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Fri, 01/15/2016 07:40 AM Injured Lisa Wallace, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake City FL 
 USA 
  directing traffic    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Work 
Paraprofessionals at Westside Elementary suffer minor injuries BY: SAM BURROUGHS sburroughs@lakecityreporter.com A lightning strike on the campus of Westside Elementary School Friday morning sent two paraprofessionals to the hospital briefly. Neither was hit directly, and neither was seriously hurt. It was at 7:40 a.m., so most of our children were in the classrooms, said school principal April Vinson. Directly after the strike, the school, located at 1956 County Road 252B, immediately went into code blue, a weather alert that restricts movement on campus. Lesia Wallace, who was directing traffic in the car rider lane in front of the school, began to feel unwell after the strike, which occurred nearby. According to Vinson, the paraprofessional said that her umbrella was jolted out of her hands. After getting her to the front office and being assessed by school nurse Jessica Ward, 911 was called and the Wallace was transported to Lake City Medical Center. The hospital performed an evaluation of her heart, according to Vinson, who received an update around 10:30 a.m. that the paraprofessional was well but would be monitored for a few hours longer. We did have another paraprofessional about 30 minutes later indicate to us that she was having some symptoms as well, some numbing and tingling, headache, a little bit of stumbling. So we took her to the emergency room at Lake City Medical Center as well, Vinson said. An ambulance was not called for the second paraprofessional, Della Kilgore. Two staff members transported her. Vinson said that she was evaluated and sent home with a clean bill of health. We currently have all of the teachers evaluating and observing all of the children for any signs and symptoms of that, Vinson said. I have asked all of the teachers to evaluate the students for any signs and symptoms that would be related to a strike. Symptoms that were being watched for included blurred vision, heart palpitations, numbness, tingling, headaches and confusion. Two additional nurses were sent from the county office to help assess the situation. We are just taking every single precaution, Vinson said. A voice message and a letter will be sent to all of the parents regarding the situation. Second Slider: Section: NEWS Tags: WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIGHTNING STORM
Fri, 01/15/2016 07:40 AM Injured Della Kilgore, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake City FL 
 USA 
working at school      Ground Strike,Outside,School,Work 
Thu, 12/24/2015 11:45 AM Injured Mr Gillis  0.0  New Hanover county NC 
 USA 
  working on truck    Indirect,Outside 
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  A man is recovering after reportedly being struck by lightning just before noon on Christmas Eve. David Gillis said his dad was working on a spark plug on his truck in a neighborhood off Carolina Beach Road when it happened. Gillis said it started thundering. Then, he said he went inside to clean some tools when he heard a loud noise and his dad ran inside. I saw a spark through the window and it sounded really loud, so I came into the living room and my dad was in there shaking really bad, Gillis said. Neighbors across the street said they also heard the loud noise and the power flashed in their house. Gillis said his dad went to the hospital as a precaution, but he was fully conscious after it happened. Dispatchers said it was non-life threatening.
Tue, 12/15/2015 09:45 AM Injured Lisa Stambaugh  43.0  Hudson WI 
 USA 
  walking with umbrella    Indirect,Outside,Umbrella,Walking 
Somerset woman says she suffered an electrical shock from lightning at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson on Monday morning. Recommended for you UPDATED: Bid to bring back wolf management back to states axed from budget bill; clash between guard, juvenile fueled Lincoln Hills investigation; 9 more Wisconsin news stories Public comment now invited on whether to replace Willow River dam Committee OKs end to Wisconsin nuclear plant moratorium; kerfuffle over 'Kermit' story rejected by school committee; 11 more Wisconsin news stories Lisa Stambaugh, 43, was on her way into the government center holding an umbrella for protection against a mix of rain and sleet when the lightning flashed at about 9:45 a.m. Im kind of rushing to get in the door, and just before I stepped up onto the curb, I (saw) it hit the top of the umbrella, Stambaugh said in a phone call Monday afternoon. She thinks the electricity passed through the metal post of the umbrella and into her thumb and hand. Stambaugh said she wasnt knocked off her feet or badly injured, but that her heart rate increased and she got a headache. She also reported having muscle spasms and a swollen right arm. She wasnt feeling any better about two hours later and decided to see a doctor at Westfield Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond. I didnt feel very good, she said. I kind of was real shaky. I thought I would start feeling better, but I wasnt, so I went in. Stambaugh said she was at the hospital for three hours. I was treated for electrical shock. Thats what they labeled it, she said. A crazy thing to happen in December, for sure. Stambaugh said she was told that she would have some muscle weakness for a couple of days, and that she should drink a lot of fluid to prevent a loss of liver function. The St. Croix County Sheriffs Department says a surveillance camera at the government center recorded video of a lightning flash as Stambaugh was nearing the building. Sheriffs Deputy Matt Howe, who works in the departments Court Services Unit, and Chief Deputy Scott Knudson reviewed the video after being contacted by the Star-Observer about the incident. A friend of Stambaughs reported the incident to the Star-Observer and provided Stambaugh's phone number so a reporter could talk to her about it. Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Stambaugh didnt report the incident to the sheriffs department. Knudson said surveillance video shows a flash of light and Stambaugh pointing outside after entering the building. It doesnt show a direct strike, he said. It is inconclusive that lightning did strike anywhere around there, said Knudson. It could have been the electricity in the air, because her umbrella does go over. There is a flagpole in front of the government center and antennas on top of its roof. Stambaugh said she asked the security guards just inside the front entrance to the government center if they saw what happened. I think they thought I was joking, but I totally wasnt joking, she said. One this is certain. It was strange weather for Dec. 16 in Hudson. A light mist turned to rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, and then to sleet and snow. Later, the sun appeared for short spells in places around the Twin Cities metro. There were multiple reports of lightning strikes, and the weather contributed to many traffic accidents and vehicles sliding off the road.
Wed, 09/16/2015 09:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 on crane  0.0  Hobe Sound FL 
 USA 
  on a crane    Construction site,Crane,Indirect,Outside,Work 
HOBE SOUND  Two people were shocked Wednesday morning after lightning hit a crane on which they were working, said Martin County Fire Rescue officials. Crews went to 12000 S.E. Dixie Highway about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after two people were on or near a crane that was struck by lightning, said Fire Rescue spokeswoman Doug Killane. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Martin Medical South, Killane said. No further information was available Wednesday.
Wed, 09/16/2015 09:45 AM Injured 1 of 2 on crane  0.0  Hobe Sound FL 
 USA 
  on a crane    Construction site,Crane,Indirect,Outside,Work 
HOBE SOUND  Two people were shocked Wednesday morning after lightning hit a crane on which they were working, said Martin County Fire Rescue officials. Crews went to 12000 S.E. Dixie Highway about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after two people were on or near a crane that was struck by lightning, said Fire Rescue spokeswoman Doug Killane. They suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Martin Medical South, Killane said. No further information was available Wednesday.
