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Sun, 06/23/2013 05:30 PM Injured 2 of 3  0.0  Casco ME 
 USA 
  under a tree    Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Under Trees 
Sun, 06/23/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills four children in Chhattisgarh  0.0  Chhattisgarh 
 India 
       
Four children, including three of a family, were killed and one other was hurt after being hit by lightning during thundershowers at separate places in Raigarh district, police said today. Three children - including two siblings Bharat Lal (10) and Karan (7) and their cousin Sangeeta (8) - of Bareth family in Nawapara Nadeli village, around 25 kms from Raigarh town, died on the spot after lightning struck them when they were playing on the village outskirts late last evening, Raigarh Superintendent of Police (SP) Rahul Bhagat said. Another child of the same family received injuries in the incident and has been admitted to Raigarh district hospital, the SP said. In a separate incident, a 15-year-old boy, Gaurishankar Rathiya, was killed after being struck by lightning while he was playing near a pond in Gindul village of the district last evening, the SP said
Sun, 06/23/2013 03:35 PM Injured zoo security guard  0.0  Indianapolis IN 
 USA 
  standing outside    Indirect,Outside,Work,Zoo 
Zoo guard indirectly hit by lightning Updated: Sunday, 23 Jun 2013, 10:28 PM EDT Published : Sunday, 23 Jun 2013, 6:27 PM EDT INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis Zoo guard was indirectly hit by lightning Sunday afternoon when a line of storms moved through the area. 24-Hour News 8 has learned from authorities that around 3:35 p.m., a security guard standing near the administration building was it by an indirect lightning strike -- this means the charge of the lightning strike made contact, not the bolt. He was taken by ambulance to Wishard Memorial Hospital. Authorities say the guard was alert and all vital signs were good when he was transported. The patient's name has not been released. Representatives at the zoo say the guard will remain at the hospital Sunday night. His injuries are not serious
Sun, 06/23/2013 12:00 PM Injured Erin Ledoux 1 of 3  25.0  Casco ME 
 USA 
  under a tree    Indirect,Near Water,Outside,Under Trees 
CASCO, Maine (AP)  Authorities say a New Hampshire woman has been injured in a lightning strike at a Maine resort. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Erin Ledoux was watching the storm roll in Sunday afternoon at the Point Sebago Resort in Casco. Officials say Ledoux, who is from Nashua, and two other people had been standing near a pine tree along the edge of Sebago Lake when the tree was struck by lightning. The strike reportedly sent Ledoux and the other two airborne. Authorities say Ledoux landed on some rocks and a concrete barrier at the water's edge and was knocked unconscious. The sheriff's office says she was taken to a hospital where she's in stable condition. The other two were not injured.
Sun, 06/23/2013 08:30 PM Injured boy   13.0  East Lebanon ME 
 USA 
  inside     Indoors 
LEBANON, Maine  A boy was struck by lightning Sunday night as power thunderstorms swept through the region. The Lebanon Rescue Department responded to a report of a young teenage male patient who had been struck by lightning after it was reported at 8:38 p.m. in East Lebanon. When crews arrived on scene, the boy was conscious and alert. He was at home with his family when a bolt of lightning was seen in the house by the whole family, as well as a very loud bang. The bolt of lightning went across the room and struck the boy. The child was suffering from effects of the lightning strike and was transported by Lebanon Rescue 2 to Goodall Hospital. There had been two severe thunderstorms in the area with hail, frequent lightning and heavy rain. The boys condition was not known as of late Sunday night.
Sun, 06/23/2013 05:30 PM Injured 3 of 3  0.0  Casco ME 
 USA 
  under a tree    Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Under Trees 
Sat, 06/22/2013 01:00 PM Injured person at trackmeet  0.0  University City MO 
 USA 
  at track meet    Outside,Sports Field 
Person Struck By Lightning At Track Meet Posted on: 10:52 pm, June 22, 2013, by Staff Writer, updated on: 10:51pm, June 22, 2013 UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI)  Around 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon, a person attending a track meet at University City high school was struck by lightning near the finish line on the track. Its unknown the extent of the persons injuries, but were told the person is expected to survive.
Sat, 06/22/2013 12:00 PM unknown Bad safety from Kansas Emergency Management  0.0  Topeka KS 
 USA 
  they tell you to crouch    Bad Safety info 
Kansas marks Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 23-29 TOPEKA, Kan. ---- Summer is the peak season for lightning, one of weather's most deadly occurrences. On average over the past 50 years, at least one Kansan has died from a lightning each year. Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 23 to 29) sponsored by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and the American Red Cross, is a nationwide effort to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to be a force of nature and avoid the dangers of lightning. Since the campaign began 13 years ago, the average number of lightning deaths in the U.S. has decreased from 73 to 54 but lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. In addition, lightning injures many more people than it kills and leaves some victims with life-long health problems. Between the years of 1959 and 2013, 66 people have been killed in Kansas and more than 200 injured. Just remember when you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you, said Angee Morgan, deputy director of Kansas Emergency Management. When you hear thunder take shelter and remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Each year, more than 400 people in the United States are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, out at the lake, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities. On average, 58 people are killed each year by lightning in the United States and several hundred more left with permanent disabilities. There have been seven lightning fatalities in 2013. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and American Red Cross have joined forces to create the Lightning Safety Awareness Campaign. These groups provide the information below and tips to help people stay safe when lightning strikes. Hundreds of people are struck by lightning across the country each year, but survive. Survivors may experience memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, seizures, depression and inability to sit for long periods of time. These effects are often long-term or permanent. Many deaths from lightning occur because people wait too long before seeking shelter. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough that it could strike your location at any moment, and often strikes as far away as 10 miles from any rainfall. Every flash of lightning is dangerous, even the first, because lightning can travel sideways from the storm. Even when the sky looks clear, be cautious. At least 10 percent of lightning occurs without visible clouds overhead in the sky. Look for dark cloud bases and increasing winds, and head to safety before the first flash of lightning. The most dangerous place to be in the event of a storm is outside. Seek shelter in a sturdy, closed building that contains a mechanism for conducting the electrical current from the point of contact to the ground. Avoid sheds, picnic shelters, baseball dugouts, bleachers, open carports, garages and covered patios, which are not safe from lightning strikes. If no enclosed building is accessible, get inside a hard-topped, all-metal vehicle. If you can't get to a sturdy shelter, crouch down low in an open area. Stay at least twice as far away from trees as they are tall. Since water is an excellent conductor of electricity, avoid standing in or near puddles. Also, remember to avoid holding anything that will conduct or attract lightning, such as golf clubs, fishing poles or tennis racquets. For more information about lightning safety awareness, visit the National Weather Service's web page on lightning safety (http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov).
Fri, 06/21/2013 06:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Lake Norden SD 
 USA 
       
1 killed, 1 hit by lightning as storms sweep through Plains, Upper Midwest By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News Storms that pummeled the northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Friday left at least one person dead and two other people injured, including one hit by lighting, officials said. In South Dakota, severe winds damaged homes and killed a 63-year-old woman as she sheltered in a bathtub in the community of Lake Poinsett north of Sioux Falls, Hamlin County Sheriff Chad Schlotterbeck said. Her husband was injured and taken to a hospital. Another person was struck by lightning and injured during the storm in the city of Lake Norden, Schlotterbeck said. He said numerous homes were damaged by what were believed to be straight-line winds but a count was not possible after darkness fell. "The power's out and we've suspended all operations until the morning," he said. At least four tornadoes were seen sweeping through rural areas of Nebraskas southern Panhandle, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Fri, 06/21/2013 03:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Bonita Springs FL 
 USA 
    N/A  Outside 
Another person in Southwest Florida was hit by lightning today, 24 hours after a man survived a strike Thursday, according to partner WINK News. We don't know their condition since that person's name has not yet been released. Nicole Hornberger with Bonita Springs Fire-Rescue said there was barely any thunder when that person was struck this afternoon in the Citrus Park area. "It wasn't your typical afternoon storm that rolled in," Hornberger said. "It was more like a light shower. The sun was even partially out. Still, someone was injured severely from a lightning strike." Thursday, 29-year old Richard Knox was working in Cape Coral when he was hit and he has a hole in his shirt to prove it. "I saw a bright, bluish white flash and woke up on the ground," Knox said. "It had hit the pole next to me." It's a danger we all live with in Florida, with an average of 1.4 million lightning strikes a year. Of the seven deadly lightning strikes across the country this year, two have been in Florida. One on a beach in Belleair. Another was on a boat in Lake Okeechobee. Last year, lightning killed five people in the state, including 11-year-old Jesse Watlington who was struck in an open field in Fort Myers. Read more on winknews.com.
