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Tue, 05/05/2015 08:18 PM Killed William J Clevenger, 1 of 2  0.0  Moscow IA 
 USA 
  riding a horse    Horse,Outside 
MOSCOW, Iowa  A Muscatine County man died after being struck by lightning during Monday night's thunderstorms. Another man was injured but released from the hospital. William J. "Billy" Clevenger and the horse he was riding on were killed by the lightning strike. The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at 8:18 p.m. Monday to 2516 150th St. south of Moscow in rural Muscatine County, according to a press release. Deputies found John R. Jenkins at the residence and Clevenger nearby. Jenkins was taken via Durant ambulance to Trinity/UnityPoint emergency room where he was treated and released. Clevenger, 35, was also taken via ambulance to the emergency room where he was later pronounced dead. In addition to the sheriff's office, Durant Ambulance and Wilton Fire/First Responders assisted with the call. Thunderstorms rolled through the area sporadically overnight and a repeat is expected throughout the week and weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Lightning safety For John Haase, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Quad Cities office, the sound of thunder is the signal to get out of the elements. "We've got a saying in the National Weather Service: 'When thunder roars, go indoors,'" Haase said. He noted that thunder can usually be heard 20 miles away from a thunderstorm, giving people ample time to get indoors and sheltered. During a thunderstorm, he advised residents not to do activities that might conduct electricity, such as using showers, running water, or using a landline telephone. The safety of people driving in cars can vary, Haase said. Passengers in vehicles with a hard top would generally be safe, because the electricity could be conducted through the frame of the vehicle and its tires, away from the passengers. Convertibles and open-top vehicles, however, would not provide such protection, and it is still preferable for people to stay inside a building in the event of a thunderstorm. For those who are caught outside in a storm and cannot get inside, Haase advised them to curl up into a ball to present as small of a target as possible for lightning strikes, and to avoid being near trees or other tall objects. If someone is struck by lightning, he said residents should call 911 immediately. Those with CPR training may need to use it on a lightning strike victim, because the electricity usually stops the person's heart.
Tue, 05/05/2015 08:18 PM Injured John R Jenkina, 2 of 2  0.0  Moscow IA 
 USA 
  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
MOSCOW, Iowa  A Muscatine County man died after being struck by lightning during Monday night's thunderstorms. Another man was injured but released from the hospital. MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC)  Muscatine Countys farming community is remembering Billy Clevenger killed Monday night by a lightning strike. Billy loved cattle and he loved being around cattle, said Dan Petersen, a fellow cattle rancher. Muscatine Co. Sheriffs office says Clevenger and John R. Jenkins were on horseback Monday night rounding up cattle when lightning struck. Jenkins was treated at a hospital and released. Clevenger was pronounced dead. This is a tragedy in the first order because he was young, he had a whole lifetime ahead of him, said Petersen. He had a lot of potential and its just tragic to see a nice young guy like that struck down so randomly. Petersen says he knows first-hand the potential dangers of lightning in an open field. I would advise people to go in the house or go in the barn, said Petersen. Get under a tree. The best thing you can do is get undercover. Clevenger is the third person to die in Iowa from lightning since 2005. According to the National Weather Service, 26 people died from lightning strikes in the U.S. in 2014. Its got to be a real shock to the family and my sympathy goes out to them, said Petersen. I think its a reminder for everybody that when you see thunder and lightning, youve got to get undercover and youve got to take precautions. A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held Friday, May 8th from 4-7 p.m. at USW local #8581 Union Hall in Wilton.
Fri, 05/01/2015 04:00 PM Injured boy  14.0  Aurora CO 
 USA 
  walking thru field on top of hill    CPR,Field,Outside 
DENVER - Authorities say a teenage boy was critically injured when he was struck by lightning in the Denver suburb of Aurora. KUSA-TV reports the boy, whose name and age have not been released, was struck as he was walking through a field on top of a hill just before 4 p.m. Friday. Police say CPR was performed on the boy. No other information has been released. Several thunderstorms moved through the area Friday afternoon.DENVER - Authorities say a teenage boy was critically injured when he was struck by lightning in the Denver suburb of Aurora. KUSA-TV reports the boy, whose name and age have not been released, was struck as he was walking through a field on top of a hill just before 4 p.m. Friday. Police say CPR was performed on the boy. No other information has been released. Several thunderstorms moved through the area Friday afternoon.
