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Sat, 06/27/2015 12:00 PM Killed Christine Garcia, 1 of 8  24.0  Coconino National Forest AZ 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Florida woman killed by lighting strike on Mogollon Rim in Arizona Police say Christine Garcia, 24, of Orlando, Fla. was killed in the strike while seven others were injured. By Fred Lambert Contact the Author | June 28, 2015 at 8:42 PM Leer en EspaƱol Comments Comments share with facebook share with twitter share with google Officials say a lightning strike in Arizona on June 27, 2015 killed a Florida woman and injured several others. Photo by Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland/CC/Wikimedia Commons FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 28 (UPI) -- A lightning strike killed one person and injured seven others in Arizona's Coconino National Forest on Saturday, according to officials. The strike killed Christine Garcia, 24, from Orlando, Fla. and injured seven other people. The group was hiking near the Mogollon Rim and had taken refuge under pine trees to escape a storm, Coconino County sheriff's deputies said. ADVERTISING A lightning bolt hit one of the trees, knocking the group to the ground, but it didn't strike anyone directly, deputies said. One critically-injured male hiker was airlifted to a trauma center and three others, a man and two women, were taken by ambulance to Payson Regional Hospital for unknown injuries. The hikers reportedly left Phoenix on Friday for a weekend of camping and hiking. Some tried reviving Garcia but were unsuccessful, according to ABC 15. The U.S. Forest Service describes Mogollon Rim as "a rugged escarpment that forms the southern limit of the Colorado Plateau," providing "some of the most far-reaching scenery in Arizona." Also on Saturday, officials say a lightning strike killed a dog and injured 15 hikers on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado.
Fri, 06/26/2015 12:42 AM Injured man  0.0  West Boynton FL 
  outside    Outside 
man was hospitalized after possibly being struck by lightning in West Boynton, according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue news release. Firefighters responding to a report of a lightning strike found a man on the ground about 12:42 p.m. Friday in the 10000 block of Tamarisk Trail. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was not released. The incident happened as thunderstorms and wind gusts were in the forecast across South Florida. cComments ADD A COMMENT 0, 561-243-6607 or Twitter & Instagram @adamsacasa.
Fri, 06/26/2015 05:00 PM Killed Steven Lee Gang  25.0  Port Orange FL 
  working on roof  N/A  On a Roof,Outside,Work 
PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Authorities say one person is dead after a report of a lightning strike at a Volusia home on Friday afternoon. Port Orange police said the possible storm-related death was reported in the 1600 block of Arash Circle. Volusia County fire officials say a man was found on the roof not breathing and has died. Multiple workers were also on the roof, according to officials. Quick Clicks Storms bring damage, record rain Storms leave trail of damage Storms move across Central Fla. Brush fires ignite in Brevard, Volusia Lightning suspected in brush fire An autopsy will determine cause of death and an investigation is underway. The identity of the victim has not been released, pending next of kin notification. No other details were immediately available. PORT ORANGE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Authorities are investigating a "possible storm-related death," a spokesman with the Port Orange Police Department says. At around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a residence on Arash Circle, where there were reports of a lightning strike. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered 25-year-old Steven Lee Gang, of Orange City, deceased. Gang was working on the roof of a home. "It was just so instantaneous," said neighbor Mary Tarrant, "but I do definitely pray for his soul and for his family. My heart goes out to all of them." Investigators are trying to find out if lightning played a role. "You just hear the thunder and the lightening happen, like simultaneously here, so when we came out, that's when we found out that it's a gentlemen who's been helping people get their roofs done after the storms from last year," said neighbor Teresa Sekerak. Residents said it is concerning, because this could have happened to anyone. They tell us this tragedy definitely makes them more aware when it comes to seeking shelter during a storm. "We tend to play the odds, 'Oh, it's not going to happen to us,' but definitely lightning is a thing," Sekerak added, "and while you may be out there 100 times and nothing happens to you, that's the one time that it does happen." The Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to perform an autopsy early next week to determine the cause of death. Earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy visiting from Georgia was injured by lightning while standing in the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. The lightning strike hit Bowen Tyre on the left side of his head, near his ear. He was treated in an Orlando hospital before being transferred to rehab, where he's working with occupational and physical therapists. Last week, an elderly man was killed after being struck by lightning in a Tampa Bay area neighborhood. Largo police say 81-year-old Jay Freres was walking along a sidewalk when a storm came up. Fire officials say emergency responders at a nearby station heard the thunder and saw the lightning. They reported making it to the scene within three minutes. Freres was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fri, 06/26/2015 12:00 PM Killed man working on farm  30.0  Seymour MO 
  working on farm    Farming,Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
SEYMOUR, MO. A man has died after being struck by lightning in a southwest Missouri farm field. KYTV reports ( ) the 30-year-old Amish man died Friday morning along with two horses he was using to cultivate the field near Seymour. The Webster County Sheriff's Department says both horses also died. The county coroner says he'll try to determine whether the man was killed by the lightning or a secondary injury. The man's name hasn't been released. Read more here:
Thu, 06/25/2015 12:01 AM Injured 1 of 6  0.0  Pikes Peak CO 
      Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Work 
All clear: Six people treated in aftermath of Pikes Peak lightning strike are OK Google Survey FAQ By Chhun Sun " Updated: June 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm " 0 A tow truck driver and five first responders who were in the vicinity of a lightning strike Thursday afternoon on Pikes Peaks were treated at the scene and medically cleared, El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said Friday. Related Information Related Articles (3) All men injured in Colorado Springs lightning strike released from hospital + show more The six were responding to a motorcycle crash that killed Carl Sorensen of Centennial in a final practice run for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He died after he went off a cliff along a 3-mile stretch before the summit. Kirby said two lightning strikes were reported - one at 12:01 p.m. Thursday and the other two minutes later. One of the strikes hit a vehicle, Kirby said. She did not know if the six people were in the vehicle or nearby when the incident occurred.
Wed, 06/24/2015 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 at construction site  0.0  Colorado Springs CO 
  at construction site    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  Five men were injured when they were struck by lightning while working at a construction site in Colorado Springs. RELATED Warning: Severe thunderstorms, hail, flash floods Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Capt. Steve Oswald says one person was seriously injured. Three of the men were taken to a hospital. Oswald says all five were construction workers at a site where an apartment complex is being built. Names of the victims were not available. - See more at:
Wed, 06/24/2015 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 5 at construction site  0.0  Colorado Springs CO 
  at construction site    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Wed, 06/24/2015 10:00 PM Killed Miguel Belnar, 1 of 2  0.0  Opp AL 
  covering chicken coup    Ground Strike,Outside,Stormy Weather,Tree 
Alabama couple killed by lightning strikeAlabama couple killed by lightning strike Print Email Cassie Fambro | By Cassie Fambro | Email the author | Follow on Twitter on June 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM, updated June 25, 2015 at 7:14 PM Comments LightningLightning is seen from Vestavia Hills, Ala., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A heavy thunderstorm south of Birmingham lit the sky with lightning about 10 p.m. (Mark Almond/ MARK ALMOND An Opp, Alabama couple died after being struck by lightning on Tuesday, according to the Andalusia Star. Miguel Belnar and Sharon G. Fletcher were trying to cover their chickens to shelter them from the rain and the tree near their chicken coop was struck by lightning. The lightning traveled down the tree and hit both of them. Neighbors remembered them as kind, sharing people, according to WSFA.
