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Mon, 10/01/2012 12:00 PM unknown Ballooning and ligtning  0.0   
  ballooning and lightning    Education 
It's fine - just don't get hit by lightning Wednesday, October 03, 2012The Bristol PostFollow HOT air ballooning is usually a sedate pastime  gentle, graceful short flights, hopping over Bristol on the early morning vespers, but veteran Bristol balloonist Clive Bailey is about to take on an altogether different sort of challenge. On Saturday night, the 54-year-old will take to a small wicker basket with fellow balloonist Jon Mason, and set out into the dark skies above Albuquerque for a trip into the unknown beneath a gas balloon  a globe-shaped balloon filled with the highly flammable gas hydrogen. "The great problem with gas balloons is that if they get hit by a bolt of lightning, they tend to explode quite spectacularly," Clive tells me, as he chats over the phone from Heathrow airport, as he waits to board a flight for the United States. For the past 12 years, Clive, from Ham Green, has devoted his free time to be part of the support team for David Hempleman-Adams as he tackled gas balloon races around the globe. But now, having just completed his gas balloon pilot training, the tables have turned, and it's Clive's chance to pilot, while David leads the support team on the ground. The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race is set to launch from Albuquerque on Saturday. Clive is flying with Jon Mason, a British pyschologist, who is a hot-air balloon pilot, a fixed-wing pilot and a gas balloon pilot, who now lives in Australia. Jon brings a wealth of experience to the two-man team  he won the America's Challenge last year with David Hempleman-Adams while Clive was running their control centre on the ground. Clive and Jon will be flying in the balloon "Lady Britannia", built by Cameron Balloons in Bristol. "It's a totally different discipline to hot-air ballooning," Clive explains. "Rather than being able to control the balloon by simply heating the air, with these balloons the only control you have is by lifting a flap to allow some of the gas to escape  that lowers your altitude. "You have sandbags attached to the outside of the basket, and the only way to lift the balloon is to cut them off one by one, lessening the weight." The object of the challenge is simply to fly the greatest distance from Albuquerque. The balloonists often fly for more than two days, using the winds and weather systems to their best advantage to gain the greatest distance. Flights of more than 1,000 miles are not unusual, and the winners sometimes travel as far as Canada and the US east coast. Six hundred balloons will be taking part in the race, which is modelled on the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, but it differs from the older event by allowing balloons from all countries, without limits on the number of entries from each. "The idea is to get to the optimum altitude to find the strongest wind current," Clive explains. "Then you just sit there for as long as you can, travelling as far as possible. "At night, as the Earth cools, the balloon will tend to descend a little, so you then have to release some of the sand bags. "It is losing the sand bags that limits the time you can spend in the air. "The prevailing wind tends to be south-westerly, so the chances are we could end up around the Great Lakes, or potentially even over Newfoundland. "The initial take-off will be challenging, as there is a mountain range just to the north of the starting point  which means we will have to get up to 14,000ft pretty quickly, in order to get over the mountains in the dark. "But after that the greatest danger comes from lightning strikes. A large part of the ground crew's role is to track weather systems to ensure we keep out of the way of any storms." A lightning strike is believed to have been the reason why American pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis were killed when competing in the Gordon Bennett race, which took off from Bristol in 2010. "It is certainly not an unknown risk," Clive says, "but we will, of course, be doing our very best to avoid lightning." Aviation has always been a part of Clive's life  he even proposed to his wife Jo as they floated over Bath at 8,000ft. He was taking to the skies long before he set up his Bristol-based company Bailey Balloons, 19 years ago, to offer people the experience of hot air flight. Clive's father was a test pilot who moved the family to Bristol from their native Surrey in order to work on Concorde. Clive earned a living as a commercial diver in the North Sea before following his father into the skies as a gliding instructor. But it was love at first sight when he took his maiden flight in a hot-air balloon. "I got chatting to a bloke in a pub who needed to get a crew together for his balloon at the fiesta," Clive recalls. "When the balloons landed they came down on the runway at Filton. I turned up as the recovery crew, but the airport manager rushed out to tell us we had to get off the runway immediately. "So I jumped into the basket with the pilot, and from the moment we took to the skies with more than 100 other balloons, I was completely hooked." Since then, Clive has seen the world from his balloon basket  from skirting over the summit of Mount Blanc to becoming the first European to pilot a hot air balloon over the desert wastes of Iran. But he says the experience in America should be unlike anything he's seen before. "It's going to be a spectacular view from up there around 18,000ft," he says. "It won't be comfortable  it can be as low as minus 14°C at night, so although we will be sleeping in shifts, we're not going to actually get much sleep in a tiny freezing basket. "But I can't wait to see the scenery from up there. It's going to be quite an experience." You can follow Clive's race with real time tracking at www.bailey gas-balloon-race.
Sat, 09/29/2012 09:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Denver CO 
 USA  getting into auto     Church,Metal,Near Utility Pole,Outside,Parking Lot,Touching a vehicle 
Man struck by lightning near Denver synagogue Wednesday night POSTED: 09/26/2012 10:13:54 PM MDT UPDATED: 09/27/2012 08:18:02 AM MDTThe Denver Post COLORADO WEATHER Colo. weather warnings & watches Colorado Weather Forecast + Conditions Colorado Weather Alert Map Colorado Weather Radar Colorado Weather News Weather Photos + Video Share your weather video Share your CO weather photos, and view them online Denver Webcams Weather on Twitter Follow Denver Weather on twitter More Colorado Weather twitterers Travel Information Denver Traffic Conditions CDOT Advisories, Cameras DIA Flight Information DIA Parking Space Availability A man was struck by lightning Wednesday night after leaving the Hebrew Educational Alliance Center in southeast Denver. Denver fire personnel were administering CPR as the man was taken from the synagogue at 3600 South Ivanhoe St., said Denver Fire Lt. Phil Champagne. His name and condition were not immediately available. "He had gotten his family in the vehicle, and he was going around to the driver's side," Champagne said. Thunderstorms rolled across the Front Range just after 8 p.m. delivering hundreds of lightning strikes, according to National Weather Service radar. Lightning forced a delay of the Colorado Rockies baseball game at Coors Field Wednesay night, and RTD stated on Twitter that a downed WEATHER BLOG Get connected to our live weather blog for more coverage of mother nature's next assault on Colorado. wire on the southeast light rail line had halted service temporarily at about 9:15 p.m. Xcel Energy's outage map showed 48 outages and 6,582 customers without power at 10 p.m. Read more: Man struck by lightning near Denver synagogue Wednesday night - The Denver Post Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content:
Fri, 09/28/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed, 7 injured  0.0  West Midnapore 
Two die in lightning strike Press Trust of India / Jhargram (WB) September 28, 2012, 21:35 Ads by Google Retirement Annuity Income : 7% Guaranteed LifeTime Income. Reduced Risk For Retirees Here. Two persons, including a child, were killed and seven others injured today when lightning struck them at Suabasa village in West Midnapore district. The police said Dipak Sabar (26) and his neighbour Sanjay Sabar (3) died on the spot when lightning struck them as they were waiting near a bamboo grove during heavy rain. The villagers had gathered to watch a football match when the rain began. They took shelter near the bamboo grove during rain, the police said. Click here for Cloud Computing Also Read Related Stories News Now - CRPF reducing footprints in Kashmir: DG - Gross enrolment ratio recorded at 18.8 pc in India: Survey - Metro Man Sreedharan, Hema Malini receive honourary doctorate - Jeev makes cut in Tokai Classic golf Seven others suffered burn injuries and they were admitted to a local hospital.