Sun, 09/13/2015 04:00 PM Killed Jonathan Crowden  21.0  Grand Canyon AZ 
 USA 
  hiking in canyon    Direct hit,Grand Canyon,Hiking,Outside 
A 21-year-old Australian man has been killed by what is believed to be a lightning strike while hiking a popular trail at Grand Canyon National Park in the US state of Arizona, according to a park official. Jonathan Crowden of Ballarat, west of Melbourne, had been hiking alone late on Sunday afternoon (US time) before his body was found about 1.6 kilometres down the South Kaibab Trail, said park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski. Paramedics were sent to the area near Ooo-Aah Point at about 4:00pm after a witness called the canyon's communication centre to report that a man had possibly been struck by lightning, Ms Shedlowski said. Efforts to resuscitate Crowden were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the death. The incident marks the eighth confirmed death at the park this year. On August 28, a 51-year-old Arizona man fell to his death while hiking near the Colorado River. The canyon is one of the world's most frequented outdoor tourist venues and it drew more than 4.7 million visitors in 2014. On its website, the US National Park Service lists September as one of the most dangerous months for lightning strikes in the Grand Canyon. "Summer thunderstorms (July - September) provide beauty, excitement, and much needed water to Grand Canyon, but they also bring risk," the park authority's website reads. "Dangerous, potentially deadly, lightning accompanies thunderstorms. Lightning has killed and injured visitors to the park."
Wed, 09/02/2015 11:55 AM Injured man putting up tent  0.0  West Mifflin PA 
 USA 
  holding metal pole    Indirect,Metal,Tent,Work 
WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA)  Fast-moving storms rolled through parts of the area Wednesday morning. They didnt stay long, but it was apparently long enough for one person to be struck by lightning. It happened as crews were putting up a tent in West Mifflin. Neighbors close to the Bettis Laboratory along Pittsburgh Mckeesport Boulevard in West Mifflin say strong storms came through around noon Wednesday. Jim Reed said, I thought the power was gonna go out they were so heavy and right over my house, and it shook the house. For a subcontractor putting up tents in the parking lot of the government facility, it literally shook him. Bettis Laboratory Public Affairs Officer Mike Brewer says the man from Family Tent Rental was hit by lightning while holding a metal pole. EMS crews from Baldwin Emergency Medical Services and Bettis own EMS team went to the subcontractors aide. He was evaluated by medics and cleared. The subcontractor did not have to go to the hospital. Vincent Gaines who works across the street says he saw at least four ambulances rush by. They were speeding down the street, Gaines said. I had no idea what they were doing we had a huge lunch rush in here and it all happened so fast. The governmental site that supports naval design and operations of nuclear fleet has 2,500 employees. The employees were reportedly kept on the guarded grounds until the severe weather ended. The subcontractor was evaluated by EMS and then released. He didnt have to go to the hospital. Bettis Laboratory officials released this statement: At about noon today, a subcontractor from Family Tent Rental was struck by lightning while holding a metal pole in the parking lot of the Bettis Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. Baldwin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Bettis EMS responded to the site. The subcontractor employee was conscious and alert and has since been released by the responding personnel.
Mon, 08/31/2015 06:00 PM Injured Evelyn Cockerham  10.0  Holland TX 
 USA 
  in backyard  N/A  Outside,Tree,Yard 
A 10-year-old girl from Holland was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while playing in the backyard at her home, Holland Volunteer Fire Chief Coleman Benner said. No information on the girlâ¬"s condition was available Monday from Deke Jones, spokes-man for Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital. Benner said emergency responders went to the 11000 block of Landfill Road after it was reported that lightning struck someone. The girl, who is home-schooled, was playing outside after it was believed storms had passed by. She was transported to McLane Childrenâ¬"s Hospital Scott & White. Sundayâ¬"s scattered storms caused many lightning strikes in Bell County, National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Huckaby said Monday. Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. more than 100 strikes were counted in southeast Bell County, he said. The highest number of strikes was between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., when more than 200 strikes were recorded by sensors that detect cloud-to-ground strikes, Huckaby said. The storms disintegrated quickly after 7 p.m., Huckaby said. WACO, Texas (AP)  A 10-year-old girl from a small Central Texas town remains hospitalized after being struck by lightning during a storm earlier this week. Baylor Scott and White Health spokesperson Deke Jones tells The Associated Press that Evelyn Cockerham was in critical condition on Thursday at McLane Childrens Hospital in Temple. She struck by lightning Sunday while playing with her siblings outside her home in the town of Holland, about 20 miles south of Temple. Her mother, Dana Cockerham said that as a storm moved in, she was about to call for them to come inside when she heard a loud boom. She and her husband found Evelyn up against the tree, unconscious and not breathing.
Sun, 08/30/2015 06:30 PM Killed Carla Grow  50.0  Lehi UT 
 USA 
  near struck tree  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
LEHI  A woman having dinner with her family was hospitalized Sunday after lightning struck a nearby tree. The 50-year-old woman was shocked when lightning hit a tree in the backyard of a home near 1100 West and 355 North about 6:30 p.m., sending her body into cardiac arrest, Lehi Fire Battalion Chief Rick Howard said. Emergency crews intubated and revived the woman. She was rushed to Mountain Point Medical Center in critical condition, Howard said. Family members who were nearby also felt some effects of the shock and transported themselves the the hospital, Howard said. A pregnant woman in her 20s was taken in an ambulance as a precaution. Howard said the woman was shocked during a microburst that hit the area about 6:30 p.m., bringing heavy rain and multiple lightning strikes. The storm also knocked out power to nearly 1,500 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Lehi, American Fork and Saratoga Springs. Nearly all power had been restored by 9 p.m. LEHI, Utah  A woman who was injured by lightning in Lehi Sunday afternoon has died. According to officials from the Lehi Fire Department, Carla Grow, 50, was standing near a tree during a picnic with family members when the tree was struck by a bolt of lightning. It struck the tree, but then splashed over as the lightning traveled to ground, said Lehi Fire Battalion Chief Rick Howard, describing the scene when his crew arrived, adding that it caused the ground to be energized which caused her to have her cardiac event. Grow, a beloved softball coach at Lehi High School, was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. On Wednesday night, she succumbed to her injuries. Thank you for all of the help. Our dear Coach passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family. If you would like to continue to give, to help funeral costs, you are welcome to do so, a posting on a GoFundMe.com page for Grow said. Fellow coach Tim Kennedy also wrote about Grows passing on Facebook:
Sat, 08/29/2015 04:30 PM Injured 1 of 8  13.0  Burley ID 
 USA 
  at football game    Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
BURLEY" Several people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a sporting event at Burley High. Cassia dispatch received calls about 4:30 that among the injured were a 13-year-old boy, a coach who was knocked off a seat, a 32-year-old man and a fourth person who was taken to a hospital by car. Jon Loper, a coach for a third- and fourth-grade football team from Declo Elementary School, was next to the field with his team during a football jamboree. Loper, who is also a lieutenant at the Burley Fire Department, said the fire department found one man who suffered a little bit but drove off to the hospital with his wife. That man was leaning against a fence when lightning struck. People were running out of the bleachers as fast as they could, Loper said. All the coaches had players lay on the ground until they felt it was safe. He said his team hadnt finished a game when the lightning hit. There were as many as 80 kids and 20 adults on the field. Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Unmute Loper said several people, as many as eight, later called to say they werent feeling right and drove themselves off to a hospital. Luckily, no one was severely injured when it happened, Loper said. It could have been tragic.
