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Fri, 12/31/2010 12:00 PM Killed couple died 20 others struck  0.0  Bugambe Hoima 
Lightning strikes 22, couple dies E-mail article Print article A victim of the lightning receiving treatment at Hoima Hospital By Pascal Kwesiga and Robert Atuhairwe A man and his wife died and 20 others were admitted to Hoima Hospital and Kabalega Medical Centre after being struck by lightning. Simon Irumba died instantly when lightning struck during the burial of his father-in-law, Tamiteo Isingoma, at Muhwiju in Bugambe sub-county, Hoima district on Wednesday evening. Irumba died in his seat as his wife Kelvin Nyangoma was serving him a drink. Nyangoma also fell down and lost consciousness. Allan Alinaitwe, a witness, said several mourners lost consciousness after they were hit. Many people who were seated and standing near Irumba when his wife fell down. We ran for our lives thinking they were all dead. Most were lying still, while others were groaning, he said. The victims were rushed to Hoima hospital and Kabalega medical centre in Hoima town. Nyangoma died on arrival at Hoima Hospital. Scores of people from Hoima town and neighbouring areas crowded the hospital to find out if their relatives had been involved in the incident. When New Vision visited the hospital, most of the victims were lying on the floor in the casualty wing, where they were being treated. Some of them were given first aid and discharged. Those still admitted at Hoima Hospital are Francis Mbabazi, 30, Dan Tugume, 27, Josephine Tibenda, Annet Kabadaki, Florence Tibuliba and Timbigamba, 32. Bridget Kemigisa and Bosco Tugume are admitted at Kabalega medical centre. The victims sustained serious burns and complained of severe pain. Tugume recalled that he was seated in a tent when the incident occurred. I was seated in a tent when lightning struck. I saw a lot of light and that is all I can remember, he said. I have just found myself in the hospital this morning but I dont know how I came here. I feel a lot of pain and I can see burns on my body, Tugume added. An old woman who witnessed the incident attributed the lighting to the devil. This is the work of devil and I have never seen it in my life time. You cannot go to bury your father-in-law and get struck by lightning and you die, she said. The LC1 chairman for Muhwiju village, Eric Bendebule, said the incident was the first of its kind in the area and had shocked many residents. It is a big surprise and it has shaken the whole village. I am an old man but have never seen this happen in my area, he said. Costance Aseru, a nursing officer at Hoima Hospital, said most of those affected had been given first aid treatment and discharged. She added that the victims sustained burns, while others had recovered from shock. We have put all of them on treatment and they are out of danger. I hope they will be fine and we shall discharge them soon, she said. Irumba and his wife Nyangoma will be buried at Kitoma village in Busiisi division in Hoima.
Tue, 12/28/2010 12:00 PM Killed Education cuts death toll  0.0   
  114 dead vs 140 last year    Education 
Toll decreases: Lightning deaths down on 2009 TUESDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2010 15:01 MOM KUNTHEAR Toll decreases THE number of people killed by lightning strikes this year fell by 26 compared to last year, largely thanks to education campaigns instructing people to remain indoors, keep away from trees and unplug electrical items during thunderstorms, an official said yesterday. Keo Vy, chief of cabinet at the National Committee for Disaster Management, said 114 people were killed by lightning strikes during rainy season storms this year. A further 58 people were injured, 65 head of cattle were killed and three houses were destroyed, he said. The number of deaths is lower than last year, when 140 people died, 59 were injured, and 38 cattle were killed, he said. We keep on educating and explaining to the people about how to avoid the lightning.
Mon, 12/27/2010 12:00 PM unknown Thunder snow  0.0   
scientific american      Education,Science 
Thunder, Lightning and... Snow Scientists study winter storms involving thundersnow to pinpoint where heavy snowfalls may occur By Nikhil Swaminathan | December 27, 2010 | 2 Share Email Print THUNDERSNOW: "Thundersnow," a weather phenomenon featuring the unusual combination of thunder, lightning and snow, was part of the winter storm that hit the East Coast December 26. Image: COURTESY OF JWIZMAN96, VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Editor's note: This article originally was published March 4, 2009. We are re-posting it because thundersnow was observed in New York City during the storm that hit the East Coast in the past few days. It's been more than 30 yearsduring the Blizzard of 1978 to be exactsince Neil Stuart saw "thundersnow," a weather phenomenon featuring the unusual combination of thunder, lightning and snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist was 10 years old, living near Boston. The stormwhich he says "is famous in meteorological circles" and influenced his career pathdumped 27 inches (67 centimeters) of snow on the ground over two days. The heaviest snow, however, came during a six-hour thundersnow storm that delivered one foot of snow over a six hour period. Seeing thundersnow come down is "like watching a time-lapse movie of the snow building up, because it falls so quickly," Stuart says. Thunder and lightning during a snowstorm is different from a run-of-the-mill snowstorm; it is extremely rarefewer than 1 percent of observed snowstorms unleash thundersnow, according to a 1971 NSW study. But recorded observations of the phenomenon date back to 250 B.C., say ancient Chinese records translated in 1980 by atmospheric scientist Pao-Kuan Wang, now of the University of WisconsinMadison. Today, researchers are interested in thundersnow for its predictive value. According to Patrick Market, an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri, a 30-year study of snowfall found that when lightning is observed during a snowstorm, there is an 86 percent chance that at least 15 centimeters of snow will fall within 113 kilometers of the flash. Researchers are trying to determine the combo of atmospheric conditions required to create thundersnow to help them better predict heavy snowfallwhich they define as at least 20 centimeters falling at a rate of 7.5 to 10 centimeters per hourand issue warnings about hazardous weather before it hits, giving people time to prepare, take cover and get off the road. (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 800 deaths were caused by snow-related traffic accidents in 2007.) By the time the lightning flashes during a thundersnow-storm, it is often already too late to prepare local residents for the whiteout on the way. "If we're talking about the observation of thundersnow," Market says, "the predictive value is on the order of minutes to hours." Thundersnow-storms share some characteristics with summer thunderstorms. In both, a region of relatively warm air causes moisture to condense into clouds. A temperature gradient then forms with colder air farther up and warmer air closer to Earth's surface. If the relatively warm air begins to rise, the turbulence causes some water molecules to lose electrons and others to gain them, forming charges within the atmosphere that lead to electrification (discharged as lightning) and a sudden heating and expansion of the air. Thundersnow is unique, scientists believe, because due to the subzero temperatures, interactions between supercooled liquid water, ice crystals and larger ice particles can also generate lightning. In both types of storms, thunder results from the sound waves created by the rapid cooling and contraction of the air superheated by the lightning. In the U.S. thundersnow is most likely to form in mountainous regions like the Rockies (thanks to warm air pockets caused by sudden changes in elevation) as well as in the vicinity of comparatively warm and large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes. Snow requires a cold environment, adequate moisture to form clouds, and rising air; thundersnow makes an appearance when a fourth ingredient is added: thermal instability, which is created by the addition of relatively warm air. (Market estimates that temperatures need to get cooler by at least four degrees Celsius per 1.6 kilometers of altitude as warm air travels upward to create the needed turbulence. Scott Steiger, an assistant meteorology professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, recently discovered that there are about six thundersnow storms a year in the lower Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario) region, most of them in November and December. "These storms don't move, so they can dump up to seven feet [two meters] of snow in one day," he says. "They are very intense snowstorms, but they are very local." When thundersnow occurs away from mountains and lakes, its heat sources aren't found near the ground but rather at altitudes upward of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). It is these less-frequent occurrencesin more populous areas in the Great Plains and the Northeastern U.S., as during the 1978 blizzardwhere this type of storm has the greatest potential to cause damage. During a March 1 thundersnow storm that covered parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, five to to 7.6 centimeters fell per hour, an extremely rare occurrence in that part of the country, Stuart says. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported visibility of only about 402 meters for more than an hour around noontime that day, and there were power outages in some areas of northern Georgia due to the heavy, wet snow, he adds. Market last month joined a team of storm-chasing University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign researchers using various radars to examine what takes place inside storm clouds to cause snowfall. The team is surveying atmospheric conditions in several locations in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. A field mill, a device that measures electric fields near the ground, will be used to determine whether there is an accumulation of charged ice particles in the clouds above. The team next year plans to fly into snowstorms in NWS planes and drop parcels containing thermometers, barometers and other devices that, like weather balloons, will measure temperature on their way down. If the team encounters thundersnow during its study, it may be able to confirm the conditions needed to produce it, making such icy tempests easier to forecast. "With some lead time, [be it] hours or even a day or two," Stuart says, "we can see a big storm and predict which areas will see extreme snowfall."
