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Tue, 07/22/2014 04:00 PM Killed man, 1 of 3 on beach  0.0  Fort Myers Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach in guard stand    Beach,Outside 
One man has died after being hit by lightning and two others have been injured, according to fire department officials on Fort Myers Beach. The strike happened on the beach near a Hooters restaurant, according to an employee there. UPDATE: TUE, JULY 22, 4:20 p.m. The body of the man killed by the strike remained on the beach as of 4 p.m. awaiting the Lee County Medical Examiner. A spokesman for the Lee County Sheriff Office said that of the two others who were hit, a woman was talking and walking before being transported to the hospital and another man was bring worked on. LCSO Lt. Jeffrey Dektas said that lightning is a common occurrence this time of year, so much so that many people ignore it. "Then you have an instance like this to remind us that lightning is nothing to play with." FLORIDA AND LIGHTNING There have been five lightning strike deaths in Florida this year, according to the National Weather Service. Most recently, a roofer in Sarasota died after being struck on July 16. Summer is the peak season for lightning, and nationwide, 51 people on average are killed each year while hundreds more suffer severe injuries. Across the country, there have been 14 fatalities from lightning strikes in the over the last three months, according to the National Weather Service.
Mon, 07/21/2014 10:30 AM Injured man  0.0  Lake Wylie SC 
 USA 
  inside a building    Indirect,Indoors,Water,Wet 
LAKE WYLIE  An off-duty volunteer firefighter was struck by lightning on Monday when he was cleaning water from the floor of his home as a storm raged in York County, dumping several inches of rain in Clover and Lake Wylie. The firefighter was hospitalized at the burn center in Chapel Hill, N.C., but is expected to return home later today, said Bethel Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Laws. At about 10:30 a.m., a bolt of lightning hit the mans home in Autumn Cove subdivision, across from Crowders Creek Elementary School on S.C. 49. The bolt passed through an outlet and jolted into the firefighters body, Laws said. The electricity entered the firefighter through his hand, he said, and exited through his foot. The firefighter was not on duty at the time of the incident, Laws said. He was taken to a Charlotte hospital and then transported to Chapel Hill, where doctors performed extensive tests to determine if he suffered from any internal injuries. He is expected to return home Tuesday evening. The family asked Laws not release the firefighters name or age. He is a four-year veteran with us, Laws said, and means a lot to the department. He added: Were hoping for a speedy recovery because hes an asset to our community. Laws was grateful emergency personnel did not experience more catastrophes as a cluster of showers and thunderstorms roared through the county Monday morning. His district, Laws said, was hit so hard that some firefighters reported that the water so deep some cars were floating in the road. Weather officials estimate that about 5 inches of rain fell on the area Monday, said Alex Staarmann with the National Weather Service. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20142207014901_104.htm#storylink=cpy
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Injured construction worker, 2 of 4   0.0  Meyerland area TX 
 USA 
  working on foundation    Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Four people have been hurt after an apparent lightning strike in Houston, Texas, as they worked on the foundation of a house. The Houston Fire Department says Wednesday afternoons accident left one worker critical and three in stable condition. All four victims were transported to Houston hospitals. A department spokesman Thursday had no immediate update on their conditions. Lightning also damaged a tree near where the victims had been working.
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed Roofer   39.0  Esplanade By Siesta Key FL 
 USA 
  roofing    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
NEW: Roofer dies after struck by lightning STAFF REPORT Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. SARASOTA COUNTY - A 39-year-old man died Wednesday after apparently being struck by lightning. The man, whose name has not been released, was roofing a home in the 8200 block of Varenna Drive in Esplanade By Siesta Key  a Taylor Morrison development  when he was most likely struck by lightning, according to the Sarasota County Fire Department. The man went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were not successful, according to the fire department. NEW: Roofer dies after struck by lightningSTAFF REPORT
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Injured construction worker, 1 of 4   0.0  Meyerland area TX 
 USA 
  working on foundation    Construction site,Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
HOUSTON  Four people were transported to a nearby hospital Wednesday after a lightning strike in the Meyerland area, according to HFD authorities. The incident happened in the 5400 block of Imogene at Renwick. The four construction workers were completing foundation work at a house located in the 5400 block of Imogene at Renwick. A large tree was clearly hit by lightning, and it carved a path all the way down to the base off the tree. One of the four workers was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The other three workers were in stable condition. Stay tuned to KHOU .com for updates.
Wed, 07/16/2014 08:15 AM Injured worker   0.0  Westerly RI 
 USA 
  inside a building    Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning safety tips for inside the home Waterbury home damaged by lightning strike WESTERLY, RI (WTNH) A Westerly man was injured after the building he was in was struck by lightning Wednesday. The town manager in Westerly says she understands the lightning didnt strike the building but struck close enough nearby to cause a power surge. It was business as usual at the Margin Street Plant in Westerly Rhode Island. But at 8:15 Wednesday morning a lightning strike sent one worker to the hospital. The Chief of Westerly Ambulance Corps said that the lightning did strike the building at the sewage treatment plant. Link: Lightning safety tips for inside the home The power went off and on. The generator came on briefly and then went right back on the power came back on. There was no damage that I know of. There was no interruption of service, said Michelle Buck, Westerly Town Manager. The worker is actually an employee of United Water, the contractor which runs the plant. News 8 was told paramedics transported him to Westerly Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was initially listed in stable condition. Because the lightning strike I guess was so close it may have caused some kind of power surge within the building and when he touched a metal door, my understanding is he felt a little bit of tingling in his arm so he was taken as a precaution, said Buck. The person who answered the phone at United Water wasnt sure when the injured worker will be back on the job.
Wed, 07/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman & son  0.0  Nasugbu  
 Philippines 
       
Woman, son fatally hit by lightning in Batangas July 16, 2014 8:31am 8961 91 0 9103 A woman and her son were killed after being hit by lightning in Nasugbu town in Batangas province Monday evening, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred in Barangay Pantalan in Nasugbu town, radio dzBB's Rodil Vega reported. Citing initial information, a separate dzBB report identified the fatalities as Mercedes Grumal and son Mark Anthony Gruma. An investigation showed the two were on their way home when a bolt struck them. They were rushed to the Jabez Medical Center but were pronounced dead on arrival.  Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
Wed, 07/16/2014 03:15 PM Injured woman   0.0  Boca Raton FL 
 USA 
  standing in a puddle    Ground Strike,Outside,Water 
Apparent lightning strike injures one person in Boca Raton, fire rescue says John Sparks 3:49 PM, Jul 16, 2014 One person was injured following an apparent lightning strike in suburban Boca Raton, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. It happened just before 3:15 p.m. in the 20000 block of Spinnaker Way. A woman told emergency crews that she was standing in a puddle when lightning struck near her and she felt the shock to her body. Fire Rescue classified her as a trauma patient and transported her to Delray Medical Center. A hospital spokesperson identified the woman as Sydney Rittweger and said she has since been released from the hospital.
Tue, 07/15/2014 02:30 PM Injured lifeguard, 1 of 4  0.0  Neptune NJ 
 USA 
  on beach in guard stand  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Lifeguard,Outside,Work 
NEPTUNE  A lightning strike on the Ocean Grove beach on Tuesday sent four lifeguards to the hospital as a precaution, an official said. The strike occurred about 2:30 p.m. at the Main Avenue beach in the vicinity of a lifeguard stand, said J.P. Gradone, the executive director of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, which owns the beach. None of the guards was hit directly by the lightning. They were mildly affected by it and we sent them to the hospital as a precaution, said Gradone. The four lifeguards were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in the township. Gradone confirmed they were treated and released. The lifeguards did not sustain injuries and can return to work, he said. Gardone said they were not certain the exact spot where the lightning struck the sand.
Tue, 07/15/2014 03:00 PM Injured woman  20.0  Nokomis FL 
 USA 
  outside near a fence    Fence,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Woman Indirectly Struck By Lightning In Nokomis July 15, 2014 A 20-year old woman was indirectly struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon in Nokomis, FL. The woman was outside a home in the 6100 block of North Pineville Road, just north of Nokomis Road, when lightning struck a nearby fence or other object about 3 p.m. The woman was barefoot at the time and suffered a shock from the lightning strike. She was reportedly complaining of a loss of sensation in her legs. She was transported to Atmore Community Hospital with injuries that were not considered serious. Atmore Ambulance and the Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to the call. NorthEscambia.com file photo.