Sat, 08/29/2015 04:30 PM Injured 2 of 8 on football field  0.0  Burley ID 
 USA 
  at football game    Field,Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
Sept. 01--BURLEY -- A lightning strike at Burley High School football field's 40-yard line injured several people Saturday and scared the rest who were assembled at a Mini-Cassia Youth Contact Football League jamboree. "From where I was sitting, I just heard a big bang," said Emily Johnson, of Paul. "And I saw a guy on the bleachers just flying backwards and he landed flat on his back. At first I thought he had been shot, and then I realized he had been struck by lightning." When Johnson got home she found black pieces of the track in her hair. "People said they saw pieces of track flying up," Johnson said. Johnson said a grandmother who had been behind the man had a purple round burn on her forehead. The woman complained of a headache and said she was not feeling well. Johnson said she heard the woman was fine the next day. "It really could have been very tragic. I feel like we are so blessed," Johnson said. "You hear about things like this happening but you never think it will happen to you." Several other injuries were also reported, including a man who was leaning against a fence, and a 13-year-old boy. Some people also reported not feeling well afterwards and drove themselves to the hospital. Debbie Critchfield said the league was "borrowing" the field at the school when the incident occurred. The league consists 16 teams of 4th through 6th graders, with 18 to 24 players per team. Four teams were on the field when the lightning struck. League officials could not be reached for comment Monday. Critchfield said the district has protocol in place for lightning during outdoor sporting events. If there is any sign "or showing" of lightening all players and spectators are removed from the field. Critchfield said there was an occurrence last year during a Burley vs. Twin Falls game, where everyone was removed from the field. Twenty-minutes with no lightning must elapse before players can return to the field, she said. "These types of things help remind us to make sure our students and patrons are always safe," Critchfield said. Darlene Schreiter of Burley, a mother of one of the football players, said there was no indication that the players were in danger before the strike. It was "raining a little and there was some lightning in the distance and then a strike a little closer" before it hit the field, she said. The lightening did not seem "that close" before the strike, she said. "When it hit, it was so loud," Schreiter said. "Everyone on our side of the bleachers stood up and started to leave, but I was leery. I had family there out on the field. The coaches told the players to lie down on the field." The strike hit near the 40-yard line. "It could have struck one of them," Schreiter said. Her 9-year-old son, Tayson, who was at the sidelines, "felt like his head shook in his helmet" but he was not injured. Schreiter said she is unaware of what someone should do in a thunderstorm, "I'm just pretty sure metal bleachers are not the place to be." John Hinsberger, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pocatello, said there were no severe storm warnings issued for Burley that day, but a severe thunder storm warning was issued east of Burley later that evening and one earlier in the day in Bingham and Power counties. "We don't issue a statement if it is just lightning," Hinsberger said. Hinsberger said the best option for someone caught outside during a lightning storm is to get under shelter, but not under a tree.
Tue, 08/25/2015 12:00 PM Injured Kaci Martinez  0.0  North Texas TX 
 USA 
  inside on phone plugged in    Cell Phone,Indirect,Indoors 
The first round of severe weather in North Texas left behind injuries and damage. By: FOX4News.com Staff POSTED:AUG 25 2015 05:57PM CDT UPDATED:AUG 26 2015 06:17AM CDT The first round of severe weather in North Texas left behind injuries and damage. Firefighters battled a house fire started by the storm, and a Midlothian mother says she was struck by lightning while inside of her home. "As soon as I saw the lightning bolt come down, seemed so surreal, like living in a dream, said Kaci Martinez. &It was just so fast. It pushed me back into the couch like that." She says the lightning surged through the TV box. "I guess the side flash from it hitting the Direct TV box to me on the couch, but it did come through [the] window, she said. Martinez says she was on her cell phone, which was plugged into a charger. Her husband called moment after the lightning strike. God, please don't let me die, please don't let me die, Martinez said she was thinking. I can't breathe. I just got hit by lightning." She says she felt numbness in her arm and had shortness of breath. She went to the hospital and got checked out, and so far, shes going to be OK. A few streets over from Martinez, lightning started a fire on the roof of a two-story house. The homeowners are OK, but the Midlothian Fire Department says a firefighter was injured by electrical wires. Bill Drozdoski was a few doors down when he saw lightning strike his neighbor's house. Sort of like a big bang, said Drozdoski. Weather started moving in rain, came down. We started getting hail real quick and lightning and boom! We looked over and his house was on fire." The firefighter is also expected to be alright.
Tue, 08/25/2015 12:00 PM Injured pregnant woman on bus  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
  touching metal pole at bus station    Bus Stop,Indirect,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside 
A pregnant woman was shocked by lightning Tuesday afternoon at a bus stop on U.S. 41 near Sunrise Boulevard. Employees at PDQ on South Cleveland Avenue said it sounded like a gun went off inside the restaurant, then everything went black. What they soon discovered, however, was that the woman - who'd just left the restaurant - was in need of an entirely different type of service. USING OUR APP? WATCH VIDEO HERE. Vonda Chatman was working inside the restaurant at the time. "It lit the whole building up and then everything just went off," she said. "I seen the lightning hit the pole. I looked over and seen the lady shaking a little and the daughter looked like she was dazed." The pregnant woman and her family had just eaten at the restaurant. She was leaning against the bus stop when the lightning strike occurred. "It was like this white, purple-looking light," Chatman said. "I just kicked into mother instinct and just ran out there." Chatman ran to the woman and helped her and he small child back into the restaurant. The mother and child were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. "I don't care if I would've got shocked or whatever," Chatman said. "As long as I know they was OK. She got some medical treatment. I feel better now." The lightning strike also shut down PDQ, though operating director Scot Chausse says he expects to up and running by Wednesday morning. And, despite the loss of some business, he was far from upset. "Lost a little bit of power. Lost some electronics," he said. "We just, basically, saved a life. PDQ did." NBC2 is still working to identify the woman who was shocked. She did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. by TaboolaSponsore
Tue, 08/25/2015 06:30 PM Injured football coach  0.0  Florence SC 
 USA 
  at football practice    Field,Football,Outside,School,Sports Field,Work 
FLORENCE, SC (WBTW)  A Florence County junior football coach was struck by lightning Tuesday while at practice. According to Florence County EMS Public Information Officer Billie Hatchell, the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. in a field behind Carver Elementary School during football practice. Hatchell said the 19-year-old coach was resuscitated by first-responders and taken to McLeod Health for treatment. The victim is currently in stable condition, Hatchell said.
Thu, 08/20/2015 12:00 PM Injured child  0.0  Orange county FL 
 USA 
  inside    Indirect,Indoors 
Orange County Fire Rescue on Thursday said lightning struck the roof of a home, igniting a fire and possibly shocking a child. The lightning strike was reported at a home on the 8400 block of Mattituck Circle. Fire Rescue said the strike sparked a fire and possibly shocked a girl through a computer. The child has been taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital as precaution and firefighters are investigating if the child was injured or scared by the lightning strike.
Thu, 08/20/2015 12:00 PM Killed Barbara Pearson  56.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
  struck tree fell on car    In a car 
The death of a Jacksonville woman was ruled by the National Weather Service as directly attributable to lightning after a bolt struck a tree that fell on her car. Barbara M. Pearson, 56, was killed last month when the tree fell on her car. According to Jacksonville.com, her car rolled across a road and into a ditch where other drivers found her. She died five days after the Aug. 20 accident. The National Weather Service sent out a notice this morning saying that although the Pearson was not directly struck by lightning, her death was a direct result of a lightning strike.
