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Tue, 07/28/2015 05:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 women  0.0  Orange county FL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Thu, 07/23/2015 unknown woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
 USA 
  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.
Thu, 07/23/2015 12:00 PM Injured teen  18.0  Okeechobee FL 
 USA 
  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside 
Teen on roof injured in lightning strike in Okeechobee WPTV Webteam 6:03 PM, Jul 23, 2015 2 hours ago OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - The Department of Juvenile Justice is launching an investigation after an 18-year-old was was in the vicinity of a lightning strike while he was on the roof of the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. Fire rescue said crews were called out to a lightning strike at the facility off Highway 441 on Thursday afternoon. Crews said his injuries were consistent to that of a lightning strike with burn in and out marks. DJJ says the teen is staying at the Youth Development Center. He was alert and conscious when treated but was airlifted to a hospital in Orlando for further evaluation, according to fire rescue. Recommended Videos Chandler, Arizona, officer 'illegally' enters woman's home, arrests her while she is naked Alligator eats puppy in front of Orlando pet owner Recommended by Now DJJ is launching an investigation to find out what exactly happened before the teen was hurt. "The DJJ Office of Inspector General will be conducting a thorough investigation to further determine circumstances surrounding this incident," said Heather DiGiacomo, Director of Communications, FL Department of Juvenile Justice.
Thu, 07/23/2015 08:00 PM Killed woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
 USA 
  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.
Wed, 07/22/2015 04:13 PM Injured 1 of 3 on nude beach  0.0  Haulover Beach FL 
 USA 
  at beach, in water    Beach,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside 
Lightning struck a Florida nude beach Wednesday, injuring three people, authorities said. The lightning strike was reported at 4:13 p.m., as lifeguards were clearing Haulover Beach in Miami-Dade County. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the victims were all near the shoreline or in the water at the time of the lightning strike. One of the victims was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, while two others sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The victims names have not been released. So far this year, 22 people across the United States are believed to have died in lightning fatalities, the National Weather Service reports, nearly matching last years total of 26.
Tue, 07/21/2015 04:30 PM Injured Savannah Webb  12.0  Worth county GA 
 USA 
  touching doorknob    Door,Indirect,Indoors 
On Tuesday Worth County emergency units were dispatched to Pebble Lane around 4:30 P.M. with reports a 12-year old girl had received injury to her hand as a result of a lightning strike. As Phoebe Worth EMS medics were en route, Worth County E-911 dispatchers notified them the girls hand was turning black and markings on her face were becoming visible. The E-911 dispatcher told responders the girl was apparently touching the front door when lightning likely hit an area close to the structure. Michelle Delgado of Worth County works as a nurse at a rehabilitation center in Tifton. Her three children were staying with their grandfather on Pebble Lane while she was at work Tuesday. Michelle frantically drove through the rainy conditions with flashers in an effort to get to her daughter. The grandfather had called Michelle when the incident happened and after talking with him, she called E-911 to relay the information and get an ambulance to the home. Savannah Webb, 12, said when the storm began escalating she had gone to the door to look outside. She said she had her hand on the metal door and had also leaned her face against the doorframe as she watched winds and rain when just then, the strike occurred. Savannah reacted by crying due to the pain and shock as her grandfather worked frantically to get help. DSC_0698 Savannah was with her brothers when lightning struck near their grandfathers home. The jolt also disabled the landline phone at the home. To aggravate matters, Michelle was unable to get to her fathers home on the regular route as a tree had fallen across the roadway. She turned around to take another route. E-911 also advised emergency units of the tree across the road. The ambulance took Savannah to Phoebe Worth Hospital and she reportedly had a high pulse rate on arrival at the ER. The hospital ran several tests and scans until Savannah was finally released around midnight. Her hand and face had a very white appearance for some time before fading to nearly normal by the next day. She continues to take breathing treatments at home but other than that, she is doing very well and likely hasnt sustained any further injury. Savannah is very lucky but the incident confirms the importance of keeping away from doors and windows during storm watches and warnings as alerts typically urge when released in our county. _______________________________________
Sun, 07/19/2015 12:00 PM Injured fireman, 1 of 2  0.0  Denmark ME 
 USA 
  inside    Door,Fighting Fires,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
DENMARK (WGME) -- Two men were injured in a pair of lightning strikes in Denmark. It happened Sunday evening when one of several thunderstorms pushed through southern Maine before heading out to sea. "The sky was black and the rain was coming down pretty hard. And there was just lightning everywhere, Denmark Fire Chief Dana Costello said. Chief Costello says firefighters were called to a home on Route 160 after a lightning strike knocked down power lines, which fell on a gold car with the car's owner inside it. Denmark firefighters managed to rescue a stunned Jan Lusky from his car. Firefighter Ryan Lord helped Lusky up the stairs to his home to wait for paramedics. That's when a second lightning strike hit an antenna on the metal roof of the house. "When my fireman was escorting the gentleman to his house, it was like a million dollar lightning strike. As soon as he grabbed the door, the screen door porch handle, lightning struck the house," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello and several of his firefighters were standing in the pouring rain when the lightening hit. "All I saw was just a flash of reddish pink," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello says the next thing he remembers is his rescue chief calling for a second ambulance. The firefighter and homeowner suffered indirect lightening hits. Both were treated and released from a local hospital. Chief Costello says both men tell him they're doing just fine. "They're very lucky. I mean it could have been a lot worse. But I'm very glad that both of them are okay," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello says he tells people to stay in their car or home when lightning is near, or to find a low lying area if you're caught outside.
Sat, 07/18/2015 03:00 PM Injured 1 of 6, lifeguards  0.0  Aurora CO 
 USA 
  at pool in park  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Pool,Work 
AURORA, Colo. - Four people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after lightning struck Del Mar park in Aurora, according to the Aurora Fire Department's Twitter page. Initial reports stated that six people were hit by lightning, but the Aurora Fire Department later tweeted that no one was directly hit. They added that those four people were taken to an area hospital with minor injures for treatment.
Sat, 07/18/2015 06:15 PM Killed man   0.0  Bakersfield CA 
 USA 
      Outside 
One person killed in lightning strike east of Bakersfield Derek VandeWeg 12:04 PM, Jul 20, 2015 43 mins ago BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A lightning strike may be to blame for a death in a rural area east of Bakersfield. Firefighters received the emergency call at 6:51 p.m. on Saturday, according to Kern County Fire Captain Tyler Townsend. Crews found the victim in the 1300 block of E. Curnow Road, near the intersection of Cottonwood Road. Bystanders in the area said the victim had been struck by lightning, but the Kern County Coroner's office will ultimately determine the cause of death, Townsend said. Recommended Videos Jogger describes miracle recovery from death Start Smart: Driving safety for teens Recommended by The victim -- whose identity hasn't been released -- was dead on arrival.
