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Mon, 06/01/2015 12:00 AM Injured Rebecca Welch  0.0  Concord NH 
 USA 
  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
Mon, 06/01/2015 03:30 PM Injured Daniel Smith, 2 of 3  17.0  Fayette county WV 
 USA 
  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 marcus.c@dailymailwv.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/amtino. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20150506062856_1276.htm#sthash.IPe7vXnp.dpuf
Wed, 05/27/2015 03:00 PM Injured man waking dog  52.0  Broomall PA 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/05/23/3817852/man-hit-by-lightning-near-idaho.html#storylink=cpy
Thu, 05/21/2015 12:00 PM Killed Jesus Herrera Alvarez  56.0  Port Lavca FL 
 USA 
      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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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, KOB.com 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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 (http://newspr.es/1EFtGTW ) 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, http://www.news-press.com
Tue, 05/12/2015 06:00 PM Injured Alex McCoy  9.0  Triad NC 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wwbt/AllAccess/WXApp.html Copyright 2015 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved
Wed, 05/06/2015 05:57 PM Injured Grandmother, 1 of 2  64.0  Henrico VA 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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: http://www.bassfan.com/docktalk_article/14706/rayovac-angler-recounts-close-call-with-lightning#.VTlbxs6twdI#ixzz3YATivZ4f
Tue, 04/14/2015 04:00 PM Injured Sasha Barefoot, 2 of 2  28.0  Macclenny FL 
 USA 
  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 mind...like 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 
 USA 
  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 Andrew Panni, 1 of 2  16.0  Pascagoula MS 
 USA 
  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.
Tue, 04/14/2015 02:00 PM Injured William Denton  0.0  Pascagoula MS 
 USA 
  on computer in classroom    Indirect,Indoors,On Computer,School 
Sat, 04/11/2015 12:00 PM Injured teacher  0.0  Carter county TN 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 mcclearyn@fayobserver.com 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 jacobsc@fayobserver.com 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 http://www.wral.com/harnett-county-woman-dies-after-struck-by-lightning/14582053/#HkIIVB4xL4aBHUA1.99
Thu, 04/09/2015 08:18 PM Killed Steven Bryan  28.0  Cary NC 
 USA 
  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.
Wed, 04/08/2015 07:00 PM Injured Sean Ferguson  23.0  Dayton OH 
 USA 
  in parking lot   N/A  Burnt,CPR,Critical,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,School 
DAYTON, Ohio - Officials say a southwest Ohio college student has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was struck by lightning. Safety and fire officials say medics responded to a call of a male student struck by lightning around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a parking lot at the University of Dayton. Dayton Fire District Chief Joe Meyer says the student's injuries are life-threatening. He said it was a miracle the student was conscious when medics took him to the hospital. The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report the student was struck near the university's Fitness and Recreation Complex. Fire officials say he was dressed in workout clothes and had suffered severe burns. A school official asked the university community to pray for the student. The student's name hasn't been released. Stay with 10TV and refresh 10TV.com for updates on this story. ©2015 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAYTON, Ohio  Officials say a southwest Ohio college student is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning. Safety and fire officials say medics responded to a call of a male student struck by lightning around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a parking lot at the University of Dayton. The university said Thursday that 23-year-old Sean Ferguson was in critical but stable condition at a Dayton hospital. He is a senior marketing major from Pittsburgh. The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report Ferguson was struck near the university's Fitness and Recreation Complex. Fire officials say he was dressed in workout clothes and suffered severe burns. A prayer service for Ferguson at the university chapel was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. A horrified witness watched as a lightning bolt struck a student running across the University of Dayton campus, a 911 recording revealed. The thundering jolt on Wednesday knocked 23-year-old Sean Ferguson to the pavement of a parking lot at the Ohio school where good Samaritans desperately tried to revive him, WDTN reported. I saw him running and the lightning come down, and I saw him hit the ground, the unnamed 911 caller told a dispatcher. Two other men were checking on Ferguson and one began CPR as the caller described the action over the phone. University of Dayton student Sean Ferguson was struck by lightning as he ran across campus on Wednesday, a