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Tue, 07/18/2017 07:30 PM Killed David Everette  0.0  Sanford NC 
 USA 
  under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
SANFORD, N.C.  A man died after being struck by lightning Tuesday night in Sanford, according to a neighbor who witnessed the scene. The incident happened on Vance Street at about 7:30 p.m. as strong storms moved through the area. Neighbors said the storm was punctuated by a particularly loud lightning strike on a tree at the corner of Vance and Crestview streets. Neighbor Harmon Cochrane said he came outside to find authorities surrounding a person who was dead on the ground. Every now and then you would hear a little lightning but for one instance you heard two big booms and I just took for granted that the lightning hit something. I never thought it was going to be the individual, never did, he said. "That was a serious freak accident there, oh my God." Al Smith, a family friend and local pastor who spoke to WRAL News, identified the man who was killed as David Everette and said he was walking to the store as the heavy storm moved through. WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said North Carolina is the third deadliest state in the country for lightning strikes, behind Florida and Texas. Maze said 198 people in the state have been killed by lightning between 1959 and 2016. Cochrane said he thinks the lightning victim may have gone under the tree to get away from the heavy rain. "Where that gentleman was, by a tree, that is not the place to be. You need to be in a building or a metal-top car," Maze said. Police have not commented on the incident or confirmed the identity of the person who was killed.
Tue, 07/18/2017 02:00 PM Injured 3 of 3  0.0  Sebastin TX 
 USA 
  working on fence    Indirect,Outside 
Tue, 07/18/2017 12:00 PM Injured Juan Garsa, 2 of 3  0.0  Sebastin TX 
 USA 
  working on fence  N/A  Indirect,Outside 
SEBASTIAN  All three victims of a lightning strike in Sebastian are recovering back at home. Juan Garsa and his cousin, Robert Cavazos, were helping to clear a field when lightning struck a pole. Both of them happened to be standing next to it at the time. Before they knew it, Garsa said they were knocked to the ground. "I felt rain, slight rain on my back. I felt cold water," Garsa said as he recalled what happened. Both said the feeling of being struck is still fresh on both their mind. "We just got a tingle of it, said Robert Cavazos. We just got a taste of what really happened," says Garsa. Garsa said what struck them as odd was the fact there wasn't any rain in the area while they were working. KRGVs Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith explained the unusual case. "This one was interesting because the thunderstorm was just beginning to build. It was the very beginning stage of this storm, he said. It started right over Sebastian and began to move away and as it began to move away that first lightning bolt formed." According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 47 people a year in the U.S. and injures hundreds more. Garsa and Cavazos were released from the hospital several hours later. They said they are lucky to be alive. "Hey man, thank God that Im alright. Thank God that my cousin is alright. Other than that, we could have lost our lives bro," he said. Both said they will be taking it easy for a while. A third person was also struck by the lighting. Garsa and Cavazos told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that person is at home resting.
Tue, 07/18/2017 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Sebastin TX 
 USA 
  working on fence    Indirect,Outside 
Sebastian, TX - Three people have been stuck by lightning in the town of Sebastian, Texas. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence and Willacy County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Torres confirm the victims are two men and one woman. According to Torres, the trio were working on a fence in an alley in the downtown area near Farm-to-Market Road 506 when a bolt of lightning stuck a power pole Tuesday at around 2 PM. The lightning strike broke the pole causing the lines to fall on the fence, according to Torres. Four ambulances arrived on scene and transported the victims to Valley Baptist Medical Center in serious condition.
Mon, 07/17/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Downey ID 
 USA 
  unknown     
A womans family reported that she had been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm in the Downey area on Monday evening, but authorities said they do not think that was the case. Emergency personnel responded to the incident in which it was reported the lightning hit the woman. After examining the woman, emergency personnel transported her via ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. She is expected to survive. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said he doesnt believe the woman was struck by lightning. But the womans family contacted the Journal via Facebook and said she was hit by lightning. The woman reported experiencing headache symptoms, but Nielsen said that had the woman been struck by lightning she would have been seriously injured. The womans name has not yet been released by authorities. There were multiple thunderstorms barreling through Southeast Idaho on Monday and the National Weather Service warned about the frequent lightning associated with these storms.
Sun, 07/16/2017 12:42 AM Injured 4 of 4  0.0  Isle of Palms SC 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
ISLE OF PALMS, SC (WCSC) - Authorities confirmed three adults and one child have been hospitalized Sunday afternoon after a lightning strike reported on the Isle of Palms. At 12:44 p.m. Isle of Palms Fire and EMS received a call about eight people being struck in Wild Dunes on Ocean Point Drive, according to Isle of Palms Fire Chief Ann Graham. Three adults, one of them pregnant, were struck and a child was injured when they were dropped by one of the adults holding them. Several others in the area were knocked off of their feet by the impact, Graham said. It is not clear whether any of the victims were actually hit by lightning and police say the injuries reported are non-life threatening. Isle of Palms Police and Fire, Charleston County EMS, a Charleston County Deputy, and Wild Dunes security all responded to the scene. This is a developing story. Check back for additional information. Copyright 2017 WCSC. All rights reserved.
Sun, 07/16/2017 12:42 AM Injured 3 of 4  0.0  Isle of Palms SC 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
ISLE OF PALMS, SC Several people, including one holding a child, were struck by lightning at a South Carolina island resort Sunday, according to multiple reports. Eight people, including the child, were on the porch of their rental home when the lightning struck, according to The Associated Press. They were taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to Isle of Palms fire chief Ann Graham. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, Graham told The Associated Press about the incident that occurred at a home on a golf course at the eastern edge of the barrier island. Graham said three adults had red streaks on their bodies afterward. The fire chief said the child was in the arms of one of the adults injured and was dropped, suffering a head injury. Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch said that multiple individuals  as many six individuals  were struck Sunday, according to postandcourier.com. It tweeted that five people were struck by Ocean Point. One person posted on Twitter that lifeguards were warning people to get out of the water, but many didnt listen. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20171807090052_article161663478.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Sun, 07/16/2017 12:42 AM Injured 2 of 4  0.0  Isle of Palms SC 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WNCN/AP)  Four people, including a child, were taken to a nearby hospital after a nearby lightning strike on the Isle of Palms on Sunday afternoon. Several other people who were close to the lightning bolt were knocked off of their feet by the strike, WCSC-TV, the CBS affiliate, reported. Isle of Palms Police, Isle of Palms Fire and Charleston County EMS all responded around 12:42 p.m. to Ocean Point Drive which is located in Wild Dunes. The Island Eye News, which covers Sullivans Island and the Isle of Palms, reported that three adults and a child who was being held by an adult were taken to a hospital after the incident. WCSC reported that several people were the porch of a home facing an inlet at the time of the incident. Three adults, one of them pregnant, were struck and a child was injured when they were dropped by one of the adults holding them, the CBS affiliate reported. The three adults who were taken to a hospital had red streaks on their bodies afterward. The child suffered a head injury after being dropped.