Sat, 07/18/2015 12:00 AM Injured Karly Morgan  13.0  Syosset NY 
 USA 
  washing dirt bike    Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside 
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)  A 14-year-old girl from Long Island is recovering after being struck by lightning Saturday morning. CBS2s vortex radar showed heavy rain and lightening pounding the Tri-state  including Syosset on the North Shore of Long Island. Thats where 14-year-old Karly Morgan was power washing her dirt bike in the middle of the storm when she was struck, CBS2s Matt Kozar reported. I only heard thunder so I thought I was going to be fine, and then all of the sudden there was a big bolt of lighting that hit, Morgan said. I guess somewhere near the power washer. I was holding the wand and it blew it out of my hand. Morgan doesnt remember much. But, she was conscious and felt her heart racing and legs tingling. All I saw was this big light of white and blue in my face, Morgan said. I felt it down by my legs. Victoria Milana heard Morgan screaming and called 911. It sounded like she was being burned from the inside out, Milana said. It was just shock. I was very scared. But doctors gave Morgan the all clear. I didnt really have time to feel upset or scared, said her father Bob Morgan. As for the teen, theres no time to fret about getting struck by lightning. Depending on how I feel, Ill probably ride my dirt bike, Morgan said.
Sat, 07/18/2015 01:00 PM Injured Chad Hollingsworth  0.0  Sophia NC 
 USA 
  working outside home  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
SOPHIA, N.C.  A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning in Randolph County on Saturday afternoon. Officials said the unidentified victim was struck while working outside a home in Sophia at about 1 p.m. The home was at the intersection of Beckerdite Road and Hollingsworth Farm Drive, according to Randolph County emergency workers. The victim was conscious when the emergency call came in. The victim was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available. SOPHIA, N.C. -- A Randolph County man who was struck by lightning at his home Saturday afternoon was released from the hospital early Sunday evening, family members tells WFMY News 2. Chad Hollingsworth of Sophia was spraying his house on Beckerdite Road near 311 when he was hit by lightning. He was with a friend when the incident happened. Hollingsworth said the bolt hit him on his right arm and caused injuries on his arm, side, and back. Thankfully, he survived. Monday in an exclusive interview with WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower Hollingsworth said his scar from the lightning strike looks like angel wings. Randolph County EMS responded to the scene and had Hollingsworth airlifted to Baptist Medical where doctors kept him overnight for observation. Hollingsworth tells us one of the marks created from the bolt looks like a pair of angel wings. He says his family thinks it's a sign that his "guardian angel" was looking out for him. WFMY Meteorologist Tim Buckley says storms were popping up in the Sophia, Randleman, and Level Cross areas around the time Mr. Hollingsworth was struck. Over 100 lightning strikes were seen within 1 hour in northern Randolph County, some of them striking miles away from the storm. Remember, if you are close enough to hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning.
Fri, 07/17/2015 01:15 PM Killed Kathleen Bartlett, 1 of 4  31.0  Chaffee County CO 
 USA 
  hiking in mountains  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
A group of hikers were above treeline Friday when lightning struck, killing one woman and injuring three others. According to Chaffee County Sheriff's Office, the group was on the Mt. Yale Trail near Buena Vista above 12,400 feet when the storm passed over. Two of the surviving hikers said they briefly lost consciousness after the lightning hit, but otherwise sustained only minor injuries. Because the area has no cellphone service, authorities say the two had to hike down the mountain to get help. It took responders several hours to reach the other two in the group. One, a 31-year-old woman, was pronounced dead Friday night. A fourth person in the group, identified only as a 32-year-old man, was airlifted to a hospital in Colorado Springs. He is in stable condition. Lightning is a very real threat in the Colorado mountains, where the weather can change suddenly, and sometimes without warning. Three women hiking on Pikes Peak Friday said from their vantage point on the Barr Trail, the sky was bright blue without storm clouds through their entire hike. It wasn't until they reached the summit that they could see storm clouds building in the distance, on a side of the mountain that wasn't visible from the Barr Trail. The storm hit the peak only minutes after they walked inside the Summit House, the hikers said. Experts say that people above treeline are at an increased risk because they are often the tallest and most conducive-to-electricity object in the area. The National Weather Service says Colorado averages three deaths and 15 injuries a year from lightning. The mountain profile, summer weather patterns and the influx of hikers, can make for an especially lethal combination in the summer months. Though there are never guarantees, the best bet for staying safe on the mountain is starting the hike early and being off the mountain by noon. If you're in a group and storm conditions do appear, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. We have more safety tips on the right side of this page. They were newlyweds united in part by a love for the outdoors, and just days after their wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the couple went for a hike on Mt. Yale. Kathleen Bartlett and Ryan Pocius were just above the tree line Friday afternoon when, in a flash, everything changed. Bartlett, 31, was killed and Pocius, 32, injured when they were struck by lightning. Less than a week after his wedding, Pocius is suddenly a widower. They were at 12,400 feet when the strike happened at about 1:15 p.m., but because their location was outside cell service, witnesses had to hike to get a signal and couldn't place a 911 call until 2:05 p.m., according to Chaffee County authorities. Emergency crews were dispatched, but did not reach the couple until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Then, Flight for Life Helicopters were delayed by weather. Pocius was finally evacuated on a helicopter around 5:45 p.m. His wife was pronounced dead on the mountain. It appears that Bartlett died instantly, Randy Amettis of the Chaffee County Coroner's Office said. Two other hikers, who were not with Bartlett and Pocius, were also hit by the lightning strike, but had only minor injuries. They were able to "self-evacuate," according to undersheriff Derek Bos. Bartlett and Pocius met at the bar where she worked part-time and the chemistry was instant, she wrote in a post on their wedding website. "We ended up having more things in common than we first thought, including a shared appreciation for kids' movies, yoga, sarcasm and love for the outdoors," Bartlett wrote on the couple's page on theknot.com. "It became apparent very quickly that we had both found 'our person.' Six months after we started dating seriously, we found ourselves engaged and the rest is history!" Bartlett's profile picture on Facebook, last updated Wednesday, shows her wearing her wedding dress holding a bouquet of flowers as Pocius, eyes closed, kisses her on the cheek. Bartlett is smiling broadly, her eyes looking to the sky. Matthew Nussbaum: 303-954-1666, mnussbaum@denverpost.com or twitter.com/MatthewNussbaum
Fri, 07/17/2015 01:15 PM Injured Ryan Pocius, 2 of 4  32.0  Chaffee County CO 
 USA 
  hiking in mountains  N/A  Critical,Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
(CNN) A 31-year-old woman has died after being struck by lightning while hiking in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said. Three other hikers suffered injuries in the incident Friday, with one being sent to a local hospital for treatment. The bolt struck the Mount Yale Trail, which runs just above the tree line at about 12,400 feet, about two hours west of Colorado Springs. Mount Yale is a prominent summit in the state, rising above 14,000 feet. It took responders several hours to reach the victims because of the rugged terrain. Emergency responders initially thought two people had been struck and injured but that number later increased. Two of the hikers hit said they had lost consciousness for a relatively short time. Fortunately, they suffered no lasting impact and were able to make it safely down the mountain. Two victims were from the Denver area, including the woman who died. She was located by responders on the mountain, where she was pronounced dead Friday evening. A 32-year-old man was airlifted to a Colorado Springs hospital; he was listed in critical but stable condition. Authorities believe the bolt of lightning struck early Friday afternoon. The area had no cellphone service, however, forcing witnesses to hike from the scene and drive to an area where they could notify emergency responders of the incident. The National Weather Service had predicted some severe storms were possible for the day.
