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Mon, 09/02/2013 08:00 PM Injured man   23.0  El Paso TX 
 USA 
  standing near car    Ground Strike,Outside,Thrown 
EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM)  A lightning bolt sent a man flying through the air in Central El Paso. It happened around 8 p.m. on the 3500 block of Tyler. The man's girlfriend tells Newschannel 9 she was saying goodbye to her boyfriend next to her car when suddenly a lightning bolt lit up the sky, striking just a couple of feet away. Mariana Cuevas says she could only watch as her boyfriend flew through the air and into her open car door. "I just got so scared. I had to call his mom because he was shaking so much and he was having trouble breathing and we just called 911. I got really scared," said Cuevas. The 23 year-old man was checked out by EMT's at the scene, but declined to be taken to the hospital. "It hit right here next to us and he just flew into the car and his glasses flew all the way into the other side of the car," said Cuevas.
Mon, 09/02/2013 03:30 PM Injured Dmitri Khorokhoria, 1 of 2  0.0  Surf City NC 
 USA 
  holding hands on the beach  N/A  Beach,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Direct hit,Outside,Walking 
Police chief: Man struck by lighting dies, comes back to life Posted: Sep 04, 2013 10:43 AM EDT Updated: Sep 04, 2013 10:46 AM EDT By: Sarah Crandall - email A Surf City visitor was struck by lightning Monday and died, but was brought back to life by an emergency responder, according to Police Chief Halstead. SURF CITY, NC (WECT)  A Surf City visitor was struck by lightning Monday and died, but was brought back to life by an emergency responder, according to Police Chief Halstead. Halstead says the victim and his wife, who were holding hands, were walking on the beach near S. Shore Drive around 3:30 p.m. when the victim was struck by lightning in the head, which traveled through his arm to his wife. The strike killed the victim and sent his wife somewhere between 30 and 50 feet in the air. When a responding officer was able to bring the victim back to life, he was taken to a hospital in Chapel Hill. He has severe burns, but is said to be in stable condition. The victim's wife was not taken to a hospital, but she also suffered burns to her hands and arm. Lightning strike survivor speaks out, thanks responders Posted: Sep 27, 2013 7:05 PM EDT Updated: Sep 27, 2013 7:06 PM EDT By: Bailey Hicks - email The couple on vacation before the lightning strike SURF CITY, NC - (WECT) - Police officers say Demitri Khorokhorim and his wife Yuliana Kukharenka say they were walking on the beach when lightning struck Demitri. The shock was so strong, it also hit Yuliana who was holding Demitri's hand. Now, Demitri is speaking out and thanking those that saved his life, saying he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for them. "The most important thing is we are here, we are alive," said Yuliana. She says one minute they were walking on the beach and the next she heard a staticy sound, then wound up in the sand feet away from Demitri. "The next second I see him lying in front of me in the sand and I start calling his name and he's not answering," said Yuliana. She remembers every horrific detail. "When I got to him on my knees and I rolled him over, he was completely purple and blue, his eyes were open, he was lifeless, it was horrible" said Yuliana. Demitri says he only remembers the pain that followed, "Everything hurt and nothing can touch you and it's always there. It's hard to describe, everything hurts," said Demitri. He says anytime something touched his body it burned, even today more than three weeks later he still had to hold his shirt away from his body because of the pain. He and Yulie say they are just thankful for the strangers on the beach that rushed to their rescue. "It's amazing that people were there on the beach and that people heard me," said Yuliana. "I wasn't breathing for 6 minutes so everyone who was involved, I greatly appreciate, it's amazing," said Demitri. The couple says because of all of the medical costs, they have started a fund to help pay for them. It's called Miracle on the Beach and is set up at the PNC Bank in Wilmington. Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.