Sun, 12/26/2010 12:00 PM unknown new pain treatment for victims  0.0   
New device treats UT teen's lightning injury pain Dec 26, 2010 4:37pm Email Print SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  Doctors are using a new FDA-approved device to help a Utah teenager manage pain from injuries he got when he was struck by lightning. Alex Lambson and Dane Zdunich (zuh-DEN'-itch) were both hit as they stood outside Snow Canyon High School in St. George on Oct. 6. KSL-TV reports that Lambson suffered the most serious injuries, including burns over 40 percent of his body and nerve damage that leaves the 17-year-old with excruciating pain. Doctors are using a new device called Calmare on Lambson that uses electricity, not narcotics, to treat pain. The Calmare transmits a 'no pain' message through disposable surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient's pain. "It has to do with manipulating how your body understands what's happening in the peripheral nerves," Lambson's doctor, Robert Chalmers of the Spero Clinic in St. George, said. "Instead of using drugs by manipulating chemicals, we work with one specific part, which is the electricity that travels through nerves." Doctors believe electrical manipulation may be re-training the brain to think that pain is not there, especially after an injury has healed. As Chalmers explains, it's similar to the Phantom Limb Syndrome experienced by amputees after the loss of a limb. "You can undo what basically has been imprinted into that patient's brain by being in pain for a long time," Chalmers said. Lambson, who said he experiences "pretty much every kind of pain imaginable," said the treatments provide him with quick relief. "Usually five minutes after I get plugged in my pain is almost completely gone," he said. On the pain scale of one to 10, Lambson said he was suffering level 10 pain when he left the hospital. But after 16 treatments with the Calmare, he said the intervals of relief are longer and the pain less intense when it returns, especially in the first 24 hours. "Normally it only gets to a five or six now," Lambson said. The Calmare device is only available at 21 U.S. medical centers. The one used by Chalmers in St. George is the only device in Utah. Chalmers said he has treated 32 patients since he began using the machine six months ago and that the results vary depending on the patient's nerve injury and the length of time they've suffered chronic pain. ___ Information from: KSL-TV,
Sat, 12/25/2010 10:00 PM Killed 4 die, 23 injured  0.0  Pokot County  
HomeNewsProvincial PROVINCIAL Four die as lightning strikes SHARE BOOKMARKPRINTEMAILRATING By BERNARD KWALIA bkwalia@ke.nationmedia.comPosted Monday, December 27 2010 at 21:00 IN SUMMARY Festivities turned into mourning after the disaster at fundraiser that also left eight people blind A fund-raising ceremony in Pokot County turned tragic on Christmas Day after lightning struck four people dead, leaving 23 others injured. Mr Chelokotio Pokoriangas family had assembled to collect funds for a student of Muhino Secondary School and thereafter celebrate Christmas at their home in Paraywa Village of Pokot Central District. The incident occurred at 10pm during a four-hour heavy downpour. The injured were taken to Ortum Mission and Kitale District hospitals. The student sustained minor injuries. Kenya Red Cross Society officials and security personnel arrived at the scene to help in the rescue mission. A Red Cross official in Pokot, Mr Peter Domororita, told the Nation on phone that initial reports indicated four people had died instantly. Mr Domororita said that out of the 23 injured, 13 were treated and discharged, while the rest were admitted to the two hospitals. Eight of the victims lost their sight. He gave the names of those who were killed as Ms Chekopus Lokudonyamwai, 14, Mr Philemon Lokudonamwai, 16, Mr Jacob Lokedi, 19, and Mr David Katuma, 23. Pokot Central police boss Nicolas Musila said the number of people who had attended the function had not been established. Mr Musila said the bodies were moved to the mission hospitals mortuary awaiting post-mortem
Fri, 12/24/2010 11:35 PM Killed 3 dead  0.0  Jotsholo Matabelelad North 
  in a hut     
Lightning kills 3 at Xmas party 29/12/2010 00:00:00 by Lindie Whiz E mail this to a friend Printable Version RELATED STORIES Man dies in bicycle collision Proud polygamist eyes wife 8 Sex change baby mum's suicide bid Police chief warns woman rapists Assault rap for charcoal burn prophet Fifth hitchhiker raped by women Magic sex 'rapist' in court Court throws out virginity lawsuit Donkey quarrel leads to eye loss Thief begs court to jail him 'Cheating' woman sliced off hubby's willy Mum romped with son as hubby watched Faith sect dad jailed over measles deaths Kidnappers suck woman's breasts Anger over dog-eating Chinese man Wife cuts oral sex turn-off hubby's willy Mum jumps off building with baby on back Man beat wife over cheating dream Girl offered $500 for her hand Witchcraft ring: Boy's head cut off THREE people taking shelter in a hut from a Christmas Eve downpour died after being struck by lightning. Police said 16 others suffered varying degrees of burns in the same incident in Jotsholo, Matabeleland North. Lupane District Chief Superintendent Johannes Gowo said the victims had gathered for a Christmas party at the home of one Jabulani Ncube in Ngondo Village when it started raining just after 11.30PM. Some people moved into the kitchen to shelter from the light showers. A few minutes later, lightning struck and demolished the hut, Chief Superintendent Gowo said. Three people died on the spot while 16 were rushed to Fatima Clinic with varying degrees of burns all over their bodies. Two were treated and discharged the same day and 14 were admitted but are now said to be in a stable condition. The dead included members of the same family -- Esnath Tshuma, 41 and Farai Tshuma, 2 -- and a teenager, Gladmore Luphahla, 8. Superstitious locals have blamed the incident on witchcraft. One local man who helped pull survivors from the rubble said: I was asleep when I heard a loud clap of thunder, which was followed by people screaming. We went out to investigate and found the hut destroyed with its roof smouldering. I think an evil villager caused the rain to fall and then sent the lightning to kill these people. It is suspicious that the light showers produced the lightning that caused so much damage. People are now living in fear as they thought whoever had sent the lightning would do it again.
Mon, 12/20/2010 12:00 PM unknown X rays from lightning photographed  0.0   
X-rays from lightning photographed December 14, 2010 By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg Enlarge Rocket-triggered lightning allows scientists to measure the properties of a bolt. Credit: Dustin Hill / International Center for Lightning Research and Testing Using a custom-built camera the size of a refrigerator, Florida researchers have made the world's first crude pictures of X-rays streaming from a stroke of lightning. Seeing X-rays in relation to the lightning "leader," the initial spark and the channel it makes through the air, should help researchers build better models of the twisty and still unexplained ways that lightning behaves. The images are beyond blurry. They look like near-abstract blotches of white and green, better deciphered when displayed in a series with a rough sketch of the lightning tip superimposed. You can see the X-ray source descending, Joseph Dwyer, a physics professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, told a group of lightning specialists gathered Monday in San Francisco. You start to see the air glow in X-rays. Dwyer took the pictures in July and August in collaboration with a team from the University of Florida at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing. He turned 25 of them into video clip that shows 2.5 millionths of a second in the life of one lightning strike. It is a painstaking look at an elusive subject. We understand how a star explodes halfway across the universe better than we understand the lightning right above our heads, Dwyer said in an interview before his talk at the American Geophysical Union conference, a gathering of 18,000 scientists in specialties ranging from glaciers to volcanoes. The basics of lightning taught in grade school are correct as far as they go: a negative charge builds within a cloud and then is released downward, connecting with a positive charge. Once that connection is made, we see the lightning discharge, a glowing streak of the electrically altered, ionized air. Yet how that spark begins is still unknown. Electrical fields that have been measured in clouds seem too small account for it, Dwyer said. We also dont know what happens in the millionth of a second when lightning attaches to the ground, or why the lightning leader sometimes darts and sometimes, relatively, dawdles. Scientists have long speculated that lightning might produce X-rays, and in the past decade Dwyer has been one of the key researchers who helped confirm the presence of high energy photons. His group is among a handful worldwide that triggers lightning, generating it by shooting a rocket trailing copper wire up into a thunderstorm. This past summer the group made a series of pictures of four different lightning strikes, and recorded both X-rays and higher energy gamma rays along with them. It actually worked the very first time. It was unbelievable, Dwyer said. The hulking camera, towed on a trailer, relies on 30 radiation detectors pointed above the horizon and software written by Dwyer that turns its voltage measurements into images. Each detector contributes its bit of data to the picture, so the result is looks like a photo with only 30 pixels. Having even such low resolution pictures is a big step forward, Steven A. Cummer, a Duke University professor who was not involved in the work, said in an interview. Showing in the images exactly where the X-rays are coming from and when is significant, he said. While Dwyer's group has taken other measurements of X-rays in lightning, nothing replaces seeing it. "This is actually sort of what Superman would see," Dwyer said at a Tuesday morning press conference on his work. "Superman has X-ray vision." Eventually, Dwyer hopes to build a bigger machine with 150 detectors, but in the meantime and he and Meagan Schaal, who helped build the smaller version as part of her doctoral work, plan to improve its focus and take many more pictures this coming summer. Theres a whole zoo of different kinds of lightning that wed like to see, Dwyer said. There are dart leaders, which can hurtle at one-sixth the speed of light, and step leaders, which zip forward, hesitate for perhaps 10 microseconds, then zip again. There are chaotic leaders, which hesitate too but lack a regular pattern. And theres upward, positive lightning, which moves in the opposite direction of the most common, downward lightning strike. One of lightnings many mysteries is whether the X-rays are essentially just along for the ride, or actually play a role in its steps, darts and other dynamics. Its possible that the work might eventually lead to reducing the damage lightning can do, but thats not what sends Dwyer out to the testing site during hot summer thunderstorms. Its just great fun, he said. I love the idea that this is something so familiar, and we dont understand the simplest things about it, how it gets started, how it moves. Provided by Inside Science News Service (news : web)
Thu, 12/16/2010 04:00 PM Killed 2 military academy coeds  0.0   
Home » Baguio » Local News Lightning kills university coed, hurts another Comment | More | Thursday, December 16, 2010 More Sections Local News Opinion Business Sports Feature Lifestyle Entertainment A FUN stroll on the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) grounds took a deadly turn for two coeds when they were struck by lightning during Tuesday afternoon's heavy downpour. The victims are Michelle Quicio and Rachelle Ventura, both from Isabela and students of the University of Baguio. PMA Information Officer Lynette Flores reported that Quicio was thrown a short distance due to the force of the lighting. Attempts to revive her failed and she expired around 4 p.m. Ventura, on the other hand, sustained minor injuries. She is being monitored at the PMA Fort del Pilar Station Hospital and has been declared stable. The parents of Quicio and Ventura have already been informed of the incident. PMA committed to provide financial assistance to the families. Quicio's body was brought to the Baguio Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. According to the Wikipedia, an estimated 10,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 100,000 are injured. Lightning, which usually occurs during thunderstorms, travels at a speed of 220,000 kilometers per hour and the energy it releases has a temperature of 30,000°C (54,000°F). (Rimaliza Opiña) Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 17, 201
Thu, 12/16/2010 04:00 PM Killed 2 military academy coeds  0.0   
Home » Baguio » Local News Lightning kills university coed, hurts another Comment | More | Thursday, December 16, 2010 More Sections Local News Opinion Business Sports Feature Lifestyle Entertainment A FUN stroll on the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) grounds took a deadly turn for two coeds when they were struck by lightning during Tuesday afternoon's heavy downpour. The victims are Michelle Quicio and Rachelle Ventura, both from Isabela and students of the University of Baguio. PMA Information Officer Lynette Flores reported that Quicio was thrown a short distance due to the force of the lighting. Attempts to revive her failed and she expired around 4 p.m. Ventura, on the other hand, sustained minor injuries. She is being monitored at the PMA Fort del Pilar Station Hospital and has been declared stable. The parents of Quicio and Ventura have already been informed of the incident. PMA committed to provide financial assistance to the families. Quicio's body was brought to the Baguio Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. According to the Wikipedia, an estimated 10,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 100,000 are injured. Lightning, which usually occurs during thunderstorms, travels at a speed of 220,000 kilometers per hour and the energy it releases has a temperature of 30,000°C (54,000°F). (Rimaliza Opiña) Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 17, 201
Thu, 12/16/2010 12:00 PM unknown X-Ray of lightning  0.0  FL 
X-ray vision sheds new light on lightning strikes The worlds first X-ray images of lightning capture it just before it strikes the ground at almost 1/10 the speed of light. By LiveScienceThu, Dec 16 2010 at 1:16 PM EST Comments SHEDDING NEW LIGHT: A fridge-sized X-ray lightning camera is pointed at the rocket launch site where researchers try to trigger lightning. (Photo: Dustin Hill) If Superman and Lois Lane watched lightning strike the tallest buildings of Metropolis, the superhero might puzzle his lady friend by describing a glow as seen through his X-ray vision. Now scientists have spotted the same by building a camera that captured the world's first X-ray images of lightning. Earn Points What's this? Comments Email Facebook Twitter Stumble Digg Share The fridge-sized camera snapped 10 million frames per second in order to capture lightning processes that last just millionths of a second. Florida researchers pointed the camera at a launch tower where they sent rockets soaring with trailing copper wire  a modern-day Ben Franklin experiment to trigger lightning. "It's been 250 years since Franklin's kite experiment, and only within the last decade [eight years ago] we found that lightning emits X-rays," said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. The announcement and a first viewing of the images came at a press conference held Dec. 14 here at the fall 2010 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Here comes the glow The X-ray glow follows a so-called lightning leader  a channel in the air that forms a path for the lightning. The leader's charged tip creates an electric field that accelerates electrons almost to the speed of light and causes the X-ray emissions. [Electrifying Images of Volcano Lightning] That means the lightning itself is not the direct cause of X-ray emissions. "Lightning is too cold to emit X-rays," Dwyer explained. "Fifty-thousand degrees Fahrenheit may seem hot to us, but in terms of X-ray temperatures it is downright frigid." The lightning leader that triggered the X-ray imagery was traveling at about one-sixth the speed of light  faster than the leader speeds of one-tenth or one-twentieth the speed of light seen in natural lightning strikes. [X-ray lightning image] More than rocket science Success aside, putting together the X-ray camera first required some heavy lifting. The camera has just a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) pinhole that allows X-rays through the front, with heavy lead sheets shielding all other parts of the camera to prevent X-ray entry. "Each sheet, which was approximately 2 by 1 foot, weighed 60 pounds," said Meagan Schaal, a graduate student in the physics and space sciences department at the Florida Institute of Technology. "Getting them into place and drilled into place was extremely difficult." (That's about 0.6 by 0.3 meters and 27 kilograms.) The efforts paid off this past summer when the camera recorded four rocket-triggered lightning flashes. Other cameras at the launch site even captured a surrounding glow of gamma rays that also followed the lightning strikes. A greenish cloud also appears to trail along the rocket-triggered lightning strikes in visual images, but that's not from gamma rays. Instead it marks the destruction of the copper wire that the rocket unspools in its wake. "The green is from the copper vaporizing," Schaal said. Anyone who recalls their high-school chemistry classes may have seen a similar greenish reaction when they put copper over a Bunsen burner, Schaal told LiveScience after the press conference. Step by step Another camera at the launch site captured a natural lightning strike from a storm that moved through the area. That lucky coincidence created the fastest frame-rate measurements ever taken of a lightning leader from a natural lightning strike. "The camera was conditioned for rocket-triggered charges, but was fortuitously triggered by natural lightning," said Dustin Hill, a lightning researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The camera's 300,000 frames per second showed how the lightning leader creates a step-wise channel downward through the air. The lightning leader is also known as a step leader, because it seems to travel by leaps and bounds rather than in a continuous line. The trail left by the step leader allows negative charge to travel down, even as positively charged leaders travel upward from the ground to meet in the middle. That triggers a so-called return stroke moving upward from the ground toward the cloud  the flash of what human eyes see as lightning. Such images confirmed that laboratory spark experiments and rocket-triggered lightning seem to match well with natural lightning, at least in terms of the step-leader process. That suggests researchers may be on the right track when it comes to understanding the mysteries of lightning. "The strokes after the step leader seem to be exactly [the] same as natural lightning," Hill said. "The advantage of triggered lightning is that it's like a laboratory experiment  we now have a repeatable experiment that we can do." This article was reprinted with permission from LiveScience.
