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Fri, 01/04/2013 12:00 PM unknown After Shock  0.0  CO 
 USA 
  survivor stories    Education 
MAGAZINE LOGIN TO COMMENT BY: ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN ISSUE: 5280 HEALTH 2013 SECTION: FEATURE TAGS: VEDAUWOO, ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL, PHIL BROSCOVAK, LIGHTNING DATA CENTER, LIGHTING, LEAD KING BASIN, GEORGE ROSSIE, BROCK NEVILLE, BETSY SMITH, 5280 HEALTH After Shock Colorado and Wyoming rank at the top of the list for lightning-strike fatalities in the United States. Its scary stuff. But dying from a bolt of electricity may not be nearly as frightening as surviving one. Spend a summer in Colorado, and youll feel it. It begins with a subtle shift of the wind and a gradual darkening of the clouds. Linger outside, and peals of distant thunder grow to a sky-splitting volume. The air crackles with electricity, buzzing between shoelaces and lifting arm hair into a static-y stiffness. Its only a matter of time before the electric charges overwhelm the clouds and flash to Earth in terrifying, 50,000-degree bolts. And every year, those bolts find peoplehikers, boaters, picnickers, softball players, people walking their dogsalong the way. Most Coloradans dread a direct zap, but instant death by lightning bolt is hardly the most likely outcome to fear. Lightning kills only one out of 10 strike victims outright, usually from cardiac arrest, leaving the other 90 percent alive but at risk for a lifetime of mysterious, debilitating symptoms, for which there is no specific treatment. Lightning can cause injuries to every single organ system and neurological system in the body, says Dr. George Rossie, a Denver neuropsychologist and member of St. Anthony Hospitals Lightning Data Center. And its impossible to predict which organ systems will be affected. Survivors experiences vary wildly: Some escape with relatively minor injuries, while others battle serious, long-lasting trauma to the brain and nervous system. These survivors may face cognitive and memory deficits, nerve damage, chronic pain, seizures, and personality changes. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety are common. Some survivors can no longer function in their careers, and personal relationships often become a casualty of the strike. It can be a devastating injury to the person and to the family, says Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, an expert in lightning injury and professor emerita at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She says that having an understanding physician who is willing to work with the patient to find a successful treatment methodfrom cognitive or physical therapy to pain medicationis essential to recovery. Mountain weather, great swathes of exposed high country, and a fanatically outdoorsy population combine to make the Rocky Mountain region ground zero for lightning deaths and injuries. Wyoming and Colorado ranked number one and two, respectively, for fatal strikes per million residents from 2002 to 2011, and Colorado alone accounts for 141 deaths over the past 52 years (making us the state with the fifth-highest body count, behind several southern states with much more frequent lightning flashes). Experts estimate that there are 10 injuries for every reported fatality, making lightning a serious concern for Coloradans. People realize that its very dangerous, says strike survivor Betsy Smith. But do they realize how careful they need to be? Definitely not. MAGAZINE LOGIN TO COMMENT BY: ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN ISSUE: 5280 HEALTH 2013 SECTION: FEATURE TAGS: VEDAUWOO, ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL, PHIL BROSCOVAK, LIGHTNING DATA CENTER, LIGHTING, LEAD KING BASIN, GEORGE ROSSIE, BROCK NEVILLE, BETSY SMITH, 5280 HEALTH After Shock Colorado and Wyoming rank at the top of the list for lightning-strike fatalities in the United States. Its scary stuff. But dying from a bolt of electricity may not be nearly as frightening as surviving one. The Hot Route Struck on: August 13, 2005 | Vedauwoo, Wyoming Phil Broscovak can pinpoint the exact instant his life turned upside down: 12:38 p.m., August 13, 2005, just after a lightning bolt blasted him off a sheer rock face, leaving him dangling in midair. The Louisville electrician and longtime climber, now 55, had taken two of his kids and a nephew to Vedauwoo, a popular climbing spot just over the Wyoming border, for a day on Edwards Crack. Broscovaks nephew, Barry, the last climber to tackle the route, was nearly finished when thunder rumbled to the west. Broscovak got the group to safety, then tied in and climbed back up to retrieve their equipment. He remembers traversing 60 feet to a permanent anchor just before the skies erupted and a tangled rope halted his descent. All of a sudden, the storm was on me, he says. Up to a billion volts of electricity struck the rock eight inches from Broscovaks head, then arced to him: It felt like being stung by 10,000 wasps from the inside out. As he fell, Broscovak was dimly aware of a bluish glow surrounding his body. Then he hit the end of the rope and blacked out. It got worse. I cant describe how much pain I was in, he says. When you get a pulse of electricity, every muscle fires simultaneouslyyoure flopping around like a cancan dancer. The next day, I couldnt stand up straight. Still, Broscovak didnt head to the emergency room; having been battered and bruised on climbs in the past, he thought he could simply push through. Horrific as it was, the trauma from that day marked only the beginning of an arduous, seven-year struggle to overcome the damage done to his nervous system. Its very much a traumatic brain injury, Broscovak says. Electrical shocks of that magnitude can injure the central, autonomic, and peripheral nervous systems, wreaking havoc on everything from memory to temperature perception to language usage. Broscovak experienced the gamut of symptoms during his enduring bout with what he calls lightning malaria: periods of near normality interrupted by unpredictable, Jekyll and Hydelike transformations. During these fugue states, which lasted for several days at a time, he became hypersensitive to sound. Basic words would elude him when he tried to write or speak. He alternated between crippling insomnia and days when he couldnt force his eyelids to open. His perception of body temperature went off the railsprobably due to an injury to the hypothalamus portion of the brainleaving him swaddled in blankets on sweltering days and sweating in subzero weather. Not surprisingly, these fugues left him agitated, irritated, and exhaustedand his relationships suffered for it. Hed have mood changes when the weather was changing, remembers Broscovaks daughter, Amber, who was 11 when he was struck. It was scary. Hed get really angry and upset. At the time, I didnt really understand why it had such an effect on him. Broscovaks marriage also fell apart in the aftermath. The strike was a huge factor in my divorce, he says. At first, Broscovak suffered largely alone. Not realizing the severity of his injury, he didnt seek immediate medical attention; it took him months to tie his bizarre symptoms to the strike. I thought I was just working too hard, he says ruefully. Even when he made the connection, Doctors would blow it off, he says. Youre thrown out on your own. What did finally help was getting in touch with other lightning-strike survivors through online forums and support groups. Through them, Broscovak learned he wasnt going crazyand he wasnt alone. It really does change you, he says. Its an invisible burden. People dont understandtheres no sympathy for people hurting. Over the next seven years, the fugue states lessened in frequency and intensity until they almost disappeared. (Broscovak attributes much of his recovery to blue-green algae and fish oil supplements, though University of Illinois-Chicagos Dr. Mary Ann Cooper cautions that theres currently no scientific evidence for their effectiveness.) Today, though he still experiences symptoms, theyre much milder. One afternoon last July, nearly seven years after his brush with death, Broscovak was guiding a client on Boulders Flatirons when a thunderstorm stalled in the air just east of town. I was nervous, but I kept it together, he says. Emotionally, that was a huge step for me. Back from the Brink Struck on: July 17, 2006 | Marble, Colorado Brock Neville was 15 years old the day a lightning bolt stopped his heart. It was July 17, 2006: He remembers hiking into the Lead King Basin near Marble, Colorado, with his aunt, uncle, and the Wooldridges, a family of friendly Denverites theyd met earlier that week. He recalls snapping photos of columbine-choked meadows as he went, and remembers the sudden deluge at 12,000 feet that forced him under a tree for cover. He knows he leaned against the trunk as he pulled on a rain shell. But after that, nothing. His memory goes blank. Nevilles aunt and uncle filled him in on the rest a few days later. A Kansas native, Neville didnt know that lightning can travel from a treetop into a nearby human bodywhich is exactly what happened when the storms first flash struck the tree he was leaning on, flowing into him through his right hand. The force of the strike knocked everyone in the group to the ground and temporarily paralyzed his uncle, Chad Mohr, from the waist down. But only Nevilles heart skittered to a stop. Charlie Wooldridge remembered CPR from his Boy Scout days. The Denver artist rushed to Nevilles side and pumped life back into him for 20 minutes, until his pulse finally stabilized. After Wooldridge and his family left to get help, Nevilles uncle saved his life a second time, 30 minutes later, by forcing the pooling blood and fluid out of Nevilles lungs using the Heimlich maneuver. The first thing I remember is seeing my mom and dad crying their eyes out in the hospital, Neville says. The doctors didnt think I would make it. He was in bad shape: Besides the damage to his heart and lungs, the lightning had ruptured Nevilles right eardrum, burned his right retina, and left him covered in chicken poxlike skin burns. I had a watch on my right arm, and it burned a perfect watch shape into my wrist, he says. After three days in Glenwood Springs Valley View Hospital, Nevilles doctors let him go home. But it was three months before I could get up and do anything, he says. It was a struggle for me to walk 100 feet to the mailbox. Id come back and be so exhausted Id have to sleep the rest of the day. It felt like the worst case of mono ever. But Neville, now 21 and a senior agronomy major at Kansas State University, was lucky: After about six months, he made a near-complete recovery. Of course, some effects do persist. Since the strike, hes been allergic to metal; jewelry or a watch against his skin makes him swell and itch. Still, hes not complaining. Its a miracle that Im still here, he says. His experience with the raw force of lightning initially made him fear thunderstorms. A few years of distance from the incident has given him a new perspective. In fact, hes become downright obsessed with the type of weather that almost killed him. Im completely in love with storms now, Neville says. Im often outside, taking pictures of lightning. Its neat to look at that phenomenon and know that I survived it. _____ A Climbers Nightmare Struck on: July 21, 2010 | Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming A rock ledge at 13,600 feet ranks among the worst places to be during a thunderstorm. But thats where Betsy Smith, now 28, found herself stranded when a fast-moving storm cut off her groups route on Wyomings Grand Teton at 10:30 a.m. on July 21, 2010. Smith and her groupboyfriend Alan Kline and two friendsdidnt know it at the time, but 13 others were also trapped on the peak, setting the stage for the largest rescue operation in Grand Teton National Parks history. With the risk of retreating back across the knife-edge ridge too high to attempt, Smith and her group huddled together on the ledge as the storm buzzed around them. It was torture listening to the static start to build, Smith says. The only thing that would release it was lightning. For three hours we wondered what would release it. Our gear? The top of the mountain? Or us? Kline was the first to be hit, losing consciousness for a few seconds. Then one or two boltsno one is sure how manystruck Smith. She fell back, crippled by pain and completely paralyzed. I was convinced my body had become soup inside my clothes, she says. It took 45 minutes for mobility to return enough for her to handle being lowered down the mountain on Klines makeshift rappel. Kline ferried the group 1,000 feet down to the Upper Saddle, where they met rescuers and eventually took helicopters down the mountain. Burns were Smiths most severe injuries. Doctors performed a fasciotomy to relieve the pressure in her left arm, slicing a four-inch-long cut above a burn encircling her wrist (where her watch had been); it had swollen enough to cut off circulation to her hand. Smiths right index fingeralready necrotic from another burnhad to be amputated. She left the hospital with both arms bandaged and splinted across her chest. Whether shed regain full range of motion was anybodys guess. Fortunately, Smiths physical recovery progressed well: Therapy helped restore most of her arm strength, and skin grafts returned her left arm to near-normality. Her phantom finger, nicknamed Thelma, still tingles occasionally. But the invisible wounds lingered on. Right after the accident, I had nearly debilitating depression, Smith says, citing the perfect storm of pain medication, the uncertainty of her injuries, and having to leave the Montana home she loved to accept help from Klines family in Connecticut. Enrolling in nursing school six months later got her back on track. Even today, I have to stay very busy and on task, she says. I just keep on swimming. To this day, flashbacks intrude on Smiths consciousness. Everything replays over and over. I cant get away from it, she says. People seem shocked when I tell them I think about it multiple times every day. Despite it all, Smith still goes climbing. Mountain weather is mountain weather, she says with a shrug. But Im a bit more picky about the forecast now. Lightning 101 What you need to know to stay safe. The National Weather Services taglineWhen thunder roars, go indoors!nails the single best way to protect yourself. Dont worry about calculating the storms distance from you; if you can hear thunder, youre already within strike range. Below, a few more tips to consider. " DO seek shelter in a hard-topped car if a safe building is unavailable. " DONT linger in garages, picnic shelters, covered patios, or tents. Such structures provide no protection. " DO check the forecast and monitor the weather if youre coaching (or attending) an athletic event. Coaches should postpone play and take shelter as soon as they see lightning or hear thunder. " DO wait 30 minutes after the last roll of thunder before going back outside. " DONT stand near tall, isolated objects, like trees or telephone poles. Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in an area and can jump to your body. " DO climb early to avoid common afternoon thunderstorms. Plan to be off of high peaks and below treeline by noon, especially June through September. " DONT be the tallest object around if youre stuck outside during a storm. Avoid ridgelines, summits, cave entrances, or meadows. Better bets: uniform stands of trees and ravines. " DO spread out if lightning is striking nearby so that one bolt wont incapacitate your entire group.
Wed, 01/02/2013 Killed 2 killed  0.0  Bergville KwaZulu-Natal 
 India 
       
