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Wed, 09/22/2106 Injured firefighter  0.0  Melbourne FL 
 USA 
  opening a gate    Fence,Fighting Fires,Indirect,Work 
A Melbourne firefighter suffered injuries from an indirect lightning strike that left him with ringing in his ears and the rest of the day off. According to the newspaper Florida Today, Firefighter Steve Roberts was attempting to open a gate at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport when a lightning bolt hit the gate as he attempted to unlock it with a key. Roberts had been driving an engine back to the airports Station 73 after a call when the incident occurred as a strong storm cell passed through the area Monday. The paper reported that Roberts was conscious, but had ringing in his ears and was taken to the local regional medical center to be checked out. He was expected to be back on duty Thursday, according to the paper.
Wed, 10/05/2016 01:15 PM Injured ma, 1 of 2  50.0  Bingham Canyon UT 
 USA 
  working at copper mine    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BINGHAM CANYON, Salt Lake County  Two men are expected to be OK after lightning struck near them while they worked near Kennecott Copper Wednesday afternoon, police said. Emergency crews responded to the report of the individuals possibly being struck by lightning sometime around 1:15 p.m., Unified fire officials said. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman with Rio Tinto Kennecott, said two employees were beginning to stop work due to the weather conditions when lightning struck near them. "They were not directly struck, but there was a strike near them," Bennett said. "Right now my understanding is that they do not appear to be injured as a result of the nearby strike, but we're going to continue to watch and evaluate them to make sure that they're safe and OK." Unified police said the two employees were a 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old man. Both were transported to a local hospital in good condition," police added. Bennett said the company does have an early warning lightning detection system, but he said he wasn't sure if the employees had stopped their work because of it. More information will be added as soon it becomes available. Contributing: Dave Cawley
Wed, 10/05/2016 01:15 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  35.0  Bingham Canyon UT 
 USA 
  working at copper mine    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BINGHAM CANYON, Salt Lake County  Two men are expected to be OK after lightning struck near them while they worked near Kennecott Copper Wednesday afternoon, police said. Emergency crews responded to the report of the individuals possibly being struck by lightning sometime around 1:15 p.m., Unified fire officials said. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman with Rio Tinto Kennecott, said two employees were beginning to stop work due to the weather conditions when lightning struck near them. "They were not directly struck, but there was a strike near them," Bennett said. "Right now my understanding is that they do not appear to be injured as a result of the nearby strike, but we're going to continue to watch and evaluate them to make sure that they're safe and OK." Unified police said the two employees were a 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old man. Both were transported to a local hospital in good condition," police added. Bennett said the company does have an early warning lightning detection system, but he said he wasn't sure if the employees had stopped their work because of it. More information will be added as soon it becomes available. Contributing: Dave Cawley
Thu, 09/29/2016 04:24 PM Injured man   0.0  Wellington FL 
 USA 
  walking     Outside 
WELLINGTON, Fla. - A man was rushed to the hospital after being reportedly struck by lightning in Wellington Thursday afternoon, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain Albert Borroto. The incident happened at 4:24 p.m. on the 15000 block of Sunnyland Lane, at the Palm Beach Point community. The patient was transported to a local trauma center for treatment. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Back to Top SHARE ARTICLE RELATED More West Palm Beach News Read Full Story
Sun, 09/25/2016 12:00 PM Killed Michelle Ann Wolf  37.0  Austin TX 
 USA 
  running on trail    Jogging / Running,Outside,Tree 
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ⬠Investigators say a 37-year-old woman found dead on a trail in Austin had been struck by lightning. The Travis County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced a medical examiner determined Michelle Ann Wolfe of Austin died from electrocution by lightning strike. A sheriff's statement says a runner late Sunday afternoon came upon Wolfe's body and called 911. The victim was about a mile from the River Place trailhead. Detectives say a tree limb was down close to the body and some nearby objects were singed. The death has been ruled accidental.
Tue, 09/20/2016 12:45 AM Injured John Bush, 2 of 2  0.0  Morehead City NC 
 USA 
  on an aluminum ladder    Ground Strike,Ladder,Outside,Work 
Tue, 09/20/2016 03:00 PM Injured construction worker  0.0  Miami FL 
 USA 
  on 7th floor of building    Construction site,Indirect,Metal,Outside,Work 
A construction worker was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon and airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the man was on the seventh floor of a building under construction on Northwest 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue when lightning is believed to have struck a nearby metal object around 3 p.m. The strike was not a direct hit, but electricity ran through him, said public information officer Erika Benitez. Workers at the site said they saw their co-worker get hit while working on the roof, said reports by WSVN Channel 7. For nearly an hour, Miami-Dade Fire Rescues technical rescue unit performed a basket rescue using pulleys and ropes to ease the man down to the ground. Benitez said the rescue was particularly difficult because it was still storming severely, and they had to monitor the man as they were lowering him down from the building. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20160810080721_article103035677.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Wed, 09/14/2016 12:45 AM Injured Jason McCarvill  0.0  Morehead City NC 
 USA 
  on an aluminum ladder    Ground Strike,Ladder,Outside,Work 
Two men struck by lightning Monday during a strong storm have been released from the hospital. The men work for Simmons Construction Company in Morehead City and were on a job site at 1513 Front Street when they were hit by lightning around 12:45 p.m. Both were on an aluminum ladder. According to Mandy Jarvis, the girlfriend of Jason McCarvill, who was struck, he was released from Carteret Health Care Monday and sent home. â¬SHe was given the day off,⬝ she said in a phone interview Tuesday. She noted John Bush, the second man struck, was released from the hospital Monday night as well. Both men had been working on the ladder and were gathering tools to come down when the lightning struck, she told the News-Times. â¬SJohn (Bush) has called Jason to thank him for breaking his fall,⬝ Ms. Jarvis said. â¬SThey both are very lucky.⬝ Mondayâ¬"s thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the western and part of central Carteret County, also causing brief power outages in Newport and Beaufort. According to rainfall amount reports sent to the National Weather Service office in Newport, the heaviest rains fell between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. At the NWS office, 3.05 inches of rainfall were recorded, while a NWS employee who lives just north of Beaufort recorded 2.55 inches at his home. Down East, the rains were lighter, with only .06 inches recorded in the Marshallberg area. While a flood advisory was issued Monday, no reports of severe flooding or storm damage were made to the NWS office. However, Duke Energy Progress reported on its website that about 1,402 Newport area customers lost power around noon, while 27 customers in Beaufort lost power in the early afternoon. The power was restored the same day. The outage left the Newport Elementary and several businesses along Chatham Street without power for nearly an hour. The school had water for toilets and hand washing, and lunch continued as scheduled, according to Tabbie Nance, communications director for the county school system. An onsite generator provided backup power. Ms. Nance said that generator is provided through a partnership with Carteret-Craven Electric Corp. Newport Middle School serves as a designated shelter during county emergencies such as hurricanes. Superintendent Dr. Dan Novey said other schools used as shelters are also equipped