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Fri, 08/26/2016 05:30 PM Killed Fontella Span  50.0  Sarasota FL 
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  outside     Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
SARASOTA  Rattled by the ferocity of a Friday afternoon thunderstorm, nearby residents wandered through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Cocoanut Avenue Saturday morning, looking in vain for signs of the violence that claimed the life of a 50-year-old woman seeking shelter from the lightning. When Tonya Edwards of Newtown approached a gazebo and confronted a stack of plastic and nylon bags crammed with familiar bedding, clothes and stuffed animals, the loss of a woman she tried to save for the last two years packed an emotional wallop. "I brought her this," said Edwards, sifting through a heap of abandoned garments. "I brought her this." Although first responders at the Sarasota County Fire Department could not confirm the woman's name due to privacy rules, Edwards and others close to the local itinerant culture identified the woman killed as Fontella Span. Fire/rescue crews converged on the scene around 5:30 p.m. Friday as a west-bound storm system pounded the Sarasota-Tampa Bay region with 1,332 lightning strikes, according to a tweet from 10 News meteorologist Jim Van Fleet. The fatal bolt reportedly created a small fire that had to be doused, but the damage was inconspicuous. Span was Sarasota County's first lightning-related fatality since 39-year-old roofer Hermenengildo Diaz Zambrono was struck on July 16, 2014. Manatee County has also seen tragedy recently. Farm hand Fleuridor Kercizan, 47, died after being struck by lightning in June in Myakka City. Cynthia Nimmer gravitated to the scene in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday morning because she's certain she witnessed the fatal strike from her home on nearby Riverside Drive. "I've seen a lot of lightning in my life but I've never seen anything like that," Nimmer said. "We were standing in the yard and there was this huge shaft of light, with, like, these little fingers shooting out of it. It was like an explosion. Look at me, I'm shivering just talking about it." Nimmer scanned the towering oaks and all three park gazebos and was surprised to find everything looking so normal. "I at least expected to see a black hole in the roof or something like that." In fact, the storms that barreled through Bradenton Friday afternoon did just that to Cindy Lawrence-Benkaim, a resident of the Barrington Ridge neighborhood. "Well," she said of the three holes in her roof, "at least we are all ok. The water pouring into the kitchen hasn't been fun, though. The contractor can't believe a fire didn't start." The National Weather Service puts the odds on individuals getting hit by lightning at 1 in 1,190,000, with 90 percent of those victims surviving. Span's number came up as she reportedly was hurrying from one gazebo to the next, amid a boomer that made Tonya Edwards jump several blocks away: "I said, Lord, please, don't let nobody get hit by that." Edwards said she learned about Span later Friday when an acquaintance at a neighborhood store spread the word. A member of Bible Teachers International, a ministry whose motto is "Gathering the Lost, One Sheep at a Time," Edwards befriended Span two years ago despite the fact that Span was "so mean to me at first." Undeterred by what she described as Span's multiple mental and addiction issues, Edwards was persistent in her efforts to forge a relationship. She gave her clothes, food, a bicycle to replace one that got stolen, and even cash from time to time. "God never gave up on me, so how could I give up on her? Isn't that what we're supposed to do  take care of each other?" Edwards got to know Span well enough to consider her "an awesome lady" who was reluctant to embrace Edwards due to the aroma of street life. "I said, I don't care, you give me a big ol' hug now! And eventually she'd say, 'I love you too!' I would tell her God will take care of her." Edwards last saw Span Friday morning. "She was looking real sad, she was going through something," Edwards recalls. "She needed some help. She didn't have medication, all she had was drugs and alcohol. I remember her saying, 'I'm just so tired, tired, tired.' "I know she's not discouraged anymore. She can rest now."
Fri, 08/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Grenada Lake MS 
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  searching for arrowheads    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Fri, 08/26/2016 12:00 PM Killed Donna Hendrix, 1 of 2  51.0  Grenada Lake MS 
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  searching for arrowheads    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
COFFEEVILLE, Miss.  A Yalobusha County woman is dead after she and her boyfriend were struck by lightning Friday while searching for arrowheads at Grenada Lake. RELATED Kosciusko man charged with capital... Reward up to $22,500 in Durant nun... Man sentenced in Wingfield students... Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical... 2 arrested in killing of retired Moss... The Yalobusha County Coroner's Office identifies the victim as 51-year-old Donna Hendrix of Coffeeville. Sheriff Lance Humphreys told WTVA-TV that the lighting struck Hendrix near the Bryant boat landing, in the southern part of the county. Hendrix's boyfriend was taken to a hospital. There's no word on his condition. An autopsy will be performed on Hendrix to determine an official cause of death. This is Mississippi's third lightning death, according to the National Weather Service. There have been 31 deaths in the U.S. this year.
Wed, 08/24/2016 12:00 PM Injured Brennan Fisk-Bittner  15.0  Marco Island FL 
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  leaving beach     Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
COLLIER COUNTY - A day at the beach on Marco Island quickly turned into a nightmare Wednesday afternoon. Out of nowhere, storm clouds approached while Lori Fisk-Bittner was on the beach with her three kids. "I just said we gotta sprint, we gotta sprint, we gotta go. Now, now, now!" As the family sprinted off the beach, Fisk-Bittner watched a lightning bolt strike directly next to her kids. "I don't know how to describe it. I was numb; I was scared to death," said Fisk-Bittner. Her son Brennan collapsed face first on the ground. "I noticed I couldn't move, and I was just getting shocked. Then the light just bam, everything went white," Brennan said. Then, Brennan popped up. "My heart was just beating; I couldn't feel anything. I couldn't talk." "He was mumbling, 'I got hit, I'm hit, I'm hit! I can't feel my chest, my heart, my lungs, I can't feel my legs, I can't feel my head, I can't feel my head, it hurts, it hurts!" recalled his mom. The family sprinted across the street to shelter at a 7-Eleven, where emergency crews quickly arrived. "His eyeballs were out of his head. He was shaking, he was- his face was really, really red," Fisk-Bittner said. Brennan was taken to the hospital. Doctors said he was shocked by lightning. The Bittner family's message for anyone who's outside when storms approach? "Anybody that thinks this is a joke, it's not, we're very very fortunate," Fisk-Bittner said. "I'm just happy I'm still here," Brennan said. He was released from the hospital Wednesday night and is doing better, but his family said he has a concussion and has been dealing with headaches since the incident.
Tue, 08/23/2016 05:15 PM Injured correctional officer  0.0  Columbia County FL 
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  outside     Burnt,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Tue, 08/23/2016 06:15 PM Injured boy  4.0  Columbia County FL 
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  playing in water    Ground Strike,Outside,Water 
A 4-year-old boy and a correctional officer at the Columbia Correctional Institute were struck by lightning Tuesday evening in separate strikes in Columbia County, Florida. >> Read more trending stories The correctional officer was struck around 5:15 p.m., authorities said. The officer was outside at the time and received burns to his head. He was conscious when medics and fire rescue personnel arrived. He was transported to Lake City Medical Center for treatment and observation. The 4-year-old boy was struck in the south end of Columbia County around 6:15 p.m. He and his parents were outside underneath a shelter when the storm started. The little boy was playing in water in the rain when lightning hit about 30 feet away. The boy felt the shock and fell to the ground crying. One of the boy's legs was initially purple, so his parents brought him to Fire Station 45, located at 12595 U.S. 441 in Lake City, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Murray Smith. The boy had no obvious visual injuries to his body. He was taken to Lake Shore Hospital and is in stable condition.