Mon, 07/14/2014 12:00 PM Injured David Bodkin-Parris  14.0  Glenolden PA 
 USA 
  getting into car  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
GLENOLDEN, Pa., (CBS)  A teenager in Delaware County was struck by lightning and rushed to the hospital. Police say it happened on Ashland Avenue in Glenolden Monday evening. According to family friends, the 14-year-old had just stepped out of his house to head over to his aunts house. CBS 3 is told his finger was struck by lightning when he was getting into his friends car. He was conscious when paramedics rushed him to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Late Monday, friends told Eyewitness News, he was in good condition and was waiting to be transferred to a childrens hospital. His body was shaking like never before. Blood poured from a tiny cut between his wrist and his thumb. Moments earlier, around 8 p.m. Monday, David Bodkin-Parris, 14, had run to his friend's car, parked on Ashland Avenue in Glenolden, Delaware County. Thunder echoed around him. Wind shook the trees. Rain pounded the pavement. Then, it struck. "At first, it seemed not real," Bodkin said Tuesday. "I got hit by lightning." Odds are one in 12,000 that someone will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime, according to the National Weather Service. In June 2007, another 14-year-old boy, Zachary Yizzi, was struck in Cherry Hill. The bolt that hit Yizzi stopped his heart, knocking him unconscious and severely burning his body. He recovered but does not remember the incident. When Bodkin was struck Monday, he was leaving the home of his birth mother, Mellisa Parris, with a 16-year-old friend. The two were planning to drive to Prospect Park, where Bodkin lives with Jayne Von Bergen, his aunt and adopted mother. As the boys headed out to the car, a brutal storm rolled in, bringing rain and hail along with thunder and lightning. Most local officials, including Delaware County emergency manager Ed Truitt, reported no major problems from the weather. Except for Bodkin's injury. Bodkin said the lightning hit between his wrist and thumb. His sister and a cousin were inside the Ashland Avenue house at the time. "What even happened?" Bodkin said he thought Monday, as he looked down at his bloody wrist. "It was shocking." When Bodkin's friend realized lightning was the culprit, the boys ran back inside. They applied pressure to Bodkin's bleeding cut, which Bodkin said was not there before the strike. Von Bergen was driving home. But she soon re-routed, heading to Crozer-Chester Medical Center when she got a call about the incident. Bodkin said he was conscious the entire time. An initial report called the injury a lightning strike, and paramedics took him by ambulance to the Chester hospital. He was then transferred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington, where he spent Monday night. Bodkin and Von Bergen were still there Tuesday afternoon, waiting for an orthopedic specialist to check Bodkin before he could be released. A lightning strike mainly affects the nervous system, according to the Lightning Injury Research Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Side effects can include ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and other post-concussion-like symptoms. Bodkin - a baseball, basketball, and soccer player who has suffered from concussions - said he felt a bit tired. Not too bad. Mostly, his hand just felt tingly. "It's a little numb," Bodkin said. "It hurts a little when I move my thumb." Bodkin said doctors told him to expect some muscle weakness. All his blood work, Von Bergen said, came out fine. David Bodkin's brother, Dan, 16, was at home Tuesday, and he received a text from David in the morning. It read: Happy to be alive. Tuesday evening, Bodkin was home, relaxing with Parris, his birth mother, and a cousin in Glenolden. Drinking strawberry Gatorade and watching TV, he could finally relax after a wild 24 hours. A little before 6 p.m., the faint sound of thunder returned. More storms were coming. But Bodkin was not worried. "No, I'm not scared," he said. "I don't think I'll get struck twice." Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140716_Hit_by_lightning_on_Monday__he_s_OK_and_not_worried_it_will_happen_again.html#W7Q5HalIo0Z0BAFR.99
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Killed Gregory Cardwell, 1 of 4 at RMNP  52.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
Yellow Springs woman killed in Colo. lightning strike 0 0 0 13 By Breaking News Staff For a second day in a row, lightning killed a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park and injured the victims' companions,. Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, was killed Friday after she was struck by lightning, the Denver Post reported. Teilhet was struck by lightning at about 1:20 p.m. on the Ute Crossing Trail on Trail Ridge Road at roughly 11,400 feet, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook, according to parks spokesman Kyle Patterson. Teilhet, who was hiking with her husband and a friend, died at the scene. Her husband and friend were ttaken to Estes Park Medical Center, the newspaper reported. On Saturday, a man who has not been identified, was one of four people injured in a lightning strike shortly before 4 p.m. near Rainbow Curve, at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road. All four were taken to Estes Park Medical Center, where one man was pronounced dead, Patterson said. Previously, the last lightning fatality at the park was in 2000, the newspaper reported. A Scottsbluff Nebraska man was the victim of a fatal lightning strike at Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday, the second person to be killed by lightning in two days in the park. Gregory Cardwell, 52, died after a bolt struck him near Rainbow Curve, at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road, according to a statement from park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. Three others were injured by the strike and taken to Estes Park Medical Center, where Cardwell was pronounced dead, Patterson said. The woman killed in Friday's lightning strike was Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Previously, the last lightning fatality that occurred in the park was in 2000, when a technical climber was struck on the Diamond on Longs Peak. Saturday's incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. About 1:20 p.m. Friday, the park staff was notified of a lighting strike on the Ute Crossing Trail on Trail Ridge Road at roughly 11,400 feet, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Eight people suffered various injuries from that strike. They were hiking back to the trailhead when lightning hit, roughly 500 yards from the trailhead, Patterson said. An air ambulance was able to land between bouts of severe weather but Teilhet died at the scene. She was hiking with her husband and a friend, who were taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center. The other five victims were part of a local hiking group and transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center, Patterson said. Various parts of Colorado reported severe weather Saturday. A tornado touched down in El Paso County, but no injuries were reported, and hail pelted parts of Pueblo County. Tom McGhee: 303-954-1671, tmcghee@denverpost.com or twitter.com/dpmcghee
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Injured Kim Cardwell, 2 of 4 at RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
For a second day in a row, lightning killed a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park and injured the victims' companions,. Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, was killed Friday after she was struck by lightning, the Denver Post reported. Teilhet was struck by lightning at about 1:20 p.m. on the Ute Crossing Trail on Trail Ridge Road at roughly 11,400 feet, between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook, according to parks spokesman Kyle Patterson. Teilhet, who was hiking with her husband and a friend, died at the scene. Her husband and friend were ttaken to Estes Park Medical Center, the newspaper reported. On Saturday, a man who has not been identified, was one of four people injured in a lightning strike shortly before 4 p.m. near Rainbow Curve, at 10,829 feet along Trail Ridge Road. All four were taken to Estes Park Medical Center, where one man was pronounced dead, Patterson said. Previously, the last lightning fatality at the park was in 2000, the newspaper reported. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141307065215_ngd8b.htm#sthash.HeTt6NyQ.dpuf KUSA - On June 14, 1991, Kim Cardwell married the man of her dreams during a thunderstorm. That man was Gregory Cardwell. "Right after our minister pronounced us husband and wife, there was a huge storm outside and a clap of lightning struck and a huge thunder boomed," Cardwell said. "Greg and I looked at each other and said 'That's God blessing our marriage.'" The memory of her wedding day brings Cardwell a renewed sense of strength during a time of incredible loss. On Saturday, during an anniversary trip to the mountains, Cardwell's husband, Greg, was killed at Rocky Mountain National Park by a single bolt of lightning. It was the second lightning fatality at the park in two days. Cardwell says she felt 'weird' right before the strike but had no idea danger was looming above. "The clouds were not like dark storm clouds, they were wispy, little clouds, it came out of nowhere," Cardwell said. "It sounded like a bomb." RELATED: Adams Co. couple witnessed deadly lightning strike RELATED: RMNP lightning survivor loses wife of 22 years RELATED: Man ID'd in 2nd lightning death at RMNP RELATED: Lightning strike kills 1, injures 7 in RMNP The pair was standing just 10 feet from each other when the lightning hit. The force from the strike knocked Cardwell and several others standing nearby off their feet. "I was in a daze. I know I stood up and turned and saw my friend on the ground. I thought he had a heart attack or something. I started yelling trying to wake him up," Cardwell said, "I didn't even realize my husband was struck by lightning. When I saw him, I just started screaming for help. I didn't know what to do, I was in shock." Despite her efforts, Greg never woke up. It's a tough reality Cardwell is starting to accept. She says her strong faith, and the support of her family and friends, is helping her through. "My husband and I have a huge faith in God, so we know everything that has happened has been his will." (KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
1 dead, 12 injured in Saturday lightning strike at Rocky Mountain National Park 4:34 PM, Jul 12, 2014 10:02 PM, Jul 12, 2014 ESTES PARK, Colo. - Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park say a lightning strike Saturday afternoon killed one person and injured 12 others. "At approximately 3:30 p.m. there was a lightning strike in the Rainbow Curve area along Trail Ridge Road," a statement from Rocky Mountain National Park said. One man died from his injuries. Estes Medical Center said they had treated 12 people for injuries following the lightning strike. View Larger Map At 10,829 feet, the Rainbow Curve Overlook is more than two vertical miles above sea level. On Friday, lightning in the park killed one visitor and injured seven others. The victim was identified by the park as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was hiking with her husband a friend who were injured. The other five victims were part of a local hiking group and transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center. Friday's death was the first by lightning in Colorado this year. Click for lightning safety tips from NOAA: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Print this article Back to Top A A A
