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Sun, 05/22/2016 12:00 PM Injured Karen Pedersen  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
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  touching a car    Ground Strike,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
FORT COLLINS  A woman was struck by lightning while attending a memorial service for her nephew in Colorado. The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/27QOuKi ) that Karen Pedersen and her sisters lingered after a rainy May 7 memorial service for 21-year-old Justin Brien in Masonville. Pedersen had her hand on her sister's car when a bolt of lightning hit a transformer and she felt a burning sensation in her left arm. Her sisters thought she was just startled, but then realized she wasn't breathing normally and couldn't remove her hand from the car. The bolt hit about 30 feet away and is believed to have traveled through the ground and up Pedersen's left leg. She stayed overnight at a burn unit in Greeley and will seek further treatment from her home in Nevada. ___ Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com
Wed, 05/18/2016 12:00 PM Injured girl  12.0  Delray Beach FL 
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  in parking lot    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,School 
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. A child was hospitalized Wednesday after lightning struck a parking lot at Carver Middle School, school officials reported. RELATED Middle school evacuated in Vero Beach Students return to classes after... Local student heads to National... Police investigate double shooting in... Storms brewing in Palm Beach County,... A 12-year-old girl was taken to Bethesda Hospital as a precautionary measure but was not struck by lightning, authorities said. Carver Middle School is located at 101 Barwick Road. It is unknown if the girl had a preexisting health condition. An adult was treated on the scene and released.
Tue, 05/17/2016 06:20 PM Injured Luke Shimer  29.0  Jacksonville FL 
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  on balcony  N/A  Coma,Outside,Porch 
By Robert Alonso Jacksonville, FL  A man was airlifted in critical condition and a dog had to be rescued during a night of lightning strikes and rain in the Jacksonville area. First responders in St. Johns County were kept busy Tuesday night because of the weather, responding to at least three reported lightning strikes. The first happened on the 600 block of Ajo Road in the Treasure Beach area around 6:20 p.m., according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Paramedics found a man who had been reportedly hit by lightning while standing on a balcony and had him airlifted to Flagler Hospital. The dog was found at an empty home on Datil Pepper Road just outside of St. Augustine around 7:20 p.m. as firefighters worked to put out a fire at that home, one that officials believe was caused by a lightning strike. The fire destroyed that home before firefighters put the blaze out. Another home on Green Turtle Lane in St. Augustine also had a reported lightning strike around 6:40 p.m., but firefighters only found a small hole in the roof that they patched up. No injuries were reported in either of those incidents. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says at least a half-inch to one inch of rain fell throughout the area Tuesday night, with some parts of St. Johns and Clay counties getting up to one and a half or two inches. He expects more action from Mother Nature between now and the weekend thanks to a front coming in from the Gulf of Mexico that left a trail of storms as it passed through Texas on Tuesday night. "Some spots may see several inches of rain," Buresh added. "Five [or] six inches [is] not out of the question by the time we get to Saturday night." The wet weather should start going away by Sunday, according to Buresh. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.  The wife of a 29-year-old man who was struck by lightning in St. Augustine says he is a fighter. Luke Shimer was struck Tuesday while talking on his cellphone on his balcony. Related Headlines Mother said man shot by officer in Springfield is Vernell Bing, 22. (Photo from family) Man shot once in head in officer-involved shooting, police said Burger King customer Joseph Pietruszka (left) and Russell Peeples Customer tackles suspected thief at Westside Burger King, hopes to be hired Photo courtesy of the family.. 11-year-old bit by shark at Huguenot Park Kerry Shimer said her husband is the toughest man she knows. Luke Shimer spent six years in the Army, including two deployments, one of them to Afghanistan. Family members said his heart stopped beating after he was struck by lightning, but started beating again when he got to the hospital. Luke Shimer is in a coma, but doctors have detected brain activity. "He has brain activity, which is obviously tremendous news when we got it and a blessing, said Shane Sinnott, the victims father-in-law. The issue right now is they don't know the extent of any damage to his brain from the swelling." His family said they know he can beat this. He's just so strong right now, and if anyone can get through this, it's him, Kerry Shimer said. A GoFundMe page for him has raised more than $8,000.
Sat, 04/30/2016 12:00 PM Injured man on horse  31.0  Buckeye AZ 
 USA 
  riding a horse    Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
BUCKEYE, AZ - A horseback rider was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning. Marciopa County Sheriff's Office deputies say the man and his horse were riding in the area of Airport and Arlington in Buckeye Saturday when the pair were struck by lightning. The bolt killed the horse. The rider, who authorities said was a 31-year-old man, was hospitalized in serious condition. No other information was immediately available. This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 and abc15.com for updates.
Wed, 04/27/2016 12:00 PM Killed Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago  36.0  Slidell LA 
 USA 
  at construction site    Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
SLIDELL, La. - A Slidell-area man died after apparently being struck by lightning on a job site during Wednesday's storms. Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago, 36, was working at a construction site in the 1100 block of East End Blvd. in Lakeshore Estates south of Slidell when he was struck. Emergency crews responded to the scene and he was rushed to the hospital where he later died. "Tragedies like this underscore the deadly force of nature and the need to take precautions in severe conditions," Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said. "Not only lightning but strong winds, flying debris and falling branches, and even shallow floods can be injurious or deadly with little warning. As we prepare for summer, when storms are more common and tropical weather sometimes threatens us, this sad case emphasizes the importance of respecting the weather and the dangers it can bring."
Wed, 04/27/2016 12:00 PM Killed Tim Edge  37.0  Mantachie MS 
 USA 
  riding a horse    Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
MANTACHIE, Miss. (AP)  Authorities in Mississippi say a man and the horse he was riding were struck by lightning and killed. Itawamba County Coroner Sheila Summerford tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal 37-year-old Tim Edge of Mantachie was riding horses with his father Wednesday when lightning struck him and his horse. Summerford said Edges father had gone into the barn while Edge stayed outside. While in the barn, he heard a loud boom and thats when the lightning hit. Both Edge and his horse were killed.
