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Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 9 of 12  0.0  Fort Carson CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter   N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 12 of 12  19.0  Fort Carson CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter   N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 6 of 12  70.0  Fort Carson CO 
 USA 
  moving to shelter  N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
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Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 7 of 12  0.0  Fort Carson CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter   N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Tue, 07/30/2013 12:00 PM unknown Thor guard  0.0  Roseland NJ 
 USA 
  detection system    Prediction,Science 
ROSELAND - With the Thor Guardian Lightning Prediction System in use in several areas throughout the community, the Roseland Recreation Department is issuing guidelines for the users of recreational facilities during thunderstorms. The lightning prediction and warning systems detects atmospheric conditions that indicate a lightning strike is imminent - within a 10-15 minute time frame. Warning horns and/or a strobe light are located at Bond Force Park, Harrison Complex, Noecker School, and Tedesco Park. When lightning is detected, a single 15-second blast of the horn will be activated. When the danger of a lightning strike has passed, an all-clear signal of three, 5-second blasts of the horn will be sounded. Additionally, each horn cluster will be accompanied by a remote amber strobe light, which will remain activated until the all clear signal is sounded.  Anyone who hears the warning signal is required by the recreation department to seek shelter in a building (if available) or car, and remain in the shelter until the all-clear signal is activated. If no covered shelter is available, avoid open areas, water, tall trees, metal fences, overhead wires, power lines, elevated ground, cellular phone, and radios.  If the warning signal should occur a second time, all games and practices must be cancelled.
Tue, 07/30/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning claims one, injures dozen   0.0  Dolakha  
 India 
       
DOLAKHA, JUL 30 - A woman died and around three dozen people were injured after lightning struck them at Bigu-7 in Dolakha district Monday night. The deceased has been identified as Pasang Doma Sherpa, 43, of Bigu-7. She died on the spot. The injured in the incident are Maya Thami and Devimaya Thami, among others. The injured are undergoing treatment at local health institutions, said Pasang Sherpa, a local. RSS Posted on: 2013-07-30 02:27
Tue, 07/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured Seven pupils struck by lightning in West Pokot  0.0  Kapenguria  
 Kenya 
       
a Kapenguria, Kenya: Seven pupils of Roponyo Primary School in Kapkoris area of West Pokot County have been treated and discharged from Kapenguria District Hospital after they were struck by lightning. 0 inShare The pupils, six girls and a boy, were struck by lightning amid heavy downpour on Monday evening as they prepared to go home. The hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Festus Omunyin said the pupils had been treated but the boy was yet to be discharged. Tens of families in North Pokot have also been displace by floods. The county National Drought Management Authority boss Mr Gabriel Mbogo asked residents to heed alerts on weather changes.
Tue, 07/30/2013 12:00 PM unknown Decades later, hair-raising photo still a reminder  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Education,Science 
The photo has been reprinted, posted and passed around for decades: Two grinning brothers, hair standing on end, unaware that they were minutes away from being struck by lightning while climbing Moro Rock in Californias Sequoia National Park. We were from San Diego and really stupid, says Michael McQuilken, who was a long-haired 18-year-old when the snapshot was taken on Aug. 20, 1975. His brother Sean was 12. We thought it was something funny. But now, nearly 38 years later, McQuilken says he recalls that deadly afternoon in the Sierra Nevada mountains vividly: The flash of white light as bright as arc welding, the deafening explosion, the feeling of becoming weightless and being lifted off the ground. Most of all, McQuilken says, he remembers the sheer power of a bolt from above. I never was cautious before that, says McQuilken, now 56. Now, if Im out to climb a peak, Im the first person to bail if clouds gather. The shocking experience attracted new interest this month when John Jensenius, the lightning safety specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, discovered McQuilkens blog post about the incident and shared it with a wide audience. Jensenius, who keeps track of the nations lightning deaths for NOAA, says hes been asked frequently about the photo, which was once used in brochures to help warn campers about the potential for danger. Contrary to rumors and some published reports, both brothers survived the strike, although another hiker was killed. There were 19 deaths reported in August 1975, in a year that saw a final toll of 91, Jensenius says. Back then, however, lightning deaths weren't well reported or tracked, he says, and the Moro Rock death wasn't included. Still, the photo serves as a gripping reminder of Jensenius' ongoing mission to help keep people safe from lightning, which has killed an average of 53 people a year over the past 30 years. Fewer deaths have been reported in recent years -- there were 28 in 2012 -- largely because of better awareness and prevention efforts. So far this summer, 14 people have been killed by lightning. Every death means there's room for improvement, Jensenius says. "If people would plan ahead, keep an eye on the sky and get to a safe place sooner, there could be many fewer deaths and injuries," he says. NBC News tracked McQuilken down at his San Diego home. Now a software engineer and a drummer, McQuilken says people email him about once a week asking about that hair-raising photo, which has seemed to develop of life of its own. Michael McQuilken Michael McQuilken's sister, Mary, 15, was also on Moro Rock on Aug. 20, 1975, although she escaped injury. It was taken by his 15-year-old sister, Mary, using an old Kodak Instamatic camera, McQuilken said. He and his siblings were hiking the granite dome. When they reached the top to enjoy the view, someone noticed that their hair was standing on end. At the time, we thought this was humorous, McQuilken recalled. I took a photo of Mary and Mary took a photo of Sean and me. I raised my right hand into the air and the ring I had on began to buzz so loudly that everyone could hear it. Not once did they consider that a lightning strike was imminent, he said. Suddenly, the temperature dropped dramatically and it began to hail. The teens decided to return back down the mountain, but partway down, the bolt struck. I found myself on the ground with the others, McQuilken recalled. Sean was collapsed and huddled on his knees. Smoke was pouring from his back. It turned out that Sean was one of at least three people hit directly that day by the triple-pronged bolt, including one man who died and another who sued the U.S. government for not warning about lightning danger, Jensenius noted. The lawsuit was dismissed. Sean was knocked unconscious and suffered third-degree burns to his back and elbows. Although the kids didn't know it then, hair standing on end and tingling skin may be signs that a lightning strike may be imminent, experts say. If that happens, the best advice is to seek shelter immediately. If that's not possible, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet, making yourself the smallest target possible and minimize contact with the ground. Then, as soon as possible, get out of the area. After the strike, McQuilken and his family stayed in contact with local rangers and sent them slides of the now-famous photos. Years later, his sister surprised him with a calendar that included a pirated copy of the picture. That whole experience just feels like it happened yesterday, says McQuilken, who lost his brother Sean to suicide in 1989. He still spends a lot of time outdoors, but McQuilken takes no chances with lightning. He has been known to caution other hikers when it's too dangerous to climb, but it's clear that, like those boys on the mountain, they, too, think their chance of injury is remote. Ive told them, 'This is not safe,'" McQuilken says. "But they seem to take what I say very lightly. Health news lightning
Sun, 07/28/2013 10:00 PM Injured person in home  0.0  Vineland NJ 
 USA 
  inside house     Indirect,Indoors 
VINELAND  Two city homes were damaged by lightning strikes Sunday night, according to Vineland fire officials. One resident was taken to the hospital with injuries that appeared to be caused by the strike. Firefighters were called out to a home on the 200 block of East Sherman Avenue just before 10:20 p.m. for the first strike. According to Vineland Fire Chief Robert Pagnini, lightning struck a satellite dish outside the home and "chased" the cables into the house. CONNECT WITH US! " FACEBOOK " TWITTER " S.J. NEWSFLASH " NJ.COM/SOUTH Firefighters encountered light smoke in the basement that has been attributed to the satellite dish wires being melted by the electricity surge, Pagnini said. There was no actual fire reported at the scene. A man who was inside the house was taken to Inspira Medical Center Vineland to get treatment for a foot injury. Pagnini said that while the injury appears to linked to the strike, the man was not directly hit by the lightning. The smoke was under control by 11:15 p.m. Just three minutes after the fire department was dispatched to the first lightning strike, another was called in at a home on the 3700 block of Italia Avenue. Pagnini said a chimney sustained some damage after being hit by lightning, but no smoke or fire was reported. No one was injured and the incident was under control before 11:10 p.m.
