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10/03/2008 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed 4 injured  0.0  Kambo Jharkhand 
 India 
55 dead this year, 68 in 2008  taking shelter in a hut    Indirect,Indoors,Taking Shelter,Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning strike kills 5 in Jharkhand village Oct 3rd, 2008 | By Sindh Today | Category: World Ranchi, Oct 3 (IANS) Five people were killed and four others injured Friday evening when lightning struck a hut in which they had taken shelter in a Jharkhand village, the police said. The incident took place in Kambo village, about 40 km from here. According to the police, nine people took shelter in the hut with a roof made of paddy husk. The lightning struck the hut and five people died on the spot while four were injured. The injured have been admitted to a hospital. This year lightning claimed over 55 lives in the state. In 2007, the total number of deaths due to lightning was 68. The Jharkhand government has written to central government to include lightning as a natural calamity. According to an official of the disaster management department of Jharkhand, Rs.100,000 will be paid to the families of each of those killed in the lightning strike sd. Bookmark with:
10/03/2008 12:00 PM Injured 14 students  0.0  Melanur village Tamil Nadu 
 India 
am not pm  taking shelter at bus stop    Bus Stop,Outside,Raining 
Lightning strikes 14 Chennai, Oct 3: Fourteen school students, including five girls, were admitted to a hospital after they were struck by lightning at Melanur village in the neighbouring Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu this morning. The students, who were on their way to school, were taking shelter at a bus stop due to heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder when the mishap occurred. Police said the students were shocked and terrified. When the students fainted, they were rushed to Tiruvallur government Headquarters hospital. Hospital sources said the students were in a state of shock even though they did not sustain any injury. They were given drips, the sources said. Melanur area is prone to lightning strikes. On two occasions recently, it claimed the life of a man and cattle. --- UNI
10/03/2008 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead 9 injured in 2 incidents  0.0  Manolo Fortich Bukidon province 
 Philippines 
  harvesting pineapples    Farming,Outside 
Lightning kills three plantation workers in Philippines Posted : Sat, 04 Oct 2008 04:24:14 GMT Author : DPA Category : Asia (World) News Alerts by Email click here ) Create your own RSS Asia World News | Home Manila - Three pineapple growers were killed by lightning in a southern Philippine town, a police report said Saturday. Nine other plantation workers of Del Monte Philippines Inc were also hurt when lightning struck them late Thursday in Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon province, 840 kilometres south of Manila. Police said the victims were harvesting pineapples when lighting struck them. The three fatalities died instantly while the nine injured suffered third-degree burns and were being treated at a nearby hospital.
10/03/2008 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed 2 injured  0.0  Naypyidaw  
 Burma 
  taking shelter     Taking Shelter 
Burma lightning strike kills 2, injures 4 Posted October 5, 2008 18:48:00 Four villagers have been killed and another two injured when lightning struck a shop in Burma's administrative capital Naypyidaw, state media has reported. Villagers Than Aung, 40, Muang Ko, 35, Zaw Naing Tun, 18 and shopkeeper Tin Wine, 49, were killed while sheltering from a heavy storm on Friday afternoon at 3:00pm (10:00pm AEST), newspaper Myanma Ahlin reported. Two people were taken to hospital in Naypyidaw for treatment, it said. The paper gave no further details of the accident. Rainy season runs from June to October in Burma. On May 2-3 a cyclone swept the south-west of the country, leaving 138,000 people dead or missing.
10/01/2008 05:26 PM Injured William Hall  44.0  Barker NY 
 USA  
  pumping gas  N/A  Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Touching a vehicle 
Man struck by lightning while pumping gas Updated: Oct 3, 2008 11:48 AM Video On Demand Local man struck by lightning Survivor William Hall said, "Everybody tells me I'm lucky, and I feel that way. I really do." Surveillance cameras at the K & K Food Mart captured the amazing video of a lightning bolt hitting the parking lot. Chief Ross Annable from Barker Police said, "Pretty amazing, and pretty lucky that he's able to survive and walk away from it." Hall said he felt the current travel through him before he passed out. Amanda Lamb said, "That's pretty remarkable to see him here today, and I'm glad he's here with us to tell the story too." VILLAGE OF BARKER, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man survived being struck by lightning while pumping gas. Survivor William Hall said, "Everybody tells me I'm lucky, and I feel that way. I really do." What started as a routine stop for gas, ended in a near death experience for William Hall Wednesday. "Started pumping the gas, and I seen a very bright orange light, followed by a very bright white light, and then total darkness. I went out," said Hall. Surveillance cameras at the K & K Food Mart captured the amazing video of a lightning bolt hitting the parking lot. A few minutes after Hall paid, you can see the flash outside. Another camera caught Hall falling over after the bolt struck. Chief Ross Annable from Barker Police said, "Pretty amazing, and pretty lucky that he's able to survive and walk away from it." Hall was unconscious for about five minutes. He said he felt the current travel through him before he passed out. "I was very numb, shaky. Hard to catch my breath. My heart was beating really rapid." He went back Thursday to the gas station to finish filling up. Amanda Lamb, K & K Mart Employee said, "That's pretty remarkable to see him here today, and I'm glad he's here with us to tell the story too." Hall said every muscle in his body is sore, and he has some small blisters on his elbow. Other than that, he feels fine. Story by Ellen Maxwell, WIVB BARKER -- A 44-year-old man pumping gas late Wednesday afternoon was taken to the hospital after a lightning strike. William H. Hall, of Lake Road, Barker, was treated and released from Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, said Barker Police Chief W. Ross Annable. "He's really lucky by the looks of the situation," Annable said. Hall was at K&K Food Mart, 1651 Quaker Road, at about 5:26 p.m. when police believe lightning struck in the parking lot. Hall had just placed the gas nozzle into his truck when the bolt knocked him to the ground, causing some blistering, Annable said. Hall, whose wife was inside the truck, was conscious but shaking when he was placed in an ambulance, police said.