Sun, 07/16/2017 12:42 AM Injured 1 of 4  0.0  Isle of Palms SC 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
ISLE OF PALMS ⬠The wedding guests were sitting down to brunch early Sunday afternoon when a lightning bolt struck a family ascending the nearby boardwalk. Seated outside a house that overlooks the inlet, the wedding guests had been watching the storm clouds and listening to the thunderclaps above before rushing to the boardwalk and helping the four strangers ⬠a man, two women and a toddler ⬠to their feet. One of the women had been carrying the toddler, said Fire Chief Ann Graham, and dropped the child when the lighting struck. In the moments that followed, Isle of Palms authorities were summoned to the residence, located in the Ocean Point neighborhood at Wild Dunes. While no one was seriously injured, chaos took hold of the afternoon. Matt Wille, who attended the brunch, said he watched from inside the house as groomsmen and other guests with medical backgrounds picked up the people from the ground and carried them off the beach and to safety. The rain-soaked groomsmen carried the four into the home, where they were given towels to dry off as well as new clothes, Wille said. On one of the manâ¬"s shoulders and on part of his back, Wille said, you could see where the lightning burned his skin. He had been carrying a beach umbrella when the lightning hit, Wille said. All the while, some wedding guests, who were also nurses, did their best to calm the other folks theyâ¬"d just carried off the beach. Chief Graham said Sunday that the four people were transported to an area hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Others who were walking with those struck were thrown off their feet by the strike and treated by emergency officials on scene. "However, (the four are) being evaluated further at the hospital," Graham said. Lightning strikes roughly 25 million times and kills about four-dozen people a year in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So far in 2017, six people have died nationally as a result of lightning strikes, the agency said ⬠all were in open areas at the time. Two were struck at construction sites, two were killed outside their homes, one was killed while camping under a tree and one while horseback riding in an open field, also by a tree, according to statistics maintained by NOAA. Four of the incidents occurred in Florida, one in Texas and another in Colorado. Additionally, between 2006 and 2013, NOAA said, 64 percent of lightning deaths occurred while people were participating in leisure activities. "I think the smartest thing anyone can do when there's lightning is to seek shelter,⬝ Chief Graham said. Brooks Brunson contributed to this report. Reach Michael Majchrowicz at 843-937-5591. Follow him on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.
Sat, 07/15/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Grangerland TX 
 USA 
  outside    Outside 
GRANGERLAND, Texas - Lightning struck a man Saturday afternoon in the Grangerland area of Montgomery County. Firefighters with the Caney Creek Fire Department responded to an electrocution in the Country West subdivision. They found a man in his home who told first responders he was outside when he was struck. The man went to the hospital to be checked out and is expected to be OK. © 2017 KHOU-TV
Fri, 07/14/2017 05:30 PM Injured woman on golf course  0.0  Drayton ND 
 USA 
      Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
DRAYTON, N.D.  The family of a golfer struck by lightning is keeping a close watch on her as she recovers. The 51-year-old Canadian woman was injured after being struck by lightning at the Drayton golf course around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Emergency responders were called to the scene and said the strike was indirect and traveled through her golf club. Family members said the Manitoba woman was in town for a family get together. Her family says the sky above was clear, but some clouds were off in the distance. "All of a sudden a dark cloud from the Northwest kind of came over there. And then we heard this big boom. Somebody said she had rubber on the bottom of her shoes and that may have saved her life," said Sheila Halcrow, Drayton golfer. The family says she's still in very serious condition at Altru in Grand Forks and her her husband is with her.
Fri, 07/14/2017 05:30 PM Injured woman on golf course  0.0  Drayton ND 
 USA 
  playing golf    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
DRAYTON, N.D.  The family of a golfer struck by lightning is keeping a close watch on her as she recovers. The 51-year-old Canadian woman was injured after being struck by lightning at the Drayton golf course around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Emergency responders were called to the scene and said the strike was indirect and traveled through her golf club. Family members said the Manitoba woman was in town for a family get together. Her family says the sky above was clear, but some clouds were off in the distance. "All of a sudden a dark cloud from the Northwest kind of came over there. And then we heard this big boom. Somebody said she had rubber on the bottom of her shoes and that may have saved her life," said Sheila Halcrow, Drayton golfer. The family says she's still in very serious condition at Altru in Grand Forks and her her husband is with her.
Thu, 07/13/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  North Stonington CT 
 UA 
  touching metal rail    Festival,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside 
A man was likely struck by lightning in North Stonington on Thursday afternoon. The victim was standing in a cattle barn and leaning on a metal separator at the North Stonington Fairgrounds when there was a huge crack of thunder, according to the fire marshal, George Brennan. The man collapsed and was knocked unconscious. He gained consciousness relatively quickly, Brennan said. The electrical system in the cattle barn was not damaged and it appears the man was struck by lightning, Brennan said. Roger Federer Captures 8th Wimbledon Title Emergency crews took the man to Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island to be treated. The extent of his injuries were not known, according to Brennan. The North Stonington Agricultural Fair was canceled Thursday night due to the weather forecast. Brennan said the cancellation of the fair was not due to the lightning incident, but was rather due to the conditions of the fairgrounds after the rain. It will resume on Friday. Source: Person Struck by Lightning in North Stonington | NBC Connecticut http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20171707092645_Person-Reportedly-Struck-by-Lightning-in-North-Stonington-434338023.html.htm#ixzz4n5y2Q74h Follow us: @nbcconnecticut on Twitter | NBCConnecticut on Facebook
Thu, 07/13/2017 11:30 AM Injured person  61.0  Columbus OH 
 USA 
  walking    Ground Strike,Outside,Walking 
http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/osu-employee-struck-by-lightning COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) ⬠A part-time employee at the Woody Hayes Center was struck by lightning, witnesses confirmed. Officials say a 61-year-old part time worker "Red Coat" with OSU working the Goodwill Special Skills Invitational event was hospitalized. They said she was walking to her car to seek shelter during the storm. People working nearby said her umbrella was struck by lightning. Volunteer Mary Mielke said she heard that one of the workers got hit by lightning. She said it was a good reminder to stay alert during storms. Jonathan Whitesell was using survey equipment when the incident occurred. He said he is cautious around lightning, and worries about getting hit. OSU has yet to release the name of the worker. COLUMBUS (WCMH)  Firefighters say a woman was transported to the hospital after being struck by lightning on Ohio State Universitys campus on Thursday. At about 11:30am, Thursday, a man called 911 saying his wife had been struck by lightning in the 200 block of Fred Taylor Drive, while they were walking in a parking lot near the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The man told dispatchers the woman was struck in the right arm and hand. Firefighters say the woman was alert and talking prior to being transported. The woman was taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, but her condition is unknown at this time. Dan Hedman with the OSU Director of Marketing and Communications says the woman is a part-time employee who was working an event outside the Hayes Center. She was on her way back to shelter when an incident occurred, he said.
Thu, 07/13/2017 Injured person  61.0  Columbus OH 
 USA 
  walking    Ground Strike,Outside,Walking,Work 
http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/osu-employee-struck-by-lightning COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) ⬠A part-time employee at the Woody Hayes Center was struck by lightning, witnesses confirmed. Officials say a 61-year-old part time worker "Red Coat" with OSU working the Goodwill Special Skills Invitational event was hospitalized. They said she was walking to her car to seek shelter during the storm. People working nearby said her umbrella was struck by lightning. Volunteer Mary Mielke said she heard that one of the workers got hit by lightning. She said it was a good reminder to stay alert during storms. Jonathan Whitesell was using survey equipment when the incident occurred. He said he is cautious around lightning, and worries about getting hit. OSU has yet to release the name of the worker.