Wed, 08/19/2015 07:00 PM Injured 1 o 18 soldiers  0.0  Fort Bragg NC 
 USA 
  outdoor weapons training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
More than a dozen soldiers were injured by a lightning strike Wednesday night at Fort Bragg in eastern North Carolina, officials said. The incident occurred about 8:10 p.m. local time, Master Sgt. Patrick Malone told the Fayetteville Observer. A total of 18 soldiers showed symptoms consistent with a lightning strike, and 16 were hospitalized overnight. Enlarge Rescuers work at the blast site during the aftermath of the warehouse explosion on August 17, 2015 in Tianjin, China. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images) None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, the report added. "A review of radar imagery shows that a few isolated storms popped up close to 6 p.m. on Wednesday," said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. "Storm coverage continued to grow just to the north through the hour, and then off to the west after 7 p.m. Thereafter, a large area of rain and thunderstorms affected the area through the rest of the evening." (MORE: Lightning Strikes Houston-Area Refinery, Sparking Fire) About 60 soldiers were participating in weapons training outdoors at the time of the storm, and exercises had just completed, the Observer reported. As soon as the lightning strike occurred, the unit quickly moved to lower ground. "They took immediate action and executed a lightning drill by ensuring all personnel moved from higher ground to occupy trucks and spread out on low ground," Malone told the newspaper. Fort Bragg is located about 10 miles northwest of Fayetteville. This is the second incident in a week involving soldiers struck by lightning. Two instructors and 17 Army Ranger trainees were hospitalized overnight near Florida's Eglin Air Force Base last Wednesday when a lightning bolt hit a unit that was performing lightning-protection protocols. All returned to their duties the next day. MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Images of Lightning
Tue, 08/18/2015 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Lee's Summit MO 
 USA 
  struck near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Both the Lees Summit Fire Dept. and Lees Summit Police Dept. confirm they received the call and were responding. Lees Summit said the woman was alert and talking and was taken to the hospital. The lighting bolt also apparently hit a tree and stripped a limb and bark from it. There were also reports from emergency dispatch that a Lees Summit home on Timber Hill Drive was on fire. It was unclear if it was related to lightning. In Greenwood Tuesday night, firefighters were called out to a home near South Huntington Drive and Park Drive, where a person called 911 to report they heard a boom and saw smoke. Look for more developments and information on all these on FOX 4 newscasts at 9 and 10 p.m., and updates on fox4kc.com. FILED IN: NEWS
Sat, 08/15/2015 12:00 PM Injured Captain Shane  0.0  Naples FL 
 USA 
  on a boat    Boat,Insurance,Outside,Work 
NAPLES, Fla.  The captain of Sweet Liberty has been released from the hospital after his boat was struck by lightning with 16 other people on board. His mother, who works at the dock, says the lightning came out of no where. Captain Shane had tried to take the boat out of harms way but lightning hit the mast and then traveled into the boom where he was at the helm holding the steering wheel with his left hand. Lightning went through the left side of his body and he was taken to the hospital. He has burns on his hand from where the lightning exited. His mother says he doesnt remember anything after it happened. They say its a miracle he is back home this evening. The boat has some damage to the controls and electronics. Luckily, none of the other 16 passengers on board were injured.
Fri, 08/14/2015 12:00 AM Injured Brian Greenwll  0.0  Great Falls MT 
 USA 
  pushing a cart    Football,Ground Strike,Outside,Sports Field 
Lightning Strikes Football Field, Coach Knocked Down Posted: Aug 14, 2015 5:06 PM EDT Updated: Aug 14, 2015 5:11 PM EDT By The Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Lightning struck on the practice football field at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, knocking a coach down. Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1Ngmhmg) that assistant coach Brian Greenwell was pushing a cart full of equipment on the field Friday morning when the lightning struck. Moore said no one is sure if the lightning hit the cart or Greenwell, but he was not seriously injured. Moore said coaches and administrators encouraged Greenwell to consult a doctor. Tryouts that had been scheduled for Friday morning were moved to the afternoon. ___ Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com (Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Fri, 08/14/2015 12:00 PM Injured Eugene Villines  0.0  Greeley CO 
 USA 
  on motorcycle    Direct hit,Motorcycle,Outside 
AURORA, Colo. - A motorcycle helmet is likely what saved a man's life Friday night after he was struck by lightning while on his sport bike. Eugene Villines, of Greeley, is now in the burn unit at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. He is alert and sharing his story alongside his wife and his 9-year-old son. Villines has three broken ribs, a partially punctured lung and serious scrapes and bruises. All things considered, Im feeling good, Villines said Sunday night. He looks much better now, said his son, Logan. Villines was heading home to Greeley Friday night from Buckley Air Force Base. From what it looked like, I had missed the storm, he said. But not entirely. Villines, an active Army Guard Reserve, remembers passing the 136th Avenue exit on northbound I-25. I just dont remember the next one, said Villines. Eyewitnesses say there was a bright flash. Villines appeared to stand straight up in the air on his motorcycle and was then thrown from his bike. Like somebody was to tasered or something, he said. Not a whole lot of memory of the whole thing. In the immediate minutes and hours after, it was touch and go. Villines had bleeding on his brain. Hes a walking miracle, said his wife, Katie Villines. He was also wearing a helmet and motorcycle gloves and gear. You wont catch me going anywhere without it, he said. Im a big fan of my gear. Doctors believe the lightning likely entered his back and exited this his right hand which is now bandaged. He gets choked up talking about the Good Samaritans who stopped to help. I heard there were maybe five or six people that stopped, said Katie. I believe one was even an ICU nurse. We are grateful to all of you. Thank you for not just leaving my husband on the side of the road. Just, thank you, said Eugene. I have a family and& I appreciate it. Thank you for not leaving my husband on the side of the road, added Katie. Eugene says the doctors and nurses here at UH have been phenomenal. As for ever riding a bike again, he said that's a conversation he'll have with his wife after he leaves the hospital, but he admits its an argument he may lose. I dont think I can handle another phone call like that, said Katie. Somebody up there has something else for me that  well  I still need to be here for a little longer, I guess, said Villines.
