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Fri, 02/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured sheriffs deputy  0.0  Broward FL 
  directing traffic    Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Road,Work 
A Broward Sheriff's deputy who was directing traffic in Tamarac Thursday morning was injured after lightning struck a nearby utility box. "He was not struck by lightning," Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Gina Carter said. "Because of the storm, the traffic lights were out. Lightning struck an FP& L signal box at the corner of the intersection, and that transferred some residual electricity to the deputy." The deputy had been at the intersection of North University Drive and Southgate Boulevard when, Carter said, "He felt a tingling. To be safe, we had him transported to the Cleveland Clinic in Weston to be checked out. He's doing great and will be fine." She did not have the name of the deputy who works out of the Tamarac district but said she hoped to release it later in the day. Copyright 2015 - Sun Sentinel Tribune News Service
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 7 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 6 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 5 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 4 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured Gary Linse, 3 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
TAMPA  Nobody can say Gary Linse is a fair-weather fan. After Linse was seriously injured by lightning, he and his wife said they would go to another game at Raymond James Stadium, especially if their beloved Green Bay Packers are playing. Linse, 73, was one of seven people injured when a bolt of lightning flashed through a parking lot shortly after the end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Packers on Dec. 21. He was the most seriously injured, his wife, Ruth, said, and had to stay at St. Josephs Hospital for three days. Im recuperating, slowly but surely, Linse said this week. The couple live in Billings, Montana, but are in Florida to celebrate the holidays with their daughter, who lives in the Naples area. A group of family and friends had rented a bus to drive to Tampa for the Packers game that Sunday, Ruth Linse said. Luckily, their vehicle was parked in the same parking lot where hospital employees are allowed to park free, she said. A doctor and a nurse were among the people closest to him when the lightning struck, damaging a sport utility vehicle and indirectly hitting Linse and six other people. I dont remember seeing a flash or anything, Linse said. They say I was conscious and answering questions. Linse doesnt remember anything but the walk to the car. He said he fully came to several hours later in the hospital. The electricity does funny things, I guess, Linse said. Ruth Linse said she was about 20 feet away from her husband and didnt see him get struck. My brother watched him fly in the air and do a nosedive on his forehead, she said. He had two black eyes, but the doctors immediate concern was getting his heart rhythm back on track, she said. Had the lightning struck him directly, it probably would have killed him. The other people who were struck werent severely injured, officials said. Some people were knocked to the ground, and others were hit by flying rocks and debris. The couple wont be going back to Montana for a couple of months, and Linse has had to find a doctor near where they are staying in Naples so he can continue to receive treatment. He hopes there is no lasting damage and has a positive attitude, even though he isnt fully recovered. He was happy to be out of the hospital in time to celebrate a quiet Christmas at home with the couples daughter. Im walking around now at least, Linse said. Each day Im doing a little bit more. The incident wont keep them from returning to Raymond James Stadium if they have a chance to go again, he said. Its a good stadium to watch a game, he said. There was an upside to the incident. The Packers sent him a get-well package, complete with a football, hat and autograph from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Getting struck by lightning just wasnt what they expected during their first Florida Christmas, Ruth Linse said. It was definitely out of the blue, she said. (813)259-7691 Twitter: @LizBehrmanTBO for children with autism Weather Center Weather Alerts: Full-sized radar Current conditions 10-day Forecast Video Headlines Trib TV: Outback Bowl; Lacrosse tourney in Wesley Chapel Trib TV: Outback Bowl; Lacrosse tourney in Wesley Chapel Wisconsin, Auburn fans prep for Outback Bowl Wisconsin, Auburn fans prep for Outback Bowl Click here for more video Email / Text Email newsletters Text alerts Contact Us Advertising info Place an ad online Letters News tips Circulation Subscription Manage account Subscribe Vacation stop Deliver the paper More Info Archives Historic archive Legal notices Corrections About us Member agreement/ Privacy statement Tampa Media Group Credit Terms and Conditions Jobs Social Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Affiliates Business Showcase St. Petersburg Tribune Centro Tampa Clearwater Gazette Suncoast News Highlands Today TBO Seen TBO Seen App © 2015 TAMPA MEDIA GROUP, LLC Part of the Tribune family of products - See more at:
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 2 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Critical,Football,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
TAMPA  Two of the seven people injured by a lightning strike after Sunday's Buccaneers game remain hospitalized, one in critical condition and the other with non-life threatening injuries, officials said Monday. RELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE Lightning strike injures several after Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium 23 Hours Ago Man killed at Seminole construction site after apparent lightning strike 7 Months Ago The skinny: Ultrarunner places 3rd place after lightning strike 5 Months Ago All of the victims were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after lightning struck an SUV in parking lot 14 of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Fire Rescue said. Five were treated and released Sunday night, St. Joseph's Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Gay said. One is in critical condition and the other has non-life threatening injuries. The ages of the patients range from the early 20s to a man in his in 70s. Tampa Fire Rescue released recordings Monday from five different 911 calls reporting the strike. Bystanders described a scene in which anywhere from two to six people were laying on the ground after a bolt of lightning tore through the sky. "They're not getting back up off the ground," one woman told operators. Callers were cautioned not to touch any of the patients, but were asked to check if they were awake, alert and breathing normally. "There's four people down and some of them are bleeding from the lightning," one woman said in another call. "They're awake and breathing and talking to their family members." The first 911 call was received at 4:11 p.m., around the conclusion of the game. Lot 14 is at the corner of Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Contact Caitlin Johnston at or (813) 661-2443. Follow @cljohnst.
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 AM Injured 1 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Seven people were taken to the hospital Sunday after a lightning strike in a stadium parking lot after an NFL game in Tampa, Florida, authorities said. The strike happened at about 4:10 p.m. ET in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium after the Buccaneers lost to the Green Bay Packers 20-3. At least four or five other people received treatment at the scene but were not hospitalized, said Jason Penny, a spokesman for the Tampa Fire Department. Image: Scene of the Tampa Bay lightning strike BRIAN BLANCO / AP Tampa Police Officers talk to spectators after football fans were reportedly taken to the hospital with injuries after a lightning strike near the Raymond James Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 21.
Tue, 10/28/2014 12:00 PM Killed Jerry Harris  0.0  Yell county AR 
  leaning against a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 10/23/2014 06:00 PM Injured coach  0.0  Federal Way WA 
  at track meet    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Sports Field,Tree 
FEDERAL WAY, Wash.  A middle school teacher at a cross-country meet in Federal Ways Celebration Park was struck by lightning Thursday. It was raining pretty good and we were getting ready to start our third and final race and a huge lightning strike hit, and one of our spectators, who happens to be a teacher and coach at one of our middle schools, was struck, Jerry Krueger, a coach at Kilo Middle School, said. The teacher, who was struck in the hand, was shaken up and disoriented, but paramedics checked him out and he was OK, Krueger said. He was standing with a group of kids at the time he was struck by lightning.
Sun, 10/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured boy in deer stand  0.0  Angelina county TX 
  hunting in deer stand    Outside,Tree,Tree House 
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Zavalla boy has been taken to a Houston hospital after lightning struck a tree stand he was in Sunday evening. Sheriff Greg Sanches said the lightning struck after nightfall, and one of two boys fell out of the stand. The other boy was stuck in the stand and was "dazed" from the strike, Sanches said. The boy who had fallen was able to call 911 then ran around a mile to flag down first responders. The other boy was taken to a Lufkin hospital and was having trouble with his breathing, so he was then taken to a Houston hospital. "We don't know if he was having trouble breathing from a shock or because it just scared him," Sanches said. Sanches said it appears the boys were hunting illegally. "I don't want to be hard on them, because they're just boys, but they weren't supposed to be there," he said. Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.
Sun, 10/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured boy in deer stand, 2 of 2  15.0  Angelina county TX 
  hunting in deer stand    Outside,Tree,Tree House 
Two boys have survived a lightning strike in East Texas while both were in a metal deer stand in the Angelina National Forest. More Headlines U.S. senator calls for travel ban amid Ebola outbreak Stokes rises to new role and earns week 6 FFN Player of... Abilene man, 28, gets form of probation for aggravated... Dallas nurse says hospital not ready to deal with Ebola School bus driver arrested in death of Texas cyclist Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said one of the boys was hospitalized in Lufkin then transferred to Houston but that both youths, ages 14 and 15, should be fine. A spokeswoman with Texas Children's Hospital said the 14-year-old boy was listed in good condition Tuesday. Sanches declined to release the names of the juveniles in Sunday night's incident near Zavalla. Officials are not sure whether lightning hit the 14-year-old boy, who fell to the ground, or just struck nearby. The older boy felt some of the jolt but was able to run for help. Authorities are trying to determine why the boys were in the woods.
Fri, 10/10/2014 06:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Walker county AL 
  at a pumpkin patch    Outside 
WALKER COUNTY, Alabama -- A person was hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Walker County Friday evening. The Pineywoods Fire Department responded to Faye Whittemore Farms after 6 p.m. Friday evening to a report of a person possibly struck by lightning at the pumpkin patch, according to a fire dispatcher. The location is on Forrester Road north of Highway 69 and northeast of Jasper. The person was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center. Storms producing heavy and frequent lightning, strong winds and strong rain moved through Walker County Friday evening and were moving into the Birmingham area after 7 p.m.