Sat, 07/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured family of four  0.0  Rennebu  
 Norway 
      Ground Strike,Outside 
Family of four struck by one lightning bolt Published: 15 Jul 2014 00:46 GMT+02:00 Updated: 15 Jul 2014 00:46 GMT+02:00 Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit Four members of the same family were all struck by a lightning bolt on Saturday in Rennebu, South Trøndelag. Around 5pm on Saturday, a married couple, both 57 years old, and their son, 24, and daughter, 23, were all admitted to St Olav's Hospital. The couple and their daughter suffered only minor injuries from the lightning attack, but the young man was seriously injured. He was taken to intensive care at the hospital where his condition is said to be stable. He received vital heart and lung rescue at the scene of the incident after having a heart attack. Tore Kyllo, operation leader with the local police, confirmed to NTB: "It is a family of four that is struck. One of them got a cardiac arrest, but resuscitation made his heart beat again." The lightning struck the family in the mountains around Lake Jølvatnet, over 1,000 meters above sea-level. The family were able to notify the emergency services and initiate first aid to the young man until rescue services arrived. Rescue leader Bjørn Jarle Åmlid said to Adressa.no: "An airborne ambulance from Dombås and a Sea King helicopter from Ørland were sent to the site. They localized the family in the mountains and brought them to St. Olavs Hospital." Locals and visitors to the area confirmed there had been a thunderstorm in the area at the time of the incident. Karl Olav Mærk, owner of holiday cabins at Lake Jølvatnet, said: "There had been a normal thunderstorm for this time of year." Meteorologist Frank Dahlslett confirmed reports there were unusually high numbers of "fierce thunderstorms" across all of Norway on Saturday. There were 710 registered lightning strikes during a six-hour period, where 338 strikes hit the ground. For more stories about Norway, join us on Facebook and Twitter
Sat, 07/12/2014 04:00 PM Injured Mary Iverson, 4 of 4 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  sightseeing  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK  Two people have been killed in two days in separate lightning strikes at Rocky Mountain National Park, RMNP spokesperson Kyle Patterson confirms. A lightning strike near the Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road affected 13 people Saturday. They were taken to the Estes Park Medical Center. Doctors say rangers and first responders administered CPR on a man who was directly hit by the bolt of lightning. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the center. The strike happened at around 3:30 p.m. RELATED: Lightning strike kills 1, injures 7 in RMNP This comes just over 24 hours after a woman died from a lightning strike on the Ute Crossing Trail  which is located on Trail Ridge Road between the Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Seven other people were injured. The woman who died has been identified as Rebecca Teilhet of Yellow Springs, Ohio. She had been hiking with her husband and a friend. In total, 21 people were taken to the hospital -- and two died from their injuries -- because of lightning strikes on Friday and Saturday, an official with the Estes Park Medical Center told 9NEWS. The last lightning fatality in Rocky Mountain National Park happened in 2000, when a technical climber was struck on the Diamond on Longs Peak. Park officials are reminding visitors of the dangers associated with being above tree line -- or more than 10,000 feet. That area is very exposed and there are few places to take cover. Park rangers say visitors should head to lower ground by 12 p.m. to avoid being caught in a dangerous storm. (KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation) A breathtaking view...literally. RELATED CONTENT Storm aftermath makes it a busy day for people in... Hikers, bikers in Springs on high alert after two... Minn. firefighters search for missing hikers in Colorado Second person killed by lightning in RMNP identified Turley recall effort has divided people in Woodland Park "We didn't see the bolt, it was just a white flash," said Mary Iverson. "It felt like something hit me in the head and I lost my vision and hearing for a solid 10 seconds," Daniel Walenter said. Iverson and Walenter were standing close to 52-year-old Gregory Caldwell on Rainbow Curve, an overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park. Caldwell, who was in a wheelchair, was struck by a bolt of lightning and killed. "Could have been any one of us so I'm feeling pretty lucky," Walenter said. Caldwell was the second death over the weekend in the park. Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed on Friday. According to the National Weather Service, on average about three people die from lightning every year in Colorado. Since 1980, El Paso County is the most dangerous place for lightning...with 10 fatalities and 76 injuries. Most lightning deaths and injuries in Colorado occur during the afternoon and evening. July is typically the deadliest month. Lightning can strike more than 10 miles from the rain area of a thunderstorm. That distance is about as far as you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder...you could be in danger of being struck by lightning. Even being inside doesnt completely protect you from lightning. You should stay away from talking on a land-line telephone and stay away from the shower and sink since wires and plumbing pipes can conduct electricity.
Fri, 07/11/2014 04:30 PM Killed Shannon Mosley  23.0  Clarke County MS 
 USA 
  riding a horse  N/A  CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Clarke County, Mississippi A 23-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by lightning Friday afternoon while riding her horse. It happened about 4:30 Friday in Clarke County near the Nancy community, just off County Road 291. Clarke County Emergency Management Director Eddie Ivy says the woman, identified as Shannon Mosely, was unresponsive when rescue workers arrived and her horse was killed by the strike. Mosely was first taken to H.C. Watkins Hospital but then transferred by Baptist Life-Flight to Hattiesburg. Ivy says the family says she will be transferred to the burn center in Jackson. A 23-year-old woman who was struck by lightning while riding her horse in Clarke County is still fighting for her life. Emergency Response Manager Eddie Ivy tells News Channel 12 it happened around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in Quitman. The victim, Shannon Mosley, was airlifted from a local hospital to Forest General in Hattiesburg. Mosley was then taken to the burn center at CMMC here in Jackson. The 23-year old is still in critical condition. Ivy also says the horse Mosley was riding died on the scene. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. A Mississippi woman and the horse she was riding are dead following a cloud-to-ground lightning strike, authorities reported on Saturday (July 12). Clarke County EMA Director Eddie Ivy said 23-year old Shannon Mosely was riding a horse about 4:30 p.m. Friday when she was struck by lightning. The incident happened just off of County Road 291, near the Nancy Community in Quitman, according to WTOK-TV. Ivy said Mosley was airlifted from a local hospital to Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and then taken to the burn center at CMMC in Jackson, where she died Saturday afternoon. He said the horse died at the scene of the lightning strike on Friday. Mosely is the first lightning-related death in Mississippi in three years. The last lightning death occurred on July 31, 2011, when a Pascagoula man was struck and killed while fishing. According to Vaisala, a company that monitors cloud-to-ground lightning activity across the United States, Mississippi ranks 15th in the country as the most dangerous state for lightning strikes with 106 deaths since 1959. Florida is by far the most dangerous state with 475 lightning fatalities since 1959 including four so far this year. July is historically the most dangerous month for lightning strikes in the United States, accounting for the most deaths and injuries nearly every year. So far this year, 12 people have been killed and more than 80 others have been injured in lightning strikes. Four of the deaths have occurred this month alone. In Colorado, two people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been injured from lightning strikes in Rocky Mountain National Park in two days (since Friday). Posted: Jul 12, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Updated: Jul 12, 2014 11:50 PM EDT By Perrise Thomas - email Lightning safety tips Lightning safety tips "Clarke County was experiencing some thunderstorms, we did have lightning and thunder in the area." Clarke county emergency management director, Eddie Ivy says 23-year old Shannon Mosley was riding a horse on her family's property Friday afternoon, when she and the horse were struck by lightning. "We're unclear as to exactly what was struck, but she was struck by lightning. She was injured very badly and the horse was killed." Mosley was taken to CMMC in Jackson for treatment. Ivy says its important to be aware of weather conditions in order to lessen your chances of being struck. "Anytime you hear thunder, or see lightning, that's the time to seek shelter. That's the time to go inside and stay until at least 30 minutes after you hear that last clap of thunder, that last bolt of lightning." Here are a few tips Ivy says help protect you from getting struck by lightning: Avoid open fields, trees and metal objects such as fences. Stay out of the water. And if you're outside and can't immediately seek shelter indoors, if possible, get inside a vehicle with a metal roof. Ivy says 50 people die a year as a result of being struck by lightning, but that doesn't have to be you. "If you can hear the thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning."
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Killed Rebecca R Teilhet, 1 of 8 in RMNP  42.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Hiking,Outside,Park 
A woman died Friday afternoon and two other people were treated and transported by ambulance after lightning struck along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park staff were notified at 1:20 p.m. of a lighting strike that occurred on the Ute Crossing Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, Park Spokeswoman Kyle Patterson wrote in a news release. That area is located off of Trail Ridge Road between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Eight people were affected by the lightning strike with a variety of injuries, Patterson wrote. One woman  whose name has not yet been released  died from her injuries. Of the remaining seven, two were transported by ambulance and five transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center. On Friday, lightning in the park killed one visitor and injured seven others. The victim was identified by the park as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was hiking with her husband a friend who were injured. The other five victims were part of a local hiking group and transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center.
