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Mon, 07/22/2013 12:00 AM Injured 2 of 3 farm workers  18.0  Bainbridge GA 
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  walking along road    Farming,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Road,Walking,Work 
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured Greg Warner, 1 of 2 on boat  0.0  Soddy Daisy TN 
 USA 
  in a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Fishing boat struck by lightning Posted: Jul 21, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Updated: Jul 21, 2013 6:19 PM EDT SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) - A Kentucky couple says they saw clear skies before a lightning strike hit their fishing boat on the Tennessee River. The couple says they were heading back to Dayton to beat an oncoming storm when that bolt hit. Greg Warner was driving the boat. His wife says he was convulsing for a bit before coming back to normal. She says she saw the bolt strike right before her eyes. "it was a huge shock to the boat. It was a weird, weird, weird feeling. I don't even know how to explain what it felt like. I was just scared. Lord was I scared." Paramedics checked out her husband. They say he'll be ok, but they will need a new fishing boat.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 3 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
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Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM Injured Mrs. Warner, 2 of 2 on a boat  0.0  Soddy Daisy TN 
 USA 
  in a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 3 of 3 in a tree  62.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
Man Struck By Lightning While Golfing Golfer Taken To Hospital In Good Condition POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 UPDATED: 5:05 pm EST January 10, 2011 A lightning strike caused the ground to split on the eighth hole of the St. Johns Golf and Country Club golf course. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was injured by a lightning strike while he was golfing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club near County Road 210 on Monday morning. St. Johns County Deputy Graham Harris said 62-year-old Steve Chamberlin was struck while he was standing on the eighth hole at about 11 a.m. Harris said Chamberlin's friends took him to the clubhouse, and Chamberlin was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South in good condition. Two men who were golfing with Chamberlin said they did not hear the lighting alarm, but were told by a passerby that play had ceased, according to a police report. The men acknowledged that person and decided to finish the hole before leaving the golf course, deputies said. Shortly after the passerby left, the lighting struck, knocking Chamberlin to the ground, according to deputies. Immediately, after being struck, Chamberlin was conscious and awake and told his friends he couldn't walk or feel his legs, deputies said. Chamberlin's friends lifted him to the golf cart and took him to the front parking lot of the clubhouse, where rescuers tended to him, deputies said. The ground where the lightning struck could be seen split in several areas. Copyright 2011 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 4 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wale  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Two people have been injured after a lightning strike at a house in Cardiff. The ambulance service said it treated one person for a suspected electric shock and another for hearing damage in the Pontprennau area. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent two crews to the semi-detached property in Gateside Close shortly before 14:25 BST on Wednesday. The curtains of the house caught alight in the strike, which is also thought to have damaged electrical circuits. Both injured people were treated at the scene and did not need to go to hospital. Mannan Haq said he got an electric shock when he plugged in a USB stick into his TV but had been unaware of any storm beforehand. "Excuse the pun, I was in shock," he told BBC Wales. "I was on the floor and was pretty dazed for five to 10 minutes and my right arm was very numb." "As soon as it happened we heard the thunder itself." The fire service said the fire was out by the time the crews arrived. Officials from an electricity company are at the address.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured Mrs. Olsen, 1 of 2 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
EAGLE - A trail ride turned into chaos after a lightning strike sent riders on horseback flying. It happened in Eagle, Wisconsin on the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Jeremy Olson said his wife and daughter were with four others on the ride when bad weather rolled in. "the events happened so fast, it just turned into complete chaos," said Olson. The Muskego man said his family was returning with the group when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. The energy from the lightning traveled along the rain-soaked trail and jolted the horses and the riders. Olson says his wife blacked out, but his daughter remembers seeing the burst of light. Two women including Olson's wife were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Both were kept for observation overnight, but are expected to be ok. Several horses were also hurt. Two suffered burns around the eyes and mouth.