Thu, 12/16/2010 12:00 PM unknown Lightning warns of volcano activity  0.0   
 New Zealand 
Researchers Use Lightning Detection For Early Warning Of Volcanic Ash Home : National Contributor: Voxy News Engine Thursday, 16 December, 2010 - 12:57 New Zealand scientists are playing a key role in developing a new system to give early warning of aviation-endangering volcanic eruptions by detecting the lightning their ash clouds trigger. The system, publicly unveiled by US researchers today, uses data from the World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) to create automated email alerts within minutes of suspicious lightning activity occurring near volcanoes. The WWLLN was founded by now retired University of Otago Professor Richard Dowden, and the computer code for generating the new system's alerts was written by Dunedin-based Otago PhD graduate Dr James Brundell. Otago Physics researcher Dr Craig Rodger, who leads New Zealand's WWLLN activities, says the early warning system is an exciting development for both the network and in helping to ensure safer skies. "In some of the world's remote regions that otherwise lack good monitoring of volcanic activity, this system could pick up the slack and allow local aviation early warning of potentially hazardous ash plumes," Dr Rodger says. In October this year, the system proved its potential by giving the first indication of an eruption of a volcano in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. An hour before the ash cloud appeared in satellite images, an automatic email was sent to Dr Brundell and researchers from the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey, he says. The system involves monitoring lightning strokes occurring around all of the world's 1500 or so volcanoes, as well as more distant lightning from each volcano (up to 100 km) to help determine if new strokes over the volcano are possibly weather related. Because weather-related lightning is very common in many parts of the world where volcanoes are found, only those in Alaska, the Marianas, and the Russian Far East are currently assigned to the automatic real time alerts, he says. "To avoid 'crying wolf', local meteorological conditions in other regions would need to be more carefully checked before any warnings were issued," he says. Dr Rodger says that the warning system is one of the latest in a multitude of research avenues enabled by WWLLN, which has grown into an international consortium of over 60 universities and government laboratories. The network's 50 stations that underpin the warning system stretch across the globe, including sites in Dunedin and New Zealand's Antarctic Scott Base. The stations consist of Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio receivers that register the pulses created by lightning from up to 10,000 kilometres away. Their data is constantly sent over the internet to two central processing computers - one at the University of Washington in Seattle and the other at the University of Otago - which calculate the location of lightning strikes by triangulating pulse reports from several stations. Scientists from the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey announced the ash cloud warning tool today at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting, the largest gathering of Earth scientists in the world. More information about WWLLN can be found at:
Wed, 12/15/2010 05:00 PM Injured 9 children & grandmother  0.0   
10 STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 15 December, 2010 10:50:00 By Faith Vilakati Font size: SURVIVORS: Gogo Dlamini with the children who survived lightning; they are Bongani, Zinhle, Nokwanda, Londiwe, Nolwazi, Thembala, Nosipho and Thabiso TRAGEDY struck at a Dlamini family of Siphofaneni as nine children and their grandmother were struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon. To add to the familys woes, their house was gutted by fire from the bolt of lightning. They lived to tell the tale of starring death in the face at around 5pm. The childrens age ranges between one to 21 years whilst Gogo Sidziya Dlamini is 77. Dlamini, still reeling from shock in that she almost did not see the light of another day, told the Swazi Observer that all the children collapsed when the lightning struck. She said although she also collapsed, she was the first to regain consciousness maybe because, she said, the lightning struck her right foot while the children were struck on their bodies. Samkelisiwe (21) was severely burnt at the back while her one-year old son Thembela Simelane was burnt on the leg and foot. All the other children sustained injuries on their buttocks. The other survivors are: Thabiso, Nolwazi Londiwe and Zindle aged 13, nine, 10 and six years old respectively. The others are six year old Nokwanda, Bongani who is two years old and Nosipho who is four years old. They are all Dlaminis. Samkeisiwe has not recovered fully and is complaining of heat inside the stomach. She would now and again drink cold water. Her condition is so serious that yesterday she was rushed to Sithobela Health Centre. After the incident they were all rushed to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital where they were treated and discharged. However, Samkelisiwe and two other children were discharged later than the others. She has blisters all over her back and cannot even lift her son because of the pain. She also vomits every now and then since the incident happened. Giving details, Dlamini (granny) explained that they were all gathered in her house where they went to hide from the storm. She said earlier on she told her grandchildren not to sit next to each other and they obliged. Dlamini speculated that the lightning was a result of black magic practices. However, this is a widespread belief among many people who forget that there are other causes of lightning strikes. Government is on record teaching people against such beliefs and equipping them with skills to avoid being struck. She was reluctant though to say if she had enemies in the area or not. Asked why she believed it was witchcraft Dlamini said it was because it passed all the other homesteads in the area to struck her home.
Wed, 12/15/2010 03:00 PM Killed 1 killed 1 injured  0.0  Baguio  
Lightning kills PMA visitor, hurts companion By Vincent Cabreza Inquirer Northern Luzon First Posted 11:47:00 12/15/2010 Filed Under: Nature BAGUIO CITY, PhilippinesA lightning bolt struck two college students strolling around the Philippine Military Academy campus on Tuesday, killing one of them. The bolt threw Michelle Quicio a short distance away from the Relics Point at 3 p.m. and could not be revived by doctors at the Fort del Pilar Station Hospital. The place is popular among tourists because it displays old war vehicles and cannons. Rachelle Ventura, Quicio's companion, survived and was in stable condition, said Captain Agnes Lynette Flores, PMA spokesperson. Noli Gabilo, a photographer who was at the PMA when the incident happened, said it was drizzling at the time and power at the academy fluctuated whenever thunder erupted. I was shooting cadets at Melchor Hall (which is about two kilometers away from Relics Point) but we were immediately alerted about the accident. People near the area saw the bolt strike ground, he said. The victims, both from Isabela, are students of the University of Baguio here. Their parents have already been informed of the accident, Flores said. Michelle was seriously hit... Even after several attempts by the attending doctors to revive her, she died on or about 3:58 p.m. of the same day while Rachelle, who was knocked down, only sustained minor injury, she said. Ventura has been confined at the PMA hospital where her condition is being closely monitored. Flores said the PMA would provide financial support for the families of Quicio and Ventura.