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured Justin Teilhet, 2 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Lightning Survivor Has No Memory of Deadly Strike DENVER  Jul 14, 2014, 3:37 PM ET By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press Share 1 Share on email0 Comments Associated Press Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife. It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and a cut on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious. Lightning killed two people last weekend just miles apart in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly with deadly results. Rebecca Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed Friday while hiking on the Ute Crossing Trail at about 11,400 feet above sea level. Justin Teilhet and six other hikers were injured. One day later and a few miles away, lightning killed 52-year-old Gregory Cardwell of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, at Rainbow Curve, a pullover on Trail Ridge Road with sweeping vistas from a vantage point about 10,800 feet above sea level. Three others were hurt by that strike. They were the first lightning deaths in the park since 2000, officials said. Thunderstorms occur in the park almost daily during the peak travel months of summer, and many produce lightning. "A storm blew in, and it came very fast," Justin Teilhet said Monday from his home in Ohio. "It started raining a little bit. We were hearing claps of thunder everywhere, but it there wasn't any lightning." His wife and his good friend Nick Tertel of Fort Collins were hustling back to the trailhead parking lot on Trail Ridge Road as the storm closed in. The next thing Teilhet remembers was struggling to lift his body from the ground, with one side numb. "I was walking, and then I was trying to stand up," he said, adding he had no memory of anything in between. "When I found Nick trying to revive my wife, I crawled to them and tried to help." Tertel also was injured but gave Rebecca Teilhet CPR and kept her alive until paramedics arrived, Justin Teilhet said. "He really was a hero at that event." Tertel declined to comment. Park officials said a helicopter was dispatched, but Rebecca Teilhet died at the scene.  Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 7 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 6 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 5 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 4 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
DENVER  A lightning strike killed a woman and injured seven other people yesterday as they hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, a park official said. The group was at an elevation of 11,000 feet on the Ute Crossing Trail when they were hit by the bolt in the early afternoon, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said. The woman, whose name had not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital in nearby Estes Park, and five others drove themselves to the medical facility, Patterson said. Kerrie Hill, spokeswoman for the Estes Park Medical Center, said some of the injured were treated and released, but could not comment on the condition of the others or the extent of their injuries. National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Leszcynski said radar and satellite imagery showed an isolated storm cell that moved over the area produced several lightning strikes in the park.
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 3 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Park Rangers were notified around 1:20 p.m. about a strike that hit the Ute Crossing Trail, which is located off Trail Ridge Road between Rainbow Curve and Forest Canyon Overlook. Park Spokesman Kyle Patterson said the strike killed one woman. Two of the seven others affected by the lightning strike were taken to Estes Park Medical Center by ambulance. The five others drove themselves to the hospital.
Fri, 07/11/2014 01:20 PM Injured 8 of 8 in RMNP  0.0  Rocky Mtn. National Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park 
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning claims eight lives in Osmanabad  0.0  Osmanabad  
 India 
       
Aurangabad: Eight persons were killed and five sustained severe burn injuries after lightning struck on two firecracker factories at village Terkheda in Washi tehsil of Osmanabad district on Tuesday evening. The victims have been admitted to the government hospital in Barshi and still are not out of danger. Police said that one Farid Pathan owns a firecracker factory Prince Fireworks at Terkheda and one Pinnu Pathan at Sitewadi, 2 kms away from Prince. It started raining heavily around at 5 pm when lightning struck on both the firecracker factories leading to blasts, which claimed 8 persons and left 5 others seriously injured. The rainfall coupled with failure in power supply worsened the rescue operation. Share this Post:
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured Sebastian Cedeno  7.0  Henry County GA 
 USA 
  inside home    Indirect,Indoors,Window 
ATLANTA  Parents of a 7-year-old boy say lightning struck him when he was inside his home. Channel 2s Tom Jones went to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the boy's mother spoke to us about Sebastian Cedeno. He is recovering in the burn unit after the frightening encounter. "We're standing at the bay window and all of a sudden we hear this big "koosh," said Cedeno's mother, Kara Rivers. "It blew both of us back. Both of our hands went to our ears and all I could see was my son on the ground and his foot was smoking." Rivers showed Jones a picture of her son's sock that was smoking after the lightning strike. Cedeno suffered first-degree burns on his left hip, pelvis going down to his groin area. The boy was also burned on his right arm and on the back of his body. Rivers became even more concerned when her son initially had difficulty standing. "He told me his legs couldn't move. He couldn't move his legs, and that of course freaked me out a little more," she said. Rivers said the weather was really bad right before the lightning strike and she was in the window with her son waiting for her husband to come home. She said it's a miracle her son wasn't severely injured. "It's just really kind of amazing, but he's stable," Rivers said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141107064747_ngc43.htm#sthash.MLDJJCQp.dpuf
Thu, 07/10/2014 04:00 PM Injured teen   15.0  Spartanburg SC 
 USA 
  bringing in dogs    Dogs,Fence,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
An Upstate teenager was shocked by a nearby lightning strike Thursday afternoon, according to EMS. Spartanburg County emergency workers responded just after 4 p.m. Thursday to reports of a teen struck by lightning. According to dispatchers, the 15-year-old was shocked by lighting that struck chain link fencing in the 100 block of Blue Springs Circle. The teen said he was trying to get puppies out of the kennel and into the house when the lightning hit. Duncan Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene. Neighbor Susie Salters said, It was like he was disoriented, just stunned, said he was aching all over. Then he said his heart started hurting. And I said, Oh yeah, you need some medical help." The teen was taken to the hospital to get checked out. Thunderstorms were expected to move through the area throughout the evening, and, as always with thunderstorms, residents should be aware of potential lightning danger.
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed 9 killed  0.0   
 Bengal 
       
Kolkata, July 10 (IANS) Nine people were killed after being struck by lightning in West Bengals Howrah district Thursday, an official said. The incident occurred in Shyampur area of the district. Six others were injured and have been hospitalised. Nine of them died on the way& six more were injured and were admitted to the Uluberia subdivisional hospital. Out of them five are critical, the official said. At a function in Birbhum, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Rs.2 lakh compensation each for the kin of the dead and cautioned people against venturing in extreme weather conditions. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141207072634_nine-killed-in-lightning-strike-in-bengal.htm#sthash.iYa8IEPS.dpuf
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured Hank Richardson  0.0  Albuquerque NM 
 USA 
  parking lot    Outside,Work 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. This past Thursday, a University of New Mexico student was struck by lightning -- though he never lost consciousness, his watch stopped after the electrical charge. RELATED Rain causes problems in Santa Fe County See amazing photos of lightning shared on u local Track the storm with interactive weather resources Baby survives lightning strike while in womb Severe thunderstorm warning issued in BernCo The crack of lightning took Hank Richardson by surprise. The student works part-time at Airport Parking. He was taking money and helping a new employee before the strike. He said he stepped out of the booth very quickly with a co-worker and suddenly, something happened. The strike caused the power to go out at that airport parking facility. Management did get power restored to the lot shortly after the storm. A loud crack and a flash and then I realized it was lightning, said Richardson. He knew something was wrong right away. I just felt this tingle over my body and all of a sudden I immediately lost hearing in my right ear, he said. A co-worker that was standing near him during the strike said it looked like someone lit a firework off in front of him. He said he never lost consciousness. The fireman came in and they also noticed my watch had stopped, he said. Richardson walked away with no burns, just bruising on his feet. The doctor said it basically missed my heart so that's pretty much why I'm still alive, said Richardson. Richardson wants to take his second chance, and apply it to his artwork. He knows his new lease on life gives him a unique opportunity to do more than he had before. It does make you think, you know when having a near miss like this, it does help you put things into perspective, he said. Richardson says he's not working for a little while so he can recover. He has since been to the doctor for a checkup from the lightning strike. Mobile Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/lightning-strikes-unm-student-stops-wristwatch/26969824#ixzz37fBIX3Te
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 3 in Gajapati  0.0   
 India 
       
Berhampur: Three persons, including a woman, were killed and four injured in a lightning strike in Gajapati district on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Manjula Nayak, 40, of Chandiput, Kanhu Nayak, 48, of Ankili and Udaya Nath Nayak, 35, of Bhobatiguda near Chandiput. Lightning struck them while they were standing inside a hut near a maize field to escape the rain at Chandiput village, police said. The injured were admitted to a health centre at Chandiput. Police personnel from Chandiput outpost are inquiring the matter, said sub-divisional police officer (R Udayagiri) R K Sethi.
Thu, 07/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured Adam Campbell  0.0  San Juan Mountains CO 
 USA 
  running     Ground Strike,Jogging / Running,Outside 
A runner almost caught lightning in a bottle and thats not a good thing. Adam Campbell of Calgary was running in a super marathon in southern Colorado when he was nearly struck by lightning. It happened while he and a running partner were nearing the summit of a peak on the San Juan Mountains. The strike was close enough to destroy his headlight and cause his heart to skip a beat. Campbell still finished 3rd in the 162 km international race with a time of 25 hours, 56 minutes and 36 seconds.