witness says. TWITTER University of Dayton student Sean Ferguson was struck by lightning as he ran across campus on Wednesday, a witness says. A guy just got here and is doing chest compressions on him, he said. Authorities originally described Fergusons injuries as life-threatening and the student from Pittsburgh remained in the hospital on Thursday. His father said he was in critical but stable condition, WHIO reported. A University of Dayton student is in critical condition after he was hit by a lightning bolt on Wednesday. PreviousNextA University of Dayton student is in critical condition after he was hit by a lightning bolt on Wednesday. NR A University of Dayton students gather on Wednesday after a 23-year-old was struck by lightning. Enlarge 2 NEWS WDTN A University of Dayton student is in critical condition after he was hit by a lightning bolt on Wednesday. The Roman Catholic college organized a prayer vigil for Thursday evening at a university chapel. Email NewslettersClick here to sign up for one of our email newsletters. Daily Photo Galleries Monday - Aug. 24, 2015 Allegheny Photo Galleries 1 killed in Homestead shooting By The Associated Press Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, 4:12 p.m. Updated 3 hours ago DAYTON, Ohio  A Hampton High School graduate who was struck by lightning last spring has returned to the University of Dayton with a new outlook on life. Sean Ferguson, 23, spent months in rehab healing from his broken bones and burns. He expects to graduate in December. He was walking home in Dayton in April when he was struck by lightning. Several passers-by rushed to help him, and one gave him CPR. Ferguson calls that man his guardian angel. He learned CPR just two days beforehand at the only airport in the country that has a CPR kiosk, Ferguson told WKEF-TV in Dayton. It's safe to say he's the reason I'm here. Ferguson suffered a broken jaw and burns to more than 35 percent of his body, the university said. A GoFundMe account was created to help with Ferguson's medical bills. He has received more than $17,000 in the last four months. He said he still feels the sensation of pins and needles from his knees to his toes. He had to go through physical therapy to relearn how to walk. Danielle Desko, a 2004 Hampton graduate and neighbor of the Ferguson family, told the Tribune-Review after Ferguson's accident that he was very active at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. Sean is a very, very nice guy, always looking out for other people and very active in our local church, Desko said. He's an unbelievably nice person who is always helping the church in different things. Ferguson told the Dayton Daily News that he has a new perspective on life and plans to start jogging and running in hopes of getting back to playing sports and other outdoor activities. I'm just realizing how fragile life can be and that it can be taken at any given moment, he said. I don't take anything for granted now. He said he planned this week to meet the man who gave him CPR. Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/8970696-74/ferguson-dayton-cpr#ixzz3jmBnV8AC Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
Tue, 03/31/2015 02:00 PM Injured woman in trailer  0.0  Cullman county AL 
 USA 
  inside trailer leaning on metal    Indirect,Indoors,Metal 
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) confirms that a woman has been struck by lightning on Tuesday. It happened around 2 p.m. at a mobile home off of CR 1379 in the Vinemont area. Officials said the woman was inside her home, leaning up against something that was metal when she was struck. She was disoriented when EMTs arrived to treat her. She was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Another person at the home was not injured. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there is an average of 51 reported lightning deaths each year in the U.S. About 10 percent of people who are struck are killed and the remaining percentage may suffer various degrees of injury. We have a crew on the way to the scene to gather more information on the story so check back for updates. Visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ to read more about lightning safety. Copyright 2015 WBRC. All rights reserved. Comments - The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) confirms that a woman has been struck by lightning on Tuesday. It happened around 2 p.m. at a mobile home off of CR 1379 in the Vinemont area. Officials said the woman was inside her home, leaning up against something that was metal when she was struck. She was disoriented when EMTs arrived to treat her. She was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Another person at the home was not injured. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there is an average of 51 reported lightning deaths each year in the U.S. About 10 percent of people who are struck are killed and the remaining percentage may suffer various degrees of injury. We have a crew on the way to the scene to gather more information on the story so check back for updates. Visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ to read more about lightning safety. Copyright 2015 WBRC. All rights reserved. Comments
Fri, 02/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured sheriffs deputy  0.0  Broward FL 
