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Thu, 07/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Georgia Lightning Fatalities and Injuries  0.0  GA 
 USA 
http://www.11alive.com/news/article/248543/40/Geor
 
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 12:00 PM unknown Dissecting a derecho bolt: more to lightning than   0.0   
 USA 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weathe
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
Wed, 07/18/2012 04:00 PM Injured 2nd adult @ zoo, 2 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  outside on street    Outside 
Wed, 07/18/2012 03:00 PM Injured Gus Bertolf Jr.  0.0  Greenwich CT 
 USA 
  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." frank.maceachern@scni.com; 203-625-4434 Read more: http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Man-recovers-after-lightning-strike-3732019.php#ixzz21jeU1tnn
Wed, 07/18/2012 12:00 PM Injured child @ zoo, 3 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  at the Bronx zoo    Indirect,Outside,Zoo 
Tue, 07/17/2012 07:30 PM Injured man picking lettuce  64.0   
 Canada 
      Outside 
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." janr@montrealgazette.com Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Lightning+strike+kills+lettuce+harvester+R%c3%a9mi/6951370/story.html#ixzz21A5A34Tz
Tue, 07/17/2012 12:00 AM Injured Keith Townsend 1 of 2 brothers  0.0  Eastwood WV 
 USA 
  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: erin.pulsanti@wtap.com 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 
 USA 
  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   
 Italy 
      Indoors 
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 Twitter.com 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 12:00 PM Injured Bob Edwards, for the 3rd time   0.0  Charlotte NC 
 USA 
  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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20122007082630_man-hospitalized-after-being-struck.html#storylink=cpy 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: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/20/3392476/charlotte-man-survives-3rd-strike.html#storylink=cpy
Mon, 07/16/2012 06:00 PM Injured Robin Hobbs  0.0  Akron OH  
 USA 
  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 man   49.0  Midland TX 
 USA 
  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 smurray@cbs7.com 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 05:00 PM Injured woman at seaworld  24.0  Orlando FL  
 USA 
  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: http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/Woman-struck-by-lightning-injured-at-SeaWorld-Orlando/-/11788162/15571840/-/10fvtoc/-/index.html#ixzz210VwXZt7
Mon, 07/16/2012 06:00 PM Killed Dan Roets  0.0  Huntsville AL 
 USA 
  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 WAFF.com 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 12:00 PM Injured Kyl Blohm, 2 of 2  0.0  Breckenridge MI 
 USA 
      Before the storm,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Yard 
Sun, 07/15/2012 12:00 PM unknown Lifeguard Lightning Safety Guidelines  0.0  CA 
 USA 
http://www.usla.org/?page=Lightning
 
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 http://www.weather.gov/ 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 unknown Richard Blohm, 1 of 2  39.0  Breckenridge MI 
 USA 
http://www.themorningsun.com/article/20120721/OPIN
 
    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 12:10 AM Killed Angel Javier Delgado-Sanchez 2 of 3   27.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  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 Injured Edelmiro Barrera 3 of 3   0.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Field,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Sun, 07/15/2012 02:30 PM Injured 17 hospitalized  0.0  Whitby Ontario 
 Canada 
  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 Jose Alberto Romero-Villalva1 of 3   27.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  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. james.pinkerton@chron.com erin.mulvaney@chron.com twitter.com/erinmulvaney
Sat, 07/14/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 3 @ rodeo  0.0  Darby MT 
 USA 
  leaning against metal chute    Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Sat, 07/14/2012 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 @ rodeo  0.0  Darby MT 
 USA 
  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.
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:00 PM Injured Robert Smith  57.0  Renton WA 
 USA 
  inside watching tv    Indirect,Indoors,Thrown,Watching TV 
RENTON, Wash. -- To hear Robert Smith tell it, Friday the 13th was a lucky day. It was the day his house exploded. "The flames were shootin' out of the ceiling," he said. "I called (my family) up, told them the house blew up. I said, 'I'm okay, (the dog is) okay. The house blew up.'" The explosion that took out his home on SE 104th Street in Renton didn't start as an explosion. It began with a thunderstorm - one of many - that rolled across Puget Sound Friday. "(The thunder) was shaking the house - a couple of 'em were - and I was thinking to myself, 'That was pretty close to the house,'" Smith said. Turns out, the thunder - the lightning - was closer than he originally thought. "All the hair stood up on your body, you know?" he says. "'It's like 15 sticks of dynamite by your ear, you know, that blew up - and then you were across the room." The 57-year-old was blown nearly 15 feet across the room when lightning struck his house late Friday morning. Smith, who does utility work for King County, was enjoying a day off, watching television, when he heard what sounded like a huge explosion. "Lightning went through the whole house, all the sockets and everything," he said, sitting in his hospital bed. "Just a huge bomb, you know?" Smith's dog, Savannah, also sailed across the room and landed on the floor next to him. Smith says he looked up, saw flames licking at the ceiling, and felt Savannah pushing him toward the door to escape. The two made it out safely. Neighbors called 911. Firefighters attacked the house. Smith was taken to Valley Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries. After being discharged from the emergency room around 5 p.m., Smith went to his mother's house to be reunited with his trusty companion. "C'mon, baby girl!" he yelled to Savannah, a 3-year-old Australian shepherd/Labrador mix. "I think she helped me get out. She's a good girl." To hear Robert Smith tell it, Friday the 13th was a lucky day. "If I don't get nothing out of the house or anything out of the house I'm still lucky because I've got myself and my dog and my family so I'll be good," Smith said. "I feel very lucky."
