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Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
 USA 
  using boom truck to unload poles    Indirect,Outside,Work 
RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Authorities in Reno County say a man fell ill Wednesday morning after a possible lightning strike. They say it happened 9:30 a.m. between Langdon and Arlington. A truck driver was delivering poles for a project replacing power lines when lightening struck in the vicinity. The man said he didn't feel well so other employees called 911 Firefighters from Arlington and an ambulance from Hutchinson arrived and took him to the hospital for observation. Lightning strikes cause 55 to 60 deaths per year in the U.S., but an employee of Powell Transportation is not a part of that unfortunate number after he survived a lightning strike Wednesday morning. The Arlington Fire Department and Hutchinson EMS responded to a distress call at 9:30 a.m. near Castleton and Sterling roads in Reno County of a man struck by lightning. Mike Morley, communications manager of Midwest Energy, said the man is an employee of Powell Transportation and was using a boom truck to unload power poles for a power- line rebuilding project from Langdon to Arlington. As he was unloading the poles, lightning struck him or very close nearby, Morley said. The man began to complain of not feeling right shortly after the lightning strike and an employee of Midwest Energy dialed 911. Tim Pursley, safety director of Powell Transportation, said the man, whom the company declined to identify, is fine and was treated and released from the hospital around 1:30 p.m. Hes fine. Thank the Lord for that, Pursley said. A bolt of lightning can reach over 5 miles, raise the temperature of the air by as much as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit and contain 100 million electrical volts, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 1.9 million.
Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
 USA 
      Work 
RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Authorities in Reno County say a man fell ill Wednesday morning after a possible lightning strike. They say it happened 9:30 a.m. between Langdon and Arlington. A truck driver was delivering poles for a project replacing power lines when lightening struck in the vicinity. The man said he didn't feel well so other employees called 911 Firefighters from Arlington and an ambulance from Hutchinson arrived and took him to the hospital for observation.
Tue, 09/23/2014 08:00 AM Injured groundskeeper  56.0  Coral Gables FL 
 USA 
  working at country club    CPR,Golf Course,Outside,Work 
MIAMI (CBSMiami)  A lightning strike nearly killed a man in Coral Gables on Tuesday morning. Lightning struck a 56-year old groundskeeper at the Riviera Country Club just before 8 a.m. When Coral Gables Fire Rescue arrived, the man was unconscious and in cardiac arrest. It took an electric shock from a defibrillator to bring him back to life, restoring his pulse and breathing. When the groundskeeper arrived at Kendall Regional Medical Center, he was moving his arms and trying to talk. Lt. Brain Shaw of the Coral Gables Fire Department was among those who rushed to help the groundskeeper. We got there and the patient was unresponsive, pulse-less and not breathing, said Lt. Shaw.His clothes were kind of burned. He did have some burn marks on him. The groundskeepers brother, who also works at the club, saw the bolt strike down his brother. The whole situation was a surprise to some club members. We have a lightning alarm on the system. We do have that. Its automatic, said country club member Joe Caciopo. The man has since regained consciousness and is being treated at the hospital. Police have not released his name or condition.
Wed, 09/17/2014 08:00 PM Injured Earnset Mat Zinger  0.0  Orangeburg SC 
 USA 
  inside store    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) -- A Midlands man working inside a pizza restaurant was struck by lightning Wednesday evening, It started off like any other storm, witnesses said. "Yeah, it was a real dark cloud over there," said Albert Grant, a mechanic at Ford's Tire and Automotive on Russell Street. Then, it happened. "We saw a big flash of lightning," Grant said. First, it hit near Ford's, where Grant was watching the skies with a co-worker. "Then after the light, it sounded like it hit a transformer and you heard something fry. Szzz! Like something frying," Grant said. What Grant didn't know at the time was that lightning had struck. It hit a pole next to a Domino's in Orangeburg, also on Russell St., and hit an employee working inside. Paul Ha was working at a cell phone store near the Domino's during the storm.. ha said his store briefly lost power. "That's when I heard a buzz sound and then a big spark," Ha said. Working inside the Domino's at the time was Earnest Mat Zinger, who was hit by the lightning and burned on his left shoulder, according to Lt. Alfred Alexander, a spokesman for the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. "I thought when you're inside the store it was safe," Ha said. "I've heard stories of people standing outside and they get hit by lightning." At the National Weather Service's Columbia office, Dan Miller, a meteorologist, was tracking the storm. 'Lightning can travel as much as 10 miles away from the thunder storm," Miller said. "Lightning is a very mysterious force, and a very powerful force. In 20 years of storm tracking, Miller says while rare, this is a phenomenon that can happen. In fact, he said he's seen similar cases. "Lightning can strike a home, it can strike a tree outside the home and conduct through the ground to the home," he said. Even though this lightning strike happened indoors, it is still the safest place to be, Miller said. Stay away from anything that conducts electricity. Also, remember if you hear thunder, that usually means lightning is within striking distance. According to a relative, Zinger was released from the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg Wednesday evening.
Tue, 09/16/2014 09:40 AM Injured school students  0.0  Sydney 
 Australia 
  outside     Ground Strike,Outside,School 
AN entire class of high school students have been treated by paramedics after lightning struck their sport oval in Sydney's southwest. THE Year 7 students from Clancy Catholic College were in a PE lesson on the oval on Tuesday morning when they heard a rumble of thunder and experienced waves of static electricity. "Nobody actually saw lightning but a number of children felt a tingling sensation through their hands and feet," Catholic Education Board spokesman Mark Rix told AAP on Tuesday. The class of about 30 students were ushered off the field and ambulances arrived shortly after to treat them for shock, dizziness and anxiety. Two 13-year-old girls were taken to hospital for "purely precautionary reasons", Mr Rix said. He praised the school's handling of the bizarre incident. "The school managed it really well. Parents of each of the students were called and everything's settled down," he said. "The kids are now at lunchtime, on the oval, having a great time." Since the incident the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning including large hailstones and damaging winds for Sydney's west. Paramedics are treating more than a dozen students after a suspected lightning strike on a school oval in Sydney's west. About 30 students were being assessed by paramedics at Clancy Catholic College in West Hoxton following the reported lightning strike at 9.40am on Tuesday. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said up to 12 teenagers, mainly girls, were reporting symptoms of headaches and dizziness. A number of students were also believed to be feeling numbness in their limbs. The oval at Clancy Catholic College where the children were injured. The oval at Clancy Catholic College where the children were injured. Photo: Kate Geraghty A triage command post had been set up at the college on Carmichael Drive to treat and assess the students. Two students were later taken to hospital for observation. Initial callers to triple-0 said lightning had struck the oval where the students, aged between 13 and 14, were standing. The NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said witnesses had reported that a large clap of thunder was heard at the time, but she said it was "hard to ascertain whether there had actually been a lightning strike", or whether it was some type of "static electricity discharge". Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said there had been a couple of lightning strikes in the West Hoxton region at the time the students fell ill. "It's entirely plausible that lightning did strike [at the school]," he said. Head of Communications at the Catholic Education Office, Mark Rix, said the group of year 7 students had been on the oval at about 9.15am as part of their practical PDHPE lesson when they heard a rumble of thunder then felt a "tingling" sensation like a "mild shock". "A couple of students talked about feeling like their hair was standing up," he said. None of the students saw lightning but they all felt the strange sensation, including the teacher who quickly ushered the class inside before an ambulance was called. Two students were taken to hospital as a precaution and one remained there for observation, he said. The school oval and an adjoining basketball court remain closed for the rest of the day. The State Emergency Service said it had not responded to any calls for damage caused by lightning strikes or storms in the West Hoxton area on Tuesday morning. Mr Sharpe said a wave of storms had been sweeping across mainly southern parts of Sydney, bringing brief bursts of heavy rain. The thunderstorms were fast moving and were likely to peter out by 11.30am or so before some storms returned later in the day, Mr Sharpe said. The gusty winds and warm temperatures "are a bit of a taster of the type of weather Sydney will see more of later in the spring", Mr Sharpe said. The winds are also whipping up the pollen, raising the rating to high for Tuesday even with the showers and heavier falls for some parts of the city. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/students-injured-as-lightning-strikes-school-oval-in-west-hoxton-20140916-10hh1e.html#ixzz3Dl6ACZu6
Sat, 09/13/2014 12:00 PM Injured 20 football fans  0.0  Teso  
 Kenya 
  school    Outside,School 
ABOUT 20 football fans were struck by lightning on Saturday in Teso North subcounty. More than 50 people were sheltering from the rain on the verandah of a shop at Kakapel trading centre in Angurai division when the lightning struck. Wycliffe Emopus, who escaped unhurt, said he saw a flash. "I felt a shock on the left side of my hand," he said. Isabella Imanya said she saw smoke and flames. Diana Omanyala said she also saw fire and smoke before she became unconscious. They had attended the launch of the Prophet Joshua Felix tournament at Kakapel Primary School when rain started falling moments after a match between Chamasiri and Katakwa. Assistant chief Moses Otori said 12 people were rushed to Kocholia District Hospital. Eight others were taken to Angurai health centre. Otori urged the national government to install lighting arrestors in all schools. He warned residents against sheltering under trees or on verandas when it is raining. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141509064131_football-fans-struck-lightning-teso.htm#sthash.BRAxdjJk.dpuf
Sat, 09/13/2014 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
 Bengal 
       
Purulia/Howrah(WB), Sep 13 (PTI) Five persons were killed and one was critically injured in lightning in separate incidents in Purulia and Howrah districts of West Bengal this evening. Purulia superintendent of police Neelkanta Sudhir Kumar said four workers were struck by lightning when they were constructing a building for ICDS at Puncha, about 32 km from Purulia town. Three of them were killed on the spot and another was critically injured
Thu, 09/11/2014 01:00 PM Injured 13 pupils  0.0  Lusanshya  
 Zambia 
      School 
By NANCY SIAME THIRTEEN pupils of Central Secondary School in Luanshya have sustained burns and cuts after being struck by lightning during Tuesdays freak rains. Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened around 13:00 hours during an out-of-season downpour. He said the pupils sustained minor burns and cuts and were treated at Roan General Hospital. There was a downpour in Luanshya yesterday (Tuesday) and around 13:00 hours, 13 pupils were struck by the lightning and sustained burns and cuts, Mr Chipango said. He also said the lightning left a trail of destruction after blowing off four roofing sheets and shattering window panes. Mr Chipango said two stoves in the home economics department and a fridge were also damaged. The ministry is still trying to assess the cost of the damage, Mr Chipango said. He said Government will ensure that the damaged property is repaired quickly. Our officers are already on the ground and we will ensure that we find resources to repair the damaged property, he said.