 USA 
  directing traffic    Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Road,Work 
A Broward Sheriff's deputy who was directing traffic in Tamarac Thursday morning was injured after lightning struck a nearby utility box. "He was not struck by lightning," Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Gina Carter said. "Because of the storm, the traffic lights were out. Lightning struck an FP& L signal box at the corner of the intersection, and that transferred some residual electricity to the deputy." The deputy had been at the intersection of North University Drive and Southgate Boulevard when, Carter said, "He felt a tingling. To be safe, we had him transported to the Cleveland Clinic in Weston to be checked out. He's doing great and will be fine." She did not have the name of the deputy who works out of the Tamarac district but said she hoped to release it later in the day. Copyright 2015 - Sun Sentinel Tribune News Service
Sat, 01/17/2015 01:15 PM Injured hiker, 4 of 4  0.0  Chaffee County CO 
 USA 
  hiking in mountains    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 7 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 2 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Critical,Football,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
TAMPA  Two of the seven people injured by a lightning strike after Sunday's Buccaneers game remain hospitalized, one in critical condition and the other with non-life threatening injuries, officials said Monday. RELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE Lightning strike injures several after Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium 23 Hours Ago Man killed at Seminole construction site after apparent lightning strike 7 Months Ago The skinny: Ultrarunner places 3rd place after lightning strike 5 Months Ago All of the victims were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after lightning struck an SUV in parking lot 14 of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Fire Rescue said. Five were treated and released Sunday night, St. Joseph's Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Gay said. One is in critical condition and the other has non-life threatening injuries. The ages of the patients range from the early 20s to a man in his in 70s. Tampa Fire Rescue released recordings Monday from five different 911 calls reporting the strike. Bystanders described a scene in which anywhere from two to six people were laying on the ground after a bolt of lightning tore through the sky. "They're not getting back up off the ground," one woman told operators. Callers were cautioned not to touch any of the patients, but were asked to check if they were awake, alert and breathing normally. "There's four people down and some of them are bleeding from the lightning," one woman said in another call. "They're awake and breathing and talking to their family members." The first 911 call was received at 4:11 p.m., around the conclusion of the game. Lot 14 is at the corner of Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Contact Caitlin Johnston at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2443. Follow @cljohnst.
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 AM Injured 1 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Seven people were taken to the hospital Sunday after a lightning strike in a stadium parking lot after an NFL game in Tampa, Florida, authorities said. The strike happened at about 4:10 p.m. ET in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium after the Buccaneers lost to the Green Bay Packers 20-3. At least four or five other people received treatment at the scene but were not hospitalized, said Jason Penny, a spokesman for the Tampa Fire Department. Image: Scene of the Tampa Bay lightning strike BRIAN BLANCO / AP Tampa Police Officers talk to spectators after football fans were reportedly taken to the hospital with injuries after a lightning strike near the Raymond James Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 21.
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured Gary Linse, 3 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
TAMPA  Nobody can say Gary Linse is a fair-weather fan. After Linse was seriously injured by lightning, he and his wife said they would go to another game at Raymond James Stadium, especially if their beloved Green Bay Packers are playing. Linse, 73, was one of seven people injured when a bolt of lightning flashed through a parking lot shortly after the end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Packers on Dec. 21. He was the most seriously injured, his wife, Ruth, said, and had to stay at St. Josephs Hospital for three days. Im recuperating, slowly but surely, Linse said this week. The couple live in Billings, Montana, but are in Florida to celebrate the holidays with their daughter, who lives in the Naples area. A group of family and friends had rented a bus to drive to Tampa for the Packers game that Sunday, Ruth Linse said. Luckily, their vehicle was parked in the same parking lot where hospital employees are allowed to park free, she said. A doctor and a nurse were among the people closest to him when the lightning struck, damaging a sport utility vehicle