Sun, 04/17/2016 12:00 PM Killed Joseph Bechelet  23.0  Boynton Beach FL 
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  working on motorcycle    Ground Strike,Motorcycle 
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLA)  A man died after he was struck by Lightning in Boynton Beach Friday. RELATED: 8 myths and facts about lightning WPTV reported that the incident happened on North Palm Drive. Joseph Bechelet, 23, was working on a motorcycle battery when the storm rolled into the area. He was holding a screwdriver just moments before the lightning strike. First responders performed CPR on the victim. He was taken to an area hospital where he later was pronounced dead. RELATED: FL man hospitalized after lightning strike Read more about the fatal lightning strike here
Mon, 04/11/2016 12:00 PM Injured Andrew Reid  0.0  Hoover AL 
 USA 
  standing on porch    Ground Strike,Porch 
HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT)  Mondays storms led to dangerous moments for residents all around the state. Residents like Andrew Reid, who was mere feet away from a lightning strike on his property. Although Andrew Reid was not hit, he told CBS42 News that his body is sore, and he is still feeling the effects from the strike. He was sitting on his back porch eating dinner watching the weather on Monday. The rain and that waterfall are kind of nice, one of those water sounds you like, Reid said. Reid then got up to get a closer look at the rain and saw a flash by the trees. He then flew back several feet. From however it is to right here to this chaise lounge chair about six feet. I hit the ground somewhere around here, Reid said. Paramedics arrived on scene shortly after. It felt like somebody pushed real hard, it is like being tackled by a 300 pound defensive end, Reid said. Reid said he learned his lesson about sitting outside during a storm. A little rain thats no big deal, but thunder and lightning I doubt I will come out here, Reid said. Share this:
Mon, 04/11/2016 12:00 PM Injured Maegan Halstied  16.0  Wylie TX 
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  outside walking    Ground Strike,Outside 
WYLIE, Texas -- In Wylie, Texas, residents thought one hail storm was enough. So when round two barreled through though the town Monday night, it was too much. "We didn't know what to do, do you stay in the car? Do you get out? The windows are breaking, glass is flying, so we didn't know the safest thing to do," said Nicole Halstied. Play VIDEO Hail storm pummels Texas On Tuesday, all the Halstied family could do is clean-up all of the shattered glass in their SUV. They weren't the only ones at Amy's car wash along State Highway 78 when the storm hit either. But their bout with hail pales in comparison with the stormy weather that swept through two weeks ago, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reported. One of the Halstied's twin 16-year-old daughters, Maegan, said she thought the storm had moved away, so she went outside. But after lightning struck near her in the street, she quickly went back toward her house -- where she said another bolt crashed down right in front of her. "And I fell. So I got up and I looked at my boot and this is what happened," said Maegan Halstied. The sole of the boot melted; pieces of it remain on her front lawn. Moments earlier, she says her mother warned her not to go outside barefoot. Asked what she thinks would have happened if she hadn't listened, Halstied told CBS DFW: "Probably wouldn't have a foot." She said she will keep the boot to remind her how powerful the weather can be. Wylie city leaders didn't need a reminder. Monday's hail storm also damaged the public works building. The courtroom, 911 communications center, and other offices sustained water and ceiling damage. The 911 system has stayed operational the entire time, but now the city is in the process of finding other places where employees can work until the public safety building can be repaired permanently. All three of the city's fire stations also sustained damage, but are fully operational. The Wylie Police Department took some of its squad cars out of service Tuesday so they can replace the windows busted by hail. They are set for repairs the rest of the way at a later date. In hard-hit Wylie, Texas, CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca says the ferocious storm punished everything in its path with torrential hail and winds blowing at almost 70 miles per hour. The spring blast prompted tornado warnings and pummelled homes and businesses, knocking out power to more than 10,000 people. ctm0412severe-weather-texas.jpg Hail in Wylie, Texas. All hands on deck covering Windows, roofs and cleaning up, on Tuesday, April 13, 2016. @JUSTCHERYLMARIE "I've never been through anything like this before," said shell-shocked Wylie resident Jim Burton. He and others could hear the glass shattering as massive hail stones -- some the size of baseballs -- shot through the windows of homes. Emergency services were so overwhelmed that people were told to call 911 only if they faced a life threatening situation. "I'm just looking at the damage, just going 'where do I begin?'" Tim Tailor told CBS News. Parts of his home were ripped to shreds. Even as he spoke to CBS News, glass could still be heard falling from the broken window frames. © 2016 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Tue, 03/29/2016 12:00 PM Injured firefighter, 1 of 3  0.0  Boca Raton FL 
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  hooking hose to truck    Fighting Fires,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BOCA RATON, Fla. Three firefighters were struck by lightning while extinguishing a house fire on Yamato Road, Boca Raton authorities report. RELATED 3 firefighters struck by lightning Strong storms rolling through South... Teen accused of firing gun at father... Accident on Palmetto Park Rd slows... Avoid Yamato Road due to traffic... According to investigators, the firefighters were in the middle of securing a water hose to the firetruck when lightning struck. The force of the lightning was so severe that all firefighters were knocked to the ground and one firefighter was thrown into the bushes. The incident occurred in Boca Raton. The firefighters were transported to Delray Medical Center. One firefighter was unconscious on the scene and is being held overnight. According to investigators, the unnamed firefighter has worked for the fire department for 21 years. All three firefighters are suffering from hearing problems caused by the incident. More on this developing story.
Fri, 03/25/2016 Killed Farrow Muhammad  43.0  Martin County FL 
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  in park kicking soccer ball  N/A  Critical,Delayed Death,Direct hit,Outside,Park,Soccer 
43-year-old Farooq Muhammad remains in critical condition, officials said Saturday morning. EARLIER STORY: MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- A man is in critical condition at St. Mary's Medical Center after he was struck by lightning at Jonathan Dickinson State Park Friday afternoon. Martin County investigators say Farooq Muhammad, 43, was at the park with his wife, mother-in-law and two sons, kicking a soccer ball around with his 7-year-old when he was struck. Investigators say Muhammad was struck on the head. His wife was setting up a picnic table when she told investigators she saw the lightning hit her husband and she heard a loud boom. It just came so hard and so fast, the lightning it was just so bad, said park guest, Ifi McCormack. McCormack, her husband John, and their two kids recently moved to Florida. They quickly learned how quickly the weather can change. "We know now!" John said. Witnesses say it was only lightly raining, and lightning was far in the distance when Muhammad was hit. John says the storm appeared to be moving away from the park at first. "It was probably another 5 minutes before it was on top of us," John said. The first deputy on scene said there was lightning all over the place and it was pouring down rain, said Sgt. Richard Parks, with the Martin County Sheriff's Office. The park was crowded at the time of the storm, and an unknown number of people had already launched to kayak on the river. Park officials tried to warn people to take cover and welcome them into area buildings for safety. "People just need to take caution when a thunderstorm rolls in. If you have lightning in the area, seek cover," Parks said. The McCormacks are taking note. Yea, were going to study the weather better before we come out. SHARE By Nicholas Samuel of TCPalm MARTIN COUNTY  A 41-year-old man was struck by lightning Friday afternoon in Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound while playing kickball with his son in a grassy field, according to Martin County Sheriff's Office officials. Farooq Mohammad was with his wife, mother-in-law and two sons at a picnic area surrounded by trees at the time of the lightning strike around 3 p.m., Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Christine Christofek said. The area has a pavilion and playground, said Corey Kerkela, of Florida State Parks. Mohammad was playing kickball with his 7-year-old son when it started raining lightly. When his wife was setting up the picnic table, she saw the lightning had hit her husband and then she heard a loud boom. Martin County Fire Rescue crews responded to a report of a man who was hit by lightning about 3:15 p.m., said Fire Rescue spokesman Dan Harshburger. Christofek said the 41-year-old was hit from the top of his head. He was transported to Jupiter Medical Center and then taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach in critical condition. A significant weather advisory was in the area, Harshburger said. Nicholas Samuel thumbnail
Fri, 03/18/2016 10:50 PM Injured woman, 2 of 3  24.0  Larose LA 
 USA 
  in tent at festival    Festival,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent 
AROSE, La. One woman died and two others remain hospitalized after a lightning strike Friday night at an outdoor music festival in Larose. RELATED JPSO inmate escapes from hospital... Boil-water advisory lifted for... Viral video: Watch this adorable... NOPD: JPSO deputy shoots at prisoner... Follow Irish-Italian Parade Sunday... The incident was reported just after 10 p.m. Friday at the T-Bois Blues Festival, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Deputies received a call that three people were injured after a lightning strike at the festival grounds. The Sheriff's Office, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians found a woman, identified as Jackie Stavis, 28, unresponsive. The Sheriff's Office said Stavis and two other women had gone into a small personal tent on the festival ground during a period of severe weather. After the lightning strike, Stavis was unresponsive and the two other women had suffered injuries commonly associated with electric shock. Stavis, from New Orleans, was taken to a hospital with the two women, ages 24 and 30, for treatment. Stavis was pronounced dead Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said. The 24-year-old woman has been taken to University Medical Center, while the 30-year-old woman remains at a hospital in Lafourche Parish. Officials said a Labrador that was with the women was also killed in the incident. Keep up with local news, weather and current events with the WDSU app here.
