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Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Noah, 3 of 3  10.0  Glacier National Park MT 
 USA 
  hiked in woods  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
7 hours ago " By Kim Briggeman(0) Comments Glacier Park lightning strike victims remain hospitalized; OSHA investigates Colo. strike WELLINGTON, Colo  Five people  two farmworkers and three hikers  remained hospitalized Friday following lightning strikes in Colorado and Montana. Read more Family thanks Glacier hikers who saved 3 hit by lightning KALISPELL  Hikers turned heroes late Wednesday afternoon in Glacier National Park. Jason Leishman of Huson has a whole lot of questions for them. Read more 3 hikers injured after lightning strike in Glacier Two adults and a child who were injured after lightning struck nearby as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park remained hospitalized & Read more The lightning-strike victims lay inert on a Glacier National Park trail late last Wednesday afternoon. I was a little freaked out, Steven Keith recounted Monday of the scene on St. Mary Falls Trail. Ive never seen a dead body myself, other than in a casket. But while a woman he knows only as Beth began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Travis Heitman of Kalispell, Keith mustered up recollections of his last CPR brush-up a couple of years ago and went to work on Kensey Leishman, a Missoula nurse, who was unconscious and not breathing. Im one of those individuals (who) if I dont practice something, I forget it, said Keith, a junior-high teacher in Atlanta who by Monday was in Arches National Park in Utah on a park-hopping tour with his brother Glen and Glens 7-year-old daughter. Who practices CPR? What was amazing was it came right back to me. Leishmans lips were blue and her eyes were open, Keith said. But as he completed his fourth or fifth cycle of two breaths followed by 20 chest compressions, the 23-year-old womans respiration resumed. His relief was short-lived. Beth had spotted a third lightning victim, an 11-year-old boy named Noah, unconscious and lying several feet off the trail. My mind was too much on running to the boy and helping him, realizing he wasnt breathing and then the fact that he wasnt coming to as fast as Kensey did, he said. At one point, he said, he slapped the boy in the face. Wake up, wake up, he pleaded. Finally  after at least half a dozen CPR cycles  Noah began breathing. Im not much of a softie. I appreciate a lot of things in the world, and these trips to the national parks are just incredible, Keith said. But when Noah came to, I got choked up. Within minutes, others were on the scene  hikers and park personnel, including a ranger who was reportedly already on the trail looking for a lost hiker and radioed for help. Several, including Beth, were from the medical profession. It was a little more than half a mile to the trailhead. Glen, an Army major from Colorado, headed for it at a run with his daughter in tow soon after they came upon the grisly scene. They yelled for help as they went. A pediatrician and others already on the trail hurried to the strike victims. Glen Keith estimates that there were 15 or more people helping the strike victims at one point. Within an hour of the lightning strike, the three had been loaded on gurneys and carried to the trailhead a bit more than a half mile away. A helicopter flew Noah, who is being mentored by Heitman, to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Heitman and Leishman, both Frenchtown High School graduates of 2008, were transported by ambulance. All three were released over the weekend, Leishman on Friday night. Jason Leishman said from his home in Huson on Monday his daughter had to make an emergency trip to a Missoula hospital on Saturday with lingering effects of the devastating strike. She was also able to speak with several of her rescuers, and the family was piecing together the story of that day. Until Monday, however, they couldnt track down the man who breathed and compressed her back to life. Hes the guy Ive been looking for. That really is important, said Jason Leishman, who connected with the Keiths on Monday evening. Its just very humbling to know that someone was able to provide the needed CPR. Steven Keith was equally curious to see how Kensey and the others were doing. He emailed the Missoulian seeking Leishmans contact information. I would & like to communicate with him to be able (to) stay abreast of the threes progress, Keith said. The lightning victims reportedly have no memory of the strike and its aftermath. To Keith its a jumble of impressions. He and his brother and niece had driven up toward Logan Pass that day. They stopped to hike up Hidden Lakes Trail, then decided to go back down Going-to-the-Sun Road and hike to St. Mary Falls. On the way they halted for a short time at a scenic gorge. Ive often wondered what may have happened if we didnt go to the gorge. Theres a good chance we would have been out of there by the time (the lightning strike) happened, Steven Keith said. As they went down the trail to the falls, it began to drizzle. When they reached the falls after less than a mile walk, it started coming down pretty good, Keith said. We threw on rain jackets and started heading back to the trailhead. They heard several thunderclaps in the distance. Then all of a sudden there was one right there. I didnt see (the lightning strike), except peripherally off to the left. But you could feel it. It, like, shook the ground, he said. Maybe two or three minutes later, they rounded a corner. The first thing we saw were two bodies prone on the ground, right in the middle of the trail, Keith said. Kensey was closest to me. Travis was about 6 feet from her and there was a woman standing there. He said he could see the panic in Beths eyes, and feel it in his own. But resuscitation efforts were underway almost at once. Once the medics and others arrived, Glen Keith asked his brother to go up to the trailhead to check on his daughter. Glen had left her there with another family when he went to hail help. I honestly didnt know what to think as he made his way up the trail, Steven Keith said. It just played through my head  the blue around their lips, no bleeding, Kenseys eyes open, administering CPR and tasting the electricity in her saliva. I like to think that if it wasnt Beth and me, it would have been somebody else that would have been there to help, he said. On the other hand, had they not reached the scene when they did, the outcome might have been downright tragic. When it was all over, Keith sought out Beth among the knots of others in the parking lot. He learned that she was touring national parks just as the Keiths were, only on a motorcycle. We just bear-hugged each other, he said. Im sure she feels the same about Travis as I feel about Kensey and Noah. Even if we dont ever communicate, therell always be a connection. Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at (406) 523-5266 or by email at kbriggeman@missoulian.com. Cherokee teachers quick thinking, CPR saves 3 lives after lightning strike by Michelle Babcock July 30, 2013 11:41 PM | 747 views | 0 | 19 | | Cherokee County teacher Steven Keith and his niece, Hazel, and brother Glen Keith were hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana when they came across three lightning strike victims. Special to the Tribune A Cherokee County teachers hike in Montana defied the odds on July 17 when he found three people lying unconscious on a Glacier National Park trail only minutes after assuring his frightened 7-year-old niece that being struck by lightning was a one-in-a-million chance. Steven Keith was on vacation until Monday, touring four national parks with his brother, Glen, and niece Hazel. Keith said when he and his family came around a curve on the St. Mary Falls Trail, he saw two of the three victims lying on the trail just moments after hearing a loud thunder clap and seeing lightning strike nearby. As a result of his quick actions and those of another woman, all three victims are alive today. We turned the corner & I saw the two lying there, and the first thing in my head was, the lightning that just struck killed these two people, and I was looking at two dead people, Keith said. Keith is a science and social studies teacher with the Cherokee County School District and works at ACE Academy. He was certified in CPR a few years ago and said that knowledge is what saved the three victims lives. Another hiker, known only as Beth, had come from the other direction after Travis Heitman and Kinsey Leishman, both 23 years old, were struck. Kinsey, the woman, was closest to me, and Travis was closest to Beth on the other side, Keith said. They were not moving, they were unconscious. From our viewpoint I saw her face quite clearly, it was all blue from the nose down. Her skin was pale and waxy looking and her eyes were slightly opened, just lying there with her arms to the side and her legs straight out. Keith said the experience felt surreal, as he rushed to start CPR on Leishman. It was scary, and I could see the panic in Beths eyes, Keith said. I can only imagine what was going through her head& I think she was quite relieved that we came around the other side and then we got into action. Keith said he had been CPR-certified three times in the last four years, but he never expected to use his training. The first thing youre supposed to do is see if theres any danger around you, and call out for help, Keith said. We were in the middle of the trail and I yelled for Glen to go get help. After about four cycles of doing two breaths and 30 compressions, Keith said the woman started breathing again. He said it was just amazing when Leishman started breathing, but soon after, Beth pointed out the 11-year-old boy named Cadence who was still on the side of the trail. Keith hadnt seen the young boy until that point. As soon as I finished with (Leishman), I went straight to Cadence. Soon after I started on Cadence, Beth revived Travis, Keith said. There was no pulse, (the boy) was blue in the face. Keith said he did four CPR cycles, but the boy didnt start breathing. I started getting really worried at that point, Keith said. I slapped him a couple times, yelling at him, wake up, wake up. After about six cycles of CPR, Keith said the boy started breathing. Keith said all three of the victims are back home now. He said they were experiencing pain, but are getting better. CPR is what saved these peoples lives& we were at the right place at the right time, Keith said. Fortunately I knew how to do it, and Beth was able to do it. After speaking with Leishmans father, Keith said the victims parents signed up for a CPR class. Keith urged everyone to learn CPR. In this case, the most traumatic or unusual thing that could possibly happen, happened, Keith said. If it wasnt me, it wouldve been someone else. Medics arrived after the three had been resuscitated, and Keith said the two adults were taken by ambulance to the hospital, and the young boy was air-lifted out. Keith said he hasnt spoken with the other hiker, Beth, since the event, but said he heard from Leishmans father. Hopefully shell Google, and come across an article and reach out, Keith said. Thats basically what I did with (the victims)& I wanted to know how they were progressing, if they were going to be OK. Read more: Cherokee Tribune - Cherokee teacher s quick thinking CPR saves 3 lives after lightning strike
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Travis Heitman, 1 of 3  23.0  Glacier National Park MT 
 USA 
  hiked in woods  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
(0) Comments Two adults and a child who were injured after lightning struck nearby as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition, officials at Kalispell Regional Medical Center said. The man and woman, both 23, and the 11-year-old boy were injured at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when lightning struck near them as they hiked on the St. Mary Falls Trail on the east side of the park. There were no witnesses, but other visitors in the area quickly responded, park officials said. "Some bystanders performed CPR, which was a life-saving measure," park spokeswoman Denise Germann told The Daily Inter Lake (http://bit.ly/15qpN5q). All three were initially unconscious and not breathing, she said. The boy was airlifted to the Kalispell hospital and an ambulance transported the adults. Hospital nursing supervisor Tracy Keller says the three did not suffer a direct hit and were not burned, but suffered effects from the noise and electrical field. Hospital spokesman Jim Oliverson would not comment on the nature of their injuries, but said the typical manifestation of such an injury is being confused. Park officials did not release the names of the victims but said they are not related to one another. The man is from Kalispell and the woman from Missoula, officials said. ___
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Kensey Leishman, 2 of 3  23.0  Glacier National Park MT 
 USA 
  hiked in woods  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