with generators during emergencies, however, several schools do not have them because of the expense. â¬SIn an ideal world, schools and other public buildings would be equipped with generators. However, the cost to purchase a generator that would serve an entire school would be very high. And then there is the cost of maintenance and fuel. Many homeowners do not have generators for that very reason ⬠they are costly,⬝ he stated. Dr. Novey added that when severe storms hit the area, the time students and staff are in schools is limited. Those storms often lead to the closing of schools, not because of the lack of electricity, but because conditions are not safe for travel. Previous report BEAUFORT ⬠Two men struck by lightning Monday during a strong thunderstorm have been released from the hospital, according to the girlfriend of one of the construction workers. The men were found on the ground around 12:45 p.m. Monday after they were on an aluminum ladder working on a house under construction at 1513 Front St. According to Mandy Jarvis, girlfriend of Jason McCarvill, he was released from Carteret Health Care in Morehead City Monday afternoon and sent home. â¬SHe was given the day off,⬝ she said in a phone interview Tuesday. She said the John Bush, the second man struck, was released from the hospital Monday night. She said both men had been working on the ladder and were gathering tools to come down when the lightening struck. â¬SJohn (Bush) has called Jason to thank him for breaking his fall,⬝ Ms. Jarvis said. â¬SThey both are very lucky.⬝ The men work for Simmons Construction Company out of Morehead City and were working when the incident occurred. Original report: BEAUFORT - Town fire officials confirm two men were struck by lightning while working on a ladder during a quick storm Monday that dropped ample rain across the county. Emergency personnel arrived on scene at a home at 1513 Front Street just before 1 p.m. and transported two unidentified patients to Carteret Health Care. At least one was conscious, according to officials. Both were said to be on an aluminum ladder at the time of the strike. Their condition remains unknown.Â
Tue, 09/06/2016 12:00 PM Killed Steven Olson  71.0  Manistee MI 
 USA 
  trying to get to cabin    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Tree 
DICKSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) ⬠Authorities say a 71-year-old Texas man has died after being struck by lightning on a trail in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula. The Manistee County sheriff's department says Steven Olson of La Porte, Texas, died at the scene Tuesday after being struck along the North Country Trail in Dickson Township. TV station WWTV says (http://bit.ly/2bX3XW6 ) the lightning strike was reported as thunderstorms moved through that part of northern Michigan. Olson's friends told investigators that they were trying to get to a cabin. Read more: Texas man dies after lightning strike on Michigan trail - MRT.com: Business http://www.mrt.com/business/ar MANISTEE, MI - A man struck by lightning while hiking the North Country Trail on Tuesday has been identified as 71-year-old Steven Emil Olson of La Porte, Texas. Olson was hiking with friends about 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 6 on a trail from Slagle Creek, east of the Red Bridge Big Manistee Access when he was struck and killed, Manistee County Sheriff's officials said. A hard, driving rain had just started to come down, and witnesses said the hikers had picked up their pace and were trying to get to a cabin nearby. Others in the group said they heard a large crash of thunder and saw a large bolt of fire strike in front of Olson. He fell to the ground. Olson's hiking partner performed CPR for 25 minutes. Rescue workers arrived at the scene, but Olson could not be revived.
Tue, 09/06/2016 06:35 AM Killed Bryan Jennings  66.0  Minocqua WI 
 USA 
  outside home  N/A  Delayed Death,Outside 
MINOCQUA, WI (WXPR) -- Minocqua town supervisor was struck by lightning early Tuesday morning, according to reports from the Minocqua Police Department and town officials. Police received a call at 6:35 a.m. saying a 66-year-old man was struck by lightning outside his home on Tanglewood Court in Minocqua. Minocqua and Woodruff police along with paramedics responded. Minocqua town officials identified the man as Bryan Jennings, a long-time supervisor and Minocqua businessman. Jennings was first taken to Howard Young Medical Center by ambulance. A medical helicopter transfer was ruled out because of the ongoing thunderstorms. Jennings was then transferred by ambulance to St. Claires Hospital in Weston. Medical personnel there directed that Jennings be taken to a Madison hospital burn unit. Details of Jenning's condition are not available at this time. By Ken Krall, WXPR.
Mon, 08/29/2016 12:00 PM Injured Sonya Franklin  0.0  Haltom NC 
 USA 
  fixing dinner    Indirect,Indoors 
A Haltom City mother fixing dinner on Monday evening survived being struck by lightning. Sonya Franklin was in her kitchen when a lightning bolt made contact near her home. She then felt a jolt race up her arm. "As I was stirring it the spoon was touching the bottom of this and it's a metal pan, Franklin said. It blew the spoon over here. Franklin laid down on the floor and her son called her husband. He then called 911. "I was scared I mean, the natural reaction I was scared I didn't know what to do I thought I was gonna have brain damage or something," Franklin said. From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there were more than 550 cloud to ground lightning strikes in Tarrant County. Paramedics responded to the location, but Franklin said she felt fine and declined to be taken to the hospital. Franklin said she now has something in common with her father  both were struck by lightning and lived to tell their story.
Sun, 08/28/2016 07:50 PM Injured man   0.0  Slaton TX 
 USA 
  in park     Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
SLATON, TX -- Emergency crews were dispatched Sunday evening after reports an individual was shocked in Slaton. The incident was reported in the 400 block of North 13th Street around 7:50 p.m. UMS EMS told EverythingLubbock.com a crew was dispatched to Slaton after an individual was struck by lightning. As of Sunday night at 10 p.m. UMC tells us that patient is in critical condition. The victim was being transported ambulance to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Slaton Fire sent a truck to the scene of the incident and explained that some members of Slaton Fire were sent to Lubbock with the patient. They added that the electrocution happened at a city playa lake in a public park area. Slaton Fire added that Sunday evening has been busy for them, much of the city is flooded with rain water and they have been We will continue to update this article as details become available. (Article originally appeared at EverythingLubbock.com)
Sun, 08/28/2016 07:50 PM Injured man   0.0  Slaton TX 
 USA 
  in park     Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
SLATON, TX -- Emergency crews were dispatched Sunday evening after reports an individual was shocked in Slaton. The incident was reported in the 400 block of North 13th Street around 7:50 p.m. UMS EMS told EverythingLubbock.com a crew was dispatched to Slaton after an individual was struck by lightning. As of Sunday night at 10 p.m. UMC tells us that patient is in critical condition. The victim was being transported ambulance to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Slaton Fire sent a truck to the scene of the incident and explained that some members of Slaton Fire were sent to Lubbock with the patient. They added that the electrocution happened at a city playa lake in a public park area. Slaton Fire added that Sunday evening has been busy for them, much of the city is flooded with rain water and they have been We will continue to update this article as details become available. (Article originally appeared at EverythingLubbock.com)
Sun, 08/28/2016 12:00 PM Killed Gabriel Ramos  0.0  Slaton TX 
 USA 
  in park by lake    Delayed Death,Near Water,Outside,Park 
Slaton lightning strike victim dies A person has died from injuries suffered after being struck by lightning in Slaton on Sunday night. While additional details have not been released, officials in Slaton initially said the person was struck by lightning before 8 p.m., while in the 600 block of West Fisher Street. The person was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock where he was listed in critical condition. On Friday morning, a UMC representative confirmed the person had passed away. No further information has been released. The lightning strike occurred as heavy rains and cloud-to-ground lightning, moved through the South Plains in a storm beginning that day.