Fri, 03/18/2016 10:50 PM Killed Jacqui Stavis, 1 of 3  24.0  Larose LA 
 USA 
  at festival     Festival,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent 
Lightning strike kills New Orleans woman, injures 2 others, at T-Bois Blues Festival tbois festival.jpg Overcast skies greeted visitors Saturday (March 19, 2016) in the makeshift tent city at the T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose. A lightning strike killed a New Orleans woman and injured two others in her tent Friday night on the festival grounds. (Courtesy of Kerry Plagman) Print Email Ken Daley, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune By Ken Daley, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Email the author | Follow on Twitter on March 20, 2016 at 9:54 AM, updated March 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM comments A New Orleans woman was killed and two others injured when lightning struck on or near their tent at the T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, authorities said Sunday (March 18). Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre identified the dead woman as 28-year-old Jacqui Stavis, a massage therapist from New Orleans. Webre said Stavis was found unresponsive after the lightning strike occurred Friday around 10:05 p.m. Stavis was pronounced dead Saturday at a Lafourche Parish hospital, Webre said. Two other unidentified New Orleans women who were in the same tent were injured and hospitalized. A 30-year-old woman remained hospitalized Sunday in Larose, while a 24-year-old woman more seriously injured was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans, officials said. Webre also said a large Labrador dog in the tent with the women was killed in the incident. Investigators learned the three women had retreated into a small personal tent during a thunderstorm near the festival grounds, Webre said. After the lightning strike, the sheriff said, Stavis was unresponsive and her two friends had injuries associated with electric shock. An attendee said festival organizers were not allowing new tents to be set up Saturday. The three-day festival, headlined by guitarist Anders Osborne, ran Thursday through Saturday. Staged at the site of an alligator farm, the festival has come to be known in recent years as the "Cajun Burning Man."
Fri, 03/18/2016 10:50 PM Injured woman, 3 of 3  30.0  Larose LA 
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  at festival in a tent    Festival,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent 
Wed, 03/16/2016 06:00 PM Injured hiker, 2 of 2  0.0  Tannersville NY 
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  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
Wed, 03/16/2016 06:00 PM Injured hiker, 1 of 2  0.0  Tannersville NY 
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  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
TANNERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10)  Two hikers were sent to the hospital after reportedly being struck by lightning. Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, a person on a hiking trail called 911 to say he and his companion were struck by lightning on a trail near the Kaaterskill Falls off Laurel House Road in the Town of Tannersville, Greene County. Several crews responded, including Tannersville Fire and Rescue, Haines Falls Fire Department, Palenville Fire Department, Forest rangers, Catskill ambulance and officials from Greene County. The victims were located about 30 minutes later. It took almost an hour to conduct the rescue and get the hikers off the mountain. Both victims were transported to Albany Medical Center with injuries. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
Fri, 01/15/2016 07:40 AM Injured Della Kilgore, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake City FL 
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working at school      Ground Strike,Outside,School,Work 
Fri, 01/15/2016 07:40 AM Injured Lisa Wallace, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake City FL 
 USA 
  directing traffic    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Work 
Paraprofessionals at Westside Elementary suffer minor injuries BY: SAM BURROUGHS sburroughs@lakecityreporter.com A lightning strike on the campus of Westside Elementary School Friday morning sent two paraprofessionals to the hospital briefly. Neither was hit directly, and neither was seriously hurt. It was at 7:40 a.m., so most of our children were in the classrooms, said school principal April Vinson. Directly after the strike, the school, located at 1956 County Road 252B, immediately went into code blue, a weather alert that restricts movement on campus. Lesia Wallace, who was directing traffic in the car rider lane in front of the school, began to feel unwell after the strike, which occurred nearby. According to Vinson, the paraprofessional said that her umbrella was jolted out of her hands. After getting her to the front office and being assessed by school nurse Jessica Ward, 911 was called and the Wallace was transported to Lake City Medical Center. The hospital performed an evaluation of her heart, according to Vinson, who received an update around 10:30 a.m. that the paraprofessional was well but would be monitored for a few hours longer. We did have another paraprofessional about 30 minutes later indicate to us that she was having some symptoms as well, some numbing and tingling, headache, a little bit of stumbling. So we took her to the emergency room at Lake City Medical Center as well, Vinson said. An ambulance was not called for the second paraprofessional, Della Kilgore. Two staff members transported her. Vinson said that she was evaluated and sent home with a clean bill of health. We currently have all of the teachers evaluating and observing all of the children for any signs and symptoms of that, Vinson said. I have asked all of the teachers to evaluate the students for any signs and symptoms that would be related to a strike. Symptoms that were being watched for included blurred vision, heart palpitations, numbness, tingling, headaches and confusion. Two additional nurses were sent from the county office to help assess the situation. We are just taking every single precaution, Vinson said. A voice message and a letter will be sent to all of the parents regarding the situation. Second Slider: Section: NEWS Tags: WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIGHTNING STORM
Thu, 12/24/2015 11:45 AM Injured Mr Gillis  0.0  New Hanover county NC 
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  working on truck    Indirect,Outside 
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  A man is recovering after reportedly being struck by lightning just before noon on Christmas Eve. David Gillis said his dad was working on a spark plug on his truck in a neighborhood off Carolina Beach Road when it happened. Gillis said it started thundering. Then, he said he went inside to clean some tools when he heard a loud noise and his dad ran inside. I saw a spark through the window and it sounded really loud, so I came into the living room and my dad was in there shaking really bad, Gillis said. Neighbors across the street said they also heard the loud noise and the power flashed in their house. Gillis said his dad went to the hospital as a precaution, but he was fully conscious after it happened. Dispatchers said it was non-life threatening.
