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Sun, 08/25/2013 04:00 PM Injured Connie Hemenway, 2 of 2  49.0  Jefferson county OR  
  taking shelter under a tree    Indirect,Motorcycle,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Sun, 08/25/2013 04:00 PM Killed Bret Hemenway, 1 of 2   50.0  Jefferson county OR  
  taking shelter under a tree    Indirect,Motorcycle,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Four injured, one dead after Sunday lightning storms Published: August 26. 2013 2:41PM PST Two separate highway incidents during a Sunday thunderstorm resulted in one fatality due to a lighting strike and four people sent to area hospitals, according to Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office. Bret Hemenway, 50, of Madras, died of electrocution when a tree under which he and his wife, Connie Hemenway, 49, had taken shelter around 4 p.m. was struck by lightning, according to the sheriffs office. Medical personnel responded to Connie Hemenway around 4:25 p.m. She was treated at St. Charles Madras. The pair were riding their motorcycles on U.S. Highway 97 when they took shelter around milepost 75 from a passing thunderstorm, according to the sheriffs office. At milepost 79 around the same time, a Dodge pickup driven by Nathan Hamlin, 20, of Prineville collided with a 1994 Chevrolet Corsia driven by Alejandro Magana, 39, of Moses Lake, Wash., who had slowed the car as traffic ahead slowed due to the passing thunderstorm, according to Oregon State Police. Hamlins truck slid off the highway and tipped onto its passenger side in a ditch. The Chevrolet spun into the southbound lane and was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Brian Meece, 63, of Bend. Maganas 8-year-old daughter was taken to St. Charles Bend with non-life threatening injuries. Magana and a passenger in Hamlins car, Stefane Hamlin, 23, were taken to St. Charles Madras. Nathan Hamlin was cited by OSP For following too close. Representatives from St. Charles Medical Center did not return calls regarding the condition of the patients.
Thu, 08/22/2013 12:00 PM unknown detection system  0.0  Marco City FL 
City to install lightning detection system at local parks Aug. 22, 2013 4:27 PM | 0 Comments A A Written by Steve Stefanides FILED UNDER Marco Island News With Florida holding the distinction of being the Lightning Capital of North America and the southwest area of the state seeing lighting 90 to 100 days a year, the Marco City Parks and Recreation Department began a quest a few months ago to add a lightning prediction system to the communitys parks. The THOR GUARD Lightning Prediction and Warning System soon will be installed within Marco city parks. This action comes after the Marco Island City Council on Monday approved the city managers intention to utilize surplus funds from 2013 operating accounts to move ahead with the project immediately. In addition to protecting children, this system will cover all park areas, including: * The Winterberry fields, where the active senior softball league plays; * The entire Mackle Park area, which sees many adults taking advantage of the walking path around Mackle Lake and * The bocce ball courts and the ever-popular Canine Cove dog park. Coaches from local schools, recreation and park volunteers and the Optimist Club all complimented the move by city staff to take the step in adding the system to the communitys parks and athletic facilities. In addition, the early warning system will have a remote audible alarm at Veterans Community Park. This year alone, two recent proximity strikes have sent individuals to local hospitals to be treated for injuries, according to emergency personnel. On Sunday, Aug. 18, the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department was dispatched to a report of a person struck by lightning on the beach behind 400 S. Collier Blvd. On arrival, fire-rescue personnel found a child complaining of symptoms consistent with an indirect lightning strike, according to fire-rescue personnel. The child was treated and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said deputy chief Chris Byrne. Fire crews also extinguished a tiki hut on fire from the strike, Byrne said. Alex Galiana, city parks and rec facilities manager, has worked on the project for some time now and was quick to urge caution. "This wont prevent someone from being struck, but will give our residents a proactive warning which they should be heeded to possibly prevent a tragedy," said Galiana.
Thu, 08/22/2013 12:00 PM Injured lifeguard at inside pool  18.0  Deland FL 
  holding metal door at indoor pool    Indirect,Indoors,Lifeguard,Pool,Work,YMCA 
DELAND -- An 18-year-old lifeguard is recovering after he felt the effects of a nearby lightning strike. A DeLand YMCA spokesperson said the teenager, who was not identified, was working as a lifeguard at the indoor pool when lightning struck the outside of the building. The spokesperson said all the swimmers were pulled out of the pool once they saw extreme weather moving into the DeLand area. He said the teen was never directly hit, but was holding onto the metal door when lightning struck causing him to report feeling a tingling sensation. An ambulance was called, but the teen refused transport. He was released to his parents and went home to recover.
Wed, 08/21/2013 01:30 PM Killed Scotty Elam, 2 of 2 inside barn  25.0  Buckeye KY 
  inside barn  N/A  Barn,Door,Indirect,Indoors,Ungrounded Shelter 
Wednesday's storms killed two people in Madison County. The Garrard County coroner says the two men killed were in a tobacco barn at Wilmot Farm on Oscar Ray Road in Buckeye when it was hit by lightning. "It was a very freak accident," says Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge. 25-year-old Scotty Elam and 29 year-old Bobby Maggard, both of Lancaster, died after being struck by lightning. Maggard's relatives tell LEX 18 about 10 people were hanging tobacco on the farm off Highway 39 near the Madison/Garrard County line when the storm hit. Several other relatives were injured. One man was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The Garrard County coroner was called to the scene because it was originally thought the incident happened there, and not in Madison County. "I'm very fortunate we didn't lose any more men today than the two because it could have easily killed all of them," says Hodge. The coroner says this is the first lightning death he's ever investigated in 11 years of service. Rising water made it difficult to get to the scene but once crews arrive there was nothing they could do for the victims. Autopsies on Maggard and Elam will be performed Thursday in Frankfort.
Wed, 08/21/2013 01:30 PM Killed Bobby Maggard, 1 of 2 inside barn  29.0  Buckeye KY 
  inside barn  N/A  Barn,Door,Indirect,Indoors,Ungrounded Shelter 
Two people have died after a lightning strike in Madison County, near Garrard County, Wednesday afternoon. The Garrard County Coroner, Daryl Hodge, tells WKYT it happened on Oscar Ray Road, near Buckeye, inside a barn. He tells us the lightning hit the barn, and they were killed. The National Weather Service says it happened around 1:30 p.m. when lightning hit the barn they were inside working inside. We're told two men were killed. They have not yet been identified. We're sending a crew to the scene, and will add details as they become available. The Garrard County Coroner is working the case because he was initially called to the scene.