Fri, 08/26/2016 05:30 PM Killed Fontella Span  50.0  Sarasota FL 
 USA 
  outside     Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
SARASOTA  Rattled by the ferocity of a Friday afternoon thunderstorm, nearby residents wandered through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Cocoanut Avenue Saturday morning, looking in vain for signs of the violence that claimed the life of a 50-year-old woman seeking shelter from the lightning. When Tonya Edwards of Newtown approached a gazebo and confronted a stack of plastic and nylon bags crammed with familiar bedding, clothes and stuffed animals, the loss of a woman she tried to save for the last two years packed an emotional wallop. "I brought her this," said Edwards, sifting through a heap of abandoned garments. "I brought her this." Although first responders at the Sarasota County Fire Department could not confirm the woman's name due to privacy rules, Edwards and others close to the local itinerant culture identified the woman killed as Fontella Span. Fire/rescue crews converged on the scene around 5:30 p.m. Friday as a west-bound storm system pounded the Sarasota-Tampa Bay region with 1,332 lightning strikes, according to a tweet from 10 News meteorologist Jim Van Fleet. The fatal bolt reportedly created a small fire that had to be doused, but the damage was inconspicuous. Span was Sarasota County's first lightning-related fatality since 39-year-old roofer Hermenengildo Diaz Zambrono was struck on July 16, 2014. Manatee County has also seen tragedy recently. Farm hand Fleuridor Kercizan, 47, died after being struck by lightning in June in Myakka City. Cynthia Nimmer gravitated to the scene in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Saturday morning because she's certain she witnessed the fatal strike from her home on nearby Riverside Drive. "I've seen a lot of lightning in my life but I've never seen anything like that," Nimmer said. "We were standing in the yard and there was this huge shaft of light, with, like, these little fingers shooting out of it. It was like an explosion. Look at me, I'm shivering just talking about it." Nimmer scanned the towering oaks and all three park gazebos and was surprised to find everything looking so normal. "I at least expected to see a black hole in the roof or something like that." In fact, the storms that barreled through Bradenton Friday afternoon did just that to Cindy Lawrence-Benkaim, a resident of the Barrington Ridge neighborhood. "Well," she said of the three holes in her roof, "at least we are all ok. The water pouring into the kitchen hasn't been fun, though. The contractor can't believe a fire didn't start." The National Weather Service puts the odds on individuals getting hit by lightning at 1 in 1,190,000, with 90 percent of those victims surviving. Span's number came up as she reportedly was hurrying from one gazebo to the next, amid a boomer that made Tonya Edwards jump several blocks away: "I said, Lord, please, don't let nobody get hit by that." Edwards said she learned about Span later Friday when an acquaintance at a neighborhood store spread the word. A member of Bible Teachers International, a ministry whose motto is "Gathering the Lost, One Sheep at a Time," Edwards befriended Span two years ago despite the fact that Span was "so mean to me at first." Undeterred by what she described as Span's multiple mental and addiction issues, Edwards was persistent in her efforts to forge a relationship. She gave her clothes, food, a bicycle to replace one that got stolen, and even cash from time to time. "God never gave up on me, so how could I give up on her? Isn't that what we're supposed to do  take care of each other?" Edwards got to know Span well enough to consider her "an awesome lady" who was reluctant to embrace Edwards due to the aroma of street life. "I said, I don't care, you give me a big ol' hug now! And eventually she'd say, 'I love you too!' I would tell her God will take care of her." Edwards last saw Span Friday morning. "She was looking real sad, she was going through something," Edwards recalls. "She needed some help. She didn't have medication, all she had was drugs and alcohol. I remember her saying, 'I'm just so tired, tired, tired.' "I know she's not discouraged anymore. She can rest now."
Fri, 08/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Grenada Lake MS 
 USA 
  searching for arrowheads    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Fri, 08/26/2016 12:00 PM Killed Donna Hendrix, 1 of 2  51.0  Grenada Lake MS 
 USA 
  searching for arrowheads    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
COFFEEVILLE, Miss.  A Yalobusha County woman is dead after she and her boyfriend were struck by lightning Friday while searching for arrowheads at Grenada Lake. RELATED Kosciusko man charged with capital... Reward up to $22,500 in Durant nun... Man sentenced in Wingfield students... Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical... 2 arrested in killing of retired Moss... The Yalobusha County Coroner's Office identifies the victim as 51-year-old Donna Hendrix of Coffeeville. Sheriff Lance Humphreys told WTVA-TV that the lighting struck Hendrix near the Bryant boat landing, in the southern part of the county. Hendrix's boyfriend was taken to a hospital. There's no word on his condition. An autopsy will be performed on Hendrix to determine an official cause of death. This is Mississippi's third lightning death, according to the National Weather Service. There have been 31 deaths in the U.S. this year.
Wed, 08/24/2016 12:00 PM Injured Brennan Fisk-Bittner  15.0  Marco Island FL 
 USA 
  leaving beach     Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
COLLIER COUNTY - A day at the beach on Marco Island quickly turned into a nightmare Wednesday afternoon. Out of nowhere, storm clouds approached while Lori Fisk-Bittner was on the beach with her three kids. "I just said we gotta sprint, we gotta sprint, we gotta go. Now, now, now!" As the family sprinted off the beach, Fisk-Bittner watched a lightning bolt strike directly next to her kids. "I don't know how to describe it. I was numb; I was scared to death," said Fisk-Bittner. Her son Brennan collapsed face first on the ground. "I noticed I couldn't move, and I was just getting shocked. Then the light just bam, everything went white," Brennan said. Then, Brennan popped up. "My heart was just beating; I couldn't feel anything. I couldn't talk." "He was mumbling, 'I got hit, I'm hit, I'm hit! I can't feel my chest, my heart, my lungs, I can't feel my legs, I can't feel my head, I can't feel my head, it hurts, it hurts!" recalled his mom. The family sprinted across the street to shelter at a 7-Eleven, where emergency crews quickly arrived. "His eyeballs were out of his head. He was shaking, he was- his face was really, really red," Fisk-Bittner said. Brennan was taken to the hospital. Doctors said he was shocked by lightning. The Bittner family's message for anyone who's outside when storms approach? "Anybody that thinks this is a joke, it's not, we're very very fortunate," Fisk-Bittner said. "I'm just happy I'm still here," Brennan said. He was released from the hospital Wednesday night and is doing better, but his family said he has a concussion and has been dealing with headaches since the incident.
Tue, 08/23/2016 06:15 PM Injured boy  4.0  Columbia County FL 
 USA 
  playing in water    Ground Strike,Outside,Water 
A 4-year-old boy and a correctional officer at the Columbia Correctional Institute were struck by lightning Tuesday evening in separate strikes in Columbia County, Florida. >> Read more trending stories The correctional officer was struck around 5:15 p.m., authorities said. The officer was outside at the time and received burns to his head. He was conscious when medics and fire rescue personnel arrived. He was transported to Lake City Medical Center for treatment and observation. The 4-year-old boy was struck in the south end of Columbia County around 6:15 p.m. He and his parents were outside underneath a shelter when the storm started. The little boy was playing in water in the rain when lightning hit about 30 feet away. The boy felt the shock and fell to the ground crying. One of the boy's legs was initially purple, so his parents brought him to Fire Station 45, located at 12595 U.S. 441 in Lake City, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Murray Smith. The boy had no obvious visual injuries to his body. He was taken to Lake Shore Hospital and is in stable condition.