Fri, 04/17/2015 11:00 AM Injured Frank Ramsey  0.0  Elk River OK 
 USA 
  fishing on a boat    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Frank Ramsey is plenty used to being in harms way, a product of a 20-plus year career in the U.S. Army, however, nothing prepared him for what he experienced the morning of day 2 of the Grand Lake Central Rayovac Series last Friday. Ramsey and his co-angler Kurt Landversicht were fishing a remote stretch of the Elk River when they got caught in a frightening thunderstorm during which multiple lightning strikes in their vicinity took out Ramseys trolling motor and electronics. At one point, during the height of the intense lightning and rain, Landversicht thought Ramsey had been struck himself. Fortunately, he wasnt, but Ramsey said he did experience temporary numbness in his left arm and hand after one of the nearby strikes. I cannot express how fortunate we were, Ramsey told BassFan Tuesday. Now that its been a few days, I can look back and say we were two very lucky individuals. Ramsey, who lives in Illinois, but spends most of his time in Texas, wasnt plugged into the sight-fishing bite on day 1 and caught 3-08 and found himself near the bottom of the standings. Knowing everyone would be in a hurry to start day 2 (the start of day 1 had been delayed by fog) with a storm front bearing down on northeastern Oklahoma, he figured hed be in good shape if he headed back into the Elk River. We were all looking at the radar and I figured since we were going northeast and running away from it, wed miss it, he said. I felt for the guys going south. They were going into it. He received alerts from a weather app on his phone about 10 minutes after getting to his spot, indicating the path of the storm had shifted. The radar showed we were trapped, he said. We were out of options and we did our best to hunker down. We were pinned in the back of the river system. We were at the terminal stage of navigable waters and we were out in the open. There was no shelter nearby (boat docks, etc.) and they were hemmed in between a bluff wall and mud bank. You could feel the electricity in the air, Ramsey said. Id never seen such intense lightning. Every time we turned around, there was another blast. The storm also brought intense rain and visibility was near zero. I was on the front of the boat running the trolling motor to keep us off the rocks, Ramsey said, when all of sudden lightning hit the rock bank and a tree up there. People who say lightning doesnt make noise dont know anything. I cant describe the sound it made, but it hit the rock bank and threw rocks at the boat. We thought the tree was going to fall on us. The closeness of the strike made Ramseys boat go haywire. His trolling motor got stuck on maximum speed and there was no way to dial it back. His electronics were blinking non-stop. No adjustments would work, he said. We shut everything down and got the boat settled down and then we started to realize how lucky we were. There were wood chips and rocks in the boat. Thats when reality set in. There was no hull damage that he could tell, but it was about then that he realized his left hand and part of his arm were numb. It mustve gone through me a little bit, he added. After a while, the storm subsided and he was able to fire up his outboard and run back to the ramp in Grove. We were done, he said. Ramsey drove to south Texas afterward to have his boat looked at in advance of another tournament hes fishing this weekend at Lake Falcon. All told, his trolling motor had to be overhauled, his charging system had to be replaced and one of his bilge pumps burned up during the storm. Six fuses were also blown. Everything that blew during the storm was running reverse current afterward, he said. The boat and accessories can always be fixed or replaced, he said. Hes just thankful he and Landversicht escaped without serious injury. My co-angler thought I was dead, Ramsey said. He said I was engulfed by it. It took me a while to get my coherence back to know where I was at. It was an experience. Its not that we were trying to be heroes and fish through it. We were trapped. Im a retired solider. I didnt survive 22 years in the military to die on a lake. Read more: http://www.bassfan.com/docktalk_article/14706/rayovac-angler-recounts-close-call-with-lightning#.VTlbxs6twdI#ixzz3YATivZ4f
Tue, 04/14/2015 02:00 PM Injured William Denton  0.0  Pascagoula MS 
 USA 
  on computer in classroom    Indirect,Indoors,On Computer,School 
Tue, 04/14/2015 02:00 PM Injured Andrew Panni, 1 of 2  16.0  Pascagoula MS 
 USA 
  on computer in classroom  N/A  Door,Indirect,Indoors,mpu,On Computer,School 