09/29/2008 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  41.0  Nong Sung Mukdahan 
 Thailand 
  resting near the water after a swim  N/A  During the storm,Fresh Water,Near Water,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
Teacher killed by lightning on class outing September 28, 2008 10:07am Article from: Font size: + - Send this article: Print Email Students on trip to Thailand Lightning strikes on visit to waterfall Teacher killed, assistant injured AN Australian schoolteacher who was leading a group of students on an overseas trip has been killed by lightning. Social studies teacher Greg Crombie, 41, was leading a group of 15 students from Winthrop Baptist College in Perth on a week-long cultural exchange trip to Thailand, ABC radio reported. The group were resting near the water after a swim at Thad Tone waterfalls near the town of Nong Sung, in Thailand's northeast, when a thunderstorm struck. It is believed Mr Crombie was hit by lightning. A teaching assistant reportedly in a serious condition was taken to Bangkok, about 600km away. A year 11 student was also hurt. The school's principal and a counsellor have flown to Thailand to be with the group and bring them home. The injured assistant was under observation in a Bangkok hospital last night, PerthNow reported. The chairman of the school's board, Rod White, said arrangements were being made to bring the group back to Perth as soon as possible. It is understood they were due to leave on a flight late last night. Lightning kills 5 in Thailand Agence France-Presse First Posted 11:42:00 09/28/2008 BANGKOK -- (UPDATE) Two Australians and three Thais were killed in a lightning strike during a school trip in Thailand, police said on Sunday. Australian teacher Greg Crombie and two local girls aged 14 and 17 died instantly when a bolt of lightning hit the tree they were sheltering under after the storm began. One of the Australian students -- 16-year-old Thomas McGuiness, who like Crombie was from Perth -- and a 16-year-old Thai girl died later in separate hospitals, police and hospital staff said. The incident happened at a waterfall in Mukdahan province, 600 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Bangkok. "The first bolt of lighting struck and 30 people retreated from the waterfall and sought shelter under a big tree nearby and bought some food to eat. The second lighting bolt struck the tree," Boonsri said. Lightning strike survivors 'traumatised' Advertisement Email Print Normal font Large font October 1, 2008 - 12:19PM Advertisement A Perth college principal says the student survivors of the lightning strike tragedy in Thailand have suffered significant emotional trauma. A senior teacher from Winthrop Baptist College Greg Crombie, 40, 19-year-old youth worker William McGuinness and three Thai teenagers died in a lightning strike at a waterfall in Thailand's northeast last weekend. Winthrop principal Peter Burton arrived at Perth's international airport on Wednesday with all but one of the surviving students. The original party of 12 students, three teachers and one teaching assistant had been on a cross-cultural exchange in Thailand. The returning students were ferried onto a bus on the tarmac to avoid the media. One student from Perth is still under medical observation at a hospital in Bangkok but Mr Burton said her condition is stable. He said the lightning strike hit a large number of the student group to varying degrees. "Both staff and students tried to resuscitate Greg, Thomas and the Thai children at the scene," Mr Burton said. "For some the lightning actually passed through their bodies causing burns, temporary memory loss and other relatively minor injuries. "Some don't remember much ... a couple of the students were physically hurt but actually saw everything happen and unfold before their eyes. "There were significant emotional trauma on those students. "The staff were amazing and even some of the kids when they tried to resuscitate their teacher." Mr Burton said the student still recovering in Bangkok is with her mother. "She's in hospital because she had an irregular heartbeat for a while but the last report I had ... is that is fine now," Mr Burton said. "There's still intense emotional and psychological things they're working through, but what's important is that her mum's there and that makes a huge difference for her. "They're going to keep her in hospital for a couple of days and then they'll be flying back." Mr Crombie's wife Caroline, 38, is eight months pregnant with her fifth child. Mr McGuinness' family flew to Thailand at the weekend and has been helped by Australian consular officials. Funeral arrangements for the two would be kept private, the school said
09/24/2008 03:30 PM Killed 2 killed 1 hurt  4.0  Barangay San Nicolas Agusan del Sur 
 Philippines 
  outside the house    Outside 
2 killed, 1 hurt as lightning strikes in Agusan del Sur September 25, 2008 10:46 pm by pna BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 – A four-year-old girl and an 18-year-old youth were killed when a lightning struck their house Tuesday afternoon in Purok 3, Barangay San Nicolas, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur province, a flash report received at the regional command and tactical operation center of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez here on Thursday, said. Senior Supt. Nestor M. Fajura, chief of operations and plans division of PRO 13, identified the victims as Baby Dorie Morales, four years old and her companion Aljoy Adorable, 18, both of Barangay San Nicolas in Talacogon. Seriously hurt was Albina Morales, 22, mother of Baby Dorie. She was rushed to a nearby hospital in Talacogon and later transferred to D.O.P. Memorial Hospital in Patin-ay, Propseridad town of the same province. Fajura, quoting the flash report coming from the Agusan del Sur provincial police office, stated the victims were sitting outside the Morales house when the lightning struck at 3:30 in the afternoon. The Talacon Police Station is still conducting an investigation into the incident, Fajura added. (PNA) LAP/MUC/utb
09/22/2008 12:00 PM Killed Dr. Chandrakant atil  24.0  Bihar  
 India 
       
Dr Chandrakant Patil died doing what he did best — helping others. A senior resident doctor at Mumbai’s King Edward Medical College (KEMC), he was killed in a freak lightning strike on a temporary bamboo structure functioning as his clinic in a relief camp in Bihar. He was just 24. Patil was one of 48 doctors working for the national voluntary organization ‘Doctors for You’. Five of them, including him, were part of the Kataiya relief camp set up by filmmaker Prakash Jha in Supaul. “It is a tragedy we lost such a promising young doctor. Patil was one of the first to sign up and had volunteered to stay on for another fortnight after arriving here on September 18,” said Dr Ravi Kant Singh, his senior at KEMC. Singh, along with four other doctors, were to accompany Patil’s body back to Mumbai. Government officials, doctors and RJD leader Rabri Devi were among those who paid homage to Patil before his coffin was flown to Mumbai. “The entire team of doctors is leaving for Mumbai tomorrow. I don’t think I will be able to motivate them to come back quickly to work in Bihar, especially because of the infrastructure problems that makes it impossible for us to function,” said Dr Singh. When the doctors arrived from Mumbai, they were offered shelter in a cowshed before an NGO got them some space at the local Khadi Gram Udyog Ashram. “We were prepared to rough it out but the cowshed was a surprise. This kind of treatment makes you think twice before volunteering again,” said Singh. But all those difficulties didn’t make too much of a difference to Patil. He knew things would be rough, but begged to come anyway. He was so keen to go to Bihar that he even fought with hospital authorities for permission. “We had been denied permission to go to Bihar but he was determined. He and another doctor pursued the dean to grant them leave and also brought other volunteers together,” said Dr Ankush Kolhe, spokesperson for the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors. The students and staff of KEM Hospital are still in shock. A topper at Pune’s BJ Medical College, Patil was always more concerned about the welfare of others than his own. He voluntarily did the one-year rural stint most medical students find ways to escape. “Patil worked as a medical officer in a remote village near Sakritaluka. He was always inclined towards social work,” said Narendra Patil, his friend and roommate at Anand Niketan hostel in Elphinstone College. Patil hoped to work for the WHO some day. He had organised an eye donation camp at KEM last month and was one of the first to pledge his eyes. That dream remained unfulfilled, as it was too late to harvest his eyes when his body reached Mumbai on Monday evening.
09/15/2008 12:00 PM unknown helicopter  0.0  North Sea Aberdeen 
 Scotland 
happened on Feb 22, 2008      Airplane 
Pilot lands safely after helicopter struck by lightning STEWART PATERSON September 17 2008 Comment A pilot whose helicopter was hit by lightning flew almost 200 miles home to land safely. The 39-year-old captain was flying over the North Sea, carrying 15 passengers, when his craft's rotor blade was "damaged beyond repair" by the lightning strike. Realising that trying to land on an oil rig, or ditching into the sea, could be disastrous, he decided to stay on course for Aberdeen and managed to land without anyone suffering injuries. advertisement Yesterday, aviation writer David Morgan praised the 39-year-old pilot. He said: "What he did was quite remarkable. He should be commended for getting the helicopter and its passengers back safely. "Any pilot would recognise that what he did was totally right considering the circumstances." The events surrounding the incident, on February 22, only came to light yesterday with the publication of a report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. The Super Puma helicopter, owned by Bond Helicopters, and its two-man crew were taking 15 offshore workers home from the Bruce Field. At around 1.30pm the four-year-old craft flew into lightning, while cruising at 2000ft. The checklist demands that the helicopter lands as quickly as possible after a lightning strike. But the pilot, who has nearly 4000 hours' flying experience, decided that wasn't for the best. Instead, he braved it out and made it back to Bond HQ in Aberdeen. A spokeswoman for Bond said: "The report confirms that the flight crew acted fully in accordance with procedures."
09/15/2008 12:00 PM Killed 77 dead so far this year  0.0   
 Cambodia 
       
Lightning kills more Cambodians than landmines www.chinaview.cn 2008-09-15 11:38:08 Print PHNOM PENH, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Lightning strikes are deadlier than landmines now in Cambodia, according to figures from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) and the Cambodia Mine Victim Information System (CMVIS), national media reported Monday. The lightning toll is especially high this year, the Cambodia Daily newspaper said, citing Ros Sovann, an NCDM adviser. Lightning has killed 77 Cambodians in 2008 so far, Ros Sovann said, adding that in Pursat province alone, lightning has killed 21 this year. In contrast, landmines killed only nine Cambodians in the period from January to July 2008, according to Chhiv Lim, project manager at CMVIS. Last year, when lightning deaths were closer to average, the lightning death toll was still far higher than that of landmines. In 2007, lightning killed 45 Cambodians, while landmines killed26, according to the NCDM and CMVIS respectively.