Thu, 07/13/2017 unknown unknown  61.0  Columbus OH 
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Outside,Walking,Work 
http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/osu-employee-struck-by-lightning COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) ⬠A part-time employee at the Woody Hayes Center was struck by lightning, witnesses confirmed. Officials say a 61-year-old part time worker "Red Coat" with OSU working the Goodwill Special Skills Invitational event was hospitalized. They said she was walking to her car to seek shelter during the storm. People working nearby said her umbrella was struck by lightning. Volunteer Mary Mielke said she heard that one of the workers got hit by lightning. She said it was a good reminder to stay alert during storms. Jonathan Whitesell was using survey equipment when the incident occurred. He said he is cautious around lightning, and worries about getting hit. OSU has yet to release the name of the worker.
Thu, 07/13/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Eastabuchie MS 
 USA 
  on porch    Indirect,Outside,Porch 
EASTABUCHIE, MS (WDAM) - A woman was indirectly struck by lightning Wednesday in Eastabuchie. According to Forrest County Emergency Management Director Glen Moore, the woman was on her porch across the street from a water tower at the time of the incident. The water tower piping took a direct hit from the strike, but she was indirectly struck due to her close proximity, according to Moore. The woman was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. There is a boil water notice in effect for the surrounding area while Barringtown Water Association continues with repairs to the water tower. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.
Thu, 07/13/2017 12:00 AM Injured James Church  55.0  Ponce Inlet FL 
 USA 
  fishing    fishing,Ground Strike,Outside 
James Church at fishing jetty where he was struck by lightning earlier this year, at Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet, Fla., July 13, 2017. Florida leads the nation in lightning strikes, a danger many here fail to appreciate: Church was fishing and though he was safe because he could not hear thunder from the storm on the horizon. [Scott McIntyre | The New York Times] PONCE INLET  It was a drizzly, dark January morning, but James Church grabbed his fishing pole and tackle box anyway, hopped in his Jeep and headed for the jetty, eager to get in some fishing as an antidote to a hard week of work. Wearing his brown rubber waders and a yellow rain jacket to keep out the 6 a.m. cold, Church, 55, cast back his pole and let loose the line and sinker. He saw lightning on the horizon far away and felt safe. Then a bolt struck. He remembers a deafening boom and a flash so bright he felt his eyes burn. He woke up against a metal railing 6 feet away. Lying on his back, alone, in the dark, his body felt paralyzed. He knew he had to reach his cellphone to get help, but it was locked in the tackle box. "My will to survive kicked in," Church said. "I needed to get moving instead of just lying there." Electric Hotbed In a state that counts alligators, sharks and hurricanes among its many dangers, add lightning. Florida has more lightning than any other state in the country (20.8 strikes per square mile) and the most people who die from lightning (54 since 2007 — more than double that of the next state, Texas), according to the National Weather Service. This year, four people have died from lightning — two construction workers, a camper and the baby of a pregnant mother who was seriously harmed by a bolt; many more have been injured. Lightning's fondness for Florida stems from its location, climate (hot and humid) and topography: A peninsula, it stretches between two warm bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. This produces hot, wet air — a sea breeze — that rises over land. "We have the best place in the country for thunderstorms," said Martin A. Uman, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida and the author of "The Art and Science of Lightning Protection." "It takes rising, hot, moist air to make thunderstorms." Unlike other states, Florida has all-season thunderstorms, which peak during summer. And it has an outsize number of year-round boaters, beachgoers, fishing enthusiasts and golfers — human lightning rods in wide, flat, open spaces. Lightning likes to strike the tallest thing around. Sometimes it's a tree. Sometimes it's a human. While the odds of being hit are extremely low, lightning is unpredictable. It can lurk far from where you think danger lives. Floridians are trained to listen for thunder. The savvier among us know to count the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing a rumble (for every five seconds, the lightning is 1 mile away). But lightning defies those expectations. It can strike 10 miles away from a cloud. A Lucky Strike Church said he couldn't hear any thunder from the jetty. It was drizzling. And yet he got hit — hard. As he lay on his back in the dark on Jan. 7, Church, a martial arts teacher, tried to move but couldn't — a common reaction to lightning. It short-circuits your body. After a time, he flipped himself onto his stomach but couldn't get up. He felt a surge of liquid pour out of his belly. Blood. Then he slowly crawled to his tackle box and tried to open it. That's when he noticed two of his fingers — the right ring finger and pinkie — were almost entirely gone. He used his thumbs to snap it open, grabbed his phone and called 911. "I just got hit by lightning," he told the 911 operator. "I lost two fingers. They are completely gone," he added later between moans. "Everything is starting to hurt a little bit now." [Scott Mcintyre for The New York Times] Church lost two of his fingers in the lightning strike. The incident has changed him in some ways, he said: "I just pay attention to life more." Church was lucky: the lightning missed his heart. Most people hit by lightning die because their hearts stop. But it still left lasting damage. The lightning hit his fishing pole and exploded the metal sinker toward his face. Because he was resting the pole near his right hip, the force of the lightning shoved it into his stomach. His elbow had been against his hip so the current traveled there and along his forearm. It left his body through his two fingers. He spent nine hours in surgery. Doctors cut open his stomach and took out half of his small and large intestines, which had been burned and damaged. Then they sewed up his fingers. His stomach, arm and wrist still have burn marks. His rain jacket was shredded. His eardrums had burst. Six months later, he said he made it a point to enjoy life just a little more, even though, with no insurance, he is still paying his medical bills, and storms can easily spook him. He takes weekends off, and hangs with his grandchildren. "I just pay attention to life more," he said. Scars Inside and Out For Falk Weltzien, the worst almost happened. His heart stopped for several minutes. Weltzien was about to kiteboard on Vilano Beach, next to St. Augustine, with his 14-year-old son the afternoon of Oct. 1, 2012. There were no black clouds or thunder; it was overcast. Luckily, a nurse was walking down the beach and started performing CPR. Weltzien, 39 at the time, was foaming at the mouth and turning purple. In the hospital, tests were run and burns treated that ran across the back of his neck and left forearm. The worst pain came a short while later, he said. His back felt as if it were burning. "It was the nerves healing," he said, a nerve condition called neuropathy. "It lasted 30 days and it was excruciating pain. Painkillers didn't help. It was nonstop, the worst." [Mauricio Lima for The New York Times] Falk Weltzien at a skate park near his home in Jundiaí, Brazil. He was struck by lightning in 2012 on a Florida beach, but he continues to kiteboard and play golf regularly. His left arm still has nerve damage and his eardrums were damaged, something he discovered getting on a plane shortly after the incident. The ear pressure was almost unbearable, he said. He also noticed he felt winded when he kiteboarded or surfed. After running tests and X-rays, doctors noticed something about his left lung. "One half is completely black," he said. "I only have half a lung working there." Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, a professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an expert on lightning injuries, said lightning can cause a wide range of damage, from tingling and numbness to cardiac arrest and lasting brain injury. About two-thirds of people lose consciousness, she said. Fewer than half suffer marks on their skin. And most are hurt by electricity as the current travels through the ground. The Weather Service estimates only 10 percent of those hit by lightning die. It's not a club anyone wants to join, but survivors often crave one another's company. This gave rise to Lightning Strike & Electric Shock Survivors International, which has members from around the United States and in 13 countries. The most common injury is a concussionlike brain injury, Cooper said. She added that memory problems, nerve damage and chronic pain were also typical and could last a lifetime. That's what happened to Cameron Poimboeuf, a Charlotte, North Carolina, resident, who was struck last July near Clearwater. Cameron, then 15, was playing Pokemon Go with a friend. As they ran for shelter from an approaching storm, he was hit and his heart stopped. Cassandra Thomas, a pediatric nurse standing on a balcony, saw it happen and raced down nine flights of stairs and across the beach to reach him. She did CPR for about 20 minutes, with the help of an off-duty officer. Predictions were dire: Cameron would not recover or his brain would be seriously damaged. But he lived and largely recovered. "It's hard not to see God in that," his mother, Karen Poimboeuf, said. Cameron still suffers from invisible wounds, post-traumatic stress disorder, nerve pain, mood swings, sleeplessness and anxiety. His friend also was hit and suffered short-term leg immobility because of the shock to the nerves, but is fine. For Weltzien, any lingering pain is pushed aside. He still kiteboards regularly and plays golf. "I'm not really scared," he said. "I believe things happen for a reason." A Weatherman's Report [Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times] Brad Sussman was a meteorologist in Florida when a bolt of lightning struck him at home in the early 1990s. He now sells insurance in Ohio. Brad Sussman's lightning bolt was forged in irony. "I knew everything about lightning," he said. That's because he was chief meteorologist at a Jacksonville station and sat on the county's lightning safety board back then, in the early 1990s. One afternoon, rain was pounding his house and Sussman saw an open window on the screened porch. He walked over to the metal window frame and put his right hand on it. Next thing he knew, he was flat on his back 18 feet away. "My 2 1/2-year-old son says, ‘Daddy, that was funny. Do that again,'" said Sussman, who now sells insurance in Cleveland. Sussman was speechless; he literally couldn't talk. A neighbor heard the boom and walked into the house. "How could I be struck by lightning?" Sussman told him. "I'm a meteorologist." The evidence was on the porch roof: a burned hole. The lightning had traveled across to the window frame. Sussman walked away with only a small burn on his right shoulder blade, a loopy feeling for a couple of hours and more respect for lightning. "When lightning strikes nearby," he said, "wow, do I get scared." __ Stay Safe Out There From 2006 through 2016, 352 people in the United States were killed by lightning strikes, and many more were seriously injured. What should you do when a thunderstorm is in the air? Here are tips from the National Weather Service. Are you inside? Lightning can sneak up on you through plumbing and wires. Don't wash hands, dishes or take a shower. Don't use your computer. Stay away from windows, doors and porches. Are you outside? Thunder means lightning is close by, even if it sounds far away. Take shelter immediately in a sturdy building. No building nearby? Get inside a car (but not a convertible). Keep the windows up and don't touch the ignition, radio or steering wheel. On a boat? Go inside the cabin. No cabin? Lie low. You never want to be the tallest object. Wait 30 minutes until the last rumble to go outside. Lightning can strike 10 miles from a storm. Are you camping? A man in Florida died this month when a lightning storm broke out while he was camping. Avoid open fields and the tops of hills or ridges. Stay away from tall, isolated trees. Are you swimming? If you are in the water, get out. Avoid contact with metal. Metal and water do not attract lightning, but they are conductors of electricity. Are you playing golf? Most courses in Florida have sirens to alert players that a lightning storm is on the way. Holding a club aloft in a storm is particularly unwise. But in fact, more people have been killed while playing soccer than while playing golf. Are you at work? Farmhands and ranch workers have been the most frequent victims of deadly lightning: Of those who died from 2007 to 2016, 31 percent held those jobs. Roofers also face high risk. Are you in Seattle? After Florida, Texas has the most deaths from lightning, followed by Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Washington state residents are the least likely to die from a lightning strike. Are you a gambler? You have a 1-in-13,500 chance of being struck during your lifetime, and a 1-in-1,083,000 chance of being hit in a single year. Hit by Lightning: Tales From Survivors 07/19/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 1:55pm] Photo reprints | Article reprints Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, New York Times. 12 12
Tue, 07/11/2017 12:00 PM Killed Corporal Skyler James, 1 of 2  0.0  Air Station New River NC 
 USA 
  working on plane    Airplane,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)  A Marine stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River died after being struck by lightning while working on an MV-22 Osprey aircraft on July 11, according to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Corporal Skyler James, a tiltrotor mechanic assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, and another Marine were struck by lightning while working on the aircraft. Following the incident, they were transported to Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital where they were evaluated for serious injuries. The other Marine was released, while James was subsequently transported to UNC Health Center for further treatment. Following several days of treatment and evaluation, James was declared dead. Marines were exiting the flight line at the time of the incident as a lightning within 5 miles notification had been declared just prior, according to a news release from the United States Marine Corps. As part of standard operating procedure at 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, squadrons receive regular weather updates for their area of operation, and are required to remove personnel from flight line activity when lightning is within 5 miles or presents a significant risk, the release said. Cpl. Skyler James was a hardworking Marine full of work ethic, ability, and drive, said Lt. Col. Stephen Pirrotta, commanding officer of VMM-261. He was quick to smile and ready to accept any maintenance challenge on the flight line with a demeanor that allowed for easy interaction between his peers and superiors, alike. This was a tragic accident. Corporal James will be sorely missed by the Raging Bulls. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. James, of Sonoma, California, joined the Marine Corps in March 2014 and was promoted to corporal in Oct 2016. His awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct medal; Sea Service Deployment ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service medal; and National Defense Service medal.
Mon, 07/10/2017 12:00 AM Injured Lauren Potts  27.0  Luderdale Lakes FL 
 USA 
  holding umbrella near pool    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Pool,Work 
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. - A 27-year-old swimming instructor was taken to a hospital after she was jolted by a nearby lightning strike, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. The woman, identified as Lauren Potts, was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived at the Lauderdale Lakes Swimming Pool Complex on Northwest 39th Street. More News Headlines Woman gives birth to baby boy after struck by lightning in Fort Myers Pregnant woman struck by lightning in Fort Myers Man dies after struck by lightning at Pembroke Pines construction site She was taken to Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and has since been released. "I felt a jolt through my left arm where I was holding the umbrella and I kind of couldn't move," Potts said. "I think I'm definitely blessed and I have angels looking over me. I definitely feel like I was in good favor." According to authorities, Potts had been sitting in her car, waiting for the rain to let up when she decided to walk into the building. "She was sitting in her vehicle to allow the rain to pass. Once the rain passed, she took her umbrella and headed into the building, and before she could get into the building, she was struck," city spokeswoman Marna Mobley said. Authorities said lightning struck a cement pole nearby, and the jolt traveled through the ground to where the woman was walking. Potts made it inside the building, where she suddenly felt dazed. "Of course, she was a little shaken up, first of all, and then she mentioned that she had a little issues with her right side -- you know, a little nervousness with her right side," Mobley said. Mobley said Potts has worked for the city for six years. Authorities said about six Floridians are killed annually by lightning. "Let this close call be a reminder that anytime there's lightning, anytime you hear thunder or see lightning or even see dark clouds -- we're heading into the rainy season now -- seek shelter," Jachles said.