Tue, 08/23/2016 05:15 PM Injured correctional officer  0.0  Columbia County FL 
 USA 
  outside     Burnt,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Sat, 08/20/2016 Injured Mark Lyles  0.0  Harrison TN 
 USA 
  on cell phone plugged into charger    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
HARRISON, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: A local man's close call with lightning is a reminder for everyone. He was doing something most of us do -- all the time. He was talking on his cell phone while connected to the charger. Mark Lyles didn't think twice when he was on the phone when it was storming outside. Now it is a lesson he will never forget. It was a Sunday phone call with his mom that Mark Lyles will always remember. Walking up the drive way and seen it was storming. I guess I shouldn't have been on the phone, said Mark Lyles. While still on the phone, he plugged the charger into the wall and the next thing he remembers A flash and woke up on the floor that is all I remember. Lightning knocked him out. Only thing I felt was in my leg and hand, it felt like someone shot me with a gun. The jolt from above threw him across the room. I was against the stove, pretty far when I woke up in front of the stairs. Jason Clark with Lifeforce said indirect strikes are more common than a direct strike. Around an object that gets struck like a tree, a tower or building the current follows a conductive path way and impact the patient that way, said Clark. An ambulance took Lyle to the hospital with numbness in his legs and finger tips. It could have been much worse. Neurological damage, brain damage, nerve damage is the number one thing. Cardiac arrest, a heart attack. He can feel his legs again and doctors arent worried about any long-term issues for him. But he can't get over his close call with the Mother Nature. Never in my lifetime, never figured it would happen. Hopefully won't happen again. He wasn't the only one who was struck by lightning Sunday evening; HCEMS has reports of another person struck less than 10 miles away from Lyles home. PREVIOUS STORY: A man is now out of the hospital after he was shocked by an indirect lightning strike Sunday evening on Cooley Road in Harrison. Amy Maxwell said the man was talking on the phone outside during the storm when he was indirectly hit by lightning. HCEMS transported the patient to the Hospital for non-emergency evaluations.
Fri, 08/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Chad Trover  45.0  Larimer County CO 
 USA 
  near/under trees    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. -- An Arvada man died after being struck by lighting Friday in the Roosevelt National Forest in northern Colorado. The Larimer County Coroner's Office identified the man as 45-year-old Chad Trover. Investigators say Trover was in the Crystal Lakes/Red Feather Lakes area Friday afternoon when a large storm moved through the area. Trover was standing between a couple trees when he was hit by lightning, the coroner's office confirmed. Trover's daughter, Jennica, talked to FOX31 Denver about her father and provided this statement: "Chad Trover was a one in a million type of guy. He was the most amazing father and is loved by so many. My father was the glue that held the Trover clan together. He could fix everything and anything, his creativity never lacked. He was a man that never stopped and would travel the universe for the ones he loved. Anything that he put his mind, to he did without any hesitation. He would make any stranger a friend and would welcome anyone into his life. He never ceased to make everyone feel welcome. My dad had the biggest heart I have ever known and will ever know. His spirit will live on forever. Dad, you will be missed so so so dearly. You were my rock and my entire world. I know I have the most amazing guardian angel watching over me every second of everyday. I love you dad, and everyone surrounding me loves and misses you so dearly."
Fri, 08/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Alyson Knenlein  21.0  Presque Isle MI 
 USA 
  sitting on wooden bench  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Lifeguard,Outside 
PRESQUE ISLE, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) - A 21-year-old woman was struck by lightning near a lake in Presque Isle. The woman was hurt Friday afternoon at Grand Lake in Presque Isle. ADVERTISING The East Grand Lake Fire Department says there were heavy storms at the time of the lightning strike near the north end of the lake. The Fire Department says the woman was sitting in a wooden swing near a beach house when she was struck. Rescue personnel on scene performed CPR. We're told when she was then taken to an area hospital for treatment and had a heartbeat and blood pressure. The Fire Department says she was flown to another hospital from there but her condition was not immediately known. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Her classmates at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids say Alyson Knenlein touched them with her drawings and songs and made them better for it. Knenlein died Sunday after investigators say she was struck by lightning while working as a lifeguard on Grand Lake near Alpena. The 21-year-old artist was spending the summer with her grandparents near Presque Isle Harbor. First responders say there was thunder and lightning in the area. Knenlein was found unconscious near the boat house. Within minutes we were on scene, says East Grand Lake Fire Chief Ron Fournier. CPR was in progress by a bystander. The electrical force going through you will stop the heart, but if you can get the heart started again the person has a chance. Paramedics did revive Knenlein and she was flown to Grand Rapids for treatment. She died Sunday. The president of Kendall College of Art and Design released this statement: Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University is deeply saddened by this news. On behalf of the college I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to Alysons family and the KCAD community during this difficult time.
Thu, 08/18/2016 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 men  31.0  North Myrtle Beach SC 
 USA 
  surf fishing    Beach,fishing,Ground Strike,Outside 
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  Lightning from Thursday afternoons storms impacted four men who were surf fishing on the beach in the 6200 block of Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. According to information from city spokesperson Pat Dowling, the four men, ages 31 to 57, were not directly struck by the lightning. However, the lightning struck close enough to the North Carolina residents to render one of the men unconscious for a short period of time, Dowling said. The man was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Wed, 08/17/2016 12:00 PM Injured DOT worker  0.0  Marion NC 
 USA 
  in a carport    Carport,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
WLOS ⬠MARION, N.C. -- A Department of Transportation worker was struck by lightning in Marion, and the 911 tapes from the incident were released on Thursday. "Just one got hit by lightning. There's four of us here. We was under this little shed. And then three of us ran under the house. And as soon as we got over there lightning just hit right beside us and it was like [lightning sound]," the 911 caller, who identified himself as a DOT worker, said. ADVERTISING The man was hit on Jacktown Road on Wednesday. Emergency responders told News 13 he took cover under a carport during a storm, when lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled to him. At first, the DOT worker who called 911 said his co-worker wasn't breathing. "He's got a flat heartbeat, but he's not breathing," the caller said. The dispatcher asked him to ask another DOT worker at the scene to perform CPR. Eventually, he started breathing again. Minutes later, emergency responders got to the scene. They said he had serious injuries, but he was able to breathe and was conscious. According to the worker's manager, the victim is resting comfortably at Mission Hospital. His manager also told News 13 there will be an internal investigation after the accident, which is standard procedure.
