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Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 10 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 06:00 PM Injured Cody Sines  16.0  Shanksville PA 
 USA 
  inside house in kitchen    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
WJAC) -- A Pennsylvania teenager was struck by lightning Tuesday while inside his home in Shanksville. He has burns on his arm and doctors want to rule out a concussion, but he survived to tell his story. Cody Sines said he was never afraid of thunder and lightning before, but since this extraordinary experience, he plans to be more careful for the next storm. "I don't quite want to be standing here, next to this," said Sines, point to his family's kitchen stove. "I would more-so likely like to be where there are no electronics where I could get zapped again." Sines said he was relaxing from a long day at work when he went to the kitchen to grab dinner. He said it started storming outside, and just before he went back for seconds, that's when the unexpected happened. "I grabbed to hold it here, and that's when I heard a loud 'bang,'" said Sines. "I looked up, a big, blue ball of flame came out, and that's the last thing I remember." Little did he know, lightning hit a tree in the back yard, traveled through the ground and into the home. "I heard this loud 'crack,'" said his mother, Michelle Bittner. "It was the loudest crack I have ever heard. " Bittner said she could see straight into the kitchen when her son was knocked unconscious. "I just saw him flow, just 'boom,' across the room and hit the back of the sink," said Bittner. "He just slid down and started twitching." Bittner said she called 911. Sines said he remembers momentarily waking up and not being able to move. He said he felt a tingling sensation all over his body. "I feel I'm very lucky that it didn't turn out to be worse," said Sines. He is expected to make a full recovery, but doctors are keeping an eye on him to make sure there aren't any future complications. WJAC
Tue, 08/14/2012 09:13 PM Injured 1 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  at gun range    Military,Outside 
Reports: Soldiers struck by lightning at Fort Drum range Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 11:36 PM Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 6:52 AM By Douglass Dowty, The Post-Standard Follow 2 Share Email Print Fort Drum, NY -- As many as 10 soldiers were struck by lightning on a range tonight at Fort Drum, according to The Watertown Daily Times. A spokesperson for the base confirmed the strike, but had no further information shortly before midnight. A Jefferson County 911 dispatcher said the base's emergency personnel handled the incident. The Watertown newspaper reached a base spokesman, Maj. Joshua T. Jacques, who was unable to provide any further information. The newspaper said reports indicated five patients, with at least two being transported to nearby hospitals after the 9:13 p.m. strike. The site was reportedly Range 23, near Weaver Road and Russell Turnpike.
Tue, 08/14/2012 06:00 PM Injured Cody Sines  16.0  Shanksville PA 
 USA 
  inside house in kitchen     
WJAC) -- A Pennsylvania teenager was struck by lightning Tuesday while inside his home in Shanksville. He has burns on his arm and doctors want to rule out a concussion, but he survived to tell his story. Cody Sines said he was never afraid of thunder and lightning before, but since this extraordinary experience, he plans to be more careful for the next storm. "I don't quite want to be standing here, next to this," said Sines, point to his family's kitchen stove. "I would more-so likely like to be where there are no electronics where I could get zapped again." Sines said he was relaxing from a long day at work when he went to the kitchen to grab dinner. He said it started storming outside, and just before he went back for seconds, that's when the unexpected happened. "I grabbed to hold it here, and that's when I heard a loud 'bang,'" said Sines. "I looked up, a big, blue ball of flame came out, and that's the last thing I remember." Little did he know, lightning hit a tree in the back yard, traveled through the ground and into the home. "I heard this loud 'crack,'" said his mother, Michelle Bittner. "It was the loudest crack I have ever heard. " Bittner said she could see straight into the kitchen when her son was knocked unconscious. "I just saw him flow, just 'boom,' across the room and hit the back of the sink," said Bittner. "He just slid down and started twitching." Bittner said she called 911. Sines said he remembers momentarily waking up and not being able to move. He said he felt a tingling sensation all over his body. "I feel I'm very lucky that it didn't turn out to be worse," said Sines. He is expected to make a full recovery, but doctors are keeping an eye on him to make sure there aren't any future complications. WJAC
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:00 PM Injured teen   18.0  Stoystown PA 
 USA 
http://tribune-democrat.com/latestnews/x685078116/
 
on road    Outside,Road 
Local News in Brief | Teen reported struck by lightning The Tribune-Democrat STOYSTOWN  An area teen was reportedly was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon on Lambertsville Road in the Stoystown area. The strike occurred near the roads intersection with Skyline Drive. The 18-year-old was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for treatment, a Somerset County 911 supervisor said. The teens condition was not available.
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Joshua White  32.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/  in a tent on a mountain    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Tent 
Austin backpacker survives lightning strike near Mount Whitney By Pam LeBlanc | Thursday, August 30, 2012, 05:31 AM An Austin man and two companions survived a lightning strike that scorched the poles of their tent and left smoke wisping from their mouths. Joshua White, 32, of Austin, along with his brother Colton Connelly, 23, and friend Ian Richmond, 26, both of San Antonio, were backpacking along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Mountains of California on Aug. 14 when a storm blew up. The three men were pitching camp at Guitar Lake near Mount Whitney, which they planned to summit the following day, when it started to rain lightly, said White, who works at REI in the Gateway Shopping Center. As they prepared lunch in the vestibule of one of the tents, the rain began to pick up. Soon, driving rain and hail were pelting the tent. The thunder grew louder until they knew the storm was right on top of them. I remember laying down in my tent and looking up, White says. Then I saw just the most intense bright light you could ever conceive of and immediately heard thunder, not like you typically hear, but more like an explosion. Lightning struck the tent, sending a current through the metal tent poles that all three men were touching. (The photo shows the singed poles.) It was excruciating. It was the worst pain Ive ever felt, inconceivable pain, White says. A couple seconds later it was over. It was like every nerve ending in my body was firing at once. Then he felt like he was on fire. I was like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, screaming Im on fire, Im on fire! Put me out! White says. He ripped off his clothes and realized he wasnt on fire. But the inside of the tent was smoking and smoke was rising off his body and out of the mouths of all three backpackers. The three backpackers, afraid they would be hit again, piled on top of each other in the center of the tent, away from the poles, to ride out the storm. Within an hour the storm had passed. Others campers in the area came and checked on them. No one could believe we were alive, White says. White suffered a 3-inch burn on his shoulder but no other lingering injuries. It felt like being hit by a Mack truck going 1,000 miles per hour. It was unreal. I feel like we got a second chance. The next morning, they hiked to the summit of Mount Whitney as planned, then walked 11 miles down 7,000 feet of elevation to finish their two-week trip. We were ready to be off that mountain, he says. At least 24 people have died in the United States so far this year after being struck by lightning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those who survive can suffer from long-term symptoms including memory loss, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, fatigue, weakness, and more. (The photo at top shows Colton in the tent, Ian in the center and Joshua at the right, after the tent they were in was struck by lightning.)
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Colton Connelly, 2 of 3  23.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
  in a tent on a mountain    Camping,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Ian Richmond, 3 of 3  26.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
  in a tent on a mountain    Camping,Ground Strike,Insurance,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 12:30 AM Injured Joshua White  32.0  Sierra Mtns. CA 
 USA 
http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/  in a tent on a moutain     
Austin backpacker survives lightning strike near Mount Whitney By Pam LeBlanc | Thursday, August 30, 2012, 05:31 AM An Austin man and two companions survived a lightning strike that scorched the poles of their tent and left smoke wisping from their mouths. Joshua White, 32, of Austin, along with his brother Colton Connelly, 23, and friend Ian Richmond, 26, both of San Antonio, were backpacking along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Mountains of California on Aug. 14 when a storm blew up. The three men were pitching camp at Guitar Lake near Mount Whitney, which they planned to summit the following day, when it started to rain lightly, said White, who works at REI in the Gateway Shopping Center. As they prepared lunch in the vestibule of one of the tents, the rain began to pick up. Soon, driving rain and hail were pelting the tent. The thunder grew louder until they knew the storm was right on top of them. I remember laying down in my tent and looking up, White says. Then I saw just the most intense bright light you could ever conceive of and immediately heard thunder, not like you typically hear, but more like an explosion. Lightning struck the tent, sending a current through the metal tent poles that all three men were touching. (The photo shows the singed poles.) It was excruciating. It was the worst pain Ive ever felt, inconceivable pain, White says. A couple seconds later it was over. It was like every nerve ending in my body was firing at once. Then he felt like he was on fire. I was like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, screaming Im on fire, Im on fire! Put me out! White says. He ripped off his clothes and realized he wasnt on fire. But the inside of the tent was smoking and smoke was rising off his body and out of the mouths of all three backpackers. The three backpackers, afraid they would be hit again, piled on top of each other in the center of the tent, away from the poles, to ride out the storm. Within an hour the storm had passed. Others campers in the area came and checked on them. No one could believe we were alive, White says. White suffered a 3-inch burn on his shoulder but no other lingering injuries. It felt like being hit by a Mack truck going 1,000 miles per hour. It was unreal. I feel like we got a second chance. The next morning, they hiked to the summit of Mount Whitney as planned, then walked 11 miles down 7,000 feet of elevation to finish their two-week trip. We were ready to be off that mountain, he says. At least 24 people have died in the United States so far this year after being struck by lightning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those who survive can suffer from long-term symptoms including memory loss, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, fatigue, weakness, and more. (The photo at top shows Colton in the tent, Ian in the center and Joshua at the right, after the tent they were in was struck by lightning.)