Sun, 07/28/2013 12:00 PM Injured woman on boat  0.0  Caloosahatchee river FL 
 USA 
  on a boat  N/A  Boat,Indirect,On Water,Outside,Water 
Jewell Cartales LEE COUNTY, FL - For the first time we are hearing from the woman shocked by lightning yesterday while on a boat on the Caloosahatchee River. Twenty-four hours later, Jewell Cartales remains in the hospital. A half hour from her Cape Coral home, out on the Caloosahatchee River near Shell Point, Cartales watched the storms forming in the distance. "On my way out to get the towels, I was closing the hatches," she said. On the way home from a sunny day on Captiva, she was preparing her family's new boat for the upcoming rain. "I was sticking the screen back in. I had just finished latching it. I saw the lightning, heard the thunder and got, like, electrocuted," she said. She felt a jolt go through her entire body. "It hit my hand like when you touch an electrical thing. It shocked me. All I could think of was getting to my kids," she said. Instead, she passed out. The Iona-McGregor Fire Department tells us lightning hit the water near the boat. It wasn't a direct hit, but an electrical charge that shocked her. There were six people and three dogs on the 37-foot boat. No one else was injured. Cartales was taken by ambulance to HealthPark Hospital. At first the mother of four says her heart was pounding, her body shaking -- and she couldn't walk or move her arm. Twenty-four hours later she's mostly back to normal. "I am going to look at lightning different, I am sure," Cartales said. Cartales says this won't stop her from going out on the water; instead, she'll keep a closer watch on the dark skies ahead. "Soon as you see lightning we get out, but that could be too late. That first lightning could be the one that hits you," she said. Cartales says she'll remain in the hospital one more night while the doctor monitors her heart. There was no damage to the boat...except the radio. Florida Fish and Wildlife are not investigating any further. CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Sergeant Matt Nyce with Lee County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit knows firsthand how dangerous it can be to be on the water during a storm. Between his experience with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, and his passion for the water, he's been on three boats that have been struck by lightning. "Each one is just as scary as the last one," Nyce said. Lightning nearly struck a woman on a boat in the Caloosahatchee River yesterday. According to the incident report, EMS crews provided advanced life support to her on scene. Now, marine officials are reminding boaters about safety during storms. Nyce said even though water isn't typically a good conductor or electricity, salt water is and poses greater risk for those out on the water during a storm. "If you get a nearby strike in the civinity of your boat, you could very well get some residual effects from that bolt of lightning," Nyce said. Patrick O'Brien, president of Sea Tow, said he's been busier this summer rescuing distraught boats because of all the recent storms. If you get caught on the water during a storm, find a dock or marina as quickly as possible. Boaters can legally go through idle zones at non-idle speeds only when a storm is present. Nyce said the best way to aviod getting caught in a stormy situation entirely is to plan ahead and know what the weather forecast is before you head out. "If you see these things start to build up, it's time to go home... don't wait until they get up on you because it's too late at that point," he said. Here's a link to the Lee County Waterways app, which tracks radar and weather conditions for area waters: http://www.leegov.com/Pages/GoMobile.aspx
Sun, 07/28/2013 08:25 PM Injured clerk  25.0  Century FL 
 USA 
  inside at cash register    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
A Century store clerk received a shock at work Sunday evening when the store was struck by lightning. The clerk at the Dollar General on North Century Boulevard reported she received a shock from the cash register when lightning hit the store about 8:25 p.m. The 25-year old female was not seriously injured. She was transported by Escambia County EMS to Jay Hospital for evaluation. There was no significant damage reported to the store. Comments
Sat, 07/27/2013 12:00 PM Injured Heather Scott  24.0  Hitchcock Creek NC 
 USA 
  tubing down a river  N/A  Boat,Fresh Water,On Water,Outside,Tubing,Water 
Woman struck by lightning while tubing Hitchcock Creek by Dawn M. Kurry Richmond County Daily Journal Aug 03, 2013 | 766 views | 0 | 7 | | Scott A sunny afternoon of tubing last weekend suddenly became a nightmare for a group of friends after dark clouds gathered over Hitchcock Creek. Heather Scott, 24, of Hamlet, was headed down the river behind her husband, leaning her left side into the water to avoid the water he was splashing behind him as he tried to paddle faster to get out of the storm. Suddenly, the group heard a loud crack of thunder, and Scott said she felt an indescribable sensation shoot from her left shoulder down into her left foot. I felt a crazy tingling, said Scott. I cant even explain the feeling. Next thing I know, I cant move my left side and thats when the people I was with pulled me out of the water. Scott had been struck by lightning. My husband and another person pulled me out and we waited on the bank for rescue workers to get to us, said Scott, recalling waiting in the woods for an hour, scared. Rockingham Police Department and EMS got there on foot and had to carry me out on a gurney. They carried me to an open field on a gator to get me to the ambulance. Scott, whose left side was tingling, then growing numb, then tingling again, was panicking. I was really freaking out. I was scared, she said. I didnt know what would happen to me. I was always told about lighting but I never thought I would feel it like that. Scott said she didnt stand on her legs until she got to the hospital two hours after being struck. It felt like when you get up and your foot is asleep, she said. The doctor told her she was lucky that she had been in the water, and that the lightning wasnt grounded, or she would have had lasting impressions on her skin; a tell-tale mark of being struck by lightning. Its something Ill never forget, she said. It hasnt even been a week and I keep going back to it. I can remember everything. We are just blessed and very lucky it wasnt worse. I take a lot of things for granted but Im looking at things differently now. Scott said everyone in the tubing group felt the lightning in some way, but she was the only one impacted by the strike.  Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at dkurry@civitasmedia.com. Read more: Richmond County Daily Journal - Woman struck by lightning while tubing Hitchcock Creek Aug. 08--A sunny afternoon of tubing last weekend suddenly became a nightmare for a group of friends after dark clouds gathered over Hitchcock Creek. Heather Scott, 24, of Hamlet, was headed down the river behind her husband, leaning her left side into the water to avoid the water he was splashing behind him as he tried to paddle faster to get out of the storm. Suddenly, the group heard a loud crack of thunder, and Scott said she felt an indescribable sensation shoot from her left shoulder down into her left foot. "I felt a crazy tingling," said Scott. "I can't even explain the feeling. Next thing I know, I can't move my left side and that's when the people I was with pulled me out of the water." Scott had been struck by lightning. "My husband and another person pulled me out and we waited on the bank for rescue workers to get to us," said Scott, recalling waiting in the woods for an hour, scared. "Rockingham Police Department and EMS got there on foot and had to carry me out on a gurney. They carried me to an open field on a gator to get me to the ambulance." Scott, whose left side was tingling, then growing numb, then tingling again, was panicking. "I was really freaking out. I was scared," she said. "I didn't know what would happen to me. I was always told about lighting but I never thought I would feel it like that." Scott said she didn't stand on her legs until she got to the hospital two hours after being struck. "It felt like when you get up and your foot is asleep," she said. The doctor told her she was lucky that she had been in the water, and that the lightning wasn't grounded, or she would have had lasting impressions on her skin; a tell-tale mark of being struck by lightning. "It's something I'll never forget," she said. "It hasn't even been a week and I keep going back to it. I can remember everything. We are just blessed and very lucky it wasn't worse. I take a lot of things for granted but I'm looking at things differently now." Scott said everyone in the tubing group felt the lightning in some way, but she was the only one impacted by the strike. -- Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at dkurry@civitasmedia.com. Copyright 2013 - Richmond County Daily Journal, Rockingham, N.C.