Lightning victims have no memory of trail incident Story Comments Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:30 pm By JIM MANN/Daily Inter Lake | 0 comments Three people struck by lightning Wednesday in Glacier National Park are recovering at Kalispell Regional Medical Center from their injuries, but they have no memory of what happened to them, the father of one of the victims said Thursday. â¬SMy son is the one with the most memory,⬝ Kalispell resident Kent Heitmann said. â¬SThe other two are having trouble even knowing what happened. Theyâ¬"re still having some memory issues from the electricity.⬝ His son Travis, 23, of Kalispell and a friend, Missoula resident Kensey Leishman, 23, were hiking on the St. Mary Falls Trail with a 10-year-old Kalispell boy whom Travis mentors. They were returning from a hike to Virginia Falls. â¬SThey were hiking and they were headed back toward the car and they saw the storm coming in,⬝ Heitmann said. â¬STravis said, â¬ÜWeâ¬"d better get back to the car,â¬" and thatâ¬"s the last thing they can remember.⬝ Heitmann said park employees told him they believe the three were lying unconscious for about 15 minutes before they were found by other hikers who began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. â¬SOne of the park employees said when she showed up, my son was pretty blue,⬝ he said. â¬SWe were lucky because a doctor ended up being there,⬝ he added. The incident occurred about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead on Going-to-the-Sun Road east of Logan Pass, making for a protracted rescue operation to get the victims out. The lightning incident was first reported at about 4:30 p.m. and Heitmann said the three didnâ¬"t arrive at Kalispell Regional Medical Center until about 8 or 8:30 p.m. Heitmann said the three were not directly hit by the lightning. â¬SThere were no entry or exit wounds. It was more like a flash hit they took. They are bruised up from crumpling to the ground,⬝ he said. Heitmann said his son and the boy are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit while Leishman is in a regular hospital room. The three victims are expected to remain in the hospital for several days. Hospital spokesman Jim Oliverson said Thursday the three victims are in serious but stable condition. He could not comment on the nature of their injuries, other than saying a â¬Stypical manifestation of it is they are confused. Thatâ¬"s primarily the result of this kind of injury.⬝ Heitmann said â¬STheyâ¬"re hurting a lot,⬝ describing how the three have experienced extreme fatigue and have been sleeping a lot. A host of Glacier Park personnel responded to the incident from both sides of the park, along with the Glacier County Sheriffâ¬"s Office. The three victims were carried to the trailhead on litters and Sun Road was temporarily closed to allow the ALERT helicopter to land. The Mercy Flight helicopter from Great Falls had been requested but could not fly because of weather. ALERT flew the boy to the Kalispell hospital while Glacier County Ambulance transported the two adults by ground. At one point, ALERT was called back to meet the ambulance and pick up Travis Heitmann because he â¬Sneeded to get to the hospital quicker,⬝ Heitmann said. Glacier Park spokeswoman Denise Germann said on Thursday that visitors who arrived at the St. Mary Visitor Center soon after the incident reported seeing lightning strikes. â¬SThey remember very vividly seeing what looked like two lightning strikes⬝ in the vicinity of the incident, Germann said. â¬SIt was a quick-moving storm, maybe 10 to 15 minutes of rain,⬝ Germann said. She said the visitors who initially helped the victims were critical. â¬SSome bystanders performed CPR, which was a life-saving measure,⬝ she said. Hospital Nursing Supervisor Tracy Keller said lightning-strike victims can suffer burns, concussive effects or neuro-electrical effects on the heart, brain or other organs. â¬SIn this case, there isnâ¬"t necessarily burns, just electrical,⬝ she said. â¬SThey were close enough to suffer the ramifications of that electrical field ... They werenâ¬"t directly hit.⬝ Travis Heitmann works at Summit Medical and Youth Dynamics in Kalispell. The lightning strike likely came from the severe storm system that pounded the Flathead Valley with rain and hail about an hour earlier. That storm moved off to the northeast toward Glacier Park. St. Mary Falls is a popular destination for a short hike. The falls are less than a mile from Going-to-the-Sun Road. Virginia Falls are a half mile beyond St. Mary Falls. The trailhead is about 11 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Glacier National Park.  Reporter Jim Mann may be reached at 758-4407 or by email at jmann@dailyinterlake.com.
Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 tourist  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside 
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Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured tourist, 1 of 4  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside,Park 
A lightning strike at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon injured several tourists Monday afternoon. According to information from the National Park Service, the lightning strike happened at about 1 p.m. near Mather Point. Several visitors reported injuries to staff at the visitor center. None of the visitors was directly hit by the lightning. The visitors were standing near the rim when the lightning struck. Four people were taken to the clinic at the South Rim for evaluation, but no life-threatening injuries were reported. Park Service officials issued a reminder to visitors that lightning strikes have killed at the Grand Canyon in the past. Lightning can strike as much as 10 miles across the canyon. Metal railings should not be touched when lightning is visible or heard. Park Service officials would like to remind visitors to stay away from exposed points during storms and lightning activity. The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is inside a building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. For more information on lightning danger, visit http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/LightningDanger.pdf.  Sun staff report
Mon, 07/15/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning strike kills lifeguard, injures 3 others  0.0  Taipei  
 Taiwan 
  standing on beach    Beach 
TAIPEI,Taiwan - Three lifeguard coaches were hit by lightning yesterday at Kaohsiung's Sizihwan beach, killing one. Another, startled by the strike, fell over and was injured. The city's fire department said the Kaohsiung Harbor Water Life-Saving Association was conducting rescue training yesterday morning. Police said the incident occurred while the four coaches, surnamed Chan, Yan, Chou and Lee, were standing on the beach, assessing whether the weather was suitable for trainees to swim in the ocean. A fire department official said the coaches were sent to a hospital immediately after the incident, with Chan later pronounced dead. According to the hospital, Chan's body had numerous scratches but showed no major external injury. Kaohsiung police said Yan is still in a critical condition. Chou fractured his spine and Lee injured his left shoulder, police said, adding that both of them are in a stable condition. Chen Li-na, director of the life-saving association, said the group decided to hold a routine lesson yesterday at Sizihwan Beach despite the pouring rain as the land warning for Typhoon Soulik had been lifted and the city government had ceased its suspension of school and work. Chen said that in light of the tragedy, the association will possibly suspend classes before and after typhoons in the future. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131507064220_A1Story20130715-437157.html.htm#sthash.8gRqoXTS.dpuf National Sun Yat-sen University, which manages Sizihwan Beach, said the beach was closed to the public yesterday but that in such situations the university still allows the fire department or rescue teams to access the beach for rescue training purposes. The Central Weather Bureau's (CWB) Kaohsiung Weather Station suggested that people avoid going to beaches or mountains over the next few days as even though Soulik has left the weather is still unstable and there is a high chance of rain and thunder in the area. The CWB said it is best to avoid standing in open areas during storms or when there is a high chance of storms. People also should avoid standing near towers, electricity poles and isolated tall objects, as these have a higher probability of being struck by lightning. The bureau suggested that people stay dry and not swim or row a boat while it is raining.
Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured 4 of 4 tourist  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside,Park 
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Mon, 07/15/2013 01:00 PM Injured 2 of 4 tourist  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  at Mather Point  N/A  Grand Canyon,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside,Park 
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Thu, 07/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured Neil Hansen  0.0  Prince George  
 Canada 
  watching a ball game    Baseball or Softball,Indirect,Outside,Sports Field 
Thu, 07/11/2013 12:00 PM unknown Cresskill OKs hefty fine for ignoring lightning de  0.0  Creesskill NJ 
 USA 
  legal    Education,Legal 
CRESSKILL  The borough council unanimously approved an ordinance that would fine residents who ignore lightning alarms as much as $1,000. CONNECT WITH US " Follow us on Twitter " Like us on Facebook " NJ.com/bergen CBS 2 reported that the measure is aimed at protecting ball players and residents using the borough's parks, many of which are outfitted with detection systems that activate a strobe light and alarm when a lightning strike is possible. Towns around New Jersey have adopted the detection systems, and more are in the process of installing them. Lightning strikes are impossible to predict but towns are taking measures to protect against them in open areas like parks and fields. In 2006, four teens were struck by lightning in Montvale, killing two of them. Just last year, a man attending his grandson's soccer game in Demarest was struck and killed. Under the new Cresskill ordinance, anyone who fails to vacate a field or public pool within 10 minutes of a lightning alarm could face a fine up to $1,000, according to CBS2.
Wed, 07/10/2013 08:45 PM Injured Conner Benson , (2 of 2)  19.0  Annapolis MD 
 USA 
  on the ground  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,Coma,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun 10:38 p.m. EDT, July 10, 2013 Two men were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a possible lightning strike Wednesday night, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. Medics were called to the 100 block of River Drive in the Annapolis Neck area about 8:45 p.m. and took the two men, aged 18 and 24, to Anne Arundel Medical Center, said Lt. Jack Beall, a Fire Department spokesman. The person who called 911 said the men were injured in a lightning strike, but the department has not yet confirmed whether that was how they suffered their injuries, Beall said. Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/annapolis/bs-md-aa-lightning-injuries-20130710,0,3666212.story#ixzz2YjbKplBC Reporting Derek Valcourt Filed Under Local, News, Syndicated Local Related Tags Alex Steele, Comas, John Conner Benson, Medically Induced Comas, Struck By Lightning Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries Guinness World Records Best Celebrity Baby Bumps The Biggest Nerds In Pop Culture Celeb Hotties With Great Lips Stars With Tax Problems » More Photo Galleries ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)  A remarkable recovery is underway for two young men struck by lightning last week in Anne Arundel County. Derek Valcourt explains why their families have so much to be grateful for. Both young men are now listed in good condition at the hospitalpretty surprising, considering the lightning strikes apparently stopped their hearts from beating. This is an absolute miracle. This is miraculous, said John Benson. Benson knows how close he came to losing his 19-year-old son Conner. When a powerful lightning storm moved through Anne Arundel Countys Bay Ridge community, Conner and his friend, 23-year-old Alex Steele of Annapolis, rushed out to the beach to secure some boating equipment. As they were standing in wet sand, witnesses say a lightning bolt struck nearby. There doesnt seem to be any other indication that it was a direct strike but there was enough that it basically caused his heart to stop. He went into cardiac arrest, Benson said. Neighbors in the area, including a doctor, rushed in to begin CPR. Lifesavers, heroes. We owe them so much; we just have so much gratitude, Benson said. Barely alive, both young men were rushed to the Anne Arundel Medical Center where doctors chose to put them in a medically-induced coma. When you put them in a deep coma, the brain is very metabolic and active and by slowing the brain down to a point where its barely working, you decrease how much glucose it uses and hopefully decrease how much damage incurs while it did not get the oxygen or the flow that it needed, said Dr. Keith Goulet, Anne Arundel Medical Center. Friday, both boys awoke from the coma. Family says the boys have slowly begun to speak and walk and show signs of returning to normal. Theres challenges ahead of us for sure but we literally got to see our boys come back to life to us, Benson said. Just Monday afternoon, both of the victims were moved out of critical care and upgraded from fair to good condition. Conner Bensons father says its possible he could be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday.