Wed, 08/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured zip line worker  0.0  Petersburg KY 
  holding zip line    Indirect,Metal,Outside,Park,Work 
Creationist museum employee struck by lightning as he tried to shut down attraction Zip line worker left with tingling arm after being hit in storm Staff were rushing to close the site as storm swept in By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 00:56 EST, 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 01:08 EST, 22 August 2013 410 shares 36 View comments An employee at a Creation museum has been hit by lightning as he tried to close one of the attractions at the Kentucky museum. The zip line worker was holding a line on the ground near some visitors when he was struck by lightning as a storm moved in quicker than predicted at about 1pm on Wednesday. The employee, who has not yet been named, was taken to hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries. Struck: A zip line employee was hit as he tried to close off the attraction before a storm 'We were in the process of responding to the bad weather, but it just got here a lot faster than we were able to respond to,' Mike Zovath, the Petersburg museum's vice-president, told Fox 19. A park official said the electricity from the lightning jumped to the zip line and shocked an employee for the company that runs the zip wire. The man remained conscious but had trouble feeling his hand and was left with a tingling sensation in his arm, according to NBC News. 'The electricity generated by the lightning knocked him down and caused some concern,' Mr Zovath said. A child who was visiting the museum, which has lifelike recreations of Bible scenes and a dinosaur park, said he was waiting to play on one the zip lines with his brother when the storm hit. Concern: Mike Zovath, vice-president of the museum, says his colleague was knocked to the ground 'They said we had to wait until it passed because it could have been dangerous because all of the aluminum and metal around. And then there was a big thunder and we really had to wait,' Titus Vanwingerden said. The zip lines are a relatively new addition to the museum's attractions. They were opened at the start of the summer and take visitors across a three-acre lake. More... It's raining money! Mysterious benefactor arranges for $10,000 to be dropped from a helicopter onto unassuming crowd Mystery of the rogue planets solved: 'Orphan' planets develop without a sun thanks to tiny dust clouds - and there could be 200million in our galaxy alone In a statement on the attraction's Facebook page a spokesman said: 'The safety of our guests is our highest priority, and it is our policy to routinely clear the zip lines in inclement weather. This was the case today, and we are thankful no one was seriously injured as a result.' The Creationist Museum was not the only place to be struck by lightning in Kentucky. A father and daughter were in their home when it was struck, and a chimney was demolished when it was hit by lightning about a mile away. Attraction: The zip lines are a new feature at Kentucky's Creation Museum, which recreates Biblical stories The museum employee who was hit is said to be back home and doing well. Shortly after the storm, the skies cleared and the zip lines reopened. 'We are fortunate that there wasn't any serious injury and we always praise the Lord that he's watching over everybody here,' Mr Zovath told NBC News. Although museum officials said they were confident about safety in the park, a review has been planned. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Wed, 08/21/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning, rain-related incidents claim 60 lives s  0.0   
Jaipur: In the ongoing spell of South West monsoon, lightning and rain-related incidents have claimed lives of at least 60 people so far in Rajasthan since June 1, state calamity and relief department sources said. Of these casualties, 38 people died due to lightning, and 22 were killed due to rain-related mishaps in 18 districts of the state in last 80 days, the sources said. Cash compensation and other relief measures were extended to victims and their kins, the sources said, adding a detailed report on this rain calamity and casualties would be prepared after completion of the monsoon. Meanwhile, torrential rains continued to hit normal life in Baran, Alwar, Jhalawar, Karauli, and Kota districts as Shahbada recorded the maximum rainfall of 15 cm in last 24 hours, a Meteorological official said. Govindgarh and Atru received a maximum rainfall of 13 cms each, Bakni and Todabheem 11 cms each, Asnawar 9, Mahua 8, Manoharthana, Alwar and Pirdava 7 cms each. Intermittent rains also kept the weather cool in Jaipur with 16 mm of rainfall. SW Monsoon trough trend will be same in next 24 hours in the state, according to a forecast. PTI
Wed, 08/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured football player  0.0  Statesboro GA 
  at football practice  N/A  Field,Football,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Lightning strike sends player to hospital Published August 21, 2013 Sports Network Statesboro, GA  A lightning strike near Georgia Southern's football practice field Wednesday sent a player to a local hospital, where he was later released, the university said. Georgia Southern did not release the name of the player, who suffered the effects of the strike after it hit a tree. He was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center. Coach Jeff Monken told the Savannah Morning News the player returned to GSU's practice, which was moved indoors to the school's Recreation Athletic Center, but he was not a participant. Georgia Southern is preparing for its season opener Aug. 31 against Savannah State. The Eagles will be playing their final season on the FCS level before joining Conference USA on the FBS level next year. Read more:
Tue, 08/20/2013 12:00 PM unknown Air Force Scientists Share Insights About Lab-Crea  0.0   
  science    Ball Lightning,Science 
Lee Rannals for  Your Universe Online Ball lightning is a phenomenon that has puzzled some of the best minds for generations, including Aristotle and Nikola Tesla. Now, scientists from the US Air Force Academy say they have some new insights into reproducing the rare form of lightning in the laboratory. The phenomenon consists of a floating, glowing ball that drifts eerily through the sky and then explodes violently. It sometimes can injure people and damage buildings. Balls can range in size from a small pea to several feet in diameter, and they can glow for up to 10 seconds. Scientists wrote in the American Chemical Societys The Journal of Physical Chemistry A that they have developed better ways of producing ball lightning in a modern laboratory. Scientists say ball lightning occurs only once in every million lightning bolts, so researchers had to produce artificial ball lightning in the laboratory to study the phenomena. They describe experiments that helped them create more effective ways of making ball lightning, which is essential in order to help scientists gain further knowledge about the rare event. The team also describes techniques that could help to make the fireball last longer so that observations can continue. They developed a special video technique that reveals more information than ever before about the structure of the lightning balls and how they move. Ball lightning is used almost generically to describe phenomena seen in nature that arent described by normal lightning, bead lightning or things like St Elmos fire, or aurora. And likely its not one thing but several things that have similar observables, US Air Force Academy study leader, Dr Mike Lindsay, told BBC. Ball lightning has also been the source of some UFO sightings, according to Australia astrophysicist Stephen Hughes. He said a green UFO seen to hover over nearby mountains in 2006 was actually ball lighting. The astrophysicist believes fireballs from a meteor shower could have triggered an electrical connection between the upper atmosphere and the ground, providing energy for the ball lightning to appear above the hills. In 2012, CSIRO scientist John Lowke published a mathematical solution explaining the birth of ball lightning and how it is capable of passing through glass. He said ball lightning occurs when leftover ions are swept to the ground following a lightning strike. One famous account of ball lightning, known as St Elmos fire, took place when a C-133A cargo plane was flying from California to Hawaii when the phenomenon took place inside the cockpit. Lindsay warned in the paper that the team isnt exactly sure that what they are producing in the laboratory is the exact same phenomenon as ball lighting as seen in St Elmos fire. I dont think what weve created is lightning, although the initial stages of the electrical discharge that produce this plasmoid have many similarities to lightning. Theyre just electric arcs  in this case, electric arcs to the surface of this solution of electrolytes. And then what happens is this plasmoid emerges from it, Lindsay said. It has many similarities, and its clearly not similar to better known phenomena such as St Elmos fire or bead lightning, which are well known and understood in nature. Source: Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online
Tue, 08/20/2013 12:00 PM unknown Bright sparks  0.0   
  science    Science 
How lightning victims were saved by the bright sparks Lightning used to be a real menace  until someone had the brilliant idea of locking a Frenchman into a wooden box Lightning strikes the top and to the side of the Eiffel Tower in Paris Photo: BERTRAND KULIK/CATERS By Steve Jones 8:43AM BST 20 Aug 2013 Comments Here in southern France, the thunderstorm season is upon us. A hot, steamy day, and over the mountains, towering clouds, flashes of light, and a threatening rumble. Fortunately I am safe, for some time ago I bought a battered old lightning conductor covered with decorative spikes from the local scrapyard and fixed it to my roof. So universal are such devices today that the horrors of thunderbolts have largely been forgotten. But once, they were a real menace. The highest  and hence most vulnerable  point in a town or village was usually the church spire. To scare off the demons in the sky, its bells were rung at the height of a storm. That could lead to disaster. Again and again, spires were struck, leading to the death of thousands of bell-ringers and believers. All this discommoded the clergy, for God seemed to direct his wrath not at the sinners, but at the faithful. The very first lightning conductor was erected in May 1752 here in France. A man was placed in a sentry box, from the roof of which protruded a long metal rod that rose into the air and descended into the box itself. As storm clouds passed overhead, the unfortunate subject would be ordered to hold a piece of iron and move it closer to the rod. Sparks might then pass between the two as the charge grounded itself through his body. The experiment was tried on a squally day at Marly, a village 20 miles north of Paris, and was a great success. The idea had in fact come from a book by Benjamin Franklin, who a few weeks later flew his own famous kite with a key attached to the wet and conductive string. (Still, had the rod been hit by lightning, the subject in Marly would  like a German physicist studying such a device just a couple of years later  have fried.) A lightning flash is an electrical spark a kilometre or so long. It is generated by the churning of the atmosphere, which causes hail and raindrops to generate an electrical charge as they rub against each other, just as someone who walks on a nylon carpet may pick up enough static to get a nasty shock when they touch a doorknob. In a thunderstorm, hot air shoots upwards. As the air rises, it cools, taking with it billions of tiny ice crystals. Its water may also freeze into larger hail particles, which may either prove heavy enough to fall or stay at a constant altitude. The two elements rub against each other and  in most clouds  a positive charge borne on the ice particles rises to the top, while lower down there is a matching negative charge. Related Articles Overweight and misunderstood 06 Aug 2013 Our shape-shifting planet 23 Jul 2013 Our fizzy seas of soda water 01 Jul 2013 No straight answer to my bent fingers 18 Jun 2013 Can biology beat the mosquito? 03 Jun 2013 Lightning flashes within the cloud when the imbalance between the two becomes too great, and  less often  may strike the ground when the charge at the base of the cloud gets large enough, and close enough to the surface, to send down a leader. Sometimes, the leader has a positive charge instead, so a rare flash can travel from ground to air, usually from tall buildings or mountain tops. They often emit a menacing hum before the spark itself. We live on a lightning-plagued planet, with 10 million strikes a day and, at any time, around 2,000 thunderstorms. No more than one strike in 100,000 kills someone  a proportion far smaller than in the old days, but still notable (men are several times more likely to be killed than women, not because they attract thunderbolts, but because they spend more time outdoors). The science of lightning has been filled with controversy. What is better, a pointed rod or one with a rounded end? The British (and the French) felt that a ball welded to the tip improved its efficiency, while the Americans stuck to Franklins sharp points. A decade or so ago, it was shown that the Europeans were right. As a leader sparks down from the skies towards its target, it generates a streamer, a matching torrent of charge that flows up from the rod, meeting its partner to complete the circuit. A rounded tip with a diameter of about a centimetre generates a longer streamer and hence makes the contact fractionally earlier. Some models incorporated radioactive materials into the tip to make even bigger streamers, but that idea has been abandoned. My own rod has a design fault  for, elegant as it is, my own idleness (and the cost of copper) means that it is not connected to the ground, and is hence useless. Time, perhaps, to ring whatever bells are in the house at the sound of distant thunder.