Wed, 12/15/2010 12:50 AM Killed golfer killed 2 injured  65.0  Hawks Nest Golf Club  
  playing golf  N/A  Golf Course,Outside 
erstorm warning is put in place for Sydney, with damaging winds forecast. At least one person has been killed and two others injured after being struck by lightning as a powerful summer storm rips across eastern Australia. The 65-year-old victim was struck by lightning while playing golf with two friends at Hawks Nest Golf Club, north of Newcastle, at about 12:50 p.m. local time, the Associated Press reported. The storm which began early Thursday afternoon dumped large hailstones, and about 30 millimeters of rain in some areas, causing minor flooding. Wild weather also forced the evacuation of some seven hundred people from the Penrith Panthers club in Sydney after part of the roof collapsed. The neighboring Chifley Hotel was also damaged. Thunderstorms are relatively common in Sydney during early summer, which starts in December in the southern hemisphere. Storms have also been causing havoc across southeast Queensland for the second day where more than 82,000 homes were without power. Heavy rain with hail has been reported across the region and more than 20,000 lightning strikes have been recorded since this morning. Lightning bolt kills fun-loving Marty, blowing off his shoes on tee Erik Jensen December 17, 2010 Lightning strike kills NSW man A man has died and two others are injured after they were struck by lightning during heavy storms while playing golf. Video feedbackVideo settings Popular golfer Marty Jones didn't stand a chance when storms swept across NSW yesterday. The 65-year-old was standing on the fifth tee about to hit his iron shot when he was struck by a lightning bolt on a golf course at Hawks Nest, north of Newcastle. Advertisement: Story continues below Marty Jones ... "made everyone laugh". The force of the bolt blew off his shoes and ripped apart the club he was using. Mr Jones's playing partners, aged 64 and 62, suffered minor injuries and were flown to John Hunter Hospital for observation. 'Marty made everyone laugh, was a magnificent cook and always went out of his way for his mates,' his wife said. Deadly storm ... an injured golfer is flown to hospital. Photo: Ryan Osland 'He just loved the game, and there would be no better way for him to go.' The same storm swept across western Sydney late yesterday, leading to 220 calls for help. The State Emergency Service rescued people from their cars at Cranebrook and Windsor. The storm dumped 43 millimetres of rain on Penrith in less than an hour, with the roofs of several businesses collapsing and forcing evacuations. Parts of Penrith Hospital were also flooded. Penrith Panthers remained closed last night after a portion of its roof collapsed in a hail storm about 2pm, flooding a Chinese restaurant. "We can report that there have been no injuries to any of our patrons or staff," said the club's chief executive, Ric Simpson. "What was pleasing is that the club was fully evacuated within minutes." A forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, Andrew Haigh, said the rain would continue for several days but it was too early to predict whether similar falls could be expected in January. 'All we can say is that summer is more likely to be wetter than average. It's a probability thing. It's more favourable for higher rainfall.' Sydney received just 6 millimetres of rain, compared with Windsor (31 millimetres), Blacktown (26 millimetres) and Parramatta (12 millimetres). Trains on the north shore and northern lines were running 15 to 20 minutes late after lightning strikes damaged signalling equipment at Hornsby. The Weatherzone website reported 4842 lightning strikes yesterday.
Sun, 12/12/2010 09:00 PM Killed girl  0.0  Gilgit 
  in a tent     
GILGIT: At least three girls died and one was injured after a tent they were camped in caught fire early Saturday, officials said. The incident occurred in Gaise Bala, a remote valley of Chilas that was struck by lightning this summer, killing 55 people and leaving many others injured. Scores of families had to take shelter in tents after the floods swept away dozens of houses in the valley. The injured girl is in a critical condition and the other three girls died when their tent caught fire, Sibtain Ahmed, the deputy commissioner of Diamer told The Express Tribune. He said that the family living in the tent forgot to extinguish the fire before going to bed at night, and as a result, the camp caught fire. A resident of the valley told The Express Tribune that some relatives of the girls had already lost their lives in the floods that struck Gilgit-Baltistan in September this year. According to him, people in the area living in tents were forced to keep the fire burning throughout the night to provide them with warmth to counter the freezing winds as temperatures fell as low as -10 degrees. The chief secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan Saifullah Chattha flew to the valley to meet the aggrieved families, said the official. The family of the injured girl was given Rs100,000 for her immediate treatment. The official added that the injured girl had been shifted to Islamabad for timely treatment.
Wed, 12/08/2010 12:00 PM Killed tv explodes killing man  0.0  Madrid  
ore flooding in southern Spain Dec 8, 2010, 10:30 GMT Madrid/Lisbon - Rainstorms Wednesday sparked more flooding in southern Spain, where the storms have claimed at least two lives. Dozens of homes were evacuated overnight in Lora del Rio, near Seville, after the Guadalquivir river overflowed its banks, Spanish National Radio reported. Rescuers found the body of a nine-year-old boy who disappeared after the car he was travelling in was swept away by currents near Ciudad Real, officials said. The first fatality was a man whose television set was hit by a lightning bolt, sparking an explosion at his farmhouse near Jaen on Tuesday. Road and rail traffic remained interrupted. However, the weather appeared to be calming down. In neighbouring Portugal, about 30 people were injured by a storm which devastated the central municipality of Tomar on Tuesday, damaging homes, schools and vehicles as well as uprooting trees and severing road links
Wed, 12/08/2010 12:00 PM Killed man   25.0  Kimba  
Earlier, a man was hit by lightning as the storms swept across SA. The Ambulance Service said the man, 25, was hit during wild weather at Kimba on Eyre Peninsula on Tuesday. He was treated for burns at Kimba Hospital then flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 1,000 calls for help from across SA overnight. Melissa Veal from the SES says many areas across SA remain flooded this morning. "We had responded to some people who had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars," she said
Tue, 11/30/2010 06:30 PM Killed mother killed baby survives  14.0  Swaziland 
MIRACLE BOY SURVIVES AS LIGHTNING KILLS MOTHER 30 November, 2010 10:00:00 By Faith Vilakati Font size: MIRACLE: Young Phiwokwakhe Hlophe with his grandmother who is taking care of him after the passing away of his mother who was struck by lightning A-nine-month old baby that was on its mothers back survived a lightning strike that took the life of the latter. The child fell off from its teenage mothers back when the lightning struck. Jabulile Hlophe (14) had gone to collect her sickly fathers E20 for sweet water fish (bhabuli) from a resident across the valley. The 14-year old mother was walking through the local playground when she was struck by lightning. It was around 6:30pm when the incident happened and she was discovered dead, her body full of blisters almost two hours later. Her son was rescued by two herdboys who, after the heavy rain, thunder and lightning went out to look for cattle. They heard the child crying and went to investigate and thereafter called the areas community police for assistance as they suspected that there was something wrong with the mother because she was lying on the ground face down. A passing-by car was used to ferry both the dead mother and son to hospital and mortuary. She is survived by his sickly father, Mbongwa, and eight brothers. The father said he lost his wife five years ago and was currently staying with his daughter who was helping him as he was sickly. He said Jabulile was responsible for the fields because he was not fit to go there and cooked for him and two of his brothers. I was worried when she failed to come home on time with the money because I wanted to buy salt and sugar. I never thought she was in danger or even dead but thought she might have gone to another homestead because of the heavy rain. In the middle of the night one of my brothers came to my home asking for the babys blanket but did not explain the reason why he wanted it. I was confused and never asked him because he was in the company of police and looked like he was rushing somewhere. In the early hours of Sunday he came again with some family members and told me what had happened, he said.
Sat, 11/27/2010 12:00 PM Killed 7 killed 60 injured  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
WORLD BREAKING NEWS The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Lightning kills 7 attending nursery school meeting in rural South Africa By: The Associated Press Posted: 27/11/2010 1:40 AM | Comments: 0 PRINT E¬MAIL 0 SHARE 0 SHARENEW REPORT ERROR JOHANNESBURG - A government official says a lightning strike in a remote area of eastern South Africa has killed seven people attending an end-of-year meeting for nursery schools. Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe, the provincial welfare minister, said Saturday that a four-year-old child was among those killed Friday. The others were adults and included a nursery school principal and teachers who had gathered from across the rural area for the meeting. Radebe says 40 others were injured. He spoke to the AP as he drove to the scene, a community hall in an impoverished area of KwaZulu-Natal province. He says his department will pay for funerals and provide other assistance. KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Meshack Radebe yesterday visited the site where seven people, including a toddler, were killed and more than 60 were injured when lightning struck a marquee during a year-end function at a crèche in Pongola in the north of the province. Share Eskom powerlines Photograph by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND RELATED ARTICLES Seven killed, 40 injured by lightning in KZN Parents, teachers and children from crèches in the Ntuthuko area of Pongola were attending the function in a marquee at the Inkosiyethu crèche when disaster struck on Friday. Yesterday the KwaZulu-Natal weather bureau said a storm warning had been issued on Friday to the provincial disaster management office after a climatologist predicted a possibility of hail and winds in the area. KwaZulu-Natal disaster management co-ordinator Mthokozisi Duza said her department, along with Radebe's office, would be meeting the families to see what assistance could be provided. Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said seven people - a two-year-old, two parents, two teachers and two other staff members - died on the scene. The injured suffered serious burns and were rushed to nearby Itshelejuba Hospital. The victims included two-year-old Sevile Moya, Thobisile Buthelezi, Thalitha Sukazi, Thembhekile Mathonsi, Nondumiso Khumalo and two other women whose full names were not released. Naicker said Pongola police had opened an inquest docket for further investigation.
Sat, 11/27/2010 04:00 PM Killed pupil  17.0  Kasama Boys High School  
Zambia: Lightning strikes dead Kasama Boys High School pupil A 17-year-old pupil of Kasama Boys High School died on the spot after being struck by lightning. The incident happened on Monday evening following heavy rains experienced in the District. Kasama Boys High School head teacher Alex Mulenga confirmed the death of a grade eleven pupil whom he named to ZANIS in an interview, yesterday. Mr. Mulenga explained that the pupil met his fate while he was returning home from Newtown area. The body of the deceased is lying in Kasama General Hospital mortuary awaiting burial. In a related development, a one by three classroom block at Musenga Basic School in Kasama has had its roof blown off by heavy rains coupled with strong winds. This came to light when Mr. Mwansa and Ms. Mvula visited the school yesterday to check on the extent of the damage to the school infrastructure. The DC assured school authorities that government would soon repair the damaged infrastructure so that lessons at the school could continue without disruption.
Mon, 11/22/2010 01:40 PM Injured 2 men   0.0  Midrand Gauteng 
 South Africa 
  waiting for taxi    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two men hit by lightning Mon, 22 Nov 2010 4:44 Share EmailMore Two men were seriously injured when struck by lightning while waiting for a taxi in Midrand, Gauteng paramedics said on Monday. They were caught in an electrical storm near Crowthorne shopping mall in Midrand around 1.40pm, Netcare 911 paramedic Chris Botha said. One of the men had his clothing burnt off while the other was thrown into a stream nearby. They were transported to Tembisa Hospital for further treatment.
Thu, 11/18/2010 Injured Boobie Baker  0.0  Darwin  
  on telephone    Indoors,Telephone 
Lightning strikes woman on phone, throws her across room From: Northern Territory News November 18, 2010 7:59AM 1 comment Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Share A WOMAN who answered a telephone call at the height of a massive storm was thrown across the room as lightning struck. Bobbie Baker was at work in her office in Darwin when a heavy storm struck the city. "The phone rang and I thought this is probably pretty stupid, so I held it out and yelled, 'There's a huge bloody storm, call back later," she told the Northern Territory News. "It threw me off the chair and I hit the wall. I couldn't get up. "I feel like someone has pulled my plug out. I haven't got any energy. It was just so big. Just right there. It was just massive." A man in a neighbouring business saw the lightning strike a telecommunications tower and bounced across on to a powerline. Related Coverage Pictures: Spectacular Lightning Storms The Bureau of Meteorology and Telstra both warn against using telephones during thunderstorms because of the danger from lightning strikes.
Wed, 11/17/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed 3 injured  0.0  Andhra Pradesh 
      Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Lightning kills three in Andhra Pradesh Published: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010, 18:41 IST Place: Guntur | Agency: PTI Three persons were killed and as many injured when lightning struck them near a village here in Andhra Pradesh today, police said. The incident took place near Palakaluru village. Six persons were sitting under a tree to protect themselves from heavy rain when lightning hit them. Three of them died on the sport, while the others suffered burn injures and taken to the Government General Hospital, they said. The victims were farm workers, police added.