Wed, 07/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured man , (1 of 2)  18.0  Annapolis MD 
 USA 
  on the ground  N/A  Outside 
Officials said a lightning strike may have been the cause of two severe injuries Wednesday evening in Anne Arundel County, Md. According to Anne Arundel County Fire officials, two men were possibly struck by lightning in the 100 block of River Drive in Annapolis. The two men, aged 18 and 24, suffered life-threatening injuries. It is believed they were on the ground at the time of the strike. Just two weeks ago, 19-year-old Conner Benson was in a medically-induced coma after he and a friend were knocked unconscious by what may have been a lightning strike. Now Benson is sharing the details of his near death experience. Benson and 23-year-old Alex Steele were possibly struck by lightning in Annapolis, Md. July 10 while attending a party on a beach along the Severn River. "All I remember is taking off my socks and shoes... the rest is blank," Benson said. Two doctors happened to be attending the same party and resuscitated Benson and Steele, stabilizing them until paramedics arrived. Benson and Steele spent two days in medically-induced comas at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. "I had a really vivid dream I was with my [late] grandfather playing basketball," Benson said. Benson said he experienced some hallucinations as he gradually regained consciousness. He said he now has a new appreciation for life and the loved ones who almost lost him. "I never wanted to think that could happen, because it didn't. I got to say, 'Hello,' and I love them," Benson said. "I have a lot of guardian angels." Ron Steele, Alexs father, said it is a miracle how the two have progressed. Earlier this month, Anne Arundel County Fire officials said they couldn't confirm the source of their injuries, because the men had no outward physical injuries, such as burns, to link to a lightning strike.
Wed, 07/10/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 kids  0.0  Santa Kaviti  
 India 
       
Srikakulam: Two schoolchildren died after being struck by lightning near their school at Talatampara village of Santa Kaviti mandal in the district on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Class V student P Rajesh and Class VIII student I Madhavi, both residents of Talatampara. Four students of the upper primary school went after lunch to play near the Banyan trees. Around 12.30pm, villagers and school staff heard a loud sound from the trees and rushed to the spot where they found two students dead and other two with minor injuries. The injured students, Santosh (Class VII) and Deepika (Class VIII) were rushed to the government area hospital at Rajam in the district where they were said to be out of danger. "I will submit a report on the incident to the district collector tomorrow I also instructed school heads not to allow students outside during the leisure hours and take special care of the students till they leave the school premises," said district educational officer Aruna Kumari, who had reached the site of the mishap along with villagers and other officials. Villagers said that lightning occurred simultaneously at two places, including Talatampara and Billani villages where a palm tree was completely destroyed. Meanwhile, lightning injured two farmers at Santa Gavirammapeta village of S Kota mandal of Vizianagaram district on Tuesday evening and were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Wed, 07/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Hoover AL 
 USA 
  holding an umbrella    Outside,Umbrella 
HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Hoover Police say that a man was struck by lightning Wednesday evening. A manager of the Staples store on Highway 31 in Hoover was apparently holding an umbrella when the lightning struck. Authorities say he is recovering Wednesday night from his injuries. Rusty Lowe with Hoover Fire and Rescue also tells FOX6 News that lightning struck five structures in Hoover Wednesday afternoon. Of those structures, one house caught fire but there were no injuries. Reporter Vanessa Araiza is following this story and will have an update on FOX6 News at 9 and 10. Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved.
Wed, 07/10/2013 09:00 AM unknown Pingtung County tops nations lightning strikes  0.0   
 China 
      Education,Science 
Pingtung County tops nations lightning strikes FREAK WEATHER:The high number of lightning strikes in the county could be caused by its proximity to the Gaoping River, researchers said Staff writer, with CNA Pingtung County gets struck by lightning more often than any other part of the nation because of its hydrological environment, the Taiwan Power Research Institute said on Monday at the start of the lightning season. Pingtungs ground flash density, a lightning measurement defined as the number of lightning flashes striking ground per square kilometer per year, tops all administrative areas at 15.8, researchers said, citing a decade-long study. There have been fluctuations over the years, but the trend suggests that the county is the most vulnerable to lightning, said institute researcher Chen Chien-hsien, who analyzes lightning events for the state-owned Taiwan Power Co. According to the institute, there were 3,860 lightning strikes in Pingtung from April last year to March this year, accounting for 20 percent of the total strikes in the nation during that period. The countys location near the Gaoping River (ØOª) contributes to heat convection above the area, leading to more extreme weather such as lightning, Chen said. The fact that the county is less populated might also be a reason for the high incidence of lightning strikes, as isolation is one of the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will hit, he said. There are also climate conditions that are favorable to lightning, Central Weather Bureau weather forecast director Cente Cheng Ming-dean (-x) said. Pingtung, the nations southernmost county, is the closest to the Intertropical Convergence Zone, an area known for unstable weather patterns, Cheng said. Lightning events in Taiwan are most common in July and August, the bureau said. This story has been viewed 403 times.
Wed, 07/10/2013 04:00 PM Injured person inside house  0.0  Monroe GA 
 USA 
inside   N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
Two Struck by Lightning in Monroe Monroe Fire officials said the injuries were minor and neither victim required transportation to the hospital. Posted by Sharon Swanepoel (Editor), July 10, 2013 at 03:53 pm Comment Recommend Two people who live in Walton Mill subdivision on Towler Street in Monroe found out that lightning can strike twice - at least on the same street. Monroe Fire Department public information officer Lt. William Owens said the two people, who lived across the street from each other, both received a â¬Sshock⬝ when they were stuck by lightning during Tuesdayâ¬"s storm. â¬SThere were no significant injuries ⬠neither was transported,⬝ Owens said, adding that one of the victims was outside at the time, sitting on a car. The second victim was inside the house, standing by the kitchen sink. â¬SPeople should remain indoors when there is a lightning storm. If you can see lightning or hear the storm ⬠even from far off ⬠there is a risk of being struck.⬝ Owens said he is not sure whether the days of inclement weather have added to any specific increase in call type for the fire department, but, like everybody else, it is challenging to have to spend so much time working in the rain. He said people do need to be extra cautious in bad weather though. â¬SAvoid swollen streams, never drive though bodies of water that are over their banks and never cross a bridge that is submerged,⬝ Owens said. The National Weather Service gives the following tips for lightning safety. Outdoor lightning safety NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!! If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby, these actions may help reduce your risk Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks Never lie flat on the ground Never shelter under an isolated tree Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.) Indoor lightning safety Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls. Weather predictions from Weather.com suggest not to expect too much of a change in the current weather pattern for a while. Weather predictions for the next 10 days for Monroe are for scattered storms, every day, except for the possibility of a slight reprieve on Friday.
Wed, 07/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Monroe GA 
 USA 
  on a car  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Two Struck by Lightning in Monroe Monroe Fire officials said the injuries were minor and neither victim required transportation to the hospital. Posted by Sharon Swanepoel (Editor), July 10, 2013 at 03:53 pm Comment Recommend Two people who live in Walton Mill subdivision on Towler Street in Monroe found out that lightning can strike twice - at least on the same street. Monroe Fire Department public information officer Lt. William Owens said the two people, who lived across the street from each other, both received a â¬Sshock⬝ when they were stuck by lightning during Tuesdayâ¬"s storm. â¬SThere were no significant injuries ⬠neither was transported,⬝ Owens said, adding that one of the victims was outside at the time, sitting on a car. The second victim was inside the house, standing by the kitchen sink. â¬SPeople should remain indoors when there is a lightning storm. If you can see lightning or hear the storm ⬠even from far off ⬠there is a risk of being struck.⬝ Owens said he is not sure whether the days of inclement weather have added to any specific increase in call type for the fire department, but, like everybody else, it is challenging to have to spend so much time working in the rain. He said people do need to be extra cautious in bad weather though. â¬SAvoid swollen streams, never drive though bodies of water that are over their banks and never cross a bridge that is submerged,⬝ Owens said. The National Weather Service gives the following tips for lightning safety. Outdoor lightning safety NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!! If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby, these actions may help reduce your risk Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks Never lie flat on the ground Never shelter under an isolated tree Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.) Indoor lightning safety Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls. Weather predictions from Weather.com suggest not to expect too much of a change in the current weather pattern for a while. Weather predictions for the next 10 days for Monroe are for scattered storms, every day, except for the possibility of a slight reprieve on Friday.
Tue, 07/09/2013 01:15 PM Injured man fishing on beach  47.0  Island Beach State Park NJ 
 USA 
  fishing on beach, lightning hit rod    Beach,CPR,Direct hit,fishing,Near Water,Outside 
Man struck by lightning at Island Beach State Park Published: July 9, 2013 5:11 PM A man has been hospitalized in Ocean County after authorities say he was struck by lightning at Island Beach State Park. (July 9, 2013) ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK - A man has been hospitalized in Ocean County after authorities say he was struck by lightning at Island Beach State Park. The man, believed to be in his 40s, was fishing at around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when a pop-up thunderstorm rolled into the area. Lifeguards asked everyone to leave the area, and as the man was making his way off the beach, lightning struck the fishing pole he was carrying. Park manager Ray Bukowski says beachgoers described a frightening situation. "What they told me is they heard a loud clap and the individual just looked to be in some pain and headed toward the sand." Witnesses told News 12 New Jersey the man was conscious and in good spirits when he was taken by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River. Three years ago, a man was struck by lightning and killed in the same area BERKELEY Twp., N.J., (CBS)  A volunteer firefighter came to the aid of a man struck by lightning at the Jersey Shore. Live Mega Doppler 3 picked up the bolt as it hit Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, Ocean County Tuesday afternoon. Volunteer firefighter Tim Steger and his wife Gretchen were on the beach when it happened. They say the victim was fishing, and his pole seemed to act as a lightning rod. The strike came and it was loudest sound Ive ever heard in my life, said Gretchen. I dont know if it was his girlfriend or his wife, she was in quite a panic, yelling and screaming. The volunteer firefighter says he helped lifeguards rescue the victim. Gretchen, told me it doesnt look right and she sent me down. Sure enough, he needed help, he said. To me he seemed to be in and out of it. Soon enough they had a pick-up there on the beach to help load him in. The victim is hospitalized in stable condition.
Tue, 07/09/2013 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Marco Island FL 
 USA 
  on the beach    Beach,Outside 
According to a Marco Beach Ocean Resort representative, a woman was nearly struck by lightning on the beach on Marco Island Tuesday afternoon. She was taken to the hospital, but she has since been released. Officials are advising people to take precautions when on the beach.