Lightning kills two in KZN January 2 2013 at 01:51pm By Anelisa Kubheka Comment on this story REUTERS The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning. Stock photo: Reuters KwaZulu-Natal - The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning on New Years Eve. Seventeen-year-old Nhlakanipho Gamede and Phelelani Mlangeni, 23, each died in different parts of Bergville during Mondays storm. More than 100 houses in two areas were damaged by the storm and another young man hit by lightning survived. Nhlakanipho, a Grade 10 pupil at Tshanibezwe High School, died while being taken to a nearby clinic after being hit by lightning while herding his familys cow back home from the fields. (Nhlakanipho) was with another boy when it happened. The boy came rushing home to tell us, said Nhlakaniphos mother, Misizwe Gamede. She said the boy told how Nhlakanipho fell to the ground and did not move after the bolt of lightning struck . Neighbours and some of our relatives rushed to where the two boys had been and they took him to the clinic, but he died on the way. Gamede said the family had planned to slaughter a sheep for New Years Eve, but these plans were abandoned after the news of Nhlakaniphos death. In the other tragedy, Phelelani Mlangeni, who on Friday had returned home from Germiston, where he works, had slaughtered a goat giving thanks to his ancestors for his employment. The last time I saw him was on New Years Eve morning when he told me he was going to town, said Mlangenis father, Bonginkosi Mlangeni. At midnight, the father stood outside and watched as his neighbours let off fireworks to usher in the new year. I had assumed (Phelelani) was somewhere with his friends. After midnight I went inside to pray and then went to bed, he said. Mlangeni said he was awoken by one of the neighbours on Tuesday morning who told him that someone had seen a body lying under a tree and thought it was Phelelani. We went to the tree, that had been struck by lightning and lying face down under it was Phelelani. The area (Ward 4) councillor, Zodwa Dubuzane, said about 50 houses in the area had been affected by the storm and that one other person was also struck by lightning, but had survived. A 20-year-old man was struck by lightning and was taken to the clinic. He is not hurt badly but he now has trouble hearing. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesman, Vernon Mchunu, said the Msinga area had also been badly affected by the storm and about 54 houses had been damaged. This figure is from a preliminary assessment. A full report of the damage will be compiled. Msinga mayor, Joshua Sikakhane, said he did not have details of the damage, but had heard about two houses that had burned down after being struck by lightning. No one was hurt. A fire also broke out at the Engen oil refinery in Tara Road, on the Bluff during Mondays storm. At about 7pm a minor fire broke out, but it was kept under control. The refinery is still operational, said the refinerys spokesman, Herb Payne. - Daily News
Wed, 01/02/2013 12:00 PM Killed Ian McKeever  42.0  Mount Kilimanjaro  
 Tanzania 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing 
Conqueror of Kilimanjaro killed by lightning on beloved mountain Irish climber Ian McKeever inspired others to follow their dreams TOM PECK THURSDAY 03 JANUARY 2013 inShare PRINT A A A EMAIL Related articles 73-year-old Japanese woman scales Mount Everest Travel Challenge: Tanzania The Last Colonial, By Christopher Ondaatje Family pays tribute to marathon runner Claire Squires The appeal that went around the world Ads by Google Lightning Protection Stop Catastrophe before it happens. Lightning prevention 99% guaranteed www.lightningprotection.com Lightning Rod Installation Covering the entire US www.lightningrodman.com Tanzania Volunteer Needed Live and Work Abroad, 1-12 Weeks. Help the Community - Enroll Today! CrossCulturalSolutions.org/Tanzania Suggested Topics Tanzania Mount Everest Windstorms Mount Kilimanjaro Himalayas Everyones happy, Irish mountaineer Ian McKeever wrote on Facebook, three days into a climb of Africas Mount Kilimanjaro, in which he was leading a group of 20, and during which time it had barely stopped raining for a second. He was killed on Wednesday night in a lightning storm on the mountain that left others in the party with minor injuries. According to the many friends that paid tribute to the well known, record-breaking mountain climber from Ireland, his happiness was an extremely difficult thing to conquer. The 42-year-old was struck down in a freakish tragedy as he led his hikers in the direction of the Lava Tower, a celebrated site on the top of Africas highest peak. Others in the group  mostly from Ireland  also hit by the lightning storm needed medical treatment for minor burns and shock, but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny knew Mr McKeever, and was among the first to pay tribue to him. I had come to know him over recent years and I admired him not only for his own achievements and charity work but also for his work with young people in challenging them to achieve their full potential, he said. Mr Kenny recalled getting text updates from Mr McKeever when he led an expedition of students from schools in the Taoiseachs native Castlebar to Kilimanjaros 5,895m-high summit. He was extremely passionate about what he did and driven in his belief that everybody can achieve their potential, he said. Ian said to me once that there was no place he would rather be than in the mountains. I would like to extend my sympathies to his fiancée Anna and his family, friends and fellow adventurers. Anna was with him during the climb. Arrangements are being made to make Mr McKeevers remains available to his family, some of whom are travelling to Tanzania. Torrential rain all day, he had written, the day before they moved in the direction of the Lava Tower. Spirits remain good even if drying clothes is proving impossible! We pray for dryer weather tomorrow  the big day. But the weather deteriorated further. A lecturer and broadcaster from Lough Dan in Co Wicklow, Mr McKeever regularly mentored hikers, including many Irish schoolchildren, through his Kilimanjaro Achievers organisation. He was the former holder of the record for climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents in the fastest time, which includes Mount Everest. The latest expedition set off to Tanzania from Ireland on 28 December and began the ascent the day before New Years Eve. The adventurer was known for many feats, including scaling Mount Everest. In 2008, he helped his then 10-year-old godson Sean McSharry become the youngest person in Europe to reach the top of Kilimanjaro. More recently he had been attempting, along with African climbing guide friend Samuel Kinsonga, to break the record for the fastest ascent, as part of their anti-racism Black and White Makes Sense Campaign. He was the author of two books Give Me Shelter and Give Me Heroes and was working on a third book Give Me 28 Days. Pat Falvey, renowned Irish explorer, said Mr McKeever was a dreamer who followed his dreams with conviction and inspired others. I am absolutely shocked to hear about the death of my friend Ian, he told the Irish Independent newspaper. It was a freak accident and a complete fluke. I have lost two friends in lightning strikes, including one on the Himalayas  but they are very rare on Kilimanjaro. Mr Falvey continued: Ian has done the Seven Summits  the highest mountain on each continent  and this is the easiest one to do. Any normal person can climb it, and more than 20,000 people do so every year. Id like to pay my condolences to his family. On his Facebook page last night, a statement said: It is with deep regret, that we, Ians family, fiancée Anna and friends, advise of his sudden death on Kilimanjaro, today, doing what he loved best.
Thu, 12/27/2012 12:00 PM Killed mother and baby killed  0.0  Eshowe Zululand 
 South Africa 
       
Mom, baby die after lightning strikes home December 27 2012 at 11:17am By Kamini Padayachee Comment on this story REUTERS The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning. Stock photo: Reuters Durban - An Eshowe mother and her 11-month-old baby were killed when lightning struck their home on Christmas Day. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube and health officials visited the area on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by a thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon. Department spokesman Vernon Mchunu said Nqobile Gumede, 22, and her daughter, Pamela, had been in their rondawel in Nkanini, a rural area near Eshowe, when lightning struck and the home caught fire. The house burnt to the ground and they could not be saved, Mchunu said. Dube said Nqobiles sister, Zama Gumede, had been at work and only returned home after the storm. I have spoken to her. She is devastated and in shock. Her neighbours are also traumatised and we have arranged counselling for them. She added that the department would provide temporary shelter for Gumede and assist with burial arrangements. Dube said four other people were also injured when lightning struck their homes in the area during the storm. They had bruises and other slight injuries, but we have insisted that they go to the hospital to ensure they have no internal injuries. She also said a lightning conductor would be erected in the area as it was prone to lightning strikes. Last year seven people were killed in Mpumazi, Eshowe, after their homes were struck by lightning. The department had installed thousands of conductors and embarked on a province-wide education campaign to ensure people know how to stay safe during extreme weather. Extreme weather patterns are an act of God, so all we can do is prepare people and ensure that they know what to do if a storm hits. She encouraged people to form co-operatives and buy lightning conductors. These conductors can be purchased at hardware stores, and (one) can protect quite a few houses.
Tue, 12/18/2012 03:34 PM Injured woman  47.0  Pretoria  
 South Africa 
       
Woman struck by lightning December 18 2012 at 08:42pm By SAPA Comment on this story REUTERS The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning. Stock photo: Reuters Pretoria - A Pretoria woman was struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon, paramedics said. Paramedics were called out to Kilner Park in Pretoria where they found the woman lying on the ground, said Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann. The woman said she was walking down the road, when she was struck by lightning and fell to the ground, Steinmann said. Due to the fall, the woman sustained a fracture to her right leg. The woman, 47, was struck around 3.40pm. She was treated on the scene before being transported to Steve Biko Academic Hospital for further care. - Sapa
Wed, 12/12/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed  0.0  Bhubaneswar Orissa 
 India 
       
Three killed in lightning strike in Paradip Orissa,Environment/Wildlife, Wed, 12 Dec 2012IANS inShare Bhubaneswar, Dec 12 (IANS) At least three people, including a couple, were killed and five others injured in lightning strikes in Odisha's port town of Paradip as thunderstorms swept across the region Wednesday, an official said. The dead were all labourers on daily wages. Strong winds hit Paradip town in coastal Jagatsinghpur district, about 100 km from here, in the afternoon. The storm continued for about an hour, additional district magistrate Surjit Das said. The storm uprooted more than a hundred trees, snapped electricity lines and damaged dozens of houses in a slum in the town, Das said. Civic agencies have set about clearing the roads of uprooted trees and debris.
Mon, 12/10/2012 12:00 AM unknown Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash TGF  0.0   
 USA 
      Education 
Tue, 11/20/2012 12:00 PM Killed 4 people  0.0  Kahenge Constituency Rundu 
 Namibia 
       