Tue, 08/16/2016 12:08 AM Injured student  14.0  Orlando FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near trees    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Tree 
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 14-year-old student who was struck by lightning at Orlando's First Academy has been released from the hospital, according to officials with ORMC. The incident happened Tuesday after a lightning strike sent a shock across the grounds of the school at about 12:08 p.m. during lunch. An Orlando police officer at the school told Channel 9 that the student was shocked while standing in a parking lot and near a tree when the lightning struck. The school released another statement on Wednesday. Yesterday, at approximately 12:00 p.m., The First Academys safety team responded to a student incident on our campus. At the time of the incident, the school campus was experiencing inclement weather. This morning, the mother shared with us that [the student] rested comfortably last night and is doing very well. The doctors werent able to determine exactly what happened yesterday, but we are thankful that he was released from the hospital today. Were hopeful that hell return to school this week. I appreciate everyone at The First Academy for their prayers and love. I would also like to thank the EMS workers and first responders at The First Academy for their wonderful response to yesterdays incident. The First Academy is very thankful for our campus safety team who engaged the student immediately, as well as the professional EMS workers who were on campus within minutes. We are grateful for the lightning alert system that was in place and working properly. As with every student incident on campus, our safety team conducts a thorough review of all safety policies and procedures and their implementation. As mentioned previously, the safety of our students is our highest concern. We will continue to keep our school families updated on our safety policies and procedures through internal communications.  The teen boy who was injured when lightning struck a tree at his school, First Academy, yesterday has been released from the hospital. @WFTV  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 17, 2016 The teen, who was responsive, was taken by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital. The teen is stable, officials said. First Academy sent parents a letter explaining that a student was injured during lunch hour, but did not explain why the student was outside. Eyewitness News asked school administrators to point out which tree was hit, but they said for security reasons, its a closed campus. No other information was released. Channel 9 learned the school has two lightning strike detection systems, but school officials wont say if the systems were working when the lightning hit. The technology for the systems was paid for by the Jesse Watlington Foundation. The non-profit has funded lightning detention systems at 40 schools, after its 11-year-old namesake was killed by a strike in 2012. His father and foundation vice president said the first two systems were donated to the First Academy. He believes they were working and registering any lightning within 10 miles. OUC on scene now near a group of trees and power poles. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/6GBw3TVPHZ  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 16, 2016 This is the statement provided by First Academy. Does not mention lightning. Letter was also sent to parents. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/cQa9S7o4vl  Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) August 16, 2016
Sun, 08/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured man  55.0  Daytona Beach FL 
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  on atv on the beach    All Terrain Vehicle,Beach,Golf Course,Outside 
LIGHTNING ALONG DAYTONA BEACH SENT EVERYONE RUNNING. >> I SAW A GUY IN A STRETCHER. REPORTER: VACATIONER DAVID TURSI GUESSED CORRECTLY THAT THE AMBULANCE WAS CONNECTED TO THE RUNNING FROM THE BEACH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. A BOLT OF LIGHTNING HIT AS BEACH VENDOR RODNEY COLLINS, ON AN ATV LIKE THIS ONE, WAS COLLECTING BEACH CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS. LOOK AT THIS. THE LIGHTNING PUNCHED A HOLE IN THE TRAILER COLLINS WAS PULLING, SPLITTING THE WOOD BENEATH, AND IT KNOCKED COLLINS OFF HIS ATV. TURSI SAID IT WAS A FRIGHTENING INSTANT. >> 30 FEET AWAY, I SAW A HUGE LIGHTNING STRIKE AND THUNDER. REPORTER: THOSE WHO WITNESSED THE VENDOR GET KNOCKED OFF THE ATV CALLED FOR HELP. >> I AM ON THE BEACH. A GUY GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. >> TO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE? >> HE IS NOT IN GOOD SHAPE. >> HE WAS PICKING UP UMBRELLAS. IT STARTED RAINING HARD, SO WE STARTED RUNNING TOWARDS THE CAR. REPORTER: ELECTRICITY FROM THE SAME BOLT OF LIGHTNING DISABLED A BEACH PATROL JEEP. THE OFFICER IN IT WASN'T HURT AND WENT TO HELP THE INJURED VENDOR, WHO WAS BLEEDING FROM HIS MOUTH. WITNESSES BELIEVE COLLINS BRIEFLY LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AGAIN. A BOLT THAT HIT WAY TOO CLOSE FOR COMFOR TO SAY THE LEAST. IT IS PERFECTLY CLEAR OUT HERE TODAY. NORMALLY, MR. COLLINS WOULD BE RIGHT ON THE BEACH BEHIND ME, BUT HE REMAINS IN THE HOSPITAL. HE TOLD ME BY PHONE BRIEFLY HE IS FEELING BETTER. EXTREMITIES. DOES NOT REALLY REMEMBER ANY OF DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. A Daytona Beach man escaped serious injury when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding Sunday was struck by lightning on the beach. NEVER MISS A BEAT Download the WESH 2 News app to stay on top of the latest news in Central Florida and beyond. MORE The strike occurred near the Silver Beach approach in the late afternoon. At the same time, a beach safety officer's Jeep was also believed to be hit, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said. The officer wasn't hurt but the Jeep wasn't drivable. The officer immediately called for another victim to be helped, presumably the man on the all-terrain vehicle. That man was picking up some of the umbrellas he rents at a concession stand when a storm came in and a bolt apparently his ATV. He was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived and told them he was thrown from the vehicle when it was struck. He was treated for some lacerations to his lips from biting them during the indirect strike and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation. "He's a real nice guy," Bobby Beaudon, who knows the victim, said. He saw rescuers rush to help after hearing a loud crash. "A lot of the boys, the umbrella guys, my friends, were out there. I noticed the ambulance and the fire truck and beach patrol," he said about the moments following the strike. Earlier in the summer, several people were hurt and one woman lost her life to a lightning strike along the short just south of the Silver Beach area. Beachgoers told WESH they were thankful that no one was seriously hurt Sunday. "You've to be careful out there," Beaudon said. "When the electricity -- the lightning and thunder -- hits, (lifeguards) want you to head (off the beach)."
Sat, 08/13/2016 04:22 PM Injured man  0.0  Owasco Lake NY 
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  in swimming pool    In Water,Outside,Swimming 
A man was reported to be uninjured after being struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in Owasco. An emergency dispatch at about 4:22 p.m. said that a man had been in a swimming pool at a home on Willowbrook Drive when he was stuck. He was reported to be out of the pool and conscious, and Owasco Water Rescue was said to be responding via Owasco Lake to a dock at the residence. An ambulance was also sent to the home. The man was later transported to Auburn Community Hospital as a precaution, but was reportedly not injured. The incident occurred as a wave of unsettled weather has swept through the region over the past several days, spawning showers and thunderstorms. Two people found dead in a cemetery in Batavia Wednesday had been struck by lightning, and lightning also hit a group of people Friday in Poughkeepsie, killing one and injuring four others. The victims had been at Mansion Square Park when a thunderstorm went through at about 4 p.m. One man was killed and one was still in intensive care Saturday with burns and internal injuries. On Saturday, state police reported that four people were injured in a lightning strike in Lake George.
Sat, 08/13/2016 07:36 PM Killed Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 1 of 3  38.0  Beltzville Lake PA 
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  leaving lake  N/A  In Water 
Multiple people were rushed to hospitals Saturday night after lightning from a severe storm struck Beltzville Lake while people were in the water. Lightning just ahead of Saturday night's storm, struck the lake in Carbon County while swimmers were leaving the water, injuring multiple people, according to authorities. A Carbon County communications dispatcher said lightning hit the lake at 7:36 p.m. just as the storm was moving toward Beltzville State Park. Swimmers were being urged to exit the water when the lightning hit the surface. Victims were sent to hospitals in Palmerton and Lehighton, according to the dispatcher. There was no word Saturday night on the severity of their injuries. Promoted stories from PoliticsChatter.com The extended family of President Obama August 12 roundup: Trumps sarcasm, GOP insiders think he cant win, more Flashback: Hillary Clinton through the years In the Lehigh Valley, the storm prompted Musikfest officials to postpone shows for roughly 90 minutes Saturday evening and scanner reports indicated a home in Lower Macungie Township was struck by lightning. LEHIGHTON (AP)  A New Jersey man died and at least two other people were treated for injuries after an apparent lightning strike at an eastern Pennsylvania lake, authorities said. Officials said the man was swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday when the strike occurred. Terry Brady, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said a preliminary investigation indicates that he managed to get out of the water but became unresponsive in the beach area. The Lehigh County coroners office said Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 38, of Camden, N.J., died just after 3 a.m. Sunday at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest. An autopsy is scheduled today to determine the exact cause of death. Park manager Devin Buzard said two or three other people were treated after the lightning strike. Staff began warning visitors to seek shelter and leave the water ahead of the storm, as per protocol at the park, where there were about 3,000 visitors during peak hours of the day, he said. There were about 20 cloud to ground strikes in southern Carbon County during the period of the strike, according to Valerie Meola, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. That compares to more than 600 instances of cloud to ground lightning in an area of New York, where several people were struck and one died, she said. In Bethlehem, attendees at the annual Musikfest music festival were told to leave the festival stages when the storm rolled in and music was stopped for about an hour and a half. Meola said such caution was warranted, but the storm in that area wasnt particularly notable for cloud to ground strikes, with most of the action taking place in the sky as lightning jumped from cloud to cloud.