Sat, 07/27/2013 12:00 PM Injured 4 hiking  0.0  Mjolvafjell peak Trondheim 
 Norway 
  hiking    Hiking,Outside 
Four survive lightning strike Published: 29 Jul 2013 11:47 GMT+02:00 | Print version Updated: 29 Jul 2013 11:47 GMT+02:00 Share on reddit More Sharing Services Four people were hit by lightning on Saturday as they were hiking on Mjølvafjell peak in Romsdal, south of Trondheim. The four were evacuated by helicopter and are now being treated in Ålesund hospital. "We have been incredibly lucky," Geir Kvam, 55, told Norway's VG newspaper. "I think that if we had been just a few yards closer to the top, we would have died." Kvam was walking with his daughter, a friend and his friend's son. He and his friend were both seriously injured, while the children were largely unharmed. "The doctors have learned that my condition is worse than first thought. Electricity passed through my heart, so I need to be in hospital for one more night," he told the paper.
Fri, 07/26/2013 07:30 PM Injured woman   28.0  Mount Shasta CA 
 USA 
  touching metal railing  N/A  Indirect,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside 
Woman injured by Mount Shasta lightning strike One person was injured and a tree was struck Friday evening, July 26 when a series of lightning strikes touched down in Mount Shasta. 0 This lightning strike was captured by David Plank. The photo was taken from Montague looking towards Fort Jones. By Skye Kinkade Posted Jul. 27, 2013 @ 1:21 pm One person was injured and a tree was struck Friday evening, July 26, when a series of lightning strikes touched down in Mount Shasta. A 28 year old Mount Shasta woman was injured when electricity from a strike was conducted through a metal railing at an apartment building, said Mount Shasta Police Department chief Parish Cross. The woman was leaning against a railing at 700 Pine Street at about 7:30 p.m. when the incident occurred, Cross said. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta for treatment of injuries. At about the same time, a tree was struck on Marjorie Street, between Alta Vista Manor's parking lot and the street, according to the Mount Shasta Police Department. The tree, which was about 35 to 40 feet tall, was split in half by the bolt and had to be cut down by the Mount Shasta Fire Department for safety purposes. Northern California took about 1,400 lightning strikes, with about half of them happening in Siskiyou County, according to the US Forest Service, lighting several small fires on the Shasta Trinity National Forest and the Klamath National Forest. According to the Forest Service's online incident information database, the 11 fires on the Shasta Trinity total about 10 acres. Many have been extinguished. Smokejumpers and crews on scene, at a three to four acre fire on Girard Ridge in the Mt. Shasta/McCloud Management Unit, with engines working their way in. Lana Costenza, who was working at Mt. Shasta Tire Factory on N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. said at one point on Friday evening, a bolt struck somewhere out in front of the store near the parked car her daughter, Erin Beauchene, was sitting in. The strike rattled the entire building and shook the ground, she said. She described it as "a bright white light, like I was seeing the end of the tunnel," she said. The storm also brought something more welcome: a double rainbow stretched across the Mt. Shasta area. Photos of the rainbow, lightening and thunderclouds, contributed by our readers, can be found at our Facebook page at this link. Read more: http://www.mtshastanews.com/article/20130727/NEWS/130729810/1001/NEWS#ixzz2aQuYHTx4
Thu, 07/25/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lucky amateur stargazer becomes the first person e  0.0   
 UK 
  science    Education,Science 
Lucky amateur stargazer becomes the first person ever to snap a rare lightning strike into space above Britain Sprites - shards of light caused by large electrical discharges high above thunderstorm clouds - have never before been recorded in the UK Amateur photographer Richard Kacerek took the photo of the sprite on Tuesday night in East Yorkshire One expert has confirmed the sighting is a rare example of sprites that can occur over the North Sea By SARAH GRIFFITHS PUBLISHED: 06:52 EST, 25 July 2013 | UPDATED: 06:56 EST, 25 July 2013 0 View comments An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike 'into space' above the British Isles. The atmospheric phenomena, known as sprites, had never been recorded in the UK before an amateur astronomer in East Yorkshire managed to take the photographic first. Richard Kacerek, 33, spotted the sprite - caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull - and has sparked excitement in the scientific community with his image. An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike 'into space' (pictured) above the British Isles. The atmospheric phenomena, known as sprites, had never been recorded in the UK before Sprites are shards of light caused by large-scale electrical discharges that take place high above thunderstorm clouds. They cause a varied range of visual shapes in the night sky but have never been recorded before in the UK. Mr Kacerek spotted the sprite on Tuesday night from a camera set up in Hull. More... The incredible photographs that create the illusion that a plane is flying to the MOON SNOW on Mars is the most likely reason for the valleys that exist there - and could shed new light on the red planet's early climate He said: 'Astronomy is my hobby, I am not a scientist so I am delighted to have captured the sprite, it was such an interesting event. 'They are a fascinating phenomena as they happen in the atmosphere above the storm clouds. 'They are relatively unknown and it looked a little special so I sent it to Dr Martin Fullekrug at Bath University and he said it was the first spotted over the UK. 'I think luck had a lot to do with it.' Mr Kacerek spotted the sprite on a camera that is part of the UK Meteor Observing Network, which amateur stargazers can use to observe space. Richard Kacerek spotted the sprite, caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull. His photograph has sparked excitement in the scientific community Dr Fullekrug, an expert in the electrodynamic properties of the atmosphere at the University of Bath, has carried out a number of studies on sprites. He said: 'This particular sprite is a rare example of sprites that can occur over the North Sea. 'The lightning flash inside the thunderstorm, which caused the sprite above the cloud was also unique.' The UK Met Office recorded the thunderstorm using the ATDnet lightning detection network, which is ordinarily used for real-time forecasts of flash floods, hail, and wind gusts often associated with thunderstorms. Graeme Anderson, foundation scientist for the UK Met Office, said: 'The ATDnet lightning location system operated by the Met Office picked up widespread and particularly intense storms across the UK during Tuesday 23 July. 'The storms detected in the region near Hull developed around the wash before moving northwards, but were of only moderate intensity and were small compared with some other storms that occurred on that day in other areas.' The first colour image of a sprite was captured as part of a 1994 NASA/University of Alaska aircraft campaign to study the rare lightning strikes. The red color was found to be from nitrogen fluorescent emissions excited by a lightning stroke in the underlying thunderstorm Alec Bennett, who develops lightning detectors for BIRAL, a Bristol-based company, predicted sprites would occur during thunderstorms approaching the UK from the Atlantic with his electrical sensors. He said Mr Kacerek was very fortunate to catch this extremely rare phenomenon on camera. Dr Fullekrug said: 'Citizen scientists can play a major role in unravelling the mysteries of lightning into space. 'It is well known that upward lightning is a necessary condition to initiate lightning into space, but upward lightning alone is not sufficient. 'There are yet unknown factors which will be investigated in more detail during two upcoming space missions due to be carried out by the French and European Space Agency in 2015. 'Citizen scientists can make a major contribution by reporting sprite occurrence times.' WHAT ARE SPRITES? Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds They give rise to a varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky Sprites are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground They appear as luminous reddish-orange flashes - they often have bluish hanging tendrils and can be preceded by a red halo Researchers have categorized certain sprites as carrot shaped, a column and a jellyfish- which is the largest type measuring up to 30 miles in diameter They often occur in clusters at between 50 and 90 kilometres above the Earth's surface Sprites were first photographed on 6 July 1989 by scientists from the University of Minnesota Since their 1989 discovery, they have been photographed thousands of times from the ground, air and space - but until now, never before above the UK Sprites have erroneously been held responsible for otherwise unexplained accidents involving high altitude vehicular operations above thunderstorms Sprites are shards of light are caused by large-scale electrical discharges which take place high above thunderstorm clouds (pictured). They cause a varied range of visual shapes in the night sky but had never been recorded before in the UK Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2377638/Lucky-amateur-stargazer-person-snap-rare-lightning-strike-SPACE-Britain.html#ixzz2aiW99x5H Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Thu, 07/25/2013 12:00 AM Injured Ray Row  75.0  Prescott AZ 