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 6 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Lightning bolt kills bricklayer on building site Monday, April 16, 2012 The Sentinel Follow AN INQUEST is due to be opened today into the death of a bricklayer who was killed by a bolt of lightning on a building site. Justin Feber, pictured right, was having a cup of tea on the building site at Wychwood Village, near Crewe, when the tragedy struck on Wednesday. Justin Feber The 41-year-old was standing with both feet on the ground and was not touching anything metallic when he collapsed following a flash of lightning and a loud bang. The father-of-one was given first aid at the scene but later died at Crewe's Leighton Hospital. Another man needed treatment for shock. Around five people are killed by a lightning bolt in the UK every year. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Emergency services were called following a report of a man being struck by lightning. "A 41-year-old man, who had been working on a building site, was treated by paramedics at the scene. "Sadly, he died a short time later at Leighton Hospital. "A second man, suffering from shock, was also taken to Leighton Hospital." He added: "Police attended the scene and confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances. "A file will now be prepared for the coroner." Justin, who lived in Lancashire, was working as a sub-contractor on a Bovis Homes development at Abbey Park Way when he was killed. The firm has offered its condolences to Justin's family and pledged its support to colleagues who had witnessed the incident. A Bovis Homes spokesman said: "We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and extend our sincere sympathies to this man's family and friends. "Our thoughts are with them and with his colleagues, who were with him on site and responded immediately to the incident. "They have obviously been deeply affected by this and we will look to support them." The Health and Safety Executive has already been informed about Justin's death. But it confirmed it will not be not investigating the incident because the death is regarded as a one in a 10 million accident. A spokesman said: "This incident is not something that the Health and Safety Executive would normally investigate because it was the result of a freak natural occurrence." Justin was employed by Lancashire-based Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering. Managing director Andy Leigh said: "Justin was well-liked, highly professional and held in high regard by all those who worked with him." He added: "Our thoughts are with all who knew him at this very sad time."
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured Jeremy Olsen, 1 of 7 on horseback  0.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
EAGLE - A trail ride turned into chaos after a lightning strike sent riders on horseback flying. It happened in Eagle, Wisconsin on the southern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. Jeremy Olson said his wife and daughter were with four others on the ride when bad weather rolled in. "the events happened so fast, it just turned into complete chaos," said Olson. The Muskego man said his family was returning with the group when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. The energy from the lightning traveled along the rain-soaked trail and jolted the horses and the riders. Olson says his wife blacked out, but his daughter remembers seeing the burst of light. Two women including Olson's wife were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Both were kept for observation overnight, but are expected to be ok. Several horses were also hurt. Two suffered burns around the eyes and mouth.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 2 of 3 in a tree  22.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
BETHEL, Pa. - July 23, 2008 (WPVI) -- A Delaware County police officer was hurt Wednesday night by a lightning bolt that hit the fire house he was visiting. Police say 22-year old Bethel Township officer John Carpenter stopped by the Bethel Fire Company on Faulk Road. At 7:30 p.m. Carpenter was standing in the open bay door when lightning hit the building, traveled down the door frame, and knocked the officer off his feet. He was transferred to Crozer Chester Medical Center for treatment. Doctors say Carpenter was conscious and responsive.
Sun, 07/21/2013 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 in a tree  0.0  Harrisonburg VA 
 USA 
  in a tree    Indirect,Outside,Tree 
HARRISONBURG, Va. Three people went to the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, after they were hit by lightning on Sunday afternoon. The incident occurred outside a home on the 200 block of Green Street after 2 p.m. According to the Harrisonburg Police department, the three people were in a tree when lightning struck. It hit one of them and two others felt the aftershock. Tim Godshall who lives next door from where it happened said he is shocked by the incident. "I know lightning it's dangerous but this is the first time that I have been right next to someone who was injured by it," said Godshall. However, he said he heard the strength of the storms from his home. "It was loud. It wasn't the loudest I've ever heard but most notably the lightning and the thunder were simultaneous. There wasn't any gap at all. It sounded very close," said Godshall. He said minutes later he heard the ambulance. "We were concerned as soon as we heard the sirens, that something had happened," said Godshall. The Harrisonburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Brett Hartt said incidents like this are unusual. "I have not seen too many people being struck by lighting in my career, but it does happen," said Hartt. Hartt recommends people to stay indoors even 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. "Make sure you are inside a building, if you are by a car, at least go inside the car, pull your windows up. Try to stay away from the outdoors, try not to be in the highest thing in the area. Don't lean against concrete buildings, you know seek shelter," said Hartt. This is a lesson for Godshall and his neighbors. "Storms are dangerous. It's something that I do a lot of work outside and don't really think about the danger often times but this is a reminder that it can be very dangerous," said Godshall. If you are outside when lightning strikes, the National Weather Service recommends you to get off elevated areas like hills, never lay flat on the ground and never seek shelter under a tree. Follow Estephany Escobar on Facebook and Twitter © Copyright 2013 WHSV / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sun, 07/21/2013 09:15 AM Injured River Guide  0.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