Mon, 10/06/2014 12:00 AM Killed Lightning Strike Kills 11 Colombian Tribe Members  0.0   
Authorities say 11 members of a remote indigenous tribe along Colombia's Caribbean coast were killed when a lightning bolt struck a thatch-roofed hut where they were gathered. Military officials said Monday that another 15 members of the Wiwa tribe that live high in the coastal Sierra Nevada range were injured with burns, six of them seriously. The electrical storm took place around midnight as the tribe was performing a traditional ceremony accompanied by tribe elders known as "Mamos." Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the deaths and expressed his condolences, ordering the military to evacuate by helicopter injured tribe members who otherwise would have to walk downhill six hours to the nearest road. Bogota (AFP) - Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday. The community of about 60 families will abandon their remote village in the wake of Monday's tragedy, but it was not yet clear where they would go, said Jose Gregorio Rodriguez, an advisor on the Wiwas at the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, which represents the country's 800,000 indigenous people. "The bodies will stay in the 'uguma' (ceremonial hut) where they died and the community will leave the site, as their customs and traditions dictate," Rodriguez told AFP. The 11 men were killed on Monday when lightning struck the hut during a ceremony, also injuring another 20 participants who suffered second and third degree burns. The Wiwas, a tribe that retreated into the Sierra Nevada of northern Colombia after the Spanish conquest, revere all aspects of nature and believe they are called to keep the world in balance. Some villagers saw the devastating lightning strike as a spiritual blow in response to "man's turning his back on nature," Lorenzo Gil, a survivor, told AFP this week. After the tragedy, the villagers held a long funeral ritual, whose first part concluded on Friday. A 10-day healing ceremony will follow. "This rite is a healing for the people but also for the affected territories," said Rodriguez. A day after the lightning strike that killed the Wiwas, another indigenous community in the Sierra Nevada, the Arhuacas, were hit by a landslide that killed six people, including five children. "When the indigenous die as a result of tragic acts of nature, the community abandons the place to avoid other dangerous natural phenomena," said Rodriguez.
Thu, 10/02/2014 11:00 AM Injured at school, 1 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. Republic Schools communications officer Josey McPhail tells KOLR10 News the strike happened about 11:00 am, hitting a small building adjacent to the Middle School. The building, next to a city-owned water tower, houses electrical services. McPhail says a teacher and student inside the school reported feeling a tingling sensation. EMS crews were called immediately, McPhail says, and they were all evaluated and found to have no medical issues. No one was transported for treatment. McPhail says there was no damage to the school or to school technology. There are about 1,100 students at the Middle School. Page: [[$index + 1]] Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Thu, 10/02/2014 12:00 PM Injured school teacher  0.0  Dallas TX 
  outside holding umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Umbrella,Work 
Posted: Oct 03, 2014 7:37 AM EDT Updated: Oct 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT By DIANA HEIDGERD Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas teacher has been hurt by lightning during storms blamed for power outages that forced dozens of schools to cancel classes. Officials say the Denison Independent School District teacher remained hospitalized Friday but should recover after the strike as she held an umbrella. Superintendent Henry Scott wasn't sure whether the fourth-grade teacher was struck or if the bolt hit nearby Thursday as she helped a student reach a parent's vehicle. The child wasn't hurt. Oncor (ON'-kor) reported nearly 182,000 customers without power Friday mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Arlington Independent School District canceled classes Friday at all 75 campuses. Dallas ISD called off classes at 48 schools that lost electricity. Two Arlington Baptist College students were slightly hurt when storms ripped the roof off a dormitory. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thu, 10/02/2014 01:00 AM Injured student @ school, 2 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
Thu, 10/02/2014 12:00 PM Injured school teacher  0.0  Denison TX 
  outside holding umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Umbrella,Work 
Posted: Oct 03, 2014 7:37 AM EDT Updated: Oct 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT By DIANA HEIDGERD Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas teacher has been hurt by lightning during storms blamed for power outages that forced dozens of schools to cancel classes. Officials say the Denison Independent School District teacher remained hospitalized Friday but should recover after the strike as she held an umbrella. Superintendent Henry Scott wasn't sure whether the fourth-grade teacher was struck or if the bolt hit nearby Thursday as she helped a student reach a parent's vehicle. The child wasn't hurt. Oncor (ON'-kor) reported nearly 182,000 customers without power Friday mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Arlington Independent School District canceled classes Friday at all 75 campuses. Dallas ISD called off classes at 48 schools that lost electricity. Two Arlington Baptist College students were slightly hurt when storms ripped the roof off a dormitory. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. By Joshua Brumett Herald Democrat During Thursdays thunderstorm, a fourth grade teacher at Denisons Lamar Elementary appears to have been struck by lightning. The woman was hospitalized but did not appear to be critically injured. According to Denison Independent School District, the teacher was escorting students through the rain to waiting cars at the end of the school day. She was carrying an umbrella to protect students from the rain. We think the lightning actually struck somewhere around her, DISD Public Information Coordinator Sherry Christie wrote in an email Friday. A direct hit would probably have had much more severe consequences, but that is only speculation. Christie said the teacher was knocked back by the lightning but remained conscious, and no students or other staff were injured or affected. As of Friday, the teacher remained at Texoma Medical Center with lingering muscle spasms and tingling. Further tests are being conducted this morning, but were hopeful that shell be cleared, deemed healthy and released soon, Christie wrote Friday. She is a wonderful, talented and very much valued teacher and person & and we are praying for her full recovery. - See more at:
Thu, 10/02/2014 11:00 AM Injured teacher @ school, 1 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School,Work 
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. Republic Schools communications officer Josey McPhail tells KOLR10 News the strike happened about 11:00 am, hitting a small building adjacent to the Middle School. The building, next to a city-owned water tower, houses electrical services. McPhail says a teacher and student inside the school reported feeling a tingling sensation. EMS crews were called immediately, McPhail says, and they were all evaluated and found to have no medical issues. No one was transported for treatment. McPhail says there was no damage to the school or to school technology. There are about 1,100 students at the Middle School. Page: [[$index + 1]] Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
  using boom truck to unload poles    Indirect,Outside,Work 
RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Authorities in Reno County say a man fell ill Wednesday morning after a possible lightning strike. They say it happened 9:30 a.m. between Langdon and Arlington. A truck driver was delivering poles for a project replacing power lines when lightening struck in the vicinity. The man said he didn't feel well so other employees called 911 Firefighters from Arlington and an ambulance from Hutchinson arrived and took him to the hospital for observation. Lightning strikes cause 55 to 60 deaths per year in the U.S., but an employee of Powell Transportation is not a part of that unfortunate number after he survived a lightning strike Wednesday morning. The Arlington Fire Department and Hutchinson EMS responded to a distress call at 9:30 a.m. near Castleton and Sterling roads in Reno County of a man struck by lightning. Mike Morley, communications manager of Midwest Energy, said the man is an employee of Powell Transportation and was using a boom truck to unload power poles for a power- line rebuilding project from Langdon to Arlington. As he was unloading the poles, lightning struck him or very close nearby, Morley said. The man began to complain of not feeling right shortly after the lightning strike and an employee of Midwest Energy dialed 911. Tim Pursley, safety director of Powell Transportation, said the man, whom the company declined to identify, is fine and was treated and released from the hospital around 1:30 p.m. Hes fine. Thank the Lord for that, Pursley said. A bolt of lightning can reach over 5 miles, raise the temperature of the air by as much as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit and contain 100 million electrical volts, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 1.9 million.
Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
RENO COUNTY, Kan. - Authorities in Reno County say a man fell ill Wednesday morning after a possible lightning strike. They say it happened 9:30 a.m. between Langdon and Arlington. A truck driver was delivering poles for a project replacing power lines when lightening struck in the vicinity. The man said he didn't feel well so other employees called 911 Firefighters from Arlington and an ambulance from Hutchinson arrived and took him to the hospital for observation.
Tue, 09/23/2014 08:00 AM Injured groundskeeper  56.0  Coral Gables FL 
  working at country club    CPR,Golf Course,Outside,Work 
MIAMI (CBSMiami)  A lightning strike nearly killed a man in Coral Gables on Tuesday morning. Lightning struck a 56-year old groundskeeper at the Riviera Country Club just before 8 a.m. When Coral Gables Fire Rescue arrived, the man was unconscious and in cardiac arrest. It took an electric shock from a defibrillator to bring him back to life, restoring his pulse and breathing. When the groundskeeper arrived at Kendall Regional Medical Center, he was moving his arms and trying to talk. Lt. Brain Shaw of the Coral Gables Fire Department was among those who rushed to help the groundskeeper. We got there and the patient was unresponsive, pulse-less and not breathing, said Lt. Shaw.His clothes were kind of burned. He did have some burn marks on him. The groundskeepers brother, who also works at the club, saw the bolt strike down his brother. The whole situation was a surprise to some club members. We have a lightning alarm on the system. We do have that. Its automatic, said country club member Joe Caciopo. The man has since regained consciousness and is being treated at the hospital. Police have not released his name or condition.