Sun, 07/07/2013 02:30 PM Killed Daniel Quirk  26.0  Lake Taghkanic Park NY 
 USA 
  under a tree  N/A  Beach,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Park,Tree,Under Trees 
ANCRAM  A 26-year-old Millbrook man was injured when a tree he was standing near was struck by lightning, and weather experts said that today could bring more widespread showers and thunderstorms, with a stormy forecast for the week. The man, whose identity was at not available at press time, was standing in a grassy area near a tree that was struck by lightning at Lake Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County around 2:30 p.m.Sunday, said Randy Simons, a public information officer for the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Around the same time, the state parks beach was being evacuated, as per protocol, because of storms moving through the mid-Hudson Valley, Simons said. The charge knocked the Millbrook man down and he went into cardiac arrest, Simons said. Lifeguards resuscitated the man. They (lifeguards) immediately performed CPR and before he left they were able to regain a pulse on him, Simons said. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and stabilized. On Sunday evening, he was set to be taken to Albany Medical Center, Simon said. The chance of showers and thunderstorms today is about 60 percent, National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee said. Staying safe in stormy weather isnt difficult, Lee said. We have a slogan, Lee said. When thunder roars, go indoors. If you are stuck outside, one of the worst places to go is by a tree, he said. Try and seek shelter, Lee said. You dont want to be the tallest object out there. For Tuesday, Lee said, the rain could let up and give the region a dry day while later in the week, the weather service is tracking a widespread rain event across the region. The best thing to do in a storm, always, is get inside, Lee said. Nina Schutzman: nschutzman@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-451-4518 Twitter: @pojonschutzman. TAGHKANIC, N.Y.  The 26-year-old Dutchess County man who was struck by lightning at Taghkanic State Park has died, a spokesman for the state park police said on Wednesday. Daniel Quirk of Millbrook died at 2:37 p.m. Tuesday at Albany Medical Center, according to the spokesman, Randy Simons. Simons said park police evacuated the beach at Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County about 3 p.m. Sunday, as is standard procedure during violent storms. He said Quirk was standing near a tree in the West Beach parking lot when the tree was hit by lighting. Quirk went into cardiac arrest but was stabilized at the scene by park lifeguards, Simons said. He said Quirk was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson by Northern Dutchess Paramedics and later taken to Albany Medical Center. The Danny Quirk Memorial Football Scholarship Fund will grant $5,000 to its first-ever recipient on Thursday at 7 p.m., at Millbrook High School. Millbrook High School alumnus Danny Quirk was wide receiver and captain of his high school team, the Blazers. The newlywed died on July 9, 2013 from injuries after lightning struck a tree near him. Graduating senior Henry Cardinal, the varsity football team's running back, will get the scholarship funds over the course of his first year in college, said Danny's dad Bill Quirk, Sr. Cardinal demonstrated dedication, hard work and teamwork, Bill Quirk, Sr. said  All qualities his own son exemplified. "Danny loved football," his dad said. "He was a hard-nose player, a good teammate." Money for the scholarship was raised through events and donations during the past year, including a memorial golf outing and 5K run. A year after sons tragic lightning death, a mom is also mourned Nina Schutzman, Poughkeepsie Journal 8:16 p.m. EDT July 8, 2014 tjndc5-6b08o4dklvl1krhhq26b_layout.jpg (Photo: Courtesy Photo ) CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Its been a year of grief and changes for the Quirk family. Today marks one year since Danny Quirks death. The 26-year-old newlywed died on July 9, 2013, from injuries he suffered after lightning struck a tree near him. On this terrible anniversary, loved ones plan to get together for a memorial. But its for Renee Quirk, Dannys mother, who died on Friday after a five-year battle with cancer. Their youngest sons death sapped his wifes will to fight, said Bill Quirk Sr., Dannys father. We didnt realize Danny was our guardian angel, he added. Since he left us, Team Quirk has taken a hell of a hit. We wake up in the morning and wonder why we lived, and Danny died, Bill Quirk Sr. said. Danny Quirk was kind, happy, generous and carefree, his loved ones said. Twenty-three people died of lightning-related causes in 2013 in the U.S., and Danny Quirk was the sole New Yorker. Nationwide, the odds of being killed or injured by lightning are about 1 in 775,000 for each year of a persons life, according to the National Weather Service. Until July 7, 2013, life was good to the family, Bill Quirk Sr. said. They had a successful family business, the now-closed Taconic Hardwood Floors Inc. Their LaGrangeville home was always filled with loved ones. Dannys brother, Billy Quirk Jr., and sister, Kristen Braia, have their own families. Theyve made Renee and Bill Sr. grandparents many times over. Danny and my mom were special people who made everyone around them laugh and smile, Billy Quirk Jr. said. They were the type of people you looked forward to being around. Friends were always treated like family. They all had each other. And things were only getting better in early summer of 2013. Danny had married his Millbrook High School sweetheart, Colleen Carey Quirk, on April 6, 2013. They were just starting their life together. She was the love of his life, Bill Quirk Sr. said. And he was the love of hers. Its still hard to believe that I havent heard his voice in a year, Colleen Carey Quirk said. I could never adequately describe the type of person Danny was, how much he will always mean to me or how much he taught me about life everyday without realizing it at the time. A trip to Columbia Countys Lake Taghkanic State Park was just another day of fun on a warm Sunday last year. Sudden storms rolled through the area and Danny Quirk took refuge from a downpour under a tree, said his father, who eventually met with a number of the first responders and lifeguards who tried to save his son that day. A bolt of lightning struck the tree, knocked him down and put him into cardiac arrest at 2:19 p.m., according to Journal archives. Lifeguards resuscitated him and he was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, stabilized and sent to Albany Medical Center. There, he was on life support for two days before he died on July 9, surrounded by his loved ones. Youve never seen such an awesome response, from emergency responders, including the Yonkers Police Department, where his older son, Billy, is an officer, Bill Quirk Sr. said. Danny Quirks death rocked the community. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral. The massive outpouring of support has helped, Colleen Carey Quirk said. Her late husband taught her to always put our family first, she said. It was a lesson he followed with his parents and siblings, especially his mom, Bill Quirk Sr. said. Danny Quirk was Renees baby boy. She still cooked bacon for him in the mornings. He went with her to medical appointments. After he died, friends told her they hoped for the same relationships with their own children, a sentiment that meant the world to her, Renee Quirk said last year. Their relationship was filled with fun, adventure and vacations. She loves the children more than life, Bill Quirk Sr. said of Renee, on the Monday before her death. She gave the boys her empathy and toughness and thats why theyre so beloved. Their mom was their biggest fan, Billy Quirk Jr. said. She passed on her gift of being able to make the best of any situation, to his little brother, he added. The Danny Quirk Memorial Football Scholarship Fund, which will benefit graduating football players at Millbrook High School, was started in his honor. He was once the wide receiver and captain of his school team, the Blazers; his coaches were just devastated, by his death and the school retired his jersey  number 39  which meant a lot to the family, Bill Quirk Sr. said. Money for the scholarship was raised through donations and events such as a memorial golf outing and 5K run. Graduating senior Henry Cardinal, the varsity football teams running back, was awarded the first $5,000 scholarship. Cardinal had qualities his son exemplified, Bill Quirk Sr. said. The Quirks plan to continue the scholarship fund, looking at potential recipients and their families, to make sure they exhibit the qualities important to Danny, his father said. The family is as important as the athlete, because family was everything to us and Danny, Bill Quirk Sr. said. He would be happy to know that good deeds are being carried out in his name  he was a truly selfless person, the reason why Danny touched so many lives and will continue to do so through the great memories that so many people have of him, Colleen Carey Quirk said. Now that Team Quirk is missing two members, its even harder for loved ones to be optimistic. But if anything good has come from their double tragedy, its realizing the value of family and friends, he added. We appreciate everything the community has done for us, Bill Quirk Sr. said. Nina Schutzman: nschutzman@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-451-4518 Twitter: @pojonschutzman Video To see footage of Danny Quirks birthday fundraiser, visit www.poughkeepsiejournal.com
Sun, 07/07/2013 12:00 PM Injured Campbell Gillespie  0.0   
 UK 
  running     
By Marion Scott I was struck by a billion volt bolt from out of the blue, says miracle Scot who survived rare lightning strike 28 Jul 2013 10:13 CAMPBELL GILLESPIE, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was in a coma for weeks after his heart stopped three times because of the lightning strike when training for a half marathon. Campbell Gillespie with the cross hit by the lightning bolt Mercury FRIENDS call Campbell Gillespie The Lightning Man. Not because of his passion for running, but because he is only one of two known survivors of a direct lighting hit. Memories of the moment his life changed forever came flooding back as Scotland was hit by thunder storms and flash floods last week. Back in 2003, Campbell was struck by a billion volt bolt of lightning while he was out on a training run for a half marathon. It hit him directly in the chest, blasting through his gold cross pendant and sending him 15ft into the air. His heart stopped three times and he lay in a coma for weeks. Campbell, 48, who works for Ladbrokes bookmakers, said: Whenever theres a thunder and lightning storm, it brings it all back to me. But Im not scared of it. Im just happy to be alive and every single day is a bonus. I never forget Im the luckiest man alive. Campbell, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, said: I remember being out jogging, training for a half marathon. A week later, I woke up in intensive care with my poor mum and dad worried sick about whether Id live or die. Getty Most people hit by lightning are actually victims of a side flash  where the bolt hits a taller object such as a tree and a portion of the current jumps to a person standing nearby. In a direct hit, the person becomes part of the main lightning discharge and the effects are usually lethal. In Campbells case, the bolt on August 24, 2003, threw him15 feet into the air as he jogged on Merseyside, where he lived at the time, smashing his face off the concrete as he landed. He said: If my best friend Norman Rathbone hadnt been with me at that moment, I wouldnt be here to tell my story. He saved my life and kept me alive for 20 minutes until the ambulance arrived. My heart stopped three times and I swallowed some of the teeth Id smashed when I hit the road. Norman thumped my ribs so hard to keep my heart going and he actually broke some ribs. I owe him everything. Weve got a special bond, closer than any brothers could have. Norman, 64, kept working on Campbells body until the ambulance crew took over. Campbell stayed in a coma in hospital for a week with his anguished parents Mary, now 76, and Jack, 77, waiting anxiously by his bed. He said: Surgeons had to rebuild my whole face. But I still believe Im the luckiest man alive and I thank God for it every single day. I had four blood clots in the brain and one in a leg. The doctors said they could not believe how I managed to survive. The lighting bolt hit off my gold chain which was burned into my neck. Id worn the chain for years and never took it off. Only the cross was left intact. Because my internal injuries were so severe, doctors thought Id never be able to have any children. I was deafened in one ear, I had a fractured jaw and broken eye sockets and lost my sense of smell. The hospital said I only pulled through everything because Id kept myself fit. Campbell confounded the docs when his then wife Hazel, 44, gave birth to their son Brogan, now five, and Annabelle, three. He said: It was a miracle to just have Brogan and of course I asked Norman to become his godfather. When we found out we were having Annabelle too, we were just as overwhelmed. After being told Id be sterile, Id accepted never having kids. I absolutely worship them. Brogan thinks hes famous and tells people the story, but they think hes making it all up. I suppose it does sound like a fairytale. Campbell and Hazel split up two years ago, and he married new wife Jacqueline, 47, last year. The happy couple are planning a special dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the lightning strike, a special date Campbell keeps every year. He said: I think its important to do that. Before this happened, I was obsessed with my job and keeping fit. I didnt really appreciate what is truly important in life. But I certainly do now. Its only when something like that happens you really begin to appreciate what youve got. Mother nature tried to take me that day and I was having none of it. God decided it wasnt my time and Im so grateful.