Thu, 06/20/2013 12:00 PM Injured Richard Knox  0.0  Cape Coral FL 
 USA 
      Work 
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A man is recovering after being struck by lightning in Northwest Cape Coral. Richard Knox was struck somewhere in Northwest Cape Coral, while on the job. The strike knocked him out. When he awoke, he was able to drive himself to North Fort Myers, where coworkers called 911. Knox was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital
Tue, 06/18/2013 12:00 PM Injured mother and daughter  28.0  Omsk  
 Russia 
  outside with umbrella    Outside,Raining,Umbrella 
ONVILLE  18 JUNE 2013 THIS video footage was recorded from a dashcam, in Omsk, Russia  showing the moment lightning hit a woman and her daughter. ALSO IN THIS SECTION Ukraine's budget speech halted as opposition accuse Finance Minister of being drunk Topless protesters detained in Ukraine during demonstration against Belarusian President Moors murderer Brady says killings are 'petty' 1 Tip To Lose Belly Fat Cut pounds of stomach fat every week by using this 1 weird old tip. MiracleGarciniaCambogia.com Google Drive - Start Now Create, share & store your files. Now get up to 15GB of free storage. google.com/drive Ads by Google Fortunately the 28-year-old mother and her six-year-old daughter survived the strike and were hospitalised with only first and second degree burns. The pair can be seen standing at the side of a busy road holding onto an umbrella in the lashing rain. The lightning was attracted to the umbrella and struck it three times. Download our Free iPhone App Now Download our Free Android App Now - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131806074428_video-dramatic-footage-of-lightning-strike-hitting-woman-and-daughter-29354026.html.htm#sthash.qsdF0SVb.dpuf
Mon, 06/17/2013 02:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Neshoba County MS 
 USA 
  on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
Neshoba County, Miss. What's being called a 'freak act of nature' has left a Neshoba County family without a home. Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday a house in southwest Neshoba County, and a man in it, were struck by lightning. This led to a devastating fire. "Just a freak accident. There's nothing you could've done to stop it," says Chief Ronald Gardner with the County Line Fire Department. He and other volunteers from that department, along with volunteer firefighters from the Tucker community, responded to the blaze. Investigators say the lightning strike happened in the front room of the house located on Neshoba County Road 527. At the time a man who lived there was on the computer in the room. They say the man was knocked out by the strike, but that someone else in the house was able to revive him. "When we first got here there was fire coming out of the attic," says Gardner. "Someone else who was in the house had already got him out of the house and got him in an ambulance and took him on to the hospital." In all, it took roughly 30,000 gallons of water and 1.5 hours to get the fire under control. "It seems like to us when lightning strikes a house, you just about can't put it out," says Chief Gardner. "I don't know why the only two we've ever had have been just about impossible to put out. This fire was interesting because when we walked in the house there was no fire in the room where he was, but the keypad was on the table on fire and there was nothing else in the room on fire." The main level of the house suffered extensive water and smoke damage, and the attic was destroyed. As for the victim, he has since been released from the hospital. "They said he was fine and that he may have the twitches for a couple of days, but they released him Monday and he came back out," says Gardner. The lightning strike occurred near the Beatline community. The victim was identified as Delbert Matthews. We're told that he's in his mid fifties. Chief Gardner says that Matthews' family was able to salvage a number of items such as pictures and all of the appliances from the house.
Sun, 06/16/2013 07:00 PM Injured Dayton Heffelfinger  62.0  Owensboro KY 
 USA 
  on golf course  N/A  Golf Course,Outside,Umbrella 
Lightning hits man at Novadell course Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 7:54 pm | Updated: 12:30 am, Mon Jun 17, 2013. From New Era Staff Reports | 0 Comments A man was injured when he was struck by lightning Sunday evening at The Links at Novadell. The man, whose name was not available at the scene, was struck at the 17th hole as he opened an umbrella shortly after 7 p.m., according to Christian County Deputy Sheriff Brandon Myers. OWENSBORO, Ky. - An Owensboro man struck by lightning while playing golf in Hopkinsville on Father's Day managed to walk away with a story that experts will tell you defies the odds. "I stepped out of the golf cart, put my hands on top of the umbrella to push it down and the next thing I know I was talking to EMT," explained 62-year-old Dayton Heffelfinger. Heffelfinger was finishing a tournament with a friend when he recalls hearing some thunder in the distance. "I had been watching the sky because I won't stay out if I see lightning," he recalled. The single bolt of lightning entered Dayton's body through his left arm, then exited out his left foot, blowing a hole in his golf shoe and sending it flying off his foot. "All I know is that the good Lord decided I wasn't supposed to go and he knows I appreciate that," Dayton added. The former high school golf coach spent a few hours in the hospital, but was released after doctors told him everything checked out OK. "I got away with it, I don't know why I got away, but I got away with something I probably shouldn't have gotten away with." Email: cconte@newschannel5.com Facebook: Facebook.com/NC5ChrisConte Twitter: Twitter.com/ChrisConte
Sat, 06/15/2013 06:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Macon MO 
 USA 
  at outdoor auction    Indirect,Outside 
Macon, MO - A Macon man is recovering tonight after being struck by lightning during the afternoon's storms. According to officials with Macon County Emergency Management, the man was at an outdoor auction in Macon just after 6 when this happened. They say he was taken to an area hospital to be checked out, but was responsive at the scene. his name and condition have not been released.
Thu, 06/13/2013 09:00 AM Injured Haley Embleton  19.0  Cecil County MD 
 USA 
  feeding animals near a tree  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Indirect,Outside,Tree,Zoo 
Two staff members of a Cecil County, Md., zoo are being credited tonight with saving the life of an intern struck today by lightning. In the regions only injury reported in todays storms, the 19-year-old  whose name and hometown have not been disclosed  reportedly remains hospitalized tonight, her condition not released. The Plumpton Park Zoo, a small center in the 1400 block of Telegraph Road between Rising Sun and Calvert, issued a statement tonight, saying, two staff members trained in CPR undertook life saving measures after she was struck by lightning and lost consciousness shortly after 9 a.m. as the storm approached. An additional staff member stayed on the phone relaying her condition to emergency personnel as CPR was administered&, the zoo owners said. Paramedics arrived and transported her to a local hospital, they said and added that beyond that we cannot add any more information at this time. They did ask, however, that everyone keep this young lady in your thoughts and prayers&. Zoo owners also asked for her and her family to be left alone. "We ask that everyone respect this young womans privacy as well as her familys privacy at this time. County Director of Emergency Services Richard Brooks says the woman was feeding animals when the storm blew in. He says the woman was standing near a tree when the lightning struck. Brooks says a co-worker performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The woman was taken to Union Hospital and later transferred to Christiana Hospital. UDel student struck by lightning back at work Wednesday, July 31, 2013 TAGS:delaware news, lightning, local/state, monica malpass Comment NowEmailPrintReport a typo Monica Malpass More: Bio, Facebook, News Team Action News RISING SUN, MD - July 31, 2013 (WPVI) -- A University of Delaware student's love of animals nearly cost her her life. The 19-year-old intern at Plumpton Park Zoo in Maryland was going about her day last month when all of sudden everything went dark. She'd been struck by lightning. But now she's back on the job and talking about the frightening ordeal. Related Content MORE: Sendit.6abc.com MORE: Send a Breaking News alert MORE: Report a typo MORE: Sign up for 6abc Newsletters MORE: See more Action News slideshows "I just always had this feeling that I was going to get struck," Haley Embleton said. Embleton says she's had that fear for as long as she can remember and on June 13th her fear came true. She was hit by lightning but amazingly she laughs at the experience. "I don't remember anything of it so you might as well have a sense of humor about it," Embleton said. Embleton has been working as an intern at Plumpton Park Zoo over the summer. That day she was feeding some animals when a storm blew through the area. She went under a tree for shelter, and that's when she was hit and knocked unconscious. Two zoo workers performed CPR on Embleton, but she went into cardiac arrest twice. She was in a coma for several days, and when she woke up all she had was some short term memory loss. "It was just such a sense of relief that she came through it and yes she's going to be alright," Michelle Elliot of the Plumpton Park Zoo said. Now on the mend, Embleton wears a lightning bolt necklace and earrings as reminders she's lucky to be alive. "It shows that I'm supposed to be here," Embleton said. She is back to work at the zoo and plans to resume college at the University of Delaware this fall. And in her light heartedness she's embracing her new nickname of Sparky. (Copyright ©2013 WPVI-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
Thu, 06/13/2013 10:40 AM Injured man   0.0  Marlboro Township NJ 
 USA 
  operating machinery    Construction site,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Work 
Upload Photos and Videos Thursday's storm sent one to the hospital, after a lightning strike injured a man operating machinery on Timber Lane in Marlboro Township. Marlboro Police Capt. Bart Lombardo said the man was struck around 10:40 a.m. When police arrived on the scene the man was alert and no burn marks were visible. "I believe he was thrown from the machine," Lombard said. Lombardo said it was unclear whether the lightning hit the man or the machine he was operating. The victim was sent to CentraState Hospital in Freehold with no life-threatening injuries
Wed, 06/12/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning Kills Granny, Injures Mother, Kid in Bul  0.0  Gotse Delchev  
 Bulgaria 
       
A 47-year-old woman was killed and two others were severely injured by a lightning near the Bulgarian town of Gotse Delchev, Southern Bulgaria. The casualties  a young woman, her daughter and mother and father in law - went to toil on the field, where they grew tobacco for a living, when a thunder storm started on Monday. They found shelter from the rain under a tree, which, however, was struck by a lightning. The grandmother died immediately, while the mother and the kid suffered severe injuries and are about to be taken to a hospital in Sofia. Their lives are not in danger, but their injuries on the neck and back will take many plastic surgeries to fix, doctors say.