Wed, 07/09/2014 12:00 PM Injured Matthew Spence, 1 of 2  0.0  Hillsborough FL 
 USA 
  under carport    Carport,Indirect,Outside 
TAMPA (FOX 13) - In Tampa, a bolt of lightning knocked two men off their feet Wednesday afternoon. They were underneath a carport as the storm was moving into Hillsborough County. It happened off Sherwick Drive and Roxbury, north of Martin Luther King Blvd. The lightning strike knocked them to the ground. One of the men couldn't feel his legs and was taken to Tampa General Hospital. His friend described what happened. We literally watched the lightning bolt smack right next to his car, said Matthew Spence. . It sent me literally three feet back holding on to my friend, we both flew from this side of my carport all the way to the other side just sitting there stunned, couldn't even do anything. Spences mom came outside and called 911. He says his friend was wearing cowboy boots with metal studs, and paramedics say that made the impact of the strike even worse. Theres no word yet on his condition.
Wed, 07/09/2014 12:00 PM Injured man holding metal railing  0.0  Shelton CT 
 USA 
  touching metal railing    Indirect,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside 
Lightning sparked a shed fire in Shelton as storms swept through the western part of the state Wednesday night, and a neighbor also reported being shocked, according to the fire department. Fire officials said a shed on High Ridge Road burst into flames after it was struck by lightning. While firefighters were on scene, they learned that a man living nearby may have been shocked while holding a metal railing on his garage. The shed fire is under control, and the resident is alert and conscious, fire officials said. EMTs responded to the scene and will take him to the hospital for an evaluation, according to the fire department.
Tue, 07/08/2014 12:00 PM unknown Mapping a bolt from the blue: Behind a rogue lig  0.0   
 USA 
      Education,Science 
Mapping a bolt from the blue: Behind a rogue lightning flash near Silver Spring from a storm in Falls Church BY KEVIN AMBROSE AND SCOTT RUDLOSKY July 8 at 11:19 am Depiction of a bolt from the blue that occurred at 9:35 PM on June 25, 2014. The lightning photograph captures only a small portion of a much larger flash as observed by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA). Note the inserted lightning photo is not to the exact scale and perspective of the plot. Depiction of a bolt from the blue that occurred at 9:35 pm on June 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The lightning photograph captures only a small portion of a much larger flash as observed by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA). Note the inserted lightning photo is not to the exact scale and perspective of the plot. On the evening of June 25, at 9:35 p.m, a lightning flash originated 27,000 feet above Falls Church, Va., within a line of developing thunderstorms. The flash propagated in all directions, spanning an area from Tysons Corner through Baileys Crossroads and Glen Echo to Takoma Park. 3D animation of the lightning flash from June 25, 2014 at 9:35 p.m. (Scott Rudlosky) This expansive flash covered nearly 150 square miles, and at its highest point, reached over 51,500 feet above ground. Incredibly, the flash extended and struck the ground as far away as Silver Spring, Maryland, nearly 10 miles northeast of its origin, well outside of the parent thunderstorm. The DCLMA mapped the precise origin of this lightning flash (within ~10 m), and the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) provided the location of the ground strike point (within ~250 m). The image on the left shows the horizontal distance the lightning flash traveled from origin to ground (9.22 miles). The image on the right shows the location that the lightning struck ground, near the Walter Reed Apartments on Georgia Avenue, NW. The DCLMA mapped the precise origin of this lightning flash (within ~10 m), and the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) provided the location of the ground strike point (within ~250 m). The image on the left shows the horizontal distance the lightning flash traveled from origin to ground (9.22 miles). The image on the right shows the location that the lightning struck ground, near the Walter Reed Apartments on Georgia Avenue, NW. This spectacular lightning flash is whats often referred to as a bolt from the blue. In its truest form, a bolt from the blue travels from the cloud edge through clear air only before striking ground (often more than 20 miles from the parent storm). Many times, these flashes travel through old decaying storm clouds that have some residual electric charge, before striking ground. The exact reason why a lightning channel follows its particular path is not known. Scientists are continually working to better understand how particle collisions in clouds ultimately result in the many varieties of lightning flashes. A previous post following the June 29, 2012 derecho describes our efforts to document lightning flashes using both photographs and data from the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA). This combination again provided tremendous insights into a scientifically interesting lightning flash in D.C. This plot provides a 2-D depiction of a lightning flash recorded by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA) on June 25 at 9:35 PM relative to Weather Surveillance Radar data and a Google map. This expansive flash covered nearly 150 square miles. This plot provides a 2-D depiction of a lightning flash recorded by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA) on June 25 at 9:35 pm relative to Weather Surveillance Radar data and a Google map. The black lines show the multiple paths followed by the lightning flash. This expansive flash covered nearly 150 square miles. While the June 25, 2014 lightning viewed from D.C. that struck ground in Silver Spring may not have been a true bolt from the blue since some clouds were overhead, the surprise and danger are equal. The common attribute shared by these flashes is that they exit the side of storms and strike ground outside the heaviest rain and away from the most obvious threat area. Although these flashes may seem random and unpredictable, the signs of lightning (rain, clouds, distant thunder) are almost always present before it strikes. In many places, the first step to protecting yourself from lightning is to notice the growing cumulus cloud towers, especially if storms are in the forecast. If conditions are ripe, a small cloud can grow to a lightning producing storm in under 30 minutes. Education and awareness are the keys to protecting people and property from lightning. Be an advocate and speak up if conditions seem unsafe, you do not need to wait for an authority figure to take action. Remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Bolts from the blue originate like more traditional lightning flashes, but are constricted by strong charge layers and forced outside the parent storm. Lightning Mapping Arrays (LMA) and new dual-polarimetric radar technology will be used to further analyze this type of lightning in search of new insights and information. The story behind capturing the bolt With storms in the forecast, I arrived at the Jefferson Memorial at 9:30 p.m. on June 25 and began running my camera with repetitive 13-second timed exposures. I was hoping to photograph a lightning bolt striking ahead of the incoming storm. A few minutes before the lightning strike occurred, a fast-moving shower dropped just enough rain to wet the earth around the Tidal Basin. Big raindrops fell for about five minutes but the shower did not produce lightning. The sky cleared as the shower moved to the east. At 9:35 p.m., a lightning bolt  that we ultimately learned struck the ground near Silver Spring  lit up the sky over Washington, D.C. The single bolt was visible in the northern sky. The tourists in the Jefferson Memorial cheered loudly when they saw the flash. Many other tourists that were strolling around the Tidal Basin were probably surprised by the sudden lightning flash as it was a warm, pleasant evening with a patch of clear skies above. When the sky lit up with the lightning flash, I was just as surprised as the cheering tourists at the Jefferson Memorial. I was also quite pleased that the lightning lined up with the Washington Monument. With 360 degrees of horizon in view, lightning doesnt often strike behind a D.C. landmark for a good photograph. After ten years of photographing lightning in Washington, I have missed countless shots. Thunder soon followed the lightning strike. It was the first thunder of the evening in Washington. To the west, there were strobes of light on the horizon but thunder was not audible with the distant flashes. (Kevin Ambrose) Lightning strikes ahead of an approaching thunderstorm. The lightning in this photo is visible up to about 15,000 feet in the atmosphere. This photo was taken inside of the Jefferson Memorial on June 25 at 9:35 pm. (Kevin Ambrose) On the previous day, I met Scott Rudlosky Ph.D at a NOAA lightning safety workshop hosted by University of Maryland. We had a long discussion about the bolt from the blue during the workshop. Scott also presented the work we did together when we mapped the 2012 derecho lightning bol. It was one of my favorite articles. So, when I began photographing that evening, I had bolts from the blue still fresh in my mind from the discussions with Scott. That was part of the reason I started shooting timed exposures early, before the storm moved in Washington, D.C. I was hopeful, but I had low expectations for photographing the rare type of lightning. All of these lightning photos were taken from same location inside of the Jefferson Memorial. The center photo shows lightning striking outside of a thunderstorm. The other four photos show lightning striking insdie of a thunderstorm. Note the different sky conditions. (Kevin Ambrose) All of these lightning photos were taken from inside of the Jefferson Memorial during the past 10 years. The center photo shows lightning striking outside of a thunderstorm. The other four photos show a lightning strike from a thunderstorm that is overhead. (Kevin Ambrose) After the strike, I quickly checked my camera and saw that the lightning was properly exposed. I selected an F-stop of 6.3 with ISO 50 at 13 seconds which worked well for that particular lightning flash. I immediately wondered if the lightning originated from the distant thunderstorm to the west or if another thunderstorm cell was developing nearby. No other visible lightning occurred for many minutes after the strike and it took about 15 to 20 minutes for the thunderstorms to the west to arrive in D.C. with frequent lightning. I photographed one other close lightning strike during the thunderstorm. The next day, I emailed my first lightning photo with its time stamp to Scott Rudlosky for his analysis. I was curious to see if Scott could map the lightning flash to determine where it originated. I also put together a photo article for the Capital Weather Gang with several other storm photos that were taken the same day. Soon after my photo article was posted on CWG, there was an interesting comment. It was from a reader named Gull who described the storms lightning as follows: Had 2 very loud instantaneous cracks of thunder in Silver Spring last night, plus about 4 or 5 that were within a mile or so in distance. One of them was an out of the blue (well, black) strike, as it came about 15 minutes before the storms really arrived. When I read the comment, I thought that the early-arriving bolt Gull described in the comment was the same bolt I photographed. From the photo, it looked possible that it landed near Silver Spring but I was uncertain. A couple days later, when Scott sent me his lightning analysis, I learned that the bolt I photographed hit about a mile south of Silver Spring. Yes, it was the same bolt that Gull heard and posted in the comment. It was indeed a bolt from the blue (well, black).