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The chances of being hit by lightning are 300,000-to-1. A student and a teacher at Pascagoula High School are wondering how they both ended up becoming part of those unlikely odds. Both were in class Tuesday when a lightning bolt struck the building, and both have agreed to share their stories. Pascagoula High sophomore Andrew Panni, 16, and business, economics and marketing teacher William Denton were sitting in class when their lives changed in a flash. "I rolled my chair over to here and I sat down. As I was going to touch the computer and turn it off, it was like a big bright light went off," said Panni. "Then, I felt like a really intense feeling in my legs. Then, I thought, 'Crap. I just got shot.' Then, I checked my legs and I was looking around to see was there blood or anything like that." Panni had not been shot. Lightning had struck the school building and traveled down the wall. William, who was sitting a few feet away, also felt the impact. "All of a sudden, a giant blue flash came right down this wall and a giant boom hit," said William. "Next thing I knew after seeing that, I'm back here in the chair. It knocked me back, apparently. All I saw was blue flash and next thing I'm back here." After yelling for his students to move away from the computer, William says the reality of what happened began to sink in. "Andrew was asking me if I was okay, and it was almost like I was in shock and couldn't answer him right after him," William said. "Immediately, muscles were locking up and tingling and went numb. So, took a good 10 to 15 seconds to start settling down and acknowledge we're okay. We're all alive." Panni said when he thinks back on how the situation could have turned out, he feels blessed. "The doctor said it could have been really, really bad for what it was. He said, 'You could have died by the strength of that bolt,'" said Panni. "I just think that God was over me and He protected me through what I was going through. That's the main thing. My faith is what I've always rode on. That's what guided me thorough everything that was happening." Panni said the pain from the shock was incomprehensible. Doctors checked out both Panni and William who said they suffered some soreness, but will have no long term health effects. Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved.
Tue, 04/14/2015 04:00 PM Injured Sasha Barefoot, 2 of 2  28.0  Macclenny FL 
 USA 
  inside a car  N/A  In a car,In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:28 - A 10-year old girl is back home with her family after a lightning strike near her Macclenny, FL, home sent her and a 28-year old woman to the hospital. "It sort of scared me because I was like in shock a little bit," Brianna Werba, a thrid-grader at Macclenny Elementary, told First Coast News. "I was in the car and then it like, came through me. And then it like, hit my hand and went through." Officials say the lightning strike occurred around 4:00 p.m. Brianna's stepfather, Robert Phillips, got a frantic call while he was at work. "I came straight home and I was relieved when I seen her because I knew it wasn't a direct hit," he said. Brianna was taken to a hospital in Baker County. She was released after three hours. A relative's girlfriend, 28-year old Sasha Barefoot, was also shocked--she was taken to UF Health Jacksonville. Family members believe this started after lightning struck a fuse box nearby. Several crews were seen working to repair the damage and to make sure everything was safe. Now that Brianna is back home with her family, she has much more important things on her mind...like making people laugh. WATCH BELOW: The Science Behind Lightning and Thunderstorms
Tue, 04/14/2015 04:00 PM Injured Brianna Werba, 1 of 2  10.0  Macclenny FL 
 USA 
  inside a car    In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 2:28 - A 10-year old girl is back home with her family after a lightning strike near her Macclenny, FL, home sent her and a 28-year old woman to the hospital. "It sort of scared me because I was like in shock a little bit," Brianna Werba, a thrid-grader at Macclenny Elementary, told First Coast News. "I was in the car and then it like, came through me. And then it like, hit my hand and went through." Officials say the lightning strike occurred around 4:00 p.m. Brianna's stepfather, Robert Phillips, got a frantic call while he was at work. "I came straight home and I was relieved when I seen her because I knew it wasn't a direct hit," he said. Brianna was taken to a hospital in Baker County. She was released after three hours.
