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Tue, 08/25/2015 12:00 PM Injured pregnant woman on bus  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
  touching metal pole at bus station    Bus Stop,Indirect,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside 
A pregnant woman was shocked by lightning Tuesday afternoon at a bus stop on U.S. 41 near Sunrise Boulevard. Employees at PDQ on South Cleveland Avenue said it sounded like a gun went off inside the restaurant, then everything went black. What they soon discovered, however, was that the woman - who'd just left the restaurant - was in need of an entirely different type of service. USING OUR APP? WATCH VIDEO HERE. Vonda Chatman was working inside the restaurant at the time. "It lit the whole building up and then everything just went off," she said. "I seen the lightning hit the pole. I looked over and seen the lady shaking a little and the daughter looked like she was dazed." The pregnant woman and her family had just eaten at the restaurant. She was leaning against the bus stop when the lightning strike occurred. "It was like this white, purple-looking light," Chatman said. "I just kicked into mother instinct and just ran out there." Chatman ran to the woman and helped her and he small child back into the restaurant. The mother and child were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. "I don't care if I would've got shocked or whatever," Chatman said. "As long as I know they was OK. She got some medical treatment. I feel better now." The lightning strike also shut down PDQ, though operating director Scot Chausse says he expects to up and running by Wednesday morning. And, despite the loss of some business, he was far from upset. "Lost a little bit of power. Lost some electronics," he said. "We just, basically, saved a life. PDQ did." NBC2 is still working to identify the woman who was shocked. She did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. by TaboolaSponsore
Tue, 08/25/2015 06:30 PM Injured football coach  0.0  Florence SC 
 USA 
  at football practice    Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field,Work 
FLORENCE, SC (WBTW)  A Florence County junior football coach was struck by lightning Tuesday while at practice. According to Florence County EMS Public Information Officer Billie Hatchell, the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. in a field behind Carver Elementary School during football practice. Hatchell said the 19-year-old coach was resuscitated by first-responders and taken to McLeod Health for treatment. The victim is currently in stable condition, Hatchell said.
Tue, 08/25/2015 12:00 PM Injured Kaci Martinez  0.0  North Texas TX 
 USA 
  inside on phone plugged in    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
The first round of severe weather in North Texas left behind injuries and damage. By: FOX4News.com Staff POSTED:AUG 25 2015 05:57PM CDT UPDATED:AUG 26 2015 06:17AM CDT The first round of severe weather in North Texas left behind injuries and damage. Firefighters battled a house fire started by the storm, and a Midlothian mother says she was struck by lightning while inside of her home. "As soon as I saw the lightning bolt come down, seemed so surreal, like living in a dream, said Kaci Martinez. &It was just so fast. It pushed me back into the couch like that." She says the lightning surged through the TV box. "I guess the side flash from it hitting the Direct TV box to me on the couch, but it did come through [the] window, she said. Martinez says she was on her cell phone, which was plugged into a charger. Her husband called moment after the lightning strike. God, please don't let me die, please don't let me die, Martinez said she was thinking. I can't breathe. I just got hit by lightning." She says she felt numbness in her arm and had shortness of breath. She went to the hospital and got checked out, and so far, shes going to be OK. A few streets over from Martinez, lightning started a fire on the roof of a two-story house. The homeowners are OK, but the Midlothian Fire Department says a firefighter was injured by electrical wires. Bill Drozdoski was a few doors down when he saw lightning strike his neighbor's house. Sort of like a big bang, said Drozdoski. Weather started moving in rain, came down. We started getting hail real quick and lightning and boom! We looked over and his house was on fire." The firefighter is also expected to be alright.
Thu, 08/20/2015 12:00 PM Injured child  0.0  Orange county FL 
 USA 
  inside    Indirect,Indoors 
Orange County Fire Rescue on Thursday said lightning struck the roof of a home, igniting a fire and possibly shocking a child. The lightning strike was reported at a home on the 8400 block of Mattituck Circle. Fire Rescue said the strike sparked a fire and possibly shocked a girl through a computer. The child has been taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital as precaution and firefighters are investigating if the child was injured or scared by the lightning strike.
Wed, 08/19/2015 07:00 PM Injured 1 o 18 soldiers  0.0  Fort Bragg NC 
 USA 
  outdoor weapons training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
More than a dozen soldiers were injured by a lightning strike Wednesday night at Fort Bragg in eastern North Carolina, officials said. The incident occurred about 8:10 p.m. local time, Master Sgt. Patrick Malone told the Fayetteville Observer. A total of 18 soldiers showed symptoms consistent with a lightning strike, and 16 were hospitalized overnight. Enlarge Rescuers work at the blast site during the aftermath of the warehouse explosion on August 17, 2015 in Tianjin, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, the report added. "A review of radar imagery shows that a few isolated storms popped up close to 6 p.m. on Wednesday," said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. "Storm coverage continued to grow just to the north through the hour, and then off to the west after 7 p.m. Thereafter, a large area of rain and thunderstorms affected the area through the rest of the evening." (MORE: Lightning Strikes Houston-Area Refinery, Sparking Fire) About 60 soldiers were participating in weapons training outdoors at the time of the storm, and exercises had just completed, the Observer reported. As soon as the lightning strike occurred, the unit quickly moved to lower ground. "They took immediate action and executed a lightning drill by ensuring all personnel moved from higher ground to occupy trucks and spread out on low ground," Malone told the newspaper. Fort Bragg is located about 10 miles northwest of Fayetteville. This is the second incident in a week involving soldiers struck by lightning. Two instructors and 17 Army Ranger trainees were hospitalized overnight near Florida's Eglin Air Force Base last Wednesday when a lightning bolt hit a unit that was performing lightning-protection protocols. All returned to their duties the next day. MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Images of Lightning
Tue, 08/18/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Lee's Summit MO 
 USA 
  struck near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Both the Lees Summit Fire Dept. and Lees Summit Police Dept. confirm they received the call and were responding. Lees Summit said the woman was alert and talking and was taken to the hospital. The lighting bolt also apparently hit a tree and stripped a limb and bark from it. There were also reports from emergency dispatch that a Lees Summit home on Timber Hill Drive was on fire. It was unclear if it was related to lightning. In Greenwood Tuesday night, firefighters were called out to a home near South Huntington Drive and Park Drive, where a person called 911 to report they heard a boom and saw smoke. Look for more developments and information on all these on FOX 4 newscasts at 9 and 10 p.m., and updates on fox4kc.com. FILED IN: NEWS
Sat, 08/15/2015 12:00 PM Injured Captain Shane  0.0  Naples FL 
 USA 
  on a boat    Boat,Insurance,Outside,Work 
NAPLES, Fla.  The captain of Sweet Liberty has been released from the hospital after his boat was struck by lightning with 16 other people on board. His mother, who works at the dock, says the lightning came out of no where. Captain Shane had tried to take the boat out of harms way but lightning hit the mast and then traveled into the boom where he was at the helm holding the steering wheel with his left hand. Lightning went through the left side of his body and he was taken to the hospital. He has burns on his hand from where the lightning exited. His mother says he doesnt remember anything after it happened. They say its a miracle he is back home this evening. The boat has some damage to the controls and electronics. Luckily, none of the other 16 passengers on board were injured.