Sun, 07/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed 8 injured in Godhra  0.0  Godhra  
 India 
       
READ MORE Lightning strikes|Godhra taluka RELATED VADODARA: Eight people suffered burn injuries in Godhra taluka of Panchmahal on Sunday after lightning struck them. The victims were rushed to Godhra civil hospital for treatment and some of them were reported to be in a serious condition. The incident occurred when the victims were standing under a tree in Bagidar village. Heavy rains lashed Godhra on Sunday afternoon and the victims rushed under a tree to take shelter. Lightning struck on the tree and injured the victims. Five of the victims have been identified as Vanraj Rathod, Rangit Rathod, Atul Solanki, Sanjay Solanki and Deepak Solanki.
Sun, 07/07/2013 12:00 PM Killed Giovanni Carlucci, (1 of 2)   12.0  Millbrook  
 Italy 
  on a beach    Beach,Outside 
Maruggio, July 8 - One boy is dead and another child Is in serious condition in hospital after the two cousins were struck by lightning during a weekend storm. Giovanni Carlucci, 12, from the Bari area, died of cardiac arrest despite rescue workers' efforts to revive him on the beach at Campomarino di Maruggio where the storm struck
Sun, 07/07/2013 04:00 PM Injured woman   18.0  Lake Taghkanic Park NY 
 USA 
  under a tree  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Under Trees 
Posted on July 8, 2013 by Nathan Mayberg ANCRAM ⬠A 26-year-old Millbrook man and an unidentified 18-year-old woman were reported to be struck by lightning at Lake Taghkanic Park Sunday afternoon. The male was in critical condition after undergoing cardiac arrest. He was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson before being switched to Albany Medical Center, According to Columbia County 911, a call was made at 2:20 p.m. of a man hit by lightning in the West Beach parking lot of the state park in Ancram. The victim, who has not yet been identified, was given CPR by lifeguards at the park before being transported to the hospital by Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP). The NDP responders also gave CPR to the male while transporting him. Randy Simons, a spokesperson with New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, said the individual was struck by lightning while near a tree in the parking lot of the beach. State park police Captain Michael Cappuccilli put out a statement confirming the report. "The lightning struck the tree, and he felt the effect,⬝ Simons said. Lifeguards, who were in the process of evacuating the beach due to a fast moving thunderstorm, attended to the Dutchess County man. â¬SThey got him revived and got his pulse going,⬝ Simons said. After being stabilized at Columbia Memorial Hospital, he was transferred to Albany Medical Center, Simons said. The identity of the victim is being withheld while family is contacted, Simons said. The Taghkanic Fire Department, State Park Police and state police responded to the initial call. At 4 p.m., Columbia County 911 was also called for a report of an 18-year-old woman at the park who said she was struck by lightning and felt tingling in her arm. She was reported to be conscious and alert while being attended to at the scene by Northern Dutchess Paramedics as of 4:50 p.m. She was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Northern Dutchess Paramedics. The incidents occurred during a sudden burst of heavy rains, thunder and lightning throughout the area. State police were reporting flooding at the state park, on State Route 82 and the Taconic Parkway. The flooding closed off State Route 82 and parts of the Taconic Parkway between 3:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. There was major flooding reported in the towns of Ancram and Taghkanic. At 5 p.m., Columbia County 911 was notified of electrical wires near a building at the Lake Taghkanic campgrounds on fire after reportedly being hit with lightning. *** To reach reporter Nathan Mayberg, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2513 or email nmayberg@registerstar.com.
Sat, 07/06/2013 12:00 PM Injured 5 injured on boat  0.0  Christmas Island  
 Australia 
  on a boat    Boat,On Water 
FIVE asylum seekers suffered burns when their boat was struck by lightning on the way to Christmas Island this week. The boat was intercepted by border protection just after 1pm on Wednesday and taken to Christmas Island. A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed five people required medical treatment for ``possible lightning burns' and another needed treatment for an epileptic fit. At least one asylum seeker was flown to Royal Perth Hospital, where they remain in a stable condition. It's understood that person will be transferred to RPH's Burns Unit for further treatment. ``HMAS Warramunga, under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre commenced rendering assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel at approximately 1.06pm on Wednesday July 3,' a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said. ``The people have been transferred to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.'
Fri, 07/05/2013 12:00 PM unknown Bad info from FEMA  0.0  NY 
 USA 
  bad safety info    Bad Safety info 
Editorial Print | E-mail | Comment (No comments posted.) | Share | Text Size Lightning is serious business, so play it safe Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 12:05 PM EDT The recent spate of thunderstorms has given us spectacular, rumbling lightshows complete with billowing clouds, pounding showers of rain and strangely colored skies. Theyre magnificent to watch, but these storms can also be very dangerous. We were unfortunately reminded of that fact in late June, when the severe thunderstorm that hit York and Cumberland counties caused injuries and property damage. According to news reports, a young woman was watching the storm from beneath a pine tree at the edge of Sebago Lake June 23 at the Point Sebago Resort in Casco. The tree was struck by lightning, sending her and two other spectators airborne, and she was knocked unconscious when she landed on rocks and a concrete barrier. That same night, a teenage boy was struck by lightning while inside his home after the bolt traveled across the room. The lightning also set homes on fire in Gorham and Falmouth. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, lightning kills an average of 55-60 people a year in the U.S., but 90 percent of those who are struck survive, often with permanent neurological disabilities. Most of those who die from lightning strikes  80 percent  are men who are fishing, boating, golfing, biking or working outdoors. These are very serious consequences, but most people think of thunderstorms as nothing more than an enjoyable natural light show and pay little heed to the dangers that can arise when we dont give nature her due respect. Men in particular might think theyre toughing it out during a rainstorm by continuing to enjoy an outdoor activity, but when that rainstorm becomes a thunderstorm, staying out is irresponsible and simply unwise. To help spread the word about staying safe during thunderstorms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is promoting its When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! message, and wed like to advocate for thunderstorm safety by sharing their message. FEMA suggests the 30/30 rule: If you see lightning and cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. If thats the case, we need to take precautions to protect ourselves from lightning strikes  some of which you may not have heard before. FEMA advises that people take shelter in a building that has electricity or plumbing, or a metal-topped vehicle with the windows up. While indoors, stay off corded phones, computers and other direct links to electricity, stay away from windows and indoor plumbing, and do not come in contact with any concrete floors or walls. Its almost unbelievable that lightning actually struck a Lebanon boy in his own home on June 23, but it happened. It might seem like fun to watch the storm from your porch or picture window, but the Lebanon incident is clear evidence that by doing so, youre putting yourself at risk for a lightning strike if youre not following the 30/30 rule. For those who are outdoors, most of us have heard that you should never take shelter under a tree. What we may not know are the alternatives: To seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees or find a low place such as a ravine or valley if youre in an open area. Anyone on or near a water body should get to shelter, and one should never lie on the ground. And lightning isnt the only threat. The heavy downpours that accompany thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, so those who are driving should pull over and if they come across flooded areas and should not attempt to cross. The recent injuries so close to home remind us all that thunder and lightning storms are serious business, and if we take care to stay indoors and away from windows when lightning is striking close-by, well all be able to stay safer. " " " Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Kristen Schulze Muszynski on behalf of the Journal Tribune Editorial Board. Questions? Comments? Contact Kristen by calling 282-1535, Ext. 322, or via email at kristenm@journaltribune.com. Share this Article
Fri, 07/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 women in Bihar  0.0  East Champaran district Bihar 
 India 
  under a tree    Under Trees 
Five women died after lightning struck them at a village in Bihar's East Champaran district today, the police said. Some women and children were standing under a neem tree in a field at Agarwa village to avoid heavy rains when the lightning struck them. The victims were identified as Lalsa Devi (20), Sanjha Devi (20) Sugia Devi (35), Ramlati Devi (60) and Chandrakala Devi (50). Two others, a woman and a boy, suffered burn injuries.
Thu, 07/04/2013 12:00 PM Injured Kendra Villanueva  0.0  Albuquerque NM 
 USA 
  watching fireworks in yard  N/A  Festival,Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
A PREGNANT New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Authorities say Kendra Villanueva and the baby's father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July 4 when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. We were actually going inside because we heard the lightning and the thunder, Ian Gordon told KRQE-TV . "The next thing we know, we woke up on the ground and everybody was just trying to keep us calm. KRQE-TV reports Villanueva was just weeks from her due date and was rushed to University of New Mexico Medical Center where she had an emergency Cesarean section. Mother, father and baby survived relatively unscathed. The couple named the baby Kimberly Samantha Rose Gordon and said they'll also call her "little Flash Gordon." Ian Gordon says the new parents are hoping their new daughter will "run fast, or save the universe." ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Doctors, specialists and her parents all call Kimberly Gordon, 1, a medical marvel. RELATED Severe thunderstorm warning issued in BernCo Albuquerque under flood advisory Diego Fire forces mandatory evacuations Install our weather app 1,700 lightning strikes pummel Gila, ignite fires "Everybody we've seen says it's a miracle she's alive," said her father, Ian Gordon. On July 4, 2013, Gordon and his pregnant girlfriend, Kendra Villanueva, were trying to take cover during a thunderstorm when they were struck by a bolt of lightning while walking under a tree. Gordon said the electricity knocked them out. It traveled through his ear, jumped to Villanueva's body and left through her thumb. First responders rushed Villanueva to the hospital, where Kimberly was delivered by emergency C-section. "Those first six months were a little rough, she had a lot of trouble sleeping," Gordon said. Flash forward to today. Her parents say Kimberly still has neurological damage from the trauma of the lightning strike. She can't sit up or crawl and she has trouble digesting food. "It's hard seeing she can't eat like she's supposed to and can't have food yet, just through the [feeding] tube. But other than I'm glad she lived through it all," Villanueva said. Kimberly's situation is so unusual her parents said doctors have no way of knowing when she will walk and talk. "She's just kind of a play-it-by ear baby," Gordon noted, adding that he has taken to calling her Flash Gordon. In another possible side effect, Kimberly has hair that stands straight up. It kind of looks like static. Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/pregnant-woman-struck-by-lightning-baby-sustains-neurological-damage/26894258#ixzz379go3ewQ
Thu, 07/04/2013 12:00 PM Injured Ian gordon, (2 of 2)  0.0  Albuquerque NM 
 USA 
  watching fireworks in yard  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
Wed, 07/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 80 Cambodians in 1st half this yea  0.0   
 Cambodia 
       
Adjust font size: Lightning strikes killed at least 80 Cambodian people in the first six months of this year, up 21 percent from 66 deaths a year earlier, a disaster control official said Wednesday. Thunderbolts also injured 69 persons and claimed the lives of 46 cattle killed, said Keo Vy, chief of the National Committee for Disaster Management. He blamed the heavy rains with lightning and thunderstorms caused by low pressure in the March-May season for the greater casualties in the six months. "Now, it is a rainy season, lightning strikes can happen when there is rain, so people should be careful to avoid dangers," he told Xinhua. "They should stay in their houses when there are torrential rains with storms and lightning." Cambodia has one of the world's highest rates of deaths by lightning at 7.8 deaths per million people, he said, adding that last year, lightning strikes killed 103 Cambodians and injured 72 others. Lightning becomes more common in Cambodia, which occurs frequently from March to November every year.
