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Fri, 09/20/2013 12:00 PM unknown Thor guard  0.0  OK 
 USA 
      Prediction 
TPS uses lightning detection system for football safety Story Comments Share Print Story Video TPS uses lightning detection system for football safety Reported by: Janna Clark Email: jclark@fox23.com Updated: 9/20 6:00 pm Published: 9/20 5:29 pm Players cleared the field when it started pouring Thursday night at the Booker T. Washington home game against East Central. The game didn't end because of rain, but because of lightning. There's a lightning detection system and it went off at Thursday's game, but not everyone knew it. Most people were looking away watching the game. Helen Reddell was focused on her two godsons, both Hornet linebackers, in a rivalry game between Booker T. and East Central. "I didn't even realize that existed," she said, but she paid attention when she saw lightning getting closer. FOX23's Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott texted a co-worker at the game that the lightning was 1 mile away. Then seven minutes later, he texted, "You are in danger now. Lightning may occur at any time." Right after that, the district said the detection unit at BTW went off. But the game was so loud fans said they never heard it. Behind the scenes, the district was monitoring. TPS Emergency Manager Bob Roberts said the district chose the Thor-Guard System because it predicts when lightning could strike. "When lightning is expected to start, not after the event," he said. He said lightning often comes before the rain, when people are outside. When the light on this screen turned from yellow to red last night an email alert went out to BTW school officials and the game was canceled. But fans at the game say they didn't know. "Didn't really know until the boys started running of the field. The band was here. Nobody said, 'Take shelter, get off the aluminum bleachers,'" said Reddell. The district told FOX23 it will follow up and figure out a way to notify fans. Roberts say the lightning detection system has been here several years. It cost the district about $250,000.
Fri, 09/20/2013 12:00 PM Killed Drew Pearson  30.0  Big Lake AZ 
 USA 
  fishing in a canoe  N/A  Boat,fishing,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,On Water,Outside,Water,Work 
A 30-year-old biologist with Arizona Game and Fish who was off work fishing on Big Lake died following a lightning strike near where he was fishing. Apache County Deputy Sheriff Brannon Eagar said Drew Pearson was fishing in a canoe with his dog Sept. 20 when witnesses saw lightning strike near the canoe. Afterward, they reportedly saw his dog swimming in the water and Pearsons motionless body nearby.
Thu, 09/19/2013 12:00 PM Killed Angelo Santucci  28.0  Gary IN 
 USA 
  working on billboard  N/A  Direct hit,Outside,Work 
A man working on a billboard along 27th Avenue was struck by lightning, according to Jones, and transported to Gary Methodist in cardiac arrest. He did not survive. The identities of the victims have not been released, pending notification of next of kin. Gone in an instant, two familes were devastated Thursday by deadly storms that swept through northern Indiana. Angelo Santucci, 28, and Jackie Allen, 42, both died after lightning strikes in Gary, IN. A nine-month-old baby somehow survived the same lightning strike that killed Mr Allen. The lightning came during a brutal storm that caused widespread damage to the area, according to reports. A family devastated: Angelo Santucci, pictured with wife Sonia, was killed Thursday after being struck by lightning Mr Santucci was working on a billboard when lightning struck and killed him. The married father was wearing a metal harness when the bolt struck him on the platform of the billboard, his sister Destiny Santucci told CBS Chicago. It struck him, and they said it stopped his heart, she told the station. By the time they got up there, the doctors told us theres only a window of time before they have to resuscitate him. Mr Santuccis devastated wife wanted to know why he on the platform during the storm. Dangerous perch: Mr Santucci was in a metal harness on this roadside billboard when struck by lightning, instantly killing him Why was he up there? It was storming out. Theyre not supposed to be up there in thunder, the crushed widow told CBS Chicago. His shattered mother is shocked her son is gone. I'm upset 'cause he had no business up there, the distraught mother told WLS, My son is gone. He had his whole future in front of him. More... World's top climate scientists told to 'cover up' the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years Landslides on Mexican coast kill up to 80 people and panic spreading as CROCODILES are now swimming in the streets after a river flooded Mr Santucci also leaves behind a 2-year-old girl and nine-month-old son, according to NBC Chicago. Across town, Mr Allen was inside when a lightning bolt struck his home. Boom! Its like the transformer went out, a neighbor told NBC Chicago. Firefighters arriving to the house found it engulfed in smoke and flames while driving rains and fierce winds pounded the homes exterior, a Gary Fire Department spokesperson told local media. Destroyed: Jackie Allen was in this Gary, IN., home when it was struck by lightning, killing him and injuring a toddler Scorched: The home was engulfed in smoke and flames when firefighters arrived Heavy rain, low visibility, and lots of thunder, the fire department spokesperson said, it hindered the rescue operation. Once able to get inside, rescuers were able to get both Mr Allen and the baby out of the house, but were only able to revive the baby. They was trying to do CPR, trying to bring them back, it didnt work, the neighbor added. Locals couldnt believe the storm turned their neighbors house into a charred shell, taking his life. I was just in shock, like wow, like, it really did that damage? Another neighbor asked. The storms caused heavy flooding in the area and set numerous rainfall records, said reports. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2426415/Two-men-killed-lightning-strikes-vicious-storms-strike-Indiana-town.html#ixzz2fWW8oe2I Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Wed, 09/18/2013 04:30 PM Injured 2 of 2 teachers  0.0  S. Louis MO 
 USA 
  standing outside school  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Work 
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Wed, 09/18/2013 04:30 PM Injured 1 of 2 teachers  0.0  St. Louis MO 
 USA 
  near a tree    Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,School,Tree,Work 
Two teachers shocked after lightning hits nearby tree 7:00 PM, Sep 18, 2013 | 0 comments - A A A + Brandie Piper FILED UNDER Headlines ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Two teachers have been treated after being shocked from a lightning strike in The Hill neighborhood. Capt. Dan Sutter with the St. Louis Fire Department says shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday two women were standing outside in the rain near a tree in the 5300 block of Columbia Avenue when lightning struck the tree. He says it's likely that because of wet conditions the women received a residual shock. One of the women was knocked to the ground. They were able to make it to the office of the Shaw Visual and Performing Arts School in the neighborhood to get help. Medics responded to the scene, but did not transport them to the hospital.
Tue, 09/17/2013 12:00 PM Injured Five kids in hospital after lightning strike  0.0   
 India 
       
Mumbai : Five kids were injured after heavy lightning struck the City on Sunday evening and were admitted to Habib hospital in Kurla (W), Menon hospital in Vashi and Nair hospital in Mumbai Central respectively. While two kids who have been admitted in Habib hospital are from Kurla, the other two admitted at Nair hospital are from Tardeo, Mumbai Central. One kid is recuperating at Menon hospital. Out of the two kids, one will be discharged by evening. The other girl Alfia Irfan Ansari (12) is still under trauma. There were no marks of burn or external injury in both. They are just in shock, said Dr Salim Nakhate of Habib hospital. According to Dr Nakhate, Ansari was in severe shock and was facing breathing problems when she arrived. However, she was revived within 10 minutes. Afterwards, she was drowsy and in the midnight she was again breathless. She required immediate help, said Dr Nakhate. Since Habib hospital is not well equipped in providing tertiary care, Ansari had to be transferred to Sion hospital by evening. She is recovering well. She is still in shock and is getting attacks. But we hope she will get stable by tomorrow, said Dr Avinash Supe, dean, Sion hospital. We are just hoping that she recovers quickly. She was playing in the rain when the accident took place. She became unconscious and we had to rush her to the hospital, said Irfan Ansari, father of Alfia Khan. Akshay Parshuram Tukral (13) who has been admitted at BYL Nair hospital was in shock since Sunday night. Though he has recovered from the shock, he still is having hearing problems. He became unconscious when struck by the lightning. He was playing in the rain and after lightning struck him, he fell down. He became unconscious when we took him to the Nair hospital. He gradually regained consciousness after 2 hours, said Parshuram Tukral, who is a gardener. Akshay is still in shock and did not respond to the questions of this correspondent. He just complained that he has been hearing less. The other kids from Menon and Habib hospital have been discharged. Durvesh Yadav (11) was not directly affected by lighting but was wounded by the speakers which fell by the sound of lightning. He has sustained injuries on his head and is under observation at Nair hospital.