and indirectly hitting Linse and six other people. I dont remember seeing a flash or anything, Linse said. They say I was conscious and answering questions. Linse doesnt remember anything but the walk to the car. He said he fully came to several hours later in the hospital. The electricity does funny things, I guess, Linse said. Ruth Linse said she was about 20 feet away from her husband and didnt see him get struck. My brother watched him fly in the air and do a nosedive on his forehead, she said. He had two black eyes, but the doctors immediate concern was getting his heart rhythm back on track, she said. Had the lightning struck him directly, it probably would have killed him. The other people who were struck werent severely injured, officials said. Some people were knocked to the ground, and others were hit by flying rocks and debris. The couple wont be going back to Montana for a couple of months, and Linse has had to find a doctor near where they are staying in Naples so he can continue to receive treatment. He hopes there is no lasting damage and has a positive attitude, even though he isnt fully recovered. He was happy to be out of the hospital in time to celebrate a quiet Christmas at home with the couples daughter. Im walking around now at least, Linse said. Each day Im doing a little bit more. The incident wont keep them from returning to Raymond James Stadium if they have a chance to go again, he said. Its a good stadium to watch a game, he said. There was an upside to the incident. The Packers sent him a get-well package, complete with a football, hat and autograph from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Getting struck by lightning just wasnt what they expected during their first Florida Christmas, Ruth Linse said. It was definitely out of the blue, she said. Ebehrman@Tampatrib.com (813)259-7691 Twitter: @LizBehrmanTBO for children with autism Weather Center Weather Alerts: Full-sized radar Current conditions 10-day Forecast Video Headlines Trib TV: Outback Bowl; Lacrosse tourney in Wesley Chapel Trib TV: Outback Bowl; Lacrosse tourney in Wesley Chapel Wisconsin, Auburn fans prep for Outback Bowl Wisconsin, Auburn fans prep for Outback Bowl Click here for more video Email / Text Email newsletters Text alerts Contact Us Advertising info Place an ad online Letters News tips Circulation Subscription Manage account Subscribe Vacation stop Deliver the paper More Info Archives Historic archive Legal notices Corrections About us Member agreement/ Privacy statement Tampa Media Group Credit Terms and Conditions Jobs Social Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Affiliates Business Showcase St. Petersburg Tribune Centro Tampa Clearwater Gazette Suncoast News Highlands Today TBO Seen TBO Seen App © 2015 TAMPA MEDIA GROUP, LLC Part of the Tribune family of products - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20150401080445__page_1.htm#sthash.0yLdf6Od.dpuf
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 4 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 5 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 6 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Tue, 10/28/2014 12:00 PM Killed Jerry Harris  0.0  Yell county AR 
 USA 
  leaning against a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 10/23/2014 06:00 PM Injured coach  0.0  Federal Way WA 
 USA 
  at track meet    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Sports Field,Tree 
FEDERAL WAY, Wash.  A middle school teacher at a cross-country meet in Federal Ways Celebration Park was struck by lightning Thursday. It was raining pretty good and we were getting ready to start our third and final race and a huge lightning strike hit, and one of our spectators, who happens to be a teacher and coach at one of our middle schools, was struck, Jerry Krueger, a coach at Kilo Middle School, said. The teacher, who was struck in the hand, was shaken up and disoriented, but paramedics checked him out and he was OK, Krueger said. He was standing with a group of kids at the time he was struck by lightning.
Sun, 10/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured boy in deer stand, 2 of 2  15.0  Angelina county TX 
 USA 
  hunting in deer stand    Outside,Tree,Tree House 
Two boys have survived a lightning strike in East Texas while both were in a metal deer stand in the Angelina National Forest. More Headlines U.S. senator calls for travel ban amid Ebola outbreak Stokes rises to new role and earns week 6 FFN Player of... Abilene man, 28, gets form of probation for aggravated... Dallas nurse says hospital not ready to deal with Ebola School bus driver arrested in death of Texas cyclist Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said one of the boys was hospitalized in Lufkin then transferred to Houston but that both youths, ages 14 and 15, should be fine. A spokeswoman with Texas Children's Hospital said the 14-year-old boy was listed in good condition Tuesday. Sanches declined to release the names of the juveniles in Sunday night's incident near Zavalla. Officials are not sure whether lightning hit the 14-year-old boy, who fell to the ground, or just struck nearby. The older boy felt some of the jolt but was able to run for help. Authorities are trying to determine why the boys were in the woods.