Fri, 09/28/2012 unknown Justin Feber   41.0  Crewe  
Haslingden bricklayer was killed by lightning 1:34pm Friday 28th September 2012 in News By Peter Magill, Chief reporter Justin Feber A FATHER-of-one from East Lancashire died as the result of a lightning strike on a Cheshire building site, a coroner has confirmed. Bricklayer Justin Feber, 41, was working on a housing project in Crewe, drinking a cup of tea, when he fell victim to the one-in-10,000-chance bolt. The Haslingden man was not touching anything metallic when the incident occurred, the Lancashire Telegraph reported at the time. Colleagues immediately rushed to the stricken mans aid, it was said, and attempted first aid. Paramedics also attempted resuscitation and he was transferred to the nearby Leighton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Another man, who also suffered a shock, was also taken to the South Cheshire hospital, but later recovered. Mr Feber, known as Feebs to friends, was working as a sub-contractor for Chorley-based Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering at the time, on a Bovis Homes development at Wychwood Village, in the Weston suburb of Crewe. Recording a narrative verdict, Cheshires assistant deputy coroner Dr Geoffrey Roberts said that Mr Feber was struck by lightning which led to his death. Mr Feber, of Langwood Court, was the son of former Rossendale United FC chairman Jack Feber and his wife Carol. He also left a nine-year-old daughter, Libby, partner Karen, and brother Jason. The former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School student was well known in the Rawtenstall and Waterfoot areas, and played Sunday league football for the Boot and Shoe pub. His funeral service, at St Nicholas Church, in Newchurch, was attended by scores of mourners.
Wed, 09/26/2012 12:00 PM Killed boy   15.0  Marina Beach Chennai 
  walking along beach    Beach,Outside 
Lightning bolt kills boy working at shop on Marina Karthikeyan Hemalatha, TNN Sep 27, 2012, 02.04AM IST Tags: tamil nadu|Marina beach|lightning bolt|heavy rain|construction worker CHENNAI: A 15-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning at Marina Beach on Wednesday, while a 35-year-old construction worker died when the earth caved in due to heavy rain near Vyasarpadi. Police said Vignesh, who worked in a shop on the Marina, was walking towards the service lane along the beach when he was struck by a lightning bolt.
Wed, 09/26/2012 03:00 PM Injured Joe Compton  11.0  Swindon  
    N/A  Outside 
The 11-year-old, who is believed to be a pupil at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon, was injured shortly after 3pm today. The boy received medical attention from staff at the school and Great Western Ambulance Service after going into cardiac arrest. A spokesman for the Great Western Ambulance Service, said: "We received a call at 3.10pm today reporting that a young lad, believed to be an 11-year-old pupil at the Dorcan Academy in St Paul's Drive, Swindon had been struck by lightning. RELATED ARTICLES "We had a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle on scene at 3.16pm and an ambulance crew a couple of minutes later. "In the meantime, while we were on route, we understand the better trained first aiders from the school were providing CPR because the patient had in affect been electrocuted and gone into cardiac arrest. "Our paramedics took over treatment when they arrived on scene. They got a heart beat and him breathing for himself again on scene." He added: "He is in a potentially life-threatening condition. The quick response from school staff and paramedics gave him the best chance of survival." FRIENDS of schoolboy Joe Compton, who is in hospital after being struck by lightning, have set up a donation page to help support him and his family. Eleven-year-old Joe, a pupil at Dorcan Academy, was in the car park of the secondary school on Wednesday afternoon when he suffered a heart attack following the freak incident. Workers at Dorcan Recreation Centre rushed to his aid and performed emergency CPR before paramedics arrived and took him to Great Western Hospital. He has since been transferred to Frenchay Hospital and is now said to be in a stable condition. Friends say he is making progress every day but still has a long way to go. Since the incident, a Facebook group has been set up entitled Get Well Wishes For Joe Compton where they have been leaving their own messages of support, wishing the youngster a full and speedy recovery. Kallum Powles wrote: Joe ur a solider u can pull it through stay strong and see u at school soon and best wishes to ur family at this important time. Chelsea Hughess wrote: Tutor and classes are not the same without you! I love you Joe. Joes family, who are keeping a bedside vigil, have thanked the staff at the recreation centre who helped resuscitate Joe. Ads by Google 2012 CNA Classes Near You Find CNA Training Programs Online & Near You - Enter Your Zip & Apply! Elizabeth Warren: Sign Up Give Massachusetts Families a Bold Leader in Washington. Sign up Here! In a statement issued last week, they said: We would like to thank everyone for their support. We would particularly like to express our gratitude to the PE staff and leisure centre staff who came to Joes aid, we owe a huge amount of thanks to them. A donation page has also been set up to help Joes family with the costs involved with having a child in hospital, or even to buy Joe an extra special gift. To view the Facebook page and make a donation, visit groups/486941764660156/
Sat, 09/22/2012 12:00 PM unknown Oil fire  0.0   
 Venezuela  DAS air terminals do not work    Science 
CARACAS (Reuters) - Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a fuel storage tank at Venezuela's El Palito refinery, state oil company PDVSA said on Saturday. The fire was started by a lightning bolt during a storm Wednesday night, but the 146,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) El Palito facility continued operating. Two tanks were initially set alight, but the fire in one was put out within hours. In a statement, PDVSA said the blaze in the second storage tank was completely extinguished late on Friday. No one was hurt in Wednesday night's lightning strike. The second refinery accident in a month has increased concerns about state oil company PDVSA's safety record and practices ahead of an October 7 presidential election. In August, PDVSA halted almost all output at the country's biggest refinery, Amuay, for six days after a gas leak caused an explosion that killed 42 people. PDVSA has suffered a string of accidents, outages and unplanned stoppages for maintenance across its refinery network in recent years, hurting the OPEC nation's vital fuel exports. (Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Vicki Allen)
Sat, 09/22/2012 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed, 11 injured  0.0  Sujapur village  