Namibia: Lightning Kills Four People By Mathias Haufiku, 20 November 2012 RELATED TOPICS Namibia Namibia: Nampower's Spendthrift Bosses Under... Legal Affairs Nigeria: Fighting to Stop Billion-Dollar... Climate Nigeria: Presidential C'ttee On Flood Visits... Rundu  A bolt of lightning killed a mother and two of her children at Mukekete village in the Kahenge Constituency outside Rundu on Saturday evening. The mother and her two children were in their hut when the lightning struck them. The deceased have been identified as Emily Mbere (40) and her two children, Christine Murongo (4) and Simon Hausiku (2). In a similar incident, 67-year-old Johannes Mbwanga from the Mile 10 village near Rundu died after he was also struck by lightning in his house on Friday afternoon. Mbwanga's next of kin have been informed. Meanwhile, police in the region are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a French tourist killed a pedestrian along the Divundu-Rundu Highway. Francis Lahoque Marceu was driving from Divundu to Rundu when the incident occurred before midday on Sunday. Thifafane Makamba (55) died on the spot after the vehicle bumped her.
Mon, 11/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Lightning strike suit alleges misconduct, negligen  0.0  Fort Myers Fl 
 USA 
  lawsuit    Legal 
Lightning strike suit alleges misconduct, negligence Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:22 AM EST Updated: Nov 19, 2012 6:06 PM EST Related Stories Lightning victim's family plans to sue church, school Friends and family honor Jesse Watlington, retire jersey Boy struck by lightning has died, pastor says Community praying for boy struck by lightning FORT MYERS, FL - Lawyers hired by the family of Jesse Watlington, 11-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning as he headed out for football practice in October, discussed details on Monday of a lawsuit the family filed against McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy, where the boy went to school. In a news release, the attorneys said, "The lawsuit contends that as a result of McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy's negligence, carelessness and recklessness, 11 year-old Jesse Watlington suffered horrific burn injuries and acute shock that resulted in his untimely death." The lawsuit alleges that Jesse and eight others were sent out to the football field unsupervised with obvious clouds and lightning in the sky. The attorney for the Watlington family says it wasn't a safe environment for Jesse and the other children to be in. The lawsuit further alleges that there were no lightning detection devices, contrary to what NBC2 was told by Pastor Powell and no evacuation routes for other students. The attorneys say the lightning device was inside in a closet and the church "shunned" the idea of taking it onto the field. They also allege that there wasn't a defibrillator on the property or anyone trained to use one and that it took 10 minutes before Jesse received CPR from staff. Chuck Watlington, Jesse's father, said Monday that he wants to make sure all schools, public and private, have lightning detection devices and defibrillators and that he wants all coaches to be CPR-certified. The attorneys say the Watlington's are not mad at anyone, but that they suffered a devastating loss that could have been prevented. Chuck Watlington further stated that he wants his son to be the last person to die from a lightning strike. Watlington also told the media that the family wasn't going to hire an attorney until they were in the hospital with Jesse and the church called to tell them not to speak to the media, per their attorneys. During the incident, the Watlington's relied on the church's pastor, Pastor Powell, as a spokesperson while they were with their son in a Tampa hospital. "Little did I know, while I was up there praying for my son, he was down here controlling the media and saying things we do not feel are true at all," says Chuck Watlington. Watlington stated Monday that the pastor has been arrogant following the tragedy. The pastor of McGregor Baptist wouldn't comment on the suit, saying only that he continues to pray for the family.
Tue, 11/13/2012 04:00 PM unknown weatherBug alert system  0.0  Germantown MD 
 USA 
  alert system     Science 
Lightning and Severe Weather Warning Systems to Help Protect 25,000 Students at 13 Lee County High Schools GERMANTOWN, Md.  Earth NetworksSM, the owner of the popular WeatherBug® brand and the operator of the largest weather monitoring, lightning detection and climate observation networks, announces that Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Florida, selected its lightning detection and severe weather alerting technology. Beginning this fall, weather stations, lightning sensors and outdoor alerting sirens from Earth Networks - WeatherBug will be deployed on the rooftops of 13 high schools in the county to help protect more than 25,000 high school students from lightning and other forms of severe weather. We are bringing this technology to Lee County to help protect our students, says Ron Davis, Principal of Assignment for Zone Operations and Athletics, Lee County Public Schools. Lightning will always be a serious concern in our district, which informed our decision to install technology for advanced warning. It will help take the guesswork and the human element out of when to stop outdoor games and activities and go indoors when lightning and severe weather approaches. Every year, hundreds are seriously injured or even killed by cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. Yet the majority of lightning takes place in the clouds. This in-cloud lightning often provides a critical, early indication of severe weather, such as dangerous lightning strikes, high winds, hail and even tornadoes. The outdoor alerting system coming to Lee County High Schools automatically produces a high-decibel, attention-getting signal when in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning enters a predetermined radius, such as 10 miles, surrounding the school. The lightning sensors that will be placed on each school will be part of the worlds largest total lightning network, which is operated by Earth Networks  WeatherBug. Thirteen Lee County high schools will also have a WeatherBug weather station onsite. These stations are connected to the Internet and measure temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and other variables, every few seconds. Four of the 13 schools currently have WeatherBug weather stations, and the remaining nine schools will have weather stations installed. As the weather stations and lightning detection sensors are deployed, the Lee County High Schools will become part of the ABC7 WVZN WeatherBug Schools Program. The schools will be able to provide weather data for meteorological teams at news station WVZN, and other stations across the country, to broadcast online and on-air. The schools weather stations will also provide real-time weather and lightning alerts to people in the community who use WeatherBug apps on their iPhones and Android smartphones. In addition, the equipment will also be used to enhance the science, technology and math school curriculum at the schools using WeatherBug Achieve web-based software. With the lightning detection and alerting technology available today, there is absolutely no reason to remain in harms way when lightning and severe weather is in the area, says WeatherBug Director of Enterprise Solutions, Frank McCathran. It is about ensuring peace of mind by knowing that you are helping keep your students, athletes, coaches and fans safe through advanced warning. We are proud to be helping the Lee County Schools staff and community with this important initiative. WeatherBug solutions will be deployed at the following Lee County, Florida, High Schools: Cape Coral High School, Cypress Lake High School, Dunbar High School, East Lee County High School, Estero High School, Fort Myers High School, Ida S. Baker High School, Island Coast High School, Lehigh Senior High School, Mariner High, North Fort Myers High School, Riverdale High School and South Fort Myers High School. About Earth Networks - WeatherBug As a provider of comprehensive atmospheric data for nearly 20 years, Earth NetworksSM is Taking the Pulse of the Planet with the worlds largest weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks and is establishing a network for collecting data within the planetary boundary layer. The companys popular WeatherBug® website, desktop application and mobile apps for major smartphone platforms provide real-time neighborhood-level weather and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations and markets, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks (www.earthnetworks.com) is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with additional locations in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20121311050034_weatherbug-lightning-detection.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Mon, 11/12/2012 12:00 PM unknown Ben Franklin's experiment  0.0   
 USA 
  kite experiment    Education,Science 
Ben Franklin's kite story charged with confusion November 12, 2012 By Faye Flam .. Rate This: 1 2 3 4 5 (0 votes) Ask a question Some Doubt Franklin Ever Flew that Kite. Philadelphia's most Famous Experiment Still a Lightning Rod for Debate. For all his achievements as a statesman, inventor and scientist, Ben Franklin etched himself into the popular imagination as a man who dared fly a kite in a thunderstorm. The idea was to prove that clouds could be electrified and that mankind could exert some control over lightning. And yet, Franklin never wrote up the results of his most famous experiment beyond a vague newspaper account, which didn't make clear whether he or someone else actually channeled electric charges from the sky to his famous key. And so, more than 250 years after the fact, Franklin remains himself a lightning rod for controversy among historians. Some say he was much too smart to have tried such a foolhardy, death-defying stunt. Others say Franklin was much too honest to have falsely reported that he pulled it off. But historians and scientists agree on one thing  whether he did or didn't fly that kite, Franklins' achievements as a scientist were enormous and under-appreciated. If he hadn't been so famous as an inventor and founding father, "Franklin would be recognized as the greatest scientist of his age," said physicist and Franklin enthusiast Shawn Carlson, founder of the Society for Amateur Scientists and, more recently, the LabRats Science Education Program. As Franklin's thoughts went from laboratory experiments to lightning rods, he also tipped the scales in a debate that still rages today over the value of basic, curiosity-driven science. The benefits of basic science had been extolled more than 100 years before Franklin's day by British thinker Francis Bacon. "The idea was that if we understood enough about how the world works we could find ways to manipulate nature to make a better world," said Carlson. Early on, Franklin didn't seem to know how his study of electricity would lead to anything practical. "He started to say he was feeling guilty with all the pleasure he was getting from working with electricity, and he wished he could do something useful with it," said Rutgers historian James Delbourgo, author of A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders: Electricity and Enlightenment in Early America. The lightning rod was, Delbourgo said, "an afterthought." In his book, Benjamin Franklin's Science, historian I. Bernard Cohen describes how, in the mid 1700s, electricity was used in shows that combined entertainment with science lectures. Such spectacles usually involved young people coming onstage, getting charged with static, and then shocking one another. Franklin, keeping with tradition, put on his own public shows. And he wrote that he threw dinner parties in which he used electrical devices to kill, tenderize and cook turkeys. But amid all the fun, he also observed predictable patterns in the way some materials conducted electricity and others "insulated" or blocked its flow. He observed the phenomenon of grounding. And then he devised a theory that explained what he observed. He saw electricity as a fluid that sought equilibrium, so that objects that were depleted in it would want to draw it in, and those charged with an excess, to give it up. He understood that a charged object would repel charges on one side of nearby objects  a phenomenon known as induction. "Franklin's understanding is our modern understanding," said physicist Carlson. "He invented modern electrostatics." The historians say our modern description of electric currents and positive and negative charges harks back to Franklin and those scientists who went on to make batteries built on his work. The world had to wait a few decades for batteries, but Franklin did think of a practical invention that could be used right away - the lightning rod. The idea rested on Franklin's understanding of electrical behavior along with an untested assumptions that clouds held electric charge and lighting was just a scaled-up version of sparks. Being the scientific thinker that he was, he devised an experiment to test the electrical nature of clouds and lightning. He proposed the construction of a long iron rod that would stick up in the air and channel charges from a cloud down to a room where a scientist could observe its behavior. According to Cohen's book, Philadelphians started to build such an experiment at Christ Church, but two things happened before that was finished. First, the French heard of Franklin's idea and carried out a similar experiment successfully, and Franklin realized that the concept could be tested more easily with a kite. Cohen, who died in 2003, maintained that Franklin really flew the kite. He took at face value a subsequent account of the experiment, published in 1767 by English scientist Joseph Priestley. Priestley wrote that Franklin carried it off in June of 1752, accompanied by only his 21-year-old son. According to that account, the kite was never struck by lightning, but Franklin was able to channel current from clouds down the string. At the bottom, in Priestley's version, Franklin included an apparatus called a Leiden jar, commonly used to collect static electricity. By using the jar, he could show that the cloud's electricity acted just like electricity generated in laboratory experiments. But that account leaves several mysteries, said Alberto Martinez, a historian of science at the University of Texas and author or the book Secret Science. In August of 1752 Franklin published an account of the French iron rod experiment in his own newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, but he never mentioned anything about the kite. Then in October of that year he described a kite experiment done in Philadelphia but didn't say he did it himself. Franklin wrote that such an experiment was easy, said Martinez, despite the risk of death by lightning strike. In his book, Martinez recounts an episode of the television show Mythbusters, in which a mock-up of the experiment is set up, lightning strikes the kite and fries a dummy of Franklin. But neither Franklin nor Priestley ever said he was struck, and other experiments showed that kites and iron rods can pick up charges off the atmosphere. In the end, Martinez said he doesn't see enough evidence to determine whether Franklin flew that kite, but he said he wouldn't be outraged if it did turn out to be a hoax. After all, Franklin was right to realize that clouds were electrically charged and lightning rods really could protect buildings and ships. Franklin first proposed that lightning rods would prevent lightning by helping relieve the imbalance between clouds and the ground, but he amended himself later to say that if lighting struck the rods, it would be safely conducted to the ground. But then, even lightning rods became lightning rods for controversy, with naysayers claiming they only added danger by drawing lighting to buildings. Others had faith-based objections, including a preference for the existing lighting-deflection technique, which was to ring church bells. One of Franklin's rivals, Abbe Nollet of France, wrote that "It is impious to ward off God's lightning as for a child to resist the chastening of the rod of the father," - a sentiment that Franklin countered by pointing out that lighting was no more an act of God than rain, and yet we put roofs on our houses. He also asked people to consider the most common victim of lighting and asked what God could possibly have against trees.
Mon, 11/12/2012 12:00 PM Killed Omar Ali al-Sheikh  14.0  BDreib Akkar 
 Lebanon 
  boy killed brother in ice     
Boy killed by lightning as severe thunderstorms cause flooding across country November 12, 2012 12:41 AM The Daily Star A Civil Defense tow truck helps the driver of a stalled taxi remove his car as another passenger car is rescued. BEIRUT: Thunderstorms caused flooding across Lebanon over the weekend, as a 12-year-old boy was struck by lightning and killed. Omar Ali al-Sheikh was killed by lightning in the Akkar town of Dreib. His 14-year-old brother Bakr was severely wounded and according to the National News Agency is in an intensive care unit of a local hospital. In Beirut, raw sewage spilled out onto the streets as the underground system was unable to accommodate the heavy flow of rainwater. Sewage also poured out in parts of Sidon, which was hit hard by the storm, as flooding in major streets in the city and Zahrani shut down several major roads and left numerous cars stranded. Water flooded homes in Sidon, its suburb of Sahel al-Sabbagh and the Haret Saidas Taamir, causing severe damage. In the nearby town of Ghazieh, homes in the Hai al-Roueiss neighborhood were flooded to such an extent that the municipality had to intervene to pump out excess water. The rain nearly turned several Sidon streets into rivers: On Sit Nafiseh street water reached half a meter, leaving drivers stranded in their cars. The Corniche, which runs past the citys garbage dump, ran with refuse-filled water. Several students were stranded on a school bus in Hisbeh when the water prevented a buss doors from opening. Civil Defense personnel and workers from Sidons municipality eventually managed to pump enough water out of the bus to let the students disembark. A wall collapsed near Sidons Labib Abu Dahr Hospital, severely damaging two cars. All commercial activity in the city, including trade and fishing, was paralyzed. The rain and flooding extended across the country, and traffic on the main highway that links Beirut to Tripoli inched forward slowly due to heavy rains and poor visibility. Hasan Masri, a meteorologist at Beiruts Rafik Hariri International Airport, told The Daily Star that 20 mm of rain had fallen Saturday alone. He was unable to provide precise measurements for Sunday, but said more had fallen Sunday than on the previous day. Sundays rains were accompanied by strong winds of 15-35 km per hour, with some gusts reaching up to 70 km per hour. Masri added that there had been unstable seas and high waves, with temperatures Sunday reaching a high of 23 degrees Celsius and a low of 17 degrees Celsius. Masri said this years rains have already far exceeded those of last year: by Nov. 11 of 2011, 68.8 mm of rain had fallen, whereas this year there has been 110.6 mm of rain since Sept. alone. According to Masri, the showers could continue into Monday. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20121311091943_194693-boy-killed-by-lightning-as-severe-thunderstorms-cause-flooding-across-country.ashx.htm#ixzz2C72HFkWZ (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
Sun, 11/11/2012 12:00 PM unknown Schumann resonance  0.0   
 USA 
  waves made from lightning leak into space    Education,Science 
Waves made from earthly lightning flashes leak into space Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Scientists describe these waves as a repeating atmospheric heartbeat. DOWNLOADXEMBED An instrument aboard a U.S. Airforce satellite has detected waves created by lightning flashes in Earths atmosphere, leaking into outer space. Scientists describe these waves as a repeating atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance. It was thought before this detection that these lightning-made waves stayed caged at a lower altitude. NASA says that there are about 2,000 thunderstorms rolling over Earth at any given moment, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around Earth captured between Earths surface and a boundary about 60 miles (100 kilometers) up. If they have just the right wavelength, though, some of the waves combine and increase in strength to create a global electromagnetic resonance: the Schumann resonance. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons NASAs Vector Electric Field Instrument (VEFI) aboard the U.S. Air Forces Communications/Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite detected the Schumann resonance leaking into space. Fernando Simoes, a scientist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, whose paper about the leakage is being published this month (December 2011) in the print edition of Geophysical Research Letters, said: Researchers didnt expect to observe these resonances in space, but it turns out that energy is leaking out and this opens up many other possibilities to study our planet from above. Bottom line: An orbiting satellites has detected the Schumann resonance from space. It is a global electromagnetic resonance created by the combined lightning storms across our planet. Read more from NASA
Wed, 11/07/2012 03:50 PM Killed hearse driver killed  34.0  Luyang Sabah 
 Malaysia 
  in a hut     
KOTA KINABALU: A hearse driver died after he was struck by lightning at a cemetery where he had sent a body for burial. Daniel Rodie, 34, was killed in the hut where he was sheltering from the rain at the Taman Century Cemetery in Luyang near here yesterday, said Kota Kinabalu city police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun. The incident happened at 3.50pm after he had sent the body for burial. Police were informed at 4.25pm, he said in a statement. Daniel's body was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a post-mortem. - Bernama
Mon, 11/05/2012 12:00 PM Injured 10 pupils  0.0  Mityana district 
 Uganda 
       