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 5 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 3 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 7 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 08/14/2012 08:30 PM Injured 8 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Sun, 08/12/2012 08:30 PM Injured 6 of 10 soldiers  0.0  Fort Drum NY 
 USA 
  in a tent on a range    Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
Sat, 08/11/2012 12:00 PM Killed 13 killed, 15 hurt  0.0  Dhaka  
 India 
       
13 die as lightning strikes Bangladesh mosque AFP | Aug 11, 2012, 07.26PM IST Article Comments (19) inShare Read More:Ramadan|Lightning|Global Warming|Bangladesh 19 People arrive for evening prayers during the month of Ramajan at the national mosque in Dhaka on Saturday.(REUTERS Pics) DHAKA: At least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh as they held special Ramadan prayers, police said on Saturday. The imam was among those instantly killed when a lightning bolt hit the tin-and-thatch building at Saraswatipur village, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the capital Dhaka, late on Friday. The lightning appeared to "electrify" the mosque after hitting a rooftop microphone being run on power from a car battery, local council member Abul Kalam told AFP by telephone. About 35 people from the village in the lake district of Sunamganj were holding prayers known as taraweeh -- offered during the holy fasting month of Ramadan -- at the time, police chief Bayes Alam said. "All 13, including the imam, died on the spot. The bodies and faces of some of the victims were burnt," Alam told AFP, adding six of the injured were hospitalised. Locals had turned the flimsy structure into a mosque because access to the village's more substantial concrete-roofed mosque had been made difficult due to recent heavy rains that have swollen the Saraswati river. Villagers rushed to help after hearing cries, Kalam said. "It was a terrible scene. Dozens were lying on the floor -- some dead, others writhing in pain," he said, adding most of the victims were young men in their 20s and 3Os. "We took the injured in three boats and headed to hospital in Dharmapasa", the closest big town, he said. "But it took hours to get there," he added. Lightning is a major threat in Sunamganj, home to some of Bangladesh's biggest lakes. Most lightning strikes occur during the monsoon season between June and September when the district receives huge amounts of rainfall. Across the South Asian country, hundreds of people are killed by lightning strikes every year, with most dying while attempting to save rice crops from flooding. Bangladeshi environmentalists blame global warming, which has unleashed a growing number of tropical storms, for the increase in the frequency, devastation and deaths caused by lightning strikes in recent years. In May last year, at least 29 people were killed -- most of them farmers who were harvesting rice -- and dozens injured when a series of lightning strikes hit several districts in a single day.
Fri, 08/10/2012 12:00 PM Injured Kyle Cook  0.0  Bartow FL 
 USA 
http://www.newschief.com/article/20120811/news/208
 
working on road crew    Construction site,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Road,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Road worker struck by lightning on S.R. 60 By CLIFFORD PARODY Ledger Media Group Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. BARTOW -- "Dude you just got struck by lightning." Those were the first words Kyle Cook heard when he came to last night after being struck by lightning on Bartow Highway while working to repave a section of the road before the State Road 60 intersection. Cook and his fellow road workers had checked weather reports and seen that a storm was approaching, but they were told to continue working. After his street sweeper got caught in a sewer, Cook jumped off to try to dislodge it. His right hand was resting on a metal part of the sweeper, when lightning hit nearby. "My boss said he saw a bright light and then heard the boom," Cook said. "He said I fell to the ground instantly." Cook doesn't remember much from the incident, but he does recall the pain he felt when he came to. "I was in the most tormented pain I've ever felt in my life," he said. "I don't ever cry, but I was in tears." Cook suffered burns on his right hand, and has a blister on his left hand where the electricity left his body. The strike also gave him a concussion, and doctors told him he would experience mild amnesia, but Cook was released this afternoon and is just happy to be alive. "The doctors said I am one in a million," Cook said. "I'm counting my blessings."
Thu, 08/09/2012 12:00 PM Injured window washer  0.0  Atlanta GA 
 USA 
  securing ropes    Indirect,Outside,Rope,Window,Work 
ATLANTA -- Officials with the Atlanta Fire Department said a man was struck by lightning while on a window-washing scaffold on a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon. It happened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, at the corner of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. Hotel general manager Erica Qualls says the man was working with AAA National Maintenance, a window-washing company. Qualls said the man had been washing windows earlier in the day, but at the time he was struck, he was securing ropes. Qualls said Marriott has a policy that no roof work is to be done when there is lightning in the area, and says she does not know why he was still up there. The man has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man's condition is unknown, at this time.
Thu, 08/09/2012 11:55 AM Injured worker   0.0  Pensacola FL 
 USA 
  sittin in covered area    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Man hospitalized after being struck by lightning at construction site Worker taken to area hospital 11:30 PM, Aug 8, 2012 | Comments A A Purchase Image One man was hospitalized after being struck by lightning at a construction site at 12th Avenue and Airport Boulevard. / Kaycee Lagarde/klagarde@pnj.com Written by | By Kaycee Lagarde FILED UNDER News Local News Purchase ImageZOOM One man was hospitalized Wednesday after being struck by lightning at a construction site at the corner of Tippin Avenue and Airport Boulevard in Pensacola. / Kaycee Lagarde/klagarde@pnj.com ADS BY PULSE 360 AdChoices 1 Shocking Tip To Kill Belly Fat Celebrity Doctor Reveals 1 Simple Trick To Lose 27lbs This Summer OnlineConsumerLifestyles.com West Yarmouth: Mom Makes Botox Doctors Angry Massachusetts: Mom Reveals Clever $5 Wrinkle Therapy That Makes Botox Doctors Furious SmartConsumerLiving.com West Yarmouth Arrest Records Who do you know in West Yarmouth that's been arrested? You? Your friends? InstantCheckmate.com A man was injured Wednesday when lightning struck a construction site at the corner of 12th Avenue and Airport Boulevard. The man was hospitalized, according to Escambia County public safety officials. His identity and the extent of his injuries were not immediately known. He had been in a covered picnic area with a group of people who also felt the impact but were not injured. The site is the future home of the Hyatt Place hotel, a Robins & Morton construction project for Innisfree Hotels. An employee at Robins & Morton said the man was struck about noon and was knocked from the bench where he was sitting. The man was knocked unconscious, and he complained about not being able to feel anything below his waist after regaining consciousness. He also was disoriented and complained about being in a lot of pain before being taken to the hospital, according to the employee who was nearby at the time of the strike. Crews returned to work after the incident but kept an eye on the weather. Robbins & Morton senior superintendent Douglas Bowerman said the crew would move to a secure area if weather conditions called for it.
Wed, 08/08/2012 01:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 working on crane   0.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
http://www.newschief.com/article/20120811/news/208
 
working on tower with bucket truck  N/A  Burnt,Construction site,Crane,Electric/Line workers,Indirect,Outside,Power Pole,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Road worker struck by lightning on S.R. 60 By CLIFFORD PARODY Ledger Media Group Published: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:39 a.m. BARTOW -- "Dude you just got struck by lightning." Those were the first words Kyle Cook heard when he came to last night after being struck by lightning on Bartow Highway while working to repave a section of the road before the State Road 60 intersection. Cook and his fellow road workers had checked weather reports and seen that a storm was approaching, but they were told to continue working. After his street sweeper got caught in a sewer, Cook jumped off to try to dislodge it. His right hand was resting on a metal part of the sweeper, when lightning hit nearby. "My boss said he saw a bright light and then heard the boom," Cook said. "He said I fell to the ground instantly." Cook doesn't remember much from the incident, but he does recall the pain he felt when he came to. "I was in the most tormented pain I've ever felt in my life," he said. "I don't ever cry, but I was in tears." Cook suffered burns on his right hand, and has a blister on his left hand where the electricity left his body. The strike also gave him a concussion, and doctors told him he would experience mild amnesia, but Cook was released this afternoon and is just happy to be alive. "The doctors said I am one in a million," Cook said. "I'm counting my blessings."
