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Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 24 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 14 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
GILMANTON, N.H.  After about two dozen Boy Scouts out camping were burned when lightning struck a nearby tree, most returned Tuesday to the leadership program that had had them out braving the elements on a remote New Hampshire hilltop. Two Scouts were still at Concord Hospital as of mid-afternoon but were expected to rejoin the program later in the day, said Gerry Boyle, course director of the national youth leadership program. None of the boys was hit directly by lightning in Mondays storm at Camp Bell, part of the Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation in Gilmanton, a scout spokesman said. The Scouts who returned to camp after their injuries were treated had no scarring or visible signs of their ordeal, Boyle said. The giant pine that was struck was the only physical evidence of their close call. The tree had a visible scar running from its top to the ground, caused when the sap and water inside it boiled and split the tree open. When that bolt hit it shook the ground, said Boyle, who was under another tarp nearby. Another 25 feet and it would have been a whole different story. With about a 15-minute warning from their base camp, the Boy Scouts and their counselors hurriedly gathered under a tarp tied to trees to wait out the approaching storm. The torrential downpour hit first  just before 6 p.m. Monday  then a nearby flash of lightning. The 31 gathered under the tarp were stunned by a booming clap of thunder that followed the lightning strike on the tree barely 30 feet away. Some began to feel burning, tingling sensations about 20 minutes later. Spider-web like marks appeared on the arms and legs of some and a half dozen Scouts  ages 13-17  were transported from the hilltop camping area to the base headquarters of the scout reservation, Boyle said. Boyle suspects the lightening coursed down the 100-foot pine and into its root system, which stretched under the tarp where the Scouts were gathered. Minutes later more Scouts developed the same symptoms and sensations and by nights end, 23 had been transported to area hospitals for treatment and observation. Most were treated and released. Six who went to Concord Hospital were held overnight, Boyle said. Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti, who helped triage the Scouts after they were injured, said Tuesday he was most concerned about six of them whose burns involved the chest area. He said lightning burns typically have an entry and an exit wound, marked by those spidery lines on the skin, which helped the firefighters and EMTs triaging them to identify whose injuries were of most concern. What happened was, with some of the kids, you could see the burn come into the hand, up the arm, across the chest and out the other arm, Parenti said. Thats an entrance and exit that crosses the chest, definitely. The Belmont Fire Department, staffed 24 hours a day, has 12-point heart monitors that were used to assess the Scouts conditions. Parenti said the boys were incredibly calm throughout the ordeal. No one was screaming or yelling. Whatever we asked them to do, they did, Parenti said. Boyle said it helped that the program the Scouts were participating in is an elite one designed to give them skills to go back and lead their troops, and they must complete years of scouting before they can participate. Its participants, he said, come from all over the Eastern seaboard and as far south as Florida. Boyle and Greg Olson, spokesman for the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America, would not let a reporter interview the Scouts who had returned to the program Tuesday because they did not have releases from their parents. Scout officials said lightning strikes at camp are not unusual, but not on the scale of Mondays hit. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
Mon, 06/24/2013 08:30 PM Injured boy scout 2 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Almost two dozen scouts injured when their camp was struck by lightning in New Hampshire Three adults and 23 scouts were injured when lightning struck their camp in Gilmanton on Monday night All were treated at the scene, and the 23 scouts were transported to local hospitals as a precaution Six sustained burns to their chests and were hospitalized for cardiac monitoring The scouts range in age from 12 to 17 years old By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 00:24 EST, 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 00:24 EST, 25 June 2013 0 View comments A lightning strike at a New Hampshire Boy Scouts camp has injured 23 boy scouts near Belmont, New Hampshire, according to the local fire chief. The incident occurred at the Griswold Scout Reservation in Gilmanton on Monday around 8:30pm. Scouts spokesman Greg Osborn says no one was directly hit by the lightning, but all 26 people at the camp sustained injuries. Struck: The Griswold Scout Reservation where 23 scouts were camping was struck by lightning on Monday night, injuring all 23 scouts and three adults Some of the 23 scouts and three adults who were injured complained of tingling and burning sensations and all were treated by camp nurses before being hospitalized as a precaution, said Osborn. According to the Boston Globe, Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti said that most of the concern centered on six of the campers because of the location of burns on their bodies, but that their injuries were not serious. More... Ever