Fri, 07/13/2012 05:30 PM Killed Burnette Hayes 1 of 2   52.0  Peachtree City GA 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  CPR,Delayed Death,fishing,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
PEACHTREE CITY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - Two men in Fayette County found out just how dangerous summer storms can be. They got hit by lightning when they took shelter under a tree. It happened at the Battery Way boat docks on Peachtree Lake in Peachtree City. "See where it starts?" said Kurtis Jeffcoat, pointing out the scarred tree trunk which was struck by lightning Friday night. "It shoots all the way down." Storms rolled in quickly, and Jeffcoat was on the shore fishing when he saw two men pulling their boat out of the water. "They had just come in from fishing and was under the tree letting the rain go down before they put the boat on the trailer," said Jeffcoat. Jeffcoat watched in horror as lightning struck the tree, injuring the two men standing below. "I ran over and told the person in the golf cart to call 911," he said. "I did CPR on one of the guys; the other guy was breathing and was responsive." Authorities haven't identified the two victims who were rushed to area hospitals. Jeffcoat's CPR training kicked in, potentially saving the two fishermen's lives. "One guy didn't look too good, I was hoping he'd make it," he said. "We did CPR as long as we could." One victim is in stable condition at a hospital in Atlanta, but the other suffered more serious injuries. Fire officials are hoping for the best. Peachtree City father of 9 dies after suspected lightning strike ShareThis PrintE-mail By Christopher Seward The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A Peachtree City man died and another man was injured after a possible lightning strike Friday at Lake Peachtree, a fire and rescue spokesman said Saturday. Related Temperatures returning to 90s More Atlanta area news » Lightning kills father of 9 Temperatures returning to 90s Body found in burned-out car Strangers help crash victim Burnette Hayes, 52, died after he was taken to Piedmont Fayette Hospital, according to Ron Mundy, battalion commander for Peachtree City Fire and Rescue Department. Hayes was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest near the Battery Way boat ramp on the east side of Lake Peachtree when emergency medical technicians arrived at around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Mundy said the father of nine did not respond to advanced life support assistance. Another man with Hayes, also in his 50s, was found unconscious but became slightly coherent after receiving medical treatment, Mundy said. The unidentified man was taken to Atlanta Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known Saturday. According to witnesses, a storm was in the area at the time and trees near where the two men were believed to have been standing showed evidence of a lightning strike. Mundy said the men may have been standing between two trees near the boat ramp. Those who live around the lake said children were in the water, playing at the time the storm popped up Friday. "It's unbelievable with all the people that come here the kids and stuff that it would get an adult," resident Jose Casiano told Channel 2 Action News. "My other son swims in this lake, so to me it's very frightening." "My son said when he heard that lightning strike he knew it hit something nearby," Amy Vassey said. "It's very sad and he's the father of nine children." More showers and storms were possible Saturday, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz. Nitz reminded metro Atlantans on Saturday that if "you're close enough to a storm to hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning - even with sunshine above." According to the National Weather Service, an average of 54 people are killed by lightning in the U.S. each yar and hundreds are permanently injured. When you hear thunder you should seek shelter in a building or hard-top vehicle and wait at least 30 minutes after a storm has passed before resuming outdoor activities, according to the NWS' safety tips. The 270-acre Lake Peachtree is one of three lakes in Peachtree City. The other two are 240-acre Lake Kedron and Lake McIntosh, which will be about 650 acres after it is completed.