Wed, 08/08/2012 12:00 AM Injured 2 of 2 teens  17.0  Browns Summit NC 
 USA 
checking on dog, holding metal leash  N/A  Dogs,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Wed, 08/08/2012 12:00 PM Injured Kristen Pugh  18.0  Browns Summit NC 
 USA 
  checking on dog, holding metal leash    Dogs,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Two teens struck by lightning in Browns Summit Posted on: 10:21 pm, August 8, 2012, by Lindsey Eaton, updated on: 10:56pm, August 8, 2012 29 Pinterest 0 Share 31 Twitter 2 Email BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C.  No serious injuries were reported after two teenagers said they were struck by lightning while checking on a dog in Browns Summit. 18-year-old Kristen Pugh and her 17-year-old friend said they were stopping by a house because they knew the dog, Sadie, is scared of storms. Pugh said the lightning struck in a flash and doesnt even know how to describe it. She said they were struggling to get a handle on Sadie and they were holding a metal latch at the end of a leash. Hes holding her, Im holding this and hes holding this and then I just saw something bright come and then we felt a shock she yelped and runs off, Pugh said. Pugh said she thinks the bolt struck an overhead wire and came down through the metal latch and zapped both of them and Sadie. I was just straight up crying out of shock and scared and everything, she said. Hes holding her, Im holding this and hes holding this and then I just saw something bright come and then we felt a shock she yelped and runs off. The two teens are okay, but hours later Pugh said she is still a little shaken up. A 9-year-old neighbor brought Sadie home. I had a tingling. I still have the tingling up my arm. Its not as bad as it was. Its tingling up here and it was hurting up here. Pugh is out of the hospital. Her 17-year-old friend stayed overnight so doctors could monitor him just to be safe. People get struck all the time and get killed or get severely hurt, so Im glad me and him are okay, Pugh said.
Wed, 08/08/2012 01:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 working on crane  0.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
  working on tower with bucket truck    Burnt,Crane,Electric/Line workers,Indirect,Outside,Power Pole,Touching a vehicle,Work 
2 workers struck by lightning JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two men working a crane by a cellphone tower in Dinsmore were struck by lighting Wednesday afternoon, according to Jacksonville Fire-Rescue. Rescuers were called to the 8800 block of Moncrief Dinsmore Road in Northwest Jacksonville just after 1 p.m. A supervisor told Channel 4's Kumasi Aaron that the two men were doing work on the tower in the 8800 block of Moncrief Dinsmore Road when a "freak" lightning strike hit both men. He said no one saw any lightning or heard thunder before the strike. Both men were taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and are expected to be OK and released soon. The supervisor said one of the men was in a bucket hanging from the crane and that both had burns on their stomachs near their safety harness belts. They were both talking before they were transported. Doctors at Shands say it's not just the burns on the outside that affect patients struck by lightning, but burns on the inside. "The bones will sometimes conduct electricity in a bad way and will actually heat up internal muscles and organs and those kinds of things, and so it can cause a lot of internal burn injuries that you wouldn't expect," said Dr. David Caro, of Shands. The supervisor said work on the tower resumed Wednesday and was targeted to be finished by nightfall.
Wed, 08/08/2012 12:00 PM Injured Arman Shafazand, 1 of 2  0.0  Coquitiam BC 
 Canada 
  checking on bunny cage    Outside 
CTV British Columbia Published Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 7:21PM PDT Last Updated Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 7:27PM PDT A Coquitlam, B.C. resident who was struck by lightning during Tuesday nights storm managed to survive unscathed, and shared his incredible tale with CTV News. Arman Shafazand, who was one of two people who survived lightning strikes overnight, was checking the roof of his familys backyard bunny cage when he was hit. For a split second I could see all the light around my hand and even right through my left arm, Shafazand said. It felt like probably 10,000 pounds just nailed me onto the ground. His family rushed outside immediately, terrified that he had been killed. My mom ran out here and told my dad to come in and he was holding his head, Shafazands daughter Nina said. They called 911 while Shafazand screamed in pain for up to half an hour. He was rushed to hospital but after several hours and numerous tests, he was released  numb, but without a mark on him. Every doctor that came to see me last night, they told me, Oh, you should go play 649, Shafaznad said. Another man in South Surrey who was struck during the storm, which cut power to roughly 15,000 homes in the Lower Mainland, was taken to hospital and also appears to be in fair health. With a report from CTV British Columbias Keri Adams Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-man-struck-by-lightning-lives-to-tell-the-tale-1.908267#ixzz23987ey2y
Tue, 08/07/2012 12:00 PM Killed Keith Kirkum  59.0  Bradwell  
 UK 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-1928855
 
struck while kayaking  N/A  Boat,Cardiac Arrest,On Water,Outside,Water 
Kayaker Keith Kirkum died after being hit by lightning, partner says Keith Kirkum took up kayaking about six months ago Continue reading the main story Related Stories Missing sea kayaker found dead A kayaker died from a heart attack off the Essex coast after being struck by lightning, his partner said. The body of Keith Kirkum, 59, of Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, was found on a beach in Bradwell on 7 August. It was initially thought Mr Kirkum drowned but post-mortem tests suggested he had been hit by lightning. An inquest has been opened and adjourned. His partner, Charlotte Kelly, 61, said: "He loved nature and the elements. It's an unfortunate irony." 'Seismic shift' Ms Kelly said the cause of death had been a huge surprise. "It was a seismic shift for us because we all thought he had got into difficulties and drowned," she said. "The post mortem revealed Keith died as a result of a cardiac arrest brought about by electrocution. "The electrocution in question was from being struck by lightning. "But all the early reports suggested that it was drowning. We all thought that." Mr Kirkum, who took up kayaking about six months ago, parked his car close to a beach in Bradwell. The alarm was raised in the early hours of 7 August after he failed to return home. Ms Kelly, who worked with Mr Kirkum at her book sales agency, said: "He had a great respect for Mother Nature." Kayaker died after being struck by lightning at sea Thursday, February 28, 2013Maldon ChronicleFollow By Georgina Cotton georgina.cotton@essexchronicle.co.uk THE family of a kayaker who was struck by lightning while out at sea believe that he died during a brief but violent storm off the Essex coast. Keith Kirkum, 59, of Regents Court, Burnham, loved the outdoors and was an experienced kayaker. outdoors man: Keith Kirkum suffered a heart attack " " " On August 6, 2012, he left home between 2.30pm and 4pm with the intention of going kayaking. But when he had not returned by 3.30am the following day, his worried partner, Charlotte Kelly, 61, phoned the police. 250 Business Cards Only £13.95 Delivered - www.myprint-247.co.uk myprint-247 View details Print voucher After a search by the coastguard, the RNLI, Essex Police and the ambulance service, a jogger came across Mr Kirkum's body on the beach at Bradwell at 5.30am. He had suffered a heart attack after being hit by lightning. Ms Kelly, his partner of 25 years, attended the inquest at New Bridge House in Chelmsford on Tuesday. She told the court that the family wanted to find out if Mr Kirkum was struck by lightning during a squall. "The squall, a sudden storm, was found to have fallen on August 6 and I was interested to see if his time of death was during this half hour," she said. After the inquest, Ms Kelly added: "The key thing is this is part curiosity. The loss of Keith to me is more important than anything else." Mr Kirkum's cousin, Howard, who flew from Jersey to attend the hearing, said: "I definitely will be in touch with the coastguard. "I have to know in my own mind what the conditions were like at the time." Ms Kelly paid tribute to her partner and said that Mr Kirkum, who helped her with her book business, was somebody with a very inquiring mind. She said: "For me he was an absolute soulmate. That says it in one. Life has been very flat but steady. I continue to miss Keith but I'm forging ahead with life as he would have wanted." Howard, 53, said: "Keith was like a brother to me. When I was nine I spent three years living with him and his family. They brought me up. "Even now I can't take it in." Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said that Mr Kirkum had suffered a heart attack as a result of electrocution. "This was a sudden and unexpected death," she said. "It was a tragic and one-off accident." Read more: http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/Kayaker-died-struck-lightning-sea/story-18276939-detail/story.html#ixzz2MfV6Z5Ol Follow us: @totalessex on Twitter | thisistotalessex on Facebook
Mon, 08/06/2012 12:00 PM unknown Lightning squat  0.0  Philadelphia PA 
 USA 
nbc10 Philly  bad safety info...lightning squat    Bad Safety info 
What to Do When Lightning Strikes In the aftermath of the recent string of incidents in which local residents have been struck by lightning, the NBC10 weather team tells us what to do and what not to do when lightning strikes. By Dawn Timmeney and David Chang | Monday, Aug 6, 2012 | Updated 6:57 PM EDTView Comments (1) | Email | Print NBC10 Philadelphia - Dawn Timmeney NBC10's Dawn Timmeney spoke to NBC10's meteorologists about how to know when lightning is close and what to do if it is. advertisement Lightning is a huge summertime threat and in less than a week, at least 18 people in our area were struck by lightning. On Sunday, one man was killed while nine others were injured by lightning at the Pocono Raceway. On Friday, more than four people were hurt by lightning in Wilmington, Delaware. Finally, on Wednesday, lightning injured a family of four in Wildwood, New Jersey. In light of the recent incidents, the NBC10 weather team says it's important to know what to do and what not to do when lightning approaches. NBC10 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz says getting inside a car is a smart thing to do when lightning strikes. Rolling down the window is a huge mistake however. At that instant moment theres increased danger, said Glenn. Because now youre touching a part of the car thats metal. Metal, as well as water, are good conductors of electricity. Make sure you stay away from the ocean, lakes and rivers during a thunderstorm. NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen says the best thing to do is take cover inside a building. A pavilion, carport or something similar are not enough protection. While many people believe theres no danger if theres rain, Sheena says you can get struck by lightning even if you only hear thunder. If you hear thunder, you are in the vicinity of the storm, said Sheena. Lightning can strike 10 miles from the storm and once it hits the ground it can travel about 60 feet. Sheena also says youre in immediate danger if youre outside and your hair starts to stand on end. That is the number one sign you are about to get struck by lightning, said Sheena. Glenn recommends that you crouch down low if you happen to be outside in the middle of a storm. Crouch down low with as little of your body touching the ground as possible, said Glenn. So that if you kneel down its just the balls of your feet. The National Weather Service says the biggest mistake people make is waiting too long to seek shelter when a storm hits. The Service recommends that you count the seconds between when you see the lightning and hear the thunder then divide that by five. If you count five seconds, the lightning is only one mile away. Finally the Service says the most important thing to do when thunder roars is to go indoors. For more information on lightning safety, click on the following link: Lightning Safety