Fri, 08/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Chad Trover  45.0  Larimer County CO 
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  near/under trees    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- An Arvada man died after being struck by lighting Friday in the Roosevelt National Forest in northern Colorado. The Larimer County Coroner's Office identified the man as 45-year-old Chad Trover. Investigators say Trover was in the Crystal Lakes/Red Feather Lakes area Friday afternoon when a large storm moved through the area. Trover was standing between a couple trees when he was hit by lightning, the coroner's office confirmed. Trover's daughter, Jennica, talked to FOX31 Denver about her father and provided this statement: "Chad Trover was a one in a million type of guy. He was the most amazing father and is loved by so many. My father was the glue that held the Trover clan together. He could fix everything and anything, his creativity never lacked. He was a man that never stopped and would travel the universe for the ones he loved. Anything that he put his mind, to he did without any hesitation. He would make any stranger a friend and would welcome anyone into his life. He never ceased to make everyone feel welcome. My dad had the biggest heart I have ever known and will ever know. His spirit will live on forever. Dad, you will be missed so so so dearly. You were my rock and my entire world. I know I have the most amazing guardian angel watching over me every second of everyday. I love you dad, and everyone surrounding me loves and misses you so dearly."
Fri, 08/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Alyson Knenlein  21.0  Presque Isle MI 
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  sitting on wooden bench  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Lifeguard,Outside 
PRESQUE ISLE, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) - A 21-year-old woman was struck by lightning near a lake in Presque Isle. The woman was hurt Friday afternoon at Grand Lake in Presque Isle. ADVERTISING The East Grand Lake Fire Department says there were heavy storms at the time of the lightning strike near the north end of the lake. The Fire Department says the woman was sitting in a wooden swing near a beach house when she was struck. Rescue personnel on scene performed CPR. We're told when she was then taken to an area hospital for treatment and had a heartbeat and blood pressure. The Fire Department says she was flown to another hospital from there but her condition was not immediately known. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Her classmates at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids say Alyson Knenlein touched them with her drawings and songs and made them better for it. Knenlein died Sunday after investigators say she was struck by lightning while working as a lifeguard on Grand Lake near Alpena. The 21-year-old artist was spending the summer with her grandparents near Presque Isle Harbor. First responders say there was thunder and lightning in the area. Knenlein was found unconscious near the boat house. Within minutes we were on scene, says East Grand Lake Fire Chief Ron Fournier. CPR was in progress by a bystander. The electrical force going through you will stop the heart, but if you can get the heart started again the person has a chance. Paramedics did revive Knenlein and she was flown to Grand Rapids for treatment. She died Sunday. The president of Kendall College of Art and Design released this statement: Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University is deeply saddened by this news. On behalf of the college I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to Alysons family and the KCAD community during this difficult time.
Thu, 08/18/2016 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 men  31.0  North Myrtle Beach SC 
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  surf fishing    Beach,fishing,Ground Strike,Outside 
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  Lightning from Thursday afternoons storms impacted four men who were surf fishing on the beach in the 6200 block of Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. According to information from city spokesperson Pat Dowling, the four men, ages 31 to 57, were not directly struck by the lightning. However, the lightning struck close enough to the North Carolina residents to render one of the men unconscious for a short period of time, Dowling said. The man was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Wed, 08/17/2016 12:00 PM Injured DOT worker  0.0  Marion NC 
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  in a carport    Carport,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
WLOS ⬠MARION, N.C. -- A Department of Transportation worker was struck by lightning in Marion, and the 911 tapes from the incident were released on Thursday. "Just one got hit by lightning. There's four of us here. We was under this little shed. And then three of us ran under the house. And as soon as we got over there lightning just hit right beside us and it was like [lightning sound]," the 911 caller, who identified himself as a DOT worker, said. ADVERTISING The man was hit on Jacktown Road on Wednesday. Emergency responders told News 13 he took cover under a carport during a storm, when lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled to him. At first, the DOT worker who called 911 said his co-worker wasn't breathing. "He's got a flat heartbeat, but he's not breathing," the caller said. The dispatcher asked him to ask another DOT worker at the scene to perform CPR. Eventually, he started breathing again. Minutes later, emergency responders got to the scene. They said he had serious injuries, but he was able to breathe and was conscious. According to the worker's manager, the victim is resting comfortably at Mission Hospital. His manager also told News 13 there will be an internal investigation after the accident, which is standard procedure.
Tue, 08/16/2016 12:08 AM Injured student  14.0  Orlando FL 
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  in parking lot near trees    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Tree 
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 14-year-old student who was struck by lightning at Orlando's First Academy has been released from the hospital, according to officials with ORMC. The incident happened Tuesday after a lightning strike sent a shock across the grounds of the school at about 12:08 p.m. during lunch. An Orlando police officer at the school told Channel 9 that the student was shocked while standing in a parking lot and near a tree when the lightning struck. The school released another statement on Wednesday. Yesterday, at approximately 12:00 p.m., The First Academys safety team responded to a student incident on our campus. At the time of the incident, the school campus was experiencing inclement weather. This morning, the mother shared with us that [the student] rested comfortably last night and is doing very well. The doctors werent able to determine exactly what happened yesterday, but we are thankful that he was released from the hospital today. Were hopeful that hell return to school this week. I appreciate everyone at The First Academy for their prayers and love. I would also like to thank the EMS workers and first responders at The First Academy for their wonderful response to yesterdays incident. The First Academy is very thankful for our campus safety team who engaged the student immediately, as well as the professional EMS workers who were on campus within minutes. We are grateful for the lightning alert system that was in place and working properly. As with every student incident on campus, our safety team conducts a thorough review of all safety policies and procedures and their implementation. As mentioned previously, the safety of our students is our highest concern. We will continue to keep our school families updated on our safety policies and procedures through internal communications.  The teen boy who was injured when lightning struck a tree at his school, First Academy, yesterday has been released from the hospital. @WFTV  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 17, 2016 The teen, who was responsive, was taken by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital. The teen is stable, officials said. First Academy sent parents a letter explaining that a student was injured during lunch hour, but did not explain why the student was outside. Eyewitness News asked school administrators to point out which tree was hit, but they said for security reasons, its a closed campus. No other information was released. Channel 9 learned the school has two lightning strike detection systems, but school officials wont say if the systems were working when the lightning hit. The technology for the systems was paid for by the Jesse Watlington Foundation. The non-profit has funded lightning detention systems at 40 schools, after its 11-year-old namesake was killed by a strike in 2012. His father and foundation vice president said the first two systems were donated to the First Academy. He believes they were working and registering any lightning within 10 miles. OUC on scene now near a group of trees and power poles. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/6GBw3TVPHZ  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 16, 2016 This is the statement provided by First Academy. Does not mention lightning. Letter was also sent to parents. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/cQa9S7o4vl  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 16, 2016