Fri, 07/17/2015 12:00 PM Injured parking lot attendant  0.0  Mobile AL 
 USA 
  at parking lot    Outside,Parking Lot,Work 
After storms rolled into Mobile on Friday, dangerous lightning strikes befell much of the region. A Mobile Regional Airport parking attendant was struck by lightning at work. The young woman is in pain, but doing okay, she said via social media. She also said the left side of her body felt numb. She was taken to Providence Hospital for treatment. As more information is released, this post will be updated.
Wed, 07/15/2015 12:00 PM Injured Jerry Leenheer  71.0  Golden Gate Canyon CO 
 USA 
  working outside home    CPR,Outside,Yard 
A Colorado woman is being hailed a hero as she may be the sole reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning Wednesday. KCNC reported that Jerry Leenheer, 71, was completely unresponsive after he and his dog were struck by lightning outside of their house in Golden Gate Canyon, Colorado as he was trimming trees. But Leenheer survived and is recovering at St. Anthonys Hospital in Lakewood  thanks to his wife, Cora Jean. Cora Jean Leenheer may be the reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC-TV) Cora Jean Leenheer may be the reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC-TV) He was lying there, no pulse, not breathing, his eyes were open and staring, Cora Jean told KCNC. They were both dead. His hat was blown to pieces and his shirt was just in shreds, she said. Cora Jean didnt have cell reception and KCNC reported that no one could hear her pleas for help. On her own, Cora Jean said she started praying and doing chest compressions. Cora Jean shows KCNC her husband's shirt after her was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC) Cora Jean shows KCNC her husbands shirt after her was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC) I just started doing chest compressions right away, praying and telling him to come back, I wasnt going to let him go& I thought I was a widow, she said. Fifteen minutes went by before she was able to enlist a neighbors help. Twenty minutes after she had started doing the chest compressions, Jerry took a breath. Jerry is reportedly aware of what happened, although a little confused, KCNC said. But Cora Jeans son, Andrew, is hailing his mother as a hero. So impressed with how clear-headed she was through this situation, how she was thinking about the right things to do, Andrew told KCNC. KCNC reported that unfortunately the Leenheers dog did not survive.
Sun, 07/12/2015 06:00 PM Killed Gage McSpadden  21.0  Spearfish SD 
 USA 
  playing disk golf    Delayed Death,Fresbee,Outside 
Black Hills State University says 21-year old senior Gage McSpadden of Rawlins, Wyoming died after being struck by lightning Sunday in Spearfish. A release from the school says the senior distance runner on the BHSU cross country and track & field teams was airlifted to a Denver hospital after being struck on Sunday. In that release, BHSU President Tom Jackson. Jr. said, "It is with deep sadness that I share with you news of the passing of Gage after sustaining serious injuries this past weekend. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are extended to the McSpadden family, friend and colleagues of Gage."
Sun, 07/12/2015 06:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 on disk golf course  0.0  Spearfish SD 
 USA 
  playing disk golf    Fresbee,Outside 
Two people were struck by lightning Sunday evening at the Spearfish Canyon Disk Golf Course. The Spearfish Police Department says they received a call shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday that one of the two people was unresponsive and one was hit by lightning indirectly. Although it's something that you may not think could happen to you, lightning strikes do occur. Lieutenant Oliver White with the Rapid City Fire Department says the best thing to do is get inside. White says, "Summer times is a great time to be outdoors, but as soon as you hear that thunder, it means you're within striking distance of the lightning. Even though those events are rare, we do suggest that people use caution and get indoors. Usually, even if it's not raining, lightning can still strike. So if you hear it, it's time to go inside." The Pennington County Emergency Management Director Dustin Willett says on average when you hear thunder, lightning is within 8 miles. And Willett says the agreed upon danger zone for a lightning strike is around 10 miles. Willett says, "Literally by the time you can hear the thunder, you are within the range of being struck by lightning. So people will push it and push it and push it and wait until it's hailing, wait until it's raining or wait until they see the lightning hitting the ground. You've been in the danger zone for so long to get to that point that people typically don't halt their outdoor activities soon enough and seek shelter. They push it and put themselves at risk." Willett and White both say if you are stuck outside and cannot get to shelter to find a vehicle to get in to, and if that is not an option either... White says, "There's a myth to lay flat on the ground, but the National Weather Service and the National Lightning Safety Institute both recommend that you actually just keep moving until you can actually get to a structure." Willett says the rule of thumb to follow is it is safe to resume outdoor activities 30 minutes after you hear thunder.
Thu, 07/09/2015 07:25 AM Injured man   0.0  Hanford CA 
 USA 
  near struck power pole    Ground Strike,Outside,Power Pole,Work 
A man was injured after lightning hit a nearby power pole due to a thunderstorm on Thursday morning. An employee was hurt when lightning struck a power pole at the intersection of Seventh and Elder avenues, northeast of Hanford, while he was working on a pumping project at the intersection for M.C. Fagundes Ranch. It hit the pole right where he was standing and threw him right into the road, said Jason Fagundes, co-owner of the ranch. It was a pretty chaotic moment. The employee and the company he works for isnt being identified at this time upon request by the company. Fagundes said the lightning strike caused serious damage to the pole, with wood and other debris blown out all around while the pole caught fire. It also temporarily knocked out power in the area. Fagundes said he went out there a few minutes before the strike to check with the employee on the status of a new pump installation and had left the area right before the strike. After seeing the lightning hit the pole, he rushed to the worker to check on him and called 911 around 7:25 a.m. I told him that he needed to get out of there because of the storm, but he wasnt able to do it in time, he said. Fagundes said the employee was transported to Adventist Medical Center to get checked out and that he will likely be held overnight for observation. No details were provided on the severity of the injuries the employee sustained, although Fagundes said he was conscious and talking after the incident. He was in shock, he said. You could tell he was a little rattled. The Hanford Fire Department has put out the fire on the pole and is cleaning up the area. Fagundes said the damage was extensive enough that a new pole may have to be inserted. Lightning also caused a palm tree to catch fire in the backyard of a Hanford residence at around 7:15 a.m. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene, in the 900 block of Togneri Street, to put out the fire. The fire department said the lightning strike not only caused the tree to catch fire but also struck a portion of the resident's patio, creating an 18-inch-deep hole all the way through to the foundation of the house. The lightning traveled through the hole and struck a water pipe, traveling through the pipe and blew holes in the line and surrounding earth. The National Weather Service in Hanford said there was a total of 0.41 of an inch of rain in Hanford today, which they said shattered the 0.18 of an inch record for the month set in July 1982.
Mon, 07/06/2015 10:00 AM Injured Carlos Mungia, 2 of 2  17.0  Phoenix NM 
 USA 
  landscapers    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Work 
PHOENIX -- Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries. Thomas Mendoza, 31, and Carlos Mungia, 17, were working in a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning. A bystander said it was like "two shotguns" went off near his head. Coworker Alan Chute said the two had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt. Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle. Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Mendoza said staff mistakenly believed he was in a car accident. "I told them I got hit by lightning," Mendoza told KTAR News' Mac & Gaydos. "The receptionist was like, 'Oh my gosh. What side of the car where you on?' And I go, 'Excuse me?' And she said, 'You got hit by a Ford Lightning, correct?' "I said, 'No.'" Mendoza said staff told him his body temperature was 146 degrees when he arrived. Mendoza said he couldn't feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning. He spent two days in the hospital. Mendoza and Mungia were expected to make full recoveries.