Mon, 08/06/2012 11:50 AM Killed James Keith Brown, 1 of 2  42.0  Shell Island FL 
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  walking on beach towards boat  N/A  Beach,Near Water,Outside 
1 Dead, 1 Injured Following Lightning Strike in Bay County August 06, 2012 The Bay County Sheriffâ¬"s Office responded to Shell Island today shortly before noon in reference to a medical distress call. Deputies arrived by boat to find a man and his stepson unresponsive. They appeared to have been struck by lightning. Subsequent investigation revealed the family, from Chelsea, Alabama, had been staying on their boat anchored off the Bay side of Shell Island for several days. Earlier today, they decided to walk along the beach on the Gulf side of the Island. When the weather turned bad, they headed back to the boat. James Keith Brown, 42 years of age, carried his stepson on his back because the 14 year old had recently broken his ankle. Brownâ¬"s wife stated she heard a loud noise and turned around to see both her husband and son face down in the sand. James Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. Tristan Berger, 14 years of age, was taken to a local hospital, evaluated, and sent to Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Because the weather was still bad, Berger was not sent by helicopter but was taken by emergency ambulance to Pensacola. His mother and sister are being taken to Pensacola by a Bay County Sheriffâ¬"s Office deputy.
Mon, 08/06/2012 04:00 PM Killed Kiran Praja  13.0  Chitwan  
 Nepal 
  in his home     
Last Updated: Mon, 06.08.12 17:41 Youth dies after being struck by lightning in Chitwan A youth died after being struck by a lightning in Shanktikhor VDC-3, Chitwan on Sunday evening. The victim identified as Kiran Praja, 18, was at his home when he was struck by the lightning bolt, according to reports. Meanwhile, a girl died of snake bite in Sripur of Mahottari on Sunday, according to government-owned news media RSS. Rina Yadav,17, of Ward no-2 in the VDC had been rushed to the Jaleswar Hospital after suffering snake bite, but died while undergoing treatment, according to the District Hospital, Jaleswor. Similarly, 36-year-old Indraja Chaudhary of Jaleswar municipality-13 in the district was electrocuted as she accidentally touched a live wire. Chaudhary succumbed to her injuries at the Jaleswar Hospital, police said. Nepalnews.com
Mon, 08/06/2012 11:50 AM Killed Tristan Berger, 2 of 2  14.0  Shell Island FL 
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  being carried on beach going back to boat  N/A  Beach,Boat,Delayed Death,Near Water,Outside,Water 
More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on facebookShare on twitter|Share on email Print Text Size 15-year-old hit by lightning, dies in Ala. LOCAL NEWS Jury close to verdict in Madison Co. bank robbery case Updated: Aug 10, 2012 7:48 AM EDT A jury could reach a verdict Friday in a bank robbery case. Maurice King is accused of robbing the Regions Bank in Meridianville in April 2011. Investigators said King and David Lewis Fifer, both from More >> Overnight accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured Updated: Aug 10, 2012 7:35 AM EDT One person is dead and another seriously injured after a two-car crash on I565 Thursday night. Several emergency crews rushed to the south bound lane near the Browns Ferry exit just before midnight. Investigators More >> Police: Woman poses as nurse to get pills Updated: Aug 10, 2012 7:28 AM EDT A woman posing as a nurse was arrested Thursday when she allegedly tried to order pills from a Walgreens pharmacy. Officers were informed that a woman called the Walgreens on 6th Avenue in Decatur and More >> Suspects arrested in Marshall Co. stabbing death Updated: Aug 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT A Boaz man has been arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of Billy Wayne Glassco, Jr. More >> Madison Co. mobile home fire leads to arson investigation Updated: Aug 10, 2012 6:35 AM EDT Madison County Fire Department responded to a fire at a mobile home on Thursday night. More >> HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Officials say a 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead at Huntsville Hospital after being struck by lightning while swimming in Lake Guntersville. Marshall County Coroner Marlon Killion says the girl died Sunday afternoon. He says she had been swimming with family at the Honeycomb Campground. The girl's mother and sister were also hurt in the strike. Both were taken to Huntsville Hospital. Killion says the 15-year-old was pronounced dead in the emergency room at the hospital. The campground is located just off Highway 431 between Huntsville and Guntersville in Marshall County. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reser
Sun, 08/05/2012 04:45 PM Injured 3 of 10 @ Pocono Racetrack  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
NASCAR: Debate over weather warnings at Pocono DAN GELSTON | August 6, 2012 06:30 PM EST | Compare other versions » LONG POND, Pa.  Brian Mattson and Tom Deacher climbed into their truck and got set to leave saturated Pocono Raceway. That's when the lightning bolt slammed into a tent canopy just a couple of rows away from where they parked, shooting off sparks like a Roman candle. The NASCAR fans jumped out and found two men on the ground. Deacher and others tried to administer CPR until paramedics arrived. "When the tent collapsed, I knew it wasn't right," Deacher said. The lightning strike was one of two that hit the just outside the track Sunday during a confusing and tragic end to a shortened day of racing. One of the bolts killed 41-year-old Brian Zimmerman, and a total of nine others were injured. A day later, Pocono officials said they warned fans to take cover when the weather turned nasty  even as stock cars continued to race around the track  while some fans insisted there was no warning. Others took to Twitter and Facebook to say the announcements in the grandstands and camping areas to seek refuge in their cars came too late, after the worst of rain hit the track. "Mother Nature's sneaky," track president Brandon Igdalsky said. "You don't know what she's going to do." Zimmerman, of nearby Moosic, died as he stood near his car with the back hatch open in the raceway parking, according to the Monroe County coroner. A woman who answered the phone at Zimmerman's home declined comment. Deacher couldn't be sure if Zimmerman was the man he had tried to help. One of the other injured fans had been listed Sunday night in critical condition but was upgraded to stable, Igdalsky said. The remaining eight people had been treated and released from the hospital. "The individuals that were affected have spoken to the hospital folks, and they're in good spirits," Igdalsky said. "It's just a freak incident. They said they had a great day and, boom, this happened to us." Track officials said the crowd of 85,000 was advised several times to take cover Sunday afternoon over public address systems and social media when storms threatened the area near the end of the race. They were checking their logs for details of those announcements. But some posted on the raceway's Facebook page that they never heard the weather warnings. One fan noted in a Twitter message to The Associated Press that the races are so loud you can't hear people near you, let alone the public address system. NASCAR spokesman Dave Higdon said Monday that officials are reviewing how the track carried out its emergency procedures. He cautioned against rushing to judgment. "Anytime something like this happens, we make sure we look at it again and see if there's anything we should have done different," Higdon said. "It's never a good day for us when someone passes and people are hurt." A severe storm warning was issued for the area at 4:12 p.m. and NASCAR called the race at 4:54 p.m. Igdalsky will review how many warnings the track issued to fans over that time. "We're trying to figure out exactly when those (warnings) happened," he said. "Some fans are saying they heard it early. Some are saying they didn't hear it early. So we're going through all our logs and records to see when that went through." But some wonder if NASCAR should have halted the race if it knew lightning and thunderstorms were approaching, even if the track was still dry. That responsibility ultimately rests with the tracks, Higdon said. "They need to ensure the safety of the fans up to our expectations for them," he said. "We need to ensure the safety of the competitors and those who are part of the traveling team that goes to each track." Higdon said he was confident Pocono officials had taken the appropriate steps. Chad Philistine, of Reading, who took his mother to the race, said that when the start was delayed because of an earlier storm, they heard an announcement advising fans to take refuge in their cars. "But the red flag (that stopped the race), I personally didn't hear anything," he said. "I'm pretty sure my mom didn't hear anything." One bolt hit the grandstand parking area around 5 p.m. Sunday, killing Zimmerman and injuring eight others, Igdalsky said. A second possible strike came around 6:35 p.m., sending a ninth person to the hospital with minor injuries, he said. Igdalsky expressed sorrow at a news conference Monday afternoon at the track, where a large U.S. flag flew at half-staff. "Fans are like family to us," Igdalsky said, noting that Zimmerman had been coming to races for several years with his friends. He added that he planned to contact Zimmerman's family and visit other victims. Communicating incoming weather is often a challenge for officials at tracks throughout the country. Most such facilities  especially the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway  are massive, with fans spread among grandstand seating and a spacious infield where fans camp and tailgate. Decisions about proceeding with a race are typically made minute-by-minute, although there have been instances the last several years when NASCAR worked with track officials in advance of incoming bad weather. The decision to postpone a 2008 race at Richmond was made a day before the scheduled start because Tropical Storm