09/14/2008 12:00 PM Killed farmer killed wife, daughter injured  45.0  Kalwan tehsil town Nashik 
 India 
       
Heavy rains lash Nashik Nashik (PTI): Heavy rains lashed the city and other parts of the district on Friday night throwing normal life out of gear and flooding roads. The distribution points of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company were waterlogged due to heavy rains forcing company officials to disconnect power supply throughout the night, said the reports reaching headquarter. The hutment areas also witnessed waterlogging, it said. A 45-year-old farmer was killed at Kalwan tehsil town due to lightning last evening while his wife and daughter sustained burn injuries, police said. In view of incessant rains in Nashik district, the irrigation department has released thousands of cusecs water from Darna, Gangapur, Palkhed Dams resulting in the increase of water level of river Godavari, sources said.
09/12/2008 12:00 PM Killed 32 dead so far this year  0.0  Purulia Bengal 
 India 
    N/A   
3 students killed, 5 injured in lightning storm Nani Gopal Pal MANBAZAR (Purulia), Sept. 11: Three students of Jitujhuri Debasis High School in Manbazar, 54 km from Purulia town, died and five more were seriously injured after being struck by lightning last week. The victims were Basanta Murmu (Class VIII), Shyamsunder Besra and Mangobinda Mandi (both Class VII). All injured students were admitted to Manbazar block health centre. Out of them, the three critically injured boys were shifted to Purulia Sadar Deben Mahato in Purulia town hospital. The incident occurred as the students were returning to their respective residences and hostels. Most of the students are Adivasis. The victims had taken shelter, under a tree near the school premises during the storm. Mr Amaresh Mukherjee, headmaster of the school was so shocked that he cancelled Teachers’ Day celebrations. The number of deaths due to lightning strikes is on the rise this year in the district, surpassing all previous records. According to the district health department sources, 32 people have died this year after being struck by lightning. A district scientist said the heavy rains and rocky terrain are the causes behind the lightning deaths this year in Purulia.
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured Mike Martin 1 of 13  38.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game  N/A  Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Lightning Injures Several at Football Game Written by Rachel Smith THURSDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2008 Hospital officials say Warner Robins Middle School athletic director Mike Martin remains in critical condition after he and 11 others were hit by lightning at a football game. Hospital spokeswoman Beth Fritz says 38-year-old Martin and three adults in serious condition were brought to the August burn center Thursday. The game between Warner Robins Middle School and Feagin Mill Middle School being played at Bonaire was at halftime Thursday evening when a storm erupted. Houston County Sheriff's Sgt. Guy Fussell says officials had called off the game and people were leaving when lightning hit the field. Nine adults and three children were taken to either Houston Medical Center, Perry Hospital or the Joseph M. Still Jr. Burn Center in Augusta. Houston County Schools Assistant Superintendent Robin Hines says counselors are at the middle schools Friday to support students.
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 3 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game  N/A  Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..I'M LEAH JOHNSON.. AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX. HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THEY FOLLOWED EVERY PROCEDURE AND TOOK EVERY PRECAUTION AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME THURSDAY NIGHT.. DESPITE THOSE PRECAUTIONS....A BOLT OF LIGHTNING INJURED 13 PEOPLE. TEN ADULTS AND THREE CHILDREN. LORRA LYNCH JOINS US WITH MORE ON THIS STORY. LORRA.. .WHO DECIDES WHEN A GAME SHOULD BE CALLED DUE TO WEATHER? THE GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION SETS THE GUIDELINES FOR HOUSTON COUNTY'S MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL GAMES. THEY STATE... "WHEN A LIGHTNING DETECTOR INDICATES A DANGEROUS SITUATION.. THE GAME MANAGER WILL NOTIFY THE HEAD OFFICIAL. AT THAT POINT... THE OFFICIAL WILL SUSPEND PLAY AND ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL GO TO A SAFE PLACE." SCHOOL SPOKESPERSON... BETH MCLAUGHLIN... SAYS OFFICIALS WERE ABOUT TO DO JUST THAT... WHEN LIGHTNING STRUCK. < THURSDAY AFTERNOON... MOTHERS ROBIN COY AND ANGEL PHILLIPS.. FOUND THEMSELVES ROOTING FOR DIFFERENT TEAMS AT THE BONAIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL STADIUM. COY PULLED FOR HER DAUGHTER'S TEAM... WARNER ROBINS... AND PHILLIPS FOR HER DAUGHTER'S TEAM... FEAGIN MILL. Angel Phillips: (1:21) "There was no thunder no lightning but rain." Robin Coy: (9:16) "It started misting. We got our umbrellas out. The cheerleaders were, "were getting wet, were getting wet." PHILLIPS DECIDED TO HEAD FOR SHELTER.. COY STAYED IN THE STANDS. THEY WEREN'T' AWARE OF IT... BUT ON THE FIELD... A LIGHTNING DETECTOR REGISTERED A HIT. IT WAS FAR ENOUGH AWAY THAT OFFICIALS DIDN'T CALL THE GAME. Robin Coy: (10:30) "I would've been the first to run to the gym had it been really loud thunder and lightning, but no. We were just sitting there talking." AT HALF TIME THE REFS MADE A DECISION. Lorra Lynch, EWN: (48:53) "Superintendent Carpenter said they had already decided to delay the game for 15 minutes because of rumbles of thunder in the area. Shortly after, the hand held device registered a lightning hit. That's when they decided to clear the field and move everyone inside." BUT BEFORE ANYONE COULD LEAVE THE STANDS... LIGHTNING STRUCK. Angel Phillips, Mother: (16:08) "It was just the most horrific scene you could ever see because there was just people laying flat on the field." Robin Coy: (11:32) "I took off running and went on the field . Everyone was screaming CPR. We need someone to do CPR." COY SAYS SHE PERFORMED CPR ON MIKE MARTIN.. HEAD COACH FOR THE WARNER ROBINS TEAM. Robin Coy: (12:11) "He just didn't have any reaction, any response, I couldn't get a pulse on him." WHILE COY AND PHILLIPS... BOTH WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HELP... THEIR OPINION ON WHEN OFFICIALS SHOULD'VE CALLED THE GAME PUTS THEM ON DIFFERENT SIDELINES. Robin Coy, Parent: (13:18) "I think it was handled the best way anybody would've done it. There was just no indication that we were in that much danger." Angel Phillips, Parent: (5:36)"I just, I could not believe they proceeded to play the game. I was shocked." BUT NOTHING COULD SHOCK HER MORE THAN THE WHAT SHE SAW ON THE FIELD... TRAUMA LIKE SHE'S NEVER SEEN BEFORE... AND HOPES SHE NEVER SEE AGAIN. >> THE HAND-HELD LIGHTNING DETECTORS PICK-UP HITS UP TO TWENTY MILES AWAY. THOSE ARE USED AT ALL THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GAMES... AND THEY BEEP WHEN THEY DETECT A HIT BOTH HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STADIUMS HAVE AN INSTALLED LIGHTNING DETECTION DEVICE. IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS A LOUD HORN THAT EVERYONE AT THE GAME COULD HEAR.. IF LIGHTNING WAS IN THE AREA. OF THE 13 PEOPLE STRUCK... THE FOUR IN THE MOST SERIOUS CONDITION WERE TAKEN TO THE JOSEPH M. STILL BURN CENTER IN AUGUSTA. DURING AN AFTERNOON NEWS CONFERENCE... CARPENTER SAID WARNER ROBINS MIDDLE SCHOOL COACH... MIKE MARTIN.. IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. JIM LANGLEY... ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT FEAGIN MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL... IS IN STABLE CONDITION. GAME OFFICIALS... MALCOLM WALKER AND MIKE MENEAR ARE ALSO IN STABLE CONDITION. TWO OTHERS...ONE OF THEM A STUDENT... ARE BEING TREATED AT LOCAL HOSPITALS. SEVEN MORE HAVE BEEN RELEASED. SEVERAL OF YOU ARE SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS AND CONCERNS ABOUT THIS STORY ON 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM. ONE VIEWER SAYS... ANYONE WHO KNOWS MIKE KNOWS WHAT A WONDERFUL PERSON HE IS. WHEN I SAW COACH MARTIN LAST... HE REMEMBERED THE SMALLEST DETAILS OF OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER..... WHICH IS CHARACTERISTIC OF A KIND AND CARING MAN. ANOTHER VIEWER ADDS... BE PREPARED TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILIES WHEN YOU HEAR THUNDER. THIS MAY MEAN YOU NEED TO BE THE ONE TO GO AND TELL THE COACH THAT YOU ARE TAKING YOUR CHILD FROM THE GAME FOR HIS/HER SAFETY. YOU CAN SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS... OR ANY STORY WE COVER. USE THE IN YOUR VOICE FEATURE ON 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM.