Tue, 12/15/2015 09:45 AM Injured Lisa Stambaugh  43.0  Hudson WI 
 USA 
  walking with umbrella    Indirect,Outside,Umbrella,Walking 
Somerset woman says she suffered an electrical shock from lightning at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson on Monday morning. Recommended for you UPDATED: Bid to bring back wolf management back to states axed from budget bill; clash between guard, juvenile fueled Lincoln Hills investigation; 9 more Wisconsin news stories Public comment now invited on whether to replace Willow River dam Committee OKs end to Wisconsin nuclear plant moratorium; kerfuffle over 'Kermit' story rejected by school committee; 11 more Wisconsin news stories Lisa Stambaugh, 43, was on her way into the government center holding an umbrella for protection against a mix of rain and sleet when the lightning flashed at about 9:45 a.m. Im kind of rushing to get in the door, and just before I stepped up onto the curb, I (saw) it hit the top of the umbrella, Stambaugh said in a phone call Monday afternoon. She thinks the electricity passed through the metal post of the umbrella and into her thumb and hand. Stambaugh said she wasnt knocked off her feet or badly injured, but that her heart rate increased and she got a headache. She also reported having muscle spasms and a swollen right arm. She wasnt feeling any better about two hours later and decided to see a doctor at Westfield Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond. I didnt feel very good, she said. I kind of was real shaky. I thought I would start feeling better, but I wasnt, so I went in. Stambaugh said she was at the hospital for three hours. I was treated for electrical shock. Thats what they labeled it, she said. A crazy thing to happen in December, for sure. Stambaugh said she was told that she would have some muscle weakness for a couple of days, and that she should drink a lot of fluid to prevent a loss of liver function. The St. Croix County Sheriffs Department says a surveillance camera at the government center recorded video of a lightning flash as Stambaugh was nearing the building. Sheriffs Deputy Matt Howe, who works in the departments Court Services Unit, and Chief Deputy Scott Knudson reviewed the video after being contacted by the Star-Observer about the incident. A friend of Stambaughs reported the incident to the Star-Observer and provided Stambaugh's phone number so a reporter could talk to her about it. Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Stambaugh didnt report the incident to the sheriffs department. Knudson said surveillance video shows a flash of light and Stambaugh pointing outside after entering the building. It doesnt show a direct strike, he said. It is inconclusive that lightning did strike anywhere around there, said Knudson. It could have been the electricity in the air, because her umbrella does go over. There is a flagpole in front of the government center and antennas on top of its roof. Stambaugh said she asked the security guards just inside the front entrance to the government center if they saw what happened. I think they thought I was joking, but I totally wasnt joking, she said. One this is certain. It was strange weather for Dec. 16 in Hudson. A light mist turned to rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, and then to sleet and snow. Later, the sun appeared for short spells in places around the Twin Cities metro. There were multiple reports of lightning strikes, and the weather contributed to many traffic accidents and vehicles sliding off the road.
Wed, 09/16/2015 09:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 on crane  0.0  Hobe Sound FL 
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  on a crane    Construction site,Crane,Indirect,Outside,Work 
HOBE SOUND  Two people were shocked Wednesday morning after lightning hit a crane on which they were working, said Martin County Fire Rescue officials. Crews went to 12000 S.E. Dixie Highway about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after two people were on or near a crane that was struck by lightning, said Fire Rescue spokeswoman Doug Killane. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Martin Medical South, Killane said. No further information was available Wednesday.
Wed, 09/16/2015 09:45 AM Injured 1 of 2 on crane  0.0  Hobe Sound FL 
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  on a crane    Construction site,Crane,Indirect,Outside,Work 
HOBE SOUND  Two people were shocked Wednesday morning after lightning hit a crane on which they were working, said Martin County Fire Rescue officials. Crews went to 12000 S.E. Dixie Highway about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after two people were on or near a crane that was struck by lightning, said Fire Rescue spokeswoman Doug Killane. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Martin Medical South, Killane said. No further information was available Wednesday.
Sun, 09/13/2015 04:00 PM Killed Jonathan Crowden  21.0  Grand Canyon AZ 
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  hiking in canyon    Direct hit,Grand Canyon,Hiking,Outside 
A 21-year-old Australian man has been killed by what is believed to be a lightning strike while hiking a popular trail at Grand Canyon National Park in the US state of Arizona, according to a park official. Jonathan Crowden of Ballarat, west of Melbourne, had been hiking alone late on Sunday afternoon (US time) before his body was found about 1.6 kilometres down the South Kaibab Trail, said park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski. Paramedics were sent to the area near Ooo-Aah Point at about 4:00pm after a witness called the canyon's communication centre to report that a man had possibly been struck by lightning, Ms Shedlowski said. Efforts to resuscitate Crowden were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the death. The incident marks the eighth confirmed death at the park this year. On August 28, a 51-year-old Arizona man fell to his death while hiking near the Colorado River. The canyon is one of the world's most frequented outdoor tourist venues and it drew more than 4.7 million visitors in 2014. On its website, the US National Park Service lists September as one of the most dangerous months for lightning strikes in the Grand Canyon. "Summer thunderstorms (July - September) provide beauty, excitement, and much needed water to Grand Canyon, but they also bring risk," the park authority's website reads. "Dangerous, potentially deadly, lightning accompanies thunderstorms. Lightning has killed and injured visitors to the park."