Hanna was moving toward Virginia. In 2010, all track activity at Talladega Superspeedway was canceled because of extended periods of severe weather. Track officials made the decision based on advice from the Talladega County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service, which warned of potential tornadoes. And this season, the Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in its 54-year history. Such moves create another problem for NASCAR: Fans feel cheated if they don't see a full race, and NASCAR's first priority is usually to try to wait out a storm in order to complete all the scheduled laps. Ed Klima, director of emergency services at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, said that while "the facility is ultimately responsible for the fans' safety ... it's obviously very difficult to get people to leave if there's still cars going around the racetrack." He also noted that racetracks are not built like NFL stadiums, which have concourses where fans can gather during inclement weather. So why not stop the race before a storm hits? "It's somewhat difficult to pull that trigger 30, 40 minutes out when the weather, in our case a lot of times, breaks up, changes directions, what have you," Klima said. There have been 20 lightning fatalities nationally so far this year. The deaths have occurred while people were playing soccer, fishing, doing yard work, picking squash or berries, and simply at outdoor gatherings. "There is simply no safe place outside" when a storm hits, said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service. Klima said individual responsibility comes into play. "People still have to take ownership of their actions," Klima said. "We can clear the grandstands, we can institute our severe weather plan, and then people can still choose not to follow it." ___ Associated Press writers Jenna Fryer in London, Kevin Begos in Pittsburgh and Kathy Matheson in Philadelphia contributed to this report.
Sun, 08/05/2012 07:30 PM Injured woman in bathroom  0.0  Northamptom PA 
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http://northampton.patch.com/articles/woman-hospit
 
in the bathroom    Bathroom,Indirect,Indoors 
Woman Hospitalized after Lightning Strike A woman was transported to the hospital after lightning struck her house Sunday evening. By Tom Sofield Email the author August 5, 2012 Email Print Comment PHOTOS (6) Upload Photos and Videos A woman was injured when a lightning bolt struck her house Sunday evening in the 10 block of Matthew Circle in Northampton. The female was in the bathroom when lightning struck the roof of the house near where she stood, Northampton Volunteer Fire Company Chief Adam Selisker said. The chief was unsure if the woman was directly struck by the lightning. The victim was alert and talking when fire responders arrived shortly before 7:30 p.m. Members of the Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad transported the woman to the hospital, Selisker told Patch. The lightning strike caused a fire in the roof and walls of the home, which was extinguished by homeowners and firefighters, the chief said. Selisker added that the home suffered smoke damage and a "softball-sized hole" where the lightning struck. During the same storm, one person was killed and nine others were hurt when a lightning bolt struck a parking lot behind the grandstands at Pocono Raceway, according to the Associated Press. A lightning strike is suspected of starting a fast-moving fire that destroyed a home about a mile away in Wrightstown just last Saturday. Sunday evening, firefighters from Newtown and Upper Southampton covered Northamptons fire station while crews were responding to Matthew Circle
Sun, 08/05/2012 06:15 PM Injured 10 of 10  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track, 2nd strike    Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Sun, 08/05/2012 05:01 PM Injured 9 of 10  0.0  Long Pond PA 
 USA 
  at Pocono race track  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
RELATED Lightning strike kills 1, injures 9 after NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway TOPICS Weather Warnings Hospitals and Clinics Scranton See more topics » MAPS Long Pond, PA, USA Moosic, PA, USA By Tracy Jordan and Daniel Patrick Sheehan, Of The Morning Call 4:41 p.m. EDT, August 6, 2012 The man killed by lightning Sunday during the Pocono 400 was a 41-year-old husband and father of three who was helping to pack items into a minivan when the bolt struck during a heavy thunderstorm. Brian Zimmerman of Moosic, near Scranton, collapsed and could not be revived despite the efforts of an off-duty paramedic and raceway firefighters who were nearby and witnessed the strike, according to the Monroe County coroner and raceway officials. Zimmerman and two of his friends were among 10 people struck in the 5 p.m. incident. Except for one of Zimmerman's friends  who has been upgraded from critical to stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest  all have been released from area hospitals. Coroner Robert Allen said the cause and manner of Zimmerman's death will have to be confirmed by autopsy but will likely be ruled an accident due to lightning. » The latest on traffic, delays and road construction delivered to your mobile phone. Text TRAFFIC to 52270! Message and data rates apply. Text STOP TRAFFIC to cancel, text HELP for help. Click for terms and conditions. Witnesses reported that Zimmerman and his two friends were standing at the rear of the Dodge Caravan they drove to the race and were packing items into the hatchback when lightning the vehicle, Allen said. According to Allen, an off-duty paramedic walking to his car initiated cardiopulmonary rescusitation. Three minutes later, the track's emergency medical services unit arrived and initiated advanced cardiac life support. Zimmerman was transported to the race track's infield hospital, where a doctor and nurse continued advance cardiac life support without success. He was then transported to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m. by an emergency room doctor. Zimmerman is survived by a wife and three children under the age of 5, Allen said. A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued by the National Weather Service at 4:12 p.m. but cars were still on the track 30 minutes later and the race didn't end until 4:50 p.m. The lightning strike that killed Zimmerman happened 11 minutes later. A second lightning strike at 6:35 p.m. injured another spectator, who was treated for minor injuries at the track and taken to Pocono Medical Center for evaluation. The track had posted warnings on its Facebook page and Twitter account, advising spectators to seek shelter, and made the same announcement over the public address system. On Monday, the raceway released a statement of sympathy for Zimmerman's family and defended its response to the storm, saying it is committed to fan safety. "We work in conjunction with NASCAR regarding safety of fans, teams and other attendees throughout the course of our race weekends," the statement said. "Additionally, we are in constant communication with local and national agencies regarding weather conditions and emergency services.&We will learn from the incident and continue to implement strategies to help ensure the safety of fans and all attendees at future events at Pocono Raceway." Zimmerman's death was the second lightning fatality in Pennsylvania this year. On July 24, a pregnant Amish woman, Mary Yoder, was struck while picking berries in Garret, Somerset County. Yoder and her unborn child died. Dozens of Americans die every year in lightning strikes, though the tolls vary widely. Last year, there were 26 fatalities in 18 states. In 2006, there were 48 deaths in 24 states. So far this year, there have been 19 deaths in 14 states this year. Texas has the most, with three, followed by Pennsylvania, Alabama and Mississippi with two each. Tracy Jordan and Daniel Patrick Sheehan
Sun, 08/05/2012 04:45 PM Injured 2 o 10 @ Pocono Racetrack  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  near car after race cancelled due to weather    Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
LONG POND  What was a happy day for winning NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and his fans turned into a nightmare at Pocono Raceway after one person was killed and nine others injured by lightning strikes Sunday afternoon just after the Pennsylvania 400 was called early because of storms. As race cars were being covered and fans were trying to get away from the torrential downpours, multiple lightning bolts struck, two of them injuring 10 fans. One was later pronounced dead on arrival at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. One of the injury-inducing strikes occurred in the parking lot behind the grandstands and the other was near gate No. 3, track spokesman Bob Pleban said. Pleban said four of those injured were transported to Pocono Medical Center. Two had minor injuries, one had moderate injuries, and the fourth had critical injuries and eventually died. An emotional track President Brandon Igdalsky, who also expressed his condolences for the victims, made the announcement of the fatality at about 7:45 p.m. Unfortunately, a member of our raceway family here, a fan, has passed away, he said. Two other race attendees were taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, one with moderate injuries and the other with minor injuries. Three more were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Center-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, near Allentown. A tenth person was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown and was in critical condition, Pleban said. The storm, which anyone who had access to any weather website knew was on its way for at least 30 minutes, arrived at about 4:40 p.m., causing NASCAR officials to throw a yellow caution flag and eventually call the race on lap 98, 62 laps shy of the advertised total of 160. Heavy rains and winds pounded the track as darkness closed in.. Lightning strikes were plentiful and thunder rolled over the Pocono Mountains as the storm moved from west to east. The track public address announcer asked fans to exit the metal grandstands because of the lightning but only after the race ended. As driver Kasey Kahne spoke to media in a post-race press conference, word began to spread among journalists that a lightning strike at the track had caused injuries. Shortly after Kahne left the center, Pleban confirmed that two people were struck by lightning and were taken to a local hospital. Later he said a third fan was also struck but was treated and evaluated by on-site emergency personnel and released. An hour later the number of those injured grew to 10. Despite the congested traffic leaving the venue, continued heavy rain and lightning prevented the use of a helicopter to transport the victims. At 4:21 p.m., about 30 minutes before the race was officially called, Pocono Raceway issued the following warning on its Twitter and Facebook accounts: ATTENTION FANS: Severe thunderstorms are in the area which will produce high winds and lightning. Should arrive in 10-15 mins. At 4:59 p.m., the following message was posted on the tracks Twitter and Facebook pages: ATTENTION FANS: Be advised, seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area. At 