ive killed, seven injured in lightning Press Trust of India / Murshidabad September 22, 2012, 20:15 Ads by Google Hotelinvest : Achieve attractive ROI with hotels in premium location. Five teenagers were killed and seven others were injured in lightning at Sujapur village in West Bengal's Murshidabad district today. Murshidabad superintendent of police Humayun Kabir said all of them were watching an under 13 local football match in the village when the lightning struck. The dead and the injured were aged between 12 years and 17 years, he said. Click here for Cloud Computing Also Read Related Stories News Now - AP CM expects clarity on Telangana issue soon - Man hacked to death by eve teaser for protecting daughter - South Africa top group C after win over Sri Lanka - Cong ministers quit, withdraws support to Mamata govt Chief Medical Officer, Health Ajoy Kumar Chakraborty said four of them had died on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The condition of two of the injured was critical, he added
Fri, 09/21/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed, 11 injured  0.0  Chhattisgarh  
Two killed, 11 injured in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh Raipur, Sep 21 (IANS) Two people, including a girl student, were killed and 11 others injured in a lightning strike in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, around 125 km from here, police said Friday. "Two persons - a girl student and an old woman - were killed and 11 students injured when lightning struck near Markatola Higher Secondary School in Narharpur block, around 15 km from district headquarters Kanker, Thursday afternoon," superintendent of police Rahul Bhagat said. According to school authorities, the lightning struck around 1.45 p.m. as soon as the bell for lunch was sounded and students rushed out. Class 10 student Sandhya Kunjam (15) and Rajbai (65) were killed, while 11 other students were injured. All the injured, six of whom are stated to be in serious condition, were rushed to hospital. (IANS)
Thu, 09/20/2012 12:00 PM Killed 11 killed   0.0  Purnia  
Purnia: Lightning claimed 11 lives while over 18 persons were seriously injured including women and children, when it struck different villages across Purnia district on Tuesday afternoon. While lightning killed three persons each under Banmankhi and Dhamdaha subdivisions, one each lost their lives at Barharakothy, Kasba, Gulabbagh, Amour and Dagarua under Purnia and Baisi subdivisions. The lightning struck when it was pouring very heavily on Tuesday afternoon, official sources said. Lightning struck a school teacher, Dilip Paswan, of Araria district when he was attending the cremation of a woman at Jeevachpur village under Parsahi panchayat under Banmankhi subdivision. Over half-a-dozen persons, who were injured in the lightning at the cremation ground, were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Banmankhi, official sources said. Banmankhi SDO Manoj Kumar Jha, confirming three deaths under the subdivision, said some of the injured persons were later shifted to Sadar Hospital, Purnia. Others killed in Banmankhi included Muneshwari Devi, 50, at Narayanpur and Neha Parveen, 18, at Gudiya Madarsa tola. Among those who were killed by the lightning were three girls Pooja Kumari, Neha Parveen and Fekni Kumari besides Suman Kumar, Rajiv Kumar Das and Nitish Kumar. A sexagenarian, Mohd Mujib, too, lost his life when lightning struck Amour. Quite a few of those injured are being treated at Sadar Hospital, Purnia. Purnia DM N Saravanan Kumar said the officials have been directed to give Rs 1.50 lakh each to the kin of the deceased within 48 hours.
Wed, 09/19/2012 06:00 AM unknown NOAA wrong  0.0  Austin TX 
 USA  NOAA safety expert gives wrong info    Bad Safety info 
I wrote recently about an Austin man and two companions who survived a lightning strike while backpacking near Mount Whitney in California. The article (read it here) spurred a response from Donna Franklin, who leads the National Weather Services Lightning Safety Awareness Program. Every year we see the same thing over and over: Men who are enjoying the great outdoors when a thunderstorm moves in and they make bad decisions which lead to death or injury, Franklin said. Of the 24 deaths due to lightning strikes so far in 2012, three have occurred in Texas. The Lone Star State is tied with Florida for the most lightning related deaths. Franklin says following some basic safety rules can prevent lightning deaths. She shared these tips for people stuck in the backcountry during a storm: 1. Know and pay attention to local weather patterns. Change your plans if thunderstorms are predicted. Set turn-around times that will get you off exposed terrain before afternoon storms pop up. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike and you should head to safe terrain. 2. Lightning tends to hit high points and the surrounding area. Avoid peaks, ridges and higher ground during a thunderstorm. If your tent is on a ridge or near a tree, get out and move to safer terrain until the storm passes. 3. Avoid trees and bushes that that are taller than others. Look for a ravine or depression before a storm hits. If youre with a group, spread out at 20-foot intervals to reduce the risk of multiple injuries. Never huddle together. 4. Most lightning deaths are caused by ground current. If lightning is nearby, get in the lightning position. Never lie flat on the ground. Reduce your overall footprint by putting your feet close together. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Andy Tullis)
Wed, 09/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Golf course pays fine  0.0  CT 
 USA      Golf Course,Legal 
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn.  The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has paid an $11,600 fine and made safety changes at its Lake of Isles golf course after a lightning strike in June injured 15 workers. The workers were hurt when lightning hit near a wooden restroom building where they were taking shelter from the June 25 storm. None of the injuries was serious. Archie Cart, the course's general manager, tells the Day of New London the tribe and manager Troon Golf agreed to a settlement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Aug. 30. He says the safety changes include the installation of lightning-tracker software that will enable management to know when lightning is within 30 miles and get people off the course and into the main clubhouse. Read more: Mashantucket golf course pays fine after lightning strike - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin
Tue, 09/18/2012 12:00 PM Killed 10 killed in Bihar  0.0  Bihar 
Lightning kills 10 in Bihar Submitted by admin4 on 18 September 2012 - 9:59pm India News By IANS, Patna : At least 10 people, including women and children, have been killed after being struck by lightning in Bihar's Purnia district Tuesday, an official said. The deaths took place in villages of Dhamdaha, Banmankhi, Kasba and Gulabbagh police stations in Purnia. "Most of them were killed by bolts of lightning," said an official of the state disaster management department. Over half a dozen people were injured and are currently hospitalised, he said. Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the state Monday and Tuesday morning. Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common, with villagers housed in bamboo-and-grass huts most at risk.