Wed, 08/12/2015 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 44 army rangers  0.0  Elgin Air Force Base AL 
 USA 
  training  N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
When lightning struck 44 Army Rangers this week in Florida, leaving 11 in the hospital, jaws must have dropped. What are the odds of that? The answer: Very low in most places, but not so, so low in Florida. The rough chance of being bolted by lightning in a lifetime is about 1 in 12,000, but the odds discriminate by region. Lightning is not partial to touching down on the West Coast, but it loves the South, particularly Florida, NASA says. Local researchers concur. Florida ranks No. 1 in the number of deaths due to lightning, says the University of Florida. Rangers lightning exercise But before we get to that, lets recap what happened to the Rangers: Ironically, they were training near Eglin Air Force Base outside Pensacola on how to avoid being injured by lightning, or conducting lightning protection protocols, when they were electrified. The group had completed six of the 10 days in their training program when it happened. Originally 17 were hospitalized, and late Wednesday, 11 of them  nine students and two instructors  were still in the hospital. Up to 75 times higher Obviously, where there are many more storms, there will be much more lightning, but the difference in the number of strikes is stark. In the hottest spots in South Florida, lightning strikes up to 75 times more often than on the opposite corner of the country. A quick glance at local Florida news reports turns up plenty of examples. This month, lightning strikes were blamed for at least two house fires and a grass fire, and killed one man in the south of the state  all in a single day. Last month, lightning struck three people on a beach, was blamed in reports for at least two house fires, injured a teen standing on a roof and knocked out the scoreboard at a baseball field. You dont find that kind of action in Portland, Oregon. Lightning season Where the Rangers were training is not in the worst strike zone in the state, but its still dicey. Near there on the Alabama coast, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly killed last month by lightning. Also, the time of year matters. Florida is in the middle of lightning season, as the University of Florida calls it. It lasts from late May through late September. In the last 10 years, lightning has killed an average 32 people a year, the National Weather Service says. Florida has had the most deaths by far in that time. Lightning is a major weather killer, ranking behind flood, tornadoes, extreme heat and hurricanes. Studies dating further back showed a much higher death rate due to lightning strikes, about 100 per year, ranking them higher than all other weather dangers aside from flood. But the NWS says that data is no longer up to date. With global warming on the rise, NASA warns that lightning strikes are climbing too, along with the increase in the number of strong storms. CNNs Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report. By Ben Brumfield Four Army Ranger instructors and 40 students were hit by lightning at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida during training maneuvers on how to avoid just that. All 44 were taken for hospital treatment after the strike earlier this week. Seventeen students remained overnight. The rest were treated and released, the Army said in a statement. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," said Col. David Fivecoat, a commander at the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. The students were on their seventh day of intense training at the base in northern Florida. Ranger School is a 10-day boot camp for deployments including special forces operations. The trainees were performing "lightning protection protocols" when they were hit by lightning.
Wed, 08/12/2015 04:00 PM Injured 1 of 40 army rangers  0.0  Elgin Air Force Base AL 
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  outside training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
Camp Rudder at Eglin Air Force Base.Leada Gore | lgore@al.com Lightning strikes at an Eglin Air Force Base training field sent a platoon of Army Rangers to the hospital Wednesday. Forty members of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and two instructors were brought to Eglin Hospital following a series of lightning strikes during strong storms Wednesday afternoon. The students were learning lightning protection protocols at the time of the incident, Army Times reports. Nineteen soldiers and two instructors remain hospitalized Thursday afternoon, according to mypanhandle.com. They are listed in stable condition with no major injuries reported. "The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, said. "Ranger students and instructors are tough. Thirty-one students will return to training tonight and continue with increased medical monitoring as they try to earn their Ranger tab." The strikes occurred at Camp James Rudder, the site of the final nine weeks of training for U.S. Army Ranger School. The camp is located at Eglin Air Force Base. The current Ranger class has two female members; neither was in the platoon affected by the lightning.
Sat, 08/08/2015 12:00 PM Killed Jean Golbert   0.0  Miami FL 
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  near park    Outside 
Thu, 08/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Lexie, 2 of 2  0.0  Claremont CA 
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  walking    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 08/06/2015 12:00 PM Injured Dylan, 1 of 2  0.0  Claremont CA 
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  walking  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
CLAREMONT, CA (KTRK) -- Two teens in California now have an "electric love" after they were struck by lightning while holding hands. Dylan and Lexie say they were walking along a tree-lined street during a thunderstorm when lightning struck, KCAL-TV reports. At first, they weren't sure what had happened, but then a passerby ran up to them and told them that he saw a lightning bolt hit them. "It was more of just kind of shove, you know, and it felt kind of like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something," Dylan said. "Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine," aid Lexie. "It was definitely weird." A doctor told the young love birds that they probably survived because they were holding hands when it happened. "These two were lucky they that they were holding hands. It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies," Stefan Reynoso, a doctor, told KCAL-TV. "The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon and perhaps one in a million." The couple says they are both doing just fine.
Thu, 08/06/2015 05:00 PM Injured man changing tire  0.0  Yuma county NM 
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  changing tire    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
By James Gilbert, @YSJamesGilbert A man was struck by lightning early Thursday evening while changing a flat tire on his car, according to emergency responders. Rural/Metro spokesperson Charly McMurdie said that the incident happened at about 5 p.m. in the area of Highway 95 and Milepost 68. Conrad's Inc. Pools & Spa 62107 300x250 We can finish a standard pool in 6 WEEKS24 Karat Jewelers & Gifts 67583 300x250 Watch Batteries Replaced by your local Specialist McMurdie said Rural/Metro responded to the scene after receiving a call from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office. Firefighters from the Yuma Proving Ground Fire Department were first on the scene and began treating the man. While the extent of the man's injuries aren't known, McMurdie said he was transported by Rural/Metro ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center without having to use emergency lights or sirens. McMurdie explained that the man was in the process of jacking up his vehicle when lightning struck his car, passed through the jack, into the crowbar he was using to crank the jack, and then into his body. A passenger who was also traveling with the man, but was not near the car at the time, was not injured in the incident. Neither the name of the man nor the passenger were available as of press time. James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.
Tue, 08/04/2015 12:00 PM Injured girl inside  14.0  Bridgewater MA 
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  in bed    Indirect,Indoors 
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WHDH) - A 14-year-old girl was sent to the hospital on Tuesday after a lightning strike. The girl was struck while she was sleeping in her bedroom at her home in Bridgewater. According to family members, there was a loud crack of lightning and the girl immediately started screaming from her third-floor bedroom. The girls mother took her to a Brockton hospital to get checked out and she was transferred to Tufts Medical Center so they can keep her overnight for observations. Family members said they believe she will be okay, as she was up and walking around immediately after the strike. This is not the first time this family has been struck by lightning. According to one family member, the girls grandmother was hit by lightning once while she was a child and then again when she was a teenager.
Sat, 08/01/2015 02:30 PM Killed Juan Trujillo  37.0  Rio Arriba county NM 
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  on a motorcycle  N/A  Motorcycle,Outside 
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE)  State police is investing a single motorcycle crash in Rio Arriba County. Police were on the scene Saturday at about 2:30 in the afternoon due to the crash. They say Juan Trujillo, 37, was traveling eastbound on US 64 when he crashed on his 2007 Honda motorcyle. Officials say he was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities say an autopsy later showed Trujillo died from a lightning strike.
Wed, 07/29/2015 05:00 PM Injured woman, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake Jessamine FL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Wed, 07/29/2015 05:00 PM Injured woman, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake Jessamine FL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Tue, 07/28/2015 05:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 women  0.0  Orange county FL 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two women reported being struck by lightning just before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Martinez Drive, north of Lake Jessamine, an Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman said. lRelated Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire LAKE COUNTY NEWS Lightning blamed for Summerfield house fire SEE ALL RELATED 8 One of the women was hit hard enough to knock her onto the ground, though she was conscious when Fire Rescue officials arrived, spokeswoman Kat Kennedy said. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. The second woman declined medical treatment, Kennedy said.
Thu, 07/23/2015 08:00 PM Killed woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
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  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.