Wed, 07/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 people  0.0  Uttar Pradesh 
 India 
       
All Tags: Sultanpur , Ambedkar Nagar , Faizabad , Lightning Kills Lucknow: Five people, including two children, were killed after being hit by lightning in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, July 3 as confirmed by the police. The lightning struck at three different places while rains lashed parts of the state. Most Read Recommended Saraswatichandra likely to go off air! Salman Khan to share screen with Parineeti Chopra or Ileana? Sasural Simar Ka - Bhardwaj family to shake legs on 'Om Shanti Om' Police officials said that the first incident took place in Mechkurahi village in Faizabad district where lightning struck Maqbool Ahmad (50) and Ram Bali (25) while they were sitting in the courtyard of a house. Both were killed instantly. The second incident took place at Mahayein village in Ambedkar Nagar district when a farmer, identified as Rajendra, was working in his field and lightning struck him and two other labourers. While Rajendra died on the spot, the other two were rushed to hospital with injuries. The third incident took place at Rasoolpur village in Sultanpur district when lightning hit an orchard and killed two children - Abdullah (9) and Aslam (10).
Wed, 07/03/2013 04:45 PM Injured Donna Jordan  0.0  Colbert GA 
 USA 
  walking to front door    Door,Ground Strike,Outside,Porch 
Donna Jordan is counting her blessings these days. After all, there are not many who can say they survived being struck by lightning. Jordan says shes always loved the beauty and excitement of a thunderstorm coming in, but the frequent storms this week have had less of an appeal after her ordeal. The incident happened last week as she and her family returned from a vacation to Panama City, Florida, where about half their week at the beach had been dampened by thunderstorms moving up from the Gulf. Jordan said the family had just pulled into their driveway in Colbert Wednesday afternoon, July 3, about 4:45 p.m. in a moderately heavy rainstorm. I dont remember any lightning as we drove in, Jordan said this week. If there had been, wed have waited a few minutes to go inside. As it was, Jordans husband Neal pulled as close as he could get to their front door and they all jumped out, making a mad dash for the house. Just before she reached the front steps, Jordan said she felt the sharpest pain shed ever felt travel up her right leg, into her abdomen and then down her left leg, accompanied by a tremendous flash of light  the brightest shed ever seen  and a loud bang. Somehow, she made it up the two steps and in her front door, where her husband, already inside, caught her. Her daughters, Bailee and Logan, also made it in the door just as the lightning struck their house. I remember telling Neal somethings not right and lying down on the floor, she said. Bailee called 9-1-1. As they waited for EMS, Jordan said her head began to throb and she felt nauseous and began to throw up. Her heart was also fluttering and she had some trouble breathing. When paramedics arrived, they ran an EKG and then transported her to Athens Regional where doctors kept her overnight for observation and to run tests. She said the ER doctor surmised she might have taken an indirect hit from the strike because she was barefoot. I remember him asking me if the others were wearing shoes, and they were, she said. Jordan came home on July 4, but said she continued to suffer from a terrible headache and nausea until Saturday. Her family later told her that there were sparks around the electrical outlets as they came inside that evening. They also found the phone jacks had been knocked out of their outlets and a number of major appliances damaged. We lost the washer, dishwasher, two TVs and all the Dish satellite boxes, along with the landline phones, Internet and answering machine, she said. The central a/c system is also not working properly. She said Neal found where the phone system box was blown off the back of the house and out into the yard, the apparent target of the lightning strike. But were all alive, were OK and the house didnt burn down, thats what really matters, Jordan said. I just thank God that it wasnt any worse and it didnt harm my family. A follow-up visit to her doctor for tests on Monday showed no apparent permanent damage from her brush with lightning, though Jordan says she still continues to feel considerable abdominal pain and severe tingling in her legs. Its weird, because there is no entry or exit wound, but I sure feel it inside, she said. The doctor seems to think its muscle spasms. Though she will return in two weeks for more follow up, shes trying not to let what happened slow her down too much. This Saturday, she will accompany her 5k team and walk in a 5k run at Georgias International Horse Park in Conyers. She also plans to begin attending, at least part-time, the summer camp going on at her pre-school, The Learning Train. I am just so thankful for all the outpouring of love and concern from the community and our church, she said. Several have brought meals, and one friend even brought a gallon of milk and loaf of bread, since she knew there cupboards were bare since theyd been on vacation. Jordan also knows shes going to have to take a fair amount of ribbing from her friends and family about the incident, and shes just fine with that. Youve got to have sense of humor about it all, she said. Im just glad to be here to share the jokes. And she thinks she may even be able one day to enjoy a thunderstorm moving in again. Though Jordan says she may still enjoy an approaching thunderstorm in the future  shell experience that enjoyment from a safe place inside  and shell be wearing shoes. LIGHTNING STATISTICS There were 28 deaths from lightning in the U.S. in 2012, according to the National Weather Service, and there have been nine fatalities so far this year. Not surprisingly, more deaths occur in Florida than any other state. According to the National Geographic website, lightning is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injury in the United States. Most people do not realize that they can be struck by lightning even when the center of a thunderstorm is 10 miles away and there are blue skies overhead, the website stated. If you can hear thunder, you are in danger. The odds of becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. National Geographic says 3,696 lightning deaths were recorded in the U.S. between 1959 and 2003. Injuries range from cardiac arrest, severe burns and permanent brain damage to memory loss and personality change.
Mon, 07/01/2013 07:00 AM Injured Joelle Lester, 2 of 3 family  15.0  St. Petersburg FL 
 USA 
  giving camping lessons in yard  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent,Yard 
MANATEE -- Three people in Bradenton were transported to a hospital Monday morning after being struck by lightning, authorities said. The victims were standing outside of a house in the 2200 20th Ave. W., according to Manatee County Fire Rescue. They are in stable condition. Meanwhile, heavy rains are likely Monday in Bradenton, thanks to showers and thunderstorms expected to move through the area. The National Weather Service is calling for a high near 87, with south-southwesterly winds around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. The chance of rain is 90 percent. Monday night, skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. The chance of rain is 70 percent, mainly before 70 percent. Because of winds blowing across the Gulf of Mexico, there is a moderate risk of rip currents off local beaches through at least Tuesday morning, according to the Weather Service. Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130107071909_weather-alert-heavy-rains-likely.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Mon, 07/01/2013 11:25 AM Injured nanny, ( and child, 1 of 2 )  0.0  Ridgefield CT 
 USA 
  bringing child into house with umbrella  N/A  Outside,Umbrella 
RIDGEFIELD, Conn.  A woman was struck by lightning on a Ridgefield roadway Monday morning while trying to bring two children inside a home during a heavy thunderstorm, Ridgefield Fire Department confirmed. The woman, a nanny, was walking down High Pasture Court to bring an infant in her care indoors after already brining another child inside a home, according to Fire Chief Heather Burford. She was transported to Danbury Hospital, complaining of pain on her right side. The infant was also evaluated by paramedics. The Ridgefield Fire Department responded to a call of the lightning strike around 11:25 a.m., Burford said. "As she was preparing to remove the infant she states that lightning struck her umbrella, Burford wrote in an email. She indicated she saw sparks and felt a pain on her right side. Her chief complaint was right shoulder pain. According to what she told the emergency responders, she never lost consciousness and called 911. No further information is available regarding the nanny and childrens conditions.
Mon, 07/01/2013 03:52 PM Killed Christine Ann Adrian  66.0  Tuolumne county CA 
 USA 
  at a campground  N/A  Camping,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
Woman Hit, Killed by Lightning in Tuolumne County 13 hours ago by Ian McDonald TUOLUMNE COUNTY- The National Weather Service says a 66-year-old woman died after being struck by lightning Monday night in Tuolumne County. The strike happened at a campground in the Dardanelles area. The NWS warned of thunderstorms in higher elevations when they issued their initial advisory on the Sacramento Valley heat wave. Authorities identify victim of reported lightning strike Written by Union Democrat staff July 02, 2013 09:36 am The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office released a statement this morning that identified the woman who died Monday at a campground near Dardanelle after witnesses reported she was struck by lightning. Christine Ann Adrian, 66, of Sonora, was reportedly unconscious and receiving CPR when Cal Fire and ambulance personnel were dispatched to assist at 3:52 p.m., according to the statement. Adrian had died by the time first responders arrived on scene. According to the statement, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's coroner could not find any obvious entry or exit wounds that would be associated with being struck by lightning and determined Adrian did not suffer a direct hit. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death, the statement said.