Wed, 09/02/2015 11:55 AM Injured man putting up tent  0.0  West Mifflin PA 
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  holding metal pole    Indirect,Metal,Tent,Work 
WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA)  Fast-moving storms rolled through parts of the area Wednesday morning. They didnt stay long, but it was apparently long enough for one person to be struck by lightning. It happened as crews were putting up a tent in West Mifflin. Neighbors close to the Bettis Laboratory along Pittsburgh Mckeesport Boulevard in West Mifflin say strong storms came through around noon Wednesday. Jim Reed said, I thought the power was gonna go out they were so heavy and right over my house, and it shook the house. For a subcontractor putting up tents in the parking lot of the government facility, it literally shook him. Bettis Laboratory Public Affairs Officer Mike Brewer says the man from Family Tent Rental was hit by lightning while holding a metal pole. EMS crews from Baldwin Emergency Medical Services and Bettis own EMS team went to the subcontractors aide. He was evaluated by medics and cleared. The subcontractor did not have to go to the hospital. Vincent Gaines who works across the street says he saw at least four ambulances rush by. They were speeding down the street, Gaines said. I had no idea what they were doing we had a huge lunch rush in here and it all happened so fast. The governmental site that supports naval design and operations of nuclear fleet has 2,500 employees. The employees were reportedly kept on the guarded grounds until the severe weather ended. The subcontractor was evaluated by EMS and then released. He didnt have to go to the hospital. Bettis Laboratory officials released this statement: At about noon today, a subcontractor from Family Tent Rental was struck by lightning while holding a metal pole in the parking lot of the Bettis Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Baldwin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Bettis EMS responded to the site. The subcontractor employee was conscious and alert and has since been released by the responding personnel.
Mon, 08/31/2015 06:00 PM Injured Evelyn Cockerham  10.0  Holland TX 
 USA 
  in backyard  N/A  Outside,Tree,Yard 
A 10-year-old girl from Holland was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while playing in the backyard at her home, Holland Volunteer Fire Chief Coleman Benner said. No information on the girlâ¬"s condition was available Monday from Deke Jones, spokes-man for Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital. Benner said emergency responders went to the 11000 block of Landfill Road after it was reported that lightning struck someone. The girl, who is home-schooled, was playing outside after it was believed storms had passed by. She was transported to McLane Childrenâ¬"s Hospital Scott & White. Sundayâ¬"s scattered storms caused many lightning strikes in Bell County, National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Huckaby said Monday. Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. more than 100 strikes were counted in southeast Bell County, he said. The highest number of strikes was between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., when more than 200 strikes were recorded by sensors that detect cloud-to-ground strikes, Huckaby said. The storms disintegrated quickly after 7 p.m., Huckaby said. WACO, Texas (AP)  A 10-year-old girl from a small Central Texas town remains hospitalized after being struck by lightning during a storm earlier this week. Baylor Scott and White Health spokesperson Deke Jones tells The Associated Press that Evelyn Cockerham was in critical condition on Thursday at McLane Childrens Hospital in Temple. She struck by lightning Sunday while playing with her siblings outside her home in the town of Holland, about 20 miles south of Temple. Her mother, Dana Cockerham said that as a storm moved in, she was about to call for them to come inside when she heard a loud boom. She and her husband found Evelyn up against the tree, unconscious and not breathing.
Sun, 08/30/2015 06:30 PM Killed Carla Grow  50.0  Lehi UT 
 USA 
  near struck tree  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
LEHI  A woman having dinner with her family was hospitalized Sunday after lightning struck a nearby tree. The 50-year-old woman was shocked when lightning hit a tree in the backyard of a home near 1100 West and 355 North about 6:30 p.m., sending her body into cardiac arrest, Lehi Fire Battalion Chief Rick Howard said. Emergency crews intubated and revived the woman. She was rushed to Mountain Point Medical Center in critical condition, Howard said. Family members who were nearby also felt some effects of the shock and transported themselves the the hospital, Howard said. A pregnant woman in her 20s was taken in an ambulance as a precaution. Howard said the woman was shocked during a microburst that hit the area about 6:30 p.m., bringing heavy rain and multiple lightning strikes. The storm also knocked out power to nearly 1,500 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Lehi, American Fork and Saratoga Springs. Nearly all power had been restored by 9 p.m. LEHI, Utah  A woman who was injured by lightning in Lehi Sunday afternoon has died. According to officials from the Lehi Fire Department, Carla Grow, 50, was standing near a tree during a picnic with family members when the tree was struck by a bolt of lightning. It struck the tree, but then splashed over as the lightning traveled to ground, said Lehi Fire Battalion Chief Rick Howard, describing the scene when his crew arrived, adding that it caused the ground to be energized which caused her to have her cardiac event. Grow, a beloved softball coach at Lehi High School, was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. On Wednesday night, she succumbed to her injuries. Thank you for all of the help. Our dear Coach passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family. If you would like to continue to give, to help funeral costs, you are welcome to do so, a posting on a GoFundMe.com page for Grow said. Fellow coach Tim Kennedy also wrote about Grows passing on Facebook:
Sat, 08/29/2015 04:30 PM Injured 2 of 8 on football field  0.0  Burley ID 
 USA 
  at football game    Field,Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
Sept. 01--BURLEY -- A lightning strike at Burley High School football field's 40-yard line injured several people Saturday and scared the rest who were assembled at a Mini-Cassia Youth Contact Football League jamboree. "From where I was sitting, I just heard a big bang," said Emily Johnson, of Paul. "And I saw a guy on the bleachers just flying backwards and he landed flat on his back. At first I thought he had been shot, and then I realized he had been struck by lightning." When Johnson got home she found black pieces of the track in her hair. "People said they saw pieces of track flying up," Johnson said. Johnson said a grandmother who had been behind the man had a purple round burn on her forehead. The woman complained of a headache and said she was not feeling well. Johnson said she heard the woman was fine the next day. "It really could have been very tragic. I feel like we are so blessed," Johnson said. "You hear about things like this happening but you never think it will happen to you." Several other injuries were also reported, including a man who was leaning against a fence, and a 13-year-old boy. Some people also reported not feeling well afterwards and drove themselves to the hospital. Debbie Critchfield said the league was "borrowing" the field at the school when the incident occurred. The league consists 16 teams of 4th through 6th graders, with 18 to 24 players per team. Four teams were on the field when the lightning struck. League officials could not be reached for comment Monday. Critchfield said the district has protocol in place for lightning during outdoor sporting events. If there is any sign "or showing" of lightening all players and spectators are removed from the field. Critchfield said there was an occurrence last year during a Burley vs. Twin Falls game, where everyone was removed from the field. Twenty-minutes with no lightning must elapse before players can return to the field, she said. "These types of things help remind us to make sure our students and patrons are always safe," Critchfield said. Darlene Schreiter of Burley, a mother of one of the football players, said there was no indication that the players were in danger before the strike. It was "raining a little and there was some lightning in the distance and then a strike a little closer" before it hit the field, she said. The lightening did not seem "that close" before the strike, she said. "When it hit, it was so loud," Schreiter said. "Everyone on our side of the bleachers stood up and started to leave, but I was leery. I had family there out on the field. The coaches told the players to lie down on the field." The strike hit near the 40-yard line. "It could have struck one of them," Schreiter said. Her 9-year-old son, Tayson, who was at the sidelines, "felt like his head shook in his helmet" but he was not injured. Schreiter said she is unaware of what someone should do in a thunderstorm, "I'm just pretty sure metal bleachers are not the place to be." John Hinsberger, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pocatello, said there were no severe storm warnings issued for Burley that day, but a severe thunder storm warning was issued east of Burley later that evening and one earlier in the day in Bingham and Power counties. "We don't issue a statement if it is just lightning," Hinsberger said. Hinsberger said the best option for someone caught outside during a lightning storm is to get under shelter, but not under a tree.