Wed, 11/17/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead 21 injured  0.0  Kanyakumari district  
3 struck dead by lightning in Kanyakumari, 21 injured Published: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010, 16:12 IST Place: Nagercoil | Agency: PTI Three persons working at a factory were struck dead by lightning and 21 injured in Kanyakumari district after heavy rains lashed the area for the past two days, officials said. The injured have been hospitalised. Tourism minister Suresh Rajan and district collector Rajendra Retnoo visited the injured workers. Later the minister told reporters that adequate compensation would soon be given to the families of those killed. Officials said heavy rains have been lashing Kanyakumari district for the last 24 hours, with 19.8cm recorded till 8am today.
Fri, 11/12/2010 12:00 PM Injured 4 injured  0.0  Baidabettu Kokkarne 
Lightning Strikes a House in Kokkarne, Four Injured News & Pics: Suvarna Brahmavar Daijiworld Media Network  Udupi (RD/RX) Udupi, Nov 12: A house was extensively damaged in the lightning and torrential rain at Kokkarne, near here on Thursday November 11. The lightning bolt destroyed the house of Lacchu Marakala, a resident of Baidabettu in Kokkarne. It also injured him and his family including his daughters Jayanti and Srusti and his son Satvik who are recovering in a hospital. The lightning has broken the roof of the house, destroying the electrical accessories and metre.
Fri, 11/12/2010 07:15 PM Killed teenage boy playing snooker  16.0  HaMutsha village  
  playing snooker     
Lightning strike kills teenage boy NOV 12, 2010 | CHESTER MAKANA | 18 COMMENTS A TEENAGE boy was struck by lightning and killed on Wednesday evening while playing snooker with his friends in a tuck shop at HaMutsha village outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo. Share The deceased, Allen Mulaudzi, 16, was a grade 9 pupil at Nndamuleleni Secondary School. His two friends suffered minor injuries when the lightning hit the snooker board. This was after heavy rain accompanied by powerful thunderstorms and hail. The storm toppled trees and blew off roofs. Levubu police spokesperson Warrant Officer Solly Mokhola said: "We were called to the scene at about 7.15 and found the victim's body lying on the snooker table," Mokhola said. He said the other boys, who were injured, were taken to Tshilidzini Hospital, where they received treatment. Mokhola said the boy's death had sent shock waves through the community. The incident came three weeks after a powerful thunderstorm had killed more than seven people in the province and left hundreds homeless. An inquest docket has been opened and police are investigating, Mokhola said.
Wed, 11/03/2010 12:00 AM Killed woman   78.0  Elliotdale Eastern Cape 
 South Africa 
  in a rondavel    Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning kills woman (78) Wed, 03 Nov 2010 2:58 A woman died on Wednesday morning after she was struck by lightning in Elliotdale, Eastern Cape police said. "The 78-year-old woman was sitting with her 49-year-old son in their rondavel when lightning struck and killed her," Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said. Her son was not hurt. "There was a big storm in the area. It was cloudy and still raining in the early afternoon," Fatyela said.
Wed, 10/27/2010 12:00 PM Killed farmer  76.0  Ayalur village Erode 
      Burnt to death 
Farmer, 2 bulls struck dead by lightning PTI | 01:10 PM,Oct 27,2010 Erode, Oct 27 (PTI): Lightning struck dead a 76-year-old farmer and charred to death his two bulls at Ayalur village near here, officials said. Officials said heavy rain, accompanied by lightning and thunder lashed Gobichettipalayam area. They said Erode district received scattered rainfall.Elandaikuttaimedu received 76 MM, Arachalure 26 MM, Gobichettipalayam,Bhavanisagar and Muthur 16 MM each and Erode 14 mm, they said.
Tue, 10/26/2010 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Welkom  
 South Africa 
  hunting on a vehicle    Outside 
GALLERY: Rhino capture and relocation Black rhinoceroses are being captured and relocated in South Africa in an effort to expand the populations of the critically endangered creatures. Unforgivable if Shrien involved - Anni's sister Anni Dewani's sister says it will be an "unforgivable" crime if her new British husband, Shrien, was found guilty of arranging her murder. News Opinion Business Sport Lifestyle Games Multimedia Special Reports MyNews24 Newspapers Jobs South Africa | World | Africa | Entertainment | Science & Technology Lightning strikes rifle, man in ICU 2010-10-26 08:15 Related Links Lightning kills Pta woman Girl killed by lightning Lightning kills man during storm Limpopo hailstorms cause damage 3 killed during KZN storm Weather Looking at topics such as - the weather Wind, cloud, tornadoes, twisters and more. Was R201.95 Now R171.66 BUY NOW Marisa Phillips, Volksblad Welkom - A man from Pretoria is in the intensive care unit at Welkom Medi-Clinic after being struck by lightning on a game farm outside the city over the weekend. Andries Wolmarans and his friends were on the back of a bakkie on Saturday when the weapon he was holding was presumably struck by lightning. Theunis Nel, an attorney who sat next to Wolmarans on the back of the bakkie, says everything happened very quickly. "I heard one helluva crash. At first I thought the weapon had gone off. I felt a strange feeling going through my body. Bleeding from ears "For a few seconds I had no idea what was going on, but I came to my senses when I heard someone yelling at Andries. Nel says Wolmarans was still on the back of the bakkie, but it looked like he was shaking from the shock. Then blood started running out of his ears. The bakkie didn't work after the lightning strike. They phoned the owner of the farm for help and rushed Wolmarans to the hospital. Wolmarans was still in the intensive care unit on Monday afternoon, where he was treated for bleeding on the brain, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and burst eardrums, among other things. He also has burn wounds on his body. His wife, Elmien, says hes feeling better and was able to eat and speak on Monday, but cant hear. He cant remember what happened either. Clothes shredded Nel says the doctors explained that someone who is struck by lightning is treated just like someone whos had a heart attack. It appears that the lightning hit his rifle, since there are burn marks on both the scope and rifle. "Andriess clothes were shredded. The cap he was wearing was picked up next to the bakkie in three or four pieces. It was a horrible sound. According to Nel, some say the fact that they were sitting on the bakkie saved their lives because the bakkies rubber tyres acted as a conductor. That might be the truth, I dont know. It was one helluva crash.
Mon, 10/25/2010 12:00 PM Killed woman  5.0  Pretoria  
 South Africa 
Weekend storms kill 5 Oct 25, 2010 11:55 PM | By NIVASHNI NAIR Five people died during storms at the weekend. Share A 50-year-old woman was found dead under a tree in Eersterus, north of Pretoria, after being struck by lightning on Sunday. In Limpopo, a three-year-old girl was killed when a wall of her Vleifontein home collapsed on her during a storm, Sapa reported. Police spokesman Portia Maleka said the woman was "walking along with her two children" when she was struck by lightning. The children were not injured. In northern KwaZulu-Natal, an 84-year-old woman and two 30-year-old men were killed on Saturday by what locals described as a "tornado". Vryheid mayor George Dlamini said yesterday that the woman died when a wall collapsed on her and the two men were crushed to death when a shop's roof caved in. The AbaQulusi municipality, which administers Vryheid, has been plagued by flash floods and deadly winds. The municipality has delivered tents to homeless families and is now "working on a plan for food", but it might be hindered by more thunderstorms predicted for this week. SA Weather forecaster Wisani Maluleke warned that thunderstorms are expected to start again tomorrow. -
Mon, 10/25/2010 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
 South Africa 
flashes - November 25, 2010 November 25, 2010 Edition 2 Lightning-hit tip after five struck dead Lightning strikes have killed five people in 72 hours, ER24 said yesterday. "If the person is unconscious and not breathing, start CPR, and an emergency call-taker at the ER24 084- dispatch centre will talk you through the steps if you don't know how to do CPR," spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said. When lightning was present, people should stay indoors with windows and doors shut, and electronic equipment should be unplugged. People caught outside in an open space during a lightning storm should lie or crouch on the ground. "Do not stand under canopies, porches, picnic shelters or trees, and any body of water should be avoided, as water is a good conductor of electricity," she said. - Sapa
Sun, 10/24/2010 10:30 PM Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Colbert County AL 
    N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water,Work 
Back to News Posted: 2:54 PM Oct 27, 2010 Barge Worker Struck by Lightning Warren Mullens, 41, of Boyd County is in critical condition in a Huntsville Alabama hospital. Reporter: WSAZ News Staff Email Address: Story 10 Comments Font Size: COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WSAZ) -- A barge worker from Boyd County, Ky. remains in critical condition after being struck by lightning. Various media reports out of Alabama say that Warren Mullens, 41, and another man were helping assemble coal barges at a power plant near Barton, Al. Sunday night when they were struck. ADVERTISEMENT The reports say emergency personnel were not able to treat Mullens until 40 minutes after he was injured. That was time it took the towboat to reach the dock. One local fire chief says the lightning struck without warning Wednesday morning, a Huntsville Hospital spokesperson told that Mullens is in critical condition in the hospitals cardiac care unit. The other man was treated and released. Both men work for the Ingram Barge Company. Mullens was a senior deckhand on the towboat M.V. Clarence Frame
Sun, 10/24/2010 10:30 PM Injured Warren Mullins 1 of 2  41.0  Littleville AL 
  at TVA fossil plant  N/A  Boat,Near Water,On Water,Outside,Water,Work 
Shoals man struck by lightning Posted: Oct 25, 2010 1:21 AM Updated: Oct 25, 2010 1:40 AM Click image to enlarge COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- Officials tell WAFF 48 News a man has died after being struck by lightning. It happened late Sunday night at the TVA fossil plant near Littleville. EMA officials say the person was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other details have been released at this time Two Men Hit By Lightning In Colbert County One is in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital, the other was treated for minor injuries at a Shoals-area hospital and released 26 Share 0 digg Topics Health Hospitals and Clinics Huntsville See more topics » Claire Aiello Web Content Manager 1:08 p.m. CDT, October 25, 2010 E-mailPrint Share Text Size COLBERT COUNTY, AL  A man is in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital after being struck by lightning. He and another co-worker were hit last night in Colbert County. The two men were working outside at the Colbert Steam Plant, pulling a group of empty coal barges together. Light rain was reported, but no lightning. However, both men were struck. Sign up for news & weather email alerts from WHNT NEWS 19! The second man was taken to a Shoals-area hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Both men work for Ingram Barge, which is headquartered in Nashville. The man who is in Huntsville Hospital is 41-year-old Warren Mullens. He lives in eastern Kentucky.