Fri, 07/13/2012 03:00 PM Injured man at campground  0.0  Conconio county AZ 
 USA 
  near a struck tree    Camping,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside,Park,Tree 
Lightning strike at campground sends man to hospital by Jane Lednovich - Jul. 13, 2012 05:15 PM The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team One man was hospitalized after lightning struck a tree at the Knoll Lake Campground about 90 miles from Flagstaff, Coconino County officials said. Thunderstorms rolled through the area Friday afternoon and a significant amount of lightning was reported around the campground, said Brady Smith, public information officer for the Coconino National Forest. The man was reportedly alert and conscious when medical personnel arrived, officials said. He was injured after lightning struck a tree in the area, but his injuries were not specified. Officers from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office were sent out after hearing reports of a lightning strike, but were called off before arriving to scene. The injured man was taken to a hospital by Guardian Medical Transport, officials said. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Flagstaff and parts of the Coconino National Forrest on Friday afternoon. The advisory was called off around 4:30 p.m., but there is a 30 percent chance for more thunderstorms in the area overnight. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20121407071851_20120713arizona-lightning-strike-campground-sends-man-hospital-abrk.html#ixzz20drjLQcU
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:00 PM unknown USLA  0.0  CA 
 USA 
  BAD info    Bad Safety info 
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 http://www.weather.gov/ 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
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Orangeburg SC 
 USA 
  working on lawn mower    Indirect,Mowing the lawn,Outside,Yard 
Man survives lightning hit on Friday the 13th Story Discussion By RICHARD WALKER, T&D Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012 7:30 am | (1) Comments Font Size: Default font size Larger font size RICHARD WALKER/T&D An Orangeburg man was hit by lightning as he worked on a lawn mower on the unluckiest day of all -- Friday the 13th. On Friday the 13th, an Orangeburg man became one of an estimated 360 U.S. residents per year who are struck by lightning. Emergency crews were sent to the 200 block of Tecza Drive about a mile west of Drag Strip Road around 12:30 p.m. as a storm front rolled in from the southwest. The victim was said to be conscious and talking with emergency crews before being transported to the hospital. And that was only after his Jack Russell terrier, perched on the prostrate man, reluctantly allowed Emergency Medical Services workers to approach him. A witness who didnt provide his name said he and the victim were preparing a lawn mower in the back yard of the residence for a job theyd planned to finish Friday. As the men were huddled around the mower, clamping off a gas leak, Friday the 13th arrived. That thing rolled up pretty quick, the witness said of the storm. The witness was knocked about 10 feet away and the victim was sent several feet in the opposite direction. Then came the explosion of thunder. The witness said he believes the lightning bolt may have struck the house initially, then traveled along a power line that provided a work shed with electricity. I think it hit him in the leg. His eyes were rolling in his head, the man said. I was afraid he was paralyzed. Its not the first time the residence has been struck. Several years ago, a power pole was hit. The residential area off Neeses Highway is called tornado alley by those who live there, he said. An estimated 40 people per year are killed by lightning strikes in the United States. Men are four times as likely as women to be struck by lightning, according to NASA. With his dad having been struck earlier, his friend struck Friday and several close calls in between, the witness still says he doesnt expect his turn is any closer. I respect it, Ill put it that way, he said. Lightning aint nothing to play with. Contact the writer: rwalker@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.
Fri, 07/13/2012 03:00 PM Injured woman at Country club  0.0  Oak Brook IL 
 USA 
  in parking lot     Golf Course,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Woman struck by lightning at Oak Brook country club BY CHUCK FIELDMAN cfieldman@pioneerlocal.com July 16, 2012 5:25PM Reprints 2 Polo players from Willow Harbor Vineyards and Polo Club got their first look at the refurbished polo field in Oak Brook last week. | Contributed photo Updated: July 19, 2012 3:34AM OAK BROOK  An unidentified woman was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood Friday to be treated for burns after being struck by lightning in the parking lot of the Butterfield Country Club, 2800 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Chief Andy Bonomo of the York Center Fire Protection District, which responded to the call, said the strike occurred around 3 p.m. Friday and involved a woman around 25-30 years old. We received a call for a possible full arrest in the parking lot, Bonomo said. When we responded, she was conscious, not in full arrest. Our medics treated her and transported her to Good Samaritan (in Downers Grove). She was then taken to Loyola. A person answering the phone Monday afternoon at Butterfield Country Club confirmed the incident had occurred, but said there was no comment about it from anyone at the club. A Loyola spokesman was unable to provide any information without the name of the woman, which was not available from fire personnel.
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:00 PM Killed Ray Marshall  61.0  Ada OK 
 USA 
  going tro car in driveway    Outside,Walking to Vehicle,Yard 
Fri, 07/13/2012 06:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 workers  0.0  Kansas City MO 
 USA 
  working on a bridge    Construction site,Outside,Work 
Fri, 07/13/2012 06:45 AM Injured 1 of 2 workers  0.0  Kansas City MO 
 USA 
  working on a bridge    Bridge,Construction site,Outside,Work 
Lightning strike injures two construction workers in Northland More News Emergency workers rushed two construction workers to the hospital this morning after they were apparently struck by lightning in the Northland. The workers suffered non-life-threatening injuries when the lightning struck them about 6:45 a.m. as they worked on a bridge at U.S. 169 and Northwest 95th Street in Kansas City, North. Initial reports were that as many as three workers were struck, according to Kansas City Fire Department spokesman Lew Hendricks. When firefighters and emergency medical personnel arrived, however, only two workers required medical attention. They were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries. View Lightning strike injures two people in Northland in a larger map Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20121407082606_lightning-strike-injures-people.html#storylink=cpy
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 children  0.0  Moscow  
 Russia 
  in a park    Outside 
Lightning struck two children during a downpour in Moscow July 13, 2012 1:21 pm Society 0 views In Moscow during a thunderstorm near the three-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl struck by lightning in the ground, they were hospitalized in serious condition. According to law enforcement officials, the incident took place in a park in the District of Strogino, near the Moskva River. Furthermore, it is reported that in Sergiev-Pasad district as a result of lightning strike in metal pipe killed two workers. Today, 13 July, the day was a heavy downpour, which recorded flooding in the North and centre of the city. Water car wheel covers. To eliminate the consequences of over 110 teams are Mosvodostoka.