5:50 p.m., Igdalsky tweeted: Hoping for the safety of all the fans that are leaving in this crazy storm. Please seek shelter as there is a lot of cloud 2 ground lightning. Race winner Gordon said he felt for the injured fans and said he believed he knew exactly which bolts caused the damage. There was a huge, huge crack of lightning; you could tell it was very close, he said after he won his first race of the season and record sixth all time at Pocono. The fans here are so loyal and so avid, they stick around, he said. Its so unfortunate. You hate to hear something like that. Pleban, calling the incident a very fluid situation, said he could not release information on the victims because family members have not been sufficiently contacted as of Sunday night. He said more information might be available today, and the track would release whatever it learns. A supervisor at Pocono Medical Center said she could not comment Sunday night. Sporting News motor sports reporter Bob Pockrass reported that Kyle Manger, a fan from New Jersey, said he saw people hit by the lightning near the Turn 3 grandstands. Me and my friend just ran into our truck during all the nasty weather, Manger told the publication. The visibility was very poor and all of a sudden (I) saw a bolt of lightning right in front of our windshield. When it became a little more visible, we saw two bodies next to a destroyed tent with people scrambling. Manger said the lightning strike occurred about five to 10 minutes after the race was called. Multiple NASCAR drivers, fans and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey all issued statements or tweets expressing condolences for the victims throughout Sunday night. Read More http://www.timesleader.com/stories/Lightning-kills-1-hurts-9-at-race,187033#ixzz22m6i562X
Sun, 08/05/2012 05:01 PM Injured 8 of 10  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track    Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Sun, 08/05/2012 05:01 PM Injured Travis Rauch, 7 of 10  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track  N/A  Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP  Its just one of those things you think is never gonna happen. Travis Rauch of Salem Township is out of the hospital, but still in disbelief. He was one of 10 people hit by lightning at Pocono Raceway over the weekend. One man was killed. The entrance was right here, came all the way across to my pinky finger here and a little spot on my thumb from where I was holding onto the canopy, said Rauch, showing burn marks on his right hand from where doctors said the lightning entered his body. Rauch was holding a canopy that started blowing over in the parking lot near where Rauch and his friend had parked when the bolt struck late Sunday afternoon. Rauch said heard a loud bang and saw a pure white flash. When I was holding it, it felt like someone took a sledgehammer with electricity, like a 220 line and just smashed my hand, said Rauch. Rauch is a volunteer firefighter with emergency medical training and was at the track with a friend, another volunteer firefighter with the same training. That friend quickly gave Rauch two sternum rubs before he was taken to the track trauma center and then to Geisinger Wyoming Valley, where he met his family. I cried I saw my son for the first time, I cried, just to see them, more or less so they knew I was alive and I was ok.  Rauch was wearing sneakers when he was struck. Doctors told him those sneakers probably saved his life by insulating him and stopping the electricity. Rauch said he knows just how lucky he was. I never believed it until that moment, when they say your life flashes before your eyes, it really does. When I was on the ground, all I remember is I saw everything bad and good I ever did in my entire life. I mean, it was probably the most emotional moment I ever had when I got to see my wife and my kids, you know? Its a life changer, it makes you look at you an go at any moment, you never know when youre going to go or your ticket is going to be pulled.
Sun, 08/05/2012 05:01 PM Injured 6 of 10 @ Pocono Racetrack  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track    Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Sun, 08/05/2012 05:01 PM Injured 5 of 10 @ Pocono Racetrack  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track  N/A  Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
UPDATED: Moosic man was lightning victim Brian Zimmerman, 41, dies after storm at raceway. Andrew M. Seder - aseder@timesleader.com - 570-829-7269 - Twitter: @TLAndrewSeder Aug 7 Article appeared on page 1A of the Times Leader More Story Tools Print | EMail | Save | Hear Font size: Locator Map Map Data - Terms of Use Report a map error Map Satellite 500 Long Pond Rd Longpond, PA 18334 UPDATED at 3:36 p.m.: Lehigh Valley Health System spokesman Brian Downs says a second lightning strike victim has been discharged from Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest. He said another would be discharged later today. "Another remains in stable condition and is likely to be discharged tomorrow," Downs said. Other hospitals where victims of Sunday's deadly lightning strikeat Pocono Raceway were transported to would not disclose patient conditions, including Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township and Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. ORIGINAL STORY: Authorities on Monday identified Brian Zimmerman, 41, of Moosic, as the fan killed by an apparent lightning strike at Pocono Raceway Sunday evening. Nine others were injured just after a heavy thunderstorm system caused officials to call the Pennsylvania 400 early. Authorities are not disclosing their identities. Monroe County Coroner Robert M. Allen said an autopsy is scheduled for the married father of three today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown. Allen said it appeared, based on witness accounts, that the death was caused by the lightning strike. A cause of death will be listed after the autopsy. Crews worked on resuscitating Zimmerman en route from the raceway in Long Pond to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, but Allen said he arrived at the emergency room dead on arrival. The victim was near his car in a parking lot after the race had ended when lightning struck the car, Allen said. Bystanders performed CPR on Zimmerman, who had gone into cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived, Allen said. They took him to the tracks medical facility, where efforts to revive him failed. The strike occurred at about 5:01 p.m., the track confirmed. Nine others hurt The nine others were injured by lightning strikes that occurred in the tracks parking lot behind the grandstands and near Gate No. 3, near Long Pond Road, according to track spokesman Bob Pleban. The strike at Gate No. 3 occurred at 6:35 p.m., track officials said. Pleban said four of those injured were transported to Pocono Medical Center. Two had minor injuries, one had moderate injuries and the fourth, Zimmerman, had critical injuries and eventually died. An emotional track President Brandon Igdalsky, who also expressed his condolences for the victims, made the announcement of the fatality at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday Unfortunately, a member of our raceway family here, a fan, has passed away, he said. On Monday, Igdalsky issued a statement that noted: The safety of all guests to Pocono Raceway is of the utmost importance to our entire staff. This tragic event is at the forefront of all of our thoughts and prayers. We will learn from the incident and continue to implement strategies to help ensure the safety of fans and all attendees at future events at Pocono Raceway. In addition, he said the track is in the process of establishing a memorial fund for victims of this incident. Two injured race attendees were taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, one with moderate injuries and the other with minor injuries. Four more were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Center-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, near Allentown, including one in critical condition. On Monday, Brian Downs, a Lehigh Valley Hospital spokesman, said the critical patient was upgraded to stable condition; two others also are in stable condition and one has been discharged. He could not provide names, ages, sex or hometown of the patients. Without having the names of the other victims, attempts to get updates on conditions on Monday from other hospitals were unsuccessful. It is our hospital policy to not issue any potential patient-related information, said Geoffrey Roche, a Pocono Medical Center spokesman. Matt Van Stone, spokesman for Geisinger Wyoming Valley, said without a name, he cannot comment. Track officials say that between social media messages and an announcement on the public address system, fans were urged to leave the metal grandstands and seek shelter. At 4:21 p.m. Sunday, about 30 minutes before the race was officially called, Pocono Raceway issued the following warning on its Twitter and Facebook accounts: ATTENTION FANS: Severe thunderstorms are in the area which will produce high winds and lightning. Should arrive in 10-15 mins. The race was stopped by NASCAR officials at about 4:50 p.m. when rain began falling. At 4:59 p.m. Sunday, the following message was posted on the tracks Twitter and Facebook pages: ATTENTION FANS: Be advised, seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area. A story in USA Today quoted Sheena Baker of Somerset, who said as she was leaving the track at 4:30 p.m. and heard a severe weather announcement on the tracks PA system. But Baker said it was hard to hear over the sound of jet dryers and cars on the track. Baker said she and her friends left the track after checking the weather radar on their smartphones. If people in the grandstands can watch the radar, they had to know this was coming, Baker said. They should have done a better job of notifying the people in the grandstands. Review under way NASCAR spokesman Dave Higdon told The Associated Press that officials are reviewing how the track carried out its emergency procedures. He cautioned against rushing to judgment until all the facts are known. Anytime something like this happens, we make sure we look at it again and see if theres anything we should have done different, Higdon said. Its never a good day for us when someone passes and people are hurt. Track officials are going through log books to establish a timeline for the storm, weather warnings and final laps of the shortened race, Igdalsky said. 19 DEATHS so far this year According to the National Weather Service, an average of 54 people are reported killed each year by lightning in the United States. The death at Pocono Raceway Sunday night was the 19th reported lightning strike death this year nationally and the second one in Pennsylvania following the death of 36-year-old Mary Yoder who was struck while picking blueberries in Garrett, Somerset County on July 24. The National Lightning Safety Institute said 136 people have been injured in lightning strikes this year nationally. The odds of being struck by lightning in the U.S. is 1 in 280,000, that organization said. To see more about 2012 lightning-related casualties, go to: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/fatalities.htm Read More http://www.timesleader.com/stories/Moosic-man-lightning-victim,187532#ixzz239BkqB3B