Sun, 08/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured man  55.0  Daytona Beach FL 
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  on atv on the beach    All Terrain Vehicle,Beach,Golf Course,Outside 
LIGHTNING ALONG DAYTONA BEACH SENT EVERYONE RUNNING. >> I SAW A GUY IN A STRETCHER. REPORTER: VACATIONER DAVID TURSI GUESSED CORRECTLY THAT THE AMBULANCE WAS CONNECTED TO THE RUNNING FROM THE BEACH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. A BOLT OF LIGHTNING HIT AS BEACH VENDOR RODNEY COLLINS, ON AN ATV LIKE THIS ONE, WAS COLLECTING BEACH CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS. LOOK AT THIS. THE LIGHTNING PUNCHED A HOLE IN THE TRAILER COLLINS WAS PULLING, SPLITTING THE WOOD BENEATH, AND IT KNOCKED COLLINS OFF HIS ATV. TURSI SAID IT WAS A FRIGHTENING INSTANT. >> 30 FEET AWAY, I SAW A HUGE LIGHTNING STRIKE AND THUNDER. REPORTER: THOSE WHO WITNESSED THE VENDOR GET KNOCKED OFF THE ATV CALLED FOR HELP. >> I AM ON THE BEACH. A GUY GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. >> TO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE? >> HE IS NOT IN GOOD SHAPE. >> HE WAS PICKING UP UMBRELLAS. IT STARTED RAINING HARD, SO WE STARTED RUNNING TOWARDS THE CAR. REPORTER: ELECTRICITY FROM THE SAME BOLT OF LIGHTNING DISABLED A BEACH PATROL JEEP. THE OFFICER IN IT WASN'T HURT AND WENT TO HELP THE INJURED VENDOR, WHO WAS BLEEDING FROM HIS MOUTH. WITNESSES BELIEVE COLLINS BRIEFLY LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AGAIN. A BOLT THAT HIT WAY TOO CLOSE FOR COMFOR TO SAY THE LEAST. IT IS PERFECTLY CLEAR OUT HERE TODAY. NORMALLY, MR. COLLINS WOULD BE RIGHT ON THE BEACH BEHIND ME, BUT HE REMAINS IN THE HOSPITAL. HE TOLD ME BY PHONE BRIEFLY HE IS FEELING BETTER. EXTREMITIES. DOES NOT REALLY REMEMBER ANY OF DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. A Daytona Beach man escaped serious injury when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding Sunday was struck by lightning on the beach. NEVER MISS A BEAT Download the WESH 2 News app to stay on top of the latest news in Central Florida and beyond. MORE The strike occurred near the Silver Beach approach in the late afternoon. At the same time, a beach safety officer's Jeep was also believed to be hit, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said. The officer wasn't hurt but the Jeep wasn't drivable. The officer immediately called for another victim to be helped, presumably the man on the all-terrain vehicle. That man was picking up some of the umbrellas he rents at a concession stand when a storm came in and a bolt apparently his ATV. He was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived and told them he was thrown from the vehicle when it was struck. He was treated for some lacerations to his lips from biting them during the indirect strike and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation. "He's a real nice guy," Bobby Beaudon, who knows the victim, said. He saw rescuers rush to help after hearing a loud crash. "A lot of the boys, the umbrella guys, my friends, were out there. I noticed the ambulance and the fire truck and beach patrol," he said about the moments following the strike. Earlier in the summer, several people were hurt and one woman lost her life to a lightning strike along the short just south of the Silver Beach area. Beachgoers told WESH they were thankful that no one was seriously hurt Sunday. "You've to be careful out there," Beaudon said. "When the electricity -- the lightning and thunder -- hits, (lifeguards) want you to head (off the beach)."
Sat, 08/13/2016 04:22 PM Injured man  0.0  Owasco Lake NY 
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  in swimming pool    In Water,Outside,Swimming 
A man was reported to be uninjured after being struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in Owasco. An emergency dispatch at about 4:22 p.m. said that a man had been in a swimming pool at a home on Willowbrook Drive when he was stuck. He was reported to be out of the pool and conscious, and Owasco Water Rescue was said to be responding via Owasco Lake to a dock at the residence. An ambulance was also sent to the home. The man was later transported to Auburn Community Hospital as a precaution, but was reportedly not injured. The incident occurred as a wave of unsettled weather has swept through the region over the past several days, spawning showers and thunderstorms. Two people found dead in a cemetery in Batavia Wednesday had been struck by lightning, and lightning also hit a group of people Friday in Poughkeepsie, killing one and injuring four others. The victims had been at Mansion Square Park when a thunderstorm went through at about 4 p.m. One man was killed and one was still in intensive care Saturday with burns and internal injuries. On Saturday, state police reported that four people were injured in a lightning strike in Lake George.
Sat, 08/13/2016 07:36 PM Killed Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 1 of 3  38.0  Beltzville Lake PA 
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  leaving lake  N/A  In Water 
Multiple people were rushed to hospitals Saturday night after lightning from a severe storm struck Beltzville Lake while people were in the water. Lightning just ahead of Saturday night's storm, struck the lake in Carbon County while swimmers were leaving the water, injuring multiple people, according to authorities. A Carbon County communications dispatcher said lightning hit the lake at 7:36 p.m. just as the storm was moving toward Beltzville State Park. Swimmers were being urged to exit the water when the lightning hit the surface. Victims were sent to hospitals in Palmerton and Lehighton, according to the dispatcher. There was no word Saturday night on the severity of their injuries. Promoted stories from PoliticsChatter.com The extended family of President Obama August 12 roundup: Trumps sarcasm, GOP insiders think he cant win, more Flashback: Hillary Clinton through the years In the Lehigh Valley, the storm prompted Musikfest officials to postpone shows for roughly 90 minutes Saturday evening and scanner reports indicated a home in Lower Macungie Township was struck by lightning. LEHIGHTON (AP)  A New Jersey man died and at least two other people were treated for injuries after an apparent lightning strike at an eastern Pennsylvania lake, authorities said. Officials said the man was swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday when the strike occurred. Terry Brady, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said a preliminary investigation indicates that he managed to get out of the water but became unresponsive in the beach area. The Lehigh County coroners office said Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 38, of Camden, N.J., died just after 3 a.m. Sunday at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest. An autopsy is scheduled today to determine the exact cause of death. Park manager Devin Buzard said two or three other people were treated after the lightning strike. Staff began warning visitors to seek shelter and leave the water ahead of the storm, as per protocol at the park, where there were about 3,000 visitors during peak hours of the day, he said. There were about 20 cloud to ground strikes in southern Carbon County during the period of the strike, according to Valerie Meola, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. That compares to more than 600 instances of cloud to ground lightning in an area of New York, where several people were struck and one died, she said. In Bethlehem, attendees at the annual Musikfest music festival were told to leave the festival stages when the storm rolled in and music was stopped for about an hour and a half. Meola said such caution was warranted, but the storm in that area wasnt particularly notable for cloud to ground strikes, with most of the action taking place in the sky as lightning jumped from cloud to cloud.
Fri, 08/12/2016 12:00 PM Killed Franklyn Mekeel, 3 of 5  46.0  Poughkeepsie NY 
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  at table in park  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Picnic,Tree 
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP)  A second victim has died following a lightning strike in the Hudson Valley earlier this month. John Nelson, a spokesman at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, says the 46-year-old man died early Wednesday. The man is the second to die following a lightning strike in Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie on Aug. 12. Officials say lightning struck a tree, traveling down it and shocking five people gathered around a park bench. A 50-year-old man died the next day. Authorities havent released the victims names.