Mon, 08/19/2013 12:00 PM Injured Rick Morelock  54.0  Fresno CA 
  working on motor home  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fowler man was in his backyard working on his motor home when lightning struck his fence Monday evening. He felt the impact of the surge and was knocked to the ground. Fresno County Sheriff's deputies said 54-year-old Rick Morelock smelled as if he had been burned but he is okay and now back at home. Neighbors say the storm moved in so quickly they didn't have much time to react. The second round of lightning around the Valley did more than just rattle nerves. One of them struck a fence not far from where Morelock was changing the battery on his motor home in his backyard. Related Content STORY: Lightning strikes Fresno County man MORE: ABC30 Neighborhood News MORE: FREE ABC30 apps | News | Weather | Alarm Clock Neighbor Leo Inman said, "I heard this big ol' clap of lightning, I mean thunder, and it just scared me. The man, he came walking through here and I looked over to the fence, we all did. He was holding his hands on his head and moaning and the other man was helping him to the house." Leo's neighbor Rick Morelock complained of a bad headache and neck pain but was treated and then released Tuesday from Community Regional Medical Center. Neighbors said the doctor ordered bed rest for Morelock. The lightning and strong winds continued to cut through the Valley. Don Singh of Selma escaped injury but five of his trees blew over including a large one which was ripped right out of its roots and fell onto the road. Don even watched his satellite dish leave its cement base and fly 25 feet into the air. He explained, "When you see that up in the air swirling around that's when I said let's move and get in the hallway." The damage didn't end there. Part of his roof was blown off and his garage was hit hard as well. "We came out here and the garage door was wide open and I looked in the back and all the paneling from the back of the garage and I guess the air or whatever it was blew the door open and these tables flew out." Don said he's never seen anything like it. "It started out as rain. The rain stopped, the hail came and after the hail it just calmed down and then everything started." Don Singh is a raisin grower. He said he's fortunate he hadn't laid his grapes on trays yet because he could have lost much of his crop in the storm. (Copyright ©2013 KFSN-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.) Rick Morelock of Fowler was struck last week during those wild thunderstorms we experienced. A week later, he's still feeling the physical effects. Reporter: How grateful are you to be sitting here? I'm very grateful. I count my blessings everyday, said Rick Morelock. After being hit with a bolt of lightning, Rick Morelock is following doctor's orders to get a lot of rest. When he does move around, each step is taken extremely carefully. My balance is off. I forget things every now and then. I can't even pick up my own baby, said Morelock. As a safety precaution, rick must sit down in order to hold his 3-week old son. The feeling is just; I mean Im not here. I'm not me, said Morelock. Rick took us back to August 19th; a night he'll never forget. He needed to change a battery on an RV that was parked on his property. So he ducked his head into the compartment, causing a metal lid to rest on the back of his neck. Started to set the battery on it, heard the clap, then saw the light out the side of my eye and then felt it. Felt it hit. Just shocked the hell out of me, said Morelock. The jolt dropped rick to his knees. He could not move. It was all my muscles were contracted. Like a hard workout where you get stiff, said Morelock. A relative nearby rushed to his aid. It was pain Ive never, ever felt before, said Morelock. Investigators believe the RV absorbed the direct hit of the electrical charge then sent it down through Morelock. According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, you have a 1: 315,000 chance of being struck by lightning. Reporter: Have you responded to a call of someone being struck by lightning? Normally they're dead. Yeah, they were dead, said Chris Curtice of the Fresno Co. Sheriffs Dept. But somehow, this 54-year old truck driver beat those odds. I'm very lucky. Very lucky to be sitting here, said Morelock.
Mon, 08/19/2013 03:25 PM Killed soldier   30.0   
KOTA TINGGI: A 30-year-old soldier died after he was struck by lightning when on duty with another soldier at the Sungai Seh military post at Tanjung Sedili yesterday afternoon. It is learnt that Corporal Ku Amirul Ku Rahim, the deceased, was on duty with Corporal Madin Marcus when the incident struck at the beach area at 3.25pm. Madin said they were nearby the military post when both of them were suddenly hit by lightning and were thrown off several metres away. "When I got up from the ground, I saw Ku Amirul motionless. I tried to call him and move his body but there was no response. "With the help of my comrade, we sent him to the Tanjung Sedili health clinic. He was pronounced dead," he said. District police chief Superintendent Mohd Nor Rasid confirmed the tragedy and said police had classified the case as sudden death. Read more: Soldier dies after struck by lightning - Latest - New Straits Times
Sun, 08/18/2013 10:30 AM Injured railroad workers  0.0   
ublished Sunday, August 18, 2013 5:04PM CST Two railway workers have been sent to hospital when the rail they were working on came into contact with lightning. The crew was working on a railway crossing in Headingley around 10:30 a.m. when lightning struck, a spokesperson for CP Rail confirmed. Both employees were taken to hospital. One has since been released, while the other is being monitored as a precaution. Read more:
Sun, 08/18/2013 05:30 PM Injured child  0.0  Marco Island FL 
  taking shelter under a hut    Beach,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Ungrounded Shelter 
MARCO ISLAND  A child was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated after lightning struck a chickee hut Sunday afternoon at a Marco Island resort. Around 5:30 p.m., first responders were called to the Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., where they found a chickee hut on fire, according to Deputy Chief Chris Byrne of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department. Bystanders told them the fire started because of a lightning strike, he said. A boy who was trying to get shelter from the storm underneath the chickee hut was complaining of symptoms of an indirect strike, Byrne said. He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries, Byrne said. This comes one month after a tourist from Pennsylvania was injured when a lightning bolt struck close to her at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort on July 9. The woman did not suffer any permanent damage.
Sun, 08/18/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 farmers killed  0.0   
A 17-year-old youth and a 40-year-old farmer were killed while working at the paddy fields when lightning struck them in Sarugaru village on Monday.
Sun, 08/18/2013 12:00 PM Killed 6 killed  0.0   
me>Collections>Keonjhar 6 killed in lightning TNN Aug 18, 2013, 03.42AM IST Tags: Women| Lightning| Aska police| Aska hospital BHUBANESWAR: At least six persons were killed and seven injured in lightning in different parts of the state on Saturday as heavy rain accompanied by thunder lashed the state. At least two women died and five injured in a lightning strike near Gunthupada under Aska police limits in Ganjam district on Saturday afternoon. The deceased are Sumumari , 33, of Gunthupada and Sailabala Sethi, 35, of Jhagadei village. The injured were admitted to Aska hospital and they are out of danger. They were working in the fields when the incident took place. Two daily labourers were killed after thunder struck them at two different places in Keonjhar district on Saturday. They are Daitari Naik, 29, of Jhumpura village and Ratiranjan Mohanta (30) of Tolonkabahal. The incident took place around 4 pm. While Daitari was working in Murusuan Ashram School, Ratiranjan was busy in the field, police said. A 42-year-old farm labourer was killed in lightning in Kendrapara's Sathiabati village. Santosh Pradhan, 42, was transplanting paddy when the tragedy struck. He died on the spot, police said. Lightning killed another youth and injured two in Athagarh block.