Mon, 07/10/2017 12:00 PM Killed Jeremy Harper  37.0  Baker FL 
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  camping    Camping,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
BAKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials, a Kentucky man died from his injuries after lightning struck near him while he was camping Monday night. Thirty five year old Jeremy Harper was camping at the Wilderness Landing Campground off Corduroy Road in Baker when lightning hit a tree next to him. Harper reportedly got knocked to the ground. He was camping with eight others family members, but the lightning didn't injure anyone else. Paramedics rushed Harper to North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview. He reportedly died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Sat, 07/08/2017 11:22 PM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Martin County FL 
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  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
MARTIN COUNTY  Three people near a lightning strike in Phipps Park were injured Saturday afternoon, Martin County Fire Rescue said. The storm moved into the southern park of the county and rumbled over the park, at 2175 N.W. Locks Road, south of the St. Lucie Canal and west of Florida's Turnpike. The lightning struck a tree in the park, near the three injured people, Fire Rescue Division Chief Jon Belding said. A 911 call was made at 12:22 p.m. Two of the three were hospitalized, while the third person declined after an evaluation by paramedics, Belding said. More: Fort Pierce man dies after being struck by lightning in May in Martin County The extent of their injuries was not known, but Belding said all of them were conscious when paramedics arrived. The National Weather Service said there's a 50 percent chance for more thunderstorms the rest of the afternoon in Martin. Chances drop to 30 percent in the evening.
Sat, 07/08/2017 12:20 AM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Stuart FL 
 USA 
  near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Lightning strike injures 3 in Martin County Posted: Jul 08, 2017 9:12 PM EDT Updated: Jul 08, 2017 9:15 PM EDT Credit: Mathias Krumbholz / CC BY-SA 3.0 Credit: Mathias Krumbholz / CC BY-SA 3.0 STUART, Fla. (WPBF)  Three people were injured when lightning struck a tree just west of Stuart on Saturday afternoon, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. Fire Rescue crews responded to Phipps Park, along the St. Lucie Canal just northwest of the Kanner Highway exits to Interstate 95 around 12:20 p.m., said Martin County Fire Rescue. The people were standing near the tree when the strike happened. Two people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The condition and ages of those injured have not been released. A pregnant Fort Myers woman was struck by lightning a week ago while standing outside her home. She was a week away from her due date. Meghan Davidson was released from the hospital Friday. Her baby son, Owen, was delivered via emergency C-section when Davidson arrived at the hospital. His condition has not been released. - RELATED: What to do when lightning strikes
Sat, 07/08/2017 12:22 AM Injured 3 of 3  0.0  Martin County FL 
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  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Sat, 07/08/2017 12:22 AM Injured 2 of 3  0.0  Martin County FL 
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  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 07/06/2017 12:00 PM Injured Kentrell Toliver  30.0  Amherst VA 
 USA 
  touching screen door    Indirect,Indoors 
Amherst man struck by lightning, lives to tell story; "I thought about playing lottery" by Valencia Jones & Elizabeth Tyree Friday, July 7th 2017 Kentrell Toliver, 30, poses with children Leeah, 9, and Jayden, 5 (Photo: Valencia Jones) AA AMHERST, Va. (WSET) -- Lightning struck a man in Amherst and he lived to tell his story. "I came in the house, and I reached for the door handle, but there's no handle, so I turned to my right, and as soon as I grabbed the door, it shocked me," Kentrell Toliver said. The 30-year-old was struck by lightning and couldn't move for about 10 seconds. Lightning had traveled up one forearm, down the other, and through his shoe. "It blew the sole off the shoe, and once it blew the sole off, this was the exit area," he explained. His daughter saw him leaning against the wall shortly after. "I just thought, 'Wow, my dad just got struck by lightning. Is he gonna be ok?'" Leeah Toliver said. "I told her to check on my son. She went down the hall to check on him, and I made it to the bedroom," Kentrall added. "My aunt came like 10 minutes after this happened." His parents also came by and took him to the hospital. "He showed me his thumb, and it was black, and you could smell it," said Brenda Brown, his aunt. The National Weather Service reports the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 1,083,000. The odds of being struck in a lifetime are 1 in more than 13,000. "They say there's a better chance of hitting the lottery than getting struck by lightning, and I actually thought about playing the lottery after that," Toliver said. "We're just thankful that he's alive, because we know that it's God who kept him," said Brown. "I'm just blessed that I'm still alive for my kids and they're still here to see me," Toliver added. Toliver says the lightning strike did result in a minor heart complication and doctors said the problem should repair on its own. MORE TO EXPLORE
Wed, 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Injured Faith Mobley  16.0  Haleyville AL 
 USA 
  working inside  N/A  Door,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
HALEYVILLE, AL (WBRC) - A Haleyville teenager is recovering at UAB Hospital Thursday morning after being struck by lightning while working at McDonald's Wednesday afternoon. Faith Mobley, 16, says she was washing a gravy bowl when she saw a flash of light outside. She says the lightning hit the building, traveled through the water to her body, went through her drive-thru headset, went through her body and exited through her foot and shoe. She even has a hole in her shoe where the lightning exited. "When it hit, I seen a flash of light right in front of me and somebody actually had to catch me because I went to fall backwards," she said. Mobley says she had a blister on her foot Wednesday, but it was gone by Thursday morning. She says when the lightning hit her she fell backwards and a coworker caught her. Her coworkers called an ambulance and they rushed her to UAB Hospital to the burn center. "It was like 20 people in the room and they took me straight to trauma and the burn center because there was a burn on my foot and like everyone else was just watching," she said. "And later I thought everyone was supposed to be in there, and they said they were just really amazed by the story." Mobley is expected to be released from the hospital later Thursday. Even though she's only 16, Mobley is a student at Bevill State Community College. She skipped several grades and graduated high school in May. Mobley says she's thankful to be ok and looking forward to returning to her classes and work. Copyright 2017 WBRC. All rights reserved. ? Teen says lightning strike improved her vision and changed her eye color Posted: Jul 07, 2017 6:09 AM EDT Updated: Jul 07, 2017 6:34 AM EDT LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A Haleyville, Alabama teen says a lightning strike corrected her vision and changed the color of her eyes. Faith Mobley, 16, was struck by lightning on Wednesday while she was working at McDonald's. She says she remembers washing dishes when the storm blew thru and she heard a loud boom. "When it hit, everything just tightened up. My muscles just spasmed mostly, and everything went numb," said Mobley. The lightning hit the building, traveled through the water to her body and drive-thru headset, before exiting through her foot and shoe, according to Mobley. Since the lightening strike Mobley says she no longer needs to wear her glasses. She also said her eyes used to be dark green and now they are a lighter color. "This is the first time I've ever seen or heard of this, but it's a great thing that it happened and we're very happy for her," said Dr. James Hwang. Mobley says she's looking forward to going back to work and school. Copyright 2017 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.