Mon, 09/17/2012 12:00 PM Killed Daniel Colinet  51.0  Batavia  
 Guyana    N/A   
Efforts to locate Bartica boat captain, Daniel Colinet who fell overboard near the mining community after being struck by lightning on Monday afternoon came up empty handed yesterday. The mans sister, Vera Colinet told this newspaper yesterday that since daybreak yesterday search teams were combing the waters outside Batavia, the community close to where the accident occurred as well as other areas along the Essequibo River for her brother. She said the regional authorities and the police have been leading the search for the&.. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday September 21, 2012  After an intensive two-day search operation, the body of Daniel Collinet, a boat captain who was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon, has been recovered by police and regional authorities. Collinets badly burnt body was found on Wednesday morning in the Essequibo River in the vicinity of Wolga. He had been missing since the tragedy occurred while he was ferrying schoolchildren home from Bartica. According to Region Seven Chairman Gordon Bradford, regional officials had recovered the body and it had been positively identified by Collinets relatives. He added that the deceased had suffered massive burns. The deadly incident reportedly took place in bad weather around 4:00 pm on Monday when Collinet was struck by a lightning bolt and plunged overboard. The schoolchildren aboard the vessel reportedly scanned the water to locate him, but were rewarded by no more than the sight of the charred life jacket that the captain had been wearing, floating in the river. One of the students, 13-year-old Marco Klass, was also shocked, burnt, and pitched into the river during the incident. The youngster fortunately managed to swim back to the boat and was pulled to safety by his schoolmates. The boy was subsequently rushed to the Bartica Hospital and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) where he was said to be recovering from the ordeal. Collinet, 51, of West Indian Housing Scheme, in Bartica, Cuyuni/Mazaruni, was operating the boat Miss Emma on one of his regular school runs and was reportedly nearing the community of Batavia when the tragedy unfolded. He had worked with the regional administration for over 15 years and was said to have been a friendly Read more:
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 2 of 4 @ school (teacher)  0.0  Jacksonville TX 
  helping students into rides after school  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,School 
JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - A warning about the danger of lightning after a strike near four East Texans sent them to the hospital. The lighting struck the parking lot at Fred Douglass Elementary School in Jacksonville, affecting three teachers and a young child. The four patients are doing just fine. They were treated and released with minor injuries Thursday. Doctors say they're lucky. Injuries from lighting can range from minor shock to death. With more storms on the way through East Texas, experts are warning you to be very careful if you're outside during a storm. Emergency Room Physician D. Thomas Curtis has treated many patients affected by lightning, and Thursday, he added four more to that list. "Three were in a car that had a near strike with lightning and one was another patient who was outside with an umbrella raised, barefoot and did actually get some lightning strike and had a sensation of electrical shock," Curtis says. The Jacksonville ISD Superintendent says the lightning struck a puddle in the parking lot, and electricity was conducted through the water. That's why the teacher standing barefoot in the water, holding a metal umbrella -- felt a strong electrical shock. Injuries from lightning can be minor, but more often, they're severe. "You can receive electrical burns, that are actually thermal burns that can burn through the body, and cause major tissue damage. You can sustain arrhythmia where your heart actually stops beating because of the electrical shock and those would be potentially life threatening," Curtis says. With rain and storms expected to continue on a Friday, it's football coaches and trainers who are making sure their fans and students are safe from the lightning and they do that with a device called a Thunderbolt. It's a small device that tracks how far away the lighting is, and if there's any danger they tell everyone to get inside. Grace Community High School Head Football Coach Mike Maddox says, "It will determine if the lightning is 5-8 miles away or if it's 3-5 miles away of if it's 1-3 miles." When lightning is 3-5 miles away, coaches blow their whistles and send everyone inside. "You just can't take chances.," Maddox says. "We can replay a ball game. There are plenty of ball games in life but we can't take chances with peoples' health and peoples' lives." At those football games, when lightning gets close enough, the game is put on hold for 30 minutes. In that time if lightning strikes again, they have to wait another 30 minutes. If you are outside at a place like a football field when there is lightning, experts say you should not take cover under bleachers. They are metal and that is very dangerous. You want to go inside a building, or if you can't get inside, the next safest place is your car where it's insulated. Experts also say you don't want to be under what experts call an "anntenae," meaning a tall tree in a flat field, or a single tractor in a pasture. If you are near the only tall object around, you are more likely to become a target for a lightning strike.
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 4 of 4 @ school (child)  5.0  Jacksonville TX 
  helping students into rides after school    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 3 of 4 @ school (mom)  0.0  Jacksonville TX 
  helping students into rides after school    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Thu, 09/13/2012 03:15 PM Injured 1 of 4 @ school (teacher)  0.0  Jacksonville TX 
 USA  helping students into rides after school    Ground Strike,Indirect,Parking Lot,School 
2 teachers, mom and child taken to hospital after lightning strike Posted: Sep 13, 2012 7:19 PM EDT Updated: Sep 14, 2012 12:28 PM EDT By Elizabeth Thomas - email JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Four people were taken to the hospital for evaluation, after a lightning strike near Fred Douglass Elementary School in Jacksonville. It happened Thursday afternoon, around 3:15, as teachers were helping students into their rides after school. Two of the people taken to the hospital were teachers. The other two were a mom and her five year old. Now, they were not directly struck by the lightning, but they said they did feel a tingle. Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.
Tue, 09/11/2012 12:00 PM unknown Mother sues Boy Scouts  0.0  Salt Lake City UT  
  legal  N/A  Legal 
Mothers of Scouts struck by lightning recall boys friendship Lawsuit » Boy Scouts spokesman says safety is a priority, but moms say sons were left to fend for themselves. By Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Sep 11 2012 04:59 pm " Last Updated Sep 12 2012 08:54 am West Jordan " Sean Smith doesnt talk much about his friends death. But his mother can see the 13-year-old is still reeling from the loss of his constant companion, 12-year-old David Rayborn. "You simply would never, ever see them without being with each other. They were literally tied at the hip," BettyJean Smith said Tuesday. Photos Related Stories Utah family suing Boy Scouts over sons death by lightning Published September 10, 2012 Boy Scouts denies responsibility in Utah drowning death Published September 11, 2012 Join the Discussion Post a Comment When her son recently announced he had his first girlfriend, Smith thought wistfully that David would also be paired off. "All the things he was going to do along with David, he has to do without one of the most important people in his life," she said. David died last summer after he was struck by lightning while at a Boy Scout camping trip near Scofield. The boys mothers spoke out Tuesday in a news conference with their attorney. The families are suing the Boy Scouts of America and the organizations Orem-based National Parks Council, alleging they failed to follow their own rules for lightning safety. "There is a great hole in my heart that will never be filled. I miss my son every day, and his three brothers miss him," said Connie Rayborn, tears in her eyes. A Boy Scouts of America spokesman declined to comment on the specific allegations in the suit Tuesday, but said in a statement the "health and safety of our youth members is a top priority." "Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families and all who are affected by this tragic accident," said Deron Smith via email, adding that leaders "work tirelessly to help ensure the safety and well-being of our members." But the mothers said Tuesday no one told the boys where to go when the storm rolled in to Scofield Scout Camp at Frandsen Scout Ranch on July 13, 2011. "It was sort of every man or boy for himself during this lightning storm, and it shouldnt be that way," said attorney Ron Kramer. story continues belowstory continues below Sean and David were playing horseshoes during a free time period when it started to rain and hail. It wasnt the first storm of their trip, which occurred during the southern Utah monsoon season. Instead of instructing the boys to take shelter in a permanent mess hall 100 feet away, as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting, the group scattered, Kramer said Tuesday. While some sought shelter in cars, a group of Scouts and adults headed up the ridge line. Sean, who has asthma, fell behind. David slowed to walk with him to the campsite. Hiking alone, the boys were within 30 feet of a lean-to structure at the campsite when lightning struck David