Sun, 08/18/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 7 people in Odisha  0.0  Odisha 
Bhubaneswar: Seven people were killed and 8 others injured suffered serious burn injuries as lightning struck them on Saturday afternoon. As per the report 2 people have died in Jhumpura block of Keunjhar. While one person has died in Madhupur village of Jhumpura block, another person has died in Masasuan village. 29 years old Daitari Nayak was installing streetlight at Marasuan School when he was hit by lighting. Although he was rushed to the hospital immediately by the locals, the doctors declared him dead. Similarly, Ratiranjan Mahanta of Madhupur village was working in the field with his father-in-law when the lighting struck him dead. Police reached took the body into custody upon reaching the spot. Ratiranjan Mahanta was a resident of Talakbahal of Champura block. 2 women were hit by lightning at 2.30 in the afternoon while working in a field near Gunthapada village. The lightning strike has left 5 people injured. While Saila Sethi(35) of Gunthapada village and Namita Das of Jhagadai village have died, the condition of Bulu Das(40), Pandi Naik(45), Rasmita Lenka(20) and Malli Mohanty(30) is said to be critical . - See more at:
Fri, 08/16/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 farmers  0.0   
Five farmers, including two women, were killed after being struck by lightning in separate incidents in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh today. A farmer-couple working in an agriculture field in Julurupadu mandal died after being hit by lightning. A woman died in a similar incident in Anjanapuram village of Burugumpadu mandal. Two more persons lost their lives due to lightning in Tekulapalli and Kothagudem mandals, they said. All victims were working in their agriculture fields at the time of the incident as rains continued to lash the district, about 200km from here
Wed, 08/14/2013 12:00 PM Injured Savanna Parker  20.0  Fort Worth TX 
  washing car    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Washing Car 
FORT WORTH, Texas - A Fort Worth woman was struck by lightning as storms moved through the area Tuesday night. 20-year-old Savanna Parker was at her apartment west of downtown with her mother Jonette Parker. Savanna says the storm was passing over them when she decided to wash her car. "I touched my car and I guess lightning struck and my right arm went back and I felt the power from the lightning push me back." Savanna said. "Everybody's electricity got cut off when I got hit." Initially Savanna appeared to be okay, but after a few minutes she felt her chest tighten and numbness in her arms. "I just hope everything is okay and she's fine," her mother said, "because they say the lightning will strike her, but later on she'll feel it." She was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Doctors say Savanna will be fine but she will temporarily feel sharp pain. Savanna says she will not walk outside during a storm again. Read more:
Tue, 08/13/2013 12:00 PM unknown man on cell phone  0.0   
      Cell Phone,Outside 
A man was allegedly struck by lightning on a Xiamen-Gulangyu ferryboat on Thursday night when he was answered a phone call, reports Haixi Morning News. A witness said the incident happened at around 18:40 p.m. when the ferryboat was docking at the Gulangyu Ferry Terminal. Shouts suddenly went up from the crowd, and I saw a man fall to the deck, with panicking passengers pushing and shoving past each other to escape the boat in the immediate aftermath, the witness said. A spokesman for the Xiamen Ferryboat Company confirmed the incident later. He said one of their interns was injured Thursday night at the dock and was sent to a hospital on Gulangyu Island immediately. The young man in his 20s is in a stable condition now, the spokesman said, adding that further investigation into the cause of the incident is underway. Experts have warned that people should avoid using their cell phones outdoors during a lightning storm as cell phones increase your chances of being struck by a lightning.
Mon, 08/12/2013 05:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Goodwater AL 
  on a street    Outside,Road 
Woman struck by lightning in Coosa County Posted: Aug 12, 2013 6:57 PM EDT Updated: Aug 12, 2013 7:01 PM EDT By John Shryock - bio | email MORE NEWSmore>> Crews demolish old Montgomery icon Local clergymen work to stop cycle of violence in youth Settlement reached in Paula Deen lawsuit? Selma police seek public's help finding missing man Woman struck by lightning in Coosa County GOODWATER, AL (WSFA) - Authorities in Coosa County are confirming that a woman was struck by lightning Monday afternoon. The lady, unidentified, was hit shortly after 5 p.m. on Weogufka Street in the city of Goodwater. An ambulance was called to the victim's location, though authorities could not immediately say what condition she was in. WSFA 12 News is working to gather additional details. Continue checking back on this story. Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.
Mon, 08/12/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead  0.0  Nokha city  
Ads by Google Two women and a teenager were killed while four others critically injured when they were struck by lightning in Nokha city of the district today, police said. Shiya Devi (25), Badhu Devi (30) and Manoj Kumar (17) died on the spot, police said. One of the injured was rushed to government hospital in Nokha, while the other three were admitted to PBM hospital in Bikaner, they said. A case has been lodged and the matter is being probed, they said.
Mon, 08/12/2013 05:00 PM Injured Marie Smith  49.0  Goodwaer AL 
  talking on cell on porch    Cell Phone,Outside,Porch 
Authorities: Coosa Co. woman uninjured after being hit by lightning Posted: Aug 12, 2013 6:57 PM EDT Updated: Aug 13, 2013 3:31 PM EDT By John Shryock - bio | email Source: MGN Online MORE NEWSmore>> Bama tops first AP poll Gunmen kill 11 near Syrian Christian villages 1,600 homes evacuated as Idaho wildfire burns Divers search Philippine ferry for dozens missing Former B2K singer Raz-B on life support in Chinese hospital GOODWATER, AL (WSFA) - Talk about miracles, a Coosa County woman is living proof that they can happen. Authorities rushed to the scene of a call in regards to a person being struck by lightning Monday afternoon. Goodwater police say 49-year-old Marie Smith was talking on her cellphone while standing on the front porch of her home around 5 p.m. As Smith stood there, a bolt of lightning hit her phone, traveled down the right side of her body and exited through her calf. Medics rushed to the scene where they should have found Smith in serious condition, or even dead. Police say not only was she uninjured by the bolt of lightning, she stood and talked to paramedics about the ordeal. Smith was transported from the scene and taken to Coosa Valley Medical Center where doctors could run tests on her. Authorities report she suffered no visible injuries, though she did complain of minor joint pain in her right hand. The lightning strike victim was allowed to leave the hospital Monday evening and is doing well. Lightning is the second leading cause of storm-related deaths in the United States each year, eclipsed only by floods. Each year more than 1,000 in the U.S. are struck by lightning. Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. WE RECOMMEND Elderly woman found lying in feces, caretakers arrested Man airlifted to hospital after jumping off I-65 bridge Historic Elmore Co. home destroyed in fire Tampon delivery service ad goes viral, sparks laughter, controversy Teen's self-shot nude photo goes viral, sparks investigation FROM AROUND THE WEB Here Are the 5 Top Luxury SUVs of 2013 (Mainstreet) 22 Gorgeous Patio Ideas (HGTV) 11 Funny Restaurant Signs (Reader's Digest) Death List 2014: The Cars You Won't See Next Year ( Jeff Gordon Fined $100,000 for Intentional Wreck (Mevio)
Mon, 08/12/2013 12:00 PM Injured Madison Smith  14.0  Summerville GA 
  inside house     Indirect,Indoors 
Summerville, Ga., youth was struck by lightning, and lived to tell share email print font size by Kate Harrison view bio » Madison Smith, 14, stands outside of her family's apartment complex in Summerville, Ga. Lightning struck the complex last week and an electrical current shot into the building's wiring and shocked Madison, who was sitting inside. Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press. BY THE NUMBERS 238 -- Number of people struck and killed by lightning in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012 26 -- Fishing-related lightning deaths 15 -- Camping-related lightning deaths 14 -- Boating-related lightning deaths 12 -- Soccer-related lightning deaths 12 -- Around the home-, yard work-related lightning deaths 11 -- Beach-related lightning deaths 11 -- Ranching/farming-related lightning deaths 8 -- Golf-related lightning deaths Source: National Weather Service DEBUNKING MYTHS: Myth #1 -- If I see lightning far away, I still have time to pack up my things and head to shelter. Lightning can strike 10 miles from a thunderstorm. If the morning's forecasts show a strong chance of thunder before you head outside for the day, be diligent in how you plan your activities and keep your eyes peeled for changes in the weather. Always calculate how long it will take you to get from your boat or your trail back to your car. If you see storms developing, head straight for shelter. Myth #2 -- Lying down on the ground or crouching down can protect you. Lying on the ground only increases your exposure to ground currents after a lightning strike, and reducing your height by 2 or 3 feet by crouching doesn't do much to change your odds. The best thing to do is to move quickly toward safe shelter. Myth #3 -- Rubber (like tires or a mat) can absorb a lightning strike and protect you. There is no protection from rubber. You are safe inside of a car because it is a metal enclosure. Myth #4 -- Someone who has been struck by lightning carries an electrical charge. A lightning strike victim is perfectly safe to