Wed, 09/17/2014 08:00 PM Injured Earnset Mat Zinger  0.0  Orangeburg SC 
  inside store    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) -- A Midlands man working inside a pizza restaurant was struck by lightning Wednesday evening, It started off like any other storm, witnesses said. "Yeah, it was a real dark cloud over there," said Albert Grant, a mechanic at Ford's Tire and Automotive on Russell Street. Then, it happened. "We saw a big flash of lightning," Grant said. First, it hit near Ford's, where Grant was watching the skies with a co-worker. "Then after the light, it sounded like it hit a transformer and you heard something fry. Szzz! Like something frying," Grant said. What Grant didn't know at the time was that lightning had struck. It hit a pole next to a Domino's in Orangeburg, also on Russell St., and hit an employee working inside. Paul Ha was working at a cell phone store near the Domino's during the storm.. ha said his store briefly lost power. "That's when I heard a buzz sound and then a big spark," Ha said. Working inside the Domino's at the time was Earnest Mat Zinger, who was hit by the lightning and burned on his left shoulder, according to Lt. Alfred Alexander, a spokesman for the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. "I thought when you're inside the store it was safe," Ha said. "I've heard stories of people standing outside and they get hit by lightning." At the National Weather Service's Columbia office, Dan Miller, a meteorologist, was tracking the storm. 'Lightning can travel as much as 10 miles away from the thunder storm," Miller said. "Lightning is a very mysterious force, and a very powerful force. In 20 years of storm tracking, Miller says while rare, this is a phenomenon that can happen. In fact, he said he's seen similar cases. "Lightning can strike a home, it can strike a tree outside the home and conduct through the ground to the home," he said. Even though this lightning strike happened indoors, it is still the safest place to be, Miller said. Stay away from anything that conducts electricity. Also, remember if you hear thunder, that usually means lightning is within striking distance. According to a relative, Zinger was released from the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg Wednesday evening.
Tue, 09/16/2014 09:40 AM Injured school students  0.0  Sydney 
  outside     Ground Strike,Outside,School 
AN entire class of high school students have been treated by paramedics after lightning struck their sport oval in Sydney's southwest. THE Year 7 students from Clancy Catholic College were in a PE lesson on the oval on Tuesday morning when they heard a rumble of thunder and experienced waves of static electricity. "Nobody actually saw lightning but a number of children felt a tingling sensation through their hands and feet," Catholic Education Board spokesman Mark Rix told AAP on Tuesday. The class of about 30 students were ushered off the field and ambulances arrived shortly after to treat them for shock, dizziness and anxiety. Two 13-year-old girls were taken to hospital for "purely precautionary reasons", Mr Rix said. He praised the school's handling of the bizarre incident. "The school managed it really well. Parents of each of the students were called and everything's settled down," he said. "The kids are now at lunchtime, on the oval, having a great time." Since the incident the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning including large hailstones and damaging winds for Sydney's west. Paramedics are treating more than a dozen students after a suspected lightning strike on a school oval in Sydney's west. About 30 students were being assessed by paramedics at Clancy Catholic College in West Hoxton following the reported lightning strike at 9.40am on Tuesday. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said up to 12 teenagers, mainly girls, were reporting symptoms of headaches and dizziness. A number of students were also believed to be feeling numbness in their limbs. The oval at Clancy Catholic College where the children were injured. The oval at Clancy Catholic College where the children were injured. Photo: Kate Geraghty A triage command post had been set up at the college on Carmichael Drive to treat and assess the students. Two students were later taken to hospital for observation. Initial callers to triple-0 said lightning had struck the oval where the students, aged between 13 and 14, were standing. The NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said witnesses had reported that a large clap of thunder was heard at the time, but she said it was "hard to ascertain whether there had actually been a lightning strike", or whether it was some type of "static electricity discharge". Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said there had been a couple of lightning strikes in the West Hoxton region at the time the students fell ill. "It's entirely plausible that lightning did strike [at the school]," he said. Head of Communications at the Catholic Education Office, Mark Rix, said the group of year 7 students had been on the oval at about 9.15am as part of their practical PDHPE lesson when they heard a rumble of thunder then felt a "tingling" sensation like a "mild shock". "A couple of students talked about feeling like their hair was standing up," he said. None of the students saw lightning but they all felt the strange sensation, including the teacher who quickly ushered the class inside before an ambulance was called. Two students were taken to hospital as a precaution and one remained there for observation, he said. The school oval and an adjoining basketball court remain closed for the rest of the day. The State Emergency Service said it had not responded to any calls for damage caused by lightning strikes or storms in the West Hoxton area on Tuesday morning. Mr Sharpe said a wave of storms had been sweeping across mainly southern parts of Sydney, bringing brief bursts of heavy rain. The thunderstorms were fast moving and were likely to peter out by 11.30am or so before some storms returned later in the day, Mr Sharpe said. The gusty winds and warm temperatures "are a bit of a taster of the type of weather Sydney will see more of later in the spring", Mr Sharpe said. The winds are also whipping up the pollen, raising the rating to high for Tuesday even with the showers and heavier falls for some parts of the city. Read more:
Sat, 09/13/2014 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
Purulia/Howrah(WB), Sep 13 (PTI) Five persons were killed and one was critically injured in lightning in separate incidents in Purulia and Howrah districts of West Bengal this evening. Purulia superintendent of police Neelkanta Sudhir Kumar said four workers were struck by lightning when they were constructing a building for ICDS at Puncha, about 32 km from Purulia town. Three of them were killed on the spot and another was critically injured
Sat, 09/13/2014 12:00 PM Injured 20 football fans  0.0  Teso  
  school    Outside,School 
ABOUT 20 football fans were struck by lightning on Saturday in Teso North subcounty. More than 50 people were sheltering from the rain on the verandah of a shop at Kakapel trading centre in Angurai division when the lightning struck. Wycliffe Emopus, who escaped unhurt, said he saw a flash. "I felt a shock on the left side of my hand," he said. Isabella Imanya said she saw smoke and flames. Diana Omanyala said she also saw fire and smoke before she became unconscious. They had attended the launch of the Prophet Joshua Felix tournament at Kakapel Primary School when rain started falling moments after a match between Chamasiri and Katakwa. Assistant chief Moses Otori said 12 people were rushed to Kocholia District Hospital. Eight others were taken to Angurai health centre. Otori urged the national government to install lighting arrestors in all schools. He warned residents against sheltering under trees or on verandas when it is raining. - See more at:
Thu, 09/11/2014 12:00 PM Killed boy & farmer  0.0   
  farming    Farming,Outside 
two people were killed by lightning strikes in separate incidents on Monday in Pursat and Kandal provinces, officials said yesterday, bringing the death toll this so far this year to 70. The deceased were a boy and a farmer, both of whom were driving near their rice fields. Keo Vy, cabinet director of the National Disaster Management Committee, said that the dead were Han Kimhong, a 14-year-old farmer killed while driving a motorbike from his familys field in Kandals Chhaving commune, and Thorn Tak, 24, who was driving his tractor through his fields in Kravainh districts Tra Ngel commune. Lightning is causing the farmers in the remote areas concern and making them scared of leaving home to monitor their farms at night and when there are storms, he said. He added that, since January, lightning has killed 70 people and seriously injured 50 farmers.
Thu, 09/11/2014 01:00 PM Injured 13 pupils  0.0  Lusanshya  
By NANCY SIAME THIRTEEN pupils of Central Secondary School in Luanshya have sustained burns and cuts after being struck by lightning during Tuesdays freak rains. Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened around 13:00 hours during an out-of-season downpour. He said the pupils sustained minor burns and cuts and were treated at Roan General Hospital. There was a downpour in Luanshya yesterday (Tuesday) and around 13:00 hours, 13 pupils were struck by the lightning and sustained burns and cuts, Mr Chipango said. He also said the lightning left a trail of destruction after blowing off four roofing sheets and shattering window panes. Mr Chipango said two stoves in the home economics department and a fridge were also damaged. The ministry is still trying to assess the cost of the damage, Mr Chipango said. He said Government will ensure that the damaged property is repaired quickly. Our officers are already on the ground and we will ensure that we find resources to repair the damaged property, he said.
Wed, 09/10/2014 12:00 PM Killed 15 climbers  0.0  Pico Island  
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
A group of fifteen people who were climbing to the second highest point on Pico Island in the Azores was struck yesterday by a lighting bolt causing them to fall to the ground and a number of them lost consciousness. Azores - 15 climbers struck by lightning while posing for photo A 33-year-old man suffered a heart attack and a dog he was carrying died. The rest of the group sustained burns. The group was struck as they climbed Topo Mountain and were nearly at its peak when they stopped to take a picture. A nurse who was among the group helped to prevent a more serious outcome.