Sun, 08/05/2012 05:01 PM Injured 4 of 10 @ Pocono Racetrack  0.0  Long Pond PA 
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  at Pocono race track    Indirect,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Pocono reveals more details in lightning strike tragedy By Sports Network The Sports Network E-Mail Print reprint or license 0 comments Text Size: Officials from Pocono Raceway have provided more information regarding Sunday's lightning strikes that killed one race fan and injured several others following the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. On Monday, Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen identified the deceased as Brian Zimmerman, a 41-year-old resident of Moosic, Pa. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at roughly 7 p.m. (ET) when he arrived at the Pocono Medical Center in nearby East Stroudsburg. Officials said the nine other individuals injured as a result of two separate lightning strikes were transferred to local hospitals. One fan was transported to Lehigh Hospital in Allentown and listed in critical condition. However, that person's condition was upgraded to stable on Monday. The identities of the nine injured victims have yet to be released. Some of them were treated at the racetrack's infield medical care center, while others were transported to the hospital, where they remained overnight for treatment and observation. "On behalf of the entire staff here at Pocono Raceway, we are deeply saddened by yesterday's tragic events," track president and chief executive officer Brandon Igdalsky said in a statement. "As mentioned, our fans are like family to us, and we express our deepest condolences to the individuals and families involved, especially Mr. Zimmerman's. "We work in conjunction with NASCAR regarding safety of fans, teams and other attendees throughout the course of our race weekends. Additionally, we are in constant communication with local and national agencies regarding weather conditions and emergency services." According to officials, the first lightning strike occurred at approximately 5:01 p.m. local time in the track's grandstand parking area, located near Gate 5A. A Pocono Raceway grandstand fire unit was stationed in the vicinity and witnessed the actual strike. Medical personnel and additional emergency services arrived on the scene within a matter of three minutes and took control of treatment to the individuals. CPR had already begun on Zimmerman by a friend on the scene. EMT responders were approached by those who reported symptoms related to the lightning strike. The track's race control tower was notified of a second possible lightning strike in the vicinity near Gate 3 at approximately 6:35 p.m. Igdalsky also said in his statement, "The safety of all guests to Pocono Raceway is of the utmost importance to our entire staff. This tragic event is at the forefront of all of our thoughts and prayers. We will learn from the incident and continue to implement strategies to help ensure the safety of fans and all attendees at future events at Pocono Raceway. We are in the process up establishing a Memorial Fund is for victims of this incident. More information will be released a soon as possible." The track was under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of Sunday before a warning was issued for the area shortly after 4 p.m. NASCAR officials stopped the race and called it after 98 of the scheduled 160 laps were completed. Jeff Gordon was leading when the event was halted and therefore awarded his first win of the 2012 season. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20120608085514_pocono-reveals-more-details-in.html#storylink=cpy
Sun, 08/05/2012 12:00 PM Killed Brian Zimmerman 1 of 10 @ Pocono Race Track  41.0  Long Pond PA 
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  near car after race cancelled due to weather  N/A  Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Page 1 of 1 LONG POND, Pa. (AP)  Lightning strikes at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one fan and injured nine others, one critically, racetrack officials said. Multiple lightning strikes occurred behind the racetrack's grandstands and outside one of the gates as fans were leaving, Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban said. It wasn't immediately clear how many of the fans were actually struck by the lightning itself or were injured by related jolts. "Unfortunately, a member of our raceway family here, a fan, has passed away," Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky said in announcing the death. He provided no details about the victim but expressed condolences to his family. The victim was in or near his car in a parking lot after the race had ended when lightning struck the car, Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen said. Bystanders performed CPR on the man, who had gone into cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived, Allen said. They took him to the track's medical facility, where efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Allen would only identify the victim as a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man, saying his family had not yet been notified. The Pennsylvania 400 was called because of storms, with 98 of the 160 scheduled laps completed. As the storm approached, the track posted messages on its Twitter page to more than 22,000 followers near the end of the race encouraging fans to "seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area." The attendance was estimated by the track at 85,000. Public address announcements were made before the storm and the end of the race for fans to take shelter and evacuate the grandstands, Pleban said. Racetrack officials were reviewing the logs of when the announcements were made, he said. There was no order to evacuate the track premises. Jeff Gordon, who won the race, said at a post-race news conference that he could hear a huge crack as he walked down the pit road during the storm. "You could tell it was very close," he said. "I mean, that's the thing that's going to take away from the victory, is the fact that somebody was affected by that." One person remained hospitalized in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Pleban said. Three people were taken to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries, and five others were treated on the scene, he said. "We are deeply saddened that a fan has died and others were injured by lightning strikes following today's race at Pocono," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said. "Our thoughts are with them as well as those affected by this unfortunate accident." Read more: http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/article/1-dead-9-injured-in-lightning-strike-at-Pocono-3764358.php#ixzz22ldv5MwY 1 dead, 9 injured in lightning strike at Pocono DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer Updated 1:30 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2012 View: Larger | Hide Crew members push Ryan Newman's car in a downpour that shortened the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Jeff Gordon won. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Crew members stand in the pits in a downpour that shortened the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Jeff Gordon won. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Fans leave the stands after the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race was postponed due to rain on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Fans stand under the grandstand after the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race was postponed due to rain on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Fans stand under the grandstand after the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race was postponed due to rain on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Photo: Mel Evans / AP People sit at a campfire in a lot near the grandstands after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after the rain-shortened race killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said. It wasn't immediately clear if all 10 people were actually struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstand, nor was it known whether one or multiple strikes occurred. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Mostly empty camping and parking lots appear behind the grandstands after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after the rain-shortened race killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said. It wasn't immediately clear if all 10 people were actually struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstand, nor was it known whether one or multiple strikes occurred. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Mostly empty camping and parking lots appear behind the grandstands after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after the rain-shortened race killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said. It wasn't immediately clear if all 10 people were actually struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the grandstand, nor was it known whether one or multiple strikes occurred. Photo: Mel Evans / AP Read more: http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/article/1-dead-9-injured-in-lightning-strike-at-Pocono-3764358.php#ixzz22lcd72OL
Sat, 08/04/2012 04:00 PM Injured 4 of 4 family members  1.0  Princes Corner PA 
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  under umbrella under tree    Indirect,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
Sat, 08/04/2012 04:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 family members  30.0  Princes Corner PA 
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  under umbrella under tree    Indirect,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
Lightning Strike Injures Family In New Castle County August 3, 2012 11:04 PM Share this 4 View Comments Share CBS Local with your friends. Add us to your Timeline. What's this? Filed Under Local, News, Syndicated Local Related Tags Christiana Hospital, Cranston Hall, Delaware, Lightning Strike, Old Capitol Trail, Weather, Wilmington Check Out Calendar Shoot Hollywood Ink Soul Tryouts Conservative Celebs Victoria's Secret PRICES CORNER (CBS)  Four family members enjoying a picnic at their home in New Castle County were reportedly injured by lightning Friday afternoon. It happened at about 4 p.m. at Cranston Hall Apartments on Old Capital Trail in Prices Corner. Officials believe lighting may have struck the umbrella the family was huddled under as they ate their dinner by a tree in front of the building. Ryan Girard, a maintenance worker at the apartment complex, saw the lightning bolt and ran to help the family. They were on the ground, completely in pain, screaming. Definitely something Ive never seen before, Girard said. We helped the woman back to the chair and she said the whole right side of her body was numb. The victims, a 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman who was reportedly pregnant, and a seven and 1-year-old boy were taken to Christiana Hospital and treated for minor injuries. They are listed in stable condition, according to authorities.