Mon, 07/06/2015 10:00 AM Injured Thomas Mendoza, 1 of 2  31.0  Phoenix NM 
 USA 
  landscapers  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Tree,Work 
PHOENIX -- Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries. Thomas Mendoza, 31, and Carlos Mungia, 17, were working in a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning. A bystander said it was like "two shotguns" went off near his head. Coworker Alan Chute said the two had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt. Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle. Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Mendoza said staff mistakenly believed he was in a car accident. "I told them I got hit by lightning," Mendoza told KTAR News' Mac & Gaydos. "The receptionist was like, 'Oh my gosh. What side of the car where you on?' And I go, 'Excuse me?' And she said, 'You got hit by a Ford Lightning, correct?' "I said, 'No.'" Mendoza said staff told him his body temperature was 146 degrees when he arrived. Mendoza said he couldn't feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning. He spent two days in the hospital. Mendoza and Mungia were expected to make full recoveries.
Sun, 07/05/2015 01:30 PM Killed unknown  0.0  Fort Morgan AL 
 USA 
      Camping,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside 
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Even though there was hardly a cloud in the sky over Fort Morgan on Tuesday, there was still a somber mood about the beach. Its devastating, you know? It choked me up. I mean, I didnt know her personally, but I know what it means to have little girls and a beach vacation and this is the last thing you would expect to happen, Warren Biddle said. Biddle and his family made the 9-1-1 call on Sunday afternoon after 12-year-old Megan Nickell was struck by lightning. It took about six minutes for Fort Morgan Volunteer Firefighters to arrive on scene. Captain A.J. Andreasen said the rain and lightning made it a risky job. Firefighter safety is always a concern. Like I said, theres always a risk involved. Our firefighters were notified prior to being on the scene. They made the call to go ahead and assist the patient, Andreasen said. You just tune it out and go on and do what you need to do and thats what we all did, Firefighter Sunny Farris said. They performed CPR on Megan all the way to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. She was then taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Central Arkansas Christian Schools held a prayer service for the seventh grader Monday night. It was during that service that they received word that Megan had died. News traveled quickly to the beach where the incident happened. There was a lot of crying last night. We just told them God mustve had a plan, we dont understand it, its only for him to know. Its just sad. Its just horrible, Biddle said. He added that at the beach, everyone is family. Its like one big, happy family when things are going well. And when things dont go well, everybody hurts. Everybodys sad. So youve just got to pray for them: pray for the family, pray for their friends, pray for the responders that helped them out, Biddle said. No information was known as of Tuesday night about funeral arrangements or a celebration of life service. All content © 2015, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.
Sun, 07/05/2015 01:30 PM Injured 1 of 8  0.0  Fort Morgan AL 
 USA 
  at the coast    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
FORT MORGAN, Ala. The National Weather Service Office in Mobile and the Baldwin County Fire Department report eight people were affected by a lightning strike on the Alabama coast Sunday afternoon. Officials say one person was transported to the hospital. The strike happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday as thunderstorms were developing in the area. There have been 14 lightning deaths in the U.S. this year. Two deaths occurred in Alabama on June 23 in Opp.
Sat, 07/04/2015 07:00 PM Injured 2 of 6 at campsite   0.0  Sabine Parish LA 
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  under tree at campsite    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
West Louisiana officials say lightning injured six people at an RV park near the Louisiana-Texas state line. Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson tells KTBS-TV ( http://bit.ly/1M4BfJs ) that a lightning bolt struck during a Fourth of July celebration at an RV park at Toledo Bend Reservoir. Parish Warden Joe Dewil tells KSLA-TV ( http://bit.ly/1H88lXE ) it's believed to have hit a tree just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Richardson says all six people went treated at a local hospital. Their names and conditions were not available. Dewil says they are believed to have non-life threatening injuries, such as chest pain and headaches. The RV park is part of the 114-acre Cypress Bend Park owned by the Sabine River Authority, which manages the 185,000-acre reservoir created by damming the Sabine River. Share Share on email0 Comments
Sat, 07/04/2015 07:00 PM Injured 1 of 6 at campsite   0.0  Sabine Parish LA 
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  under tree at campsite  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
SABINE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A lightning strike in Sabine Parish reportedly injured 6 people Saturday night. According Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil, lightning is believed to have struck a tree at Cypress Bend Park at Teldo Bend in Sabine Parish just after 7 p.m. Six people at the campsite were taken to the Sabine Medical Center. They are believed to have non-life threatening injuries, such as chest pain and headaches. A RV camper and truck were also reportedly damaged during the lightning strike. Copyright 2015 KSLA. All rights reserved.
Tue, 06/30/2015 01:18 PM Killed Alvaro Montoya  32.0  Benson AZ 
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  outside    Outside 
BENSON  The monsoon took a deadly turn early Tuesday after a Benson man was struck and killed by lightning. Benson Police on Thursday confirmed the death and identified the victim as Alvaro Montoya, 32, whose burned body was discovered off El Paso Lane at about 1:18 p.m. on Tuesday, said BPD Chief Paul Moncada. Authorities believe the incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 30 between 3 and 4 a.m. Report of the dead body initiated a response from patrolmen, detectives and crime scene technicians, said Moncada. There were obvious signs of injury to his body, said Moncada, noting as investigators continued their probe, a lightning strike theory began to emerge. That notion was confirmed by Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner with the Pima County Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy on Montoyas body was conducted on Wednesday. He was struck by lightning, said Hess on Thursday. And while infrequent, lightning related deaths occur annually. Its not that common but we do get one or two a year, he said. But not all those are from Cochise County as his office performs autopsies for Pima, Santa Cruz, Gila and Graham counties as well. Its unclear what Montoya was doing out in the middle of the early-morning storm which the National Weather Service in Tucson said dumped about half an inch of rain. Police said his vehicle, described as a small Toyota sedan, was discovered later in the area of Aviation and North Ocotillo Road, and believe that he had been broken down. The National Weather Service in Tucson confirmed that there were lightning strikes during the early morning hours of June 30, said Meteorologist Glenn Lader, who noted the NWS had also received an inquiry from the medical examiners office on Benson area lightning strikes. Moncada said he could not recall any such incident in Benson in his nearly 40 years with the department, but said a lightning strike killed a Pomerene woman about 20 or more years ago. The Associated Press reported that a 24-year-old Florida woman was killed by a lightning strike in Northern Arizona on June 28. In that incident, a group of hikers had sought refuge beneath a tree in the Mogollon Rim. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 14 known lightning fatalities so far nationally with 26 in 2014. When a Safe Location is not Nearby If you absolutely cannot get to safety, you can slightly lessen the threat of being struck with the following tips. But dont kid yourselfyou are not safe outside. Know the weather patterns of the area you plan to visit. For example, in mountainous areas, thunderstorms typically develop in the early afternoon, so plan to hike early in the day and be down the mountain by noon. Listen to the weather forecast for the outdoor area you plan to visit. The forecast may be very different from the one near your home. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, stay inside. Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top. Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees. If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a valley, ravine or other low area. Remember, a tent offers no protection from lightning. Stay away from water, wet items, such as ropes, and metal objects, such as fences and poles. Water and metal do not attract lightning but they are excellent conductors of electricity. The current from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mon, 06/29/2015 11:30 AM Injured 1 of 15  0.0  Mount Bierstadt CO 
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  hiking on mountain    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
DENVER ⬠Three people were transported to Denver-area hospitals after a lightning strike 500 feet below the summit of popular Mount Bierstadt Sunday morning. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says eight adults were transported from the trailhead, and that three adults were taken to Denver-area hospitals. One of them was in serious condition, the other two had non-life threatening injuries. Five others refused further treatment, the sheriff's office said. Initial reports said as many as 16 people were injured. A dog also died after the strike. A call first came in about the incident at around 11:30 a.m. MT. Rescue crews initially said all of the victims were on the way down the mountain when they were struck.