Thu, 09/11/2014 12:00 PM Killed boy & farmer  0.0   
 VietNam 
  farming    Farming,Outside 
two people were killed by lightning strikes in separate incidents on Monday in Pursat and Kandal provinces, officials said yesterday, bringing the death toll this so far this year to 70. The deceased were a boy and a farmer, both of whom were driving near their rice fields. Keo Vy, cabinet director of the National Disaster Management Committee, said that the dead were Han Kimhong, a 14-year-old farmer killed while driving a motorbike from his familys field in Kandals Chhaving commune, and Thorn Tak, 24, who was driving his tractor through his fields in Kravainh districts Tra Ngel commune. Lightning is causing the farmers in the remote areas concern and making them scared of leaving home to monitor their farms at night and when there are storms, he said. He added that, since January, lightning has killed 70 people and seriously injured 50 farmers.
Wed, 09/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed 15 climbers  0.0  Pico Island  
 Portugal 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
A group of fifteen people who were climbing to the second highest point on Pico Island in the Azores was struck yesterday by a lighting bolt causing them to fall to the ground and a number of them lost consciousness. Azores - 15 climbers struck by lightning while posing for photo A 33-year-old man suffered a heart attack and a dog he was carrying died. The rest of the group sustained burns. The group was struck as they climbed Topo Mountain and were nearly at its peak when they stopped to take a picture. A nurse who was among the group helped to prevent a more serious outcome.
Tue, 09/09/2014 12:00 PM unknown press  0.0   
 USA 
      Education,mpu 
Michael Utley does not remember much about his death. Over the years, he has woven together a narrative of what happened using threads collected from witnesses, friends, and family. On May 8, 2000, Utley, a 48-year-old stockbroker, was golfing with his coworkers Dick Gill and Bill Todd, along with their friend Jim Sullivan, in the village of Pocasset, Massachusetts, about three miles south of the Cape Cod Canal. Shortly after lunch, the dark clouds that had been mushrooming in the distance all morning were hovering close enough to merit the bleating of the courses storm horntime to clear the green. Gill, Todd, and Sullivan immediately headed toward the clubhouse. Utley walked back to the hole and returned the flagstick. Seconds later, the guys in front heard a thunderous crack and turned to see Utley stumbling to the ground, tendrils of smoke curling off his body. Their friend had collapsed in a single perplexing instant. His shoes were several feet away from his body; his fingers looked like they had been flambéed; his eyebrows and wavy chestnut hair were wiry and crisped. Gill, an ex-Marine who had recently taken a refresher course in CPR, ran to Utleys side, began blowing air into his lungs, and instructed Todd to perform chest compressions. As Sullivan rushed off to get help, the clouds unleashed a deluge of rain and hail. Utley cannot recall any of this. Not the arrival of the paramedics, nor having his heart restarted in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. His first memory after leaving the golf course is of waking up in a different ambulance, tubes down his throat, monitors everywhere, and a paramedic in a blue smock at his feet. Where am I? Utley rasped. Youre on your way to rehab, the paramedic said. What the fuck happened? You were struck by lightning 38 days ago. In popular culture, to be hit by a bolt of lightning is to suffer extremely bad luck. Rain, snow, and hail are largely indiscriminate: within a certain radius, everything is drenched, blanketed, or pelted. A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is different. It blazes a discrete path through the sky. It appears to have choice. When lightning hits a human being, a survivor must reconcile not only what happened but why it happened. Why me? For most victims, it is not the unforgettable horror of an agonizing ordeal that haunts themmany cant even recall the incident itself; its the mysterious physical and psychological symptoms that emerge, often long after their immediate wounds have healed and doctors have cleared them to return to their normal routines. But nothing is normal anymore. Chronic pain, memory trouble, personality changes, and mood swings can all follow an encounter with lightning, leaving friends and family members confused, while survivors, grappling with a fundamental shift in identity, feel increasingly alienated by the incomprehensible nature of their condition. Something happened in a single momentsomething strange and rare, something unbelievableand after that moment, everything has changed. Even more confounding is that almost no one in the mainstream medical community can explain whats happening to them. Although many scientists have spent their careers examining the physics of lightning, only a handful of doctors and researchers have devoted themselves to the study of how lightning damages the human body. The incident rates are simply not high enough to warrant an entire subfield of science. Nearly everything we now know about treating lightning victims concerns the immediate wounds, many of which dont even require special medical knowledge. Paramedics, often needing to treat victims who arent entirely sure what has happened to them, receive brief training on how to recognize the common signs of a lightning strike. True entry and exit wounds are uncommon, but lightning typically leaves some kind of mark on the skin. One afternoon in 2009, a hiker named Becky Garriss awoke on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, sitting on a bed of pine needles, her back against a tree, as though shed fallen asleep in its shade. Her right arm was paralyzed, pinned against her chest in a pledge of allegiance. Here and there, her pants were charred. Although she was disoriented and scared, she managed to hike more than ten muddy miles down Glastenbury Mountain to call for help. When she got to a hospital, doctors recognized lightnings smoldering touch on Garrisss right arm and leg. A bolt probably hit her directly, they told her. Other survivors awaken into temporary blindness or deafness; sometimes the concussive force of the strikeor the electricity itselfruptures eardrums. Some victims report the taste of metal on their tongues. Now and then, survivors develop strangely beautiful pink and brown bruises known as Lichtenburg figures, which look like intricate henna tattoos of branching fronds. These bruises likely trace the path of electricity that forced blood cells out of capillaries into more superficial layers of skin. In rare instances, the surge of electricity is enough to stop a victims heart and lungs. Thats what happened to Michael Utley. But cardiac arrest is something any paramedic knows how to handle. Twenty minutes after Utley was struck, EMTs had arrived on the scene, strapped him to a gurney, and loaded him into an ambulance. They used a defibrillator to keep his heart going. Doctors at Bostons Brigham and Womens Hospital then spent more than five weeks caring for Utley before they determined that he was ready for rehabilitation. After leaving the hospital, Utley spent months relearning to swallow, move his fingers, and walk. Rehab was just the first chapter of his ordeal, however. In his previous life, Utley was a successful stockbroker who often went skiing and windsurfing. Today, at 62, he lives on disability insurance in Cape Cod. I dont work, he says. I cant work. My memorys fried, and I dont have energy like I used to. I aged 30 years in a second. I walk and talk and play golfbut I still fall down. Im in pain most of the time. I cant walk 100 yards without stopping. I look like a drunk. Lightning also dramatically altered his personality. It made me a mean, ornery son of a bitch. Im short-tempered. Nothing is fun anymore. I am just not the same person my wife married, says Utley, who is now divorced. Like many survivors, Utley sees his fateful union with lightning as more than just a close call he was lucky to survive. It marks a moment in which he was split from himself. On a typical summer afternoon, thunder-clouds above the continental United States generate an average of 50,000 lightning flashes per hour. Two-thirds of these stay near the heavens. They pierce the sky with branching networks of blue and white fire, or strike out a short distance in thin tongues of electricity, or illuminate clouds from within like muffled firecrackers. The remaining minority of lightning bolts, however, find earthbound targetsa church steeple, a telephone pole, a tree. Even rarer are bolts that directly strike and kill humans. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these fatalities in the U.S. happen in June, July, and August, the months when thunderstorms are more prevalent and the greatest number of Americans are recreating outside. According to a recent National Weather Service analysis, fishing, boating, swimming, and camping put the most people at risk each year. Last July, two visitors in Colorados Rocky Mountain National Park were killed by separate strikes on the same weekend. When people and lightning meet, however, death is an unlikely outcome. Roy Cleveland, a ranger at Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia, survived a record seven strikes between 1942 and 1977. This fact appears to defy logic. An average lightning bolt carries 500 megajoules of energyenough to instantly boil 250 gallons of water. It heats the air it zips through to five times the surface temperature of the sun. Still, around 90 percent of lightning-strike victims survive. Over the past three decades, lightning has killed an average of 51 people per year in the U.S. but left more than 500 injured and alive. Lightning survivor Becky Garris. Photo: Ethan Hill / REDUX Pictures One explanation is that lightning strikes are fundamentally different from the more common high-voltage electrical accidents in the home or workplace that people mistakenly compare them to. When an electrician inadvertently grabs a live wire, far less current typically seizes him than is contained in a lightning bolt, but it does so for a longer duration. The surge of current causes victims to lose control, rendering them unable to let go. After a few seconds, the electricity coursing through the body has enough time to sear internal organs and interrupt the heart. Lightning strikes, lasting less than a half-millionth of a second, often scorch the skin but dont cause internal burns. Just as crucial, most of the electricity in a lightning bolt does not pass through the body. Rather, it dissipates over the skin in whats known as a flashover. Vernon Cooray, a lightning scientist at Uppsala University in Sweden, explains the phenomenon by contrasting the ways a human body and a tree react when struck. Both trees and people are filled with a soup of water and minerals that conduct electricity pretty well. But because trees are covered in dry, inelastic bark, lightning traveling through the trunk has no escape route. It must stay its course. In the process, it superheats the water and sap inside the tree into explosive steam, which can rip apart the trunk and branches. Compared with tree bark, human skin is much more pliant and moist. Sweat and rainwater make it extra conductive, providing an alternate external path for voltage. Most of the electricity can pass over strike victims rather than coursing through them. The path through the body has much greater resistance than the path around the body, says Vladimir Rakov, a University of Florida researcher and one of the worlds leading authorities on lightning physics. Current always chooses the path of least resistance. A flashover can still do damage indirectly. The electricity crackling over the surface of the human body singes clothing, vaporizes sweat and moisture into scalding steam, and renders metal objects like belt buckles, keys, and jewelry so hot that they burn the skin. Occasionally, all that steam even blows victims shoes and socks off. The best advice for people who find themselves outside during a lightning storm is simply to get inside, either a home or a vehicle. Yet even buildings arent completely impervious to lightning strikes. Youll want to stay off the telephone, out of the shower, and away from sinks. Lightning can pass through landlines, plumbingmetal pipes and faucetsand all manner of electrical wiring. Last February, it ruptured gas pipes in the crawl space of a house in Steuben County, Indiana. A kitchen appliance then ignited the vented gas, causing a massive explosion. The only family member home at the time was the dog, Boomer. A neighbor rescued him from the rubble after he was sent flying from the house in his crate. One common type of lightning encounter, responsible for 20 to 30 percent of injuries, is a side flash or splash, when lightning leaps from one grounded object to anotherfrom a building to a person, from a tree to a horse, or even from a person to another. In nearly all these incidents, too little electricity enters the body to be lethal. A direct strike almost always delivers more current inside a person, making it much more deadly. A strike like the one Utley suffered probably should have killed him, too. Had his friends not performed CPR so quickly, he wouldnt be alive today. For Utley, getting adequate treatment after he recovered was a struggle. He was eventually fortunate enough to find a few doctors who helped him cope with the long-term symptoms, but along the way he met many medical experts who understood little or nothing about the kind of injuries (he sustained. Finding a doctor who knows anything about a lightning strike is next to impossible, says Tamara Pandolph-Peary, 46, who was struck by lightning in August 2010, in the parking lot of the Springfield, Illinois, Mens Warehouse where she worked. Following her accident, Pandolph-Peary forgot how to use everyday objects, like a potato peeler; she could no longer get from point A to point B in her hometown; she suffered migraines and fatigue; she tripped over her sentences or suddenly lost the ability to understand what other people were saying; she was often dizzy and off-balance; she had tremors and chronic pain, and would unpredictably lose control of various body parts; and every now and then, when her nerves were on fire, even the slightest touch was painfully intense. I struggled with the Why me? initially, she says. There was a time I was angry. There was a time I really missed who I used to be. I think I got past that part. You can be angry and hold onto that, and it can ruin everything you have left. Mary Ann Cooper, professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is one of the few medical doctors who have attempted to investigate how lightning alters the brains circuitry. A no-nonsense, bespectacled woman with a short-cropped bob of silvering strawberry hair, her fascination with lightning dates to childhood. My dad swore his kids were not going to hide from thunderstorms in the closet or under the beds, Cooper, now 65, recalls. It was like the Fourth of July for us whenever we had a thunderstorm. We always watched them. In the seventies, a friend of a family member suffered a high-voltage electrical injury. Knowing