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Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Scranton PA 
 USA 
  flagging down cars    Ground Strike,Outside,Road 
SCRANTON  The day began with hot temperatures in the 90s on Wednesday, but the heat gave way to intense storms. A person was struck by lightning along Boulevard Avenue in Scrantons Green Ridge section. Witnesses said a woman was helping flag down cars while other people pushed stalled cars out of a flooded section of the street, when the lightning struck. A shock of lightning hit that tree, like a big flash, and she fell down. My friend Jay yelled to me and told me, hey, theres a lady down! and we grabbed her and put her in that house and called the paramedics, said William Harth. The victim in Scranton was taken to a hospital. At last check she was in stable condition.
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Wednesday afternoon's severe weather caused five people at Kentucky Downs to be taken to the hospital. Nick Hughes, the track's General Manager and Senior Vice-President, told WBKO that lightning hit a tin pole, traveled to the ground, and shocked the small group of spectators. Hughes said two of them walked to an ambulance to be taken to the hospital, while three of them drove themselves. Hughes said races five through ten have been canceled for the day.
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Killed 24 000 lives a year lost to lightning  0.0   
 South Africa 
      Education 
24 000 lives a year lost to lightning September 11 2013 at 08:34am By SIYABULELA DZANIBE Comment on this story Durban - There are 24 000 lives lost every year to lightning globally, more than by any other natural cause, said Professor Roger Dickerson, an emergency physician specialist and vice-president of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa. He was speaking at the 11th Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine that was held at Durbans Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre at the beginning of the month. He said there were an estimated 240 000 who survived lightning strikes and go on to live full lives, although they are faced with permanent sideeffects such as seizures and tinnitus. Lightning causes neurological damage and is not usually fatal unless it stops the heart when it strikes, said Dickerson. He said the survival rate of patients was high. Primarily, a lightning strike is a neurological injury; it has an effect on the brain and on the ergonomic nervous system and on the peripheral nervous system, he said. About 60 percent of survivors have lightning-induced paralysis, from which they usually recovered spontaneously, although it could last for up to two weeks. Dickerson said patients arrived in the emergency ward confused and hypotensive because of the lightning strikes interference with the autonomic nervous system. They would have the distinctive branching scarring known as Lichtenberg figures. We do not remove the dead tissue unless it is very clearly indicated, and we dont do it from an early period point of view, Dickerson said. Our resuscitation is based on a needs basis. We look at the patients as being exposed to massive amounts of trauma. We need to ensure they do not have associated injuries like long bone fractures or spinal injuries, and then we take care of what the lightning strikes actually do, Dickerson said. We need to take care of these patients with regards to seizures. If they are presenting with chest pain, we need to investigate further. Perhaps the big focus should be on urine analysis and plasma analysis for myoglobin. He added that it was also important to do an electrocardiogram (ECG). It tends to be normal within the first 24 to 48 hours, so it is necessary to repeat the ECG at a later stage, said Dickerson. He said if the patient was unconscious it was necessary to perform scans, although this was debatable in other cases. Dickerson added that appropriate ear care was also vital since most patients would have ruptured the tympanic membrane, that could heal or be surgically repaired. Elsa de Jager, of the SA Weather Service, said: According to a research article published in the South African Medical Journal, the death rate due to lightning in South Africa varies from 1.5 to 8.8 per million inhabitants, a year. She said lightning was mostly associated with Cumulo-nimbus clouds, and the highest frequency of lightning occurred during the summer months in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal is one of the provinces with high density lightning strikes. Areas in the highveld and along the eastern escarpment have the highest occurrence of lightning in South Africa. Areas have been identified having in excess of 20 lightning flashes per square kilometre, per annum, said De Jager. Dickerson said studies had shown that men were five times more likely to be killed by lightning than women. He said the reason given was that men tended to be outside more for work and engaged in a higher level of risk-taking behaviours. With regards to mortality and morbidity, modern literature demonstrates there is nothing related to age or gender or whether you are struck on the trunk or arms. However, if you have lower burns (on the legs) and head burns or immediate cardiac arrest at the time of the strike, these are predictors of a high mortality, Dickerson said. If we look at some of the literature published, about 2 000 thunderstorms occur worldwide at any point in time and there are about eight million ground strikes across the globe, he said. - Daily News
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:30 PM Injured Albert Neely  28.0  Wilkes-Barre PA 
 USA 
  unknown  N/A  Boat,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Boy injured in lightning strike September 11. 2013 11:26PM Times Leader staff More Story Tools Print | EMail | Save | Hear QR Send to Kindle Font size: A boy was injured in a lightning strike in Larksville on Wednesday as a cluster of thunderstorms moved through the region. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said there were three reports of people injured in lightning strikes received on Wednesday  one near the Dana Street Elementary School in Forty Fort, one on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and one at 135 E. Luzerne St., Larksville. The supervisor said the reports from Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre were signed off, which means no one was transported to a hospital. However, the juvenile injured in Larksville was transported to a hospital for treatment, the supervisor said. That report was received just after 4:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported that more thunderstorms with localized heavy rain are likely Thursday. A 15-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he was struck by lightning in Larksville. Paramedics told the boy, who hasn't been identified, he escaped major injuries because the lighting deflected off another object, said 15-year-old Chase Wychock, the boy's friend. Wychock and the boy were outside near 135 Luzerne Ave. when the strike occurred. "It was loud. It sounded like a bomb went off," Wychock said. A condition for the boy was unavailable. Emergency personnel also responded to lightning strikes in Wilkes-Barre and Forty Fort. Albert Neely, 28, of Wilkes-Barre was shocked while working outside on a car on Northampton Street, said his fiancee, Stephanie Robinson, 25, also of Wilkes-Barre. Neely's left arm was hurt and another man also received a light shock, she said. Paramedics suggested he go to the hospital, but he did not want to go, Robinson said. Lightning struck someone on Dana Street in Forty Fort, according to emergency officials. That person also refused treatment.
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:15 AM Injured Ron Fox  0.0  Cawford county MI 
 USA 
  inside     Indirect,Indoors,Window 
Man struck by lightning during Sept. 11 storms by Dan Sanderson-Staff Writer Ron Fox, pictured with his wife, Judy, was struck by lightning inside their home on Sept. 11 as an early morning storm and heavy rain showers passed through the area. Photo by Dan Sanderson Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:41 AM EDT Sept. 11 will be a day ingrained in the memories of Americans for the terrorist attacks and many lives lost 12 years ago, but the date became significant for Ron Fox after he was struck by lightning in his home. Judy and Ron Fox have lived in a two-story home, located off of Stephan Bridge Road, since 1996. At 4:15 a.m. on Sept. 11, Ron was awakened by heavy rain showers and a lightning storm passing through the area. He went to tell Judy to move from an upstairs bedroom to the ground floor, when a lighting bolt came through a window and struck him. "It hit me and knocked me back against the wall," Ron said. "It was scary." Judy believes she would have been hit by the lightning if Ron had not come into the room. "It was like a huge-white explosion," she said. The electricity from the lightning strike went down the right side of Ron's body. The only effects he sustained were a rug burn-type mark on his shoulder and a bloody right toe when the electricity left Ron's body. "It was like he skidded along the concrete," Judy said of the marks left on Ron's shoulder. Tim Locker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office located just south of Gaylord, confirmed heavy rain and lightning rolled through the Crawford County area between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Sept. 11. Low to moderate rainfall occurred before and after the storm. The couple checked in with their daughter, Jenny Hall, who is a RN at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital. She recommended they keep an eye on Ron's blood pressure. Ron kept an appointment with the Grand Traverse Heart Associates. Ron had open heart surgery and he was informed that wires in his chest were not impacted since the lightning voltage did not pass across his body. Results of possible nerve damage on the back of his right leg are pending. "They had to take their tests and we're just waiting to see what they have say," Ron said. Ron said he was on edge after being struck by lightening. "I was disoriented for a couple of days but it wears off," Ron said. "Everybody said I was lucky." The couple praised employees from Great Lakes Energy and Jim's Well Drilling for responding to their home, where they had no power, a couple hours after the lighting strike occurred. Judy's mother, Helen Dennigs, age 85, also lives in the home and uses on oxygen respirator. Two televisions, three phones, DishTV receivers and the electrical controls on their washing machine were destroyed in the Fox's home. The electrical controls for their water well, the wiring outside their home and in a nearby shed was also damaged. DirectTV crews also made speedy repairs at the couple's home. So far, they are paying for damaged equipment out of pocket since the cost did not make sense to pay a costly household insurance deductible. "We live on Social Security and we can't afford to shell out that kind of money," Judy said. Ron was familiar with the impacts of an electrical strike since he worked a short time as an electrical line worker after serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1965. He was employed by L.E. Myers Co., a subcontractor for the Detroit Edison Co., but didn't care for the work. "It was nice in the summers, but I didn't like being out in the cold all day during the wintertime," he said. Ron went on to work as a tool and die maker for the O & S Manufacturing Co. in Ann Arbor. The couple's home was previously struck by lightning five years ago. They thought there was no damage then, but burnt building materials were found by construction workers who were working on the eaves of the home. Besides the terrorist attacks, the day reminds the couple of another sad memory. Last year, their cat "Biscuit" died on Sept. 11. "That date, we want to pass right by it," Judy said. "Like" us on Facebook. Get us in your News Feed. Receive updates on what articles and photos are available on our main website, including material not yet published in our print edition. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crawford-County-Avalanche/62660708586
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 4 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 5 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 3 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 2 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:30 PM unknown boy  13.0  Forty Fort PA 
 USA 
  unknown  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
Boy injured in lightning strike September 11. 2013 11:26PM Times Leader staff More Story Tools Print | EMail | Save | Hear QR Send to Kindle Font size: A boy was injured in a lightning strike in Larksville on Wednesday as a cluster of thunderstorms moved through the region. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said there were three reports of people injured in lightning strikes received on Wednesday  one near the Dana Street Elementary School in Forty Fort, one on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and one at 135 E. Luzerne St., Larksville. The supervisor said the reports from Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre were signed off, which means no one was transported to a hospital. However, the juvenile injured in Larksville was transported to a hospital for treatment, the supervisor said. That report was received just after 4:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported that more thunderstorms with localized heavy rain are likely Thursday.