Sun, 06/28/2015 04:00 PM Injured boy at golf course  12.0  Deluth MN 
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  on golf course    Critical,Golf Course,Outside 
DULUTH, Minn. - A 12year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by lightning. More from Fox21Online 2016 Iditiarod Sign Up, Chisholm Man to Race New Greenhouse Proposed for West Duluth Largest Hog Farm in Wisconsin to be Discussed this Week Missing kayaker on Cloquet River found safe Raising Funds to Help Dogs and Cats Duluth Police tell Fox21 it happened just before 4:00p.m., Sunday afternoon at the Enger Tower Golf Course. The young man was taken to a Duluth hospital.
Sun, 06/28/2015 02:00 PM Injured Ava Mott, daughter, 1 of 2  4.0  Iron Range MN 
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  watching baseball game    Baseball or Softball,Ground Strike,Outside 
Sun, 06/28/2015 02:00 PM Injured Jay Mott, father, 1 of 2  51.0  Iron Range MN 
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  watching baseball game    Baseball or Softball,CPR,Critical,Outside 
Man was holding his 4-year-old daughter at the time; she was less seriously injured. By Paul Walsh Star Tribune JUNE 29, 2015  7:59AM TEXT SIZE 4 6 EMAIL PRINT MORE Lightning struck a father as he held his 4-year-daughter while attending a baseball game on the Iron Range, prompting bystanders to administer aid that might end up saving his life, authorities said. Jay Mott, 51, of Virginia, Minn., was in critical condition Sunday night at Essentia Health-St. Marys Medical Center in Duluth, while daughter Ava came away from the lightning strike with less serious injuries, the St. Louis County Sheriffs Office reported. The Motts were hit at about 2 p.m., and about two hours later and 65 miles to the southeast, a 12-year-old boy was struck by lightning during a storm at Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth. Police said he also was in critical condition. The boys identity has yet to be released. According to the Sheriffs Office: About 2 p.m., Mott was carrying his daughter while at the ballgame at the Cherry Township Town Hall recreational facility, about 10 miles east of Hibbing, when lightning from a thunderstorm hit him. Mott was revived on the scene by bystanders who administered CPR, the Sheriffs Office statement read. An ambulance took him to a hospital in Hibbing before his transfer to Essentia Health, where he daughter was already being treated.
Sat, 06/27/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman on tarmac  0.0  Columbia NC 
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  leaving airplane  N/A  Airplane,Ground Strike,Outside 
AP) -- Officials say lightning struck a female passenger who was getting off a plane at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Multiple media outlets report an airport spokeswoman says the woman, whose identity hasn't been given, was traveling on an American Airlines flight Saturday. Airport officials say the plane was traveling from Hartford, Connecticut; to Charlotte, North Carolina; when it was diverted to Columbia due to bad weather. Airport spokesman Kaela Harmon says as the woman left the plane and walked across the tarmac, lightning struck her. Officials say she was transported to a hospital in the Columbia area and was listed in stable condition. (Copyright ©2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - WIS is learning more about a lightning strike that hit an airline passenger at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, and now, a passenger aboard the same flight is speaking out. She says she has big concerns with the incident, because she believes the whole thing may have been prevented if different actions were taken. On Saturday night, a flight from Hartford, Connecticut to Charlotte, North Carolina, carrying 75 passengers, was diverted to Columbia because of bad weather, but as the US Airways flight unloaded onto the Tarmac, a 52-year-old female passenger was struck by lightning. "I didn't even get into the terminal when I heard a sound that sounded like a bomb going off, recalled a fellow passenger on US Airways Flight 5137, who spoke under the condition of anonymity. The fellow passenger, whos also an E.R. trauma nurse, says she quickly jumped into action. Columbia Metropolitan Airport officials say the plane landed at 5:07 PM, but an incident report says the flight didn't start unloading onto the Tarmac until about 45 minutes later. "There was a huge delay between the time we hit the ground and the officials contemplating what to do with us, the nurse said. She said, for whatever reason, the plane did not get a gate and said there was some amount of discussion on-board the plane before offloading onto the Tarmac. She said, at that point, a storm was brewing. A radar image pulled from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research website shows a storm in the area, even though an airport incident report says, "The weather appeared to be clear with dark clouds approaching." "I was the second person to deplane the airplane, and as I came down the stairs, I actually saw lightning hitting the ground to the left of the plane, you know, within my field of vision, the anonymous passenger and trauma nurse said. I walked to the terminal and the rain, actually, was hitting me already." She told WIS, after the strike, she noticed a passenger with a bloody arm walking toward the terminal. Then, the nurse said she noticed another passenger face-down on the Tarmac. "It was obvious she had taken a direct hit by the lightning. She was bleeding from the mouth. She was bleeding from her forehead, she said. The nurse said she, along with another nurse and a couple public safety officers, helped move the injured woman inside, but the nurse felt the public safety department's response wasn't good enough when the lightning strike victim went into cardiac arrest. The nurse told WIS she had to ask for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) about five times. "The people who did respond, although certainly professional, were also, I felt, ill-prepared and not given the resources they would need. I was shocked to see that first responders would respond without any gloves, the nurse said. In a newly released statement, the airport tells a different story. CAE said the two public safety officers, already in the area, were at the passenger's side in 45 seconds. While the two public safety officers didnt have rubber gloves, the airport said they were joined by two more with gloves in four minutes. The airport said first responders had retrieved an AED within 30 seconds. The airport spokesperson also said the responders had medical training that exceeded FAA requirements. "In the midst of chaos, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport response team managed the situation with calm, professionalism and with utmost care of the passenger in mind. The quick action on their part, in all likelihood saved this passenger's life and to imply that our public safety officers provided anything less than first class service does, in fact, perpetuate WIS' agenda to cast a pall over our facility and incite fear and mistrust among its viewers," the statement concluded. The nurse said, despite the airport's comments, she still has grave concerns "Myself and the nurse are actually the ones that applied the AED. We turned it on, as we've been trained to do, and it actually advised a shock, so this woman was, as we suspected, in severe trouble, she said. The nurse also hopes the injured passenger is on her way to a full recovery. "I pray for her. I think about her during the day. She is the last person I'm thinking about when I fall asleep, the nurse said. As far as the patient's condition, she was last reported to be in a stable condition as of Sunday morning. There have been no updates since then. In a statement, American Airlines, the operator of US Airways, said, Since Saturday night, weve worked around the clock to provide assistance to our passenger who was seriously injured by a lightning strike on June 27 in Columbia and her family. The airline also thanked the passengers and airport personnel who helped in the medical response before the passenger was transported to Lexington Medical Center by Lexington County EMS. WIS has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Lexington County to get the complete dispatch records of the incident. Copyright 2015 WIS. All rights reserved. Read more: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/29458630/questions-remain-after-passenger-struck-by-lightning-at-cae#ixzz3eyWAHbxq
Sat, 06/27/2015 05:40 PM Injured man standing in water  0.0  St. Johns County FL 
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  standing in water at beach    Beach,In Water,Outside 
Possible lightning strike hits man in ocean Saturday in St. Johns County By Joe Daraskevich Sat, Jun 27, 2015 @ 7:06 pm | updated Sat, Jun 27, 2015 @ 7:15 pm Authorities in St. Johns County treated a man who suffered injuries from a possible lightning strike Saturday while he was standing in ankle-deep water in the Atlantic Ocean, according to multiple agencies. Rescue workers responded to the 6000 block of Florida A1A South in Crescent Beach about 5:40 p.m. after the lightning strike was reported, said Jeremy Robshaw, spokesman for St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Robshaw said the lightning strike was not confirmed but rescue workers treated the victim at the scene. He could not give a description of the victim but Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office confirmed the victim was a man. He was transported to a Jacksonville hospital in serious condition.
