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Sat, 07/28/2012 03:00 PM Injured construction worker  0.0  Mobile County Fairgrounds AL 
installing insulation inside a building    Construction site,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Lightning Strikes Construction Worker Video Construction Worker Struck by Lightning Construction Worker Struck by Lightning Reported by: Local 15 News Staff Email: Print Story Published: 7/28 4:21 pm Share Updated: 7/28 11:37 pm (MOBILE, Ala.) A construction worker was struck by lightning near the Mobile County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon. The man was installing insulation inside a building on the construction site of the new Hallmark Apartment complex on Cody Road. More than a dozen construction workers and electricians were on-site when the lightning storm swept in around 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Workers told Local 15 they saw a blinding flash, heard a deafening bang, and then smelled something burning. They found their fellow construction worker laying on the floor and called 911. It sounded like a cannon, construction worker Tommy Ray Carter said. We were in the next building over. Im feeling real lucky it wasnt me, but I feel real sorry for the guy that got hit. Firefighters and paramedics were on the scene in minutes. The man appeared conscious as EMTs wheeled him out and into a waiting ambulance. I talked to the paramedics and he assured me he was going to be alright, electrician foreman Charles Frazier told Local 15 News. The swift and powerful storm knocked out power in nearby areas, including streetlights and businesses in Semmes.
Fri, 07/27/2012 12:00 PM Killed Tanker set on fire  0.0  Lubuan  
 Borneo      Boat 
Lightning blamed for tanker inferno by Elton Gomes and Adrian Nandu. Posted on July 27, 2012, Friday The fire on board the tanker MV Bunga Alpinia. One crewman dies, four others missing as fire sets off three explosions LABUAN: A crewman was killed and four others were missing in a fire which police believe was caused by a lightning strike and which set off some three explosions on board a tanker at the Petronas Chemicals Methanol Sdn Bhd terminal here at about 2.30am yesterday. Three other persons were injured in the incident on board MV Bunga Alpinia, which is owned by Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC). Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib confirmed the dead as Shahril Azmi Baharudin, a 28-year-old Malaysian from Malacca, whose body was found on a floating oil drum near the jetty and taken to the Labuan Nucleus Hospital. The missing crewmen were identified as Malaysians Muhammad Nazrin Khamasani, 20, from Kuala Lumpur, Mohd Hanafi Khalil, 24, from Malacca and Zahari Hassim, 46, from Negeri Sembilan, and Filipino Colanggoy Errol Calaluan, 22. He said the 38,000DWT chemical tanker which is 172.87 metres long and 32 metres wide had a total of 29-strong crew, including the captain, and at the time of the incident, 24 of the crew members were working. Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad president cum chief executive officer Dr Abdul Hapiz Abdullah said the rest of the crew on board the tanker were evacuated before the first explosion. He said that after the second stronger explosion at 7am, all the employees within this the methanol terminal were evacuated. After the second explosion, we had issued a warning for around 1km radius of PML area to be evacuated immediately. The impact of the explosion had shaken some of the facilities within the terminal and broke some of the glass in the building and affected the ceilings, he said. Three loud blasts rocked the island and the Bunga Alpinia was left about 80 percent destroyed, according to Labuan police chief Saiman Kasran. There was heavy rain and lightning at that time, he said. We presume the fire was caused by a lightning strike, he said. Labuan Fire and Rescue Department director Zainal Madasin said 71 personnel were involved in fighting the fire with nine engines. Zainal said the search-and-rescue operation was temporarily halted at 6 pm for the breaking of the Ramadan fast and would resume soon after. He said the 37,000-metric ton tanker was being loaded with methanol when the fire broke out. Based on the information, they had just loaded around 6,000 metric tons of methanol to the vessel then, he said. MISC said the respective families and next-of-kin of the crew members have been informed. A hotline has been set up for the affected family members who want to obtain more information. MISC said the 24 crew members brought ashore are safe. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) coordinating officer Lt Comm Azmi Mohd Dahan said the three persons injured in the incident are a Petronas employee, a member of the public and a crew member. MMEA Sabah and Labuan First Admiral M. Karunanithi said they were trying to get closer to the tanker but intense heat and fears of more explosions were slowing them down. He said MMEA had tried to tow the tanker out of the wharf with a tugboat but the cable was burnt. He said the tanker later broke loose and drifted about 20m away from industries along the shoreline. For the moment, it is under control as it is sitting on a shallow seabed and efforts are continuing to put out the fire, he said. Share this: Read more:
Fri, 07/27/2012 unknown Larry Oberti  0.0  Novi MI 
leaning on truck    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on stumbleuponShare on pinterest More Sharing Services 0 Novi resident Larry Oberti was reportedly struck by lightning Friday while leaning against a pickup truck, according to Fox 2. Oberti was reportedly speaking with his neighbor when he was jolted. "I was just shaking like a leaf," Oberti told Fox 2. "I don't remember anything of it." Oberti reportedly suffered only slight pain and a burn on his hand and arm where he made contact with the truck when he collapsed after being hit by lightning. NOVI, Mich. (WJBK) - A Novi man is recovering after being struck by lightning during Friday's storms. He was leaning up against a truck when he was hit. Fox 2 talked to the victim and a friend who saw it happen. Click on the video player to watch Maurielle Lue's report. "I heard a big 'kaboom' and next thing you know I'm weak," said Larry Oberti. "I was just shaking like a leaf." Larry and his neighbor, Lisa, may be a bit shaky on the details, but one thing they know for sure - just before Friday's big storm, Larry was struck by lightning. "I don't remember anything of it," Larry told Fox 2. "I just got jolted." Larry was leaning on a truck talking to Lisa when it happened. They knew the storm was coming but it hadn't hit yet. Only a rumble of thunder in the distance. Suddenly, they were surrounded by white hot light. It's something Lisa says you have to experience to explain. "There's pressure everywhere and especially the chest. It was scary," she said. "He started walking at me and saying, 'Help me, help me,' and I started screaming for help." Larry collapsed on the ground. He says the grill on the truck glowed orange. Dispatchers instructed Lisa not to touch Larry. Doctors say he's lucky to escape with nothing more than a little pain and a few bald spots. "I have a slight burn on my hand and then down my arm any place that touched the truck," he said. "There's no hair. It's gone."
Fri, 07/27/2012 12:00 PM Killed 4 hikers killed  0.0  Pieniny Mountain Range  
Polish hikers found dead, lightning strike suspected Link this Share this Digg Email Print Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:58pm IST (Refiles to fix typo) (Reuters) - Four hikers were killed, probably by a lightning strike, on a tourist track in Poland's Pieniny mountain range, police told local media. The four, a married couple in their 50s, their daughter and her boyfriend, were reported missing on Wednesday evening when they did not return from a walk in the mountains on Poland's border with Slovakia. The hikers, all from Warsaw, were found dead early on Friday.
Thu, 07/26/2012 04:30 PM Injured Kisten Everhart  0.0  Mount Vernon OH  
walking     Outside,Walking 
Mount Vernon woman struck by lightning By Alan Reed, Mount Vernon News July 27, 2012 12:49 pm EDT Share Print E-mail MOUNT VERNON  A young woman was taken to Knox Community Hospital by an emergency squad late Thursday afternoon from an apparent lighting strike during the afternoon thunderstorm. Angie Mickley, an employee of Envy Salon at 69 Mansfield Avenue, called 9-1-1 sometime between 4 and 5 p.m. after seeing a young woman reportedly eight months pregnant holding her stomach. Mickley was sitting outside the salon and saw the woman walk by the building whose mother then came running inside, claiming her daughter had been struck by lightning. Mickley identified the woman as being Kirsten Everhart. ADVERTISEMENT LJJA Martial Arts Everhart reportedly began having contractions and laid down in a car before an ambulance arrived. No information was available from the Mount Vernon Fire Department. Read more: Mount Vernon woman struck by lightning
Thu, 07/26/2012 12:00 PM Injured Chris Daugherty  27.0  Neson county KY 
opening front door  N/A  Door,Indirect,Outside 
NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Lightning sent a man to the hospital after strong storms pounded parts of the area Thursday night. Chris Daugherty told WAVE 3 he doesn't have visible bruises or wounds because he says lightning struck his house as he opened his front door. "When I grabbed the handle it knocked me into the brick walI. I saw a flash of light. Like ambient white light over my shoulder and had to call my wife in the house for help," Daugherty said. When he made it into the house Daugherty said he could barely breathe and felt disoriented. "It was like I had someone sitting on my chest and it kept compressing. All this pressure. It was something I had never felt before because I don't have heart problems." Daugherty's symptoms were not uncommon. The National Weather Service lists cardiac arrest as one of the primary medical conditions when lightning strikes a person or travels through a source. Nelson County EMS personnel transported Daugherty to the hospital. Doctors later released him overnight. When asked how he felt the day after, he replied "It's kind of an uncomfortable feeling, but I'm thankful that I have this feeling instead of no feeling at all." Lightning is a major cause of storm related deaths. A lightning strike can cause the heart to stop at the time of the injury, although some victims may appear to have a delayed death a few days later if they are resuscitated but have suffered irreversible brain damage, according to the National Weather Service. Approximately 10% of people who are struck by lightning are killed, according to NWS Storm Data. Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.
Thu, 07/26/2012 12:00 PM Killed Tanker  0.0  Kuala Lumpur  
  on a tanker    Boat 
Malaysian tanker fire and explosion during thunderstorm kills 1 crew member, injures 3 others Associated Press - Flames rise from a Malaysian tanker carrying methanol gas following an explosion at a jetty on Labuan island, eastern Malaysia, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Police say the tanker belonged to the national shipping company MISC has exploded after being struck by lightning, killing one crew member. Four others are still missing. Text Size PrintE-mailReprints By Associated Press, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  Malaysian police say an explosion and fire possibly caused by a lightning strike killed one crew member of a tanker docked off Borneo island and injured three others. District police chief Saiman Kasran says the tanker was set ablaze at a jetty while carrying methanol on Labuan island near Borneos coast early Thursday. 1 Comments Weigh InCorrections? Personal Post He says authorities have brought the fire under control and recovered the body of a Malaysian. A separate police statement says 24 Malaysians and Filipinos had been aboard the vessel owned by national shipping company MISC. At least one person remained missing. The statement says the cause of the explosion has not been determined but adds that witnesses reported loud thunder before the fire broke out. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thu, 07/26/2012 06:30 PM Killed Kathlyn Friend  67.0  Jessamine county KY 
installing watering system for cattle    Delayed Death,Farming,Outside 
Damage, Injuries Reported In Wake Of Severe Storms Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:26 AM Updated: Jul 27, 2012 2:45 PM Rating: 1 2 3 4 5 0.0 (0 votes) There are reports of widespread damage and injuries after a series of severe storms moved across the state Thursday night and early Friday morning. In Jessamine County, a 67-year-old woman was struck by lightning while in a field on her farm near Crenshaw. She was transported to UK Hospital for treatment. A person in Nelson County was also hurt when lightning hit his house as he was holding a door handle. A barn fire in Scott County is being blamed on a lighting strike. In Versailles, trees were reported down after wind gusts of 70 MPH moved through the area. In Fayette County, there were numerous reports of trees down throughout the county. Trees were reported down on a power line on Hidden Springs Road, and other areas with trees down along Russell Cave Road. There is a slight chance for more severe weather in the Bluegrass Friday. LEX 18's Storm Tracker Weather team will be tracking the potential storms and will have updates as warranted Kathlyn Friend, 67, a Richmond attorney struck by lightning Thursday night, died Saturday afternoon at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Woody Friend said his sister died after being removed from life support. She had been in critical condition since being injured. Kathlyn Friend was struck about 6:30 p.m. Thursday while she was installing a watering system for cattle on a farm she owned in southern Jessamine County. Woody Friend said his sister and her son, who was helping her, had one section of pipe left to put in place she was struck. Kathlyn Friend, a longtime attorney, ran for a seat on the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1983 and 1991 but was defeated both times by Paul D. Gudgel of Lexington. Funeral arrangements are pending at Betts and West Funeral Home in Nicholasville. Jim Warren (859) 231-3255 Read more here:
Wed, 07/25/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Gazipur  
Two killed in lightning strike Advertisement Share Print E-mail Comment[ - ] Text [ + ]STAFF WRITER 11:56 HRS IST Ghazipur/Badaun, July 25 (PTI) Two persons were killed after being struck by lightning, police said today. Chandrabhushan Singh Kushwaha (17), a Class X student, was killed after being struck by lightning in Gamhar area of Ghazipur district yesterday, they said. In another incident, Nathulal (40) was killed after being struck by lightning in Bisauli area of Badaun district today, Senior Superintendent of Police Manjil Saini said.