Fri, 08/12/2016 04:00 PM Injured Karen Brooks, 2 of 5  0.0  Poughkeepsie NY 
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  at table in park    Ground Strike,Outside,Thrown 
One of four survivors of Friday's lightning strike was released from the hospital on Monday, and shared recollections of the fatal event. Karen Brooks said she was thrown 20 feet into the air and suffered burns on her legs and feet as a result of the lightning strike that hit her and four other friends in Mansion Square Park in the City of Poughkeepsie Friday, in an interview with CBS 2 New York. One of her friends, a 50-year-old man, died of heart failure early Saturday morning, according to Vassar Brothers Medical Center. "He wasn't going to make it, I knew that," she told a reporter for CBS. Brooks, who was released from MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, said she was sitting on a bench under a tree when she was suddenly thrown. "My head felt like it was going to blow up," Brooks said. Brooks could not be reached, and families of the other victims declined to be interviewed by the Journal. As of Monday afternoon, one patient, a 46-year-old male, remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit, according to Tim Massie, senior vice president at Health Quest, which operates Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Tests have been run and are being evaluated. The man is expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days, Massie said. A second patient, another 46-year-old male, is doing well and is expected to be released in the next couple days, Massie said. Another victim with less severe injuries sent to MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center is in good condition, spokesperson Geoff Brault said. Amanda J. Purcell: apurcell@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4807; Twitter: @amandajpurcell
Fri, 08/12/2016 04:00 PM Killed man, 1 of 5  0.0  Poughkeepsie NY 
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  at table in park    Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Police say five people are being treated for injuries after lightning struck a Poughkeepsie park during a fast-moving thunderstorm. Poughkeepsie police say emergency responders were called to Mansion Square Park for reports of people struck by lightning shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. Medical personnel started CPR on three people who were unresponsive. Two people were conscious but hurt. Some belongings were on fire. Police say the people are 46 to 55 years old and had been gathered around a park bench. Mayor Rob Rolison says at least one of the most seriously injured people was talking with doctors Friday evening. He's hopeful all will recover. The incident happened two days after a man and woman were found dead in a western New York cemetery where they were struck by lightning. POUGHKEEPSIE - Authorities say one person was killed and four others were injured by a lightning strike in Poughkeepsie. It happened around 4:00 p.m. at Mansion Square Park Friday when they were trying to find refuge from a fast-moving and powerful thunderstorm. The lightning reportedly struck a tree and sent volts of electricity through nearby benches and the ground. VIDEO Watch News 12 Westchester Live TRENDING Most-Viewed News 12 Westchester Articles "A lot of people were just scurrying away," said one witness. "My first reaction was just to get home." Three men were critically injured and were taken to Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where one of them died around 1 a.m. this morning. Police say all the people struck are between 46 and 55 years old. They say the two other victims with less severe injuries are now recovering at Midhudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
Wed, 08/10/2016 12:00 AM Killed Noah Stutzman  8.0  Coshocton County OH 
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  bringing in horses    Cardiac Arrest,Horse,Outside 
COSHOCTON COUNTY, OH - An 8-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon outside his home in Coshocton County. Rescue crews were sent to a home in Warsaw around12:30 p.m. and found the boy not breathing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Coshocton. The boy, who family friends identified as Noah Stutzman, was reportedly bringing the horses inside from the storm when he was hit. His mom called 9-1-1 after his sister ran to tell her. She also tried to resuscitate him, but, it was too late. Family friend, Edward Yoder said, "everybody that she called, when she said it was little Noah, everybody said oh no, not Noah, he was very dear to everyone." An official with the Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services said that the boy was with his younger sister when the thunderstorm passed overhead. She was also hit by lightning, but is expected to be OK. The official said it's unclear if lightning struck the boy directly. Noah is from an Amish family of eight. According to the National Weather Service, the United States has about 44 fatalities annually due to lightning strikes. Ohio reported no deaths caused by lightning last year.
Wed, 08/10/2016 12:00 PM Killed Jenna Macleod, 2 of 2  32.0  Batavia NY 
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  under tree in cemetery    Cemetery,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) ⬠Authorities say a man and woman found dead in a western New York cemetery apparently were hit by a lightning strike from severe thunderstorms. Police in Batavia say caretakers discovered the bodies of 34-year-old Richard Garlock and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod Wednesday afternoon in Batavia Cemetery and called 911. Detective Eric Hill says there were no obvious signs of foul play, but police suspected a lightning strike killed the two during severe storms that rolled across the region early Wednesday morning. Batavia is located in Genesee County, between Buffalo and Rochester. Police say the medical examiner's office in neighboring Erie County determined Garlock and Macleod had sustained injuries consistent with being struck by lightning, but the official cause of death is still pending.
Wed, 08/10/2016 12:00 PM Killed Richard Garlock, 1 of 2  34.0  Batavia NY 
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  under tree in cemetery    Cemetery,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
BATAVIA, N.Y. -- On Wednesday afternoon, investigators say a caretaker for the Batavia cemetery discovered the bodies of a man and a woman, and immediately called the police. "Once we got there to the scene, things didn't seem right to us," Detective Todd Crossett said. The bodies of 34-year-old Richard Garlock of Akron and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod of Corfu were found under a large tree, in the north west corner of the cemetery. As detectives assessed the scene, they began to think about the possibility of a lightning strike. Its a pretty rare event, and in this case we used NOAA to be able to determine lightning strikes in the area, and so they were able to help us pinpoint that there was a lightning strike in that area of the city during that storm, and that helped point us in a certain direction, Crossett said. While the Erie County medical examiner did confirm that the two had been hit by lightning, they haven't yet determined their cause of death, nor do police know what the two were doing in the cemetery at the time of the storm early Wednesday morning. Leaving far more questions, than answers.
Fri, 08/05/2016 12:00 PM Killed Zachary Fordem  22.0  Fort Walton Beach Fl 
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  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Umbrella,Work 
By: WCTV Eyewitness News August 7, 2016 FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has died after he was struck by lightning. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Zachary Fordem. The Panama City News Herald reports that Fordem was struck Friday afternoon while working near an Okaloosa Island condominium. Sheriff's Capt. John Brinkerhoff says three lightning strikes in the area were reported before deputies got the call about Fordem. Paramedics tried to revive him but Fordem was pronounced dead at a local hospital. There have been five lightning deaths this year in Florida, which typically leads the nation in that category.
Tue, 08/02/2016 12:00 AM Injured woman   0.0  Kill Devil Hills NC 
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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY)  A woman is injured after lightning struck Seagate Tax Services Tuesday afternoon, according to Kill Devil Hills Fire Department Emergency dispatchers received the call around noon for lightning that hit a building in the 100 block of W Meadowlark Street. Fire officials could not confirm the extent of the womans injuries or how exactly she was hurt. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.