Wed, 06/12/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 dead, 5 injured  0.0   
 India 
       
Two persons were killed and five injured after being struck by lightning in separate incidents in the city, official sources said on Wednesday. on Tuesday after ligtning struck them, they said. In other incident in Dhakpura village of Bilsi area Udayveer Singh Yadav (24) was killed and his brother sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning on Tuesday evening, they said. The injured have been rushed to the hosptial, where their condition was stated to be stable.
Tue, 06/11/2013 11:50 AM Injured airman  0.0  Malmstrom Air Force Base MT 
 USA 
      Military 
GREAT FALLS - The person who was struck by lightning in Judith Basin County on Tuesday has been identified as an airman assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base. A Fergus County ambulance crew was dispatched to Stanford shortly before noon. A Mercy Flight helicopter was then dispatched to transfer the victim to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. The name of the airman has not yet been released, nor has the nature or extent of the injuries. Crews from Malmstrom Air Force Base routinely travel hundreds of miles throughout central Montana for maintenance, control and operation of scores of missile sites and facilities. A person was struck by lightning in Judith Basin County on Tuesday. Initial reports indicate that it happened shortly before noon. Mercy Flight helicopter was requested to take the person to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. The nature and extent of the person's injuries is not yet known. KRTV meteorologist Mike Rawlins confirms that there were numerous lightning strikes in the area at the time. We will update you as we learn more.
Tue, 06/11/2013 11:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Wellington FL 
 USA 
      Outside 
HOME > NEWS Updated: 5:41 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Posted: 12:08 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Man says he was struck by lightning, taken to Wellington hospital COMMENT(4) 2 0 0 109 ÿ By Alexandra Seltzer Palm Beach Post Staff Writer A man was taken to a local hospital this afternoon after he was indirectly hit by lightning in Wellington, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman said. The man was in the 14000 block of Greenbriar Boulevard near Pierson Road and west of State Road 7 in Wellington around 11:30 a.m. when the lightning struck, he reported to authorities. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Wellington Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. While a fire rescue spokesman could not comment about the mans injuries, he said typically a person struck directly or indirectly by lightning could feel a tingling sensation in the body or numbness. Around that time, and in the area west of State Road 7, the National Weather Service in Miami reported that there were two to four lightning strikes very minute or two. Robert Molleda, the weather services warning coordination meteorologist, said an electrical current is able to travel along a metal fence or through wet ground or a wet surface. Its unclear what the man was doing when he was struck. Lightning strikes are common during South Floridas rainy season, which began in late May. In fact, theres a higher chance of getting struck by lightning in Florida than anywhere else in the country because of daily thunderstorm activity, especially in June and July. Florida leads the country in the number of lightning deaths and injuries, Molleda said. Its because we get more lightning than any other part of the country. Its our climate. While the chances of getting indirectly or directly struck by lightning are low, this isnt the first time a Palm Beach County resident has been hit. In August 2010, Joseph Guerrero, then a 17-year-old Palm Beach Central High student, was indirectly hit by lightning while fishing in his suburban Lake Worth neighborhood. When he arrived at Delray Medical Center, Guerrero told doctors that he lost consciousness for a while and he couldnt feel his legs. He was hospitalized for about a week and is expected to make a full recovery. You hear the expression youre more likely to win the lottery than get hit by lightning. That may not apply to Florida, Molleda said. Twitter: @alexseltzer
Mon, 06/10/2013 02:21 PM Injured 3 people  0.0  Ratez Novo mesto 
 Slovenia 
       
Novo mesto, 10 June (STA) - Three people have been injured by a lightning strike in the village of Rate~ near Novo mesto (SE) on Monday, among them reportedly two foreigners
Sat, 06/08/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 brothers killed  0.0   
 India 
       
KOLKATA: Two brothers were killed after being struck by lightning in their paddy field at Amta in Howrah on Friday evening. The victims were identified as AbaniGayen, 45, and JagaiGayen, 35. TNN Two persons were killed after being struck by lightning at Amta in Howrah on Friday evening. The incident occurred around 6.30 p.m. when the victims identified as Jagai Gayen(35) and his brother Abani Gayen(45), both were farmers, were supervising the cultivation in their paddy field at Muktirchalk in Howrah. During a thunderstorm with shower, the two brothers were struck by the lightning. The duo was taken to Amta Rural Hospital where they were declared brought dead
Sat, 06/08/2013 12:00 PM Killed Aaron E Singleton 1 of 2  57.0  Lake Okeechobee FL 
 USA 
  on a boat  N/A  Boat,Indirect,On Water,Outside,Water 
Lightning strike kills man on Lake Okeechobee By Melissa Beltz mbeltz@newszap.com Updated June 10, 2013 at 03:00PM CLEWISTONA day out on Lake Okeechobee turned deadly for one West Palm Beach man, who was killed after lightning struck his boat on Saturday, June 8. According to Public Information Officer Carli Segelson, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), Thomas King Brown, 56, and Aaron E. Singleton, 57, both from West Palm Beach, were boating on Lake Okeechobee near Coot Bay as a thunderstorm approached. To avoid the storm, the two men decided to dock at the Clewiston boat ramps. As they were making their way towards Clewiston, lightning struck their boat and knocked both men unconscious. Some time later, Brown awoke and immediately called 911 after realizing what had happened. Brown tried to perform CPR on his friend, who was driving the boat at the time of the lightning strike, as he waited for law enforcement to arrive, according to Segelson. FWC responded to the 911 call and escorted both men to the Clewiston boat ramp, where FWC officers tried to perform CPR on Singleton. Hendry EMS arrived on scene and transported Singleton to Hendry County Regional Medical Center (HRMC), where he was pronounced dead. Brown refused treatment at HRMC, but was later taken by friends to Palms West Hospital to be treated, according to Segelson.