Lightning Monday morning struck ten pupils in Mityana district as they prepared for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) that kick off today countrywide. Five of the affected candidates will miss the examinations because they are critically injured. The severely injured pupils are admitted at Mubende Hospital. The tragedy occurred at Nakaseta Islamic Primary School in the central district of Mityana during a morning drizzle. A total of 565,663 candidates are expected to sit for their PLE. Of these 463,332 pupils are UPE candidates while 102,331 are non UPE candidates. Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has warned that serious repercussions will be faced by primary schools that that will attempt to cheat in PLE.
Mon, 11/05/2012 unknown boy   15.0  Adelaidea  
 Australia 
      Outside 
Adelaide teen struck by lightning during cat rescue Andrew Duffy, ninemsn 2:16pm November 6, 2012 Share 0 Email An Adelaide boy was struck by lightning yesterday after running outside to retrieve his cat. Play Video Womans car struck by lightning Play Video Umbrella wielding teacher struck by lightning Man struck by lightning in scrotum Youth dies after lightning strike Man films himself getting hit by lightning Boy struck by lightning in Adelaide Two struck by lightning in western Sydney SA homes getting power back after storm Adelaide Damon, 15, said he ran outside to rescue his pet from the storm when lightning crashed less than a metre in front of him, according to Adelaide Now. The bolt sent a shock through his body, but after several hours in the Flinders Medical Centre emergency room he was allowed to return to his home in Hallet Cove. "It was just a shock. Like a static zap, but bigger," he said. "It was instant headache, sore feet and about a minute after that, a sore stomach." Damon said the lightning was the loudest sound he'd ever heard. He was trying to herd the family cat inside with younger brother Mitchell, 14, when it hit. Their mother Cathy said she was working on the other side of town at the time, and after speaking with Damon on the phone she called a friend to wait for an ambulance. "He was conscious and he goes 'Oh, I'm okay' but he didn't sound too great," she said. Damon remains in a healthy condition after the lightning strike, but doctors say he must be on the lookout for any after effects, such as muscle breakdown.
Wed, 10/31/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 sisters killed  0.0  Ndwedwe Durban 
  
       
Sisters killed in storm October 31 2012 at 11:50am By Mercury Reporter Comment on this story REUTERS Two sisters were killed by a lightning strike in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, during a storm. Durban - Two sisters were killed by a lightning strike in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, during a storm on Monday evening. Tandeka Dube, 19, who was writing matric, and nine-year-old Sikifile were caught in the electric storm. Things are bad, we are very hurt, both our daughters are gone, said the girls father, Joseph Dube. Two other people from the same community were injured in the lightning strike and were recovering in hospital. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube has expressed her condolences to the family. The SA Weather Service said the wet weather was expected to clear by Friday. Eight people have died in various weather-related incidents in KZN since the start of the rainy season.
Wed, 10/31/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 kid killed  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 India 
       
2 kids killed by lightning 2012-10-31 07:16:18.0 | CANAAN MDLETSHE | 22 COMMENTS FEAR has gripped communities in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal after a thunderstorm claimed the lives of two children from one family earlier this week. inShare RELATED ARTICLES Lightning kills KZN family Lightning strikes nightclub, kills 4 in fire Lightning kills 26 people in India Grade 12 pupil Lindo Dube and her sibling, Nhlanhla Dube, who was in Grade 4, were struck by lightning at their home in Ndwedwe, north of Durban. Family members said the Grade 12 pupil been busy studying when tragedy struck. "We are saddened to learn of the incident," MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube said yesterday about the sad Monday incident. "Mother nature has again cast a dark shadow over us." This incident brings to eight the number of people who have died since the beginning of summer, largely due to incidents believed to be related to the persisting bad weather. One person was struck by lightning in Nongoma two weeks ago, while three people drowned in Nquthu and two drowned in Hluhluwe last week. Meanwhile, the bodies of three teachers, whose car was swept away in a flooded river in Nquthu last week, have all been found. Recent heavy rains have also taken their toll on KwaZulu-Natal roads, with eThekwini municipality accumulating a backlog of nearly 720 potholes to fix. eThekwini head of engineering Adrian Peters said they had received reports of 153 potholes, five manholes that were washed away and 204 blocked drains over the past week. This comes at a time when the municipality is still busy with repairs of other drains following last month's two-week spell of consistent downpours. Last month the city announced that it had reviewed its pothole maintenance policy following the escalating number of insurance claims against the municipality arising from damages to vehicles. This was after a Pietermaritzburg advocate, Allistair McIntosh, won R15-million in damages in 2009 after suing the provincial transport department for injuries sustained when he crashed while cycling on the P164 Rosetta-Kamberg road in 2004. He had been avoiding a pothole when he fell. His case was first dismissed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court, but he won on appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal. EMAILPRINT
Tue, 10/30/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 workers  0.0  Hedland  
 Australia 
      Work 
FIFO worker struck by lightning in the Pilbara Updated October 30, 2012 19:11:40 PHOTO: The men were working on a rail line in the Pilbara when the lightning struck. (file) (ABC News) MAP: Port Hedland 6721 A fly-in fly-out worker remains in hospital after being struck by lightning, south-east of Port Hedland in Western Australia. McConnell Dowell says two of its employees were injured as a result of a lightning strike during construction work on Fortescue Metals Group's Solomon rail line on Sunday. One man was struck directly while the other was knocked to the ground by the force of the lightning. The men were taken to Hedland Health Campus for treatment. A 24-year-old man from Queensland suffered burns to five percent of his body. He is said to be well and in a stable condition. The other man has since been discharged after being treated for a minor neck injury. McConnell Dowell says the workers were preparing to leave the area when the incident happened. An investigation into the incident is underway. Topics: storm-event, port-hedland-6721, perth-6000 First posted October 30, 2012 11:08:54
Sun, 10/21/2012 12:00 PM Killed man   0.0  Cebu 
 Philippines 
       
A TRISIKAD driver died after he was struck by lightning on Friday evening as he was standing near his house in Sibonga town, southern Cebu. Elerino Quinero, 31, was rushed to the hospital but didnt make it alive. Quinero, his wife and children were inside their house in sitio Saksak, barangay Bahay when a thunderstorm broke. Quinero and his wife went outside to attend the vigil wake of their neighbor. As they stepped outside the house, Quinero was struck by a lightning bolt and fell to the ground. His body suffered third degree burns. His wife escaped unscathed./Correspondent Gabriel C. Bonjoc
Fri, 10/19/2012 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed   0.0   
 India 
       
VIRUDHUNAGAR: Three people were killed in a lightning strike at Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district on Thursday evening while one person died in Tirunelveli district. Police said that Thanga Muniswari (32), wife of Velmurugan of Paraipatti village in Sivakasi was riding a bicycle along with her brother Kannan (18) when a lightening struck around 6.30pm. The two were killed on the spot. Police said that the two were working in a match box making unit and were returning after work when the incident happened. There was a heavy downpour across Virudhunagar in the evening and the showers had abated when the two, who were sheltering along the road, resumed their journey to their village. Around the same time A Kaliswaran (33), a shepherd from Ramalingapuram was bringing his herd to the village when lightning struck him on the outskirts of the village. Police said that they were receiving information about damage to huts in some parts of the district but are yet to ascertain the extent of damage. As the sky opened up across south Tamil Nadu, lightning strikes took a toll on one more life in Tirunelveli. Police said that 34-year-old B Anthony Alex of Therku Theru in Soundarapandiapuram was hit by lightning in the evening and died on the spot. Moreover, police said that two people were fatally struck by lightning in Tirunelveli district on Wednesday. S Murugan (45) of Palamadai was bringing his goat herd to his village when he was struck by lightening. Similalry, V Mariappan (26), a carpenter from Puliangudi was travelling on a motorcycle with his friend near Vadamalapuram village when he was hit by a lightning streak and died.
Wed, 10/17/2012 12:00 PM Killed Ronito Buaquina  0.0  Barangay Carmelo Banate Iloilo 
 Philippines 
      Outside 
Lightning kills farmer in Iloilo ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 10/17/2012 2:04 PM | Updated as of 10/17/2012 2:04 PM MANILA, Philippines  A farmer died after he was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon in the Iloilo province. Victim Ronito Buaquina, 43, of Barangay Carmelo Banate, died on the spot after sustaining burns. His companions said the weather was fine when they set off for the farm. However, they scampered away from the farm when the weather suddenly became cloudy. The victim, they said, tried to run, but was struck by lightning. Report from John Fernandez, ABS-CBN News
Wed, 10/17/2012 08:30 PM Injured 6 men injured  0.0  DAVAO DEL SUR  
 Philippines 
       