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:00 PM unknown sprite  0.0   
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  science    Science 
Share This Article What you see here is a red sprite, captured by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, which happened to be passing over Myanmar during a large thunderstorm. Sprites  named after Puck, a nature sprite in English folklore  are huge electrical discharges that occur in the mesosphere (50-100km above Earth), which are triggered by positive lightning strikes on the ground below. Beyond that, we dont know a whole lot about sprites. Because theyre so high up in the sky, often obscured by huge clouds, and only exist for a few milliseconds, the existence of sprites was only confirmed in 1989 when the University of Minnesota accidentally caught one on tape. Since then, theyve been captured on film and tape hundreds of times  but their properties and the mechanism that creates them is still a big mystery. My educated guess would be that lightning strikes also send some energy up into the mesosphere, where the electrons collide with other molecules (oxygen, when excited, emits a red glow). The photo of the sprite is actually a still frame from a time-lapse sequence shot by Expedition 31 aboard the ISS. You can watch the entire video below (or download for offline viewing). The sprite appears around the 7-second mark, in the top right corner of the frame.
Fri, 07/13/2012 05:30 PM Injured 2 of 2   0.0  Peachtree City GA 
 USA 
  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.
Fri, 07/13/2012 12:00 PM Killed 14 + killed  0.0  Bihar 
 India 
       
14 killed in lightning strikes in India's storms JULY 13, 2012 RECORDER REPORT 0 COMMENTS At least 14 people were killed in lightning strikes in India's eastern state of Bihar during heavy monsoon rains, a news report said Thursday. The deaths took place in villages across six districts since Wednesday, the IANS news agency reported, citing officials. Five more villagers who were injured were hospitalised. Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and toppled power cables across the state Wednesday and Thursday morning. Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common across India, with villagers living in thatched huts most at risk. More than 260 people have died during the current monsoon season across India, according to the federal Home Ministry.
Wed, 07/11/2012 03:00 PM Killed Jackson Marsh  17.0  Adelaide  
 Australia 
  training on football field  N/A  Delayed Death,Field,Outside,Sports Field 
A teenage footballer is fighting for his life after being struck by lightning in Adelaides eastern suburbs. The 17-year-old was struck while training with Pembrokes First 18 football team at an oval at Kensington Park, The Parade. He then went into cardiac arrest as he lay on the oval. The boy was taken by ambulance to hospital where he remains in a critical condition, but his condition is improving. He is now able to breathe on his own and hospital staff are using ice to lower his body temperature. Emergency crews at the scene told 7News they have never seen an incident where someone had been directly hit by lightning. Witnesses said there was no warning before the lightning strike hit. Thunder storms swept across the state today, causing flash flooding in some parts of the Barossa Valley and Student hit by lightning dies in hospital A student who was struck by lightning in Adelaide last week has died in hospital. Staff at the Royal Adelaide Hospital said 18-year-old Pembroke School student Jackson Marsh died overnight. He had been kicking a football with friends on Kensington Oval last Thursday when he was struck by a bolt as a severe storm passed over eastern parts of Adelaide. Teen killed by lightning, Jackson Marsh, was a hero to family, friends Anna Vlach AdelaideNow July 26, 20129:30PM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Jackson Marsh - who was killed by a lightning strike - in his Pembroke School uniform. Source: Supplied Friends remember lightning victim Jackson Marsh JACKSON Marsh was a wonderful son and a good sport, and will forever be remembered as a hero to his family and friends. The football-loving teenager wore the same number as his hero, Gavin Wanganeen, and yesterday, the number 4 Pembroke First XVIII guernsey was draped over the 18-year-old's coffin. More than 1000 people gathered at Pembroke School to farewell the popular Year 12 student who died last week, six days after being struck by lightning. They included his parents Dean and Jenny, sisters Brittany and Ebony and brother Taylor, and hundreds of students from Pembroke and other schools. The same students and school staff later helped form a guard of honour when Jackson's coffin was carried by pallbearers including his father and brother. Mr Marsh, a South Australian Cricket Association board member, said his son was "a leader on and off the field". While Jackson excelled at cricket and tennis, football was his passion. "He just loved the game," Mr Marsh said. "It's perfect today that he was wearing his formal suit he was going to wear to the school formal this Saturday night, a Port Adelaide tie and Sturt football socks." Mr Marsh talked of his family's devastation at losing a son and brother who was "wonderful, loving, caring and joyful". "I do not believe anyone can totally get over such a loss," Mr Marsh said. "Part of my being has been ripped away ... I wish I could have taken Jackson's place." Brittany spoke of her beloved brother's "signature smirk" and favourite sayings. "As Jackson would say - `that's cricket' - we love you forever Jacky Boy," she said. Jackson was hit by lightning while playing footy with friends on Kensington Oval on July 12 during the school holidays. Pulteney Grammar School students Sam Andrewartha, 18, and Edward Fowler, 17, who had just left the oval, rushed to help him. Jackson fought for his life for almost a week in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Intensive Care Unit, where he turned 18 on July 15. On July 18 he died with his family by his side. Adelaidenow.com.au attended Jackson's funeral with the permission of his family.