Sat, 04/11/2015 12:00 PM Injured teacher  0.0  Carter county TN 
 USA 
  on computer in classroom    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,School 
CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A Carter county teacher missed a week of school after a jolt from her computer following a nearby lightning strike last week. Director of schools Dr. Kevin Ward confirms a seventh grade science teacher eventually received medical treatment after the jolt. Dr. Ward says the teacher was sitting at her computer with her hands on the keyboard when it appears static electricity from a nearby lightning strike grabbed a hold of the fire alarm system and the internet and jolted her. He says the experienced teacher eventually complained that her left arm had a tingling, heavy feeling and that's when school staff took her for medical treatment. Dr. Ward says there were 18 to 20 students in the seventh grade class at the time, but no one else was injured. According to the director of schools, the module classroom where this occured is grounded, but as a precaution the school system added a grounding rod to the classroom's awning. He says lightning did not actually hit the classroom it hit somewhere nearby. Dr. Ward says it's his understanding the teacher is now back at work. Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved.
Thu, 04/09/2015 11:00 AM Killed Frankie Roberts  50.0  Anderson Creek NC 
 USA 
  walking dogs  N/A  Critical,Delayed Death,Dogs,Outside,Walking 
ANDERSON CREEK - A Harnett County woman was struck by lightning Thursday morning while walking her dogs in the Anderson Creek community. She has been identified by friends as Frankie Roberts, who is in her 50s. She was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, said Assistant Chief Elizabeth Rodriguez of the Anderson Creek Emergency Services Inc. A Cape Fear Valley spokeswoman said Friday afternoon they had no record that Roberts was a patient there. However, a friend posted on Facebook that Roberts was unconscious and in the hospital's intensive care unit. Roberts, a sales representative, lives in the Anderson Creek Club development. She and her husband, Dan, are avid golfers, friends said. "She's a sweetheart," said one friend, who did not want to be identified. "She's an absolute baby doll." Another Facebook post called the news "particularly shocking" and wrote "Don't know a soul that wasn't/isn't crazy about Frankie." Roberts is an animal lover, friends said, and, in addition to her dogs, has horses. "I feel so bad that she doesn't know about them (the dogs,)" the friend said. She and her husband took their dogs out early Thursday as storms were rumbling through the area, friends reported. The strike killed the dogs instantly, friends said. Staff writer Nancy McCleary can be reached at mcclearyn@fayobserver.com or 486-3568. Steven Bryan of Harnett County was waiting for his girlfriend in a mall parking lot in Cary. Frankie Roberts was taking her dogs out for a quick bathroom trip near her home in Harnett County. Both were struck down suddenly Thursday by nature's most capricious killer: lightning. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying in a lightning strike any given year in the U.S. are roughly 1 in 5.5 million. Bryan and Roberts were killed in separate storms, several hours and about 40 miles apart. It was the first time two victims from one county were killed by lightning strikes from separate storms on the same day in North Carolina records. "It's very rare for lightning to strike someone," said Katie Dedeaux, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. "Very rare. I've never heard of something like that before. "But when it happens, the result can be catastrophic." That's because, for all the myth and legend, lightning is pure energy. It's estimated that the average bolt of lightning carries enough current to power a home for a week, delivered in a searing micro-fraction of a second. Multiply that energy by 25 million, the average yearly number of strikes in the continental United States recorded by the National Lightning Detection Network, and it's a wonder far more people aren't killed. The two deaths of Cape Fear region residents were the first recorded this year in the United States. Last year, 26 people were killed by lightning in the United States, and