Fri, 08/14/2015 12:00 AM Injured Brian Greenwll  0.0  Great Falls MT 
 USA 
  pushing a cart    Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
Lightning Strikes Football Field, Coach Knocked Down Posted: Aug 14, 2015 5:06 PM EDT Updated: Aug 14, 2015 5:11 PM EDT By The Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Lightning struck on the practice football field at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, knocking a coach down. Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1Ngmhmg) that assistant coach Brian Greenwell was pushing a cart full of equipment on the field Friday morning when the lightning struck. Moore said no one is sure if the lightning hit the cart or Greenwell, but he was not seriously injured. Moore said coaches and administrators encouraged Greenwell to consult a doctor. Tryouts that had been scheduled for Friday morning were moved to the afternoon. ___ Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com (Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Fri, 08/14/2015 12:00 PM Injured Eugene Villines  0.0  Greeley CO 
 USA 
  on motorcycle    Direct hit,Motorcycle,Outside 
AURORA, Colo. - A motorcycle helmet is likely what saved a man's life Friday night after he was struck by lightning while on his sport bike. Eugene Villines, of Greeley, is now in the burn unit at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. He is alert and sharing his story alongside his wife and his 9-year-old son. Villines has three broken ribs, a partially punctured lung and serious scrapes and bruises. All things considered, Im feeling good, Villines said Sunday night. He looks much better now, said his son, Logan. Villines was heading home to Greeley Friday night from Buckley Air Force Base. From what it looked like, I had missed the storm, he said. But not entirely. Villines, an active Army Guard Reserve, remembers passing the 136th Avenue exit on northbound I-25. I just dont remember the next one, said Villines. Eyewitnesses say there was a bright flash. Villines appeared to stand straight up in the air on his motorcycle and was then thrown from his bike. Like somebody was to tasered or something, he said. Not a whole lot of memory of the whole thing. In the immediate minutes and hours after, it was touch and go. Villines had bleeding on his brain. Hes a walking miracle, said his wife, Katie Villines. He was also wearing a helmet and motorcycle gloves and gear. You wont catch me going anywhere without it, he said. Im a big fan of my gear. Doctors believe the lightning likely entered his back and exited this his right hand which is now bandaged. He gets choked up talking about the Good Samaritans who stopped to help. I heard there were maybe five or six people that stopped, said Katie. I believe one was even an ICU nurse. We are grateful to all of you. Thank you for not just leaving my husband on the side of the road. Just, thank you, said Eugene. I have a family and& I appreciate it. Thank you for not leaving my husband on the side of the road, added Katie. Eugene says the doctors and nurses here at UH have been phenomenal. As for ever riding a bike again, he said that's a conversation he'll have with his wife after he leaves the hospital, but he admits its an argument he may lose. I dont think I can handle another phone call like that, said Katie. Somebody up there has something else for me that  well  I still need to be here for a little longer, I guess, said Villines.
Wed, 08/12/2015 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 44 army rangers  0.0  Elgin Air Force Base AL 
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  training  N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
When lightning struck 44 Army Rangers this week in Florida, leaving 11 in the hospital, jaws must have dropped. What are the odds of that? The answer: Very low in most places, but not so, so low in Florida. The rough chance of being bolted by lightning in a lifetime is about 1 in 12,000, but the odds discriminate by region. Lightning is not partial to touching down on the West Coast, but it loves the South, particularly Florida, NASA says. Local researchers concur. Florida ranks No. 1 in the number of deaths due to lightning, says the University of Florida. Rangers lightning exercise But before we get to that, lets recap what happened to the Rangers: Ironically, they were training near Eglin Air Force Base outside Pensacola on how to avoid being injured by lightning, or conducting lightning protection protocols, when they were electrified. The group had completed six of the 10 days in their training program when it happened. Originally 17 were hospitalized, and late Wednesday, 11 of them  nine students and two instructors  were still in the hospital. Up to 75 times higher Obviously, where there are many more storms, there will be much more lightning, but the difference in the number of strikes is stark. In the hottest spots in South Florida, lightning strikes up to 75 times more often than on the opposite corner of the country. A quick glance at local Florida news reports turns up plenty of examples. This month, lightning strikes were blamed for at least two house fires and a grass fire, and killed one man in the south of the state  all in a single day. Last month, lightning struck three people on a beach, was blamed in reports for at least two house fires, injured a teen standing on a roof and knocked out the scoreboard at a baseball field. You dont find that kind of action in Portland, Oregon. Lightning season Where the Rangers were training is not in the worst strike zone in the state, but its still dicey. Near there on the Alabama coast, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly killed last month by lightning. Also, the time of year matters. Florida is in the middle of lightning season, as the University of Florida calls it. It lasts from late May through late September. In the last 10 years, lightning has killed an average 32 people a year, the National Weather Service says. Florida has had the most deaths by far in that time. Lightning is a major weather killer, ranking behind flood, tornadoes, extreme heat and hurricanes. Studies dating further back showed a much higher death rate due to lightning strikes, about 100 per year, ranking them higher than all other weather dangers aside from flood. But the NWS says that data is no longer up to date. With global warming on the rise, NASA warns that lightning strikes are climbing too, along with the increase in the number of strong storms. CNNs Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report. By Ben Brumfield Four Army Ranger instructors and 40 students were hit by lightning at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida during training maneuvers on how to avoid just that. All 44 were taken for hospital treatment after the strike earlier this week. Seventeen students remained overnight. The rest were treated and released, the Army said in a statement. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," said Col. David Fivecoat, a commander at the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. The students were on their seventh day of intense training at the base in northern Florida. Ranger School is a 10-day boot camp for deployments including special forces operations. The trainees were performing "lightning protection protocols" when they were hit by lightning.
Wed, 08/12/2015 04:00 PM Injured 1 of 40 army rangers  0.0  Elgin Air Force Base AL 
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  outside training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
Camp Rudder at Eglin Air Force Base.Leada Gore | lgore@al.com Lightning strikes at an Eglin Air Force Base training field sent a platoon of Army Rangers to the hospital Wednesday. Forty members of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and two instructors were brought to Eglin Hospital following a series of lightning strikes during strong storms Wednesday afternoon. The students were learning lightning protection protocols at the time of the incident, Army Times reports. Nineteen soldiers and two instructors remain hospitalized Thursday afternoon, according to mypanhandle.com. They are listed in stable condition with no major injuries reported. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, said. "Ranger students and instructors are tough. Thirty-one students will return to training tonight and continue with increased medical monitoring as they try to earn their Ranger tab." The strikes occurred at Camp James Rudder, the site of the final nine weeks of training for U.S. Army Ranger School. The camp is located at Eglin Air Force Base. The current Ranger class has two female members; neither was in the platoon affected by the lightning.