Sun, 10/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured boy in deer stand  0.0  Angelina county TX 
 USA 
  hunting in deer stand    Outside,Tree,Tree House 
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Zavalla boy has been taken to a Houston hospital after lightning struck a tree stand he was in Sunday evening. Sheriff Greg Sanches said the lightning struck after nightfall, and one of two boys fell out of the stand. The other boy was stuck in the stand and was "dazed" from the strike, Sanches said. The boy who had fallen was able to call 911 then ran around a mile to flag down first responders. The other boy was taken to a Lufkin hospital and was having trouble with his breathing, so he was then taken to a Houston hospital. "We don't know if he was having trouble breathing from a shock or because it just scared him," Sanches said. Sanches said it appears the boys were hunting illegally. "I don't want to be hard on them, because they're just boys, but they weren't supposed to be there," he said. Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.
Fri, 10/10/2014 06:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Walker county AL 
 USA 
  at a pumpkin patch    Outside 
WALKER COUNTY, Alabama -- A person was hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Walker County Friday evening. The Pineywoods Fire Department responded to Faye Whittemore Farms after 6 p.m. Friday evening to a report of a person possibly struck by lightning at the pumpkin patch, according to a fire dispatcher. The location is on Forrester Road north of Highway 69 and northeast of Jasper. The person was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center. Storms producing heavy and frequent lightning, strong winds and strong rain moved through Walker County Friday evening and were moving into the Birmingham area after 7 p.m.
Mon, 10/06/2014 12:00 AM Killed Lightning Strike Kills 11 Colombian Tribe Members  0.0   
 Colombia 
       
Authorities say 11 members of a remote indigenous tribe along Colombia's Caribbean coast were killed when a lightning bolt struck a thatch-roofed hut where they were gathered. Military officials said Monday that another 15 members of the Wiwa tribe that live high in the coastal Sierra Nevada range were injured with burns, six of them seriously. The electrical storm took place around midnight as the tribe was performing a traditional ceremony accompanied by tribe elders known as "Mamos." Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the deaths and expressed his condolences, ordering the military to evacuate by helicopter injured tribe members who otherwise would have to walk downhill six hours to the nearest road. Bogota (AFP) - Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday. The community of about 60 families will abandon their remote village in the wake of Monday's tragedy, but it was not yet clear where they would go, said Jose Gregorio Rodriguez, an advisor on the Wiwas at the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, which represents the country's 800,000 indigenous people. "The bodies will stay in the 'uguma' (ceremonial hut) where they died and the community will leave the site, as their customs and traditions dictate," Rodriguez told AFP. The 11 men were killed on Monday when lightning struck the hut during a ceremony, also injuring another 20 participants who suffered second and third degree burns. The Wiwas, a tribe that retreated into the Sierra Nevada of northern Colombia after the Spanish conquest, revere all aspects of nature and believe they are called to keep the world in balance. Some villagers saw the devastating lightning strike as a spiritual blow in response to "man's turning his back on nature," Lorenzo Gil, a survivor, told AFP this week. After the tragedy, the villagers held a long funeral ritual, whose first part concluded on Friday. A 10-day healing ceremony will follow. "This rite is a healing for the people but also for the affected territories," said Rodriguez. A day after the lightning strike that killed the Wiwas, another indigenous community in the Sierra Nevada, the Arhuacas, were hit by a landslide that killed six people, including five children. "When the indigenous die as a result of tragic acts of nature, the community abandons the place to avoid other dangerous natural phenomena," said Rodriguez.