Tue, 07/24/2012 01:30 PM Injured utility worker  0.0  Edinburg  
Lightning strike sends utility worker to hospital By Alex Bridges -- Lightning struck a gas line near Edinburg and the burst sent a utility worker to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon. The Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department received a report around 1:30 p.m. that lightning struck a line operated by Washington Gas near Edinburg, according to Fire Marshal David Ferguson. The strike occurred between George's Chicken and Kennedy Konstruction Kompany on Senedo Road. Crews from the Mt. Jackson Rescue Squad and Edinburg Fire Department responded with the county department. The utility worker was conscious when rescue personnel arrived, according to Ferguson. Crews took the worker to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for further evaluation, Ferguson said. The lightning strike did not rupture the line or ignite the gas. The gas company evaluated the system and reported no impact to the equipment, Ferguson said.
Tue, 07/24/2012 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed in lightning in UP  0.0  Uttar Pradesh 
Four people, including three children, were today killed after being hit by lightning as heavy rains lashed several parts of Uttar Pradesh. In Chandauli, three children were killed and two others received burn injuries when lightning struck them while they were playing under a tree at Kanera village in Sahabganj area, police said. District magistrate Pawan Kumar announced a compensation of Rs 1.50 lakh to next of the kins of the victims. Click here for Cloud Computing Also Read Related Stories News Now - Naveen demands stop of Polavaram project till SC disposes case - Surrendered militants appear before District Collector - Govt comes out with draft national policy for children - I had no role in Katara's killing: Vishal tells HC Meanwhile in Azamgarh, a man died after a lightning hit him while he was working in a field at Parsamanpur village in Kaptanganj area, police said. Ankinghat recorded 14 cm rainfall, followed by Balrampur at 12 cm and Bisauli 9 cm.
Tue, 07/24/2012 11:00 AM Killed Mary H Yoder  36.0  Garrett PA 
Lightning kills pregnant Pennsylvania Amish woman  
taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
GARRETT, Pa.  A pregnant Amish woman picking berries in the woods near her Pennsylvania home was killed by lightning on her due date. The fetus also died. State police say 36-year-old Mary H. Yoder was with her husband and two children late Tuesday morning when a storm moved in. Yoder took shelter under a pine tree while her husband and the children ducked under a different tree. 1 Comments Weigh InCorrections? Personal Post Police say lightning struck a few minutes later, killing Yoder and her fetus. Trooper Steven Limani tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Tuesday was the due date. Police are investigating. Garrett is about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Mon, 07/23/2012 01:30 PM Injured camp counselor, 1 of 2  18.0  Sandyston NJ 
inside cabin    Camping,Indirect,Indoors,Ungrounded Shelter 
Cabin at 4H camp hit by lightning Posted: Jul 23, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Updated: Jul 23, 2012 3:54 PM EDT Google Maps Photo by Amy Herzog/New Jersey Herald - Rutgers 4-H Camp Director Jim Tavares, far left in black jacket, shows where lighting struck the tree behind him and then followed a root, center, until it made contact with Cabin 9 during a thunderstorm. Photo by Amy Herzog/New Jersey Herald - An ambulance leaves Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp where lightning struck a tree and went to a nearby cabin. A counselor and camper were taken to Newton Medical Center. Related Links Skylands Skywatch Forecast Rooftop Weather & Cameras Hour by Hour Futurecast Interactive Radar Top News Headlines Shooting suspect in court with orange-red hair Event to aid local family of woman hurt in Colo. shooting Movie massacre suspect mum; Batman mask found A look at the lives of Colorado shooting victims Cabin at 4H camp hit by lightning NCAA slams Penn State, fines it $60 million By LYNDSAY CAYETANA BOUCHAL SANDYSTON  Lightning struck a large pine tree 25 feet from a bunkhouse and went into the foundation of a cabin at the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp in Stokes State Forest shortly after 1:30 p.m., sending an 18-year-old female counselor and a 12-year-old camper to Newton Medical Center, a camp official said. The two victims were taken to the hospital as a precaution but were otherwise conscious and alert, said Camp Director Jim Tavares. The camper said she felt tingling in her foot, he said. "Initially, it was a normal thunderstorm, then it started to intensify and we started to hear lightning strikes closer," Tavares said. When he and other counselors heard lightning strike, they ran to the cabins, where they discovered Cabin No. 9 was hit. "The (campers and counselors) were making friendship bracelets and (the two) got a jolt," Tavares said. "For the most part the young lady is fine. She was scared at first, but she was laughing by the end." No further information was immediately available on the identity of the victims. As of 2:45 p.m., the camp was still in the process of contacting the girls' parents and was not yet releasing further information. "You can see a path in the ground where the lightning zigzagged and hit the edge of the cabin," Tavares said. "Anytime it rains, we get all of our children inside immediately. We want to make sure they're safe and sound." About 14 campers and one other counselor were in the 1951 wood cabin when it was struck. The lightning traveled through the roots of the red pine, which is more than 30 feet tall, and struck the cement foundation of the structure. The lightning was accompanied by hail and occurred as a thunderstorm started making its way south into the area. Tavares said today was the first day of camp for the children involved. The 4-H Camp holds six, one-week camp sessions every summer, with a new session starting every Monday. Herald Staff Writer Eric Obernauer contributed to this report.
Mon, 07/23/2012 12:00 PM Killed Frank Baeta  71.0  CA 
  camping   N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
While camping in the mountains he loved, our devoted husband, father, and papa, Frank, died suddenly on July 23, 2012. Owner of the successful plumbing business, Bath & Kitchen Plumbing Service, for 40 years, he could fix anything. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Pat and his daughters Christine Baeta (Brent Orick), Cheryl Arruda (Rich) and Cindy Stieferman (Chris). He will be forever missed by his 8 grandchildren, Courtney, Christopher, Kyle, Kody, Reid, Ryan, Cole and Camryn. He is also survived by brothers, a sister, nieces, nephews, and many devoted customers and friends. A rosary will be held on Tuesday July 31, 2012, at 6:30 P.M., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 1817 12th Street, Sacto., CA. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday August 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., also at St. Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California. Read more here:
Sun, 07/22/2012 12:00 PM unknown Lightning: All Things Considered, Its Best Not to  0.0  CT 
the squat again !!!    Bad Safety info,Education 
While kayaking down the Hudson River one summer afternoon a few years ago, midway through a two-week, 300-plus-mile voyage from the Canadian border to the Statue of Liberty, my buddy Dan Bendor and I glanced nervously at the darkening sky. Dont like those clouds, I said, quickening the pace. Dan nodded. Better start looking for a place to hole up. How about that island? I replied, waving my paddle toward a pile of rocks less than a mile away. Lets go! As if we needed further encouragement, a low rumble of thunder reverberated through the river valley, and by the time we reached land 10 minutes later rain pelted in sheets. We dragged our boats out of the water and hunched helplessly while the first flashes of lightning pierced the growing blackness. Sit on your PFD! Dan cried. I tore off my life jacket and tried to balance with my feet in the air. We counted the seconds between flashes and thunderclaps. Five seconds  a mile away & four seconds  uh-oh, definitely heading our way  two seconds & FLASH/BAM! We never saw the strike, but it had to be less than 100 yards away. FLASH/BAM! FLASH/BAM! FLASH/BAM! Bolts exploded all around us. I squeezed my eyes shut and covered my ears. FLASH/BAM! FLASH & BAM! FLASH &&. BAM! FLASH &&&& BAM! One second  1,000 yards. Two seconds  2,000 yards. Three seconds, more than half a mile. I opened my eyes and looked over at Dan. We smiled. Dont move yet, he ordered. We held our uncomfortable poses for another 15 minutes, and then dared to stand up so we could watch the storm recede north. I never confirmed definitively that sitting on a life jacket protects you from electrocution during a lightning storm, but as far as I was concerned on that terrifying afternoon, it worked. At any one time the earth experiences some 2,000 thunderstorms generating 100 lightning strikes per second, and according to the National Weather Service those bolts, which each carry charges of more than 100 million volts, kill an average of 73 people in the United States each year. Those odds may seem to confirm the old as likely as getting hit by lightning analogy  but thats a bet you dont want to take when youre out there in a storm. Fellow adventurers who spend a lot of time outdoors, often far from shelter, can follow a few rules to reduce their chances of becoming a smoldering heap of cinders.  If you cant get inside a closed building or car, find a low spot away from trees and crouch down. Obviously, if youre paddling miles offshore, youre screwed.  If youre in a group, split up and stay as far apart as practical.  Dont use a cellphone, radio or other electronic device.  Wait at least 30 minutes after the lightning and thunder stops to resume paddling, hiking, running, biking or whatever else you were doing outside. If youre like me, several times a year you will have to take such evasive maneuvers. Just the other day a friend and I had to paddle like crazy to get ashore from Long Island Sound when a single dark cloud not in the forecast materialized off New London. As if it had eyes the cloud swerved directly toward us and we had to veer to Avery Point in Groton to avoid it. Luckily, we had enough time to change course. On other occasions Ive dodged bolts while climbing mountains, camping in forests, swimming in lakes  thats a particularly scary situation  and running on country roads. Once a fellow runner and I hunkered down in a barn for an hour or so, and when we finally loped back home passed a smoking tree that had just been struck. Theres no question the National Weather Service has the best advice: There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Sat, 07/21/2012 07:00 PM Killed Jesse King  24.0  Row Lake UT 
Wayne County man killed by lightning 
taking shelter under a tree    Camping,Dogs,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Wayne County man killed by lightning PrintFont [+] [-] Leave a comment » Published: Monday, July 23 2012 3:39 p.m. MDT Summary A 24-year-old Wayne County man and his dog were killed after being struck by lightning while on a fishing trip over the weekend. You might also like Rescuers of lost hiker describe man's unbelievable survival July 13, 2012 Man found after three weeks lost in Escalante July 13, 2012 Cathy Free: Free Lunch: Watching the stars come out on the silver screen in Escalante May 16, 2012 ESCALANTE, Garfield County  A 24-year-old Wayne County man and his dog were killed after being struck by lightning while on a fishing trip over the weekend. Jesse King, 24, of Bicknell, and his dog were at Row Lake on the west side of Boulder Mountain about 7 p.m. Saturday when a storm rolled through the region, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. King and his dog took shelter under a nearby tree. They were both killed instantly when lightning hit the tree, the sheriff's office said. King's wife, who was at their campsite nearby, found his body. "King did everything possible to try to keep himself and his dog safe, and there was nothing that could have been done to prevent their death," said sheriff's deputy Ray Gardner. He is survived by his wife, Maddy Rowland King.