Wed, 06/24/2015 10:00 PM Killed Sharon G Fletcher  0.0  Opp AL 
  covering chicken coup    Golf Course,Outside,Stormy Weather,Tree 
Wed, 06/24/2015 unknown Sharon G Fletcher  0.0  Opp AL 
Tue, 06/23/2015 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 911 dispatchers  0.0  Salem County NJ 
  inside at work    Indirect,Indoors,Metal,Police Officer,Telephone,Work 
MANNINGTON TWP.  Three of the five Salem County 911 center workers shocked by lightning strike at the facility Tuesday night have been cleared to return to work. However, two other must undergo further medical testing before they can return, according to Salem County Undersheriff John Cuzzupe who oversees the 911 center. Cuzzupe on Thursday also said officials are investigating whether equipment at the center is properly grounded, something that could have caused the incident. The employees, whose titles are public safety telecommunicators or PSTs, were answering emergency calls at the 911 center on Cemetery Road in Mannington late Tuesday afternoon when they were shocked during separate lightning strikes at the facility. Tuesday's violent thunderstorms packed high winds, torrential rain and vivid and frequent lightning. It left a wide path of damage, including thousands of power outages in the region. RELATED: Power restoration efforts continue for thousands after N.J. storm Cuzzupe said Thursday initially it was believed the workers were shocked by electric current from the lightning strikes traveling through the hand-held telephones they were using, but that might not be the case. The electric current may have traveled through metal furniture, he said, but that's not yet definite as the investigation continues. Cuzzupe said the three workers cleared to return were back on duty Wednesday night for their 12-hour shift which began at 6 p.m. They were "anxious to get back," he said. Cuzzupe noted that the health and welfare of the workers comes first. It was not clear when the other two workers needing the additional medical checkups would be able to return ot the 911 center. After the workers were shocked Tuesday night they suffered from tingling sensations, confusion and headaches. The PSTs continued to work after being shocked, answering a flood of storm-related 911 calls and dispatching fire and rescue personnel until they were told they needed to go to an area hospital to be checked out. The equipment the workers were using is new to the 911 center. Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at Follow South Jersey Times on Twitter @TheSJTimes. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.
Sat, 06/20/2015 05:30 PM Killed Rebecca McCarthy  42.0  Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area IA 
  walking between camp sites    Camping,Outside 
A woman in Iowa died after she was struck by lightning Saturday as storms rolled through the area, authorities said. Rebecca McCarthy, 42, of Hiawatha, was hit by lightning at around 5:30 p.m. as she walked between camp sites at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, northwest of Cedar Rapids in the eastern part of the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. McCarthy was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, the Iowa DNR said. The fatal lightning strike occurred as the possibility of strong storms were forecast for eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois Saturday. In Linn County, where the recreation area is located, there were reports of quarter-sized hail that fell so heavy in parts that it resembled snow, according to the National Weather Service. In Franklin County in southern Illinois, a suspected tornado Saturday caused major damage to a two-story home, according to reports made to the NWS. Five tornadoes struck Illinois on Friday, all in the southern part of the state. advertisement The remnants of Tropical Depression Bill brought heavy rain to Washington D.C. Saturday, causing flooding and knocking out power to 26,000 customers, NBC Washington reported. The center of the storm was about 100 miles northwest of Charlottesville, Virginia, as of 11 p.m. Saturday and was moving northeast at 28 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Between one to three inches of rain soaked a region stretching from the nation's capital to Baltimore, the NWS said, and a flood warning was in place for the District of Columbia to Arlington County in northern Virginia. In Delaware, the outdoor Firefly Music Festival was evacuated as severe storms approached, organizers said. Concertgoers were advised at around 10 p.m. to clear the grounds and seek shelter in their cars, just as the band Kings of Leon were set to take the stage, NBC Philadelphia reported.
Fri, 06/19/2015 12:00 PM Killed Jay Freres  81.0  Largo FL 
  walking home    Outside,Walking 
Officials: Man, 81, killed by lightning strike in Largo Officials say the man was walking in front of a home on Egret Drive in Largo when he was hit by the lightning strike. Officials say the man was walking in front of a home on Egret Drive in Largo when he was hit by the lightning strike. By Cait McVey, Reporter Last Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015, 5:24 PM Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on google Share on email More Sharing Services 0 LARGO -- An 81-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning as he walked in Largo, officials said. Officials say Jay Freres was walking in front of a home on Egret Drive when he was hit by a lightning strike. Across the street, Ozell George was outside fixing a sprinkler system. "Just heard a loud, loud clap," George said. "I went to the truck and I looked over to my left and I saw an elderly gentleman lying in the street." George said he quickly called 911, but it was too late. Officials said Freres died at the scene. "My heart goes out to him and his family and I was hoping that he would be OK," George said. Neighbors describe Freres as a friendly man who took daily walks around the neighborhood. "He was always really, really nice," said acquaintance Michael Amyx. "Always stopped by to say hello. If you were outside working, he would always look at what you were doing and come up and talk." Amyx said Freres was no more than 200 yards from his home and was most likely heading back there when the storm rolled in. George knows how quickly it can happen from personal experience. The now 70-year-old was hit by lightning as a child. "It came down a flag pole at school and shocked me," George said. That was in the 1950s and while so much has changed since then, there's one thing that remains the same -- Florida weather. "I know it can be clear in the sky and all of the sudden that clap comes," George said. "And it don't take but one."
Thu, 06/18/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Boonsboro MD 
  thrown by a strike    Outside 
BOONSBORO, Md. Authorities say a woman is recovering from a lightning strike at a western Maryland state park. RELATED Man found guilty in girlfriend's 2000... Timothy Virts sentenced to life... Coast Guard oversees oil spill on... Md. clergy call for prayer in SC... Mayor, governor spar over rebuilding... Washington County Emergency Services says she suffered serious lacerations to her head Thursday afternoon when she was thrown by a nearby lightning strike at Washington Monument State Park near Boonsboro. The woman was transported by ambulance to the Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. The park on South Mountain features a 34-foot stone tower dedicated to the nation's first president. The original tower was dedicated in 1827.
Sun, 06/14/2015 12:00 PM Injured Jim Lamey  58.0  Clinton County PA 
  inside doing the dishes    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
LAMAR TOWNSHIP, Penn.  A man is recovering after he was struck by lightning Friday night in Clinton County and it wasnt the first time, according to WNEP. The old saying goes lightning doesnt strike the same place twice. Clearly, whoever came up with that hadnt met Jim Lamey of Mackeyville, who was struck by lightning this past Friday, six years after the first time it happened. The next thing I knew, I woke up and I was in my chair, Lamey said. As the rain started coming down Sunday, the 58-year-old took WNEP inside his home near Lock Haven, out of extra precaution, to show us where he was doing the dishes when he was struck by lightning on Friday. I was just doing my thing here and next thing I know, I dont even know how I got from here to there, he said. Lamey now shakes from the lightning strikes. Once, you wouldnt think it would happen to you. Twice, totally out of sight. The first time Lamey was struck, he was inside taking a shower. Thankfully, his son Jason was right nearby to save him from drowning. It just rattled the whole house. Hard thud and then there was the after thud which was my father hitting the tub, Jason Lamey said. Lamey was taken to the hospital both times. This time, he was treated for blisters and burns on his stomach, burns that he still feels days after it happened. The burning, the pain it feels like today, its burning from the inside coming out. Surviving both lightning strikes is no easy feat. In fact, his family says the scars are a point of prideor better yet, luck. I said, Maybe you better go enter the lottery. You might win, said his daughter-in-law Missy Rugh.
Sat, 06/13/2015 04:00 PM Killed Connor D Clayman  22.0  Benton county AR 
  fishing on a boat    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)  The 22-year-old man who was struck by lightning at Beaver Lake and died on Saturday (June 13) has been identified, officials say. Connor D. Clayman of Springfield was identified as the man who died after being struck by lightning, authorities say. The incident happened just after 4 p.m. Saturday near Indian Creek at Beaver Lake, officials said. The boat was heading back to Lost Bridge Marina when the lightning strike took place. Eyewitnesses said the man was given CPR multiple times before emergency crews arrived. Officials said the man was taken to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, where he later died.