Tue, 07/08/2014 01:00 PM Injured Nick Carman  25.0  Cooper City FL 
 USA 
  backyard near tree    Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Tree 
OOPER CITY A man was hospitalized after lightning struck a tree in his backyard, stunned him and tossed him into the air Tuesday afternoon, a neighbor said. Nick Carman, 25, was jolted about 1 p.m. in the 5100 block of Southwest 93rd Avenue and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, next-door neighbor Patty Sehringer said. Related Archive: South Florida tops for deadly lightning strikes Archive: Laborer dies after Pompano Beach lightning strike Archive: Two struck by lightning at Pompano auto dealership Map Maps 5111 SW 93rd Ave, Cooper City, FL 33328
Mon, 07/07/2014 unknown Chad Greenlees  0.0  Arvada CO 
 USA 
  in garage on cell phone    Cell Phone,Garage with door open,Indirect,Indoors 
Arvada man knocked out by lightning while videotaping Monday night's storm from inside his garage Lance Hernandez 2:50 PM, Jul 8, 2014 1 hour ago ARVADA, Colo. - An Arvada man who videotaped Monday nights thunderstorm from the safety of his garage found out the hard way that the garage did not provide as much protection as he initially thought. Chad Greenlees was standing in his garage, on the 8400 block of West 78th Circle, recording the hail and lightning on his cell phone, when a lightning bolt knocked him out. "I kind of stumbled back and fell through the door," Greenlees said. His daughter, Ileah, told 7NEWS that she heard a crash, ran over and found her father convulsing on the floor. "At first, I thought he was joking because thats the kind of person my Dad is," she said. "But when he turned as white as a ghost, thats when I knew something wasnt right." Ileah yelled for her mom to call 911. "I thought I was going to lose him," said Greenlees' wife, Emmy. "It was scary." When asked if he took a direct hit, Greenlees said, "No. There are no entry or exit burns." He said doctors theorize that the strike was close enough to give him a concussion. "It blew me back a little bit," he said. "I got either a fork or offshoot of the bolt or a ground travel." The Arvada man says he smelled an electrical burn and felt a tingling sensation just before the bolt hit. He said the next thing he remembers is paramedics asking him questions. "I try to teach my kids not to take chances and to be safe," he said. "I thought I was safe and now, I'll rethink that." Greenlees says his body still aches from the strike. "It's like the sensation you get from licking a 9 volt battery," he said, "but it's all over your body." He said in addition to the overall body ache, he still has a ringing sensation in one of his ears. He adds that doctors say hes going to be okay. "I was scared to death," he told 7NEWS. "I'm grateful that I survived." "I'm really glad my dad is still here," said Greenlees' son, Connor. "Lightning is not a thing to mess with." Greenlees said hell be much more reluctant to videotape the next storm. Emmy says he may not get a chance. She says she may hide his cell phone the next time she hears thunder.
Mon, 07/07/2014 12:00 PM unknown Did You Know There Exists a Place on Earth with Ye  0.0   
 Venezuela 
      Education,Science 
Natures one of the most amazing natural phenomenon, the spectacular Catatumbo lightning can be experienced in a very small area of the northwestern Venezuela, where Lake Maracaibo meets the Catatumbo River. Termed as Relampago del Catatumbo i.e. the everlasting storm, this gorgeous natural lightshow takes over the sky for up to 160 nights a year and can last for over 10 hours at a time. But, dont mistake this storm to be an odd fierce, which just strikes here and there as it is capable of producing about 280 hits per hour. This translates to a record high 1.2 mln strikes in a year. The constant flashes are so strong and bright that they can be seen from about 250 miles away, which is why, they were used for centuries by the Caribbean navigators in the colonial times, and that earned it the title of Lighthouse of Catatumbo. To add to the beauty of light dance, the flashes seem like several striking colors from oranges and reds to purples and blues, due to the existence of different amounts of dust particles, not to mention the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere. Few people believe that Catatumbo lightning is so different and unique because it doesnt end up producing thunders, but this is considered to be just a myth. The storm takes place at such far distance of about 30 to 60 miles away (50-100 km) from Lake Maracaibo that thunder cant even be heard. It is very rare to hear the thunder if you are 15 miles (25 km) or even more away from the lighting strikes. Catatumbo lightning has been mentioned quite a few times in the history too. A Spanish poet, lope de Vega wrote a poem in the year 1597, The Dragontea, which described how the 1595 attempt of Sir Francis Drake to take over the whole city of Maracaibo by night, was illuminated by the flames, which the wings of night cover! The English ships were illuminated by the light, which alerted the city defenders of the upcoming attack. The lightening is also considered as one of the largest producers of the tropospheric ozone in the whole world. Some people even believe that this helps in replenishing the ozone layer. But, few always argue about the fact by saying that ozone produced is not capable of reaching such a height.
Sun, 07/06/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 boys  0.0   
 India 
       
Two minor boys were killed today while another sustained serious injuries when they were struck by lightning in Palasdih village under Bodam police station, about 30 kms from here, police said. The victims have gone to collect date fruits from near a pond when rain accompanied by thunders struck the Tota Modidih area in the afternoon, said officer-in-charge of the Palasdih police station, Vinod Kumar Singh. Singh said 16-year-old Vidhan Koda and 13-year-old Krishna Koda were killed on the spot while Bishnu Koda sustained severe burn injuries in the incident and was admitted to a local hospital. A police team have rushed in the remote village and recovered the bodies, Singh added.
Sun, 07/06/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills three in Nawada  0.0  Bihar 
 India 
       
Three persons died at two different places in Nawada district of Bihar this evening after being struck by lightning. Three others were injured in the incidents. Nawada Block Development Officer (BDO) Nisar Ahmad said lightning struck at the house of one Gaya Mistri (55) killing him and his son Vinod (35) at Pansalla village. Gaya's three grandchildren suffered burn injuries in the incident. The injured have been admitted in a nearby hospital. The BDO said the incident happened in the evening while it was raining heavily. In another incident, one person died at Sri Rampur village under Hisua police station of the district while he was roaming around in the rains. Police officials said the deceased is yet to be identified.