Sat, 07/21/2012 unknown Attention Soccer Moms & Little League Dads: Do You  0.0   
Attention Soccer Moms & Little League Dads: Do You
Clinton Patch 
Great article on lightning safety  N/A  Education,Good lightning safety info 
Attention Soccer Moms & Little League Dads: Do You Know When It's Not Safe to Play? If you hear thunder, run for shelter. Lightning can strike from as far as 25 miles away. Every sports organization should have a plan in place to avert catastrophe. By Ron Goralski Email the author 5:00 am Email Print Comment Upload Photos and Videos If you are the parent of a youth athlete theres a very good chance that youve watched a sporting event beneath the crash and flash of thunder and lightning. I know I have. And even with heightened warnings from the media, some youth sports organizations are still putting children at risk. Sometimes its only a matter of a coach trying to grab a few extra minutes of practice time even as thunder can be heard in the distance. It seems harmless enough if you dont understand the dynamics of a lightning storm. Lightning safety became a huge blip on my radar screen many years ago while coaching a baseball game. Although lightning was flashing in the distance, a league official allowed play to continue. It wasnt until an ugly black cloud moved in closer and flashed its dangerous tongue directly above the complex that he finally yelled to clear the fields. Parents and players scrambled for cover. Many ran the distance of three baseball fields to their cars. Some of the players huddled in dugouts. Others stood around looking for their parents. The very next flash struck a dugout and split it in half. Four or five players and one coach fell to the ground. Every fiber of hair on my body darted to attention. Parents and children were screaming and running in all directions. Emergency vehicles showed up within minutes and began treating the victims. That last paragraph didnt actually happen. But it could have. The point is that each and every youth sports organization should have a plan of action. League officials, game officials, coaches and parents need to be aware of the procedures that will be taken in the event of severe weather. The first rule is very simple: If you hear thunder, run for shelter. Lightning can strike from as far as 25 miles away. The second important rule is that you should wait at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or lightning strike before returning outside. Dugouts, pavilions, and trees are not viable options for cover. Part of any leagues plan should include securing the use of a school building or field house if one is on-site. This becomes more important during practices when many kids are dropped off by parents. In the absence of a safe structure, create a plan that includes having enough cars available to handle the number of kids in attendance. Each car should have at least one adult in it. Learn the facts and myths associated with lightning. Youll be surprised by some of the information. Assign a parent who is not coaching as a storm monitor. Coaches and game officials are often so focused on the action that they may not notice a change in the weather. Last season I was at a high school football game where thunder and lightning were present and a dangerous storm was approaching the area. It wasnt until at least 20 minutes later when a torrential downpour began that the game was halted. What ensued was total chaos. A couple of months later I saw one of the officials who was working that game. I asked him why it had taken so long to make the decision to clear the field. He told me they (the officiating crew) were not aware of the worsening weather conditions. They didnt hear the thunder. They didnt see the flashes of lightning. So its obvious that even at the upper levels, there is often a lack of safeguards in place to ensure the safety of those playing as well as in attendance. While Im not sure of the chain-of-command (or if it differs from school to school) for interrupting a high school game due to severe weather, the National Athletic Trainers Association recommends that the policy should identify a weather watcher whose job is to look for deteriorating conditions. The weather watcher must have the unchallengeable authority to clear a venue when conditions are unsafe. If this decision is in the hands of the game officials, is it also their responsibility to identify an approaching storm? In the case of a night game, with its bright lights, cameras flashing, bands playing, loudspeakers blaring, and bodies flying, giving the game official the duty of weather watcher seems a bit much. And as stated above, there is definitely a precedent for such concern. Everyone (parents, players, coaches, and league officials) needs to be aware of what their particular league has in place regarding severe weather. Its also a good idea to have it posted on the organizations website. With the proper planning and communication in place, everyone will be protected and accounted for in the event of severe weather. Related Topics: Lightning, Sports, and thunder Have you had a close call with lightning during a sports game? Tell us in the comments.
Sat, 07/21/2012 12:00 PM unknown Giant storm on Saturn illuminates daytime blue lig  0.0   
 USA  Blue lightning on saturn    Education,Science 
NASA says they captured a rare scene during a storm on Saturn last year, the largest storm ever seen up-close on the planet. The Cassini orbiter captured daytime lightning on Saturn as bright blue spots inside the giant storm that raged on the planet for some 200 days. Cassini spotted the daytime lightning while observing the Saturn storm on March 6, 2011. View slideshow: Gaint storm rages on Saturn NASA just recently unveiled the new Saturn lightning photos on Wednesday, adding that the images came as a big surprise. Ulyana Dyudina, a Cassini imaging team associate based at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said, We didnt think wed see lightning on Saturns day side, only its night side." Discovery image of the developing giant storm on Saturn in December 2010. Photo credit: (NASA/Anthony Wesley ) Video: Storm captured on the planet Saturn The image shows a bluish spot in the middle of swirling clouds. According to NASA, the blue spots indicate flashes of lightning and mark the first time scientists have detected lightning in visible wavelengths on the side of Saturn illuminated by the Sun. The flash is about 100 miles in diameter when it exits the tops of the clouds. Scientists have gathered from this that lightning bolts originate in the clouds deeper down in Saturn's atmosphere where water droplets freeze. According to, the storm wrapped completely around Saturn at its peak and it is the longest-lived storm ever seen on the ringed planet. It began in December 2010 and ended in late June 2011. An analysis of the new images revealed that the energy from the visible lightning flashes alone could have spiked up to 3 billion watts over one second. That makes the daytime Saturn lightning on par with some of the strongest lightning flashes on Earth. NASA scientists are still investigating why the blue filter caught the lightning. They believe that it might be that the lightning was really blue or it might be that the short exposure of the camera in the blue filter makes the short-lived lightning easier to see. NASA's Cassini spacecraft launched in 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2006. The spacecraft is currently in an extended mission that is expected to last through 2017.
Sat, 07/21/2012 12:00 PM unknown Shocking developments in lightning research  0.0  NM 
 USA  New Mexico Tech Langmuir Lab for Atmospheric Research  N/A  Education,Science 
Shocking developments in lightning research by Griffin Swartzell | July 21, 2012 | Filed under: News Despite how often lightning flashes, humans still know little about it. But at New Mexico Techs Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research several miles out of town, scientists are researching lightning and discovering many things. A charge jumping from point to point is well-understood and can easily be replicated in the laboratory or in the home. The little jolt that comes when you rub your socks on a carpet, then touch something metal, is the same phenomenon that occurs with lightning. These both build up an electric field. Griffin Swartzell/El Defensor Chieftain: Physics graduate student Jake Trueblood and physics undergraduate Ryan Ashton prepare wire bobbins for the rockets that will trigger a flash of lightning. An electric field is similar to water in a pipe at pressure. When there is too strong a field in one place, the charge  like water  bursts and moves to somewhere with a weaker field, like when a water pipe bursts. However, according to NMT Associate Physics Professor Dr. Ken Eack, sparks in the lab only occur when there is a very powerful electric field, over a million volts per meter. Dr. Joseph Dwyer, of the Florida Institute of Technology, estimated the minimum amount field strength required for a spark through air at about three million volts per meter. But in the many decades people have been studying and measuring storms, rarely do they find a storm with even a few hundred thousand volts per meter. The question that has so plagued atmospheric physics is how a spark can form at less than a 10th of the expected threshold. There are a few popular theories on why lightning flashes can occur. The simplest is that there are small regions with very powerful electric fields inside clouds that decades of measurement simply havent found. Another theory suggests ice crystals in clouds cause small, strong electric fields. Near the point of a crystal, the electric field gets stronger. But theres another fundamental question about lightning to which there is still no satisfactory answer. In a storm that is soon to produce lightning, positive and negative charges are not mingled. There is a small region of positive charge at the bottom of the cloud, a large region of negative charge above that and a large region of positive charge at the top. When water freezes, it picks up a charge. Larger hail particles gather negative charges, while smaller ice crystals gather a positive charge. Why these gather positive versus negative charges is not well understood. There are hypotheses and theories for these and many other questions, but more testing and new data is necessary to refine or affirm these theories. That is where The Langmuir lab comes in. Built in 1963, the Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research is a facility dedicated to studying lightning. It stands near South Baldy Peak alongside the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. These facilities have produced some very interesting results in their decades standing. For instance, they disproved one of Benjamin Franklins theories and revolutionized the lightning rod. Franklin theorized lightning could be drawn to a pointed lightning rod by virtue of its being pointy, and given other strike points of similar height, lightning would strike a pointed object preferentially. Though humans have learned a lot about electricity in the years since, pointed lightning rods were still the accepted design. However, in the 80s and 90s, Langmuir physicists tested a blunt lightning rod and a pointed lightning rod side-by-side, as a controlled test hadnt really been done before, according to NMT Physicist Dr. Graydon Aulich. In the years they were up, 13 flashes hit the blunt rod while none hit the pointed rod. The results were published at the turn of the 21st century, and blunt lightning rods have grown more popular worldwide, said Aulich. Though Aulich is still testing lightning rods, its a minor point of study. This years main focus is triggered lightning. When a long wire is attached to a rocket launched into a storm, lightning will strike the rocket. Lightning tends to strike taller things, so sending a rocket with a grounded wire above everything nearby makes a good target for a flash. Lightning flashes are difficult to predict, which makes them even more difficult to study, so triggering a flash that will come to a specific point is very useful. The man in charge of the system as it stands is one Jake Trueblood. Trueblood is a graduate student at NMT, seeking his masters in physics instrumentation. This marks his third summer up in the lab, and this summer is particularly special. This is our first summer with current-measuring facilities, said Trueblood. Last summer, he redesigned the triggered lightning system to include a component that would measure the electrical current of a lightning strike. We didnt know how it would work, but when we tried it, (the system) worked awesomely, Trueblood said with all the swagger due a man who can call down lightning. He will graduate in either December or May, having planned to his thesis on his work at Langmuir. Specifically, he plans to look at the current data hes gathering and look at the differences between natural lightning and triggered lightning. Still, triggering a flash of lightning is not as simple as pressing a button  or blowing into a tube. Trueblood describes a wire fed into a faraday cage as a good way to lose a hand during a lightning storm. If a conductor passes into a faraday cage, it would just guide charge into the cage, which defeats the purpose. Electricity will