Tue, 09/09/2014 12:00 PM Killed Army Soy  0.0  Pangasinan  
  fishing in a boat    fishing,Outside 
Lightning fatally struck a fisherman off Dagupan City in Pangasinan province last Tuesday afternoon. Killed was Army Soy, a resident of Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City, according to a report by GMA Dagupan. Relatives said Soy was heading home after fishing when lightning struck. "Pagkatingin ko sa langit, kumislap nung sabi ko sa utol ko na dumapa siya, isisid niya yung sarili niya pati ako, tapos nung sinisid namin, hindi ko naman akalain na ganun pala ang mangyayari sa tiyuhin ko," said nephew Michael Vidal. The victim was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to injuries to the face and several parts of the body.  Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News
Tue, 09/09/2014 12:00 PM unknown press  0.0   
Michael Utley does not remember much about his death. Over the years, he has woven together a narrative of what happened using threads collected from witnesses, friends, and family. On May 8, 2000, Utley, a 48-year-old stockbroker, was golfing with his coworkers Dick Gill and Bill Todd, along with their friend Jim Sullivan, in the village of Pocasset, Massachusetts, about three miles south of the Cape Cod Canal. Shortly after lunch, the dark clouds that had been mushrooming in the distance all morning were hovering close enough to merit the bleating of the courses storm horntime to clear the green. Gill, Todd, and Sullivan immediately headed toward the clubhouse. Utley walked back to the hole and returned the flagstick. Seconds later, the guys in front heard a thunderous crack and turned to see Utley stumbling to the ground, tendrils of smoke curling off his body. Their friend had collapsed in a single perplexing instant. His shoes were several feet away from his body; his fingers looked like they had been flambéed; his eyebrows and wavy chestnut hair were wiry and crisped. Gill, an ex-Marine who had recently taken a refresher course in CPR, ran to Utleys side, began blowing air into his lungs, and instructed Todd to perform chest compressions. As Sullivan rushed off to get help, the clouds unleashed a deluge of rain and hail. Utley cannot recall any of this. Not the arrival of the paramedics, nor having his heart restarted in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. His first memory after leaving the golf course is of waking up in a different ambulance, tubes down his throat, monitors everywhere, and a paramedic in a blue smock at his feet. Where am I? Utley rasped. Youre on your way to rehab, the paramedic said. What the fuck happened? You were struck by lightning 38 days ago. In popular culture, to be hit by a bolt of lightning is to suffer extremely bad luck. Rain, snow, and hail are largely indiscriminate: within a certain radius, everything is drenched, blanketed, or pelted. A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is different. It blazes a discrete path through the sky. It appears to have choice. When lightning hits a human being, a survivor must reconcile not only what happened but why it happened. Why me? For most victims, it is not the unforgettable horror of an agonizing ordeal that haunts themmany cant even recall the incident itself; its the mysterious physical and psychological symptoms that emerge, often long after their immediate wounds have healed and doctors have cleared them to return to their normal routines. But nothing is normal anymore. Chronic pain, memory trouble, personality changes, and mood swings can all follow an encounter with lightning, leaving friends and family members confused, while survivors, grappling with a fundamental shift in identity, feel increasingly alienated by the incomprehensible nature of their condition. Something happened in a single momentsomething strange and rare, something unbelievableand after that moment, everything has changed. Even more confounding is that almost no one in the mainstream medical community can explain whats happening to them. Although many scientists have spent their careers examining the physics of lightning, only a handful of doctors and researchers have devoted themselves to the study of how lightning damages the human body. The incident rates are simply not high enough to warrant an entire subfield of science. Nearly everything we now know about treating lightning victims concerns the immediate wounds, many of which dont even require special medical knowledge. Paramedics, often needing to treat victims who arent entirely sure what has happened to them, receive brief training on how to recognize the common signs of a lightning strike. True entry and exit wounds are uncommon, but lightning typically leaves some kind of mark on the skin. One afternoon in 2009, a hiker named Becky Garriss awoke on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, sitting on a bed of pine needles, her back against a tree, as though shed fallen asleep in its shade. Her right arm was paralyzed, pinned against her chest in a pledge of allegiance. Here and there, her pants were charred. Although she was disoriented and scared, she managed to hike more than ten muddy miles down Glastenbury Mountain to call for help. When she got to a hospital, doctors recognized lightnings smoldering touch on Garrisss right arm and leg. A bolt probably hit her directly, they told her. Other survivors awaken into temporary blindness or deafness; sometimes the concussive force of the strikeor the electricity itselfruptures eardrums. Some victims report the taste of metal on their tongues. Now and then, survivors develop strangely beautiful pink and brown bruises known as Lichtenburg figures, which look like intricate henna tattoos of branching fronds. These bruises likely trace the path of electricity that forced blood cells out of capillaries into more superficial layers of skin. In rare instances, the surge of electricity is enough to stop a victims heart and lungs. Thats what happened to Michael Utley. But cardiac arrest is something any paramedic knows how to handle. Twenty minutes after Utley was struck, EMTs had arrived on the scene, strapped him to a gurney, and loaded him into an ambulance. They used a defibrillator to keep his heart going. Doctors at Bostons Brigham and Womens Hospital then spent more than five weeks caring for Utley before they determined that he was ready for rehabilitation. After leaving the hospital, Utley spent months relearning to swallow, move his fingers, and walk. Rehab was just the first chapter of his ordeal, however. In his previous life, Utley was a successful stockbroker who often went skiing and windsurfing. Today, at 62, he lives on disability insurance in Cape Cod. I dont work, he says. I cant work. My memorys fried, and I dont have energy like I used to. I aged 30 years in a second. I walk and talk and play golfbut I still fall down. Im in pain most of the time. I cant walk 100 yards without stopping. I look like a drunk. Lightning also dramatically altered his personality. It made me a mean, ornery son of a bitch. Im short-tempered. Nothing is fun anymore. I am just not the same person my wife married, says Utley, who is now divorced. Like many survivors, Utley sees his fateful union with lightning as more than just a close call he was lucky to survive. It marks a moment in which he was split from himself. On a typical summer afternoon, thunder-clouds above the continental United States generate an average of 50,000 lightning flashes per hour. Two-thirds of these stay near the heavens. They pierce the sky with branching networks of blue and white fire, or strike out a short distance in thin tongues of electricity, or illuminate clouds from within like muffled firecrackers. The remaining minority of lightning bolts, however, find earthbound targetsa church steeple, a telephone pole, a tree. Even rarer are bolts that directly strike and kill humans. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these fatalities in the U.S. happen in June, July, and August, the months when thunderstorms are more prevalent and the greatest number of Americans are recreating outside. According to a recent National Weather Service analysis, fishing, boating, swimming, and camping put the most people at risk each year. Last July, two visitors in Colorados Rocky Mountain National Park were killed by separate strikes on the same weekend. When people and lightning meet, however, death is an unlikely outcome. Roy Cleveland, a ranger at Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia, survived a record seven strikes between 1942 and 1977. This fact appears to defy logic. An average lightning bolt carries 500 megajoules of energyenough to instantly boil 250 gallons of water. It heats the air it zips through to five times the surface temperature of the sun. Still, around 90 percent of lightning-strike victims survive. Over the past three decades, lightning has killed an average of 51 people per year in the U.S. but left more than 500 injured and alive. Lightning survivor Becky Garris. Photo: Ethan Hill / REDUX Pictures One explanation is that lightning strikes are fundamentally different from the more common high-voltage electrical accidents in the home or workplace that people mistakenly compare them to. When an electrician inadvertently grabs a live wire, far less current typically seizes him than is contained in a lightning bolt, but it does so for a longer duration. The surge of current causes victims to lose control, rendering them unable to let go. After a few seconds, the electricity coursing through the body has enough time to sear internal organs and interrupt the heart. Lightning strikes, lasting less than a half-millionth of a second, often scorch the skin but dont cause internal burns. Just as crucial, most of the electricity in a lightning bolt does not pass through the body. Rather, it dissipates over the skin in whats known as a flashover. Vernon Cooray, a lightning scientist at Uppsala University in Sweden, explains the phenomenon by contrasting the ways a human body and a tree react when struck. Both trees and people are filled with a soup of water and minerals that conduct electricity pretty well. But because trees are covered in dry, inelastic bark, lightning traveling through the trunk has no escape route. It must stay its course. In the process, it superheats the water and sap inside the tree into explosive steam, which can rip apart the trunk and branches. Compared with tree bark, human skin is much more pliant and moist. Sweat and rainwater make it extra conductive, providing an alternate external path for voltage. Most of the electricity can pass over strike victims rather than coursing through them. The path through the body has much greater resistance than the path around the body, says Vladimir Rakov, a University of Florida researcher and one of the worlds leading authorities on lightning physics. Current always chooses the path of least resistance. A flashover can still do damage indirectly. The electricity crackling over the surface of the human body singes clothing, vaporizes sweat and moisture into scalding steam, and renders metal objects like belt buckles, keys, and jewelry so hot that they burn the skin. Occasionally, all that steam even blows victims shoes and socks off. The best advice for people who find themselves outside during a lightning storm is simply to get inside, either a home or a vehicle. Yet even buildings arent completely impervious to lightning strikes. Youll want to stay off the telephone, out of the shower, and away from sinks. Lightning can pass through landlines, plumbingmetal pipes and faucetsand all manner of electrical wiring. Last February, it ruptured gas pipes in the crawl space of a house in Steuben County, Indiana. A kitchen appliance then ignited the vented gas, causing a massive explosion. The only family member home at the time was the dog, Boomer. A neighbor rescued him from the rubble after he was sent flying from the house in his crate. One common type of lightning encounter, responsible for 20 to 30 percent of injuries, is a side flash or splash, when lightning leaps from one grounded object to anotherfrom a building to a person, from a tree to a horse, or even from a person to another. In nearly all these incidents, too little electricity enters the body to be lethal. A direct strike almost always delivers more current inside a person, making it much more deadly. A strike like the one Utley suffered probably should have killed him, too. Had his friends not performed CPR so quickly, he wouldnt be alive today. For Utley, getting adequate treatment after he recovered was a struggle. He was eventually fortunate enough to find a few doctors who helped him cope with the long-term symptoms, but along the way he met many medical experts who understood little or