Mon, 07/01/2013 11:25 AM Injured infant, (2 of 2)  0.0  Ridgefield CT 
 USA 
  being lifted from carriage    Outside,Umbrella 
Mon, 07/01/2013 04:00 AM Injured Lindsey Lester, 1 of 3 family  15.0  St. Petersburg FL 
 USA 
  giving camping lessons in yard  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent,Yard 
Mon, 07/01/2013 05:00 AM Injured JR Lester, (2 of 3 family)  15.0  Bradenton FL 
 USA 
    N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent,Yard 
Staff and wire report Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:49 a.m. Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. BRADENTON - Three people were hospitalized after lightning struck near them in Bradenton early this morning. Emergency responders arrived in the 2200 block of 20th Avenue West about 5 a.m. The three were reportedly camping in a tent in their backyard, says the Bradenton Fire Department. The victims had no obvious signs of injury when they were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital. The department said names of the victims would not be released. Bradenton Police spokesman Capt. Warren Merriman said no one was actually struck, adding they were taken to the hospital for "precautionary reasons." Manatee County Fire Rescue says the three were standing outside a Bradenton house early Monday when lightning struck nearby. Authorities say the three are in stable condition. A Lee County Sheriff's Office patrol car also was struck by lightning early Monday. The deputy driving the car had to pull over when its engine shut off. Officials say the emergency lights atop the vehicle were shattered but the deputy was not injured. According to the National Weather Service, Florida led the country last year with five deaths caused by lightning strikes. Three lightning fatalities have been reported in Florida so far this year. EARLIER: Three people are hospitalized after lightning struck near where they were standing in Southwest Florida. Manatee County Fire Rescue says the three were standing outside a Bradenton house early Monday when lightning struck nearby. Authorities say the three are in stable condition. A Lee County Sheriff's Office patrol car also was struck by lightning early Monday. The deputy driving the car had to pull over when its engine shut off. Officials say the emergency lights atop the vehicle were shattered but the deputy was not injured. According to the National Weather Service, Florida led the country last year with five deaths caused by lightning strikes. Three lightning fatalities have been reported in Florida so far this year. T. PETERSBURG -- A mother and her two children were treated at a local hospital Monday morning after being shocked by lightning while camping outside their Bradenton home. Lindsey Lester said she and her young children Joelle and J.R., along with her boyfriend and a baby, were huddled inside a 10-person tent outside Lester's home on the 2200 block of 20th Ave. W. when a strong storm rolled through. Lester said she was giving her children camping lessons when lightning struck very close by at around 4 a.m. She and the two children suffered electrical shock. The three were rushed to Manatee Memorial Hospital, but none were seriously injured. They were all released in about two hours
Mon, 07/01/2013 12:00 AM unknown Lightning warning system ignored in Ridgewood  0.0  Ridgewood NJ 
 USA 
  not leaving field    Education,Science 
Lightning warning system ignored in Ridgewood MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013 BY CHRIS HARRIS STAFF WRITER THE RECORD PRINT | E-MAIL RIDGEWOOD  Members of the Village Council acknowledge that a lightning detection system installed last year at parks and schools is being ignored by athletes and coaches. Resident Boyd Loving told the council that during a recent storm, the lightning detection system sounded. Yet three baseball games continued, Loving said, on the fields behind Village Hall. Loving suggested an ordinance be put in place to penalize those who ignore the lightning detection warnings, which sound when lightning strikes are imminent within a 10-mile radius. "It's very frustrating," admitted Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck. She said she, too, has watched play continue through the warnings. "We are talking with the Police Department about how to enforce it." The matter will be on the agenda for the council's next meeting. In the meantime, Hauck said she will reach out to parks and recreation officials and the field committee, to remind them of the rules. "We spent money for this system, and it's being disregarded," Mayor Paul Aronsohn said. "They just shouldn't be out there [when the alarms sound] if it's an organized sports program. It's just not acceptable." Email: harrisc@northjersey.com - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20130107071647_213790741_Lightning_warning_system_ignored_in_Ridgewood_system_is_ignored.html.htm#sthash.QwjtvV09.dpuf
Sun, 06/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured man laying cable, 2 of 2  33.0  Sandpoint ID 
 USA 
  laying underground cable    Construction site,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Sun, 06/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured man laying cable, 1 of 2  45.0  Sandpoint ID 
 USA 
  laying underground cable    Construction site,Indirect,Metal,Outside,Work 
SANDPOINT, Idaho - Two men laying an underground cable in northern Idaho have been hospitalized after a lightning strike that authorities say likely traveled through the cable. Bonner County Emergency Medical Services tells the Bonner County Daily Bee (http://bit.ly/12eD4eZ) that a 45-year-old man was flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., after the lightning strike Saturday morning. Another man in his 30s was taken by ambulance to Bonner General Hospital. Names haven't been released. Bonner EMS spokesman Bob Abbott says the 45-year-old man has wounds in the lower half of his body from electrical burns. He says the other man didn't have those types of burns but instead appears to have been hit by electricity traveling through the ground.
Sun, 06/30/2013 11:30 AM Injured Randy Whitt  0.0  Byers Peak Wilderness CO 
 USA 
      Hiking,Outside 
Hello my name is Randy Whitt , I'm from Fraser , Colorado and this is what happend yesterday. So it started off as a bluebird sky Sunday in colorado , myself and two friends went hiking in the Byers peak wilderness outside of Fraser. Arrived at the trail head at 8 am and planned a hike of bottle peak, ptarmigan peak and Byers peak in that day . We had got the the summit of both peaks by 10 am and we're hiking the 4 miles from ptarmigan to Byers. We arrived at the base of Byers with an afternoon rain shower and a thunder storm across the valley more than 20 miles away. We waited the storm out and waited another 30 minutes after the last thunder . And began the last 1.1 up the face of Byers peak. At this point over an hour since the last sound , we thought the coast was clear . We had just reached the summit and not more than 30 seconds later , the three of us were struck . I am trying to figure out how we were struck ? Why were struck ? My friend took a video of me being struck it shows a bolt of light enter thru my cheek, at this point I was looking at the ground and notice a spark come out of my shoe. Is it better that all of us got hit , and the amount of power got dispersed ? So possibly the effects won't be so severe? Are there any long term effects from being struck ? Is there anything I should start doing to prevent any problems ?
Sat, 06/29/2013 01:40 PM Injured Lily Hoberman, 2 of 3  9.0  Zionsville IN 
 USA 
  in a field  N/A  Fresbee,Ground Strike,Outside,Summer Camp 
Kids go to hospital after lightning strike Updated: Saturday, 29 Jun 2013, 4:49 PM EDT Published : Saturday, 29 Jun 2013, 2:57 PM EDT INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Three children were taken to an Indianapolis hospital Saturday afternoon after reports of a lightning strike on the north side of Indy. Authorities were called to the 9300 block of Moore Road around 1:40 p.m. to the Goldman Union Camp Institute. IMPD Spokesman Officer Kendale Adams says witnesses reported seeing a lightning strike, though information on whether the children were injured as a result of the lightning strike was not immediately available. Authorities say the incident happened in the camp's northeast field. Police say when they arrived camp counselors had already begun life-saving attempts on the children. Pike Township firefighters then took over with life-saving attempts before the children were taken to the hospital. According to IMPD, one child was listed in critical condition around 4 p.m. The other two children's conditions were listed as stable. The children are a 9-year-old boy from Kentucky, a 9-year-old girl from Chesterfield, and a 12-year-old boy from Ohio. Officials were working to contact parents of children at the camp.
Sat, 06/29/2013 12:00 PM Killed student  0.0  Shimla Himachal Pradesh 
 India 
  under a tree    Outside,Under Trees 
0 Mail Print Youth dies in Shimla from lightning strike Source : Last Updated: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 20:20 hrs0 Comments Shimla, June 29 (IANS) A youth died in Shimla after being struck by lightning Saturday, police said. Santosh, a student of M.Com, was returning from the historical Jakhu Temple with two friends when lightning struck him, a police official said. He said the victim was standing below a tree along with his friends when the disaster occurred. However, his friends escaped unhurt. The Jakhu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is located at Mount Jakhu -- the highest peak in the town located at an altitude of 8,500 feet.
Sat, 06/29/2013 01:40 PM Injured Ethan Kadish, boy 1 of 3  12.0  Zionsville IN 
 USA 
  playing ultimate frisbee in a field  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Field,Ground Strike,Outside,Summer Camp 
Zionsville, IN (FOX19) - A community came together Tuesday night to pray for a local boy struck by lightning over the weekend. MORE UPDATED: Kenton Co. pets up for adoption Take a look at these pets and see if you can give them a forever home. Pictures updated 07/01/2013! More >> Ethan Kadish, 12, of Loveland, was one of three injured when lightning struck at the Goldman-Union Camp Institute near Indianapolis. He's still being treated in a children's hospital in Indianapolis where he is in serious but stable condition. The other two children injured in the incident have since been released from the hospital and are at home with their families. Through songs, prayers and well-wishes, congregants at the Rockdale Temple are hoping for a full recovery or Ethan. "Your presence and your prayers have meant more to the Kadish family than you can possibly know," said Rabbi Sigma "Sissy" Coran, of Rockdale Temple. Ethan was hit by lightning while playing ultimate Frisbee with other campers. He was one of three injured. The other two were a boy and girl, both nine years old. "The circumstances of his injuries should not be really why we're here, but his personhood, his humanity, and the boy, the young man he is becoming," added Coran. The support to help Ethan recover isn't just coming from the Rockdale Temple, or the camp, or even Cincinnati. It's coming from all over the world. "I want you to understand and know that across North America, across the world, there's the embrace that we all hope Ethan and his family feel," said Rabbi Steven Mills of the Union for Reform Judaism. Ethan's family has described him as a team player, not just in sports, but with the doctors and nurses taking care of him. "He recently hit two home runs in one game, and we hope that he is in the process of hitting a few more along the way," said Coran at the prayer service. Mills also read some comments from the camp's director, Rabbi Mark Covitz. He also sent along his well-wishes and prayers. The Kadish family was not in attendance, as they're still at the hospital in Indianapolis. They watched the service through a live stream on the Internet. The Kadish family has also issued this statement: We want to express our appreciation for everyone's support and prayers. We cannot begin to describe the gratitude we feel for the swift response of the camp counselors and staff members of Goldman Union Camp Institute. Their extensive training and the camp's preparedness allowed them to be lifesavers when the urgent need arose. At this time, Ethan is receiving the best medical care available and responding appropriately. Words aren't sufficient to communicate our appreciation to the medical caregivers who have been involved in our son's care and treatment. The families affected are establishing the Miracle Kids Medical and Rescue Fund at Goldman Union Camp Institute to provide medical equipment and supplies to the camp so that it can continue to have world-class assets onsite to keep the campers safe at all times. Your continued thoughts and prayers are welcomed and needed for our son's recovery. We also offer our own thoughts and prayers for the complete healing of the two other campers affected by this tragic incident. We ask for privacy as we focus on Ethan's care and the needs of our other children. Thank you, Scott and Alexia Kadish Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved. (JTA)  On Saturday, two weeks after Ethan Kadishs 13th birthday, the members of his family will gather around a Torah scroll in the chapel of Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for a small ceremony marking his entrance into adulthood. This was not the bar mitzvah that Scott and Alexia Kadish envisioned seven weeks ago when Ethan was still at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Zionsville, Ind. Scott and Alexia had just finished mailing Ethans bar mitzvah invitations and were making final plans for a week of vacation when they received the call: While helping younger campers learn the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, Ethan and two other children had been struck by lightning. The other children were released from the hospital soon afterward. But Ethan, who suffered cardiac arrest as a result of the strike, was in critical condition. Nearly two months later he is still fighting the effects of a catastrophic brain injury. (JTA)  On Saturday, two weeks after Ethan Kadishs 13th birthday, the members of his family will gather around a Torah scroll in the chapel of Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for a small ceremony marking his entrance into adulthood. This was not the bar mitzvah that Scott and Alexia Kadish envisioned seven weeks ago when Ethan was still at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Zionsville, Ind. Scott and Alexia had just finished mailing Ethans bar mitzvah invitations and were making final plans for a week of vacation when they received the call: While helping younger campers learn the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, Ethan and two other children had been struck by lightning. The other children were released from the hospital soon afterward. But Ethan, who suffered cardiac arrest as a result of the strike, was in critical condition. Nearly two months later he is still fighting the effects of a catastrophic