Sat, 06/08/2013 12:00 PM Injured Thomas King Brown 2 of 2  56.0  Lake Okeechobee FL 
 USA 
  on a boat    Boat,On Water,Outside 
Sat, 06/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured Kellylee Evans  38.0  Ottowa  
 Canada 
  in kitchen  N/A  Door,Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
A local jazz singer scheduled to perform at the Ottawa Jazz Festival is recovering at home after she was struck by lightning two weeks ago. Evans tells Alan Neal about being struck by lightning Kellylee Evans, 38, of Ottawa said she was injured while she stood in her kitchen wiping the counter and washing dishes during a storm. Evans told the CBC's Alan Neal she was also barefeet on a concrete floor and she was standing by a window when she felt a "jolt." Evans said she will use a cane for a short time. She also said her speech is a bit slurred but that she won't have to cancel any shows. Evans is set to perform on Friday in Ottawa at the jazz festival. I felt a big zap: Juno-award-winning jazz singer survives lightning strike at her Ottawa home Republish Reprint Sarah Boesveld | 13/06/19 | Last Updated: 13/06/20 9:53 AM ET More from Sarah Boesveld | @sarahboesveld Ethan Miller / Getty Images // David Kawai / Postmedia News fileKellylee Evans likens recovery from a lightning strike to a computer reboot  you have to de-frag, run anti-virus, recover all the data. It can be slow and exhausting. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Comments More Lightning storms always put on a good show near Kellylee Evanss country home outside of Ottawa and the one crackling across the sky on June 8 was especially spectacular. The Juno-award-winning jazz vocalist admired its menacing power from her kitchen window around 6 p.m. as she washed up from supper. She had just reassured her son, spooked by the booms sounding ominously close. Less than a minute later, a huge flash came through the window and a powerful shake rippled through her body. Ms. Evans leapt away from the sink, dropped the sponge she held in her right hand and screamed. You just feel shocked I felt, like, a big zap. A jolt. You just feel shocked, she said of the rare experience of being struck by lightning. All those crappy movies about people getting electrocuted? Thats it. Its that feeling. But I didnt feel any pain. Jean Levac / Postmedia News fileA lightning strike is actually a brain injury, Kellylee Evans said, and should be regarded and treated much like a concussion. Instead, the 38-year-old mother of three felt spent. She fell into a deep sleep for 12 hours straight. When she awoke, her heart was racing. Eventually, she lost feeling in her left arm and fingers. It became difficult to string words together. Her breathing was laboured, making it hard to sing  at least initially. She lost some memory. Vertigo set in, and her limbs felt weak. For such an extraordinary event, the timing was terrible  coming on the eve of a busy summer packed with performances and travel. But cancelling is out of the question. She will not allow her remaining symptoms  some unsteadiness and weakness in her arms and legs  to hold her back. This weekend, Ms. Evans will open for Willie Nelson at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, and appear later in the summer with such other musical heavyweights as John Legend and Joe Cocker. Shes about to embark on a multi-city Canadian tour of her new album, before playing a number of dates in France. This is a huge summer for me, she said. Its huge. Marie-France Coallier / Postmedia News fileKellylee Evans will open for Willie Nelson at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Her manager for North America, Ramon Hervey II, said the performer will have to go day by day. It isnt the best timing to suffer this kind of health [setback], he said, adding that hes impressed by how positive and determined shes shown herself to be. Jean Levac / Postmedia News fileKellylee Evans is about to embark on a multi-city Canadian tour of her new album, before playing a number of dates in France. In her two or so weeks of recovery, Ms. Evans learned she unwittingly put herself at risk of being struck by lightning that day even though she was indoors: standing by a window is a no-no. She should also put shoes on in her home with concrete floors. The wet sponge touching metal likely allowed for a contact effect, meaning the lightning, having hit the house, had a conduit through which to run, said Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the brainchild behind the American National Weather Services Lightning Safety strategy. Shes a very typical case, Dr. Cooper said. Ms. Evans contacted the lightning safety expert by email after two visits to the emergency room revealed nothing out of the ordinary. Shes awaiting the results of an MRI and will get to see a neurologist in October. Theres usually sleep at the beginning, some confusion, not knowing whats going on. Then you start getting into the Oh my gosh anxiety stage and the anxiety can start feeding on itself, she said over the phone from Maine. Then the layers of the onion start peeling back with slurred speech, confusion and other stroke-like symptoms. Less than a third of lightning strike victims are burned, she said, quickly dismissing the crispy critter myth. A lightning strike is actually a brain injury, she said, and should be regarded and treated much like a concussion. Related Lightning strike at Ontario food festival puts 17 people in hospital Quebec climber falls to his death after being struck by lightning She likens recovery from a lightning strike to a computer reboot  you have to de-frag, run anti-virus, recover all the data. It can be slow and exhausting. Thats what your brain feels like [after a lightning strike], because nothing comes automatically anymore. According to Environment Canada, about nine to 10 people die and between 100 and 150 people are hurt by lightning strikes in Canada each year. This compares with an average of 57 deaths per year in the United States, the agency says. Lightning season is much shorter in Canada  the farther north you go, the lower your chance of a lightning strike, Dr. Cooper said. And the rates are declining in the U.S., partly because of the decline of landlines connected to telephones and computers serving as pathways for electric currents, she said. Ms. Evans, meanwhile, sees the bolt from the sky as a bit of a gift, despite the havoc it has temporarily played with her health. I felt so unlucky at first and sometimes I still feel unlucky. Like what did I do to deserve that? she said. But honest to goodness, Ive learned how kind people can be. I learned there are a lot of times you dont have a lot of control. And despite the close encounter, she still thinks lightning is beautiful. She even got on a plane last week to Montreal on a stormy day, seated beside a woman who was terrified of flying and clutched her as the lightning and thunder stewed turbulence. Because she was so freaked out & it totally killed all of the fear I had on that trip, she said. She was a huge gift for me. National Post sboesveld@nationalpost.com | Twitter:
Sat, 06/08/2013 12:00 PM Killed man fishing in a boat  49.0   
 Dominican Republic 
  fishing in a boat    Boat,fishing,Outside 
A 49 year old fisherman, from the Dominican Republic, has died after falling into the water after being struck by lightning when he was fishing in a boat near the town of Santoña, in northern Spain. The emergency services report that the man fell overboard after the lightning strike, at which point time his nephew, who was with him, and other vessels that were in the area, tried to rescue him. A salvage and rescue team were dispatched to the area but could only rescue the man´s body, without signs of life. The Cruz Roja were also dispatched to assist in counselling those who witnessed the tragedy.
Fri, 06/07/2013 12:00 PM unknown Bad safety from FEMA  0.0   
 USA 
      Bad Safety info 
By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News)  Imagine youre a coach with a dugout full of Little Leaguers, and a storm strikes. You hear thunder. Many parents dropped off their kids and arent there, and the school next to the field is locked. How do you get the kids to safety? Thats just the type of situation that Katie Walsh, director of athletic training education at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., hopes people will start to prepare for. Lightning is about 100 percent avoidable, but you have to have a plan, she said. Each year, dozens of people are killed by lightning strikes in the United States, according to the National Weather Service, part of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That risk goes up considerably in the summer, when lightning-laced thunderstorms are more apt to occur and when more people are on the beach, in the mountains or on athletic fields and golf courses. Walshs university has a plan and has had to use it. We have a football stadium that holds 50,000 people, and we had to evacuate it, she said. As much as people gripe about it, Id rather have to evacuate the stadium than have one person hurt. I want people to be safe. Walsh said they were lucky because theres an indoor coliseum next to the football stadium. But thats not always the case, especially for the myriad of youth sporting events that occupy so many fields in warmer-weather months. Lightning season is April to November in many areas, and its common between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., which is often when people are playing, she said. So, have a plan. Is there a school bus that could be parked by the field that the coaches could take children to if a storm pops up? John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service, also advocates having a plan  one that always starts with checking the weather. That way you can postpone or cancel the activity if theres a possibility of thunderstorms, he said. If you go ahead with your activity, stay in tune to the forecast and keep an eye on the sky. If you hear thunder, the storm is already close enough for lightning to strike. Seek shelter right away. Safe shelters include any building with plumbing and wiring, cars with hard tops, trucks, RVs and buses. On the not-safe list is anything thats open to the outside, such as dugouts, bus stops, convertibles, and even open garages. People think if theyre not getting wet, they cant get struck, but if youre outside, youre at risk, said Walsh, who recently chaired a group writing a new position statement on lightning safety for the National Athletic Trainers Association. Once youre indoors, stay away from windows and doors, as well as from anything plugged in or anything that has a direct connection to the plumbing, according to Jensenius. So, no washing dishes or taking showers or baths, he said. Talking on a cordless phone is OK, but stay off corded phones, he advised. If youre in a car, the rubber tires wont protect you, but lightning will travel along the outside metal of the car. To stay safe, dont touch the metal door handles. Also, avoid touching the windshield if your cars antenna is built into it, and leave the radio alone, too, he cautioned. If youre outside and cant find a safe shelter, look for an area with shorter trees, but keep some distance from the trees. If youre with a group, spread out, Jensenius said. This might actually increase the risk of someone getting hit, but if youre all together and that area gets hits, there wont be anyone who can help, he explained. Avoid being, or being near, the tallest object in your immediate area, Jensenius added. But dont be out in the open or near isolated trees, either. If youre on the water, Walsh said, get to shore as quickly as possible. If youre in a pool, get out and seek shelter. And, dont go outside or in the water again until at least 30 minutes after the lightning flash or the last clap of thunder. If you havent been able to find appropriate shelter and suddenly feel your hair standing on end, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that you crouch down as low as you can, placing your weight on the balls of your feet so that as little of you is connected to the ground as possible. Cover your ears with your hands and put your head between your knees to make yourself the smallest target possible. If the worst happens, and you or someone youre with is struck by lightning, the first concern is sudden cardiac arrest. Lightning can immediately stop your heart, Walsh said. CPR needs to be started right away. If you happen to be where theres a portable automated external defibrillator, Jensenius said, use it if the persons heart has stopped. If someone is moving around, or if you know they have a heartbeat, take care of others who dont, Walsh advised. Other problems that could occur from a lightning strike are fractures, ruptured ear drums and concussions, according to Walsh. People dont always come back to where they were before the lightning strike, she said. Some people have problems that last the rest of their lives. They may have trouble sleeping or headaches. Jensenius added that some people experience burns, and others have trouble concentrating, are more forgetful, get easily distracted or have personality changes after being hit by lightning. Treatment, he said, depends on the particular injury, though it begins with getting immediate medical help for anyone whos been struck. And, before that, it starts with a plan.
Fri, 06/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed 6 killed by lightning in Ranchi, Hazaribagh dists  0.0   
 India 
       
Six persons were killed and three others injured after being struck by lightning at separate places in Hazaribagh and Ranchi districts, police said today. Kaushalya Devi (40) and Pitwa Devi (50) died on the spot after being hit by a thunderbolt while they were collecting coriander leaves at Barkakhud village in Hazaribagh district in the afternoon today, sources said. Also in Hazaribagh district, one Geeta Devi was killed when lightning struck her. In Ranchi district, meanwhile, one Sukhram Munda (20) died near Bundu while three others suffered injuries when lightning struck them. Karma Oraon (34) and another 65-year-old man, Hiralal Mahato, were killed at Lundri village and in the Kanka area, respectively, after being struck by lightning. An 18-month-old child, whom Oraon was carrying slung on his back, miraculously escaped without any injuries, police added. Both Ranchi and Hazaribagh districts have seen widespread rains in the last few days.