Fri, 10/22/2010 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed 13 injured  0.0  Jammu 
2 killed, another injured in lightning in JK PTI | 03:10 PM,Oct 22,2010 Jammu, Oct 22 (PTI) A girl was among two persons who were killed and another was injured when lightning struck at two places in Ramban and Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.37-year-old Rattan Singh was killed when lightning hit him in Panchari area in Udhampur district this afternoon, officials said.In another incident, lightning struck a house in Alfar belt of Gool tehsil in Ramban district early today killing 20-year-old Gulzar Bano, they said, adding the house was also partially damaged in the incident.In another incident, Gulam Nabi of Purliya village in Kalakote tehsil of Rajouri district was injured last night when lightning struck him, they said.Three transformers of Power Development Department were also damaged in lightning following which electric supply was snapped in various areas of Jammu district. « PreviousNext »
Thu, 10/21/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 women  0.0  Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh 
Three women die in lightning in Andhra Pradesh PTI | 10:10 PM,Oct 21,2010 Hyderabad, Oct 21 (PTI) Three women died when lightning struck them at an agricultural field in Andhra Pradesh's Nizamabad district this evening, police said. The incident occurred at around 4.30 pm when the three victims identified as G Godavari (38), G Bhaghyashree (18) and G Gangamai (28) were working in their agricultural field in Madnoor village, they said. "The trio died on the spot in the incident while another suffered injuries. The bodies were sent to a hospital for autopsy," a police officer told PTI over the phone, adding it was raining heavily in the region when the incident occurred.PTI VVK
Wed, 10/20/2010 12:00 AM Killed 2 killed 13 injured  0.0  Uttar Pradesh 
2 killed, 13 injured after being struck by lightning Press Trust Of India Lucknow, October 20, 2010First Published: 13:09 IST(20/10/2010) Last Updated: 13:13 IST(20/10/2010) share more... 0 Comments email print Two persons were killed and 13 others injured after being struck by lightning in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, police said here on Wednesday. Krishna (18) died in Dhaneshwar village in Dhobiamau area of Pratapgarh district after being struck by lightning, they said, adding that nine persons were injured in a similar incident in Kithawar Bazar. In Jaunpur district, Usha Devi (50) died and four others were injured after lightning struck them in Sengamau area, deputy Superintendent of Police R D Chaurasiya said
Wed, 10/20/2010 05:23 PM Killed John Yerima  0.0   
Nigeria: Lightning Kills Man in Kwali Abubakar Sadiq Isah 20 October 2010 Email| Print| Comment Share: Residents of Sheda community in Kwali Area Council were last Thursday thrown in to pandemonium when a 20-year-old man, John Yerima, was killed by lightning. A witness, Emeka Kabaku, said the incident happened around 5:23 pm when the thunder struck during a light rain after the deceased left home to weed his Cassava farm located few metres from his home. According to the witness, the deceased left home with three neighbours to farm but failed to return on time. "After the family members waited and did not see him, we now mobilised ourselves that evening to search for him and his body was discovered in the farm with his short knickers torn," the witness said. He explained that when the deceased was found dead, the search team returned home to inform his father, who then joined them to carry his corpse and he was buried on Saturday morning. Our reporter learnt that the thunder strike also pulled down some trees and buildings at the village, as electric appliances were also destroyed. When contacted, the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Malam Usman Umar, said the incident was not reported to the station and so was not aware of it. Relevant Links West Africa Nigeria Climate Environment Sustainable Development Meanwhile, the Kwali Council's chairman, Mr. Joseph K. Shazin, yesterday expressed shock and sadness over the death of the 20-year-old John Yerima. The council boss, who was speaking when he led members of his cabinet on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased, urged the family to bear the loss in good faith. He described the late Yerima John as a hardworking and committed member of ANPP who campaigned vigorously for him during the last council elections. The chairman assured the family of the deceased that his administration would continue to assist them and prayed for the soul of the deceased.
Fri, 10/15/2010 12:00 PM Killed injured while they canvassed for votes  0.0  Kyauk Pru  
  in a boat     Boat,Outside 
Kyauk Pru: Candidates in Kyauk Pru Township from the military-regime's proxy party, the USDP, narrowly escaped death when they were struck by lightning, but have been hospitalized with serious injuries, report local residents who witnessed the incident. They were struck by lightning as they were traveling in a machine boat to a rural area of Kyauk Pru Township to canvass for votes on 8 October, 2010. Local sources said U Wai Kiang, a USDP candidate in Kyauk Pru for the people's parliament, and two party organizers - U Tun Htwee and U Kyaw Shwe Lwin - were injured in the lightning strike that occurred after they had traveled to many villages to canvass for votes. The villages they had already visited include Lan Pyuk, Pu Sein Pyauk, Wra Thit Kay, Pwe Phyr, and Chaung Pyr. A teacher from Kyauk Pru said, "The incident took place at 10:30 am when they arrived at the mouth of Mingan Creek in a machine boat after they had canvassed for votes in some villages. Three leaders were hospitalized at Kyauk Pru hospital with injuries, and some of them lost consciousness." U Kyaw Swe Lwin is in the most serious condition due to suffering a head injury. "The news is now prevailing among the local residents and people were happy when they heard of the event because the candidates were from the USDP. Some people were joking that god was punishing them with the lightning because they are stupid people," the teacher said. Some foreign-based Burmese radio programs aired news of the lightning strike and many audiences applauded when they heard it, a source said. According to local sources, there were a number of lightning strikes across Arakan last week when a minor tropical storm passed through and brought heavy rain. A farmer from Set Tha Wra Village in Mrauk U Township was killed after being struck by lightning while he was tending his cattle in a field near his village. Three women from the same village were also
Tue, 10/12/2010 04:30 PM Injured 2 of 2 boys  0.0  Center Point AL 
  near strike    Ground Strike,Outside 
wo kids struck by lightning in Center Point Posted: Oct 12, 2010 6:11 PM Updated: Oct 12, 2010 6:14 PM CENTER POINT, AL (WBRC) - Two children were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon during a thunderstorm in the eastern portion of Jefferson County. Paramedics were called to Tammera Trail at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of two children struck by lightning. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said two boys were in close vicinity of a lightning strike. They were transported to Children's Hospital. Their condition was not immediately known. A strong thunderstorm was moving through the area at the time of the lightning strike. No word on damage. Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved. 4 votes
Tue, 10/12/2010 04:30 PM Injured 1 of 2 boys  0.0  Center Point AL 
  near strike    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two kids struck by lightning in Center Point Posted: Oct 12, 2010 6:11 PM Updated: Oct 12, 2010 6:14 PM CENTER POINT, AL (WBRC) - Two children were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon during a thunderstorm in the eastern portion of Jefferson County. Paramedics were called to Tammera Trail at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of two children struck by lightning. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said two boys were in close vicinity of a lightning strike. They were transported to Children's Hospital. Their condition was not immediately known. A strong thunderstorm was moving through the area at the time of the lightning strike. No word on damage.
Mon, 10/11/2010 09:25 PM Injured man   0.0  Lake Ronkonkooma NY 
lightning in Lake Ronkonkoma October 11, 2010 By BILL MASON AND ZACHARY R. DOWDY.,, A man was struck by lightning Monday night in Lake Ronkonkoma, police said, during a dangerous thunderstorm that moved through the area rapidly and dumped hail in some parts of Nassau and New York City. Suffolk police said the lightning strike was on Decatur Lane in Lake Ronkonkoma at about 9:25 p.m. Nesconset Fire Department officials confirmed they brought the man to Stony Brook University...
Mon, 10/11/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead 8 injured  0.0  Buhweju district 
Lightning kills three in Buhweju Monday, 11th October, 2010 E-mail article Print article THREE people died on the spot, while eight sustained injuries after they were struck by lightning on Sunday afternoon. The Rwengwe sub-county LC5 NRM councillor, Rogers Bishanga, said the lightning struck homes in Nyakishojwa village and a trading centre, commonly known as Masaka, in Nyakishojwa, Buhweju district. He said the injured were rushed to Nsika health centre. The dead were Jolly Keishanyu, Bernard Tumusiime Katiti and Irene Monday.