brain injury. We know that Ethan will be in the hospital for many months, Scott said. But the progress we have seen  which we are measuring week to week and month to month, not day to day  has been in a forward direction. Initially hospitalized in Indianapolis, Ethan was airlifted to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital in early July. After two weeks in intensive care, he has regained the ability to breathe on his own, but he remains unable to engage in purposeful movements. Although he has irregular periods of open-eyed wakefulness, his parents told JTA they are not sure of the extent of his vision. The family has benefited from the support of their community, including their rabbi, Sissy Coran of Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, who spent the night with the Kadishes on the second day of Ethans hospitalization. Meals have been delivered to them three times a week, and hundreds have signed up for Team Ethan on the Lotsa Helping Hands website, which assists families caring for a sick relative. We have experienced the best of humanity, Alexia said. Now the family is seeking another kind of help. In cooperation with the HelpHOPELive fundraising website and the Great Lakes Catastrophic Injury Fund, the Kadishes are hoping to raise money to cover Ethans medical expenses, many of which will not be covered by insurance, they say. In an interview, the couple  who also have set up a webpage to keep well-wishers informed of Ethans condition  were candid about the emotional difficulties of the preceding weeks, from the anguished ride from Cincinnati to the hospital in Indianapolis, to the emotional pain of having an unresponsive child. But they remain hopeful. Recently they took Ethan outside into the sunlight and were rewarded with a response from their son: a tiny but unmistakable laugh. Nonetheless, as they prepare for the months and years ahead, the Kadishes are cognizant of the many challenges facing their family. They have two other children, ages 16 and 10. Our other children certainly know there has been a huge change in our family lifestyle, Alexia said. They see how many hours Scott and I spend at the hospital. But were trying really hard to create a schedule as the school year starts to provide some source of normalcy in our family unit. This, Scott added, is our new normal. Read more: http://www.jta.org/2013/08/20/news-opinion/united-states/struck-by-lightning-at-camp-ethan-kadish-battling-catastrophic-injury#ixzz2cYn0TPA5 A 13-year-old southwest Ohio boy seriously hurt by a lightning strike at an Indiana summer camp in June is breathing on his own but hasn't been able to speak or move without help, his family and doctors said. The jolt of lightning stopped Ethan Kadish's heart and led to brain damage, his parents and doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital said Tuesday. The boy is still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at the hospital, and the damage to his brain was significant, said Dr. David Pruitt, the hospital's medical director of in-patient rehabilitation. "It's very early in Ethan's recovery process, and I expect his overall brain recovery time will extend at least for a couple of years," Pruitt said. The boy was injured June 29 at Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish camp that serves children in the Midwest entering grades three to 12. A 9-year-old Chesterfield, Mo., girl, and a 9-year-old Louisville, Ky.-area boy were also hospitalized for injuries from the lightning strike but were released a few days later. Camp Director and Rabbi Mark Covitz said Kadish was teaching younger campers how to play ultimate Frisbee when the lightning struck near the athletic field on a mostly sunny day with a rumble of thunder in the distance, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Covitz said no one saw the lightning, but a loud crack was heard and staffers later found a dead tree about 40 yards from the field. The boy's father, Scott Kadish, said he heard people who were there refer to the lightning "as a bolt out of the blue." Covitz speculated that the lightning may have bounced off the tree. The boy's mother, Alexia Kadish, said she sees some small progress and often climbs into her son's hospital bed to comfort and talk to him. "I see more light behind his eyes," she said of her son, who loved playing baseball. She said she often talks to him about what his brother and sister are doing and about TV shows and the Cincinnati Reds. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/11/lightning-strike-leaves-ohio-boy-brain-damaged/#ixzz2ehtf3MVM
Sat, 06/29/2013 01:40 PM Injured Noah Auerbach, 3 of 3  9.0  Zionsville IN 
 USA 
  in a field  N/A  Burnt,Camping,Field,Fresbee,Ground Strike,Outside,Summer Camp 
3 children struck by lightning on Northwestside: The children were at a summer camp. All were from out of state. Alex Campbell / The Star Written by Alex Campbell and Eric Weddle FILED UNDER Indianapolis News Riley Hospital For Children Purchase ImageZOOM Police say a lightning strike in an open field injured three children at the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a summer camp near Zionsville, on Saturday afternoon. / Alex Campbell / The Star A lightning strike in an open field injured three children at a summer camp on Saturday afternoon, police said, leaving one in critical condition. The strike hit the Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish camp on the 9300 block of Moore Road, near Zionsville. What the children were doing in the field when the strike hit is not yet known. Reporters were not allowed inside the camps gate and police said camp officials did not want to discuss the incident publicly. A woman answering the camps main phone line, who gave her name only as Susan, said were not at liberty to discuss what happened. We really cant give out any information at this time, she said, adding: Right now safety is just our highest concern. Campers at our camp are doing fine and were going on with our program. All three of the victims are from out of state: a 9-year-old female from Missouri, a 9-year-old male from Kentucky and a 12-year-old male from Ohio. Its not clear from police reports which of those three is the one in critical condition. Officials were called to the scene around 1:40 p.m. on Saturday as thunderstorms rolled through the area. By the time they arrived, camp counselors had begun lifesaving efforts, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police report. Two of the injured were taken to Riley Hospital for Children. The third, who was in critical condition, was taken to St. Vincent Hospital. Police said that the camp has more than 100 children. According to its website, the camp had at least four different programs running as of Saturday, for children in grade 3 through 12. Nine-year-old Noah Auerbach of Louisville was playing Ultimate Frisbee with friends at an Indianapolis summer camp last weekend when he was struck by lightning. But after being released from the hospital, he returned to camp Friday, his mother said. We thought he would have the weekend, the two days, to say goodbye to all the friends he made and to let them know he is completely good and healthy and to have a closure to the summer, said Star Auerbach, Noahs mother. Hes an amazing kid, so were feeling very, very lucky. Noah and two other children were struck by lightning June 29 at Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish camp in Indianapolis. Noah was released from Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis two days after the incident, and a 9-year-old girl from Missouri who was also struck was released this past week. But a 12-year-old from Loveland, Ohio, who was also struck was transported from Riley to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday. After being struck, Star Auerbach said, Noah was unconscious for about a minute. He has a mark on his leg where the lightning struck and a pinhole on his foot where the electricity exited his body, but he was somehow OK, she said. This was Noahs second year attending the Indianapolis camp, said his mother, who also attended the camp when she was a child. Auerbach said camp counselors and staff members swift response to the incident could have saved the childrens lives. I think it is very unlikely it will ever happen again, Auerbach said. But I think I will always probably be nervous when its thundering outside.
Fri, 06/28/2013 06:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Conowingo FL 
 USA 
  under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Yard 
Port-area man is Cecil's second lightning-strike victim this month Story Commenting ShareShare Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size COURTESY OF JAIME MULLER/CECIL COUNTY FIRE BLOG Thunderstorm Lightning strikes near Elk Mills Friday evening. Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 9:30 pm | Updated: 12:41 am, Mon Jul 1, 2013. By Jane Bellmyer and Dara McBride jbellmyer@cecilwhig.com A Port Deposit area man was hospitalized after being injured by a lightning strike on Friday afternoon. Wayne Tome, EMS chief for Water Witch Fire Company, said the man was injured when lightning struck where he was standing just before 6 p.m. as an afternoon storm blew through the area. Tome, who declined to identify the man, said the man was found on the 1400 block of Dr. Jack Road in Conowingo. Tome said it is believed the man was injured through a proximity lightning strike. The man was found under a pine tree and next to a wood pile, which was on fire, presumably from the lightning strike, Tome said. The man was in serious but stable condition at Christiana Hospital as of Saturday, Tome said. Tome cautioned people to stay indoors during bad weather. â¬SWhen there are these storms, it is imperative that people take shelter and are inside so they're not susceptible to lightning strikes,⬝ Tome said. This is the second time in a month that there have been reports of a person struck by lightning. On June 13, Haley Embleton, 19, was struck by lightning at the Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun. During a rainstorm, Embleton, an intern for the zoo and a University of Delaware student from Sussex County, Del., had taken shelter under a tree. Embleton was taken to Christiana Hospital and in a coma for several days.
Fri, 06/28/2013 12:00 AM unknown Bad safety info from NWS WCM in WI  0.0  La Crosse WI 
 USA 
  bad safety info    Bad Safety info 
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It's lightning safety awareness week and with over 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes per year in the United States, lightning related dangers are very real. But they're also commonly ignored. "There's always going to be that first strike out there," said Todd Shea, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the La Crosse National Weather Service. "You just don't want to be anywhere near it." According to the National Weather Service, lightning accounts for an average of 50+ deaths per year and hundreds of injuries. "Lightning is one of the underrated killers out there in addition to flash flooding at some of the other threats we see with thunderstorms," said Shea. "But the reason we spend this week on lightning safety is because people often times don't think about it or don't respect that it could happen to them." Because of the nature of lightning, many of those who are injured suffer long-term complications. "If you think about a lightning strike, and all of the electrical charges that are associated with brain activity, that [lightning] can injure that [a brain] for an awful long time," said Shea. "People can have lasting affects that can go on for years with things like depression and headaches after being struck by lightning." From 2006-2012 around two-third of the lightning related deaths and injuries occurred to people who were engaging in outdoor, leisure activities. Many victims were headed to safety but waited too long to take cover. "It's simple things," said Shea. "It's working in your yard when there's thunder or lighting in the area. It's being in a park or big outdoor setting. Fishing is pretty common, people hiking in higher up areas and ridge tops, beaches when thunderstorms are rolling in. Those are all common occurrences." Lightning can strike up to 10 miles outside of the parent thunderstorm and no matter what it looks like outside, if you hear thunder, it's time to go indoors. Because of this, the National Weather Service has adopted the saying "when thunder roars go indoors." "Our average number of fatalities each year is still too high," said Shea. "Any fatality is too high. But we average 53 deaths a year from lighting still. So while that number is coming down a little but we just kind of want to make sure the word is getting out there. That people need to move indoors anytime there is thunder in the area and lightning strikes nearby. So you're not a statistic." Before heading out for the day, know the forecast and have a plan if a thunderstorm rolls in. At the first rumble of thunder, head indoors. Thirty minutes after the last clap of thunder you can safely return your activities. "I guess where I cringe is still seeing outdoor events taking place, even in the La Crosse area here, where there is thunder already occurring or lighting strikes can be seen off in the distance and they keep trying to keep the event going," said Shea. "They're basically taking chances with all that lighting in the area." If you get caught outdoors without shelter nearby, a hard-topped car can provide some safety from lightning. If you cannot get to a car, avoid trees and other tall objects and try to get as low as possible. "If you have no other option, cower down," said Shea. "Stay on your feet but bend down like a ball and try to make yourself as low of a target as possible." Shea said lightning injuries inside a building are rare but do occur. This is because lighting can travel through anything that conducts electricity. You can minimize your risk by staying off of wired devices and out of the shower during a thunderstorm. Cell phones are safe to use. For more information about lightning, the National Weather Service is a goldmine for educational material and resources. Links to the resources used for this story can be found below. http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/resources/ttl6-10.pdf http://www.weather.gov/iln/lightningsafetyweek http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20120620_lightning.html
Fri, 06/28/2013 12:00 PM Killed 5 dead in Bihar  0.0  Bihar 
 India 
       
Samastipur: Five persons died due to lightning in Bisenpur Beri village of Bihar's Samastipur district on Thursday, an official said. The five villagers were struck dead by lightning when they were on their way to a neighbouring village for a shradh ceremony, Block Development Officer Shivnand Singh said. The deceased were identified as Ravi Thakur, Makhan Rai, Bindeshwar Rai, Suresh Singh and Sriram Singh, the BDO said.
Fri, 06/28/2013 01:00 PM Injured E J Eldridge  0.0  St. Augustine FL 
 USA 
  on boat fishing, trying to outrun storm    Boat,fishing,Fresh Water,Indirect,On Water,Outside,Taking Shelter 

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