Tue, 06/09/2015 01:00 PM Injured Bowen Tyre  11.0  Daytona Beach Shores FL 
  fishing in waste deep water  N/A  Bolt out of the blue,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,fishing,In Water,Outside,Water 
WXIA) -- An 11-year-old boy from Georgia was reported seriously injured after he was struck by lightning while visiting Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., with his family, according to a report from Orlando NBC station WESHTuesday afternoon. The report said the boy was in waist-deep water fishing in the ocean when he was struck at about 1 p.m. Rescuers said the child was unconscious but breathing when he as transported to a local hospital in serious condition. According to the WESH report, witnesses described the bolt as coming "out of nowhere." They said the only bad weather was to the south of the area where the boy was struck. Additional information was not immediately available. An entire community is pulling for the recovery of 11-year-old Bowen Tyre, who was struck by lighting in the ocean off Daytona Beach Shores. Facts About Lightning Florida leads the nation in lightning strikes. Most deaths occur before or after the worst of a storm and more than 70 percent of the victims are male. Lightning bolts: Strike more than 1 million times a year in Florida Carry 30,000 amps of electrical charge, can exceed 50,000 degrees Can travel up to 25 miles away from a thunderstorm Cost consumers more than $1 billion a year Will strike in the same place twice Injure an estimated 350 people a year nationwide How to avoid being hit: When thunder roars, go indoors. If you're at a ballpark, don't hide in the dugout or bleachers. Go to vehicles or restrooms. At the beach or spring, go to your vehicle or inside a building when thunder starts. Tips to be used only as a last resort: Do not seek shelter under a tree. Do not lie flat on the ground. Keep moving toward safe shelter. Avoid open fields and tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If surrounded by trees, choose the lowest you can find. Stay away from water, wet items and metal objects. On a boat with a cabin, go inside. If there is no cabin, drop anchor and get as low as possible. SOURCE: National Weather Service Photo Galleries Beach Lightning Storm The boy and his family were in town from Patterson, Georgia, when Bowen was hit Tuesday afternoon as he fished in knee-deep water with his father, Jason Tyre, Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue officials said. The vacationing family was on the beach just south of Frank Rendon Park when the incident occurred just after 1 p.m. Tess Lucas, a close friend of Bowen's parents, Heather and Jason Tyre, told WKMG-TV that the community where the family is from has been hit hard by the news. To say that we're devastated is an understatement. Fishing at the beach is something that he loved to do, Lucas said in the TV interview. We're a small community, and when something like this happens it impacts everybody. Lucas also said she and her family were scheduled to arrive in Daytona Beach Shores this weekend. A Facebook page titled Prayers for Bowen Tyre, was created Tuesday night and relatives and friends of the Tyres are posting pictures and prayers for the youngster and his family. An update on the child's status at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, was also included. A Wednesday morning post stated: Bowen ran a fever last night but now down to 99 he has moved his right side and squeezed the nurse's hand the left side isn't moving yet they have just taken him down for an MRI will know more soon thanks for your prayers!
Sat, 06/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Venkat Ramani  0.0  Denver CO 
  cricket match    Direct hit,Outside,Sports Field 
Witnesses say they rushed to help a man who was literally blown out of his shoes by a bolt of lightning Saturday. It happened at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. The man who was hit was identified by witnesses as Venkat Ramani. He was picking up equipment after a cricket match that had just ended. Witnesses say the lightning strike came without warning and hit the man on the top of his head. Chris Ciccolella ran to help. "It looked like someone had taken a torch to his clothes," he said. Venkat suffered serious burns, but it expected to survive. His teammates told 11 News he was taken to a Denver hospital for treatment. The park was full of people at the time. They say it wasn't very cloudy.
Sat, 06/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Vanketaramani Mahadeven  0.0  Colorado Springs CO 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - "The good part is we won the game." Related Content Access to areas of Lake Pueblo State Park limited because... Lightning sparks another attic fire in Colorado Springs Southern Colorado pair accused of making and transporting... Flood damage forces road and trail closures in El Paso... Flood warnings continue along the Arkansas river as storm... The bad part is that Vanketaramani Mahadeven lost something else at his cricket game: his shoe. "It was blown off, completely blown off," Mahadeven said. He was struck by lightning in Memorial Park on June 6. "I think it started right from the head, I had a cap on, and from there it went to the neck," Mahadeven said. It left him unconscious. When he woke up, he was in an ambulance, headed to the emergency room. "Am I doing good? This is the first sentence that I spoke," Mahadeven said. He was alive and talking but he was so badly burned he was airlifted to Denver. "I was feeling pain in my left leg and the left portion of my body," added Mahadeven. The evidence is still visible, especially where he wore a silver chain. "I have scars on the neck and right through my chest," Mahadeven said. They extend to his belly, thigh and calf. His foot has the largest scar which he believes was caused by his rubber shoe but he's not complaining. "I think that saved my life." He also credits God and a little luck. But he's not willing to gamble on it. I don't think my luckiness will carry to the lottery - that's only to my life," Mahadeven said. Mahadeven believes the chain around his neck attracted the lightning. He can't find the chain, even after a thorough search of Memorial Park. Copyright 2015 KRDO. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Mon, 06/01/2015 03:30 PM Injured Daniel Smith, 2 of 3  17.0  Fayette county WV 
  fishing at a pond, near tree  N/A  fishing,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Water 
Jacob Neff holds his son, Randall. Jacob, 17, was killed Monday after he was struck by lightning near Fayetteville. The Fayetteville community is mourning the loss of 17-year-old Jacob Neff, who died Monday after he was struck by lightning while fishing with friends. Jacobs mother, Phoebe Neff, 38, was at work in Ansted on Monday when she got an unimaginable phone call; her son had been struck by lightning and was being rushed to the hospital. His best friend actually called me crying and told me what happened, Phoebe Neff said. I got to the hospital and I couldnt go in and see him. They wouldnt let me. Jacob was pronounced dead Monday evening at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. Just hours earlier, he and two of his friends were fishing at a pond off Elverton Road, between Fayetteville and Oak Hill, when a severe thunderstorm rolled through. Fayette sheriffs Capt. Jim Sizemore said the boys took shelter from the rain under a large tree, which attracted the lethal lightning strike. The other two boys, both 17, were transferred from Plateau Medical Center to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington. A hospital representative said one of the boys is in stable condition and the other has been released. The Daily Mail is not naming them because they are minors. Phoebe Neff described Jacob as an outdoorsman; the fishing spot where was when he was struck by lightning had been one of his favorites. He loved anything outdoors, Phoebe Neff said. Fourwheeler, dirtbike ... and he loved cutting up wood. He was a great kid. He would help anybody. If they asked him, he would help them. Jacob had a 2-year-old son, Russell Neff, and was soon to have a second child. Phoebe said Jacob and his girlfriend, Ashley Harrah, had been together for three years and their second child is due in December. He was an 11th grader at Fayetteville High School and was a carpentry student at the countys vo-tech center. Phoebe described Jacob as a strong, happy person who stood his ground on his beliefs. He was very outgoing, Phoebe said. He would help anybody and he was very liked. He had a lot of friends and he impacted a lot of people I didnt even realize that he had. A candlelight vigil will be hosted in Jacobs honor at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fayetteville High Schools football field. Jacobs friends will share memories and release 17 balloons in his honor. Donations will be accepted at the end of the service for his family for funeral expenses. A GoFundMe online fundraiser has also been established for Jacobs funeral expenses. Jacob was preceded in death by his father, Edgar Ryan Neff, and grandparents, Thelma and Harold Southall. He is survived by his mother, Phoebe, his sister, Morgan Smith, and his brother, Leslie Southall. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday and burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville. Phoebe said she would like people to remember Jacob as the strong and outgoing person he was. He wouldnt want anyone to give up, Phoebe said. He stood his ground on everything. He stood for what he believed in. He was a very strong person and he was a very happy person. Contact writer Marcus Constantino at 304-348-1796 or Follow him at - See more at:
Mon, 06/01/2015 03:30 PM Killed Jacob Neff, 1 of 3  17.0  Fayette county WV 
  fishing at a pond, near tree  N/A  fishing,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Water 
Emergency responders have confirmed that one of the three teens who was injured by a lightning strike off of Elverton Rd. has died. Another was transferred from Plateau Medical Center to Cabell-Huntington Hospital. The third is expected to recover. The names of the three teens are still not being released. ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency responders were on the scene of lightning strike in Fayette County at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015. It happened in the area of Elverton Rd. between Oak Hill, WV and Fayetteville, WV. That is near Bridgeview golf course. There were three 17-year-olds who were fishing at a local residential pond when afternoon thunderstorms moved into the area. Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies said lightning hit a tree and the power transferred through the ground to the teens. Officials said two of the teens appeared to be seriously injured. The third was also injured but was able to talk with first responders. "This appears to be a very tragic freak accident," said Sheriff Steve Kessler. There is no word on the victim's names. All three were taken to Plateau Medical Center. Their condition is unknown at this time, but according to emergency personnel at the scene, at least two of the three youths appeared to be seriously injured. The incident is still under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.