 USA 
  golfing  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Golf Course,Outside 
(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) -- An Arizona man had to be resuscitated after being struck by lightning during a golf game on Thursday. According to the Prescott Daily Courier, 75-year-old Ray Row was on his 18th hole at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz., when he was hit by lightning. When Row wasnt responsive, two nearby golfing partners started CPR and called for help. He was not breathing and had no pulse, Rob Zazueta of the Chino Valley Fire District told the Prescott Daily Courier. We got a pulse right before he was loaded on the gurney. Row is reportedly in stable condition at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz. Row was struck by lightning just three days after a married couple were killed by a lighting strike at the LeFevre Scenic Outlook in Fredonia, Arizona. A teenage boy was also injured in that lightning strike. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio WEATHER NEWS Checking in with golfer who survived lightning strike Before firefighters' deaths, weather model showed shifting winds Being outdoors perilous during thunderstorms PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Less than two weeks ago, a 76-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course in Prescott Valley. He spent a few days in the hospital, and today, returned to the links. Roy Row was incredibly lucky. The only issues he suffered as a result of that jolt were some issues with his hands and a ruptured ear drum. 76-year-old Roy Row has been golfing for years. And although he may not be the best golfer -- it's a pass time he loves. And a pastime that almost cost him his life. "I don't know if I was walking or standing or what -- but everything tuned black." Two weeks ago -- a quick moving storm moved in while he was golfing at Antelope Hills Golf Course and he was struck by lightning. "We thought maybe he was joking at first and Dave starts going 'Roy, Roy' but of course Roy's not moving," says Dick Nichols, a friend of Roy. The hat he was wearing at the time was blown to pieces. "We rolled him over and you don't really want to know what he looked like -- he didn't look good," says Dave Hegelson, friend. "We just started CPR on him." Roy says he's been playing golf for these two buddies for years and he credits those two guys with saving his life after his heart stopped -- they performed CPR. "Without them I wouldn't be standing here. No question," says Roy. He spent a few nights in the hospital and now, just two weeks after he was struck, he's making his triumphant return to the golf course. "At this point, it's just good to be out here. It's marvelous -- you just can't imagine how good it is to be standing up on this side of the grass, that's just a phenomenal thing." Roy says he now has a new lease on life. "It is just a wonderful feeling to be alive -- I've got life to live now." Related story: Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life Lightning response saves a life Heidi Dahms Foster/Review Chino Valley Firefighter/paramedics Doug Copenhaver, Terry Jacobson and Rob Zazueta stand with Roy and Ginny Row. Firefighters, along with two of Rows friends, saved his life when he was struck by lightning on July 25 during a storm at the Antelope Hills Golf Course. Heidi Dahms-Foster Editorial Manager Roy Row is appreciating life a little more than the average person these days. That's because he nearly lost his after lightning struck him on July 25 while he was playing a round at Antelope Hills Golf Course. Row and his wife, Ginny, visited Saturday with the Chino Valley Fire District crew that helped save his life, including Firefighter/paramedics Doug Copenhaver, Terry Jacobson, and Rob Zazueta. The three were manning the Prescott Fire station at the airport, assisting Prescott after the department was devastated by the loss of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30. Row said he regularly golfs with a group of friends. Just two weeks before he was struck, he observed a storm, and felt uncomfortable enough to leave. On July 25, the men engaged in a "typical lousy game, but we were having a good time," he said. "We had finished 17, and we were on hole 18, near the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Highway 89, when this massive dark cloud came almost over the course. As we teed off on 18, I saw this one bolt of lightning over Glassford Hill. I told the guys, 'Gee, I think things are getting dangerous here,' Row said. But they decided to play through because they were so close to finishing. Ironically, the four joked as they traveled the fairway. "Dave (Helgeson) says, 'I wonder, do you supposed you feel a lightning strike before it hits?' We jawed about this down the fairway," Row said. "When I saw Dave in the hospital I said, 'I've got the answer for you!'" In fact, Row said he had no inkling he was about to be hit. "Dave and Dick were across the fairway under the trees and Craig was about 30 feet away in the other direction," he said. "When the lightning hit me I had just looked back at Craig and he was putting his clubs away. He says at the time it occurred, he felt a tingling on his head, and ducked. When he looked up I was on the ground, and so were Dave and Dick, but they were getting up." Row said his friends thought he was pretending to be unconscious. "Dave and Dick hollered at me to get up. I didn't move and they hollered again and came over. Dave's description of my condition was, 'Well, you really don't want to know,'" he said. While his friends began chest compressions and called 911, the Mayer Fire crew had been listening to the radio crackle inside the station as the massive storm moved over the course and lightning began to strike. When the station's printer began to spit out paper, signifying a call, said Jacobsen, it was right after a big strike. That's when Zazueta said, "I bet you a golfer has been struck by lightning." Seconds later the radio dispatched them to a lightning strike. Another one of the small miracles of the day occurred that morning. A man stopped in and asked for directions to the clubhouse. Zazueta had to get the map out and direct him, and that's how, while manning an unfamiliar station, they were able to get to Row within four minutes. "We were right around the corner," Zazueta said. "Everything went right that day that needed to go right." When the crew arrived at the scene, they found Row not breathing and without a pulse. They put a monitor on him, placed defibrillator pads on his chest, and prepared to start IVs. The Lifeline Ambulance supervisor told them, "We may need to shock him." That's when, in the driving rain and as the firefighters tried to shield his body from hailstones, Jacobsen looked down and saw Row take a gulping breath. Then he felt a slow pulse that became stronger by the minute. Seeing Row return to life is, in 13 years, "definitely one of my top calls," Jacobsen said. The next thing Row remembers is Zazueta asking him to roll sideways so firefighters could remove the body board from under him at the hospital. His wife went to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott and found him "laying on a table and covered with I don't know how many blankets. He was just shaking all over." That was a good sign, she said, he was alive. Row suffered a ruptured eardrum, some minor burns on his body, and some inflammation of his eyelids and eye membranes. He said he's still pretty weak and wants to sleep a lot, but his voice, and his grip, are strong. He said he owes it all to God. "He wanted me around for some reason. I was blessed with these (firefighters) and Dave and Dick's talents to save me," he said. Zazueta said the events of the entire day were "of a higher nature." He said the crew had spent much of the day talking for the first time among themselves since their colleagues died in the Yarnell Hill fire. "The whole day was a mending process for us as a crew. We were meant to be there," he said. Row said he always has appreciated firefighters, but his admiration has increased exponentially. "This (event) brings it home in a very critical way," he said.
Thu, 07/25/2013 12:00 PM Injured man golfing  70.0  Prescott AZ 
 USA 
  golfing    Cardiac Arrest,Direct hit,Golf Course,Outside 
Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life Share on twitterShare on gmailShare on stumbleuponShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services 0 Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:04 PM EDT Updated: Jul 25, 2013 11:04 PM EDT WEATHER NEWS Days later, monsoon cleanup drags on One inch of rain in one hour causes Flagstaff flooding Man struck by lightning in Prescott comes back to life PRESCOTT, Ariz. - A man in his 70s, who was golfing at a Prescott golf course Thursday night, was struck by lightning and almost died. According to the Chino Valley Fire Department, the bolt tore his clothing. He was unresponsive and had no heartbeat when paramedics arrived. Witnesses say the lightning struck him in the head. He suffered burns to his face and chest. The man was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. After receiving CPR, he regained a pulse and was alert and talking.