Thu, 06/06/2013 02:00 PM Killed woman   0.0  Zamboanga del Norte  
 Philippines 
  inside her house    Indoors 
By Bong Garcia Thursday, June 6, 2013 A WOMAN died instantly after she was hit by lightning inside her house in Zamboanga del Norte, a police official said Thursday. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesperson for Zamboanga Peninsula police, said the incident took place around 2 p.m. Tuesday in Barangay Lumaping, Jose Dalman municipality. Huesca identified the fatality as Elsa Dumolon, 38, who died instantly from the lightning strike. Investigation showed that the victim was sitting at their bed when she was accidentally hit by the lightning that passes through the window of her house. Wikipedia stated that lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between electrically charged regions within clouds, or between a cloud and the Earth's surface. It said humans struck by lightning may suffer severe injury or even death due to internal organ and nervous system damage.
Wed, 06/05/2013 03:30 PM Injured boy at Great Wall  14.0  Huairou district  
 China 
  on Great Wall of China    Outside 
A 14-year-old boy has survived being struck by lightning at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in Huairou district after paramedics came to his aid, The Beijing News reports. The boy, surnamed He and from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, was visiting the Great Wall Tuesday with his family when a storm broke out. He was struck by lightning at around 3:30 pm on his right shoulder near a watch tower and fell unconscious. He was revived after 15 minutes by paramedics. Beijing's rainy season officially started on June 1. Meteorologists issued blue and yellow storm warnings on Tuesday
Wed, 06/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed Elsa Dumolon  38.0  Dipolog city Zamboanga Del Norte province 
 Philippines 
  sitting on bed    In Bed,Indoors 
Woman killed by lightning in Southern Philippines Wednesday, June 05, 2013 10:40:56 PM DIPOLOG CITY (Mindanao Examiner / June 5, 2013)  A Filipino woman was killed after she was hit by a lightning bolt inside her bedroom in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte province, police said Wednesday. Police said Elsa Dumolon, 38, was instantly killed from the lighting strike that went through her opened window in the village of Lumaping. Investigators said the woman was just sitting on her bed when the lightning bolt struck her. Lightning strike is known to go through windows and can travel through electrical equipment and even plumbing or any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. There is no immediate statistics as to the number of documented casualties or injuries from lightning strikes in the Philippines, but those struck by lightning and survived suffered from a variety of long-term symptoms, including memory loss, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, muscle spasms and depression among others. (Mindanao Examiner)
Wed, 06/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 27 killed in Bihar  0.0   
 India 
       
Lightning kills 27 in Bihar Last Updated: Wednesday, June 05, 2013, 12:34 A- A A+ 0 0 Tags: Bihar, Lightning Patna: At least 27 people, including women and children, have been killed in lightning strikes across Bihar in the past 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. â¬SIn the last 24 hours, at least 27 people, including six children and three women, have been killed by bolts of lightning across Bihar," an official of the state Disaster Management Department said. More than two dozen people have sustained serious burn injuries. Nalanda and Aurangabad districts reported six deaths each, Rohtas four, Shekhpura and Nawada three each, and Gaya and Bhojpur two each. One death was reported from Kaimur. â¬SLightning killed three children who were playing in a mango orchard at Enjhi village in Sheikhpura; three children died after being struck by lightning when they took shelter under a tree to escape rains in Rohtas,⬝ an official said. Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common in Bihar
Wed, 06/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills one, injures two in Bharuch  0.0  Bharuch district  
 India 
       
RELATED SURAT: One person was killed while two others sustained major injuries when they were struck by lightning on Monday in Seval village of Valiya taluka in Bharuch district. Police said that three farm labourers, Dinesh Chaudhary, Kiran Vasava and Arun Vasava were injured when lightning struck them. They were rushed to Valiya government hospital where Chaudhary succumbed to injuries. Meanwhile, large parts of Valsad and Dang districts received showers in the last 24 hours. Officials said that Kaprada recorded 25mm, Umargam 9mm and Valsad 5mm of rain. Pardi and Dharampur, too, received showers on Wednesday. In Dang district, Waghai recorded 11mm and Ahwa 4mm of precipitation. With the southwest monsoon progressing, more parts of south Gujarat including Surat city are likely to receive rains in the coming 72 hours. Meteorological department officials said there will be widespread showers in the next 24 hours. Surat city, too, woke up to a cloudy day on Wednesday but soon the clouds were blown away by the winds. The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 34 degrees Celsius and minimum was 28.8 degree Celsius.
Wed, 06/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 44 killed by lightning in India  0.0   
 India 
       
New Delhi - Lightning in two Indian states has killed at least 44 people and injured more than three dozen, officials and news reports said on Wednesday. At least 31 people died in the eastern state of Bihar on Tuesday when a storm hit nine districts, state disaster management official SK Chaudhary said. Victims who were struck by lightning bolts were mostly farmers or the homeless who were outdoors, Chaudhary said by phone from state capital Patna. Aurangabad was the worst-affected district, accounting for six deaths, he added. Six children and three women were among the casualties, the IANS news agency reported. Around 25 people had sustained serious burn injuries and were being treated at hospitals, Chaudhary said. Lightning strikes also claimed 13 lives in four districts of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Bihar, IANS said. More than a dozen were reported injured. The storm occurred during the height of summer in India, which has seen soaring temperatures across many states ahead of the monsoon season. - Sapa-dpa
Mon, 06/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed Deaths by lightning rise in the north-east  0.0   
 Bangladesh 
       
Deaths by lightning rise in the north-east Abu Bakar Siddique Bangladesh Experts say shortage of tall trees in Haor areas is the reason Deaths from lightning strikes have gone up significantly in recent times, inducing alarm among many. On May 6, a total of 24 people were killed after being struck by lightning. Five of them were from the Maguri village under Damiha union of Tarail upazila in Kishoreganj district  three farmers and two young men. In 2011, a total of 179 people were struck and killed by lightning, 58 getting killed in the month of May alone. During April and May alone of the following year, lightning killed a staggering 152 people. Meteorologically, April and May happen to be that part of the year in Bangladesh, when the frequency of Kalbaishakhi (Norwester), rises. This seasonal storm is typically accompanied by lightning. According to Disaster Forum, a Dhaka-based network on disaster preparedness and risk reduction, the actual level of casualty from lightning could be much higher because many cases go unreported. Disaster management expert Gawher Nayeem Wahra said such deaths have been on the rise because people lack awareness. These deaths could be avoided if the met office could effectively broadcast early warning of the impending thunderbolt, he said. Of the 24 deaths reported on May 6, as many as 11 were in the countrys northeast, better known as the Haor area of greater Mymensingh, including Kishoreganj, Netrakona, Jamalpur and Tangail. Wahra said: Shortage of adequate tall trees in the Haor areas could be a reason for the rise in the number of deaths from lightning in the Haor basin. Geologically, the Haor areas comprise vast stretches of open spaces and wetlands, which remain under, water most of the year and turn into arable lands during the dry season. According to unofficial data, at least 108 people were injured after getting struck by lightning in 2012. Meteorologist Hafizur Rahman from Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) claimed that thunderbolt warnings were issued regularly but people were not aware of them. He said people only paid heed and took evasive measures if there was an alert for a disaster that had the magnitude of a cyclone. Executive Director of Centre for Global Change (CGC) and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Ahsan Uddin Ahmad said the language that the met offices used for broadcasting warning was not easily comprehensible to the common man. The thunderstorm warnings that the Hong Kong Observatory issues are intended to give short-term  within one to a few hours  notice of the likelihood of thunderstorms affecting any part of the territory. Once issued, the warning is broadcast over radio and television, and announced on the Observatorys website and the Dial-a-Weather system. Climate activists, often link the rising cases of death from lightning to the changing global climate, especially global warming. Climate change expert Ainun Nishat said global lightning activity would increase if average global temperature rose. Ahsan Uddin, however, said the link between the increased lightning activity and global warming was yet to be proved.