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 DAVAO DEL SUR -- Six men are thanking high heavens literally for their second lives after they survived a lightning, which hit them in Barangay Coronon, Sta. Cruz Monday night. The victims were identified as Kokoy Mohammad, 23; Nonito Cayoga, 22; Dan Bautista, 22; Ben Jack Dalios, 14; Allan Enoc, 19; and Joel Cayoga, 34, all residents in the area. Check our new look and tell us what you think. The six were brought to the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital. Cayoga said they decided to harvest shells on the nearby shore after the tide ebbed around 8:30 p.m. Monday. He said there was a sudden downpour and strong winds so they decided to seek shelter under the coconut trees. A lightning struck a tree beside where they stood and some of the victims were electrocuted. Some of the victims fainted and sustained wounds all over the body. "Nalagpot ko sa akong gibarogan. Mga tulo ka dupa gyud kay pwerteng kusoga sa boto, mura'g bomba (I was thrown three meters away. The explosion was strong like a bomb)," Cayoga said. He said all of them were thrown in different directions due to the explosion. However, all victims sustained minor injuries and are now declared out of danger. (Orlando Dinoy) Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 17, 2012.
Tue, 10/16/2012 12:00 PM Killed girl   0.0  NANKANA SAHIB Punjab 
 Pakistan 
  standing on rooftop    On a Roof,Outside 
NANKANA SAHIB: A girl died after being struck by lightning at Rehanwala village on Monday.Shakeela, the daughter of prayer leader Noor Ahmed, was standing on the rooftop of her house when she was struck by lightning which caused her instant death. Meanwhile, lightning also fell on the house of Munir Ahmad at Chak 66/GB. As a result, valuables were gutted while the Holy Quran remained safe in the incident.
Mon, 10/15/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 children  0.0  Cakai village Rundu 
 Namibia 
  in a hut    Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning kills three children in Kavango 15 Oct 2012 Article Views (non-unique): 475 RUNDU - Three children died unnatural deaths when they were allegedly struck by lightning on Friday at Cakai village along the Kavango River. The children were in a hut at Cakai village, south-west of Rundu when lightning struck at about 15h00. The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) responsible for the Kavango Region said in a report availed to Nampa on Sunday said that the trio died on the spot. They have been identified as Muronga Thomas Kudumo, 8, Sikongo Marceline Kasiku, 4, and 14-year-old Fabianus Benonia Naimbodi. Their next of kin have been informed by the police. Meanwhile, one child died while swimming in the Kavango River on Friday at the Sauyemwa informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu.  Nampa
Sun, 10/14/2012 12:00 PM unknown Ball Lightning  0.0  Sydney  
 Australia 
      Science 
Scientists claim solving riddle of ball lightning by F wire Oct 14, 2012 #archives #Education #NewsTracker Share500 Email0 Comments Print Associated Lightning Lightning Protection for NY, MA, CT, NJ, VT, PA, NH since 1953! www.alrci.com Ads by Google Sydney, Oct 14 (IANS) Glowing globes of electricity or ball lightning have been around for centuries  but without any scientific explanation for their existence. Scientists in Australia have proposed a new theory  that ball lightning is caused when leftover dense ions (electric energy) are swept to the ground following a lightning strike. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Australia National University scientists have come up with a new mathematical theory to explain how and why it occurs. The new theory focuses on how ball lightning, which can last up to 20 seconds and occurs in houses and aeroplanes  can pass through glass, the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres reports. Previous competing theories have cited microwave radiation from thunderclouds, oxidising aerosols, nuclear energy, dark matter, antimatter, and even black holes as possible causes, according to a CSIRO statement. Led by CSIRO scientist John Lowke, the new theory proposes that ball lightning is caused when leftover ions (electric energy), which are very dense, are swept to the ground following a lightning strike. Lowke proposes that ball lightning occurs in houses and aeroplanes when a stream of ions accumulates on the outside of a glass window and the resulting electric field on the other side excites air molecules to form a ball discharge. The discharge requires a driving electric field of about a million volts. Other theories have suggested that ball lightning is created by slowly burning particles of silicon formed in a lightning strike, but this is flawed. One of the ball lightning observations cited in this paper occurred when there was no thunderstorm and was driven by ions from the aircraft radar operated at maximum power during a dense fog, adds Lowke. Lowke used eye-witness accounts of ball lightning by two former US Air Force pilots to verify the theory. Former US Air Force lieutenant Don Smith recalls: After flying for about 15 minutes, there developed on the radome (radar cover) two horns of Saint Elmos fire. It looked as if the airplane now had bulls horns& they were glowing with the blue of electricity.
Sat, 10/13/2012 09:00 AM Injured roofer  30.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  working on school roof    CPR,Critical,On a Roof,Outside,School,Work 
Man struck by lightning as storm clouds moved in Sunday print Email this article | MORE by KHOU.com Staff khou.com Posted on October 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM HOUSTONA contractor working on the roof of an area school was struck by lightning on Sunday morning as storm clouds rolled in over the area, according to authorities. Around 9 a.m., workers were in the process of replacing the roof at the Primrose School on Barker Cypress at Dundee when it began to get dark. The workers were in the process of clearing materials off the room when a 30-year-old male was struck by lightning, said a spokesperson with the Harris County Sheriffs Office. His coworkers got him down and began CPR before EMS arrived. He was transported to the hospital and is currently in critical but stable condition.
Thu, 10/11/2012 12:00 AM unknown Lightning safety & wind farms  0.0   
 USA 
      Science 
Lightning Detection Protects Wind Farm Crews and Maintains Productivity Social Media Tools More Sharing ServicesShare Print Email Save Sponsored by: By Don Leick Lightning can strike at any time, and wind farms-with their tall towers and turbines-are particularly at risk for lightning strikes when severe weather moves through an area. Crew safety is a priority for wind farm operators, as is efficiency, while dealing with severe weather threats. Stopping outdoor operations every time severe weather is forecast is neither realistic nor productive; but, waiting to act until someone sees lightning or hears thunder is dangerous because lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the main storm cell. This prompts the question: How can wind turbine maintenance crews strike the right balance between keeping crews safe and maintaining productivity? Monitor Lightning Accurately The first step is to implement a reliable and accurate lightning monitoring system. Common lightning detection methods are inaccurate and risky. The flash-to-bang method, for example, which attempts to measure how far away lightning is by counting the time between the lightning flash and the sound of thunder, is inaccurate and dangerous. When multiple flashes occur during a short time span or when it is difficult to hear distant thunder because of wind or machinery noise, this method cannot provide an accurate measurement of distance. It's also dangerous because it requires the storm cell to be close before any calculation can be performed-and, as mentioned earlier, lightning can strike up to 10 miles from a storm. In addition, those responsible for making safety decisions might not be outdoors, and, therefore, might not see lightning or hear thunder to make those decisions. For wind farms, it is critical to receive lightning strike warnings far enough in advance-considering it can take technicians 10 to 20 minutes to climb down a tower. The best monitoring option is a real-time lightning detection service that automatically provides alerts when lightning strikes are detected within a pre-determined distance from the facility. Such lightning warning services leverage the latest technology in the lightning detection networks that have been established throughout the U.S., such as the Vaisala North American Lightning Detection Network (NALDN). Telvent's MxVision WeatherSentry Online, a Web-based weather monitoring service, offers real-time, accurate lightning detection and alert systems. When strikes occur within a pre-determined radius of a prescribed location, crews in the field receive immediate alerts through email or text message. Through Telvent's system, wind farm operators usually set up three automatic alerts to help warn workers and prepare them to take action: " Caution-indicates lightning within 50 miles of a site. No new technicians should go up any towers and any current "up tower" work should begin to close down. " Warning-indicates lighting within 30 miles and calls for evacuation to the safety of an enclosed vehicle. " All Clear-indicates no lighting within 50 miles for 15 minutes and it is now safe to resume work. In addition, services such as Telvent's MxVision WeatherSentry Online allow users to customize their alert ranges and provide real-time map displays of current lightning strikes in their areas. The bottom line is that wind farm operators need the best possible information to make the most informed safety decisions in a timely manner, and that means having access to real-time, reliable lightning tracking. Have a Plan The next step in balancing crew safety and maintaining productivity is to develop a lightning safety plan with the following components: 1. Determine which operations put personnel at risk for lightning-related injuries. 2. Determine where they can take shelter if lightning threatens (buildings, enclosed vehicles). 3. Determine the amount of time it takes to get from the at-risk operations to the associated shelters. Determining the time needed for personnel to reach safety helps wind farm operators understand how large of a geographic radius needs to be monitored and how much advance warning should be incorporated into the lightning monitoring technology. Communicate the lightning safety plan. Let all affected employees know what the safety protocol is and how to follow the protocol so there is no misinterpretation or debate when lives are at stake. Know When to Let Workers Go Back to Work As important as it is to know when to evacuate workers, it's equally important to know when it's safe to allow them to resume their outdoor work. If sent outside too soon, they are as much at risk as if they had never been evacuated; but, unnecessarily keeping workers inside lowers productivity and cuts into the bottom line. Because of new technology, there are better options than first-hand observation. Weather monitoring services that provide real-time lightning detection also can provide an all-clear notification when it is safe to resume outdoor activities. An all clear is issued when no lightning has occurred within the alerting range within a specified time period-usually 15 to 30 minutes. Conclusion Lightning is a significant safety issue, and it must be taken seriously. Effective safety requires a clear protocol for employees to follow when a lightning threat is detected. Make it known in advance that this plan will be adhered to if lightning occurs so there is no debate when prompt action needs to be taken. Equally important to lightning safety is the implementation of threat detection tools. Personal powers of observation are no match for technology. A lightning detection system that provides reliable, real-time warnings and avoids false alarms is crucial to ensuring employee safety and maintaining operational efficiencies. About the author: Don Leick is a senior product manager at Telvent and is responsible for all aspects of WeatherSentry and other weather products. Leick has more than 25 years experience in software and technology companies, with the last 15 years in product management.
Mon, 10/08/2012 01:30 PM Killed 2 dead 2 injured  0.0  Po To commune Gia Lai province 
 Viet Nam 
      Critical,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
According to an initial information, in the morning of that day, four young men: Nguyen Van Cong (born 1983), Ngo Van Cuong (born 1987), Nguyen Van Thang (born 1988), and Luong Van Nam (born 1985), all from Po To commune, went to the field to harvest cassava. After lunch in the field, it suddenly rained. Cong and Cuong were sheltering from the rain under a tree. Thang also took shelter from the rain under another tree, about 50 meters away from Cong and Cuong while Nam ran out to seek his buffalo. When Nam led the buffalo close to the field, lightning suddenly appeared, illuminating the sky, accompanied by a loud bang at the location of Cong and Cuong. Although his whole body was numb, Nam still tried to run over to help Cong and Cuong. However, when Nam arrived, Cong and Cuong were unconscious and their bodies were burned. Nearby, Thang was also lying unconscious. Nam fainted soon after. About 15 minutes later, the young man woke up and called for help, but no one came. Nam used a buffalo cart to take his three friends to the Medical Center of Ia Pa District. Although doctors at the Ia Pa District Health Center initiated treatment, due to severe injuries, Cong and Cuong died. At 5pm the same day, Nam and Thang were still in critical condition.
Mon, 10/08/2012 12:00 PM unknown lightning cleans old concrete  0.0   
 Germany 
  science    Science 
:: Print article :: Back Lightning, strike! Publication Date: 2012-10-07 Volker Thome Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP 83626 Valley Germany volker.thome@ibp.fraunhofer.de Tel: +49 8024 643-623 www.fraunhofer.de Every year several millions of tons of building rubble are produced. An efficient way of recycling concrete  the building material of the 20th and 21st century  does not yet exist. Researchers are working on new recycling methods, and with the aid of lightning bolts, they can break down the mixture of cement and aggregate into its components. Whether the Pantheon in Rome or the German concrete canoe regatta, whether ultra-light or decorative: concrete is unbelievably versatile and is the worlds most widely used material  next to water. It is made of cement, water and aggregate, a mixture of stone particles such as gravel or limestone grit in various sizes. However, the CO2 emissions, which are mainly the result of cement production, are problematic: the production of one ton of burned cement clinker of limestone and clay releases 650 to 700 kilograms of carbon dioxide. This means that every year 8 to 15 percent of global CO2 production is attributable to concrete manufacturing. And when it comes to recycling waste concrete, there is no ideal solution for closing the materials loop. In Germany alone the quantity of construction waste amounted to almost 130 million tons in 2010. This is an enormous material flow, but at the moment there is no effective recycling method for concrete rubble explains Volker Thome from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP from the Concrete Technology Group in Holzkirchen. The current method is to shred the concrete, which produces huge amounts of dust. At best, the stone fragments end up as sub-base for roads. This is downcycling, explains Thome, in other words, simply the reutilization of raw materials, the quality of which deteriorates from process to process. On the other hand, if it were possible to separate the stone particles from the cement stone, the gravel could easily be reused as an aggregate in new cement  a first decisive step in the direction of recycling waste concrete. The recovery of valuable aggregate from waste concrete would multiply the recycling rate by a factor of around ten and thereby increase it to 80 percent, says Thome. If it were also possible to obtain a cement substitute from waste concrete, the cement industrys CO2 emissions would be considerably reduced. To achieve these goals Thome revived a method that Russian scientists already developed in the 1940s then put on ice: electrodynamic fragmentation. This method allows the concrete to be broken down into its individual components  aggregate and cement stone. Recycling valuable components Using this approach, the researchers in Holzkirchen are unleashing a veritable storm of lightning bolts. Normally, lightening prefers to travel through air or water, not through solids, says Thomas. To ensure the bolt strikes and penetrates the concrete, the expert uses the Russian scientists expertise. More than 70 years ago they discovered that the dieletric strength, i.e. the resistance of every fluid or solid to an electrical impulse, is not a physical constant, but changes with the duration of the lightning. With an extremely short flash of lightning  less than 500 nanoseconds  water suddenly attains a greater dielectric strength than most solids, explains Thome. In simple terms, this means that if the concrete is under water and researchers generate a 150 nanosecond bolt of lightning the discharge runs preferably through the solid and not through the water. That is the essence of the method, says Thome. In the concrete the lightning then runs along the path of least resistance which is the boundaries between the components, i.e. between the gravel and the cement stone. The initially generated impulses, the pre-discharges, first weaken the material mechanically. The pre-discharge which reaches the counter-electrode in our fragmentation plant at first, then causes an electrical breakdown, explains Thome. At this instant a plasma channel is formed in the concrete which grows within a thousandth of a second, like a pressure wave from the inside outwards. The force of this pressure wave is comparable with a small explosion, says Thome. The concrete is torn apart and broken down into its basic components. With the laboratory fragmentation plant the researchers can currently process one ton of concrete waste per hour. To work efficiently, our goal is a throughput rate of at least 20 tons per hour, says Thome. In as little as two years time, an appropriate installation could be ready for market-launch.
Sat, 10/06/2012 12:00 PM Killed man & woman  0.0  Haputale  
 Sri Lanka 
      Outside 
Sri Lanka says Koreans dead in lightning strike By: AFP | October 08, 2012 | COLOMBO - Two foreign tourists killed by lightning in Sri Lanka's central region have been identified as South Koreans, police said Sunday, correcting earlier reports they were Chinese. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said the victims, a man and a woman, had been erroneously identified as Chinese tourists after the Saturday evening strike in Haputale, 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Colombo."It is now established that the victims were in a group of South Korean tourists," Rohana told AFP. "The autopsies will be done today (Sunday)."He said three other South Korean women were injured and were undergoing hospital treatment.The group were at Lipton's Seat, one of the highest look-out points in central Sri Lanka, during a sudden thunderstorm, police said.Sri Lanka is seeing an increase in the number of Asian tourists visiting the island after it ended nearly four decades of ethnic war in May 2009.
Wed, 10/03/2012 12:00 PM unknown school wants changes  0.0  Fl 
 USA 
http://www.fox4now.com/news/local/172734661.html       
Wed, 10/03/2012 04:05 PM Killed Jesse Watington  11.0  Fort Myers Fl 
 USA 
http://www.news-press.com/article/20121004/NEWS011  going to football practice  N/A  Before the storm,Bolt out of the blue,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,First Strike,Football,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Jesse Watlington, the middle school student at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, remains in critical condition after being struck by lightning on his way out to football practice Wednesday. Pastor Richard Powell invited his congregation and the rest of the Southwest Florida Christian community to join him at 7 tonight for a prayer service. Powell said SFCA has cancelled all athletic events and practices for the rest of this week. More to follow on news-press.com. 12:41 p.m. update Head coach Jeffery Beach told police officers he was leading his football team onto the field Wednesday when there was a loud sudden lightning strike in the midst of the group of players. Beach said he then looked around and saw 11-year-old Watlington was lying on the ground and not moving, according to a Fort Myers Police Department report. Police received the call at 4:05 p.m. about a child being struck by lightning. The police report also states that it was determined Watlington took a direct hit from a lightning bolt. Two staff members, identified in the report as Jordan Lyerly and Matt Baker, did not witness the strike but ran up and started performing CPR on Watlington, who did not have a pulse and was not breathing. As the two were performing CPR on the student, Beach ran inside to call 911. Two officers also administered CPR. Emergency responders arrived shortly after to transport Watlington to the hospital. 12:32 p.m. update Pastor Richard Powell of McGregor Baptist Church said Jesse Watlington remains in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital as of noon today. Powell said he would address the media with another update at 2 p.m. Watlington was struck by lightning upon heading out to football practice for the middle school team at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, which is located adjacent to the church. Powell said that a lightning detector was in use at the time of football practice. Powell said he was not sure exactly what kind of device was used to detect the lightning but that there was one in use. The SFCA middle school team had a scheduled bye this week. The varsity team is scheduled to play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Verot against St. John Neumann. Powell said the school's students have been "huddling" this morning and will decide what to do with the scheduled athletic events later today. 8:30 a.m. update Pastor Richard Powell, senior pastor at McGregor Baptist Church said Watlington was taken to Tampa General Hospital overnight. Powell said Watlington is still listed in critical condition and will be examined by doctors today so they can get a better handle on the extent of Watlingtons injuries. The family is still in shock, he said. We are just trying to surround them with a lot of love and support. Mary Briggs, spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System, said there is no additional information being released on the condition of student who was struck by lightning Wednesday at Southwest Florida Christian Academy. Briggs said Jesse Watlingtons family has requested the hospital keep the information on his condition private at this time. Watlington was struck as he headed onto the field at around 4 p.m. Wednesday. He was transported to Gulf Coast Medical Center and then transferred to HealthPark Medical Center, according to Fort Myers Police Department spokeswoman Shelly Flynn. He was in critical condition Wednesday night. A middle school student was in critical condition Wednesday after he was struck by lightning during football practice. Jesse Watlington, a student at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, was struck as he headed onto the field at around 4 p.m. He was transported to Gulf Coast Medical Center and then transferred to HealthPark Medical Center, according to Fort Myers Police Department spokeswoman Shelly Flynn. He was in critical condition Wednesday night. Were calling all the members of our church family and all the community of our Southwest Florida Christian Academy to a time of prayer for this young man and for his complete (recovery), Richard Powell, senior pastor of the schools affiliated McGregor Baptist Church, said The lightning that struck Watlington came out of nowhere, Powell said. When it happened it was a beautiful, blue sky day, he said. The school has no type of lightning sensor, Powell said. Students do not practice during approaching storms. As soon as the lightning flash took place, the coaches immediately called all the other students in, Powell said. He said he doesnt know how many students were on the field when Watlington was struck, but several middle school students are badly shaken after witnessing the incident. Staff members are reaching out to comfort Watlingtons classmates, Powell said. Tom Dougherty, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said its common for people to be struck by lightning when it doesnt appear to be storming. Lightning can strike while the storm is still several miles away, he said. It gives you a false sense of security, Dougherty said. A lot of people get hit by lightning either right before the storm hits or right after it goes away. From 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, there were a few hundred lightning strikes from Bonita Springs up to Punta Gorda, Dougherty said. The strikes were a result of several storms moving north. Southwest Florida is known as the lightning capitol of the country because of its tropical, humid climate, Dougherty said. In 1989, a football player at Mariner High School died after he was struck by lightning. Tony McKenna, 17, was struck after he went out to do an extra drill after football practice ended. A person struck by lightning can suffer fatal cardiac arrest at the time of the incident, or can die several days later from brain damage, according to the National Weather Service website. Other symptoms include short-term memory loss, personality change, intense headaches, nausea and difficulty sleeping. Family awaits signs of recovery after boy struck by lightning Sixth-grader being treated at Tampa General Hospital. 10:13 PM, Oct. 5, 2012 | 4 Comments A A Written by Dayna Harpster FILED UNDER News Fort Myers News ZOOM Jesse Watlington / Special to news-press.com Donation Fund " Anyone who wishes to help the Watlington family cover their sons medical expenses can send donations to the McGregor Baptist Church at 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Contributions should be addressed to the Jesse Fund. More Related Links Community prays for Lee County lightning strike victim's recovery Southwest Florida Christian Academy football player struck by lightning Chuck Watlington couldnt look at candy bars or cartoons Friday afternoon. On breaks from a vigil at his 11-year-old son Jesses bedside in Tampa General Hospital, Watlington wandered into the gift shop and thought about buying candy bars and the sour stuff Jesse likes. But Jesse, struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon as he arrived to practice with his Southwest Florida Christian Academy middle school football team in Fort Myers, was not reacting to voices, to touch or sound. Jesse is my whole life. Right now I just cant look at anything without him. I see cartoons of Spongebob Squarepants and cant watch it, Watlington said in an interview with The News-Press. By turns, he sounded hopeful and then defeated, recounting how more than 50 people gathered at Gulf Coast Hospital on Wednesday evening when the dark-haired boy with a wide smile was taken by EMS after receiving CPR on the football field. About 1 a.m. Thursday, he was taken by helicopter with his mother, Alda, to Tampa General Hospital. Chuck Watlinger followed in the family car. Friends from McGregor Baptist Church and neighbors from here and the familys former residence in West Palm Beach joined the Watlingers in Tampa. Alda Watlingtons relatives from Brazil arrived Friday, in time to see one small positive sign: When doctors lifted an eyelid and shined a light into the 11-year-olds eye, there was some reaction. They continued to hope for more signs of life from the boy, a vision in white due to the blankets and bandages from head to toe. They are giving him a bunch of different medications to keep his blood pressure stable and keep him breathing, Watlington said. I dont know if there is any brain activity. He is showing no voluntary or involuntary responses to stimuli, said Watlington, who was at work at Fabulous Furniture in Fort Myers when his wife called with the news about their son. She said Honey please, get somebody with you. Jesses been struck by lightning, he said. The owner of Fabulous Furniture drove him to the emergency room. We just stopped everything we were doing. I couldnt drive. I was in no way capable. No. 51 for the Kings and a sixth-grader, Jesse is among the smallest on the football team, his dad said. But he just loved being a member of the team and the team spirit. Watlington isnt sure why, but his son is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gratitude and faith get the family through the day. Watlington called the Fort Myers Police heroes for blocking intersections throughout town to allow the ambulance to get to the hospital more quickly. In particular, he praised officer Jackie Garrett, who arrived before emergency workers and joined two coaches in administering CPR. Its a miracle only from God that he is alive, he said. To be struck like that. We put it in Gods hands. A prayer from Jesus cured Lazarus from the dead, and we believe in Gods healing. We are plugged in to Jesus right now and leave it in his hands. We want everyone out there to pray. Hundreds of people responded to McGregor Baptist Churchs Facebook request for prayers, and on Friday afternoon Jesses story had traveled all the way across the pond to become a prominent story in Londons Daily Mail. The attention added a surreal note to the day. Hes a little kid that never got a spanking. He never deserved to be punished for anything, Watlington said. Always so sweet, quiet. Very considerate, loving, friendly and generous. Ive never seen a little boy like him. I just keep waiting to wake up and open my eyes. This is the longest bad dream Ive ever had. Witnesses said the lightning bolt that struck Jesse Watlington on Wednesday afternoon during football practice came out of nowhere on a beautiful, blue-sky day. Radar imagery, however, shows that a storm had moved quickly from the south and was over the practice field near the McGregor Baptist Church when Watlington was struck. WINK News radar shows that, at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, an area of light rain was about four miles south of the practice field. At 3:55, light rain was falling less than two miles from the the field, and heavy rain was about 3 miles away. Five minutes later, light rain was falling on the field, and heavy rain was less than a mile away. To that point, radar had recorded no lightning. At 4:05, radar picked up the storms first lightning flashes, probably including the bolt that struck Watlington, as heavy rain reached the field. Total elapsed time: 15 minutes. Its just that quick, said meteorologist Michael Lewis of the National Weather Service in Ruskin. You can definitely have a storm develop in 15 minutes. The typical life cycle of a storm is 30 minutes from birth to decay. They sure fire up quickly. A thunderstorm doesnt need to be overhead to be dangerous. Lightning bolts that meteorologists call bolts from the blue can strike under blue skies as far as 25 miles from a thunderstorm  about the distance from Page Field to Punta Gorda. So many people assume that if its not raining on top of them, theyre not in danger in any way, shape or form, WINK News meteorologist Katie Walls said. Thats not the case. I remember once in Southern Illinois, lightning from a storm 17 miles away killed a kid. It was the first bolt out of that storm, too. Written by news-press.com FILED UNDER News Fort Myers News Related Links Family awaits signs of recovery after boy struck by lightning Community prays for Lee County lightning strike victim's recovery Southwest Florida Christian Academy football player struck by lightning ADS BY PULSE 360 AdChoices Reach Your Target Market Audience Targeting Made Easy Find Out How... Web Conferencing / 30-Day Free Trial! Unlimited Calls. Host Meetings and Share Presentations Online. Get Started Today! 2.13% Massachusetts Mortgage Rates $150K Mortgage $581mo. 2.35%APR. Quickly Compare Top Online Rates! Learn more... Jesse Watlington, 11, who was struck by lightning prior to football practice Wednesday at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, was taken off life support this morning at Tampa General Hospital. Chuck Watlington posted this message around 11:40 a.m. on a Facebook page called "Pray for Jesse Watlington": "Our precious little son Jesse is now with our Lord and Saviour Jesus. We would like to Thank the thousands of you for all your love, support and prayers ! Jesse has touched the lives of literally thousands of people around the World. Thank you all !" McGregor Baptist Church, which is affiliated with Jesse's school, held a special prayer service this morning during their regular Sunday service. The church said on its Facebook page that the family made the decision to remove Jesse from life support based on the most recent neurological tests. Pastor Richard Powell confirmed to news-press.com at 2:45 p.m. that Jesse has died. Anyone who wishes to help the Watlington family cover their sons medical expenses can send donations to the McGregor Baptist Church at 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Contributions should be addressed to the Jesse Fund.
Tue, 10/02/2012 12:00 PM Injured boy   18.0  Bongiao  
 Phillippines 
http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?public  near a struck tree    Outside,Under Trees 
1 hurt as lightning strike botches carabao deal Home Updated October 03, 2012 01:20 PM 0 comment to this post ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A deal of the day was botched after a carabao that was delivered to be sold was killed by lightning strike, hurting the buyers son in an uphill village east of this city, an official said. The incident occurred in the farm village of Bongiao Tuesday noon amid heavy downpour and swelling of river. Bongiao Barangay Captain Nestor Atilano said Vicente Rebollos, owner of the carabao, brought the animal to the house of Joselito Fernandez, buyer, and agreed payment will be done at his house as the case maybe cash on delivery. Upon arrival, Rebollos tended the carabao in the nearby mango tree while waiting for the agreed selling value of P21,000 pesos. However, just before the payment was consummated, lightning struck the mango tree and hit the carabao that was instantaneously killed and messed the whole trade. Fernandezs 18-year-old son, who was nearby, was slightly hurt from the lightning strike. Atilano said the case was brought to his attention as Fernandez refused payment to Rebollos citing the farm animal was dead before payment was made. At first a disagreement between the two parties occurred as Fernandez refused to pay and wanted to return the dead carabao to its owner Vicente who insisted and stood that it was already on the responsibility of the latter, Atilano added. Atilano, who was prompted to seek the opinion of the city legal office, said he was advised that the burden of responsibility already lies on the hand of Fernandez since delivery was made. He said Fernandez kept the carabao, sold its fresh meat and was able to salvage the some P10,500 to help defray the agreed selling value. Atilano added that the two parties will meet anytime Wednesday at his barangay hall to settle the remaining amount.
Tue, 10/02/2012 12:00 PM Killed i dead, 13 injured  0.0   
 Rwanda 
       