 USA 
  on the river    Beach,Boat,Fresh Water,Outside,Work 
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a river guide is recovering after being injured by a lightning strike at the Grand Canyon National Park. Park officials say they received a call about 9:15 p.m. Sunday about an Arizona Raft Adventures river guide needing medical attention after a lightning strike. Arizona Department of Public Safety airlifted the guide to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment of associated injuries. The name of the guide and that person's condition weren't immediately released Monday. Officials say lightning strikes at the bottom of the Grand Canyon are rare, but they have caused serious injuries and fatalities in the past at the park. Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Sun, 07/21/2013 04:05 PM Injured 5 of 7 on horseback  19.0  Eagle WI 
 USA 
  on horseback  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
A 19-year-old basketball enthusiast died Wednesday when he was hit by a lightning in Hacienda Sagrado, Brgy. 10, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias police chief, yesterday said the victim, identified as Ederf Valencia, was watching a basketball game on television, near the window at their house, when he was hit by lightning. However, other members of Valencia family, who were sitting beside him and also watching the game, were unharmed, although they were terrified by the loud explosion, investigations of the Victorias police showed. Rapiz said Valencia was declared dead on arrival at the Ika-ayong Lawas Foundation Hospital in Victorias City.*GPB
Sun, 07/21/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in S  0.0   
 USA 
  science    Science 
Lightning Storms Photographed From High Above in Space David Becker · Jul 24, 2013 Hey aspiring storm chasers  want to dramatically improve your lightning shots? Try getting an elevated view. Like about 400 miles up. Thats the approximate orbital height above Earth of the International Space Station, which is producing an impressive library of images showing what lightning looks like from way above. The latest (shown above), captured July 21 by astronaut Karen Nyberg, shows an early-morning storm lighting up the clouds over Southern California. Previous space voyagers have caught amazing views of storm over Africa, lightning flashes forming an abstract pattern with a meteor shower trail and the bright red flashes from sprites, upper atmosphere electrical disturbances related to lightning. Enjoy the atmospheric show, and dont forget to take off the tin-foil beanie if youre going to try this yourself. The bluish flashes are lightning This lightning photo includes an elusive red sprite Image credits: Early morning lightning, inland of LA and San Diego, by Karen Nyberg/NASA, West Coast of Africa at Night by NASA, Stunning Lyrids Over Earth at Night, NASA, Clouds, Lightning, Airlgow and Lights of Civilization in Africa by NASA, Lightning Sprite Seen from Space by NASA, thunderstorm photo by ESA astronaut André Kuipers
Fri, 07/19/2013 08:00 PM Injured Floyd Bradley  35.0  Woodville ME 
 USA 
  inside house   N/A  Indirect,Indoors,Window 
BANGOR, Maine  A series of powerful thunderstorms hit part of Maine on Friday, resulting in injuries for at least two people  one of whom was struck by lightning in Woodville and another who was hurt by a falling tree in Greenville. Details about the accidents  as well as the names and ages of the people involved  were not available at press time, as public safety personnel remained busy late Friday night clearing downed trees and investigating reports of fires and other emergencies. The National Weather Service in Caribou had issued a hazardous weather outlook notice for central and southern Pisacataquis County, central and southern Penobscot County, coastal Hancock County and coastal and northern Washington County. The notice stated that there was potential for severe thunderstorms Friday evening, with the highest threat mainly across the central highlands and interior Down East areas. Some of the stronger storms were predicted to bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hail. Some storms also may have rotation, the notice stated. Central Maine Power reported nearly 13,000 customers were without power early Saturday morning, largely in Somerset, Kennebec and Oxford counties. At 10 p.m., Bangor Hydro reported the number of affected customers had almost tripled to 9,181 from the 3,245 customers without power at 8:30 p.m. Bangor Hydro crews were dispatched Friday night to restore power to several thousand customers left without service due to the damaging storms. Towns affected included Bradley, Milford, Hudson, Mattawamkeag, Lee, East Millinocket, Medway, Lincoln and surrounding communities. Many of those without service at that time were not expected to see it restored until 4 a.m. Saturday, spokesman Bob Potts said. Fridays thunderstorms began wreaking havoc in parts of Aroostook and Penobscot counties about 3 p.m. and still were doing so as of 9:30 p.m., by which time the severe storm action had arrived in Greater Bangor. A member of the Lincoln Fire Department confirmed reports that someone was struck by lightning in Woodville but did not yet have