Wed, 07/24/2013 12:00 PM Injured by, 3 of 3 @ grand canyon  0.0  LeFevre Overlook AZ 
 USA 
  at a rest stop    Grand Canyon,Outside 
WEATHER NEWS 2 killed after lightning hits Arizona scenic overlook Looking into Arizona's Stupid Motorist Law Flooding follows heavy rain in parts of Flagstaff FREDONIA, Ariz. - Two people were killed in northern Arizona after being struck by lightning Tuesday at about 3 p.m. Authorities say a man and woman were in the area of the LeFevre Scenic Overlook on Highway 89A, about eight miles north of Jacobs Lake, not far from Fredonia. The man and woman were in a group of people at the overlook and were pronounced dead at the scene. A teenage boy was also struck by lightning and knocked to the ground. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He is not associated with the victims. The names of the man and woman who died are being withheld until relatives can be notified. According to Coconino County Sheriff's officials, the victims lived outside the United States and were a couple, but their hometowns and ages weren't immediately available.
Wed, 07/24/2013 12:00 PM Injured Deborah Kendall  33.0   
 UK 
  saved by rubber boots ????    Outside 
Deborah Kendall believes her lucky escape was due to the fact she had been wearing her husband's wellingtons at the time Photo: Raymonds By Agencies 8:55AM BST 24 Jul 2013 Deborah Kendall, 33, was hit by the lightning bolt as she put her two-year-old daughter in her car but escaped with only pins and needles and cramp. The mother, who was struck by several million volts, told how doctors who treated her said it may have been because she was wearing her husband's rubber-soled wellies at the time. Mrs Kendall put her wellies on before stepping outside with an umbrella to shelter husband David, 36, as he carried their two-year-old daughter to their car. She said: "We needed to get going, and it was absolutely pouring with rain. "I only had little pumps on, so David said I should put his wellies on as my feet would get soaked otherwise.
Wed, 07/24/2013 03:00 PM Killed Aram Kawewong, 1 of 3 @ grand canyon  20.0  LeFevre Overlook AZ 
 USA 
  at a rest stop  N/A  Grand Canyon,Outside 
PHOENIX, July 24 (Reuters) - A lightning bolt struck a group of sightseers at an overlook near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Ads by Google PolyPhaser & Transtector The Most Trusted Data Line, Lightning & Surge Protection talleycom.com/store/PolyPhaser Great Grand Canyon Tours Many tours to choose from departing from Las Vegas. Book online & save! www.LasVegasGrandCanyonTour.com killing a couple who were visiting from another country and injuring a boy, authorities said on Wednesday. The lightning struck at the LeFevre Overlook, about 30 miles (48 kms) north of the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, at around 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Gerry Blair said. "We believe there were a number of people at the rest stop, kind of milling around and looking ... and a bolt of lightning came down and affected three people," Blair told Reuters by telephone. The unidentified man and woman, who were married, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names and country of origin are being withheld pending notification of relatives, Blair said. The boy, who was traveling with another group of adults, was transported to an area hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, he said. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Ken Wills) Follow Reuters Facebook Twitter RSS YouTube RECOMMENDED VIDEO Iraqi man marries woman more than four times his junior Woman dies in roller coaster accident (0:53) North Koreas Kim attends mass games ahead of war& What you need to know about the Cyclosporiasis virus (Tork Better Business Center) A Data Center that Fits Under Your Desk (Tech Page One) [?] READ German president says whistleblowers like Snowden merit respect 26 Jul 20131Egyptian security forces shoot dead dozens of Mursi supporters| 4:44am EDT2Alabama executes man advocates said was mentally ill 25 Jul 20133Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention 26 Jul 20134Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention 12:28am EDT5 DISCUSSED 106 House rejects bid to curb spy agency data collection 89 U.S. pens letter to Russia promising protections for Snowden 85 Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out SPONSORED LINKS Improve your business. Get insights with a free SurveyMonkey survey. Trade free for 60 days and get up to $600 cash. No platform or data fees. Ads by Marchex Grand Canyon lightning victims were Thai tourists inShare Share this Email Print Related News Lightning strike kills couple, injures boy near Grand Canyon Wed, Jul 24 2013 Related Topics Cyclical Consumer Goods » PHOENIX, July 26 | Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:20pm EDT (Reuters) - A married couple killed by a lightning bolt near the Grand Canyon this week was identified on Friday as tourists visiting from Thailand. Aram Kawewong and wife Ratchaya Tantranon, both 20, were among a group of people struck by lightning on Tuesday at the LeFevre Overlook, about 30 miles (48 km) north of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said. The two tourists, from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities had been withheld pending notification kin, the sheriff's office said. The lightning bolt also struck and injured a boy who was traveling with another group of adults. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Dan Whitcomb, Doina Chiacu)
Wed, 07/24/2013 03:00 PM Killed Ratchaya Tantranon, 2 of 3 @ grand canyon  20.0  LeFevre Overlook AZ 
 USA 
  at a rest stop  N/A  Grand Canyon,Outside 
FREDONIA, Ariz. -- Two adults were killed and a child was injured by lightning at a scenic overlook on Highway 89A Tuesday afternoon. A bolt of lightning struck in the area of the LeFevre Overlook about eight miles north of Jacob Lake around 3 p.m., according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. A group of people was standing in the area when the husband and wife were struck. They were later pronounced dead at the scene. A boy also was struck by the lightning and knocked to the ground. He was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries then transported to an area hospital. Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said the child was not associated with the two other victims and was traveling with several adults. The two deceased victims were transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff. The couple's names have not been released at this time. Blair said they were from out of the country.
Tue, 07/23/2013 12:00 PM Injured utility worker  0.0  Lauderhill FL 
 USA 
  touching vehicle    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Worker in Lauderhill injured when lightning strikes crane BY MIAMI HERALD STAFF A utility worker in Lauderhill was shocked Tuesday afternoon when lightning struck the crane he was operating. Lauderhill Fire Rescue said the accident occurred at 3601 NW Fourth St. as the worker was installing utility poles and lightning struck. At the time, the worker had his hand on the steering wheel and was jolted by electricity from the bolt. The man, whose name has not been released, suffered severe burns and was transported to Broward General Medical Center. His condition was unknown Tuesday night. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20132407085511_worker-in-lauderhill-injured-when.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 AM Injured 2 of 3 farm workers  18.0  Bainbridge GA 
 7/22/2013 
  walking along road    Farming,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 AM Killed Mauselio Gomez, 1 of 3 farm workers  21.0  Bainbridge GA 
 USA 
  walking along road    Farming,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP)  Sheriff's officials in south Georgia say a lightning strike has killed a man and left two others injured. Decatur County Sheriff's officials say 21-year-old Mauselio Gomez died when he was struck by lightning Monday morning. Authorities say his 18-year-old brother and a co-worker were both injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear. WALB-TV (http://bit.ly/132PXZc ) reports the men were farm workers and were struck by lightning as they were walking along a road in Bainbridge. Bainbridge is about 40 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Fla
Mon, 07/22/2013 10:00 AM Injured 3 of 3 farm workers  0.0  Bainbridge GA 
 USA 
  walking along road  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
A farm worker was killed after he was struck by lightning in southern Decatur County on Monday morning, according to officials with the Decatur County Sheriffs Office. The accident happened just after 10 a.m. Monday on the property of Lady Moon Farms, located at 741 Cool Springs Road. A 21-year-old man, whose identity was not yet available, was struck by lightning while walking outside a packing shed on the farm, Sheriff Wiley Griffin said. He died at the scene. They had just left the packing shed and were going to walk toward one of the mens house up the road, Griffin said. From what we were told, the weather wasnt too bad at the time, the lightning just struck unexpectedly. Two other men who were walking with the victim also suffered non-critical injuries and were transported to Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge. Sheriffs deputies, Decatur County Fire and Rescue and the Emergency Medical Service all responded to the accident. A rain storm passed through southern Decatur County, shortly after the lightning strike. Emergency responders reported having to slow down on their way to the accident, due to heavy rain and poor road conditions.
Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 PM Killed Odisha: 3 killed, 6 hurt in lightning strike  0.0  Jajpur Odisha 
 India 
       
Jajpur (Odisha): Three agricultural labourers, including two women, were killed and six others sustained severe burn injuries when lightning struck them in separate incidents in Jajpur district, the police said on Monday. The incident occurred when the victims were working in the paddy field while it was raining heavily yesterday. The deceased were identified as Ranjan Nayak (36), Labanga Mahanta (34) and Nandi Patra (18) of different villages under Sukinda police sation of Jajpur district. The injured were admitted to Danagadi and Dharmasala community health centres and were later shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack as their condition worsened, the sources said.
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured Greg Warner, 1 of 2 on boat  0.0  Soddy Daisy TN 
 USA 
  in a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Fishing boat struck by lightning Posted: Jul 21, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Updated: Jul 21, 2013 6:19 PM EDT SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) - A Kentucky couple says they saw clear skies before a lightning strike hit their fishing boat on the Tennessee River. The couple says they were heading back to Dayton to beat an oncoming storm when that bolt hit. Greg Warner was driving the boat. His wife says he was convulsing for a bit before coming back to normal. She says she saw the bolt strike right before her eyes. "it was a huge shock to the boat. It was a weird, weird, weird feeling. I don't even know how to explain what it felt like. I was just scared. Lord was I scared." Paramedics checked out her husband. They say he'll be ok, but they will need a new fishing boat.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 6 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Lightning bolt kills bricklayer on building site Monday, April 16, 2012 The Sentinel Follow AN INQUEST is due to be opened today into the death of a bricklayer who was killed by a bolt of lightning on a building site. Justin Feber, pictured right, was having a cup of tea on the building site at Wychwood Village, near Crewe, when the tragedy struck on Wednesday. Justin Feber The 41-year-old was standing with both feet on the ground and was not touching anything metallic when he collapsed following a flash of lightning and a loud bang. The father-of-one was given first aid at the scene but later died at Crewe's Leighton Hospital. Another man needed treatment for shock. Around five people are killed by a lightning bolt in the UK every year. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Emergency services were called following a report of a man being struck by lightning. "A 41-year-old man, who had been working on a building site, was treated by paramedics at the scene. "Sadly, he died a short time later at Leighton Hospital. "A second man, suffering from shock, was also taken to Leighton Hospital." He added: "Police attended the scene and confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances. "A file will now be prepared for the coroner." Justin, who lived in Lancashire, was working as a sub-contractor on a Bovis Homes development at Abbey Park Way when he was killed. The firm has offered its condolences to Justin's family and pledged its support to colleagues who had witnessed the incident. A Bovis Homes spokesman said: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and extend our sincere sympathies to this man's family and friends. "Our thoughts are with them and with his colleagues, who were with him on site and responded immediately to the incident. "They have obviously been deeply affected by this and we will look to support them." The Health and Safety Executive has already been informed about Justin's death. But it confirmed it will not be not investigating the incident because the death is regarded as a one in a 10 million accident. A spokesman said: "This incident is not something that the Health and Safety Executive would normally investigate because it was the result of a freak natural occurrence." Justin was employed by Lancashire-based Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering. Managing director Andy Leigh said: "Justin was well-liked, highly professional and held in high regard by all those who worked with him." He added: "Our thoughts are with all who knew him at this very sad time."
Sun, 07/21/2013 09:15 AM Injured River Guide  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  on the river    Beach,Boat,Fresh Water,Outside,Work 
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a river guide is recovering after being injured by a lightning strike at the Grand Canyon National Park. Park officials say they received a call about 9:15 p.m. Sunday about an Arizona Raft Adventures river guide needing medical attention after a lightning strike. Arizona Department of Public Safety airlifted the guide to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment of associated injuries. The name of the guide and that person's condition weren't immediately released Monday. Officials say lightning strikes at the bottom of the Grand Canyon are rare, but they have caused serious injuries and fatalities in the past at the park. Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 3 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
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Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 4 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wale  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Two people have been injured after a lightning strike at a house in Cardiff. The ambulance service said it treated one person for a suspected electric shock and another for hearing damage in the Pontprennau area. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent two crews to the semi-detached property in Gateside Close shortly before 14:25 BST on Wednesday. The curtains of the house caught alight in the strike, which is also thought to have damaged electrical circuits. Both injured people were treated at the scene and did not need to go to hospital. Mannan Haq said he got an electric shock when he plugged in a USB stick into his TV but had been unaware of any storm beforehand. "Excuse the pun, I was in shock," he told BBC Wales. "I was on the floor and was pretty dazed for five to 10 minutes and my right arm was very numb." "As soon as it happened we heard the thunder itself." The fire service said the fire was out by the time the crews arrived. Officials from an electricity company are at the address.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 2 of 3 in a tree  22.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
BETHEL, Pa. - July 23, 2008 (WPVI) -- A Delaware County police officer was hurt Wednesday night by a lightning bolt that hit the fire house he was visiting. Police say 22-year old Bethel Township officer John Carpenter stopped by the Bethel Fire Company on Faulk Road. At 7:30 p.m. Carpenter was standing in the open bay door when lightning hit the building, traveled down the door frame, and knocked the officer off his feet. He was transferred to Crozer Chester Medical Center for treatment. Doctors say Carpenter was conscious and responsive.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 3 of 3 in a tree  62.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
Man Struck By Lightning While Golfing Golfer Taken To Hospital In Good Condition POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 UPDATED: 5:05 pm EST January 10, 2011 A lightning strike caused the ground to split on the eighth hole of the St. Johns Golf and Country Club golf course. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was injured by a lightning strike while he was golfing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club near County Road 210 on Monday morning. St. Johns County Deputy Graham Harris said 62-year-old Steve Chamberlin was struck while he was standing on the eighth hole at about 11 a.m. Harris said Chamberlin's friends took him to the clubhouse, and Chamberlin was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South in good condition. Two men who were golfing with Chamberlin said they did not hear the lighting alarm, but were told by a passerby that play had ceased, according to a police report. The men acknowledged that person and decided to finish the hole before leaving the golf course, deputies said. Shortly after the passerby left, the lighting struck, knocking Chamberlin to the ground, according to deputies. Immediately, after being struck, Chamberlin was conscious and awake and told his friends he couldn't walk or feel his legs, deputies said. Chamberlin's friends lifted him to the golf cart and took him to the front parking lot of the clubhouse, where rescuers tended to him, deputies said. The ground where the lightning struck could be seen split in several areas. Copyright 2011 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in S  0.0   
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  science    Science 
Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in Space David Becker · Jul 24, 2013 Hey aspiring storm chasers  want to dramatically improve your lightning shots? Try getting an elevated view. Like about 400 miles up. Thats the approximate orbital height above Earth of the International Space Station, which is producing an impressive library of images showing what lightning looks like from way above. The latest (shown above), captured July 21 by astronaut Karen Nyberg, shows an early-morning storm lighting up the clouds over Southern California. Previous space voyagers have caught amazing views of storm over Africa, lightning flashes forming an abstract pattern with a meteor shower trail and the bright red flashes from sprites, upper atmosphere electrical disturbances related to lightning. Enjoy the atmospheric show, and dont forget to take off the tin-foil beanie if youre going to try this yourself. The bluish flashes are lightning This lightning photo includes an elusive red sprite Image credits: Early morning lightning, inland of LA and San Diego, by Karen Nyberg/NASA, West Coast of Africa at Night by NASA, Stunning Lyrids Over Earth at Night, NASA, Clouds, Lightning, Airlgow and Lights of Civilization in Africa by NASA, Lightning Sprite Seen from Space by NASA, thunderstorm photo by ESA astronaut André Kuipers
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured Mrs. Olsen, 1 of 2 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
EAGLE - A trail ride turned into chaos after a lightning strike sent riders on horseback flying. It happened in Eagle, Wisconsin on the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Jeremy Olson said his wife and daughter were with four others on the ride when bad weather rolled in. "the events happened so fast, it just turned into complete chaos," said Olson. The Muskego man said his family was returning with the group when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. The energy from the lightning traveled along the rain-soaked trail and jolted the horses and the riders. Olson says his wife blacked out, but his daughter remembers seeing the burst of light. Two women including Olson's wife were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Both were kept for observation overnight, but are expected to be ok. Several horses were also hurt. Two suffered burns around the eyes and mouth.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured Jeremy Olsen, 1 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