Thu, 08/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Lexie, 2 of 2  0.0  Claremont CA 
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  walking    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 08/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Dylan, 1 of 2  0.0  Claremont CA 
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  walking  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
CLAREMONT, CA (KTRK) -- Two teens in California now have an "electric love" after they were struck by lightning while holding hands. Dylan and Lexie say they were walking along a tree-lined street during a thunderstorm when lightning struck, KCAL-TV reports. At first, they weren't sure what had happened, but then a passerby ran up to them and told them that he saw a lightning bolt hit them. "It was more of just kind of shove, you know, and it felt kind of like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something," Dylan said. "Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine," aid Lexie. "It was definitely weird." A doctor told the young love birds that they probably survived because they were holding hands when it happened. "These two were lucky they that they were holding hands. It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies," Stefan Reynoso, a doctor, told KCAL-TV. "The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon and perhaps one in a million." The couple says they are both doing just fine.
Thu, 08/06/2015 02:30 PM Killed Juan Trujillo  37.0  Rio Arriba county NM 
 USA 
  on a motorcycle    Motorcycle,Outside 
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE)  State police is investing a single motorcycle crash in Rio Arriba County. Police were on the scene Saturday at about 2:30 in the afternoon due to the crash. They say Juan Trujillo, 37, was traveling eastbound on US 64 when he crashed on his 2007 Honda motorcyle. Officials say he was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities say an autopsy later showed Trujillo died from a lightning strike.
Thu, 08/06/2015 05:00 PM Injured man changing tire  0.0  Yuma county NM 
 USA 
  changing tire    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
By James Gilbert, @YSJamesGilbert A man was struck by lightning early Thursday evening while changing a flat tire on his car, according to emergency responders. Rural/Metro spokesperson Charly McMurdie said that the incident happened at about 5 p.m. in the area of Highway 95 and Milepost 68. Conrad's Inc. Pools & Spa 62107 300x250 We can finish a standard pool in 6 WEEKS24 Karat Jewelers & Gifts 67583 300x250 Watch Batteries Replaced by your local Specialist McMurdie said Rural/Metro responded to the scene after receiving a call from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office. Firefighters from the Yuma Proving Ground Fire Department were first on the scene and began treating the man. While the extent of the man's injuries aren't known, McMurdie said he was transported by Rural/Metro ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center without having to use emergency lights or sirens. McMurdie explained that the man was in the process of jacking up his vehicle when lightning struck his car, passed through the jack, into the crowbar he was using to crank the jack, and then into his body. A passenger who was also traveling with the man, but was not near the car at the time, was not injured in the incident. Neither the name of the man nor the passenger were available as of press time. James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.
Tue, 08/04/2015 12:00 PM Injured girl inside  14.0  Bridgewater MA 
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  in bed    Indirect,Indoors 
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) - A 14-year-old girl was sent to the hospital on Tuesday after a lightning strike. The girl was struck while she was sleeping in her bedroom at her home in Bridgewater. According to family members, there was a loud crack of lightning and the girl immediately started screaming from her third-floor bedroom. The girls mother took her to a Brockton hospital to get checked out and she was transferred to Tufts Medical Center so they can keep her overnight for observations. Family members said they believe she will be okay, as she was up and walking around immediately after the strike. This is not the first time this family has been struck by lightning. According to one family member, the girls grandmother was hit by lightning once while she was a child and then again when she was a teenager.
Wed, 07/29/2015 05:00 PM Injured woman, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake Jessamine FL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Wed, 07/29/2015 05:00 PM Injured woman, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake Jessamine FL 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Tue, 07/28/2015 05:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 women  0.0  Orange county FL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Thu, 07/23/2015 12:00 PM Injured teen  18.0  Okeechobee FL 
 USA 
  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside 
Teen on roof injured in lightning strike in Okeechobee WPTV Webteam 6:03 PM, Jul 23, 2015 2 hours ago OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - The Department of Juvenile Justice is launching an investigation after an 18-year-old was was in the vicinity of a lightning strike while he was on the roof of the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. Fire rescue said crews were called out to a lightning strike at the facility off Highway 441 on Thursday afternoon. Crews said his injuries were consistent to that of a lightning strike with burn in and out marks. DJJ says the teen is staying at the Youth Development Center. He was alert and conscious when treated but was airlifted to a hospital in Orlando for further evaluation, according to fire rescue. Recommended Videos Chandler, Arizona, officer 'illegally' enters woman's home, arrests her while she is naked Alligator eats puppy in front of Orlando pet owner Recommended by Now DJJ is launching an investigation to find out what exactly happened before the teen was hurt. "The DJJ Office of Inspector General will be conducting a thorough investigation to further determine circumstances surrounding this incident," said Heather DiGiacomo, Director of Communications, FL Department of Juvenile Justice.
Thu, 07/23/2015 08:00 PM Killed woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
 USA 
  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.
Thu, 07/23/2015 unknown woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
 USA 
  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.
Wed, 07/22/2015 04:13 PM Injured 1 of 3 on nude beach  0.0  Haulover Beach FL 
 USA 
  at beach, in water    Beach,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside 
Lightning struck a Florida nude beach Wednesday, injuring three people, authorities said. The lightning strike was reported at 4:13 p.m., as lifeguards were clearing Haulover Beach in Miami-Dade County. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the victims were all near the shoreline or in the water at the time of the lightning strike. One of the victims was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, while two others sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The victims names have not been released. So far this year, 22 people across the United States are believed to have died in lightning fatalities, the National Weather Service reports, nearly matching last years total of 26.