Mon, 08/01/2016 12:00 PM Injured Douglas Todd  70.0  Guilford AL 
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  standing on porch    Indirect,Outside,Porch 
GUILFORD (WBNG)-- A cleanup effort is underway in Chenango County after a slow-moving storm caused serious damage on Monday. Monday night's storm brought flash flooding to the area. Chenango County fire coordinator Matthew Beckwith said 14 streets were closed, but have since been reopened. WBNG E-News - Sign Up For Our Newsletter! Beckwith said crews began working Tuesday morning, and he expects the road work to continue for the next couple days. Beckwith advises drivers to be mindful of road crews and obey road closures. During Monday's storm, a Guilford man was indirectly struck by lightning. Douglas Todd, 70, was standing on his porch during the storm. He and his wife said a lightning bolt hit the TV antenna on the roof -- sending the energy to the lightning rods on the roof, then hitting the grounding cable, which sent the lightning to the ground -- right where Douglas was standing. Douglas said he was thrown 10 feet across the porch. He suffered from bruises, and some of his hair was burned. His wife, Karen, was home when it happened. She drove him to the emergency room at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Karen said they would have called an ambulance, but they knew so many roads were closed. "He's fine now," she said. "He's sore from hitting the ground, but other than that he is fine." As for the house, the antenna was damaged. The couple said they believe it was the lightning rods on the roof that prevented the situation from becoming even worse. "That lightning rod saved our house from catching on fire last night," Todd said. "It did exactly what it was supposed to do." The Todds said they hope their experience serves as a lesson to people in the community to take caution when there is lightning.
Sat, 07/30/2016 04:00 PM Killed Stephen Little  5.0  Carova NC 
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  leaving beach getting into car    Beach,Critical,Golf Course,Outside,Taking Shelter 
CAROVA, N.C. >> Authorities have identified a 5-year-old boy killed by a lightning strike while he and his family vacationed on a North Carolina beach. Currituck Fire and EMS Chief Ralph Melton tells local news outlets that Stephen Little of Lansdowne, was vacationing with his family when he was struck around 4 p.m. Saturday in Carova. Melton says the family was trying to get back into their SUV as a storm approached when the boy was hit. Authorities say the family put the boy into the vehicle and drove along the beach, meeting EMS partway. He was then taken to a hospital where he died.
Thu, 07/28/2016 02:00 PM Injured woman walking  34.0  Bolingbrook IL 
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  walking     Outside,Walking 
Woman Hit by Lightning While Walking in Bolingbrook She was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. By Scott Viau (Patch Staff) - July 28, 2016 5:52 pm ET ShareTweetGoogle PlusRedditEmailComments0 Woman Hit by Lightning While Walking in Bolingbrook BOLINGBROOK, IL  A 34-year-old Berwyn woman was struck by lightning at around 2 p.m. Thursday while walking on Janes Avenue in Bolingbrook. Bolingbrook Police Lt. Carter Larry said the woman was walking southbound in the 300 block of Janes Avenue when she was hit by what appears to be a lightning strike. Get free real-time news alerts from the Bolingbrook Patch. SUBSCRIBE Responding police officers performed CPR on the woman until paramedics arrived and transported her to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Wed, 07/27/2016 03:30 PM Injured Ellie Pisula  13.0  Wyalusing Valley PA 
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Laceyville Girl Survives Lightning Strike BY CAIN CHAMBERLIN Ellie Pisula, 13, of Laceyville will have quite a miraculous story to tell her classmates when she returns to Wyalusing Valley High School in late August, as she survived something not many live to talk aboutbeing struck by lightning. Around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when severe thunderstorms and a potential tornado was making its way across Bradford
Wed, 07/27/2016 03:30 PM Injured Ellie Pisula  13.0  Wyalusing Valley WY 
 USA 
       
Laceyville Girl Survives Lightning Strike BY CAIN CHAMBERLIN Ellie Pisula, 13, of Laceyville will have quite a miraculous story to tell her classmates when she returns to Wyalusing Valley High School in late August, as she survived something not many live to talk aboutbeing struck by lightning. Around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when severe thunderstorms and a potential tornado was making its way across Bradford
Wed, 07/27/2016 06:00 PM Injured Ethan Riozzi-Bodine  16.0  Bradley Beach NJ 
 USA 
  taking picture    Ground Strike,Outside 
t was a shocking video. A New Jersey teen tried recording lightning strikes while stuck in a thunderstorm on Monday. He ended up getting struck by one of the bolts. The intense flash of lightning blasted the floor about 10 to 15 feet away from him, sending shockwaves through his legs, into his chest and out of his hands, Ethan Riozzi-Bodine, 16, told ABC News. My whole body was being vibrated, the Jersey Shore teen said. The only reason I didnt pass out or die is because I was holding onto my bike. The rubber ... grounded me. Shawshank Redemption' oak tree knocked over by strong winds The teen lifeguard had been out by Bradley Beach, trying to avoid the thunderstorm rolling in at about 6 p.m. on Monday when his bike chain broke. Ethan Riozzi-Bodine was recording the storm at Bradley Beach when the lightning bolt struck the ground near him, sending shockwaves through his body. Ethan Riozzi-Bodine was recording the storm at Bradley Beach when the lightning bolt struck the ground near him, sending shockwaves through his body. (ABC7 NEW YORK) The National Weather Service had issued a thunderstorm watch across 17 New Jersey counties on Monday, including the area where Riozzi-Bodine was struck. I just wanted to get like a cool lightning shot over the ocean and I got it a lot closer to me than I wanted, he told the network. Another bolt actually struck nearby seconds earlier, but before the boy could get to safety, lightning hit again. Arizona hiker, 17, fatally struck by lightning The boys mother, Elaine Riozzi-Bodine, was concerned when she saw the clip, and prompted him to head to the emergency room. Not Released (NR) While trying to catch a video of a thunderstorm, the New Jersey teen was struck by a lightning bolt. (PAUL LAMPARD/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO) I just think hes extremely lucky, she told reporters. It could have been very easily been a completely different story. MOST POPULAR Meg Ryan's face and dress at the Tonys scare internet Model gives Warriors star Steph Curry some extra motivation Brooklyn teacher fired for bringing student to her home and motel Man, 30, shot and killed while trying to protect wife in Brooklyn George W. Bush's reaction at cops' funeral causes some uproar The teen avoided serious injuries from the incident, leaving from the hospital completely unscathed. Now that its over I can say that it was cool, but during the whole process of it happening it was not cool at all, he said.