Mon, 06/01/2015 04:00 PM Injured Jermain Coles  15.0  Henrico VA 
  walking home from school    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Walking 
HENRICO, Va.  A freshman at Henrico High School is still shaken up after being struck by lightning while walking home from school Monday. Chiquita Coles said her son Jermain, 15, was walking home and was near the intersection of Winneteka Avenue and Edgefield Street in Henrico County, not far from Azalea Avenue, when the lightning hit him. His arm was injured by the strike. Jermaine Coles Jr. was strukck by lightning. Jermaine Coles Jr. was strukck by lightning. His mother said that a Henrico County school bus just happened to be in the area and the driver saw Coles in distress. The driver then got off the bus to help Coles. The woman said Coles was transported to the hospital where they conducted several tests to make sure there was no damage to his heart. Fortunately, that was not the case but his mother said he is still in a lot of pain and is shocked about what happened. Even though he was not on the school bus at the time of the incident, CBS 6 reached out to Henrico County Public Schools to find out their policy when nearby lightning threatens the safety of students. A spokesman said drivers are told to keep kids on the bus and make sure windows are rolled up when lightning is spotted. Williams said that she wants the bus driver to know that she is truly thankful for being there with her son.
Mon, 06/01/2015 12:00 PM Injured Macie Martinez  17.0  Houston TX 
  opening fridge    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
(NEWSER)  Lightning strikes people often enough, but usually not when they're opening the fridge for a snack. Such is the plight of Texas high school student Macie Martinez, who was home with her parents on Memorial Day when a storm blew in. She was opening the fridge to grab some applesauce when the bolt struck. "It was so surreal," her mom tells the Houston Chronicle. "There was a loud explosion, everything went dark and at the same time, Macie started screaming, but it wasn't from her throat. It was a deep scream." The teen tells MyFox Austin that she remembers not being able to feel her legs, and her parents hustled her to the hospital. She suffered nerve damage in her arms and hands, and doctors are keeping an eye on her kidney and liver, but she seems to have escaped major harm. "I feel very lucky," she tells the TV station. "Lucky to be sitting here doing this interview today." She's even making light of herself on Instagram, telling people to call her Sparky. It turns out that Martinez's father also got zapped, though his telltale rash didn't show up until after the family had returned from the hospital. "My right arm gets tingly," he says. The family home sustained significant damage from the strike, which a neighbor says appeared to have come from beneath the house and exited through the roof. Appliances were fried, with the coffee maker one of the few survivors. That's fine with mom: "I get my daughter and coffee maker, so I'm set." (This guy survived a lightning strike to the head.)
Mon, 06/01/2015 03:30 PM Injured Justin Adkins, 3 of 3  17.0  Fayette county WV 
  fishing at a pond, near tree    fishing,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Water 
Mon, 06/01/2015 12:00 AM Injured Rebecca Welch  0.0  Concord NH 
  in bathroom    Bathroom,Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning strike burns N.H. womans foot Associated Press Wednesday, July 1, 2015 (Published in print: Thursday, July 2, 2015) Email Print 0 Comments Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on gmailMore Sharing Services 0 A New Hampshire man says his fiance had her hair and foot burned by a lightning strike across the road that made its way into the bathroom of their Lempster home. Harvey Ferland says his fiancee, Rebecca Welch, began screaming and came running out of the bathroom of their home on Unity Springs Road on Wednesday morning. He told WMUR that lightning struck across the road, after what he described as a loud boom that sounded like an explosion. Ferland said first responders insisted she go to the hospital to be checked out after she told them she had numbness down one arm and leg. Ferland thinks the lightning may have traveled through the wires and into the breaker box in their bathroom. Associated Press
Wed, 05/27/2015 03:00 PM Injured man waking dog  52.0  Broomall PA 
  walking dogs    Dogs,Ground Strike,Outside,Walking 
BROOMALL, Pa., (CBS)  Heavy rain fell throughout the area and officials say emergency crews rushed a man to the hospital after a possible lightning strike. It happened in Broomall, Delaware County. Delaware County officials are investigating this as a possible lighting strike. In the meantime, neighbors describe seeing a man fall to the ground right outside of his house. It was the loudest boom Ive ever heard in my entire life and it sounded like a million fireworks going off on the Fourth of July, said a neighbor. Neighbors describe an earth shattering boom as a quick moving storm rolled through Broomall Wednesday afternoon. I ducked in my bathroom. I was petrified, said a neighbor. An ambulance responded to get to a 52-year-old man in the 300 block of Hastings Boulevard. Initial reports suggested that the man may have been struck by lightning. Neighbors CBS 3 Eyewitness News spoke to say he was out with his dog in the driveway hurrying to get inside when they saw him fall to the ground. Thats scary. Thats very scary, said a neighbor. One neighbor had just gotten her kids inside the house before the storm blew through. We saw it rolling in and we said you know, girls hurry up. We got to get in the house. But, you know, lightning striking you isnt something we really think about. It was more so theyre scared, she said. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and was said to be conscious and alert. For neighbors, it has become a frightening reminder of just how dangerous these storms can be. Ill definitely be heading in a lot quicker knowing something like that happened right around the corner, said a neighbor. The man does remain hospitalized at this hour. There is no word on the extent of his injuries. In the meantime, police are continuing to investigate.
Sat, 05/23/2015 03:30 PM Injured Ryan Cross  34.0  Idaho City ID 
  on 4 wheeler in woods    All Terrain Vehicle,Ground Strike,Outside,Stormy Weather 
BOISE-- The odds of getting struck by a bolt of lightning in the U.S? Statistics show it's about once in 700,000 people a year, based on deaths and injuries. However, this Memorial Day weekend, it happened to one Nampa man and he survived it. 34-year-old Ryan Cross had bleeding in his brain and was in Saint Alphonsus' Intensive Care Unit Sunday. According to his wife, he is now alert, eating and even has even had the chance to walk around a bit. Heather Cross got a call from the emergency room over the weekend, but the conversation she had with a receptionist left her feeling uncertain about what was going on. "I don't have a lot of information for you other than he was struck by lightning," recalls Heather of the phone call. So she packed up her two kids to be by her husband's side. "I really just tried to stay strong," said Heather. "The drive from Nampa to here (Boise) was the longest drive of my life. I didn't know what I was going to walk into." Ryan spent the weekend with friends near Idaho City camping, riding 4-wheelers and dirt bikes. "They were riding, and it started raining and then all of a sudden it started hailing pretty heavily so they stopped," said Heather. "Ryan got off his four wheeler went under a tree to protect himself from the hail, leaned up against a tree, was looking at a map on his phone, and that is when it all happened." She said the men got caught in the storm and were looking for a way back out of the woods. "They had no idea the storm was coming in other than it just showed up," she said. The two other friends with Ryan were also impacted by the lightning bolt. One was on a four wheeler and just got an intense ringing in his ears. The other had one foot on the ground and one still on his dirt bike, so his leg was hit indirectly with the bolt. Both were checked out by paramedics on the spot and are doing fine. After a brief moment of unconsciousness, one of the men ran down the road to find help, Heather said he met up with some people in an SUV and used "OnStar" to get help. "That helped save his life," said Heather. From pictures shared with KTVB, Ryan is seen in his hospital bed with what appears to be a red streak down the front of his chest from the bolt. Heather said the bolt entered his head and exited out of his back. Ryan Cross recovering in the hospital after being struckRyan Cross is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning. His wife says the bolt entered his head and exited out of his back. (Photo: Heather Cross) Fullscreen Ryan Cross recovering in the hospital after being struck Ryan Cross recovering in the hospital after being struck Ryan Cross recovering in the hospital after being struck Cross says the gear he was wearing when he was hit Ryan Cross Ryan Cross Ryan Cross Ryan Cross Next Slide "Storms grow quickly and come on you quickly in the mountains," said KTVB Meteorologist Larry Gebert. As he explains, sometimes electrical energy is already brewing in the air even before you see lightning or hear thunder. "Storms develop so fast and based on the ruggedness of the mountains you can't see it coming. The best thing to do in a storm, when you have no protection is to be the smallest thing out there," said Gebert. He advises to move to shelter if you can, if not get down low and ride out the storm protecting yourself from the rain and hail as best you can. In Ryan's case, the bolt was so powerful, it left the gear he was wearing hot to the touch and shredded. "It's something that I will never say again, it will never happen to me," said Heather. "You know you just take storms for granted." Heather said the doctors don't know Ryan's long term health impacts from the lightning strike right now, but she believes, he is recovering well.