Sat, 06/27/2015 12:00 PM Killed Christine Garcia, 1 of 8  24.0  Coconino National Forest AZ 
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  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Florida woman killed by lighting strike on Mogollon Rim in Arizona Police say Christine Garcia, 24, of Orlando, Fla. was killed in the strike while seven others were injured. By Fred Lambert Contact the Author | June 28, 2015 at 8:42 PM Leer en Español Comments Comments share with facebook share with twitter share with google Officials say a lightning strike in Arizona on June 27, 2015 killed a Florida woman and injured several others. Photo by Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland/CC/Wikimedia Commons FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 28 (UPI) -- A lightning strike killed one person and injured seven others in Arizona's Coconino National Forest on Saturday, according to officials. The strike killed Christine Garcia, 24, from Orlando, Fla. and injured seven other people. The group was hiking near the Mogollon Rim and had taken refuge under pine trees to escape a storm, Coconino County sheriff's deputies said. ADVERTISING A lightning bolt hit one of the trees, knocking the group to the ground, but it didn't strike anyone directly, deputies said. One critically-injured male hiker was airlifted to a trauma center and three others, a man and two women, were taken by ambulance to Payson Regional Hospital for unknown injuries. The hikers reportedly left Phoenix on Friday for a weekend of camping and hiking. Some tried reviving Garcia but were unsuccessful, according to ABC 15. The U.S. Forest Service describes Mogollon Rim as "a rugged escarpment that forms the southern limit of the Colorado Plateau," providing "some of the most far-reaching scenery in Arizona." Also on Saturday, officials say a lightning strike killed a dog and injured 15 hikers on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado.
Fri, 06/26/2015 12:42 AM Injured man  0.0  West Boynton FL 
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  outside    Outside 
man was hospitalized after possibly being struck by lightning in West Boynton, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue news release. Firefighters responding to a report of a lightning strike found a man on the ground about 12:42 p.m. Friday in the 10000 block of Tamarisk Trail. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was not released. The incident happened as thunderstorms and wind gusts were in the forecast across South Florida. cComments ADD A COMMENT 0 asacasa@tribpub.com, 561-243-6607 or Twitter & Instagram @adamsacasa.
Fri, 06/26/2015 12:00 PM Killed man working on farm  30.0  Seymour MO 
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  working on farm    Farming,Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
SEYMOUR, MO. A man has died after being struck by lightning in a southwest Missouri farm field. KYTV reports (http://bit.ly/1GPwCS0 ) the 30-year-old Amish man died Friday morning along with two horses he was using to cultivate the field near Seymour. The Webster County Sheriff's Department says both horses also died. The county coroner says he'll try to determine whether the man was killed by the lightning or a secondary injury. The man's name hasn't been released. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20152706083938_article25629031.html.htm#storylink=
Fri, 06/26/2015 05:00 PM Killed Steven Lee Gang  25.0  Port Orange FL 
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  working on roof  N/A  On a Roof,Outside,Work 
PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Authorities say one person is dead after a report of a lightning strike at a Volusia home on Friday afternoon. Port Orange police said the possible storm-related death was reported in the 1600 block of Arash Circle. Volusia County fire officials say a man was found on the roof not breathing and has died. Multiple workers were also on the roof, according to officials. Quick Clicks Storms bring damage, record rain Storms leave trail of damage Storms move across Central Fla. Brush fires ignite in Brevard, Volusia Lightning suspected in brush fire An autopsy will determine cause of death and an investigation is underway. The identity of the victim has not been released, pending next of kin notification. No other details were immediately available. PORT ORANGE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Authorities are investigating a "possible storm-related death," a spokesman with the Port Orange Police Department says. At around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a residence on Arash Circle, where there were reports of a lightning strike. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered 25-year-old Steven Lee Gang, of Orange City, deceased. Gang was working on the roof of a home. "It was just so instantaneous," said neighbor Mary Tarrant, "but I do definitely pray for his soul and for his family. My heart goes out to all of them." Investigators are trying to find out if lightning played a role. "You just hear the thunder and the lightening happen, like simultaneously here, so when we came out, that's when we found out that it's a gentlemen who's been helping people get their roofs done after the storms from last year," said neighbor Teresa Sekerak. Residents said it is concerning, because this could have happened to anyone. They tell us this tragedy definitely makes them more aware when it comes to seeking shelter during a storm. "We tend to play the odds, 'Oh, it's not going to happen to us,' but definitely lightning is a thing," Sekerak added, "and while you may be out there 100 times and nothing happens to you, that's the one time that it does happen." The Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to perform an autopsy early next week to determine the cause of death. Earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy visiting from Georgia was injured by lightning while standing in the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. The lightning strike hit Bowen Tyre on the left side of his head, near his ear. He was treated in an Orlando hospital before being transferred to rehab, where he's working with occupational and physical therapists. Last week, an elderly man was killed after being struck by lightning in a Tampa Bay area neighborhood. Largo police say 81-year-old Jay Freres was walking along a sidewalk when a storm came up. Fire officials say emergency responders at a nearby station heard the thunder and saw the lightning. They reported making it to the scene within three minutes. Freres was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thu, 06/25/2015 12:01 AM Injured 1 of 6  0.0  Pikes Peak CO 
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      Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Work 
All clear: Six people treated in aftermath of Pikes Peak lightning strike are OK Google Survey FAQ By Chhun Sun " Updated: June 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm " 0 A tow truck driver and five first responders who were in the vicinity of a lightning strike Thursday afternoon on Pikes Peaks were treated at the scene and medically cleared, El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said Friday. Related Information Related Articles (3) All men injured in Colorado Springs lightning strike released from hospital + show more The six were responding to a motorcycle crash that killed Carl Sorensen of Centennial in a final practice run for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He died after he went off a cliff along a 3-mile stretch before the summit. Kirby said two lightning strikes were reported - one at 12:01 p.m. Thursday and the other two minutes later. One of the strikes hit a vehicle, Kirby said. She did not know if the six people were in the vehicle or nearby when the incident occurred.