follow a path of least resistance. Metal provides less resistance than air or living things, so putting a person into a big enough grounded metal container can make them safe from lightning, even if it strikes the container directly. The electricity passes through the container, around the person and into the ground. That container is called a faraday cage. Trueblood tries to time his rocket launches as close as possible to when lightning would strike naturally. His launches are guided by information from the series of sensors in the kivas  underground faraday cages at the launch site  and around the lab. This brings his successful trigger rate to around 50 percent. It also makes his triggered strikes more similar to natural lightning. North of the kivas, past the Magdalena Ridge Observatory, is the balloon hangar, where Dr. Eack and NMT Physics Professor Dr. William P. Winn, Langmuir Lab chairman, do much of their work. The equipment near the hangar is used to measure various elements of a storm, such as the strength of the electric field. Inside the hangar, they prepare strings of lab equipment to be suspended from a weather balloon and sent in to the center of a storm. A typical string of equipment includes a parachute and heating element, which triggers at a certain altitude, cuts the line holding the string to the weather balloon and allows the string to land more slowly; an x-ray sensor  part of Eacks work; a spot, which produces a signal so the string can be found more easily; and an esonde  a device developed by Winn and fellow NMT Physics Professor Dr. Richard Sonnenfeld. An esonde is based on an older piece of storm studying equipment called a radiosonde. A radiosonde is a radio circuit attached to devices to measure temperature, pressure and humidity, which then transmits data back to the laboratory via radio waves. An esonde measures how electric fields in a storm are affected by lightning. The root word, sonde, is French and translates to sound. In this case, sounding is a nautical term  ships sound in order to figure out the temperature of the water they are in. Eacks part of the weather balloon string is interesting, as well, and related to a relatively new topic of study. Lightning produces high-frequency electromagnetic radiation  such as x-rays  when it flashes, and such radiation is also emitted from powerful storms. Eacks current goal is to find out why and how this happens and whether or not this radiation has anything to do with how lightning is initiated. What Eack proposes is similar in effect to an avalanche. When an avalanche occurs, a large enough chunk of snow falls a few feet down a hill, causing more snow to fall, which in turn causes more and more to fall. Eventually, the amount of snow moving down the hill is huge. Eack proposes that a few electrons moving nearly the speed of light hit the air molecules around them, knocking electrons free, causing an avalanche of charge. This allows lightning to flash with a weaker electric field. Research has already determined that electrons only move a few meters in a lightning bolt, said Trueblood, and that its the charge that moves a long distance. Eacks research may show how it begins. At the north end of the facility is the main building and dormitories, where researchers eat and sleep during extended stays at the facility. On the third floor, positioned well away from the kivas, is where post-doctorate Harald Edens runs the high-speed camera, among other things. This camera takes huge numbers of exposures per second in order to capture an entire flash of lightning. When Edens hits the button right after a flash, the camera stores the last second of footage. He works with Dr. Aulich, using the 20-antenna Lightning Mapping Array in the surrounding area to get accurate three-dimensional maps of lightning strikes. According to Trueblood, it takes data from at least six antennas to get an accurate map of a lightning bolt. There is another antenna array surrounding the mountain: the Langmuir Electric Field Array. This is Dr. Sonnenfelds focus. This array consists of nine antennas and measures changes in electric fields caused by lightning, similar to an esonde. The array can operate 24 hours a day, allowing it to observes storms at all hours. Its measurements can be combined with those of the LMA to show how charges move in and around lightning. It can also reveal continuing currents, which are related to longer-lasting flashes of lightning. While some flashes occur in thousandths of seconds, others last much longer. Such flashes are responsible for most fires caused by lightning. Data from the LEFA and the LMA could help reveal why and how longer-lasting flashes occur. Though all of these projects operate independently, each measurement contributes to more than one project. This collaborative research is part of what makes the lab special. The biggest strength of Langmuir Lab is that it allows multiple Tech faculty and faculty from other universities to work together and measure lightning in several ways at the same time, learning together more than we could learn separately, said Sonnenfeld. The scientists bring their own interest and expertise to the research, but they share data, and the resulting collaboration makes the Langmuir group the strongest lightning research group in the world. All of these people and more work with the labs resources high in the mountains in order to study a common but ill-understood phenomenon, dedicated to the expansion of human knowledge.
Thu, 07/19/2012 09:00 AM Injured boy  14.0  Rincon  
 Puerto Rico 
  in the water    In Water,Outside 
A 14-year-old boy in Puerto Rico has been struck by lightning at a popular tourist beach in the Caribbean island's western region. Police say Daniel Quinones Martell was struck this morning (NZT) while in the water at Sandy Beach in the town of Rincon. Police say Quinones lost consciousness and has been taken to a hospital. Officials at Good Samaritan Hospital say they can't release any details about the boy or his condition unless authorised to do so by his family. Police say they have no further information. The teen is from the town of Cabo Rojo in southwestern Puerto Rico.
Thu, 07/19/2012 05:30 PM Injured teen struck while boating, 1 of 2  0.0  Oldham County KY 
  boating on the Ohio river  N/A  Boat,Direct hit,On Water,Outside,Water 
Man struck by lightning on Ohio River in Oldham County, Ky. Posted: Jul 20, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Updated: Jul 20, 2012 11:53 AM EDT MOST POPULAR STORIES Woman shot to death in New Albany CRAWFORD: Jurich ready to ride out realignment storms College Football Notebook: U of L, IU, UK, Miami and beyond Delta flight makes emergency landing in Lou. Possible sleeping officer photo gets review Man accused of kidnapping Louisville mother and two children POLICE: Louisville mother left three kids in car on S. 3rd St. Inmate charged with assaulting corrections officer STAY CONNECTEDMore>> WDRB News on Facebook Keep up with WDRB's Reporters and Anchors on Facebook. Snow Fox Text Alerts Sign up for Snow Fox school closing text alerts, daily weather and more. RSS Feeds Stay updated with our RSS feeds daily with the latest news. Twitter Follow the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One man was struck by lightning while boating on the Ohio River in Oldham County, Ky. It happened around 5:30 p.m. yesterday near Heather's restaurant by Victory Lane, near Rose Island Road. There were four or five people out on the boat. One man was directly hit by lightning, but was conscious as emergency crews took him to University Hospital. Officials say another man was "stunned" by the electricity, but refused medical treatment. LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A teenager is recovering at University of Louisville Hospital after lightning hit him while he was on a boat. The teen was still in the hospital Friday afternoon. According to the North Oldham fire assistant chief, the man was with some friends near Heather's On The River around 5:30 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by lightning. Anthony Henson ran over to help when he saw what happened, "It actually struck him right about 50 yards out." Once he was struck, the boat spet to the restaurant barge. Everyone on the helped the teen dry off from the rain and hail. Henson said, "They [dragged] the boat over here and pulled him out and set him up under the roof so we could get him out of the rain. And we called 911 as soon as soon as the lightning struck." First responders were on the scene in minutes. Witnesses said the teen's injuries were obvious. The teen was conscious when he was rushed to University Hospital by Oldham County EMS. The thunderstorm prevented medical helicopters from flying. In addition to hitting the man, the lightning strike damaged gauges and the steering controls on the boat. Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.
Thu, 07/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown George Little: Don't mess with lightning  0.0  Springfield IL 
the 30-30 rule and the squat  N/A  Bad Safety info,Education 
George Little: Don't mess with lightning Zoom Photos George Little Social Media Yellow Pages Find whatever you're looking for with Totally Local Yellow Pages Search provided by Featured Business » By GEORGE LITTLE The State Journal-Register Posted Jul 19, 2012 @ 10:30 PM Business News Jim Cramer's Best Blogs Europe Worries to Vie With Earnings in Coming Week Five Banks Fail, 2012 Tally at 38 Suggested Stories Springfield man arrested for DUI How the drought may help duck hunters Former boyfriend breaks into home From the Web Worst Logo in Every NHL Team's History Bleacher Report The Hottest Female U.S. Olympians ThePostGame Colorado Shooting Victim Jessica Ghawi Left an Indelible Impression The Daily Beast Sponsored contentWhat's this? A brilliant flash of lightning and an immediate crash of thunder recently sent members of the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins running for cover at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Those who didnt run dropped to ground. Lightning struck right outside the stadium. Because nobody got fried, the video of players scattering has been viewed with great amusement by millions of people. At the time, though, there was nothing funny about it  especially to those involved. The ensuing thunderstorm didnt show up for another 10 minutes. It was a reminder that lightning can literally strike out of the blue. Thats something to keep in mind in these dry times, when thunder and lightning are more common than rain. The heat generated by a lightning bolt is five times hotter than the surface of the sun. A direct lightning strike can blow the bark off trees, set just about anything on fire and leave a hole in the ground smoldering for a day or two. The chance that you will be struck by lightning is 1 in 3,000. Thats way better than your chances of winning the lottery or your son becoming a NFL quarterback. If youre like me and enjoy sitting outside and watching a thunderstorm roll in, that might not be the brightest thing to do. National Geographic says to use the 30-30 rule to determine how close the storm is. When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If that time is less than 30 seconds, the thunderstorm is within six miles of you and the lightning could be dangerous. Many experts contend that lightning can strike 10 miles from the storm. If you hold your ground and a flash of lightning is followed immediately by a clap of thunder, its right on top of you. Make like a Texas Ranger and run for cover. When youre afield or afloat and you can see lightning in the distance, its best to call it a day. Several successive lightning strikes in the same place on the horizon means the storm is coming your way. Get moving. If your hair stands up, thats a bad sign. Find some kind of shelter immediately. When you cant get indoors, stay away from tall trees. Squat down in the brush. Lightning will strike the tallest object. If youre hunting, dont sit there holding your gun. Its a lightning rod filled with explosives. If possible, get inside your vehicle and ride the storm out from there. The metal roof and sides will protect you, not the rubber tires as commonly thought. If youre parked in a low-lying area or on a dirt road, its best to relocate before it gets muddy. Golfer Lee Trevino was struck by lightning twice. His advice to avoid it is not approved by the National Safety Council. He said, If you are caught on a golf course during a thunderstorm & hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron. Contact George Little at
Thu, 07/19/2012 01:30 PM Injured construction worker  0.0  Greenwich CT 
      Construction site,Outside,Work 
Construction worker struck by lightning Updated: Thursday, 19 Jul 2012, 5:55 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 19 Jul 2012, 5:55 PM EDT GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH) -- A construction worker was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning in Greenwich Thursday. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m., on Clapboard Ridge Rd. Greenwich Emergency Medical Service personnel treated the 38-year-old man on the scene. Charlee Tufts, executive director of GEMS, said the man was conscious and alert. The man was taken to Greenwich Hospital. His current condition is unknown.