Mon, 09/02/2013 04:00 PM Injured Amanda Peterson  54.0  Spencer MA 
 USA 
  inside basement  N/A  Basement,Indirect,Indoors 
Deputy: Lightning strike killed father and son on fishing trip wwltv.com Posted on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM Updated yesterday at 2:41 PM WWLTV.com Email: webteam@wwltv.com | Twitter: @WWLTV PONCHATOULA, La.  The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office has recovered the bodies of two missing fishermen Thursday. Officials believe the father and son were killed in a lightning strike while seeking cover during Wednesday's violent storms on the Northshore, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto. Luther Clyde Baham Sr, 54, of Kentwood, and his son, Luther Clyde Baham Jr, 33, of Hammond, were reported missing early Thursday morning after they didn't return from the fishing trip on Wednesday, said a statement from Panepinto. Baham and his son last spoke with family around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, saying they were on the Natalbany River and the weather was getting bad and that they were going to find shelter near an abandoned camp, said Panepinto. State Wildlife and Fisheries agents found the father and son at an abandoned shelter on the river, according to Panepinto. Investigators from the sheriff's office were called in to scene. "Based on the initial investigation, it is believed that the two were killed instantly by a lightning strike. The bodies were located under a small tin structure where the men apparently took cover to escape a terrible thunder storm. The evidence of a lightening strike was apparent based on the severe lightning damage to the surrounding trees," said Panepinto
Mon, 09/02/2013 02:00 PM Injured hiding under tractor, 2 of 3  0.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
MIAMI (CBSMiami)  Three men were struck by lightning as a thunderstorm moved over parts of Miami-Dade County Monday. One of the three people hit by lightning died, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue public information officer Arnold Piedrahita. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the three men were hiding under a tractor-trailer to escape the lightning when the trailer was struck. The other two people hit by lightning were taken by ambulance as trauma alerts to Kendall Regional Medical Center. The strike happened Monday afternoon in southwest Miami-Dade County. CBS4 has a crew on the way to the scene. Lightning strike victims undergo surgery Posted: Yesterday at 6:45 pm EDT Last Updated: Yesterday at 6:55 pm EDT 0 SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two men are being treated at the hospital after a lightning strike claimed the life of one South Florida man. Property owner Janet Suarez said the three men were washing their trucks on her property near Southwest 172nd Avenue and 212th Street on Monday, when a lightning hit. "One of the gentlemen that was outside came running to say that someone was hit," said Suarez. "We went outside and all three of them were on the ground." According to police, the lightning strike killed Andres Telles. "We are still investigating whether the individuals were directly struck by the lightning or the lightning struck the ground near by," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard. Suarez said she attempted to do CPR on Telles but it was to late. "According to rescuers, he was taking his last gasp. There was nothing I could do," she said. Miguel Lopez and Fidelmar Montero were rushed to Kendall Regional Hospital, where according to Suarez, Montero's third degree head burn needed to be operated on Tuesday afternoon. "They don't know what happened to them," said Suarez. "They have no idea what happened. They recognized us before they were taken, but they don't know what happen." Meanwhile, Lopez' wife told 7News that the leg surgery that was scheduled for Tuesday morning was postponed. Telles' widow is on her way to Miami from Colombia. (Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Mon, 09/02/2013 02:00 PM Injured hiding under tractor, 3 of 3  0.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Mon, 09/02/2013 12:00 PM Injured Bruce Kennan  0.0  Spencer MA 
 USA 
  inside basement    Basement,Indirect,Indoors 
SPENCER, Mass. (WHDH) -- It was a close call for a couple of Spencer teens Monday when lightning hit the ground next to their house, then traveled through it before shocking both of them and sending them to the hospital. "We were inside just having a conversation and you could hear the thunder coming in, Bruce Kennan said. Kennan said you could hear the lighting strike loud and clear and neighbors agreed. "Like a grenade. I was in the military sounded like a grenade getting thrown at you, Fred Liprade said. In fact, Liprade believes it actually hit his house. It hit the back of the house, blew a light bulb out of the bathroom," he said. His granddaughter, Amanda Peterson, was in the basement holding her cell phone at the time "It came through my phone, through my body, Peterson said. It was the weirdest thing." Doctors told her it was a side splash from the lighting strike "They said I was one in a million and it doesn't always happen like that," she said. "They said I'm going to be okay, just sore for a couple days."