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured James Langles 2 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga  
 USA 
  at football game  N/A  CPR,Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
WRMS coach in critical condition after lightning strike 3:30 p.m. update: Houston superintendent provides update on conditions of victims From staff reports E-MAIL PRINT TEXT SIZE: Houston County School Superintendent David Carpenter, at a 2 p.m. news conference today, updated the conditions of 13 individuals injured in Thursday's lightning strike at an eighth grade football game at Bonaire Middle School. Mike Martin, athletic director at Warner Robins Middle School, is in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Beth Frits, spokeswoman at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, confirmed this morning that Martin was being treated at the center. Mike Martin, the athletic director of Warner Robins Middle School, is in critical condition at Doctors Hospital in Augusta after being struck by lightning Thursday evening at the Bonaire Middle School football field. GALLERY: Several hurt in lightning strike LINK:Video: Lightning injures more than dozen at football game Also at the burn center are James Langley, assistant principal at Feagin Mill Middle School, and game officials Philip Manear and Malcom Walker, Carpenter said. They are all listed in stable but guarded condition. Jason Smith, a coach at Feagin Mill Middle School, and an unidentified eighth grade student were listed in stable condition at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins. Seven other adults and children were treated at local hospitals and released, Carpenter said. Crisis teams were at Warner Robins and Feagin Mill middle schools today, and counselors talked with students at both schools who were affected by the Thursday event. Eighth grade teams from the two middle schools were playing football at the Bonaire field shortly before the lightning struck at halftime, as officials were clearing the field and the teams were heading to the gym. "We're going to take care of our kids," Carpenter said earlier Friday. "We want to have a sense of normalcy as much as we can. The kids need the routine and the structure." Beth McLaughlin, school system director of community and school affairs, said all after-school activities at Warner Robins and Feagin Mill middle schools were canceled today. In a statement from the Martin family released today by the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, Martin's mother, Joyce Martin, said: "Mike is here at the burn unit. They're doing all that they can for him and we appreciate all the prayers." Earlier Friday, Carpenter said safety protocol will be reviewed in the wake of the fast-moving storm that caught the crowd off guard. At the field today, sports drink bottles littered the track in front of the stands as evidence people dropped them and fled the stands. School video cameras were still at the ready perched on tripods in the press box above the stands. A lone puddle outside the end zone was the only indication a storm had hit the field. Houston County sheriff's Sgt. Guy Fussell said officials called off an eighth-grade football game after the storm suddenly erupted. The game was at halftime and officials were waiting 15 minutes to see whether the weather would clear when a hand-held lightning meter registered a strike, Carpenter said. Immediately, the call was made to clear the field, he said. The crowd was in the process of leaving the stands when a bolt of lightning struck the field about 6:15 p.m. near coaches, officials and players, Fussell said. A number of people were knocked to the ground and CPR was administered to those in need, Carpenter said this morning at Warner Robins Middle School where he was visiting with faculty and students. "It's my understanding the administrators, the people that chipped in and helped, did an exemplary job," Carpenter said of the rescue effort. "The hospital personnel, when everybody showed up, I can't say enough about the emergency people and the hospital personnel did an outstanding job." In his 33 years with the school system, Carpenter said, Thursday was the first time lightning had struck a Houston County school football field. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured," Carpenter said. Staff writers Becky Purser, Jake Jacobs, David Cranshaw and Liz Fabian contributed to this report.
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 4 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga  
 USA 
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 5 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga  
 USA 
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 6 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 7 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game  N/A  Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Witness: Lightning bolt lifted people off ground WRMS athletic director remains in critical condition at burn center By Becky Purser - bpurser@macon.com E-MAIL PRINT TEXT SIZE: Cedric Cornish of Warner Robins, who helped administer CPR to the injured on the Bonaire Middle School football field after a lightning strike Thursday night, says the thunderbolt actually lifted people off the ground. The day after the terrifying incident that severely injured Warner Robins Middle School's athletic director and sent a dozen more people to the hospital, Cornish said he was thankful for his training and encouraged others to learn CPR. Grant Blankenship/The Telegraph - Clouds roll over the visitor side of the football field at Bonaire Middle School on Friday afternoon. Warner Robins Middle School athletic director Mike Martin was critically injured after being struck by lightning on the field during a football game Thursday afternoon. GALLERY: Several hurt in lightning strike STORY: Referee hit by lightning out of burn center STORY: Three injured in Bonaire lightning strike released from hospitals STORY: School games go on; superintendent says safety procedures were followed STORY: Bonaire incident emphasizes lightning's dangers, effects STORY: GHSA schools required to have lightning detectors LINK:Video: Lightning injures more than dozen at football game In an interview Friday, he was still shaken by the events he witnessed at the eighth-grade football game between Warner Robins Middle School and Feagin Mill Middle School. People in attendance had been waiting to see if officials would halt the game, which was in halftime when a storm moved quickly into the area, Cornish recalled. Seeking shelter from the rain, he was leaning against the wall of a building on the top of a hill near a goal post when lightning suddenly ripped from the sky, he said. Some of the people on the field were lifted into the air by the force of the electrical charge, and others began to stampede out of the stands, Cornish said. He said he ran to the center of the field and knelt by Warner Robins Middle School Coach Mike Martin and others who had been knocked to the ground, including referee Malcom Walker, his friend. Cornish and other bystanders performed rescue breathing techniques until emergency medical workers arrived. "It's just a horrible, horrible incident," said Cornish, who was reluctant to be interviewed and emphasized he didn't want to draw attention to himself. "Keep all the families that got impacted in our prayers," he said. "Absolutely, God is in control of everything." His wife, Sandra, was in the stands along with Cornish's mother. The couple's son, a 13-year-old football player for Warner Robins Middle School, was on the sidelines with most of his team when the lightning struck and was not injured. "People were just everywhere. ... It was total pandemonium for a few minutes," Sandra Cornish said. Rain had closed out the last few minutes of the first half, she said. The halftime horn had sounded and the rain had let up a bit. Referees, coaches and a few football players were on the field, with most of the players on the sidelines, she said. "They had just called the game when the lightning bolt came out of nowhere," she said. She heard somebody on the field yelling, "Run! Run!" She and her mother-in-law started grabbing their belongings. Children were screaming. A police officer directed her and others to help get the kids into the gym. "All you could hear was ear-piercing screams," she said. "We just did our best to get them all in the gym and get them calm." And people - lots of people, she said - began to pray. "When we got into the gym, prayer was just going on all around," she said. "Every little group you went to. The cheerleaders were praying. The football teams were praying. Parents were praying." When Houston County sheriff's Sgt. Guy Fussell reached the football field, the