Rwanda: Lightning Kills One, Injures 13 Tagged: Central Africa, Climate, East Africa, Environment, Rwanda By Sam Nkurunziza, 2 October 2012 Comment One person has been reported dead and a dozen injured in Nkungu Sector, Rusizi District after being struck by lightning on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Chantal Nyiranzeyimana, 22 while those injured are still admitted at Mibirizi Hospital with one in a very critical condition. According to Florence Uwikunda, an eyewitness who spoke from her hospital bed, the lightning struck in the afternoon. "The three of us were standing in the compound and when it struck, we all fell down and the next thing I knew we were in hospital," a recovering Uwikunda said. In an interview, the hospital Director, Justin Wabenga, said that the other victims were steadily recovering apart from one who was still struggling to speak. Tagged: Central Africa, Climate, East Africa, Environment, Rwanda
Mon, 10/01/2012 12:00 PM unknown Ballooning and ligtning  0.0   
 USA 
  ballooning and lightning    Education 
It's fine - just don't get hit by lightning Wednesday, October 03, 2012The Bristol PostFollow HOT air ballooning is usually a sedate pastime  gentle, graceful short flights, hopping over Bristol on the early morning vespers, but veteran Bristol balloonist Clive Bailey is about to take on an altogether different sort of challenge. On Saturday night, the 54-year-old will take to a small wicker basket with fellow balloonist Jon Mason, and set out into the dark skies above Albuquerque for a trip into the unknown beneath a gas balloon  a globe-shaped balloon filled with the highly flammable gas hydrogen. "The great problem with gas balloons is that if they get hit by a bolt of lightning, they tend to explode quite spectacularly," Clive tells me, as he chats over the phone from Heathrow airport, as he waits to board a flight for the United States. For the past 12 years, Clive, from Ham Green, has devoted his free time to be part of the support team for David Hempleman-Adams as he tackled gas balloon races around the globe. But now, having just completed his gas balloon pilot training, the tables have turned, and it's Clive's chance to pilot, while David leads the support team on the ground. The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race is set to launch from Albuquerque on Saturday. Clive is flying with Jon Mason, a British pyschologist, who is a hot-air balloon pilot, a fixed-wing pilot and a gas balloon pilot, who now lives in Australia. Jon brings a wealth of experience to the two-man team  he won the America's Challenge last year with David Hempleman-Adams while Clive was running their control centre on the ground. Clive and Jon will be flying in the balloon "Lady Britannia", built by Cameron Balloons in Bristol. "It's a totally different discipline to hot-air ballooning," Clive explains. "Rather than being able to control the balloon by simply heating the air, with these balloons the only control you have is by lifting a flap to allow some of the gas to escape  that lowers your altitude. "You have sandbags attached to the outside of the basket, and the only way to lift the balloon is to cut them off one by one, lessening the weight." The object of the challenge is simply to fly the greatest distance from Albuquerque. The balloonists often fly for more than two days, using the winds and weather systems to their best advantage to gain the greatest distance. Flights of more than 1,000 miles are not unusual, and the winners sometimes travel as far as Canada and the US east coast. Six hundred balloons will be taking part in the race, which is modelled on the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, but it differs from the older event by allowing balloons from all countries, without limits on the number of entries from each. "The idea is to get to the optimum altitude to find the strongest wind current," Clive explains. "Then you just sit there for as long as you can, travelling as far as possible. "At night, as the Earth cools, the balloon will tend to descend a little, so you then have to release some of the sand bags. "It is losing the sand bags that limits the time you can spend in the air. "The prevailing wind tends to be south-westerly, so the chances are we could end up around the Great Lakes, or potentially even over Newfoundland. "The initial take-off will be challenging, as there is a mountain range just to the north of the starting point  which means we will have to get up to 14,000ft pretty quickly, in order to get over the mountains in the dark. "But after that the greatest danger comes from lightning strikes. A large part of the ground crew's role is to track weather systems to ensure we keep out of the way of any storms." A lightning strike is believed to have been the reason why American pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis were killed when competing in the Gordon Bennett race, which took off from Bristol in 2010. "It is certainly not an unknown risk," Clive says, "but we will, of course, be doing our very best to avoid lightning." Aviation has always been a part of Clive's life  he even proposed to his wife Jo as they floated over Bath at 8,000ft. He was taking to the skies long before he set up his Bristol-based company Bailey Balloons, 19 years ago, to offer people the experience of hot air flight. Clive's father was a test pilot who moved the family to Bristol from their native Surrey in order to work on Concorde. Clive earned a living as a commercial diver in the North Sea before following his father into the skies as a gliding instructor. But it was love at first sight when he took his maiden flight in a hot-air balloon. "I got chatting to a bloke in a pub who needed to get a crew together for his balloon at the fiesta," Clive recalls. "When the balloons landed they came down on the runway at Filton. I turned up as the recovery crew, but the airport manager rushed out to tell us we had to get off the runway immediately. "So I jumped into the basket with the pilot, and from the moment we took to the skies with more than 100 other balloons, I was completely hooked." Since then, Clive has seen the world from his balloon basket  from skirting over the summit of Mount Blanc to becoming the first European to pilot a hot air balloon over the desert wastes of Iran. But he says the experience in America should be unlike anything he's seen before. "It's going to be a spectacular view from up there around 18,000ft," he says. "It won't be comfortable  it can be as low as minus 14°C at night, so although we will be sleeping in shifts, we're not going to actually get much sleep in a tiny freezing basket. "But I can't wait to see the scenery from up there. It's going to be quite an experience." You can follow Clive's race with real time tracking at www.bailey balloons.co.uk/americas-challenge- gas-balloon-race.
Mon, 10/01/2012 08:00 PM Killed 3 youths charred to death  18.0  Nimboli Bhiwandi taluka 
 India 
       