Tue, 09/10/2013 12:00 PM unknown Device Helps Scientists Study Lightning Strikes  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Science 
Device Helps Scientists Study Lightning Strikes Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:00pm The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville Get daily news for laboratory professionals - Sign up now! Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, has installed a HAMMA lightning sensor on the roof of UAHs National Space Science Technology Center. A still camera is being installed to provide time-lapse photos of weather that will be viewable on the web. Bitzer also plans to install two high-speed video cameras in this location as well. Image: Michael Mercier, UAH A device developed at The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville has become a valuable tool in researchers quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds, to map strikes from beginning to end and to better predict severe weather. The Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array (HAMMA) sensor literally resides under a large inverted metal salad bowl to protect the electronics from rain. A modern electronic reinvention of a sensor first developed in the 1950s, it detects the radiated electric field in the atmosphere when lightning strikes. We take the lightning induced change in the electric field and its converted to a voltage reading by our equipment and thats transmitted to our computer, says Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, co-developer of the HAMMA device and the lead author of the study showing its usefulness, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Using the data from a network of HAMMA sensors, the computer generates maps showing the intensity and distribution of the lightning. Very low frequency Operating in the very low frequency (VLF) spectrum, HAMMA can detect both the intensity and duration of a bolt, called its energetics, and provide scientists with more information than previous mapping array instruments, which usually operate in the very high frequency (VHF) spectrum. VHF equipment is better at detecting the smaller discharge processes from a lightning strike, while the VLF HAMMA device reads large discharges that are associated with more energetic processes, like the bright return stroke, Bitzer says. The combination of VLF and VHF measurements may tell us a whole lot more about what is going on in the flash than either one by itself. HAMMA may also help with one of the mysteries of nature  exactly how a lightning bolt gets started in the clouds, an event scientists call initiation. We really dont know how initiation works, says Bitzer. One of the big unanswered questions of lightning research is initiation, and thats one we are interested in. Were trying to get a handle on how lightning starts. How does all of this work? Its known that lightning is caused by buildup of positive and negative electrical charges inside a cloud. In the cloud, an embryonic version of hail called graupel collides with ice crystals. This collision usually leads to graupel acquiring a negative charge and ice a positive charge. These separate in a thunderstorm updraft to produce the electric field necessary to produce lightning. However, researchers have never measured an electric field sufficiently strong to itself initiate a lightning strike. Something else must happen to trigger the event, and there are two primary theories about that. The first theory postulates that the electric field is locally enhanced by the hydrometeors in the cloud, thus enabling lightning to initiate. A competing theory suggests that cosmic rays bombarding Earth from outer space initiate lightning by introducing high-energy electrons that begin the cascade leading to a strike. HAMMA now gives researchers a front-row seat to the processes going on at initiation. What were able to detect is the initiation of the lightning, which is typically about 30 milliseconds ahead of the lightning stroke, says Bitzer. This is the point in a lightning strike when the bolt sends down electrical leaders that eventually meet with ascending leaders from the Earth to form the pathway the stroke then follows. One thing weve been able to show is that using VLF measurements in a network like HAMMA can give us a better idea of the location of different-scale processes that occur during initiation, Bitzer says. In addition, you are able to estimate the strength of a flash. Historic databases created from past storms can be valuable in predicting the behavior of future ones, Bitzer says, because there is a significant uptick in lightning strikes that precedes the main event as a storm arrives. If you include lightning data with currently used observations, were better able to forecast severe weather, he says. This system will show whether we are able to incorporate energetics to then increase lead time to predict a severe storm. More tools ahead UAH researchers are working on more tools to get to the core of the process that causes lightning to strike, including development of a Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The GLM will allow UAH scientists to view storms from space in a geostationary orbit  a fixed position relative to Earth  providing unprecedented ability to track lightning activity. Similar measurements are currently provided by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS); however, this instrument is on a satellite that is in low-earth orbit, which means it is unable to track changes in lightning activity over the lifetime of a storm. Another version of LIS built at the same time as the first is scheduled by NASA to be mounted on the International Space Station. UAH engineers are testing and calibrating it now. In 2015, the GLM will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) a joint effort between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Engineers at UAH are helping to build GLM and UAH scientists are working on how the GLM will gather information. Other UAH researchers are working on how to transition the gathered data to weather forecasters in a form that is most useful to them for predictions. HAMMA will play a key role in validating GLM performance and further understanding of the data it provides. The measurements from space are well correlated to VLF measurements that HAMMA provides. HAMMA is a great complement to all the lightning research UAH is actively pursuing, Bitzer says.Device Helps Scientists Study Lightning Strikes Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:00pm The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville Get daily news for laboratory professionals - Sign up now! Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, has installed a HAMMA lightning sensor on the roof of UAHs National Space Science Technology Center. A still camera is being installed to provide time-lapse photos of weather that will be viewable on the web. Bitzer also plans to install two high-speed video cameras in this location as well. Image: Michael Mercier, UAH A device developed at The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville has become a valuable tool in researchers quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds, to map strikes from beginning to end and to better predict severe weather. The Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array (HAMMA) sensor literally resides under a large inverted metal salad bowl to protect the electronics from rain. A modern electronic reinvention of a sensor first developed in the 1950s, it detects the radiated electric field in the atmosphere when lightning strikes. We take the lightning induced change in the electric field and its converted to a voltage reading by our equipment and thats transmitted to our computer, says Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, co-developer of the HAMMA device and the lead author of the study showing its usefulness, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Using the data from a network of HAMMA sensors, the computer generates maps showing the intensity and distribution of the lightning. Very low frequency Operating in the very low frequency (VLF) spectrum, HAMMA can detect both the intensity and duration of a bolt, called its energetics, and provide scientists with more information than previous mapping array instruments, which usually operate in the very high frequency (VHF) spectrum. VHF equipment is better at detecting the smaller discharge processes from a lightning strike, while the VLF HAMMA device reads large discharges that are associated with more energetic processes, like the bright return stroke, Bitzer says. The combination of VLF and VHF measurements may tell us a whole lot more about what is going on in the flash than either one by itself. HAMMA may also help with one of the mysteries of nature  exactly how a lightning bolt gets started in the clouds, an event scientists call initiation. We really dont know how initiation works, says Bitzer. One of the big unanswered questions of lightning research is initiation, and thats one we are interested in. Were trying to get a handle on how lightning starts. How does all of this work? Its known that lightning is caused by buildup of positive and negative electrical charges inside a cloud. In the cloud, an embryonic version of hail called graupel collides with ice crystals. This collision usually leads to graupel acquiring a negative charge and ice a positive charge. These separate in a thunderstorm updraft to produce the electric field necessary to produce lightning. However, researchers have never measured an electric field sufficiently strong to itself initiate a lightning strike. Something else must happen to trigger the event, and there are two primary theories about that. The first theory postulates that the electric field is locally enhanced by the hydrometeors in the cloud, thus enabling lightning to initiate. A competing theory suggests that cosmic rays bombarding Earth from outer space initiate lightning by introducing high-energy electrons that begin the cascade leading to a strike. HAMMA now gives researchers a front-row seat to the processes going on at initiation. What were able to detect is the initiation of the lightning, which is typically about 30 milliseconds ahead of the lightning stroke, says Bitzer. This is the point in a lightning strike when the bolt sends down electrical leaders that eventually meet with ascending leaders from the Earth to form the pathway the stroke then follows. One thing weve been able to show is that using VLF measurements in a network like HAMMA can give us a better idea of the location of different-scale processes that occur during initiation, Bitzer says. In addition, you are able to estimate the strength of a flash. Historic databases created from past storms can be valuable in predicting the behavior of future ones, Bitzer says, because there is a significant uptick in lightning strikes that precedes the main event as a storm arrives. If you include lightning data with currently used observations, were better able to forecast severe weather, he says. This system will show whether we are able to incorporate energetics to then increase lead time to predict a severe storm. More tools ahead UAH researchers are working on more tools to get to the core of the process that causes lightning to strike, including development of a Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The GLM will allow UAH scientists to view storms from space in a geostationary orbit  a fixed position relative to Earth  providing unprecedented ability to track lightning activity. Similar measurements are currently provided by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS); however, this instrument is on a satellite that is in low-earth orbit, which means it is unable to track changes in lightning activity over the lifetime of a storm. Another version of LIS built at the same time as the first is scheduled by NASA to be mounted on the International Space Station. UAH engineers are testing and calibrating it now. In 2015, the GLM will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) a joint effort between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Engineers at UAH are helping to build GLM and UAH scientists are working on how the GLM will gather information. Other UAH researchers are working on how to transition the gathered data to weather forecasters in a form that is most useful to them for predictions. HAMMA will play a key role in validating GLM performance and further understanding of the data it provides. The measurements from space are well correlated to VLF measurements that HAMMA provides. HAMMA is a great complement to all the lightning research UAH is actively pursuing, Bitzer says.