touch after they are hit, and they need care immediately. If the person is not responding, immediately apply CPR and call 911 as soon as you are able. Myth #5 -- Lightning is attracted to metal. Lightning is attracted to the tallest, most isolated object in an area. It doesn't have to be metal -- it could be trees. If shelter is nowhere close, head for a grove of shorter trees as opposed to taller ones. But seeing as 25 percent of lightning victims are struck while seeking shelter under an isolated tree, it is better to head as fast as you can to an enclosed shelter as soon as you see signs of a thunderstorm. Myth #6 -- It's good to unplug electronics during a thunderstorm. It's good to unplug electronics BEFORE a thunderstorm -- but not during. Doing so puts you at greater exposure to electrical currents if the house is hit. But do get off your computer or hang up a corded phone. Source: National Weather Service The kids at school have started calling her Electra. Thunder Girl. Bolt. Lightning McQueen. They've been trying to touch her shoulder where electricity from a lightning bolt surged into her and left a nickel-sized burn framed by spidery red streaks. The mark has faded, says 14-year-old Madison Smith, who was struck while inside her family's Summerville, Ga., apartment last week. But her memory of the flashing light and the stinging pain is clear. Smith and a Summerville man were shocked by lightning within minutes of each other during a sudden lightning storm that swept over the small Chattooga County town Aug. 12. Both are OK, but their stories are a testament to the sheer power and unpredictable danger of the world's most ancient source of electricity. "I've heard that lightning may strike the same person twice," Smith said, smiling and rubbing the spot in her shoulder where she says the shock entered. "That makes me nervous." The sky was light gray and a little drizzly when several of Smith's siblings and friends asked if they could go play outside. There hadn't been any thunder or lightning, so their uncle let them. Smith stayed inside on the couch, watching TV. Five minutes hadn't passed before a loud crack and bright flashes exploded outside, then inside the apartment. Her uncle flew out the door to check on the kids. They were fine, but when they returned to the apartment, Smith was screaming and clutching her left shoulder. "I couldn't get her to tell me what happened," said her uncle, Steven Prince. "Then she showed me that burn on her shoulder." The lightning strike had hit the building's electrical wiring, cracking light bulbs and zapping the neighbors' electronics. Smith had been sitting by a part of the wall where wiring was installed. When the ambulance arrived, she couldn't answer first responders. It wasn't until later, when she had IVs in her arm and the EKGs were being performed, that her head cleared. Paramedics said that within minutes and just up the road, a 35-year-old man was thrown back as he touched the metal door of another lightning-struck building. He left the hospital after a few tests. Roughly 300 people are struck by lightning each year in the United States and an average of 30 die, weather analysts say. Most lightning fatalities occur between June and August. "A lot of these people who are struck are with their families," said Donna Franklin, program manager for the National Weather Service's Lightning Safety Awareness Program. "They're at the beach, they're camping, they're fishing -- it's summer. But the bottom line is that there is no safe place outside." Indoor strikes like Smith's are rare, but possible, Franklin said. Wiring and plumbing may carry current into a kitchen sink or shower, she said, Locally, reports of people being treated for lightning strikes are rare. Erlanger hospital, which is the region's Level 1 trauma center, has reported only five lightning-strike patients in as many years. The Hamilton County Health Department has not reported any deaths directly due to lightning strike in the last decade. Most people who die of lightning strikes are killed when the huge surge of electricity stops their heart stop, medical research shows. That surge, or subsequent oxygen loss, also can hurt the brain. "Lightning tends to be a nervous-system injury and may affect any or all parts of the nervous system," said Stacy Prater, a flight paramedic with Erlanger's LifeForce air ambulance crew. There may be no clear signs of injury after a strike. Unlike high-voltage electrical injuries, which can cause major tissue damage, lightning itself rarely causes substantial burns, Prater said. But even if external signs aren't obvious, people struck by lightning should always seek medical help, Prater cautioned. "If they do not present with any obvious injuries, they still need to have other testing ... to help determine if there has been any internal damage," he said. And the impact may not show up for a while. Some victims report that neurological effects from a lightning strike weren't evident until years after the initial shock, when they developed symptoms like ADD, memory loss, depression and irritability. "There is a whole realm of injury -- from a little bit of shock to the point where someone is severely injured, with debilitating pain for years," said weather service meteorologist John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist. The weather service began more closely tracking the data surrounding lightning fatalities in 2006. It also tries to keep track of lightning injuries -- but it's a tough task because many go unreported. Jensenius recently compiled a report with the six years' worth of data, gleaning a wealth of information about where people are and what they're doing when lightning strikes. Some of the revelations have been surprising. Jensenius found that the sport associated with the most lightning fatalities is not golf, as commonly thought, but fishing. He also discovered that the rate of lightning strike fatalities is particularly high in the Southeast. One curious finding was that males accounted for 82 percent of fatalities -- which doesn't speak so much about God's wrath as it does to their participation in outdoor sports, researchers say. One tragic discovery was the sheer number of stricken people who are on their way to or very near safety. "Lightning can strike 10 miles from a thunderstorm. That's something people don't realize. It can be difficult to gauge how fast these storms are moving," Jensenius said. Each year, the agency has targeted more awareness campaigns toward sports groups and family councils. Jensenius says the number of fatalities has gradually declined over the years. So far in 2013, 14 people have died -- a markedly low number this far into the year. Contact staff writer Kate Harrison at or 423-757-6673
Sun, 08/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured 1 person  0.0  Virginia Beach VA 
VIRGINIA BEACH -- 1 person went to the hospital after ligtning reportedly hit a home on Yorktown Boulevard early Sunday evening. 13News Now will bring you more information as we get it.
Sat, 08/10/2013 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead, 6 injured  0.0  Thambuttegama  
 Sri Lanka 
One dead, six injured in lightning bolt SATURDAY, 10 AUGUST 2013 12:21 One woman was killed and six others of the same family injured after they were struck with a bolt of lightning at Thambutthegama in the Anuradhapura District yesterday, police said today. They said the injured that were taken to the Anuradhapura Hospital included three women and three male. A 12-year-old boy was also among the injured. The victims were harvesting paddy on an open field in poor weather when the incident took place, according to police
Sat, 08/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Cindy Gilberg, mother 1 of 2  0.0  Gilmer TX 
  near window in living room    Indoors,Insurance,Window 
GILMER, TX (KLTV) - A mother and daughter were struck by lightning at the same time and survived. It happened in Gilmer on Saturday. The two were in the living room of their home when they were hit. They thought they were seeing a light to Heaven. There was a boom. "It sounded like the house had completely blown up," Cindy Gilberg, the mother who was struck, said. Then a flash. "It was the brightest light I've ever seen in my life," she said. And then terrible pain. "It was kind of like if you grabbed an electric cord and you couldn't let go, that shocking just kept going and going and I felt it ripping through my chest," she continued. Rachael Gilberg, her mother, and her aunt, were sitting by the window in their living room beading. Rachael had come over to show her mother a picture. Their arms were touching as she leaned next to her mother. "We were close before, but we're a little bit closer now," Cindy said. Fire Officials told them that the lightning hit a tree outside the window; it traveled through a tree branch and then hit a nail on their roof, traveling into the living room and striking Rachael and Cindy. They say that initial pain lasted just a few minutes, but the emotional effects are still there. "This is supposed to be my safe haven, this is supposed to be where I come to be safe, and I don't feel safe in my home anymore," Cindy said through tears. The moment it hit they were thrown to the ground. The lightning had traveled through both of them. "We're still alive," Rachael said, but she doesn't think she should be. It happened fast and quickly got worse. "We could see smoke," Cindy said. She looked outside and smoke was forming above the window. They got up to save their home. "As soon as you think you're okay, then the house catches on fire, and you have to go out there and battle that," Rachael said. The fire was mild, contained to the roof. With just a small lighting shaped mark to show, even for them, it's hard to believe. Cindy and Rachael were checked out by paramedics after the incident, and though their heart rates were high and they suffered severe headaches in the following days, they are expected to suffer no other symptoms. Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.