Three youths were charred to death when lightning struck them at a village near here tonight amidst heavy rains, police and District Disaster Control Room officials said. Lighting struck a residential locality at Nimboli in Bhiwandi taluka at around 8 pm, killing three youths. They were identified as Rajesh V Patil (18), Alpesh Bhoir (25) and Shrikant B Patil (20), they said. Meanwhile, heavy rains, accompanied with thunder and high speed winds, lashed Thane city and the district for two hours from 6.30 pm. Many low-lying areas were flooded and road traffic was affected. Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune, among other cities in Maharashtra, also experienced heavy showers accompanied by thunder and lightning this evening.
Mon, 10/01/2012 04:00 PM Injured Kai Weltzien (son) 2 of 2  0.0  Vilano Beach FL 
 USA 
  going kiteboarding  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
FRIENDS of schoolboy Joe Compton, who is in hospital after being struck by lightning, have set up a donation page to help support him and his family. Eleven-year-old Joe, a pupil at Dorcan Academy, was in the car park of the secondary school on Wednesday afternoon when he suffered a heart attack following the freak incident. Workers at Dorcan Recreation Centre rushed to his aid and performed emergency CPR before paramedics arrived and took him to Great Western Hospital. He has since been transferred to Frenchay Hospital and is now said to be in a stable condition. Friends say he is making progress every day but still has a long way to go. Since the incident, a Facebook group has been set up entitled Get Well Wishes For Joe Compton where they have been leaving their own messages of support, wishing the youngster a full and speedy recovery. Kallum Powles wrote: Joe ur a solider u can pull it through stay strong and see u at school soon and best wishes to ur family at this important time. Chelsea Hughess wrote: Tutor and classes are not the same without you! I love you Joe. Joes family, who are keeping a bedside vigil, have thanked the staff at the recreation centre who helped resuscitate Joe. Ads by Google 2012 CNA Classes Near You Find CNA Training Programs Online & Near You - Enter Your Zip & Apply! CNA.CampusCorner.com Elizabeth Warren: Sign Up Give Massachusetts Families a Bold Leader in Washington. Sign up Here! www.elizabethwarren.com/sign-up In a statement issued last week, they said: We would like to thank everyone for their support. We would particularly like to express our gratitude to the PE staff and leisure centre staff who came to Joes aid, we owe a huge amount of thanks to them. A donation page has also been set up to help Joes family with the costs involved with having a child in hospital, or even to buy Joe an extra special gift. To view the Facebook page and make a donation, visit https://www.facebook.com/ groups/486941764660156/
Mon, 10/01/2012 04:00 PM Injured Falk Weltzein (father) 1 of 2  0.0  Vilano Beach FL 
 USA 
  going kiteboarding    Beach,CPR,Critical,flying a kite,Outside 
VILANO BEACH, Fla. - A man is in critical condition after an apparent lightning strike Monday afternoon at Vilano Beach. Falk Weltzein and his 14-year-old son, Kai Weltzien, were getting ready to go kite boarding when the lightning struck, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. According to the deputy's report from the incident, Falk Weltzien had a harness around his waist that contained metal rings. The harness was attached to a string which was attached to a large kite. Quick Clicks Woman arrested after calling 911 Student struck exiting school bus Pet monkey quarantined after attack Lightning protection companies see... Report: Woman wanted for manatee ride Kai said he saw a large blinding flash and felt a small tingle in his arms, he then saw his father laying on the sand. Kai then started screaming his father's name and people ran over to give his dad CPR. "It was two of them," said St. Johns County Fire-Rescue spokesman Jeremy Robshaw. "They were on the beach, they were being attended to by several bystanders when we arrived on scene, began treatment of the patient. As best we could tell, the individual did sustain a lightning strike, the other was in the general area, didn't really have many signs or symptoms but was basically transported as a precautionary patient." Robshaw said it's not very often that rescuers have to deal with people who are actually struck by lightning. "We are in Florida, it is very common to see lightning strikes, a lot of lightning in our area so it's something we're certainly prepared for. We've definitely dealt with it, but it is uncommon for us to deal to actually deal with what we think is a confirmed strike," said Robshaw. With Monday afternoon's incident, safety officials are reminding people about storm safety. "The conditions can change rapidly so certainly be aware of your surroundings, know if a storm is approaching or bad weather, you know certainly take shelter," said Robshaw. Falk Weltzein was transported to Flagler Hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon. According to his wife, Tonya Weltzein his condition was improving. The couple's son was released from the hospital Monday night.
Sat, 09/29/2012 09:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Denver CO 
 USA 
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21640372  getting into auto     Church,Metal,Near Utility Pole,Outside,Parking Lot,Touching a vehicle 
Man struck by lightning near Denver synagogue Wednesday night POSTED: 09/26/2012 10:13:54 PM MDT UPDATED: 09/27/2012 08:18:02 AM MDTThe Denver Post COLORADO WEATHER Colo. weather warnings & watches Colorado Weather Forecast + Conditions Colorado Weather Alert Map Colorado Weather Radar Colorado Weather News Weather Photos + Video Share your weather video Share your CO weather photos, and view them online Denver Webcams Weather on Twitter Follow Denver Weather on twitter More Colorado Weather twitterers Travel Information Denver Traffic Conditions CDOT Advisories, Cameras DIA Flight Information DIA Parking Space Availability A man was struck by lightning Wednesday night after leaving the Hebrew Educational Alliance Center in southeast Denver. Denver fire personnel were administering CPR as the man was taken from the synagogue at 3600 South Ivanhoe St., said Denver Fire Lt. Phil Champagne. His name and condition were not immediately available. "He had gotten his family in the vehicle, and he was going around to the driver's side," Champagne said. Thunderstorms rolled across the Front Range just after 8 p.m. delivering hundreds of lightning strikes, according to National Weather Service radar. Lightning forced a delay of the Colorado Rockies baseball game at Coors Field Wednesay night, and RTD stated on Twitter that a downed WEATHER BLOG Get connected to our live weather blog for more coverage of mother nature's next assault on Colorado. wire on the southeast light rail line had halted service temporarily at about 9:15 p.m. Xcel Energy's outage map showed 48 outages and 6,582 customers without power at 10 p.m. Read more: Man struck by lightning near Denver synagogue Wednesday night - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21640372/man-struck-by-lightning-near-denver-synagogue-wednesday#ixzz27rD532Qt Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse
Fri, 09/28/2012 unknown Justin Feber   41.0  Crewe  
 UK 
      Outside 
Haslingden bricklayer was killed by lightning 1:34pm Friday 28th September 2012 in News By Peter Magill, Chief reporter Justin Feber A FATHER-of-one from East Lancashire died as the result of a lightning strike on a Cheshire building site, a coroner has confirmed. Bricklayer Justin Feber, 41, was working on a housing project in Crewe, drinking a cup of tea, when he fell victim to the one-in-10,000-chance bolt. The Haslingden man was not touching anything metallic when the incident occurred, the Lancashire Telegraph reported at the time. Colleagues immediately rushed to the stricken mans aid, it was said, and attempted first aid. Paramedics also attempted resuscitation and he was transferred to the nearby Leighton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Another man, who also suffered a shock, was also taken to the South Cheshire hospital, but later recovered. Mr Feber, known as Feebs to friends, was working as a sub-contractor for Chorley-based Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering at the time, on a Bovis Homes development at Wychwood Village, in the Weston suburb of Crewe. Recording a narrative verdict, Cheshires assistant deputy coroner Dr Geoffrey Roberts said that Mr Feber was struck by lightning which led to his death. Mr Feber, of Langwood Court, was the son of former Rossendale United FC chairman Jack Feber and his wife Carol. He also left a nine-year-old daughter, Libby, partner Karen, and brother Jason. The former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School student was well known in the Rawtenstall and Waterfoot areas, and played Sunday league football for the Boot and Shoe pub. His funeral service, at St Nicholas Church, in Newchurch, was attended by scores of mourners.
Fri, 09/28/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed, 7 injured  0.0  West Midnapore 
 India 
       