Tue, 07/21/2015 04:30 PM Injured Savannah Webb  12.0  Worth county GA 
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  touching doorknob    Door,Indirect,Indoors 
On Tuesday Worth County emergency units were dispatched to Pebble Lane around 4:30 P.M. with reports a 12-year old girl had received injury to her hand as a result of a lightning strike. As Phoebe Worth EMS medics were en route, Worth County E-911 dispatchers notified them the girls hand was turning black and markings on her face were becoming visible. The E-911 dispatcher told responders the girl was apparently touching the front door when lightning likely hit an area close to the structure. Michelle Delgado of Worth County works as a nurse at a rehabilitation center in Tifton. Her three children were staying with their grandfather on Pebble Lane while she was at work Tuesday. Michelle frantically drove through the rainy conditions with flashers in an effort to get to her daughter. The grandfather had called Michelle when the incident happened and after talking with him, she called E-911 to relay the information and get an ambulance to the home. Savannah Webb, 12, said when the storm began escalating she had gone to the door to look outside. She said she had her hand on the metal door and had also leaned her face against the doorframe as she watched winds and rain when just then, the strike occurred. Savannah reacted by crying due to the pain and shock as her grandfather worked frantically to get help. DSC_0698 Savannah was with her brothers when lightning struck near their grandfathers home. The jolt also disabled the landline phone at the home. To aggravate matters, Michelle was unable to get to her fathers home on the regular route as a tree had fallen across the roadway. She turned around to take another route. E-911 also advised emergency units of the tree across the road. The ambulance took Savannah to Phoebe Worth Hospital and she reportedly had a high pulse rate on arrival at the ER. The hospital ran several tests and scans until Savannah was finally released around midnight. Her hand and face had a very white appearance for some time before fading to nearly normal by the next day. She continues to take breathing treatments at home but other than that, she is doing very well and likely hasnt sustained any further injury. Savannah is very lucky but the incident confirms the importance of keeping away from doors and windows during storm watches and warnings as alerts typically urge when released in our county. _______________________________________
Sun, 07/19/2015 12:00 PM Injured fireman, 1 of 2  0.0  Denmark ME 
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  inside    Door,Fighting Fires,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
DENMARK (WGME) -- Two men were injured in a pair of lightning strikes in Denmark. It happened Sunday evening when one of several thunderstorms pushed through southern Maine before heading out to sea. "The sky was black and the rain was coming down pretty hard. And there was just lightning everywhere, Denmark Fire Chief Dana Costello said. Chief Costello says firefighters were called to a home on Route 160 after a lightning strike knocked down power lines, which fell on a gold car with the car's owner inside it. Denmark firefighters managed to rescue a stunned Jan Lusky from his car. Firefighter Ryan Lord helped Lusky up the stairs to his home to wait for paramedics. That's when a second lightning strike hit an antenna on the metal roof of the house. "When my fireman was escorting the gentleman to his house, it was like a million dollar lightning strike. As soon as he grabbed the door, the screen door porch handle, lightning struck the house," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello and several of his firefighters were standing in the pouring rain when the lightening hit. "All I saw was just a flash of reddish pink," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello says the next thing he remembers is his rescue chief calling for a second ambulance. The firefighter and homeowner suffered indirect lightening hits. Both were treated and released from a local hospital. Chief Costello says both men tell him they're doing just fine. "They're very lucky. I mean it could have been a lot worse. But I'm very glad that both of them are okay," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello says he tells people to stay in their car or home when lightning is near, or to find a low lying area if you're caught outside.
Sat, 07/18/2015 03:00 PM Injured 1 of 6, lifeguards  0.0  Aurora CO 
 USA 
  at pool in park  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Pool,Work 
AURORA, Colo. - Four people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after lightning struck Del Mar park in Aurora, according to the Aurora Fire Department's Twitter page. Initial reports stated that six people were hit by lightning, but the Aurora Fire Department later tweeted that no one was directly hit. They added that those four people were taken to an area hospital with minor injures for treatment.
Sat, 07/18/2015 06:15 PM Killed man   0.0  Bakersfield CA 
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      Outside 
One person killed in lightning strike east of Bakersfield Derek VandeWeg 12:04 PM, Jul 20, 2015 43 mins ago BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A lightning strike may be to blame for a death in a rural area east of Bakersfield. Firefighters received the emergency call at 6:51 p.m. on Saturday, according to Kern County Fire Captain Tyler Townsend. Crews found the victim in the 1300 block of E. Curnow Road, near the intersection of Cottonwood Road. Bystanders in the area said the victim had been struck by lightning, but the Kern County Coroner's office will ultimately determine the cause of death, Townsend said. Recommended Videos Jogger describes miracle recovery from death Start Smart: Driving safety for teens Recommended by The victim -- whose identity hasn't been released -- was dead on arrival.
Sat, 07/18/2015 12:00 AM Injured Karly Morgan  13.0  Syosset NY 
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  washing dirt bike    Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside 
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)  A 14-year-old girl from Long Island is recovering after being struck by lightning Saturday morning. CBS2s vortex radar showed heavy rain and lightening pounding the Tri-state  including Syosset on the North Shore of Long Island. Thats where 14-year-old Karly Morgan was power washing her dirt bike in the middle of the storm when she was struck, CBS2s Matt Kozar reported. I only heard thunder so I thought I was going to be fine, and then all of the sudden there was a big bolt of lighting that hit, Morgan said. I guess somewhere near the power washer. I was holding the wand and it blew it out of my hand. Morgan doesnt remember much. But, she was conscious and felt her heart racing and legs tingling. All I saw was this big light of white and blue in my face, Morgan said. I felt it down by my legs. Victoria Milana heard Morgan screaming and called 911. It sounded like she was being burned from the inside out, Milana said. It was just shock. I was very scared. But doctors gave Morgan the all clear. I didnt really have time to feel upset or scared, said her father Bob Morgan. As for the teen, theres no time to fret about getting struck by lightning. Depending on how I feel, Ill probably ride my dirt bike, Morgan said.
Sat, 07/18/2015 01:00 PM Injured Chad Hollingsworth  0.0  Sophia NC 
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  working outside home  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
SOPHIA, N.C.  A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning in Randolph County on Saturday afternoon. Officials said the unidentified victim was struck while working outside a home in Sophia at about 1 p.m. The home was at the intersection of Beckerdite Road and Hollingsworth Farm Drive, according to Randolph County emergency workers. The victim was conscious when the emergency call came in. The victim was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available. SOPHIA, N.C. -- A Randolph County man who was struck by lightning at his home Saturday afternoon was released from the hospital early Sunday evening, family members tells WFMY News 2. Chad Hollingsworth of Sophia was spraying his house on Beckerdite Road near 311 when he was hit by lightning. He was with a friend when the incident happened. Hollingsworth said the bolt hit him on his right arm and caused injuries on his arm, side, and back. Thankfully, he survived. Monday in an exclusive interview with WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower Hollingsworth said his scar from the lightning strike looks like angel wings. Randolph County EMS responded to the scene and had Hollingsworth airlifted to Baptist Medical where doctors kept him overnight for observation. Hollingsworth tells us one of the marks created from the bolt looks like a pair of angel wings. He says his family thinks it's a sign that his "guardian angel" was looking out for him. WFMY Meteorologist Tim Buckley says storms were popping up in the Sophia, Randleman, and Level Cross areas around the time Mr. Hollingsworth was struck. Over 100 lightning strikes were seen within 1 hour in northern Randolph County, some of them striking miles away from the storm. Remember, if you are close enough to hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning.