nothing about the kind of injuries (he sustained. Finding a doctor who knows anything about a lightning strike is next to impossible, says Tamara Pandolph-Peary, 46, who was struck by lightning in August 2010, in the parking lot of the Springfield, Illinois, Mens Warehouse where she worked. Following her accident, Pandolph-Peary forgot how to use everyday objects, like a potato peeler; she could no longer get from point A to point B in her hometown; she suffered migraines and fatigue; she tripped over her sentences or suddenly lost the ability to understand what other people were saying; she was often dizzy and off-balance; she had tremors and chronic pain, and would unpredictably lose control of various body parts; and every now and then, when her nerves were on fire, even the slightest touch was painfully intense. I struggled with the Why me? initially, she says. There was a time I was angry. There was a time I really missed who I used to be. I think I got past that part. You can be angry and hold onto that, and it can ruin everything you have left. Mary Ann Cooper, professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is one of the few medical doctors who have attempted to investigate how lightning alters the brains circuitry. A no-nonsense, bespectacled woman with a short-cropped bob of silvering strawberry hair, her fascination with lightning dates to childhood. My dad swore his kids were not going to hide from thunderstorms in the closet or under the beds, Cooper, now 65, recalls. It was like the Fourth of July for us whenever we had a thunderstorm. We always watched them. In the seventies, a friend of a family member suffered a high-voltage electrical injury. Knowing that she was about to start medical school, Coopers friends started asking a lot of questions about how electricity harms the body and what to do about it. She began to investigate, and later, while still in school, she started lecturing about the burns people suffer due to industrial electrical accidents. At one talk, a member of the audience asked about lightning injuries. Cooper looked for relevant information in emergency medical textbooks but found nothing, so she decided to fill the gap herself. Over the past three decades, Cooper has written articles on lightning safety, helped set up websites for survivors, and published many academic papers. A link on her UIC page points visitors to most of her work on the topic, including studies with esoteric titles such as Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Evidence of Increased Free Radical Generation and Selective Damage to Skeletal Muscle Following Lightning Injury. Acquiring the funds and lab space for controlled experiments has been difficult. Much of Coopers work is based on observations, medical examinations, and mathematical models. Survivors often get in touch with her, and she has interviewed many of them in detail, looking for clues to how lightning wreaks its peculiar form of havoc. Her typical case study might be someone like Phil Broscovak. In August 2005, Broscovak, his wife, their three young children, and Broscovaks nephew and his girlfriend went camping in Vedauwoo, Wyoming, where ancient granite burgeons and spires from the earth. On August 13, after a campsite breakfast, the group decided to climb Edwards Cracka long, vertical fracture in a giant slab known as Walts Wall. There was nothing ominous in the skies when they began their ascent, merely a few scattered clouds. Shortly before noon, however, claps of thunder echoed in the distance, and a gray veil of unfriendly weather descended. By the time Broscovak managed to get everyone but himself back on the ground, it was raining and the thunder sounded much closer. He was in the process of retrieving gear from the wall of rock when his rope tangled in a bush. Oh God, he thought, scrambling across the slippery granite. Its Ben Franklin all over again. After Broscovak ripped out the shrub by its roots, his rope got caught a second time, in a small crevice. While he was trying to undo the knot, it happened. An immense blast of light. A sound like a grenade exploding in his head. A pain like a thousand wasps stinging him from within. A gelatinous blue plasma enveloping his body. And his leg jerking away as though pulled by invisible marionette strings. This is what Phil Broscovak remembers. The lightning bolt hit Walts Wall just a few feet from Broscovak, splashed into his leg, and surged over his body, possibly exiting through a shoulder blade. The shock flung him from the rock and briefly knocked him unconscious. He awoke, dangling from his ropes and harness, to the screams of his terrified family 170 feet below. Spotting a patch of scorched rock beside him, he recalled the light and pain and realized what must have happened. Im OK! Im OK! he yelled to his family. All he could think about was getting down to them as fast as he could. When he did, they rushed back to the car to wait out the storm. Although several people insisted that Broscovak go to the hospital, he didnt think it was necessary. My wife was the kind of person who would go to the doctor at the drop of a hat, Broscovak says. Im the kind of person who has to have ribs poking out of my chest. I really did not take it seriously at the time. The next morning, however, he couldnt stand straight. Any movement was painful. Every hair follicle seemed to ache. Far more troubling than the pain and soreness was the dramatic fluctuation of his mental acuity. Ever since the strike, Broscovak has slipped in and out of what he describes as fugue states. When the mists descend, he has trouble remembering even the simplest facts. Sitting at his computer, hell think one word and write another or will be incapable of understanding what he just typed on the screen. I consider myself a very articulate person, but on a couple occasions I broke down in tears because I couldnt remember how to spell the word the, Broscovak tells me. He has struggled with insomnia, become hypersensitive to everyday sounds, and suffered from tinnitus. I would rage and scream and stomp my feet. It was irrational, and no one would understand it. Those fugue states were a contributing factor to the end of my marriage. Broscovak, like many survivors, has also endured symptoms that are remarkably similar to those of post-traumatic stress disorder. Once, during a rainstorm after his divorce, he pulled into his driveway, called his roommate from the car, and insisted that she open the front door of their house so that he could dash inside as quickly as possible. Two years after the strike, while climbing Taylor Canyon in Colorado on another family camping trip, the sound of distant thunder terrified Broscovak so much that he refused to climb any farther and ended up on the floor of a cave in the fetal position, crying, for 45 minutes. It was devastating, he says. It was a nervous breakdown. I thought I would never climb again. Now and then, Broscovak, 57, told doctors about the lightning strike and fugue states, but generally they didnt take him seriously. I would always bring up that I was struck by lightning, and they would just say, Oh, thats curious.  Since the accident, Broscovaks symptoms have become more manageable. A sinewy, bearded man with tan skin and green eyes, he has returned to climbing. Ironically, he has also continued his longtime careeras an electrician. (In those situations, he explains, I control the electricity.) Like Pandolph-Peary, he owes his recovery primarily to time, not medical interventions. Time, meanwhile, hasnt led to any significant research breakthroughs to explain his condition. After more than three decades of examining lightning victims, Mary Ann Cooper still cant definitively (say what causes the chronic symptoms experienced by survivors like Broscovak, Pandolph-Peary, and Utley. But she has some ideas. Lightning surivivor Phil Broscovak. Photo: Ethan Hill / REDUX Pictures The evidence suggests that lightning injuries are, for the most part, injuries to the brain, the nervous system, and the muscles. Lightning can ravage or kill cells, but it can also leave a trail of much subtler damage. Cooper and other researchers have speculated that chronic issues are the result of lightning scrambling each individual survivors unique internal circuitry. She points out that even tiny amounts of electricity zipping through the body can permanently alter the behavior of neurons and other cells, which, in order to function correctly, depend on carefully orchestrated changes in the number of charged particles on either side of their membranes. One of Coopers studies seems to support this theory. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which traces blood flow in the brain, Cooper found statistically significant differences in brain activity between lightning-strike victims and healthy people as they performed mental-aptitude tests inside the scanner. Her results have been published, but she isnt currently pursuing funding for further research. Its just not important enough to most doctors and scientists, she says. These days shes more focused on helping build awareness and preventing lightning injuries than looking into long-term symptoms. Faced with a medical community largely unable to help them, survivors frequently turn to one another. The U.S. is home to at least two conferences of lightning-strike survivors each yearone in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and the other in Lynchburg, Virginia. In November 2010, I spent a couple of days at the Lynchburg conference. Each morning, attendees who had been injured by lightning or other electrical accidents gathered at a brick building owned by the American Legion. The first day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and silent prayer. Then, one by one, survivors stepped up to the podium and shared their stories. A man in a bright orange shirt explained how he lost both his arms to an accident with an electrical cable. Others described the confusion they felt after recovery. Antoinette Palmisano spoke of the day in 1991 when she was struck by lightning inside a home office in Syracuse, New York. Lightning surged through the houses electrical wiring, leaped out of a panel of switches like a poltergeist, seized Palmisanos body, and threw her ten feet across the room. Today, Palmisano still suffers from acute fatigue and has trouble remembering simple information. She plasters her home with Post-it Notes and places timers in every room. The scribbled instructions and alarms remind her about appointments, errands, and daily tasks that most of us easily juggle in our heads. One of the first people I met in Lynchburg was a woman in a wheelchair who told me her name was Butterfly. She was wearing a loose purple shirt, khakis, weathered hiking boots, two pairs of sunglassesone of which had cartoon eyes on the lensesand a dream-catcher necklace. Butterfly claimed to have been struck by lightning on three separate occasions in the span of 41 years. Her body often quivered uncontrollably. She said she could no longer walk, that she had lost all ability to detect temperature, and that she felt like her bone marrow had evaporated, leaving her brittle. She stressed the importance of potassium supplements for survivors. She also admitted that the official diagnosis she received from doctors was conversion disorder, in which bodily symptoms are the manifestation of psychological stress rather than the result of physical damage. A few doctors had suspected her of malingering. Listening to other, similarly curious accounts, it became clear that some lightning-strike survivors fabricate or exaggerate parts of their storieswhether intentionally or not. A few claimed to have suddenly developed bizarre powers after the strike. I have spoken with survivors who are adamant that they give off energy that somehow shortens the lives of electronic devices or makes streetlights go dark when they walk beneath them, that they can sense an approaching thunderstorm, or that lightning is more attracted to them than to people who have not been hit. Lightning survivor Michael Utley. Photo: Ethan Hill / REDUX Pictures To some survivors, these more outlandish claims only serve to reinforce the idea that their very real issues are suspect, too. I have met people who say they have been struck three times and say the can see the future, play the piano, fuck all night long, says Utley. Its all bullshit. About a year into his recovery, Utley attended his first survivors conference in Tennessee. There he met Dr. Cooper, who asked him to help launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Associations first official lightning-safety awareness week, which kicked off in June 2001. Its maxim: When thunder roars, go indoors. The next year, Utley created Struckbylightning.orga website devoted to educating people about preventing lightning injuryand started regularly speaking at schools and to Boy Scout troops and doing guest spots on televised weather reports. He continues to make educational outreach a priority, but he has not attended a survivors conference in quite some time. When I first got hurt, the conferences were the best thing in the world, Utley says. Youre out there saying, I was struck by lightning, and most people dont get it. These people understood. But as you get better, you tend not to go to them. Utley has trained his mind on the future. Despite the personality change and relentless paindespite the hunger for an explanation that would make sense of it allhe no longer fixates on a why that probably doesnt exist. You might wonder if you were chosen by that bolt, you might be suffering from mysterious symptoms, you might feel like an entirely different person, but its best not to ask why. Yeah, I was pissed at firstI was pissed at the whole world, Utley says. I woke up and I couldnt walk, couldnt swallow, couldnt do anything. What happened, and why? Why did I get struck and not the three guys 15 feet away from me? Theres no rhyme or reason. You can ask questions all you want, but its like yelling at the ocean. It does not answer back. Ferris Jabr (@ferrisjabr) is a contributing writer at Scientific American. He lives in New York City. - See more at:
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured officer, 2 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
Two Walton Academy students and a Student Resource Officer are recovering after getting a shock during Monday's thunderstorms. All three were on school computers when lightning hit, and they were taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. It happened in an instant. A lightning strike sent a jolt through school computers, shocking two students and their Student Resource Officer. "There was nothing, no smoke, no fire. The students were sitting being taken care of, the SRO was on the porch, and he said he had some type of indirect lightning strike through the computer," Lieutenant Jerry Hall, with the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, said. Luckily the students and the SRO were not seriously hurt. All three have already been released from the hospital, and are in good condition. Another SRO tells NewsChannel 7 the officer struck today has been released to return to work Tuesday. The investigation into the exact location where the lightening struck is still something officials are trying to figure out. "The electricity was shut off in all the areas, except for maybe one or two buildings. But through the investigation with Gulf Power it was a pretty significant power outage," Hall said. Walton Academy Charter School Administrator Ray Sansom says child safety is the staff's main concern. "We want to let the parents and community know, that here at Walton Academy, and also in the Walton County School District, we have lots of training to make sure that if there is any type of weather that could be to danger to students, we are to take the extreme caution, to be overly careful to make sure students and staff are safe," he said. Classes resumed shortly after the lightning strike. Sansom says he's just happy the two students and SRO officer are safe.
Mon, 09/08/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed, 7 injured  0.0  Peshawar  
PESHAWAR: Lightning killed two persons and injured seven others separately in the provincial metropolis on Sunday evening, rescuers and police said. Those died were identified as Idress Khan of Akhtarabad Charsadda Road, and Atta-ur-Rehman of Masizo village in limits of Badbher police station. According to a spokesman of Rescue Services 1122, lightning struck participants of a kabadi match at Hazarkhwani, causing burn injuries to players and spectators. The injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital where Atta-ur-Rehman succumbed to his wounds. Similarly, the other victim, Idress Khan of Sher Jhangi area, was struck by lightning while on way home. The local people shifted him to the LRH but doctors pronounced him as dead. Both the victims were stated to be young. The injured were identified as Jahanzeb, Akhtar Munir, Izat Gul, Sanaullah, Alladad Khan, Usman Khan and Zakirullah. They belonged to different areas of Peshawar district. A hospital source said that the injured were stable and might be discharged within a couple of days. An official at the Met Office said that Peshawar valley received 1.0 millimeter rain while there was chance of rain in different districts, including Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi and Charsadda districts. Published in Dawn, September 8th, 2014
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured 1 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
By KARI C. BARLOW | Daily News Published: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 09:20 PM. DEFUNIAK SPRINGS A lightning strike sent two Walton Academy students and a Walton County Sheriffs Deputy to the hospital Monday morning. The deputy, who works as the schools resource officer, and two boys were taken by ambulance to Healthmark Regional Medical Center, said Catherine Rodriguez, public information officer for the Sheriffs Office. All three were treated and released. Walton Academy Administrator Ray Sansom said they were using computers in two separate buildings during the lightning strike. They felt a charge ... in their fingertips, he said. ... We went ahead and had them go to the hospital to be on the safe side. Were very thankful everyone is okay. The deputy and the students are expected to be back at school today. Sansom said its not clear what the lightning struck. It could have been out on the road where the Gulf Power transformer is, he said. He said the school did lose power for a short period during the storm. We have very comprehensive safety guidelines on our campus, Sansom said. We watch the weather very closely. Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari C. Barlow at 850-315-4438 or Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.
Sun, 09/07/2014 12:00 AM Killed farmer   0.0  Banke 
KOHALPUR, Sept 7: A farmer in Banke district died after he was struck by lightning on Sunday morning. Police informed that the deceased has been identified as Manjul Bihana, 30, of Udhayapur-6 of the district. According to police, Bihana died on the spot after he was hit by thunderbolt, while working in the field.
Sun, 09/07/2014 09:00 AM Killed Louwerton Vidal  53.0  Clarendon  
  fishing in a boat    Boat,fishing,Outside 
CLARENDON, Jamaica  Fifty-three-year-old Clarendon fisherman Louwerton Vidal was struck by lightning at sea on Saturday while, also in Clarendon, 18-year-old Alex Morgan of Savannah Cross was electrocuted at a business place in Lionel Town. Reports from the Hayes Police are that about 9:20 pm Morgan was allegedly trying to remove copper from a utility pole and was electrocuted. Meanwhile the Lionel Town Police said that Vidal was brought to shore about 9:30 pm where he was observed with severe burns on his upper body reportedly from a lightning strike. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. Investigations into both incidents are ongoing, the police say.
Sun, 09/07/2014 12:00 PM Killed Larry Dasher  0.0  Lowndes County GA 
  at a construction site    Construction site,Outside,Work 
A man died from a massive heart attack over the weekend at a construction site. According to Lowndes County coroner Bill Watson, Larry Dasher suffered a massive heart attack Sunday afternoon, possibly caused by a lightning strike. â¬SThe lightning may have triggered the coronary,⬝ Watson said. An autopsy is pending on Dasher to confirm the cause of death. Dasher was apparently struck by lightning at a construction site near Raisin' Cane on Highway 41.
Sat, 09/06/2014 12:00 PM Injured man mowing lawn  26.0  Cooper City FL 
  mowing lawn    Ground Strike,Mowing the lawn,Outside,Work 
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 " Updated at 6:20 PM EDT A man was struck by lightning while mowing a lawn in Cooper City Saturday afternoon. Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 5000 block of SW 114th Avenue after a report of a lightning strike hitting a landscaper. The 26-year-old victim was riding a lawn mower when the bolt struck. Four other landscapers reported seeing their co-worker fall off the lawn mower after the strike. The man was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital as a trauma patient. Fire Rescue said no burn marks were seen on the victim. The man was semi-conscious when they arrived on the scene, but was fully conscious by the time they transported him to the hospital.
Sat, 09/06/2014 04:00 PM Killed Marguerite Tomany,1 of 2  61.0  Ipswich MA 
  swimming   N/A  Beach,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,In Water,Indirect,Outside,Swimming,Water 
Two women hit by lightning in Ipswich Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on gmailShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services 24 Posted: Sep 06, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Updated: Sep 07, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Ipswich, MASS (WFXT) - Two women struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in Ipswich remain in critical condition. Here is the latest from police. IPSWICH - Acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard announces that cleanup efforts are still underway after three severe storms ripped through town yesterday. "Good progress has been made in cleaning up the town and restoring power, thanks in part to a tremendous mutual aid effort by out neighboring communities and state partners," Acting Chief Hubbard said. Hubbard, an Ipswich Police Lieutenant, is the Director of Emergency Management for the town and is serving as Acting Chief while Chief Paul A. Nikas is away on vacation. The two women who were struck by lightning at Crane Beach yesterday remain listed in Critical Condition as Massachusetts General Hospital. Their names are not being released, but they identified as a 69-year-old woman from Concord and a 61-year-old woman from North Grosvenor Dale, Conn. No other injuries were reported yesterday. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, 150 Ipswich Electric Light Department customers are still without power, but this is not due to any systemic issues. Most of the outages are due to electrical wires that were torn from homes due to winds and falling debris, trees, and tree limbs. Ipswich Electric Light would like to thank the municipal electrical departments of Groveland, Georgetown, Merrimac, Rowley, and Welesley for sending crews to town to help restore electrical service quickly to affected customers. At peak, 2,000 customers were without power. During the three storms, which included a microburst which is believed to have produced wind gusts in excess of 80 mph, hundreds of trees were damaged and more than 60 roadways were partially or completely blocked by debris. Ipswich Forestry Department and Department of Public Works crews have been working to remove debris since last evening. They have been aided by Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Department of Conservation and Recreation crews organized by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Lightning from the storms also damaged Ipswich emergency radio communications and cut electrical power to the Ipswich Police Station and Town Hall. The Ipswich Fire Department would like to thank the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and the Beverly Fire Department for allowing IFD to use the Fire District 5 radio frequency while repairs were underway. "Mutual aid is the name of the game during any kind of disaster," said Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory G. Gagnon. "The Ipswich emergency agencies have done a tremendous job dealing with these storms, and we are very grateful for all of the help we have received from our neighbors and partners in state government." ### One of the women struck by lightning on an Ipswich beach over the weekend has died, police said today. Marguerite Tomany, 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., died "as a result of injuries suffered in the lightning strike," Ipswich police said in a statement. A second victim, a 69-year-old woman from Concord, Mass., remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, police said. Police have said that the women were in the water on Crane Beach on Saturday during the fast-moving storm that slammed the area when the bolt of lightning struck, sending both into cardiac arrest. Lifeguards performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived. They were the only reported injuries at the beach.