that death toll hasn't topped 30 since 2009. Harnett County woman killed by lightning remembered by friends Death tolls have fallen to about half the number from a decade earlier. Dedeaux said a concentrated effort to teach lightning safety probably is a large part of that decline. Schools routinely teach storm awareness, as well. "The biggest thing is just to remind people what to do when storms are approaching," she said. "Just stay indoors, and remember - if you're close enough to hear thunder, you're close enough to be hit by lightning. It's very rare, but people have been hit by lighting from a clear sky." That's what happened to two men near Chadbourn in July 1999. Both were killed instantly when lightning from a distant storm hit them as they crossed an open field. Before this week, the last fatality in North Carolina came in August 2012, when a fisherman was struck on the Cape Fear River near Castle Hayne. Since 2000, only two lightning fatalities have been recorded in the Cape Fear region by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's storm database center. Both occurred in Moore County. In May 2002, a 7-year-old boy was struck as he waited under a tree near Robbins for a storm to pass. In August 2006, a 17-year-old was stuck and killed as he took laundry off a clothes line ahead of a storm in Southern Pines. The last recorded lightning strike that led to a hospitalization in Fayetteville was September 2009, when a mother and her toddler were hit off Skibo Road in the TJ Maxx parking lot. The common factor: all were outside when lightning struck. "There's no totally safe solution," Dedeaux said. "But the safest place is to be inside. "It doesn't matter if the storm is already leaving or just on the way. If you hear thunder, get inside. It sounds so simple, but it's true." And, she added, people who plan outdoor activities in spring and summer should be aware of quick-forming "popcorn" storms that can produce lightning with little notice. "A weather radio is small and inexpensive, but can be a life-saver," she said. "Or keep up with the weather on your phone. "It's much easier to be aware of storms now. Be aware and be safe." Staff writer Chick Jacobs can be reached at jacobsc@fayobserver.com or 486-3515. SPRING LAKE, N.C.  A Harnett County man is mourning the loss of his wife, who died Sunday after she was struck by lightning on Thursday morning. Mary Frank "Frankie" Roberts, 56, of Spring Lake, was walking her two dogs in the Anderson Creek area when she and her dogs were struck. "I came outside and I said, 'Frankie' and didn't hear anything so I looked in the garage and the door was open. I knew she had taken the dogs out," said her husband, Dan Roberts. "I walked around the front yard and there she was laying there and both dogs were at her feet." Roberts said his wife loved animals and enjoyed playing golf - a game she learned late in life. "We needed to find a woman who could hit from the red tees and we finally found her," he said. Family and friends are not remembering the tragic way she died but are instead celebrating the wonderful way she lived. "And how happy she was, how much she loved and loved giving to people," Dan Roberts said. "They've got a real angel in heaven now." Frankie Roberts is also survived by five children and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. inside the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel in Fayetteville. Read more at http://www.wral.com/harnett-county-woman-dies-after-struck-by-lightning/14582053/#HkIIVB4xL4aBHUA1.99
Thu, 04/09/2015 08:18 PM Killed Steven Bryan  28.0  Cary NC 
 USA 
  in parking lot     Outside,Parking Lot 
CARY, N.C. - A 28-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Thursday night at Crossroads Plaza in Cary. Authorities said Steven Bryan was in the parking lot of the Michael's Arts and Crafts store when he was hit. The call came in at 8:18, authorities said. No one was with Bryan at the time as authorities said he was waiting on a friend. No other information was immediately available. Meanwhile a home on Shoofly Path in the Villages of Apex subdivision sustained damage to the roof from a lightning strike. Firefighters could be seen surveying the home around 9:00 p.m. Neighbors said no one appeared to be hurt. Copyright 2015 WNCN. All rights reserved.