Wed, 07/11/2012 12:00 PM Injured Zach Sandy  18.0  Parkersburg WV 
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    N/A  Outside 
My 18 year old son Zach Sandy who had recently graduated from High School, was struck by lightning while attending a Church Camp in Parkersburg W V last July 11th 2012. Zach was dead for about 30 minutes. He was hit directly in the top of his head & the bolt of lightning traveled through his body & exited his feet. A camp counselor began C P R immediately. A local resident quickly arrived to help. After about 15 minutes, the ambulance arrived & took over C P R, after working for about 15 more minutes, the camp staff heard the Paramedics were talking about giving up, so they surrounded the Ambulance & prayed. Within about 10 seconds of the folks praying, the paramedics opened the doors of the Ambulance & claimed they had a pulse. He was taken to 3 Hospitals, because no one could handle a burn patient like West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh Pa. Doctors at every Hospital warned us of Brain damage, Kidney, lung Damage. 24 hours after being put on a breathing Machine, he was taken off the Machine. 1 week after being struck by lightning, he was released to Health South rehab center in Morgantown W V. One week after that he was released to go home & take outpatient rehab. Thru the ordeal Zach & his Mom & Dad did several radio ( K love) & T V interviews ( Pittsburgh, Parkersburg W V, Clarksburg W V, Charleston W V, Winchester Va. Zach has progressed so awesome that he started to College Jan 14th 2013. He still has issues with pain in his legs & cannot take off running & cannot jump. But Dr's now say that he will make a full recovery. I. For more details go to you tube.com & search Zach Sandy.
Wed, 07/11/2012 03:00 PM Injured Zach Sandy  0.0  Parkersburg OH  
 USA 
  at a church camp  N/A  Church,Outside 
Back to News Share on facebook Share on google_plusone Updated: 12:01 PM Jul 12, 2012 Lightning Strikes Teen In Parkersburg WTAP News Lightning struck a teen in Parkersburg Wednesday afternoon while outside at a church camp. Posted: 9:01 PM Jul 11, 2012 Reporter: Erin Pulsanti Email Address: erin.pulsanti@wtap.com Lightning Strikes Teen In Parkersburg Story 0 Comments Font Size: Lightning struck a teen in Parkersburg Wednesday afternoon while outside at a church camp. WTAP News confirmed the teen's name is Zach Sandy. He was hit by lightning in the 1000 block of Core Road Wednesday afternoon. He was taken to the Camden Clark Medical Center's Emergency Room and later transferred to Ruby Memorial in Morgantown. Officials at the hospital tell WTAP News Sandy was discharged Thursday morning. Zach Sandy, 18, Shares Journey After Lightning Strike Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Updated: Jul 25, 2012 6:26 PM EDT By Stacy Jacobson, Gilmer, Harrison and Lewis County Reporter - bio | email Local News Upshur County Commission Issues Ruling in Sheriff Election Dispute 'Veterans On Call' Program Helps Staff Mountainfest City of Elkins Prepares for New Water Treatment Facility Marion County 911 Center, Emergency Responders To Re-Learn Radio Communication Harrison County Commission to Start Loan Demolition Fund More>> MORGANTOWN - "They said it was one in a million." Those are what Zach Sandy, 18, said are anyone's chances of being struck by lightning. And two weeks ago, Zach Sandy was the one. He was attending church camp in Parkersburg, when it started to thunder storm. "I don't remember anything," he said. But, the Harrison County teen was told he was struck. He had a cut where the lightning entered on the back of his head. Then, it traveled down his body and went out his foot. It left his clothing torched. His father Russell said he let himself think the worst: "I said, 'If he goes, if God chooses to take him, I know where he's going to go.'" Since then, Zach has been to four medical centers. He spent the longest time at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. Until Wednesday, he was doing rehabilitation at HealthSouth in Morgantown. In the two weeks since Zach was struck, he re-gained his speech and movement and even re-learned to walk. "We were waiting for him to open his eyes. We were waiting for him then to speak. It was just about little victories," his father Russell Sandy said. "I've been in church all my life and I've seen a lot of things happen but this is probably one of the most amazing things," Zach said. Zach's friends and family have been with him every step of the way. And with each step, he gets closer to triumph. "Every body has these voices in their head saying you can't do it but this is something I can do," he said. Zach said he has received more than 300 cards and countless emails, text and Facebook messages. He hasn't been able to thank each person individually, but said he is grateful for every bit of support. Zach was also released from rehab Wednesday. He will continue his rehab through an outpatient program near his home in Harrison County. If you want to help with Zach's rehabilitation funds, you can mail to: Zachary Sandy 1032 1/2 Indiana Avenue Stonewood, WV 26301
Mon, 07/09/2012 12:00 PM unknown Why Major League Baseball needs to update severe w  0.0  MN 
 USA 
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/speci
mprnews 
texas ball player squats    Education,Good lightning safety info 