Tue, 09/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Michelle Lee  38.0  New Carlisle OH 
 USA 
  napping in back yard  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
UPDATE: Woman Struck By Lightning In Clark County NEW CARLISLE -- Scientists have determined the odds of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. One local woman became that 1 on Tuesday. New Carlisle's Michelle Lee says she was taking a nap in her backyard when lightning struck. And she tell us she's lucky to be alive. Michelle says the lightning's path began at a nearby tree, went through the ground, tore through her shoe, struck her baby toe and went back out through her calf. "Fire. It felt like somebody had took a branding iron and touched me with it. I could barely move my big toe, it was all black and nasty looking," Michelle explained Wednesday. Michelle says by the use of sheer adrenaline she was able to stand herself up and hobble into the kitchen. Eric Lee rushed to his wife's side. "With her at the angle she was and the way it came out over there, it could've been more dangerous, and that's what really scared me," Eric said. "When I got in the ambulance my heart rate was like 190 over 80 and she said I'm surprised you didn't have a heart attack," Michelle recalled. Believe it or not, 400 people survive lightning strikes each year. Michelle Lee proudly joins that list. "You just never think it could happen to you. Never," she said. Michelle is on pain medications and doctors say she could lose her baby toe, but Michelle tells us she's feeling pretty good and will return to work Thursday. She also said she might try her hand at the lottery. Earlier coverage: CLARK COUNTY -- A woman has been struck by lightning. "I was working at my desk, heard a great big crack, then I heard somebody screaming," recalls Jerry Lee Jr. The woman screaming was Lee's sister-in-law. She was struck in the leg and foot on Strathmore Road in Park Layne. Lee says he ran downstairs to call 911. "She actually crawled into the house or hobbled or whatever, I don't know how she got in that fast, but she got in," Lee said. The 38-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital but is expected to be OK. Michelle Lee was simply relaxing in the backyard of her Stratmore Street home after a day at work on Tuesday, September 10, when she was hit by a bolt of ground-to-cloud lightning. Fortunately, she lived, and miraculously, she even returned to work two days later. Ive never been afraid of storms, and Im still not afraid of storms, Lee said Wednesday as she showed me the damage caused by the lightning. It was just a one-time freak accident, she said. Whats incredible is that Lee was able to walk as she showed me everything the errant bolt had toucheddespite the electricity entering the back of her leg and exiting through her toestotally blowing apart her shoe and pant leg. Last Tuesdays oppressive heat and stifling humidity, with heat indices reaching 105, spawned some late-afternoon pop-up storm cells that left most of us with a grand lightning and thunder display, but not a drop of rain. According to National Geographic, lightning is capable of striking as far as ten miles away from the center of a storm, even with blue skies overhead. One bolt of lightning can raise the temperature of the air by 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and contain one hundred million volts. National Geographic also says that the odds of being struck by lightning in ones lifetime is 1 in 3,000, and that nearly ten percent of lightning strike victims are killed, with 70 percent of lightning strike victims suffering long-term effects. Approximately 400 people in the United States survive lightning strikes each year, and thankfully, Michelle Lee is joining that list. It felt like someone had touched me with a hot poker. It wasnt until I heard the loud boom that I knew I had been hit, Lee said of the strike. It was a huge adrenaline rush at first, and I ran into the house, and my daughter asked me if I was ok, and I told her No Im not ok, I was just hit by lightning! Lees husband Eric said that Michelle suffered a mild heart attack in the ambulance from all of the residual electricity surging through her body, and was told that she would likely lose her pinky toe from the shock, but the color and feeling began coming back to the toe just a few hours later. Someone is definitely watching out for me up there, Michelle Lee said.
Mon, 09/09/2013 04:00 PM Killed Two dead, six injured in lightning strike  0.0  Medak 
 India 
       
MEDAK: Two women died after lightning struck them at Balwantpur village in Dubbaka mandal of Medak district on Sunday. Six people were seriously injured in the incident. The deceased were identified as Yallavva, 45, and Roja, 17. They had gone to the nearby forest to collect leaves for Ganesh Chaturthi when it started raining heavily. They took shelter under a tree and were struck by lightning. Six people who were standing under a nearby tree were injured and were rushed to Siddipet government hospital.
Mon, 09/09/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills three students  0.0  Goelkera  
 India 
       
Lightning kills three students OUR CORRESPONDENT Bhimsen Hembrom at MGM hospital on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta Jamshedpur, Sept. 9: A game of football ended on a tragic note for college students in Goelkera area of West Singhbhum district when three of the players were charred alive in a lightning strike last evening. Three more sustained burns when the bolt hit the shed under which the group of six, all aged 19-20, had huddled to escape a thunderstorm at Kairam village around 6pm. Sukhram Hembrom, Shankar Hembrom and Yudhishthir Gope died on the spot. The injured  Ramlal Gope, Durga Charan Hembrom and Bhimsen Hembrom  were initially rushed to Chaibasa Sadar Hospital, but were shifted to MGM Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, early this morning. Ramlal and Durga, who had sustained minor burns, were discharged after treatment. Bhimsen was admitted to the emergency ward with injuries on his left hand, head and legs. All students of Tata College, Chaibasa, the victims were playing a football match among themselves at Kairam Government Basic School grounds. The match was about to end and hence, we didnt give the dark clouds that had gathered in the sky much attention. But when it started raining heavily, we ran for cover. While most of the players and onlookers took shelter at the nearby school building, six of us ran to the abandoned shed. Barely five minutes after reaching the shed, there was a huge flash of light followed by a deafening sound, Bhimsen recalled the incident from his hospital bed. As I recovered from the shock, I found Sukhram, Shankar and Yudhishthir lying on the ground. I could not understand what was happening. By then, others had rushed to the spot, he added. The doctor attending to Bhimsen said he had sustained 30 per cent burns and was yet to overcome the shock and trauma. The patient is responding to medicines well. He will recover in a weeks time, said the doctor, adding that Bhimsen would be shifted to the burns care unit shortly.
Sat, 09/07/2013 01:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 playing soccer  0.0  Houston Tx 
 USA 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It was a frightening situation for many people who experienced close calls with lightning strikes during today's storm. A neighborhood had to be evacuated and two people were injured from the strikes. "I've seen lightning strike twice but this was really intense, said Robert Aguilar who was driving down Atascocita Road in Humble around 1 p.m. He says he saw a gas tank fall off the side of the road after being hit by lightning. I literally stopped and turned back around because we thought it hit another car and landed on the hood of another vehicle, said Aguilar. The tank was filled with pyrethrin gas which is an insecticide that paralyzes insects that come in contact with it. A neighborhood near the tank had to be evacuated for a few hours while hazmat crews cleaned up the mess. A few hours later across town, investigators say two people playing soccer, in southeast Houston off Telephone Road, were struck by lightning. "Initially I thought the guy was dead. He just fell over. Some people were running while everyone was running towards him. It was chaos, said Jonathan Hernandez who says he witnessed the lightning strike. "You just saw bright, it was brighter than anything else out here. People just started running." The two victims were taken to the hospital. Hernandez is in the same soccer league as the victims and says he'll now make sure they don't play when it's lightning. "It's a good lesson to learn now," said Hernandez. The National Weather Service advises if anyone see lightning or dark clouds developing overhead to go inside. Wait at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder, and do not take shelter under trees. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130809065444_lightning-strikes-injure-two-prompts-neighborhood-evacuation.htm#ixzz2eLQu6Jof
Sat, 09/07/2013 03:00 PM Injured Becky Skiff  0.0  Muskego NY 
 USA 
  inside on cordless phone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
Muskego/West Allis -- "I felt a zap go down my arm." Becky skiff's phone call was cut short Saturday afternoon. "All of a sudden the whole house lit up like a white light, not sunlight, like a white light, and shook," Skiff said. Lightning hit the backyard of her Muskego home. It ripped up this buried cable and traveled the base of their home. It left scorch marks on the house. "I don't even know," Skiff said. "I'm still kind of in shock. I can't believe, looking at it. If you could have been there feeling it, it was just really amazing how much the whole house shook. It felt like a bomb hit." Skiff says the phone flew out of her hand. "The phone flew across the room." She was talking on a cordless phone when she felt the shock. "I still do feel a little tingling but I'm fine. They took my vitals, everything's fine." Randy Price was trying to sleep when it hit. "I see the big bright light and a crack," Price recalls. "I didn't hear any thunder. I jumped up, my cat jumped up right next to me. I came outside and looked and saw the damage. It was pretty good." In West Allis, fire crews were quick to put out an attic fire on Manor Park Drive. "The storm blew a tree branch down on an electrical line," West Allis Fire Captain Jay Scharfenberg said. "That electrical supply line fell on the roof and started a fire in the attic." No one was hurt in the fire and there was very little damage. "I felt very fortunate that we're okay," Price said.
Sat, 09/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed 7 killed  0.0   
 India 
       
Astarang: Atleast 7 people have been killed and several others sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning bolts at various places. The death toll has climbed to 21 in last 48 hours as lightning had claimed 14 lives a day before. Of the seven deaths, four people were killed Tuesday in Sukinda area of Jajpur district.The deceased were identified as Ashish Nayak(4), Pradip Nayak(38), Babula Nayak(14) and Sushant Pradhan (13).All the four of them had sheltered under a tree when the lightning struck. Three other deaths were reported from Puri Nuagarh village, Ganjam Jhunkapada village and Gotal village under Balianta block. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131809040641_CurrentNews.asp_id_44149.htm#sthash.wXI9VXiK.dpuf
Sat, 09/07/2013 01:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 playing soccer  0.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Thu, 09/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead, 3 injured in Agusan lightning strike  0.0   
 Philippines 
       
Thursday, September 5, 2013 THREE persons died while three others were injured when a lightning hit them in Las Nieves town in Agusan del Sur on Wednesday afternoon, police said Thursday. Police Officer 3 Enriqueto Torralba Jr. identified the fatalities as Yolly Medrano, Bernabe Tigon, and Jeleon Aca. Injured were Jonathan Jaben, Joel Bernas, and Victor Vasallo who are recuperating at the Agusan del Norte provincial hospital in Butuan City. Torralba said the six sought refuge at a hut in Casiklan village around 4:30 p.m. during a downpour. He said the six were coming from tree harvesting. "Since there is heavy rain, they decided to seek shelter at a hut. A lighting then occured and hit the hut where they were sheltering. The six of them were hit, three of them died on the spot," said Torralba. In Cebu, two persons in Toledo City were separately killed after getting struck by lightning. Both victims died of burn injuries. (VR/Sunnex)
Thu, 09/05/2013 08:00 PM Killed Mohammad Algargaz, 2 of 2  8.0  San Antonio TX 
 USA 
  in tree house  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Delayed Death,Direct hit,Outside,Tree,Tree House 