Tue, 07/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured Mike Whitfield  0.0  Vilonia AR 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Stormy Weather 
VILONIA, Ark. - Whether it's good or bad, sometimes life is all about luck. "The lightning came up the top and skinned the tree," says Mike Whitfield. Mike's luck is a mixture of good and bad. "I ran out to grab that hammock, reached up to start to unhook it and boom," he says. Lightning knocked him to the ground on Independence Day while he says thunderstorms were several miles away. He says his life flashed right before his eyes. "In my own mind, I seem to be fully aware of what happened. I was kind of talking to myself in a little bubble," he says. Mike's wife, Meredith Whitfield, says she had to roll him over to get out hot spots because his clothes were smoldering. "I'm putting my ear to his chest to see if I can hear him breathing because it's raining so hard at this point," Meredith says. Their kids were outside when the strike happened. Meredith says while helping her husband physically recover she's also helping her children recover mentally. "Their eyes just don't continue to replay that because I know I do," she says. Mike says he thought the lightning strike was going to kill him. "There was a moment. The first thought that went through my mind was this is it. This is how it all ends right here and I was completely at peace. I was never really scared," Mike says. With strong family values and his faith, Mike says he has good luck because he's able to breathe. "It was God that protected me from getting severely injured," says Mike. "I do feel like I get another chance to live again." Mike goes to the eye doctor on Friday. He'll be back at the Burn Unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital later this month.
Mon, 07/03/2017 06:15 PM Killed David Ortiz  0.0  Midland TX 
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  sitting in driveway    Outside 
MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/FOX24) - A Midland man is dead after he was struck by lightning Monday night. Police responded to the 300 block of Maple Avenue around 6:15 p.m.where they found the man unresponsive. He was then taken to the hospital and later pronounced deceased. We will update this story as more information becomes available. The family of the man who died has a message for all: it can happen to anyone. Just one day after the tragedy, children were seen playing soccer under the shining sun at Ratliff Park  just across the street from the Ortiz familys home. But it was a completely different scene on Monday evening  when their worst nightmare became a reality. David Ortiz daughter, Andrea, recalls her father talking about the thunderstorm moments before he was killed. He was like, 'oh, it won't hit here.' Right after he finished saying that, it hit him, Andrea said. Those were Davids last words before his life was taken in the blink of an eye. Its really painful. Its something you cant describe, you know, its unbelievable, she added. David was sitting on a cinderblock wall lining his driveway yesterday chatting with family. Thats when they say they heard a loud explosion. I was standing right here and then when the lightning came I was over there, said Davids nephew, Israel, as he signaled how far the shock of the lightning bolt threw him. He added that the strike was so powerful it even knocked him out. When Israel came to, he smelled something burning and saw his uncle lying unconscious on the ground, and his cell phone on fire. I really expected him to be okay, Andrea said. Meteorologist Matt Salerno with the National Weather Service of Midland says David was most likely struck because of where he was sitting. It was probably the large tree that he was next to. We just tell people to try to stay indoors, be under cover as best you can, Salerno said. If you ever find yourself in a wide open field during an electrical storm, the best thing you can do is get into a car. Thats because if lightning strikes, the vehicles metal cage will protect you by taking the hit. Salerno also adds that as tempted as you may be to go outside and watch the storm, you really should stay inside. Lightning can travel up to 50 miles from the storm and strike anywhere. Last nights storm averaged 150 strikes every five minutes, according to Salerno and the NWS. Around six o'clock, [Monday evening] lightning was already striking part of the East side of Midland and Central Midland before the storm even reached there. It might not have even been raining at that point and there's still lightning, Salerno said. He also adds that when theres more precipitation in a storm, theres a higher chance of lightning strikes since water conducts electricity. As for the Ortiz family, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses for David.
Fri, 06/30/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  Sebago Lake ME 
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      Outside 
RAYMOND, Maine  A person was struck by lightning as a severe thunderstorm moved through the Sebago Lake area Friday afternoon. The incident happened in Raymond on Cape Road, officials said.
Thu, 06/29/2017 04:30 PM Killed Owen Davidson (newborn)  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
      Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside 
FORT MYERS, Fla. - According to a friend of the family, the baby of a pregnant mother who was struck by lightning died Wednesday. Owen was delivered a week before Meghan Davidson's due date after she was struck June 30. She was out walking with her mother outside of her Whispering Palms home. At last check, Davidson still has some pain because she had a collapsed lung and went into cardiac arrest, but is recovering. - RELATED: Pregnant mom struck by lightning showing signs of improvement We've been told she has been able to react with her eyes when her husband, Matt, says her name.
Thu, 06/29/2017 04:30 PM Injured Meghan Davdson  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
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  walking   N/A  Outside,Walking 
FORT MYERS, Fla. A nine-month-old pregnant woman struck by lightning Thursday afternoon remained in critical condition on Friday. Doctors delivered Meghan Davidsons baby boy at Lee Memorial Hospital after she was struck on Triangle Palms Lane in the Whispering Palms neighborhood. The condition of the baby, who was taken to Golisano Childrens Hospital, was not immediately known. Davidson was struck as heavy storms moved through the area. A BJs Wholesale Club store less than two miles from the neighborhood was evacuated after it was also struck by lightning. Pregnant woman struck by lightning gives birth, expected to make full recovery Posted: Jul 06, 2017 10:45 AM EDT Updated: Jul 06, 2017 10:54 AM EDT (ABC News) -- A pregnant mother who was struck by lightning and delivered her baby by emergency cesarean section has been moved out of ICU and is improving, according to her husband. - Using our app? WATCH VIDEO HERE She is doing a lot better, Matt Davidson, of Fort Myers, Florida, told ABC News today. Dramatic video shows friends caught in lightning strike on Australian bay Davidsons wife, Meghan Davidson, was walking alone near the familys home last Thursday when she was struck by lightning. Meghan Davidson, who was in her third trimester, was taken to a local hospital where the couples son, Owen, was delivered via C-section. Davidson did not provide an update on Owen, saying only that the newborn is still hospitalized. Its just a waiting game at the moment, he said. Meghan Davidson is currently in fair condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told ABC News. 911 calls provided to ABC News by the Lee County Department of Public Safety show that neighbors responded immediately after Meghan Davidson was struck. One neighbor told the 911 operator he could not find a pulse and was later instructed to use his own shirt to wedge as a cushion under her back. Another neighbor told the 911 operator he was outside with his son and saw Meghan Davidson walking. He described the weather at the time as a little cloudy but no rain or thunder or lightning that we could tell. Then all of a sudden there was a flash of lightning, he told the 911 operator. It startled my son.
Wed, 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Bozeman MT 
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Outside 
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Lightning is proving to be dangerous in southwest Montana. A Three Forks woman is recovering after she was hit by lightning. The woman was struck Wednesday afternoon on the 1600 block of Skyline Road north of Three Forks. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office tells NBC Montana she suffered minor injuries to one of her legs as a result of the strike. They say she was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for treatment. NBC Montana reached out to American Medical Response for more information on the incident but have not received further details. Lightning is a major cause of storm related deaths. According to weather.com, when you weigh the population of each state, Wyoming has the highest lightning death rate per million. That's followed by Colorado and Montana.