Wed, 06/24/2015 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 5 at construction site  0.0  Colorado Springs CO 
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  at construction site    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Wed, 06/24/2015 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 at construction site  0.0  Colorado Springs CO 
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  at construction site    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  Five men were injured when they were struck by lightning while working at a construction site in Colorado Springs. RELATED Warning: Severe thunderstorms, hail, flash floods Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald says one person was seriously injured. Three of the men were taken to a hospital. Oswald says all five were construction workers at a site where an apartment complex is being built. Names of the victims were not available. - See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/3715386-120/colorado-springs-injured-construction#sthash.NLHSdxIT.dpuf
Wed, 06/24/2015 10:00 PM Killed Sharon G Fletcher  0.0  Opp AL 
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  covering chicken coup    Golf Course,Outside,Stormy Weather,Tree 
Wed, 06/24/2015 unknown Sharon G Fletcher  0.0  Opp AL 
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Wed, 06/24/2015 10:00 PM Killed Miguel Belnar, 1 of 2  0.0  Opp AL 
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  covering chicken coup    Ground Strike,Outside,Stormy Weather,Tree 
Alabama couple killed by lightning strikeAlabama couple killed by lightning strike Print Email Cassie Fambro | cfambro@al.com By Cassie Fambro | cfambro@al.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on June 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM, updated June 25, 2015 at 7:14 PM Comments LightningLightning is seen from Vestavia Hills, Ala., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A heavy thunderstorm south of Birmingham lit the sky with lightning about 10 p.m. (Mark Almond/ malmond@al.com) MARK ALMOND An Opp, Alabama couple died after being struck by lightning on Tuesday, according to the Andalusia Star. Miguel Belnar and Sharon G. Fletcher were trying to cover their chickens to shelter them from the rain and the tree near their chicken coop was struck by lightning. The lightning traveled down the tree and hit both of them. Neighbors remembered them as kind, sharing people, according to WSFA.
Tue, 06/23/2015 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 911 dispatchers  0.0  Salem County NJ 
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  inside at work    Indirect,Indoors,Metal,Police Officer,Telephone,Work 
MANNINGTON TWP.  Three of the five Salem County 911 center workers shocked by lightning strike at the facility Tuesday night have been cleared to return to work. However, two other must undergo further medical testing before they can return, according to Salem County Undersheriff John Cuzzupe who oversees the 911 center. Cuzzupe on Thursday also said officials are investigating whether equipment at the center is properly grounded, something that could have caused the incident. The employees, whose titles are public safety telecommunicators or PSTs, were answering emergency calls at the 911 center on Cemetery Road in Mannington late Tuesday afternoon when they were shocked during separate lightning strikes at the facility. Tuesday's violent thunderstorms packed high winds, torrential rain and vivid and frequent lightning. It left a wide path of damage, including thousands of power outages in the region. RELATED: Power restoration efforts continue for thousands after N.J. storm Cuzzupe said Thursday initially it was believed the workers were shocked by electric current from the lightning strikes traveling through the hand-held telephones they were using, but that might not be the case. The electric current may have traveled through metal furniture, he said, but that's not yet definite as the investigation continues. Cuzzupe said the three workers cleared to return were back on duty Wednesday night for their 12-hour shift which began at 6 p.m. They were "anxious to get back," he said. Cuzzupe noted that the health and welfare of the workers comes first. It was not clear when the other two workers needing the additional medical checkups would be able to return ot the 911 center. After the workers were shocked Tuesday night they suffered from tingling sensations, confusion and headaches. The PSTs continued to work after being shocked, answering a flood of storm-related 911 calls and dispatching fire and rescue personnel until they were told they needed to go to an area hospital to be checked out. The equipment the workers were using is new to the 911 center. Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow South Jersey Times on Twitter @TheSJTimes. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.
Sat, 06/20/2015 05:30 PM Killed Rebecca McCarthy  42.0  Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area IA 
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  walking between camp sites    Camping,Outside 
A woman in Iowa died after she was struck by lightning Saturday as storms rolled through the area, authorities said. Rebecca McCarthy, 42, of Hiawatha, was hit by lightning at around 5:30 p.m. as she walked between camp sites at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, northwest of Cedar Rapids in the eastern part of the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. McCarthy was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, the Iowa DNR said. The fatal lightning strike occurred as the possibility of strong storms were forecast for eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois Saturday. In Linn County, where the recreation area is located, there were reports of quarter-sized hail that fell so heavy in parts that it resembled snow, according to the National Weather Service. In Franklin County in southern Illinois, a suspected tornado Saturday caused major damage to a two-story home, according to reports made to the NWS. Five tornadoes struck Illinois on Friday, all in the southern part of the state. advertisement The remnants of Tropical Depression Bill brought heavy rain to Washington D.C. Saturday, causing flooding and knocking out power to 26,000 customers, NBC Washington reported. The center of the storm was about 100 miles northwest of Charlottesville, Virginia, as of 11 p.m. Saturday and was moving northeast at 28 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Between one to three inches of rain soaked a region stretching from the nation's capital to Baltimore, the NWS said, and a flood warning was in place for the District of Columbia to Arlington County in northern Virginia. In Delaware, the outdoor Firefly Music Festival was evacuated as severe storms approached, organizers said. Concertgoers were advised at around 10 p.m. to clear the grounds and seek shelter in their cars, just as the band Kings of Leon were set to take the stage, NBC Philadelphia reported.
Fri, 06/19/2015 12:00 PM Killed Jay Freres  81.0  Largo FL 
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  walking home    Outside,Walking 
Officials: Man, 81, killed by lightning strike in Largo Officials say the man was walking in front of a home on Egret Drive in Largo when he was hit by the lightning strike. Officials say the man was walking in front of a home on Egret Drive in Largo when he was hit by the lightning strike. By Cait McVey, Reporter Last Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:24 PM Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on google Share on email More Sharing Services 0 LARGO -- An 81-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning as he walked in Largo, officials said. Officials say Jay Freres was walking in front of a home on Egret Drive when he was hit by a lightning strike. Across the street, Ozell George was outside fixing a sprinkler system. "Just heard a loud, loud clap," George said. "I went to the truck and I looked over to my left and I saw an elderly gentleman lying in the street." George said he quickly called 911, but it was too late. Officials said Freres died at the scene. "My heart goes out to him and his family and I was hoping that he would be OK," George said. Neighbors describe Freres as a friendly man who took daily walks around the neighborhood. "He was always really, really nice," said acquaintance Michael Amyx. "Always stopped by to say hello. If you were outside working, he would always look at what you were doing and come up and talk." Amyx said Freres was no more than 200 yards from his home and was most likely heading back there when the storm rolled in. George knows how quickly it can happen from personal experience. The now 70-year-old was hit by lightning as a child. "It came down a flag pole at school and shocked me," George said. That was in the 1950s and while so much has changed since then, there's one thing that remains the same -- Florida weather. "I know it can be clear in the sky and all of the sudden that clap comes," George said. "And it don't take but one."
Thu, 06/18/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Boonsboro MD 
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  thrown by a strike    Outside 
BOONSBORO, Md. Authorities say a woman is recovering from a lightning strike at a western Maryland state park. RELATED Man found guilty in girlfriend's 2000... Timothy Virts sentenced to life... Coast Guard oversees oil spill on... Md. clergy call for prayer in SC... Mayor, governor spar over rebuilding... Washington County Emergency Services says she suffered serious lacerations to her head Thursday afternoon when she was thrown by a nearby lightning strike at Washington Monument State Park near Boonsboro. The woman was transported by ambulance to the Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. The park on South Mountain features a 34-foot stone tower dedicated to the nation's first president. The original tower was dedicated in 1827.