wondered why summer thunderstorms leave you feeling under the weather? It's because they can induce asthma attacks Boy, 10, loses four fingers playing with fireworks he found in a field near his home 'My daughter's healthy eating was treated like a disease': Mother's outrage after camp singles out her five-year-old for 'special' diet... because she didn't want to snack on Oreos and Cheese-Its WMTW reported that the six scouts suffered burns to their chests, and were taken to local hospitals for cardiac monitoring. By 10pm, all of the campers had been triaged at the Belmont Fire Station and transported to area hospitals. Three counselors refused medical treatment, saying they wanted the carers to concentrate on the scouts. Cool, calm and collected: The local fire chief was impressed with the scouts for remaining cool after their ordeal (stock photo) According to WMTV, the scouts range in age from 12 to 17 years old. They were all part of a leadership program that brought older scouts from across the region to Gilmanton for leadership training. Fire Chief David Parenti said the scots were 'calm and cool' as they were being treated. The campers had taken shelter under a tarp during a serious storm, Parenti told the Globe, when lightning struck the shelter. Everyone under the tarp was affected by the strike. The lightning struck during a big evening storm just outside Belmont at Camp Bell, one of two camps at the Griswold Scout Reservation. The camp offers activities including rock climbing and sailing. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2347856/Almost-dozen-scouts-injured-camp-struck-lightning-New-Hampshire.html#ixzz2XEKTyRVl Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured Paul Cook, boy scout 3 of 26  14.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
By DAN SEUFERT Union Leader Correspondent and BILL SMITH New Hampshire Union Leader This Daniel Webster Council bus that brought 23 Scouts and three camp counselors to get aid in Belmont after lightning struck their lean-to, burning all of them. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO) Linked articles: Before storms, it was a good day for a cold soak BELMONT -- Twenty-three Scouts, ages 12-16, and three adult counselors who sought shelter in lean-to suffered electric-shock burns after lightning struck the lean-to at Camp Bell Boy Scout Camp in Gilmanton Monday night. None of the injures were life-threatening; most were minor. Six of the 23 suffered "somewhat serious" burns, Fire Chief David Parenti said. Seven of the Scouts had very minor burns, he said. "All 23 of them had burns of some sort," Parenti said. "But even the six (burn victims), we worry about the chest, but they weren't burned too bad, really." Parenti said he received a call at about 7:30 p.m. from camp officials saying there were numerous campers injured when lightning struck a lean-to. Parenti described the camp's lean-tos as similar to carports. As camp officials loaded the 23 campers into a Daniel Webster Council bus and headed toward the nearest manned fire station in Belmont, Parenti and Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid Association dispatchers quickly made a plan, calling nearly two-dozen ambulances from area towns to take the victims to various area hospitals. Fire officials declared a second-alarm "Mass Casualties Alert," which starts communication between hospitals  about the number of available beds, for instance  ambulances, and rescue crews. Sometime after 8 p.m., the camp's white bus pulled into the Belmont Fire Department. EMTs and first responders set up a triage system to determine the severity of each child's burn. Officials determined lightning had gone through the lean-to and burned all the occupants. Some of the minor burns were to feet and fingers. The major burns were to the chest area of the six most-injured patients. The Scouts were said to be taking the injuries well. Scouting officials also said the burn victims appeared be doing well. "Everyone was conscious and alert and stable," Daniel Webster Scout Council spokesman Greg Osborne said. The most seriously injured were taken by ambulance to several area hospitals: two were taken to Franklin, two went to Concord, and two went to Lakes Region General Hospital. Other children were taken as far away as Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro. Three counselors from the group refused treatment to save ambulance space, and were praised by firefighters for doing so. The Scouts came to Camp Bell from all parts of New Hampshire for a leadership conference. Camp Bell is located on Manning Lake in Gilmanton Iron Works. The Griswold Scouting reservation is also home to the Hidden Valley Scout Camp; none of the Hidden Valley campers were affected, officials said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20132506082548_130629507.htm#sthash.MQxVdXCR.dpuf
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 4 of 26  0.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
By Skyler Cooper The scouts were struck by the lightening while trying to take shelter from a thunderstorm. The 23 scouts and three adults were taken to the hospital to be treated for burns. Some burns were minor, but a few of the scouts received serious burns to the chest. None of the injuries are life threatening, but six of the scouts remain in the hospital for cardiac monitoring since they were burned on the chest. Firefighters were impressed with the scouts throughout the situation because they remained so calm. The troop was at Griswold Scout Reservation in New Hampshire last night when the lightening hit either a canopy or the ground.