Sun, 06/02/2013 07:00 PM unknown Lightning Bolt Scares The Bejeezus Out Of Yankees   0.0  NY 
 USA 
      Baseball or Softball,Education,Outside 
Lightning Bolt Scares The Bejeezus Out Of Yankees And Red Sox Players Cork Gaines | Jun. 3, 2013, 9:14 AM | 6,008 | 3 Email More The Yankees and Red Sox played a rain-shortened six-inning contest on Sunday with Boston winning 3-0. But before the game was called, a lightning bolt scared players of both teams that were still sitting in the dugout. The thunder sounded as if the lightning hit the actual stadium. And players were so frightened, that several of them made a bee-line for the clubhouse. Here's the humorous video. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/video-lightning-bolt-scares-red-sox-and-yankees-players-2013-6#ixzz2VBkYmUOb
Fri, 05/31/2013 10:00 PM Injured Matt Gillum 1 of 2  0.0  Fair Grove MO 
 USA 
  touching fence loading livestock  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Work 
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Fri, 05/31/2013 10:00 PM Injured worker 2 of 2  0.0  Fair Grove MO 
 USA 
  touching fence loading livestock  N/A  Fence,Indirect,Outside,Rodeo,Work 
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Thu, 05/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured 5 soldiers  0.0  Barangay Bay  
 Manila 
  inside hut    Military,Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning hurts 5 soldiers in Sultan Kudarat ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 05/30/2013 11:04 AM | Updated as of 05/30/2013 11:04 AM MANILA  Five soldiers were wounded after being struck by lightning in Barangay Chua, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday. The wounded soldiers were identified as Captain Joseph Andog, Sergeant Wilmer Walid Asis, Sergeant Larry Naranjo, Corporal Edzel Cabatuan and Private First Class Jack Indap. The five soldiers were inside a hut that had a radio antenna attached on its roof, when the lightning struck. Andog, Asis, Naranjo and Indap lost consciousness after the lightning strike, while Cabatuan felt numbness on his legs. The soldiers also sustained burn injuries. Three of the soldiers have already been discharged from the hospital. The soldiers, part of the 16th Field Artillery Battalion, were deployed in the area to monitor alleged illegal logging activities.  report from Anne Santos, ABS-CBN News SOCCSKSARGEN
Thu, 05/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured Alberta tree trimmers survive lightning strike  0.0  Edmonton  
 Canada 
  shutting down     Outside,Work 
Two young men are lucky to be alive after lightning struck a tree next to where they were working Wednesday. The two were pruning trees in Devon, Alta., southwest of Edmonton, when an electrical storm quickly moved in. The lightning hit the ground, then up one leg and down the other of one of the men. He was taken to hospital and released this morning, while the other worker was not injured. The owner of the company said the men were shutting down when the lightning struck. "They shut down after the first observed thunder or lightning and unfortunately that was just too late," Cody Anderson said. "I wouldn't say anyone on site was at fault other than being in the wrong place at precisely the wrong time." Company policy is for workers to get out of the trees whenever there is thunder or lightning, he said
Thu, 05/30/2013 03:00 PM Injured Two men ( 1 od 2 )  0.0  Rogers AR 
 USA 
  at car dealership    Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
ROGERS, AR - Severe weather moving through Northwest Arkansas has left two men injured by a lightning strike. It happened this afternoon shortly before three o'clock in the parking lot of All-Star Motors at 401 West Hudson Street. Both victims suffered injuries related to shock as well as falling. Both were bleeding after they fell onto concrete. One of the men was reported to have been knocked unconscious. Officials say it was a close call but both of the man are expected to be okay. The lightning bolt struck about 10 feet from where the men were standing.
Thu, 05/30/2013 05:21 PM Killed Jennie Dizon  17.0  Downers Grove IL 
 USA 
  at a park  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,School 
DOWNERS GROVE - An unidentified female was found dead in O'Brien Park just after 5 p.m. Thursday, and the cause of death may be lightning, according to Downers Grove police. The female victim was found on the ground just east of the sled hill at the park, unconscious and not breathing, around 5:21 p.m., police said. Medics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead on the scene, according to police. A preliminary investigation did not indicate any signs of foul play, police said, and the death investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the DuPage County Coroner's Office. The body was found after a severe thunderstorm hit the Downers Grove area, bringing lightning along with heavy rain and winds. In a release distributed around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police did not comment on whether the death may have been caused by a lightning strike, but when reached earlier police said lightning was suspected. A lightning strike was confirmed just four miles north of O'Brien Park during the storm Thursday. That incident, in the 4500 block of Highland Avenue, caused minor damage to a house, but no injuries. The police department is not releasing the victim's name, pending formal notification of family members. Updated: May 31, 2013 5:24PM A Benet Academy senior from Downers Grove was fatally struck by lightning in a west suburban park on Thursday, just days before graduation. Emergency personnel found Jennie Dizon, 17, lying on the ground unresponsive at OBrien Park near Dunham Road and 68th Street in Downers Grove about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, according to the DuPage County Coroners office. Paramedics were unable to revive her and she was declared dead on the scene at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the coroners office. An autopsy determined Dizon, of Downers Grove, died of electrocution consistent with a lightning strike, according to the coroners office. Dizon was a senior at Benet Academy, which is holding graduation ceremonies Sunday. The school issued a statement that read in part: Throughout the day her close friends, classmates, teachers, and the entire school community have had opportunities to recall her many talents, her unique gifts, and her wonderful personality. Through a combination of tears and laughter, we have also shared with one another our recollections of many memorable experiences with Jennie. Most importantly, as people of faith, we have celebrated her entrance into eternal life. Though she was taken from us much too soon, we trust that she is now in Gods loving embrace. May she rest in peace. A wake will be held from 3-9 p.m. Sunday at Hallowell & James Funeral Home at 301 75th St. in Downers Grove.
Thu, 05/30/2013 03:00 PM Injured Two men ( 2 of 2 )  0.0  Rogers AR 
 USA 
  at car dealership    Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Wed, 05/29/2013 06:00 PM Injured Roert Garzaa  0.0  Dallas TX 
 USA 
  waking to car    Airplane,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot,Walking to Vehicle,Work 
DFW Airport - A North Texas man was struck by lightning at DFW Airport Wednesday night. It wasn't a direct hit but the lightning traveled along the ground, through his feet and knocked him down. The lightning stuck a light pole then acted like a lightning rod taking the charge down to the ground where Roberto Garza was walking to his car. It was about 6:00 p.m. when Garza left work with advice from the night shift. "They told me you need to get out of here it's fixing to rain," said Garza. Lightning struck at DFW Airport at about the same time Garza was leaving work as a DFW DPS jailer. "I was coming outside and I heard a big boom," said Garza. Garza saw the lightning that came right before the thunder. "I was walking over here towards my car and there was a second lightning and I hear a boom and I saw the lightning hit the pole," said Garza. "The boom was horrendous. Garza said it happened in a flash. It seemed like slow motion then he realized it wasn't over. "It went all the way to the ground and I saw the lightning coming toward me and tried to run away from it," he said. "And it went down and it seemed like the flashing was about a foot off the ground towards me. I tried to get away but it knocked me over I fell on my right side," said Garza. He received bumps and bruises from his fall. He can't forget the feeling of the charge traveling up through his feet. Lightning took a toll Wednesday night in North Texas. Some flights were diverted at DFW because of lightening. Two big fires are blamed on lightning including the house fire in Lantana and an apartment fire in Ft. Worth. Then, there's Roberto Garza who's experienced the risks of being a former officer. However, he never expected to be hit by lightning. Garza said he's lucky the lightning bolt had lost much of its punch by the time it got to him. "I wouldn't be here." Garza said once he fell to the ground he stayed there. He was stunned but wanted to be sure he didn't see any more lightning. He got up then went back inside until EMS crews showed then went to hospital. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20133105092647_lightning-strikes-man-at-dfw-airport.htm#ixzz2UsPjLPtU
Tue, 05/28/2013 12:00 PM Injured school aide  0.0  Magna UT 
 USA 
  at recess    Indirect,Outside,School,Work 
Lightning Strikes Near School Aide In Magna (KUTV) A Magna school aide is in the hospital after nearly being struck by lightning during recess. Granite School District officials say the aide was helping get kids inside at Copper Hills Elementary at 7635 West 3715 South when the storm rolled through. Lightning struck near the woman. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries
Tue, 05/28/2013 03:30 PM Killed Phyllis Kalinowski  0.0  Brandon FL 
 USA 
  on the beach  N/A  Beach,Outside 