Sat, 08/29/2015 04:30 PM Injured 1 of 8  13.0  Burley ID 
 USA 
  at football game    Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
BURLEY" Several people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a sporting event at Burley High. Cassia dispatch received calls about 4:30 that among the injured were a 13-year-old boy, a coach who was knocked off a seat, a 32-year-old man and a fourth person who was taken to a hospital by car. Jon Loper, a coach for a third- and fourth-grade football team from Declo Elementary School, was next to the field with his team during a football jamboree. Loper, who is also a lieutenant at the Burley Fire Department, said the fire department found one man who suffered a little bit but drove off to the hospital with his wife. That man was leaning against a fence when lightning struck. People were running out of the bleachers as fast as they could, Loper said. All the coaches had players lay on the ground until they felt it was safe. He said his team hadnt finished a game when the lightning hit. There were as many as 80 kids and 20 adults on the field. Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Unmute Loper said several people, as many as eight, later called to say they werent feeling right and drove themselves off to a hospital. Luckily, no one was severely injured when it happened, Loper said. It could have been tragic.
Tue, 08/25/2015 06:30 PM Injured football coach  0.0  Florence SC 
 USA 
  at football practice    Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field,Work 
FLORENCE, SC (WBTW)  A Florence County junior football coach was struck by lightning Tuesday while at practice. According to Florence County EMS Public Information Officer Billie Hatchell, the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. in a field behind Carver Elementary School during football practice. Hatchell said the 19-year-old coach was resuscitated by first-responders and taken to McLeod Health for treatment. The victim is currently in stable condition, Hatchell said.
Tue, 08/25/2015 12:00 PM Injured pregnant woman on bus  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
  touching metal pole at bus station    Bus Stop,Indirect,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside 
A pregnant woman was shocked by lightning Tuesday afternoon at a bus stop on U.S. 41 near Sunrise Boulevard. Employees at PDQ on South Cleveland Avenue said it sounded like a gun went off inside the restaurant, then everything went black. What they soon discovered, however, was that the woman - who'd just left the restaurant - was in need of an entirely different type of service. USING OUR APP? WATCH VIDEO HERE. Vonda Chatman was working inside the restaurant at the time. "It lit the whole building up and then everything just went off," she said. "I seen the lightning hit the pole. I looked over and seen the lady shaking a little and the daughter looked like she was dazed." The pregnant woman and her family had just eaten at the restaurant. She was leaning against the bus stop when the lightning strike occurred. "It was like this white, purple-looking light," Chatman said. "I just kicked into mother instinct and just ran out there." Chatman ran to the woman and helped her and he small child back into the restaurant. The mother and child were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. "I don't care if I would've got shocked or whatever," Chatman said. "As long as I know they was OK. She got some medical treatment. I feel better now." The lightning strike also shut down PDQ, though operating director Scot Chausse says he expects to up and running by Wednesday morning. And, despite the loss of some business, he was far from upset. "Lost a little bit of power. Lost some electronics," he said. "We just, basically, saved a life. PDQ did." NBC2 is still working to identify the woman who was shocked. She did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. by TaboolaSponsore
Tue, 08/25/2015 12:00 PM Injured Kaci Martinez  0.0  North Texas TX 
 USA 
  inside on phone plugged in    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
The first round of severe weather in North Texas left behind injuries and damage. By: FOX4News.com Staff POSTED:AUG 25 2015 05:57PM CDT UPDATED:AUG 26 2015 06:17AM CDT The first round of severe weather in North Texas left behind injuries and damage. Firefighters battled a house fire started by the storm, and a Midlothian mother says she was struck by lightning while inside of her home. "As soon as I saw the lightning bolt come down, seemed so surreal, like living in a dream, said Kaci Martinez. &It was just so fast. It pushed me back into the couch like that." She says the lightning surged through the TV box. "I guess the side flash from it hitting the Direct TV box to me on the couch, but it did come through [the] window, she said. Martinez says she was on her cell phone, which was plugged into a charger. Her husband called moment after the lightning strike. God, please don't let me die, please don't let me die, Martinez said she was thinking. I can't breathe. I just got hit by lightning." She says she felt numbness in her arm and had shortness of breath. She went to the hospital and got checked out, and so far, shes going to be OK. A few streets over from Martinez, lightning started a fire on the roof of a two-story house. The homeowners are OK, but the Midlothian Fire Department says a firefighter was injured by electrical wires. Bill Drozdoski was a few doors down when he saw lightning strike his neighbor's house. Sort of like a big bang, said Drozdoski. Weather started moving in rain, came down. We started getting hail real quick and lightning and boom! We looked over and his house was on fire." The firefighter is also expected to be alright.
Thu, 08/20/2015 12:00 PM Injured child  0.0  Orange county FL 
 USA 
  inside    Indirect,Indoors 
Orange County Fire Rescue on Thursday said lightning struck the roof of a home, igniting a fire and possibly shocking a child. The lightning strike was reported at a home on the 8400 block of Mattituck Circle. Fire Rescue said the strike sparked a fire and possibly shocked a girl through a computer. The child has been taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital as precaution and firefighters are investigating if the child was injured or scared by the lightning strike.
Thu, 08/20/2015 12:00 PM Killed Barbara Pearson  56.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
  struck tree fell on car    In a car 
The death of a Jacksonville woman was ruled by the National Weather Service as directly attributable to lightning after a bolt struck a tree that fell on her car. Barbara M. Pearson, 56, was killed last month when the tree fell on her car. According to Jacksonville.com, her car rolled across a road and into a ditch where other drivers found her. She died five days after the Aug. 20 accident. The National Weather Service sent out a notice this morning saying that although the Pearson was not directly struck by lightning, her death was a direct result of a lightning strike.