that she was about to start medical school, Coopers friends started asking a lot of questions about how electricity harms the body and what to do about it. She began to investigate, and later, while still in school, she started lecturing about the burns people suffer due to industrial electrical accidents. At one talk, a member of the audience asked about lightning injuries. Cooper looked for relevant information in emergency medical textbooks but found nothing, so she decided to fill the gap herself. Over the past three decades, Cooper has written articles on lightning safety, helped set up websites for survivors, and published many academic papers. A link on her UIC page points visitors to most of her work on the topic, including studies with esoteric titles such as Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Evidence of Increased Free Radical Generation and Selective Damage to Skeletal Muscle Following Lightning Injury. Acquiring the funds and lab space for controlled experiments has been difficult. Much of Coopers work is based on observations, medical examinations, and mathematical models. Survivors often get in touch with her, and she has interviewed many of them in detail, looking for clues to how lightning wreaks its peculiar form of havoc. Her typical case study might be someone like Phil Broscovak. In August 2005, Broscovak, his wife, their three young children, and Broscovaks nephew and his girlfriend went camping in Vedauwoo, Wyoming, where ancient granite burgeons and spires from the earth. On August 13, after a campsite breakfast, the group decided to climb Edwards Cracka long, vertical fracture in a giant slab known as Walts Wall. There was nothing ominous in the skies when they began their ascent, merely a few scattered clouds. Shortly before noon, however, claps of thunder echoed in the distance, and a gray veil of unfriendly weather descended. By the time Broscovak managed to get everyone but himself back on the ground, it was raining and the thunder sounded much closer. He was in the process of retrieving gear from the wall of rock when his rope tangled in a bush. Oh God, he thought, scrambling across the slippery granite. Its Ben Franklin all over again. After Broscovak ripped out the shrub by its roots, his rope got caught a second time, in a small crevice. While he was trying to undo the knot, it happened. An immense blast of light. A sound like a grenade exploding in his head. A pain like a thousand wasps stinging him from within. A gelatinous blue plasma enveloping his body. And his leg jerking away as though pulled by invisible marionette strings. This is what Phil Broscovak remembers. The lightning bolt hit Walts Wall just a few feet from Broscovak, splashed into his leg, and surged over his body, possibly exiting through a shoulder blade. The shock flung him from the rock and briefly knocked him unconscious. He awoke, dangling from his ropes and harness, to the screams of his terrified family 170 feet below. Spotting a patch of scorched rock beside him, he recalled the light and pain and realized what must have happened. Im OK! Im OK! he yelled to his family. All he could think about was getting down to them as fast as he could. When he did, they rushed back to the car to wait out the storm. Although several people insisted that Broscovak go to the hospital, he didnt think it was necessary. My wife was the kind of person who would go to the doctor at the drop of a hat, Broscovak says. Im the kind of person who has to have ribs poking out of my chest. I really did not take it seriously at the time. The next morning, however, he couldnt stand straight. Any movement was painful. Every hair follicle seemed to ache. Far more troubling than the pain and soreness was the dramatic fluctuation of his mental acuity. Ever since the strike, Broscovak has slipped in and out of what he describes as fugue states. When the mists descend, he has trouble remembering even the simplest facts. Sitting at his computer, hell think one word and write another or will be incapable of understanding what he just typed on the screen. I consider myself a very articulate person, but on a couple occasions I broke down in tears because I couldnt remember how to spell the word the, Broscovak tells me. He has struggled with insomnia, become hypersensitive to everyday sounds, and suffered from tinnitus. I would rage and scream and stomp my feet. It was irrational, and no one would understand it. Those fugue states were a contributing factor to the end of my marriage. Broscovak, like many survivors, has also endured symptoms that are remarkably similar to those of post-traumatic stress disorder. Once, during a rainstorm after his divorce, he pulled into his driveway, called his roommate from the car, and insisted that she open the front door of their house so that he could dash inside as quickly as possible. Two years after the strike, while climbing Taylor Canyon in Colorado on another family camping trip, the sound of distant thunder terrified Broscovak so much that he refused to climb any farther and ended up on the floor of a cave in the fetal position, crying, for 45 minutes. It was devastating, he says. It was a nervous breakdown. I thought I would never climb again. Now and then, Broscovak, 57, told doctors about the lightning strike and fugue states, but generally they didnt take him seriously. I would always bring up that I was struck by lightning, and they would just say, Oh, thats curious.  Since the accident, Broscovaks symptoms have become more manageable. A sinewy, bearded man with tan skin and green eyes, he has returned to climbing. Ironically, he has also continued his longtime careeras an electrician. (In those situations, he explains, I control the electricity.) Like Pandolph-Peary, he owes his recovery primarily to time, not medical interventions. Time, meanwhile, hasnt led to any significant research breakthroughs to explain his condition. After more than three decades of examining lightning victims, Mary Ann Cooper still cant definitively (say what causes the chronic symptoms experienced by survivors like Broscovak, Pandolph-Peary, and Utley. But she has some ideas. Lightning surivivor Phil Broscovak. Photo: Ethan Hill / REDUX Pictures The evidence suggests that lightning injuries are, for the most part, injuries to the brain, the nervous system, and the muscles. Lightning can ravage or kill cells, but it can also leave a trail of much subtler damage. Cooper and other researchers have speculated that chronic issues are the result of lightning scrambling each individual survivors unique internal circuitry. She points out that even tiny amounts of electricity zipping through the body can permanently alter the behavior of neurons and other cells, which, in order to function correctly, depend on carefully orchestrated changes in the number of charged particles on either side of their membranes. One of Coopers studies seems to support this theory. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which traces blood flow in the brain, Cooper found statistically significant differences in brain activity between lightning-strike victims and healthy people as they performed mental-aptitude tests inside the scanner. Her results have been published, but she isnt currently pursuing funding for further research. Its just not important enough to most doctors and scientists, she says. These days shes more focused on helping build awareness and preventing lightning injuries than looking into long-term symptoms. Faced with a medical community largely unable to help them, survivors frequently turn to one another. The U.S. is home to at least two conferences of lightning-strike survivors each yearone in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and the other in Lynchburg, Virginia. In November 2010, I spent a couple of days at the Lynchburg conference. Each morning, attendees who had been injured by lightning or other electrical accidents gathered at a brick building owned by the American Legion. The first day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and silent prayer. Then, one by one, survivors stepped up to the podium and shared their stories. A man in a bright orange shirt explained how he lost both his arms to an accident with an electrical cable. Others described the confusion they felt after recovery. Antoinette Palmisano spoke of the day in 1991 when she was struck by lightning inside a home office in Syracuse, New York. Lightning surged through the houses electrical wiring, leaped out of a panel of switches like a poltergeist, seized Palmisanos body, and threw her ten feet across the room. Today, Palmisano still suffers from acute fatigue and has trouble remembering simple information. She plasters her home with Post-it Notes and places timers in every room. The scribbled instructions and alarms remind her about appointments, errands, and daily tasks that most of us easily juggle in our heads. One of the first people I met in Lynchburg was a woman in a wheelchair who told me her name was Butterfly. She was wearing a loose purple shirt, khakis, weathered hiking boots, two pairs of sunglassesone of which had cartoon eyes on the lensesand a dream-catcher necklace. Butterfly claimed to have been struck by lightning on three separate occasions in the span of 41 years. Her body often quivered uncontrollably. She said she could no longer walk, that she had lost all ability to detect temperature, and that she felt like her bone marrow had evaporated, leaving her brittle. She stressed the importance of potassium supplements for survivors. She also admitted that the official diagnosis she received from doctors was conversion disorder, in which bodily symptoms are the manifestation of psychological stress rather than the result of physical damage. A few doctors had suspected her of malingering. Listening to other, similarly curious accounts, it became clear that some lightning-strike survivors fabricate or exaggerate parts of their storieswhether intentionally or not. A few claimed to have suddenly developed bizarre powers after the strike. I have spoken with survivors who are adamant that they give off energy that somehow shortens the lives of electronic devices or makes streetlights go dark when they walk beneath them, that they can sense an approaching thunderstorm, or that lightning is more attracted to them than to people who have not been hit. Lightning survivor Michael Utley. Photo: Ethan Hill / REDUX Pictures To some survivors, these more outlandish claims only serve to reinforce the idea that their very real issues are suspect, too. I have met people who say they have been struck three times and say the can see the future, play the piano, fuck all night long, says Utley. Its all bullshit. About a year into his recovery, Utley attended his first survivors conference in Tennessee. There he met Dr. Cooper, who asked him to help launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Associations first official lightning-safety awareness week, which kicked off in June 2001. Its maxim: When thunder roars, go indoors. The next year, Utley created Struckbylightning.orga website devoted to educating people about preventing lightning injuryand started regularly speaking at schools and to Boy Scout troops and doing guest spots on televised weather reports. He continues to make educational outreach a priority, but he has not attended a survivors conference in quite some time. When I first got hurt, the conferences were the best thing in the world, Utley says. Youre out there saying, I was struck by lightning, and most people dont get it. These people understood. But as you get better, you tend not to go to them. Utley has trained his mind on the future. Despite the personality change and relentless paindespite the hunger for an explanation that would make sense of it allhe no longer fixates on a why that probably doesnt exist. You might wonder if you were chosen by that bolt, you might be suffering from mysterious symptoms, you might feel like an entirely different person, but its best not to ask why. Yeah, I was pissed at firstI was pissed at the whole world, Utley says. I woke up and I couldnt walk, couldnt swallow, couldnt do anything. What happened, and why? Why did I get struck and not the three guys 15 feet away from me? Theres no rhyme or reason. You can ask questions all you want, but its like yelling at the ocean. It does not answer back. Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) is a contributing writer at Scientific American. He lives in New York City. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20142909112207_The-Body-Electric.html.htm#sthash.idQvpIKf.dpuf
Tue, 09/09/2014 12:00 PM Killed Army Soy  0.0  Pangasinan  
 Philippines 
  fishing in a boat    fishing,Outside 
Lightning fatally struck a fisherman off Dagupan City in Pangasinan province last Tuesday afternoon. Killed was Army Soy, a resident of Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City, according to a report by GMA Dagupan. Relatives said Soy was heading home after fishing when lightning struck. "Pagkatingin ko sa langit, kumislap nung sabi ko sa utol ko na dumapa siya, isisid niya yung sarili niya pati ako, tapos nung sinisid namin, hindi ko naman akalain na ganun pala ang mangyayari sa tiyuhin ko," said nephew Michael Vidal. The victim was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to injuries to the face and several parts of the body.  Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured officer, 2 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
 USA 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
Two Walton Academy students and a Student Resource Officer are recovering after getting a shock during Monday's thunderstorms. All three were on school computers when lightning hit, and they were taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. It happened in an instant. A lightning strike sent a jolt through school computers, shocking two students and their Student Resource Officer. "There was nothing, no smoke, no fire. The students were sitting being taken care of, the SRO was on the porch, and he said he had some type of indirect lightning strike through the computer," Lieutenant Jerry Hall, with the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, said. Luckily the students and the SRO were not seriously hurt. All three have already been released from the hospital, and are in good condition. Another SRO tells NewsChannel 7 the officer struck today has been released to return to work Tuesday. The investigation into the exact location where the lightening struck is still something officials are trying to figure out. "The electricity was shut off in all the areas, except for maybe one or two buildings. But through the investigation with Gulf Power it was a pretty significant power outage," Hall said. Walton Academy Charter School Administrator Ray Sansom says child safety is the staff's main concern. "We want to let the parents and community know, that here at Walton Academy, and also in the Walton County School District, we have lots of training to make sure that if there is any type of weather that could be to danger to students, we are to take the extreme caution, to be overly careful to make sure students and staff are safe," he said. Classes resumed shortly after the lightning strike. Sansom says he's just happy the two students and SRO officer are safe.