Fri, 07/17/2015 01:15 PM Killed Kathleen Bartlett, 1 of 4  31.0  Chaffee County CO 
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  hiking in mountains  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
A group of hikers were above treeline Friday when lightning struck, killing one woman and injuring three others. According to Chaffee County Sheriff's Office, the group was on the Mt. Yale Trail near Buena Vista above 12,400 feet when the storm passed over. Two of the surviving hikers said they briefly lost consciousness after the lightning hit, but otherwise sustained only minor injuries. Because the area has no cellphone service, authorities say the two had to hike down the mountain to get help. It took responders several hours to reach the other two in the group. One, a 31-year-old woman, was pronounced dead Friday night. A fourth person in the group, identified only as a 32-year-old man, was airlifted to a hospital in Colorado Springs. He is in stable condition. Lightning is a very real threat in the Colorado mountains, where the weather can change suddenly, and sometimes without warning. Three women hiking on Pikes Peak Friday said from their vantage point on the Barr Trail, the sky was bright blue without storm clouds through their entire hike. It wasn't until they reached the summit that they could see storm clouds building in the distance, on a side of the mountain that wasn't visible from the Barr Trail. The storm hit the peak only minutes after they walked inside the Summit House, the hikers said. Experts say that people above treeline are at an increased risk because they are often the tallest and most conducive-to-electricity object in the area. The National Weather Service says Colorado averages three deaths and 15 injuries a year from lightning. The mountain profile, summer weather patterns and the influx of hikers, can make for an especially lethal combination in the summer months. Though there are never guarantees, the best bet for staying safe on the mountain is starting the hike early and being off the mountain by noon. If you're in a group and storm conditions do appear, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. We have more safety tips on the right side of this page. They were newlyweds united in part by a love for the outdoors, and just days after their wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the couple went for a hike on Mt. Yale. Kathleen Bartlett and Ryan Pocius were just above the tree line Friday afternoon when, in a flash, everything changed. Bartlett, 31, was killed and Pocius, 32, injured when they were struck by lightning. Less than a week after his wedding, Pocius is suddenly a widower. They were at 12,400 feet when the strike happened at about 1:15 p.m., but because their location was outside cell service, witnesses had to hike to get a signal and couldn't place a 911 call until 2:05 p.m., according to Chaffee County authorities. Emergency crews were dispatched, but did not reach the couple until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Then, Flight for Life Helicopters were delayed by weather. Pocius was finally evacuated on a helicopter around 5:45 p.m. His wife was pronounced dead on the mountain. It appears that Bartlett died instantly, Randy Amettis of the Chaffee County Coroner's Office said. Two other hikers, who were not with Bartlett and Pocius, were also hit by the lightning strike, but had only minor injuries. They were able to "self-evacuate," according to undersheriff Derek Bos. Bartlett and Pocius met at the bar where she worked part-time and the chemistry was instant, she wrote in a post on their wedding website. "We ended up having more things in common than we first thought, including a shared appreciation for kids' movies, yoga, sarcasm and love for the outdoors," Bartlett wrote on the couple's page on theknot.com. "It became apparent very quickly that we had both found 'our person.' Six months after we started dating seriously, we found ourselves engaged and the rest is history!" Bartlett's profile picture on Facebook, last updated Wednesday, shows her wearing her wedding dress holding a bouquet of flowers as Pocius, eyes closed, kisses her on the cheek. Bartlett is smiling broadly, her eyes looking to the sky. Matthew Nussbaum: 303-954-1666, mnussbaum@denverpost.com or twitter.com/MatthewNussbaum
Fri, 07/17/2015 01:15 PM Injured Ryan Pocius, 2 of 4  32.0  Chaffee County CO 
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  hiking in mountains  N/A  Critical,Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
(CNN) A 31-year-old woman has died after being struck by lightning while hiking in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said. Three other hikers suffered injuries in the incident Friday, with one being sent to a local hospital for treatment. The bolt struck the Mount Yale Trail, which runs just above the tree line at about 12,400 feet, about two hours west of Colorado Springs. Mount Yale is a prominent summit in the state, rising above 14,000 feet. It took responders several hours to reach the victims because of the rugged terrain. Emergency responders initially thought two people had been struck and injured but that number later increased. Two of the hikers hit said they had lost consciousness for a relatively short time. Fortunately, they suffered no lasting impact and were able to make it safely down the mountain. Two victims were from the Denver area, including the woman who died. She was located by responders on the mountain, where she was pronounced dead Friday evening. A 32-year-old man was airlifted to a Colorado Springs hospital; he was listed in critical but stable condition. Authorities believe the bolt of lightning struck early Friday afternoon. The area had no cellphone service, however, forcing witnesses to hike from the scene and drive to an area where they could notify emergency responders of the incident. The National Weather Service had predicted some severe storms were possible for the day.
Fri, 07/17/2015 12:00 PM Injured parking lot attendant  0.0  Mobile AL 
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  at parking lot    Outside,Parking Lot,Work 
After storms rolled into Mobile on Friday, dangerous lightning strikes befell much of the region. A Mobile Regional Airport parking attendant was struck by lightning at work. The young woman is in pain, but doing okay, she said via social media. She also said the left side of her body felt numb. She was taken to Providence Hospital for treatment. As more information is released, this post will be updated.
Wed, 07/15/2015 12:00 PM Injured Jerry Leenheer  71.0  Golden Gate Canyon CO 
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  working outside home    CPR,Outside,Yard 
A Colorado woman is being hailed a hero as she may be the sole reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning Wednesday. KCNC reported that Jerry Leenheer, 71, was completely unresponsive after he and his dog were struck by lightning outside of their house in Golden Gate Canyon, Colorado as he was trimming trees. But Leenheer survived and is recovering at St. Anthonys Hospital in Lakewood  thanks to his wife, Cora Jean. Cora Jean Leenheer may be the reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC-TV) Cora Jean Leenheer may be the reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC-TV) He was lying there, no pulse, not breathing, his eyes were open and staring, Cora Jean told KCNC. They were both dead. His hat was blown to pieces and his shirt was just in shreds, she said. Cora Jean didnt have cell reception and KCNC reported that no one could hear her pleas for help. On her own, Cora Jean said she started praying and doing chest compressions. Cora Jean shows KCNC her husband's shirt after her was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC) Cora Jean shows KCNC her husbands shirt after her was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC) I just started doing chest compressions right away, praying and telling him to come back, I wasnt going to let him go& I thought I was a widow, she said. Fifteen minutes went by before she was able to enlist a neighbors help. Twenty minutes after she had started doing the chest compressions, Jerry took a breath. Jerry is reportedly aware of what happened, although a little confused, KCNC said. But Cora Jeans son, Andrew, is hailing his mother as a hero. So impressed with how clear-headed she was through this situation, how she was thinking about the right things to do, Andrew told KCNC. KCNC reported that unfortunately the Leenheers dog did not survive.
Sun, 07/12/2015 06:00 PM Killed Gage McSpadden  21.0  Spearfish SD 
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  playing disk golf    Delayed Death,Fresbee,Outside 
Black Hills State University says 21-year old senior Gage McSpadden of Rawlins, Wyoming died after being struck by lightning Sunday in Spearfish. A release from the school says the senior distance runner on the BHSU cross country and track & field teams was airlifted to a Denver hospital after being struck on Sunday. In that release, BHSU President Tom Jackson. Jr. said, "It is with deep sadness that I share with you news of the passing of Gage after sustaining serious injuries this past weekend. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are extended to the McSpadden family, friend and colleagues of Gage."