Fri, 08/12/2016 12:00 PM Killed Franklyn Mekeel, 3 of 5  46.0  Poughkeepsie NY 
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  at table in park  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Picnic,Tree 
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP)  A second victim has died following a lightning strike in the Hudson Valley earlier this month. John Nelson, a spokesman at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, says the 46-year-old man died early Wednesday. The man is the second to die following a lightning strike in Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie on Aug. 12. Officials say lightning struck a tree, traveling down it and shocking five people gathered around a park bench. A 50-year-old man died the next day. Authorities havent released the victims names.
Fri, 08/12/2016 04:00 PM Injured Karen Brooks, 2 of 5  0.0  Poughkeepsie NY 
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  at table in park    Ground Strike,Outside,Thrown 
One of four survivors of Friday's lightning strike was released from the hospital on Monday, and shared recollections of the fatal event. Karen Brooks said she was thrown 20 feet into the air and suffered burns on her legs and feet as a result of the lightning strike that hit her and four other friends in Mansion Square Park in the City of Poughkeepsie Friday, in an interview with CBS 2 New York. One of her friends, a 50-year-old man, died of heart failure early Saturday morning, according to Vassar Brothers Medical Center. "He wasn't going to make it, I knew that," she told a reporter for CBS. Brooks, who was released from MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, said she was sitting on a bench under a tree when she was suddenly thrown. "My head felt like it was going to blow up," Brooks said. Brooks could not be reached, and families of the other victims declined to be interviewed by the Journal. As of Monday afternoon, one patient, a 46-year-old male, remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit, according to Tim Massie, senior vice president at Health Quest, which operates Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Tests have been run and are being evaluated. The man is expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days, Massie said. A second patient, another 46-year-old male, is doing well and is expected to be released in the next couple days, Massie said. Another victim with less severe injuries sent to MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center is in good condition, spokesperson Geoff Brault said. Amanda J. Purcell: apurcell@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4807; Twitter: @amandajpurcell
Fri, 08/12/2016 04:00 PM Killed Richard Harbstreet, 1 of 5  0.0  Poughkeepsie NY 
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  at table in park  N/A  Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Police say five people are being treated for injuries after lightning struck a Poughkeepsie park during a fast-moving thunderstorm. Poughkeepsie police say emergency responders were called to Mansion Square Park for reports of people struck by lightning shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. Medical personnel started CPR on three people who were unresponsive. Two people were conscious but hurt. Some belongings were on fire. Police say the people are 46 to 55 years old and had been gathered around a park bench. Mayor Rob Rolison says at least one of the most seriously injured people was talking with doctors Friday evening. He's hopeful all will recover. The incident happened two days after a man and woman were found dead in a western New York cemetery where they were struck by lightning. POUGHKEEPSIE - Authorities say one person was killed and four others were injured by a lightning strike in Poughkeepsie. It happened around 4:00 p.m. at Mansion Square Park Friday when they were trying to find refuge from a fast-moving and powerful thunderstorm. The lightning reportedly struck a tree and sent volts of electricity through nearby benches and the ground. VIDEO Watch News 12 Westchester Live TRENDING Most-Viewed News 12 Westchester Articles "A lot of people were just scurrying away," said one witness. "My first reaction was just to get home." Three men were critically injured and were taken to Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where one of them died around 1 a.m. this morning. Police say all the people struck are between 46 and 55 years old. They say the two other victims with less severe injuries are now recovering at Midhudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.
Wed, 08/10/2016 12:00 PM Killed Jenna Macleod, 2 of 2  32.0  Batavia NY 
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  under tree in cemetery    Cemetery,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) ⬠Authorities say a man and woman found dead in a western New York cemetery apparently were hit by a lightning strike from severe thunderstorms. Police in Batavia say caretakers discovered the bodies of 34-year-old Richard Garlock and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod Wednesday afternoon in Batavia Cemetery and called 911. Detective Eric Hill says there were no obvious signs of foul play, but police suspected a lightning strike killed the two during severe storms that rolled across the region early Wednesday morning. Batavia is located in Genesee County, between Buffalo and Rochester. Police say the medical examiner's office in neighboring Erie County determined Garlock and Macleod had sustained injuries consistent with being struck by lightning, but the official cause of death is still pending.
Wed, 08/10/2016 12:00 PM Killed Richard Garlock, 1 of 2  34.0  Batavia NY 
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  under tree in cemetery  N/A  Cemetery,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
BATAVIA, N.Y. -- On Wednesday afternoon, investigators say a caretaker for the Batavia cemetery discovered the bodies of a man and a woman, and immediately called the police. "Once we got there to the scene, things didn't seem right to us," Detective Todd Crossett said. The bodies of 34-year-old Richard Garlock of Akron and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod of Corfu were found under a large tree, in the north west corner of the cemetery. As detectives assessed the scene, they began to think about the possibility of a lightning strike. Its a pretty rare event, and in this case we used NOAA to be able to determine lightning strikes in the area, and so they were able to help us pinpoint that there was a lightning strike in that area of the city during that storm, and that helped point us in a certain direction, Crossett said. While the Erie County medical examiner did confirm that the two had been hit by lightning, they haven't yet determined their cause of death, nor do police know what the two were doing in the cemetery at the time of the storm early Wednesday morning. Leaving far more questions, than answers.
Wed, 08/10/2016 12:00 AM Killed Noah Stutzman  8.0  Coshocton County OH 
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  bringing in horses    Cardiac Arrest,Horse,Outside 
COSHOCTON COUNTY, OH - An 8-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon outside his home in Coshocton County. Rescue crews were sent to a home in Warsaw around12:30 p.m. and found the boy not breathing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Coshocton. The boy, who family friends identified as Noah Stutzman, was reportedly bringing the horses inside from the storm when he was hit. His mom called 9-1-1 after his sister ran to tell her. She also tried to resuscitate him, but, it was too late. Family friend, Edward Yoder said, "everybody that she called, when she said it was little Noah, everybody said oh no, not Noah, he was very dear to everyone." An official with the Coshocton County Emergency Medical Services said that the boy was with his younger sister when the thunderstorm passed overhead. She was also hit by lightning, but is expected to be OK. The official said it's unclear if lightning struck the boy directly. Noah is from an Amish family of eight. According to the National Weather Service, the United States has about 44 fatalities annually due to lightning strikes. Ohio reported no deaths caused by lightning last year.
Fri, 08/05/2016 12:00 PM Killed Zachary Fordem  22.0  Fort Walton Beach Fl 
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  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Umbrella,Work 
By: WCTV Eyewitness News August 7, 2016 FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida Panhandle beach vendor has died after he was struck by lightning. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Zachary Fordem. The Panama City News Herald reports that Fordem was struck Friday afternoon while working near an Okaloosa Island condominium. Sheriff's Capt. John Brinkerhoff says three lightning strikes in the area were reported before deputies got the call about Fordem. Paramedics tried to revive him but Fordem was pronounced dead at a local hospital. There have been five lightning deaths this year in Florida, which typically leads the nation in that category.
Tue, 08/02/2016 12:00 AM Injured woman   0.0  Kill Devil Hills NC 
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  unknown     
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY)  A woman is injured after lightning struck Seagate Tax Services Tuesday afternoon, according to Kill Devil Hills Fire Department Emergency dispatchers received the call around noon for lightning that hit a building in the 100 block of W Meadowlark Street. Fire officials could not confirm the extent of the womans injuries or how exactly she was hurt. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.