Sun, 09/01/2013 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead, 7 injured  0.0   
 Guyana 
       
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Lightning strikes in the South American country of Guyana have killed a 17-year-old sugarcane worker and injured seven others. The strikes have led the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation to review policies about staff working in fields during rain and thunderstorms. Company Director Paul Bhim told The Associated Press Saturday that while he supports the review, it would be hard to predict where storms will strike and to get thousands of workers out of the field quickly. Authorities say 17-year-old Klein Roberts was found dead in an open field just west of the capital of Georgetown on Thursday. They say seven other workers were injured at the same time but at a separate plantation. One worker is in critical condition and another is in serious condition. AP This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings Related Tagsi
Sun, 09/01/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills four fishermen in Benapole  0.0  Benapole  
 Bangladesh 
       
At least four fishermen have been killed and two others injured after lightning struck them near Benapole port in Jessore, police said. 9 0 0 The deceased have been identified as Saddam Hossain, 21, Imran Hossain, 15, Matiar Rahman, 25 and Tuhin Alam, 17. They belonged to Benapoles Raghunathpur and Sarbanghuda villages. Benapole Port Police Station OC Mijanur Rahman said they were catching fish on Sunday afternoon in the Pechor Baor, a backwater swamp situated in Namaz village amid rain. All of them were burnt to death on the spot, he said. He identified the injured as Sardar Shanti, 48 and Adhar, 28. They are being treated at Sharsha Upazila Health Center, he said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130509044111_lightning-kills-four-fishermen-in-benapole.htm#sthash.48QRI0FP.dpuf
Sun, 09/01/2013 11:45 PM Injured Ed Webber, 2 of 2 officers  0.0  Syracuse University NY 
 USA 
  exiting car  N/A  In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect,Police Officer,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Update: Lightning strikes Syracuse University patrol car, knocking officer unconscious By Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 02, 2013 at 2:42 AM, updated September 02, 2013 at 8:14 AM View/Post Comments Syracuse, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University safety officer was thrown about four feet and knocked unconscious after his patrol car was struck by lightning on the university's South Campus late Sunday night, according to Chief of S.U. Public Safety Tony Callisto. The officer has since regained consciousness and is recovering at Upstate University Hospital, Callisto said at 1:45 a.m. Here's Callisto's account of what happened: S.U. Department of Public Safety Officer Stanley Prue was getting out of his car during a lull in Sunday night's heavy rain when lightning struck at about 11:55 p.m. He had put his left foot out of the car on Skytop Road when he was shocked, knocked backwards on the road and landed adjacent to the back of the patrol car. His fellow officer, S.U. public safety senior detective Ed Weber, was in the car and was stunned when the lightning struck. Weber was disoriented after hearing a loud bang and saw "instantly that his partner was gone," Callisto said. But Weber quickly figured out what happened and called for help. Emergency responders were on scene in minutes. They took Prue, a veteran of S.U. public safety for 20 years, and Weber to Upstate University Hospital. "Thankfully, they're able to talk and they're doing okay right now," Callisto said.
Sun, 09/01/2013 04:30 PM Killed Steven Becknell  50.0  Union SC 
 USA 
  working on truck in yard  N/A  Delayed Death,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Tree,Yard 
UNION, S.C. - The Union man who was struck by lightning has died, four days days after the incident. According to the victim's family, Steven Becknell died Thursday evening at an area hospital. The Holcombe Funeral Home in Union tells us visitation will be Sunday, September 8th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bogansville United Methodist Church at 4052 Buffalo-West Springs Hwy. in Jonesville. The funeral will follow at 3:30 p.m. Update: A lightning strike over the weekend has left a Union man in critical condition. Union County Sheriff David Taylor tells 7 On Your Side Steven Becknell, 50, was working on his truck under a tree in the yard when he was struck. It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on Boatmen Springs Road in Union. "Most commonly, lightning strikes another object such as a tree or power lines and then you can get a secondary jolt off of it," says paramedic Scott Burch with Union County EMS. "The lightning can actually travel through you because your standing in close proximity of it." Pictures from the scene show bark ripped from the tree near where Becknell was struck. Becknell was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Sun, 09/01/2013 08:00 PM Injured Phil Deberardinis, 2 of 2 camping  0.0  Tamwoth NH 
 USA 
  camping   N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
MANCHESTER, N.H. A Manchester man hit by lightning at a campground over the holiday weekend said hes lucky to be alive. 2 CAMPERS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN TAMWORTH Police in Tamworth, N.H., have confirmed a lightning strike at the Tamworth Camping Area on Depot Road. MORE Click here to watch News 9's report. Phil Deberardinis was at a campground in Tamworth when he was hit by lightning just after 8 p.m. Sunday. "I never heard anything as loud as that, he said. Deberardinis was one of two people hit by lightning at the campground. Another victim, a 14-year-old, spent several hours in a hospital for observation but was released early Monday morning. "All of a sudden, I had one leg on one side of the picnic bench, and the other side, I was making a salad, and an unbelievable bang and a flash of light came, Deberardinis said. "I had this pain and burning in both my legs, and I seen an arc. So then that was it. And it was over." The damage could be seen at the campground, where electricity split a tree in half. Deberardinis said hes sore today, but hes lucky to be alive. He joked that he should buy a lottery ticket. "They say it's a 1 and 1 million shot, he said. Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/manchester-man-survives-lightning-strike/-/9857858/21749274/-/s867bz/-/index.html#ixzz2e3N4AEHg