Sun, 07/12/2015 06:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 on disk golf course  0.0  Spearfish SD 
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  playing disk golf    Fresbee,Outside 
Two people were struck by lightning Sunday evening at the Spearfish Canyon Disk Golf Course. The Spearfish Police Department says they received a call shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday that one of the two people was unresponsive and one was hit by lightning indirectly. Although it's something that you may not think could happen to you, lightning strikes do occur. Lieutenant Oliver White with the Rapid City Fire Department says the best thing to do is get inside. White says, "Summer times is a great time to be outdoors, but as soon as you hear that thunder, it means you're within striking distance of the lightning. Even though those events are rare, we do suggest that people use caution and get indoors. Usually, even if it's not raining, lightning can still strike. So if you hear it, it's time to go inside." The Pennington County Emergency Management Director Dustin Willett says on average when you hear thunder, lightning is within 8 miles. And Willett says the agreed upon danger zone for a lightning strike is around 10 miles. Willett says, "Literally by the time you can hear the thunder, you are within the range of being struck by lightning. So people will push it and push it and push it and wait until it's hailing, wait until it's raining or wait until they see the lightning hitting the ground. You've been in the danger zone for so long to get to that point that people typically don't halt their outdoor activities soon enough and seek shelter. They push it and put themselves at risk." Willett and White both say if you are stuck outside and cannot get to shelter to find a vehicle to get in to, and if that is not an option either... White says, "There's a myth to lay flat on the ground, but the National Weather Service and the National Lightning Safety Institute both recommend that you actually just keep moving until you can actually get to a structure." Willett says the rule of thumb to follow is it is safe to resume outdoor activities 30 minutes after you hear thunder.
Thu, 07/09/2015 07:25 AM Injured man   0.0  Hanford CA 
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  near struck power pole    Ground Strike,Outside,Power Pole,Work 
A man was injured after lightning hit a nearby power pole due to a thunderstorm on Thursday morning. An employee was hurt when lightning struck a power pole at the intersection of Seventh and Elder avenues, northeast of Hanford, while he was working on a pumping project at the intersection for M.C. Fagundes Ranch. It hit the pole right where he was standing and threw him right into the road, said Jason Fagundes, co-owner of the ranch. It was a pretty chaotic moment. The employee and the company he works for isnt being identified at this time upon request by the company. Fagundes said the lightning strike caused serious damage to the pole, with wood and other debris blown out all around while the pole caught fire. It also temporarily knocked out power in the area. Fagundes said he went out there a few minutes before the strike to check with the employee on the status of a new pump installation and had left the area right before the strike. After seeing the lightning hit the pole, he rushed to the worker to check on him and called 911 around 7:25 a.m. I told him that he needed to get out of there because of the storm, but he wasnt able to do it in time, he said. Fagundes said the employee was transported to Adventist Medical Center to get checked out and that he will likely be held overnight for observation. No details were provided on the severity of the injuries the employee sustained, although Fagundes said he was conscious and talking after the incident. He was in shock, he said. You could tell he was a little rattled. The Hanford Fire Department has put out the fire on the pole and is cleaning up the area. Fagundes said the damage was extensive enough that a new pole may have to be inserted. Lightning also caused a palm tree to catch fire in the backyard of a Hanford residence at around 7:15 a.m. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene, in the 900 block of Togneri Street, to put out the fire. The fire department said the lightning strike not only caused the tree to catch fire but also struck a portion of the resident's patio, creating an 18-inch-deep hole all the way through to the foundation of the house. The lightning traveled through the hole and struck a water pipe, traveling through the pipe and blew holes in the line and surrounding earth. The National Weather Service in Hanford said there was a total of 0.41 of an inch of rain in Hanford today, which they said shattered the 0.18 of an inch record for the month set in July 1982.
Mon, 07/06/2015 10:00 AM Injured Thomas Mendoza, 1 of 2  31.0  Phoenix NM 
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  landscapers  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Tree,Work 
PHOENIX -- Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries. Thomas Mendoza, 31, and Carlos Mungia, 17, were working in a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning. A bystander said it was like "two shotguns" went off near his head. Coworker Alan Chute said the two had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt. Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle. Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Mendoza said staff mistakenly believed he was in a car accident. "I told them I got hit by lightning," Mendoza told KTAR News' Mac & Gaydos. "The receptionist was like, 'Oh my gosh. What side of the car where you on?' And I go, 'Excuse me?' And she said, 'You got hit by a Ford Lightning, correct?' "I said, 'No.'" Mendoza said staff told him his body temperature was 146 degrees when he arrived. Mendoza said he couldn't feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning. He spent two days in the hospital. Mendoza and Mungia were expected to make full recoveries.
Mon, 07/06/2015 10:00 AM Injured Carlos Mungia, 2 of 2  17.0  Phoenix NM 
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  landscapers    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Work 
PHOENIX -- Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries. Thomas Mendoza, 31, and Carlos Mungia, 17, were working in a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning. A bystander said it was like "two shotguns" went off near his head. Coworker Alan Chute said the two had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt. Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle. Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Mendoza said staff mistakenly believed he was in a car accident. "I told them I got hit by lightning," Mendoza told KTAR News' Mac & Gaydos. "The receptionist was like, 'Oh my gosh. What side of the car where you on?' And I go, 'Excuse me?' And she said, 'You got hit by a Ford Lightning, correct?' "I said, 'No.'" Mendoza said staff told him his body temperature was 146 degrees when he arrived. Mendoza said he couldn't feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning. He spent two days in the hospital. Mendoza and Mungia were expected to make full recoveries.
Sun, 07/05/2015 01:30 PM Injured 1 of 8  0.0  Fort Morgan AL 
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  at the coast    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
FORT MORGAN, Ala. The National Weather Service Office in Mobile and the Baldwin County Fire Department report eight people were affected by a lightning strike on the Alabama coast Sunday afternoon. Officials say one person was transported to the hospital. The strike happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday as thunderstorms were developing in the area. There have been 14 lightning deaths in the U.S. this year. Two deaths occurred in Alabama on June 23 in Opp.
Sun, 07/05/2015 01:30 PM Killed unknown  0.0  Fort Morgan AL 
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      Camping,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside 
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Even though there was hardly a cloud in the sky over Fort Morgan on Tuesday, there was still a somber mood about the beach. Its devastating, you know? It choked me up. I mean, I didnt know her personally, but I know what it means to have little girls and a beach vacation and this is the last thing you would expect to happen, Warren Biddle said. Biddle and his family made the 9-1-1 call on Sunday afternoon after 12-year-old Megan Nickell was struck by lightning. It took about six minutes for Fort Morgan Volunteer Firefighters to arrive on scene. Captain A.J. Andreasen said the rain and lightning made it a risky job. Firefighter safety is always a concern. Like I said, theres always a risk involved. Our firefighters were notified prior to being on the scene. They made the call to go ahead and assist the patient, Andreasen said. You just tune it out and go on and do what you need to do and thats what we all did, Firefighter Sunny Farris said. They performed CPR on Megan all the way to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. She was then taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Central Arkansas Christian Schools held a prayer service for the seventh grader Monday night. It was during that service that they received word that Megan had died. News traveled quickly to the beach where the incident happened. There was a lot of crying last night. We just told them God mustve had a plan, we dont understand it, its only for him to know. Its just sad. Its just horrible, Biddle said. He added that at the beach, everyone is family. Its like one big, happy family when things are going well. And when things dont go well, everybody hurts. Everybodys sad. So youve just got to pray for them: pray for the family, pray for their friends, pray for the responders that helped them out, Biddle said. No information was known as of Tuesday night about funeral arrangements or a celebration of life service. All content © 2015, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.