Tue, 09/17/2013 12:00 PM Injured Lightning strikes: Beware of the bolt from the blu  0.0   
 India 
       
A day after three young girls were admitted to various hospitals in the eastern suburbs after lightning struck in the vicinity, the weather department has issued another warning predicting heavy rainfall and lightning for the next three days. Due to ionization in the atmosphere during heavy rainfall there is an electrical discharge. Sometimes this gets attracted to neutral surfaces on the ground and that is when lightning strikes, said VK Rajiv, director of the Regional Meteorological Department, Mumbai. We have been issuing warnings of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms since a week now. People should be more careful especially of their children when they know there is going to be a storm. People are at risk if they neglect these warnings, Rajiv said. Experts said lightning is the highest form of energy which if passes through the human body directly will reduce it to dust. It also affects the persons in the vicinity that it strikes as the electric and heat charge produced is immense. It disturbs the heart rhythm, can pierce through ear drum, cause cataract trouble in eyes and gangrenes. Even as the patient appears fine after a day, it can cause major repercussions inside the body. The patients should seek medical follow up, said Dr SM Keswani, plastic surgeon at National Burns Centre in Airoli, Navi Mumbai. The BMC disaster management experts say there is no danger to anyone helping a person who has been struck by lightning as no electric charge remains in their body after lightning has passed. Treat those who are unconscious first as they are at greater risk of dying. Patient has to be revived with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as s/he may appear dead with feeble pulse and no breath, said Shantaram Shinde, joint commissioner (disaster management), BMC. Meanwhile, the three girls from Kurla admitted to various hospitals across eastern suburbs for burn injuries after lightning struck in the vicinity on Sunday evening are out of danger now. Afiya Ansari (7), Iram Shaikh (7) and Sadrunissa Shaikh (7) were playing in a compound near Bhagirathi Chawl in Kurla (West) when the tragedy struck. Doctors kept Iram and Sadrunissa on ventilator support for over 24 hours before declaring that the girls were out of danger. Afiya, 7, is recuperating at Habib Hospital in Kurla. We were playing near the closed shutter of Iqbal Tailors in the compound. Around 7.30pm we heard a huge sound and got stuck to the shutter. All the three of us passed out and landed up in the hospital, Afiya said. The locals said the lightning struck the ground a few feet away out of the blue. The atmosphere was charged with electricity and the girls came in contact with the iron shutter of the tailoring shop. When a young boy Shanu, 12, went to physically separate them, he too received electric jolt. Eventually, the girls were separated with wooden sticks and admitted to the hospital as the current in the body lessened, said the girls neighbour, Mohammed Salim. Iram and Sadrunissas pulse was extremely feeble and fluctuating. They have sustained superficial bruises and burn injuries on the head and back. They were falling short of breath. We examined them on the spot, delivered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and mouth to mouth oxygen before hospitalisation. They are now stable and will be discharged by Tuesday, said Dr Tanvir Tahir, their family physician.I
Sun, 09/15/2013 12:00 PM Injured Chris Hands  24.0  Grotto Bay  
 Bermuda 
  standing inside near window  N/A  Door,Indirect,Indoors,Lifeguard,Window,Work 
A local man is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm on Sunday. According to a source, the man was standing inside when the lightning struck, coming through a window at the boat rental concession of Grotto Bay Hotel. The Royal Gazette understands the man was taken to the Lambe Foggo Urgent Care Canter in St Davidýs where his heart momentarily stopped beating, before he was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The man has been moved from the intensive care unit to a general ward and is expected to be released tomorrow. Lightning also struck at the RUBiS Causeway gas station in Hamilton Parish, according to a post by the RUBiS Bermuda page on Facebook on Sunday. ýAs a result of lightning strike causing damage to key equipment,ý read the post, ýRUBiS Causeway will be unable to serve fuel until midday tomorrow (Monday, September 16).ý A subsequent comment by RUBiS confirmed repairs had been made and the gas station was up and running as usual by 1pm yesterday. Lightning strikes can often enter a home through a window, door or even telephone line. If you are inside during a lightning storm, the American Weather Service advises staying off corded phones, while keeping clear of all windows, doors, plumbing and concrete walls. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131709071949_130919748.htm#sthash.Jq8nQwz8.dpuf A lifeguard who was struck by lightning has described how he came within a whisker of death. Chris Hands was knocked unconscious when a thunderbolt struck his workplace at Grotto Bay on Sunday. And then his heart stopped beating at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in St Davids, before doctors brought him back to life. Speaking exclusively to the Bermuda Sun from his hospital bed the 24-year-old told of his miracle recovery. He said: I was inside the watersports office just doing some work on the computer and chatting to a work colleague when there was this huge bang above the building. My colleague saw this flash of light coming through the door and sparks flew as it moved towards the fridge. It just knocked me straight out and I came around a few minutes later with a crowd of people standing over me. My body just felt numb and I could not see anything to start off with. I slowly got up but still didnt feel right. I felt like my body was still buzzing. The boss of Triangle Diving Graham Maddocks took Mr Hands to the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in St Davids. Mr Hands said: I was for all the journey talking to Graham, but I still felt pretty tingly. Warm sensation Down the right side of my body where the lightning had entered in from I had a very warm sensation and my legs just did not feel right. I walked up to the front desk and they told me that I should really be at hospital, but they laid me down on a bed and then I just blacked out again. Mr Hands heart then stopped beating and he flat-lined for several seconds before doctors brought him back to life by shocking his heart with hard compressions. He said: When I woke up again I was hot and sweaty. The doctors told me I had flat-lined but I really had no idea what had happened. Mr Hands was rushed to hospital via ambulance and after an initial assessment in emergency was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. He spent the whole of Sunday night in the ICU having blood tests every two hours so medics could check his condition. Last night Mr Hands was being treated on a general ward and hoping to be allowed home today. He told the Bermuda Sun: When I first came into emergency they put paddles on my chest and back so that they could monitor my heart and make sure they could shock start it if it stopped again. I didnt sleep at all that first night in ICU. They kept on doing tests on me at regular intervals and I felt pretty awful too. A lot of the nurses have said I am lucky to be alive after what happened. I dont think anyone has seen this kind of thing before so it has been pretty scary for me too. Im just pleased that Im feeling better now and looking forward to getting back home.
Sun, 09/15/2013 12:00 PM Killed 19 cops hurt in lightning strike  0.0   
 India 
      Police Officer 
PURULIA: Nineteen junior constables undergoing training in Jangalmahal were injured when lightning struck at a police barrack on Saturday afternoon. Three women working in a field were killed. The constables belong to the 11 Battalion of the State Armed Police and they are under training at the Charra headquarters on the outskirts of Purulia. They were taken to hospital and 10 were released after first-aid. Purulia ASP Abdesh Pathak said nine constables were critical. He and DSP (D&T) Pinaki Dutta visited the hospital and spoke to the injured cops. Around 300 junior constables from Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore are being prepared to combat Maoists. They joined the six-week training from September 9. Three women - Anima Biwi, Sandhya Rajak and Urmila Mahato - were killed in Jhaldah when lightning struck.
Sat, 09/14/2013 01:23 PM Killed Lightning kills 1, injures 16 in E China  0.0  Zhejiang 
 China 
  seeking shelter    Burnt to death,Outside 
Lightning kills 1, injures 16 in E China English.news.cn 2013-09-14 20:29:22 NINGBO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- A group of tourists ended on a tragic hiking in east China's Zhejiang Province on Saturday afternoon when one of them was charred alive in a lightning strike. Another 16 tourists sustained burns when the bolt hit the crowd when they were seeking shelter from a thunderstorm, local authorities said Saturday. The accident happened at 1:23 p.m. on the top of the Jiufeng Mountain in Beilun District in the coastal city of Ningbo when the group were climbing the mountain in a thunderstorm, according to the district government. The injured are being treated in local hospitals. The identity of the tourists is to be verified.
Sat, 09/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown Hunting Earth's Mystery Lightning From the Interna  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Education,Science 
Hunting Earth's Mystery Lightning From the International Space Station By Amy Teitel A Red Sprite taken from the ISS, via Wikimedia For astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the view of the Earth isnt just space age eye candy. Its a unique perspective from which they can shed light on nagging questions about our home planet. Its a perspective scientists exploit by sending remote experiments to the station in their stead, experiments like Firestation, which is designed to study the obscure side of a phenomenon were all pretty familiar with: lightning. The lightning we all know and love (or hate, perhaps) is those jagged columns of light that heat the air to 50,000°F as they plunge from electrically charged clouds towards the Earth. But lightning doesnt exclusively move down towards Earth from clouds. Lightning in the upper atmosphere can also move up from storm clouds into space. Its only recently that scientists discovered the strange lightning-related phenomena happening in the tops of clouds. There are red sprites, blue jets, and elves, cold forms of lightning that shoot upwards from storm clouds. There are strange jets of antimatter that also fly upwards, triggering the detectors on NASA's orbiting high-energy observatories. There are even gamma ray bursts that happen as often as 500 times a day during which Earth briefly mimics a supernova. These are known, appropriately, as Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes or TGFs. Scientists know these phenomena exist, but no one is entirely sure how they relate to the lightning on the lower half of the cloud that we see during a thunderstorm. Hopefully this will change soon, thanks to Firestation, a package of sensors designed to explore the links between TGFs, ordinary lightning, and sprites. Firestations principal investigator Doug Rowland from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center calls the ISS the perfect platform from which to explore these cloud-top lightning phenomena. During the experiments one year lifetime, the ISS will carry the bevy of sensors over thousands of active thunderstorms. He hopes that from this vantage point, Firestation will see up to 50 lightning strikes per day and at least one TGF every few hours. A diagram showing the relative heights of various forms of lightning. via With each storm, Firestation will gather plenty of data. Unlike previous upper atmospheric lightning experiments, it has the unique ability to observe thunderstorms in multiple wavelengths at the same time. In one go the detector can record radio static from lightning; measure the optical glow of lightning, red sprites, and blu elves; and detect gamma-rays and electrons associated with TGFs and any other antimatter events. The TGFs are of particular interest. Right now, scientists dont know for sure which type of lightning produces the surprisingly high-energy gamma-ray flashes theyve seen. Gamma-rays are thought to come from the hottest and violent places in the universe, so their appearance at the top of our planets cold atmosphere is quite a surprise. Something up there is accelerating low-energy particles of air to nearly the speed of light to produce this gamma-radiation and the occasional burst of antimatter. Scientists want to know what this something is, and Firestation is going to unlock the mystery. After gathering data from so many types of phenomena across so many wavelengths, researchers should be able to sort out the cause-and-effect connections between these lighting events. Firestation was delivered to the ISS on Aug. 3, 2013, by the Japanese robotic cargo vessel Kounotori-4. Its already been installed on the stations exterior and the sensors have been checked out. All thats left is to start the experiment, which is slated to happen this month. Once Firestation is up and running, scientists expect it will be only a matter of weeks before the biggest mysteries of upper atmospheric lightning are answered, adding these phenomena to the list of questions answered thanks to the space age. By Amy Teitel 5 hours ago Tags: iss, Firestation, Upper Atmospheric Lightning
Fri, 09/13/2013 12:00 AM Injured schoolgirl  16.0  Mildura  
 Australia 
  holding umbrella outside in storm    Outside,Umbrella 