Mon, 08/01/2016 12:00 PM Injured Douglas Todd  70.0  Guilford AL 
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  standing on porch    Indirect,Outside,Porch 
GUILFORD (WBNG)-- A cleanup effort is underway in Chenango County after a slow-moving storm caused serious damage on Monday. Monday night's storm brought flash flooding to the area. Chenango County fire coordinator Matthew Beckwith said 14 streets were closed, but have since been reopened. WBNG E-News - Sign Up For Our Newsletter! Beckwith said crews began working Tuesday morning, and he expects the road work to continue for the next couple days. Beckwith advises drivers to be mindful of road crews and obey road closures. During Monday's storm, a Guilford man was indirectly struck by lightning. Douglas Todd, 70, was standing on his porch during the storm. He and his wife said a lightning bolt hit the TV antenna on the roof -- sending the energy to the lightning rods on the roof, then hitting the grounding cable, which sent the lightning to the ground -- right where Douglas was standing. Douglas said he was thrown 10 feet across the porch. He suffered from bruises, and some of his hair was burned. His wife, Karen, was home when it happened. She drove him to the emergency room at Chenango Memorial Hospital. Karen said they would have called an ambulance, but they knew so many roads were closed. "He's fine now," she said. "He's sore from hitting the ground, but other than that he is fine." As for the house, the antenna was damaged. The couple said they believe it was the lightning rods on the roof that prevented the situation from becoming even worse. "That lightning rod saved our house from catching on fire last night," Todd said. "It did exactly what it was supposed to do." The Todds said they hope their experience serves as a lesson to people in the community to take caution when there is lightning.
Sat, 07/30/2016 04:00 PM Killed Stephen Little  5.0  Carova NC 
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  leaving beach getting into car    Beach,Critical,Golf Course,Outside,Taking Shelter 
CAROVA, N.C. >> Authorities have identified a 5-year-old boy killed by a lightning strike while he and his family vacationed on a North Carolina beach. Currituck Fire and EMS Chief Ralph Melton tells local news outlets that Stephen Little of Lansdowne, was vacationing with his family when he was struck around 4 p.m. Saturday in Carova. Melton says the family was trying to get back into their SUV as a storm approached when the boy was hit. Authorities say the family put the boy into the vehicle and drove along the beach, meeting EMS partway. He was then taken to a hospital where he died.
Thu, 07/28/2016 02:00 PM Injured woman walking  34.0  Bolingbrook IL 
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  walking     Outside,Walking 
Woman Hit by Lightning While Walking in Bolingbrook She was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. By Scott Viau (Patch Staff) - July 28, 2016 5:52 pm ET ShareTweetGoogle PlusRedditEmailComments0 Woman Hit by Lightning While Walking in Bolingbrook BOLINGBROOK, IL  A 34-year-old Berwyn woman was struck by lightning at around 2 p.m. Thursday while walking on Janes Avenue in Bolingbrook. Bolingbrook Police Lt. Carter Larry said the woman was walking southbound in the 300 block of Janes Avenue when she was hit by what appears to be a lightning strike. Get free real-time news alerts from the Bolingbrook Patch. SUBSCRIBE Responding police officers performed CPR on the woman until paramedics arrived and transported her to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Wed, 07/27/2016 03:30 PM Injured Ellie Pisula  13.0  Wyalusing Valley PA 
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Laceyville Girl Survives Lightning Strike BY CAIN CHAMBERLIN Ellie Pisula, 13, of Laceyville will have quite a miraculous story to tell her classmates when she returns to Wyalusing Valley High School in late August, as she survived something not many live to talk aboutbeing struck by lightning. Around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when severe thunderstorms and a potential tornado was making its way across Bradford
Wed, 07/27/2016 03:30 PM Injured Ellie Pisula  13.0  Wyalusing Valley WY 
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Laceyville Girl Survives Lightning Strike BY CAIN CHAMBERLIN Ellie Pisula, 13, of Laceyville will have quite a miraculous story to tell her classmates when she returns to Wyalusing Valley High School in late August, as she survived something not many live to talk aboutbeing struck by lightning. Around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when severe thunderstorms and a potential tornado was making its way across Bradford
Wed, 07/27/2016 06:00 PM Injured Ethan Riozzi-Bodine  16.0  Bradley Beach NJ 
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  taking picture    Ground Strike,Outside 
t was a shocking video. A New Jersey teen tried recording lightning strikes while stuck in a thunderstorm on Monday. He ended up getting struck by one of the bolts. The intense flash of lightning blasted the floor about 10 to 15 feet away from him, sending shockwaves through his legs, into his chest and out of his hands, Ethan Riozzi-Bodine, 16, told ABC News. My whole body was being vibrated, the Jersey Shore teen said. The only reason I didnt pass out or die is because I was holding onto my bike. The rubber ... grounded me. Shawshank Redemption' oak tree knocked over by strong winds The teen lifeguard had been out by Bradley Beach, trying to avoid the thunderstorm rolling in at about 6 p.m. on Monday when his bike chain broke. Ethan Riozzi-Bodine was recording the storm at Bradley Beach when the lightning bolt struck the ground near him, sending shockwaves through his body. Ethan Riozzi-Bodine was recording the storm at Bradley Beach when the lightning bolt struck the ground near him, sending shockwaves through his body. (ABC7 NEW YORK) The National Weather Service had issued a thunderstorm watch across 17 New Jersey counties on Monday, including the area where Riozzi-Bodine was struck. I just wanted to get like a cool lightning shot over the ocean and I got it a lot closer to me than I wanted, he told the network. Another bolt actually struck nearby seconds earlier, but before the boy could get to safety, lightning hit again. Arizona hiker, 17, fatally struck by lightning The boys mother, Elaine Riozzi-Bodine, was concerned when she saw the clip, and prompted him to head to the emergency room. Not Released (NR) While trying to catch a video of a thunderstorm, the New Jersey teen was struck by a lightning bolt. (PAUL LAMPARD/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO) I just think hes extremely lucky, she told reporters. It could have been very easily been a completely different story. MOST POPULAR Meg Ryan's face and dress at the Tonys scare internet Model gives Warriors star Steph Curry some extra motivation Brooklyn teacher fired for bringing student to her home and motel Man, 30, shot and killed while trying to protect wife in Brooklyn George W. Bush's reaction at cops' funeral causes some uproar The teen avoided serious injuries from the incident, leaving from the hospital completely unscathed. Now that its over I can say that it was cool, but during the whole process of it happening it was not cool at all, he said.