Sat, 07/04/2015 07:00 PM Injured 2 of 6 at campsite   0.0  Sabine Parish LA 
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  under tree at campsite    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
West Louisiana officials say lightning injured six people at an RV park near the Louisiana-Texas state line. Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson tells KTBS-TV ( http://bit.ly/1M4BfJs ) that a lightning bolt struck during a Fourth of July celebration at an RV park at Toledo Bend Reservoir. Parish Warden Joe Dewil tells KSLA-TV ( http://bit.ly/1H88lXE ) it's believed to have hit a tree just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Richardson says all six people went treated at a local hospital. Their names and conditions were not available. Dewil says they are believed to have non-life threatening injuries, such as chest pain and headaches. The RV park is part of the 114-acre Cypress Bend Park owned by the Sabine River Authority, which manages the 185,000-acre reservoir created by damming the Sabine River. Share Share on email0 Comments
Sat, 07/04/2015 07:00 PM Injured 1 of 6 at campsite   0.0  Sabine Parish LA 
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  under tree at campsite  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees 
SABINE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A lightning strike in Sabine Parish reportedly injured 6 people Saturday night. According Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil, lightning is believed to have struck a tree at Cypress Bend Park at Teldo Bend in Sabine Parish just after 7 p.m. Six people at the campsite were taken to the Sabine Medical Center. They are believed to have non-life threatening injuries, such as chest pain and headaches. A RV camper and truck were also reportedly damaged during the lightning strike. Copyright 2015 KSLA. All rights reserved.
Tue, 06/30/2015 01:18 PM Killed Alvaro Montoya  32.0  Benson AZ 
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  outside    Outside 
BENSON  The monsoon took a deadly turn early Tuesday after a Benson man was struck and killed by lightning. Benson Police on Thursday confirmed the death and identified the victim as Alvaro Montoya, 32, whose burned body was discovered off El Paso Lane at about 1:18 p.m. on Tuesday, said BPD Chief Paul Moncada. Authorities believe the incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 30 between 3 and 4 a.m. Report of the dead body initiated a response from patrolmen, detectives and crime scene technicians, said Moncada. There were obvious signs of injury to his body, said Moncada, noting as investigators continued their probe, a lightning strike theory began to emerge. That notion was confirmed by Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner with the Pima County Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy on Montoyas body was conducted on Wednesday. He was struck by lightning, said Hess on Thursday. And while infrequent, lightning related deaths occur annually. Its not that common but we do get one or two a year, he said. But not all those are from Cochise County as his office performs autopsies for Pima, Santa Cruz, Gila and Graham counties as well. Its unclear what Montoya was doing out in the middle of the early-morning storm which the National Weather Service in Tucson said dumped about half an inch of rain. Police said his vehicle, described as a small Toyota sedan, was discovered later in the area of Aviation and North Ocotillo Road, and believe that he had been broken down. The National Weather Service in Tucson confirmed that there were lightning strikes during the early morning hours of June 30, said Meteorologist Glenn Lader, who noted the NWS had also received an inquiry from the medical examiners office on Benson area lightning strikes. Moncada said he could not recall any such incident in Benson in his nearly 40 years with the department, but said a lightning strike killed a Pomerene woman about 20 or more years ago. The Associated Press reported that a 24-year-old Florida woman was killed by a lightning strike in Northern Arizona on June 28. In that incident, a group of hikers had sought refuge beneath a tree in the Mogollon Rim. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 14 known lightning fatalities so far nationally with 26 in 2014. When a Safe Location is not Nearby If you absolutely cannot get to safety, you can slightly lessen the threat of being struck with the following tips. But dont kid yourselfyou are not safe outside. Know the weather patterns of the area you plan to visit. For example, in mountainous areas, thunderstorms typically develop in the early afternoon, so plan to hike early in the day and be down the mountain by noon. Listen to the weather forecast for the outdoor area you plan to visit. The forecast may be very different from the one near your home. If there is a high chance of thunderstorms, stay inside. Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top. Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees. If you are in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a valley, ravine or other low area. Remember, a tent offers no protection from lightning. Stay away from water, wet items, such as ropes, and metal objects, such as fences and poles. Water and metal do not attract lightning but they are excellent conductors of electricity. The current from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mon, 06/29/2015 11:30 AM Injured 1 of 15  0.0  Mount Bierstadt CO 
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  hiking on mountain    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
DENVER ⬠Three people were transported to Denver-area hospitals after a lightning strike 500 feet below the summit of popular Mount Bierstadt Sunday morning. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says eight adults were transported from the trailhead, and that three adults were taken to Denver-area hospitals. One of them was in serious condition, the other two had non-life threatening injuries. Five others refused further treatment, the sheriff's office said. Initial reports said as many as 16 people were injured. A dog also died after the strike. A call first came in about the incident at around 11:30 a.m. MT. Rescue crews initially said all of the victims were on the way down the mountain when they were struck.
Sun, 06/28/2015 02:00 PM Injured Jay Mott, father, 1 of 2  51.0  Iron Range MN 
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  watching baseball game    Baseball or Softball,CPR,Critical,Outside 
Man was holding his 4-year-old daughter at the time; she was less seriously injured. By Paul Walsh Star Tribune JUNE 29, 2015  7:59AM TEXT SIZE 4 6 EMAIL PRINT MORE Lightning struck a father as he held his 4-year-daughter while attending a baseball game on the Iron Range, prompting bystanders to administer aid that might end up saving his life, authorities said. Jay Mott, 51, of Virginia, Minn., was in critical condition Sunday night at Essentia Health-St. Marys Medical Center in Duluth, while daughter Ava came away from the lightning strike with less serious injuries, the St. Louis County Sheriffs Office reported. The Motts were hit at about 2 p.m., and about two hours later and 65 miles to the southeast, a 12-year-old boy was struck by lightning during a storm at Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth. Police said he also was in critical condition. The boys identity has yet to be released. According to the Sheriffs Office: About 2 p.m., Mott was carrying his daughter while at the ballgame at the Cherry Township Town Hall recreational facility, about 10 miles east of Hibbing, when lightning from a thunderstorm hit him. Mott was revived on the scene by bystanders who administered CPR, the Sheriffs Office statement read. An ambulance took him to a hospital in Hibbing before his transfer to Essentia Health, where he daughter was already being treated.
Sun, 06/28/2015 02:00 PM Injured Ava Mott, daughter, 1 of 2  4.0  Iron Range MN 
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  watching baseball game    Baseball or Softball,Ground Strike,Outside 
Sun, 06/28/2015 04:00 PM Injured boy at golf course  12.0  Deluth MN 
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  on golf course    Critical,Golf Course,Outside 
DULUTH, Minn. - A 12year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by lightning. More from Fox21Online 2016 Iditiarod Sign Up, Chisholm Man to Race New Greenhouse Proposed for West Duluth Largest Hog Farm in Wisconsin to be Discussed this Week Missing kayaker on Cloquet River found safe Raising Funds to Help Dogs and Cats Duluth Police tell Fox21 it happened just before 4:00p.m., Sunday afternoon at the Enger Tower Golf Course. The young man was taken to a Duluth hospital.