Share on google Share on google_plusone_share Share on reddit Share on email Share on email A VICTORIAN teenager has been struck by lightning at school. The 16-year-old from Irymple Secondary College, near Mildura in Victoria's north-west, was holding an umbrella during a thunderstorm on Friday morning when she felt a jolt, Ambulance Victoria says. Paramedics were called to the high school where they treated the girl for shock. She was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said it appeared the lightning hit her umbrella. "She said she felt a jolt in her arm," Mr Mullen told AAP. "There were no obvious injuries." - See more at: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/vic-schoolgirl-struck-by-lightning/story-fnihsfrf-1226718384606?from=public_rss#sthash.mwtD6qbv.dpuf
Thu, 09/12/2013 03:45 PM Injured man   0.0  Portland ME  
 USA 
  indooors    Indirect,Indoors 
'Dangerous lightning storm' thrashes Portland, sends man to hospital A thunderstorm watch remains in effect through Thursday evening, following Wednesday's lightning, hail and high winds. By Dennis Hoey dhoey@mainetoday.com Staff Writer Portland officials warned residents to take precautions late Thursday afternoon after the city was hit by what was described as a "dangerous lightning storm" that sent at least one man to the hospital. click image to enlarge Lightning strikes north of Macworth Island in Portland on Wednesday. There were more than 1,000 lightning strikes per hour at the height of the storm, according to the National Weather Service. The Associated Press / Robert F. Bukaty RELATED HEADLINES NWS investigating two possible tornadoes in N. Maine Select images available for purchase in the Maine Today Photo Store DID YOU TAKE photos of the damage from last night's powerful thunderstorms? Send them to online@pressherald.com, and we may post them with our coverage. City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the fast-moving storm, which moved through Portland around 3:45 p.m., triggered multiple fire alarms and reports of lightning strikes. Clegg said a Peaks Island resident was taken to a local hospital after lightning struck the man's home. His injuries were not considered to be life threatening. Firefighters investigated alarms that went off at the former St. Joseph's Convent on Stevens Avenue and at 149 Allen Ave., a senior housing complex in North Deering. No damage or injuries were reported at either site. The Portland Fire Department reminded residents that if they can hear thunder, they are in danger of being struck by lightning. Individuals should immediately seek shelter. Thursday's storms followed severe thunderstorms across the state Wednesday night, with the National Weather Service reporting more than 1,000 lightning strikes occurring every hour. The weather service in Gray issued a thunderstorm watches for the much of southern Maine for Thursday evening as warm, moist air and an approaching cold front continued to spawn strong storms across the region. Thursday's storms could produce somewhat less lightning than Wednesday's did, though areas that were not hit badly Wednesday may now get their share, said John Jensenius of the weather service in Gray. Wednesday's lightning was cloud to ground, the weather service said, more dangerous than cloud to cloud because of the potential to cause structural damage. The storms also produced heavy rain, hail and wind speeds approaching hurricane force. Damage was heaviest in Knox and Waldo counties and on Islesboro particularly, Jensenius said. Hail measuring an inch in diameter was reported in Windham. More than 10,000 Central Maine Power Co. customers had lost power late Wednesday, though by Thursday afternoon there were fewer than 4,400. "The storms are widespread and are producing winds in excess of 70 miles per hour," said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, around 11 p.m. Wednesday. "That type of wind can cause a lot of damage." The strongest wind gust reported Wednesday was 62 mph in Cape Elizabeth and the most rain was recorded in Cumberland Center, 1.31 inches. Earlier in the day, the weather service in Caribou issued a tornado warning. Witnesses, including an Aroostook County sheriff's deputy, reported high winds and widespread damage in the town of Oxbow, west of Houlton and just north of Baxter State Park. Darrell Crandall, chief deputy sheriff for Aroostook County, said deputies, forest rangers, state troopers and workers from the Maine Department of Transportation spent more than three hours clearing a three-mile stretch of Route 11 of fallen trees and debris. Though no tornadoes were seen, Rich Norton, a meteorologist with the weather service in Caribou, said a team of investigators will go to Oxbow on Thursday to assess the damage and try to determine whether a tornado touched down. A National Weather Service spokesman said on Thursday that heavy rain and fog in Aroostook County delayed the inspection, which is now likely to occur on Friday. The Knox County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a tree went through a trailer at the Sennebec Lake Campground in Appleton and injured one person late Wednesday. Staff Writer David Hench contributed to this report. Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at: dhoey@pressherald.com
Thu, 09/12/2013 11:00 AM Injured comcast worker  0.0  Londonderry NH 
 USA 
  unknown    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Comcast worker experiences symptoms consistent with being shocked after lightning strike in Londonderry Print 0 Comments Share 5 Enlarge LONDONDERRY  A Comcast employee sought medical treatment Thursday for symptoms consistent with being shocked after lightning struck a local Comcast service center. Londonderry firefighters were called to the Comcast facility at 322 Nashua Road around noon Thursday to investigate a reported lightning strike, according to Fire Chief Darren OBrien. While they were at the scene, a male employee reported feeling light headed and experiencing tingling sensations. The man, whose age is unknown, was taken by a Hudson ambulance crew to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, OBrien said. Lightning touched down across the region Thursday, setting off fire alarms and striking two buildings in Londonderry. A severe thunderstorm watch was set to remain in effect until 10 p.m. for southern New Hampshire, northern Connecticut and Massachusetts. As of 1:20 p.m., The National Weather Service was tracking another band of rough weather heading northeast toward New Hampshire. The thunderstorm was centered over Fitchburg, Mass., and was expected to bring hail up to the size of dimes and wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. The storm was expected to impact Nashua, Merrimack, Hudson, Milford, Amherst and other areas near the Massachusetts border.  JIM HADDADIN
Thu, 09/12/2013 02:00 PM Injured Anthony Roy  18.0  Candia NH 
 USA 
  playing video game on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
Candia 18-year-old struck while playing video games ShareThis By BENJAMIN C. KLEIN Union Leader Correspondent Linked articles: Wild afternoon for lightning in southern New Hampshire CANDIA  Eighteen year old Anthony Roy suffered little apparent injury after being struck by lightning Thursday afternoon while sitting in his basement playing video games. While Roy has slight external injuries, all tests performed at his house on Tower Hill Road by paramedics called to the scene showed no internal injury. Roy refused transport to the hospital. It was really scary, one minute I am sitting with my laptop on my lap and then big orange light came out of nowhere and my leg started to seize up, Roy said. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131209034633_130919691_source_RSS.htm#sthash.EppqSUlT.dpuf
Thu, 09/12/2013 02:21 PM Injured air traffic controller  0.0  BWI Airpoet MD 
 USA 
  inside control room    Airplane,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Lightning struck the air-traffic control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Thursday, injuring a worker and prompting a temporary closure of the tower. The injured worker was a Federal Aviation Administration staffer in the traffic management unit and a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, according to association spokesman Doug Church. The worker had been in the tower cab, or control room, when the strike occurred, Church said. A power generator sits below the tower and is used to keep runway lights on during an emergency, according to John Dunkerly, the controller association's president at BWI. The injured controller was touching a panel, which apparently wasn't grounded correctly, to turn on the generator at the same time that lightning struck the tower, Dunkerly said. "It knocked him to his knees and other controllers were there to pick him up make sure he was OK," said John Dunkerly, the controller association's president at BWI. "He had some numbness in his arms and in his legs." The controller was alert after the incident, but taken to the Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, , Church said. His wife was taking him home about 7 p.m., Dunkerly said. "So far, everything seems OK with him," he said. For the period that the tower and runways were closed, air traffic was handled by a regional facility. The lightning strike occurred at 2:21 p.m. as heavy storms passed through the area, and the tower was reopened by 5 p.m., according to the FAA. "The airlines are working to accommodate air travelers," Jonathan Dean, airport spokesman, said at 6:30 p.m. "The carriers are gradually resuming flight operations at BWI." Nearly 120 flights were canceled at BWI by 6:30 p.m., according to the flight-tracking firm FlightStats.com.
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Killed 24 000 lives a year lost to lightning  0.0   
 South Africa 
      Education 
24 000 lives a year lost to lightning September 11 2013 at 08:34am By SIYABULELA DZANIBE Comment on this story Durban - There are 24 000 lives lost every year to lightning globally, more than by any other natural cause, said Professor Roger Dickerson, an emergency physician specialist and vice-president of the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa. He was speaking at the 11th Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine that was held at Durbans Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre at the beginning of the month. He said there were an estimated 240 000 who survived lightning strikes and go on to live full lives, although they are faced with permanent sideeffects such as seizures and tinnitus. Lightning causes neurological damage and is not usually fatal unless it stops the heart when it strikes, said Dickerson. He said the survival rate of patients was high. Primarily, a lightning strike is a neurological injury; it has an effect on the brain and on the ergonomic nervous system and on the peripheral nervous system, he said. About 60 percent of survivors have lightning-induced paralysis, from which they usually recovered spontaneously, although it could last for up to two weeks. Dickerson said patients arrived in the emergency ward confused and hypotensive because of the lightning strikes interference with the autonomic nervous system. They would have the distinctive branching scarring known as Lichtenberg figures. We do not remove the dead tissue unless it is very clearly indicated, and we dont do it from an early period point of view, Dickerson said. Our resuscitation is based on a needs basis. We look at the patients as being exposed to massive amounts of trauma. We need to ensure they do not have associated injuries like long bone fractures or spinal injuries, and then we take care of what the lightning strikes actually do, Dickerson said. We need to take care of these patients with regards to seizures. If they are presenting with chest pain, we need to investigate further. Perhaps the big focus should be on urine analysis and plasma analysis for myoglobin. He added that it was also important to do an electrocardiogram (ECG). It tends to be normal within the first 24 to 48 hours, so it is necessary to repeat the ECG at a later stage, said Dickerson. He said if the patient was unconscious it was necessary to perform scans, although this was debatable in other cases. Dickerson added that appropriate ear care was also vital since most patients would have ruptured the tympanic membrane, that could heal or be surgically repaired. Elsa de Jager, of the SA Weather Service, said: According to a research article published in the South African Medical Journal, the death rate due to lightning in South Africa varies from 1.5 to 8.8 per million inhabitants, a year. She said lightning was mostly associated with Cumulo-nimbus clouds, and the highest frequency of lightning occurred during the summer months in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal is one of the provinces with high density lightning strikes. Areas in the highveld and along the eastern escarpment have the highest occurrence of lightning in South Africa. Areas have been identified having in excess of 20 lightning flashes per square kilometre, per annum, said De Jager. Dickerson said studies had shown that men were five times more likely to be killed by lightning than women. He said the reason given was that men tended to be outside more for work and engaged in a higher level of risk-taking behaviours. With regards to mortality and morbidity, modern literature demonstrates there is nothing related to age or gender or whether you are struck on the trunk or arms. However, if you have lower burns (on the legs) and head burns or immediate cardiac arrest at the time of the strike, these are predictors of a high mortality, Dickerson said. If we look at some of the literature published, about 2 000 thunderstorms occur worldwide at any point in time and there are about eight million ground strikes across the globe, he said. - Daily News
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Scranton PA 
 USA 
  flagging down cars    Ground Strike,Outside,Road 
SCRANTON  The day began with hot temperatures in the 90s on Wednesday, but the heat gave way to intense storms. A person was struck by lightning along Boulevard Avenue in Scrantons Green Ridge section. Witnesses said a woman was helping flag down cars while other people pushed stalled cars out of a flooded section of the street, when the lightning struck. A shock of lightning hit that tree, like a big flash, and she fell down. My friend Jay yelled to me and told me, hey, theres a lady down! and we grabbed her and put her in that house and called the paramedics, said William Harth. The victim in Scranton was taken to a hospital. At last check she was in stable condition.