Sat, 08/04/2012 04:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 family members  7.0  Princes Corner PA 
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  under umbrella under tree    Indirect,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
Sat, 08/04/2012 04:00 PM Injured 2 of 4 family members  28.0  Princes Corner PA 
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  under umbrella under tree    Indirect,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
Sat, 08/04/2012 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 on roof  0.0  Dayton OH 
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  working on roof    Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Sat, 08/04/2012 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 on roof  0.0  Dayton OH 
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http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/montgomery/ligh
 
working on roof    Direct hit,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
VideoPhoto Headlines from Montgomery County 1 killed, 5 injured in 3 car pileup One person was killed and five others injured in a three car & "Curiosity" lands on Mars after plummet In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer & Local Sikh leader reacts to shooting Sehbi said he was shocked when he heard the news, and like & Mangold places 10th in weightlifting Mangold pulled off both her lifts, with 135 kilograms in the & One killed in motorcycle crash A police officer tells 2 News it's the worst motorcycle crash & More Stories » Advertisement Lightning hits two men working on roof Updated: Saturday, 04 Aug 2012, 10:47 PM EDT Published : Saturday, 04 Aug 2012, 10:47 PM EDT DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Two men were working on the roof of the home at 3101 East Fourth Street when they were hit by lightning as storms rolled through Saturday night. "It was a mind-shock. I thought he was dead," says Taylor Jenkins. Jenkins lives nearby and ran outside to tell the two men who were renovating the vacant home that a storm was about to hit. "I came out on my front porch and it was pouring rain and we were screaming and telling them to get off the roof. I guess they didn't hear us or they wasn't listening and dude was on the front of the roof and all you heard was this big explosion." he explains. He says what he saw next, will stay with him the rest of his life. "It hit one of the dudes. The other dude was in the other corner and it hit both of them. One fell off onto like the little roof and onto the grass and they pulled him over onto the sidewalk and it was bad, he was bleeding. It was just terrible," says Jenkins. Jenkins helped work on that same home Friday. He says he's lucky he wasn't up there when the lightning struck and he will be extra cautious in the future. "If I'm ever up on a roof and it starts sprinkling, I'm getting off the roof," comments Jenkins. And firefighters also have a warning for people. "In a severe lightning storm, get of the roofs immediately, don't worry about the water damage, protect yourself," explains Captain Bob Cockayne with the Dayton Fire Department. The two men were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police say they are lucky to be alive.
Sat, 08/04/2012 10:00 AM Injured Gunnar Starks  11.0  Riceville IA 
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http://postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?i
 
fishing at Lake Hendricks  N/A  Coma,Critical,fishing,Outside 
Byron boy in critical condition after possible lightning strike Share Posted: Aug 06, 2012, 9:07 am By Christina Killion Valdez The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN An 11-year-old boy from Byron remains in critical condition after being injured by a possible lightning strike Saturday morning at a campground in Iowa. Gunnar Starks was fishing at Lake Hendricks in Riceville, Iowa, when the accident occurred. He is being treated at Saint Marys Hospital. A CaringBridge website has been set up in his name. RICEVILLE, IA - A Minnesota boy is in a medically-induced coma after being struck by lightning. Riceville police received a 911 call around 10:15 Saturday morning of an emergency at Lake Hendricks Park. According to the police report, an 11-year-old boy was taken to Mitchell County Regional Health Center, and later transported to Mayo in Rochester. Family members say Gunnar Starks, of Byron, is in critical condition Sunday evening, and is in a medically-induced coma
Fri, 08/03/2012 06:00 PM Injured 2 of 8   0.0  Fayetteville GA 
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  at metal table in backyard    Indirect,Metal,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
Atlanta weather | Storms pound area; 8 injured in Fayette County ShareThis PrintE-mail By David Ibata and Angel K. Brooks The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Powerful thunderstorms rolled through the metro Atlanta area Thursday evening, and eight people suffered minor injuries after a lightning strike in Fayette County. Enlarge photo A tree fell on the main dining room of Fox Brothers BBQ in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta during Thursday's storms. Credit: Tony Thomas / Channel 2 Action News More Atlanta/Fulton news » Rain shuts down big weekend repaving project on I-285 Fulton deputies hunt for inmate Tonight's Powerball: $181 million Fetus found in Alpharetta freezer Atlanta/South Fulton North Fulton The storms brought down trees and knocked out power for thousands as forecasters issued a flash flood warning for parts of Fulton and DeKalb counties. In Fayette County, a family was sitting under an awning when lightning struck a house in the 400 block of Hilo Road, the fire department said. Eight people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and the house sustained approximately $1,000 worth of damage, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Fri, 08/03/2012 04:30 PM Injured 2 of 4 family members  28.0  Princes Corner PA 
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  under umbrella under tree    Insurance,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
A lightning strike sends a family of four to the hospital in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. And for the second time this week, one of the victims is a pregnant woman. County dispatchers confirmed to NBC10 that two adults and two children were under a tree Friday afternoon when lightning hit. They were eating dinner, according to Delaware Online. The family was outside the Cranston Hill Apartments on Old Capitol Trail. A witness told the newspaper that the lightning hit, sending the family's umbrella up over their heads. According to the paper, the woman's right arm was red and she was complaining of some numbness. One of the children, a little boy, was shook up and crying. We did confirm that everyone is expected to be OK. The family is being checked out at Christiana Hospital and they will probably be released this evening. PHOTOS AND VIDEOS Lightning Strikes 4 People in Delaware More Photos and Videos On Wednesday, a lightning strike along the Jersey Shore sent a pregnant woman and three other family members, including one of her children, to the hospital. A storm moved into Wildwood quickly that day and lightning struck near the family as it huddled under some umbrellas. No one was seriously hurt. "They just had some tingling in their hands and arms." Here's the NBC10 Interactive Radar. You can track severe weather as it moves through portions of the viewing area. You can also sign up for our weather text alerts to get the latest information on severe weather watches, warning and alerts. Text PHIWEATHER to 639710. Data rates do apply.
Fri, 08/03/2012 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 8   0.0  Fayetteville GA 
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  at metal table in backyard    Indirect,Metal,Outside,Picnic,Yard 
ATLANTA -- Strong thunderstorms popped up around Metro Atlanta Thursday evening, leaving some damage in their wake. PHOTO GALLERY | August Storms According to reports from Fayette County, eight people went to a local hospital after lightning struck the backyard table where they were sitting. The family's injuries were non-life-threatening. This strike happened on the 400 block of Hilo Road in Fayetteville. The lightning also caused a small electrical fire in a room but the home didn't sustain any serious damage. In Atlanta, a tree crashed through the roof of Fox Brothers BBQ in Candler Park. Diners managed to get out of the way in time to avoid injury. The restaurant will be closed Friday for clean up.
Wed, 08/01/2012 12:30 AM Injured 3 of 4 family members  0.0  Wildwood NJ 
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  at the beach    Beach,Indirect,Outside,Umbrella 

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