in the chest and indirectly struck Sean. Both boys lost consciousness. Sean awoke to find David about 10 feet away and ran to the lean-to for help. When no one could revive David, his body was placed in an ambulance with Sean. "If they had gone into the mess hall instead of hiking to the top of the ridge, my son would be here with me," Rayborn said. The five-day excursion to Scofield was the boys first Scout camping trip. David had been a Scout since age 8, Sean since age 10. The 25 boys were chaperoned by parent volunteers and three local leaders called to the job by their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward. The families have no plans to sue the church, and fault the Boy Scouts for not adequately preparing local leaders to deal with lightning risks. "I feel Scout leaders were just as misinformed as we were," Smith said. Rayborn said Boy Scout officials told her about her sons death, but stopped communicating when she asked for their reports on his death the following month. One goal of the suit, Kramer said, it to get information about Davids death. Another is to push the organization to improve safety training and standards. Photos Related Stories Utah family suing Boy Scouts over sons death by lightning Published September 10, 2012 Boy Scouts denies responsibility in Utah drowning death Published September 11, 2012 Join the Discussion Post a Comment "If the Boy Scouts of America would have only followed the rules imposed, this never would have happened," Kramer said. "Were hoping to send a message that Boy Scouts and their adult leaders need to be kept safe." The suit also seeks damages of at least $300,000. Twitter: @lwhitehurst PROVO  A wrongful death suit has been filed against the Boy Scouts of America and its National Parks Council by the families of two Utah Scouts struck by lightning a year ago. One of the Scouts, 12-year-old David Rayborn of South Salt Lake, was killed in the July 13, 2011, accident at Scofield Reservoir. His best friend, Sean Smith, 12, was also struck by lightning and injured but survived. The wrongful death suit is the second filed against the Boy Scouts of America in Utah since July. The boys and their leaders sought shelter from a hailstorm "on top of a ridge," rather than inside the mess hall that was 100 feet away, the families contend. The civil lawsuit was filed in 4th District Court in Provo by the families of the two boys struck by lightning. In the suit, the parents say the Scout leaders on that day failed to recognize the safety risks of taking the boys camping in an area where there had been a lot of thunderstorm activity and where they would potentially be exposed to lightning. The camp health officer "knew, or should have known, that there was no safe place in the outdoors from lightning and that the only completely safe action for the Scouts and their leaders is to get inside a safe building or vehicle at the very first sign of thunder, lightning, or dark threatening clouds overhead," the lawsuit states. Not all the leaders who were with the Scouts that day "were adequately trained to recognize and adequately respond to hazardous weather conditions," the lawsuit states. The boys and their leaders sought shelter from a hailstorm "on top of a ridge," rather than inside the mess hall that was 100 feet away, the families contend. David and Sean were slower than the rest to climb to the top of the ridge because of Sean's asthma. David "didn't want to leave his friend," according to the lawsuit, and stayed with him. They were 30 feet from the campsite when David was struck directly in the chest by lightning. Sean was not directly struck but was knocked over by the blast. Sean still suffers dizziness, memory loss, depression, fatigue, back pain and post-traumatic stress disorder due to the incident, according to court records. The lawsuit contends the National Parks Council and the Boy Scouts had information that storms were in the forecast, that the area where the Scouts were camping had been hit by lightning for the past seven days prior to David and Sean's arrival, and that the camps on top of ridges were "defectively placed" in an area that tended to attract lightning. The Boy Scouts of America requires Scout leaders of outdoor activities to receive online training about lightning safety. David was one of two Boy Scouts who died in Utah on that day. In a separate incident, David Christopher Tuvell, 12, of Las Vegas, died while participating in a SCUBA event at the Bear Lake Aquatics Base in northern Utah. Tuvell's family filed a wrongful death suit against the Boy Scouts in July, claiming inadequate training and defective equipment.
Tue, 09/11/2012 09:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 marines  0.0  Twentynine Palms CA 
  during an exercise    Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Tue, 09/11/2012 09:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 marines  0.0  Twentynine Palms CA 
 USA  during an exercise    Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Marines hit by lightning during desert training By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer Posted : Wednesday Sep 12, 2012 17:32:33 EDT Two Marines were injured Tuesday night in a lightning strike at the Marine Corps desert training facility in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Neither has been identified, but Marine officials said both were participating in Enhanced Mojave Viper pre-deployment exercises at the time of the incident. They were taken by air ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where they were treated for shock and non-life threatening injuries, said 1st Lt. Sin Carrano, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The Marines have since been released back to their unit and will be monitored by their leadership to ensure their well-being, Carrano said. A Navy corpsman rushing to the Marines' aid also was slightly hurt after slipping in the steep terrain and falling down a side of the mountain, Carrano said. The corpsman was treated at the Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital and was released Wednesday afternoon. The lightning strike came as a line of thunderstorms moved across the Mojave Desert late Tuesday. A San Bernardino County sheriffs deputy told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that two Marines were standing next to each other when a lightning bolt went through one Marines arm and the force of the lightning knocked them both down.
Tue, 09/11/2012 12:00 PM Injured boy   0.0  Laikipia  
Kenya: Lightning Injures Laikipia Boy Tagged: Climate, East Africa, Environment, Kenya, Legal Affairs BY WANJOHI GAKIO, 11 SEPTEMBER 2012 Comment A standard seven boy is nursing injuries after he was struck by lightning at Manyatta in Laikipia West. Mutara ward councillor John Kinyua said the boy, Irungu Kabutu, was sheltering from rain on a verandah of a house when he was hit by the lightning. He said Irungu was grazing his father's cows and when the rain fell, he took cover ata neighbour's home. "The house owner was inside and when he came out after the thunderstorm, he found the boy writhing in pain. He observed that one of the boy's shoes had come off and a hen had been struck dead," said the councilor. The boy was rushed to Nyahururu district hospital where he was treated scalds on the head and discharged. The councilor urged the government to build lightning arresters in the area. Meanwhile bodies of two children were yesterday retrieved from River Ngare Naro in Nyahururu town. Nyandarua North OCPD Gababa Darso said police were investigating circumstances under which the four year old boy and his two year old sister drowned. The children were identified as Antony Kanene and Lucy Kanene and their mother is still at large.
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 6 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 12:00 PM Killed James Pinkstaff  16.0  Lakeland FL 
 USA  putting dirt bike away under tree    All Terrain Vehicle,Indirect,Motorcycle,Outside,Under Trees 
LAKELAND - A 16-year-old apparently struck by lightning on Friday died Tuesday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. James Pinkstaff was with his family outside their home at 8114 Osborne Lane in north Lakeland loading items into a U-Haul trailer when it started to rain. James went to cover his motorized dirt bike, which he kept under an oak tree, deputies said. His mother, Angela Rock, told deputies she heard a loud boom, then found her son on the ground. James was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and died Tuesday night from his injuries, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Donna Wood said. Christina Burk, 24, his cousin who lives down the street, said she heard the thunder and went outside to check on her children. She said she heard her aunt screaming and ran down the street to help. She and other neighbors performed CPR on James until Emergency Medical Services arrived. The Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation, and the Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death, Wood said. The teen and his mother lived with relatives at the home. James was home-schooled and, Burk said, he liked outdoor activities like fishing. She said James frequently visited her house. She said he liked joking around and would play video games with her two children. "He was a big sweetheart and had a big heart," she said. Burk said the family was organizing funeral arrangements Wednesday. "He's a great person," she said. "His life was cut way too short." According to the National Weather Service's website, an average of 54 people died annually between 1981 and 2010 because of injuries from a lightning strike. The odds of being struck by lightning in a lifetime is one out of 775,000. The Polk County Fire Rescue spokesman Brad Ruhmann recommends "if it roars, go indoors." He said that if people hear thunder or see lightning, they should seek shelter at a structure with walls and a roof.