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:30 PM Injured Jacob Symons  15.0  Larksville PA 
 USA 
  walking home  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Under Trees 
September 11. 2013 11:26PM Times Leader staff More Story Tools Print | EMail | Save | Hear QR Send to Kindle Font size: A boy was injured in a lightning strike in Larksville on Wednesday as a cluster of thunderstorms moved through the region. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said there were three reports of people injured in lightning strikes received on Wednesday  one near the Dana Street Elementary School in Forty Fort, one on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and one at 135 E. Luzerne St., Larksville. The supervisor said the reports from Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre were signed off, which means no one was transported to a hospital. However, the juvenile injured in Larksville was transported to a hospital for treatment, the supervisor said. That report was received just after 4:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported that more thunderstorms with localized heavy rain are likely Thursday. The 15-year-old boy injured Wednesday evening when he was struck by lightning is out of the hospital and recovering, his family said Thursday. Jacob Symons, of Wilson Street, Larksville, was hospitalized for several hours at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after being struck outside a friend's house at 135 Luzerne Ave., said his mother, Jill Cunningham. "It's like the worst thing to go through your head as a mother: Is he OK? Is he dead?" she said. "It's scary." Symons' girlfriend, Bryana Henninger, 14, said she and Symons had gone to the house of a friend, Chase Wychock, 15, and were heading back when a series of thunderstorms came through Northeastern Pennsylvania. WBRE Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Josh Hodell said in one 15-minute period, he documented more than 1,500 lightning strikes in Central and Northern Pennsylvania. "There was nearly continuous cloud-to-ground lightning," Hodell said. Symons and his friends found themselves outside in the midst of it. Henninger said Symons was about 5 feet away from a tree that took a direct hit. "It sounded like a bomb, but it was 10 times worse," said Symons' girlfriend, Bryana Henninger, 14. "It hit the tree and then it hit him, and went to the ground." Henninger, who was standing next to him at the time, said Symons fell to his knees as she held him up. He later told her he momentary blacked out, she said. "He said he thought he died and then woke back up," Cunningham said. "But all he did was see a big white ball." Symons came to and was able to speak, although he didn't know where he was, Henninger said. Henninger, joined by friend Chase Wychock, 15, and his mother, began talking to Symons, who said he was OK, she said. Medics took him to the hospital. He hadn't been burned, and doctors ordered an electrocardiogram and determined Symons was fine, although he would need several days of observation, his mother said. "He says his chest still hurts and I guess last night he had a nightmare, like a big bang and he almost fell off the bed," Cunningham said. "He's nervous right now to go outside during storms." Cunningham said she isn't a big churchgoer, but she thinks Symons' brother, Ryan Cunningham, who died years ago at age 1½, may have intervened on his behalf. "I'm thinking maybe his brother stood in the way and helped out," Cunningham said. "I believe his brother was there to save him." jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058; @cvjimhalpin Ads by Yahoo!
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured 13 schoolchildren  0.0   
 India 
  inside classroom     
13 school children injured by lightning Published : Wednesday, 11 September 2013 BARISAL, Sept 10 (BSS): About 13 school children were injured today when lightning struck them in Agailjhara Bazar area under Agailjhara upazila of the district. Local and police sources said the incident happened in S.M Girls High School of the district town. The students were inside their classroom having their regular classes, when lightning struck them. Police and locals rushed to the spot and sent them to a local hospital. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131009063723_index.php_ref_MjBfMDlfMTFfMTNfMV85MV8xODI5ODY_.htm#sthash.fZLZmGx5.dpuf
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Wednesday afternoon's severe weather caused five people at Kentucky Downs to be taken to the hospital. Nick Hughes, the track's General Manager and Senior Vice-President, told WBKO that lightning hit a tin pole, traveled to the ground, and shocked the small group of spectators. Hughes said two of them walked to an ambulance to be taken to the hospital, while three of them drove themselves. Hughes said races five through ten have been canceled for the day.
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Bowling Greeb KY 
 USA 
  getting into truck    Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 3:41 pm By the Daily News | 0 comments As heavy rain pelted downtown Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon, lightning struck a man as he was getting inside his Saia tractor-trailer behind Napa Auto Parts, 230 E. Sixth Ave. Napa store employees did not know the man's name. However, they said he was awake, alert and talking when ambulance personnel arrived to take him to the hospital. The man had been at the unloading pallets at the business for about 30 minutes and was attempting to get inside the tractor-trailer when it appeared that lightning hit the vehicle, sending a shock through the man and throwing him from the truck, according to witnesses.
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 3 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 5 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 4 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 12:00 AM Injured 2 of 5 at race track  0.0  Franklin KY 
 USA 
  at race track    Ground Strike,Outside,RaceTrack/Speedway 
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:30 PM Injured Albert Neely  28.0  Wilkes-Barre PA 
 USA 
  unknown  N/A  Boat,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Boy injured in lightning strike September 11. 2013 11:26PM Times Leader staff More Story Tools Print | EMail | Save | Hear QR Send to Kindle Font size: A boy was injured in a lightning strike in Larksville on Wednesday as a cluster of thunderstorms moved through the region. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said there were three reports of people injured in lightning strikes received on Wednesday  one near the Dana Street Elementary School in Forty Fort, one on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and one at 135 E. Luzerne St., Larksville. The supervisor said the reports from Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre were signed off, which means no one was transported to a hospital. However, the juvenile injured in Larksville was transported to a hospital for treatment, the supervisor said. That report was received just after 4:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported that more thunderstorms with localized heavy rain are likely Thursday. A 15-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he was struck by lightning in Larksville. Paramedics told the boy, who hasn't been identified, he escaped major injuries because the lighting deflected off another object, said 15-year-old Chase Wychock, the boy's friend. Wychock and the boy were outside near 135 Luzerne Ave. when the strike occurred. "It was loud. It sounded like a bomb went off," Wychock said. A condition for the boy was unavailable. Emergency personnel also responded to lightning strikes in Wilkes-Barre and Forty Fort. Albert Neely, 28, of Wilkes-Barre was shocked while working outside on a car on Northampton Street, said his fiancee, Stephanie Robinson, 25, also of Wilkes-Barre. Neely's left arm was hurt and another man also received a light shock, she said. Paramedics suggested he go to the hospital, but he did not want to go, Robinson said. Lightning struck someone on Dana Street in Forty Fort, according to emergency officials. That person also refused treatment.
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:30 PM unknown boy  13.0  Forty Fort PA 
 USA 
  unknown  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
Boy injured in lightning strike September 11. 2013 11:26PM Times Leader staff More Story Tools Print | EMail | Save | Hear QR Send to Kindle Font size: A boy was injured in a lightning strike in Larksville on Wednesday as a cluster of thunderstorms moved through the region. A Luzerne County 911 supervisor said there were three reports of people injured in lightning strikes received on Wednesday  one near the Dana Street Elementary School in Forty Fort, one on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre and one at 135 E. Luzerne St., Larksville. The supervisor said the reports from Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre were signed off, which means no one was transported to a hospital. However, the juvenile injured in Larksville was transported to a hospital for treatment, the supervisor said. That report was received just after 4:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported that more thunderstorms with localized heavy rain are likely Thursday.