Why Major League Baseball needs to update severe weather policy Posted at 6:44 PM on July 9, 2012 by Paul Huttner (10 Comments) Filed under: Baseball, Severe weather I am a "baseball guy." I played as a youth. I've coached for 7 years in the Minnetonka Baseball system. My 17 year old son is a pitcher/infielder on his Senior Babe Ruth team. I love the game and all things baseball. I am also a meteorologist. I served as a board member of my local Little League and helped them update and revise severe weather and lightning procedures to help keep kids and families safe while playing the game we all love. I researched and purchased a relatively low cost lightning detection option and installed it at Bennett Family Park in Minnetonka, where I am told it still operates to this day. As a meteorologist who studies and practices forecasting every day for the past 20+ years, I understand a little bit about the (sometimes hidden) dangers that severe weather and lightning poses to baseball. Photo by Craig Edwards I also have a bit of unique insight into how some Major Leage Baseball (MLB) teams approach severe weather coverage for open air stadiums full of 40,000+ fans, umpires, grounds crew and players who command multi million dollar salaries. I have filled in for Craig Edwards as the team meterologist at Target Field and provided prefessional weather support during Twins games. The winter before Target Field opened, Craig Edwards and I approached the Minnesota Twins and discussed a proposal for weather support as the Twins the moved to outdoor baseball in Minnesota in 2010. Ultimately the Twins (wisely) decided to have a qualified, experienced meteorologist in house on game days, and for big events such as Sunday's first ever concert at Target Field. In my opinion, it's time for all MLB teams to do the same. Sunday: Tragedy narrowly averted in Texas My post last night/this morning discussed the near miss from what appears to have been a direct lightning strike on the Ballpark at Arlington during the 4th inning if the Twins-Rangers game. The lightning data I received from Tony Dello at Telvent-DTN supports the conclusion that it was a direct hit. The Cloud-to-Ground (CG) "discharge" occurred at 7:11pm CDT, and packed a punch of 70 kA according to data that likely originated from the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) based at Vaisala Corp. in Tucson, AZ. Source: Telvent DTN The primary stroke appears to have hit the upper canopy above the 3rd deck along the 3rd base line. A second arm may have hit an object very near the center field wall, within a few feet of fans and the center fielder for the Rangers. Had the strike been more powerful or landed just a few feet away from either location, we might very well have been reporting on fatalities and injuries today. First strike minutes earlier? There are reports from fans in the ballpark (including one comment I've received directly on Updraft) and from Twins broadcasters during the telecast that there was a nearby lightning strike with audible thunder a few minutes before the strike that hit the stadium. Apparently that first strike sparked a round of applause from fans, unaware that minutes later another bolt would hiss and hit the park directly. Here are the details in my exchange this morning with Randall who was sitting in the 3rd deck at the game last night. I was at this game. Sitting in Section 311, row 19, seat 13. I feel very certain my section and seat fall within the yellow box detailed in the Telvent pic you show in this article. I can tell you it was an amazing sound. The air made hissing and crackling sounds a split second before this strike occurred over our heads. Wicked! Posted by Randall | July 9, 2012 2:15 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks Randall: You and everybody else in the stadium were very lucky last night. I'm glad it turned out as well as it did. The Twins announcers indicated in the clip that there was another strike close by a few minutes before this one, did you hear it? Was it audible in the stadium? PH Posted by Paul Huttner | July 9, 2012 7:57 AM I agree. There was one minutes before that was audible as well off to the east of the stadium. In fact, it drew an ovation of cheers and claps from the crowd when it occurred. We should have held our applause for the encore minutes later. Ha. Much louder and much closer to home. Randall Keep in mind that the game was in full swing at the time of the second strike. Therein lies the problem with what happened in Texas Sunday. Let me say this clearly. The game should have been under suspension at 7:11pm when the second strike hit the stadium. Players, umpires and grounds crew should have been off the field, and fans should have been directed under cover as best possible. All rules of common sense and basic severe weather safety dictate that when you can hear thunder, storms are close enough to produce lightning strikes that can hit you. As meteorologists we drill this into listeners heads over and over again. There are many accounts of lightning striking the ground (and producing fatalities) 5, 10, even 20+ miles from thunderstorms. The NWS has entire pages and brochures on lightning safety. The 30-30 rule is the generally agreed upon best practice for safety outdoors when thunderstorms approach. When you hear thunder, you should immediately go inside, and wait 30 minutes until after the last audible thunder is heard. MLB failed to use basic severe weather and NWS lightning safety rules for large outdoor venues