EAGLE - A trail ride turned into chaos after a lightning strike sent riders on horseback flying. It happened in Eagle, Wisconsin on the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Jeremy Olson said his wife and daughter were with four others on the ride when bad weather rolled in. "the events happened so fast, it just turned into complete chaos," said Olson. The Muskego man said his family was returning with the group when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. The energy from the lightning traveled along the rain-soaked trail and jolted the horses and the riders. Olson says his wife blacked out, but his daughter remembers seeing the burst of light. Two women including Olson's wife were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Both were kept for observation overnight, but are expected to be ok. Several horses were also hurt. Two suffered burns around the eyes and mouth.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 5 of 7 on horseback  19.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
A 19-year-old basketball enthusiast died Wednesday when he was hit by a lightning in Hacienda Sagrado, Brgy. 10, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias police chief, yesterday said the victim, identified as Ederf Valencia, was watching a basketball game on television, near the window at their house, when he was hit by lightning. However, other members of Valencia family, who were sitting beside him and also watching the game, were unharmed, although they were terrified by the loud explosion, investigations of the Victorias police showed. Rapiz said Valencia was declared dead on arrival at the Ika-ayong Lawas Foundation Hospital in Victorias City.*GPB
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 in a tree  0.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree    Indirect,Outside,Tree 
HARRISONBURG, Va. Three people went to the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, after they were hit by lightning on Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred outside a home on the 200 block of Green Street after 2 p.m. According to the Harrisonburg Police department, the three people were in a tree when lightning struck. It hit one of them and two others felt the aftershock. Tim Godshall who lives next door from where it happened said he is shocked by the incident. "I know lightning it's dangerous but this is the first time that I have been right next to someone who was injured by it," said Godshall. However, he said he heard the strength of the storms from his home. "It was loud. It wasn't the loudest I've ever heard but most notably the lightning and the thunder were simultaneous. There wasn't any gap at all. It sounded very close," said Godshall. He said minutes later he heard the ambulance. "We were concerned as soon as we heard the sirens, that something had happened," said Godshall. The Harrisonburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Brett Hartt said incidents like this are unusual. "I have not seen too many people being struck by lighting in my career, but it does happen," said Hartt. Hartt recommends people to stay indoors even 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. "Make sure you are inside a building, if you are by a car, at least go inside the car, pull your windows up. Try to stay away from the outdoors, try not to be in the highest thing in the area. Don't lean against concrete buildings, you know seek shelter," said Hartt. This is a lesson for Godshall and his neighbors. "Storms are dangerous. It's something that I do a lot of work outside and don't really think about the danger often times but this is a reminder that it can be very dangerous," said Godshall. If you are outside when lightning strikes, the National Weather Service recommends you to get off elevated areas like hills, never lay flat on the ground and never seek shelter under a tree. Follow Estephany Escobar on Facebook and Twitter © Copyright 2013 WHSV / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured Mrs. Warner, 2 of 2 on a boat  0.0  Soddy Daisy TN 
 USA 
  in a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
Fri, 07/19/2013 08:00 PM Injured Floyd Bradley  35.0  Woodville ME 
 USA 
  inside house   N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Window 
BANGOR, Maine  A series of powerful thunderstorms hit part of Maine on Friday, resulting in injuries for at least two people  one of whom was struck by lightning in Woodville and another who was hurt by a falling tree in Greenville. Details about the accidents  as well as the names and ages of the people involved  were not available at press time, as public safety personnel remained busy late Friday night clearing downed trees and investigating reports of fires and other emergencies. The National Weather Service in Caribou had issued a hazardous weather outlook notice for central and southern Pisacataquis County, central and southern Penobscot County, coastal Hancock County and coastal and northern Washington County. The notice stated that there was potential for severe thunderstorms Friday evening, with the highest threat mainly across the central highlands and interior Down East areas. Some of the stronger storms were predicted to bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail. Some storms also may have rotation, the notice stated. Central Maine Power reported nearly 13,000 customers were without power early Saturday morning, largely in Somerset, Kennebec and Oxford counties. At 10 p.m., Bangor Hydro reported the number of affected customers had almost tripled to 9,181 from the 3,245 customers without power at 8:30 p.m. Bangor Hydro crews were dispatched Friday night to restore power to several thousand customers left without service due to the damaging storms. Towns affected included Bradley, Milford, Hudson, Mattawamkeag, Lee, East Millinocket, Medway, Lincoln and surrounding communities. Many of those without service at that time were not expected to see it restored until 4 a.m. Saturday, spokesman Bob Potts said. Fridays thunderstorms began wreaking havoc in parts of Aroostook and Penobscot counties about 3 p.m. and still were doing so as of 9:30 p.m., by which time the severe storm action had arrived in Greater Bangor. A member of the Lincoln Fire Department confirmed reports that someone was struck by lightning in Woodville but did not yet have details. He did, however, say that the person was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital for treatment. Also on Friday, the weather service noted that it had received a report that a large tree fell on a person in Greenville, causing injuries, and that another large tree fell on a car in Brownville. In addition, trees and powerlines went down along Route 11 in Grindstone and in Lincoln. Numerous other communities reported trees down, including Grand Lake Matagamon, Wytopitlock, Sherman, Reed Plantation, Medway, Mattawamkeag, Patten, Weston, Lincoln, Old Town and Bancroft  where there also was flooding. Damage reports still were coming in late Friday night. A strong cold front will cross the region on Saturday, which may bring another round of strong or severe thunderstorms. Heavy rainfall and strong, gusty winds are again possible with any thunderstorms that do develop. WOODVILLE, Maine  Floyd Bradley was standing near his kitchen window, having a snack, when it struck him. A bolt of lightning shot through the open window of his Woodville home and entered his arm. The impact caused him to stumble to the nearby bedroom, where he collapsed on the bed. Bradley, 35, survived the incident and is back home, but with doctors orders to rest up. He remembers the scary event in detail. At about 8 p.m., Bradley walked into the kitchen to get something to eat. His live-in girlfriend, Christie Goulas, as well as his two sons  Jameson, 8, and Joshua, 6  were standing at a window, watching the lightning illuminate the birch trees surrounding their one-story, green home at 28 Energy Lane. The trio invited Bradley to join them at the window, but he declined, not being a big fan of lightning storms. As he opened the refrigerators meat drawer to grab some cold-cut turkey, the lightning entered the house and struck his arm, he recalls. I saw the lightning come right in, and I saw it hit my arm  the big white flash, Bradley said Monday afternoon, revealing a small, circular burn on his forearm. It went through my whole body, it just & Bradley paused. At that time, I couldnt really remember too much & but I do remember the hurt. He described the pain as unbearable. The average flash of lightning contains enough electricity to light a 100-watt lightbulb for more than three months, according to the National Weather Service. After that, it quickly drained my body to the point where I just wanted to pass out, Bradley said. Goulas called an ambulance and tried to keep Bradley awake. He remembers losing consciousness at least two times, and for a few minutes, he didnt recognize his girlfriend. She grabbed me by my shirt and said, You are not doing this. Youre not going to fall asleep on me, Bradley said. While keeping him conscious, Goulas reminded Bradley that they were adopting two puppies the next day, something hed been looking forward to. He couldnt miss it, she told him. About 10 percent of people struck by lightning are killed, and 70 percent suffer serious long-term effects, according to NOAA National Weather Service. The ambulance brought Bradley to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, where he was cared for and released later that evening. He plans to see his primary care physician this week for potential nerve damage and lasting pain. Since the incident, he has noticed increased clumsiness, such as dropping things and tripping. According to the National Weather Service, lightning primarily causes brain and nerve injury, but serious burns seldom occur. People who dont suffer cardiac arrest at the time of the incident may experience lesser symptoms, such as muscle soreness, headache, nausea, mild confusion, memory slowness, mental clouding, dizziness and balance problems. Current data from the National Weather Service lists the recent national average of deaths due to lightning at 55 per year, but the number used to be much higher. In the 1940s, lightning killed more than 300 Americans each year, on average. Some experts believe the decline in deaths is due to increased public awareness about safety during storms. No place outside is safe during a lightning storm, warns the agency. And indoors, there are certain measures you can take to increase your safety during a thunderstorm: " Avoid contact with any equipment connected to electrical power, such as computers or appliances. " Avoid contact with water or plumbing. " Stay off corded phones. " Stay away from windows and doors. " Remain inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder is heard. I consider myself real lucky, you know, like I have angels watching over me, keeping me going, Bradley said. Bradley was in a car accident in 1999 in which he broke both legs and his pelvis, after which he had to use a wheelchair for about a year. Comparing the two accidents, he says that the lightning strike was scarier. Im like a cat with nine lives or something, he added with a chuckle. My step father calls me lightbulb now. On Saturday, Bradley and his family went ahead with their plan to adopt two puppies, pit bull-lab mixes he named Caesar and Asya. Bradley said he thinks both will help him in his recovery  physically and mentally. To learn about lightning safety, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
Fri, 07/19/2013 01:00 PM Killed Frank Marin  54.0  Scott Reservoir AZ 
 USA 
  walking along reservoir  N/A  Beach,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Walking,Water 
UPDATE 07/19/2013 - 6:30 pm - The Navajo County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deceased from the incident earlier today. According to the Sheriff's Office, 54-year-old Frank Marin of Phoenix was walking along the south edge of Scott Reservoir with his live-in girlfriend and 15-year-old grandson when he was struck by lightning at around 1 pm when a monsoon storm rolled in. Earlier reports suggested Marin was out on the water in a boat, but reports from Sheriff's deputies did not corroborate that. A medical examiner from the Navajo County Sheriff's Office was called in to confirm the cause of the death.