Sat, 05/23/2015 12:00 PM Injured man, 1 of 3  0.0  Idaho City ID 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
One man was hit by lightning north of Idaho City Saturday afternoon, according to Boise County dispatch. At about 3:30 p.m. dispatchers got the call that one man was struck by lightning on Forest Service Road 660 north of Idaho City. Two other people were near the man and were affected by the strike, even though they were not directly hit. When emergency personnel arrived on scene all three people were conscious, alert and breathing, according to dispatch. The three were transported to the hospital, according to dispatch. None of the three individuals have been identified at this time. Read more here:
Thu, 05/21/2015 12:00 PM Killed Jesus Herrera Alvarez  56.0  Port Lavca FL 
      Critical,Delayed Death,Outside 
Jesus Herrera Alvarez's condition looked somewhat promising Sunday when doctors discussed checking to see if he could breathe on his own. But his health took a turn for the worse. An MRI revealed he was bleeding on his brain. He wasn't breathing on his own. His family turned off the ventilator at noon Thursday. "And seconds later, he decided to pass away," said Ana Gonzalez Herrera, Alvarez's oldest daughter. Alvarez, 56, was critically injured when he was struck by lightning May 21 outside Chavana's Grocery Store in the 500 block of Benavides Street in Port Lavaca. In the month since, though in a coma, he fought for his life, Herrera said. "He was always a happy father," she said. "He was always a happy man. You never saw him mad." He also was generous, she added. "He would always say 'yes' to people," Herrera said. Four of Alvarez's children live in Port Lavaca - Jesus Herrera Jr., 24; Adela Herrera, 26; Ana Herrera, 27; and Leo Herrera, 29. He also has an 11-year-old son, Anastascio Herrera, in Mexico. Alvarez's two brothers and three sisters also live in the country. "We never expected this, because he was fighting for his life," Herrera said. The family is organizing a memorial service in Port Lavaca. They are also accepting donations from the community to cover medical and funeral expenses. Donations can be made at Woodforest National Bank, 400 Tiny Browning Blvd., inside the Port Lavaca Wal-Mart under the name of Jesus Herrera Alvarez.
Mon, 05/18/2015 12:00 PM Injured student  0.0  Timpson TX 
  sitting at desk    Indirect,Indoors,School 
TIMPSON, TX (KTRE) - A Timpson High School student received a clear bill of health after being indirectly struck by lightning while sitting in class Monday. Tracey Lee, the administrator at Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service, said the lightning struck the ground outside the school, but knocked the student out of his chair inside the classroom. Lee said they responded to the school and took the student to a Center hospital just for precautionary reasons. She said he checked out fine at the hospital.
Sun, 05/17/2015 06:15 PM Injured man   0.0  St. Augustine FL 
  outside walking    Ground Strike,Outside 
By FIRST COAST NEWS ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.A person was transported to a local hospital after being struck by lightning Tuesday evening in St. Johns County, authorities said. The victim was taken in critical condition to Flagler Hospital after being struck around 6:15 in the evening, according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue spokesperson Jeremy Robshaw. The strike occurred in a residential area on Ajo Road in St. Augustine. The victim, an adult, was the only person injured. A home was also struck along Green Turtle Lane in St. Augustine and a small hole in the roof was created, authorities said. There were no reported injuries from that incident. The National Weather Service reported Tuesday was an active day for thunderstorms in St. Johns County. Between 5 and 6 p.m. an estimated 550 lightning strikes touched down in the county.
Fri, 05/15/2015 12:00 PM Killed Kalina Jinzo,1 of 2   0.0  Ruidoso NM 
  on motorcycle    CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Motorcycle,Outside,Stormy Weather 
Updated: 05/23/2015 12:33 PM | Created: 05/23/2015 12:19 PM By: Elizabeth Reed, A New Mexico woman who was struck by lightning while riding a motorcycle near Ruidoso has died. Kalina Jinzo's family told KOB she passed away in the hospital Friday. On May 15, Jinzo was riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend, Vincent Acevado, to spend the weekend in Ruidoso. They made it to Carrizozo when the weather turned and they were both struck by lightning. Jinzo was a mother of three and a Sandia National Labs employee. Acevado survived the incident.
Wed, 05/13/2015 03:00 PM Killed Rigoberto Diaz-Segura, 2 of 2  36.0  Bonita Springs FL 
  on roof  N/A  CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Direct hit,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
LEE COUNTY, FL - Two people were sent to the hospital after lightning struck at a Bonita Springs construction site Wednesday afternoon. It happened on Snowberry Lane and Red Hibiscus Drive around 3 p.m. Neighbors say the lightning strike hit a roofer directly in the head  knocking him unconscious. That bolt then transferred to another worker who was just steps away. Both were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital but are doing fine. Four men were working on the roof at the time. All four were brothers working for D. Peck Roofing. Their boss tells us they were all heading towards the ladder when it happened. They were single file coming off the roof. The first one had almost reached the ladder but hadn't reached the ladder yet. They were in single file order, and it hit the one of the highest point. The lightning apparently struck him directly and then transferred to the next one. That employee's also at the hospital, said Dave Peck with D. Peck Roofing, Inc. Peck tells us there is protocol to head for safety when a storm rolls through. He says they were doing just that  trying to get off the roof. The man who was struck directly suffered cardiac arrest, but survived. The second man only had minor injuries.
Wed, 05/13/2015 12:00 PM Injured Homera Diaz-Segura, 1 of 2  0.0  Bonita Springs FL 
  leaving roof  N/A  Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Two construction workers were injured, one seriously, after being stuck by a bolt of lightning in Bonita Springs. The News-Press of Fort Myers ( ) reports four brothers were working on the roof of a home Wednesday afternoon. D. Peck Roofing owner Dave Peck says the men were working on the job site when the lightning struck. The bolt hit them just before they started to climb down a ladder after hearing thunder. Peck says relatives told him one brother is in stable and improving condition and the other is fine. Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,
Tue, 05/12/2015 06:00 PM Injured Alex McCoy  9.0  Triad NC 
  at little league game    Baseball or Softball,Indirect,Outside,Sports Field 
TRIAD, N.C.-- A storm that moved through the Triad Monday night brought, rain, thunder, downed trees and a lot of lightning. Lightning proved to be dangerous for a family in Greensboro and a child in Davie County. WFMY News 2 Weather Page In Davie County, first responders were dispatched to a Little League baseball game where lightning hit a tree near a field where kids were playing. WFMY News 2 confirmed 9-year-old Alex McCoy was taken to the hospital because his ears were ringing. He was treated and released with no injuries. Alex's mother, Stephanie McCoy said he woke up Tuesday with two bruises on his side and one bruise on his back. Boy Treated After Lightning Strikes Near Baseball Field WFMY News 2 Andrea Recktenwald said it all happened so fast. After the first lightning strike, she described a frantic rush from coaches and parents who were trying to get everyone off the field and to a safe location. "I think everybody was just kind of like shocked that this was all happening," said Recktenwald. "I mean, I was practically dragging my son up the hill to our car so we were just all trying to get out safely in as quickly as possible." The Davie County Little League uses a specially designed app to track lightning. WFMY News 2 Meteorologist Tim Buckley says the storm Monday popped up. The closest lightning prior to the one that hit near the field, was more than 30 miles away. Per league rules, when lightning is spotted within 10 miles of the field, the game is delayed for 30 minutes. Each new strike delays the game an additional 30 minutes. The app used by the Little League has a lightning detection alert system.The radar on the app refreshes every minute to show where the closest lightning strike is to a specific field. When lightning strikes in that 10-mile range, the app sends out an alert. A Greensboro family wasn't injured but their house was destroyed when lightning struck it Monday night. Greensboro Assistant Fire Chief Greg Hunter says lightning sparked the fire at the house on Box Elder Court. The family of four was able to evacuate the house safely, Hunter says.