details. He did, however, say that the person was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital for treatment. Also on Friday, the weather service noted that it had received a report that a large tree fell on a person in Greenville, causing injuries, and that another large tree fell on a car in Brownville. In addition, trees and powerlines went down along Route 11 in Grindstone and in Lincoln. Numerous other communities reported trees down, including Grand Lake Matagamon, Wytopitlock, Sherman, Reed Plantation, Medway, Mattawamkeag, Patten, Weston, Lincoln, Old Town and Bancroft  where there also was flooding. Damage reports still were coming in late Friday night. A strong cold front will cross the region on Saturday, which may bring another round of strong or severe thunderstorms. Heavy rainfall and strong, gusty winds are again possible with any thunderstorms that do develop. WOODVILLE, Maine  Floyd Bradley was standing near his kitchen window, having a snack, when it struck him. A bolt of lightning shot through the open window of his Woodville home and entered his arm. The impact caused him to stumble to the nearby bedroom, where he collapsed on the bed. Bradley, 35, survived the incident and is back home, but with doctors orders to rest up. He remembers the scary event in detail. At about 8 p.m., Bradley walked into the kitchen to get something to eat. His live-in girlfriend, Christie Goulas, as well as his two sons  Jameson, 8, and Joshua, 6  were standing at a window, watching the lightning illuminate the birch trees surrounding their one-story, green home at 28 Energy Lane. The trio invited Bradley to join them at the window, but he declined, not being a big fan of lightning storms. As he opened the refrigerators meat drawer to grab some cold-cut turkey, the lightning entered the house and struck his arm, he recalls. I saw the lightning come right in, and I saw it hit my arm  the big white flash, Bradley said Monday afternoon, revealing a small, circular burn on his forearm. It went through my whole body, it just & Bradley paused. At that time, I couldnt really remember too much & but I do remember the hurt. He described the pain as unbearable. The average flash of lightning contains enough electricity to light a 100-watt lightbulb for more than three months, according to the National Weather Service. After that, it quickly drained my body to the point where I just wanted to pass out, Bradley said. Goulas called an ambulance and tried to keep Bradley awake. He remembers losing consciousness at least two times, and for a few minutes, he didnt recognize his girlfriend. She grabbed me by my shirt and said, You are not doing this. Youre not going to fall asleep on me, Bradley said. While keeping him conscious, Goulas reminded Bradley that they were adopting two puppies the next day, something hed been looking forward to. He couldnt miss it, she told him. About 10 percent of people struck by lightning are killed, and 70 percent suffer serious long-term effects, according to NOAA National Weather Service. The ambulance brought Bradley to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, where he was cared for and released later that evening. He plans to see his primary care physician this week for potential nerve damage and lasting pain. Since the incident, he has noticed increased clumsiness, such as dropping things and tripping. According to the National Weather Service, lightning primarily causes brain and nerve injury, but serious burns seldom occur. People who dont suffer cardiac arrest at the time of the incident may experience lesser symptoms, such as muscle soreness, headache, nausea, mild confusion, memory slowness, mental clouding, dizziness and balance problems. Current data from the National Weather Service lists the recent national average of deaths due to lightning at 55 per year, but the number used to be much higher. In the 1940s, lightning killed more than 300 Americans each year, on average. Some experts believe the decline in deaths is due to increased public awareness about safety during storms. No place outside is safe during a lightning storm, warns the agency. And indoors, there are certain measures you can take to increase your safety during a thunderstorm: " Avoid contact with any equipment connected to electrical power, such as computers or appliances. " Avoid contact with water or plumbing. " Stay off corded phones. " Stay away from windows and doors. " Remain inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder is heard. I consider myself real lucky, you know, like I have angels watching over me, keeping me going, Bradley said. Bradley was in a car accident in 1999 in which he broke both legs and his pelvis, after which he had to use a wheelchair for about a year. Comparing the two accidents, he says that the lightning strike was scarier. Im like a cat with nine lives or something, he added with a chuckle. My step father calls me lightbulb now. On Saturday, Bradley and his family went ahead with their plan to adopt two puppies, pit bull-lab mixes he named Caesar and Asya. Bradley said he thinks both will help him in his recovery  physically and mentally. To learn about lightning safety, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
Fri, 07/19/2013 01:00 PM Killed Frank Marin  54.0  Scott Reservoir AZ 
 USA 
  walking along reservoir  N/A  Beach,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Walking,Water 
UPDATE 07/19/2013 - 6:30 pm - The Navajo County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deceased from the incident earlier today. According to the Sheriff's Office, 54-year-old Frank Marin of Phoenix was walking along the south edge of Scott Reservoir with his live-in girlfriend and 15-year-old grandson when he was struck by lightning at around 1 pm when a monsoon storm rolled in. Earlier reports suggested Marin was out on the water in a boat, but reports from Sheriff's deputies did not corroborate that. A medical examiner from the Navajo County Sheriff's Office was called in to confirm the cause of the death.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 8 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