scene was "chaotic." Fussell said in an interview that he had known it would be bad. He was dispatched to help emergency medical crews assist several people struck by lightning, according to the incident report he filed. The deputy drove up, parked near the gate and ran onto the football field where emergency medical workers were treating Walker, referee Philip Manear and Jim Langley, assistant principal at Feagin Mill Middle School. Both Walker and Langley could move their legs but couldn't feel them, Fussell noted in his report. The 20-year deputy helped emergency medical workers and firefighters place the injured men on boards and stretchers. He talked with witnesses, including Cornish, and assisted school officials, like Patsy Hutto, executive director of elementary operations. Fussell also secured the lightning detector used by school officials to monitor the storm and noted in his report that it appeared to be working. In an interview, Fussell said he is convinced that school board policy and procedures were followed by coaches and referees. "I think they did their best to protect the kids," the deputy said. "I think this was a freak accident." Martin, the Warner Robins Middle School athletic director and coach, was in critical condition Friday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, said hospital spokeswoman Beth Frits. Manear, Walker and Langley are in guarded but stable condition at the burn center, according to Houston County School Superintendent David Carpenter. Jason Smith, a coach at Feagin Mill, was released Friday evening from Perry Hospital, and an eighth-grade student from Warner Robins Middle School was listed in stable condition at an unspecified local hospital, according to school officials. The sheriff department's incident report listed the injured as referee J.A. Thomas; parent Jeffery Anthony Suskay; Amitiac Carter, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Warner Robins Middle School; Jacques McIver, a 13-year-old at Warner Robins Middle School and Janile Hill (no other information listed). Dalton Flanders and Jessie Cone, both eighth-graders at Warner Robins Middle School, were also listed in the report as injured but not transported to the emergency room at the request of parents. Staff writer Jake Jacobs contributed to this article. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 9 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Coach's Condition Improves September 15, 2008 • 7:02 pm Print this page E-mail this article Share this article: Del.icio.us Facebook Digg Reddit Newsvine What’s this? 12 of the 13 people struck by lightning at a football game last week have been released from the hospital. Mike Martin, head coach for Warner Robins Middle School, remains in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Martin's fellow coaches and friends say they're cheering for his recovery, but keeping the same play book when it comes calling a game. Antonio Talton, Coach at Huntington Middle, reflected on last week's Warner Robins High football game Monday. As he watched the tape, he remembered a familiar face that often helps on the sidelines was missing. Talton said, "Coaching is Mike. Mike is coaching. He loves to do it, just loves to do it." Talton visited his friend and co-worker Mike Martin in Augusta Saturday. Talton said, "You can see he's still Mike. He's gonna fight through and I think, I felt a whole lot better seeing him and talking with him, than I did hearing the stuff we were hearing before." Talton heard about the lightning strike at the Bonaire Middle field about the same time as Warner Robins High head coach Bryan Way. Way said, "I was distraught. I consider Mike to be a very close friend." Way says the accident happened at an away field, but hits home. Way said, "It could happen to any of us at any time." Georgia High School Association rules require Way to keep a hand-held lightning detector at practices. There's a built-in one at games, and officials can call off play if there's a "dangerous situation", whether it's detected on the device or seen in the sky. Way and GHSA Executive Director Dr. Ralph Swearingin agree the policy is enough. Swearingin said, "We try very hard to minimize the risk of whether it's in the rules of the game or our policy's like lightning or heat or whatever, but there's no way, there's not been a scientific way that we can alleviate all risks in these situations." Swearingin says they recommend that officials call a game when lightning is detected within ten miles away. He said it's up to the officials discretion to decide when a situation is dangerous. Houston County School Board president Pamela Greenway says she doesn't expect any changes to their weather related game policy. She says there's no way to control every situation, and the calls made at last week's game were "absolutely appropriate." In your voice
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 10 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 11 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 12 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 13 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
09/11/2008 06:15 PM Injured 8 of 13  0.0  Bonaire Ga 
 USA  
  at football game    Football,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Four lightning strike victims at Augusta Burn Center Save Email Print Posted: 5:39 PM Sep 12, 2008 Last Updated: 6:00 PM Sep 12, 2008 Reporter: STAFF 0 comments Click to play video A | A | A September 12, 2008 AUGUSTA, Ga.---Four people from the Warner Robins area are at the Augusta Burn Center after being struck by lightning. They were among 13 people injured when the lightning hit a middle school football game Thursday night. The Warner Robins Middle School athletic director, Mike Martin, was in critical condition Friday. Three other men, including two game officials, are also at the Burn Center. Several other people, including some children, were treated at hospitals in the middle Georgia area.
09/10/2008 12:00 PM Injured Giles Clark  30.0  Worcester  
 England 
3 killed a year 60 are struck  walking down a lane with umbrella    Outside,Umbrella,Walking 
Lightning strike man lucky to be alive 7:10am Wednesday 10th September 2008 Comments (0) Have your say » By Lucy Tatchell » A MAN has spoken of his miracle escape after being hit by lightning in Worcester. Doctors told Giles Clarke he was lucky to be alive after being struck on Saturday. He was walking along Bromwich Lane, in St John’s, Worcester, with his partner when lightning hit the umbrella he was holding. The bolt knocked him forward and left him in extreme pain. “I have had a couple of shocks in my life, from a TV and kettle, but this was excruciating,” the Worcester Bosch employee said. “Imagine your muscles cramping up all at once, that is what it was like.” After some persuasion from his partner Ginnette Bozward, Mr Clarke went to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for a check-up. “Doctors said I should have been dead as it hit my left side and they thought it would have stopped my heart,” he said. “They were worried my organs were going to shut down so I had to drink lots of fluids. “They took lots of blood and monitored my heart to see if it had been damaged, but luckily it had not.” Dr Simon Parkinson, secretary of Worcestershire local medical committee said the immediate concern would be the cardiac affect. “It could totally throw the heart rhythm so you could go into cardiac arrest,” he said. Other medical concerns would have been burns and the emotional impact. “You either die or you do not, he is a very lucky chap,” Dr Parkinson said. The miracle escape happened when the couple were walking to the opening of St John’s Sports Centre. Mr Clarke, aged 30, of St John’s, was holding the umbrella when his body suddenly jumped and a crack of thunder exploded. “It totally disorientated me,” he said. “The left side of my body was completely numb, I must have looked drunk because my leg and arm did not move how I wanted them to. “I was holding my girlfriend’s hand about five seconds before and if it had passed into her she may not have survived it. “It was just not my time.” The only mark Mr Clarke has to show for his lucky escape is a small graze on his hand and a label in the back of his jeans was completely melted by the bolt. The Worcester, Bosch employee is now wary about using an umbrella again. “I do not think I am ever going to use my umbrella again, I would quite happily get soaked instead,” he said. Lightning strikes> - Up to 60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain. - On average three are killed. - The worst year was 1982 when 14 people were killed. - There are around 300,000 lightning ground strikes every year in Britain. - On average this means someone is struck once every 6,000 strikes.