Thu, 07/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Dissecting a derecho bolt: more to lightning than   0.0   
Capital Weather gang 
Great Science    Education,Science 
Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/19/2012 Dissecting a derecho bolt: more to lightning than meets the eye (and camera lens) By Kevin Ambrose and Scott D. Rudlosky Ph.D. The lightning photograph above, shot on June 29 at 11:24 PM, shows only a small fraction of the entire lightning flash that occurred in the sky. Much of the lightning was blocked from view by clouds. The lightning plot, also from June 29 at 11:24 PM, was created by NOAAs Scott Rudlosky using data from the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA). Note, the inserted lightning photo is not to the exact scale and perspective of the plot, but it serves to illustrate that the visible lightning was a small portion of a much larger lightning flash that occurred in the sky over Washington and surrounding suburbs. Over a year ago, NOAAs Scott Rudlosky and I began discussing an effort to match a lightning photograph with its corresponding lightning data recorded by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA). We felt that we could learn more about the lightning that we see flashing across the sky by investigating the data behind the flash, such as where it originated, where it traveled, its elevation, and where it struck ground. But we needed a good lightning photo to compare with the data, and the lightning photograph needed to be taken within the DCLMA boundaries which spans much of the greater Washington area. Finally, on the evening of June 29 - the night of the destructive derecho storm, we had our opportunity. During an intense storm chase with Ian Livingston, I photographed a unique lightning discharge over Washington. I emailed the photo to Scott with the time/date stamp and he began his investigative work. Read below for the rest of the story to see the lightning plot, the lightning photo, and a 3D video of the lightning data. Lightning over Washington on June 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM. NOAAs Scott Rudlosky analyzed this photo with the DCLMA data and summarized the following: The flash appears to have initiated ~22,000 feet above Landover, Md., before striking ground in the District near Brookland (right bolt) and again near Rock Creek Park (left bolt). The flash was well over 50 miles long, covering over 200 square miles. The upper branches propagated horizontally at ~40,000 feet all the way to Rockville, Md., while the branches that struck ground remained near the cloud base, propagating horizontally at ~13,500 feet. Here is a larger view of the image. (photo by Kevin Ambrose) It was amazing what Scott learned about the lightning that I had photographed. The visible lightning in the photo, which seemed limited to downtown D.C., was really a small portion of a much larger lightning flash that spanned a distance from Rockville, Md. to well east of Landover, Md., an area covering over 200 square miles. Much of the upper portion of the lightning was obscured by clouds and the camera only photographed a small section of the lower lightning flash. Scott had all the data points to prove it. The flash initiated ~22,000 feet above Landover, Md., before striking ground in the District near Brookland and again near Rock Creek Park. The flash was well over 50 miles long. The upper branches propagated horizontally at ~40,000 feet all the way west to Rockville, Md. From the lightning data points, Scott created 2D and 3D vector representations of the lightning. Those representations can be viewed below as a 2D image and a 3D video. Note, because hills, trees, and buildings partially block the lightning sensors, the very lowest portion of the lightning, near the ground, is often not detected and thus not represented on the plots. I will continue to photograph lightning and perhaps Scott and I can find lightning to research and post about in the future. After this initial project, however, I will never view lightning the same way again. This plot provides a 2-D depiction of a lightning flash recorded by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA) on June 29 at 11:24 PM. The 11:24 PM time stamp on the photo was used to find the matching DCLMA lightning data. Note, because hills, trees, and buildings partially block the lightning sensors, the very lowest portion of the lightning, near the ground, is often not detected and represented on the plot. (plot by Scott Rudlosky) From Scott Rudlosky, about the DCLMA project: The DCLMA is a joint demonstration project involving NASA, NOAA, New Mexico Tech, and a number of local sponsors. The network consists of 10 sensors that monitor very high frequency (VHF) radio waves (radiation sources) emitted by lightning flashes. A computer algorithm then combines the individual radiation sources into lightning flashes based on spatial and temporal criteria. The network is most sensitive to the radio frequencies emitted by portions of lightning flashes that remain in the clouds, but it also detects portions of cloud-to-ground lightning channels, especially when the network is at peak performance (i.e., 10 of 10 sensors operational). The video above provides a 3-D depiction of a lightning flash recorded by the Washington D.C. Lightning Mapping Array (DCLMA) and CWG Photographer Kevin Ambrose on June 29 at 11:24 PM. Note, because hills, trees, and buildings partially block the lightning sensors, the very lowest portion of the lightning, near the ground, is often not detected and represented on the plot. (video by Scott Rudlosky) The DCLMA is a research system providing real-time data to NWS forecasters to improve user readiness for the next generation geostationary satellite series (GOES-R). GOES-R will house a Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) that will provide a public source of real-time lightning information throughout the United States and adjacent oceans for the first time. Thus, insights gained using the DCLMA information will be applied following launch of GOES-R. Meanwhile, the DCLMA continues to provide detailed 3-D lightning observations that help inform decision makers regarding severe weather and lightning threats. Related post: Lightning gone wild during Washington D.C.s derecho
Thu, 07/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Georgia Lightning Fatalities and Injuries  0.0  GA 
the squat again !!!    Bad Safety info 
Written by Allison Chinchar FILED UNDER Over the weekend, one man was killed in Peachtree City after being struck by lightning, while one person was injured from lightning in Peachtree City and another in Douglasville. Georgia ranks 11th in the country in lightning deaths. Georgia ranks 12th in the country for total lightning strikes per square mile. -"If you can hear it, clear it." -"If you can see it, flee it." -"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" These are all mottos used to try to keep people safe from being struck by lightning. Some people, however, still believe some of the "old wives' tales" that are not a reality. First Myth: Lightning won't strike within a cone inside 45 degrees of a tall object, since the object will attract all lightning within that space. Truth: Lightning CAN strike inside that "cone", and even if lightning did strike the object directly instead of you, you could be injured or killed from a side flash or a ground flash as it dissipates away from the object and along the ground. Second Myth: If it isn't raining by me than the lightning is too far away to harm me. Truth: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the storm cloud. And some lightning, often referred to as "Bolts from the blue" can strike up to 15 miles outside the thunderstorm. Final Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you'll be electrocuted. Truth: The human body does not store electricity. Many victims actually suffer heart attacks or stop breathing after being struck, but do not receive CPR or first aid which could save them, simply because people are afraid of touching them. How can I know if lightning is going to strike me? The simplest answer is, if you can hear the thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Also, if you feel your hair stand on end, either move or squat low to the ground because lightning is about to strike. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground.
Thu, 07/19/2012 05:30 PM Injured man 2 of 2   0.0  KY 
  on boat    Boat,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Wed, 07/18/2012 12:00 PM Injured child @ zoo, 3 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
  at the Bronx zoo    Indirect,Outside,Zoo 
Wed, 07/18/2012 04:00 PM Injured 2nd adult @ zoo, 2 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
  at the Bronx zoo  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Zoo 
Four people were struck by lightning during Wednesday's massive thunderstorm that brought a dangerous combination of hail and high winds to New York City. ABC reports a 21-year old woman was struck in the arm and face near Queens College, sending her to New York Hospital in Queens with minor injuries. The other three individuals were struck at the Bronx Zoo, including a 36-year old man and 34-year old woman who were admitted to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition. Lightning from Wednesday's storm also damaged the home of Olympian Maria Michta in Nesconset, Long Island. Michta first tweeted, "that fire was at my house and we lost two cars" and then took to Twitter again to say, "Thank God family is safe, house still standing...lost two cars but was able to save our American Flag!" Michta will compete in the race walk event at the upcoming London Olympics. While flying 10,000 feet above Queens, former NFL player Dhani Jones took this incredible photo Wednesday:
Wed, 07/18/2012 04:00 PM Injured 2 adults and child at zoo, 1 of 3  36.0  New York City NY 
  at the Bronx zoo  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Zoo 
NEW YORK (PIX11) According to officials, as many as four people were struck by lightning during the heavy thunderstorm that passed through the area Wednesday afternoon. Among the injured include two adults and a child who were visiting the Bronx Zoo. The 36-year-old man was reportedly struck while walking through the sea lion pool in Astor Park. The bolt of thunder also hit a 35-year-old mother and her 8-year-old son who were thrown to the ground. Related New York Mother Struck And Killed By Lightning On Jersey Shore LI Teen Recovering After Getting Struck By Lightning Topics Injuries and Wounds The victims were taken to Jacobi Medical Center where they were listed in stable condition Thursday. The fourth lightning victim is described as a 21-year-old woman who was struck at 150th Street and 69th Road in Kew Gardens at about 5:30 p.m. She was hospitalized and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Wed, 07/18/2012 12:00 PM Injured woman   21.0  New York City NY 
  outside on street    Outside 
Wed, 07/18/2012 03:00 PM Injured Gus Bertolf Jr.  0.0  Greenwich CT 
  going to vehicle    Construction site,Outside,Walking to Vehicle,Work 
Melissa Bertolf said when her husband, Gus, called last Wednesday afternoon to say he had been struck by lightning while at a Clapboard Ridge Road job site, her first thought was that it was a joke. "I thought he was joking because he plays practical jokes sometimes," she recalled Tuesday while Gus sat nearby. "But I could tell he wasn't because his voice was so serious. Then a guy got on his cellphone to tell me Gus had been struck by lightning and they had called an ambulance." The couple marveled at his survival from the frightening experience that had him spend two days in the Intensive Care Unit at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. "I'm just happy to be alive, to be honest with you. I lucked out," he said. Melissa Bertolf, 36, said medical center nurses joked with Gus about his luck, including whether they could use his luck in buying lottery tickets, she said. "Everyone kept saying he was a miracle, that he was lucky and they asked him what the winning numbers are," she said. He was first taken to Greenwich Hospital and then transferred to Westchester. He was released from the hospital Saturday and is recuperating at the couple's Valley Road home in Cos Cob. Bertolf, 38, was working on an excavator at the job site along with tradesmen and roofers as the storm gathered. As a lobster fisherman, he said he has experienced lightning storms out on the water and knew the risk they pose. Bertolf and other workers had decided to call it a day and were packing up to leave when the storm unleashed its fury directly over them around 3 p.m. on July 18. He was sitting in a dump truck and decided to dash to his pickup truck parked 60 to 70 feet away because he believed he'd be more comfortable and secure in it during the storm. Bertolf said he had only taken a few steps when lightning struck and he was thrown into the air. "I really don't know far it was. It felt like 50 feet, but it could have been 15, 20 feet," he said. As he lay on the ground, in shock over what happened, his fellow workers rushed over to him. Still reacting emotionally to their actions, Bertolf's voice caught and he turned his head away as he remembered how they ignored their safety to help him. "Everybody who came -- they jeopardized themselves to run out in the mud and the wet when the lightning was still going down. They didn't have to do that," he said, with his voice breaking. Bertolf said one worker in particular took charge to ensure he was safe until the ambulance arrived. "It was like these guys were all set up to save my life right then and there through God. I don't know how it happened or why it happened," he said. Bertolf didn't suffer burns, or any other visible injuries, something that puzzled the couple and medical staff. However, he was in great pain as he recovered at the hospital. "I have never felt pain like that before. I have been out on the water and got my arm caught in a hauler," he said. "I have broken a bone on my back, but I have never felt pain like that before." Bertolf said medical staff kept a close watch on him, as they feared he may have suffered internal injuries. He has 150 lobster traps that friends have minded for the last few days, but he said he plans to have them haul his traps in on Thursday because he won't be able to tend to them as he works on regaining his strength. "I am the luckiest person, and it's a miracle. (The medical staff) can't believe it, and I can't believe it."; 203-625-4434 Read more:
Tue, 07/17/2012 07:30 PM Injured man picking lettuce  64.0   
MONTREAL ⬠A 64-year-old man who was struck by lightning Tuesday evening in an open field south of the city was declared dead on arrival in Anna Laberge Hospital in Châteauguay, Sgt. Gregory Gomez del Prado of the Sûreté du Québec said Wednesday. The man was working into the evening ⬠during unsettled weather ⬠as part of a field crew harvesting lettuce in the fertile agricultural belt south of Montreal. The deadly strike occurred at the La Légumière Y C Inc. farm on Rang Ste. Thérèse in St. Rémi, according to the address provided on the police report. Co-workers reported the man was hit at 7:30 p.m. "I believe it was a single bolt," del Prado said. Although precise details on the circumstances weren't immediately available, a woman who answered the phone at the farm said owner Luc Constantineau had ordered that workers return from his fields because of a change for the worse in the weather, and that Constantineau had driven out a school bus to pick them up. The man was fatally struck as he and about 20 other field workers were "walking or running toward the bus," said the woman, who spoke on condition that her name not be published. "Luc and others performed CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) on him until the ambulance arrived," the woman said. An autopsy is anticipated, along with a Quebec coroner's report. The name of the deceased and his place of permanent residence were not disclosed. The woman said the man lived in Montreal and had been working on an occasional basis at the farm for a number of years. "He was of Guatemalan origin," del Prado said, which the woman independently confirmed. The woman said the deceased man was not on the federal summer-agricultural-worker program, under which a considerable amount of seasonal labour is temporarily imported each growing season from Latin American nations. La Légumière Y C employs and houses a number of such seasonal imports, the woman said. In a recent report on the increasing importation of such stoop labour, the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada, known in Quebec as TUAC Canada, pegged the number of seasonally imported migrant farmworkers in Quebec each summer at close to 4,000. In another report issued at the start of this year, one with a considerably broader scope, the national union said it deals with more than 50,000 migrant workers each year. Those migrants ⬠not just those brought in to toil in Canadian farm fields, but also caregivers and others ⬠face considerable challenges, according to the union. "The threat of termination and repatriation, whether explicit or implicit, continues to prevent migrant workers from being able to voice concerns about employment standards, health and safety violations, housing, or transportation," the latter report states. "Employers continue to misinform migrant workers regarding their right to continue to reside in Canada for the remainder of their work visa, even though they may be laid off ... Unscrupulous employers continue to subject migrant workers to low pay, dangerous and hazardous work conditions, unpaid overtime and mistreatment without recourse due to their power to repatriate workers at will. "In rare cases, when workers have chosen to speak out about workplace violations, employers have used repatriation as a successful means of controlling and silencing their workforce." Read more:
Tue, 07/17/2012 12:00 AM Injured Keith Townsend 1 of 2 brothers  0.0  Eastwood WV 
  rolling out awning on camper    Camping,Indirect,Park,Touching a vehicle 
Two Boys Indirectly Struck By Lightning WTAP News It was a scary afternoon for two brothers at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Expo when they were indirectly struck by lightning. Posted: 9:51 PM Jul 18, 2012 Reporter: Erin Pulsanti Email Address: Story 24 Comments Font Size: It was a scary afternoon for two brothers at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Expo when they were indirectly struck by lightning. Keith and Kyle Townsend's mom says the two were rolling out the awning of a camper when it was struck by lightning. The bolt ran through their arms and exited their feet. Both of the boys have burns on the bottom of their feet but were checked out by emergency officials and deemed okay to show their animals. This is the second lightning strike in one week and area E.M.T's want to remind everyone to seek shelter if a storm is on the way. "If you're going to be an area like the fairgrounds, find shelter in advance. If you know it's going to get bad find that shelter in advance," explains Amanda Cunningham, a firefighter and E.M.T with the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department. "As soon as it looks like its going to get bad, go ahead and seek that shelter. Things can be replaced. Don't try to take down awnings, don't try to take down canopies, just get in that shelter as quickly as you can." Sheila Townsend said she planned to take the boys to the hospital after their shows were complete.
Tue, 07/17/2012 12:00 AM Injured Kyle Townsend, 2 of 2 brothers  0.0  Eastwood WV 
  rolling out awning on camper    Camping,Indirect,Outside,Park,Touching a vehicle 
Tue, 07/17/2012 12:00 PM Injured William Moseley & 9 others  0.0   
Chronicles Of Narnia star William Moseley is recovering after he was recently struck by lightning on a movie set. The actor was filming new romantic drama The Silent Mountain in Italy when a violent thunderstorm rolled in, prompting the cast and crew to run for cover. However, in a rare twist of fate, a lightning bolt struck their building, shocking the 25 year old and nine others inside. Moseley is now on the rebound and he alerted fans of his improving condition with a post on on Tuesday. He writes, "Hi everyone, yeah I am fine. I was struck by lightning on the arm and am doing fine now. It was very traumatic. We (were) just starting to film. It came through the roof and struck nine other crew members. I feel very lucky to be alive. "I've learned a lot from this experience. We have two weeks left of filming and I know it will be a great and productive time. The crew have been wonderful. I am looking forward to all of you seeing the film. I believe it will be very special. Thank you for all of you kind words."
Mon, 07/16/2012 05:00 PM Injured woman at seaworld  24.0  Orlando FL  
  at sea world    Indirect,Outside,Park 
Woman struck by lightning, injured at SeaWorld Orlando Officials say woman was alert on way to hospital. Comments (0) Share Print NEXT STORY Deputies shoot, kill man after knocking on wrong door ORLANDO, Fla. - A 24-year-old woman was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after being shocked by lightning while visiting SeaWorld Orlando. Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall told the Orlando Sentinel the woman was indirectly hit by the lightning bolt around 5 p.m. Monday. Mulhall says the woman was conscious and alert on the way to the hospital. Authorities did not release the woman's name. No further details were immediately available. Read more:
Mon, 07/16/2012 06:00 PM Injured Robin Hobbs  0.0  Akron OH  
  inside garage    During the storm,Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
I am in Akron, ohio. Portage Lakes area, the storm was weird, it came out of nowhere, the sun was shining, then all of the sudden there was crazy thunder and lightning everywhere. the rain was unreal, Ive been in hurricanes, I lived in Fla for 25 years, and it was like that. It was right around 6 pm on the 15th. It only lasted about 15 minutes and then the sun was shining again. I was barefoot like an idiot in my garage, I realized my dog was outback and it was really coming down and the lightning was popping everywhere, so I was running inside and when I reached the garage door that leads into my livingroom I heard a loud pop and saw the blue/white light flash at my hip, and I felt it travel from my right hip down to my feet, but there are no visible marks, but my leg is sore. It seemed as though it came out of the doorjamb where the lock fits in, and jumped into my leg? I thought about going to the ER when it happened but with nothing to show I figured whats the point? they would probably laugh at me. Today it is still sore, but not as sore as yesterday, and my hip, knee joint, and ankle hurt the most, but its more of a dull ache than a stabbing pain, so maybe it will just go away? It fried the converter box and Modem/router and also the garage door opener, all of which were plugged into the wall where it jumped out and got me. Have you heard of anything like this before? Robin Hobbs
Mon, 07/16/2012 12:00 PM Injured Bob Edwards, for the 3rd time   0.0  Charlotte NC 
  hit in parking lot  N/A  Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Struck multiple times 
Man hospitalized after being struck by lightning NewsChannel 36 Posted: Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2012 MORE INFORMATION Storm in Charlotte 07.16.12 More storms, damage, likely on Tuesday Five-day forecast A man was rushed to the hospital Monday evening after being struck by lightning in southwest Charlotte. His family said its the third time the man has been struck. The man was in the parking lot of the Steele Creek Café when he was hit by lightning, the cafés owner told NewsChannel 36, the Observers news partner. Witnesses called 911 after a young girl in the restaurant saw the man lying on the ground. Paramedics took the man to Carolinas Medical Center with what were described as life-threatening injuries. Read more here: Ralph Edwards recalls his first reaction when he heard his son Bob had been hit by lightning Monday. Oh, Lord no, not again! said Edwards. For the third time, Bob Edwards has survived a reported lightning strike, but says he has been left with physical and emotional scars. I dont know why its happened, but Ive had enough of it, says Edwards, 51, of southwest Charlotte. Lightning is the No. 2 weather killer each year in the United States, according to NOAA. On average, more than 30 people are killed annually. Over the past five decades, only Florida and Texas have recorded more lightning deaths than North Carolina. Rarely, experts say, is the same person struck more than once. Edwards says he was leaving a Steele Creek restaurant Monday evening and headed to his truck, trying to get home before a thunderstorm hit. Suddenly, he saw a huge blue flash. My muscles contracted, to the point where I couldnt straighten out my arms, he recalls. Someone in the restaurant called 911, Medic took Edwards to the hospital, and he was released later. The first time he reported being hit was in June 1997, on Westinghouse Boulevard in southwest Charlotte. Edwards was struck near his truck and needed resuscitation before spending a week in intensive care. The second strike was in July 2009, in York, S.C., where he was living at the time. That time, the storm was way off, Edwards recalls. It was a beautiful day. Then my neighbor saw lightning hit a nearby tree, and the bolt went into my back and out of my foot. Edwards stepsons, Blake and Matthew Dawkins, helped revive him and called 911. A friend, Tom Bragg, said Edwards couldnt move or talk until he got to the hospital. Edwards says the lightning strikes have left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. He says its been difficult to hold a job, and the disorder has caused big problems in his personal life. Its made him short-tempered, says Ralph Edwards, his father. Bob Edwards says one of the toughest parts is dealing with people who try to make light of what happened. Wednesday morning, when he and his father went out to breakfast, someone in the restaurant asked if he was buying lightning insurance. He says hes been called Sparky and other nicknames. When he goes with friends to watch stock car races, his friends move away from him if the sky turns dark. Edwards says he realizes some of the jokes are meant to be good-natured, but he says the lightning strikes are nothing to laugh about. One time, a friend of my dad came up and touched me, then said, I touched a man who was touched by the hand of God,  Edwards says. If thats true, I wish hed quit touching me. It hurts. Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Subscribe to The Charlotte Observer. Read more here:
Mon, 07/16/2012 12:00 PM Injured man   49.0  Midland TX 
  getting into truck    Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Man Struck by Lightning in East Midland 7/16/12 Shannon Murray CBS 7 Reporter July 16, 2012 Midland, TX - Midland Police confirm a 49 year-old man was struck by lightning as he was getting into his truck in East Midland. Family members say they spoke to him shortly after the incident. They claim he seemed "off" and his muscles were very tight. After he told his family that he was struck by lightning they called 911. Family members say, ironically, this is not the first time the man has been struck by lightning and he experienced a similar situation 15 years ago. Midland Memorial Hospital employees inside the Emergency room confirm that the man is a patient and is currently in stable condition. The name of the victim has not been released.