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 4 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 2 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 5 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 9 of 10  0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 3 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 7 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 8 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Killed Viktor Ovsyankin, 1 of 10  71.0  Bergen County NJ 
 USA  at soccer game  N/A  Before the storm,Field,Indirect,Outside,School,Soccer,Sports Field 
DEMAREST  Despite sunny skies, 71-year-old Viktor Ovsyankin of Haworth was killed in a lightning strike on the campus of the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest late Friday afternoon. A tree to the right of the school building, near a soccer practice field, was stripped clear of its bark on one side as a result of strike. It is not clear at this time if the lightning struck the man directly or if debris from the tree had fallen on the man, said Police Chief James Powderley III. First responders on the scene saw physical signs that led them to believe the man was struck by both the lightning and the debris, but the official cause will not be available until the autopsy report is completed, said Powderley. Ovsyankin was visiting the campus to watch his grandson, a freshman at the school, play soccer. At approximately 4:15 p.m., the Demarest Police Department received multiple 911 calls saying a man was possibly struck by lightning in the south soccer field, said Powderley. Police arrived on the scene to administer first aid to Ovsyankin, who was then airlifted to Hackensack University Medical Center, said Powderley. The hospital pronounced Ovsyankin dead at approximately 8:46 p.m., said Powderley. The lightning began during a soccer game between Northern Valley Regional and Packsack Valley High School. More than 100 students were on the field at the time of the lightning strike. Powderley, who had already been on the campus at the time speaking to administrators, said the lightning came out of nowhere, as the skies were clear at the time. "It sounded like a large explosion," said Powderley. "Even at that time, we werent even sure what it was." Students were evacuated into the south gym of the high school for safety purposes. Ambulance units from Englewood and Hackensack hospitals responded to the scene after nine students complained of "tingling" sensations, said Principal Bruce Sabatini. Email: NJ man dead after lightning strike POST STAFF REPORT Last Updated: 6:17 AM, September 8, 2012 Posted: 6:11 AM, September 8, 2012 Share on emailShare on facebookMore Sharing ServicesMore Print A New Jersey man was struck by lightning and later died Friday following a sudden lightning storm. According to the Bergen Record, the 71-year-old was struck while attending his grandsons soccer game. The lightning strike happened at about 4:15 p.m. outside Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, Bergen County. Police officials said the man was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The Bergen Record reports that following the strike, nine students were hospitalized after experiencing tingling sensations. Read more:
Fri, 09/07/2012 04:15 PM Injured 10 of 10   0.0  Bergen County NJ 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Wed, 09/05/2012 08:30 AM Injured employee  0.0  Kunkletown PA 
 USA  inside at desk    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
By Andrew Scott Pocono Record Writer September 06, 2012 An employee at Stauffer Concrete Products and Excavating in Kunkletown was injured Wednesday morning when lightning hit the storage building he was in at the time, the business' bookkeeper said. The employee was in contact with a metal table inside the building when lightning struck at about 8:30 a.m., said bookkeeper Jim Henderson. The employee, whose name Henderson declined to release, was conscious and alert but in great pain when taken by ambulance to the hospital. Henderson said he was working in a separate building housing the business office when he heard the sizzle of lightning hitting the storage building. Henderson said he was thinking he needed to power down his computer when other workers rushed in and told him to call 911. "When I asked why, they said we had an employee down," he said. "So, I called 911, told one employee to go watch for the ambulance and told another to man the phones. "I then ran over to the storage building and found the employee on the ground. He was able to respond to me, but was in obvious pain. I made him as comfortable as I could until the ambulance arrived." The employee's condition was unavailable Wednesday night. The lightning strike came as a turbulent storm front, the remnants of Hurricane and then Tropical Storm Isaac, moved through the region Tuesday night into Wednesday, dumping torrents of rain, spreading debris on roads and giving the air a musty heavy feel for morning commuters. According to Pocono weather expert Ben Gelber, the National Weather Service received two reports of 5.94 inches of rain measured seven miles northeast of Stroudsburg and 5.75 inches five miles to the west. Bill Hamilton of Neola said his rain gauge showed 6.75 inches as of noon Wednesday. Other totals included: Analomink, 5.01 inches; Stroudsburg, 4.22 inches; Kresgeville, 3.02 inches; Saylorsburg, 1.50 inches. In eastern Pike County to Port Jervis totals were 3 to 4 inches. Some debris washed into the road, but no serious damage or flooding was reported.
Tue, 09/04/2012 08:00 PM Killed Eduardo Solomon  40.0  La Union province  
  in a hut     
NDRRMC: Lightning strike kills 40-year-old man in La Union September 4, 2012 9:40am 1 0 0 4 A 40-year-old man was killed after being struck by lightning in La Union province last Sunday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday. In its 6:00 a.m. report, the NDRRMC identified the fatality as Eduardo Solomon of Barangay Santa Monica in a mountainous part of Bauang town, La Union. Solomon's son Eduardo Jr., 10, found the victim's body inside their nipa hut, the NDRRMC said. The initial investigation showed that the victim and some relatives were tending their carabaos in the area on Saturday when a thunderstorm forced them to seek shelter at the hut. However, the victim failed to return home on Saturday night. The NDRRMC said the victim's relatives refused an autopsy as they believed he had been struck by lightning. - VVP, GMA News
Mon, 09/03/2012 12:00 PM Killed man   39.0  Triq il Blajjiet Marsacala 
 Malta  in a field     
Miriam Dalli Updated at 7:30pm with details from police CMRU. A 39-year-old man has been reported to have died from lightning strike. The man, from Marsascala, was in a field in Triq il-Blajjiet in Marsacala with another man, when he was struck by a bolt of lightening, a police spokesperson confirmed. Police said that the other man, a 25-year-old Zabbar resident, called the victim's brother for assistance. The victim was rushed to St James Hospital in Zabbar in his brother's vehicle. He was however pronounced dead upon arrival. The men were said to be recovering in hospital suffering from shock, sources added. A resident from Zabbar told MaltaToday the men took shelter under a tree from the sudden torrential downpour that happened at around 4pm. If the man was struck directly from a lightning strike, the electricial discharge would have instantly killed him. The man might have been killed by 'side splash', if the bolt first struck the tree he was sheltering under. Ground strikes, which involves urrent passing from a strike through the ground into a nearby victim, can also happen. An estimated 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured. In the United States, it is second only to floods as the main weather killer. Trees are frequent conductors of lightning to the ground, because sap is a poor conductor and when eletricity passes through a tree it heats explosively into steam. Trees are natural lightning conductors and are known to provide protection against lightning damage to nearby buildings by diverting lightning strikes away from structures.