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured 1 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
 USA 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
By KARI C. BARLOW | Daily News Published: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 09:20 PM. DEFUNIAK SPRINGS A lightning strike sent two Walton Academy students and a Walton County Sheriffs Deputy to the hospital Monday morning. The deputy, who works as the schools resource officer, and two boys were taken by ambulance to Healthmark Regional Medical Center, said Catherine Rodriguez, public information officer for the Sheriffs Office. All three were treated and released. Walton Academy Administrator Ray Sansom said they were using computers in two separate buildings during the lightning strike. They felt a charge ... in their fingertips, he said. ... We went ahead and had them go to the hospital to be on the safe side. Were very thankful everyone is okay. The deputy and the students are expected to be back at school today. Sansom said its not clear what the lightning struck. It could have been out on the road where the Gulf Power transformer is, he said. He said the school did lose power for a short period during the storm. We have very comprehensive safety guidelines on our campus, Sansom said. We watch the weather very closely. Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari C. Barlow at 850-315-4438 or kbarlow@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.
Sun, 09/07/2014 12:00 PM Killed Larry Dasher  0.0  Lowndes County GA 
 USA 
  at a construction site    Construction site,Outside,Work 
A man died from a massive heart attack over the weekend at a construction site. According to Lowndes County coroner Bill Watson, Larry Dasher suffered a massive heart attack Sunday afternoon, possibly caused by a lightning strike. â¬SThe lightning may have triggered the coronary,⬝ Watson said. An autopsy is pending on Dasher to confirm the cause of death. Dasher was apparently struck by lightning at a construction site near Raisin' Cane on Highway 41.
Sun, 09/07/2014 09:00 AM Killed Louwerton Vidal  53.0  Clarendon  
 Jamica 
  fishing in a boat    Boat,fishing,Outside 
CLARENDON, Jamaica  Fifty-three-year-old Clarendon fisherman Louwerton Vidal was struck by lightning at sea on Saturday while, also in Clarendon, 18-year-old Alex Morgan of Savannah Cross was electrocuted at a business place in Lionel Town. Reports from the Hayes Police are that about 9:20 pm Morgan was allegedly trying to remove copper from a utility pole and was electrocuted. Meanwhile the Lionel Town Police said that Vidal was brought to shore about 9:30 pm where he was observed with severe burns on his upper body reportedly from a lightning strike. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. Investigations into both incidents are ongoing, the police say.
Sat, 09/06/2014 04:00 PM Killed Marguerite Tomany,1 of 2  61.0  Ipswich MA 
 USA 
  swimming   N/A  Beach,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,In Water,Indirect,Outside,Swimming,Water 
Two women hit by lightning in Ipswich Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on gmailShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services 24 Posted: Sep 06, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Updated: Sep 07, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Ipswich, MASS (WFXT) - Two women struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in Ipswich remain in critical condition. Here is the latest from police. IPSWICH - Acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard announces that cleanup efforts are still underway after three severe storms ripped through town yesterday. "Good progress has been made in cleaning up the town and restoring power, thanks in part to a tremendous mutual aid effort by out neighboring communities and state partners," Acting Chief Hubbard said. Hubbard, an Ipswich Police Lieutenant, is the Director of Emergency Management for the town and is serving as Acting Chief while Chief Paul A. Nikas is away on vacation. The two women who were struck by lightning at Crane Beach yesterday remain listed in Critical Condition as Massachusetts General Hospital. Their names are not being released, but they identified as a 69-year-old woman from Concord and a 61-year-old woman from North Grosvenor Dale, Conn. No other injuries were reported yesterday. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, 150 Ipswich Electric Light Department customers are still without power, but this is not due to any systemic issues. Most of the outages are due to electrical wires that were torn from homes due to winds and falling debris, trees, and tree limbs. Ipswich Electric Light would like to thank the municipal electrical departments of Groveland, Georgetown, Merrimac, Rowley, and Welesley for sending crews to town to help restore electrical service quickly to affected customers. At peak, 2,000 customers were without power. During the three storms, which included a microburst which is believed to have produced wind gusts in excess of 80 mph, hundreds of trees were damaged and more than 60 roadways were partially or completely blocked by debris. Ipswich Forestry Department and Department of Public Works crews have been working to remove debris since last evening. They have been aided by Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Department of Conservation and Recreation crews organized by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Lightning from the storms also damaged Ipswich emergency radio communications and cut electrical power to the Ipswich Police Station and Town Hall. The Ipswich Fire Department would like to thank the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and the Beverly Fire Department for allowing IFD to use the Fire District 5 radio frequency while repairs were underway. "Mutual aid is the name of the game during any kind of disaster," said Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory G. Gagnon. "The Ipswich emergency agencies have done a tremendous job dealing with these storms, and we are very grateful for all of the help we have received from our neighbors and partners in state government." ### One of the women struck by lightning on an Ipswich beach over the weekend has died, police said today. Marguerite Tomany, 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., died "as a result of injuries suffered in the lightning strike," Ipswich police said in a statement. A second victim, a 69-year-old woman from Concord, Mass., remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, police said. Police have said that the women were in the water on Crane Beach on Saturday during the fast-moving storm that slammed the area when the bolt of lightning struck, sending both into cardiac arrest. Lifeguards performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived. They were the only reported injuries at the beach.
Sat, 09/06/2014 05:00 PM Injured man taking out garbage  0.0  North Andover MA  
 USA 
  taking out garbage  N/A  Indirect,Ladder,Metal,Metal ladder,Outside,Work 
By Garrin Marchetti and Lauren DiTullio gmarchetti@eagletribune.com, lditullio@eagletribune.com NORTH ANDOVER ⬠Saturday's severe storm left trees and power lines down around the region and one employee of the Dunkin' Donuts on campus at Merrimack College injured. Merrimack College spokesperson Jim Chiavelli said a manager of the restaurant was taking out trash during the storm and was injured when lightning struck a metal trash can shortly after 5 p.m. According to Chiavelli, Merrimack College police officers responded along with North Andover police and fire. Chiavelli said the man was conscious and alert when authorities arrived on scene. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. In fact, officials said the victim dialed 911 himself. Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, said that three people were struck by lightning during Saturday's storm. In addition to the North Andover strike, two women in their 70s were hit on Crane Beach in Ipswich. Media outlets reported they were in critical condition last night. The tornado warning for Essex County was issued at around 4:30 p.m. and expired shortly after 5:00 p.m., but lightning and heavy wind and rain continued to pummel the region. A severe thunderstorm warning remained in effect in various parts of the state through 9 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Essex County and other parts of the state shortly after 6 p.m. It expired at 9 p.m. Area police departments used social media to distribute numerous photos of downed trees and streets flooded up to the hoods of cars. They warned residents that live wires were down and forbade touching fallen trees. A utility pole down caused outages and blocked traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in North Andover. Methuen police closed Woodland Street near Haverhill Street due to power lines down in the area. Though an intense storm ripped through Methuen and the surrounding towns in early July, damaging many buildings and utility poles, Simpson said the season has not been dramatically worse than a typical New England summer. Chris Milligan, a spokesperson for National Grid, said about 10,000 customers in the Merrimack Valley were without power as of 7 p.m. The highest concentration was in Methuen with about 3,000 homes and businesses in the dark, she said. â¬SItâ¬"s a mixture of trees on the line, direct lightning strikes, downed wires, and things like that, just because the storm was so intense for a little while," she said. LOOK FOR LIVE REPORTS TONIGHT ON 7 NEWS.

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

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

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

>> RIGHT THROUGH THE VERY TIP HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> SIX KIDS, ME. WE JUST GOTT 38400
Sat, 09/06/2014 12:00 PM Injured man mowing lawn  26.0  Cooper City FL 
 USA 
  mowing lawn    Ground Strike,Mowing the lawn,Outside,Work 
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 " Updated at 6:20 PM EDT A man was struck by lightning while mowing a lawn in Cooper City Saturday afternoon. Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 5000 block of SW 114th Avenue after a report of a lightning strike hitting a landscaper. The 26-year-old victim was riding a lawn mower when the bolt struck. Four other landscapers reported seeing their co-worker fall off the lawn mower after the strike. The man was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital as a trauma patient. Fire Rescue said no burn marks were seen on the victim. The man was semi-conscious when they arrived on the scene, but was fully conscious by the time they transported him to the hospital.
Sat, 09/06/2014 06:00 PM Injured man fishing  30.0  Stamford CT 
 USA 
  fishing     Cardiac Arrest,CPR,fishing,Indirect,Outside 
STAMFORD -- A Port Chester man who was fishing at Cove Island Park Saturday evening was struck by lightening during the violent thunderstorm that rolled through the area around that time, Stamford police said. The 30-year-old man's fishing pole was struck by lightening, his brother told police officers who arrived on the scene. He said the lightning strike knocked the man unconscious and not breathing, and that he performed CPR and got him breathing again, according to Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn. Responding officers found the man on the beach near the Holly Pond dam, with burns to his stomach and groin area, police said. He was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition. The man would likely be transferred to Bridgeport Hospital's burn unit later in the evening, Hohn said.