Updated: Friday, September 6 2013, 06:10 AM CDT SAN ANTONIO - Two boys, who were apparently struck by lightning, were hospitalized Thursday evening, according to the San Antonio Fire Department. Department spokesperson Christian Bove said a 12-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy were hurt just before 7 p.m. while they were in the backyard of a home in the 4700 block of Baron's Ridge, which is off Westover Hills Blvd. and near Highway 151. The 12-year-old was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The younger boy was taken "Priority 2" which is not critical condition, Bove reported. SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- One of the boys struck by lightning Thursday night passed away late Saturday morning, according to the father of the other boy who was struck. The 8-year-old, who was struck in the chest, was taken off life support just before noon, according to the father of the 10-year-old boy who was struck. The 10-year-old boy is still in the hospital, according to his father. An uncle told KENS 5 the boys were playing in a backyard around 8 p.m. Thursday when they were struck. The incident happened in the 4700 block of Barons Ridge Drive. The 10-year-old boy, who was struck at hip-level, was able to talk and was recovering 'nicely' according to the uncle on Friday. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said one of the boys was not breathing when emergency officials initially took the call. "In my 7 years of being here, I can't remember a lightning strike, a multiple strike, or a strike involving a child," said Chief Hood. A nearby neighbor said the lightning strike was so loud that it made her jump out of her chair. "The moms and the ladies were coming out of their houses and I went to my backyard and it was right there on my fence line," said Anna Diaz. Mohammad Algargaz has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's office as the 8-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning Thursday night. Algargaz died a little before noon on Saturday. He had remained in the hospital after paramedics found him unresponsive when arriving at the Northwest Side home where he and a friend had been struck by lightning while playing outside. There are no new reports on the condition of the 10-year-old boy who was also whisked to a hospital Thursday. mcesar@express-news.net Twitter: @mlcesar
Thu, 09/05/2013 01:30 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Toledo city Cebu 
 Philippines 
       
Two persons were killed by lightning in Toledo City, while Pinamungajan was again hit by a hailstorm yesterday. In Toledo City, police identified the first fatality as Marites Lacheca, 37, a mother of four , who was doing the laundry outside their house in sitio Bawod, barangay Magdugo at around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. Barangay Magdugo councilman Max Macapobre said Lachecas children told him that during the heavy downpour, their mother was washing clothes and storing rainwater. The children asked their mother to get inside because of the lightning storm. Later on, when they checked on their mother, Lacheca was already lying lifeless on the ground. She had black markings in the body and neck. Meanwhile, the Carmen Copper Corporation Hospital in Toledo City confirmed that Victoriano Macaday, 23, was also hit by lightning and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital at around 1:30 p.m. Nurse-on-duty Erna Ricacho said they were told that Macaday was fixing something outside his house when he was struck by lightning. Hailstorm For the second time in over a year, Pinamungajan town was hit by a hailstorm or freezing rain. According to P02 Carlos Barluado the hailstorm hit barangays Binabag, Poblacion and Pandacan around 1:40 p.m. While we took shelter from the rain, we noticed that ice, like ice cubes fell from the sky, he said. Barluado said he was able to record a video of the hailstorm, which lasted for two minutes. At least two houses were damaged by the hailstorm which also caused power a outage in the town. According to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Bureau Chief Oscar Tabada, there is nothing unusual with the phenomenon. Tabada explained that hailstorms develop when water vapor is sucked by thunderstorm clouds to an altitude of around 12,000 meters. At this altitude, water vapor freezes turning it to hail or ice pellets. On May 17, 2012, hailstorm caused damaged to around 180 houses in barangay Lamac. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/481665/lightning-kills-2-in-toledo-hailstorm-in-pinamungajan#ixzz2e3IXUSj7 Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Thu, 09/05/2013 11:00 AM Injured Rickey Jones  25.0  OR  
 USA 
  holding steel cable    Indirect,Outside,Work 
Struck by lightning, S. Ore. logger back at work The Associated Press Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 | 1:35 p.m. The morning had started well for logger Ricky Jones, working with his crew in a south Oregon forest. And then lightning struck. "The pain and feeling is unexplainable," the 25-year-old Winston resident told the Roseburg News-Review (http://bit.ly/15SQWxm) on Tuesday. "I am really fortunate to be here today and come home to my family." Thunderstorms had been off in the distance for a few hours last Thursday morning, Jones said, and then all of a sudden, the storm was all around the loggers. Jones said he was holding onto a steel choker line, a cable used to haul logs. "I remember the pain and feeling I had. I tried to release it, but my hands wouldn't work," he said. "I was finally able to drop it. Then, I don't remember much." His co-worker was 42-year-old Steve Hagar of Drain. "There was a big crack and flash in the sky, then Ricky was convulsing and fell to the ground," Hagar said. Hagar said it took Jones two to three seconds to release the line. "It was amazing he was able to drop the choker," he said. Jones regained consciousness but was having chest pain. An ambulance took him to Coquille Valley Hospital in Coos County. Doctors found the toxins in his body were double the normal amount. "I just have to flush it out, drink a lot of water," Jones said. "Lightning bolts can have long-lasting side effects, like kidney failure, seizures and your heart can explode. I hope none of that happens." The National Weather Service says there were 60 reported deaths in the U.S. by lightning strikes in 2008, the latest year for which data is available. An 8-year-old boy in San Antonio, Texas, died Saturday, days after being struck in the chest by lightning while playing in a backyard. Another child was injured. And in Florida, one man was killed and another injured in a lightning strike southwest of Miami last week. Jones took it easy over the weekend and returned to work Tuesday. "It feels like a freight train ran me over," he said. "I'm slowly getting back into it." ___ Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com
Thu, 09/05/2013 10:00 AM Injured Michael LaDue  54.0  Seattle WA 
 USA 
  riding motorcycle   N/A  Direct hit,Motorcycle,Outside,Road 
SEATTLE -- A motorcyclist was struck by lightning early Thursday morning as thunderstorms rolled through Western Washington. The 60-year-old man was riding on I-5 near 13th Street in Chehalis when he was hit by a lightning bolt, troopers said. The car following behind called troopers to report the man had taken a direct hit from a lightning strike but was insulated by the motorcycle's tires. Meanwhile, the rider was able to drive to a nearby gas station, where he was soon met by medics. He was then taken to Providence-Centralia Hospital with some burns and hearing loss but seemed otherwise OK, Chehalis fire officials said. The Chehalis storm was one of many that moved through the region as the sun rose Thursday -- an opening salvo in what promised to be a very stormy day across the region. After a brief late morning into midday break, showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase in number and intensity as the day progresses -- especially into the afternoon and evening hours -- as a big area of low pressure moves through the Pacific Northwest and pumps a whole lot of moisture into a very unstable atmosphere. Seattle already tallied 0.25" of rain with the morning storms nearly breaking the daily rainfall record of 0.36" with hours to spare. In Ocean Shores, storms briefly knocked out power to 1,500 people when a tree branch hit a power line. Each thunderstorm the rest of the day has potential to bring rainfall at the rate of about an inch per hour -- about on par with the drenching storms we saw last Thursday. The storms have prompted a rare summertime Flood Watch for all counties in Western Washington and is in effect from noon Thursday through Friday afternoon. This is a pretty unique storm system for our region in that it is expected to combine a period of strong thunderstorms at first, then more of a steady Seattle November-esque rain second. When all is said and done, rainfall totals are expected to be as much as 1-2 inches across the Puget Sound area, with higher amounts up to 3" in the foothills and up to 4" in the Cascades. This is enough rain that urban and small stream flooding is possible -- especially in areas where strong thunderstorms drop a big deluge in a short period. Mud and or rock slides are also possible in steep mountain terrain. The National Weather Service does say that while mountain rivers will run high, traditional autumn-type river flooding is unlikely. The rainfall will decrease in intensity as you head west, to where the coast might, ironically, be among the drier spots in the region. The weather rapidly improves in the storm's wake with just a few lingering showers early Saturday morning giving way to increasing sunshine and warmth with highs getting into the upper 70s. By Sunday, we begin a new stretch of more summer-like weather with plenty of sunshine and highs near 80. That sunny and warm pattern is expected to last into early next week. A motorcyclist has told how he cheated death after his helmet was struck by lightning as he rode in a thunderstorm. Michael LaDue's bike "lit up" as the bolt hit him as he drive along a road in Washington state. Incredibly the 54-year-old managed to stay calm and pull over safely before realising the full extent of what had just happened. His helmet was melted and he suffered burns to his ears and singed hair. But miraculously Mr LaDue escaped serious injury in the incident which happened as he drove along Interstate 5 through Chehalis. Shocked eyewitness Martin Zapalac told KOMO-TV: "All of a sudden it just lit up, the sky did. "And then literally it looked to me like it was hitting right on top of the helmet." Chehalis Fire Department Captain Kevin Kurfman said: "His licence plate bracket says 'world's toughest motorcycle riders'. "I think that sounds very fitting for him right now." Mr LaDue was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries before being discharged Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/biker-cheats-death-after-lightning-2260000#ixzz2eLVXORFC Follow us: @DailyMirror on Twitter | DailyMirror on Facebook
Thu, 09/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed, 5 hurt as lightning hits wood cutters  0.0  Butuan city  
 Philippines 
  wood cutting    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BUTUAN CITY  Three people were killed while five others were hurt when lightning struck at Purok 4, Barangay Casiclan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte province on Wednesday afternoon. Of the three fatalities only one was identified as Loloy Aca, 35 of Casiclan, Las Nieves in Butuan. Authorities are yet to identify the other victims  a slain chainsaw operator and his helper who were both residents of Barangay Maguinda, also from this city. Other victims who suffered minor burns in their bodies were taken to Butuan City Hospital were Jonathan Javel, Nestor Bacallo, Joel Bernas, Ryan Ranara and certain Bobong Acap, all of Barangay Casiclan, Las Nieves. According to Casiclan Barangay Chairman Edwin Placido, the victims stopped gathering agricultural falcata woods to take shelter from the rain in a makeshift hut when lightning hit them. One of the survivors said the lightning instantly killed his three companions.
Thu, 09/05/2013 08:00 PM Injured Zaid Mammoudeh, 1 of 2  10.0  San Antonio TX 
 USA 
  in tree house  N/A  Outside,Tree,Tree House 
by Kens5.com staff Posted on September 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM Updated today at 10:23 AM SAN ANTONIO -- One of the boys struck by lightning Thursday night passed away late Saturday morning, said Ghassan Hammoudeh, the father of the other boy who was struck. Mohammad al-Qarqaz, 8, was struck in the chest and was taken off life support just before noon, Hammoudeh said. Zaid Hammoudeh, 10, is still in the hospital, Hammoudeh said. An uncle told KENS 5 the boys were playing in a backyard around 8 p.m. Thursday when they were struck. The incident happened in the 4700 block of Barons Ridge Drive. The 10-year-old boy, who was struck at hip-level, was able to talk and was recovering 'nicely,' the uncle said Friday. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said one of the boys was not breathing when emergency officials initially took the call. "In my seven years of being here, I can't remember a lightning strike, a multiple strike, or a strike involving a child," Hood said. A nearby neighbor said the lightning strike was so loud that it made her jump out of her chair. "The moms and the ladies were coming out of their houses, and I went to my backyard, and it was right there on my fence line," Anna Diaz said.