Sunday. The result was players, umpires and fans scrambling for cover, and the situation could have easily produced injuries and fatalities. Source: Paul Huttner-MPR News Proposed MLB severe weather policy changes: It is my understanding from talking to multiple officials inside the Minnesota Twins organization that MLB policy states decisions about potential weather delays are controlled by the home team up until the first pitch is thrown. After the first pitch is thrown in a game, the umpires control decisions about weather delays and severe weather safety. It is my strong opinion that needs to change. Here's why: -MLB Umpires have plenty to focus on during a baseball game. They are not able to devote the necessary attention to approaching weather conditions that may affect fan/player safety. -Even though MLB umpires may coordinate weather info with home team officials during a game, they are not weather experts. They are not trained to recognize subtle radar signatures that may indicate severe gust fronts that appear well ahead of storms, or satellite signatures that may indicate rapid development of lighting producing storms overhead or nearby. -Stadiums have high structures that limit visibility of umpires to approaching weather threats. At Target Field for example the views to the west (the primary direction storms approach from) are totally obscured. Fans, players and umpires cannot even see a storm until it's right on top of the stadium. By that time, everyone in the stadium has been in danger of a stray lighting strike or approaching damaging winds or hail for several minutes. A "solutions based" approach: I have been working on this piece for a few weeks now in my head. The events in Texas Sunday did not initiate my belief that MLB needs to update severe weather policy and procedures, but they are the last straw that prompted me to speak out today. I sincerely hope Sunday's events in Texas and voices like mine may play some small role in getting MLB to take a fresh look at severe weather policy during games. There have been many other instances where severe weather has been dangerously close to injuring or killing fans or players in stadiums. Many fatalities have occurred on baseball fields, especially from lightning. Here is what I propose MLB do to improve safety in stadiums as potential severe weather approaches MLB games. 1) Require all MLB home teams to have a trained, experienced meteorologist in house during all MLB games. One trained meteorologist, watching the radar and lightning detection networks can save lives and prevent a tragedy that MLB can avoid before it happens. -MLB, you have valuable players making millions each season on the field. You have fans that pay significant dollars to support your team in the seats. You have high profile guests in the seats like MLB Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan (and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson?) as we saw in Sunday's video. For a few hundred bucks a game you can have a "weather MVP" in your weather lab that can help make the call to get players and fans to a place of safety before an incident like Sunday sends people scrambling for cover. -The Minnesota Twins have set the bar for weather coverage in MLB. Follow the Twins model for having an in-house meteorologist on game days. Twins meteorologist Craig Edwards on the Roof Deck Photo by Paul Huttner-MPR News 2) Make the home team responsible for weather delays during the game. -Umpires have too much to do and are not weather experts. Make the home team responsible for calling weather delays during play, with input from the team's meteorologist who is trained to monitor the latest severe weather warnings, radar and lightning data. 3) Require all MLB teams to have a state of the art "weather lab" in house that has dedicated access to current radar, real-time lightning data in house, and the latest NWS severe weather warnings. 4) Immediately notify all fans via scoreboard and stadium PA systems that a weather delay is in progress, what the specific threat is, and what they should do to (calmly) seek cover. 5) Implement a consistent, common sense severe weather safety plan that applies al all MLB teams, and train all teams' staff on a consistent, common sense best practices procedure that employs current NWS. The events in Texas Sunday could have easily been avoided, and could have easily been much worse. Let's hope MLB will take notice and act quickly to move to an updated severe weather policy that improves the safety of everyone present at MLB games. Here are some more resources about lightning safety otudoors. -Ron Holle (lightning expert) chat with the AZ Daily Star -NWS lightning safety page
Mon, 07/09/2012 09:00 PM Injured woman   59.0  Douglas County GA 
 USA 
      Outside 