Wed, 08/19/2015 07:00 PM Injured 1 o 18 soldiers  0.0  Fort Bragg NC 
 USA 
  outdoor weapons training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
More than a dozen soldiers were injured by a lightning strike Wednesday night at Fort Bragg in eastern North Carolina, officials said. The incident occurred about 8:10 p.m. local time, Master Sgt. Patrick Malone told the Fayetteville Observer. A total of 18 soldiers showed symptoms consistent with a lightning strike, and 16 were hospitalized overnight. Enlarge Rescuers work at the blast site during the aftermath of the warehouse explosion on August 17, 2015 in Tianjin, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, the report added. "A review of radar imagery shows that a few isolated storms popped up close to 6 p.m. on Wednesday," said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. "Storm coverage continued to grow just to the north through the hour, and then off to the west after 7 p.m. Thereafter, a large area of rain and thunderstorms affected the area through the rest of the evening." (MORE: Lightning Strikes Houston-Area Refinery, Sparking Fire) About 60 soldiers were participating in weapons training outdoors at the time of the storm, and exercises had just completed, the Observer reported. As soon as the lightning strike occurred, the unit quickly moved to lower ground. "They took immediate action and executed a lightning drill by ensuring all personnel moved from higher ground to occupy trucks and spread out on low ground," Malone told the newspaper. Fort Bragg is located about 10 miles northwest of Fayetteville. This is the second incident in a week involving soldiers struck by lightning. Two instructors and 17 Army Ranger trainees were hospitalized overnight near Florida's Eglin Air Force Base last Wednesday when a lightning bolt hit a unit that was performing lightning-protection protocols. All returned to their duties the next day. MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Images of Lightning
Tue, 08/18/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Lee's Summit MO 
 USA 
  struck near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Both the Lees Summit Fire Dept. and Lees Summit Police Dept. confirm they received the call and were responding. Lees Summit said the woman was alert and talking and was taken to the hospital. The lighting bolt also apparently hit a tree and stripped a limb and bark from it. There were also reports from emergency dispatch that a Lees Summit home on Timber Hill Drive was on fire. It was unclear if it was related to lightning. In Greenwood Tuesday night, firefighters were called out to a home near South Huntington Drive and Park Drive, where a person called 911 to report they heard a boom and saw smoke. Look for more developments and information on all these on FOX 4 newscasts at 9 and 10 p.m., and updates on fox4kc.com. FILED IN: NEWS
Sat, 08/15/2015 12:00 PM Injured Captain Shane  0.0  Naples FL 
 USA 
  on a boat    Boat,Insurance,Outside,Work 
NAPLES, Fla.  The captain of Sweet Liberty has been released from the hospital after his boat was struck by lightning with 16 other people on board. His mother, who works at the dock, says the lightning came out of no where. Captain Shane had tried to take the boat out of harms way but lightning hit the mast and then traveled into the boom where he was at the helm holding the steering wheel with his left hand. Lightning went through the left side of his body and he was taken to the hospital. He has burns on his hand from where the lightning exited. His mother says he doesnt remember anything after it happened. They say its a miracle he is back home this evening. The boat has some damage to the controls and electronics. Luckily, none of the other 16 passengers on board were injured.
Fri, 08/14/2015 12:00 AM Injured Brian Greenwll  0.0  Great Falls MT 
 USA 
  pushing a cart    Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
Lightning Strikes Football Field, Coach Knocked Down Posted: Aug 14, 2015 5:06 PM EDT Updated: Aug 14, 2015 5:11 PM EDT By The Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Lightning struck on the practice football field at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, knocking a coach down. Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1Ngmhmg) that assistant coach Brian Greenwell was pushing a cart full of equipment on the field Friday morning when the lightning struck. Moore said no one is sure if the lightning hit the cart or Greenwell, but he was not seriously injured. Moore said coaches and administrators encouraged Greenwell to consult a doctor. Tryouts that had been scheduled for Friday morning were moved to the afternoon. ___ Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com (Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Fri, 08/14/2015 12:00 PM Injured Eugene Villines  0.0  Greeley CO 
 USA 
  on motorcycle    Direct hit,Motorcycle,Outside 
AURORA, Colo. - A motorcycle helmet is likely what saved a man's life Friday night after he was struck by lightning while on his sport bike. Eugene Villines, of Greeley, is now in the burn unit at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. He is alert and sharing his story alongside his wife and his 9-year-old son. Villines has three broken ribs, a partially punctured lung and serious scrapes and bruises. All things considered, Im feeling good, Villines said Sunday night. He looks much better now, said his son, Logan. Villines was heading home to Greeley Friday night from Buckley Air Force Base. From what it looked like, I had missed the storm, he said. But not entirely. Villines, an active Army Guard Reserve, remembers passing the 136th Avenue exit on northbound I-25. I just dont remember the next one, said Villines. Eyewitnesses say there was a bright flash. Villines appeared to stand straight up in the air on his motorcycle and was then thrown from his bike. Like somebody was to tasered or something, he said. Not a whole lot of memory of the whole thing. In the immediate minutes and hours after, it was touch and go. Villines had bleeding on his brain. Hes a walking miracle, said his wife, Katie Villines. He was also wearing a helmet and motorcycle gloves and gear. You wont catch me going anywhere without it, he said. Im a big fan of my gear. Doctors believe the lightning likely entered his back and exited this his right hand which is now bandaged. He gets choked up talking about the Good Samaritans who stopped to help. I heard there were maybe five or six people that stopped, said Katie. I believe one was even an ICU nurse. We are grateful to all of you. Thank you for not just leaving my husband on the side of the road. Just, thank you, said Eugene. I have a family and& I appreciate it. Thank you for not leaving my husband on the side of the road, added Katie. Eugene says the doctors and nurses here at UH have been phenomenal. As for ever riding a bike again, he said that's a conversation he'll have with his wife after he leaves the hospital, but he admits its an argument he may lose. I dont think I can handle another phone call like that, said Katie. Somebody up there has something else for me that  well  I still need to be here for a little longer, I guess, said Villines.