DANVILLE REGISTER & BEE Published: July 9, 2008 BLAIRS - A Blairs man was struck by lightning on Mount View Lane during a heavy storm shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Blairs Fire & Rescue EMT/EMS Lt. Tony Allocca said the man was talking on his phone when he was struck. The victim suffered burns on his ear and arm, but was conscious and talking, Allocca said. He said the victim was uncertain about details of the event, and could not remember if he was indoors or outside when he was struck. The man was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Thu, 07/18/2013 02:45 PM Injured Stefan Marton, 1 of 2  15.0  Cooper City FL 
 USA 
  climbing a tree    Outside,Tree 
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen who was injured when the tree he was climbing was struck by lightning said he considers himself fortunate to have survived the ordeal. Fifteen-year-old Stefan Marton is recovering at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital from a head injury and fractures in his back that he sustained Thursday around 2:45 p.m. "It's like a big boom, like a flash, it's kind of having a stun grenade thrown at you," he said. "You can't see anything, you can't do anything. You're just helpless." Marton and a friend were sitting on a large tree in their Cooper City neighborhood Thursday afternoon when the lightning strike caused both teens to fall through branches. "I just felt a tingle though my body, and I guess my hand just let go of the branch," he said. Marton said he was conscious when his body flipped backwards and began falling. "On the way down, I was thinking, 'Oh, this has got to be a dream, one of those dreams where I think I'm falling,'" he said. The teen lost consciousness when he hit the ground. His friend Damian, who also felt the jolt, was by his side. "I was unconscious for about 10 seconds," he said. "Damian started screaming my name, and after I got up, I kept on asking him what day it was, like, what happened, and we started running towards the plaza to get under cover, and he noticed that I had a gash in the back of my head, so he decided to call an ambulance." In addition to the gash that doctors closed with seven staples, Marton fractured his back in three places. He said he admits he should not have been outdoors during the storm. "I would describe it as a big mistake," he said. "I should have just not gone outside, just stayed inside." Marton's mother said she had warned her son about the dangers of being outside during a storm. "He's a good kid, [but] he's a teenager," she said. Marton faces months of rehabilitation once he leaves the hospital, but he said he counts his blessings. "I'm actually thinking I'm pretty lucky," he said. "I'm happy that I'm alive." Marton is expected to be released from the hospital on Saturday. Damian was treated at the same hospital and released Friday. (Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 1 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Critical,Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
DENVER  Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported. The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said. Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said. A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area. Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.
Thu, 07/18/2013 01:00 PM Injured woman   65.0  Rocky Mountain National Park CO 
 USA 
  on a trail    Orchard,Park,Tree 
DENVER  Nine people were injured Thursday afternoon in a series of lighting strikes at Grant Family Farms north of Fort Collins, firefighters reported. The strikes happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of West County Road 72 and North County Road 17, Wellington Fire and Medical reported. Numerous people, two in critical condition, were evacuated by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their symptoms ranged from tingling sensations to major injuries, responders said. Due to storm conditions, air ambulances could not be used, officials said. A spokesperson with the Medical Center of the Rockies says at least 11 lightning-related injuries were being treated at that hospital and Poudre Valley Hospital because of different lightning strikes in the area. Separately, and earlier in the day, a 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the Ute Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, rangers reported. She was found by a park visitor and taken to a hospital shortly before 1 p.m. Her condition was not released.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 2 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 9 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
  USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Tiffin teenager struck by lightning at home Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by Christopher Pratt. The home of a Tiffin teenager about an hour after it was struck by lightning. (Christopher Pratt/The Gazette) One teenage male was sent to a medical care facility by ambulance after lightning struck him while he was using a laptop computer this afternoon, said Fire Chief Brian Detert. The lightning struck the house at 283 Woodfield Drive in Tiffin around 3:20 p.m. It sent a shock through to the victim who was using a computer in the basement. Detert said the victims injuries were not believed to be serious. Emergency response crews from Tiffin and Oxford came to the subdivision. No smoke or flames were reported and damage was said to be minimal.