Tue, 07/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured Madison Davis  7.0  Decatur county IN 
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  outside getting into car  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
GREENSBURG ⬠A 7-year-old Decatur County girl injured in a lightning strike last week remains hospitalized, public relations staff of an Indianapolis childrenâ¬"s hospital said Tuesday. Danielle Cirillo, a spokesperson for Riley Childrenâ¬"s Hospital at IU Health, said Madison Davis was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, one week after the child was struck by lightning outside her grandmotherâ¬"s home in Alert. The young girl was injured July 26 as she prepared to get into her grandmotherâ¬"s car, Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen previously told the Daily News. Following a 911 call, dispatchers coached Becky Davis, the girlâ¬"s grandmother, on how to perform CPR while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. The Westport Community Volunteer Fire Department was first to reach the scene, and they and Decatur County EMS personnel continued CPR until the girl regained a pulse and resumed breathing on her own, the sheriff said the day the child was injured. The young girl also sustained burns in the incident. Emergency responders initially called for a medical helicopter, but the morningâ¬"s storms prevented flight. The child was instead rushed to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon and later taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis where she remained Tuesday. In the days since the incident, the childâ¬"s family has called for prayers from the community. Further help has been offered by others close to the young girl, who have set up an online crowd-funding campaign to help with medical and other expenses. The listing at https://www.gofundme.com/2gybgek says the family was leaving their home on the morning of the lightning strike in order to buy a stuffed animal for Madison. The effort calls for monetary donations to be made to the family. At press time Tuesday $1,320 of a $10,000 goal had been donated. The listing had been shared on social media nearly 800 times. â¬SPlease provide her with the medical expense help and the spiritual necessity she requires to resume her life as an innocent, happy-go-lucky girl she deserves to be,⬝ the listing states. Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com
Mon, 07/25/2016 03:00 PM Killed Salomon Garcia-Martinez  29.0  Bonita Springs Fl 
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  on 6th floor lanai  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,Construction site,CPR,Outside,Work 
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A construction worker is dead after being struck by lightning Monday afternoon, the Bonita Springs Fire District said. The 35-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was on the sixth floor lanai of a building under construction off S. Tamiami Trail and Renaissance Boulevard when he was struck in the chest, fire officials said. Rescuers spent 30 minutes trying to revive him but the man died at the scene, officials said. Lee County authorities identified a construction worker struck by lightning at a Bonita Springs construction site Monday afternoon. Salomon Garcia-Martinez, 29, was working on the roof deck of a development on Renaissance Boulevard and U.S. 41 when he was struck, Bonita Springs fire officials said. Garcia-Martinez is a Mexican national, according to Tiffany Wood, a Lee County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The call came in to first responders around 3 p.m. Monday. When EMS and firefighters got to the scene, it looked like the man may have been gathering his construction materials and getting ready to take shelter from Monday afternoon's storm, said Battalion Chief Winthrop Telford of the Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District. NAPLES DAILY NEWS Construction worker dies after lightning strike First responders tried to resuscitate Garcia-Martinez for about 25 minutes. He died at the scene. DeAngelis Diamond Construction, the company building the development where the man died, issued the following statement: "One of our long-time subcontracting team members (Advanced Roofing) had an employee suddenly and unexpectedly struck by lightning this week resulting in his passing. Our team onsite fought courageously to save him administering CPR until first responders could arrive. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and coworkers." A representative of the construction company said they are cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's investigation of Garcia-Martinez's death.
Fri, 07/22/2016 02:15 PM Killed Brooklyn Reynolds, 1 of 2  14.0  Flaming George UT 
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  on a jet ski  N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water 
MANILA, Utah (AP) - The Latest on a lightning strike that killed one person in Utah: (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Authorities say a 15-year-old girl has died and a woman has been hospitalized in critical condition after they were struck by lightning at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border. Daggett County sheriff's spokeswoman Susie Potter said the teen and the woman were riding on a jet ski in on Flaming Gorge Reservoir around noon Friday when their jet ski was hit by lightning. Potter said the teen died, and the woman, the girlfriend of the teen's father, was injured. The teen's father was riding on a jet ski nearby but was not injured. Officials are not releasing the identities of those involved until family is notified, but Potter said they lived in Utah County. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City. 2: 15 p.m. Officials say one person is dead after being struck by lightning inside a canyon at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border. Daggett County sheriff's spokeswoman Susie Potter told KSL-TV (http://bit.ly/29UakTJ ) that two other people may also be injured by the Friday afternoon lightning stricken and emergency officials were working reach the group. Potter did not have details whether the people were in the water boating or on the shore when lightning hit. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City. Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/ Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Last week, a teenage girl passed away after being struck by lightning. The 14-year-old, named Brooklyn Reynolds, was on vacation with her family in Flaming George, Utah. She was on the back of a jet ski while her stepmother, 49-year old Jayleen Reynolds, was driving. The two were close to shore when a storm began. Brooklyn was struck, sending both her and Jayleen into the water. SEE ALSO: Alleged killer of 19 wrote horrifying letter months before Briana James, Brooklyn's stepsister, described the accident: "We were in the no-wake zone it was just coming in we were inches from the dock it felt like and the very first lightning strike was...that was it." "You just seen a flash and the noise is something you'll never forget the loudest crack you've never heard in your life," she continued. Brooklyn's father rushed both Brooklyn and Jayleen to shore. They attempted CPR and got doctors and nurses on the scene, but it was too late. Jayleen was injured from the incident, but survived.
Fri, 07/22/2016 02:15 PM Injured Jayleen Reynolds2  49.0  Flaming George UT 
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  on a jet ski    Boat,On Water,Outside 
Wed, 07/20/2016 12:50 AM Injured David Lyons, 2 of 3  17.0  Humphreys Peak AZ 
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      Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, a 911 call came into the Coconino County Sheriffs Office Dispatch from hikers near the summit of Humphreys Peak, with a report that they had been struck by lightning. At least one hiker was reported to be unresponsive. Due to severe and continuous lightning on the peaks, emergency responders were staged at Agassiz Lodge and coordinated with the hikers to get them to safety. Wade Young, age 17, of Tempe, Arizona, is confirmed deceased after being struck by lightning. Two other males, 18-year-old David Lyons and an unidentified 17-year-old, were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. The two injured hikers were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them around 4 p.m. The hikers and rescue teams met up with medics staged in the Snowbowl parking area around 5:15 when they were transported to FMC. The three hikers are from the Tempe area. On Thursday around dusk, an Arizona DPS Air Rescue Helicopter pilot out of Kingman, a Coconino County Sheriffs Office deputy, and a Coconino Sheriffs SAR member recovered the body of the 17-year-old victim of Wednesdays lightning strike near the summit of Humphreys Peak.
Wed, 07/20/2016 12:00 PM Killed Wade Young, 1 of 3  17.0  Humphreys Peak AZ 
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  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
CNN)A lightning strike killed a teenage hiker this week at the highest point in Arizona, police said. The unidentified 17-year-old male hiker was fatally struck Wednesday near the summit of Humphreys Peak, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said. Two other hikers, ages 17 and 18, were transported to a Flagstaff hospital. Their condition is unknown, but they were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them, the Sheriff's Office said. Their injuries were apparently related to their proximity to the lightning strike. At 12,633 feet, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in the state, and with a trail that leads directly to the summit, is a popular hiking spot in the Flagstaff area. "It's the middle of our monsoon season here. Some hikers did get caught in that today," said Erika Wiltenmuth, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. Authorities were alerted to the lightning strike after a 911 call from a group near the summit. Rescue crews waited for the weather to subside before heading up the trail. Mountain hiking is high on the list of activities where people are injured or killed by lightning, according to the Coconino National Forest website, which lists tips to avoid getting hit. "If you are caught above the tree line when a storm approaches, descend quickly. Avoid isolated trees. It is better to run into a forest," the website said. CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report
Tue, 07/19/2016 08:15 PM Killed Hunter Blankenship  20.0  Lawrence county AL 
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala.  Lawrence County Coroner Greg Randolph has confirmed the death of a 20-year-old man who was struck by lightning. The incident happened Tuesday night. Emergency crews were called to County Road 146 in the Hatton Community around 8:15 on July 19th after reports of a man being struck by lightning. Randolph has identified the young man as Hunter Blankenship. He was taken to UAB for treatment. The hospital contacted Randolph around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday about Blankenships death. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Tue, 07/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Peter Hawkes, 1 of 2  23.0  Arvada CO 
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  sheltering under tree    Critical,Delayed Death,Golf Course,Outside,Taking Shelter,TV,Under Trees 
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)  A man was killed after getting struck by lightning on a golf course Tuesday evening. Golfer Gene Lucero described Tuesdays deadly storm that hammered the Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada. There were about four strikes we had seen, Lucero told CBS4s Tom Mustin. I saw a bolt of lightning that was right where the golf course is located. The fast-moving storm caught golfers by surprise. Sources confirm two 23-year-old men were struck by lightning on the course  Peter Hawkes was killed. Peter Hawkes (right) (credit: Facebook) Peter Hawkes (right) (credit: Facebook) Lucero arrived for his tee time right after the deadly strike. Firemen, police and ambulances were there on the course, said Lucero. Witnesses say the two men had huddled under a tree when the bolt struck. They were as far apart as you and I, two feet away is how it was described to me. Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Inside the clubhouse a man described how he and his daughter tried to help the victim. His daughter, who had been a lifeguard at a swimming pool and with knowledge of CPR, applied CPR to the victim, said Lucero. Lucero says Hawkes was rushed to the hospital. The other man seemed to be okay. He was sitting up in the gurney as he was lifted into the ambulance. Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Golfer Mike Honeyman had finished his round a few hours before the storm. He says a few months ago he too had been caught in a storm on the course. He rode out the storm in one of the courses shelters. Wed teed off on 17, a short Par 3. By the time we got to the green it was covered in hail, Homeyman said. Honeyman says the bottom line is when severe weather looms, get inside. Youve got to get out of the lightning. You just cant take a chance with it. 3 Additional Information " Tuesdays death is the 15th this year in the United States from lightning, first in Colorado this year " Colorado averages three deaths and 17 injuries each year from lightning " Colorado typically sees about 500,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes each year " Lightning in Colorado tends to peak in late July and early August due to the daily monsoon storm threat, and the Front Range foothills and Palmer Divide are hot spots for ligthtning " Lightning can strike more than 10 miles away from thunderstorm Lightning Facts Outdoor Lightning Safety_1 Outdoor Lightning Safety_2 Indoor Lightning Safety Tom Mustin is CBS4s Weekend Anchor. He has been with CBS4 since 2002, and is always looking for great story ideas. Connect with Tom on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @TomCBS4.