Sat, 07/05/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 farmers killed  0.0  Pangasinan  
 Philippines 
       
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte  Two farmers died after being hit by lightning in separate places in Pangasinan on Wednesday afternoon. Police said one Lito de Vera, 43, of Barangay Pangluan, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, was bringing foods to his fellow farmers in the rice field when lightning struck him. De Vera died on the spot due to serious burns. Another farmer identified as Rocky Villena, 18, of Barangay Agdao, Malasiqui, Pangasinan, was planting seedlings in his field when lightning hit him. He was rushed by neighbors to the hospital but to no avail. (Freddie G. Lazaro)
Fri, 07/04/2014 03:30 PM Injured Michael Hindle  0.0  Sunrise FL 
 USA 
  under tree next to canal  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Tree,Water,Yard 
SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man has been rushed to the hospital after he was struck by lightning in Sunrise, Friday afternoon. The man's family said he was at a Fourth of July barbecue when a lightning bolt struck him. Relatives said he fell and rolled into a canal. Friends and family have identified the man as Michael Hindle. His brother-in-law, Robert Santiago, said he was grilling with Hindle under a tree the moment he was struck. "He was standing here and the lightning just him, 'Pow!'" said Santiago. "You see all the sparks, the [electricity] coming through him, and he fell straight back and he slipped into the water." Santiago said he went to pull his brother-in-law out of the canal when he was knocked off his feet. "He started breathing a little more and trying to talk. He was mumbling and he couldn't feel his legs," said Santiago. Paramedics transported Hindle to Broward Health Medical Center shortly after 3:30 p.m. He remains at the hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and wsvn.com for updates. SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man said he is fortunate to be alive, one day after he was struck by a lightning bolt at a family barbecue. Michael Hindle said this is a Fourth of July weekend he's never going to forget. "And all of a sudden, bang! I get hit with lightning," he said. He said the sensation is so terrible that he probably wishes he could erase the incident from his mind. "It felt like I was having a heart attack and, like before you die, you know, you get this weird feeling, because I couldn't move." Hindle spoke to 7News on Saturday, a day after the terrifying incident, which took place at a Fourth of July barbecue in Sunrise. Roberto Santiago, Hindle's brother-in-law, said he saw it all happen. ""He was standing here and the lightning just hit him, 'Pow!'" he said. Santiago said Hindle was jolted so forcefully that he ended up falling into a nearby canal. "You see all the sparks, the [electricity] coming through him, and he fell straight back and he slipped into the water," he said. Santiago pulled his brother-in-law out before he was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was treated and eventually released. Hindle credited his brother in-law's quick response with saving his life. "Roberto is the hero," he said. "Roberto clutched my legs, cause I was sliding into the canal. So I did go into the canal, like, my head and my shoulders, but another five seconds and I just would've been floating away." Before being treated at the hospital, Hindle says he wanted to make sure he told his family he loved them because he didn't think he was going to survive. "Everybody says I should have been prepared, the family should have been preparing for something else, and told me to go play the lottery," he said. By Adam Sacasa, Sun Sentinel 10:41 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2014 SUNRISE It's something most people don't expect to happen to them and with mostly clear skies, Michael Hindle couldn't see himself getting struck by a bolt of lightning Friday. But just after 3 p.m., during a Fourth of July cookout, an apparent bolt of lightning shot through nearby trees and hit him as he was talking to his brother-in-law, Roberto Santiago, 58, according to Hindle and his brother-in-law. Related Man was struck by lightning while grilling, family says Man was struck by lightning while grilling, family says South Florida tops for deadly lightning strikes South Florida tops for deadly lightning strikes Free download: Sun Sentinel's 2014 hurricane survival guide for your iPad or iPhone Free download: Sun Sentinel's 2014 hurricane survival guide for your iPad or iPhone PhotosPhotos Pictures: Lightning in Florida and around the world Pictures: Lightning in Florida and around the world England v Honduras - International Friendly England v Honduras - International Friendly MapMaps 2100 Northwest 107th Avenue, Sunrise, FL TV news footage showed Hindle on a gurney Friday, being moved by Sunrise Fire-Rescue personnel from an ambulance to the emergency room at Broward Health Medical Center. "It was scary, stunning, I've never gone through something like this," Hindle said in an interview Saturday. On Friday, the 55-year-old Realtor from Plantation was at Santiago's home in the 2100 block of Northwest 107th Avenue in Sunrise. Some ominous clouds had been to the south, but Hindle didn't think much of them, he said. "I heard a boom!" Santiago said. "And when I looked, I could see the electricity going through Mike and coming out and he fell back." Photos: Celebrities who served in the military Hindle said the jolt knocked him unconscious as his body slid head first into a nearby pond. That's when Santiago started screaming for help and for someone to call 911. Hindle said it felt like he was having a heart attack as he lay paralyzed in the water. With the help of a neighbor and Santiago's wife, they pulled him to safety before he could drown. Santiago said Hindle was mumbling, trying to tell his wife to kiss their kids and tell them that he loved them. He thought it might be the last day he saw them, Hindle said. At the hospital, medical staff told Hindle that "getting hit by lightning is like getting hit by a truck," Hindle said. On Saturday, Hindle said he was doing relatively well  aside from soreness, scars and burns. He has since been released from the hospital. Santiago said he and Hindle aren't going to think twice about going inside next time they hear thunder. "It makes me a little more thoughtful of the thunder," Hindle said after the ordeal. "It makes you appreciate different things a little more when you think you're going south." The family plans on finishing their Fourth of July barbecue at Hindle's house on Sunday. A spokesperson for Sunrise Fire-Rescue couldn't be reached for comment Saturday despite phone calls. asacasa@tribune.com, 561-243-6607 or Twitter and Instagram @adamsacasa Copyright © 2014, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Thu, 07/03/2014 06:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 on beach  0.0  Tybee Island GA 
 USA 
  on the beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Thu, 07/03/2014 10:30 PM Injured person   0.0  Las Vegas NV 
 USA 
       
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Just over 300 NV Energy customers are without power as of 11:10 p.m. Friday because of storms in the valley. The two major outages were in the northwest with 120 customers out near Painted Desert Golf Course near Washburn and Cimarron and 151 without power on the east side east near Sahara and Sloan. A third outage had 44 customers without electricity near West Charleston and Durango. The NV Energy outage website did not give a specific cause for the outages, but said each outage was verified and crews were being dispatched. In other reported storm-related incidents: --A flood advisory was been issued for the east side of the Las Vegas Valley through 11:30 p.m. The National Weather Service said radar indicated that heavy rain was falling near Sahara and Boulder Highway about 10 p.m. One rain gauge showed .55 inches had fallen in the area in 30 minutes between 9:30 and 10 p.m. The NWS said minor street flooding is expected in the area over the next hour or longer. Affected areas included Flamingo and Boulder Highway, Charleston and Nellis and Frenchman Mountain. --A tweet from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue at 10:30 p.m. said it had received reports that a person had been struck by lightning on the far east side. It said emergency crews were en route to the person who appeared to be OK. --A water main break combined with rainfall to cause flooding at Eastern and Sahara on the east side. --A person was being rescued from their vehicle at Decatur and Oakey in a swift-water rescue by LV Fire & Rescue about 10:45 p.m.
Thu, 07/03/2014 06:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 kids @ campground  6.0  Frankford NJ 
 USA 
  outside at campground  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
3 injured by lightning at Green Twp. campground Posted: Jul 03, 2014 8:58 PM EDT Updated: Jul 04, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Top News HeadlinesMore>> 3 injured by lightning at Green Twp. campground Fire engulfs Frankford barn Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast Performer gives a theatrical spin to science Byram suggests alternate routes during road work New prosecutor, staff, judges sworn in A slow-moving band of thunderstorms shortly early Thursday evening produced severe rain and wind along with scattered power outages throughout the region. Several lightning strikes also were reported, resulting in a barn fire in Frankford and in the injury of three juveniles at a campground in Green. The three, ages 6, 16 and one whose age could not immediately be confirmed, were outside at the Great Divide Campground on Phillips Road when the lightning struck shortly before 6 p.m., State Police Sgt. Dan Fedge said. All were conscious and breathing after the incident and were taken by helicopter to Morristown Medical Center, he said. State Police spokesman Gregory Williams said late Thursday that the three suffered minor injuries and burns but were not directly hit by the lightning. Hail also was reported in parts of Hopatcong, Jefferson, Newton and Wantage, though there were no confirmed reports of damage. The heavy rain and wind from the storms knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power. In northern New Jersey, about 30,000 people were without power, said Pete Johner, a spokesman for Jersey Central Power & Light. In Sussex County, outages were reported in Franklin, Fredon, Newton, Vernon and Wantage. In the Nolans Point area of Jefferson and Hopatcong, hundreds of people were left without power due to damage to equipment, according to the outage map. Johner said, as of 9 p.m., that about 50 customers in Hopatcong and another 50 in Jefferson remained without power, some of whom were facing the possibility of remaining without power throughout the Fourth of July holiday. JCP&L also reported a heavy outage of up to 500 customers in the Lafayette area, and scattered outages throughout the county, including Newton, Franklin, Fredon, Swartswood and Hardyston. Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative also reported heavy power outages in Frankford, Lafayette and Wantage, where more than 500 people were without power. Service was expected to be restored by late Thursday, according to Sussex Rural Electrics outage map. Fedge said a family of four on Autumn Drive in Montague had to be assisted in evacuating their home during Thursdays storm because of flooding in the home. The home also flooded during a storm on Wednesday, he said. The potentials there for there to be a good bit more rain around parts of New Jersey, but exactly how much is going to be hard to say. Some places could get a lot, but with the thunderstorms its going to be spotty, so not everybody will see heavy rain, said AccuWeather meteorologist Frank Strait. Rainfall amounts in the area ranged from an inch in Sussex and Andover to more than 2 inches in Ringwood. I expect what well see Friday morning will be more of a general rain with some embedded heavy thunderstorms, but hopefully there wont be quite the same number of lightning strikes that we had (Thursday), Strait said. After that, high pressures going to be build in and well be looking at a pretty nice weekend.