Wed, 09/11/2013 04:15 AM Injured Ron Fox  0.0  Cawford county MI 
 USA 
  inside     Indirect,Indoors,Window 
Man struck by lightning during Sept. 11 storms by Dan Sanderson-Staff Writer Ron Fox, pictured with his wife, Judy, was struck by lightning inside their home on Sept. 11 as an early morning storm and heavy rain showers passed through the area. Photo by Dan Sanderson Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:41 AM EDT Sept. 11 will be a day ingrained in the memories of Americans for the terrorist attacks and many lives lost 12 years ago, but the date became significant for Ron Fox after he was struck by lightning in his home. Judy and Ron Fox have lived in a two-story home, located off of Stephan Bridge Road, since 1996. At 4:15 a.m. on Sept. 11, Ron was awakened by heavy rain showers and a lightning storm passing through the area. He went to tell Judy to move from an upstairs bedroom to the ground floor, when a lighting bolt came through a window and struck him. "It hit me and knocked me back against the wall," Ron said. "It was scary." Judy believes she would have been hit by the lightning if Ron had not come into the room. "It was like a huge-white explosion," she said. The electricity from the lightning strike went down the right side of Ron's body. The only effects he sustained were a rug burn-type mark on his shoulder and a bloody right toe when the electricity left Ron's body. "It was like he skidded along the concrete," Judy said of the marks left on Ron's shoulder. Tim Locker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office located just south of Gaylord, confirmed heavy rain and lightning rolled through the Crawford County area between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Sept. 11. Low to moderate rainfall occurred before and after the storm. The couple checked in with their daughter, Jenny Hall, who is a RN at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital. She recommended they keep an eye on Ron's blood pressure. Ron kept an appointment with the Grand Traverse Heart Associates. Ron had open heart surgery and he was informed that wires in his chest were not impacted since the lightning voltage did not pass across his body. Results of possible nerve damage on the back of his right leg are pending. "They had to take their tests and we're just waiting to see what they have say," Ron said. Ron said he was on edge after being struck by lightening. "I was disoriented for a couple of days but it wears off," Ron said. "Everybody said I was lucky." The couple praised employees from Great Lakes Energy and Jim's Well Drilling for responding to their home, where they had no power, a couple hours after the lighting strike occurred. Judy's mother, Helen Dennigs, age 85, also lives in the home and uses on oxygen respirator. Two televisions, three phones, DishTV receivers and the electrical controls on their washing machine were destroyed in the Fox's home. The electrical controls for their water well, the wiring outside their home and in a nearby shed was also damaged. DirectTV crews also made speedy repairs at the couple's home. So far, they are paying for damaged equipment out of pocket since the cost did not make sense to pay a costly household insurance deductible. "We live on Social Security and we can't afford to shell out that kind of money," Judy said. Ron was familiar with the impacts of an electrical strike since he worked a short time as an electrical line worker after serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1965. He was employed by L.E. Myers Co., a subcontractor for the Detroit Edison Co., but didn't care for the work. "It was nice in the summers, but I didn't like being out in the cold all day during the wintertime," he said. Ron went on to work as a tool and die maker for the O & S Manufacturing Co. in Ann Arbor. The couple's home was previously struck by lightning five years ago. They thought there was no damage then, but burnt building materials were found by construction workers who were working on the eaves of the home. Besides the terrorist attacks, the day reminds the couple of another sad memory. Last year, their cat "Biscuit" died on Sept. 11. "That date, we want to pass right by it," Judy said. "Like" us on Facebook. Get us in your News Feed. Receive updates on what articles and photos are available on our main website, including material not yet published in our print edition. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crawford-County-Avalanche/62660708586
Tue, 09/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Michelle Lee  38.0  New Carlisle OH 
 USA 
  napping in back yard  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
UPDATE: Woman Struck By Lightning In Clark County NEW CARLISLE -- Scientists have determined the odds of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. One local woman became that 1 on Tuesday. New Carlisle's Michelle Lee says she was taking a nap in her backyard when lightning struck. And she tell us she's lucky to be alive. Michelle says the lightning's path began at a nearby tree, went through the ground, tore through her shoe, struck her baby toe and went back out through her calf. "Fire. It felt like somebody had took a branding iron and touched me with it. I could barely move my big toe, it was all black and nasty looking," Michelle explained Wednesday. Michelle says by the use of sheer adrenaline she was able to stand herself up and hobble into the kitchen. Eric Lee rushed to his wife's side. "With her at the angle she was and the way it came out over there, it could've been more dangerous, and that's what really scared me," Eric said. "When I got in the ambulance my heart rate was like 190 over 80 and she said I'm surprised you didn't have a heart attack," Michelle recalled. Believe it or not, 400 people survive lightning strikes each year. Michelle Lee proudly joins that list. "You just never think it could happen to you. Never," she said. Michelle is on pain medications and doctors say she could lose her baby toe, but Michelle tells us she's feeling pretty good and will return to work Thursday. She also said she might try her hand at the lottery. Earlier coverage: CLARK COUNTY -- A woman has been struck by lightning. "I was working at my desk, heard a great big crack, then I heard somebody screaming," recalls Jerry Lee Jr. The woman screaming was Lee's sister-in-law. She was struck in the leg and foot on Strathmore Road in Park Layne. Lee says he ran downstairs to call 911. "She actually crawled into the house or hobbled or whatever, I don't know how she got in that fast, but she got in," Lee said. The 38-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital but is expected to be OK. Michelle Lee was simply relaxing in the backyard of her Stratmore Street home after a day at work on Tuesday, September 10, when she was hit by a bolt of ground-to-cloud lightning. Fortunately, she lived, and miraculously, she even returned to work two days later. Ive never been afraid of storms, and Im still not afraid of storms, Lee said Wednesday as she showed me the damage caused by the lightning. It was just a one-time freak accident, she said. Whats incredible is that Lee was able to walk as she showed me everything the errant bolt had toucheddespite the electricity entering the back of her leg and exiting through her toestotally blowing apart her shoe and pant leg. Last Tuesdays oppressive heat and stifling humidity, with heat indices reaching 105, spawned some late-afternoon pop-up storm cells that left most of us with a grand lightning and thunder display, but not a drop of rain. According to National Geographic, lightning is capable of striking as far as ten miles away from the center of a storm, even with blue skies overhead. One bolt of lightning can raise the temperature of the air by 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and contain one hundred million volts. National Geographic also says that the odds of being struck by lightning in ones lifetime is 1 in 3,000, and that nearly ten percent of lightning strike victims are killed, with 70 percent of lightning strike victims suffering long-term effects. Approximately 400 people in the United States survive lightning strikes each year, and thankfully, Michelle Lee is joining that list. It felt like someone had touched me with a hot poker. It wasnt until I heard the loud boom that I knew I had been hit, Lee said of the strike. It was a huge adrenaline rush at first, and I ran into the house, and my daughter asked me if I was ok, and I told her No Im not ok, I was just hit by lightning! Lees husband Eric said that Michelle suffered a mild heart attack in the ambulance from all of the residual electricity surging through her body, and was told that she would likely lose her pinky toe from the shock, but the color and feeling began coming back to the toe just a few hours later. Someone is definitely watching out for me up there, Michelle Lee said.
Tue, 09/10/2013 12:00 PM unknown Device Helps Scientists Study Lightning Strikes  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Science 
Device Helps Scientists Study Lightning Strikes Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:00pm The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville Get daily news for laboratory professionals - Sign up now! Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, has installed a HAMMA lightning sensor on the roof of UAHs National Space Science Technology Center. A still camera is being installed to provide time-lapse photos of weather that will be viewable on the web. Bitzer also plans to install two high-speed video cameras in this location as well. Image: Michael Mercier, UAH A device developed at The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville has become a valuable tool in researchers quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds, to map strikes from beginning to end and to better predict severe weather. The Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array (HAMMA) sensor literally resides under a large inverted metal salad bowl to protect the electronics from rain. A modern electronic reinvention of a sensor first developed in the 1950s, it detects the radiated electric field in the atmosphere when lightning strikes. We take the lightning induced change in the electric field and its converted to a voltage reading by our equipment and thats transmitted to our computer, says Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, co-developer of the HAMMA device and the lead author of the study showing its usefulness, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Using the data from a network of HAMMA sensors, the computer generates maps showing the intensity and distribution of the lightning. Very low frequency Operating in the very low frequency (VLF) spectrum, HAMMA can detect both the intensity and duration of a bolt, called its energetics, and provide scientists with more information than previous mapping array instruments, which usually operate in the very high frequency (VHF) spectrum. VHF equipment is better at detecting the smaller discharge processes from a lightning strike, while the VLF HAMMA device reads large discharges that are associated with more energetic processes, like the bright return stroke, Bitzer says. The combination of VLF and VHF measurements may tell us a whole lot more about what is going on in the flash than either one by itself. HAMMA may also help with one of the mysteries of nature  exactly how a lightning bolt gets started in the clouds, an event scientists call initiation. We really dont know how initiation works, says Bitzer. One of the big unanswered questions of lightning research is initiation, and thats one we are interested in. Were trying to get a handle on how lightning starts. How does all of this work? Its known that lightning is caused by buildup of positive and negative electrical charges inside a cloud. In the cloud, an embryonic version of hail called graupel collides with ice crystals. This collision usually leads to graupel acquiring a negative charge and ice a positive charge. These separate in a thunderstorm updraft to produce the electric field necessary to produce lightning. However, researchers have never measured an electric field sufficiently strong to itself initiate a lightning strike. Something else must happen to trigger the event, and there are two primary theories about that. The first theory postulates that the electric field is locally enhanced by the hydrometeors in the cloud, thus enabling lightning to initiate. A competing theory suggests that cosmic rays bombarding Earth from outer space initiate lightning by introducing high-energy electrons that begin the cascade leading to a strike. HAMMA now gives researchers a front-row seat to the processes going on at initiation. What were able to detect is the initiation of the lightning, which is typically about 30 milliseconds ahead of the lightning stroke, says Bitzer. This is the point in a lightning strike when the bolt sends down electrical leaders that eventually meet with ascending leaders from the Earth to form the pathway the stroke then follows. One thing weve been able to show is that using VLF measurements in a network like HAMMA can give us a better idea of the location of different-scale processes that occur during initiation, Bitzer says. In addition, you are able to estimate the strength of a flash. Historic databases created from past storms can be valuable in predicting the behavior of future ones, Bitzer says, because there is a significant uptick in lightning strikes that precedes the main event as a storm arrives. If you include lightning data with currently used observations, were better able to forecast severe weather, he says. This system will show whether we are able to incorporate energetics to then increase lead time to predict a severe storm. More tools ahead UAH researchers are working on more tools to get to the core of the process that causes lightning to strike, including development of a Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The GLM will allow UAH scientists to view storms from space in a geostationary orbit  a fixed position relative to Earth  providing unprecedented ability to track lightning activity. Similar measurements are currently provided by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS); however, this instrument is on a satellite that is in low-earth orbit, which means it is unable to track changes in lightning activity over the lifetime of a storm. Another version of LIS built at the same time as the first is scheduled by NASA to be mounted on the International Space Station. UAH engineers are testing and calibrating it now. In 2015, the GLM will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) a joint effort between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Engineers at UAH are helping to build GLM and UAH scientists are working on how the GLM will gather information. Other UAH researchers are working on how to transition the gathered data to weather forecasters in a form that is most useful to them for predictions. HAMMA will play a key role in validating GLM performance and further understanding of the data it provides. The measurements from space are well correlated to VLF measurements that HAMMA provides. HAMMA is a great complement to all the lightning research UAH is actively pursuing, Bitzer says.Device Helps Scientists Study Lightning Strikes Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:00pm The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville Get daily news for laboratory professionals - Sign up now! Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, has installed a HAMMA lightning sensor on the roof of UAHs National Space Science Technology Center. A still camera is being installed to provide time-lapse photos of weather that will be viewable on the web. Bitzer also plans to install two high-speed video cameras in this location as well. Image: Michael Mercier, UAH A device developed at The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville has become a valuable tool in researchers quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds, to map strikes from beginning to end and to better predict severe weather. The Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array (HAMMA) sensor literally resides under a large inverted metal salad bowl to protect the electronics from rain. A modern electronic reinvention of a sensor first developed in the 1950s, it detects the radiated electric field in the atmosphere when lightning strikes. We take the lightning induced change in the electric field and its converted to a voltage reading by our equipment and thats transmitted to our computer, says Phillip Bitzer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science, co-developer of the HAMMA device and the lead author of the study showing its usefulness, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Using the data from a network of HAMMA sensors, the computer generates maps showing the intensity and distribution of the lightning. Very low frequency Operating in the very low frequency (VLF) spectrum, HAMMA can detect both the intensity and duration of a bolt, called its energetics, and provide scientists with more information than previous mapping array instruments, which usually operate in the very high frequency (VHF) spectrum. VHF equipment is better at detecting the smaller discharge processes from a lightning strike, while the VLF HAMMA device reads large discharges that are associated with more energetic processes, like the bright return stroke, Bitzer says. The combination of VLF and VHF measurements may tell us a whole lot more about what is going on in the flash than either one by itself. HAMMA may also help with one of the mysteries of nature  exactly how a lightning bolt gets started in the clouds, an event scientists call initiation. We really dont know how initiation works, says Bitzer. One of the big unanswered questions of lightning research is initiation, and thats one we are interested in. Were trying to get a handle on how lightning starts. How does all of this work? Its known that lightning is caused by buildup of positive and negative electrical charges inside a cloud. In the cloud, an embryonic version of hail called graupel collides with ice crystals. This collision usually leads to graupel acquiring a negative charge and ice a positive charge. These separate in a thunderstorm updraft to produce the electric field necessary to produce lightning. However, researchers have never measured an electric field sufficiently strong to itself initiate a lightning strike. Something else must happen to trigger the event, and there are two primary theories about that. The first theory postulates that the electric field is locally enhanced by the hydrometeors in the cloud, thus enabling lightning to initiate. A competing theory suggests that cosmic rays bombarding Earth from outer space initiate lightning by introducing high-energy electrons that begin the cascade leading to a strike. HAMMA now gives researchers a front-row seat to the processes going on at initiation. What were able to detect is the initiation of the lightning, which is typically about 30 milliseconds ahead of the lightning stroke, says Bitzer. This is the point in a lightning strike when the bolt sends down electrical leaders that eventually meet with ascending leaders from the Earth to form the pathway the stroke then follows. One thing weve been able to show is that using VLF measurements in a network like HAMMA can give us a better idea of the location of different-scale processes that occur during initiation, Bitzer says. In addition, you are able to estimate the strength of a flash. Historic databases created from past storms can be valuable in predicting the behavior of future ones, Bitzer says, because there is a significant uptick in lightning strikes that precedes the main event as a storm arrives. If you include lightning data with currently used observations, were better able to forecast severe weather, he says. This system will show whether we are able to incorporate energetics to then increase lead time to predict a severe storm. More tools ahead UAH researchers are working on more tools to get to the core of the process that causes lightning to strike, including development of a Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The GLM will allow UAH scientists to view storms from space in a geostationary orbit  a fixed position relative to Earth  providing unprecedented ability to track lightning activity. Similar measurements are currently provided by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS); however, this instrument is on a satellite that is in low-earth orbit, which means it is unable to track changes in lightning activity over the lifetime of a storm. Another version of LIS built at the same time as the first is scheduled by NASA to be mounted on the International Space Station. UAH engineers are testing and calibrating it now. In 2015, the GLM will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) a joint effort between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Engineers at UAH are helping to build GLM and UAH scientists are working on how the GLM will gather information. Other UAH researchers are working on how to transition the gathered data to weather forecasters in a form that is most useful to them for predictions. HAMMA will play a key role in validating GLM performance and further understanding of the data it provides. The measurements from space are well correlated to VLF measurements that HAMMA provides. HAMMA is a great complement to all the lightning research UAH is actively pursuing, Bitzer says.
Mon, 09/09/2013 04:00 PM Killed Two dead, six injured in lightning strike  0.0  Medak 
 India 
       
MEDAK: Two women died after lightning struck them at Balwantpur village in Dubbaka mandal of Medak district on Sunday. Six people were seriously injured in the incident. The deceased were identified as Yallavva, 45, and Roja, 17. They had gone to the nearby forest to collect leaves for Ganesh Chaturthi when it started raining heavily. They took shelter under a tree and were struck by lightning. Six people who were standing under a nearby tree were injured and were rushed to Siddipet government hospital.
Mon, 09/09/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills three students  0.0  Goelkera  
 India 
       
Lightning kills three students OUR CORRESPONDENT Bhimsen Hembrom at MGM hospital on Monday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta Jamshedpur, Sept. 9: A game of football ended on a tragic note for college students in Goelkera area of West Singhbhum district when three of the players were charred alive in a lightning strike last evening. Three more sustained burns when the bolt hit the shed under which the group of six, all aged 19-20, had huddled to escape a thunderstorm at Kairam village around 6pm. Sukhram Hembrom, Shankar Hembrom and Yudhishthir Gope died on the spot. The injured  Ramlal Gope, Durga Charan Hembrom and Bhimsen Hembrom  were initially rushed to Chaibasa Sadar Hospital, but were shifted to MGM Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, early this morning. Ramlal and Durga, who had sustained minor burns, were discharged after treatment. Bhimsen was admitted to the emergency ward with injuries on his left hand, head and legs. All students of Tata College, Chaibasa, the victims were playing a football match among themselves at Kairam Government Basic School grounds. The match was about to end and hence, we didnt give the dark clouds that had gathered in the sky much attention. But when it started raining heavily, we ran for cover. While most of the players and onlookers took shelter at the nearby school building, six of us ran to the abandoned shed. Barely five minutes after reaching the shed, there was a huge flash of light followed by a deafening sound, Bhimsen recalled the incident from his hospital bed. As I recovered from the shock, I found Sukhram, Shankar and Yudhishthir lying on the ground. I could not understand what was happening. By then, others had rushed to the spot, he added. The doctor attending to Bhimsen said he had sustained 30 per cent burns and was yet to overcome the shock and trauma. The patient is responding to medicines well. He will recover in a weeks time, said the doctor, adding that Bhimsen would be shifted to the burns care unit shortly.
Sat, 09/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed 7 killed  0.0   
 India 
       
Astarang: Atleast 7 people have been killed and several others sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning bolts at various places. The death toll has climbed to 21 in last 48 hours as lightning had claimed 14 lives a day before. Of the seven deaths, four people were killed Tuesday in Sukinda area of Jajpur district.The deceased were identified as Ashish Nayak(4), Pradip Nayak(38), Babula Nayak(14) and Sushant Pradhan (13).All the four of them had sheltered under a tree when the lightning struck. Three other deaths were reported from Puri Nuagarh village, Ganjam Jhunkapada village and Gotal village under Balianta block. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131809040641_CurrentNews.asp_id_44149.htm#sthash.wXI9VXiK.dpuf
Sat, 09/07/2013 01:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 playing soccer  0.0  Houston Tx 
 USA 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It was a frightening situation for many people who experienced close calls with lightning strikes during today's storm. A neighborhood had to be evacuated and two people were injured from the strikes. "I've seen lightning strike twice but this was really intense, said Robert Aguilar who was driving down Atascocita Road in Humble around 1 p.m. He says he saw a gas tank fall off the side of the road after being hit by lightning. I literally stopped and turned back around because we thought it hit another car and landed on the hood of another vehicle, said Aguilar. The tank was filled with pyrethrin gas which is an insecticide that paralyzes insects that come in contact with it. A neighborhood near the tank had to be evacuated for a few hours while hazmat crews cleaned up the mess. A few hours later across town, investigators say two people playing soccer, in southeast Houston off Telephone Road, were struck by lightning. "Initially I thought the guy was dead. He just fell over. Some people were running while everyone was running towards him. It was chaos, said Jonathan Hernandez who says he witnessed the lightning strike. "You just saw bright, it was brighter than anything else out here. People just started running." The two victims were taken to the hospital. Hernandez is in the same soccer league as the victims and says he'll now make sure they don't play when it's lightning. "It's a good lesson to learn now," said Hernandez. The National Weather Service advises if anyone see lightning or dark clouds developing overhead to go inside. Wait at least 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder, and do not take shelter under trees. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130809065444_lightning-strikes-injure-two-prompts-neighborhood-evacuation.htm#ixzz2eLQu6Jof
Sat, 09/07/2013 01:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 playing soccer  0.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Sat, 09/07/2013 03:00 PM Injured Becky Skiff  0.0  Muskego NY 
 USA 
  inside on cordless phone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
Muskego/West Allis -- "I felt a zap go down my arm." Becky skiff's phone call was cut short Saturday afternoon. "All of a sudden the whole house lit up like a white light, not sunlight, like a white light, and shook," Skiff said. Lightning hit the backyard of her Muskego home. It ripped up this buried cable and traveled the base of their home. It left scorch marks on the house. "I don't even know," Skiff said. "I'm still kind of in shock. I can't believe, looking at it. If you could have been there feeling it, it was just really amazing how much the whole house shook. It felt like a bomb hit." Skiff says the phone flew out of her hand. "The phone flew across the room." She was talking on a cordless phone when she felt the shock. "I still do feel a little tingling but I'm fine. They took my vitals, everything's fine." Randy Price was trying to sleep when it hit. "I see the big bright light and a crack," Price recalls. "I didn't hear any thunder. I jumped up, my cat jumped up right next to me. I came outside and looked and saw the damage. It was pretty good." In West Allis, fire crews were quick to put out an attic fire on Manor Park Drive. "The storm blew a tree branch down on an electrical line," West Allis Fire Captain Jay Scharfenberg said. "That electrical supply line fell on the roof and started a fire in the attic." No one was hurt in the fire and there was very little damage. "I felt very fortunate that we're okay," Price said.