Sat, 09/06/2014 04:00 PM Killed Marianne Povell Mellnick, 2 of 2  69.0  Ipswich MA  
 USA 
  swimming   N/A  Beach,Delayed Death,Indirect,Outside,Water 
Two women were in critical condition last night after they were struck by lightning on Crane Beach in Ipswich yesterday afternoon as powerful thunderstorms crossed the state, prompting tornado warnings, torrential rains and damaging winds that knocked out power to thousands. The unidentified women, who were said to be in their 60s or 70s, were hit by the lightning at about 4 p.m. and went into cardiac arrest, prompting lifeguards on the beach to perform CPR until emergency crews arrived and took them to Beverly Hospital, acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard said. The patients had no pulse when rescuers got to them, but each had a pulse by the time they arrived at the hospital, Hubbard said. The women were later transferred to Mass. General Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition last night. The initial investigation shows that the two women were in the water when they were struck as the storm popped up very quickly, Hubbard said. The victims may not have had enough time to exit the water and get to safety. The 4 p.m. thunderstorm was the first of three that hit Ipswich and the surrounding area yesterday  2,000 Ipswich Electric Light Department customers were without power at the peak of the storm and 60 roads were blocked, Hubbard said. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the two women who were struck by lightning this afternoon. We wish them the best and we hope they will recover, Hubbard said. We are grateful that more people were not injured. Massachusetts Emergency Management officials will investigate today whether a possible tornado struck Ipswich, Hubbard said. National Weather Service crews also will survey the damage from the microburst, said meteorologist Bill Simpson. Were hearing upwards of 100 trees were downed in Ipswich during the microburst, Simpson said. On Argilla Road, which leads to Crane Beach, one resident who declined to give her name said the storm was sudden, with intense lightning and powerful winds. There were tree branches whipping all over the place, we had a tree fall onto a house on our property and a window was ripped off of our house, she said. Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued across the state, including in Essex, Middlesex, Franklin and Worcester counties. Ipswich seems to be the hardest-hit and over in the Lawrence, Dracut, Methuen area, that was hit pretty hard as well, Simpson said. Then over in western Massachusetts, the towns of Bernardston and Leyden were also hit hard. There were reports of trees down in several towns, including Lawrence, Billerica and Methuen. The storms knocked out power to more than 6,300 residents  at 7:30 p.m., Nstar reported 5,300 customers without power; Western Massachusetts Electric Company had 851 customers without service and National Grid said service had been cut to 176 customers. The storm system prompted officials to evacuate the Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall for two hours. The Boston Red Sox game was also delayed. Matt Ingersoll contributed to this report. IPSWICH  As severe thunderstorms swept across the state Saturday afternoon and left downed trees and power lines in its wake, two women were struck by lightning on a beach in Ipswich, according to authorities. The victims, who were in their 60s or early 70s, were hit on Crane Beach off Argilla Road, said the Ipswich Police Department. Emergency responders arrived at the scene about 4 p.m. and saw lifeguards performing CPR on the two women, police said at a news conference Saturday night. The women were taken to Beverly Hospital, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in critical condition, police said. Both victims were without a pulse when rescuers got to them, but their heartbeats were restored before arrival at the hospital. [We] finally got their hearts going, emergency responder Justin Petrillo said during the news conference, adding that they performed CPR for 20 minutes on both victims. He said he was pretty surprised at the outcome. Acting Ipswich Police Chief John Hubbard said the first storm arrived quickly and without warning at about 4 p.m. He said there were no more injuries reported in Ipswich despite the two other storms that crossed the area. Watch: Boston Calling concertgoers take shelter Watch Video Video: Lightning flashes at Boston Calling As storms rolled into downtown Boston, attendees of the Boston Calling Music Festival were ordered to take shelter. MORE COVERAGE Images, reports from the storm Boston Calling: live updates Police said the initial investigation revealed that the women were in the water when they were struck by lightning. The storm moved in quickly, and authorities believe the victims did not have the chance to get out of the water in time. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the two women who were struck by lightning this afternoon, said Hubbard in a statement. We wish them the best and hope they will recover. The women were not identified by police. Across the region, the sky darkened rapidly as the storms rolled though late in the afternoon. People attending the Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza were evacuated about 6 p.m., according to the festivals website. Some were moved to the covered VIP areas, and those who did not stay were asked to exit through the main gate, where staff led attendees to the Government Center Parking Garage. Boston Calling resumed at 9 p.m. with headliners Lorde and then Childish Gambino, according to the festivals Twitter account. Concertgoers who sheltered at City Hall watched the wind and rain pull at the tapestries attached to the stage during the Boston Calling Music Festival. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE Concertgoers who sheltered at City Hall watched the wind and rain pull at the tapestries attached to the stage during the Boston Calling Music Festival. Wind damage was widespread across the state. In parts of Franklin County, strong gusts knocked trees onto power lines, causing some outages, according to the National Weather Service. Nickel-size hail was reported in Dracut, and a transformer was struck by lightning in Leyden, according to the weather agency. Lightning struck in Methuen, exposing live electrical wires, according to the Methuen Police Department. In Cambridge, police responded to at least six incidents of toppled trees and downed wires. No reports regarding any power being out, but we do have a flurry of trees being down and wires being down, said Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick. Thousands lost power at some point Saturday, according to outage maps for NStar and National Grid. NStar had 4,579 outages and National Grid had 195 without power as of 8:45 p.m. In Ipswich, approximately a half mile down the road from Crane Beach, the Whitten family stood in their house on Saturday afternoon watching lightning flash across the sky and listening to thunder roar. After spending a beautiful morning down by the marshes at the back of the beach, Chug Whitten, his wife, Nicole, and their 5- and 9-year-old daughters returned to their home on Argilla Road as stormy clouds began to move in around 2 p.m. Within a few hours, a giant gust of wind and sheets of rain toppled a large maple tree in their yard. We had monster [storm] bursts. We lost a big tree in our yard. . . . It just happened quick, Whitten said, adding that the trees fall barely made a noise over the raging wind and rain. It was like a bouquet of flowers hitting the ground. He said no one was injured, and the tree did not damage his house. Whitten is no stranger to storm damage. Six years ago, his family had to rebuild their home after lightning hit the house on a July afternoon. He said he wasnt worried about this storm because after his family lost the house he installed a pretty big lightning protection system. Lightning wasnt the only worry as storms rumbled through the state. About 5 p.m., tornado warnings in numerous parts of Southern New England expired with no confirmation of any touching down, according to the National Weather Service. The thunderstorms were ushered in by the days uncomfortable heat and humidity across parts of the state. Severe thunderstorm watches were issued in most counties across Massachusetts until 9 p.m., with the exception of the Cape Cod area. If you hear thunder, its time to head indoors immediately, said Matthew Belk, a meteorologist for the weather service in Taunton. Temperatures were sweltering all day, hitting 92 degrees by 2:55 p.m. in Boston. Dew points were measured in the low 70s. Accompanying the stifling heat were gusty winds reaching up to 25 miles per hour. A cooling effect is expected to follow as thunderstorms continued moving across the state, said meteorologist Bill Simpson. Highs for Sunday will reach the mid-70s and dew points will stay comfortably in the mid-50s. Once the early-morning rains have passed, there will be zero chance of precipitation, Simpson said. Monday through Wednesday temperatures will remain in the low 70s and potentially dip into the high 60s. BOSTON (CBS)  The second of two women struck by lightning in Ipswich a week ago has died. Marianne Povell Mellnick, 69, of Concord, died at Mass. General Hospital Saturday. Mellnick and her friend, Marguerite Muggy Tomany, 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., were both struck by lightning Sept. 6 at Crane Beach as they walked toward the street. Tomany died last week. Ipswich police said their investigation found that the two women were not swimming when they were struck as originally thought. Mellnick and Tomany had no pulse when police officers and firefighters began performing CPR on them at the beach. First responders were able to restore the womens pulses by the time they arrived at the hospital. Mellnick worked in public finance and tax management before retiring in 2010. A public service will be held for Mellnick at St. Michaels Church in Bedford on Friday.
Fri, 09/05/2014 09:00 AM Killed student  18.0   
 Canada 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
A first-year University of Waterloo student was struck and killed by lightning while walking on campus Friday morning. The 18-year-old was walking down a pathway from the school's ring road to the Student Village 1 residence area around 9 a.m. Fire officials say she had moved under a tree for shelter from the fast-moving storm when she was hit. PHOTOS Student killed by lightning Flowers are left near where an 18-year-old University of Waterloo student was fatally hit by lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (David Imrie / CTV Kitchener) Waterloo lightning strike Police tape blocks off a section of the University of Waterloo campus after a student was fatally struck by lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Terry Kelly / CTV Kitchener) She was taken to hospital unconscious, where she was later pronounced dead. "Everybody here at the University of Waterloo is deeply saddened," school spokesperson Nick Manning told CTV News. The woman was a first-year engineering student from the Markham area, enrolled in the school's nanotechnology program. Waterloo student Toni Ogumad said two of his friends saw her on the ground after she was hit. Her clothes were torn in different places. One of her shoes was on fire, he said. She didnt have any pulse, so they called 911. Authorities say they will not be releasing the students name at the request of her family. Counselling services are available for students, university officials said. Read more: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/university-of-waterloo-student-killed-in-lightning-strike-1.1992746#ixzz3CUf5eCJB
Tue, 09/02/2014 07:00 AM Injured Sadie Noreen, sister, 1 of 2  0.0  Yukon OK 
 USA 
  inside on phone  N/A  Cell Phone,Door,Indirect,Indoors 
YUKON, Okla.  Most of the rain and thunderstorms have passed through the metro area this evening, but Tuesday morning, much of the area was wet. Some of you might have woken up to heavy thunder and lightning. The loud bangs woke a Yukon mom and children, but the children say they were greeted with more than loud clashing sounds. The brother and sister say they actually felt the lightning in the area. I started seeing all the lightning and thunder and Im like oh, so I hopped off here and I came over here and I opened up my blinds, Sadie Noreen, a 5th grader said. She loves weather, especially storms and was watching the light show at around 7 this morning. Her brother was in the next room. I was just laying on my bed and playing on my phone and listening to the thunder and lightning, Brandon Noreen, her 8th grade brother said. Their mom, Amy Noreen, was in the kitchen making coffee, when everyone heard a big clap of thunder. A couple of seconds later there were 4 lightning strikes and the whole house was just shaking, their mom said. I just looked out the window and I closed the blinds then I came right here and I just got this ooh feeling, Sadie says. When I was playing on my phone there was like a shock in my leg and my arm and it surprised me and I just ran down from my bunk-bed and then I went to my mom and told her I got shocked, Brandon says. They claim they were shocked, an electrical feeling from the lightning. I had this really shaky feeling in me and it felt all shocky, Sadie described. I was just playing my game and the lightning struck and then I just felt it in my thumbs and it went down to my leg and it was like shocking, Brandon remembered. Their mom just wants to know what happened. I cant explain to the kids what just happened to them, we live in Oklahoma, I mean we are surrounded by this type of weather and what can we do in the future? their mom said. We spoke with Dr. Ron Miller, a physics professor at the University of Central Oklahoma who says its probably impossible to explain what happened to the kids. Miller says electricity is unpredictable and normally tries to find the easiest path from cloud to ground. Miller tells us its possible the main lightning strike was not close to the kids, but since lightning creates an electric field, the discharge could have been through the children because they were close to electrical devices or even just close to electrical outlets in the home. He says staying away from electricity and outlets during storms is always a best practice.