09/10/2008 12:00 PM Injured man   55.0  Darford Huntingdon 
 England 
      Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning Strikes Earith House A family from near Huntingdon have been forced to leave their home after it was struck by lightning The bolt tore through the roof of the house in Earith after 4 o clock on Sunday afternoon. A a 55-year-old man had to be treated for burns to his back and hands The family, who lived in the home in Darford - a small cul-de-sac - have had to move in to temporary accomodation because it's too dangerous inside their house. Luckily no-one was seriously injured, but Q103 were told items of sentimental value, like records and photos, were destroyed in the ensuing fire. Living nextdoor is Michael Coles - his roof also suffered minor damage:
09/09/2008 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead 2 injured  60.0  Carmen North Cotabato 
 Philippines 
  inside shanty preparing dinner    Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning strike kills 1, hurts 2 in NCotabato 09/09/2008 | 10:47 AM Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines — A strong lightning killed a 60-year old person and wounded two others including a six-month old baby girl in a remote village in Carmen, North Cotabato Saturday evening. Belated reports said Rodolfo Liamera died on the spot due to severe burns in various parts of his body when lightning struck him while inside the shanty preparing for dinner. Luzviminda Liamera, 59, and grandchild Mabel Mantinayag, 6 months old, also sustained burns in the stomach and face in the incident. Luzviminda told GMANews.TV that she was attending to her grandchild when a powerful lighting struck them inside their shanty located at Sitio Misupa, Bentangan village in the town of Carmen. Doctors at the Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Kidapawan City declared Luzviminda out of danger but baby Mabel is still in critical condition. Doctors continued to observe the condition of the baby following the severe burns in her stomach and face. - Willamor Magbanua, GMANews.TV
09/09/2008 12:00 PM Killed 8 killed 15 injured  45.0  West Midnapore 
 India 
       
MIDNAPORE: Eight persons, including a child, died and 15 were injured when lightning struck some villages in West Midnapore on Monday. While Bimala Das (60), Sauri Kisku (45), Sahebram Murmu (42) and Pradip Murmu (10) died at Machhkandna village in Belpahari and Nanibala Mahato (50) at Badina village in Jhargram, the other three — Arati Hazra (30), Chamtu Kisku (34) and Shaktipada Samanta (42) — died in Debra. Eight of the injured were ferried to the primary health centre at Belpahari. Bhaskar Pal, BDO of Binpur-II, sent a car to carry the remaining four to hospital. The other three injured have been admitted to a Debra hospital. All those killed by lightning in Belpahari had taken shelter in a tea stall from a heavy downpour. Nanibala Mahato (50) was struck by lightning while working in a paddy field.
09/08/2008 04:20 PM Injured woman   0.0  Black Creek Al 
 USA 
      Outside 
EMA says woman struck by lightning during storm Published: Monday, September 8, 2008 at 6:25 p.m. Last Modified: Monday, September 8, 2008 at 6:26 p.m. The Gadsden-Etowah County Emergency Management Authority said a woman was struck by lightning off Tabor Road when a line of thunderstorms passed through the county late this afternoon. EMA officials said that a significant weather alert was issued about 4:20 p.m. until 5 p.m. The EMA said the Black Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of the woman struck by lightning. The woman was transported to Gadsden Regional Medical Center by car. Attalla police reported several trees were down in Attalla and Sand Valley because of the strong wind.
09/04/2008 12:00 PM Killed jawan killed 2 injured  0.0  Rajouri Kashmir 
 India 
      Military,Outside 
An army jawan was killed and two others wounded when lightning struck a patrol party in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir early on Thursday, official sources said. The patrol team was conducting a search operation in Ithni forest belt of Rajouri district when they were struck by lightning, sources said. Sepoy Mohmmad Azam Khan of 13 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) died on the spot and two other jawans - Havaldar Jasbir Singh and Sepoy Parvez Ahmed were injured. The injured were airlifted to military hospital for treatment.
09/03/2008 12:00 PM Injured Tommy Callaghy  35.0  Killimor Co Galway 
 Ireland 
'Rubber boots saved him " ? NO  sheep farmer working on equipment    Farming 
A sheep farmer was yesterday counting his lucky stars after surviving a lightning strike. Tommy Callaghy, in his mid-30s, was working at his farm in Claremadden, Killimor, Co Galway, on Wednesday evening when lightning struck overhead electricity wires. The lightning is thought to have travelled onto machinery he was using at the time and passed into his body. While he was knocked off his feet, he was saved by the rubber-soled wellington boots he was wearing at the time. He was rushed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe where he received medical treatment. But he was well enough to be discharged late on Wednesday night. - Brian McDonald
09/02/2008 12:00 PM Killed 103 Bell ringers  0.0   
 Germany 
  ringing bells to ward off thunderstorms     
aturday, 30 August 2008 Although the fact is historically unquestionable, it is shocking to realise that, even as recently as the 18th century, lightning was thought to be of supernatural origin. Church bells were rung to ward off the evil spirits of thunderstorms. In spite of the frequent use of this prophylactic measure, lightning was unaffected. Indeed, between 1750 and 1784, 386 German churches were struck by lightning bolts, and 103 bell ringers were killed. To make matters worse, gunpowder was often stored in churches so that it would be under divine protection. This proved to be a disastrous fallacy; in 1767, lightning struck a Venetian church and caused a terrible explosion of the large amount of gunpowder stored in its vaults. Three thousand people were killed. (Saul, 1995). This kind of tragedy would have continued to take its toll, except for the fact that intelligent men (of whom Benjamin Franklin was one), with a mindset vastly different from that of the superstitious majority, were gathering evidence to support the daring hypothesis that lightning was a form of electrical energy as natural as wind, rain and clouds, and that to some extent, it could be controlled. Church leaders, correctly perceiving this scientific advance as a threat to their hegemony and self-interest, denounced it "as a means of obstructing God's will"; conveniently forgetting that praying and bell ringing were striving for the same effect. Finally, however, the perfecting of an effective lightning conductor demonstrated unequivocally that such a device worked where prayers and bells failed. K.S.W. Hyde
09/01/2008 12:00 PM unknown boy   0.0  Nashik City  
  
      Outside 
Revival of Monsoon confirmed After the prolonged dry spell in the initial months monsoon has been active in Maharashtra. The prayers of the population seem to have been answered by weather Gods. The talukas of Niphad, Sinnar, Chandwad and Malegaon received moderate to heavy rainfall. All the dams in the area have reported substantial improvement in water levels. There is a sense of satisfaction amongst the farmers. In an unfortunate incident one boy died of after lightning struck him in Nashik city. In Chadvad taluka five women working in a field sustained burn injuries by lightning. One of them succumbed to the injuries.
08/30/2008 07:15 PM Injured Raymond Franco 3 of 3  45.0  San Angelo Tx 
 USA 
  getting boat out of water    Boat,Outside,Water 
3 of 3
08/30/2008 07:15 PM Injured Bertico 2 of 3  19.0  San Angelo Tx 
 USA 
  getting boat out of water  N/A  Boat,Outside,Water 
SAN ANGELO - A Monahans teen remains in intensive care after being struck by lightning over the weekend, and another man was injured. Police haven't released the victim's names, but we do know this. It happened around 7:15 Saturday night in San Angelo. The 19-year-old was sitting underneath a pecan tree near Lake Nasworthy when a bolt of lightning struck him and his two friends, also from Monahans. One of the men wasn't hurt and the other one was treated and released.
08/30/2008 unknown 3 people  0.0  Villpuram 
 India 
       
Lightning claims 3 lives Madurai (PTI): Three persons were struck dead by lightning at Sathanavai village near Perambalur, 160 from here on Sunday evening. Police said the victims were taking shelter under a tree to protect themselves from heavy rains when the lightning struck them. The three were charred to death while four others were injured. The seven were professional "wood-cutters-cum-traders",travelling from village to village for purchasing and cutting trees. Meanwhile, a 49-year-old woman was struck dead by lightning at Valavanur near Villpuram 300 km from here, police said.
08/30/2008 02:30 PM Injured Chris Nickerson  46.0  Apollo Beach Fl 
 USA 
  in boat under bridge    Boat,Bridge,On Water,Outside,Water 
Storm leaves boater injured By BETH BURGER - bburger@bradenton.com E-Mail Print Text Size: Rains from Hurricane Gustav blanketed the area Saturday with a man almost getting struck by lightning on a boat and cars colliding in the rain on wet, slick roads. Gustav continued moving northwest after hitting Cuba. The clouds from the storm will continue to cover the entire state, said Richard Rude, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin. The direction and effects of Tropical Storm Hanna - which remains far to the east - remains unclear at this time. "We need to keep monitoring the weather through next week," Rude said. Today, scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue, bringing conditions similar to Saturday's that brought minor vehicle crashes scattered throughout the county. On Saturday, Chris Nickelson, 46, of Apollo Beach, was injured by a lightning strike when he parked a Bayliner boat beneath the Cortez bridge to get out of the rain at about 2:30 p.m. "I don't think it was a direct hit. I think it was secondary - a close hit. It somehow got into the boat through the electrical system," said Kurt Lathrop, deputy fire marshal for West Manatee Fire Rescue. Nickelson was on deck driving the boat when he was injured. He had burns on his body but quickly went below to extinguish a small fire started from the lightning, Lathrop said. There were a total of four people on board the boat, but Nickelson was the only one injured. Nickelson was taken to Blake Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition late Saturday.