Sat, 09/06/2014 06:00 PM Injured man fishing  30.0  Stamford CT 
  fishing     Cardiac Arrest,CPR,fishing,Indirect,Outside 
STAMFORD -- A Port Chester man who was fishing at Cove Island Park Saturday evening was struck by lightening during the violent thunderstorm that rolled through the area around that time, Stamford police said. The 30-year-old man's fishing pole was struck by lightening, his brother told police officers who arrived on the scene. He said the lightning strike knocked the man unconscious and not breathing, and that he performed CPR and got him breathing again, according to Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn. Responding officers found the man on the beach near the Holly Pond dam, with burns to his stomach and groin area, police said. He was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition. The man would likely be transferred to Bridgeport Hospital's burn unit later in the evening, Hohn said.
Sat, 09/06/2014 05:00 PM Injured man taking out garbage  0.0  North Andover MA  
  taking out garbage  N/A  Indirect,Ladder,Metal,Metal ladder,Outside,Work 
By Garrin Marchetti and Lauren DiTullio, NORTH ANDOVER ⬠Saturday's severe storm left trees and power lines down around the region and one employee of the Dunkin' Donuts on campus at Merrimack College injured. Merrimack College spokesperson Jim Chiavelli said a manager of the restaurant was taking out trash during the storm and was injured when lightning struck a metal trash can shortly after 5 p.m. According to Chiavelli, Merrimack College police officers responded along with North Andover police and fire. Chiavelli said the man was conscious and alert when authorities arrived on scene. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. In fact, officials said the victim dialed 911 himself. Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, said that three people were struck by lightning during Saturday's storm. In addition to the North Andover strike, two women in their 70s were hit on Crane Beach in Ipswich. Media outlets reported they were in critical condition last night. The tornado warning for Essex County was issued at around 4:30 p.m. and expired shortly after 5:00 p.m., but lightning and heavy wind and rain continued to pummel the region. A severe thunderstorm warning remained in effect in various parts of the state through 9 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Essex County and other parts of the state shortly after 6 p.m. It expired at 9 p.m. Area police departments used social media to distribute numerous photos of downed trees and streets flooded up to the hoods of cars. They warned residents that live wires were down and forbade touching fallen trees. A utility pole down caused outages and blocked traffic on Massachusetts Avenue in North Andover. Methuen police closed Woodland Street near Haverhill Street due to power lines down in the area. Though an intense storm ripped through Methuen and the surrounding towns in early July, damaging many buildings and utility poles, Simpson said the season has not been dramatically worse than a typical New England summer. Chris Milligan, a spokesperson for National Grid, said about 10,000 customers in the Merrimack Valley were without power as of 7 p.m. The highest concentration was in Methuen with about 3,000 homes and businesses in the dark, she said. â¬SItâ¬"s a mixture of trees on the line, direct lightning strikes, downed wires, and things like that, just because the storm was so intense for a little while," she said. LOOK FOR LIVE REPORTS TONIGHT ON 7 NEWS.












Sat, 09/06/2014 12:00 PM Injured 3 injured  0.0  Sonepur 
SONEPUR: Three persons sustained injuries after being struck by lightning in Bisimunda village in Sonepur block of the district on Friday. The injured are Govind Nial (55), his wife Rasa Nial (50) and one of their relatives, Gopal Nial (62). According to reports, the three persons had working in their agricultural land when lightning struck them. They were admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital where their condition is stated to be stable. A week back, at least seven women of the village were struck by lightning.Â
Sat, 09/06/2014 04:00 PM Killed Marianne Povell Mellnick, 2 of 2  69.0  Ipswich MA  
  swimming   N/A  Beach,Delayed Death,Indirect,Outside,Water 
Two women were in critical condition last night after they were struck by lightning on Crane Beach in Ipswich yesterday afternoon as powerful thunderstorms crossed the state, prompting tornado warnings, torrential rains and damaging winds that knocked out power to thousands. The unidentified women, who were said to be in their 60s or 70s, were hit by the lightning at about 4 p.m. and went into cardiac arrest, prompting lifeguards on the beach to perform CPR until emergency crews arrived and took them to Beverly Hospital, acting Police Chief Jonathan Hubbard said. The patients had no pulse when rescuers got to them, but each had a pulse by the time they arrived at the hospital, Hubbard said. The women were later transferred to Mass. General Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition last night. The initial investigation shows that the two women were in the water when they were struck as the storm popped up very quickly, Hubbard said. The victims may not have had enough time to exit the water and get to safety. The 4 p.m. thunderstorm was the first of three that hit Ipswich and the surrounding area yesterday  2,000 Ipswich Electric Light Department customers were without power at the peak of the storm and 60 roads were blocked, Hubbard said. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the two women who were struck by lightning this afternoon. We wish them the best and we hope they will recover, Hubbard said. We are grateful that more people were not injured. Massachusetts Emergency Management officials will investigate today whether a possible tornado struck Ipswich, Hubbard said. National Weather Service crews also will survey the damage from the microburst, said meteorologist Bill Simpson. Were hearing upwards of 100 trees were downed in Ipswich during the microburst, Simpson said. On Argilla Road, which leads to Crane Beach, one resident who declined to give her name said the storm was sudden, with intense lightning and powerful winds. There were tree branches whipping all over the place, we had a tree fall onto a house on our property and a window was ripped off of our house, she said. Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued across the state, including in Essex, Middlesex, Franklin and Worcester counties. Ipswich seems to be the hardest-hit and over in the Lawrence, Dracut, Methuen area, that was hit pretty hard as well, Simpson said. Then over in western Massachusetts, the towns of Bernardston and Leyden were also hit hard. There were reports of trees down in several towns, including Lawrence, Billerica and Methuen. The storms knocked out power to more than 6,300 residents  at 7:30 p.m., Nstar reported 5,300 customers without power; Western Massachusetts Electric Company had 851 customers without service and National Grid said service had been cut to 176 customers. The storm system prompted officials to evacuate the Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall for two hours. The Boston Red Sox game was also delayed. Matt Ingersoll contributed to this report. IPSWICH  As severe thunderstorms swept across the state Saturday afternoon and left downed trees and power lines in its wake, two women were struck by lightning on a beach in Ipswich, according to authorities. The victims, who were in their 60s or early 70s, were hit on Crane Beach off Argilla Road, said the Ipswich Police Department. Emergency responders arrived at the scene about 4 p.m. and saw lifeguards performing CPR on the two women, police said at a news conference Saturday night. The women were taken to Beverly Hospital, then transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in critical condition, police said. Both victims were without a pulse when rescuers got to them, but their heartbeats were restored before arrival at the hospital. [We] finally got their hearts going, emergency responder Justin Petrillo said during the news conference, adding that they performed CPR for 20 minutes on both victims. He said he was pretty surprised at the outcome. Acting Ipswich Police Chief John Hubbard said the first storm arrived quickly and without warning at about 4 p.m. He said there were no more injuries reported in Ipswich despite the two other storms that crossed the area. Watch: Boston Calling concertgoers take shelter Watch Video Video: Lightning flashes at Boston Calling As storms rolled into downtown Boston, attendees of the Boston Calling Music Festival were ordered to take shelter. MORE COVERAGE Images, reports from the storm Boston Calling: live updates Police said the initial investigation revealed that the women were in the water when they were struck by lightning. The storm moved in quickly, and authorities believe the victims did not have the chance to get out of the water in time. First and foremost, our hearts go out to the two women who were struck by lightning this afternoon, said Hubbard in a statement. We wish them the best and hope they will recover. The women were not identified by police. Across the region, the sky darkened rapidly as the storms rolled though late in the afternoon. People attending the Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza were evacuated about 6 p.m., according to the festivals website. Some were moved to the covered VIP areas, and those who did not stay were asked to exit through the main gate, where staff led attendees to the Government Center Parking Garage. Boston Calling resumed at 9 p.m. with headliners Lorde and then Childish Gambino, according to the festivals Twitter account. Concertgoers who sheltered at City Hall watched the wind and rain pull at the tapestries attached to the stage during the Boston Calling Music Festival. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE Concertgoers who sheltered at City Hall watched the wind and rain pull at the tapestries attached to the stage during the Boston Calling Music Festival. Wind damage was widespread across the state. In parts of Franklin County, strong gusts knocked trees onto power lines, causing some outages, according to the National Weather Service. Nickel-size hail was reported in Dracut, and a transformer was struck by lightning in Leyden, according to the weather agency. Lightning struck in Methuen, exposing live electrical wires, according to the Methuen Police Department. In Cambridge, police responded to at least six incidents of toppled trees and downed wires. No reports regarding any power being out, but we do have a flurry of trees being down and wires being down, said Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick. Thousands lost power at some point Saturday, according to outage maps for NStar and National Grid. NStar had 4,579 outages and National Grid had 195 without power as of 8:45 p.m. In Ipswich, approximately a half mile down the road from Crane Beach, the Whitten family stood in their house on Saturday afternoon watching lightning flash across the sky and listening to thunder roar. After spending a beautiful morning down by the marshes at the back of the beach, Chug Whitten, his wife, Nicole, and their 5- and 9-year-old daughters returned to their home on Argilla Road as stormy clouds began to move in around 2 p.m. Within a few hours, a giant gust of wind and sheets of rain toppled a large maple tree in their yard. We had monster [storm] bursts. We lost a big tree in our yard. . . . It just happened quick, Whitten said, adding that the trees fall barely made a noise over the raging wind and rain. It was like a bouquet of flowers hitting the ground. He said no one was injured, and the tree did not damage his house. Whitten is no stranger to storm damage. Six years ago, his family had to rebuild their home after lightning hit the house on a July afternoon. He said he wasnt worried about this storm because after his family lost the house he installed a pretty big lightning protection system. Lightning wasnt the only worry as storms rumbled through the state. About 5 p.m., tornado warnings in numerous parts of Southern New England expired with no confirmation of any touching down, according to the National Weather Service. The thunderstorms were ushered in by the days uncomfortable heat and humidity across parts of the state. Severe thunderstorm watches were issued in most counties across Massachusetts until 9 p.m., with the exception of the Cape Cod area. If you hear thunder, its time to head indoors immediately, said Matthew Belk, a meteorologist for the weather service in Taunton. Temperatures were sweltering all day, hitting 92 degrees by 2:55 p.m. in Boston. Dew points were measured in the low 70s. Accompanying the stifling heat were gusty winds reaching up to 25 miles per hour. A cooling effect is expected to follow as thunderstorms continued moving across the state, said meteorologist Bill Simpson. Highs for Sunday will reach the mid-70s and dew points will stay comfortably in the mid-50s. Once the early-morning rains have passed, there will be zero chance of precipitation, Simpson said. Monday through Wednesday temperatures will remain in the low 70s and potentially dip into the high 60s. BOSTON (CBS)  The second of two women struck by lightning in Ipswich a week ago has died. Marianne Povell Mellnick, 69, of Concord, died at Mass. General Hospital Saturday. Mellnick and her friend, Marguerite Muggy Tomany, 61, of North Grosvenor Dale, Conn., were both struck by lightning Sept. 6 at Crane Beach as they walked toward the street. Tomany died last week. Ipswich police said their investigation found that the two women were not swimming when they were struck as originally thought. Mellnick and Tomany had no pulse when police officers and firefighters began performing CPR on them at the beach. First responders were able to restore the womens pulses by the time they arrived at the hospital. Mellnick worked in public finance and tax management before retiring in 2010. A public service will be held for Mellnick at St. Michaels Church in Bedford on Friday.
Fri, 09/05/2014 09:00 AM Killed student  18.0   
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
A first-year University of Waterloo student was struck and killed by lightning while walking on campus Friday morning. The 18-year-old was walking down a pathway from the school's ring road to the Student Village 1 residence area around 9 a.m. Fire officials say she had moved under a tree for shelter from the fast-moving storm when she was hit. PHOTOS Student killed by lightning Flowers are left near where an 18-year-old University of Waterloo student was fatally hit by lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (David Imrie / CTV Kitchener) Waterloo lightning strike Police tape blocks off a section of the University of Waterloo campus after a student was fatally struck by lightning on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Terry Kelly / CTV Kitchener) She was taken to hospital unconscious, where she was later pronounced dead. "Everybody here at the University of Waterloo is deeply saddened," school spokesperson Nick Manning told CTV News. The woman was a first-year engineering student from the Markham area, enrolled in the school's nanotechnology program. Waterloo student Toni Ogumad said two of his friends saw her on the ground after she was hit. Her clothes were torn in different places. One of her shoes was on fire, he said. She didnt have any pulse, so they called 911. Authorities say they will not be releasing the students name at the request of her family. Counselling services are available for students, university officials said. Read more:
Fri, 09/05/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 kids  0.0  Migori 
The two, aged fifteen and two years, were among fifteen children who had sought shelter in a house during heavy rains. Others escaped with minor injuries. Confirming the incident, Nyatike OCPD Nashon Onyango said the bodies of the two children have been taken to the mortuary. By Maureen Murimi
Tue, 09/02/2014 12:00 AM Injured Brandon Noreen, brother, 1 of 2  0.0  Yukon OK 
  inside on phone    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
Tue, 09/02/2014 08:00 PM Injured John Clyde,1 of 2 working on car  0.0  Albany GA 
  working on a car    Critical,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside 
ALBANY, GA -- UPDATE (9/3/14 1:30 P.M.): John Clyde is in critical condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after he and his friend, Zaki Davis, were injured by a lightning strike. Davis wasn't taken to the hospital. This happened after lightning struck close to the car the two men were working on Tuesday night, according to neighbors. ORGINAL STORY: Dougherty County EMS has confirmed a report of a lightning strike Tuesday evening. The call came in from 711 West First Avenue but EMS says they can't confirm that the victim was in fact struck by lightning. That victim was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. That person's name and condition aren't being released.
Tue, 09/02/2014 08:30 PM Injured Zaki Davis, 2 of 2 working on car  21.0  Albany GA 
  working on a car  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Tree 
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials say two men were struck by lightning in central Albany Tuesday night as storms moved through southwest Georgia. Just after 8:30 p.m., John Clyde, 21, was hit by a bolt of lightning, as he was working on a car outside a home at 711 West 1st Avenue, according to witnesses. Neighbors say Clyde was over at Zaki Davis' house. Davis was also struck but it wasn't as bad as the strike to Clyde, who is in critical condition. They were changing a tire on a car in the driveway next to a large tree when the strike hit. Davis told WALB's Wright Gazaway it wasn't raining when they started working. Authorities said the strike sent Clyde into cardiac arrest. Witnesses performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was then rushed to Phoebe Putney Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, as of 11:00 Wednesday morning. Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.
Tue, 09/02/2014 02:45 PM Injured man on roof  19.0  Marietta GA 
  working on roof    Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Officials said a 19-year-old man was struck by lightning while pressure washing on a rooftop in Marietta Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the man was a contractor working on the roof of Northern Tools And Equipment at the corner of Cobb Parkway and Gresham Road. The incident happened at 2:45 pm. According to Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department, the man received an indirect strike when the bolt struck the building. Baldwin said the man collapsed on the roof. Two other workers were there, but Baldwin said they were not struck. The man was transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment. His condition was not immediately available. In Austell, the storms caused a tree to fall across power lines and onto Love Street. Luckily, no one was injured. Strong storms moved through the metro area on Sept. 2.Strong storms moved through the metro area on Sept. 2. (Photo: 11Alive)
Tue, 09/02/2014 07:00 AM Injured Sadie Noreen, sister, 1 of 2  0.0  Yukon OK 
  inside on phone  N/A  Cell Phone,Door,Indirect,Indoors 
YUKON, Okla.  Most of the rain and thunderstorms have passed through the metro area this evening, but Tuesday morning, much of the area was wet. Some of you might have woken up to heavy thunder and lightning. The loud bangs woke a Yukon mom and children, but the children say they were greeted with more than loud clashing sounds. The brother and sister say they actually felt the lightning in the area. I started seeing all the lightning and thunder and Im like oh, so I hopped off here and I came over here and I opened up my blinds, Sadie Noreen, a 5th grader said. She loves weather, especially storms and was watching the light show at around 7 this morning. Her brother was in the next room. I was just laying on my bed and playing on my phone and listening to the thunder and lightning, Brandon Noreen, her 8th grade brother said. Their mom, Amy Noreen, was in the kitchen making coffee, when everyone heard a big clap of thunder. A couple of seconds later there were 4 lightning strikes and the whole house was just shaking, their mom said. I just looked out the window and I closed the blinds then I came right here and I just got this ooh feeling, Sadie says. When I was playing on my phone there was like a shock in my leg and my arm and it surprised me and I just ran down from my bunk-bed and then I went to my mom and told her I got shocked, Brandon says. They claim they were shocked, an electrical feeling from the lightning. I had this really shaky feeling in me and it felt all shocky, Sadie described. I was just playing my game and the lightning struck and then I just felt it in my thumbs and it went down to my leg and it was like shocking, Brandon remembered. Their mom just wants to know what happened. I cant explain to the kids what just happened to them, we live in Oklahoma, I mean we are surrounded by this type of weather and what can we do in the future? their mom said. We spoke with Dr. Ron Miller, a physics professor at the University of Central Oklahoma who says its probably impossible to explain what happened to the kids. Miller says electricity is unpredictable and normally tries to find the easiest path from cloud to ground. Miller tells us its possible the main lightning strike was not close to the kids, but since lightning creates an electric field, the discharge could have been through the children because they were close to electrical devices or even just close to electrical outlets in the home. He says staying away from electricity and outlets during storms is always a best practice.

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