Sun, 09/01/2013 08:00 PM Injured chlld, 1 of 2 camping  0.0  Tamwoth NH 
 USA 
  camping     Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
TAMWORTH, N.H. Police in Tamworth, N.H., have confirmed a lightning strike at the Tamworth Camping Area on Depot Road. RELATED Police continue to search for missing... Dozens of cats removed from home in... Sheriff's Office: Man arrested for... 1 killed in Limington plane crash More mosquito pools found with EEE in... It happened just after 8:00 p.m. Sunday night. A child was struck and taken to a hospital for treatment. An adult was also struck and was treated and released at the scene. Paramedics and authorities are also tending to other campers at the site to determine if any others may have been struck during that time. Read more: http://www.wmtw.com/news/maine/2-campers-struck-by-lightning-in-tamworth/-/8792012/21743126/-/e38ljj/-/index.html#ixzz2dkID0hEy
Sun, 09/01/2013 11:45 PM Injured Stan Prue, 1 of 2 officers  0.0  Syracuse University NY 
 USA 
  exiting car  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Thrown,Touching a vehicle,Work 
SYRACUSE -- A Public Safety Officer at Syracuse University is recovering after being struck by lightning just before midnight Sunday. SU police confirm officer Stan Prue was hit by lightning as he was exiting his patrol car at 621 Skytop Road at the height of Sunday night's thunderstorms. Officer Prue was thrown a few feet from the vehicle. There is no word on his condition. A second officer, Ed Weber, was with Prue at the time of the incident. Officer Weber was also treated at the hospital and has been released. Syracuse University officer hospitalized after lightning strike remains in intensive care Print Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com By Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 04, 2013 at 2:08 PM, updated September 04, 2013 at 3:26 PM View/Post Comments Syracuse, N.Y. - The Syracuse University safety officer knocked backwards and unconscious when lightning struck his patrol car late Sunday night remains in intensive care, Chief of SU Public Safety Tony Callisto said Wednesday. SU Officer Stanley Prue is still in a "substantial amount of pain" because of the lightning strike, which occurred on the university's South Campus, Callisto said. Callisto said he has seen no significant change to Prue's condition since he was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning. Still, Prue is conscious and coherent, Callisto said. He is currently recovering in Upstate University Hospital's burn unit. "He seems to be improving slowly," Callisto said. The lightning struck Prue's patrol car at about 11:55 p.m. on Sunday as he was getting out of it on Skytop Road. Prue had put his left foot out of the car when he was shocked, knocked backwards on the road about four feet, and landed adjacent to the back of the patrol car. There were heavy rains and lightning in Syracuse on Sunday. Prue's fellow officer, SU public safety senior detective Ed Weber, was in the car and was stunned when the lightning struck. Weber was disoriented after hearing a loud bang, Callisto said, but quickly called emergency responders for help. Weber is recovering at home this week but OK, Callisto said. The patrol car, a Chevy Caprice, is out of service indefinitely, Callisto said. Its electrical components aren't working and some parts of one of its rear doors have melted Syracuse, NY -- Syracuse University Public Safety Detective Ed Weber returned to work today after the patrol car he was in got struck by lightning late Sunday on South Campus, said Chief of SU Public Safety Tony Callisto. Officer Stanley Prue remains in Upstate University Hospital's burn unit after being knocked unconscious by the strike. He is conscious and coherent, but improving slowly, the chief said Wednesday. The lightning struck Prue's patrol car at about 11:55 p.m. on Sunday as he was getting out of it on Skytop Road. Prue was shocked, knocked backwards on the road about 4 feet, and landed near the back of the patrol car. Weber was in the car and stunned by the strike. He was disoriented by the loud bang, but quickly called for help. He recovered earlier this week at home. Weber is expected to speak publicly about the incident at 1 p.m. in Callisto's office. Please check back to Syracuse.com for more details as they become available. Senior Detective Ed Weber recounts being struck by lightning while on duty for Syracuse University's Public Safety Department. Also struck by lightning was SU Officer Stanley Prue, who was released from the hospital Saturday. (Michelle Gabel | mgabel@syracuse.com) By Jeff Stein | jstein@syracuse.