks at Terkheda and one Pinnu Pathan at Sitewadi, 2 kms away from Prince. It started raining heavily around at 5 pm when lightning struck on both the firecracker factories leading to blasts, which claimed 8 persons and left 5 others seriously injured. The rainfall coupled with failure in power supply worsened the rescue operation. Share this Post:
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 3 in Gajapati  0.0   
 India 
       
Berhampur: Three persons, including a woman, were killed and four injured in a lightning strike in Gajapati district on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Manjula Nayak, 40, of Chandiput, Kanhu Nayak, 48, of Ankili and Udaya Nath Nayak, 35, of Bhobatiguda near Chandiput. Lightning struck them while they were standing inside a hut near a maize field to escape the rain at Chandiput village, police said. The injured were admitted to a health centre at Chandiput. Police personnel from Chandiput outpost are inquiring the matter, said sub-divisional police officer (R Udayagiri) R K Sethi.
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed 9 killed  0.0   
 Bengal 
       
Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Nine people were killed after being struck by lightning in West Bengals Howrah district Thursday, an official said. The incident occurred in Shyampur area of the district. Six others were injured and have been hospitalised. Nine of them died on the way& six more were injured and were admitted to the Uluberia subdivisional hospital. Out of them five are critical, the official said. At a function in Birbhum, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Rs.2 lakh compensation each for the kin of the dead and cautioned people against venturing in extreme weather conditions. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141207072634_nine-killed-in-lightning-strike-in-bengal.htm#sthash.iYa8IEPS.dpuf
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured Hank Richardson  0.0  Albuquerque NM 
 USA 
  parking lot    Outside,Work 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. This past Thursday, a University of New Mexico student was struck by lightning -- though he never lost consciousness, his watch stopped after the electrical charge. RELATED Rain causes problems in Santa Fe County See amazing photos of lightning shared on u local Track the storm with interactive weather resources Baby survives lightning strike while in womb Severe thunderstorm warning issued in BernCo The crack of lightning took Hank Richardson by surprise. The student works part-time at Airport Parking. He was taking money and helping a new employee before the strike. He said he stepped out of the booth very quickly with a co-worker and suddenly, something happened. The strike caused the power to go out at that airport parking facility. Management did get power restored to the lot shortly after the storm. A loud crack and a flash and then I realized it was lightning, said Richardson. He knew something was wrong right away. I just felt this tingle over my body and all of a sudden I immediately lost hearing in my right ear, he said. A co-worker that was standing near him during the strike said it looked like someone lit a firework off in front of him. He said he never lost consciousness. The fireman came in and they also noticed my watch had stopped, he said. Richardson walked away with no burns, just bruising on his feet. The doctor said it basically missed my heart so that's pretty much why I'm still alive, said Richardson. Richardson wants to take his second chance, and apply it to his artwork. He knows his new lease on life gives him a unique opportunity to do more than he had before. It does make you think, you know when having a near miss like this, it does help you put things into perspective, he said. Richardson says he's not working for a little while so he can recover. He has since been to the doctor for a checkup from the lightning strike. Mobile Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/lightning-strikes-unm-student-stops-wristwatch/26969824#ixzz37fBIX3Te

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