Mon, 10/11/2010 09:30 PM Injured Philip Colacioppo  33.0  Lake Grove NY 
  walking to vehicle  N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Outside,Walking,Walking to Vehicle 
OTO: Lightning Strikes Twice For Lake Grove Man October 12, 2010 5:51 PM Print Share 6 Photo of Philip Colacioppo/Mona Rivera NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2/WCBS 880)  A Long Island man was struck by lightning in Lake Grove Monday night, and he says its not the first time. Ferning shown on Colacioppo's back/Photo credit: Janine Colacioppo Well, sort of. Philip Colacioppo was struck around 9:30 p.m. at his home on Decatur Lane in Lake Grove. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, and was released Tuesday morning. Colacioppo told 1010 WINS reporter Mona Rivera that his den was hit by lightning in June. The incident happened during the intense storm that pounded the Tri-State Area with heavy rain and hail. The 33-year-old internet marketer and married father of two said he was jolted a couple of feet and hit his driveway. Colacioppo told WCBS 8802s Sophia Hall he managed to stumble into the house and that is when he felt a burning on his back. LISTEN: WCBS 8802s Sophia Hall talks with the lightning strike victim LISTEN: 1010 WINS Mona Rivera with a description of the lightning strike from the victim I just felt something smack me in the back  really hard. It stung, it burned, it almost felt like pieces of glass shattering into my back, Colacioppo told CBS 22s John Slattery. Colacioppo sustained a mark that doctors call ferning, on his back. Ferning appears when a person is struck by lightning. The mans wife said she is just grateful her husband is alive. I feel very fortunate and very thankful to God that my husband is here, Janine Colacioppo said. Perhaps its time to consider moving? Shocking Story of a Long Island Man Struck by Lightning By GREG CERGOL Updated 6:38 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 13, 2010 BUZZ UP! 8retweet 0digg Bill Stonehouse "It was frightening, it was frightening -- I really thought I was gonna die," said Phil Colacioppo. Its a story Phil Colacioppo is glad hes here to tell. The story of how, right in his Lake Grove driveway, the 33-year-old was struck by a bolt of lightning "The sound rocked the house," said his wife, Janine. "It was a huge boom!" She was with their two daughters -- the family just back from a trip to Great Adventure. Phil and Janine Colacioppo outside of their Lake... Picture of Phil Colacioppo's upper back where the... All Hail Breaks Loose: Region Hit With Rocky Storm And with a lightning storm delaying the Jets game on TV, Colacioppo decided to unload the family minivan. That's when he got the shock of his life. "I felt just this violent blow to my back," he said. Colacioppo was thrown face first onto the ground, feeling a current rushing through his body -- but he never lost consciousness. "Within a couple of seconds, I was able to get myself up and the more I moved around I realized, Im alive... I think Im okay," said Colacioppo. In fact, other than this fern like mark on his shoulder Colacioppo is fine. He was treated and released from Stony Brook University Hospital. Colacioppo had taken off his wedding ring and watch and left behind his wallet just before the lightning strike and doctors say that may have helped save him. Amazingly, the National Weather Service reports that only 10% of those struck by lightning are killed. But the odds of being hit in any given year are about 1 in three quarters of a million "Really makes you appreciate life and realize how quickly things can change," said Janine Colacioppo. A lesson Colacioppo will remember every time he looks at his little girls "A miracle from God th
Fri, 10/08/2010 07:00 PM unknown Shelly Miller  0.0  North Platte NE 
  at concession stand at football game  N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,School,Sports Field 
Lightning strike injures NP woman By Heather Johnson | Sunday, October 10, 2010 4:12 AM CDT Comment | Rate it | Print it! | Email it Adjust story text size: The North Platte Telegraph Friday evening's thunderstorms brought much needed rain to the area, but the lightning caused significant problems. It interrupted a number of football games throughout Lincoln County and is blamed for injuries in Maxwell. Mark Miller of North Platte was the announcer for the Maxwell High School football game. As the storm rolled in, he made an announcement over the loudspeaker that the game would be delayed. He and athletic director Aub Boucher had to tell people to take shelter, because some continued to sit on the bleachers and play football on the field. After that, Miller went to the announcer's stand to wait out the rain. "There was a downpour for a couple of minutes, and then it just quit," said Miller. "All of a sudden there was one heck of a bolt of lightning and a bright flash. I thought it hit the announcer's booth. Some people thought it hit trees, or the tennis court poles. No one's really sure where it struck, all we know is that it did." Shortly thereafter, Miller got a phone call that his wife, Shelly, who was in charge of the concession stand, needed him. Shelly had been knocked forward into a table by the strike. Another man in the building helped her sit down. "My first thought was that she must have been touching something electrical at the time," said Mark. "There's two pop coolers, a popcorn popper and hot plates in there. But, she doesn't think she was. She told me it felt like someone had punched her right between the shoulder blades, and then the electricity ran through her whole body and her left arm went numb." She was transported by ambulance to Great Plains Regional Medical Center, and Mark said she vomited and dry-heaved the entire trip. Once at the hospital, physicians ran a series of neurological tests and checked to make sure her organs were functioning properly, which they were. Mark said Shelly was complaining Saturday morning that her jaw hurt and so did the area on her right leg between her calf muscle and her ankle. "We got off lucky," said Mark. "It kind of opened our eyes to the fact that such a thing can happen." Several other people had been in the concession stand with Shelly, but she was the only one injured. Bob Norton and Maxwell coach Ryan Jones were about 10 yards away from the building when the lightning hit. "He was knocked to the ground, and both of us had ringing ears," said Norton. "You never think that's something that could happen to you. After Shelly got injured, people started taking the storm seriously and heading for cover. It's unfortunate that someone had to get hurt for everyone to realize how dangerous it was." North Platte National Weather Service meteorologist Chauncy Schultz said anyone who is a high point in an area is at risk for being struck by lightning. That includes fans sitting on bleachers or golfers swinging metal clubs. People in water are also more susceptible to being struck. "I think a lot of times lightning isn't considered to be as big of a threat as a tornado or hail," said Schultz. "But every year in the U.S., an average of 90 people are killed and 300 are wounded by lightning. All it takes is one bolt to kill someone." Schultz said May through August are the prime months for thunderstorms, however, they're not uncommon in October. Schultz said the chance for storms will continue throughout the weekend, but they'll consist mostly of rain and not lightning. Click on this story at to post your comments, or e-mail
Tue, 10/05/2010 12:00 PM Killed 1/4 global fatalities  0.0   
angladesh records one-fourth of global deaths due to thunder strike BSS, Dhaka Bangladesh recorded one-fourth of the total global fatality due to thunderbolt in last one year, as it claimed lives of over 100 people, mostly women and children. According to US National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), total global annual deaths due to thunder strike is around 400. However, local administration sources said thunderbolts in Bangladesh claimed lives of at least 102 persons in one year till date and injuring many others, while many incidents remained unreported. In the eight districts of northern Rangpur Division, at least 48 persons were killed and 35 suffered serious burn injuries while 42 persons died in three hill districts and nine in Khulna division during the period. The worst incident of lightning happened in Chapainawabganj in May this year when a total of nine including six children died in a single day as they were struck by lightning during nor'wester. "Many of the victims are farmers, who met their tragic end at the time of cultivation in the field and a large number of them are women and children, who died when thunderbolt struck their homes made off thatches and bamboo," said Police Super of Khagrachhari hill district, where 18 persons died in thunderbolts this year. He, however, said the deaths may be more as officially they do not keep record of deaths in thunderbolt separately. Sources said more deaths might be added to the list of thunder strikes deaths if scrutinized meticulously. "Police record such a killing as unnatural death when anybody brings it to our notice," he said adding most of such death cases remain unreported. Thunder is always associated with lightning and thunder is the shockwave created by super heated air in the lightning channel. According to Climate Change Connection (CCC), a hub for information about climate change in Canada, thunderstorms and their destructive winds are likely to become more frequent and severe due to climate change. "Longer and hotter summers generate warmer surface temperatures, causing the air to become more buoyant, and the air, laden with moisture from increased evaporation, rises into the atmosphere more rapidly and more often causing lighting," it said. According to the US National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), there are about 15-20 million lightning strikes per year in the USA and more than three million lightning flashes worldwide per day. Florida has the most strikes with about 12 per square kilometer in some places. The risk of being killed by lightning is 1:28,500 per exposed individual, according to the NLSI. Lightning heat exceeds 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit or three times hotter than the surface of the sun. The worst tragic incident of lightning happened in Africa in the fall 1998 when an entire football team of 11 players were killed by a lightning strike. The high fatality of women and children in Bangladesh due to lightning shows lack of safety in dwelling houses and working places particularly in rural areas, district administration officials said. Although there is no universal lightning risk management code, the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in its new guideline recommended 30 seconds to take shelter as soon as one notices lightning flash, saying a thunder takes five seconds to travel one mile. Additional risk management includes the use of conventional lightning rods and overhead shield wires and mast systems. Local sources also termed the plantation of trees particularly the variety of green coconut in and around homestead as one of the remedy to be saved from lightning. The NCAR said, lightning could strike through telephones, except for the cellular variety. One should avoid taking showers or standing by windows, screen, or doorway. To protect household appliances, one should unplug them before storms and get away from isolated trees, metal fences, wire clotheslines, and avoid standing in an exposed area or near water. The safest form of traveling in vehicle during thunderbolt is keeping the windows fully closed, NCAR said adding severe thunderstorms generally strike at day time, in the warmer months and late evening.
Tue, 10/05/2010 03:05 PM Injured Dane Zdunich 1 of 2  17.0  St. George UT 
  in parking lot near tree  N/A  CPR,Critical,During the storm,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Parking Lot,Raining,School,Tree,Wet 
2 Santa Clara teens critically injured in lightning strike October 5th, 2010 @ 6:40pm By Nkoyo Iyamba (Photo credit: Samantha Clemens/The Spectrum) The teens were standing next to this tree when they were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon. (Photo credit: Samantha Clemens/The Spectrum) SANTA CLARA -- Two students at Snow Canyon High School in Santa Clara have been injured in a lightning strike. St. George police say just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, two 17-year-old boys were outside the school when a sudden lightning storm came up. "It was totally overcast, and rain was pouring down, and lightning was striking all around, when apparently lightning struck two 17-year-old boys that were located on the north side of Snow Canyon High School near a tree," says St. George Police Officer Craig Harding. School employees rushed the boys inside and immediately began CPR. Both were transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition. St. George police Sgt. Craig Harding says from there the boys were transported via medical helicopter to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where they will be treated in the burn unit. A spokesman from the Washington County School District has identified the teens as Alex Lambsen and Christopher Dane Zdunich. Stay with, KSL-TV and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM for the latest information on this developing story. E-mail:
Tue, 10/05/2010 03:05 PM Injured Alex Lambson 2 of 2   17.0  St. George UT 
  in parking lot near tree  N/A  Burnt,CPR,Critical,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Raining,School,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees,Wet 