BELLEAIR BEACH  Phyllis Kalinowski owned a bookkeeping business and spent hours each week volunteering with the Brandon High School Orchestra boosters, staying on even after her son, a cellist, graduated. On Tuesday, she made time to relax and headed to Belleair Beach, sandwiched between Clearwater and Indian Rocks beaches, with a friend. Deputies are still investigating exactly what happened next, but this much is known: Kalinowski, 51, spent the day on the sand with friend Dawn Ryskoski. At some point, Ryskoski left, then returned about 6 p.m. Related News/Archive 2009 was a year for somber news in Hernando County More than a Year ago Largo's Ridgecrest Park reopens after storm damage; work continues elsewhere More than a Year ago Creative people in the area to watch this year More than a Year ago Tropical Storm Debby brings heavy rain, strong winds to Tampa Bay 11 Months Ago Taking stock of turmoil of Tropical Storm Debby 11 Months Ago She found Kalinowski unresponsive on the beach in the 2500 block of Gulf Boulevard, said Sgt. David DiSano, a Pinellas County sheriff's spokesman. A violent storm had rolled through, DiSano said. It appeared Kalinowski had been hit by lightning. "It was a pretty significant storm," DiSano said. "There were a lot of lightning strikes." According to the National Weather Service, there have been just four other deaths caused by lightning strikes so far this year across the country  none in Florida, until Tuesday. "This is a reminder as we go into the summer storm season it's important to pay very close attention to the weather, as it can change very quickly," Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said Tuesday night. Kalinowski had volunteered for the past five years with the Brandon High School Orchestra Boosters Association. On Tuesday, friends from the boosters searched for words to describe her, still unsure of whether to speak in past or present tense. She joined the group because her son, Josef, played with the orchestra, which is the oldest in Hillsborough County. She attended fundraisers and chaperoned trips to San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, said fellow booster Nancy Chinander. Kalinowski continued volunteering this past year even though Josef had graduated and gone on to college. She helped in whatever way she could  even buying fundraiser items from students struggling to raise money for the orchestra's trips, Chinander said. "She was just wonderful, she was so giving to everybody," she said. Kalinowski volunteered as the boosters' treasurer this past year, arguably the most demanding position, said her friend and fellow booster Karen Riddle. She got her energy from the children and was a mentor to them, Riddle said. "She treated those children  every one of them  like she was their mom," Riddle said. "She just had a great connection with the children." She was energetic, approachable and outgoing  all necessary attributes for some of the orchestra's field trips. "She saw how much being part of that organization helped the children," Riddle said. "She saw the benefits and how it created a bond between the students." Kalinowski leaves a husband of 26 years, Paul Kalinowski, and two children, Josef and Erin. Although lightning strikes are especially common in Florida's summer storms, deaths here caused by lightning are unusual  but by no means unheard of. Among the most recent deaths caused by lightning in Florida: " Jesse Watlington, 11, of Fort Myers was struck by lightning in October 2012 as he walked with his middle school classmates to football practice. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died after being removed from life support. " Justin Savers Inversso, 21, a lifeguard at Tampa's Adventure Island, was struck by lightning in September 2011 while evacuating guests from the Key West Rapids ride. Inversso was at the top of the ride, about 700 feet above the ground, when the storm approached. Co-workers began CPR, but he died at a hospital. " A 16-year-old boy, Sam Santilli, died four days after he and his mother were struck by lightning in August 2007 on Treasure Island. His mother survived. " Another 16-year-old, Jose Alvarez Jeronimo, was killed by lightning in August 2006 while working on a roof in Wesley Chapel. " Francisco Tirado, 58, was struck by lightning in July 2006 in St. Petersburg while playing with his 13-year-old grandson. He died from his injuries seven months later, according to his obituary. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433. Dan Sullivan can be reached at dsullivan@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6229. DIRK SHADD | Times (2012) Lightning strikes are common in Florida. Tuesdays apparent fatal strike is a reminder that weather can change quickly, bringing dangerous conditions, said a Bay News 9 forecaster. Safety tips " Plan your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin. " If outdoors, avoid water, high ground, open spaces and metal objects. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows shut. " If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should crouch down, putting feet together; and avoid proximity to other people. " Suspend activities for 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder. " Injured persons do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or send for help immediately. Source: National Lightning Safety Institute Video from the scene of Tuesday's strike is at Links in today's Times at tampabay.com. Apparent lightning strike kills Brandon mom on Belleair Beach 05/28/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:46am] Friend recounts beach day that ended in lightning strike death By Keeley Sheehan, Times Staff Writer Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:04pm Facebook 0 Email Share 2 Print 3 Phyllis Kalinowski, 51, of Brandon was killed by a lightning strike at Belleair Beach on Tuesday. BRANDON  When Dawn Ryskoski and Phyllis Kalinowski went to the beach Tuesday, Ryskoski thought it would be like any other they spent together  quality time with a dear friend. But they became separated in a fierce afternoon storm. When the lashing rain and booming thunder finally subsided, Ryskoski discovered her friend isolated and unresponsive on the sand. Kalinowski, 51, apparently had been killed by lightning. "It is still unreal to me that I went to the beach and did not leave with my friend," Ryskoski said Wednesday. RELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE Apparent lightning strike kills Brandon mom on Belleair Beach 1 Day Ago Roll call of some who died in 2012 5 Months Ago As weeks turn into months in NICU, micropreemie's parents wonder: What does a miracle look like? 5 Months Ago FBI's Scientology investigation: Balancing the First Amendment with charges of abuse and forced labor 4 Months Ago The declassified diary of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi 3 Weeks Ago The women, both from Brandon, had gone to Belleair Beach in Pinellas County. They walked along the sand, and Kalinowski found a shell neither had often seen before. She gave it to Ryskoski, who nicknamed it "the Phyllis shell." "She was even touched by that, something small," said Ryskoski, 45. They went to refill the parking meter. Kalinowski decided to go back to her towel while Ryskoski went for a walk down the beach. Ryskoski was walking in the surf when she saw clouds roll in. She didn't see lightning at first. But the storm grew quickly, and the first strikes were so close she felt like she needed to duck. Heading for sand away from the tide, she followed a path near buildings to get back. "When I got closer, I started calling her name," Ryskoski said. Rain beat down onto her face. "It was hard to see anything." She couldn't find Kalinowski near their spot. She looked for her at the car, then around condominium buildings, thinking her friend might have sought shelter. Ryskoski checked the bathroom, then waited out the worst of the storm in a picnic area. In the drizzle, she walked back to the beach where their things still sat, thinking Kalinowski had left them as a place to meet up after the storm. "I started to pick up our wet mess," Ryskoski said. She rinsed their flip-flops in the water. "I was the first one back on the beach," she said. She spotted what she thought were beach bags, towels or clothes a little way down the beach. But it actually was Kalinowski. "When I got right there, I saw her clothes and realized it was her," Ryskoski said. "Another lady from one of the condos helped me roll her over and see if we could help her." But there was nothing they could do except wait for help. Deaths caused by lightning strikes are infrequent. Until Tuesday, only four other people had been killed by lightning strikes across the country this year, according to the National Weather Service. Between 2006 and 2012, at least four people in the Tampa Bay area have been killed by lightning strikes. Kalinowski lived with her husband, Paul. They have two children, an older daughter, Erin, and a son, Josef, who is in his first year at the University of South Florida. "She bragged about her children to me all the time," Ryskoski said. "She was very proud of her children." Josef had played the cello in the Brandon High School Orchestra. Kalinowski continued to volunteer for the orchestra's booster club after he graduated. Kalinowski grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, the youngest of four siblings. She had many life-long friends, said her brother Art Maldonado, 52, of Orlando. "She had hundreds of friends," Maldonado said. "A lot of people relied on her help." "She was the most kind, caring, giving person anyone could know," said Ryskoski, who has known Kalinowski since about 2005 when she hired her to work at Amy's Hallmark Cards at the University Mall. Ryskoski was the manager before the store closed. Kalinowski was a regular and friendly with other costumers. "She would start fixing the ornaments if they were out of order," Ryskoski said. So she hired her. "We didn't spend hours and hours together, but it was quality time," she said. "We cherished our moments together as friends." Times staff writer Marlene Sokol contributed to this report. Keeley Sheehan can be reached at ksheehan@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2453.
Sun, 05/26/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning strikes 4 to death, one electrocuted in   0.0  Yendi  
 Ghana 
       
Four persons have been struck to death by Lightning in Yendi community of Gundogu, in the Northern Region during a strong rainstorm that hit the area Saturday night. They include a family of three: an old man, the wife and a son. Another person whose name was given as Abdulai Safura was also electrocuted by faulty electrical cable destroyed in the rainstorm. The roof of six schools and several other houses have also been completely ripped off. Several electrical poles were also uprooted and destroyed in the rainstorm. Operations officer of the National Disaster Management Organization in Yendi Municipality Abubakari Hussein Inusah confirmed the incident to Joy News. Two men and one female died at Gundogu, all Fulani, one other person a male also died at kpalse, six schools and several houses have also been destroyed. Alhassan Abdulai Jamoni a sister to Abdulai Safura, who was electrocuted, told Joy News her sister was trying to power on her light when she got electrocuted. This is the third time, in three months, that rainstorm have hit the area. Meanwhile, NADMO is yet to come to the aid of the affected residents in the municipality
Sun, 05/26/2013 04:15 PM Killed Jonathon D Olisio  29.0  Lake Shelbyville Dam IL 
 USA 
  fishing on a lake in a boat  N/A  fishing,Fresh Water,Outside,Water 
May 27, 2013 Fisherman struck by lightning CNHI SHELBYVILLE, IL.  A fisherman has died as the result of a lightning strike Sunday afternoon. Jonathon D. Olisio, 29, of Mokena, IL, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville, IL. He was struck by lightning at about 3:50 p.m. while fishing with friends at near the Lake Shelbyville Dam on the Kaskaskia River, according to Shelby County Coroner Brian Green. None of the friends with him were injured in the incident. No autopsy and no further investigation are planned in the incident, according to Green.