Thu, 09/05/2013 01:30 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Toledo city Cebu 
 Philippines 
       
Two persons were killed by lightning in Toledo City, while Pinamungajan was again hit by a hailstorm yesterday. In Toledo City, police identified the first fatality as Marites Lacheca, 37, a mother of four , who was doing the laundry outside their house in sitio Bawod, barangay Magdugo at around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. Barangay Magdugo councilman Max Macapobre said Lachecas children told him that during the heavy downpour, their mother was washing clothes and storing rainwater. The children asked their mother to get inside because of the lightning storm. Later on, when they checked on their mother, Lacheca was already lying lifeless on the ground. She had black markings in the body and neck. Meanwhile, the Carmen Copper Corporation Hospital in Toledo City confirmed that Victoriano Macaday, 23, was also hit by lightning and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital at around 1:30 p.m. Nurse-on-duty Erna Ricacho said they were told that Macaday was fixing something outside his house when he was struck by lightning. Hailstorm For the second time in over a year, Pinamungajan town was hit by a hailstorm or freezing rain. According to P02 Carlos Barluado the hailstorm hit barangays Binabag, Poblacion and Pandacan around 1:40 p.m. While we took shelter from the rain, we noticed that ice, like ice cubes fell from the sky, he said. Barluado said he was able to record a video of the hailstorm, which lasted for two minutes. At least two houses were damaged by the hailstorm which also caused power a outage in the town. According to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Bureau Chief Oscar Tabada, there is nothing unusual with the phenomenon. Tabada explained that hailstorms develop when water vapor is sucked by thunderstorm clouds to an altitude of around 12,000 meters. At this altitude, water vapor freezes turning it to hail or ice pellets. On May 17, 2012, hailstorm caused damaged to around 180 houses in barangay Lamac. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/481665/lightning-kills-2-in-toledo-hailstorm-in-pinamungajan#ixzz2e3IXUSj7 Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Thu, 09/05/2013 10:00 AM Injured Michael LaDue  54.0  Seattle WA 
 USA 
  riding motorcycle   N/A  Direct hit,Motorcycle,Outside,Road 
SEATTLE -- A motorcyclist was struck by lightning early Thursday morning as thunderstorms rolled through Western Washington. The 60-year-old man was riding on I-5 near 13th Street in Chehalis when he was hit by a lightning bolt, troopers said. The car following behind called troopers to report the man had taken a direct hit from a lightning strike but was insulated by the motorcycle's tires. Meanwhile, the rider was able to drive to a nearby gas station, where he was soon met by medics. He was then taken to Providence-Centralia Hospital with some burns and hearing loss but seemed otherwise OK, Chehalis fire officials said. The Chehalis storm was one of many that moved through the region as the sun rose Thursday -- an opening salvo in what promised to be a very stormy day across the region. After a brief late morning into midday break, showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase in number and intensity as the day progresses -- especially into the afternoon and evening hours -- as a big area of low pressure moves through the Pacific Northwest and pumps a whole lot of moisture into a very unstable atmosphere. Seattle already tallied 0.25" of rain with the morning storms nearly breaking the daily rainfall record of 0.36" with hours to spare. In Ocean Shores, storms briefly knocked out power to 1,500 people when a tree branch hit a power line. Each thunderstorm the rest of the day has potential to bring rainfall at the rate of about an inch per hour -- about on par with the drenching storms we saw last Thursday. The storms have prompted a rare summertime Flood Watch for all counties in Western Washington and is in effect from noon Thursday through Friday afternoon. This is a pretty unique storm system for our region in that it is expected to combine a period of strong thunderstorms at first, then more of a steady Seattle November-esque rain second. When all is said and done, rainfall totals are expected to be as much as 1-2 inches across the Puget Sound area, with higher amounts up to 3" in the foothills and up to 4" in the Cascades. This is enough rain that urban and small stream flooding is possible -- especially in areas where strong thunderstorms drop a big deluge in a short period. Mud and or rock slides are also possible in steep mountain terrain. The National Weather Service does say that while mountain rivers will run high, traditional autumn-type river flooding is unlikely. The rainfall will decrease in intensity as you head west, to where the coast might, ironically, be among the drier spots in the region. The weather rapidly improves in the storm's wake with just a few lingering showers early Saturday morning giving way to increasing sunshine and warmth with highs getting into the upper 70s. By Sunday, we begin a new stretch of more summer-like weather with plenty of sunshine and highs near 80. That sunny and warm pattern is expected to last into early next week. A motorcyclist has told how he cheated death after his helmet was struck by lightning as he rode in a thunderstorm. Michael LaDue's bike "lit up" as the bolt hit him as he drive along a road in Washington state. Incredibly the 54-year-old managed to stay calm and pull over safely before realising the full extent of what had just happened. His helmet was melted and he suffered burns to his ears and singed hair. But miraculously Mr LaDue escaped serious injury in the incident which happened as he drove along Interstate 5 through Chehalis. Shocked eyewitness Martin Zapalac told KOMO-TV: "All of a sudden it just lit up, the sky did. "And then literally it looked to me like it was hitting right on top of the helmet." Chehalis Fire Department Captain Kevin Kurfman said: "His licence plate bracket says 'world's toughest motorcycle riders'. "I think that sounds very fitting for him right now." Mr LaDue was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries before being discharged Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/biker-cheats-death-after-lightning-2260000#ixzz2eLVXORFC Follow us: @DailyMirror on Twitter | DailyMirror on Facebook
Thu, 09/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed, 5 hurt as lightning hits wood cutters  0.0  Butuan city  
 Philippines 
  wood cutting    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BUTUAN CITY  Three people were killed while five others were hurt when lightning struck at Purok 4, Barangay Casiclan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte province on Wednesday afternoon. Of the three fatalities only one was identified as Loloy Aca, 35 of Casiclan, Las Nieves in Butuan. Authorities are yet to identify the other victims  a slain chainsaw operator and his helper who were both residents of Barangay Maguinda, also from this city. Other victims who suffered minor burns in their bodies were taken to Butuan City Hospital were Jonathan Javel, Nestor Bacallo, Joel Bernas, Ryan Ranara and certain Bobong Acap, all of Barangay Casiclan, Las Nieves. According to Casiclan Barangay Chairman Edwin Placido, the victims stopped gathering agricultural falcata woods to take shelter from the rain in a makeshift hut when lightning hit them. One of the survivors said the lightning instantly killed his three companions.
Thu, 09/05/2013 08:00 PM Killed Mohammad Algargaz, 2 of 2  8.0  San Antonio TX 
 USA 
  in tree house  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Delayed Death,Direct hit,Outside,Tree,Tree House 
Updated: Friday, September 6 2013, 06:10 AM CDT SAN ANTONIO - Two boys, who were apparently struck by lightning, were hospitalized Thursday evening, according to the San Antonio Fire Department. Department spokesperson Christian Bove said a 12-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy were hurt just before 7 p.m. while they were in the backyard of a home in the 4700 block of Baron's Ridge, which is off Westover Hills Blvd. and near Highway 151. The 12-year-old was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. The younger boy was taken "Priority 2" which is not critical condition, Bove reported. SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- One of the boys struck by lightning Thursday night passed away late Saturday morning, according to the father of the other boy who was struck. The 8-year-old, who was struck in the chest, was taken off life support just before noon, according to the father of the 10-year-old boy who was struck. The 10-year-old boy is still in the hospital, according to his father. An uncle told KENS 5 the boys were playing in a backyard around 8 p.m. Thursday when they were struck. The incident happened in the 4700 block of Barons Ridge Drive. The 10-year-old boy, who was struck at hip-level, was able to talk and was recovering 'nicely' according to the uncle on Friday. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said one of the boys was not breathing when emergency officials initially took the call. "In my 7 years of being here, I can't remember a lightning strike, a multiple strike, or a strike involving a child," said Chief Hood. A nearby neighbor said the lightning strike was so loud that it made her jump out of her chair. "The moms and the ladies were coming out of their houses and I went to my backyard and it was right there on my fence line," said Anna Diaz. Mohammad Algargaz has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's office as the 8-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning Thursday night. Algargaz died a little before noon on Saturday. He had remained in the hospital after paramedics found him unresponsive when arriving at the Northwest Side home where he and a friend had been struck by lightning while playing outside. There are no new reports on the condition of the 10-year-old boy who was also whisked to a hospital Thursday. mcesar@express-news.net Twitter: @mlcesar
Thu, 09/05/2013 08:00 PM Injured Zaid Mammoudeh, 1 of 2  10.0  San Antonio TX 
 USA 
  in tree house  N/A  Outside,Tree,Tree House 
by Kens5.com staff Posted on September 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM Updated today at 10:23 AM SAN ANTONIO -- One of the boys struck by lightning Thursday night passed away late Saturday morning, said Ghassan Hammoudeh, the father of the other boy who was struck. Mohammad al-Qarqaz, 8, was struck in the chest and was taken off life support just before noon, Hammoudeh said. Zaid Hammoudeh, 10, is still in the hospital, Hammoudeh said. An uncle told KENS 5 the boys were playing in a backyard around 8 p.m. Thursday when they were struck. The incident happened in the 4700 block of Barons Ridge Drive. The 10-year-old boy, who was struck at hip-level, was able to talk and was recovering 'nicely,' the uncle said Friday. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said one of the boys was not breathing when emergency officials initially took the call. "In my seven years of being here, I can't remember a lightning strike, a multiple strike, or a strike involving a child," Hood said. A nearby neighbor said the lightning strike was so loud that it made her jump out of her chair. "The moms and the ladies were coming out of their houses, and I went to my backyard, and it was right there on my fence line," Anna Diaz said.