2 Utah students struck by lightning The two teens are in critical condition news services updated 2 hours 0 minutes ago Share Print Font: ST. GEORGE, Utah  Two students at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, Utah, have been injured in a lightning strike, according to Police told that the students were struck outside the high school just after 3 p.m. Both have been transported to the hospital where the Deseret News was reporting they were in critical condition. The two boys, identified as Alex Lambsen and Dane Zdunich, were to be flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for further treatment. St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding told the Deseret News that both boys fell to the ground after the strike. A principal, two vice principals and a resource officer from another school, carried the boys inside the building and began CPR, Harding told the Deseret News. ST. GEORGE, Utah - Two St. George teenage boys are in critical condition after a lightning bolt hit a tree they were standing under at about 2:55 p.m. today. Washington County School District Spokesman, Marshall Topham says the boys, one a senior, the other a junior at Snow Canyon High, were walking home from school when they took shelter from a downpour under a pine tree about 10 feet from the school. Lightning hit the tree, which shocked the teens severely enough to knock them both unconscious, according to Topham. Topham says that several witnesses saw the lightning strike. The boys received immediate aid after the incident. Get It Now: FOX 13 News E-mail Newsletters and Text Message Alerts | Mobile Web Site and Smartphone Apps | Twitter and Facebook A school resource officer and other staff administered CPR until paramedics arrived and took the boys to the hospital. The boys were airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas to receive care at the hospital's burn unit. As of 5 p.m. they are both considered to be in extremely critical condition. Teens struck by lightning on road to recovery; one sent home Published: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 12:31 a.m. MDT By Wendy Leonard, Deseret News 2 comments E-MAIL | PRINT | FONT + - Page:12Next > LAS VEGAS  Alex Lambson believes he's still waiting for his stepbrother to pick him up from school. It is a piece of information that is more than a week old, but it is a thought no one believed the 17-year-old would be having after surviving a lightning strike last week. Alex, at 6-foot-2, is much taller and bigger than the other children being treated in the pediatric burn unit at Las Vegas' University Medical Center and his parents say that just like any child, he's reluctant to want to stay in the hospital much longer. But because a large part of his body was burned by the lightning, the teen still requires various skin graft surgeries and has yet to move his left side, according to his mother, Kaleen Talley, who spoke to media during a press conference at the hospital Tuesday afternoon. From the archive Lightning victim grateful for life  Oct. 13, 2010 Utah lightning strike victims' condition upgraded  Oct. 9, 2010 Friends hit by lightning making good progress, family members say  Oct. 6, 2010 3 tornadoes tear across northern Arizona, damage homes  Oct. 6, 2010 2 high school students struck by lightning identified, flown to Las Vegas hospital in critical condition  Oct. 5, 2010 On Oct. 5, Alex and his friend, 16-year-old Christopher "Dane" Zdunich, were struck by lightning as they waited by a tree near Snow Canyon High School, in Santa Clara, for their ride home. The two are off life support, and are being encouraged to become more mobile, according to the hospital's chief of pediatrics, Meena Vohra. Vohra said they are both "recovering very fast" and Dane was released from the hospital Tuesday evening. "Dane has a burn on his face where the lightning hit him and then it traveled through his body and out his feet," said Chris Zdunich, Dane's father. "So he has five exit wounds on his feet, they look sort of like bullet holes or something." He said the burns are third-degree and about the size of a nickel. The nerves in Dane's feet were reportedly killed by the injury, resulting in little or no pain, which is why he can walk around and Alex can't. Dane's heart was reported to have stopped working for almost 30 minutes after Tuesday's flash, but he was revived and was also taken to the UMC for treatment. His condition has improved greatly in the week since the incident. But his parents say he didn't want to leave the hospital without his friend. "I think it is emotional for both of them," said Leslie Broderick, Dane's mom. "Dane is very concerned about him. They are very close." The two boys met a year-and-a-half ago as members of the school's debate team. They spent the school year traveling with the team, then spent the entire summer together and have been inseparable since the beginning of this year. "They're together constantly," Talley said, adding that her son is just starting to piece it all together. "When you say there was a lightning strike, he's like, 'no way, how can that happen again?" said Alex's father, Arden Lambson. Lambson mentioned that prior to the accident, Alex's statistics class had determined the probability of lightning hitting the school and came up with "zero. And then of course, a couple hours later, they're both struck by lightning," he said. Talley says the boys' school has a motto: Stay strong. And the school mascot is a warrior, which she believes both the boys are. From the archive Lightning victim grateful for life  Oct. 13, 2010 Utah lightning strike victims' condition upgraded  Oct. 9, 2010 Friends hit by lightning making good progress, family members say  Oct. 6, 2010 3 tornadoes tear across northern Arizona, damage homes  Oct. 6, 2010 2 high school students struck by lightning identified, flown to Las Vegas hospital in critical condition  Oct. 5, 2010 "They're really fighting," she said. Students across St. George have given them cause, rallying together to collect donations intended to help with medical bills, as well as keep both the boy's siblings, who also attend Snow Canyon High School, in good spirits. A fund has been set up at Zions Bank, in the boy's names, also to help the families cope. "The days kind of flow together, it's hard to remember the sequence of things," said Broderick, "but I know that I have just prayed for continuous progress, hour by hour. No setbacks was my No. 1 thing. But we're getting there." Teen lightning strike survivors still moving forward Story Discussion Sheena McFarland | Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:03 am | 1 Comment Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Cobb Condie ADVANCE FOR USE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Oct. 3, 2011, photo, Alex Lambson, left, and Dane Zdunich pose for a photo in front of the tree they were under at Snow Canyon High School when they were struck by lightning a year ago, in St. George, Utah. A year later, the two are dealing with the repercussions from the day they were struck by lightning. They battle bodies that are forever changed, learning to navigate both their daily lives and the national attention heaped on them. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Cobb Condie) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT SALT LAKE CITY -- A storm looms on the red rock horizon of southern Utah, but only a light drizzle is falling. No one runs to the cars in the parking lot for cover. On the football field at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, a cheer goes up from the crowd. Alex Lambson and Dane Zdunich linger beneath the tree where they always wait for a ride home. Lambson, a senior who aspired to serve in the military elite, and Zdunich, a junior with a passion for science, chat and text message friends. It's Oct. 5, 2010, and they have no idea how much their lives are about to change. In the next frame of the school's surveillance video, it happens in a split second: a bright flash fills the screen and the boys fall to the ground. A year later, the two are dealing with the repercussions from the day they were struck by lightning. They battle bodies that are forever changed, learning to navigate both their daily lives and the national attention heaped on them. Lambson, now 19, has come to the realization that he is physically disabled -- difficult for anyone, but a particularly hard truth for a young man who aspired to military service and now can't pick up a pen. Zdunich, now 17, hasn't had as many physical repercussions, though he's struggling to gain weight and strength. But he lost his father three months after the strike, and the specter of future health problems haunts the fringes of daily life. Lambson has lost fine motor skills in his hands, meaning he can grip a cup but can't hold smaller objects. He also battles daily pain throughout his back, shoulders and upper arms because his muscle fibers essentially melted together during the strike. Doctors are hopeful those muscle fibers will regrow in time and the pain will dissipate. He can walk and run, though balance can be a challenge, and his left side will always be a bit weaker than his right due to a stroke after the lightning strike. After weeks in the hospital, Lambson didn't return to Snow Canyon High School to finish his senior year but instead graduated by completing subject packets from his school. He ended up with a lot of spare time each day "because those packets weren't designed for a 4.0 student." He quickly found that he had talent in digital film editing, and he is physically capable of navigating the mouse. "I notice a lot of teens just waste time goofing around on the Internet," he said. "If you have a lot of time to kill, find a hobby or talent that you can monetize." In addition to redirecting his military dreams to visual editing, he's also had to ask for help. His younger brothers, ages 15 and 12, help him with wrappers and jars. But he also spends much less time holed up in his room playing video games and more time talking with his family. "Basically, it made me realize how very fragile life is," Lambson said. "I used to think about the people who were in the Twin Towers who just went to a normal day of work and ended up dead or badly injured. Then something like that ended up happening to me. It made me realize how easy it is for everything to change." Now taking a full-time load in college, Lambson depends heavily on his iPad, which, unlike a typical keyboard, has digital keys that require no strength to push. His mother, Kaleen Talley, said she cried as much during her son's first week of college as the week after the strike. She had held out hope that an extra month or two in the hospital or extra physical therapy sessions would return her son to his former physical self, but she has had to accept her son's limitations. "Now we celebrate that he can move his pinkie," she said. "He's a miracle, considering what happened, and he's doing amazing -- he's in college, he's learned to drive, he can run, he can walk, and we're ecstatic. Still the reality, it's just sad." As for Zdunich -- his pancreas gave him significant trouble for months after the strike, which made eating and absorbing nutrients difficult. Recent tests, however, have shown he's back within normal ranges, said his mother, Leslie Broderick. Zdunich spent only a week in the hospital, but the first three months of recovery after the strike were overwhelming. "He was not healed yet, and he was not himself," Broderick said. "There was a lot of care for him at home to get him back to school, and all the physical therapy he had to endure." His father had put off classes he was taking to become a registered nurse to care for his son, and just as Zdunich re-entered high school in January, he died. "That sent us all tumbling. It was devastating," Broderick said. "His dad was a huge part of the recovery, and that was a huge setback for him." Zdunich, though, approaches the past year with as positive an attitude as he can. " Sheena McFarland writes for the Salt Lake Tribune. Read more:
Tue, 10/05/2010 12:00 PM Killed 28 dead 27 injured  0.0  Vidarbha 
NAGPUR: Twenty-eight persons were killed and 27 received serious burn injuries as lightning struck and rains lashed various parts of Vidarbha on Monday. Buldhana and Yavatmal districts reported the highest number of deaths, officials at the Nagpur divisional control room, said. According to officials, six persons were killed in Buldhana, Yavatmal - 5, Murtijapur (Akola) and Washim - 4, Risod (Washim) - 3, Bhiwapur (Nagpur) and Amravati - 2 and one death was reported each from Hingna, and Lakhandur (Bhandara). Most of the victims were farm labourers and were either working in the farms or returning after work. In Murtijapur, lightning struck four people including a teenaged girl at farms in Ambhora and Gorkhedi. The deceased have been identified as Ganesh Godse (42), Shankar Godse (40), Priyanka Godse (14), Shyam Gawande. Sixteen injuried labourers were admitted to Akola general hospital. Read more: Lightning strikes kill 28 in region - The Times of India
Mon, 10/04/2010 04:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Huntington Lake CA 
  working on a pole  N/A  Near Utility Pole,Outside,Work 
Lightning strikes man near Huntington Lake Posted at 04:50 PM on Monday, Oct. 04, 2010 The Fresno Bee SHARE BUZZ UP! E-MAIL PRINT TEXT SIZE: Similar stories: More erratic weather possible for hot, humid SoCal Thunderstorms trigger outages in hot, humid SoCal Wild weather as thunderstorms hit inland Calif. Local briefs: Auberry home burns More erratic weather possible for hot, humid SoCal A man working on a pole in the Huntington Lake area was struck by lightning Monday afternoon, a Fresno County sheriff's spokesman said. The man, who likely took a direct lightning hit, was conscious and coherent, said sheriff's Lt. Steve Wilkins. A deputy drove him to a helipad in the Big Creek area, where a Skylife helicopter flew him to a hospital, Wilkins said. His condition is unknown, but he did not have any visible injuries, Wilkins said. The deputy reported hail in the area where the man was struck Read more:
Mon, 10/04/2010 12:00 PM Killed 13 lives  0.0   
Lightning claims 13 lives in Marathwada Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Oct 4 : Thirteen people, including four women, were killed after being struck by lightning as heavy rains pounded several districts of Marathwada in the last 24 hours. Thirteen people, including four youths, were killed in four districts of Marathwada since last evening when lightning struck them, sources from the divisional commissioner's office told UNI. Five people were killed and two others injured in two separate incidents in Jalna district, adjoining Aurangabad in last 24 hours. Dwarkabai Kolhe (25), from Masegaon village of Dhansawangi Tehsil, was standing under a tree when lightning struck, killing her on the spot. In another incident, Bhagwan Khandagale (50), Akshaya Khurdole (14), Balasaheb Khurdane (13) and Yogesh Adhav took shelter below a tree due to heavy rains when lightning struck them, killing all of them. Four people were killed and six injured in Hingoli district. In Pan Kopargaon village of Sengaon tehsil, lightning struck when Sangeeta Deshmukh (35) and Bhagwan Deshmukh (45) were engaged in agricultural work in their farms, killing both on the spot. A woman Anusaya Dhavale (60) died in Savna village, while Bhanudas Savke (42) died in Taktoda village as lightning hit them when they were busy sowing related work in farms. Two more people lost their lives in Nanded district in separate incidents. Dhrupatabai Borde (40) was killed when lighting hit a tree where she and other women took shelter in Kasrali village of Biloli tehsil. In another incident, Govind Kadam (38) was killed when he was caught in heavy rains in Warphali village of Himayat Nagar tehsil and stood below a tree in his land to save himself from rains. However, lightning struck the tree killing Kadam. In Parbhani, two people were fatally struck by lightning. A 48-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy were the victims. Meanwhile, the death-toll in the rain-related incidents since June 2 have mounted to 127 in Marathwada region, official sources said. the highest number of casualties-27 were reported from Aurangabad. The city was lashed today by rains for over two hours, leading to disruption of normal life due to flooding of low-lying areas. A number of trees were uprooted, telecommunication link snapped and power failure was reported from several areas. --UNI

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