Sat, 05/25/2013 12:00 PM unknown What goes on when lightning strikes?  0.0   
 UK 
      Science 
What goes on when lightning strikes? One lightning flash could run a whole power station  and there are 8 million strikes around the Earth every day. We still don't know what triggers the phenomenon, although a new theory proposes a role for cosmic rays Share 85 inShare 0 Email Brian Clegg The Observer, Saturday 25 May 2013 Jump to comments (43) Lightning strikes over a barn in Donnellson, Iowa. Photograph: Adrees Latif/REUTERS A new theory from Russian researchers suggests that lightning may be a by-product of cosmic rays. Surprisingly, despite studying lightning for centuries, we are still not sure what triggers it. Divine attribution In ancient times, the drama of thunder and lightning so clearly went beyond human scale that the phenomenon was handed wholesale to the gods. The Greeks had Zeus, the Romans Jupiter. At the head of the Hindu pantheon was Indra, while Norse mythology gave us Thor  all wielders of thunderbolts. Even when thunderstorms were not ascribed directly to the activity of a divine being, they were considered a disturbing premonition. Pliny the Elder, writing in the first century AD, called them prophetic, direful and accursed. Traditionally, thunder and lightning were treated as separate, related, phenomena, because sound travels far slower than light. When a ripple of lightning splits the sky, the light travels towards us at 300,000 kilometres per second. By comparison, the noise ambles along at just 340 metres per second. After the near-instantaneous flash, we have to wait for the sound to catch up. If a thunderstorm is 10km distant, the delay will be around 29 seconds. Famously, American politician and scientist Benjamin Franklin is said to have tested lightning's nature by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. This experiment has a murky history. Franklin certainly proposed it in 1750, but there is no reliable documentation of hands-on kite work on his part. The proposal was to use the electrical charge in the thunderclouds to induce a build-up of electricity on a key tied to the kite string. The charge would then be passed to a primitive storage device called a Leiden jar, where it could be demonstrated that the power of the storm behaved exactly like electricity generated on the ground. Charged theory How the charge builds up in the first place remains uncertain. The best-supported theory is that lightning is caused by ice particles and supercooled water droplets, jostling with graupel (hail embryos) in a cloud, transferring electrons from one to another. Christopher Emersic of Manchester University points out: "Our current understanding, that is best supported in the laboratory, is that these two particle types collide with each other and charge is transferred between them as a result. Precisely how this happens microscopically is still a bit of a mystery (and mind-bendingly complicated)." In this model, heavier graupel, carrying a negative charge, move towards the bottom of the cloud while lighter, positively charged particles are carried upwards. The model dates to 1954, when it was proposed by German physicist Dieter Müller-Hillebrand in a basic form, later developed by John Latham and John Mason of Manchester University, where the mechanism has been studied in cloud chambers for 40 years. Graeme Anderson, of the Met Office, says: "The difference in size and temperature of the ice particles is thought to lead to an exchange of charge, and as this happens many times, the larger particles carry excess negative charge to the base of the cloud, and the small particles carry positive charge upwards to the top of the cloud. An alternative theory is that charge develops at the surface in fair weather conditions, and is then carried up by the updraft in a storm, creating a charged cloud that draws even more charge towards itself." Emersic is doubtful that alternative theories carry much weight. Many mechanisms have been proposed over the years but only the particle-collision theory "is capable of explaining the observations and is supported by modelling studies", he says. Even this model can incorporate input from cosmic rays, a mix of high-energy particles and electromagnetic radiation from deep space. "Thunderstorm electric fields aren't quite high enough to allow electrical breakdown in air and, as such, a catalyst is required to kick it off. Cosmic rays are one hypothesis to account for this." But the new theory from Russia gives cosmic rays a wider role. Aleksandr Gurevich of the Russian Academy of Science's Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow and Anatoly Karashtin of the Radiophysical Research Institute in Nizhny Novgorod suggest that the charged particles in cosmic rays produce a stream of electrons in clouds, which set off a chain reaction, colliding with atoms and producing further electrons. Of itself, this wouldn't be enough to trigger the vast electrical discharge of a lightning bolt. But Gurevich and Karashtin suggest that ice particles become sufficiently electrically polarised to set off their own mini-discharges, multiplying the cosmic ray energy to induce lightning. Although the theory has some way to go to before it is verified, it is supported by short, sharp radio pulses that have been detected before a lightning bolt and which would be expected from the avalanche of electrons. Joseph Dwyer, a Florida Institute of Technology lightning researcher, says: "It is an interesting idea, but much more work is needed to establish a connection between cosmic rays and lightning, for example, experiments to measure radio pulses and air showers simultaneously." Others are less sanguine. Clive Saunders of Manchester University points out that we should see some variation in lightning activity based on the solar cycle that restricts cosmic ray access to the Earth, but none has been observed, while Martin Uman of the University of Florida bluntly describes the theory as "nonsense". Vulcan's sparks One specialised form of lightning does have a known cause. Pliny the Elder not only considered lightning direful, but noticed it often accompanied volcanic eruptions. This phenomenon has been studied in depth using Mount Redoubt in Alaska and the Icelandic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. There, it was found that lightning in the plume was only triggered if temperatures fell below -20C, which implied the formation of ice was significant, because this is the temperature at which the supercooled water droplets freeze in the air. The scale of the storm matched the height of the ash plume, suggesting that lightning monitoring could give a warning of ash clouds before they cause air travel disruption. However the atmospheric charge is built up, it begins to influence the environment around it. Bring a charged object near to another one and it will induce the opposite charge in the second object. Rub a balloon on your hair and it gains a negative charge, dragging electrons from the hair. Bring the balloon near small pieces of paper and the nearer parts of the paper fragments become positively charged because the negative charge on the balloon repels electrons to the far side of the paper. Similarly, the huge negative charge at the bottom of a cloud induces a positive charge in other clouds or in the ground. (Four out of five lightning strokes go from cloud to cloud, rather than the more familiar cloud to ground strike.) Once a significant secondary charge has been induced, there is a relatively weak flow of electricity between the storm cloud and its target. This current produces ions. These electrically charged atoms in the air vastly improve conductivity. The weak discharge from the cloud, called a leader, sets up a path for the main burst of lightning, the return stroke, which goes in the opposite direction. This means that in a ground strike, the main, visible flash runs from the ground up to the cloud. Scientists studying lightning make use of this effect, firing small rockets into thunderclouds. The rockets trail copper wire, providing an artificial leader to produce a return stroke exactly where and when they want it. Electromagnetic superstar The power in a lightning bolt is phenomenal. To run a 100-watt bulb for a second takes 100 joules of energy. A typical lightning flash carries over half a billion joules, the output of a medium-sized power station run for a second. This blasts air molecules into frantic activity. The temperature in the vicinity of the lightning can reach between 20,000 and 30,000 degrees, far hotter than the surface of the sun. The air expands violently away from this sudden increase in temperature, resulting in a shockwave we hear as thunder. The visible lightning flash is not the electrical current. The reason a heated material glows is that electrons in its atoms have been given extra energy, then drop back to a lower level, losing the energy as a photon of light. It is the energised atoms in the air that provide the distinctive glow of a lightning bolt. However, the light we see is just a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum, which stretches all the way from radio waves to high energy x-rays and gamma rays  and recent research has shown that there is a form of lightning emitting invisible light. Many lightning bolts emit some x-rays, particularly at the point that the return stroke sets off from the ground. But there can also be intense bursts of gamma rays  extremely high-energy radiation  from the heart of a storm. In around one in a thousand thunderstorms, electrons crash into air molecules at extreme high speed, generating extra electrons and emitting gamma rays, some of which produce an electron and a positron, a particle of antimatter. The signature of positrons has been detected by the Fermi Gamma-ray telescope above storms and the annihilation of this antimatter with normal matter builds the intensity of the gamma ray flashes. These bursts produce very little visible light, inspiring Joseph Dwyer to dub them "dark lightning". Dwyer says: "The next step is to make direct measurements using aircraft and balloons inside the thunderstorms." This is not without risk. In principle, passengers in a nearby aircraft could receive the equivalent of 100 chest x-rays from a single gamma ray flash, though commercial pilots routinely avoid large thunderclouds. Thunderstorms are anything but uncommon  there are typically around 2,000 on the go around the world at any one time, with around 8m strikes per day. Quite often, lightning is seen as a glow in the sky rather than the explicit, forked electrical stroke. This isn't a different phenomenon  it's just that the lightning is obscured by cloud and so produces a diffuse glow  but somewhere, above the cloud cover, there will still be a vivid bolt. There have also been many reports of ball lightning, usually a glowing sphere 20 to 30 centimetres across that floats through the air quite slowly, with sudden changes of direction. These are usually seen during a conventional thunderstorm and have been observed to penetrate buildings. When they come into contact with people they tend to disappear, sometimes with a loud noise and burning. Despite plenty of eyewitness reports, there is little direct scientific evidence for ball lightning, but there is no doubt of the existence of the real thing, nor of the mystery and awe that this phenomenon evokes.

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