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Wed, 06/22/2011 12:00 PM Killed Andrew Pridmore  51.0  Mt Canigou Pyrenees Mtns. 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
British hiker killed by lightning bolt on top of French mountain by David Collins, Daily Mirror 23/06/2011 Decrease font size Increase font size A BRITISH hiker died after being struck by lightning as he reached the summit of a mountain. Advertisement >> Andrew Pridmore, 51, was climbing alone on the 9,100ft-high Mt Canigou in the French Catalan Pyrenees when he was hit. Seven other climbers were also injured. The father-of-four, from Bromley, South East London, moved to France 20 years ago. A friend of the wood craftsman, who lived in nearby Prades, said: His family are in shock. Read more: Go Camping for 95p! Vouchers collectable in the Daily and Sunday Mirror until 11th August . Click here for more information
Wed, 06/22/2011 12:00 PM Injured woman   30.0  Port Huron MI 
  in parking lot     Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Twitter Facebook Share Email Print A A A Written by Times Herald FILED UNDER News Updates Port Huron Police Lt. Scott Pike said a 30-year-old woman who may have been struck by lighting Wednesday evening remains in the hospital. Although no one saw the incident, witnesses in the parking lot of Kroger off Krafft Road said they heard a loud clap of thunder and saw the woman fall to the ground. Officials said she was in respiratory arrest and there were no burn makes from a lightning strike. Further information was not available.
Wed, 06/22/2011 10:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Garden City ID 
GARDEN CITY - Ada County dispatchers say a report came in around 10:00 PM MDT, a man in Garden City may have been struck by lightning associated with passing thunderstorms. Limited information is available. For the latest tune into KBOI news starting at 5:00 AM MDT.
Tue, 06/21/2011 04:00 PM unknown bad safety info  0.0  OH 
  bad safety info ...crouch and 30/30 rule    Education 
Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Lightning Safety AwarenessWSAZ Blog Listing Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Lightning Safety Awareness Topic Author: Josh Fitzpatrick Posted: 7:39 AM Jun 21, 2011 Replies Posted: 0 comments Save Email Print Recent Blog Topics Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Rating Tornadoes and Hurricanes Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Lightning Safety Awareness Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Hook Echo Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: 2011 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Beat the Heat Tips Are tornadoes unique to the United States? Font Size: Lightning Safety Awareness Week Number of Lightning-Strike Fatalities Dropping  Staying Indoors is Key to Safety The he National Weather Service says the number of annual lightning-strike fatalities is decreasing. Twenty-nine people died of lightning strikes in 2010, including one Ohioan. In 2009, 34 people died. This year, one person has died from a lightning strike. On May 23, a 31-year-old Missouri police officer was struck while performing search and rescue efforts after a massive tornado destroyed the town of Joplin, Mo. He was one of a dozen emergency responders from Kansas City who volunteered to help with recovery efforts. The tornado killed more than 130 people. Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia averages 30-50 days of thunderstorm activity a year. But this year, with the eastern half of the nation experiencing extreme severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, many of us has already exceeded record rainfall for the months of March, April and May. Lightning Safety If you can see lightning or hear thunder you are already at risk! Most lightning injuries and fatalities occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening. Outdoor Activities: Most lightning deaths and injuries occur in the summer. · Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. Move to a sturdy enclosed building. · Get inside a hardtop vehicle and keep the windows rolled up. Avoid touching metal. · If caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby: Stay away from tall trees. If there is no shelter crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall. Avoid being the tallest object around. Get as low as you can but do not lie prone on the ground. Squat on the balls of your feet to have minimum contact with the ground. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. · Get out of the water. If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center of the boat away from metal hardware. Swimming, wading, snorkeling and scuba diving are NOT safe. Don't stand in puddles, even if wearing rubber boots. · Move away from a group of people. Stay several yards away from each other. Don't share a bleacher bench or huddle in a group. If you are outdoors when you see or hear a thunderstorm coming or your hair stands on end, immediately stop your activities and seek safe shelter immediately! 30/30 Rule The first 30 means if, between flash and bang, you count to 30 or less, you are in danger and should go to safe shelter. Flash-to-bang: When you see the FLASH, Count the seconds to the BANG, Every 5 seconds equals 1 mile. Divide by 5 to give the distance in miles from you to the lightning. 30 seconds - suspend all outdoor activities (lightning strike was 6 miles away or less) and seek safe shelter If you count 15 seconds or less, a lightning strike could occur where you are (3 miles away or less). The second 30 means wait 30 minutes from the last flash or thunder to establish "all clear. Indoor Activities: · Do not use any electrical appliances (except those used for weather information) and unplug unnecessary ones. Turn off air conditioners and computers to protect them from power surges. · Do not use a corded telephone except in an emergency. Do not bathe or shower during a thunderstorm. Avoid contact with anything that conducts electricity. · Stay away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with concrete walls or floors which may contain metal reinforcing bars; carports or open garages; covered patios; washing your hands or doing dishes. · When inside, wait 30 minutes after the last strike, before going out again. No place is completely safe from lightning, but some places are safer than others. Although some victims are struck directly by the main lightning stroke, many victims are struck as the current moves in and along the ground. Helping a Lightning Strike Victim: · If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and get medical care immediately. Cardiac arrest and irregularities, burns, and nerve damage are common in cases where people are struck by lightning. · However, with proper treatment, including CPR if necessary, most victims survive a lightning strike. · You are in no danger helping a lightning victim. The charge will not affect you.
Tue, 06/21/2011 07:20 PM Injured 2 of 2   0.0  Ruffin SC 
  playing baseball    Baseball or Softball,Ground Strike,Indirect,Sports Field 
Man Dies After Being Struck By Lightning By Staff Published: June 22, 2011 » 0 Comments | Post a Comment Investigators say that a man in Chesterfield County has died after being struck by a lightning bolt. Deputies say the man was playing baseball with his son and others when a lightning bolt hit him and injuring three others surrounding him. The three others were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released. The National Weather Service said that the last recorded lightning death in South Carolina was in Columbia in 2008. A man was hit by lightning while riding a personal watercraft.
Tue, 06/21/2011 07:20 PM Killed Michael Gulledge 1 of 2  26.0  Ruffin SC 
    N/A  Baseball or Softball,Field,Outside,Sports Field 
A 26-year-old South Carolina man was killed when a bolt of lightning hit him Tuesday night. Michael Gulledge was playing baseball on a field in the Ruby community in Chesterfield County when the lightning hit him around 7:20 p.m. Five other people who were on the field with Gulledge were taken to a hospital to be examined. One of those people is still hospitalized.
Mon, 06/20/2011 10:00 AM Injured Almeta Davis  0.0  Louisville KY 
  taking pic's outside her door    Indirect,Outside,Standing in Doorway 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.  A Louisville woman was trying to capture severe weather pictures on her cell phone when she was struck by lightning, but she was lucky to survive with just first-degree burns. Almeta Davis said she was snapping a picture outside of her door of the Sunday morning storms that were bending over the trees. She told WAVE-TV in Louisville that she had her hand out the door when the lightning struck her in the hand. Davis said the jolt knocked her off her feet and she went to the hospital for treatment of first-degree burns. She said there is still numbness in her arm and she plans to get another medical checkup on Monday. But Davis said despite the shock, she'd probably risk a storm again to take pictures.