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM, updated September 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM View/Post Comments Syracuse, N.Y. -- A Syracuse University officer struck by lightning in August was released from the hospital on Saturday, according to SU Chief Tony Callisto. Stanley Prue was getting out of his car on Aug. 30 when lightning struck at about 11:55 p.m. He had put his left foot out of the car on Skytop Road when he was shocked, knocked backwards on the road and landed adjacent to the back of the patrol car. Senior Detective Ed Weber was also hurt in the accident. He was hospitalized and released the same week as the incident. "It's a miracle they were both able to survive this," Callisto said during a press conference in September. READ: SU officer lucky to survive lightning strike: 'It was like a shotgun blast' Prue remains in "a fair amount of pain," Callisto said Tuesday. Prue's hands in particular still hurt, according to Callisto. Prue is doing physical therapy routinely to get ready to rejoin the SU Public Safety Department. Callisto said Prue was excited to be released to see his two sons and girlfriend. "His attitude has been incredibly positive throughout this," Callisto said. SYRACUSE -- Stan Prue remembers getting out of his Syracuse University patrol car, but that's all. The storms that rolled across Central New York on Sunday, September 1 appeared to be over. There was no thunder, no lightning. Stan and his partner had been patrolling in their vehicle for several hours during the storm and got out of the vehicle to stretch in the Skytop parking lot on campus. Stan opened the door and was struck by a bolt of lightning. Click here for a preview of the exclusive interview. "There was this sense that everything was okay. A sense that all of the issues or concerns I might have had about everything - about my family, about money... anything. It was all very calm and reassuring. Things were going to be okay," Prue told CBS 5's Michael Benny in an exclusive interview. Prue believes he died for a time that evening. He was revived by medical crews who arrived on the scene minutes after his partner Ed Weber put out the "officer down" call. The exclusive interview airs in three parts this week at 6:00 p.m. on CBS 5 and 5:30 p.m. on NBC 3. Monday: Stan Prue explains what happened the night he was struck by lightning. Tuesday: Living after lightning. Prue is undergoing physical therapy for the lingering impact of the lightning strike on his body. Wednesday: Prue has a long list of people he wants to thank for saving his life. Prue's friends in law enforcement are holding a Celebration of Life event at the Valley American Legion in Syracuse on Saturday October 26, 2013 from 2pm - 7pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person. By Brett SamuelsASST. NEWS EDITOR 1 day ago Stan Prue stood in the gravel parking lot near Skytop Field on South Campus on Thursday and surveyed his surroundings: an office building, some parked cars, a bus that kicked up a cloud of dust as it turned around. It felt eerie to be back, he said. It was the first time hed put his feet on the ground of the parking lot where he was struck by lightning one year ago. As he spoke, a red SUV rolled up next to him and the driver rolled down the window. It was an old man and woman looking for directions to the Gebbie Hearing Clinic. Prue told them they had just passed it and it was back up the road a bit. Thats what I miss the most, is interacting with the community, he said. On Sept. 1, 2013, Prue, a Department of Public Safety Officer, and his partner, DPS Senior Detective Ed Weber, were on Orange Watch patrol duty. They parked their car at Skytop and Prue got out to stretch. At 11:55 p.m., a bolt of lightning struck Prue, launching him a few feet away. One year later, Prue is still recovering mentally and physically from the accident. With the hopes to eventually return to SU as a DPS officer, Prue says the outpour of support during his rehabilitation has served as motivation in his recovery. As an ongoing side effect of being struck, Prue still has trouble with his memory. He said he remembers pulling the car into the lot the night it happened, but doesnt remember being struck. The next thing he recalls from that night is being worked on by officers and paramedics while he was on the ground. It was an eerie feeling because I didnt know what happened, he said. Still today what I remember is mostly just what people tell me. Prue spent the next 15 days at Upstate University Hospital. He was in intensive care at the hospitals burn unit and progressed to be semi-coherent a week later, he said. Some of the time in the hospital was spent trying to process what had happened and getting back to basics, because he had suffered nerve and brain damage. Prue said doctors told him he hit his head against the ground and broke the back of his head open after being thrown by the lightning strike, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Some of the injuries he sustained have since gone away, but Prue still feels lingering effects on a day-to-day basis. He said he deals with daily headaches and sensitivity to noise. He wears glasses to correct his vision because he suffered nerve damage in his left eye. He cant taste or smell. He still has paralysis in his right arm, his hands and his feet. In order to fully recover, Prue now spends three days a week seeing doctors and therapists. They have him do basic exercises, work on different muscles and try to stimulate his nerves. Neurological damage is unique, he said. Its not like a broken arm where you put a cast on it for six weeks and its healed. Theres also the psychological toll of hearing doctors say he might not recover fully, but Prue said he uses it as motivation to try and prove them wrong. Another thing that drives Prue is the desire to get back to work and be able to support himself and his family financially. That includes his two teenage sons. Though his medical bills relative to injuries suffered that night are covered under workers compensation, he doesnt have a steady salary while away from work. I have bills to pay, my children to take care of, Im just trying to get through everyday, he said. Prue said he has received support during the past year from too many people to name. His entire family has provided emotional and financial support. His children have been there for him emotionally throughout the recovery process. Prue said his relationship with his family and close friends has strengthened after he was struck. Thankfully, Prue said, it hasnt just been immediate family who has been helpful. Members of DPS and the university community have kept in touch and provided encouragement, Prue said. One person who has been particularly supportive over the last year is DPS Sergeant James McLellan. McLellan has worked on the same