Thu, 07/18/2013 unknown farm worker, 4 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  under a truck  N/A  Critical,Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
WELLINGTON, Colo. (CBS4)- Nine farm workers were struck by lightning in Wellington on Thursday afternoon after a fast-moving summer storm drenched the farming community which barely had time to react. Flash, bang! Pretty much no time in between the thunder, said neighbor Christian Flitecroft. Suddenly it started to rain and they got under the truck and all that and the lightning just struck them and they say that they got all knocked out, said Lupito Jaquez, who works nearby. Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said the workers were working in a field near the Grant Farms area. When emergency crews arrived they found some of those struck walking around but others had more serious symptoms. The charge itself, after it struck the ground, impacted all of them, said Green. Altered mental status, numbness, tingling in the extremities, arms and legs, unable to communicate. At least two of the workers were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Four workers were in serious condition. Emergency crews had to work quickly as flashes of lightning continued overhead. Many of the victims were loaded up on gurneys and rushed to nearby hospitals including Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital in ambulances. Others were checked out on scene. Its pretty bad. I dont wish it for anybody right now, said Jaquez. Grant Farms is located at 12155 NCR 15 in Wellington. A tweet by Grant Family Farms states that the workers were not employed by that farm
Thu, 07/18/2013 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 motorcyclists  21.0  Avery County NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Tourist Killed by Lightning in Bulgaria's Sunny Beach Resort Society | July 18, 2009, Saturday 21-year-old girl was struck by lightning in the Sunny Beach resort on Friday. Photo by BGNES A 21-year-old girl was killed by a lightning in Bulgaria's largest Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach. The information was announced on Saturday by the Regional Police Directorate in the city of Burgas. The girl's body was discovered on the beach Friday afternoon. The police initially discovered no traces of violence, and later the investigation found that her death resulted from a lightning that struck her as she was coming out of the water. The name of the 21-year-old tourist is Iva Lazarova, and she is a native of Sofia. The police discovered her ID with her personal belongings on the beach nearby.
Thu, 07/18/2013 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 motorcyclists   0.0  Avery County NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Two people are recovering in Avery County after they were struck by lightning while riding a motorcycle. The motorcyclists were riding near Grandfather Mountain when a storm rolled in. They tried taking shelter under a tree in a parking lot, but the tree was struck by lightning. Park rangers believe the current shocked the motorcyclists after traveling through the ground. One of the motorcyclists is said to have serious injuries. The names of the riders were not available.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 6 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor 
SHA to investigate after lightning strikes near w...: OSHA to investigate after lightning strikes near farm workers in Wellington, CO. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 7/19/13. Written by Trevor Hughes FILED UNDER News Local News Related Links Lightning strikes leave 5 hospitalized Storm causes floods, lightning strikes, mudslides Nine farm workers struck by lightning Federal workplace-safety inspectors are investigating after lighting struck nine farm workers in a field north of Fort Collins last week. The workers were in organic fields in Wellington when the massive storm rolled through Thursday afternoon. A bolt struck nine people, leaving two in critical condition. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials confirm they are investigating, but said no details could yet be released. Were still investigating who is involved, what the employer safety program is, said Herb Gibson, director of OSHAs Denver office. Gibson said the investigation will review what policies and procedures the farm workers were to have been following. He said OSHA regulations dont specifically address lightning strikes, but the investigation will focus on whether the workplace was safe. OSHA inspectors typically investigate whenever someone is seriously injured in the workplace, and can levy fines and other punishment on employers found violating the rules. This was a very significant lightning storm, Wellington Fire Chief Gary Green said after helping the injured workers. Last year, 212 people were struck by lightning across the country, according to the nonprofit educational group StruckByLightning.org. Twenty-eight people were killed.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 10 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
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  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
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Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 11 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
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  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Wichita Man Struck By Lightning During Thursday Night Storms Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. Reporter: KAKE News Email Address: news@kake.com Story 0 Comments Map Font Size: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in his back yard in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn. The victim, William F. Isles, was coherent and used an amateur radio to call out for help. An assistant in the KAKEland Weatherplex heard his call on our "ham" radio and called 911. He was speaking with Sedgwick County EMS upon their arrival but was taken to St. Francis in critical condition. The storm produced extreme lightning, torrential rain, and hail up to two inches in diameter.