Tue, 05/12/2015 04:54 PM Injured man and dog  0.0  Denver CO 
  under a tree in a park     Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Tree 
DENVER  A man who was near the City Park Golf Course was injured by a lightning strike late Tuesday afternoon. A Denver Fire Department spokesperson said it happened at East 26th Avenue and Adams Street at 4:54 p.m. The man and his dog were underneath a tree when lightning hit the tree. Denver police said the man was responsive when he was taken to the hospital for treatment. There was no word about the dog. A brief, quick-moving thunderstorm brought numerous lightning strikes Tuesday.
Mon, 05/11/2015 03:00 PM Injured man under truck  0.0  Murrells Inlet SC 
  under a truck    Ground Strike,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
MURRELLS INLET, SC - A man in Georgetown County was hit by lightning as a group of severe thunderstorms also dumped heavy rains on roads in Horry and Georgetown counties on Monday afternoon. Around 2:46 pm, the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for east central Georgetown County and south central Horry County. The warning expired at 3:45 pm, but the weather service noted the storm was still moving northeast through Horry County. Related: Click for local radar images The man hit by lightning was struck just after 3 pm in the town of Plantersville, according to Georgetown County Fire Chief Mack Reed Jr. Reed said that the man was under a truck at the time of the lightning strike. The man told rescue crews that he felt as if he was being shocked during the incident, Reed said. The man was rushed by private vehicle to Station 11 on Pringle Ferry Road to get help from fire and rescue crews, according to Reed. Rescue crews then transported the injured man to a nearby hospital for treatment. Reed was not sure what condition the man was in, but said he was alive. In addition to lightning, the storm dumped heavy rain on already saturated grounds. Around 3:45, there were reports of several inches of water covering the road at the US 501 and SC 544 intersection, according to the National Weather Service. There was also 3-4 inches of water on the road at Highway 378 and US 501, reports from the weather service indicate. When the severe thunderstorm warning was issued, Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm was located near Murrells Inlet... and moving northeast at 10 mph. Locations impacted include... Garden City... Murrells Inlet... Litchfield Beach... Burgess... Plantersville and Waccamaw community hospital. Doppler radar has indicated some weak rotation within this storm. Although a tornado is not immediately likely... if one is spotted... act quickly and move to a place of safety in a sturdy structure... such as a basement or small interior room.
Wed, 05/06/2015 05:57 PM Injured Grandfather, 2 of 2  0.0  Henrico VA 
  wallking in parking lot  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,School,Taking Shelter,Touching a vehicle,Walking,Walking to Vehicle 
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Two people continue to recover after being struck by lightning at a Henrico Middle school on Wednesday. Wednesday's storm at Pocahontas Middle may seem like a rare act, but experts say lightning strikes are more common this time of year. A soccer game has just finished on the field when the storm moved in and people went running for cover. That's when lightning hit. "He had the door open and then there was a flash and he was down on this knees and she was blown three to four feet away," remembers Tracey Leverty, who was two cars down from the husband and wife who were hit. She called 911 and says crews were there within minutes. "No one expected that and for that to hit right there, it was so random." Experts say not as random as you might think. "It's fairly common in the U.S. So, we see about 400 lightning strikes of people every year and, unfortunately, that translates into about 30 fatalities every year," explains Captain Danny Rosenbaum of Henrico's Division of Fire. In this case, the couple was awake and alert by the time they got to the hospital. "This storm was in one lone spot and it formed up and I think that the one that hit these two people was a lone lightning strike," explains NBC12 Meteorologist Andrew Freiden. He says if you get caught outside in severe condition try to head to a sturdy structure or your vehicle. "If you can't and there's lightning flashing all over the place, literally get down and crouch .. try to get up on the balls of your feet," he said. "I think we just need to take it as a warning you never know what a cloud can hold and how quickly it can happen," said Leverty. Freiden also has a good rule of thumb he shares with classes across central Virginia: "When thunder roars, go indoors." He says thunder is nature way of telling you to go inside. Download the NBC12 First Warning Weather app: Copyright 2015 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved
Wed, 05/06/2015 05:57 PM Injured Grandmother, 1 of 2  64.0  Henrico VA 
  wallking in parking lot  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,School,Taking Shelter,Walking,Walking to Vehicle 
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Lightning struck two grandparents leaving a middle school soccer game Wednesday, minutes after a storm cell quickly developed over Western Henrico County. The bolt crashed into the parking lot of Pocahontas Middle School at 5:57 p.m., sending a 64-year-old woman flying feet from where she was standing. The lightning strike also knocked her husband to the ground, with both reported in stable condition and conscious at VCU Medical Center late Wednesday. In an interview at the scene, Byrd Middle School parent Tracey Leverty said she was watching her daughter's soccer game against Pocahontas, when the storm clouds began to build. Leverty saw the two victims about to get into their red pickup truck, and then heard what sounded like an explosion. It was louder than a cannon, said Leverty. He was on the ground, and she was on her back, three to four feet where she had been standing. Leverty was the first to dial 911, as another parent took the woman's pulse and found a faint heartbeat. Her eyes were open and kind of darting around, Leverty said. She was definitely conscious and that meant everything. Seventh grader Emma Leverty just finished playing in the soccer match, when the bolt struck yards away. "I was just sprinting over, and she was just lying on the ground," Emma said in an interview Wednesday. "I was about to cry, and my dad was talking to her and my mom was on the phone with 911." Medics arrived within three minutes, with the woman's husband able to stand after the lighting hit. There was some sort of charred area, burned on her shirt, Leverty said. She had bitten her tongue, so there was a bit of blood. But other than that she looked relatively unharmed. Her husband said he could barely feel anything below his knees. The victims had a granddaughter playing in the soccer match, which ended minutes before the lightning strike. The storm cell quickly brought a downpour across Short Pump after 6 p.m., soaking first responders and parents who were the first to help. We were all drenched, but that didn't matter, Leverty said. We were all stunned and we're just glad to know that they're ok now. Copyright 2015 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.
Tue, 05/05/2015 08:18 PM Injured John R Jenkina, 2 of 2  0.0  Moscow IA 
  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
MOSCOW, Iowa  A Muscatine County man died after being struck by lightning during Monday night's thunderstorms. Another man was injured but released from the hospital. MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC)  Muscatine Countys farming community is remembering Billy Clevenger killed Monday night by a lightning strike. Billy loved cattle and he loved being around cattle, said Dan Petersen, a fellow cattle rancher. Muscatine Co. Sheriffs office says Clevenger and John R. Jenkins were on horseback Monday night rounding up cattle when lightning struck. Jenkins was treated at a hospital and released. Clevenger was pronounced dead. This is a tragedy in the first order because he was young, he had a whole lifetime ahead of him, said Petersen. He had a lot of potential and its just tragic to see a nice young guy like that struck down so randomly. Petersen says he knows first-hand the potential dangers of lightning in an open field. I would advise people to go in the house or go in the barn, said Petersen. Get under a tree. The best thing you can do is get undercover. Clevenger is the third person to die in Iowa from lightning since 2005. According to the National Weather Service, 26 people died from lightning strikes in the U.S. in 2014. Its got to be a real shock to the family and my sympathy goes out to them, said Petersen. I think its a reminder for everybody that when you see thunder and lightning, youve got to get undercover and youve got to take precautions. A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held Friday, May 8th from 4-7 p.m. at USW local #8581 Union Hall in Wilton.