shift with Prue for about 10 years. He said when Prue was struck, everyone in the department was in disbelief. In this line of work there are plenty of ways to get injured performing your duties, but you never think about a lightning strike, McLellan said. Youre trained in how to protect yourself but with a lightning strike you cant protect yourself. Since then, McLellan has stayed in touch with Prue and still talks to him every couple weeks. When Prue is feeling up to it, McClellan drives him around to meet up with some of the other officers who work the same shift. A lot of us worked together for 10, 15 or 20 years and we spend a third of our lives here so weve got to take care of each other just like family at home, McClellan said. Prue described driving around with McLellan and other officers as bittersweet, saying he enjoys the visits but misses being able to do what he used to do. He said being away from work for the past year has been tough. Even a year later, he said its not something hes been able to fully adjust to. Its not a good feeling, Prue said. Its difficult when youre not actively engaged in something you enjoy. Prue is still hoping to return to work eventually, but said its too premature to have that conversation given his current condition. But even while hes away from work, DPS Associate Chief John Sardino said Prue is still part of the organization. Sardino said hes seen Prue around the office three or four times in the last year visiting with investigators, commanders and other DPS members. Sardino added that when Prue was struck last September, it brought people in the department together and also raised awareness among emergency responders in the region about how to handle electrical storms. When there was a large storm on freshmen move-in day this August, Sardino said the DPS officer on duty was able to give instructions to make sure families, students and workers remained indoors and stayed safe. And while DPS has taken lessons away from one of their own being struck by lightning, Prue himself has also learned from the ups and downs of the past year. Even as he stands in the parking lot on Skytop, Prue says hes in pain. He knows what to expect for lingering symptoms  including a headache he can plan on every day  but said he tries to remain positive and optimistic. He said hes learned a lot in the past year, and will continue to learn. We all go through our lives everyday and never appreciate that because we all anticipate tomorrow, Prue said. We should make the best of each day because we cant always count on tomorrow. Published on September 2, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu
Wed, 08/28/2013 01:30 PM Injured worker   0.0  Kean University NJ 
 USA 
  operating a backhoe    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,School,Work 
Kean University maintenance worker may have been struck by lightning during storm Print Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger By Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger Follow on Twitter on August 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM, updated August 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM View/Post Comments Student crossing the Kean University campus in this 2009 file photo.Ed Murray/ The Star-Leder UNION TWP.  A Kean University maintenance worker may have been struck by lightning during this afternoon's thunderstorm, officials said. The university is investigating whether lightning caused the injuries to the worker, who was operating a backhoe near the University Center at about 1:30 p.m., Kean spokesman Terry Golway said. "He complained of numbness, but he was conscious," Golway said. Another worker on the backhoe had no apparent burns and was able to get off the machine on his own, Golway said. There was no other obviously indication of how the unidentified worker might have been injured, Golway said. Emergency personnel came to the scene and took the man to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, Golway said. The injuries did not appear life-threatening, he said.
Wed, 08/28/2013 12:00 PM Injured Greg Richey  0.0  Cedar City UT 
 USA 
  opening awning on camper    Camping,Hail,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
CEDAR CITY A Cedar City family set out for a week-long camping trip, but their relaxing getaway almost turned deadly when a storm rolled in and lightning struck. Gregg Richey said the first thing he did when it started hailing was open the awning. There was a big band and a flash, and he said the last thing he remembers was holding his elbow. Richey was hit by one billion volts of electricity, and he said he feels he cheated death. "When I look back, I think God kept me alive for another purpose," Richey said. But for mere seconds, his family said they weren't so sure  Richey's heart had stopped and he wasn't breathing. His dad started chest compressions to bring his son back, but even though Richey said he could see his dad over him, he couldn't feel the compressions. "I had the phone in my hand and even though it was dead I was screaming at it to work because I was so afraid," his son Jake said. Related Story Family struck by lightning while driving, films incident A family was struck by lightning while driving in their car in southern Utah and they captured the incident on video. When Richey regained consciousness he said he wanted to continue hunting, but his family convinced him to go to the emergency room. Richey had lost feeling in his legs, his face was burned and he said his eyes felt like they were on fire. He spent one night in the hospital, but is back at work a few days later even though he hasn't yet regained full use of his legs. "They feel like I went up and down a mountain six to eight miles and they feel like spaghetti," Richey said. However, this may be a small hardship to endure compared to what Richey's son said he thought they were going to lose. "Everything I know I've learned from him, and it would have been hard to lose him," Grant Richey said of his father.