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 25 of 26 (leader  0.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Tree,Under Trees 
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 5 of 23  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Joe Mariano was sitting in a tarp-covered shelter Monday night when he heard and felt a lightning bolt hit a tree about 50 feet away. Mariano, 15, a Boy Scout from Troop 292 in Hooksett, said he and his fellow scouts at the Daniel Webster Council's Youth Leadership Training at Camp Bell i
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 6 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 7 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 8 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 9 of 23  0.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Under Trees 
Earth Networks  WeatherBug Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Email Print Comments (0) Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on gmail More Sharing Services 4 The in-cloud strikes are color-coded in magenta, the cloud-to-ground strikes are in yellow. Typically, there is far more in-cloud lightning than cloud-to-ground lightning. All of the lightning data comes from the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network. The network is made up of hundreds of sophisticated lightning sensors across the country and is the largest network for detecting both cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning. The Camp Bell incident occurred during National Lightning Safety Week, which is this week.
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured Mike Burns boy scout 10 of 26  0.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp    Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Near Trees,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent 
Thunderstorm Safety Weather News Flash Flood Watch from Noon - Friday A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for western Massachusetts from& Weekend heat wave to bake western US LAS VEGAS (AP) ⬠A high pressure system parking over the West for the weekend and into & E. Long. concert postponed until August It was already postponed one day, and now the East Longmeadow & East US poised for flooding into July Initially, downpours will tend to be isolated and flooding will& Body of NYC storm victim lay& NEW YORK (AP) ⬠In the chaotic days after Superstorm Sandy, an army of aid workers & Weather Photos » Advertisement Lightning strikes scouts Updated: Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013, 12:40 PM EDT Published : Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013, 12:40 PM EDT Lauren Collins GILMANTON, N.H. (NECN) - Boy Scout troop leader Mike Burns heard a large boom and saw a flash of orange and white light. "We knew immediately it was a lightning strike," he says. What wasn't immediately clear Monday night was how many Boy Scouts had soaked up the charge of that strike while huddled under a tarp at Camp Bell in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. "As we came out from under that (tarp), then we noticed on some of the scouts we had soreness and stiffness," says Burns. When the storm cleared, 23 teenaged Scouts and three leaders reported symptoms. The lightening appears to have struck one tree, traveled under the scouts, and left through another tree. Burns watched and felt it, "in my mouth, through my jaw, through my legs. I felt a Charlie horse, especially in my right leg, kind of stiffly drew me together." A nurse and two EMTs on site checked out the injured before they went to area hospitals.
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 11 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
Scout Leader Gerry Boyle talks about being with a group of Boy Scouts Tuesday June 25, 2013 where the evening before a group of Scouts seeking protection from a pouring rain storm suffered burns during a campground lightning strike. Twenty three scouts were taken to area hospitals, none with serious injuries. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) June 25, 2013 7:05 pm " Associated Press(0) Comments After about two dozen Boy Scouts out camping were burned when lightning struck a nearby tree, most returned Tuesday to the leadership program that had had them out braving the elements on a remote New Hampshire hilltop. Two Scouts were still at Concord Hospital as of mid-afternoon but were expected to rejoin the program later in the day, said Gerry Boyle, course director of the national youth leadership program. None of the boys was hit directly by lightning in Monday's storm at Camp Bell, part of the Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation in Gilmanton, a scout spokesman said. The Scouts who returned to camp after their injuries were treated had no scarring or visible signs of their ordeal, Boyle said. The giant pine that was struck was the only physical evidence of their close call. The tree had a visible scar running from its top to the ground, caused when the sap and water inside it boiled and split the tree open. "When that bolt hit it shook the ground," said Boyle, who was under another tarp nearby. "Another 25 feet and it would have been a whole different story." With about a 15-minute warning from their base camp, the Boy Scouts and their counselors hurriedly gathered under a tarp tied to trees to wait out the approaching storm. The torrential downpour hit first _ just before 6 p.m. Monday _ then a nearby flash of lightning. The 31 gathered under the tarp were stunned by a booming clap of thunder that followed the lightning strike on the tree barely 30 feet away. Some began to feel burning, tingling sensations about 20 minutes later. Spider-web like marks appeared on the arms and legs of some and a half dozen Scouts _ ages 13-17 _ were transported from the hilltop camping area to the base headquarters of the scout reservation, Boyle said. Boyle suspects the lightening coursed down the 100-foot pine and into its root system, which stretched under the tarp where the Scouts were gathered. Minutes later more Scouts developed the same symptoms and sensations and by night's end, 23 had been transported to area hospitals for treatment and observation. Most were treated and released. Six who went to Concord Hospital were held overnight, Boyle said. Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti, who helped triage the Scouts after they were injured, said Tuesday he was most concerned about six of them whose burns involved the chest area. He said lightning burns typically have an entry and an exit wound, marked by those spidery lines on the skin, which helped the firefighters and EMTs triaging them to identify whose injuries were of most concern. "What happened was, with some of the kids, you could see the burn come into the hand, up the arm, across the chest and out the other arm," Parenti said. "That's an entrance and exit that crosses the chest, definitely." The Belmont Fire Department, staffed 24 hours a day, has 12-point heart monitors that were used to assess the Scouts' conditions. Parenti said the boys were "incredibly calm" throughout the ordeal. "No one was screaming or yelling. Whatever we asked them to do, they did," Parenti said. Boyle said it helped that the program the Scouts were participating in is an elite one designed to give them skills to go back and lead their troops, and they must complete years of scouting before they can participate. Its participants, he said, come from all over the Eastern seaboard and as far south as Florida. Boyle and Greg Olson, spokesman for the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America, would not let a reporter interview the Scouts who had returned to the program Tuesday because they did not have releases from their parents. Scout officials said lightning strikes at camp are not unusual, but not on the scale of Monday's hit
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 12 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent 
Scouts return to NH camp after lightning scare By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press Updated: 06/25/2013 06:07:22 PM MDT Click photo to enlarge Scout Leader Gerry Boyle talks about being with a group of Boy Scouts... ((AP Photo/Jim Cole)) 1 2 3 » GILMANTON, N.H.After about two dozen Boy Scouts out camping were burned when lightning struck a nearby tree, most returned Tuesday to the leadership program that had had them out braving the elements on a remote New Hampshire hilltop. Two Scouts were still at Concord Hospital as of mid-afternoon but were expected to rejoin the program later in the day, said Gerry Boyle, course director of the national youth leadership program. None of the boys was hit directly by lightning in Monday's storm at Camp Bell, part of the Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation in Gilmanton, a scout spokesman said. The Scouts who returned to camp after their injuries were treated had no scarring or visible signs of their ordeal, Boyle said. The giant pine that was struck was the only physical evidence of their close call. The tree had a visible scar running from its top to the ground, caused when the sap and water inside it boiled and split the tree open. "When that bolt hit it shook the ground," said Boyle, who was under another tarp nearby. "Another 25 feet and it would have been a whole different story." With about a 15-minute warning from their base camp, the Boy Scouts and their counselors hurriedly gathered under a tarp tied to trees to wait out the approaching storm. The torrential downpour hit firstjust before 6 p.m. Mondaythen a nearby flash of lightning. The 31 gathered under the tarp were stunned by a booming clap of Advertisement thunder that followed the lightning strike on the tree barely 30 feet away. Some began to feel burning, tingling sensations about 20 minutes later. Spider-web like marks appeared on the arms and legs of some and a half dozen Scoutsages 13-17were transported from the hilltop camping area to the base headquarters of the scout reservation, Boyle said. Boyle suspects the lightening coursed down the 100-foot pine and into its root system, which stretched under the tarp where the Scouts were gathered. Minutes later more Scouts developed the same symptoms and sensations and by night's end, 23 had been transported to area hospitals for treatment and observation. Most were treated and released. Six who went to Concord Hospital were held overnight, Boyle said. Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti, who helped triage the Scouts after they were injured, said Tuesday he was most concerned about six of them whose burns involved the chest area. He said lightning burns typically have an entry and an exit wound, marked by those spidery lines on the skin, which helped the firefighters and EMTs triaging them to identify whose injuries were of most concern. "What happened was, with some of the kids, you could see the burn come into the hand, up the arm, across the chest and out the other arm," Parenti said. "That's an entrance and exit that crosses the chest, definitely." The Belmont Fire Department, staffed 24 hours a day, has 12-point heart monitors that were used to assess the Scouts' conditions. Parenti said the boys were "incredibly calm" throughout the ordeal. "No one was screaming or yelling. Whatever we asked them to do, they did," Parenti said. Boyle said it helped that the program the Scouts were participating in is an elite one designed to give them skills to go back and lead their troops, and they must complete years of scouting before they can participate. Its participants, he said, come from all over the Eastern seaboard and as far south as Florida. Boyle and Greg Olson, spokesman for the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America, would not let a reporter interview the Scouts who had returned to the program Tuesday because they did not have releases from their parents. Scout officials said lightning strikes at camp are not unusual, but not on the scale of Monday's hit
Mon, 06/24/2013 07:30 PM Injured boy scout 23 of 26  15.0  Gilmanton NH 
 USA 
  under a tarp  N/A  Boy Scouts,Burnt,Camping,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tent,Tree,Under Trees 
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 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
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.)
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 11:30 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
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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
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

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