08/30/2008 07:15 PM Injured Falvio Armendariz 1 of 3  19.0  San Angelo Tx 
 USA 
  getting boat out of water  N/A  Boat,Fresh Water,Near Trees,Near Water,On Water,Outside,Tree,Water 
Lightning Strikes Three Men Reported by: KSAN News Monday, Sep 1, 2008 @12:14am CST Three men from Monahans are recovering after a bolt of lightning struck them. According to the San Angelo Lake and Park Police, it all happened Saturday evening around 7:15 p.m., where 19 year old Falvio Armendariz and 19 year old Bertico Olivis were fishing in a boat near spring creek. A storm suddenly approached the lake when the boys along with 45 year old Raymond Franco were trying to retrieve their boat in the water, when lightning then struck a tree nearby that carried electricity to the men. All three men were taken to San Angelo Community Medical Center where Armendariz and Franco were treated and released. At last check Olivis is currently still in San Angelo Community Medical Center where his condition is unknown.
08/29/2008 12:00 PM Killed Muin Assari & Adolfo Mahari injured  54.0  Sibiling Island Basilan province 
 Philippines 
  fishing in their banca    Boat,On Water,Outside 
Fisherman dies after lightning strikes in Basilan By JEWEL M. REYES ABS-CBN Zamboanga A fisherman was killed while his companion was injured after their banca was struck by lightning late Friday afternoon in waters off Sibiling Island near Basilan province. Adolfo Mahari who survived the incident said they were fishing when a white strip of light struck their boat. He said he noticed his cousin, Muin Asaari, 54 years old of Barangay Labuan in Zamboanga City, suddenly collapsed towards him. Mahari said Asaari's body turned hard and that was when he noticed the fisherman was dead. He said they did not suffer burn injuries, but described that it was as if they was a hot wind after the lightning struck. Mahari said the weather was bad before the incident, but it improved after the lightning struck. The victim's body were given Muslim funeral rites, before his internment in Barangay Labuan. Mahari said he will still go back to the sea since fishing is their only means of living.
08/27/2008 11:15 PM Injured 2 of 2 boys  11.0  Brooklyn Park Mn 
 USA 
  playing a video game    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
Brooklyn Park boy shocked by lightning while talking on the phone By TIM HARLOW, Star Tribune Last update: August 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM Featured comment Ever Heard of surge protector power strips Use them for all plug in electronics. Not only may they save your life. They also protect all those expensive electronic equipment items. Register or log in to comment 8 comments | See all Hide reader comments Print this story E-mail this story Save to del.icio.us Share on newsvine Share on Digg More from Local + Metro Regional reader How fair can system of child support be? Medical costs for inmates in county jails are surging Don't forget your homework before primary Road guy: Off the road Two Brooklyn Park boys might think twice about using electronic devices the next time a thunderstorm rolls in after they received a strong jolt when lightning struck during Wednesday night's storms, said Captain Craig Enevoldsen. One of the boys was talking on the telephone and the other was playing a video game when lightning hit the four-plex on the 6400 block of N. 83rd Court around 11:10 p.m. The boys reported tingling in their hands. Paramedics treated the two 11-year-olds at the scene, Enevoldsen said. The lightning strike sparked a fire that caused extensive damage in one of the units of the four-plex. Heavy smoke was pouring out of the windows when firefighters arrived. The fire was contained to the one unit, which was vacant. All other residents in the unit got out unharmed, Enevoldsen said. Enevoldsen said the incident serves as a reminder to "Stay off electrical stuff during a storm."
08/27/2008 11:10 PM Injured 1 of 2 boys  11.0  Brooklyn Park Mn 
 USA 
  talking on phone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
Brooklyn Park boy shocked by lightning while talking on the phone By TIM HARLOW, Star Tribune Last update: August 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM Featured comment Ever Heard of surge protector power strips Use them for all plug in electronics. Not only may they save your life. They also protect all those expensive electronic equipment items. Register or log in to comment 8 comments | See all Hide reader comments Print this story E-mail this story Save to del.icio.us Share on newsvine Share on Digg More from Local + Metro Regional reader How fair can system of child support be? Medical costs for inmates in county jails are surging Don't forget your homework before primary Road guy: Off the road Two Brooklyn Park boys might think twice about using electronic devices the next time a thunderstorm rolls in after they received a strong jolt when lightning struck during Wednesday night's storms, said Captain Craig Enevoldsen. One of the boys was talking on the telephone and the other was playing a video game when lightning hit the four-plex on the 6400 block of N. 83rd Court around 11:10 p.m. The boys reported tingling in their hands. Paramedics treated the two 11-year-olds at the scene, Enevoldsen said. The lightning strike sparked a fire that caused extensive damage in one of the units of the four-plex. Heavy smoke was pouring out of the windows when firefighters arrived. The fire was contained to the one unit, which was vacant. All other residents in the unit got out unharmed, Enevoldsen said. Enevoldsen said the incident serves as a reminder to "Stay off electrical stuff during a storm."
08/27/2008 12:00 PM Killed 6 killed  0.0  Malda West Bengal 
 India 
  grazing cattle or standing in verandahs    Outside 
Six killed, two injured in lightning strike MALDA(WB), AUG 28 (PTI) Six persons were killed and two suffered burn injuries after being struck by lightning in remote areas of Malda district yesterday. Of the six killed, four were women, official sources said. Most of the victims were either working in the field, grazing cattle or standing in verandahs when the thunderbolt struck, the sources said. The deaths were reported from villages under Ratua, Manikchak and Gajole police stations, official sources said. Narottampur and Khasmal villages under Ratua police station limits recorded the maximum of three deaths. Rupees one lakh would be paid as compensation to the next of kin of the victims, the sources said.
08/27/2008 12:00 PM Killed Simon Tolete killed 7 hurt  0.0  Magarao town Camarines Sur 
 Philippines 
    N/A   
Home > Regions > Luzon Lightning strike kills farmer, hurt 7 others 08/27/2008 | 07:16 AM Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines - A farmer was killed while seven others were hurt after lightning struck them in Magarao town in Camarines Sur province in Bicol, dzBB radio reported Wednesday. The report cited initially identified the fatality as Simeon Tolete of Santo Tomas village, who died before he could be brought to the Bicol Medical Center. Those hurt in the incident were Moises Tolete, Edgardo Daza, Dondon Campo, Edgardo Prado, Domingo Bolda, Rena Benavida and Raul Benavida, also of San Isidro village. The report said they suffered burns in different parts of the body. Magarao is a fifth-class town in Camarines Sur, with a population of 20,964 people in 3,910 households. - GMANews.TV
08/26/2008 01:05 PM Injured Christopher McKinney  19.0  Texas City Tx 
 USA 
  working for plumbing company at construction site    Construction site,Outside,Plumbing 
Lightning strike injures construction worker By Chris Paschenko The Daily News Published August 27, 2008 TEXAS CITY — A man working at a construction site Tuesday was hospitalized from a lightning strike and told police it felt like something heavy knocked him to the ground. The same storm might have damaged an airport hangar at Ellington Field in Houston. An ambulance took the lightning strike victim, Christopher McKinney, 19, of Shepherd, to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said Capt. Brian Goetschius of Texas City police. “He said he is feeling better and is ready to go home,” Goetschius said of his telephone conversation with McKinney. “He didn’t claim he was hit by lightning. He said, ‘it felt like someone dropped something heavy on my head and neck, and I just dropped.’” Workers at the future site of Mansions at Moses Lake in the 2100 block of 34th Street North said the storm sent crews scrambling shortly after 1 p.m. Rusty McClanahan of Nations Construction said he was on the site of the future 240-unit senior residential community in Texas City when the storm roared through the open field. “He was working for a plumbing company,” McClanahan said. “He was not totally unconscious, but it was hurting him. He was moving his arms when they took him away on the stretcher.” Goetschius said McKinney suffered no visible wounds or burns. “A witness near him saw what he believed was a spark of electricity between him and the tool he was reaching for,” Goetschius said. McClanahan said he initially thought the bolt struck a metal communications tower nearby. “A few guys saw it, but I’m not sure if it hit him or right beside him,” McClanahan said. “One of the guys said it hit the top of his head, but I didn’t see his shoes messed up.” McClanahan said he was on the other end of the roughly 10-acre job site when the bolt struck. “I kind of felt it when it hit,” McClanahan said. “I knew it hit somewhere. I could tell it was close, then everybody started yelling, and I ran over there.” The same storm could have produced strong winds in the form of a downburst that damaged an airport hangar at Ellington Field. Juan Alanis, a spokesman with the Houston Airport System said the storm ripped part of a roof from a Southwest Airport Services general aviation hangar. “Part of the roof was knocked off, and it landed on Braniff Road and knocked down some power lines,” Alanis said. “There was no impact on operations.” Wendy Wong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in League City, said the office received only a trace of rain from the storm, torrential rains fell on Interstate 45 about 1:30 p.m. and there were several lightning strikes in Texas City. “There were some isolated storms left over a surface boundary that was kind of associated with (Tropical Storm) Fay,” Wong said. “Because of where Fay was over Louisiana, it created a northeasterly flow the last couple of days that stretched through Galveston up to Eagle Lake south of I-10 to Austin.”