Tue, 08/27/2013 12:00 PM Killed 4 people  0.0  Kolkata  
 Bengal 
       
Lightning strike kills 4 in Bengal; flood warning issued Tuesday, 27 August 2013 Kolkata: Lightning killed four people in Kolkata and surrounding North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, while the authorities issued a flood alert yesterday for people residing in low-lying areas and the coastal region following recent heavy rains. Normal life was thrown out of gear following a sudden spate of heavy rains that uprooted trees and lamp posts in Kolkata and adjoining areas, officials said. Three school students died when they were struck by lightning at Deganga in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district, said control room sources. Another succumbed at Durgapur Math , an officer manning the city police control room reported. A student was injured after a tree fell on him in Jadavpur Universitys Salt Lake campus. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high-level meeting at the assembly to take stock of the situation and take preventive measures. Senior ministers and bureaucrats were present. State Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra later told reporters that people residing in low lying areas have been asked to remain vigilant. Fishermen in the coastal region have been advised not to venture into the sea. Mitra said disaster management teams and dry food and water pouches were being sent to the districts where there were apprehensions of floods. The state government has requested the central government to inform it in advance about release of water from reservoirs in neighbouring Jharkhand. The city recorded 19.5 mm rainfall over 24 hours till 5.30 p.m. yesterday. IANS
Mon, 08/26/2013 03:00 PM Killed inmate  21.0  La Reforma prison  
 Costa Rica 
  playing soccer    Outside,Prison,Soccer,Sports Field 
Prison inmate at La Reforma struck dead by lightning August 27th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) An inmate of the La Reforma prison in San Rafael de Alajuela died at 3 p.m. on Monday when he was struck by lightning, authorities confirmed. The victim, Byron Vargas Mata, 21, was participating in a soccer game when he was struck by the deadly bolt of lightning. The Red Cross responded to the scene, but the man had already been pronounced dead by prison doctors. Vargas was serving a 12 year sentence for various crimes, though officials had recently awarded the man for good behavior.
Mon, 08/26/2013 07:35 PM Killed Michael McGee  53.0  Sturgeon Lake MN 
 USA 
  under a tree in a puddle  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
A 53-year-old man in Sturgeon Lake was killed Monday night after he was struck by lightning as he stood in a puddle under a tree, according to the Pine County Sheriffs Office. Law enforcement officers and first responders were called about 7:35 p.m. Monday to an address on Alder Loop in Sturgeon Lake, which is about 50 miles south of Duluth. The caller said that a man had been struck by lightning and CPR was in progress. The victim, who has not been identified pending the notification of relatives, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, where he died from his injuries. Further investigation showed that the man had been standing in a large puddle of water near a tree when he and the tree were struck by lightning. Thunderstorms had started rolling through the area about 6 p.m. Monday. There have been 238 fatalities in the United States from lightning from 2006 to 2012, according to a recent study by the National Weather Service. Of the fatalities, 82 percent were men, the study found. Possible explanations for the disparity, according to the study, are that men are unaware of all the dangers associated with lightning, are more likely to be in vulnerable situations, are unwilling to be inconvenienced by the threat of lightning, are in situations that make it difficult to get to a safe place in a timely manner, dont react quickly to the lightning threat or any combination of these explanations. Most fatalities in that seven years, 26, came while the victims were fishing, followed by camping (15), boating (14) and playing soccer (12). Jim Anderson A 53-year-old man killed Monday night after he was struck by lightning as he stood in a puddle under a tree has been identified as Michael McGee of Sturgeon Lake, according to the Pine County Sheriffs Office. McGee had been visiting a friend he had known since childhood Monday night on Alder Loop in Sturgeon Lake, which is about 50 miles south of Duluth, said Steve Blackwell, chief deputy. About 7:30 p.m., as McGee was leaving for the day, he was standing near his pickup truck in a puddle of water about 30 feet from a tree. Thunderstorms had started rolling through the area about 6 p.m. Monday. The lightning apparently struck the tree, then ricocheted to the puddle, Blackwell said. He took a step toward his friend, then collapsed, Blackwell said. I think he realized what happened right away, brought him up on the porch and began CPR. Law enforcement officers and first responders soon arrived, and McGee was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, where he died. It was the first lightning death this year in Minnesota, and the 18th nationwide, according to the National Weather Service. Since 1959, there have been 64 lightning strike deaths in the state. Jim Anderson " 651-925-5039
Sun, 08/25/2013 12:00 PM unknown Stetson university  0.0  FL 
 USA 
      Education,School 
DELAND -- Florida is known as the "lightning capital of North America," which might make Floridians a little more curious about when it will strike. That's one reason why Stetson University has installed a new lightning detection system so students -- and their parents -- can feel more at ease when potentially dangerous weather approaches. Stetson freshmen Erica Schneider and Patty Guevara said they know lightning strikes often in Florida, but only one of the two knew what to listen for, because she heard the alarm go off the minute she arrived on campus. "I remember clearly, it was the first day we were here," Schneider recalled. "I think it was a Saturday. It was a bad storm." Guevara, meanwhile, said she hasn't heard anything about the new alarm. "It could have gone off, and I wouldn't have known what it was," said Guevara. "But I would assume that other people around me would have known, and I would have done what they've done." Already in use at other Florida universities, Stetson installed three of the detectors and alarms two weeks ago as added protection against lightning. A fourth alarm is on the way, and will be installed on campus within the next few weeks. The devices detect lightning by measuring ions in the air, and then let everyone on campus know severe weather is coming before it strikes. "Once the ion level is significant enough -- within two miles of the campus -- the alarm goes off," said Stetson Public Safety Sgt. Dennis McGuire. "Once the threat has passed, then it gives a three short bursts signal that's all clear." The alarm gives students enough time to go indoors and seek cover. One of the alarms is located on the playing field, where it was put to the test Friday. When it goes off, everyone has to clear the field and go indoors, and spectators have to go to their cars. "Friday, we did have lightning within the area, so the thorough guard system over here did go off," said James Stem, director of operations and facilities for Stetson Athletics. "So, we immediately cleared the field." Stem said the field was cleared for an hour and 45 minutes Friday. The advanced warning system makes Stetson the second of four schools in the Central Florida area to provide lightning alarms.