Thu, 07/03/2014 07:30 PM Injured Sheldon Balang  25.0   
 Philippines 
  working on plane    Airplane,Indirect,Metal,Touching a vehicle,Work 
An airplane mechanic remained in critical condition Friday after being struck by lightning while at work the previous night at Ninoy Aquino International Airports Terminal 3. Sheldon Balang, an employee of Aviation Partnership Philippines Corp., also known as A+, was servicing a Cebu Pacific aircraft when a lightning bolt hit the tail around 7:30 p.m., according to reports reaching the Pasay City police and the Manila International Airport Authority. The 25-year-old Balang absorbed the electric shock as he was then wearing a headset connected to the planes communication system. He was knocked unconscious and suffered second-degree burns in the head. The plane was being prepared for departure at that time and had no passengers yet, while the city was under heavy downpour. Balang was brought to the clinic of the Cebu Pacific office and then to San Juan de Dios hospital in Pasay. He was later transferred to Makati Medical Center, where he remained confined Friday. In a statement, Cebu Pacific said it was coordinating with A+ regarding the assistance being extended to the injured mechanic. According to a Naia official who requested not to be named, the aircrafts highest point apparently attracted lightning under such weather conditions despite the lightning arresters installed at the terminals to prevent such incidents. Niña P. Calleja and Maricar Brizuela Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617083/lightning-strike-at-naia-leaves-mechanic-critical#ixzz36b3Qg4mS Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Thu, 07/03/2014 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 on beach  0.0  Tybee Island GA 
 USA 
  on the beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
TYBEE ISLAND, GA - WSAV has learned that two people were injured tonight by a lightning strike on Tybee Island. Ocean Rescue tells us that two males were on the beach when the lightning hit. Both sought help with an Ocean Rescue booth for burns and News 3 has learned that one of them was transported to the hospital for treatment. That person's condition is unknown. Officials have not released the victims' identities. The incident happened as storms moved through the area earlier this evening leaving roughly two hundred customers without power on Tybee Island alone.
Thu, 07/03/2014 05:55 PM Injured 2 of 3 kids @ campground  0.0  Sussex County NJ 
 USA 
      Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
More lightning, rain and wind are expected this morning and into the evening today as powerful storms brought lightning strikes, hail and power outages yesterday to New Jersey. The storms also injured three children at a middle-school camp in Green Township. A lightning strike at about 5:55 p.m. Thursday at a campout at Green Village Middle School caused injuries and burns to three juveniles, according to State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams. The children were flown by Medevac to Morristown Medical Center, where they were determined to be stable. They were then transferred to the burn unit at St.Barnabus Hopsital in Livingston. Their condition was unknown Friday morning. News 12 also reported that a lightning strike in Green Township caused a barn fire. JCP&L also reported downed trees and power line that have caused power outages throughout the state, including Jefferson, Hopatcong, Chatham. Hail also was reported in the Hoptacong-Jefferson area. Scattered outages still existed Friday morning in Chatham, Florham Park, Boonton, Dov er and Morris Township. The National Weather Service is predicting windy thunderstorms will return to Morris County this morning, with more rain and wind throughout the day. The skies, though, may clear in time for fireworks shows. This story will be updated. Staff Writer William Westhoven: 973-428-6627; wwesthoven@dailyrecord.com.
Thu, 07/03/2014 05:55 PM Injured 3 of 3 @ campground  16.0  Sussex County NJ 
 USA 
  outside at campground  N/A  Camping,Golf Course,Outside,Tree 
3 hurt in lightning strike released from hospital Posted: Jul 04, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Updated: Jul 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Top News HeadlinesMore>> 3 hurt in lightning strike released from hospital Fire engulfs Frankford barn 3 injured by lightning at Green Twp. campground Fire destroys woodworking shop at Kittatinny Lake Sparta fireworks explode under the stars; parade shines despite cloudy skies Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful HERALD STAFF REPORT newsroom@njherald.com The three juveniles injured during a lightning strike on Thursday have been released from the hospital, a state police spokesman said. According to Sgt. Gregory Williams, the three juveniles, ages 6, 7 and 16, were originally taken to Morristown Medical Center by helicopter, before being transferred to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and later released. State Police said the three were outside at the Great Divide Campground on Phillips Road in Green Township when the lightning struck shortly before 6 p.m. All were conscious and breathing after the incident, police said. According to Williams, the three suffered minor injuries and burns but were not directly hit by the lightning. Efforts to contact the Great Divide Campground on Friday were unsuccessful. Owners Carmine and Lisa Torella were busy tending to guests at the campground and were unable to speak in person or on the phone, campground Director Jan Hudson said. Hudson said the holiday weekend is a busy time and the campground is focused on ensuring the customers enjoy their stay. Accuweather.com Senior Vice President Joe Sobel said the thunderstorms that led to the three juveniles being injured and also caused a barn fire in Frankford were just regular summer storms and were not related to Hurricane Arthur, which was moving up the East Coast. Summer thunderstorms are very localized, Sobel said. They have very sharp edges, so it can be raining in one spot, but four or five miles away, the sun is out. While localized, these storms can be very intense, Sobel said. The heavy rain and wind from the storms, which Sobel estimated between 40 and 50 miles per hour, knocked down trees and power lines, leaving many without power. In northern New Jersey, about 30,000 people were without power, Jersey Central Power & Light estimated. In Sussex County, outages were reported in Franklin, Fredon, Newton, Vernon and Wantage. By 7:45 p.m. Friday power had been restored to all Sussex County residents, according to the JCP&L outage map. Sussex Rural Electrics outage map showed that all but four customers had power restored by 7:45 p.m. as well, down from the estimated 500 without power after the storm. No local police departments reported any damage from the storms. Sobel said Thursdays storm dropped close to 2 inches of rain on the county. Andover Airport got 1.9 inches, Sobel said. I wouldnt be surprised if that is closer to two inches in 24-hours when factoring in todays rain. Though Thursdays rain was unrelated, Fridays early morning rain was part of Hurricane Arthur, Sobel said. It was just the outer edge of Arthur, Sobel said. Despite early morning rain, county residents were able to get outside and enjoy Independence Day with parades, parties and fireworks. Many area residents braved the clouds to enjoy Spartas annual Fourth of July Parade, featuring color guards, marching bands and floats. Early Friday afternoon, the Lake Mohawk Country Club announced that its annual fireworks display would be held Friday night and would not be postponed due to the weather. Blairstown also held its annual old fashioned celebration and was to hold a fireworks display at North Warren Regional High School. The 19th annual fireworks display sponsored by the Highland Lakes and Vernon Volunteer Fire Departments will begin Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Lounsberry Hollow Middle School. Tickets are $15 for a family or a group of four. All proceeds benefit the Highland Lakes and Vernon Volunteer Fire Departments. Originally scheduled for Thursday, the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club postponed its fireworks display until Sunday because of heavy thunderstorms in the region. The fireworks, which will be launched by a barge in the lake, will begin at 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Sobel said Saturday and Sunday will both be ideal summer days. There is going to be a mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures around 80 both days, Sobel said.
Wed, 07/02/2014 05:00 PM Injured 2 of 7 firefighters  0.0  Guilford VT 
 USA 
  fighting a house fire    Fighting Fires,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Official: Lightning struck twice at Guilford, Vt., fire scene Story Comments ShareShare Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 5:20 pm | Updated: 6:35 pm, Thu Jul 3, 2014. By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff GUILFORD, Vt. â¬ Two lightning strikes during strong storms are being blamed for sending seven firefighters battling a two-alarm blaze to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. Fire Chief Jared Bristol said Thursday that in talking to the firefighters who went to the hospital, it appears two lightning bolts hit the area near the  East Mountain Road house back-to-back, sending electrical currents through the firefighters. House: Reprints - ROS - instory "It was just one of those things of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Bristol said. Firefighters from towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts were fighting the house fire when several lightning strikes were seen in the area at about 4 p.m. Of the seven firefighters taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital to be evaluated, four were members of the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department, two were from Chesterfield, N.H., and one was from Bernardston, Mass. All were treated and released by 11 p.m. Wednesday, Bristol said. Following the lightning strikes, some of the firefighters said they had pain in their arms and chest, he said. "They were definitely shaken by it," he said. The Chesterfield firefighters were holding onto a ground ladder that was leaning against the house at the time of the strikes, Chesterfield Fire Chief Jeff Chickering said. The other five firefighters were on the second floor of the house doing overhaul, Bristol said. In total, nine fire departments responded to the second-alarm fire, which was likely caused by a lightning strike. Those departments were Bernardston, Brattleboro, Chesterfield, Dummerston, Vt., Hinsdale, Marlboro, Vt., Putney, Vt., Vernon, Vt., and Westminster, Vt., according to Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid. Members of the Halifax, Vt., and Winchester fire departments covered the Guilford Fire Station. The house is a total loss. Just north of Guilford, in Brattleboro, the town sustained about $20,000 worth of damage after the heavy storms Wednesday, Public Works Director Stephen P. Barrett said. There were large washouts all around town, including a section of sidewalk along Putney Road, and parts of the town's gravel roadways, he said. The problems come about a week after flooding from heavy rains caused $50,000 worth of damage to the community, he said. During those storms, about 3.5 inches of rain fell on Brattleboro, as compared to 2.5 inches on Wednesday, he said. Meghan Foley can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1436, or mfoley@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter @MFoleyKS.

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