Tue, 06/27/2017 12:00 PM Killed Edwin Ramos JARQUIN, 1 of 2  33.0  Pembroke Pines FL 
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  at construction site  N/A  Construction site,Outside,Work 
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.  One man was killed and another was injured when lightning struck at a Florida construction site. The Sun Sentinel reports that the lightning hit Tuesday afternoon in Pembroke Pines. Police say both men were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of them died. It appeared that the man who survived wasnt hit directly. Funeral services were held Friday for Edwin Ramos Jarquin Armas, who died after being struck by lightning while working at a construction site in Pembroke Pines. Jarquin, 33, of Miami, was working on the City Center project at 103rd Avenue and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines when he was hit on Tuesday, according to officials. ADVERTISING He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where he later died, Pembroke Pines police said. Jarquins identity was confirmed by the Broward Medical Examiners office and his brother, Byron Jarquin Armas of Miami. Paid Post WHAT'S THIS? Forget Social Security if you Own a Home (Do This) A Message from MorningFinance If you own a home, you should read this. Thousands of homeowners did this yesterday, and banks are furious! Do this now before it's... See More A second man also was taken to the hospital after the strike, although he did not appear to be directly hit, authorities said. The name of the injured person has not been released. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. A native of Nicaragua, Jarquin had been working in the U.S. for about eight years, according to his brother. . Jarquin leaves a son in Nicaragua, his brother said.
Tue, 06/27/2017 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Pembroke Pnes FL 
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  at construction site    Construction site,Outside,Work 
PEMBROKE PINES  One man was killed and another was injured when lightning struck at a Florida construction site. The Sun Sentinel reported that the lightning hit Tuesday afternoon in Pembroke Pines. Police said both men were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of them died. It appeared that the man who survived wasnt hit directly.
Thu, 06/15/2017 08:25 PM Injured person  0.0  Charlotte NC 
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  outside    Outside 
CHARLOTTE. N.C. -- One person was hospitalized after getting struck by lightning Thursday night. Medic responded to a call in the 3300 block of Freedom Drive in west Charlotte. The person was struck around 8:25 p.m. Person struck by lightning off Freedom drive around 8:25pm ET. pic.twitter.com/JpXdai0IpH Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) June 16, 2017 Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said lightning strikes way ahead of the storm and way behind the storm. "We find most lightning strike victims are hit when it's not raining because rain would force you to go inside," Panovich said. Panovich said it's important to wait 30 minutes after the last lightning strike you see or thunder you hear before going outside. Medic said the victim sustained minor injuries from the lightning strike. © 2017 WCNC.COM
Tue, 06/13/2017 12:00 PM Injured Richard Lane  57.0  Elkhart IN 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
ELKHART ⬠A local man is fighting to recover Tuesday after being struck by lightning. It happened Tuesday at an Elkhart apartment complex. Neighbors say the victim was trying to help others. Neighbors tell WSBT 22 that 57-year-old Richard Lane is known for saying â¬SHi⬝ to people and was in the neighborhood offering his mechanic services. They stayed with him Tuesday afternoon until first responders arrived. Alma Ocampo witnessed the lightning strike. â¬SHe said, â¬ÜHeyâ¬" to me, and that's when the lightning -- I seen it in the tree and when I turned, the guy just fell on the ground," Ocampo said. A scar on a tree in the Elkhart Green Apartment complex shows the force of a lightning bolt that struck Lane. It happened Tuesday afternoon just as Lane got off his parked bike under some tree branches, headed to fix a neighbor's car. Ocampo came outside to play with her daughter in the rain. "I didn't want to touch him because I didn't know, I didn't want to hurt him. I actually seen smoke coming out of his shirt, so I was scared," Ocampo said. Crushed glasses on the ground still mark where Lane fell. A family member who doesn't want to be named says she's not surprised Lane would get hurt doing something he loves: helping others. Neighbors say Lane is a staple in this community. He's often seen riding his motorcycle and stopping by to help people by fix their cars. â¬SI grabbed the phone, called 911, and I got close to him. I was trying to talk to him," Ocampo said. Neighbors say Lane was responsive when paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later. Family says he's in the hospital in stable condition. His bike is still with the neighbors who say they benefitted from his help and big heart. "I just want to hope he comes out good. I've seen him here. He was a nice guy, " Ocampo said. Family members said Lane is at a Fort Wayne Burn Center after first being transported to Elkhart General Hospital. They are asking for prayers.
Mon, 06/05/2017 12:00 AM Injured Nick Gemayel  47.0  Rochester NY 
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  at desk inside    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester man is recovering after he was struck by lightning while sitting at his office desk on Monday. Nick Gemayel, owner of Rochester AutoWerks, was sitting in the office of his garage when thunderstorms hit, according to News 10 NBC in Rochester. A bolt of lightning hit the sidewalk in front of the building and traveled inside. Gemayel said electricity arced from a nearby light switch into his left hand, according to News 10. He recalled hearing the loudest cracking or popping sound he had ever heard and seeing a bright flash. The strike burned out wiring, computer systems and telephones and knocked out the power. It took about half an hour before Gemayel realized he was hurt, News 10 said. "My muscles started contracting and tensing," he said, according to the station. "And very foggy thinking. I started to feel very strange. Then my hand started to blister. You don't feel like yourself."
Sun, 06/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  San Antonia TX 
 USA 
  near struck plane    Airplane,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
A Southwest Airlines ramp agent was hospitalized Sunday after lightning struck a nearby plane at San Antonio International Airport. The employee, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital as a precaution and is in good condition, the airline said in a prepared statement. The agent reportedly "felt the effects from the strike" on the nearby aircraft, and was examined by local emergency personnel. Dallas-bound plane gets stuck in mud at San Antonio airport, grounding other flights On Saturday, a Dallas-bound American Airlines plane departing from San Antonio veered off the runway and became stuck in mud. It's not know why the plane went off the runway.
Sat, 05/27/2017 10:30 PM Injured man  0.0  Davis OK 
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  standing outside truck    Ground Strike,Outside 
DAVIS, Okla. (KXII) A man is recovering after being struck by lightning near Turner Falls on Saturday night. It happened around 10:30 pm. Davis Police Chief Dan Cooper said the man was standing outside of his truck near Keiryo Shop when he took a direct lightning strike to the chest. Cooper said he thinks the man was watching the storm when it happened. We're told the strike was so powerful it blew off his pants and shoes. The man was found walking along Highway 77 after he was hit. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore with severe burns but is expected to survive. According to the National Weather Service, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Cooper said people should remain indoors and out of danger during thunderstorms.