Wed, 09/04/2013 04:00 PM Injured Hans Nansen  0.0  San Diega CA 
 USA 
  outside     Cell Phone,Ground Strike,Outside 
SAN DIEGO - An East County man narrowly escaped major injury after lightning struck the ground about 10 feet away from where he was standing and knocked him off his feet. At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, the clouds were rolling in above Chambers Park in Lake Cuyamaca, prompting Hans Nansen and a friend to take a look. They saw and heard lighting on the horizon. Nansen said, "That's why I had my phone out. I said, 'I'm going to catch some of these cool strikes.'" "We weren't standing here in the rain going, 'Woohooo! It's raining and thundering.' No, we seemed pretty safe. There was blue sky above us," Nansen told 10News. Nansen showed 10News reporter Joe Little the area where lightning hit the ground. "I was standing right here. Those are the trees right there on the video," Nansen said. "And boom, I mean, it had to have hit right here." As he captured the weather activity on his cellphone, the lightning struck. "It knocked me back. My phone went. I ended up back there somewhere," said Nansen. Nansen said the electricity from the lightning dinged his phone. "I could feel it. I could taste it," said Nansen. "Taste?" asked Little. "Yeah, it was kind of a metallic," Nansen said. "I saw that bolt go into my shoe." Nansen said he's grateful he was not burned or killed. "I wasn't happy. It was pretty scary," he told 10News. "Everyone keeps saying, 'Buy lottery tickets,' and I did." Lightning kills roughly 24,000 people around the world every year.
Tue, 09/03/2013 12:00 PM unknown Thunderstruck! Weather Balloons Look for Lightning  0.0  FL 
 USA 
  science    Education,Science 
Amid Florida's steamy and stormy summer, a group of researchers conducted something of a modern-day version of Benjamin Franklin's legendary lightning-kite experiment, only instead of tying a metal key to a kite, these scientists have weather balloons that they send into thunderclouds in order to learn more about how, when and where lightning forms. And these scientists are perhaps a bit more averse to the potential for self-injury than Franklin, who succeeded in shocking himself once while experimenting with electricity in his home laboratory, according to The Franklin Institute. Today's researchers know a bit more about the dangers of lightning, which is one of the reasons they want to know more about it. "The dangers are real, and we have a healthy respect for them," Don MacGorman, a physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) who participated in the balloon launches, told LiveScience. "But we also know quite a bit about how storms produce hazards and so minimize our exposure to the more hazardous situations and locations. As a result, we think our risk from storms we are studying is less than our risk from vehicle mishaps as we navigate around storms, particularly if there are many people watching a given storm." [Electric Earth: Stunning Images of Lightning] The aim of the ongoing experiment, run by the University of Florida and conducted in early August this year, was to better understand how lightning is formed, where and under what circumstances it occurs in storms, and how to use that information with the data on lightning occurrence available to forecasters to improve forecasts of severe weather. 3D view For one experiment, "we wait until the ground reaches a certain [electrical potential] value, when the conditions are more conducive to lightning, and then we launch this very long wire that enhances the electric forces in the region of the wire," MacGorman said. (Cloud-to-ground lightning results from a separation in charge that forms between the two.) "That can cause a lightning flash to be initiated by the wire and to strike ground at the bottom of the wire, which is surrounded by a lot of special cameras and instruments. Then we get information about the magnitude and duration of the electric current in the lightning channel, and about all the kinds of radiation that the lightning produces." This triggered lightning experiment gathers data on lightning currents and flashes to improve understanding of the basic physics of lightning. The data is also used by engineers in designing lightning protection for people, power lines and other structures. (Franklin's own investigations of electricity and lightning led him to create a version of the lightning rod.) In the last three years, the lightning study has expanded, with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to install a system that maps the development and 3D structure of lightning. The agency funded the University of Oklahoma to bring their mobile polarimetric radars to measure the storm structures in which the lightning occurs, with some surprising results. View gallery." Researchers launch a weather balloon during a thunderstorm on a golf course a few miles east of Star & "The flashes were not going as high in storms as they thought they were," MacGorman said, adding the radar was showing signatures that could indicate the type of precipitation in these layers. Some of the weather balloons in the study also feature a particle imager that looks at frozen and liquid precipitation, as well as suspended water and ice particles, in a cloud. Besides determining the characteristics of precipitation that produce the signature, the experimenters aim to better understand how the precipitation is involved in producing the electric charges that cause lightning. [Quiz: The Science of Electricity] "We know that thunderstorms are charged through rebounding interactions or collisions between graupels  spongy small hail and smaller ice particles. These cause the initial electrification, and other processes can occur to produce additional charge," MacGorman said. Defense applications DARPA is funding part of the study in an effort to improve understanding of lightning and protection of personnel and facilities from lightning hazards. One of NSSL's interests in participating in the Florida experiment is to improve understanding of lightning and its relationships with storms, particularly in concert with satellite observations. The NSSL tracks and studies severe weather in the United States. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series (GOES-R) satellites will launch around 2015. The satellite series will have lightning mappers on board to detect lightning flashes in real time over much of the Western Hemisphere, including most of North and South America. "We believe these data will be an important aid to forecasters, and are working on developing ways the National Weather Service can consider for incorporating lightning data into their operations," MacGorman said. Follow Elizabeth Howell @howellspace. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience.
Tue, 09/03/2013 03:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 police officers  0.0  Harwich MA 
 USA 
  indoors  N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Police Officer,Telephone,Work 
Wichita Man Struck By Lightning During Thursday Night Storms Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. Reporter: KAKE News Email Address: news@kake.com Story 0 Comments Map Font Size: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in his back yard in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. The victim, William F. Isles, was coherent and used an amateur radio to call out for help. An assistant in the KAKEland Weatherplex heard his call on our "ham" radio and called 911. He was speaking with Sedgwick County EMS upon their arrival but was taken to St. Francis in critical condition. The storm produced extreme lightning, torrential rain, and hail up to two inches in diameter.
Tue, 09/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed Teenager Struck By Lightning  0.0   
 Malaysia 
       
SUBANG JAYA: It was supposed to be a happy occasion, but joy soon turned to grief. Mohd Fareez Naim Mohd Fuzi, 18, was struck by lightning and killed while his pregnant aunt was injured. He was holding an umbrella and walking in the rain with his aunt to a field, where a wedding reception for his brother was being held, when lightning struck at 3.30pm on Sunday. The field was 200m from the family's home in Jalan TK5/11, Taman Kinrara, Puchong. His father, Mohd Fuzi Mahmud, 55, said he was entertaining guests under the canopy at that time. "I did not realise what had happened until the guests started screaming. "They told me that my son and his aunt had been struck by lightning and thrown several metres away. "I rushed to Fareez and saw him lying motionless. I tried to call him but there was no response." Fareez Naim was declared dead on arrival at Columbia Asia Hospital in Bandar Puteri Puchong. He was a first-semester student in electrical and electronic engineering at Port Dickson Polytechnic. He was buried at the Kampung Bohol Muslim cemetery in Jalan Klang Lama yesterday.
Tue, 09/03/2013 03:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 police officers  0.0  Harwich MA 
 USA 
  indoors  N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Police Officer,Telephone,Work 
Five footballers injured in lightning strike PTI Rourkela, Aug 20 (PTI) Five football players were injured when lightning struck them during a match in a field at Kelo village under Bonai police station in Orissa's Sundargarh district. Police sources said, a football match between Baramusa and Kelo village teams were on when lightning struck the ground injuring five players. All injured were rushed to Bonai government hospital.PTI SCP
Mon, 09/02/2013 02:00 PM Killed hiding under tractor, 1 of 3  0.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor    Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
One man was killed and two others were hospitalized after they were struck by lightning in Homestead Monday, authorities said. The incident happened around 2 p.m. at 17198 Southwest 212th Street, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The two survivors were taken by ground to Kendall Regional Medical Center where their conditions were unknown. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials, the men were hiding under a tractor trailer to escape the lightning when the trailer was struck by lightning. None of the victims were identified and no other information was immediately known. The National Weather Service had issued weather advisories for frequent to excessive lightning for portions of Miami-Dade before the incident. Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.
Mon, 09/02/2013 02:00 PM Injured hiding under tractor, 2 of 3  0.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
MIAMI (CBSMiami)  Three men were struck by lightning as a thunderstorm moved over parts of Miami-Dade County Monday. One of the three people hit by lightning died, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue public information officer Arnold Piedrahita. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the three men were hiding under a tractor-trailer to escape the lightning when the trailer was struck. The other two people hit by lightning were taken by ambulance as trauma alerts to Kendall Regional Medical Center. The strike happened Monday afternoon in southwest Miami-Dade County. CBS4 has a crew on the way to the scene. Lightning strike victims undergo surgery Posted: Yesterday at 6:45 pm EDT Last Updated: Yesterday at 6:55 pm EDT 0 SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two men are being treated at the hospital after a lightning strike claimed the life of one South Florida man. Property owner Janet Suarez said the three men were washing their trucks on her property near Southwest 172nd Avenue and 212th Street on Monday, when a lightning hit. "One of the gentlemen that was outside came running to say that someone was hit," said Suarez. "We went outside and all three of them were on the ground." According to police, the lightning strike killed Andres Telles. "We are still investigating whether the individuals were directly struck by the lightning or the lightning struck the ground near by," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard. Suarez said she attempted to do CPR on Telles but it was to late. "According to rescuers, he was taking his last gasp. There was nothing I could do," she said. Miguel Lopez and Fidelmar Montero were rushed to Kendall Regional Hospital, where according to Suarez, Montero's third degree head burn needed to be operated on Tuesday afternoon. "They don't know what happened to them," said Suarez. "They have no idea what happened. They recognized us before they were taken, but they don't know what happen." Meanwhile, Lopez' wife told 7News that the leg surgery that was scheduled for Tuesday morning was postponed. Telles' widow is on her way to Miami from Colombia. (Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Mon, 09/02/2013 03:30 PM Injured Dmitri Khorokhoria, 1 of 2  0.0  Surf City NC 
 USA 
  holding hands on the beach  N/A  Beach,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Direct hit,Outside,Walking 
Police chief: Man struck by lighting dies, comes back to life Posted: Sep 04, 2013 10:43 AM EDT Updated: Sep 04, 2013 10:46 AM EDT By: Sarah Crandall - email A Surf City visitor was struck by lightning Monday and died, but was brought back to life by an emergency responder, according to Police Chief Halstead. SURF CITY, NC (WECT)  A Surf City visitor was struck by lightning Monday and died, but was brought back to life by an emergency responder, according to Police Chief Halstead. Halstead says the victim and his wife, who were holding hands, were walking on the beach near S. Shore Drive around 3:30 p.m. when the victim was struck by lightning in the head, which traveled through his arm to his wife. The strike killed the victim and sent his wife somewhere between 30 and 50 feet in the air. When a responding officer was able to bring the victim back to life, he was taken to a hospital in Chapel Hill. He has severe burns, but is said to be in stable condition. The victim's wife was not taken to a hospital, but she also suffered burns to her hands and arm. Lightning strike survivor speaks out, thanks responders Posted: Sep 27, 2013 7:05 PM EDT Updated: Sep 27, 2013 7:06 PM EDT By: Bailey Hicks - email The couple on vacation before the lightning strike SURF CITY, NC - (WECT) - Police officers say Demitri Khorokhorim and his wife Yuliana Kukharenka say they were walking on the beach when lightning struck Demitri. The shock was so strong, it also hit Yuliana who was holding Demitri's hand. Now, Demitri is speaking out and thanking those that saved his life, saying he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for them. "The most important thing is we are here, we are alive," said Yuliana. She says one minute they were walking on the beach and the next she heard a staticy sound, then wound up in the sand feet away from Demitri. "The next second I see him lying in front of me in the sand and I start calling his name and he's not answering," said Yuliana. She remembers every horrific detail. "When I got to him on my knees and I rolled him over, he was completely purple and blue, his eyes were open, he was lifeless, it was horrible" said Yuliana. Demitri says he only remembers the pain that followed, "Everything hurt and nothing can touch you and it's always there. It's hard to describe, everything hurts," said Demitri. He says anytime something touched his body it burned, even today more than three weeks later he still had to hold his shirt away from his body because of the pain. He and Yulie say they are just thankful for the strangers on the beach that rushed to their rescue. "It's amazing that people were there on the beach and that people heard me," said Yuliana. "I wasn't breathing for 6 minutes so everyone who was involved, I greatly appreciate, it's amazing," said Demitri. The couple says because of all of the medical costs, they have started a fund to help pay for them. It's called Miracle on the Beach and is set up at the PNC Bank in Wilmington. Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.