Thu, 07/18/2013 02:45 PM Injured Damian, 2 of 2  15.0  Cooper City FL 
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  in a tree  N/A  Outside,Tree 
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen who was injured when the tree he was climbing was struck by lightning said he considers himself fortunate to have survived the ordeal. Fifteen-year-old Stefan Marton is recovering at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital from a head injury and fractures in his back that he sustained Thursday around 2:45 p.m. "It's like a big boom, like a flash, it's kind of having a stun grenade thrown at you," he said. "You can't see anything, you can't do anything. You're just helpless." Marton and a friend were sitting on a large tree in their Cooper City neighborhood Thursday afternoon when the lightning strike caused both teens to fall through branches. "I just felt a tingle though my body, and I guess my hand just let go of the branch," he said. Marton said he was conscious when his body flipped backwards and began falling. "On the way down, I was thinking, 'Oh, this has got to be a dream, one of those dreams where I think I'm falling,'" he said. The teen lost consciousness when he hit the ground. His friend Damian, who also felt the jolt, was by his side. "I was unconscious for about 10 seconds," he said. "Damian started screaming my name, and after I got up, I kept on asking him what day it was, like, what happened, and we started running towards the plaza to get under cover, and he noticed that I had a gash in the back of my head, so he decided to call an ambulance." In addition to the gash that doctors closed with seven staples, Marton fractured his back in three places. He said he admits he should not have been outdoors during the storm. "I would describe it as a big mistake," he said. "I should have just not gone outside, just stayed inside." Marton's mother said she had warned her son about the dangers of being outside during a storm. "He's a good kid, [but] he's a teenager," she said. Marton faces months of rehabilitation once he leaves the hospital, but he said he counts his blessings. "I'm actually thinking I'm pretty lucky," he said. "I'm happy that I'm alive." Marton is expected to be released from the hospital on Saturday. Damian was treated at the same hospital and released Friday. (Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 3 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
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  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
ME NEWS BUSINESS SPORTS OPINION ENTERTAINMENT MULTIMEDIA classifieds deals coupons jobs real estate business directory obituaries Lightning strike injures golf course employees in North Stonington By Julianne Hanckel and Judy Benson Publication: theday.com Published 06/25/2012 12:00 AMUpdated 06/25/2012 12:57 PM COMMENTS (12) North Stonington  Archie Cart, the general manager at Lake of Isles golf course, said 15 employees who were seeking shelter from a thunderstorm were in a wooden building on the south course between holes 4 and 13 when lightning struck during this morning's storm. Cart said they were preparing for a regular day of play on the golf course. They have instructions to seek shelter when bad weather is approaching, and they took shelter in one of three restroom/shelter buildings on the course. No one was directly struck by lightning, Cart said. The lightning struck close to them and they were "impacted," he said. All remained conscious and most of them were sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure, he said. No employees' names were released. The North Stonington Fire Department, Mashantucket Fire Department and emergency personnel from both departments responded to the course, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Local hospitals reported nine patients were being treated or being taken for treatment. Two of the victims were taken to The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, and a third is expected, Backus spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said. Four other victims are being treated at The Westerly Hospital, spokesman Nick Stahl said. Two victims with minor injuries were on their way to the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, according to L&M spokesman Mike O'Farrell. This morning's storm also knocked out power for 5,500 Norwich Public Utility customers when lightning struck a utility pole. The North Main Street substation, which feeds the Laurel Hill, East Side, Greeneville, and NFA/Broadway area, is out of service, according to a NPU spokesperson. Crews are working on the substation. Northeast Utilities' website reports just under 5,000 customers were out of power as of 11:30 a.m. Water Street, Howard Street, Pequot Avenue and Thames Street in New London were impassible during the height of the storm. Amtrak service between New Haven and New York, which had been delayed due to power system problems, is running again. A massive thunderstorm arrived in the New London area at about 9 this morning. The county is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service also has issued flood and flash flood advisories for the region.