Sat, 08/10/2013 04:00 PM Injured daughter, 2 of 2  0.0  Gilmer TX 
  near window in living room  N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Window 
Sat, 08/10/2013 12:00 AM Killed Sosito Flores  36.0  Zamboanga Sibugay 
Lightning hits fishpond dike, 1 dies -AA+A Saturday, August 10, 2013 A 36-YEAR-OLD man was killed when lightning struck a remote village in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Saturday. Killed by the lightning strike was Sosito Flores, 36, a resident of Timuay Danda village, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, according to Zamboanga Peninsula police spokesman Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca. Huesca said the incident took place around 1 p.m. Wednesday at a fish pond in the village of Sta. Cruz, Kabasalan town. Investigations showed that Flores was together with his brother walking along the dike amidst heavy rains on the way to transfer fingerlings when lightning suddenly struck hitting the victim. Flores brother was unharmed, the police. (Bong Garcia/Sunnex)
Fri, 08/09/2013 12:00 PM unknown coral gables  0.0  Coral Gables FL 
  detection system    Education 
emailprintcommentreprints CORAL GABLES Coral Gables elementary school plugs into lightning detection IF YOU GO What: Unveiling of WeatherBug lightning detection system When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School, 5692 N. Kendall Dr., Coral Gables Information: 305-665-4851 BY HOWARD COHEN HCOHEN@MIAMIHERALD.COM Frank Veloso remembers the athletic fields at West Miami-Dades Christopher Columbus High School with much affection, but also apprehension. Years before Velosos 1994 graduation, Columbus student Julio Portela was struck by lightning and killed while practicing with the schools football team. Portelas death in 1975, long memorialized at the school with a plaque, touched Veloso personally. Portela was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenezs uncle. Veloso, now 36, was a childhood friend of the Gimenez family. While Veloso was at Columbus, in 1991, a bolt of lightning struck three coaches and a player at South Miami High during football practice on a gloomy August day, killing assistant coach Robert Johnson. These incidents introduced Veloso to the power of lightning. Now that Veloso is a parent of two boys, ages 7 and 4, he, along with wife Christina, have donated $5,000 to underwrite the cost of a lightning detection system for St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, a pre-K to fifth grade school in Coral Gables that their children attend. Whats worse for a parent than getting a phone call and them saying, Your child has been in an accident. This is something that can be prevented, Veloso said. I thought for my kids and anyone on a PE field or park or on the beach, this can happen anywhere. Im trying to do my small part to bring awareness to something that can be done through the state of Florida, the lightning capital of the U.S.A.. On Thursday morning, St. Thomas will unveil the WeatherBug lightning detection system to parents, staff and the community. The WeatherBug system, manufactured by Maryland-based Earth Networks, is considered a total lightning system, meaning it tracks cloud-to-ground lightning strikes as well as in-cloud strikes which can serve as an advance warning that a storm threatens, said Frank McCathran, director of enterprise solutions at WeatherBug. The WeatherBug sends web-based alerts via text, email and to computers so administrators at the school can track storms direction and intensity and can then bring students inside. WeatherBug is the same company that markets an app via the Apple Store that many users have on their smart phones to check weather conditions. The system before was manual, says St. Thomas head of school Kris Matteson Charlton, meaning coaches and staff made a decision on when to bring students inside by observing conditions and often applying the typical count between the sound of thunder and flash of lightning to determine its distance. The rule of thumb is that for every five seconds between the lightning and thunder, the lightning is a mile away. Count to 20, for instance, and the lightning is four miles away. The problem is that lightning can strike outward from a thunderstorm about 10 miles and thats about the distance that you can hear the thunder, said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We dont do any analysis or testing of the systems so that we can say how effective the various types of systems are. However, in terms of lightning detection it is something we do recommend if people can use the lightning detection system in addition to listening for thunder and watching for darkening skies, Jensenius said. The good thing with this technology, in the case of the WeatherBug, is that it is a total lightning system, he said. It captures in-cloud lightning as well as cloud-to-ground and that usually gives you a little extra time before cloud-to-ground lightning. One of the real benefits is that if you need extra time to get people to a safe place, this allows you to monitor approaching or developing storms and get a heads-up on any lightning activity. Charlton likes the technological addition as opposed to just counting between light and rumble which depends on personal interpretation of what you hear and see. This high-level technology component takes out the human element and is going to help the teachers and administrators to keep the children safe. According to researchers at the University of Florida, the state ranks No. 1 in deaths due to lightning, 94-percent of which occur between late May and the end of September. An average of 100 people are killed in the United States annually with 10 to 13 of those deaths occurring in Florida. Almost 600 are injured, 30 in Florida. The most prevalent area runs from St. Augustine north to Lake Okeechobee south. Lightning kills more people in the United States than hurricanes and tornados combined, the university reports. Veloso, who runs the Chevron gas station on Southwest Eighth Street and 22nd Avenue, which has been in his family since the 1960s, decided to underwrite the WeatherBug after touring the school during its capital campaign project about a year ago. Said Veloso, Giving parents, my neighbors and total strangers the peace of mind that their children and others are in a safe environment is priceless. Follow @HowardCohen on Twitter. Read more here:
Fri, 08/09/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 dead  0.0   
READ MORE Lightning strikes|lightning deaths|Jagatsinghpur Lightning Deaths RELATED PARADIP: Two people were killed and two minor girls seriously injured in separate lightning incidents in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district, police said on Friday. Jitendra Yadav (42) a daily labourer working in an oil company at Paradipgarh and Manjulata Mana (29) of Kusupur village under Balikuda block died in separate lightning incidents on Thursday. Mamata Murmu of class V1 and Jamuna Majhi of class V11 of Ersama government school were seriously injured when lightning struck the verandah they were standing in their school. Both were admitted to the SCB Medical Collage and hospital at Cuttack.
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 7 of 7  0.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning kills three mourners Sunday, 26th June, 2011 E-mail article Print article Lightning kills three mourners By Moses Nampala, Patrick Okino and Gerald Tenywa LIGHTNING instantly killed three mourners and left 15 others injured at a burial in Alebtong district on Saturday afternoon. The mourners were at the burial of Hellen Opio who had died at Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The injured were rushed to Alebtong Health Centre IV, Lira Regional Referral Hospital and Lira Medical Centre. Moses Isaac Opio, a teacher at Omele Primary School identified the dead as Margaret Acen, a resident of Teyao village, James Awio of Tebungadwong and Tonny Abwango of Apiingic. They had sought shelter under a tree during the rain. The injured include Stella Moro, Moses Okwir, Hellen Atepo, Sam Okar and Olanya Moses. Others are Aida Anam, Margaret Okullo and Ambrose Obua, a primary four pupil of Omele primary school. In a similar incident in Tororo, a casual labourer was killed and another severely injured at Mailo-eight village, in Mukujju sub-county. Tororo district deputy officer in charge of crime Michael Muwanga identified the deceased as Jacob Ochwo. A post-mortem examination indicated that the victim sustained severe burns on the head. The injured identified as Peter Olwenyi was rushed to Tororo hospital. By the time New Vision visited Olwenyi, he had recovered from shock and was nursing severe burns on the back. The Police said the victims were part of a group of 80 casual labourers hired to dig a trench on the Tororo- Mbale highway for an underground cable belonging to Airtel, a mobile telecom company. According to the Police, the labourers had lined up for supper at their residence during a drizzle when lightning struck. Last week, three people, including two children from one family, were killed by lightning during an afternoon downpour in Jinja. Eight other pupils were injured. The children were pupils of Nawangoma primary school in Budondo sub-county. They were hit while attending afternoon lessons. The deceased were identified as Denis Kironde, 15, Nelson Kalyabi, 14, and Irene Isabirye. The injured included Cyrus Wakooli, 13, Bitu Tibaidhukira, 12, Rose Awori, 10, Mariam Kutesa, 10 and Alice Ali, 13. Lightning also killed three people in Mbarara and Kamwenge districts. Two of them had sought shelter under a tree during an afternoon drizzle. They were identified as Falouk Basiiime and Didas Gumirensi. The third victim, identified as Jolly Nalongo, was killed in Kamwenge. Scientists have linked lightning and thunder to the sudden expansion and contraction of air. Aloysius Kagoro, a retired meteorologist, says air masses (cumulous and cumulos-nimbus clouds) moving in opposite directions cause heat the same way human hands can generate heat when rubbed against each other. The warm air expands and in the process increases in volume and occupies more space. It encounters cold air and contracts, according to Kagoro. The sudden expansion of air causes an explosion called thunder. When the sound waves (thunder) are being transmitted, they encounter cold air and generate an electric discharge which moves towards the earth, Kagoro says. This, he points out, is what has to be managed because lightning connects to earth through high points such as trees, buildings, human beings and animals. Kagoro says lightning can blind pilots or disrupt the hearing aids of an aeroplane. He says areas around lakes are among the high risk areas. The water vapour rises after being heated by sunlight rays to form the rain making cumulous and cumulo-nimbus clouds. Kagoro says lightning strikes are common at the beginning of the rainy season because there is a lot of energy build-up in the air. Sissy Nakalema, a resident of Mengo, a Kampala suburb, said the sound of thunder is disturbing. She blocks her ears the moment she sees lightning flash across the sky. But scientists say this may not be enough to avoid the hazards of lightning, which is increasingly claiming lives. But Marx Kabi, a natural resource management specialist with the National Forestry Authority, blames lightning strikes on massive defforestation. People have cut down trees which are used to absorb or provide a channel for transmitting lightning, says Kabi.
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 2 of 7  57.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
The Straits Times Singapore Home > Breaking News > Singapore > Story Jul 12, 2010 Golfer's death a misadventure By Elena Chong, Court Correspondent A CORONER on Monday recorded a verdict of misadventure on the death of a golfer 10 days after he was struck by lightning at Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC). Mr Soh Lye Huat, 57, a businessman, was playing golf with three friends at the Changi Coast Road club last Oct 25 when he was thrown to the ground. His friends, too, were thrown to the ground. Earlier, the four had reached the 17th hole when they saw flashes of lightning at the far end horizon and heard thunder roaring. As there was no siren for the lightning alert from TMCC, they decided to finish the 17th hole before ending their game. Mr Soh was the last to putt at about 10.10am when a loud bang was heard. Mr Soh was found lying face down and bleeding from his mouth. The back portion of his cap was shredded. Two of his friends, together with a golf marshal, applied cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on Mr Soh till the ambulance arrived. He remained in intensive care at Changi General Hospital until his death from multi-organ failure on Nov 4.