Tue, 07/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured Madison Davis  7.0  Decatur county IN 
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  outside getting into car  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
GREENSBURG ⬠A 7-year-old Decatur County girl injured in a lightning strike last week remains hospitalized, public relations staff of an Indianapolis childrenâ¬"s hospital said Tuesday. Danielle Cirillo, a spokesperson for Riley Childrenâ¬"s Hospital at IU Health, said Madison Davis was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, one week after the child was struck by lightning outside her grandmotherâ¬"s home in Alert. The young girl was injured July 26 as she prepared to get into her grandmotherâ¬"s car, Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen previously told the Daily News. Following a 911 call, dispatchers coached Becky Davis, the girlâ¬"s grandmother, on how to perform CPR while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. The Westport Community Volunteer Fire Department was first to reach the scene, and they and Decatur County EMS personnel continued CPR until the girl regained a pulse and resumed breathing on her own, the sheriff said the day the child was injured. The young girl also sustained burns in the incident. Emergency responders initially called for a medical helicopter, but the morningâ¬"s storms prevented flight. The child was instead rushed to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon and later taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis where she remained Tuesday. In the days since the incident, the childâ¬"s family has called for prayers from the community. Further help has been offered by others close to the young girl, who have set up an online crowd-funding campaign to help with medical and other expenses. The listing at https://www.gofundme.com/2gybgek says the family was leaving their home on the morning of the lightning strike in order to buy a stuffed animal for Madison. The effort calls for monetary donations to be made to the family. At press time Tuesday $1,320 of a $10,000 goal had been donated. The listing had been shared on social media nearly 800 times. â¬SPlease provide her with the medical expense help and the spiritual necessity she requires to resume her life as an innocent, happy-go-lucky girl she deserves to be,⬝ the listing states. Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com
Mon, 07/25/2016 03:00 PM Killed Salomon Garcia-Martinez  29.0  Bonita Springs Fl 
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  on 6th floor lanai  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,Construction site,CPR,Outside,Work 
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A construction worker is dead after being struck by lightning Monday afternoon, the Bonita Springs Fire District said. The 35-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was on the sixth floor lanai of a building under construction off S. Tamiami Trail and Renaissance Boulevard when he was struck in the chest, fire officials said. Rescuers spent 30 minutes trying to revive him but the man died at the scene, officials said. Lee County authorities identified a construction worker struck by lightning at a Bonita Springs construction site Monday afternoon. Salomon Garcia-Martinez, 29, was working on the roof deck of a development on Renaissance Boulevard and U.S. 41 when he was struck, Bonita Springs fire officials said. Garcia-Martinez is a Mexican national, according to Tiffany Wood, a Lee County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The call came in to first responders around 3 p.m. Monday. When EMS and firefighters got to the scene, it looked like the man may have been gathering his construction materials and getting ready to take shelter from Monday afternoon's storm, said Battalion Chief Winthrop Telford of the Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District. NAPLES DAILY NEWS Construction worker dies after lightning strike First responders tried to resuscitate Garcia-Martinez for about 25 minutes. He died at the scene. DeAngelis Diamond Construction, the company building the development where the man died, issued the following statement: "One of our long-time subcontracting team members (Advanced Roofing) had an employee suddenly and unexpectedly struck by lightning this week resulting in his passing. Our team onsite fought courageously to save him administering CPR until first responders could arrive. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and coworkers." A representative of the construction company said they are cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's investigation of Garcia-Martinez's death.
Fri, 07/22/2016 02:15 PM Killed Brooklyn Reynolds, 1 of 2  14.0  Flaming George UT 
 USA 
  on a jet ski  N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water 
MANILA, Utah (AP) - The Latest on a lightning strike that killed one person in Utah: (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Authorities say a 15-year-old girl has died and a woman has been hospitalized in critical condition after they were struck by lightning at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border. Daggett County sheriff's spokeswoman Susie Potter said the teen and the woman were riding on a jet ski in on Flaming Gorge Reservoir around noon Friday when their jet ski was hit by lightning. Potter said the teen died, and the woman, the girlfriend of the teen's father, was injured. The teen's father was riding on a jet ski nearby but was not injured. Officials are not releasing the identities of those involved until family is notified, but Potter said they lived in Utah County. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City. 2: 15 p.m. Officials say one person is dead after being struck by lightning inside a canyon at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border. Daggett County sheriff's spokeswoman Susie Potter told KSL-TV (http://bit.ly/29UakTJ ) that two other people may also be injured by the Friday afternoon lightning stricken and emergency officials were working reach the group. Potter did not have details whether the people were in the water boating or on the shore when lightning hit. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City. Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/ Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Last week, a teenage girl passed away after being struck by lightning. The 14-year-old, named Brooklyn Reynolds, was on vacation with her family in Flaming George, Utah. She was on the back of a jet ski while her stepmother, 49-year old Jayleen Reynolds, was driving. The two were close to shore when a storm began. Brooklyn was struck, sending both her and Jayleen into the water. SEE ALSO: Alleged killer of 19 wrote horrifying letter months before Briana James, Brooklyn's stepsister, described the accident: "We were in the no-wake zone it was just coming in we were inches from the dock it felt like and the very first lightning strike was...that was it." "You just seen a flash and the noise is something you'll never forget the loudest crack you've never heard in your life," she continued. Brooklyn's father rushed both Brooklyn and Jayleen to shore. They attempted CPR and got doctors and nurses on the scene, but it was too late. Jayleen was injured from the incident, but survived.
Fri, 07/22/2016 02:15 PM Injured Jayleen Reynolds2  49.0  Flaming George UT 
 USA 
  on a jet ski    Boat,On Water,Outside 
Wed, 07/20/2016 12:00 PM Killed Wade Young, 1 of 3  17.0  Humphreys Peak AZ 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
CNN)A lightning strike killed a teenage hiker this week at the highest point in Arizona, police said. The unidentified 17-year-old male hiker was fatally struck Wednesday near the summit of Humphreys Peak, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said. Two other hikers, ages 17 and 18, were transported to a Flagstaff hospital. Their condition is unknown, but they were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them, the Sheriff's Office said. Their injuries were apparently related to their proximity to the lightning strike. At 12,633 feet, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in the state, and with a trail that leads directly to the summit, is a popular hiking spot in the Flagstaff area. "It's the middle of our monsoon season here. Some hikers did get caught in that today," said Erika Wiltenmuth, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. Authorities were alerted to the lightning strike after a 911 call from a group near the summit. Rescue crews waited for the weather to subside before heading up the trail. Mountain hiking is high on the list of activities where people are injured or killed by lightning, according to the Coconino National Forest website, which lists tips to avoid getting hit. "If you are caught above the tree line when a storm approaches, descend quickly. Avoid isolated trees. It is better to run into a forest," the website said. CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report
Wed, 07/20/2016 12:50 AM Injured David Lyons, 2 of 3  17.0  Humphreys Peak AZ 
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, a 911 call came into the Coconino County Sheriffs Office Dispatch from hikers near the summit of Humphreys Peak, with a report that they had been struck by lightning. At least one hiker was reported to be unresponsive. Due to severe and continuous lightning on the peaks, emergency responders were staged at Agassiz Lodge and coordinated with the hikers to get them to safety. Wade Young, age 17, of Tempe, Arizona, is confirmed deceased after being struck by lightning. Two other males, 18-year-old David Lyons and an unidentified 17-year-old, were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. The two injured hikers were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them around 4 p.m. The hikers and rescue teams met up with medics staged in the Snowbowl parking area around 5:15 when they were transported to FMC. The three hikers are from the Tempe area. On Thursday around dusk, an Arizona DPS Air Rescue Helicopter pilot out of Kingman, a Coconino County Sheriffs Office deputy, and a Coconino Sheriffs SAR member recovered the body of the 17-year-old victim of Wednesdays lightning strike near the summit of Humphreys Peak.
Tue, 07/19/2016 04:30 PM Injured Jansen Tabor,2 of 2  18.0  Sand Key FL 
 USA 
  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Police in Clearwater reported Tuesday afternoon that two people were apparently struck by lightning near Sand Key. One person was in critical condition. The other victim's condition was not immediately available. Both were taken to the hospital. Crews responded to Lighthouse Towers Condos and found the two victims near there. Clearwater Public Safety tweeted that both victims were "on the sand" around 4:30 p.m. when the lightning strike occurred. The City of Clearwater said the two victims were young adults from out of town, both men. The city did not release their identities.

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