Tue, 07/19/2016 04:30 PM Injured Cameron Poimbouef,1 of 2  15.0  Sand Key FL 
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  outside  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
Emergency crews are at Clearwater Beach on Sand Key where two people were hit by lightning behind the Lighthouse Towers Condos Tuesday evening. A call went out to crews around 4:30 p.m. One person was taken to Tampa General Hospital and the other taken to Largo Medical Center. The two were on the sand at the time. A pediatric RN on vacation was watching from her hotel and ran down 16 floors -- the elevator was broken -- to provide first aid. She gave CPR to the person who was most injured at the time After being struck by lightning while playing 'Pokemon Go,' a North Carolina teenager has decided to open up about the traumatic experience. On July 19, 15-year-old Cameron Poimbouef was with a friend on Sand Key Beach, near Clearwater, when a storm swept in overhead as the two were fixated upon the location-based app, 'Pokemon Go.' Poimbouef told Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-TV, "It was just really dark, I was on my phone and everything went black." In the next few moments, he was then struck by lightning in his back and through his leg." "Everyone was standing there looking at me," Poimbouef recalled. "I was trying to figure out if I was hurting or anything, but my body was pretty much numb." The lightning strike left the teenager unresponsive for three days following the incident, and he spent nearly one week in the ICU at a local hospital, according to WFTS. He informed the news outlet that he is "still a little bit dizzy, but it is a lot better." Karen Poimbouef, Cameron's mother, mentioned that her son's initial prognosis was not good. She believes that Cameron is still alive thanks to the help of three Good Samaritans on the beach, and the rescue crew that arrived on the scene. "We were also told from the cardiologist it was the level of expert CPR that he got that made the difference," Karen stated. "They did not give up after minutes of CPR, that they kept working and kept working and kept working." 18-year-old Jansen Tabor, Cameron's friend, was also hit in the leg but Cameron took the worst of it as the strike temporarily stopped his heart. Cameron says that he is about 70 percent recovered, and is getting better. The doctors will continue to monitor Cameron for signs of long term cognitive function damage, eye issues, and nerve damage, according to ABC News. 'Pokemon Go' is a gaming phenomenon that has already surpassed popular apps such as Twitter and Tinder, but there are some people who are clearly not quite as fond of the new game as teenagers such as Cameron Poimbouef and Jansen Tabor are.
Tue, 07/19/2016 04:30 PM Injured Jansen Tabor,2 of 2  18.0  Sand Key FL 
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  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Police in Clearwater reported Tuesday afternoon that two people were apparently struck by lightning near Sand Key. One person was in critical condition. The other victim's condition was not immediately available. Both were taken to the hospital. Crews responded to Lighthouse Towers Condos and found the two victims near there. Clearwater Public Safety tweeted that both victims were "on the sand" around 4:30 p.m. when the lightning strike occurred. The City of Clearwater said the two victims were young adults from out of town, both men. The city did not release their identities.
Sat, 07/16/2016 12:00 PM Killed Scott Pasour  0.0  Dallas NC 
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  putting on rain gear    Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Raining,Road 
DALLAS, NC  A motorcyclist was reportedly killed when he was struck by lightning while riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mount Mitchell State Park. Scott Pasour of Dallas, west of Charlotte, was pulling on rain gear with two other motorcyclists when the bolt struck on Saturday according to two media reports. WBTV-TV reports Pasour was a pastor at Venture Church in Dallas and had been a member of the church for 14 years. His wife called. As soon as I saw her name, I knew something happened, said Austin Rammell, the lead pastor at Venture Church to WBTV. Its heartbreaking. Pasour leaves behind his wife, two children and three grandchildren according to the TV station. He was the owner of an auto repair shop.
Sat, 07/16/2016 03:01 PM Injured woman  54.0  Pleasant Beach NJ 
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  in a vehicle    In a Car or Vehicle 
Sat, 07/16/2016 02:53 PM Injured woman  63.0  Pleasant Beach NJ 
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  on the beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Police Pleasant Beach police say two women struck by lightning within minutes of each other are expected to survive and recover from the incident. According to a statement from police, the boroughs first responders received two separate reports of people being struck by lightning on the beach and boardwalk. The first occurred at 2:53 p.m.; the second occurred at 3:01 p.m. Storms were passing by the area at the time. During the first incident, a 63-year-old woman was struck as she was leaving the beach, but remained conscious as she was being taken to the hospital. The second incident occurred on Ocean Avenue as a 54-year-old woman was in her vehicle. She was also conscious during transport to the hospital. Injuries to both women were described as minor by officials and both are expected to recover.
Fri, 07/15/2016 05:00 PM Injured Courtney Koehle, 1 of 5  27.0  Long Beach NY 
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  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)  The powerful storms that swept through the area late Thursday afternoon gave some beachgoers a serious scare in Long Beach. As CBS2s Carolyn Gusoff reported Friday, several people were taken to the hospital when lightning struck the ground. Dramatic footage from a drone hovering above the ocean captured the giant lightning bolt. We felt just the impact like in our chest, said Jason Belsky. It was pretty intense; very scary. It was 5 p.m. Thursday, and Belsky was using the drone to shoot video of a surf contest when the dark clouds rolled in. All of a sudden, it went from blue skies and got real dark, he said. It looked like a dark mushroom cloud was growing in the distance. A closer look at Belskys video showed that people were standing right beneath the lightning bolt on the beach. Among them was Courtney Koehle, 27, who also noticed the sky getting dark and took out her cellphone camera. The lifeguards hadnt blown their whistles yet. We started to pack up, and I actually took a picture of the sky, and as I was taking a picture of the sky, all of a sudden, it felt kind like a hammer; an axe, like, hit our heads, and my husband and I just blacked out, Koehle said. Koehle was unconscious for seconds. She was among five people who were treated by the Long Beach Fire Department for lightning strike injuries. Lifeguards said it was the fastest moving storm in years, deceiving even seasoned veterans. When people see a cloud like that come in and they see lightning way down there, for yourself, get off the beach, all right? said Chief Long Beach Lifeguard Paul Gillespie. Because again, its a very dangerous situation. No one was seriously injured by the lightning strike. But Belsky has a new appreciation for the power of Mother Nature. And Koehle knows the odds of being hit by lightning, and agrees with emergency staff who told her she is lucky to be alive. The Long Beach Fire Department also dealt with other emergencies, including a car fire, a stove fire, a gas leak and a water rescue during the brief storm Thursday night.