Thu, 07/23/2015 unknown woman  73.0  Prattville AL 
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  picking blueberries    Outside,Yard 
PRATTVILLE ⬠An Autauga County woman died last week after apparently being struck by lightning. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her yard in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy. 82 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. The sheriffâ¬"s office is conducting a death investigation in the case. It appears the woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard, and that the tree had been struck by lightning, sheriffâ¬"s office reports show. She may have been killed Thursday afternoon or evening, the sheriff said. Her brother became concerned because he hadnâ¬"t seen or heard from her since Thursday afternoon, reports show. He went to her home to check on her Friday evening and discovered the body. â¬SIâ¬"ve been with the sheriffâ¬"s office for 21 years, and I canâ¬"t remember a lightning death during that time,⬝ said Sedinger, who was elected sheriff in 2014. He was serving as chief deputy during the election. â¬SPeople need to be careful, especially this time of year. If youâ¬"re outside and hear thunder, you need to get inside.⬝ Lightning can strike 15 miles away from a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. For the year, there have been 22 fatalities across the country due to lightning strikes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last recorded lightning death was July 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., when a 62-year-old man was struck under a tree near his home, NOAA data shows. As of July 18, Alabama and Florida lead the nation this year with lightning deaths, with three each.
Thu, 07/23/2015 12:00 PM Injured teen  18.0  Okeechobee FL 
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  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside 
Teen on roof injured in lightning strike in Okeechobee WPTV Webteam 6:03 PM, Jul 23, 2015 2 hours ago OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - The Department of Juvenile Justice is launching an investigation after an 18-year-old was was in the vicinity of a lightning strike while he was on the roof of the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. Fire rescue said crews were called out to a lightning strike at the facility off Highway 441 on Thursday afternoon. Crews said his injuries were consistent to that of a lightning strike with burn in and out marks. DJJ says the teen is staying at the Youth Development Center. He was alert and conscious when treated but was airlifted to a hospital in Orlando for further evaluation, according to fire rescue. Recommended Videos Chandler, Arizona, officer 'illegally' enters woman's home, arrests her while she is naked Alligator eats puppy in front of Orlando pet owner Recommended by Now DJJ is launching an investigation to find out what exactly happened before the teen was hurt. "The DJJ Office of Inspector General will be conducting a thorough investigation to further determine circumstances surrounding this incident," said Heather DiGiacomo, Director of Communications, FL Department of Juvenile Justice.
Wed, 07/22/2015 04:13 PM Injured 1 of 3 on nude beach  0.0  Haulover Beach FL 
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  at beach, in water    Beach,Ground Strike,In Water,Outside 
Lightning struck a Florida nude beach Wednesday, injuring three people, authorities said. The lightning strike was reported at 4:13 p.m., as lifeguards were clearing Haulover Beach in Miami-Dade County. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the victims were all near the shoreline or in the water at the time of the lightning strike. One of the victims was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, while two others sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The victims names have not been released. So far this year, 22 people across the United States are believed to have died in lightning fatalities, the National Weather Service reports, nearly matching last years total of 26.
Tue, 07/21/2015 04:30 PM Injured Savannah Webb  12.0  Worth county GA 
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  touching doorknob    Door,Indirect,Indoors 
On Tuesday Worth County emergency units were dispatched to Pebble Lane around 4:30 P.M. with reports a 12-year old girl had received injury to her hand as a result of a lightning strike. As Phoebe Worth EMS medics were en route, Worth County E-911 dispatchers notified them the girls hand was turning black and markings on her face were becoming visible. The E-911 dispatcher told responders the girl was apparently touching the front door when lightning likely hit an area close to the structure. Michelle Delgado of Worth County works as a nurse at a rehabilitation center in Tifton. Her three children were staying with their grandfather on Pebble Lane while she was at work Tuesday. Michelle frantically drove through the rainy conditions with flashers in an effort to get to her daughter. The grandfather had called Michelle when the incident happened and after talking with him, she called E-911 to relay the information and get an ambulance to the home. Savannah Webb, 12, said when the storm began escalating she had gone to the door to look outside. She said she had her hand on the metal door and had also leaned her face against the doorframe as she watched winds and rain when just then, the strike occurred. Savannah reacted by crying due to the pain and shock as her grandfather worked frantically to get help. DSC_0698 Savannah was with her brothers when lightning struck near their grandfathers home. The jolt also disabled the landline phone at the home. To aggravate matters, Michelle was unable to get to her fathers home on the regular route as a tree had fallen across the roadway. She turned around to take another route. E-911 also advised emergency units of the tree across the road. The ambulance took Savannah to Phoebe Worth Hospital and she reportedly had a high pulse rate on arrival at the ER. The hospital ran several tests and scans until Savannah was finally released around midnight. Her hand and face had a very white appearance for some time before fading to nearly normal by the next day. She continues to take breathing treatments at home but other than that, she is doing very well and likely hasnt sustained any further injury. Savannah is very lucky but the incident confirms the importance of keeping away from doors and windows during storm watches and warnings as alerts typically urge when released in our county. _______________________________________
Sun, 07/19/2015 12:00 PM Injured fireman, 1 of 2  0.0  Denmark ME 
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  inside    Door,Fighting Fires,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
DENMARK (WGME) -- Two men were injured in a pair of lightning strikes in Denmark. It happened Sunday evening when one of several thunderstorms pushed through southern Maine before heading out to sea. "The sky was black and the rain was coming down pretty hard. And there was just lightning everywhere, Denmark Fire Chief Dana Costello said. Chief Costello says firefighters were called to a home on Route 160 after a lightning strike knocked down power lines, which fell on a gold car with the car's owner inside it. Denmark firefighters managed to rescue a stunned Jan Lusky from his car. Firefighter Ryan Lord helped Lusky up the stairs to his home to wait for paramedics. That's when a second lightning strike hit an antenna on the metal roof of the house. "When my fireman was escorting the gentleman to his house, it was like a million dollar lightning strike. As soon as he grabbed the door, the screen door porch handle, lightning struck the house," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello and several of his firefighters were standing in the pouring rain when the lightening hit. "All I saw was just a flash of reddish pink," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello says the next thing he remembers is his rescue chief calling for a second ambulance. The firefighter and homeowner suffered indirect lightening hits. Both were treated and released from a local hospital. Chief Costello says both men tell him they're doing just fine. "They're very lucky. I mean it could have been a lot worse. But I'm very glad that both of them are okay," Chief Costello said. Chief Costello says he tells people to stay in their car or home when lightning is near, or to find a low lying area if you're caught outside.
Sat, 07/18/2015 01:00 PM Injured Chad Hollingsworth  0.0  Sophia NC 
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  working outside home  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
SOPHIA, N.C.  A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning in Randolph County on Saturday afternoon. Officials said the unidentified victim was struck while working outside a home in Sophia at about 1 p.m. The home was at the intersection of Beckerdite Road and Hollingsworth Farm Drive, according to Randolph County emergency workers. The victim was conscious when the emergency call came in. The victim was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available. SOPHIA, N.C. -- A Randolph County man who was struck by lightning at his home Saturday afternoon was released from the hospital early Sunday evening, family members tells WFMY News 2. Chad Hollingsworth of Sophia was spraying his house on Beckerdite Road near 311 when he was hit by lightning. He was with a friend when the incident happened. Hollingsworth said the bolt hit him on his right arm and caused injuries on his arm, side, and back. Thankfully, he survived. Monday in an exclusive interview with WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower Hollingsworth said his scar from the lightning strike looks like angel wings. Randolph County EMS responded to the scene and had Hollingsworth airlifted to Baptist Medical where doctors kept him overnight for observation. Hollingsworth tells us one of the marks created from the bolt looks like a pair of angel wings. He says his family thinks it's a sign that his "guardian angel" was looking out for him. WFMY Meteorologist Tim Buckley says storms were popping up in the Sophia, Randleman, and Level Cross areas around the time Mr. Hollingsworth was struck. Over 100 lightning strikes were seen within 1 hour in northern Randolph County, some of them striking miles away from the storm. Remember, if you are close enough to hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning.