By Katie Kosciolek - email Heatherwood Court, Douglas County NEWSMORE>> Defense requests private investigator in triple slaying in Auburn Updated: Jul 10, 2012 12:31 PM EDT A man accused of killing three people at a party in Auburn wants the state to pay for a private investigator to help him prepare his case. More >> Just In Parents arrested, girl allegedly forced to live in chicken coop Updated: Jul 10, 2012 12:29 PM EDT The parents accused of keeping their teen daughter in a chicken coop have been arrested. More >> Carlton Gary seeks another trial, 26 years later Updated: Jul 10, 2012 11:56 AM EDT The man convicted in one of Georgia's most infamous cases of murder and sexual assault is seeking another trial 26 years after he was condemned to death. More >> Easing "Spider Web" traffic problems in Columbus Updated: Jul 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Drivers who frequent Buena Vista Road at St. Mary's Road will likely find relief in knowing a study may soon get underway to determine the best ways to ease congestion problems. More >> Stand up, turn off the TV - your life might depend on it Updated: Jul 10, 2012 11:44 AM EDT (RNN) - You may want to stand up to read this story because sitting down might be killing you. A new study published in the online journal BMJ Open says that sitting more than three hours a day may shave More >> DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - A woman is recovering after she was struck by lightning in Douglas County. It happened as storms rolled through the county on Monday evening. The 59-year-old woman was struck by lightning on Heatherwood Court. She was taken to WellStar Douglas Hospital for treatment and was reportedly conscious, according to Douglas County Sheriff's office spokesman Wes Tallon
Sun, 07/08/2012 12:00 PM Killed Indira Tursunova  48.0  Monmouth Beach NJ 
 USA 
  walking on seawall    Beach,CPR,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Outside,Walking 
NY woman fatally struck by lightning at NJ Shore Article Comments MORE IN NEW YORK » Associated Press MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J.  A New York woman who was struck by lightning while visiting the New Jersey shore has died. The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/LzXXih) reports 48-year-old Indira Tursunova of New City died early Sunday at a hospital, several hours after she was struck while walking on a sea wall in Monmouth Beach. Authorities say Tursunova was at a beach in the Monmouth County community with several relatives and friends when a line of strong, fast-moving storms blew through the region. She was about 20 feet behind the others in her group when she was struck. A Monmouth Beach police officer who happened to be nearby saw what happened and tried, along with others on scene, to revive Tursunova before she was taken to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.
Sat, 07/07/2012 08:15 PM Killed Ronald Nicholas  68.0  Waverly KS 
 USA 
  in front yard    Outside,Yard 
Sunday, July 8, 2012 A Kansas man has died after being struck by a bolt of lightning. It happened just after 8:15 p.m. Saturday in Coffey County near Waverly. Coffey County officials say Ronald Nicholas, 68, was outside in his front yard when he was hit. He was hosting a family gathering to celebrate the Fourth of July when the accident happened. Officials say the storm was not directly over Nicholas' home. He was killed by a stray bolt of lightning from a nearby storm. Experts say if you can hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of a storm. For more information about how to stay safe from lightning, please click the link below.
Sat, 07/07/2012 12:00 PM Injured 5 of 5 campers  0.0  St. Francois county MO 
 USA 
  camping at St. Joe State Park    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Park 
Sat, 07/07/2012 12:00 PM Injured 4 of 5 campers  0.0  St. Francois county MO 
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  camping at St. Joe State Park  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Park 
Sat, 07/07/2012 12:00 PM Injured 3 of 5 campers  0.0  St. Francois county MO 
 USA 
  camping at St. Joe State Park    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 07/07/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 5 campers  0.0  St. Francois county MO 
 USA 
  camping at St. Joe State Park    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 07/07/2012 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 campers  0.0  St. Francois county MO 
 USA 
  camping at St. Joe State Park    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Lightning strike sends 5 to the hospital Posted: Jul 08, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Updated: Jul 08, 2012 5:57 PM EDT HEARTLAND NEWSMORE>> Extreme drought evaporating moisture in the soil Storm damage affects business at Ironton, Mo. restaurant Fire destroys garbage truck, damages two others in Cape Girardeau Lightning strike sends 5 to the hospital Man dies after rollover crash near Fredericktown, Mo. ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Five people were shaken up after a nearby lightning strike in St. Francois County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, two adults and three children were camping at St. Joe State Park near Park Hills on Saturday when lightning hit somewhere nearby. They all complained of minor aches and pains and took a private vehicle to a Farmington hospital. They are believed to have recovered with little to no harm. And, to the south, lightning strikes kept crews in Madison County busy on Sunday. Firefighters worked to put out a brush fire on County Road 236 in the Marquand area. Mother Nature helped out a bit as rainfall slowed the fire from spreading. As crews fought this fire they took another call of lightning starting another fire in a different part of the county.

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List All Articles in DB - list all articles currently in database
Display Incident DB -- display the incidents


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