Mon, 09/02/2013 03:30 PM Injured Yuliana Kukharnja, 2 of 2  0.0  Surf City NC 
 USA 
  holding hands on the beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Walking 
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Wilmington man was struck by lightning and brought back to life. Now, Dmitri Khorokhoria is at UNC Hospital recovering from what turned into a scary Labor Day weekend vacation. Khorokhoria said the quick actions of his fiancé, who is studying to be a nurse, and the kind strangers who helped him until the paramedics arrived, helped bring him back to life. "For the first time in a long time, we had these three days and decided to give ourselves a treat," said Yuliana Kukharenja, Khorokhoria's fiancé. That treat was a long weekend at the Topsail Beach. However, on Monday, a thunderstorm replaced the sunny sky. In a matter of seconds, their walk on the sand took a shocking turn. "I just remember holding hands," said Khorokhoria. "We were so happy, talking about the wonderful time we had, and the next thing, I'm in an ambulance." Khorokhoria was hit by lightning. The strike surged right through him to his fiancé. "I felt like something straight went through me," said Kukharenja. "The pain was so unbearable." When she came to, Kukharenja says one arm was completely numb, and her fiancé was lying face down in the sand. "When I rolled him over, he was purple blue," she said. "I started screaming call 911." Until help arrived, with one good arm left, Kukharenja started CPR right there on the beach as lightning still streaked through the sky. "I was screaming, and I started compressions," said Kukharenja. Strangers then carried Khorokhoria to a nearby house where paramedics took him to UNC hospital. "I just prayed and prayed and prayed that he'll come back, and he did," said Kukharenja. "It was just a true miracle." Doctors agree. While it wasn't a direct hit, they say he's lucky to be alive. Khorokhoria didn't suffer any visible or internal injuries, but his muscles are extremely sore. He can barely move. He's just happy to be alive, and is in good spirits. "They say it's the same chances to win the lottery than being hit by lightning," said Khorokhoria. "I'd rather win the lottery." Khorokhoria is feeling thankful to his fiancé, and the Good Samaritans who helped save his life. That beach trip came after Kukharenja had a string of surgeries. It was a celebration of their hospital time being over. Little did they know they would end up in the hospital again. If you'd like to help them, a fund has been set up at the PNC Bank located at 101 North Third Street in Wilmington. They appropriately named it "Miracle on the Beach."
Mon, 09/02/2013 04:00 PM Injured Amanda Peterson  54.0  Spencer MA 
 USA 
  inside basement  N/A  Basement,Indirect,Indoors 
Deputy: Lightning strike killed father and son on fishing trip wwltv.com Posted on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM Updated yesterday at 2:41 PM WWLTV.com Email: webteam@wwltv.com | Twitter: @WWLTV PONCHATOULA, La.  The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office has recovered the bodies of two missing fishermen Thursday. Officials believe the father and son were killed in a lightning strike while seeking cover during Wednesday's violent storms on the Northshore, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto. Luther Clyde Baham Sr, 54, of Kentwood, and his son, Luther Clyde Baham Jr, 33, of Hammond, were reported missing early Thursday morning after they didn't return from the fishing trip on Wednesday, said a statement from Panepinto. Baham and his son last spoke with family around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, saying they were on the Natalbany River and the weather was getting bad and that they were going to find shelter near an abandoned camp, said Panepinto. State Wildlife and Fisheries agents found the father and son at an abandoned shelter on the river, according to Panepinto. Investigators from the sheriff's office were called in to scene. "Based on the initial investigation, it is believed that the two were killed instantly by a lightning strike. The bodies were located under a small tin structure where the men apparently took cover to escape a terrible thunder storm. The evidence of a lightening strike was apparent based on the severe lightning damage to the surrounding trees," said Panepinto
Mon, 09/02/2013 02:00 PM Injured hiding under tractor, 3 of 3  0.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Mon, 09/02/2013 12:00 PM Injured Bruce Kennan  0.0  Spencer MA 
 USA 
  inside basement    Basement,Indirect,Indoors 
SPENCER, Mass. (WHDH) -- It was a close call for a couple of Spencer teens Monday when lightning hit the ground next to their house, then traveled through it before shocking both of them and sending them to the hospital. "We were inside just having a conversation and you could hear the thunder coming in, Bruce Kennan said. Kennan said you could hear the lighting strike loud and clear and neighbors agreed. "Like a grenade. I was in the military sounded like a grenade getting thrown at you, Fred Liprade said. In fact, Liprade believes it actually hit his house. It hit the back of the house, blew a light bulb out of the bathroom," he said. His granddaughter, Amanda Peterson, was in the basement holding her cell phone at the time "It came through my phone, through my body, Peterson said. It was the weirdest thing." Doctors told her it was a side splash from the lighting strike "They said I was one in a million and it doesn't always happen like that," she said. "They said I'm going to be okay, just sore for a couple days."
Mon, 09/02/2013 08:00 PM Injured man   23.0  El Paso TX 
 USA 
  standing near car    Ground Strike,Outside,Thrown 
EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM)  A lightning bolt sent a man flying through the air in Central El Paso. It happened around 8 p.m. on the 3500 block of Tyler. The man's girlfriend tells Newschannel 9 she was saying goodbye to her boyfriend next to her car when suddenly a lightning bolt lit up the sky, striking just a couple of feet away. Mariana Cuevas says she could only watch as her boyfriend flew through the air and into her open car door. "I just got so scared. I had to call his mom because he was shaking so much and he was having trouble breathing and we just called 911. I got really scared," said Cuevas. The 23 year-old man was checked out by EMT's at the scene, but declined to be taken to the hospital. "It hit right here next to us and he just flew into the car and his glasses flew all the way into the other side of the car," said Cuevas.
Sun, 09/01/2013 08:00 PM Injured Phil Deberardinis, 2 of 2 camping  0.0  Tamwoth NH 
 USA 
  camping   N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
MANCHESTER, N.H. A Manchester man hit by lightning at a campground over the holiday weekend said hes lucky to be alive. 2 CAMPERS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN TAMWORTH Police in Tamworth, N.H., have confirmed a lightning strike at the Tamworth Camping Area on Depot Road. MORE Click here to watch News 9's report. Phil Deberardinis was at a campground in Tamworth when he was hit by lightning just after 8 p.m. Sunday. "I never heard anything as loud as that, he said. Deberardinis was one of two people hit by lightning at the campground. Another victim, a 14-year-old, spent several hours in a hospital for observation but was released early Monday morning. "All of a sudden, I had one leg on one side of the picnic bench, and the other side, I was making a salad, and an unbelievable bang and a flash of light came, Deberardinis said. "I had this pain and burning in both my legs, and I seen an arc. So then that was it. And it was over." The damage could be seen at the campground, where electricity split a tree in half. Deberardinis said hes sore today, but hes lucky to be alive. He joked that he should buy a lottery ticket. "They say it's a 1 and 1 million shot, he said. Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/manchester-man-survives-lightning-strike/-/9857858/21749274/-/s867bz/-/index.html#ixzz2e3N4AEHg
Sun, 09/01/2013 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead, 7 injured  0.0   
 Guyana 
       
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Lightning strikes in the South American country of Guyana have killed a 17-year-old sugarcane worker and injured seven others. The strikes have led the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation to review policies about staff working in fields during rain and thunderstorms. Company Director Paul Bhim told The Associated Press Saturday that while he supports the review, it would be hard to predict where storms will strike and to get thousands of workers out of the field quickly. Authorities say 17-year-old Klein Roberts was found dead in an open field just west of the capital of Georgetown on Thursday. They say seven other workers were injured at the same time but at a separate plantation. One worker is in critical condition and another is in serious condition. AP This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings Related Tagsi
Sun, 09/01/2013 04:30 PM Killed Steven Becknell  50.0  Union SC 
 USA 
  working on truck in yard  N/A  Delayed Death,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Tree,Yard 
UNION, S.C. - The Union man who was struck by lightning has died, four days days after the incident. According to the victim's family, Steven Becknell died Thursday evening at an area hospital. The Holcombe Funeral Home in Union tells us visitation will be Sunday, September 8th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bogansville United Methodist Church at 4052 Buffalo-West Springs Hwy. in Jonesville. The funeral will follow at 3:30 p.m. Update: A lightning strike over the weekend has left a Union man in critical condition. Union County Sheriff David Taylor tells 7 On Your Side Steven Becknell, 50, was working on his truck under a tree in the yard when he was struck. It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on Boatmen Springs Road in Union. "Most commonly, lightning strikes another object such as a tree or power lines and then you can get a secondary jolt off of it," says paramedic Scott Burch with Union County EMS. "The lightning can actually travel through you because your standing in close proximity of it." Pictures from the scene show bark ripped from the tree near where Becknell was struck. Becknell was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Sun, 09/01/2013 11:45 PM Injured Ed Webber, 2 of 2 officers  0.0  Syracuse University NY 
 USA 
  exiting car  N/A  In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect,Police Officer,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Update: Lightning strikes Syracuse University patrol car, knocking officer unconscious By Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 02, 2013 at 2:42 AM, updated September 02, 2013 at 8:14 AM View/Post Comments Syracuse, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University safety officer was thrown about four feet and knocked unconscious after his patrol car was struck by lightning on the university's South Campus late Sunday night, according to Chief of S.U. Public Safety Tony Callisto. The officer has since regained consciousness and is recovering at Upstate University Hospital, Callisto said at 1:45 a.m. Here's Callisto's account of what happened: S.U. Department of Public Safety Officer Stanley Prue was getting out of his car during a lull in Sunday night's heavy rain when lightning struck at about 11:55 p.m. He had put his left foot out of the car on Skytop Road when he was shocked, knocked backwards on the road and landed adjacent to the back of the patrol car. His fellow officer, S.U. public safety senior detective Ed Weber, was in the car and was stunned when the lightning struck. Weber was disoriented after hearing a loud bang and saw "instantly that his partner was gone," Callisto said. But Weber quickly figured out what happened and called for help. Emergency responders were on scene in minutes. They took Prue, a veteran of S.U. public safety for 20 years, and Weber to Upstate University Hospital. "Thankfully, they're able to talk and they're doing okay right now," Callisto said.