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 6 of 7  24.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning strike kills three Cambodian fishermen May 7, 2010, 3:53 GMT Phnom Penh - Three Cambodian brothers died when their fishing boat was hit by lightning off the southern coastal town of Kampot, national media reported Friday. Commune police chief Kouch Chansuy told the Cambodia Daily newspaper that the body of Mao Morn, 24, was found in the fishing boat after it was hit by lightning early Wednesday. The body of the eldest brother was found floating in the sea, while the third brother is missing believed dead, the police chief said. 'Police assume that metal tools and a radio antenna attracted the lightning,' he said. A fourth man also died this week when he was hit by lightning while using his mobile phone in his hut in central Kampong Chhnang province, raising the death toll from lightning to 19 since March 1. In a separate incident a single lightning bolt killed 18 cattle in central Cambodia on Tuesday, while another killed seven more cattle in the same district, officials in Kampong Thom province said. Cambodia is nearing the end of the annual hot season, when storms accompanied by lightning strikes become more common. Figures from the government's disaster management committee showed that 140 people were killed by lightning last year, up from 95 people in 2008.
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 1 of 7  0.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair    Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
By COLIN DEPPEN Era Reporter | 0 comments Seven people were shocked ⬠two of them severely enough to be taken to the hospital ⬠when lighting struck at the Elk County Fair on Thursday, according to fair president Ann Distler.  It was shortly after 6 p.m. when Fox Township ambulances were dispatched to the fairgrounds for Emergency Operating System reports of an â¬Selectrocution/lightning.⬝  Distler said it was between acts at the fairâ¬"s Star Pavilion when a single lightning strike traveled through a group of fairgoers who were standing by the stage talking.Â
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 5 of 7  32.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
Mahanama Vithanage - Malwana group correspondent A mother of three died after being struck by lightning while charging a mobile phone. This was revealed at the inquest held on the death of Niluka Damayanthi Perera, 32, of Piliyandala by Inquirer into Sudden Deaths, Kirindiwela, P W Amarasekara. The inquirer recorded a verdict of accidental death. Kirindiwela police led evidence.
Thu, 08/08/2013 12:00 PM Injured Justin Jopes  15.0  Sawyer IL 
  leaving water because of storm  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
osted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 6:00 am By JULIE SWIDWA - HP Staff Writer | 0 comments SAWYER - Park rangers warned swimmers to get out of the water at Warren Dunes State Park on Wednesday as a storm packing along lightning swept through the southern part of Berrien County. Baroda-Lake Township Police Chief Shawn Martin said a 15-year-old boy might have been hit by lightning in a parking lot near the beach. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Martin said. He did not know the boy's name, or his condition at the hospital. Martin said the boy is from Naperville, Ill. and was at Warren Dunes with his family and friends. The boy was standing near the back of the family's SUV when family members heard a loud boom, Martin said. "The next thing they knew he was on the ground, curled up in a fetal position," the chief said. He said the boy was breathing when he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Martin said park rangers did not know whether the boy was struck directly or if lightning struck the vehicle and the boy was touching it. Email: Twitter: @HPSwidwa Possible State Park lightning strike victim recovers By Julie Swidwa For the News Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:15 PM EDT SAWYER  Park rangers warned swimmers to get out of the water at Warren Dunes State Park on Wednesday, Aug. 7, as a storm packing along lightning swept through the southern part of Berrien County. Baroda-Lake Township Police Chief Shawn Martin said a 15-year-old boy might have been hit by lightning in a parking lot near the beach. Martin said Justin Jopes, 15, of Naperville, Ill., was evaluated at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, after he collapsed to the ground behind his familys vehicle at the beach. The family had heard a loud boom near the vehicle where Justin had been standing, leading them to believe the boy suffered a lightning strike. The next thing they knew he was on the ground, curled up in a fetal position, Martin said. Martin said the boys mother told him Thursday that tests done at Lakeland showed that Justin did not suffer a direct lightning strike. He was released from the hospital after being evaluated, the mother said.
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 4 of 7  0.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
ublished on May 4, 2012 by slatester Those bolts of lightning during a thunderstorm may do more than just light up the night sky and scare the bejeebers out of the dog, they could help us understand the origins of our solar system. The incessant flashes of lightning here on Earth - some 50 blasts around the globe each second - cause a pulse of electromagnetic waves known as the Schumann Resonance. The signature of this rhythm can reveal not only the size of the planet, but the chemical composition of its atmosphere, better than other known techniques. And now with the discovery of a way to measure the Schumann Resonance from above our planet rather than on its surface, a paper published this week in The Astrophysical Journal describes how orbiting spacecraft could be used to find the pulse on neighboring planets. By studying this collected data, researchers may be able to discover more about the birth of our solar system and the makeup of it's original nebula. You might say this discovery was, literally, a bolt from the blue.
Thu, 08/08/2013 06:00 PM Injured at fair, 3 of 7  0.0  Elk County PA 
  at fair  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning killed four people and injured eleven others in four separate districts yesterday and the day before. It struck Ashok Biswas, 30, while he was cutting paddy at around 10:00am at Raghunathpur in Gopalganj district, said Md. Zakir Hossain, officer in-charge of Gopalganj Police Station. He was sent to the Gopalganj General Hospital where doctor on duty declared him dead. In Madaripur, Yunus Hawlader, 65, and his daughter Roksana Begum of Kismandi village were in the kitchen when a lightning struck them, leaving Yunus dead and Roksana injured. A farmer of village Bahadurpur in the district, was also injured in lightning while working at his farmland. In Brahmanbaria, a farm labourer was killed as a lightning struck him at Jazisar village in Kasba upazila on Saturday, reports our correspondent. The deceased was identified as Mantu Mia, 28, of Chaktir village in Taraganj upazila of Rangpur district. Another farmer sustained injures while working on a land belonging to Jamal Mia at about 11am. They were rushed to upazila health complex where doctors declared Mantu dead. In Sunamganj, a man was killed and two others were injured by a lightning strike at Gazaria village in Jamalganj upazila early Saturday. The deceased was identified as Wasim, 22, son of Abdul Muttalib of the village. Locals said, Wasim died on the spot when a lightning struck him during rain in the morning. Two others  Jamal Hossain and Kamal Hossain  were injured as the same lightning hit them. They were admitted to Jamalganj upazila health complex.
Wed, 08/07/2013 12:00 PM Injured Lightning strikes person sitting in car in Simcoe   0.0  Simcoe county  
  in a car    In a car 
As thunderstorms rolled through much of Southern Ontario Wednesday evening, one person in Simcoe County was struck by lightning. Emergency services were dispatched to St. Vincent St. in Midhurst at 7:07 p.m. where lightning had struck a car while a man was inside. The man, who has not been identified, was sent to hospital and treated for minor burns. According to Environment Canada, lightning strikes injure between 100 and 150 people and kill 9 to ten people every year.
Wed, 08/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed Uganda: Seven Students Hospitalized After Lightnin  0.0   
Hoima  Seven students of Mandela Secondary School remain hospitalized at EDPA Medical Centre, Hoima town after they were struck by lightning during heavy rains Monday night. No lives were claimed. The incident occurred while students were in class for the evening prep session at around 9.00pm local time, some of them said. A few of their friends, who include the seven admitted, fainted from the lighting strike. A student found attending to the injured students at the health facility told New Vision on Tuesday that the victims fainted from a thunderous bang following the lighting. They were later rushed to the medical centre for treatment. Most parts of the country are receiving heavy rains following a long dry spell in the recent months. People living in high-risk areas - prone to landslides and floods - have been warned to take caution. An official from the meteorological department has said the rains would continue until October. Albertine region police spokesperson, Lydia Tumushabe sounded reports by the school head of Mandela Secondary school that the Monday night incident revolved around a loud bang. Headteacher Francis Nzigu said the students fainted following a loud bang. The police spokeswoman said most of the affected students had a history of Asthma and heart attack, and that they only suffered shock, which could have caused them to fall down. She identified some of the students as Florence Murungi (S.2), Juliet Nanbunya (S.2) and Julian Baker Kabateremwa (S.3) who is reportedly to be in critical condition. Others affected were Sheila Kimuli (S.3), Gloria Katushabe (S.3), Brendah Nyakojo (S.1) and Helen Murungi of S.1. Emanuel Agaba, a staffer at the hospital who was on duty that night, said that by the time the students were brought to the health facility, most of them had slumped into unconsciousness. He said others could have been injured as they struggled through a stampede out of the classroom. Police's Tumushabe urged the public not to move bare-footed during rainy weather and also consider wearing rubber-soled footwear. The Albertine region is one of the areas highly prone to lightning strikes. The police publicist called on schools and churches to install lightning conductors on their building to reduce risk of injury and worst, death. She warned that police will have to deal with schools which do not conform with the education ministry's policy on lighting conductor installation on buildings.