Wed, 08/12/2015 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 44 army rangers  0.0  Elgin Air Force Base AL 
 USA 
  training  N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
When lightning struck 44 Army Rangers this week in Florida, leaving 11 in the hospital, jaws must have dropped. What are the odds of that? The answer: Very low in most places, but not so, so low in Florida. The rough chance of being bolted by lightning in a lifetime is about 1 in 12,000, but the odds discriminate by region. Lightning is not partial to touching down on the West Coast, but it loves the South, particularly Florida, NASA says. Local researchers concur. Florida ranks No. 1 in the number of deaths due to lightning, says the University of Florida. Rangers lightning exercise But before we get to that, lets recap what happened to the Rangers: Ironically, they were training near Eglin Air Force Base outside Pensacola on how to avoid being injured by lightning, or conducting lightning protection protocols, when they were electrified. The group had completed six of the 10 days in their training program when it happened. Originally 17 were hospitalized, and late Wednesday, 11 of them  nine students and two instructors  were still in the hospital. Up to 75 times higher Obviously, where there are many more storms, there will be much more lightning, but the difference in the number of strikes is stark. In the hottest spots in South Florida, lightning strikes up to 75 times more often than on the opposite corner of the country. A quick glance at local Florida news reports turns up plenty of examples. This month, lightning strikes were blamed for at least two house fires and a grass fire, and killed one man in the south of the state  all in a single day. Last month, lightning struck three people on a beach, was blamed in reports for at least two house fires, injured a teen standing on a roof and knocked out the scoreboard at a baseball field. You dont find that kind of action in Portland, Oregon. Lightning season Where the Rangers were training is not in the worst strike zone in the state, but its still dicey. Near there on the Alabama coast, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly killed last month by lightning. Also, the time of year matters. Florida is in the middle of lightning season, as the University of Florida calls it. It lasts from late May through late September. In the last 10 years, lightning has killed an average 32 people a year, the National Weather Service says. Florida has had the most deaths by far in that time. Lightning is a major weather killer, ranking behind flood, tornadoes, extreme heat and hurricanes. Studies dating further back showed a much higher death rate due to lightning strikes, about 100 per year, ranking them higher than all other weather dangers aside from flood. But the NWS says that data is no longer up to date. With global warming on the rise, NASA warns that lightning strikes are climbing too, along with the increase in the number of strong storms. CNNs Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report. By Ben Brumfield Four Army Ranger instructors and 40 students were hit by lightning at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida during training maneuvers on how to avoid just that. All 44 were taken for hospital treatment after the strike earlier this week. Seventeen students remained overnight. The rest were treated and released, the Army said in a statement. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," said Col. David Fivecoat, a commander at the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. The students were on their seventh day of intense training at the base in northern Florida. Ranger School is a 10-day boot camp for deployments including special forces operations. The trainees were performing "lightning protection protocols" when they were hit by lightning.
Wed, 08/12/2015 04:00 PM Injured 1 of 40 army rangers  0.0  Elgin Air Force Base AL 
 USA 
  outside training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
Camp Rudder at Eglin Air Force Base.Leada Gore | lgore@al.com Lightning strikes at an Eglin Air Force Base training field sent a platoon of Army Rangers to the hospital Wednesday. Forty members of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and two instructors were brought to Eglin Hospital following a series of lightning strikes during strong storms Wednesday afternoon. The students were learning lightning protection protocols at the time of the incident, Army Times reports. Nineteen soldiers and two instructors remain hospitalized Thursday afternoon, according to mypanhandle.com. They are listed in stable condition with no major injuries reported. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, said. "Ranger students and instructors are tough. Thirty-one students will return to training tonight and continue with increased medical monitoring as they try to earn their Ranger tab." The strikes occurred at Camp James Rudder, the site of the final nine weeks of training for U.S. Army Ranger School. The camp is located at Eglin Air Force Base. The current Ranger class has two female members; neither was in the platoon affected by the lightning.
Sat, 08/08/2015 12:00 PM Killed Jean Golbert   0.0  Miami FL 
 USA 
  near park    Outside 
Thu, 08/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Lexie, 2 of 2  0.0  Claremont CA 
 USA 
  walking    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 08/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Dylan, 1 of 2  0.0  Claremont CA 
 USA 
  walking  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
CLAREMONT, CA (KTRK) -- Two teens in California now have an "electric love" after they were struck by lightning while holding hands. Dylan and Lexie say they were walking along a tree-lined street during a thunderstorm when lightning struck, KCAL-TV reports. At first, they weren't sure what had happened, but then a passerby ran up to them and told them that he saw a lightning bolt hit them. "It was more of just kind of shove, you know, and it felt kind of like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something," Dylan said. "Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine," aid Lexie. "It was definitely weird." A doctor told the young love birds that they probably survived because they were holding hands when it happened. "These two were lucky they that they were holding hands. It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies," Stefan Reynoso, a doctor, told KCAL-TV. "The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon and perhaps one in a million." The couple says they are both doing just fine.
Thu, 08/06/2015 05:00 PM Injured man changing tire  0.0  Yuma county NM 
 USA 
  changing tire    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
By James Gilbert, @YSJamesGilbert A man was struck by lightning early Thursday evening while changing a flat tire on his car, according to emergency responders. Rural/Metro spokesperson Charly McMurdie said that the incident happened at about 5 p.m. in the area of Highway 95 and Milepost 68. Conrad's Inc. Pools & Spa 62107 300x250 We can finish a standard pool in 6 WEEKS24 Karat Jewelers & Gifts 67583 300x250 Watch Batteries Replaced by your local Specialist McMurdie said Rural/Metro responded to the scene after receiving a call from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office. Firefighters from the Yuma Proving Ground Fire Department were first on the scene and began treating the man. While the extent of the man's injuries aren't known, McMurdie said he was transported by Rural/Metro ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center without having to use emergency lights or sirens. McMurdie explained that the man was in the process of jacking up his vehicle when lightning struck his car, passed through the jack, into the crowbar he was using to crank the jack, and then into his body. A passenger who was also traveling with the man, but was not near the car at the time, was not injured in the incident. Neither the name of the man nor the passenger were available as of press time. James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.
Tue, 08/04/2015 12:00 PM Injured girl inside  14.0  Bridgewater MA 
 USA 
  in bed    Indirect,Indoors 
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) - A 14-year-old girl was sent to the hospital on Tuesday after a lightning strike. The girl was struck while she was sleeping in her bedroom at her home in Bridgewater. According to family members, there was a loud crack of lightning and the girl immediately started screaming from her third-floor bedroom. The girls mother took her to a Brockton hospital to get checked out and she was transferred to Tufts Medical Center so they can keep her overnight for observations. Family members said they believe she will be okay, as she was up and walking around immediately after the strike. This is not the first time this family has been struck by lightning. According to one family member, the girls grandmother was hit by lightning once while she was a child and then again when she was a teenager.
Sat, 08/01/2015 02:30 PM Killed Juan Trujillo  37.0  Rio Arriba county NM 
 USA 
  on a motorcycle  N/A  Motorcycle,Outside 
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE)  State police is investing a single motorcycle crash in Rio Arriba County. Police were on the scene Saturday at about 2:30 in the afternoon due to the crash. They say Juan Trujillo, 37, was traveling eastbound on US 64 when he crashed on his 2007 Honda motorcyle. Officials say he was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities say an autopsy later showed Trujillo died from a lightning strike.
Wed, 07/29/2015 05:00 PM Injured woman, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake Jessamine FL 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Wed, 07/29/2015 05:00 PM Injured woman, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake Jessamine FL 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Tue, 07/28/2015 05:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 women  0.0  Orange county FL 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Thu, 07/23/2015 08:00 PM Killed woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
 USA 
  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.

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