Thu, 09/05/2013 11:00 AM Injured Rickey Jones  25.0  OR  
 USA 
  holding steel cable    Indirect,Outside,Work 
Struck by lightning, S. Ore. logger back at work The Associated Press Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 | 1:35 p.m. The morning had started well for logger Ricky Jones, working with his crew in a south Oregon forest. And then lightning struck. "The pain and feeling is unexplainable," the 25-year-old Winston resident told the Roseburg News-Review (http://bit.ly/15SQWxm) on Tuesday. "I am really fortunate to be here today and come home to my family." Thunderstorms had been off in the distance for a few hours last Thursday morning, Jones said, and then all of a sudden, the storm was all around the loggers. Jones said he was holding onto a steel choker line, a cable used to haul logs. "I remember the pain and feeling I had. I tried to release it, but my hands wouldn't work," he said. "I was finally able to drop it. Then, I don't remember much." His co-worker was 42-year-old Steve Hagar of Drain. "There was a big crack and flash in the sky, then Ricky was convulsing and fell to the ground," Hagar said. Hagar said it took Jones two to three seconds to release the line. "It was amazing he was able to drop the choker," he said. Jones regained consciousness but was having chest pain. An ambulance took him to Coquille Valley Hospital in Coos County. Doctors found the toxins in his body were double the normal amount. "I just have to flush it out, drink a lot of water," Jones said. "Lightning bolts can have long-lasting side effects, like kidney failure, seizures and your heart can explode. I hope none of that happens." The National Weather Service says there were 60 reported deaths in the U.S. by lightning strikes in 2008, the latest year for which data is available. An 8-year-old boy in San Antonio, Texas, died Saturday, days after being struck in the chest by lightning while playing in a backyard. Another child was injured. And in Florida, one man was killed and another injured in a lightning strike southwest of Miami last week. Jones took it easy over the weekend and returned to work Tuesday. "It feels like a freight train ran me over," he said. "I'm slowly getting back into it." ___ Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com
Thu, 09/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead, 3 injured in Agusan lightning strike  0.0   
 Philippines 
       
Thursday, September 5, 2013 THREE persons died while three others were injured when a lightning hit them in Las Nieves town in Agusan del Sur on Wednesday afternoon, police said Thursday. Police Officer 3 Enriqueto Torralba Jr. identified the fatalities as Yolly Medrano, Bernabe Tigon, and Jeleon Aca. Injured were Jonathan Jaben, Joel Bernas, and Victor Vasallo who are recuperating at the Agusan del Norte provincial hospital in Butuan City. Torralba said the six sought refuge at a hut in Casiklan village around 4:30 p.m. during a downpour. He said the six were coming from tree harvesting. "Since there is heavy rain, they decided to seek shelter at a hut. A lighting then occured and hit the hut where they were sheltering. The six of them were hit, three of them died on the spot," said Torralba. In Cebu, two persons in Toledo City were separately killed after getting struck by lightning. Both victims died of burn injuries. (VR/Sunnex)
Wed, 09/04/2013 04:00 PM Injured Hans Nansen  0.0  San Diega CA 
 USA 
  outside     Cell Phone,Ground Strike,Outside 
SAN DIEGO - An East County man narrowly escaped major injury after lightning struck the ground about 10 feet away from where he was standing and knocked him off his feet. At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, the clouds were rolling in above Chambers Park in Lake Cuyamaca, prompting Hans Nansen and a friend to take a look. They saw and heard lighting on the horizon. Nansen said, "That's why I had my phone out. I said, 'I'm going to catch some of these cool strikes.'" "We weren't standing here in the rain going, 'Woohooo! It's raining and thundering.' No, we seemed pretty safe. There was blue sky above us," Nansen told 10News. Nansen showed 10News reporter Joe Little the area where lightning hit the ground. "I was standing right here. Those are the trees right there on the video," Nansen said. "And boom, I mean, it had to have hit right here." As he captured the weather activity on his cellphone, the lightning struck. "It knocked me back. My phone went. I ended up back there somewhere," said Nansen. Nansen said the electricity from the lightning dinged his phone. "I could feel it. I could taste it," said Nansen. "Taste?" asked Little. "Yeah, it was kind of a metallic," Nansen said. "I saw that bolt go into my shoe." Nansen said he's grateful he was not burned or killed. "I wasn't happy. It was pretty scary," he told 10News. "Everyone keeps saying, 'Buy lottery tickets,' and I did." Lightning kills roughly 24,000 people around the world every year.
Tue, 09/03/2013 12:00 PM unknown Thunderstruck! Weather Balloons Look for Lightning  0.0  FL 
 USA 
  science    Education,Science 
Amid Florida's steamy and stormy summer, a group of researchers conducted something of a modern-day version of Benjamin Franklin's legendary lightning-kite experiment, only instead of tying a metal key to a kite, these scientists have weather balloons that they send into thunderclouds in order to learn more about how, when and where lightning forms. And these scientists are perhaps a bit more averse to the potential for self-injury than Franklin, who succeeded in shocking himself once while experimenting with electricity in his home laboratory, according to The Franklin Institute. Today's researchers know a bit more about the dangers of lightning, which is one of the reasons they want to know more about it. "The dangers are real, and we have a healthy respect for them," Don MacGorman, a physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) who participated in the balloon launches, told LiveScience. "But we also know quite a bit about how storms produce hazards and so minimize our exposure to the more hazardous situations and locations. As a result, we think our risk from storms we are studying is less than our risk from vehicle mishaps as we navigate around storms, particularly if there are many people watching a given storm." [Electric Earth: Stunning Images of Lightning] The aim of the ongoing experiment, run by the University of Florida and conducted in early August this year, was to better understand how lightning is formed, where and under what circumstances it occurs in storms, and how to use that information with the data on lightning occurrence available to forecasters to improve forecasts of severe weather. 3D view For one experiment, "we wait until the ground reaches a certain [electrical potential] value, when the conditions are more conducive to lightning, and then we launch this very long wire that enhances the electric forces in the region of the wire," MacGorman said. (Cloud-to-ground lightning results from a separation in charge that forms between the two.) "That can cause a lightning flash to be initiated by the wire and to strike ground at the bottom of the wire, which is surrounded by a lot of special cameras and instruments. Then we get information about the magnitude and duration of the electric current in the lightning channel, and about all the kinds of radiation that the lightning produces." This triggered lightning experiment gathers data on lightning currents and flashes to improve understanding of the basic physics of lightning. The data is also used by engineers in designing lightning protection for people, power lines and other structures. (Franklin's own investigations of electricity and lightning led him to create a version of the lightning rod.) In the last three years, the lightning study has expanded, with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to install a system that maps the development and 3D structure of lightning. The agency funded the University of Oklahoma to bring their mobile polarimetric radars to measure the storm structures in which the lightning occurs, with some surprising results. View gallery." Researchers launch a weather balloon during a thunderstorm on a golf course a few miles east of Star & "The flashes were not going as high in storms as they thought they were," MacGorman said, adding the radar was showing signatures that could indicate the type of precipitation in these layers. Some of the weather balloons in the study also feature a particle imager that looks at frozen and liquid precipitation, as well as suspended water and ice particles, in a cloud. Besides determining the characteristics of precipitation that produce the signature, the experimenters aim to better understand how the precipitation is involved in producing the electric charges that cause lightning. [Quiz: The Science of Electricity] "We know that thunderstorms are charged through rebounding interactions or collisions between graupels  spongy small hail and smaller ice particles. These cause the initial electrification, and other processes can occur to produce additional charge," MacGorman said. Defense applications DARPA is funding part of the study in an effort to improve understanding of lightning and protection of personnel and facilities from lightning hazards. One of NSSL's interests in participating in the Florida experiment is to improve understanding of lightning and its relationships with storms, particularly in concert with satellite observations. The NSSL tracks and studies severe weather in the United States. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series (GOES-R) satellites will launch around 2015. The satellite series will have lightning mappers on board to detect lightning flashes in real time over much of the Western Hemisphere, including most of North and South America. "We believe these data will be an important aid to forecasters, and are working on developing ways the National Weather Service can consider for incorporating lightning data into their operations," MacGorman said. Follow Elizabeth Howell @howellspace. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on LiveScience.
Tue, 09/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed Teenager Struck By Lightning  0.0   
 Malaysia 
       
SUBANG JAYA: It was supposed to be a happy occasion, but joy soon turned to grief. Mohd Fareez Naim Mohd Fuzi, 18, was struck by lightning and killed while his pregnant aunt was injured. He was holding an umbrella and walking in the rain with his aunt to a field, where a wedding reception for his brother was being held, when lightning struck at 3.30pm on Sunday. The field was 200m from the family's home in Jalan TK5/11, Taman Kinrara, Puchong. His father, Mohd Fuzi Mahmud, 55, said he was entertaining guests under the canopy at that time. "I did not realise what had happened until the guests started screaming. "They told me that my son and his aunt had been struck by lightning and thrown several metres away. "I rushed to Fareez and saw him lying motionless. I tried to call him but there was no response." Fareez Naim was declared dead on arrival at Columbia Asia Hospital in Bandar Puteri Puchong. He was a first-semester student in electrical and electronic engineering at Port Dickson Polytechnic. He was buried at the Kampung Bohol Muslim cemetery in Jalan Klang Lama yesterday.
Tue, 09/03/2013 03:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 police officers  0.0  Harwich MA 
 USA 
  indoors  N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Police Officer,Telephone,Work 
Five footballers injured in lightning strike PTI Rourkela, Aug 20 (PTI) Five football players were injured when lightning struck them during a match in a field at Kelo village under Bonai police station in Orissa's Sundargarh district. Police sources said, a football match between Baramusa and Kelo village teams were on when lightning struck the ground injuring five players. All injured were rushed to Bonai government hospital.PTI SCP
Tue, 09/03/2013 03:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 police officers  0.0  Harwich MA 
 USA 
  indoors  N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Police Officer,Telephone,Work 
Wichita Man Struck By Lightning During Thursday Night Storms Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. Reporter: KAKE News Email Address: news@kake.com Story 0 Comments Map Font Size: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in his back yard in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. The victim, William F. Isles, was coherent and used an amateur radio to call out for help. An assistant in the KAKEland Weatherplex heard his call on our "ham" radio and called 911. He was speaking with Sedgwick County EMS upon their arrival but was taken to St. Francis in critical condition. The storm produced extreme lightning, torrential rain, and hail up to two inches in diameter.
Mon, 09/02/2013 02:00 PM Killed hiding under tractor, 1 of 3  0.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor    Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
One man was killed and two others were hospitalized after they were struck by lightning in Homestead Monday, authorities said. The incident happened around 2 p.m. at 17198 Southwest 212th Street, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The two survivors were taken by ground to Kendall Regional Medical Center where their conditions were unknown. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials, the men were hiding under a tractor trailer to escape the lightning when the trailer was struck by lightning. None of the victims were identified and no other information was immediately known. The National Weather Service had issued weather advisories for frequent to excessive lightning for portions of Miami-Dade before the incident. Check back with NBC 6 South Florida and NBC6.com for updates.

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