Wed, 04/08/2015 07:00 PM Injured Sean Ferguson  23.0  Dayton OH 
 USA 
  in parking lot   N/A  Burnt,CPR,Critical,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,School 
DAYTON, Ohio - Officials say a southwest Ohio college student has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was struck by lightning. Safety and fire officials say medics responded to a call of a male student struck by lightning around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a parking lot at the University of Dayton. Dayton Fire District Chief Joe Meyer says the student's injuries are life-threatening. He said it was a miracle the student was conscious when medics took him to the hospital. The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report the student was struck near the university's Fitness and Recreation Complex. Fire officials say he was dressed in workout clothes and had suffered severe burns. A school official asked the university community to pray for the student. The student's name hasn't been released. Stay with 10TV and refresh 10TV.com for updates on this story. ©2015 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DAYTON, Ohio  Officials say a southwest Ohio college student is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning. Safety and fire officials say medics responded to a call of a male student struck by lightning around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a parking lot at the University of Dayton. The university said Thursday that 23-year-old Sean Ferguson was in critical but stable condition at a Dayton hospital. He is a senior marketing major from Pittsburgh. The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV report Ferguson was struck near the university's Fitness and Recreation Complex. Fire officials say he was dressed in workout clothes and suffered severe burns. A prayer service for Ferguson at the university chapel was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. A horrified witness watched as a lightning bolt struck a student running across the University of Dayton campus, a 911 recording revealed. The thundering jolt on Wednesday knocked 23-year-old Sean Ferguson to the pavement of a parking lot at the Ohio school where good Samaritans desperately tried to revive him, WDTN reported. I saw him running and the lightning come down, and I saw him hit the ground, the unnamed 911 caller told a dispatcher. Two other men were checking on Ferguson and one began CPR as the caller described the action over the phone. University of Dayton student Sean Ferguson was struck by lightning as he ran across campus on Wednesday, a witness says. TWITTER University of Dayton student Sean Ferguson was struck by lightning as he ran across campus on Wednesday, a witness says. A guy just got here and is doing chest compressions on him, he said. Authorities originally described Fergusons injuries as life-threatening and the student from Pittsburgh remained in the hospital on Thursday. His father said he was in critical but stable condition, WHIO reported. A University of Dayton student is in critical condition after he was hit by a lightning bolt on Wednesday. PreviousNextA University of Dayton student is in critical condition after he was hit by a lightning bolt on Wednesday. NR A University of Dayton students gather on Wednesday after a 23-year-old was struck by lightning. Enlarge 2 NEWS WDTN A University of Dayton student is in critical condition after he was hit by a lightning bolt on Wednesday. The Roman Catholic college organized a prayer vigil for Thursday evening at a university chapel.
Tue, 03/31/2015 02:00 PM Injured woman in trailer  0.0  Cullman county AL 
 USA 
  inside trailer leaning on metal    Indirect,Indoors,Metal 
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) confirms that a woman has been struck by lightning on Tuesday. It happened around 2 p.m. at a mobile home off of CR 1379 in the Vinemont area. Officials said the woman was inside her home, leaning up against something that was metal when she was struck. She was disoriented when EMTs arrived to treat her. She was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Another person at the home was not injured. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there is an average of 51 reported lightning deaths each year in the U.S. About 10 percent of people who are struck are killed and the remaining percentage may suffer various degrees of injury. We have a crew on the way to the scene to gather more information on the story so check back for updates. Visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ to read more about lightning safety. Copyright 2015 WBRC. All rights reserved. Comments - The Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) confirms that a woman has been struck by lightning on Tuesday. It happened around 2 p.m. at a mobile home off of CR 1379 in the Vinemont area. Officials said the woman was inside her home, leaning up against something that was metal when she was struck. She was disoriented when EMTs arrived to treat her. She was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Another person at the home was not injured. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there is an average of 51 reported lightning deaths each year in the U.S. About 10 percent of people who are struck are killed and the remaining percentage may suffer various degrees of injury. We have a crew on the way to the scene to gather more information on the story so check back for updates. Visit http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ to read more about lightning safety. Copyright 2015 WBRC. All rights reserved. Comments
Fri, 02/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured sheriffs deputy  0.0  Broward FL 
 USA 
  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 Gary Linse, 3 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  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. Ebehrman@Tampatrib.com (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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20150401080445__page_1.htm#sthash.0yLdf6Od.dpuf
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 7 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 AM Injured 1 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  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.