Sun, 09/01/2013 08:00 PM Injured chlld, 1 of 2 camping  0.0  Tamwoth NH 
 USA 
  camping     Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
TAMWORTH, N.H. Police in Tamworth, N.H., have confirmed a lightning strike at the Tamworth Camping Area on Depot Road. RELATED Police continue to search for missing... Dozens of cats removed from home in... Sheriff's Office: Man arrested for... 1 killed in Limington plane crash More mosquito pools found with EEE in... It happened just after 8:00 p.m. Sunday night. A child was struck and taken to a hospital for treatment. An adult was also struck and was treated and released at the scene. Paramedics and authorities are also tending to other campers at the site to determine if any others may have been struck during that time. Read more: http://www.wmtw.com/news/maine/2-campers-struck-by-lightning-in-tamworth/-/8792012/21743126/-/e38ljj/-/index.html#ixzz2dkID0hEy
Sun, 09/01/2013 11:45 PM Injured Stan Prue, 1 of 2 officers  0.0  Syracuse University NY 
 USA 
  exiting car  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Thrown,Touching a vehicle,Work 
SYRACUSE -- A Public Safety Officer at Syracuse University is recovering after being struck by lightning just before midnight Sunday. SU police confirm officer Stan Prue was hit by lightning as he was exiting his patrol car at 621 Skytop Road at the height of Sunday night's thunderstorms. Officer Prue was thrown a few feet from the vehicle. There is no word on his condition. A second officer, Ed Weber, was with Prue at the time of the incident. Officer Weber was also treated at the hospital and has been released. Syracuse University officer hospitalized after lightning strike remains in intensive care Print Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com By Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 04, 2013 at 2:08 PM, updated September 04, 2013 at 3:26 PM View/Post Comments Syracuse, N.Y. - The Syracuse University safety officer knocked backwards and unconscious when lightning struck his patrol car late Sunday night remains in intensive care, Chief of SU Public Safety Tony Callisto said Wednesday. SU Officer Stanley Prue is still in a "substantial amount of pain" because of the lightning strike, which occurred on the university's South Campus, Callisto said. Callisto said he has seen no significant change to Prue's condition since he was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning. Still, Prue is conscious and coherent, Callisto said. He is currently recovering in Upstate University Hospital's burn unit. "He seems to be improving slowly," Callisto said. The lightning struck Prue's patrol car at about 11:55 p.m. on Sunday as he was getting out of it on Skytop Road. Prue had put his left foot out of the car when he was shocked, knocked backwards on the road about four feet, and landed adjacent to the back of the patrol car. There were heavy rains and lightning in Syracuse on Sunday. Prue's fellow officer, SU public safety senior detective Ed Weber, was in the car and was stunned when the lightning struck. Weber was disoriented after hearing a loud bang, Callisto said, but quickly called emergency responders for help. Weber is recovering at home this week but OK, Callisto said. The patrol car, a Chevy Caprice, is out of service indefinitely, Callisto said. Its electrical components aren't working and some parts of one of its rear doors have melted Syracuse, NY -- Syracuse University Public Safety Detective Ed Weber returned to work today after the patrol car he was in got struck by lightning late Sunday on South Campus, said Chief of SU Public Safety Tony Callisto. Officer Stanley Prue remains in Upstate University Hospital's burn unit after being knocked unconscious by the strike. He is conscious and coherent, but improving slowly, the chief said Wednesday. The lightning struck Prue's patrol car at about 11:55 p.m. on Sunday as he was getting out of it on Skytop Road. Prue was shocked, knocked backwards on the road about 4 feet, and landed near the back of the patrol car. Weber was in the car and stunned by the strike. He was disoriented by the loud bang, but quickly called for help. He recovered earlier this week at home. Weber is expected to speak publicly about the incident at 1 p.m. in Callisto's office. Please check back to Syracuse.com for more details as they become available. Senior Detective Ed Weber recounts being struck by lightning while on duty for Syracuse University's Public Safety Department. Also struck by lightning was SU Officer Stanley Prue, who was released from the hospital Saturday. (Michelle Gabel | mgabel@syracuse.com) By Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM, updated September 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM View/Post Comments Syracuse, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University officer struck by lightning in August was released from the hospital on Saturday, according to SU Chief Tony Callisto. Stanley Prue was getting out of his car on Aug. 30 when lightning struck at about 11:55 p.m. He had put his left foot out of the car on Skytop Road when he was shocked, knocked backwards on the road and landed adjacent to the back of the patrol car. Senior Detective Ed Weber was also hurt in the accident. He was hospitalized and released the same week as the incident. "It's a miracle they were both able to survive this," Callisto said during a press conference in September. READ: SU officer lucky to survive lightning strike: 'It was like a shotgun blast' Prue remains in "a fair amount of pain," Callisto said Tuesday. Prue's hands in particular still hurt, according to Callisto. Prue is doing physical therapy routinely to get ready to rejoin the SU Public Safety Department. Callisto said Prue was excited to be released to see his two sons and girlfriend. "His attitude has been incredibly positive throughout this," Callisto said. SYRACUSE -- Stan Prue remembers getting out of his Syracuse University patrol car, but that's all. The storms that rolled across Central New York on Sunday, September 1 appeared to be over. There was no thunder, no lightning. Stan and his partner had been patrolling in their vehicle for several hours during the storm and got out of the vehicle to stretch in the Skytop parking lot on campus. Stan opened the door and was struck by a bolt of lightning. Click here for a preview of the exclusive interview. "There was this sense that everything was okay. A sense that all of the issues or concerns I might have had about everything - about my family, about money... anything. It was all very calm and reassuring. Things were going to be okay," Prue told CBS 5's Michael Benny in an exclusive interview. Prue believes he died for a time that evening. He was revived by medical crews who arrived on the scene minutes after his partner Ed Weber put out the "officer down" call. The exclusive interview airs in three parts this week at 6:00 p.m. on CBS 5 and 5:30 p.m. on NBC 3. Monday: Stan Prue explains what happened the night he was struck by lightning. Tuesday: Living after lightning. Prue is undergoing physical therapy for the lingering impact of the lightning strike on his body. Wednesday: Prue has a long list of people he wants to thank for saving his life. Prue's friends in law enforcement are holding a Celebration of Life event at the Valley American Legion in Syracuse on Saturday October 26, 2013 from 2pm - 7pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person. By Brett SamuelsASST. NEWS EDITOR 1 day ago Stan Prue stood in the gravel parking lot near Skytop Field on South Campus on Thursday and surveyed his surroundings: an office building, some parked cars, a bus that kicked up a cloud of dust as it turned around. It felt eerie to be back, he said. It was the first time hed put his feet on the ground of the parking lot where he was struck by lightning one year ago. As he spoke, a red SUV rolled up next to him and the driver rolled down the window. It was an old man and woman looking for directions to the Gebbie Hearing Clinic. Prue told them they had just passed it and it was back up the road a bit. Thats what I miss the most, is interacting with the community, he said. On Sept. 1, 2013, Prue, a Department of Public Safety Officer, and his partner, DPS Senior Detective Ed Weber, were on Orange Watch patrol duty. They parked their car at Skytop and Prue got out to stretch. At 11:55 p.m., a bolt of lightning struck Prue, launching him a few feet away. One year later, Prue is still recovering mentally and physically from the accident. With the hopes to eventually return to SU as a DPS officer, Prue says the outpour of support during his rehabilitation has served as motivation in his recovery. As an ongoing side effect of being struck, Prue still has trouble with his memory. He said he remembers pulling the car into the lot the night it happened, but doesnt remember being struck. The next thing he recalls from that night is being worked on by officers and paramedics while he was on the ground. It was an eerie feeling because I didnt know what happened, he said. Still today what I remember is mostly just what people tell me. Prue spent the next 15 days at Upstate University Hospital. He was in intensive care at the hospitals burn unit and progressed to be semi-coherent a week later, he said. Some of the time in the hospital was spent trying to process what had happened and getting back to basics, because he had suffered nerve and brain damage. Prue said doctors told him he hit his head against the ground and broke the back of his head open after being thrown by the lightning strike, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Some of the injuries he sustained have since gone away, but Prue still feels lingering effects on a day-to-day basis. He said he deals with daily headaches and sensitivity to noise. He wears glasses to correct his vision because he suffered nerve damage in his left eye. He cant taste or smell. He still has paralysis in his right arm, his hands and his feet. In order to fully recover, Prue now spends three days a week seeing doctors and therapists. They have him do basic exercises, work on different muscles and try to stimulate his nerves. Neurological damage is unique, he said. Its not like a broken arm where you put a cast on it for six weeks and its healed. Theres also the psychological toll of hearing doctors say he might not recover fully, but Prue said he uses it as motivation to try and prove them wrong. Another thing that drives Prue is the desire to get back to work and be able to support himself and his family financially. That includes his two teenage sons. Though his medical bills relative to injuries suffered that night are covered under workers compensation, he doesnt have a steady salary while away from work. I have bills to pay, my children to take care of, Im just trying to get through everyday, he said. Prue said he has received support during the past year from too many people to name. His entire family has provided emotional and financial support. His children have been there for him emotionally throughout the recovery process. Prue said his relationship with his family and close friends has strengthened after he was struck. Thankfully, Prue said, it hasnt just been immediate family who has been helpful. Members of DPS and the university community have kept in touch and provided encouragement, Prue said. One person who has been particularly supportive over the last year is DPS Sergeant James McLellan. McLellan has worked on the same shift with Prue for about 10 years. He said when Prue was struck, everyone in the department was in disbelief. In this line of work there are plenty of ways to get injured performing your duties, but you never think about a lightning strike, McLellan said. Youre trained in how to protect yourself but with a lightning strike you cant protect yourself. Since then, McLellan has stayed in touch with Prue and still talks to him every couple weeks. When