Tue, 05/05/2015 08:18 PM Killed William J Clevenger, 1 of 2  0.0  Moscow IA 
  riding a horse    Horse,Outside 
MOSCOW, Iowa  A Muscatine County man died after being struck by lightning during Monday night's thunderstorms. Another man was injured but released from the hospital. William J. "Billy" Clevenger and the horse he was riding on were killed by the lightning strike. The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at 8:18 p.m. Monday to 2516 150th St. south of Moscow in rural Muscatine County, according to a press release. Deputies found John R. Jenkins at the residence and Clevenger nearby. Jenkins was taken via Durant ambulance to Trinity/UnityPoint emergency room where he was treated and released. Clevenger, 35, was also taken via ambulance to the emergency room where he was later pronounced dead. In addition to the sheriff's office, Durant Ambulance and Wilton Fire/First Responders assisted with the call. Thunderstorms rolled through the area sporadically overnight and a repeat is expected throughout the week and weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Lightning safety For John Haase, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Quad Cities office, the sound of thunder is the signal to get out of the elements. "We've got a saying in the National Weather Service: 'When thunder roars, go indoors,'" Haase said. He noted that thunder can usually be heard 20 miles away from a thunderstorm, giving people ample time to get indoors and sheltered. During a thunderstorm, he advised residents not to do activities that might conduct electricity, such as using showers, running water, or using a landline telephone. The safety of people driving in cars can vary, Haase said. Passengers in vehicles with a hard top would generally be safe, because the electricity could be conducted through the frame of the vehicle and its tires, away from the passengers. Convertibles and open-top vehicles, however, would not provide such protection, and it is still preferable for people to stay inside a building in the event of a thunderstorm. For those who are caught outside in a storm and cannot get inside, Haase advised them to curl up into a ball to present as small of a target as possible for lightning strikes, and to avoid being near trees or other tall objects. If someone is struck by lightning, he said residents should call 911 immediately. Those with CPR training may need to use it on a lightning strike victim, because the electricity usually stops the person's heart.
Fri, 05/01/2015 04:00 PM Injured boy  14.0  Aurora CO 
  walking thru field on top of hill    CPR,Field,Outside 
DENVER - Authorities say a teenage boy was critically injured when he was struck by lightning in the Denver suburb of Aurora. KUSA-TV reports the boy, whose name and age have not been released, was struck as he was walking through a field on top of a hill just before 4 p.m. Friday. Police say CPR was performed on the boy. No other information has been released. Several thunderstorms moved through the area Friday afternoon.DENVER - Authorities say a teenage boy was critically injured when he was struck by lightning in the Denver suburb of Aurora. KUSA-TV reports the boy, whose name and age have not been released, was struck as he was walking through a field on top of a hill just before 4 p.m. Friday. Police say CPR was performed on the boy. No other information has been released. Several thunderstorms moved through the area Friday afternoon.
Fri, 04/17/2015 11:00 AM Injured Frank Ramsey  0.0  Elk River OK 
  fishing on a boat    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Frank Ramsey is plenty used to being in harms way, a product of a 20-plus year career in the U.S. Army, however, nothing prepared him for what he experienced the morning of day 2 of the Grand Lake Central Rayovac Series last Friday. Ramsey and his co-angler Kurt Landversicht were fishing a remote stretch of the Elk River when they got caught in a frightening thunderstorm during which multiple lightning strikes in their vicinity took out Ramseys trolling motor and electronics. At one point, during the height of the intense lightning and rain, Landversicht thought Ramsey had been struck himself. Fortunately, he wasnt, but Ramsey said he did experience temporary numbness in his left arm and hand after one of the nearby strikes. I cannot express how fortunate we were, Ramsey told BassFan Tuesday. Now that its been a few days, I can look back and say we were two very lucky individuals. Ramsey, who lives in Illinois, but spends most of his time in Texas, wasnt plugged into the sight-fishing bite on day 1 and caught 3-08 and found himself near the bottom of the standings. Knowing everyone would be in a hurry to start day 2 (the start of day 1 had been delayed by fog) with a storm front bearing down on northeastern Oklahoma, he figured hed be in good shape if he headed back into the Elk River. We were all looking at the radar and I figured since we were going northeast and running away from it, wed miss it, he said. I felt for the guys going south. They were going into it. He received alerts from a weather app on his phone about 10 minutes after getting to his spot, indicating the path of the storm had shifted. The radar showed we were trapped, he said. We were out of options and we did our best to hunker down. We were pinned in the back of the river system. We were at the terminal stage of navigable waters and we were out in the open. There was no shelter nearby (boat docks, etc.) and they were hemmed in between a bluff wall and mud bank. You could feel the electricity in the air, Ramsey said. Id never seen such intense lightning. Every time we turned around, there was another blast. The storm also brought intense rain and visibility was near zero. I was on the front of the boat running the trolling motor to keep us off the rocks, Ramsey said, when all of sudden lightning hit the rock bank and a tree up there. People who say lightning doesnt make noise dont know anything. I cant describe the sound it made, but it hit the rock bank and threw rocks at the boat. We thought the tree was going to fall on us. The closeness of the strike made Ramseys boat go haywire. His trolling motor got stuck on maximum speed and there was no way to dial it back. His electronics were blinking non-stop. No adjustments would work, he said. We shut everything down and got the boat settled down and then we started to realize how lucky we were. There were wood chips and rocks in the boat. Thats when reality set in. There was no hull damage that he could tell, but it was about then that he realized his left hand and part of his arm were numb. It mustve gone through me a little bit, he added. After a while, the storm subsided and he was able to fire up his outboard and run back to the ramp in Grove. We were done, he said. Ramsey drove to south Texas afterward to have his boat looked at in advance of another tournament hes fishing this weekend at Lake Falcon. All told, his trolling motor had to be overhauled, his charging system had to be replaced and one of his bilge pumps burned up during the storm. Six fuses were also blown. Everything that blew during the storm was running reverse current afterward, he said. The boat and accessories can always be fixed or replaced, he said. Hes just thankful he and Landversicht escaped without serious injury. My co-angler thought I was dead, Ramsey said. He said I was engulfed by it. It took me a while to get my coherence back to know where I was at. It was an experience. Its not that we were trying to be heroes and fish through it. We were trapped. Im a retired solider. I didnt survive 22 years in the military to die on a lake. Read more:
Tue, 04/14/2015 04:00 PM Injured Sasha Barefoot, 2 of 2  28.0  Macclenny FL 
  inside a car  N/A  In a car,In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:28 - A 10-year old girl is back home with her family after a lightning strike near her Macclenny, FL, home sent her and a 28-year old woman to the hospital. "It sort of scared me because I was like in shock a little bit," Brianna Werba, a thrid-grader at Macclenny Elementary, told First Coast News. "I was in the car and then it like, came through me. And then it like, hit my hand and went through." Officials say the lightning strike occurred around 4:00 p.m. Brianna's stepfather, Robert Phillips, got a frantic call while he was at work. "I came straight home and I was relieved when I seen her because I knew it wasn't a direct hit," he said. Brianna was taken to a hospital in Baker County. She was released after three hours. A relative's girlfriend, 28-year old Sasha Barefoot, was also shocked--she was taken to UF Health Jacksonville. Family members believe this started after lightning struck a fuse box nearby. Several crews were seen working to repair the damage and to make sure everything was safe. Now that Brianna is back home with her family, she has much more important things on her making people laugh. WATCH BELOW: The Science Behind Lightning and Thunderstorms
Tue, 04/14/2015 04:00 PM Injured Brianna Werba, 1 of 2  10.0  Macclenny FL 
  inside a car    In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:28 - A 10-year old girl is back home with her family after a lightning strike near her Macclenny, FL, home sent her and a 28-year old woman to the hospital. "It sort of scared me because I was like in shock a little bit," Brianna Werba, a thrid-grader at Macclenny Elementary, told First Coast News. "I was in the car and then it like, came through me. And then it like, hit my hand and went through." Officials say the lightning strike occurred around 4:00 p.m. Brianna's stepfather, Robert Phillips, got a frantic call while he was at work. "I came straight home and I was relieved when I seen her because I knew it wasn't a direct hit," he said. Brianna was taken to a hospital in Baker County. She was released after three hours.