Tue, 09/02/2014 02:45 PM Injured man on roof  19.0  Marietta GA 
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  working on roof    Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Officials said a 19-year-old man was struck by lightning while pressure washing on a rooftop in Marietta Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the man was a contractor working on the roof of Northern Tools And Equipment at the corner of Cobb Parkway and Gresham Road. The incident happened at 2:45 pm. According to Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department, the man received an indirect strike when the bolt struck the building. Baldwin said the man collapsed on the roof. Two other workers were there, but Baldwin said they were not struck. The man was transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment. His condition was not immediately available. In Austell, the storms caused a tree to fall across power lines and onto Love Street. Luckily, no one was injured. Strong storms moved through the metro area on Sept. 2.Strong storms moved through the metro area on Sept. 2. (Photo: 11Alive)
Tue, 09/02/2014 08:30 PM Injured Zaki Davis, 2 of 2 working on car  21.0  Albany GA 
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  working on a car  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Tree 
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials say two men were struck by lightning in central Albany Tuesday night as storms moved through southwest Georgia. Just after 8:30 p.m., John Clyde, 21, was hit by a bolt of lightning, as he was working on a car outside a home at 711 West 1st Avenue, according to witnesses. Neighbors say Clyde was over at Zaki Davis' house. Davis was also struck but it wasn't as bad as the strike to Clyde, who is in critical condition. They were changing a tire on a car in the driveway next to a large tree when the strike hit. Davis told WALB's Wright Gazaway it wasn't raining when they started working. Authorities said the strike sent Clyde into cardiac arrest. Witnesses performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was then rushed to Phoebe Putney Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, as of 11:00 Wednesday morning. Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.
Tue, 09/02/2014 08:00 PM Injured John Clyde,1 of 2 working on car  0.0  Albany GA 
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  working on a car    Critical,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside 
ALBANY, GA -- UPDATE (9/3/14 1:30 P.M.): John Clyde is in critical condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after he and his friend, Zaki Davis, were injured by a lightning strike. Davis wasn't taken to the hospital. This happened after lightning struck close to the car the two men were working on Tuesday night, according to neighbors. ORGINAL STORY: Dougherty County EMS has confirmed a report of a lightning strike Tuesday evening. The call came in from 711 West First Avenue but EMS says they can't confirm that the victim was in fact struck by lightning. That victim was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. That person's name and condition aren't being released.
Tue, 09/02/2014 12:00 AM Injured Brandon Noreen, brother, 1 of 2  0.0  Yukon OK 
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  inside on phone    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
Sun, 08/31/2014 04:00 PM Injured father on beach, 3 of 3  49.0  New York City NY 
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  taking shelter under a tree    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Thrown,Under Trees 
Three people are hospitalized in New York City with injuries from a lightning strike as heavy thunderstorms swept the tri-state, authorities say. Track Severe Weather Alerts Here The men were hurt at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx at about 5 p.m., and were being treated at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the FDNY. They did not appear to be seriously injured or physically burned. Track the Rain on the Interactive Radar Telemundo identifies two of the victims as a father and son, 49 and 19 years old, who sought shelter under a tree during the storm. A friend of the family told the news station that the lightning hit the tree, then sent the men flying at least 10 feet. The friend showed the station photos of the victims' clothing that appeared to be shredded in parts from the lightning strike. bronx lightning strike, lightning strike nyc, lightning strike nyc beach, lightning strike orchard beach, severe thunderstorm nyc new jersey, electric zoo canceled, airport delays nyc nj, us open suspended, Visitors at Orchard Beach said they weren't seriously concerned about the rain until they heard the thunder. "That crack of thunder and lightning came, and that's when everybody started to run away," said Cheryl Greenidge. Edgar Ayalla said he saw lightning hit either the beach or the water "like an explosion," and that debris was sent flying from that lightning strike. Elsewhere in the city, torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island. Traffic crawled on the Garden State Parkway in East Orange, where roads were flooded and emergency responders had to attend to a stranded driver, a traffic camera showed. Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused long delays onto the George Washington Bridge. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all reported long delays as a result of the storm. Another round of thunderstorms is expected in the area by Monday. Labor Day will be otherwise hot and humid. The last area thunderstorm broke records on Long Island, where the town of Islip saw more than 13 inches of rain fall in a matter of hours on Aug. 14.
Sun, 08/31/2014 03:00 PM Killed Ephraim Stoltzfus, 1 of 3 swimming  8.0  Fulton Township PA 
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  running across field, taking shelter  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Field,Outside,Swimming,Taking Shelter,Water 
Updated: Sunday, August 31 2014, 03:23 PM CDT FULTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Officials tell CBS 21 that 2 Amish boys were struck by lightning in Fulton Township, Lancaster on Sunday afternoon. One boy sustained minor injuries but the other went into cardiac arrest at the scene. Both boys were taken to Lancaster General Hospital. The boys were struck by lightning while swimming in the Conowingo Creek in the 700 block of Nottingham Road. State police are handling the investigation. The condition of the two boys was not immediately known.
Sun, 08/31/2014 04:00 PM Injured son on beach, 2 of 3  19.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  on beach   N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Thrown,Tree,Under Trees 
A lightning strike at a New York City beach has injured three people. The fire department says the men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area. The men are being treated at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. The lightning strike happened as heavy thunderstorms swept through the city. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to a musical festival on an East River island. Dozens of commercial flights into the city's airports were delayed because of the severe weather.
Sun, 08/31/2014 04:00 PM Injured man on beach, 1 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  on beach     Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
A lightning strike at a New York City beach has injured three people. The fire department says the men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area. The men are being treated at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. The lightning strike happened as heavy thunderstorms swept through the city. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to a musical festival on an East River island. Dozens of commercial flights into the city's airports were delayed because of the severe weather.
Sun, 08/31/2014 03:00 PM Injured boy, 2 of 3 swimming  0.0  Fulton Township PA 
 USA 
  swimming     Fresh Water,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside,Swimming,Water 
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:39 pm | Updated: 7:12 am, Mon Sep 1, 2014. By JENNIFER TODD | Staff Writer A lightning strike killed one boy and injured another Sunday in Fulton Township. The two initially were taken to Lancaster General Hospital then transferred to Hershey Medical Center. One of the boys was pronounced dead there Sunday evening, according to an official from the Dauphin County Coroner's Office. The name and age of the deceased were not immediately available. The condition of the other boy wasn't known Sunday night. Emergency personnel were called to the area of Nottingham Road and Soapstone Hill Road at 2:30 p.m. The two boys and another male were swimming in the Conowingo Creek when a storm moved through the area, according to Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson. Crews had to use all-terrain vehicles to travel through a field to reach the boys, who were swimming in an area behind the fire company, Tomlinson said. He said he didn't believe the third boy was hurt. State police responded to the scene but are not investigating the incident. They had no information about the accident Sunday night.
Sun, 08/31/2014 03:00 PM Injured boy, 3 of 3 swimming  0.0  Fulton Township PA 
 USA 
  swimming     Fresh Water,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside,Swimming,Water 
PEACH BOTTOM, Pa.  Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek. Lancaster Newspapers reports that three boys were swimming in the Conowingo Creek in Fulton Township when a storm moved through Sunday afternoon. ADVERTISEMENT Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said crews used an ATV to cross a field to reach the boys. Two of them were taken to Lancaster General Hospital and then to Hershey Medical Center. The Dauphin County coroner's office says one boy was pronounced dead at the Hershey hospital Sunday night. The condition of a second boy who was injured hasn't been released. The third boy apparently wasn't hurt.
Sun, 08/31/2014 08:00 PM Injured Danny Murphy, 1 of 2  0.0  Denison IA 
 USA 
  storm chasing    Ground Strike,Outside,Storm Chasing 
Minnesota chasers were setting up cameras when the storm rolled into Crawford County. Denison, Iowa (ABC9 News)- Amazing video to share after lightning strikes a storm chaser near Denison during Sunday's bout of severe weather. Odds are slim you'll ever be struck by lightning. But it can happen. Check out this incredible video of a man who found the odds were unfortunately in his favor during Sunday's storms. It's what father son duo Danny and Derrick Murphy love to do as storm chasers, but Sunday night, it almost cost them their lives. With their cameras rolling on the storm, lighting strikes and a branch of this bolt surges through Danny. Doctors say it hit him in the leg and barely missed derrick. "I don't remember thunder, I don't remember a flash," says Danny Murphy. "I just remember getting up 15 minutes later. I do remember shortly after that I was paralyzed. I do remember I was worried. I couldn't move my left foot." An ambulance rushed to the scene and took Danny to the hospital. His son Derrick wasn't hit directly by the lightning, but still felt the impact. Derrick says, "You just get that hair stands on the back of your neck feeling but it was so sudden you didn't have any time to react. Boom! It struck. For two seconds, I just went blank. I couldn't remember anything for 2 seconds and I woke up as I was lying back 3-4 feet against the car." The Murphy's have been storm chasing for more than 10 years. This is their first incident. Danny says nothing can stop him from chasing, but that he'll be staying in the car from now on. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. and KCAU-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Page: [[$index + 1]] More From The Web Murdered 14-Year-Old Sends Horrifying Text Right Before Her Death (Stirring Daily) Michigan Wolverine Cheerleaders Are SMOKING HOT (RantSports) 5 Highest-paid College Football Coaches (Bankrate.com) Pictures Show Why Andre Drummond Should Have Stayed With Jennette McCurdy (RantSports) Driven to Laughter  16 Hilarious Road Signs (Reader's Digest) Its not Junk: The Most Overlooked Garage Sale Items You Should Buy (Reader's Digest) More From This Site Ridge View Edges Woodbury Central in Game of Week Car Crash Leaves 7 Year Old Dead Iowa State Fair Recording Low Attendance Storm Damage: Surprising Damage To Siouxland Golf Course Laurel Man Dies In Grain Bin Accident "AK-47" Bandit Wanted by the FBI - SiouxlandMatters
Sun, 08/31/2014 08:00 PM Injured Derrick Murphy  0.0  Denison IA 
 USA 
  storm chasing    Ground Strike,Outside,Storm Chasing 
Minnesota chasers were setting up cameras when the storm rolled into Crawford County. Denison, Iowa (ABC9 News)- Amazing video to share after lightning strikes a storm chaser near Denison during Sunday's bout of severe weather. Odds are slim you'll ever be struck by lightning. But it can happen. Check out this incredible video of a man who found the odds were unfortunately in his favor during Sunday's storms. It's what father son duo Danny and Derrick Murphy love to do as storm chasers, but Sunday night, it almost cost them their lives. With their cameras rolling on the storm, lighting strikes and a branch of this bolt surges through Danny. Doctors say it hit him in the leg and barely missed derrick. "I don't remember thunder, I don't remember a flash," says Danny Murphy. "I just remember getting up 15 minutes later. I do remember shortly after that I was paralyzed. I do remember I was worried. I couldn't move my left foot." An ambulance rushed to the scene and took Danny to the hospital. His son Derrick wasn't hit directly by the lightning, but still felt the impact. Derrick says, "You just get that hair stands on the back of your neck feeling but it was so sudden you didn't have any time to react. Boom! It struck. For two seconds, I just went blank. I couldn't remember anything for 2 seconds and I woke up as I was lying back 3-4 feet against the car." The Murphy's have been storm chasing for more than 10 years. This is their first incident. Danny says nothing can stop him from chasing, but that he'll be staying in the car from now on. Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. and KCAU-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Page: [[$index + 1]]
Sun, 08/31/2014 07:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Denison IA 
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DENISON, IowaSevere weather moved into Iowa Sunday night, including a tornado that struck Crawford County around 7p.m. The National Weather Service reports a man got hit by lightning in Denison. There is not word yet on how he is doing. Campers also got scattered from the high winds, as did tree limbs. Flash flooding closed part of Highway 39, five miles north of De
Thu, 08/28/2014 05:20 PM Injured man on bicycle  0.0  Maryland Heights MO 
 USA 
  riding a bicycle    Bicycle,CPR,Critical,Direct hit,Outside 
MARYLAND HEIGHTS " A bicyclist riding on the Maryland Heights Expressway was struck in the head by lightning and went into cardiac arrest Thursday evening, witnesses said, but Pattonville paramedics were able to revive him. Maryland Heights police Detective Joe Eagan said the man, 51, of Ballwin, was unconscious and in critical condition Thursday night. The incident happened about 5:20 p.m., as the man was bicycling south on the expressway about a quarter mile south of the Hollywood Casino, said Pattonville Fire District Batallion chief Ken Aydelott. Eagan said he worked in the Riverport area and was bicycling home. It was storming violently, Aydelott said, and passing motorists saw a lightning bolt strike his head. Eagan said the man had a wound on his foot, so it was unclear where on his body he was initially struck or if the bolt had exited his foot. The man fell to the ground, and the witnesses pulled over, called 911, and began CPR. Paramedics arrived within four minutes and began advanced life support, and they were able to revive him on the way to SSM DePaul Health Center. Aydelott said about half a dozen people were at the scene when paramedics arrived, and they risked getting struck by lighting as well. "For those bystanders to get out of their car and help was really something," he said. Police did not release the man's name. The man was riding a basic 10-speed road bike, Aydelott said. Half of the outer plastic shell of the man's helmet had been torn or melted off by the bolt, exposing the foam underneath.