Sat, 07/18/2015 12:00 AM Injured Karly Morgan  13.0  Syosset NY 
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  washing dirt bike    Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside 
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)  A 14-year-old girl from Long Island is recovering after being struck by lightning Saturday morning. CBS2s vortex radar showed heavy rain and lightening pounding the Tri-state  including Syosset on the North Shore of Long Island. Thats where 14-year-old Karly Morgan was power washing her dirt bike in the middle of the storm when she was struck, CBS2s Matt Kozar reported. I only heard thunder so I thought I was going to be fine, and then all of the sudden there was a big bolt of lighting that hit, Morgan said. I guess somewhere near the power washer. I was holding the wand and it blew it out of my hand. Morgan doesnt remember much. But, she was conscious and felt her heart racing and legs tingling. All I saw was this big light of white and blue in my face, Morgan said. I felt it down by my legs. Victoria Milana heard Morgan screaming and called 911. It sounded like she was being burned from the inside out, Milana said. It was just shock. I was very scared. But doctors gave Morgan the all clear. I didnt really have time to feel upset or scared, said her father Bob Morgan. As for the teen, theres no time to fret about getting struck by lightning. Depending on how I feel, Ill probably ride my dirt bike, Morgan said.
Sat, 07/18/2015 03:00 PM Injured 1 of 6, lifeguards  0.0  Aurora CO 
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  at pool in park  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Pool,Work 
AURORA, Colo. - Four people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after lightning struck Del Mar park in Aurora, according to the Aurora Fire Department's Twitter page. Initial reports stated that six people were hit by lightning, but the Aurora Fire Department later tweeted that no one was directly hit. They added that those four people were taken to an area hospital with minor injures for treatment.
Sat, 07/18/2015 06:15 PM Killed man   0.0  Bakersfield CA 
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      Outside 
One person killed in lightning strike east of Bakersfield Derek VandeWeg 12:04 PM, Jul 20, 2015 43 mins ago BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A lightning strike may be to blame for a death in a rural area east of Bakersfield. Firefighters received the emergency call at 6:51 p.m. on Saturday, according to Kern County Fire Captain Tyler Townsend. Crews found the victim in the 1300 block of E. Curnow Road, near the intersection of Cottonwood Road. Bystanders in the area said the victim had been struck by lightning, but the Kern County Coroner's office will ultimately determine the cause of death, Townsend said. Recommended Videos Jogger describes miracle recovery from death Start Smart: Driving safety for teens Recommended by The victim -- whose identity hasn't been released -- was dead on arrival.
Fri, 07/17/2015 12:00 PM Injured parking lot attendant  0.0  Mobile AL 
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  at parking lot    Outside,Parking Lot,Work 
After storms rolled into Mobile on Friday, dangerous lightning strikes befell much of the region. A Mobile Regional Airport parking attendant was struck by lightning at work. The young woman is in pain, but doing okay, she said via social media. She also said the left side of her body felt numb. She was taken to Providence Hospital for treatment. As more information is released, this post will be updated.
Fri, 07/17/2015 01:15 PM Injured Ryan Pocius, 2 of 4  32.0  Chaffee County CO 
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  hiking in mountains  N/A  Critical,Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
(CNN) A 31-year-old woman has died after being struck by lightning while hiking in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said. Three other hikers suffered injuries in the incident Friday, with one being sent to a local hospital for treatment. The bolt struck the Mount Yale Trail, which runs just above the tree line at about 12,400 feet, about two hours west of Colorado Springs. Mount Yale is a prominent summit in the state, rising above 14,000 feet. It took responders several hours to reach the victims because of the rugged terrain. Emergency responders initially thought two people had been struck and injured but that number later increased. Two of the hikers hit said they had lost consciousness for a relatively short time. Fortunately, they suffered no lasting impact and were able to make it safely down the mountain. Two victims were from the Denver area, including the woman who died. She was located by responders on the mountain, where she was pronounced dead Friday evening. A 32-year-old man was airlifted to a Colorado Springs hospital; he was listed in critical but stable condition. Authorities believe the bolt of lightning struck early Friday afternoon. The area had no cellphone service, however, forcing witnesses to hike from the scene and drive to an area where they could notify emergency responders of the incident. The National Weather Service had predicted some severe storms were possible for the day.
Fri, 07/17/2015 01:15 PM Killed Kathleen Bartlett, 1 of 4  31.0  Chaffee County CO 
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  hiking in mountains  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
A group of hikers were above treeline Friday when lightning struck, killing one woman and injuring three others. According to Chaffee County Sheriff's Office, the group was on the Mt. Yale Trail near Buena Vista above 12,400 feet when the storm passed over. Two of the surviving hikers said they briefly lost consciousness after the lightning hit, but otherwise sustained only minor injuries. Because the area has no cellphone service, authorities say the two had to hike down the mountain to get help. It took responders several hours to reach the other two in the group. One, a 31-year-old woman, was pronounced dead Friday night. A fourth person in the group, identified only as a 32-year-old man, was airlifted to a hospital in Colorado Springs. He is in stable condition. Lightning is a very real threat in the Colorado mountains, where the weather can change suddenly, and sometimes without warning. Three women hiking on Pikes Peak Friday said from their vantage point on the Barr Trail, the sky was bright blue without storm clouds through their entire hike. It wasn't until they reached the summit that they could see storm clouds building in the distance, on a side of the mountain that wasn't visible from the Barr Trail. The storm hit the peak only minutes after they walked inside the Summit House, the hikers said. Experts say that people above treeline are at an increased risk because they are often the tallest and most conducive-to-electricity object in the area. The National Weather Service says Colorado averages three deaths and 15 injuries a year from lightning. The mountain profile, summer weather patterns and the influx of hikers, can make for an especially lethal combination in the summer months. Though there are never guarantees, the best bet for staying safe on the mountain is starting the hike early and being off the mountain by noon. If you're in a group and storm conditions do appear, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. We have more safety tips on the right side of this page. They were newlyweds united in part by a love for the outdoors, and just days after their wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the couple went for a hike on Mt. Yale. Kathleen Bartlett and Ryan Pocius were just above the tree line Friday afternoon when, in a flash, everything changed. Bartlett, 31, was killed and Pocius, 32, injured when they were struck by lightning. Less than a week after his wedding, Pocius is suddenly a widower. They were at 12,400 feet when the strike happened at about 1:15 p.m., but because their location was outside cell service, witnesses had to hike to get a signal and couldn't place a 911 call until 2:05 p.m., according to Chaffee County authorities. Emergency crews were dispatched, but did not reach the couple until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Then, Flight for Life Helicopters were delayed by weather. Pocius was finally evacuated on a helicopter around 5:45 p.m. His wife was pronounced dead on the mountain. It appears that Bartlett died instantly, Randy Amettis of the Chaffee County Coroner's Office said. Two other hikers, who were not with Bartlett and Pocius, were also hit by the lightning strike, but had only minor injuries. They were able to "self-evacuate," according to undersheriff Derek Bos. Bartlett and Pocius met at the bar where she worked part-time and the chemistry was instant, she wrote in a post on their wedding website. "We ended up having more things in common than we first thought, including a shared appreciation for kids' movies, yoga, sarcasm and love for the outdoors," Bartlett wrote on the couple's page on theknot.com. "It became apparent very quickly that we had both found 'our person.' Six months after we started dating seriously, we found ourselves engaged and the rest is history!" Bartlett's profile picture on Facebook, last updated Wednesday, shows her wearing her wedding dress holding a bouquet of flowers as Pocius, eyes closed, kisses her on the cheek. Bartlett is smiling broadly, her eyes looking to the sky. Matthew Nussbaum: 303-954-1666, mnussbaum@denverpost.com or twitter.com/MatthewNussbaum