Tue, 04/14/2015 02:00 PM Injured William Denton  0.0  Pascagoula MS 
  on computer in classroom    Indirect,Indoors,On Computer,School 
Tue, 04/14/2015 02:00 PM Injured Andrew Panni, 1 of 2  16.0  Pascagoula MS 
  on computer in classroom  N/A  Door,Indirect,Indoors,mpu,On Computer,School 
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The chances of being hit by lightning are 300,000-to-1. A student and a teacher at Pascagoula High School are wondering how they both ended up becoming part of those unlikely odds. Both were in class Tuesday when a lightning bolt struck the building, and both have agreed to share their stories. Pascagoula High sophomore Andrew Panni, 16, and business, economics and marketing teacher William Denton were sitting in class when their lives changed in a flash. "I rolled my chair over to here and I sat down. As I was going to touch the computer and turn it off, it was like a big bright light went off," said Panni. "Then, I felt like a really intense feeling in my legs. Then, I thought, 'Crap. I just got shot.' Then, I checked my legs and I was looking around to see was there blood or anything like that." Panni had not been shot. Lightning had struck the school building and traveled down the wall. William, who was sitting a few feet away, also felt the impact. "All of a sudden, a giant blue flash came right down this wall and a giant boom hit," said William. "Next thing I knew after seeing that, I'm back here in the chair. It knocked me back, apparently. All I saw was blue flash and next thing I'm back here." After yelling for his students to move away from the computer, William says the reality of what happened began to sink in. "Andrew was asking me if I was okay, and it was almost like I was in shock and couldn't answer him right after him," William said. "Immediately, muscles were locking up and tingling and went numb. So, took a good 10 to 15 seconds to start settling down and acknowledge we're okay. We're all alive." Panni said when he thinks back on how the situation could have turned out, he feels blessed. "The doctor said it could have been really, really bad for what it was. He said, 'You could have died by the strength of that bolt,'" said Panni. "I just think that God was over me and He protected me through what I was going through. That's the main thing. My faith is what I've always rode on. That's what guided me thorough everything that was happening." Panni said the pain from the shock was incomprehensible. Doctors checked out both Panni and William who said they suffered some soreness, but will have no long term health effects. Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.
Sat, 04/11/2015 12:00 PM Injured teacher  0.0  Carter county TN 
  on computer in classroom    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A Carter county teacher missed a week of school after a jolt from her computer following a nearby lightning strike last week. Director of schools Dr. Kevin Ward confirms a seventh grade science teacher eventually received medical treatment after the jolt. Dr. Ward says the teacher was sitting at her computer with her hands on the keyboard when it appears static electricity from a nearby lightning strike grabbed a hold of the fire alarm system and the internet and jolted her. He says the experienced teacher eventually complained that her left arm had a tingling, heavy feeling and that's when school staff took her for medical treatment. Dr. Ward says there were 18 to 20 students in the seventh grade class at the time, but no one else was injured. According to the director of schools, the module classroom where this occured is grounded, but as a precaution the school system added a grounding rod to the classroom's awning. He says lightning did not actually hit the classroom it hit somewhere nearby. Dr. Ward says it's his understanding the teacher is now back at work. Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.
Thu, 04/09/2015 11:00 AM Killed Frankie Roberts  50.0  Anderson Creek NC 
  walking dogs  N/A  Critical,Delayed Death,Dogs,Outside,Walking 
ANDERSON CREEK - A Harnett County woman was struck by lightning Thursday morning while walking her dogs in the Anderson Creek community. She has been identified by friends as Frankie Roberts, who is in her 50s. She was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, said Assistant Chief Elizabeth Rodriguez of the Anderson Creek Emergency Services Inc. A Cape Fear Valley spokeswoman said Friday afternoon they had no record that Roberts was a patient there. However, a friend posted on Facebook that Roberts was unconscious and in the hospital's intensive care unit. Roberts, a sales representative, lives in the Anderson Creek Club development. She and her husband, Dan, are avid golfers, friends said. "She's a sweetheart," said one friend, who did not want to be identified. "She's an absolute baby doll." Another Facebook post called the news "particularly shocking" and wrote "Don't know a soul that wasn't/isn't crazy about Frankie." Roberts is an animal lover, friends said, and, in addition to her dogs, has horses. "I feel so bad that she doesn't know about them (the dogs,)" the friend said. She and her husband took their dogs out early Thursday as storms were rumbling through the area, friends reported. The strike killed the dogs instantly, friends said. Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at or 486-3568. Steven Bryan of Harnett County was waiting for his girlfriend in a mall parking lot in Cary. Frankie Roberts was taking her dogs out for a quick bathroom trip near her home in Harnett County. Both were struck down suddenly Thursday by nature's most capricious killer: lightning. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying in a lightning strike any given year in the U.S. are roughly 1 in 5.5 million. Bryan and Roberts were killed in separate storms, several hours and about 40 miles apart. It was the first time two victims from one county were killed by lightning strikes from separate storms on the same day in North Carolina records. "It's very rare for lightning to strike someone," said Katie Dedeaux, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. "Very rare. I've never heard of something like that before. "But when it happens, the result can be catastrophic." That's because, for all the myth and legend, lightning is pure energy. It's estimated that the average bolt of lightning carries enough current to power a home for a week, delivered in a searing micro-fraction of a second. Multiply that energy by 25 million, the average yearly number of strikes in the continental United States recorded by the National Lightning Detection Network, and it's a wonder far more people aren't killed. The two deaths of Cape Fear region residents were the first recorded this year in the United States. Last year, 26 people were killed by lightning in the United States, and that death toll hasn't topped 30 since 2009. Harnett County woman killed by lightning remembered by friends Death tolls have fallen to about half the number from a decade earlier. Dedeaux said a concentrated effort to teach lightning safety probably is a large part of that decline. Schools routinely teach storm awareness, as well. "The biggest thing is just to remind people what to do when storms are approaching," she said. "Just stay indoors, and remember - if you're close enough to hear thunder, you're close enough to be hit by lightning. It's very rare, but people have been hit by lighting from a clear sky." That's what happened to two men near Chadbourn in July 1999. Both were killed instantly when lightning from a distant storm hit them as they crossed an open field. Before this week, the last fatality in North Carolina came in August 2012, when a fisherman was struck on the Cape Fear River near Castle Hayne. Since 2000, only two lightning fatalities have been recorded in the Cape Fear region by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's storm database center. Both occurred in Moore County. In May 2002, a 7-year-old boy was struck as he waited under a tree near Robbins for a storm to pass. In August 2006, a 17-year-old was stuck and killed as he took laundry off a clothes line ahead of a storm in Southern Pines. The last recorded lightning strike that led to a hospitalization in Fayetteville was September 2009, when a mother and her toddler were hit off Skibo Road in the TJ Maxx parking lot. The common factor: all were outside when lightning struck. "There's no totally safe solution," Dedeaux said. "But the safest place is to be inside. "It doesn't matter if the storm is already leaving or just on the way. If you hear thunder, get inside. It sounds so simple, but it's true." And, she added, people who plan outdoor activities in spring and summer should be aware of quick-forming "popcorn" storms that can produce lightning with little notice. "A weather radio is small and inexpensive, but can be a life-saver," she said. "Or keep up with the weather on your phone. "It's much easier to be aware of storms now. Be aware and be safe." Staff writer Chick Jacobs can be reached at or 486-3515. SPRING LAKE, N.C.  A Harnett County man is mourning the loss of his wife, who died Sunday after she was struck by lightning on Thursday morning. Mary Frank "Frankie" Roberts, 56, of Spring Lake, was walking her two dogs in the Anderson Creek area when she and her dogs were struck. "I came outside and I said, 'Frankie' and didn't hear anything so I looked in the garage and the door was open. I knew she had taken the dogs out," said her husband, Dan Roberts. "I walked around the front yard and there she was laying there and both dogs were at her feet." Roberts said his wife loved animals and enjoyed playing golf - a game she learned late in life. "We needed to find a woman who could hit from the red tees and we finally found her," he said. Family and friends are not remembering the tragic way she died but are instead celebrating the wonderful way she lived. "And how happy she was, how much she loved and loved giving to people," Dan Roberts said. "They've got a real angel in heaven now." Frankie Roberts is also survived by five children and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. inside the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel in Fayetteville. Read more at
Thu, 04/09/2015 08:18 PM Killed Steven Bryan  28.0  Cary NC 
  in parking lot     Outside,Parking Lot 
CARY, N.C. - A 28-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Thursday night at Crossroads Plaza in Cary. Authorities said Steven Bryan was in the parking lot of the Michael's Arts and Crafts store when he was hit. The call came in at 8:18, authorities said. No one was with Bryan at the time as authorities said he was waiting on a friend. No other information was immediately available. Meanwhile a home on Shoofly Path in the Villages of Apex subdivision sustained damage to the roof from a lightning strike. Firefighters could be seen surveying the home around 9:00 p.m. Neighbors said no one appeared to be hurt. Copyright 2015 WNCN. All rights reserved.

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