Sun, 08/25/2013 04:00 PM Injured Connie Hemenway, 2 of 2  49.0  Jefferson county OR  
 USA 
  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  
 USA 
  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 Injured lifeguard at inside pool  18.0  Deland FL 
 USA 
  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.
Thu, 08/22/2013 12:00 PM unknown detection system  0.0  Marco City FL 
 USA 
      Prediction 
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.
Wed, 08/21/2013 01:30 PM Killed Bobby Maggard, 1 of 2 inside barn  29.0  Buckeye KY 
 USA 
  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 01:30 PM Killed Scotty Elam, 2 of 2 inside barn  25.0  Buckeye KY 
 USA 
  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 12:00 PM Killed Lightning, rain-related incidents claim 60 lives s  0.0   
 India 
       
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 zip line worker  0.0  Petersburg KY 
 USA 
  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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2399660/Creation-museum-employee-struck-lightning-heavens-opened-Bible-themed-attraction.html#ixzz2ckRMMyVg Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Wed, 08/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured football player  0.0  Statesboro GA 
 USA 
  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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20132208084014_lightning-strike-sends-player-to-hospital.htm#ixzz2ckSat3Bj
Tue, 08/20/2013 12:00 PM unknown Bright sparks  0.0   
 France 
  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.
Tue, 08/20/2013 12:00 PM unknown Air Force Scientists Share Insights About Lab-Crea  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Ball Lightning,Science 
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com  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 redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Mon, 08/19/2013 12:00 PM Injured Rick Morelock  54.0  Fresno CA 
 USA 
  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   
 India 
       
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 http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20132108120118_soldier-dies-after-struck-by-lightning-1.340692_localLinksEnabled_false.htm#ixzz2ckWlIHNp
Sun, 08/18/2013 10:30 AM Injured railroad workers  0.0   
 Canada 
       
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: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/lightning-strike-sends-two-rail-workers-to-hospital-1.1416637#ixzz2ckQnCK5w
Sun, 08/18/2013 12:00 PM Killed 6 killed  0.0   
 India 
       
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 05:30 PM Injured child  0.0  Marco Island FL 
 USA 
  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   
 India 
       
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 Lightning kills 7 people in Odisha  0.0  Odisha 
 India 
       
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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131808121839_CurrentNews.asp_id_43298.htm#sthash.7Jsn4OhG.dpuf
Fri, 08/16/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 farmers  0.0   
 India 
       
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 
 USA 
  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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131608063036_woman-struck-by-lightning-in-fort-worth.htm#ixzz2c8RUChJJ
Tue, 08/13/2013 12:00 PM unknown man on cell phone  0.0   
 China 
      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 
 USA 
  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 Injured Madison Smith  14.0  Summerville GA 
 USA 
  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 kharrison@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6673
Mon, 08/12/2013 05:00 PM Injured Marie Smith  49.0  Goodwaer AL 
 USA 
  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 (TheCarConnection.com) Jeff Gordon Fined $100,000 for Intentional Wreck (Mevio)
Mon, 08/12/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead  0.0  Nokha city  
 India 
       
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.
Sun, 08/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured 1 person  0.0  Virginia Beach VA 
 USA 
  unknown     
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 AM Killed Sosito Flores  36.0  Zamboanga Sibugay 
 Philippines 
       
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)
Sat, 08/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Cindy Gilberg, mother 1 of 2  0.0  Gilmer TX 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  near window in living room  N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Window 
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
Fri, 08/09/2013 12:00 PM unknown coral gables  0.0  Coral Gables FL 
 USA 
  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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130908071846_coral-gables-elementary-school.html.htm#storylink=cpy

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