Sun, 06/14/2015 12:00 PM Injured Jim Lamey  58.0  Clinton County PA 
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  inside doing the dishes    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
LAMAR TOWNSHIP, Penn.  A man is recovering after he was struck by lightning Friday night in Clinton County and it wasnt the first time, according to WNEP. The old saying goes lightning doesnt strike the same place twice. Clearly, whoever came up with that hadnt met Jim Lamey of Mackeyville, who was struck by lightning this past Friday, six years after the first time it happened. The next thing I knew, I woke up and I was in my chair, Lamey said. As the rain started coming down Sunday, the 58-year-old took WNEP inside his home near Lock Haven, out of extra precaution, to show us where he was doing the dishes when he was struck by lightning on Friday. I was just doing my thing here and next thing I know, I dont even know how I got from here to there, he said. Lamey now shakes from the lightning strikes. Once, you wouldnt think it would happen to you. Twice, totally out of sight. The first time Lamey was struck, he was inside taking a shower. Thankfully, his son Jason was right nearby to save him from drowning. It just rattled the whole house. Hard thud and then there was the after thud which was my father hitting the tub, Jason Lamey said. Lamey was taken to the hospital both times. This time, he was treated for blisters and burns on his stomach, burns that he still feels days after it happened. The burning, the pain it feels like today, its burning from the inside coming out. Surviving both lightning strikes is no easy feat. In fact, his family says the scars are a point of prideor better yet, luck. I said, Maybe you better go enter the lottery. You might win, said his daughter-in-law Missy Rugh.
Sat, 06/13/2015 04:00 PM Killed Connor D Clayman  22.0  Benton county AR 
 USA 
  fishing on a boat    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)  The 22-year-old man who was struck by lightning at Beaver Lake and died on Saturday (June 13) has been identified, officials say. Connor D. Clayman of Springfield was identified as the man who died after being struck by lightning, authorities say. The incident happened just after 4 p.m. Saturday near Indian Creek at Beaver Lake, officials said. The boat was heading back to Lost Bridge Marina when the lightning strike took place. Eyewitnesses said the man was given CPR multiple times before emergency crews arrived. Officials said the man was taken to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, where he later died.
Tue, 06/09/2015 01:00 PM Injured Bowen Tyre  11.0  Daytona Beach Shores FL 
 USA 
  fishing in waste deep water  N/A  Bolt out of the blue,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,fishing,In Water,Outside,Water 
WXIA) -- An 11-year-old boy from Georgia was reported seriously injured after he was struck by lightning while visiting Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., with his family, according to a report from Orlando NBC station WESHTuesday afternoon. The report said the boy was in waist-deep water fishing in the ocean when he was struck at about 1 p.m. Rescuers said the child was unconscious but breathing when he as transported to a local hospital in serious condition. According to the WESH report, witnesses described the bolt as coming "out of nowhere." They said the only bad weather was to the south of the area where the boy was struck. Additional information was not immediately available. An entire community is pulling for the recovery of 11-year-old Bowen Tyre, who was struck by lighting in the ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. Facts About Lightning Florida leads the nation in lightning strikes. Most deaths occur before or after the worst of a storm and more than 70 percent of the victims are male. Lightning bolts: Strike more than 1 million times a year in Florida Carry 30,000 amps of electrical charge, can exceed 50,000 degrees Can travel up to 25 miles away from a thunderstorm Cost consumers more than $1 billion a year Will strike in the same place twice Injure an estimated 350 people a year nationwide How to avoid being hit: When thunder roars, go indoors. If you're at a ballpark, don't hide in the dugout or bleachers. Go to vehicles or restrooms. At the beach or spring, go to your vehicle or inside a building when thunder starts. Tips to be used only as a last resort: Do not seek shelter under a tree. Do not lie flat on the ground. Keep moving toward safe shelter. Avoid open fields and tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If surrounded by trees, choose the lowest you can find. Stay away from water, wet items and metal objects. On a boat with a cabin, go inside. If there is no cabin, drop anchor and get as low as possible. SOURCE: National Weather Service Photo Galleries Beach Lightning Storm The boy and his family were in town from Patterson, Georgia, when Bowen was hit Tuesday afternoon as he fished in knee-deep water with his father, Jason Tyre, Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials said. The vacationing family was on the beach just south of Frank Rendon Park when the incident occurred just after 1 p.m. Tess Lucas, a close friend of Bowen's parents, Heather and Jason Tyre, told WKMG-TV that the community where the family is from has been hit hard by the news. To say that we're devastated is an understatement. Fishing at the beach is something that he loved to do, Lucas said in the TV interview. We're a small community, and when something like this happens it impacts everybody. Lucas also said she and her family were scheduled to arrive in Daytona Beach Shores this weekend. A Facebook page titled Prayers for Bowen Tyre, was created Tuesday night and relatives and friends of the Tyres are posting pictures and prayers for the youngster and his family. An update on the child's status at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, was also included. A Wednesday morning post stated: Bowen ran a fever last night but now down to 99 he has moved his right side and squeezed the nurse's hand the left side isn't moving yet they have just taken him down for an MRI will know more soon thanks for your prayers!
Sat, 06/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Vanketaramani Mahadeven  0.0  Colorado Springs CO 
 USA 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - "The good part is we won the game." Related Content Access to areas of Lake Pueblo State Park limited because... Lightning sparks another attic fire in Colorado Springs Southern Colorado pair accused of making and transporting... Flood damage forces road and trail closures in El Paso... Flood warnings continue along the Arkansas river as storm... The bad part is that Vanketaramani Mahadeven lost something else at his cricket game: his shoe. "It was blown off, completely blown off," Mahadeven said. He was struck by lightning in Memorial Park on June 6. "I think it started right from the head, I had a cap on, and from there it went to the neck," Mahadeven said. It left him unconscious. When he woke up, he was in an ambulance, headed to the emergency room. "Am I doing good? This is the first sentence that I spoke," Mahadeven said. He was alive and talking but he was so badly burned he was airlifted to Denver. "I was feeling pain in my left leg and the left portion of my body," added Mahadeven. The evidence is still visible, especially where he wore a silver chain. "I have scars on the neck and right through my chest," Mahadeven said. They extend to his belly, thigh and calf. His foot has the largest scar which he believes was caused by his rubber shoe but he's not complaining. "I think that saved my life." He also credits God and a little luck. But he's not willing to gamble on it. I don't think my luckiness will carry to the lottery - that's only to my life," Mahadeven said. Mahadeven believes the chain around his neck attracted the lightning. He can't find the chain, even after a thorough search of Memorial Park. Copyright 2015 KRDO. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sat, 06/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Venkat Ramani  0.0  Denver CO 
 USA 
  cricket match    Direct hit,Outside,Sports Field 
Witnesses say they rushed to help a man who was literally blown out of his shoes by a bolt of lightning Saturday. It happened at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. The man who was hit was identified by witnesses as Venkat Ramani. He was picking up equipment after a cricket match that had just ended. Witnesses say the lightning strike came without warning and hit the man on the top of his head. Chris Ciccolella ran to help. "It looked like someone had taken a torch to his clothes," he said. Venkat suffered serious burns, but it expected to survive. His teammates told 11 News he was taken to a Denver hospital for treatment. The park was full of people at the time. They say it wasn't very cloudy.

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