Wed, 08/27/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman  26.0   
 Nepal 
       
BANEPA: A woman was killed in lightning in Gokule VDC-3 in the district last night. The deceased has been identified as Makkhi B.K. (26) of the same place, said DSP Janak Bhattarai. Villages surrounding the Mahabharat Range are considered highly risky zone in terms of lightning. Before this, four people were killed by lighting in the same area last May, police added. - See more at: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Lightning+kills+woman+in+Kavre&NewsID=425586#sthash.akn6zr93.dpuf
Tue, 08/26/2014 04:30 PM Injured soccer player, 1 of 3  0.0  Travis County TX 
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  at soccer practice    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Summer Camp 
Updated: Tuesday, August 26 2014, 10:44 PM CDT 9 p.m. UPDATE: According to the Lake Travis Youth Association, just before 5 p.m., a LTYA soccer team was practicing at the LTYA fields and was suddenly struck by lightning. EMS responded to the scene, and two players were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their current condition is unknown. Officials say upon notification of the incident, all LTYA activities were cancelled until further notice. --------------------------------- EARLIER: Officials say three children were injured by a lightning strike Tuesday afternoon in west Travis County. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, it happened at around 4:30 p.m. at the Field of Dreams in Bee Cave. A STAR Flight helicopter transported a 10-year-old victim to Dell Children's Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries, officials say. Austin-Travis County EMS said another male child was taken to Dell Children's Medical Center with serious injuries and a female child has possible serious injuries. We have a crew on the way to the scene and we will update this story as we learn more. Follow us on Twitter @keyetv and LIKE us on Facebook for updates! Read More at: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/updated-children-injured-lightning-strike-w-travis-co-20381.shtml
Tue, 08/26/2014 09:00 AM Injured Phil Shafer  51.0  St. Joseph County IN 
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  hauling hay in tractor  N/A  Farming,Indirect,Tractor,Work 
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A St. Joseph County man was struck by lightning in the 1900 block of New Road Tuesday morning. When emergency responders arrived, the victim was on the ground complaining of head and shoulder pain. Tuesday morning's thunderstorm was something like an ambush. Phil Shafer was outside hauling hay in a tractor when he was struck by lightning. "He said it just felt like it hit him in the head with a sledgehammer," said Paul Shafer, Phil's dad. Paul drove up just in time to see Phil collapse. Emergency responders weren't far behind. Phil managed to call 9-11 before fainting. "He didn't have any burns they could see, but they said it head was hurting and his shoulders were burning," said Paul. ABC57 Meteorologist Greg Bobos says lightning strikes aren't as rare as you would think. "We saw thousands just today," said Bobos. On average, Indiana has about 500,000 lightning strikes per year, which is why Bobos recommends heading inside when you hear thunder. "You don't want to be stuck outside, you want to take the precautions beforehand and have the tools to know when things are coming before they get there," said Bobos. Paul says he was struck by lightning 30 years ago. He said he learned the hard way Mother Nature is supreme. "Don't play in the water when there's lightning," said Paul. Phil has since been released from the hospital. Experts recommend avoiding tall objects like trees or construction equipment if you're stuck outside during a thunderstorm. Of the twenty people that have died this year, over half were outside working. Click here for more information about staying safe in a thunderstorm news@thepilotnews.com LAKEVILLE  A Lakeville resident was given a fright when lightning struck near him while he was working on his farm on Aug. 26. Phil Shafer, 51, was working on a Bobcat skid loader when at 10:54 a.m., lightning struck near the implement. We took out a first responder unit, an EMT ambulance, and paramedic ambulance that went. We had a whole team of people there in case you need them, said Mike Hargreaves, a firefighter and EMT with the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department. Hargreaves reported that Shafer awake and talking before he was taken to the hospital. I didnt see a lot burns, his heart was going real fast. He was shaken up real good, he said. Shafer was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital, which has a trauma center that specializes in serious conditions. Shafer was kept under observation, treated and discharged later that day. Hargreaves stated that the danger with electricity is that it can be difficult to see what damage has been caused until later, including heart and nervous system issues.
Tue, 08/26/2014 03:30 PM Injured man, 1 of 2  0.0  Denver CO 
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  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  CPR,Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Raining,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
DENVER (CBS4) - Lightning struck two men in Denver on Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Fire Department said. Both victims were taken to a local hospital. One is in critical condition but is expected to survive. The other was not as seriously injured. The strike happened at 2850 S. Federal Boulevard near the Colorado Heights University campus. Authorities said two people took cover under a tree on the west side of Federal during a rain storm. The men are in their mid 20s. One is a student at the university. Its unclear if the two men knew each other. Heavy rain, lightning and thunder moved across the metro area in the afternoon. Flash-flood warnings were issues for the southwestern corner of the state to the eastern plains. The storm also knocked out power to roughly 1,600 customers, Xcel Energy said at 4:30 p.m. Power has been restored to about half those customers.
Tue, 08/26/2014 02:45 PM Injured man, 1 of 3 in garage  24.0  Lake Odessa MI 
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  in garage     Garage with door open,Indirect 
Lake ODESSA, Mich. (WZZM)-- A man and a woman were hospitalized and another person was treated at the scene after a reported lightning strike in Ionia County. It happened shortly after 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Circle K Ranch Trucking, in the 4100 block of West Clarksville Road. Storms were moving through the area when Fire Chief Jeff Sanderson says possible lightning hit a pole barn. A 24-year-old man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital by Life Ambulance. Sanderson says the victim was conscious and talking before he left. A 30-year-old woman was also hospitalized. One other person was treated at the scene. Ionia County Sheriff's deputies assisted Lake Odessa firefighters at the scene.
Tue, 08/26/2014 03:30 PM Injured Jose Salas, 2 of 2  0.0  Denver CO 
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  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Raining,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
7NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Denver lightning strike victim gives thanks to stranger for calling 911 TheDenverChannel.com Team 4:02 PM, Aug 26, 2014 5 hours ago DENVER - Authorities in Denver say two men were sent to an area hospital after the tree they were taking shelter under from the rain was struck by lightning. One of the men had no pulse and was not breathing when crews arrived. He was transported to Denver Health in critical condition, but is expected to live, according to the Denver Fire Department. The second man, Jose Salas, told 7NEWS he was walking from his apartment and was struck near the tree. He too was transported to Denver Health. The lightning strike occurred at about 3:30 p.m. near the campus of Colorado Heights University at South Federal Boulevard and West Bates Avenue. "At first I couldn't move at all," said Salas. "Total numbness. Like not able to move or nothing." Salas' black shoe is torn up from the strike. He also has a small burn on his foot -- evidence of the jolt. "I sat up on my own. That's when I realized, where's my hat, where's my glasses. And I looked at my shoe. And my shoe had a like a hole. I was like oh man," said Salas. Salas credits a call from a stranger for the quick response of emergency crews. "Thank you for calling the fire department," he said. "Heard many cases of people who don't make it. Thank God I'm here." The two men are not students of the school, the Denver Police Department said.
Tue, 08/26/2014 12:00 PM Killed 4 died, 8 injured  0.0   
 India 
       
BALANGIR: Four persons died when lightning struck them at Patnagarh on Tuesday. The deceased are Sitaram Jal (50), Menaka Jal (16), Premananda Bhoi (23) and Gangadhar Putel (19). Eight others injured in the incident are undergoing treatment at Sub-Divisional Hospital here. The incident occurred when more than 100 daily wagers were working in a patch of land. Patnagarh SDPO Pradipta Mohapatra and Tehsildar Amiya Sahu, Block Chairperson Bhaktabandhu Naik and NAC Chairperson Manas Manjari Panigrahi visited the injured at the hospital. Meanwhile, the locals have demanded compensation for the families of the deceased.