Mon, 07/16/2012 06:00 PM Killed Dan Roets  0.0  Huntsville AL 
  in driveway   N/A  Delayed Death,Driveway,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Yard 
Madison County man possibly struck by lightning, another strike causes mattress fire (updated) Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 6:57 AM Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 10:04 AM By The Huntsville Times Follow 0 Share Email Print File photo. (The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter) HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A Madison County man who may have been struck by lightning during Monday evening's storms is in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital., officials said. Dan Roets' wife found him in the driveway at their Bell Factory Road home at about 6 p.m. Monday, officials said. HEMSI supervisor Kenneth Burke said this morning that doctors have not been able to confirm that Roets was struck by lightning. Lightning also struck a home on Jacqueline Drive in Huntsville about the same time Monday night, traveling through a laptop computer and starting a fire on a mattress, a Huntsville Fire and Rescue Service report said. Firefighters arrived at the home on the 800 block of Jacqueline Drive, which is south of Sherwood Drive, to find smoke coming from an upstairs bedroom, the report said. Firefighters took the mattress outside and extinguished the fire. The report said that children in the house said the fire started after the house was struck by lightning. The lightning apparently traveled through an electrical line to a laptop computer that was on the mattress, fire officials said. Updated at 8:50 a.m. that lightning strike of Roets is unconfirmed. Updated at 10 a.m. with more details about Jacqueline Drive fire. Posted: Jul 18, 2012 7:07 AM EDT Updated: Jul 18, 2012 7:07 AM EDT By Staff - email LOCAL NEWS Mother, daughter charged in Salvation Army theft Gunman robs Huntsville gas station Updated: Jul 24, 2012 7:27 AM EDT Huntsville Police responded to a robbery at a gas station Monday night. It happened around 10:30 at the Exxon on 6585 Highway 431. Look for updates on this story on WAFF 48 News Today starting at 4:30 More >> Driver leads officers on chase, ditches car after crash Updated: Jul 24, 2012 7:03 AM EDT Huntsville and Madison police are searching for the person who led a State Trooper on a car chase overnight. The Trooper pulled over a car on Interstate 565 near County Line Road around 11 p.m. Monday. More >> State lawmakers weigh in on gun laws Updated: Jul 23, 2012 11:32 PM EDT In the wake of the movie massacre in Colorado, gun control has become a hot topic. Now, law makers are weighing in on the future of the gun laws in Alabama. With the nation still reeling from the mass More >> Violence Against Women Act Updated: Jul 23, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Many domestic violence advocates are criticizing the House reform of the Violence Against Women Act. Advocates said, the law, which is up for re-authorization this year, would be dangerous for abused immigrants. More >> HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County man is in critical condition after he was hit by lightning Monday. Officials said Dan Roets' wife found him in the driveway around 6 p.m. Reports said Roets was hit outside his Bell Factory Road home. He remains in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital. Copyright 2012 WAFF. All rights reserved
Sun, 07/15/2012 12:10 AM Injured Edelmiro Barrera 3 of 3   0.0  Houston TX 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Field,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Sun, 07/15/2012 12:00 PM unknown Lifeguard Lightning Safety Guidelines  0.0  CA 
not real good....    Bad Safety info 
This is a joint initiative of: The United States Lifesaving Association The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The National Weather Service Downloads: Lightning Safety Guidelines (this page) º Model Emergency Action Plan º Lightning Site Preparation Checklist Every year, lightning strikes and kills people on or near bodies of water. Summer is the peak season for outdoor and water-related activities, and when most lightning deaths and injuries occur. As recently as 2011, a lifeguard was fatally struck by lightning in Florida. Lightning cannot be prevented, but the vulnerability of lifeguards, beach-goers, and patrons near bodies of water can be minimized. Vulnerable locations include: beaches, indoor and outdoor pools, diving boards, lifeguard stands, and nearby outdoor recreational facilities. While every state has reported lightning-related fatalities, the highest numbers are reported in states bordering the Great Lakes, southern states bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and the four corners states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. This document serves as a guideline for developing a lightning safety plan and communicating lightning safety information. These guidelines are aimed primarily at areas of the country with moderate to high lightning hazard levels, but may be applied anywhere. Develop an Emergency Action Plan (download model plan and edit to your location) Have a means to garner daily weather forecasts and updates. Identify means to monitor lightning in the area. Identify the closest safe locations before the beginning of the season, and consider posting signs that promote lightning safety and indicate locations that provide protection from lightning. Locations that offer protection from lightning: Fully-enclosed buildings that are grounded with wiring and plumbing Lifeguard towers that are fully-enclosed and compliant with NFPA 780 lightning guidelines Fully-enclosed metal vehicles (no soft top convertibles) Locations that do not offer protection from lightning: Beaches Water Open-sided pavilions (such as picnic areas) Restrooms, changing facilities, and showers Lifeguard stands that are not fully enclosed and compliant with NFPA 780 lightning guidelines Tents Boats that are not designed or retrofitted to be compliant with NFPA 780 lightning guidelines Small personal water craft (e.g. Jet Skis) Determine what actions to take based on the threat level, including: How patrons will be notified Whether to evacuate facilities or just issue warnings and advice on safe shelter How staff will protect themselves When to notify staff and patrons that the threat has subsided and normal activities can resume Educate Staff Annual training for lifeguard and beach patrol units should include lightning awareness and a review of protocols in their hazardous weather safety plan. This includes: Education on facts about the dangers of lightning Locations that provide protection Emergency action plan for lightning in the area, along with severe weather watches and warnings Suggest staff members attend the free National Weather Service SkyWarn" basic storm spotter training to enhance weather awareness. Counties typically have a local spotter training session once every 1 to 2 years; along with an online class for those unable to attend in person. Date, time, and location of classes can be found from navigating from to your local National Weather Service office home page. Warning and Communication Tools NOAA weather radio. Forecasts can be monitored via the internet if available on-site. Information about the proximity of lightning strikes is available via the flash-to-bang rule (explained below), local on-site detection devices, smart phone applications and commercial notification services. Identify means to communicate with and notify staff and patrons. Communication tools include: Two-way radios Public address, loudspeaker system (fixed and/or on mobile vehicles) Telephones, including mobile phones Air horn or megaphone notification Whistle system Sign boards and flags Text, e-mail and social media alerts Internal television and/or radio broadcasts Daily Operations Designate a "weather watcher each day. At the beginning of the shift, designee notifies staff of weather forecasts that may impact operations that day Identify safe shelter locations The weather watcher has primary, but not sole, responsibility for observation of and updates on weather conditions. Determine the distance of lightning from a location by using the "flash-to-bang rule Begin counting at the sight of the lightning flash. Stop counting at the sound of related thunder. Divide the count by five (5) to determine the proximity in miles of the lightning strike (5 seconds = 1 mile; 50 seconds = 10 miles, etc). Use this rule in combination with other resources (local lightning detection systems and commercial services) if they are available, with the closest strike detected or observed used as guidance for the evacuation of a site. Lightning most frequently occurs within 10 miles of a thunderstorm (although there are occurrences when cloud-to-ground lightning strikes known as "bolts from the blue can strike up to 20 miles away from a thunderstorm). It is generally recommended that patrons be notified (or evacuated based on the emergency action plan) and staff take shelter when thunderstorms move within 10 miles. Depending on the attendance levels and the proximity of adequate shelter, a larger radius of lightning may be prudent to provide time to prepare. Consider the organization of thunderstorms in the area. More organized thunderstorms (squall lines, bow echoes, super cells, large clusters) should prompt a greater lead-time as compared to an isolated thunderstorm. When in doubt, remember "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Lightning Injury Response Ensure scene safety (victims do not carry an electrical charge and can be touched) Follow local protocols for trauma injury and triage. If necessary, safe, and appropriate, move the victim to a safe place away from the threat of another lightning strike Summon an ambulance as needed according to local protocols CPR and/or AED may be necessary Heart irregularities, shock, or sudden loss of consciousness are possible. Keep the conscious victim calm and monitor closely
Sun, 07/15/2012 12:00 PM Injured Kyl Blohm, 2 of 2  0.0  Breckenridge MI 
      Before the storm,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Yard 
Sun, 07/15/2012 unknown Richard Blohm, 1 of 2  39.0  Breckenridge MI 
    Before the storm,Bolt out of the blue,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Yard 
Richard Blohm was always called Skippy. CONTRIBUTE Story Ideas Send Corrections Today, the 39-year-old Breckenridge lawn care owner has a new nickname: Sparky. A week ago, during that Sunday afternoon storm, Blohm was struck by lightning. There was no thunder, no lightning, when I went outside, he said. A yard swing had been blown away and he and his 15 year-old son went to retrieve it. As he was putting it back, he was struck. It was very literally a bolt out of the blue, he said. His son Kyle who was standing next to him, was sent flying about 15 feet away. But he was able to get up and run over to his dad who was thrashing around on the ground. I had no control over my body and I was fully conscious the whole time, he said.  It lasted about three minutes. His wife ran over to him and let out an ungodly scream and then ran back into the house to call 911. Breckenridge Rescue was there in one minute and 30 seconds, he said.