Thu, 10/02/2014 11:00 AM Injured at school, 1 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
 USA 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. Republic Schools communications officer Josey McPhail tells KOLR10 News the strike happened about 11:00 am, hitting a small building adjacent to the Middle School. The building, next to a city-owned water tower, houses electrical services. McPhail says a teacher and student inside the school reported feeling a tingling sensation. EMS crews were called immediately, McPhail says, and they were all evaluated and found to have no medical issues. No one was transported for treatment. McPhail says there was no damage to the school or to school technology. There are about 1,100 students at the Middle School. Page: [[$index + 1]] Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Thu, 10/02/2014 01:00 AM Injured student @ school, 2 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
 USA 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
Thu, 10/02/2014 12:00 PM Injured school teacher  0.0  Denison TX 
 USA 
  outside holding umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Umbrella,Work 
Posted: Oct 03, 2014 7:37 AM EDT Updated: Oct 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT By DIANA HEIDGERD Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas teacher has been hurt by lightning during storms blamed for power outages that forced dozens of schools to cancel classes. Officials say the Denison Independent School District teacher remained hospitalized Friday but should recover after the strike as she held an umbrella. Superintendent Henry Scott wasn't sure whether the fourth-grade teacher was struck or if the bolt hit nearby Thursday as she helped a student reach a parent's vehicle. The child wasn't hurt. Oncor (ON'-kor) reported nearly 182,000 customers without power Friday mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Arlington Independent School District canceled classes Friday at all 75 campuses. Dallas ISD called off classes at 48 schools that lost electricity. Two Arlington Baptist College students were slightly hurt when storms ripped the roof off a dormitory. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. By Joshua Brumett Herald Democrat During Thursdays thunderstorm, a fourth grade teacher at Denisons Lamar Elementary appears to have been struck by lightning. The woman was hospitalized but did not appear to be critically injured. According to Denison Independent School District, the teacher was escorting students through the rain to waiting cars at the end of the school day. She was carrying an umbrella to protect students from the rain. We think the lightning actually struck somewhere around her, DISD Public Information Coordinator Sherry Christie wrote in an email Friday. A direct hit would probably have had much more severe consequences, but that is only speculation. Christie said the teacher was knocked back by the lightning but remained conscious, and no students or other staff were injured or affected. As of Friday, the teacher remained at Texoma Medical Center with lingering muscle spasms and tingling. Further tests are being conducted this morning, but were hopeful that shell be cleared, deemed healthy and released soon, Christie wrote Friday. She is a wonderful, talented and very much valued teacher and person & and we are praying for her full recovery. - See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/lamar-elementary-teacher-hospitalized-after-lightning-strike#sthash.nqBIjWTB.dpuf
Thu, 10/02/2014 12:00 PM Injured school teacher  0.0  Dallas TX 
 USA 
  outside holding umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Umbrella,Work 
Posted: Oct 03, 2014 7:37 AM EDT Updated: Oct 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT By DIANA HEIDGERD Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas teacher has been hurt by lightning during storms blamed for power outages that forced dozens of schools to cancel classes. Officials say the Denison Independent School District teacher remained hospitalized Friday but should recover after the strike as she held an umbrella. Superintendent Henry Scott wasn't sure whether the fourth-grade teacher was struck or if the bolt hit nearby Thursday as she helped a student reach a parent's vehicle. The child wasn't hurt. Oncor (ON'-kor) reported nearly 182,000 customers without power Friday mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Arlington Independent School District canceled classes Friday at all 75 campuses. Dallas ISD called off classes at 48 schools that lost electricity. Two Arlington Baptist College students were slightly hurt when storms ripped the roof off a dormitory. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thu, 10/02/2014 11:00 AM Injured teacher @ school, 1 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
 USA 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School,Work 
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. Republic Schools communications officer Josey McPhail tells KOLR10 News the strike happened about 11:00 am, hitting a small building adjacent to the Middle School. The building, next to a city-owned water tower, houses electrical services. McPhail says a teacher and student inside the school reported feeling a tingling sensation. EMS crews were called immediately, McPhail says, and they were all evaluated and found to have no medical issues. No one was transported for treatment. McPhail says there was no damage to the school or to school technology. There are about 1,100 students at the Middle School. Page: [[$index + 1]] Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
 USA 
      Work 
RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Authorities in Reno County say a man fell ill Wednesday morning after a possible lightning strike. They say it happened 9:30 a.m. between Langdon and Arlington. A truck driver was delivering poles for a project replacing power lines when lightening struck in the vicinity. The man said he didn't feel well so other employees called 911 Firefighters from Arlington and an ambulance from Hutchinson arrived and took him to the hospital for observation.

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