08/26/2008 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed  0.0  Bihar 
 India 
  working in paddy field    Outside 
Four killed, 13 injured in lightning in Bihar PATNA, AUG 27 (PTI) Four persons were killed and 13 others injured today when they were struck by lightning at different places in Bihar's Darbhanga and East Champaran districts. Two including a woman, were killed and six injured in Ugra village as the disaster struck while they were working in a paddy field, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Darbhanga) D K Mishra told PTI. In another incident a child was killed and six others received burn injuries when they were hit by lightning at Ajgari village in East Champaran district, sources said. One person was killed and another injured in yet another incident at Katha Loknathpur village in the district, they said.
08/26/2008 01:00 PM Killed Jerome Pangantihon  19.0  EB Magalona Negros Occidental 
 Philippines 
  harvesting oysters at fishpond    Farming,fishing,Outside 
Young man in Negros Occ struck by lightning, dies By NICOLAS C. DELFIN ABS-CBN Bacolod It was a tragic time for the Pangantihon family after one of their relatives, Jerome, was struck by lightning causing instantaneous death in E.B. Magalona town in Negros Occidental procince Tuesday afternoon. According to family members, the 19-year-old victim went with his older brother, Jonar, to harvest oysters at a fishpond in Barangay Tabigue in E.B. Magalona town at 1 p.m. "We noticed that rain is coming and we heard thunder all over the place so we decided to go home," Jonar in an interview with ABS-CBN-Bacolod said. "He told me that he left his shirt so I advised to get it. Just as he leaves, I heard the sound of lightning twice and as I turned my back, I saw him lying unconscious," Jonar added. Jonar called for helped but to no avail. So he gathered all his strength and carried his younger brother on his back and ran almost a kilometer towards the highway. There he found a tricycle to ride going to Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Memorial Provincial Hospital in Silay City. Unfortunately, Jerome was pronounced dead upon arrival. It was more painful for Jerome's father Jose, who could not still believe that his youngest son has just passed away. "I still could not accept that he is gone now. Who could have thought that we will lost him in aninstant," the elder Pangantihon said.
08/26/2008 12:00 PM Injured Xu  0.0  Fujian province Shanghai 
 China 
  read this one    Outside 
A FUJIAN Province man who swore an oath that he had never borrowed money from a friend was struck by lightning a minute later, a local newspaper reported. The man, Xu is now out of danger after emergency treatment in hospital, the Dongnan Express said. It all happened on Tuesday afternoon when Xu's friend, Huang, came to his house and asked him to repay a debt of 500 yuan (US$71.4). Xu had asked Huang to deliver a red envelope containing 500 yuan as a wedding gift to another friend three years before. But Xu forgot all about the loan and Huang never got his money back. That afternoon Xu was insisting that he had never borrowed money from Huang. Eventually Huang proposed that he would forget about the loan if Xu swore an oath that he had never borrowed the money. Xu stood and solemnly swore if he had ever borrowed money from Huang he should be struck by lightning. One minute later he was struck by lightning. At least Huang now has a chance of repayment when Xu gets out of hospital. Chinese story link
08/25/2008 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  Daphne Al 
 USA 
       
Breaking News: Person struck by lightining Last Edited: Monday, 25 Aug 2008, 9:09 AM CDT Created: Monday, 25 Aug 2008, 7:56 AM CDT Lightning DAPHNE, Ala. - -- Officials report a person has been struck by lightning at Christ the King Church in Daphne. Rescue crews are on the scene, and FOX10 has a crew on the way. We'll update you on conditions in that area as soon as more information becomes available.
08/24/2008 06:50 PM Injured Teddy Gray  0.0  Fairfield Twp Oh 
 USA 
  opening a door  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning's charge shocks area man By Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer Monday, August 25, 2008 FAIRFIELD TWP. — A Fairfield Twp. man said he was shocked by a lightning strike during this weekend's storm. Fairfield Twp. Fire Department responded at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, to a call in the 2000 block of Milton Street, according to Fire Chief David Downie. The man, whom Downie did not identify, told fire officials he was opening a door when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. He said he felt an electric charge pass through his hand and feet. That charge also caused an inoperable doorbell to ring, he told authorities. The man was transported by Fairfield Twp. life squad to Mercy Hospital Fairfield, where he was treated and released. Man Struck By Lightning Through His Doorbell Last Update: 8/25 12:22 am (Tyson Thorp, 9News) Reported by: Scott Unes Photographer: Tyson Thorp Web produced by: Megan Wasmund Butler and Warren Counties were hit by heavy storms Sunday evening The areas were under a flash flood warning for much of the evening, as drainage systems were not able to keep up with the rainfall. The lightning was forking through the sky seemingly non-stop since 6:00 p.m., and one Fairfield Township family had a close encounter with a lightning strike. Kristy Gray says she and her husband Teddy were standing at the doorway of their home at 2045 Milton Street. Teddy was leaning against the door, his palm against the stone wall, when suddenly the doorbell started ringing. According to Kristy Gray, that doorbell hadn't worked in about two years. "All of the sudden, it started going off, and he just kind of like, throwed backward, and my glasses fell off my face and broke, and he just landed right about here where we're standing at," said Kristy Gray. Officer Brian Schulten of the Fairfield Township Police said he was already in the area when he heard the lightning strike near the Gray's home. He responded to the call, but can't say if the lightning was conducted through the doorbell. "It's unknown where the lightning struck," said Officer Schulten. "It's just, he heard a loud crash, a flash of lightning, and he felt what he got on his body, some kind of burning sensation." Police say Gray was conscious when they arrived, and his vital signs were normal, but he had burns on his arms and feet. Gray was transported to Mercy Fairfield Hospital, where he stayed for a couple of hours before being discharged. "Yes, he was conscious and everything," said Kristy Gray. "He just said that he didn't know what had happened, he said 'Wow, the doorbell's ringing', and he just kind of laughed it off." According to the National Weather Service, 24 people have been killed by lightning so far in 2008. They advise for people to get inside as soon as possible when they know a storm is coming. Once inside, they say it is best to stay away from computers and other electrical equipment. Lightning can surge through those, as it may have done with Gray's doorbell Sunday evening.

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