Fri, 07/15/2016 12:00 PM Injured man   58.0  Florence AL 
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      Outside,Road 
The Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency says a man was possibly struck by lightning on Windover Road in Florence. Florence EMA says the victim was 58 years old, and was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this point. Ambulance and firefighters are on the way to the scene right now.Â
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured teen  0.0  Fairfield AL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT)  An 18-year-old has been struck by lightning on the 900 block of Westfield Drive in Fairfield, authorities have confirmed. A Fairfield Fire crew has arrived on the scene. According to the fire chief, the teen did not have to be transported, but he does not know his condition. WIAT will bring you more details as they emerge.
Thu, 07/14/2016 02:45 PM Injured worker  0.0  Redstone AL 
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  working outside    Outside,Work 
Redstone Arsenal officials confirm that a contractor working for the Public Works Department was possibly struck by lightning Thursday afternoon. Garrison officials say that the man was working near PEO Aviation at 2:45pm when he was injured. Although details are limited right now the Garrison confirms that the man was either struck by lightning, or lightning struck near him, exactly which is unclear at this time. He was transported to UAB Hospital's Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit via helicopter, and his condition is currently unknown.  â¬SOur thoughts and prayers are with this teammate and his family,⬝ said Chris Colster, a US Army Garrison, Redstone Spokesman. â¬SWe hope for a speedy recovery and remind everyone to stay safe.⬝
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed woman camping  65.0  Dover TN 
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  under tree    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
DOVER, Tenn. ⬠An autopsy will be performed on a 65-year-old Clarksville woman to determine if her death Thursday was caused by a lightning strike while camping in Stewart County. Stewart County Emergency Medical Service Director Greg Barrow, who also serves as the countyâ¬"s coroner, said Thursday afternoon the womanâ¬"s death appears to be from a lightning strike but only an autopsy will confirm it. Barrow said the woman was found next to a tree at Piney Campground, which is part of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Stewart County. â¬SThere was not any sign of lightning striking the tree,⬝ he said, adding that many times tree bark will be knocked off by a strike. He said he could not comment about specifics of the womanâ¬"s injuries. THE LEAF CHRONICLE Coroner: Woman apparently killed by lightning in Stewart County EMS received the call at 11:51 a.m., which was when a thunderstorm was moving across the area. The woman, whom he declined to identify at the time, her husband and two grandsons were camping in a tent in the Black Oak section of the campground, which is near Kentucky Lake. â¬SHer husband was inside the tent and said he heard a loud boom and saw a flash. He called out for her and didnâ¬"t hear anything. He went outside and saw her lying by a tree,⬝ Barrow said. Other campers were on each side of their campsite in the popular campground, he said. â¬SOne man said it (lighting) actually kicked off the (electrical) breaker in his camper,⬝ Barrow said. â¬SHe said he could feel electricity in his arm when he was outside" just before the strike that is suspected of killing the woman. Injuries and death from lightning strikes are rare. â¬SIn my 35 years (with SCEMS), that was actually the second one we have worked,⬝ Barrow said, referring to a previous incident 20 or more years ago. â¬SThereâ¬"s been nothing recent that was confirmed as a lightning strike.⬝ Mark Hicks can be reached at 931-212-7626 or on Twitter: @markhicksleaf.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed man, 1 of 2  0.0  Baton Rouge LA 
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  sheltering under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
BATON ROUGE - Sources say one of two men injured during a lightning strike earlier on Thursday afternoon has died. Officials said the men were seeking shelter under a tree at the Spires of Sherwood apartment complex on Old Hammond Highway during a fast-moving and lightning-filled thunderstorm when the tree was struck. Both men were injured, but the older of the two would later die at an area hospital. The younger man was seriously injured, according to police.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Baton Rouge LA 
 USA 
  sheltering under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Wrightsville Beach NC 
 USA 
      Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Lightning struck an ocean rescue vehicle near access 2 in Wrightsville Beach Thursday evening. According to Wrightsville Beach Town Manager, Timothy Owens, it appears that the ocean rescue vehicle was struck and indirectly hit a woman in the vicinity. The woman had a broken ankle and was dazed, but seemed in good condition otherwise. The ocean rescue vehicle will not start and has a fried antennae. Copyright 2016 WECT. All rights reserved.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed Scotty Rosier  45.0  Pineville LA 
 USA 
  holding umbrella walking to car    Ground Strike,Outside,Umbrella 
Scotty Rosier, 45, died Wednesday from injuries he sustained being struck by lightning Sunday in Pineville. Source: Family Photo Sunday after church, he was doing just that: walking people to their car in the rain holding an umbrella. Thats when tragedy hit. "He was actually doing what he loved that day which was helping ladies out to their vehicle in the rain, said Rosiers sister, Stacy Deville. According to a witness, a lightning bolt hit behind Heart of Worship church in Pineville, and a branch of that bolt struck Scotty in the parking lot in front of the church. "That's how you see him, in a baseball cap and a t-shirt and jeans. Deville described a picture of Scotty taken just a few weeks ago. "He loved us all, and he loved life, she said. The Pineville resident passed away Wednesday, after spending several days in the Medical ICU at Rapides Regional Medical Center fighting for his life. For both Deville and Rosiers friend, Michael Bradshaw, it was no surprise that Scotty was doing a good deed when the unthinkable happened. "That's what he enjoyed doing, said Bradshaw. He enjoyed serving the people, and doing things for the people. "Would he have done it again? Absolutely. He would do it every day of the week, said Deville. Rosiers loved ones, who said they ground themselves in their faith in God, are now leaning on that faith to get through this tough time. "There has to be a purpose as to why it happened, said Deville. "We don't know that purpose, and we don't know that reason." "I wholeheartedly believe that there's a reason, that there's a purpose behind why this happened and why it happened to Scotty, said Bradshaw, who started a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical and funeral expenses. He said the family should be thinking about Scotty at this time, not thinking about how to afford the unforeseen circumstances. Those who were close to Scotty said they hope his story continues to impact others like he did throughout his life. "To think consciously when you're walking outside that if there's a lightning strike, it's probably best just to get wet because it can hit you, said Deville. He loved helping people and that's what he was doing and that's some kind of comfort. If you'd like to help Scotty's family out with expenses, you can find the link to the GoFundMe page on the right side of this page in the Related Links column. Funeral arrangements for Scotty Rosier are as follows: --Wake at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel in Centerpoint, Friday, July 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. --Viewing at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel in Centerpoint, Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. --Funeral at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel in Centerpoint, Saturday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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