Sun, 09/02/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 farmers  0.0   
Two farmers killed, another injured after struck by lightning Press Trust of India / Munger (Bihar) September 02, 2012, 18:05 Ads by Google Hotelinvest : Achieve attractive ROI with hotels in premium location. Two farmers were killed and another injured today after lightning struck them in Munger district, police said. The deceased were identified as Sushil Singh (70) and Dinesh Kumar (35), Kharagpur police station's Station House Officer (SHO) Vishwajeet said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he said adding that the injured farmer, identified as Pachu Singh, has been admitted to a hospital.
Sat, 09/01/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 women   0.0  Bharaul VDC  
Two women of a family killed in lightning strike Two women of a family have died after being stricken by lightning in Bharaul VDC in Sunsari district Saturday morning. Laxmi Khadka, 26, and Ganga Khadka, 18, who were severely injured in the lightning strike, died while undergoing treatment at B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, local news reports said. Another injured woman is undergoing treatment at the hospital in a critical condition. They were working in the field when the lightning struck.
Sat, 09/01/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed   0.0  Itahri  
Lightning kills three Added At: 2012-09-01 10:26 PM Last Updated At: 2012-09-01 10:26 PM HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE ITAHARI/NAWALPARASI: Three persons on Saturday were killed by lightning strike in Sunsari and Nawalparasi districts. Laxmi Khadka (36) and Ganga Khadka (18) died when the lightning struck them at Bharaul VDC-6 of Sunsari where they were working in the field. Meanwhile, Jamuna Khadka (18), who was critically injured, is undergoing treatment at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. In another incident, Pritam Sarki (10) of Sunwal VDC-2 in Nawalparasi who was playing in a nearby stream died after being hit by a lightning strike. His dead body has been sent to Prithvichandra Hospital for postmortem. Held for cutting trees
Sat, 09/01/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead   0.0  TAHARI/NAWALPARASI  
Lightning kills three Added At: 2012-09-01 10:26 PM Last Updated At: 2012-09-01 10:26 PM HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE ITAHARI/NAWALPARASI: Three persons on Saturday were killed by lightning strike in Sunsari and Nawalparasi districts. Laxmi Khadka (36) and Ganga Khadka (18) died when the lightning struck them at Bharaul VDC-6 of Sunsari where they were working in the field. Meanwhile, Jamuna Khadka (18), who was critically injured, is undergoing treatment at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences. In another incident, Pritam Sarki (10) of Sunwal VDC-2 in Nawalparasi who was playing in a nearby stream died after being hit by a lightning strike. His dead body has been sent to Prithvichandra Hospital for postmortem.
Sat, 09/01/2012 04:15 PM Injured woman   0.0  Carbon county UT  
  outside    Outside 
Sat, 09/01/2012 04:00 PM Injured male hunter, 1 of 2  25.0  Weber County UT  
  hunting doves, running to cover    Ground Strike,Hunting,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 09/01/2012 04:00 AM Injured boy hunting, 2 of 2   13.0  Weber County UT  
  hunting doves, running to cover  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Hunting,Outside 
Teenage dove hunter injured by lightning in Weber County By Michael McFall | The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Sep 01 2012 07:27 pm " Last Updated Sep 02 2012 07:33 pm A 13-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday after he was struck by lightning while hunting in Weber County. The teen and a 25-year-old relative were hunting doves on a trail near 3500 West and 4000 North in Plain City when a thunderstorm blew in Saturday afternoon. The two made a run for the trail parking lot when they were struck by lightning, said Weber County Sheriffs Lt. Mark Lowther. Related Stories A wet weekend, flooding potential, ahead for Utah Published September 2, 2012 Join the Discussion Post a Comment A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officer who was in the parking lot saw it happen. He radioed for help and tried to resuscitate the teen, who was in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics arrived and managed to get a pulse before the teen was taken in an ambulance to McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden. A medical helicopter was not immediately available because of the storm. The teen was later flown to Primary Childrens Medical Center. The teens relative had some injuries but was going to be all right, Lowther said.
Thu, 08/30/2012 01:00 PM Killed farmer  25.0  Taptap Cebu city 
 Phillippines      Direct hit 
Lightning strikes farmer By Niña G. Sumacot/JPM (The Freeman) Updated September 01, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0) CEBU, Philippines - A young farmer died after he was struck by lightning in the mountain barangay of Taptap, Cebu City last Thursday afternoon. Christopher Archua, 25, died immediately from major degree burns in his shoulder. Juvelyn Cabuena, 24, Archuas live-in-partner, told police that the incident happened when the victim went out of their shanty to have coffee at past 1 p.m. last Thursday. Cabuena said that prior to the incident, she, the victim, and their five-year-old son were staying inside their shanty because of the heavy rain. They were supposed to do their daily routine of tending the farm but were stopped by the heavy rains. With nothing to do, the victim headed to their kitchen as he wanted to have coffee. As soon as he left for the kitchen, lightning struck and directly hit the victims right shoulder. Archua slumped on the ground unconscious. Amid the heavy rains, Cabuena rushed outside to seek help from their neighbors. The neighbors arrived but the victim was already breathless. His shoulder was severely burned. The victim was no longer taken to the hospital, the nearest of which was still kilometers away. - THE FREEMAN View previous articles from this author | Subscribe to this author via RSS
Wed, 08/29/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 people   0.0  Cardiff Wales 
Two people have been injured after a lightning strike at a house in Cardiff. The ambulance service said it treated one person for a suspected electric shock and another for hearing damage in the Pontprennau area. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent two crews to the semi-detached property in Gateside Close shortly before 14:25 BST on Wednesday. The curtains of the house caught alight in the strike, which is also thought to have damaged electrical circuits. Both injured people were treated at the scene and did not need to go to hospital. Mannan Haq said he got an electric shock when he plugged in a USB stick into his TV but had been unaware of any storm beforehand. "Excuse the pun, I was in shock," he told BBC Wales. "I was on the floor and was pretty dazed for five to 10 minutes and my right arm was very numb." "As soon as it happened we heard the thunder itself." The fire service said the fire was out by the time the crews arrived. Officials from an electricity company are at the address.