Wed, 07/15/2015 12:00 PM Injured Jerry Leenheer  71.0  Golden Gate Canyon CO 
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  working outside home    CPR,Outside,Yard 
A Colorado woman is being hailed a hero as she may be the sole reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning Wednesday. KCNC reported that Jerry Leenheer, 71, was completely unresponsive after he and his dog were struck by lightning outside of their house in Golden Gate Canyon, Colorado as he was trimming trees. But Leenheer survived and is recovering at St. Anthonys Hospital in Lakewood  thanks to his wife, Cora Jean. Cora Jean Leenheer may be the reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC-TV) Cora Jean Leenheer may be the reason her husband is still alive after he was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC-TV) He was lying there, no pulse, not breathing, his eyes were open and staring, Cora Jean told KCNC. They were both dead. His hat was blown to pieces and his shirt was just in shreds, she said. Cora Jean didnt have cell reception and KCNC reported that no one could hear her pleas for help. On her own, Cora Jean said she started praying and doing chest compressions. Cora Jean shows KCNC her husband's shirt after her was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC) Cora Jean shows KCNC her husbands shirt after her was struck by lightning. (Image source: KCNC) I just started doing chest compressions right away, praying and telling him to come back, I wasnt going to let him go& I thought I was a widow, she said. Fifteen minutes went by before she was able to enlist a neighbors help. Twenty minutes after she had started doing the chest compressions, Jerry took a breath. Jerry is reportedly aware of what happened, although a little confused, KCNC said. But Cora Jeans son, Andrew, is hailing his mother as a hero. So impressed with how clear-headed she was through this situation, how she was thinking about the right things to do, Andrew told KCNC. KCNC reported that unfortunately the Leenheers dog did not survive.
Sun, 07/12/2015 06:00 PM Killed Gage McSpadden  21.0  Spearfish SD 
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  playing disk golf    Delayed Death,Fresbee,Outside 
Black Hills State University says 21-year old senior Gage McSpadden of Rawlins, Wyoming died after being struck by lightning Sunday in Spearfish. A release from the school says the senior distance runner on the BHSU cross country and track & field teams was airlifted to a Denver hospital after being struck on Sunday. In that release, BHSU President Tom Jackson. Jr. said, "It is with deep sadness that I share with you news of the passing of Gage after sustaining serious injuries this past weekend. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are extended to the McSpadden family, friend and colleagues of Gage."
Sun, 07/12/2015 06:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 on disk golf course  0.0  Spearfish SD 
 USA 
  playing disk golf    Fresbee,Outside 
Two people were struck by lightning Sunday evening at the Spearfish Canyon Disk Golf Course. The Spearfish Police Department says they received a call shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday that one of the two people was unresponsive and one was hit by lightning indirectly. Although it's something that you may not think could happen to you, lightning strikes do occur. Lieutenant Oliver White with the Rapid City Fire Department says the best thing to do is get inside. White says, "Summer times is a great time to be outdoors, but as soon as you hear that thunder, it means you're within striking distance of the lightning. Even though those events are rare, we do suggest that people use caution and get indoors. Usually, even if it's not raining, lightning can still strike. So if you hear it, it's time to go inside." The Pennington County Emergency Management Director Dustin Willett says on average when you hear thunder, lightning is within 8 miles. And Willett says the agreed upon danger zone for a lightning strike is around 10 miles. Willett says, "Literally by the time you can hear the thunder, you are within the range of being struck by lightning. So people will push it and push it and push it and wait until it's hailing, wait until it's raining or wait until they see the lightning hitting the ground. You've been in the danger zone for so long to get to that point that people typically don't halt their outdoor activities soon enough and seek shelter. They push it and put themselves at risk." Willett and White both say if you are stuck outside and cannot get to shelter to find a vehicle to get in to, and if that is not an option either... White says, "There's a myth to lay flat on the ground, but the National Weather Service and the National Lightning Safety Institute both recommend that you actually just keep moving until you can actually get to a structure." Willett says the rule of thumb to follow is it is safe to resume outdoor activities 30 minutes after you hear thunder.
Thu, 07/09/2015 07:25 AM Injured man   0.0  Hanford CA 
 USA 
  near struck power pole    Ground Strike,Outside,Power Pole,Work 
A man was injured after lightning hit a nearby power pole due to a thunderstorm on Thursday morning. An employee was hurt when lightning struck a power pole at the intersection of Seventh and Elder avenues, northeast of Hanford, while he was working on a pumping project at the intersection for M.C. Fagundes Ranch. It hit the pole right where he was standing and threw him right into the road, said Jason Fagundes, co-owner of the ranch. It was a pretty chaotic moment. The employee and the company he works for isnt being identified at this time upon request by the company. Fagundes said the lightning strike caused serious damage to the pole, with wood and other debris blown out all around while the pole caught fire. It also temporarily knocked out power in the area. Fagundes said he went out there a few minutes before the strike to check with the employee on the status of a new pump installation and had left the area right before the strike. After seeing the lightning hit the pole, he rushed to the worker to check on him and called 911 around 7:25 a.m. I told him that he needed to get out of there because of the storm, but he wasnt able to do it in time, he said. Fagundes said the employee was transported to Adventist Medical Center to get checked out and that he will likely be held overnight for observation. No details were provided on the severity of the injuries the employee sustained, although Fagundes said he was conscious and talking after the incident. He was in shock, he said. You could tell he was a little rattled. The Hanford Fire Department has put out the fire on the pole and is cleaning up the area. Fagundes said the damage was extensive enough that a new pole may have to be inserted. Lightning also caused a palm tree to catch fire in the backyard of a Hanford residence at around 7:15 a.m. Firefighters quickly arrived on scene, in the 900 block of Togneri Street, to put out the fire. The fire department said the lightning strike not only caused the tree to catch fire but also struck a portion of the resident's patio, creating an 18-inch-deep hole all the way through to the foundation of the house. The lightning traveled through the hole and struck a water pipe, traveling through the pipe and blew holes in the line and surrounding earth. The National Weather Service in Hanford said there was a total of 0.41 of an inch of rain in Hanford today, which they said shattered the 0.18 of an inch record for the month set in July 1982.

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