Sun, 08/04/2013 12:00 PM Injured man fishing   0.0   
  fishing     fishing,Outside 
A man fishing during a thunderstorm last week was knocked out after his rod was struck by lightning. His friend, who came to help, had his front teeth broken when the shock caused the victim's arms to flail about uncontrollably. Apart from a few dead fish in the lake, the damaged teeth and a lost rod and line the two men lived to tell the tale. Most people who have close encounters with lightning also survive, although frequently with some loss of hearing or sight. The chances of getting killed by lightning in the UK are 15 million to one, although men are six times more likely to be victims than women. This is because men are daft enough to continue to play golf, cricket and football during a storm or carry on hiking or fishing, while women seek shelter. A hundred years ago, when men and women both worked in the open air harvesting crops, the death toll between the sexes was about the same. This is the peak season for thunderstorms with the south and east more likely to get an average of two or three days of storms in August, more than the cooler north. Lightning frightens people but thunderstorms can be violent in other ways, with hail and flash flooding. Although the number of thunderstorms does not seem to have increased, flash flooding incidents certainly have. More intense rainfall is partly to blame but urban sprawl and more hard surfaces increases the risk.
Sun, 08/04/2013 12:00 PM Killed Two football fans among 5 five killed in lightning  0.0   
  at stadium    Sports Field 
At least five persons, including two football fans, were killed today and as many seriously injured after being struck by lightning in separate incidents in Odisha. Lightning struck the stadium at Jalda on the outskirts of Rourkela when a football match was going on in an overcast sky between Rourkela and Jalda. As the spectators were enjoying the match, a lightning struck the east side of the gallery killing two persons on the spot and leaving five others unconscious, police said. The injured were immediately shifted to Rourkela Government Hospital where their condition was stated to be stable, hospital sources said. In the other incidents, three women were killed after being struck by lightning while working in their farm land in Puri district today, police said. While two women belonging to Ura village under Puri Sadar police station died while busy in farming work, another woman fell to the natural phenomena near Dalanai village under Gop police station under similar circumstances. Besides, many electronics and electrical appliances were damaged under the impact of the lighting during heavy rains in the area, sources said.
Sat, 08/03/2013 01:00 PM Injured Jethro Alfonzo  0.0  Miami FL 
  leaving motocross track because of lightning    Motorcycle,Outside,Taking Shelter 
MIAMI (CBSMiami)  A motocross rider was reportedly struck by lightning while riding on a track at the Miami Motorsports Park, Saturday. It happened around 1:00 p.m. at the track located at 16665 Krome Avenue. Witnesses said the riders were leaving the track because of a lightning. As they were doing so, they said a rider named Jethro Alfonzo was struck. We saw the lightning and the guy fell from the bike, said Nicholas Stankov, a motocross instructor. Alfonzo was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital by air.
Sat, 08/03/2013 08:00 PM Killed Joseph Higgins  53.0  Elgin Ontario 
  taking shelter under a cottage  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Porch,Taking Shelter 
ELGIN - A boating trip in Rideau Lakes cottage country turned tragic Saturday night when a New Jersey man was killed by lightning. Joseph Higgins, 53, of Mickleton, N.J., was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the incident around 8 p.m., said Sgt. Glen King of the Ontario Provincial Police's Leeds County detachment. It was just a freak accident, said King. Higgins and his daughter were out boating on Clear Lake, near Elgin, when Saturday night's thunderstorm hit and the pair made it back to shore, said the sergeant. He tried to take shelter, him and his daughter, underneath a cottage and he was struck by lightning on land. Higgins was underneath the cottage because it was not his and he could not get inside, added King. Tragically, the cottage appears to have been built of a conductive material, he added. It (lightning) struck the building and then went down and struck him subsequently. Higgins's daughter, who is in her early 20s, was not hurt, said King. Police have concluded their investigation, he added.
Sat, 08/03/2013 12:00 PM unknown Justin Inversso  0.0  Adventure Island FL 
  legal lawsuit    Legal 
Adventure Island sued in staffer's death Photos By Ray Reyes | Tribune Staff Published: August 3, 2013 TAMPA - The family of a lifeguard killed by lightning at Adventure Island two years ago is suing the water park for negligence, saying park employees did not heed the alarms of a weather monitoring system and failed to shut down rides. The suit, filed Monday in Tampa, seeks damages of more than $15,000 in the death of Justin Savers Inversso and names Adventure Island, its parent company SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and an employee of the water park as defendants. Inversso, who turned 21 the day before his death, was working 700 feet above ground on the Key West Rapids ride on Sept. 10, 2011, when a storm rolled through the area. He was standing in 2 or 3 feet of water evacuating patrons when struck by lightning, authorities said. He was taken out of the water by co-workers and given CPR. He died at a local hospital. Park employees did not follow protocol and failed to "shut down any of the park's rides in response to the alarms" emitted by the lightning detection system, the lawsuit states. Between 10:14 and 11:34 a.m. that day, the equipment detected "nine separate instances of lightning strikes within zero to five miles of the park," the complaint said. "At 11:44 a..m., there were seven simultaneous lightning strikes at respective distances of two, seven, 1.2, 1.8, 2.6, three and 3.8 miles from the entrances of Adventure Island. At 11:44 a.m., Justin Savers Inversso was struck by lightning and killed." The lawsuit also claims that when the system detects lightning within 5 miles of the park, the park policy requires an operations supervisor monitor the weather "at some visible outside location" and shut down rides. The lawsuit said Michael Penzato, the operations supervisor on shift that day, "consciously failed to shut down the Key West Rapids ride as required" by procedures after being made aware of "the alarm of lighting strikes within five miles of the park." A spokesman for Busch Gardens, which is affiliated with Adventure Island, declined to comment because the lawsuit is pending. Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the water park $7,000, saying employees did not follow procedures in shutting down rides as the thunderstorm approached the area, thus placing Inversso in the path of a fatal lightning strike. The OSHA report lists the violation as "serious" and says employees were "not informed to initiate rides shut-down" when the park's monitoring systems indicated lightning within 5 miles of the park. The report also recommended employees receive more training on how to interpret and assess lightning strike data recorded by the park's weather monitoring system and improving communications between employees during an approaching storm. OSHA recommended Adventure Island "re-evaluate time required to evacuate guests from rides, especially when employees are the last to evacuate and seek shelter." In a statement the day after Inversso's death, park officials said the fatal lightning strike was the first since the water park opened in 1980. (813) 259-7920 Twitter:@TBORay - See more at:
Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 3 of 12  0.0  Fort Carson CO 
  moving to shelter    Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - Twelve soldiers were injured, one critically, after lightning struck near them during a training exercise at Fort Carson. A base spokesman says six of the soldiers were still hospitalized Thursday and five were treated and released after Wednesday's strike. An engineering soldier was in critical condition. The soldiers were training with about 340 others when lightning struck Wednesday afternoon south of the Butts Army Airfield. Maj. Earl Brown said the National Weather Service issued a warning just minutes earlier, and the men were trying to get to shelter. They did not suffer a direct strike. The injured soldiers are from the U.S. Army's 555th Engineer Brigade stationed at Fort Carson. Their names were not released. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 11 of 12  0.0  Fort Carson CO 
  taking shelter   N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Wed, 07/31/2013 02:45 PM Injured soldier, 4 of 12  0.0  Fort Carson CO 
  moving to shelter    Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Taking Shelter 
2 soldiers in hospital after Colo. lightning hit THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT CARSON, Colo. -- One soldier was in serious condition Thursday and another was in stable condition, but 10 others were released from the hospital after lightning struck near them during a training exercise, officials at Fort Carson said. The 12 soldiers had been in training but were heading toward shelter when the lightning struck Wednesday afternoon, Army officials said. Medics who were present for the training treated them until emergency responders arrived. Ten of the soldiers were released from the hospital Wednesday evening. The incident comes after 11 workers were struck by lightning July 18 at a northern Colorado farm. Two of the workers in the organic fields in Wellington were critically injured, and the nine others were also treated at hospitals. Wellington Fire Protection District Chief Gary Green has said the workers were preparing land for planting when a strong thunderstorm hit. Some of them were trying to reach shelter under a tractor, and others were heading for a vehicle when they were struck. The Denver office of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was investigating. As of last week, 14 people have died from lightning strikes in the U.S. this year, according to the National Weather Service. The number of lightning fatalities in the country has held relatively steady the past three years, with 28 in 2012, 26 in 2011 and 29 in 2010. Many of the people who died this year were enjoying summertime activities like sightseeing, boating, camping and fishing, the weather service said. Last month, two people were killed near Jacob Lake, Ariz., while sitting beneath a rock wall at a scenic overlook that got hit by lightning. Others killed this year were under trees in Missouri and New York, fishing on a boat in Louisiana, walking on the beach in Florida, camping in California and at a park in Illinois. The weather service advises people to stay indoors for 30 minutes after the first flash of lightning or clap of thunder. Most lightning deaths occur between June and August when people are outdoors enjoying the warmer weather. Nearly two-thirds of the 238 people killed by lightning in the past seven years were enjoying recreational activities, according to a study by lightning safety specialist John Jensenius Jr. Read more here:

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