Wed, 08/29/2012 12:00 PM Killed Marta Alicia Tadeo  0.0  Nahuizalco  
 El Salvador      Outside 
A 26-year-old woman was killed by lightning and a 3-year-old boy drowned due to the severe thunderstorms that hit El Salvador in the past few days, officials said. Marta Alicia Tadeo died when she was struck by lightning on Tuesday outside her house in a rural area near Nahuizalco, a city in the western province of Sonsonate, police and emergency management office spokesmen said. Bryan Alvarado, meanwhile, drowned after falling into a rain-filled ravine in Chinameca, a city in the eastern province of San Miguel, officials told reporters. The heavy rains that have pounded El Salvador over the past few days are normal for this time of year, officials said. EFE Read more:
Tue, 08/28/2012 09:00 AM unknown What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning   0.0   
  Great article     Education,Science 
What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning Andrew Tarantola The human body simply isn't built to conduct 300kV of electricity. So when things backfire while you're fishing in a thunderstorm, and you find yourself doing an impromptu rendition of Powder, here's what you can expect. While there is still debate within the scientific community as to the exact nature of the process, most believe that cloud-to-ground lightning originates when conditions within a thunder head strip electrons from rising water vapor to create an electrical field. Free electrons gather at the bottom of the cloud while positive ions move to the top. This electrical field is so intense that the negative electrons in the cloud repel electrons on the ground. These ground-level other electrons get pushed far enough into the strata that the surface of the planet becomes positively charged. Once that occurs, air molecules around the cloud ionize, discharging the electrical field via a short-circuit back to Earth, neutralizing the charge difference. That's lightningand you don't want to be anywhere near it when it strikes. Humans are good conductors. Being comprised of atoms that can transmit electrons is great for our neural network's basic functionality. But it's very bad when we drop a hairdryer in the tub, crack open an industrial capacitor, or become a human lightning rod on the links. Lightning strikes do, however, differ from the industrial shocks you'd receive from high-voltage equipment. First, the level of voltage is greater in lightningmost industrial shocks generate 20-60kV, but a bolt of lightning generates 300kV. Second, the duration of a lightning strike is much shorter. Man-made shocks last about a half second (500 miliseconds), on average, until the worker is either blown clear or the circuit breaker trips. A lightning strike courses through you in in just 3 milliseconds. Finally, most industrial electrical injuries hit the worker's hands, arms, and shoulders while natural lightning most often strikes the head, shoulders, and upper torso. When a bolt of lightning does strike a human frame, very bad things happen. In addition to the 300kV of energy coursing through you, the power of the strike heats the surrounding air to 50,000 degrees F, causing third degree burns at the bolt's entry and exit points. It can also create lightning bolt-shaped burn marks, called Lichtenberg figures, which are caused by bursting blood vessels. The heat and force can singe and shred clothing. Lightning strikes have blown people clear out of their shoes. The damage can be even worse if you are holding a metal object. For one thing, doing so increases the likelihood of being struck in the first place. A big reason Florida leads the nation in annual lightning-related deaths and injuries (126 deaths in the last decade alone) isn't from regional topography but due to the state's vibrant golf industry. Legions of players frantically break out the nine irons to finish the round ahead of an oncoming storm. Second, wearing metal objects whilechains, necklaces, braces...piercingscan cause electrical arcing and rapidly heat, causing serious burns of their own. Burns aren't the only way lightning will hurt you. A lightning strike can act as a massive fibrillator, upsetting the heart's electrical rhythm and causing cardiac arrest. That's in addition to bursting blood vessels and damaging the cardiac muscles. Fortunately, only one in ten Americans have died from being struck by lightning in the three decades between 1981 and 2010. That period saw 54 fatalities a year on average, though between 2001 and 2010, that number dropped to 39 annually. Ninety percent of lightning strike victims do survive, but at a significant cost. "Lightning injuries are varied and take many different forms," wrote Dr. Elisabeth Gourbière of the Electricité de France, Service des Etudes Médicales in Lightning Injuries to Humans in France. "The most dangerous (and possibly fatal) immediate complications are cardiovascular and neurologic. It must be kept in mind that only immediate and effective cardiorespiratory resuscitation (started by rescuers), followed as soon as possible by emergency medical treatment, can save victims who are in cardiopulmonary arrest, or avert the serious consequences of cerebral hypoxia. Some victims remain in a coma despite intensive resuscitation and die of secondary causes including hemorrhages and multiple lesions (encephalic, cardiac, pulmonary, intra-abdominal)." Immediate post-strike symptoms can include caridac arrhythmia, myocardial damage, and pulmonary edema in the circulatory system. Neurologically, you will likely lose consciousness for anywhere from a few minutes to a few years. You could suffer brain damage (because in the cellular structure of your brain literally cooks from the current) resulting in short-term memory loss or amnesia. Longer term neurological maladies include personality changes, learning disabilities, sleep disorders, seizures, Parkansonism (not actual Parkinson's Disease but a similar constant twitch). Last, victims commonly report numbness and weakness in the limbs, temporary or permanent paralysis, concussions, blown ear drums, cataracts, and a whole lot of pain.
Tue, 08/28/2012 09:00 AM Injured Sofia, granddaughter, 2 of 2  0.0  Eastham MA 
  held in grandmothers arms    Indirect,Outside 
Tue, 08/28/2012 09:00 AM Injured Beth Caldwell, 1 of 2  0.0  Eastham MA 
 USA  holding umbrella, leaving a car  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
EASTHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- On Tuesday morning, a woman was gripping an umbrella as she exited a car to shield her from the heavy downpour. Just as she picked up her 4-year-old granddaughter, lightning struck, hitting them both. Its almost like a pain in your arm, and then my arm just started shaking said Beth Caldwell. Caldwell said she was struck by lightning when she was holding her granddaughter, Sophia, in one arm and an umbrella in the other. So I got the one over there and put her in my arms and the umbrella and then I got hit through my right arm, said Caldwell. Like a shotgun, it was a big loud bang, and all the sudden out of my periphery I saw the spark, said Chris Samios, the womans son-in-law, who witnessed the strike. Caldwell and Sophia were then rushed to Cape Cod Hospital. I wasnt really aware of anything but getting the baby away from me cause I knew I was hit. So when I fell in, I said to them, Im hit, Ive been hit by lightning, Caldwell said. The way she described it was that it was an intense pain, more than a shock in her hand and then all the sudden she felt her arm go limp down her side and she felt something shoot down through her body and her heart would not stop racing, said Chris Samios. The 4-year-old was fine, but was checked out for precautionary purposes. I freaked out. We were all like in shock. We were shocked, said the womans daughter, Maggie Samios. Neighbors in the area gave the same description of what they saw and heard. The flash was instantaneous. It was completely bright. Then the thunder, the clap was enormous, said Todd Easton. A heating and air conditioning repairman said the lightning also knocked out all the power in the Samios' vacation home. It was definitely hit by lightning. It got hit pretty hard. Everything electrical in it was fried, said Richard Toma. I feel so lucky, its unbelievable, said Chris Samios. She was hit by lightning and is fine. After the ordeal, Caldwell smiled and even joked about her clash with Mother Nature. You can have after effects up to three years but Im supposed to check with my regular doctor. But Im fine. They said that I look better because of it, Caldwell joked. Read more:
Sun, 08/26/2012 04:00 PM unknown Do Fish die when ocean struck  0.0   
 USA      Education,Science 
Do fish die when lightning strikes the ocean? Aug 26, 2012, 04.14AM IST Tags: Sunday ET|satellites|salt|lightening|fish Lightning forms when an electrically charged cloud creates a channel of ionized air below it called a leader. This leader grows downwards and at the same time, an oppositely charged leader grows upwards from the ground. When the leaders connect, a huge current (typically 30,000 amps) flows down this ionized channel. Seawater, unlike air, is a good conductor as it contains salt. Rather than creating an irregular narrow, ionised path, the charge from the lightning strike spreads out sideways and downwards in an expanding half sphere from the surface. Any fish within a few tens of metres of the same strike point would probably be killed but beyond that they would just feel a tingle.

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