Sat, 06/27/2015 05:40 PM Injured man standing in water  0.0  St. Johns County FL 
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  standing in water at beach    Beach,In Water,Outside 
Possible lightning strike hits man in ocean Saturday in St. Johns County By Joe Daraskevich Sat, Jun 27, 2015 @ 7:06 pm | updated Sat, Jun 27, 2015 @ 7:15 pm Authorities in St. Johns County treated a man who suffered injuries from a possible lightning strike Saturday while he was standing in ankle-deep water in the Atlantic Ocean, according to multiple agencies. Rescue workers responded to the 6000 block of Florida A1A South in Crescent Beach about 5:40 p.m. after the lightning strike was reported, said Jeremy Robshaw, spokesman for St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Robshaw said the lightning strike was not confirmed but rescue workers treated the victim at the scene. He could not give a description of the victim but Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office confirmed the victim was a man. He was transported to a Jacksonville hospital in serious condition.
Sat, 06/27/2015 12:00 PM Killed Christine Garcia, 1 of 8  24.0  Coconino National Forest AZ 
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  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Florida woman killed by lighting strike on Mogollon Rim in Arizona Police say Christine Garcia, 24, of Orlando, Fla. was killed in the strike while seven others were injured. By Fred Lambert Contact the Author | June 28, 2015 at 8:42 PM Leer en Español Comments Comments share with facebook share with twitter share with google Officials say a lightning strike in Arizona on June 27, 2015 killed a Florida woman and injured several others. Photo by Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland/CC/Wikimedia Commons FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 28 (UPI) -- A lightning strike killed one person and injured seven others in Arizona's Coconino National Forest on Saturday, according to officials. The strike killed Christine Garcia, 24, from Orlando, Fla. and injured seven other people. The group was hiking near the Mogollon Rim and had taken refuge under pine trees to escape a storm, Coconino County sheriff's deputies said. ADVERTISING A lightning bolt hit one of the trees, knocking the group to the ground, but it didn't strike anyone directly, deputies said. One critically-injured male hiker was airlifted to a trauma center and three others, a man and two women, were taken by ambulance to Payson Regional Hospital for unknown injuries. The hikers reportedly left Phoenix on Friday for a weekend of camping and hiking. Some tried reviving Garcia but were unsuccessful, according to ABC 15. The U.S. Forest Service describes Mogollon Rim as "a rugged escarpment that forms the southern limit of the Colorado Plateau," providing "some of the most far-reaching scenery in Arizona." Also on Saturday, officials say a lightning strike killed a dog and injured 15 hikers on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado.
Sat, 06/27/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman on tarmac  0.0  Columbia NC 
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  leaving airplane  N/A  Airplane,Ground Strike,Outside 
AP) -- Officials say lightning struck a female passenger who was getting off a plane at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Multiple media outlets report an airport spokeswoman says the woman, whose identity hasn't been given, was traveling on an American Airlines flight Saturday. Airport officials say the plane was traveling from Hartford, Connecticut; to Charlotte, North Carolina; when it was diverted to Columbia due to bad weather. Airport spokesman Kaela Harmon says as the woman left the plane and walked across the tarmac, lightning struck her. Officials say she was transported to a hospital in the Columbia area and was listed in stable condition. (Copyright ©2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - WIS is learning more about a lightning strike that hit an airline passenger at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, and now, a passenger aboard the same flight is speaking out. She says she has big concerns with the incident, because she believes the whole thing may have been prevented if different actions were taken. On Saturday night, a flight from Hartford, Connecticut to Charlotte, North Carolina, carrying 75 passengers, was diverted to Columbia because of bad weather, but as the US Airways flight unloaded onto the Tarmac, a 52-year-old female passenger was struck by lightning. "I didn't even get into the terminal when I heard a sound that sounded like a bomb going off, recalled a fellow passenger on US Airways Flight 5137, who spoke under the condition of anonymity. The fellow passenger, whos also an E.R. trauma nurse, says she quickly jumped into action. Columbia Metropolitan Airport officials say the plane landed at 5:07 PM, but an incident report says the flight didn't start unloading onto the Tarmac until about 45 minutes later. "There was a huge delay between the time we hit the ground and the officials contemplating what to do with us, the nurse said. She said, for whatever reason, the plane did not get a gate and said there was some amount of discussion on-board the plane before offloading onto the Tarmac. She said, at that point, a storm was brewing. A radar image pulled from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research website shows a storm in the area, even though an airport incident report says, "The weather appeared to be clear with dark clouds approaching." "I was the second person to deplane the airplane, and as I came down the stairs, I actually saw lightning hitting the ground to the left of the plane, you know, within my field of vision, the anonymous passenger and trauma nurse said. I walked to the terminal and the rain, actually, was hitting me already." She told WIS, after the strike, she noticed a passenger with a bloody arm walking toward the terminal. Then, the nurse said she noticed another passenger face-down on the Tarmac. "It was obvious she had taken a direct hit by the lightning. She was bleeding from the mouth. She was bleeding from her forehead, she said. The nurse said she, along with another nurse and a couple public safety officers, helped move the injured woman inside, but the nurse felt the public safety department's response wasn't good enough when the lightning strike victim went into cardiac arrest. The nurse told WIS she had to ask for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) about five times. "The people who did respond, although certainly professional, were also, I felt, ill-prepared and not given the resources they would need. I was shocked to see that first responders would respond without any gloves, the nurse said. In a newly released statement, the airport tells a different story. CAE said the two public safety officers, already in the area, were at the passenger's side in 45 seconds. While the two public safety officers didnt have rubber gloves, the airport said they were joined by two more with gloves in four minutes. The airport said first responders had retrieved an AED within 30 seconds. The airport spokesperson also said the responders had medical training that exceeded FAA requirements. "In the midst of chaos, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport response team managed the situation with calm, professionalism and with utmost care of the passenger in mind. The quick action on their part, in all likelihood saved this passenger's life and to imply that our public safety officers provided anything less than first class service does, in fact, perpetuate WIS' agenda to cast a pall over our facility and incite fear and mistrust among its viewers," the statement concluded. The nurse said, despite the airport's comments, she still has grave concerns "Myself and the nurse are actually the ones that applied the AED. We turned it on, as we've been trained to do, and it actually advised a shock, so this woman was, as we suspected, in severe trouble, she said. The nurse also hopes the injured passenger is on her way to a full recovery. "I pray for her. I think about her during the day. She is the last person I'm thinking about when I fall asleep, the nurse said. As far as the patient's condition, she was last reported to be in a stable condition as of Sunday morning. There have been no updates since then. In a statement, American Airlines, the operator of US Airways, said, Since Saturday night, weve worked around the clock to provide assistance to our passenger who was seriously injured by a lightning strike on June 27 in Columbia and her family. The airline also thanked the passengers and airport personnel who helped in the medical response before the passenger was transported to Lexington Medical Center by Lexington County EMS. WIS has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Lexington County to get the complete dispatch records of the incident. Copyright 2015 WIS. All rights reserved. Read more: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/29458630/questions-remain-after-passenger-struck-by-lightning-at-cae#ixzz3eyWAHbxq

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