Two die in lightning strike Press Trust of India / Jhargram (WB) September 28, 2012, 21:35 Ads by Google Retirement Annuity Income : 7% Guaranteed LifeTime Income. Reduced Risk For Retirees Here. AdvisorWorld.com/Retirement-Income Two persons, including a child, were killed and seven others injured today when lightning struck them at Suabasa village in West Midnapore district. The police said Dipak Sabar (26) and his neighbour Sanjay Sabar (3) died on the spot when lightning struck them as they were waiting near a bamboo grove during heavy rain. The villagers had gathered to watch a football match when the rain began. They took shelter near the bamboo grove during rain, the police said. Click here for Cloud Computing Also Read Related Stories News Now - CRPF reducing footprints in Kashmir: DG - Gross enrolment ratio recorded at 18.8 pc in India: Survey - Metro Man Sreedharan, Hema Malini receive honourary doctorate - Jeev makes cut in Tokai Classic golf Seven others suffered burn injuries and they were admitted to a local hospital.
Wed, 09/26/2012 03:00 PM Injured Joe Compton  11.0  Swindon  
 UK 
    N/A  Outside 
The 11-year-old, who is believed to be a pupil at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon, was injured shortly after 3pm today. The boy received medical attention from staff at the school and Great Western Ambulance Service after going into cardiac arrest. A spokesman for the Great Western Ambulance Service, said: "We received a call at 3.10pm today reporting that a young lad, believed to be an 11-year-old pupil at the Dorcan Academy in St Paul's Drive, Swindon had been struck by lightning. RELATED ARTICLES "We had a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle on scene at 3.16pm and an ambulance crew a couple of minutes later. "In the meantime, while we were on route, we understand the better trained first aiders from the school were providing CPR because the patient had in affect been electrocuted and gone into cardiac arrest. "Our paramedics took over treatment when they arrived on scene. They got a heart beat and him breathing for himself again on scene." He added: "He is in a potentially life-threatening condition. The quick response from school staff and paramedics gave him the best chance of survival." FRIENDS of schoolboy Joe Compton, who is in hospital after being struck by lightning, have set up a donation page to help support him and his family. Eleven-year-old Joe, a pupil at Dorcan Academy, was in the car park of the secondary school on Wednesday afternoon when he suffered a heart attack following the freak incident. Workers at Dorcan Recreation Centre rushed to his aid and performed emergency CPR before paramedics arrived and took him to Great Western Hospital. He has since been transferred to Frenchay Hospital and is now said to be in a stable condition. Friends say he is making progress every day but still has a long way to go. Since the incident, a Facebook group has been set up entitled Get Well Wishes For Joe Compton where they have been leaving their own messages of support, wishing the youngster a full and speedy recovery. Kallum Powles wrote: Joe ur a solider u can pull it through stay strong and see u at school soon and best wishes to ur family at this important time. Chelsea Hughess wrote: Tutor and classes are not the same without you! I love you Joe. Joes family, who are keeping a bedside vigil, have thanked the staff at the recreation centre who helped resuscitate Joe. Ads by Google 2012 CNA Classes Near You Find CNA Training Programs Online & Near You - Enter Your Zip & Apply! CNA.CampusCorner.com Elizabeth Warren: Sign Up Give Massachusetts Families a Bold Leader in Washington. Sign up Here! www.elizabethwarren.com/sign-up In a statement issued last week, they said: We would like to thank everyone for their support. We would particularly like to express our gratitude to the PE staff and leisure centre staff who came to Joes aid, we owe a huge amount of thanks to them. A donation page has also been set up to help Joes family with the costs involved with having a child in hospital, or even to buy Joe an extra special gift. To view the Facebook page and make a donation, visit https://www.facebook.com/ groups/486941764660156/
Wed, 09/26/2012 12:00 PM Killed boy   15.0  Marina Beach Chennai 
 India 
  walking along beach    Beach,Outside 
Lightning bolt kills boy working at shop on Marina Karthikeyan Hemalatha, TNN Sep 27, 2012, 02.04AM IST Tags: tamil nadu|Marina beach|lightning bolt|heavy rain|construction worker CHENNAI: A 15-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning at Marina Beach on Wednesday, while a 35-year-old construction worker died when the earth caved in due to heavy rain near Vyasarpadi. Police said Vignesh, who worked in a shop on the Marina, was walking towards the service lane along the beach when he was struck by a lightning bolt.
Sat, 09/22/2012 12:00 PM unknown Oil fire  0.0   
 Venezuela 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-venez  DAS air terminals do not work    Science 
CARACAS (Reuters) - Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a fuel storage tank at Venezuela's El Palito refinery, state oil company PDVSA said on Saturday. The fire was started by a lightning bolt during a storm Wednesday night, but the 146,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) El Palito facility continued operating. Two tanks were initially set alight, but the fire in one was put out within hours. In a statement, PDVSA said the blaze in the second storage tank was completely extinguished late on Friday. No one was hurt in Wednesday night's lightning strike. The second refinery accident in a month has increased concerns about state oil company PDVSA's safety record and practices ahead of an October 7 presidential election. In August, PDVSA halted almost all output at the country's biggest refinery, Amuay, for six days after a gas leak caused an explosion that killed 42 people. PDVSA has suffered a string of accidents, outages and unplanned stoppages for maintenance across its refinery network in recent years, hurting the OPEC nation's vital fuel exports. (Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Vicki Allen)
Sat, 09/22/2012 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed, 11 injured  0.0  Sujapur village  
 India 
http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/       
ive killed, seven injured in lightning Press Trust of India / Murshidabad September 22, 2012, 20:15 Ads by Google Hotelinvest : Achieve attractive ROI with hotels in premium location. www.hotelinvest.org Five teenagers were killed and seven others were injured in lightning at Sujapur village in West Bengal's Murshidabad district today. Murshidabad superintendent of police Humayun Kabir said all of them were watching an under 13 local football match in the village when the lightning struck. The dead and the injured were aged between 12 years and 17 years, he said. Click here for Cloud Computing Also Read Related Stories News Now - AP CM expects clarity on Telangana issue soon - Man hacked to death by eve teaser for protecting daughter - South Africa top group C after win over Sri Lanka - Cong ministers quit, withdraws support to Mamata govt Chief Medical Officer, Health Ajoy Kumar Chakraborty said four of them had died on the spot, while one succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The condition of two of the injured was critical, he added
Fri, 09/21/2012 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed, 11 injured  0.0  Chhattisgarh  
 India 
http://www.newkerala.com/news/newsplus/worldnews-8       
Two killed, 11 injured in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh Raipur, Sep 21 (IANS) Two people, including a girl student, were killed and 11 others injured in a lightning strike in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, around 125 km from here, police said Friday. "Two persons - a girl student and an old woman - were killed and 11 students injured when lightning struck near Markatola Higher Secondary School in Narharpur block, around 15 km from district headquarters Kanker, Thursday afternoon," superintendent of police Rahul Bhagat said. According to school authorities, the lightning struck around 1.45 p.m. as soon as the bell for lunch was sounded and students rushed out. Class 10 student Sandhya Kunjam (15) and Rajbai (65) were killed, while 11 other students were injured. All the injured, six of whom are stated to be in serious condition, were rushed to hospital. (IANS)
Thu, 09/20/2012 12:00 PM Killed 11 killed   0.0  Purnia  
 India 
       
Purnia: Lightning claimed 11 lives while over 18 persons were seriously injured including women and children, when it struck different villages across Purnia district on Tuesday afternoon. While lightning killed three persons each under Banmankhi and Dhamdaha subdivisions, one each lost their lives at Barharakothy, Kasba, Gulabbagh, Amour and Dagarua under Purnia and Baisi subdivisions. The lightning struck when it was pouring very heavily on Tuesday afternoon, official sources said. Lightning struck a school teacher, Dilip Paswan, of Araria district when he was attending the cremation of a woman at Jeevachpur village under Parsahi panchayat under Banmankhi subdivision. Over half-a-dozen persons, who were injured in the lightning at the cremation ground, were admitted to the primary health centre (PHC) at Banmankhi, official sources said. Banmankhi SDO Manoj Kumar Jha, confirming three deaths under the subdivision, said some of the injured persons were later shifted to Sadar Hospital, Purnia. Others killed in Banmankhi included Muneshwari Devi, 50, at Narayanpur and Neha Parveen, 18, at Gudiya Madarsa tola. Among those who were killed by the lightning were three girls Pooja Kumari, Neha Parveen and Fekni Kumari besides Suman Kumar, Rajiv Kumar Das and Nitish Kumar. A sexagenarian, Mohd Mujib, too, lost his life when lightning struck Amour. Quite a few of those injured are being treated at Sadar Hospital, Purnia. Purnia DM N Saravanan Kumar said the officials have been directed to give Rs 1.50 lakh each to the kin of the deceased within 48 hours.
Wed, 09/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Golf course pays fine  0.0  CT 
 USA 
http://www.norwichbulletin.com/x551366575/Connecti      Golf Course,Legal 
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn.  The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has paid an $11,600 fine and made safety changes at its Lake of Isles golf course after a lightning strike in June injured 15 workers. The workers were hurt when lightning hit near a wooden restroom building where they were taking shelter from the June 25 storm. None of the injuries was serious. Archie Cart, the course's general manager, tells the Day of New London the tribe and manager Troon Golf agreed to a settlement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Aug. 30. He says the safety changes include the installation of lightning-tracker software that will enable management to know when lightning is within 30 miles and get people off the course and into the main clubhouse. Read more: Mashantucket golf course pays fine after lightning strike - Norwich, CT - The Bulletin http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x551366575/Connecticut-golf-course-pays-fine-after-lighting-strike#ixzz270ds7HdG
Wed, 09/19/2012 06:00 AM unknown NOAA wrong  0.0  Austin TX 
 USA 
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/  NOAA safety expert gives wrong info    Bad Safety info 
I wrote recently about an Austin man and two companions who survived a lightning strike while backpacking near Mount Whitney in California. The article (read it here) spurred a response from Donna Franklin, who leads the National Weather Services Lightning Safety Awareness Program. Every year we see the same thing over and over: Men who are enjoying the great outdoors when a thunderstorm moves in and they make bad decisions which lead to death or injury, Franklin said. Of the 24 deaths due to lightning strikes so far in 2012, three have occurred in Texas. The Lone Star State is tied with Florida for the most lightning related deaths. Franklin says following some basic safety rules can prevent lightning deaths. She shared these tips for people stuck in the backcountry during a storm: 1. Know and pay attention to local weather patterns. Change your plans if thunderstorms are predicted. Set turn-around times that will get you off exposed terrain before afternoon storms pop up. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike and you should head to safe terrain. 2. Lightning tends to hit high points and the surrounding area. Avoid peaks, ridges and higher ground during a thunderstorm. If your tent is on a ridge or near a tree, get out and move to safer terrain until the storm passes. 3. Avoid trees and bushes that that are taller than others. Look for a ravine or depression before a storm hits. If youre with a group, spread out at 20-foot intervals to reduce the risk of multiple injuries. Never huddle together. 4. Most lightning deaths are caused by ground current. If lightning is nearby, get in the lightning position. Never lie flat on the ground. Reduce your overall footprint by putting your feet close together. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Andy Tullis)

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