Prue is feeling up to it, McClellan drives him around to meet up with some of the other officers who work the same shift. A lot of us worked together for 10, 15 or 20 years and we spend a third of our lives here so weve got to take care of each other just like family at home, McClellan said. Prue described driving around with McLellan and other officers as bittersweet, saying he enjoys the visits but misses being able to do what he used to do. He said being away from work for the past year has been tough. Even a year later, he said its not something hes been able to fully adjust to. Its not a good feeling, Prue said. Its difficult when youre not actively engaged in something you enjoy. Prue is still hoping to return to work eventually, but said its too premature to have that conversation given his current condition. But even while hes away from work, DPS Associate Chief John Sardino said Prue is still part of the organization. Sardino said hes seen Prue around the office three or four times in the last year visiting with investigators, commanders and other DPS members. Sardino added that when Prue was struck last September, it brought people in the department together and also raised awareness among emergency responders in the region about how to handle electrical storms. When there was a large storm on freshmen move-in day this August, Sardino said the DPS officer on duty was able to give instructions to make sure families, students and workers remained indoors and stayed safe. And while DPS has taken lessons away from one of their own being struck by lightning, Prue himself has also learned from the ups and downs of the past year. Even as he stands in the parking lot on Skytop, Prue says hes in pain. He knows what to expect for lingering symptoms  including a headache he can plan on every day  but said he tries to remain positive and optimistic. He said hes learned a lot in the past year, and will continue to learn. We all go through our lives everyday and never appreciate that because we all anticipate tomorrow, Prue said. We should make the best of each day because we cant always count on tomorrow. Published on September 2, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu
Sun, 09/01/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills four fishermen in Benapole  0.0  Benapole  
 Bangladesh 
       
At least four fishermen have been killed and two others injured after lightning struck them near Benapole port in Jessore, police said. 9 0 0 The deceased have been identified as Saddam Hossain, 21, Imran Hossain, 15, Matiar Rahman, 25 and Tuhin Alam, 17. They belonged to Benapoles Raghunathpur and Sarbanghuda villages. Benapole Port Police Station OC Mijanur Rahman said they were catching fish on Sunday afternoon in the Pechor Baor, a backwater swamp situated in Namaz village amid rain. All of them were burnt to death on the spot, he said. He identified the injured as Sardar Shanti, 48 and Adhar, 28. They are being treated at Sharsha Upazila Health Center, he said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130509044111_lightning-kills-four-fishermen-in-benapole.htm#sthash.48QRI0FP.dpuf
Wed, 08/28/2013 01:30 PM Injured worker   0.0  Kean University NJ 
 USA 
  operating a backhoe    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,School,Work 
Kean University maintenance worker may have been struck by lightning during storm Print Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger By Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger Follow on Twitter on August 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM, updated August 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM View/Post Comments Student crossing the Kean University campus in this 2009 file photo.Ed Murray/ The Star-Leder UNION TWP.  A Kean University maintenance worker may have been struck by lightning during this afternoon's thunderstorm, officials said. The university is investigating whether lightning caused the injuries to the worker, who was operating a backhoe near the University Center at about 1:30 p.m., Kean spokesman Terry Golway said. "He complained of numbness, but he was conscious," Golway said. Another worker on the backhoe had no apparent burns and was able to get off the machine on his own, Golway said. There was no other obviously indication of how the unidentified worker might have been injured, Golway said. Emergency personnel came to the scene and took the man to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, Golway said. The injuries did not appear life-threatening, he said.
Wed, 08/28/2013 12:00 PM Injured Greg Richey  0.0  Cedar City UT 
 USA 
  opening awning on camper    Camping,Hail,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
CEDAR CITY A Cedar City family set out for a week-long camping trip, but their relaxing getaway almost turned deadly when a storm rolled in and lightning struck. Gregg Richey said the first thing he did when it started hailing was open the awning. There was a big band and a flash, and he said the last thing he remembers was holding his elbow. Richey was hit by one billion volts of electricity, and he said he feels he cheated death. "When I look back, I think God kept me alive for another purpose," Richey said. But for mere seconds, his family said they weren't so sure  Richey's heart had stopped and he wasn't breathing. His dad started chest compressions to bring his son back, but even though Richey said he could see his dad over him, he couldn't feel the compressions. "I had the phone in my hand and even though it was dead I was screaming at it to work because I was so afraid," his son Jake said. Related Story Family struck by lightning while driving, films incident A family was struck by lightning while driving in their car in southern Utah and they captured the incident on video. When Richey regained consciousness he said he wanted to continue hunting, but his family convinced him to go to the emergency room. Richey had lost feeling in his legs, his face was burned and he said his eyes felt like they were on fire. He spent one night in the hospital, but is back at work a few days later even though he hasn't yet regained full use of his legs. "They feel like I went up and down a mountain six to eight miles and they feel like spaghetti," Richey said. However, this may be a small hardship to endure compared to what Richey's son said he thought they were going to lose. "Everything I know I've learned from him, and it would have been hard to lose him," Grant Richey said of his father.
Tue, 08/27/2013 12:00 PM Killed 4 people  0.0  Kolkata  
 Bengal 
       
Lightning strike kills 4 in Bengal; flood warning issued Tuesday, 27 August 2013 Kolkata: Lightning killed four people in Kolkata and surrounding North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, while the authorities issued a flood alert yesterday for people residing in low-lying areas and the coastal region following recent heavy rains. Normal life was thrown out of gear following a sudden spate of heavy rains that uprooted trees and lamp posts in Kolkata and adjoining areas, officials said. Three school students died when they were struck by lightning at Deganga in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district, said control room sources. Another succumbed at Durgapur Math , an officer manning the city police control room reported. A student was injured after a tree fell on him in Jadavpur Universitys Salt Lake campus. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high-level meeting at the assembly to take stock of the situation and take preventive measures. Senior ministers and bureaucrats were present. State Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra later told reporters that people residing in low lying areas have been asked to remain vigilant. Fishermen in the coastal region have been advised not to venture into the sea. Mitra said disaster management teams and dry food and water pouches were being sent to the districts where there were apprehensions of floods. The state government has requested the central government to inform it in advance about release of water from reservoirs in neighbouring Jharkhand. The city recorded 19.5 mm rainfall over 24 hours till 5.30 p.m. yesterday. IANS
Mon, 08/26/2013 03:00 PM Killed inmate  21.0  La Reforma prison  
 Costa Rica 
  playing soccer    Outside,Prison,Soccer,Sports Field 
Prison inmate at La Reforma struck dead by lightning August 27th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) An inmate of the La Reforma prison in San Rafael de Alajuela died at 3 p.m. on Monday when he was struck by lightning, authorities confirmed. The victim, Byron Vargas Mata, 21, was participating in a soccer game when he was struck by the deadly bolt of lightning. The Red Cross responded to the scene, but the man had already been pronounced dead by prison doctors. Vargas was serving a 12 year sentence for various crimes, though officials had recently awarded the man for good behavior.
Mon, 08/26/2013 07:35 PM Killed Michael McGee  53.0  Sturgeon Lake MN 
 USA 
  under a tree in a puddle  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
A 53-year-old man in Sturgeon Lake was killed Monday night after he was struck by lightning as he stood in a puddle under a tree, according to the Pine County Sheriffs Office. Law enforcement officers and first responders were called about 7:35 p.m. Monday to an address on Alder Loop in Sturgeon Lake, which is about 50 miles south of Duluth. The caller said that a man had been struck by lightning and CPR was in progress. The victim, who has not been identified pending the notification of relatives, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, where he died from his injuries. Further investigation showed that the man had been standing in a large puddle of water near a tree when he and the tree were struck by lightning. Thunderstorms had started rolling through the area about 6 p.m. Monday. There have been 238 fatalities in the United States from lightning from 2006 to 2012, according to a recent study by the National Weather Service. Of the fatalities, 82 percent were men, the study found. Possible explanations for the disparity, according to the study, are that men are unaware of all the dangers associated with lightning, are more likely to be in vulnerable situations, are unwilling to be inconvenienced by the threat of lightning, are in situations that make it difficult to get to a safe place in a timely manner, dont react quickly to the lightning threat or any combination of these explanations. Most fatalities in that seven years, 26, came while the victims were fishing, followed by camping (15), boating (14) and playing soccer (12). Jim Anderson A 53-year-old man killed Monday night after he was struck by lightning as he stood in a puddle under a tree has been identified as Michael McGee of Sturgeon Lake, according to the Pine County Sheriffs Office. McGee had been visiting a friend he had known since childhood Monday night on Alder Loop in Sturgeon Lake, which is about 50 miles south of Duluth, said Steve Blackwell, chief deputy. About 7:30 p.m., as McGee was leaving for the day, he was standing near his pickup truck in a puddle of water about 30 feet from a tree. Thunderstorms had started rolling through the area about 6 p.m. Monday. The lightning apparently struck the tree, then ricocheted to the puddle, Blackwell said. He took a step toward his friend, then collapsed, Blackwell said. I think he realized what happened right away, brought him up on the porch and began CPR. Law enforcement officers and first responders soon arrived, and McGee was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, where he died. It was the first lightning death this year in Minnesota, and the 18th nationwide, according to the National Weather Service. Since 1959, there have been 64 lightning strike deaths in the state. Jim Anderson " 651-925-5039

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