Tue, 08/26/2014 04:30 PM Injured Alex Hermann, 3 of 3  9.0  Travis County TX 
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  at soccer practice  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Field,Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Summer Camp 
AUSTIN (KXAN)  A 9-year-old boy struck by lightning during soccer practice Tuesday is still in critical condition at a Dallas Hospital. Alexander Hermann was at the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams in Bee Cave when a bolt of lightning from a storm several miles away hit the field. The fields, which had been closed since the incident, reopened for practices on Thursday. Two other children who were injured as a result of the lightning strike have been treated and released from the hospital. Things could have turned out much worse if new coach Carson Monks wasnt nearby. If I wasnt there, I wouldnt know what would have happened. No one else knew CPR, Monks told KXAN on Wednesday. As soon as I got a pulse, I just felt like a sense of joy, a sense of happiness in doing something and that hes on his way back to recovery. Austin Community Newspapers Staff A 9-year-old soccer player was struck by lightning on the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams soccer fields in Bee Cave Aug. 26. Parents who were present at the incident performed CPR on Alex Hermann, a fourth-grader at Lakeway Elementary School, until he was airlifted to Dell Childrens Medical Center in Austin. Two other students were also transported to the hospital but have since been released. LTYA leadership said Alex, who was identified in a newsletter from Lakeway Elementary School, is in serious condition. Alex has been transported to a hospital in Dallas, and LTYA board vice president Glenn Smith said he and the boys coaches have spent time with his parents in the hospital. LTYA coaches and administrators said they are shocked and saddened by the incident, which came with no warning. One practice was ending and another was about to start, and some kids were in the middle of the field, and (the lightning strike) came totally out of the blue, Smith said. It was six miles out from the storm is what the weather guys were telling us & were having meetings to see if anything else could have been done. Lake Travis High Schools lightning alert system activated around the time that Alex was struck, Smith said, but the LTYA didnt find out until after the incident. Hardly anybody has lightning detectors, and nobody knows the accuracy of them at this point, Smith said. I called a bunch of youth league offices and they dont have them. Its a $60,000 investment, and we dont even know much about them & were trying to look into every possible option, and everything is under discussion. Nothing is ruled out at this point  we want to be as safe as possible. One hundred people are struck by lightning in the United States every year, Lakeway Regional Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Curtis Townsend said. The after effects of being struck by lightning are two-fold  the patient is typically burned and then suffers injuries similar to that of a concussed individual, he said. It really depends  there are variations of what youre affected by, Townsend said. If you get hit directly, its different than if its a flashover phenomenon and youre blown away from it. Townsend said males ages 10 to 19 are the demographic that most often suffer lightning strikes. Lightning injuries are different than electrical, because (electrical shocks) can go through the body, whereas lightning injuries dont usually traverse through but flash all around it, Townsend said. The shock can cause fractures and dislocations, and a lot of survivors complain of temporary paralysis  so basically like getting hit by a linebacker. Eighty-nine percent of patients have burns & they could also have some sort of muscle injury and concussive injury, and 50 percent of the time it blows your eardrums. This was shocking to all of us, and we just send our thoughts and prayers with him, LTYA board executive director Scott Cronk said. All of the people in this organization are affected by this  the teams, the coaches the parents  its a bad deal.
Tue, 08/26/2014 04:30 PM Injured soccer player, 2 of 3  0.0  Travis County TX 
 USA 
  at soccer practice  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Summer Camp 
Three children were taken to Dell Children's Medical Center Tuesday afternoon after a possible lightning strike in Bee Caves. It happened at the intersection of Highway 71 and Hamilton pool road at the Field of Dreams. According to Austin-Travis county EMS, two boys and one girl were injured. All three were taken to Dell Children's via STARflight. EMS says one of the boys has potentially life-threatening injuries, while the other two children's injuries are potentially serious. They say the boy had no pulse when they arrived, and crews stabilized him by performing CPR. According to Bee Caves police, that child is 10 years old. EMS says the children were electrocuted, but can't confirm if it was from a lightning strike. Boy struck by lightning remains in hospital Community offers support through social media COMMENT(4) 3 13 3 79 ÿ Related View Larger Boy struck by lightning remains in hospital photo Pray for Alex Facebook page Alex Hermann (photo from Pray for Alex Facebook page) By Rachel Rice Austin Community Newspapers Staff A 9-year-old soccer player was struck by lightning on the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams soccer fields in Bee Cave Aug. 26. Parents who were present at the incident performed CPR on Alex Hermann, a fourth-grader at Lakeway Elementary School, until he was airlifted to Dell Childrens Medical Center in Austin. Two other students were also transported to the hospital but have since been released. LTYA leadership said Alex, who was identified in a newsletter from Lakeway Elementary School, is in serious condition. Alex has been transported to a hospital in Dallas, and LTYA board vice president Glenn Smith said he and the boys coaches have spent time with his parents in the hospital. LTYA coaches and administrators said they are shocked and saddened by the incident, which came with no warning. One practice was ending and another was about to start, and some kids were in the middle of the field, and (the lightning strike) came totally out of the blue, Smith said. It was six miles out from the storm is what the weather guys were telling us & were having meetings to see if anything else could have been done. Lake Travis High Schools lightning alert system activated around the time that Alex was struck, Smith said, but the LTYA didnt find out until after the incident. Hardly anybody has lightning detectors, and nobody knows the accuracy of them at this point, Smith said. I called a bunch of youth league offices and they dont have them. Its a $60,000 investment, and we dont even know much about them & were trying to look into every possible option, and everything is under discussion. Nothing is ruled out at this point  we want to be as safe as possible. One hundred people are struck by lightning in the United States every year, Lakeway Regional Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Curtis Townsend said. The after effects of being struck by lightning are two-fold  the patient is typically burned and then suffers injuries similar to that of a concussed individual, he said. It really depends  there are variations of what youre affected by, Townsend said. If you get hit directly, its different than if its a flashover phenomenon and youre blown away from it. Townsend said males ages 10 to 19 are the demographic that most often suffer lightning strikes. Lightning injuries are different than electrical, because (electrical shocks) can go through the body, whereas lightning injuries dont usually traverse through but flash all around it, Townsend said. The shock can cause fractures and dislocations, and a lot of survivors complain of temporary paralysis  so basically like getting hit by a linebacker. Eighty-nine percent of patients have burns & they could also have some sort of muscle injury and concussive injury, and 50 percent of the time it blows your eardrums. This was shocking to all of us, and we just send our thoughts and prayers with him, LTYA board executive director Scott Cronk said. All of the people in this organization are affected by this  the teams, the coaches the parents  its a bad deal.
Sat, 08/23/2014 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead, 3 injured  0.0   
 Philippines 
  on a boat    Boat,Outside 
LEGAZPI CITY, PhilippinesLighting struck a group of people about to hold a fluvial procession in the village of Cawayan on the island of Bacacay in Albay, killing one person and critically wounding three others. The villagers were about to start the fluvial procession to celebrate the feast of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion (Our Lady of Salvation) when lightning struck the shoreline around 12:30 p.m., Senior Superintedent Marlo Meneses, provincial police director of Albay, said in a text message. The fatality was identified as Jerry Ecuenca, 30, of Barangay Bilbao, Rapu-Rapu, Albay. He was hit by lightning as he was about to start the engine of his motorized banca. Injured were Gina Barquilla, 25, Reynante Basaca, 10, and Domingo Barde, 50, all of Barangay Cagbulacao on Bacacay. The victims were on separate boats and about to depart from Cawayan port when lightning struck. All the victims were rushed to Dr. Armando D. Cope Memorial Hospital in Tabaco City. The wounded were later transferred to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Daraga, Albay. The Feast of Nuestra Señora de Salvacion was being celebrated through a maritime procession participated in by thousands of devotees from the municipalities of Bacacay, Malilipot and Rapu-Rapu, said Meneses. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/632077/lightning-leaves-1-dead-3-wounded-in-albay-fluvial-procession#ixzz3BGRmeYpt Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Sat, 08/23/2014 12:00 PM Killed man   25.0   
 India 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Two washed away in flood waters in C'nagar, lightning kills man in Tumkur Bangalore, Aug 23, 2014, DHNS : Water entered houses in low-lying areas in Shimoga following heavy rain on Saturday evening. DH Photo Miseries continued even as several parts of the State received heavy rainfall on Saturday. A couple of rain-related deaths were reported from two districts. Two persons were washed away in flood waters over a bridge between Bisalavadi and Mettilavadi village on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border on Saturday in Chamarajanagar district. The deceased have been identified as Balaraju (44) and Chandru (50), both residents of Mettilavadi, Talwadi taluk, in Tamil Nadu. They were returning to their village from Karnataka side, when they were washed away in the waters of a stream. The residents said that they had warned them against crossing the bridge submerged in water. The body of Balaraju was found one km away from the bridge. The search is on for Chandru. Talwadi Police have registered a case. 25-year-old Manjunath was struck by lightning at Vengalammahalli village in Koratagere taluk of Tumkur district on Saturday. The incident occured when he was returning home from his fields. Manjunath took shelter below a tamarind tree as soon as it began raining and was killed by lightning. For the last four days, Tumkur City and the surrounding areas have been receiving good rainfall, while the remaining parts have not received any showers. Moderate to heavy rains lashed several parts of Shimoga, throwing normal life out of gear, on Saturday. Shimoga, Bhadravati and Thirthahalli received heavy rain in the evening. Shimoga received heavy rain for an hour in the evening. Water overflowing from a canal flooded 20 houses in Rajendranagar.
Fri, 08/22/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 herdsman  0.0   
 India 
       
Two herdsmen were today injured and 25 cattle were killed in separate places of Chhattisgarh's Kanker district when they were struck by lightning, police said. Herdsmen- Lalit (60) and Ishwar (50) received injuries and 8 goats were killed at Tarasgaon under Charama police station limits, a police official told PTI. After primary treatment at a local health centre, the injured were shifted to Kanker district headquarters for further treatment, he said. In another lightning incident in Charama area, as many as seventeen cattle comprising 15 goats and two cows, were killed in Chandeli village, he said. Adequate compensation will be provided to villagers by the local administration for the loss of their livestock, he added.
Fri, 08/22/2014 09:00 AM Injured Chadron Hazelbaker  39.0  Spokane WA 
 USA 
  inside on laptop plugged in    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
SPOKANE, Wash. - A South Hill man is lucky to be alive after experiencing what he said was a lightning strike Friday morning. Related Content Be smart during electrical storms "There was a flash and I felt something come through my arm and come out my other finger and saw a bright flash of light by the outlet, Chadron Hazelbaker said. The 39 year old said he had just woke up and remembered his laptop needed to be charged. Hazelbaker recalls going to the outlet by the master bedroom window and felt the energy go through when he picked up the cord. "I knew the path that it went through, He said. I could feel that something had gone in a straight line in my body." Only a mark on his elbow and a break in the vinyl window where he thinks the lightning entered remains from the incident. His wife, Staci was still laying in bed when she witnessed her husband jerk back. I actually saw the lightning come out of his finger, which was impressive," Staci said. Her next action was to go to Facebook and tell her friends about what happened. It wasn't long after that she realized the severity of the incident. "After about an hour of it happening it really sunk in, like what really happened and it scared me," she said. Staci said she thought about her four kids and how they needed their dad. She said wasn't taking any chances with losing him and made her husband go to the emergency room despite that it would interrupt their oldest son's birthday plans. Four hours and a couple of blood tests later, doctors said Chadron would be fine. "I probably should have died a few times in my life, Chadron said. Obviously there's something still left to be accomplished. © 2014 KXLY.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.

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