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 5 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
I am in Akron, ohio. Portage Lakes area, the storm was weird, it came out of nowhere, the sun was shining, then all of the sudden there was crazy thunder and lightning everywhere. the rain was unreal, Ive been in hurricanes, I lived in Fla for 25 years, and it was like that. It was right around 6 pm on the 15th. It only lasted about 15 minutes and then the sun was shining again. I was barefoot like an idiot in my garage, I realized my dog was outback and it was really coming down and the lightning was popping everywhere, so I was running inside and when I reached the garage door that leads into my livingroom I heard a loud pop and saw the blue/white light flash at my hip, and I felt it travel from my right hip down to my feet, but there are no visible marks, but my leg is sore. It seemed as though it came out of the doorjamb where the lock fits in, and jumped into my leg? I thought about going to the ER when it happened but with nothing to show I figured whats the point? they would probably laugh at me. Today it is still sore, but not as sore as yesterday, and my hip, knee joint, and ankle hurt the most, but its more of a dull ache than a stabbing pain, so maybe it will just go away? It fried the converter box and Modem/router and also the garage door opener, all of which were plugged into the wall where it jumped out and got me. Have you heard of anything like this before? Robin Hobbs
Thu, 07/18/2013 03:30 PM Injured farm worker, 7 of 11  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tractor  N/A  Farming,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tractor,Work 
Lightning kills fishpond worker in Zamboanga Sibugay By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | Updated August 10, 2013 - 3:37pm 2 10 googleplus0 0 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A fishpond worker died after he was struck by lightning in Kabasalan town, Zamboanga Sibugay province, according to the police Saturday. Police identified the victim as Sosito Serano Flores, 36, married and a resident of Barangay Timuay Danda. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, Spokesman of Police Regiona Office 9 (PRO), said the victim was walking with his brother on the dike of the fishpond owned by Freddie Chu amidst heavy rains to transfer the milk fish fingerlings when the lightning struck him about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The victims brother told the police that Flores was hit by the lightning in the mouth and instantly fell to the ground. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but attending declared him dead on arrival. Local authorities have advised residents and field workers to stay away from open fields during bad weather condition due to the increasing number of lightning strike incidents within this year alone. - See more at: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20131008071610_lightning-kills-fishpond-worker-zamboanga-sibugay.htm#sthash.PZzbha4d.dpuf
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.
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Noah, 3 of 3  10.0  Glacier National Park MT 
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  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 12:00 PM Injured Lakeisha Brooks  0.0  Houma LA  
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  in a store    Indirect,Indoors 
HOUMA, La. (WWL)  A mother in Louisiana was struck by lightning while grocery shopping earlier this week  and another woman recently got hit by lightning nearby in the same town. Lakeisha Brooks, a young mother and two daughters took refuge in a Rouses grocery store on Grand Caillou Road. While checking out, Lakeisha Brooks moved her cart with her two-year-old in it. Right when I pushed her out of the way, it went straight through me, said Brooks. It went like from my head down the back of my spine to my left thigh and on my foot. Brooks said she was left with blisters on her thigh, the bottom of her foot. She said the tile floor was singed and that she felt stinging and burning. When I stepped to the side it hit again and it knocked my shoe off under the register, she said. Nearby, Mona Billiot, had the same thing happen a couple of weeks ago. I was in the middle of cooking a jambalaya and I was just stirring my pot and all of a sudden I look up by the window and I seen a big flash of lightning come through, Billiot said. Billiots ex-husband, Gerard Pitre, said he took off running when he saw the lightning because he knew his wife was always fearful during severe weather. Houma police and fire investigated the incident at the store, but said they have never heard of anyone struck by lightning while grocery shopping. Both women were transported to the hospital. Billiot felt hot, dazed, confused and her heart rate had slowed. Doctors said the plastic handle on that spoon, now marked where her nails melted inward, may have saved her life. However, Brooks credits another source. God gets all the credit for this for me being alive today, she said. Houma police believe the lightning came through the sprinkler system in rouses and hit Brooks because she was standing on a metal floor area. Rouses emailed a statement that reads in part: Ms. Brooks physical condition was the number one priority of our Grand Caillou Road store manager and team members. Our security team immediately secured the area where lightning struck and contacted the Houma Fire Department, which is currently investigating.
Wed, 07/17/2013 04:30 PM Injured Travis Heitman, 1 of 3  23.0  Glacier National Park MT 
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  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. ___
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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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.

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