Sat, 06/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 dead  0.0   
Floods, lightning kill 8 as heavy rains hit China ShareThis PrintE-mail By LOUISE WATT The Associated Press BEIJING  Floods and lightning killed at least eight people as heavy rains pounded southern China, destroying homes and blocking roads, official media said Saturday. A Chinese man looks around while a woman walks out from her shop submerged with flood water in Xianing city in central China's Hubei province on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. More heavy downpours are forecast this week over central and southern China, where seasonal flooding has already killed more than 100 people, Chinese state media reported on Monday. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT A Chinese man pushes a makeshift drum raft while a child sit on it in a flooded street in Xianing city in central China's Hubei province on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. More heavy downpours are forecast this week over central and southern China, where seasonal flooding has already killed more than 100 people, Chinese state media reported on Monday. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT More Nation & World stories » Minn. braces for government shutdown over taxes Kan. Planned Parenthood receives abortion license Feds won't give assurance on medical pot Judge blocks parts of Mont. medical marijuana law Flooding from this month's seasonal rains has already forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and left more than 170 dead or missing. Two people died in the southern province of Guizhou after being struck by lightning, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Two others died after being washed away by floods Friday evening. Xinhua said four other people died but did not provide details. The Ministry of Civil Affairs said Friday that flooding and rains have killed 25 people, left 25 missing and forced about 671,200 from their homes since Monday. Xinhua did not say whether the most recent fatalities were included in the 25. The torrential rains are forecast to continue through the weekend. Landslides crushed parts of a railway line in southwestern China on Thursday evening, stranding 5,000 passengers on four trains, railway officials said. About 1,200 workers are continuing to clear tracks and make repairs along the Chengdu-Kunming railway line, which links the capitals of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, Xinhua said
Sat, 06/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed 3 injured  0.0   
 Costa Rica 
Lightning strike kills two outside Costa Ricas National Stadium Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - By Tico Times Lightning strikes five players during a pickup soccer game east of the stadium early Saturday afternoon. A pickup game of soccer in the rain turned deadly Saturday when lightning struck among a group of some 30 players, killing two and injuring three, the daily La Nación reported. Officials from the Judicial Investigation Police, or OIJ, identified one victim as Emer Calderón, 37, La Nación reported. The paper mentioned the second victim's name only as Alexánder, 25. Three others are in good condition after being treated by the Red Cross at the scene. The soccer match took place at public soccer fields east of the National Stadium, a popular weekend gathering spot in La Sabana Park in western San José. Also Saturday, lightning struck and killed José Pablo Navarro, 24, in Santa Cruz, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Meteorologist Gabriela Chinchilla said that lightning strikes are common during Costa Rica's rainy season, and it's important if caught in a storm to seek shelter, the paper reported.
Thu, 06/16/2011 06:00 PM Injured Michael Bean  14.0  Canton GA 
  leaning against metal garage door  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Storms spark fires; lightning hurts boy, 14 by Brandon Wilson June 17, 2011 12:00 AM | 303 views | 0 | 1 | | Firefighters respond to a blaze at a home off Kimberly Place in Holly Springs on Wednesday evening. Cherokee Tribune/Special CANTON - A 14-year-old is recovering after suffering minor injuries from a lightning strike during the heavy storms that pounded Cherokee County and metro Atlanta on Wednesday night and early Thursday. There were also reports of damaged homes, downed trees, power outages and hail, but officials said there were no serious injuries. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services workers responded to reports of the boy, Michael Bean, being struck by lightning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tim Cavender, Fire and Emergency Services public information director, said it was not a direct lightning strike. He was reportedly leaning against a metal garage door when the strike occurred at the boy's residence at 617 Bentwood Trail, off Highway 20, west of Canton. Cavender said when firefighters arrived on the scene, Michael was responsive and his pain was starting to ease up. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for evaluation; however, Cavender said he returned home shortly and went to football practice Thursday morning. Elsewhere in the county, firefighters responded to two house fires. Crews arrived at a home off Kimberly Place in Holly Springs shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to find flames coming from the roof. Firefighters were able to knock down the fire within 15 minutes, Cavender said. The residents had evacuated the home and no injuries were reported. Lightning was the apparent cause. Around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters battled a blaze at 705 Osco Parkway, near Hickory Flat, which was apparently caused by a tree that had fallen on the structure. Firefighters were able get the fire under control quickly and no injuries were reported. Crews responded to numerous fallen trees and broken power lines. An official at Amicalola EMC said the utility had six power outages that impacted 402 customers in the areas of Yellow Creek, Lake Arrowhead and the Clayton community. All issues were resolved. Officials at Cobb EMC did not return inquiries about outages by press time. Officials with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and the city police departments said there were no serious accidents or other incidents throughout the county Teen OK after being struck by lightning ShareThis PrintE-mail By Alexis Stevens The Atlanta Journal-Constitution With his head tilted back, 14-year-old Michael Bean leaned against a garage door in Canton to show a young niece and nephew how to catch raindrops in their mouths. Enlarge photo Tim Cavender/ Cherokee County fi Michael Bean, 14, survived being struck by lightning on June 15, 2011. Related Photos High winds injure 2 dozen Army reservists Power restored for many More Atlanta area news » Power restored for many Glass falls from 2nd W Hotel Man killed in hit-and-run Missing 84-year-old man found "You do it like this," Bean told the children Wednesday night. Moments later, the teen was on the ground, clutching his mother's leg, the apparent victim of a lightning strike. "I remember hearing a loud boom and then being on the ground," Michael told the AJC Thursday. "Then there was a shooting pain all over my body." Michael doesn't remember much else about what happened. "I was standing right next to him," said Yvette Bean, Michael's mother. "The next thing I knew, he went down. I had to peel his fingers off from around my leg." The family was outside around dinner time and believed the storm had passed. But one powerful boom changed everything. Michael never lost consciousness but was in a great deal of pain as his mother called 911. At 6-feet 1-inch and 200 pounds, Michael plays football, basketball and baseball and has endured surgery for sports injuries, Yvette Bean said. This pain was different. "I've never heard him cry out in pain like that," she said. "He was saying, It hurts! It hurts everywhere!'" When emergency responders arrived, Michael had calmed down and the pain had subsided, Yvette Bean said. Michael said he thinks the intense pain lasted only a few minutes, then was gone. The teen's heart rate was up slightly, but he seemed otherwise fine during the ambulance ride to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, she said. There, Michael underwent testing and was later sent home. "They told him he was lucky," Yvette Bean said. Thursday morning, Michael felt good enough for football workouts at Cherokee High School, where he'll be a freshman running back and linebacker in August, he said. He was told to skip squats and bench-pressing, but was otherwise fine, his mother said. "He's hungry," Yvette Bean said. "But he's always hungry."
Wed, 06/15/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 fishermen   0.0  Binh Son district  
  paddy fields and walking near ocean    Outside 
Advertisement Lighting kills 3, 18 fishermen missing in severe Vietnam storms Officials still searching for the missing fishermen. Source: (AHN) Reporter: Ayinde O. Chase Location: Hanoi, Vietnam Published: June 16, 2011 01:00 pm EDT Topics: Disaster And Accident, Rescue, Disaster And Accident, Disaster, Natural Disasters, Weather, Statistic Two adults and an 8-year-old boy were killed after being struck by lightning in Vietnam according to authorities. The incident took place as heavy storms pounded the region Wednesday afternoon. The countrys central provinces have been heavily hit by severe weather. Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Binh Son District killed Le Van Diem, 47, Nguyen Thi Dau, 60, and Bi Van Quoc, 8. The two men were working in paddy fields and the boy was walking near the ocean in Quang Ngai province. High winds also ripped the roofs of several houses in Tran Van Thoi and Dam Doi districts. Numerous fishing boats suffered trouble during the storms. Some 25 men were rescued, however 18 remain missing in the southern province of Ca Mu. No official number has been given by authorities but local media report dozens of deaths and extensive property damage as a result of lightning strikes each year. Hundreds of fishermen are also reported to be lost at sea annually Read more:
Mon, 06/13/2011 12:00 PM Injured 10 students  0.0  Arua  
Lightning strikes 10 pupils Monday, 13th June, 2011 E-mail article Print article By Richard Drasimaku Lightning Tuesday struck 10 pupils of Muni Primary School in Arua during a heavy midday rainfall. Seven of the victims were rushed to Arua hospital. The acting medical superintendent Michael Odar said the children were taken there for monitoring and would be discharged as soon as they got better. The others sustained minor injuries such as broken teeth and numbness of limbs. They will soon be discharged and managed from home, he said
Sun, 06/12/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed   0.0  Saurashtra  
Five killed in rain-related incidents in Saurashtra PTI  1 hour 59 minutes ago tweet Email Print Rajkot, Jun 12 (PTI) Five persons were killed in separate rain-related incidents in Saurashtra region in the last 24 hours, police said here today. While three members of a group died after being struck by lightning in Junagadh district, two girls who had gone for washing clothes drowned in a river at Ranavadvala town of Porbandar district, they said. Most parts of the Saurashtra region experienced heavy rains since last night varying from 25 mm to 155 mm.