Thu, 05/18/2017 08:45 PM Injured man on a bike  0.0  Cohoes NY 
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  on a bike    Bicycle,Outside 
http://wnyt.com/news/cohoes-lightning-bicycle/4489134/
Wed, 05/17/2017 12:00 PM Injured worker  0.0  Martin County FL 
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  working on a pool    Outside,Pool,Work 
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - A man was transported to the hospital after possibly being struck by lightning in Martin County Wednesday afternoon, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. The incident happened near Ocean Breeze Park construction site. The patient was taken to Martin North Hospital in critical condition. Sheriff Snyder said the man was working on a pool and was possibly holding something metal at the time. The workers told our investigators that there was a flash of light and the boom. Obviously, associated with the lightning strike," said Sheriff Snyder. While we still have to wait for the hospital reports to determine if this was, in fact, a lightning strike, Snyder says it should serve as a reminder of how dangerous lightning can be. If there is a storm approaching, the best time to seek shelter is before the storm is right on top of you because that leading edge of the storm is often times where we see the lightning strikes," said Snyder. Martin County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Fire Rescue and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident. Worker injured, near Ocean Breeze Park construction site, possible lightening shock. MCSO, MCFR, OSHA investigating. pic.twitter.com/DQZFrzbKv7  MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) May 17, 2017 Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Wed, 05/17/2017 12:00 PM Killed Guadalupe Salinas  0.0  Fort Pierce FL 
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  working on pool    Delayed Death,Outside,Work 
UPDATE: Fort Pierce man killed by lightning strike By Kimberly Miller June 22, 2017 | Filed in: Weather The National Weather Service is reporting that a Fort Pierce man who was struck by lightning May 17 has died. It was the second death this year caused by lightning. The first occurred in Colorado on May 7. Related: Top 5 lightning myths. According to an incident report, construction worker Guadalupe Salinas was working on a pool and clubhouse in northern Martin County when he was struck. Lightning strikes south of Belvedere Road near I-95 in West Palm Beach on July 9, 2009. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) He was taken to Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart and transferred to St. Marys Medical Center. Related: Amazing video of Florida lightning strike. John Jensenius, the weather services lightning expert, said the average number of lightning deaths for this time of year is nine. Although we are encouraged by the low number of lightning fatalities this year, the peak months for lightning fatalities are still to come  late June through early August, Jensenius said. Urgent request for county workers to staff hurricane shelters Your eyes will fry under normal sunglasses during 2017 eclipse, here's why
Sun, 05/07/2017 03:30 PM Killed Laura Miller, 1 of 2  36.0  Sedalia CO 
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  on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) A woman and her horse were killed when lightning struck during a ride Sunday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital. The two were riding their horses down a community bridle trail outside Sedalia and were on their way to meet the deceased's mother when they were hit by lightning. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there had been visible lightning in the area prior to the fatal strike. Both the woman and her horse were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to the hospital. At last report, her condition had improved since arriving at the hospital, but authorities didn't release any further information. The sheriff's office has not said if the two victims are related and are not releasing the name of the deceased until more family have been notified. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased during this very difficult time," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while this season is wonderful for enjoying outdoor recreational activities, please remember that lightning/thunder storms can be dangerous and/or fatal. There have been two-plus reported lightning strikes in the Denver Metro area in just the past few days. As a general guideline: if you can hear thunder, then the storm is too close. Seek shelter inside a hard top vehicle with the windows up or a substantial structure with electrical and plumbing. If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts." DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- The woman killed in a lightning strike while horseback riding on Sunday was identified Monday. The Douglas County Coroner's Office said Laura Miller, 36, died in the 7000 block of Rainbow Creek Road in Sedalia after the lightning strike about 3:20 p.m. Sunday. The horse she was riding was also killed in the strike and a 15-year-old female relative of Miller's was injured. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by fire crews. The girl was found conscious and breathing, and was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Her condition was not updated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Monday. The sheriff's office said the two were riding on a community bridle trail to meet Miller's mother when the strike happened. The sheriff's office said lightning was visible in the area.
Sun, 05/07/2017 03:30 PM Injured teen on horse, 2 of 2  15.0  Sedalia CO 
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  on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) A woman and her horse were killed when lightning struck during a ride Sunday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital. The two were riding their horses down a community bridle trail outside Sedalia and were on their way to meet the deceased's mother when they were hit by lightning. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there had been visible lightning in the area prior to the fatal strike. Both the woman and her horse were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to the hospital. At last report, her condition had improved since arriving at the hospital, but authorities didn't release any further information. The sheriff's office has not said if the two victims are related and are not releasing the name of the deceased until more family have been notified. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased during this very difficult time," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while this season is wonderful for enjoying outdoor recreational activities, please remember that lightning/thunder storms can be dangerous and/or fatal. There have been two-plus reported lightning strikes in the Denver Metro area in just the past few days. As a general guideline: if you can hear thunder, then the storm is too close. Seek shelter inside a hard top vehicle with the windows up or a substantial structure with electrical and plumbing. If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts."
Sun, 05/07/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Highlands Ranch CO 
 USA 
  near tree with umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Umbrella 
HIGHLANDS RANCH - One woman was killed and another injured by lightning strikes over the weekend. While watching her stepson play baseball in the Arapahoe Youth League's Veterans Memorial Tournament on Saturday, an ER nurse helped a woman injured by a nearby lightning strike. Pauline Parises said the game was delayed because of a storm in the area. She said people took shelter under tents, in cars and in the dugout. However, she said one woman from the opposite team did not. "She was just standing next to a tree," Parises said. "She was standing kind of by herself with a chair and an umbrella." In another incident Sunday, a woman and her horse were killed ear Sedalia, marking the first death of its kind this year. Visit our partners at http://www.9News.com for the complete stories.
Sat, 04/29/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  Prentiss MS 
 USA 
      Outside 
PRENTISS, Mississippi (WJTV)  A person has been struck by lightning in the Jefferson Davis County town of Prentiss, Mississippi. Authorities with the Emergency Management Agency inn Jefferson Davis county have confirmed the incident to WJTV. The identity and condition of the person has not been released at this time. This is a developing story. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Fri, 04/28/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Godfry MO 
 USA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Friday afternoon, firefighters were called to a Godfrey residence near Humbert road and Roach road in response to a man being struck by lightning. The Godfrey Fire Protection District received the call after a man in his 50s was doing auto maintenance in front of his residence, and a nearby tree was struck by lightning. The man was found conscious when responders arrived, which is apparently atypical for a direct lightning strike. He was taken by ambulance to an Alton hospital for treatment of his injuries where he was also prepared to be taken for further evaluation at a St. Louis hospital. A member of the victim's household placed the 9-1-1 call. (Copyright WBGZ Radio / www.AltonDailyNews.com)
Thu, 04/27/2017 12:00 AM Injured woman  0.0  Cold Spring KY 
 USA 
  walking with umbrella     Outside,Umbrella 
COLD SPRING, Ky.  As strong storms swept across the Northern Kentucky area Saturday morning, a woman was struck by lightning in Cold Spring. Advertisement It happened in the 3700 block of Alexandria Pike. Authorities said the woman was holding an umbrella while walking outside. The lightning apparently struck her umbrella. The woman claims she felt a tingling feeling, dropped the umbrella and fell to the ground. Witnesses say the woman was shaken up, but appears to be OK. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Thu, 04/27/2017 06:30 PM Injured man  0.0  Elk Creek Township PA 
 USA 
  unloading propane tanks    Indirect,Outside,Work 
Thursday Posted Apr 27, 2017 at 7:58 PM Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 9:33 PM By Staff report A man was struck by lightning Thursday evening in the 9600 block of Route 6N in Elk Creek Township, according to Erie County dispatch. The lightning strike happened at about 6:30 p.m. at Inergy Propane, according to dispatchers. Authorities said the man was unloading propane tanks when he was struck by lightning. He suffered a burn mark to a hand, and was conscious when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment.

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