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 2 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  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 cjohnston@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2443. Follow @cljohnst.
Fri, 11/21/2014 04:10 PM Injured 4 of 7 at football game  0.0  Tampa FL 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  in parking lot near struck vehicle    Football,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Parking Lot,Stadium 
Tue, 10/28/2014 12:00 PM Killed Jerry Harris  0.0  Yell county AR 
 USA 
  leaning against a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 10/23/2014 06:00 PM Injured coach  0.0  Federal Way WA 
 USA 
  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, 2 of 2  15.0  Angelina county TX 
 USA 
  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.
Sun, 10/12/2014 12:00 PM Injured boy in deer stand  0.0  Angelina county TX 
 USA 
  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.
Fri, 10/10/2014 06:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Walker county AL 
 USA 
  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   
 Colombia 
       
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 12:00 PM Injured school teacher  0.0  Denison TX 
 USA 
  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: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/lamar-elementary-teacher-hospitalized-after-lightning-strike#sthash.nqBIjWTB.dpuf
Thu, 10/02/2014 11:00 AM Injured at school, 1 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
 USA 
  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: [[$index + 1]] Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Thu, 10/02/2014 11:00 AM Injured teacher @ school, 1 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
 USA 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School,Work 
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A lightning strike a little too close for comfort prompted medical personnel to check over some students at the Republic Middle School Thursday morning. Republic Schools communications officer Josey McPhail tells KOLR10 News the strike happened about 11:00 am, hitting a small building adjacent to the Middle School. The building, next to a city-owned water tower, houses electrical services. McPhail says a teacher and student inside the school reported feeling a tingling sensation. EMS crews were called immediately, McPhail says, and they were all evaluated and found to have no medical issues. No one was transported for treatment. McPhail says there was no damage to the school or to school technology. There are about 1,100 students at the Middle School. Page: [[$index + 1]] Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Thu, 10/02/2014 01:00 AM Injured student @ school, 2 of 2  0.0  Republic MO 
 USA 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
Thu, 10/02/2014 12:00 PM Injured school teacher  0.0  Dallas TX 
 USA 
  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.
Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
 USA 
      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.
Wed, 09/24/2014 09:30 AM Injured man   0.0  Reno county KS 
 USA 
  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.
Tue, 09/23/2014 08:00 AM Injured groundskeeper  56.0  Coral Gables FL 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 
 Australia 
  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: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/students-injured-as-lightning-strikes-school-oval-in-west-hoxton-20140916-10hh1e.html#ixzz3Dl6ACZu6
Sat, 09/13/2014 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
 Bengal 
       
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  
 Kenya 
  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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20141509064131_football-fans-struck-lightning-teso.htm#sthash.BRAxdjJk.dpuf
Thu, 09/11/2014 12:00 PM Killed boy & farmer  0.0   
 VietNam 
  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  
 Zambia 
      School 
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  
 Portugal 
  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  
 Philippines 
  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   
 USA 
      Education,mpu 
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: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20142909112207_The-Body-Electric.html.htm#sthash.idQvpIKf.dpuf
Mon, 09/08/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed, 7 injured  0.0  Peshawar  
 Pakistan 
       
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 
 USA 
  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 kbarlow@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.
Mon, 09/08/2014 09:00 AM Injured officer, 2 of 3 @ school  0.0  Defuniak Springs FL 
 USA 
  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.
Sun, 09/07/2014 12:00 AM Killed farmer   0.0  Banke 
 Nepal 
       
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 12:00 PM Killed Larry Dasher  0.0  Lowndes County GA 
 USA 
  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.
Sun, 09/07/2014 09:00 AM Killed Louwerton Vidal  53.0  Clarendon  
 Jamica 
  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.

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