Sun, 07/15/2012 02:30 PM Injured 17 hospitalized  0.0  Whitby Ontario 
  at rib festival  N/A  Festival,Outside,Tent 
17 hospitalized after lightning hits tent at food festival The Canadian Press Published Sunday, Jul. 15 2012, 5:11 PM EDT Last updated Sunday, Jul. 15 2012, 8:14 PM EDT 56 comments 38 36 2 0 Print AA A lightning bolt that hit a tent at a food festival with hundreds of people inside sounded like a bomb going off when it struck, said one of the festival-goers. You see the flash and it sounded like a bomb [went off] exactly at the same time. It was so loud, said Steve Peddle, who was with his wife inside the Whitby Ribfests main dining tent when the lightning struck on Sunday afternoon. MORE RELATED TO THIS STORY Extreme heat, dry conditions prompt concerns in Central and Eastern Canada How pedicures make people sick, and other weekend stories you should read Rain could delay search for four missing after B.C. landslide VIDEO Video: Lightning strike hits Toronto-area rib festival VIDEO Video: Will weather rain on U.K. Olympic retailers' parade? VIDEO Raw video: Intense rain floods Denver highway All of a sudden, like not even three seconds after that, you started hearing people screaming. Mr. Peddle said he saw three people laying on the ground, apparently knocked unconscious. A total of 17 people were sent to hospital. None suffered life-threatening injuries. Mr. Peddle said the lightning seemed to hit one table close to the main tent poles the hardest, though many people standing around the spot did not appear to be injured. He and his wife Rose had been sitting at the table moments before the lightning, but decided to move to a spot further away from the main poles just before the lightning hit. It would've been us sitting on the ground if she didnt switch. Whitby Ribfest chair Colin ORegan said the festival didnt see the lightning storm coming in the moments before the bolt hit the tent around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Basically a sudden storm came out of nowhere, he said. He said emergency officials arrived on the scene within minutes of the lightning strike. Mr. ORegan said most of the victims were hospitalized for observational purposes only. The Durham Region east of Toronto, which includes Whitby, was put under a severe thunderstorm watch Sunday morning. Mr. ORegan said emergency officials who were already at the festival had been monitoring the thunderstorm watch. We were aware but felt that there was no risk to the patrons attending, he said. He said there were no heavy rains or any other indication the storm was coming in the moments before it appeared and struck the tent. The Ribfest is an annual event that attracts tens of thousands of people. Mr. ORegan said there were several thousand people attending the festival when the lightning strike occurred. He said many more were expected to arrive later in the afternoon. It occurred earlier in the day when we were not as populated as we would have been, he said. The festival has been closed due to lightning strike and bad weather. Sunday was the third and final day of the festival. WHITBY, Ont.  Hundreds of people at an Ontario food festival were crammed into a dining tent waiting out a sudden rainshower Sunday when a lightning bolt struck one of the structures steel poles, triggering an electrical discharge that sent 17 people to hospital amid a buzz of concern. You see the flash and it sounded like a bomb (went off) exactly at the same time. It was so loud, said Steve Peddle, who was with his wife inside the main tent of the inaugural Whitby Ribfest when the lightning hit around 2 p.m. All of a sudden, like not even three seconds after that, you started hearing people screaming. Officials said none of the 17 taken to hospital suffered life-threatening injuries, but many at the event were shaken by the incident. It wasnt just one person  there was a lot of people screaming. And so you knew somebody must have got hit, said Peddle, who travelled from nearby Pickering with his wife Rose. I looked over and where my wife had been sitting before we got our ribs& there was three people lying on the ground there. Another festival-goer, Michael Thompson, said a huge crowd of people had flooded into the large white tent moments before the strike as rain pounded the festival grounds at Iroquois Park in Whitby, which sits some 55 kilometres east of Toronto. It was pretty chaotic. We didnt really know what was going on, the 45-year-old said of the immediate aftermath of the strike. Some first aid people were in there and they (were) pretty quick when they rushed in. They were throwing tables out of the way so they could reach the injured. Durham police said those who were injured were quickly taken to local hospitals. Nine people were rushed via ambulance to Lakeridge Health in Durham, some suffering from minor burns, while others were uninjured but want to be checked up on, said a spokesman with the hospital. Everyone who came, nobody had anything serious. Everybody has been discharged, said Aaron Lazarus. Whitby Ribfest chairman Colin ORegan said the festival didnt see the lightning storm coming before the bolt hit the tent. Basically a sudden storm came out of nowhere, he said. The festivals emergency plan  drawing on lessons learned from other rib festivals  ensured first aid workers were able to race inside the tent within seconds, while other staff and police already at the event kept the crowd orderly, ORegan added. Additional police, fire and emergency officials arrived minutes later, he said. The Durham Region, which includes Whitby, was put under a severe thunderstorm watch hours before the strike. ORegan said emergency officials who were already at the festival had been monitoring the thunderstorm watch. We were aware but felt that there was no risk to the patrons attending, he said. No heavy rain or any other indication the storm was coming was noticed until minutes before thunderclouds rolled in and lightning struck the tent, he said. There were several thousand people attending the festival when the strike took place and many more were expected to show up later in the afternoon, ORegan said. It occurred earlier in the day when we were not as populated as we would have been, he said, noting that thousands had attended on each of the two previous festival days.
Sun, 07/15/2012 12:10 AM Killed Angel Javier Delgado-Sanchez 2 of 3   27.0  Houston TX 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Delayed Death,Field,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Sun, 07/15/2012 12:10 AM Killed Jose Alberto Romero-Villalva1 of 3   27.0  Houston TX 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Field,Indirect,Outside,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Local HCSO: Lightning strike kills two, injuries one Updated at 06:33 PM today TAGS:local Comment NowEmailPrintReport a typo HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A lightning strike during a soccer game killed two people and injured another Sunday. The lightning struck just after noon, hitting a tree near the field in north Houston. Related Content MORE: Got a story idea? Let us know! Sheriff's deputies say there were at least a couple hundred people at La Escondida Soccer Club on Hill Road and West Hardy, either watching or participating when it happened. The three victims were under a tree that was struck during the fast-moving storm. One man died at the scene. A second man was taken to the hospital, where he later died. A third man is at the hospital being treated for burns. He's said to be stable. "We were playing soccer, and all of a sudden, you could see it starting to lightning, but not as bad and then when I looked up, I saw lightning hit the ground, but I didn't know anybody was in there," said soccer player Jose Mayen. "It came pretty quick. It was a fast-moving storm," said Deputy R.B. Hamlet with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "I was out on a call when this one dropped. I didn't have my raincoat on and the next thing I know, it was pouring down rain and this call dropped. It was that fast." A sheriff's deputy who works at the park as an extra job says they play each week from 9am until 4pm. There are four fields and always a lot of people. He believes the two men killed and one man injured were either resting or waiting for the next game when the lightning struck. Their identities have not been released, but we're told they are in their 30s to 40s. So far this year, nine lightning deaths have been reported to the National Weather Service. That number does not include the two deaths on Sunday. Of those, there were eight men and one woman and most of them happened on a Saturday. Over the last six years, the month with the most lightning strike deaths has been July. (Copyright ©2012 KTRK-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.) The families of two young men killed by a lighting strike after a weekend soccer game in north Houston are making arrangements to ship their bodies home for burial in their village in southern Mexico, where they met as children. Rigoberto Delgado, 23, said family members and friends are still stunned over the unusual event that killed his older brother. "We still can't believe this happened, that we lost two people who we were very close to," said Delgado. "We know it's dangerous, but it's very rare a person dies, much less two." When storms rolled in at La Escondida Soccer Complex just after noon on Sunday, Jose Alberto Romero-Villalva, 27, and Angel Javier Delgado-Sanchez, 26, had taken refuge under a tree. A lightning bolt shot down the tree, killing them and injuring a third man, Edelmiro Barrera. Friends and family said the two men who died were close. They were single and lived together, recently moving from the Spring area to a house in Houston's east side. Both were raised in the same rural village of Tlacuitlapa in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, and met in grade school there. "Angel was a person who was funny, and he was enchanted with soccer. He was a big fan of the Club America (professional) team in Mexico," said Rigoberto Delgado. "He was a very happy person who liked to mess around, and he was always laughing." Delgado said his brother and Romero were both veteran construction workers, installing siding on new homes. "He was a real hard worker, he liked what he did, he liked his job," Delgado said. Romero was orphaned at 3, and was raised by an aunt and grandmother before leaving Mexico to find work in the United States, said family friend Areli Romero. "He was a young man who worked hard, and he loved to play soccer," Romero said. "It was his only vice, he played and played and played. There are young guys who like to drink, but not him. He'd come home from work, and then he went to play soccer." Areli Romero said Romero worked hard and saved his money, often helping friends and his family back in Mexico. "The two men who died were very, very close friends," Areli Romero said. "You never think that you'd go somewhere to divert yourself, and you end up dying." The three men played for a team called Coatepec in a men's recreational league that played on Sundays, part of the Houston Soccer Association. Barrera is feeling well enough to be released from the hospital, according to the team's leader, Francisco Mojica. "He remembers everything about it, but he's fine," Mojica said. "He still had some pain in his back and chest." Mojica said the team had just finished playing a game, and he and the other members were walking away when the storm hit. "I had my back to it, and when I heard the noise, I turned and saw the bodies of my colleagues," said Mojica, who is also Barrera's brother-in-law. "It's sad, because we were friends, we saw what happened to them and it could have happened to us. It was a question of seconds." Aurora Losada contributed to this report.
Sat, 07/14/2012 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 @ rodeo  0.0  Darby MT 
  leaning against metal chute    Indirect,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside 
3 injured when lightning hits Darby rodeo grounds 8 Print Email 7 hours ago " By SHERRY DEVLIN of the Missoulian(5) Comments DARBY  A cowboy and two spectators were taken by ambulance to a Hamilton hospital Saturday night after lightning hit a power pole at the Elite Bull Connection, sending an electric shock through the grandstands, rodeo chutes and bull pens. It hit that one light pole and came down, and everything was so wet, it went in every direction, said Cal Ruark, the Bull-O-Ramas chairman. Im telling you what. It was deafening almost when it hit. Miraculously, everyone survived the lightnings strike, he said. Everyone is accounted for, and as far as we know there is nothing life-threatening at this point. Thank goodness. Thats the important thing. All three people taken to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital were alert and conscious when they were loaded into ambulances, Ruark said. Sixty bull riders and probably 1,000 spectators were in the rodeo arena and grandstands when a thunderstorm rolled in from the south and pummeled Darby, drenching the grounds. Then came the lightning. One bolt struck directly across the river. The second strike hit the Bull-O-Rama. The strike was so sudden, Ruark said. We had only bucked two bulls of 60. We were just getting started. The injured bull rider was standing on the back of a metal chute, awaiting his ride. The injured spectators were in the grandstands. One of the rodeo announcers also suffered a burn to his hand, where he was holding the microphone in the middle of the wet arena. Ruark said he was standing 60-70 feet from the light pole, but was leaning against a wooden building and did not feel the jolt. The noise alone was pretty dramatic, he said. The shock wave extended throughout the rodeo grounds, according to Ruark  from the bleachers to the chutes and out back to the pens. It could have been a much, much worse outcome, he said. We are thankful to have everyone accounted for. And the Elite Bull Connection will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday. Almost all of the bull riders and the bull contractors said theyll stay and go at it again tomorrow, Ruark said. Well see if we can make this thing happen.
Sat, 07/14/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 3 @ rodeo  0.0  Darby MT 
  leaning against metal chute    Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Fri, 07/13/2012 05:30 PM Injured 2 of 2   0.0  Peachtree City GA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  fishing,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Two people were transported to the hospital after being struck by lightning in Peachtree City on Friday, officials said. The Peachtree Fire Department responded to a call at the Battery Way boat dock around 5:30 p.m.. They found one man unconscious and non-responsive and another man unconscious. Battalion Comm. Ron Mundy of the Peachtree Fire Department said that it appeared the men were seeking shelter from the storm under trees. He said it appeared lightning struck a tree, injuring the men. One victim was transported to Piedmont Fayette Medical Center. His condition was not known. The other man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where authorities said he was in stable condition. Witnesses said a thunderstorm had just moved in the area. PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  One man is dead and another is recovering after coming close to a lightning strike. Firefighters told Channel 2 Action News Saturday Burnette Hayes, 52, suffered a heart attack following the lightning strike and later died. Channel 2's Carl Willis spoke to Hayes' family, who said they are still stunned at the sudden death of the father of nine. "My son said when he heard that lightning strike he knew it hit something nearby," Amy Vassey said about the storm that killed Hayes Friday night. A bolt of lightning hit a pine tree on the edge of Lake Peachtree. Hayes and another man, also in his 50's, were standing under the tree and were knocked to the ground by the strike. The shock enough to send Hayes into cardiac arrest, which eventually claim his life, authorities said. "It's real tragic; obviously it happens. It's just bad luck," resident John Campbell said. Those who live around the lake said children were in the water, playing at the time the storm popped up. "It's unbelievable with all the people that come here the kids and stuff that it would get an adult," resident Jose Casiano said. "My other son swims in this lake, so to me it's very frightening," Vassey said. Peachtree City fire officials said the other man injured in the lightning strike regained consciousness as emergency crews tended to him on scene. Hayes could not be saved, they said. "It's very sad and he's the father of nine children," Vassey said. There were no other injuries reported from Friday's storm. There is still no word on the other man's condition.

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