Thu, 07/18/2013 unknown farm worker, 4 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  under a truck  N/A  Critical,Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
WELLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4)- Nine farm workers were struck by lightning in Wellington on Thursday afternoon after a fast-moving summer storm drenched the farming community which barely had time to react. Flash, bang! Pretty much no time in between the thunder, said neighbor Christian Flitecroft. Suddenly it started to rain and they got under the truck and all that and the lightning just struck them and they say that they got all knocked out, said Lupito Jaquez, who works nearby. Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said the workers were working in a field near the Grant Farms area. When emergency crews arrived they found some of those struck walking around but others had more serious symptoms. The charge itself, after it struck the ground, impacted all of them, said Green. Altered mental status, numbness, tingling in the extremities, arms and legs, unable to communicate. At least two of the workers were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Four workers were in serious condition. Emergency crews had to work quickly as flashes of lightning continued overhead. Many of the victims were loaded up on gurneys and rushed to nearby hospitals including Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital in ambulances. Others were checked out on scene. Its pretty bad. I dont wish it for anybody right now, said Jaquez. Grant Farms is located at 12155 NCR 15 in Wellington. A tweet by Grant Family Farms states that the workers were not employed by that farm
Thu, 07/18/2013 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 motorcyclists  21.0  Avery County NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Tourist Killed by Lightning in Bulgaria's Sunny Beach Resort Society | July 18, 2009, Saturday 21-year-old girl was struck by lightning in the Sunny Beach resort on Friday. Photo by BGNES A 21-year-old girl was killed by a lightning in Bulgaria's largest Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach. The information was announced on Saturday by the Regional Police Directorate in the city of Burgas. The girl's body was discovered on the beach Friday afternoon. The police initially discovered no traces of violence, and later the investigation found that her death resulted from a lightning that struck her as she was coming out of the water. The name of the 21-year-old tourist is Iva Lazarova, and she is a native of Sofia. The police discovered her ID with her personal belongings on the beach nearby.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 6 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor 
SHA to investigate after lightning strikes near w...: OSHA to investigate after lightning strikes near farm workers in Wellington, CO. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 7/19/13. Written by Trevor Hughes FILED UNDER News Local News Related Links Lightning strikes leave 5 hospitalized Storm causes floods, lightning strikes, mudslides Nine farm workers struck by lightning Federal workplace-safety inspectors are investigating after lighting struck nine farm workers in a field north of Fort Collins last week. The workers were in organic fields in Wellington when the massive storm rolled through Thursday afternoon. A bolt struck nine people, leaving two in critical condition. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials confirm they are investigating, but said no details could yet be released. Were still investigating who is involved, what the employer safety program is, said Herb Gibson, director of OSHAs Denver office. Gibson said the investigation will review what policies and procedures the farm workers were to have been following. He said OSHA regulations dont specifically address lightning strikes, but the investigation will focus on whether the workplace was safe. OSHA inspectors typically investigate whenever someone is seriously injured in the workplace, and can levy fines and other punishment on employers found violating the rules. This was a very significant lightning storm, Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said after helping the injured workers. Last year, 212 people were struck by lightning across the country, according to the nonprofit educational group StruckByLightning.org. Twenty-eight people were killed.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 7 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Lightning kills fishpond worker in Zamboanga Sibugay By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | Updated August 10, 2013 - 3:37pm 2 10 googleplus0 0 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A fishpond worker died after he was struck by lightning in Kabasalan town, Zamboanga Sibugay province, according to the police Saturday. Police identified the victim as Sosito Serano Flores, 36, married and a resident of Barangay Timuay Danda. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, Spokesman of Police Regiona Office 9 (PRO), said the victim was walking with his brother on the dike of the fishpond owned by Freddie Chu amidst heavy rains to transfer the milk fish fingerlings when the lightning struck him about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The victims brother told the police that Flores was hit by the lightning in the mouth and instantly fell to the ground. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but attending declared him dead on arrival. Local authorities have advised residents and field workers to stay away from open fields during bad weather condition due to the increasing number of lightning strike incidents within this year alone. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131008071610_lightning-kills-fishpond-worker-zamboanga-sibugay.htm#sthash.PZzbha4d.dpuf
Thu, 07/18/2013 01:00 PM Injured woman   65.0  Rocky Mountain National Park CO 
 USA 
  on a trail    Orchard,Park,Tree 
DENVER  Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported. The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said. Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said. A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area. Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 1 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Critical,Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
DENVER  Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported. The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said. Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said. A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area. Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 9 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
  USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Tiffin teenager struck by lightning at home Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by Christopher Pratt. The home of a Tiffin teenager about an hour after it was struck by lightning. (Christopher Pratt/The Gazette) One teenage male was sent to a medical care facility by ambulance after lightning struck him while he was using a laptop computer this afternoon, said Fire Chief Brian Detert. The lightning struck the house at 283 Woodfield Drive in Tiffin around 3:20 p.m. It sent a shock through to the victim who was using a computer in the basement. Detert said the victims injuries were not believed to be serious. Emergency response crews from Tiffin and Oxford came to the subdivision. No smoke or flames were reported and damage was said to be minimal.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 10 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 8 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
DANVILLE REGISTER & BEE Published: July 9, 2008 BLAIRS - A Blairs man was struck by lightning on Mount View Lane during a heavy storm shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Blairs Fire & Rescue EMT/EMS Lt. Tony Allocca said the man was talking on his phone when he was struck. The victim suffered burns on his ear and arm, but was conscious and talking, Allocca said. He said the victim was uncertain about details of the event, and could not remember if he was indoors or outside when he was struck. The man was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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