Sun, 06/12/2011 05:40 PM Injured Elmer Coreas  29.0  Anne Arundel County MD 
  on fishing pier  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Dock/Pier/Jetty,Outside 
Police & Fire Update: Man Struck by Lightning on Fishing Pier Emergency personnel found the man in cardiac arrest in Fort Smallwood Park. By Stephanie Burke | Email the author | June 12, 2011 Print &nbps;0 Comments Tweet Email View full size Add your photos & videos Tell Your Neighbors About Patch A 29-year-old man was struck by lightning at the fishing pier in Fort Smallwood Park Sunday evening, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Chief Michael Cox. Several people called 911 to report the lightning strike around 5:40 p.m., Cox said. Emergency personnel arrived at the park and found the man in cardiac arrest. They immediately began resuscitation efforts and transported the man to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Cox said. Witnesses reported hearing a loud crack of thunder and then seeing the man unconscious on the pier, according to Cox. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the region until 8 p.m. Sunday. Editor's note: This story was updated from an earlier version because the fire department retracted the report that the man died
Sat, 06/11/2011 01:40 PM Killed Gary DeVries  54.0  Pryor Mountains MT  
  rounding up cattle for branding  N/A  Horse,Outside 
LIGHTNING STRIKE IN MONTANA KILLS MAN AND HORSE TOOLS 0 COMMENTS EMAIL THIS ARTICLE PRINT THIS ARTICLE YOUNEWS" FACEBOOK DIGG Story Published: Jun 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM MDT Story Updated: Jun 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM MDT BRIDGER, Mont. (AP)  Officials in south-central Montana say a Bridger man and his horse died after being struck by lightning in the Pryor Mountains. Carbon County Sheriff Tom Reiger tells KTVQ-TV that the lightning strike occurred about 1:40 p.m. Saturday about 12 miles east of Bridger. Reiger says the man was taking part in a branding party when the lightning strike occurred. The man's name has not been released. BILLINGS (AP)  Carbon County officials say a rancher was struck and killed by lightning over the weekend. The sheriffs department said 54-year-old Gary DeVries of Bridger was rounding up cattle for branding at a ranch east of Bridger when he and his horse were struck at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. DeVries and the horse died at the scene
Sat, 06/11/2011 10:15 PM Killed Steven Taylor  0.0  Durham NC 
  feeding livestock    Direct hit,Farming,Field,Outside 
Farmer feeding livestock dies after hit by lightning bolt in thunderstorm 9 hrs ago | 702 views | 0 | 5 | | By KEITH UPCHURCH; 419-6612 DURHAM -- A Durham County man died Friday night after lightning struck him as he fed his livestock, sheriff's deputies reported. The man was identified as Steven Taylor of 2302 Patterson Road, in the Oak Grove area of eastern Durham County. Taylor's wife found him about 10:15 p.m., face down in a field behind his home during Friday's thunderstorm, according to Lt. Adam Clayton of the Durham County Sheriff's Office. Clayton said Taylor apparently "took a full bolt of lightning" because there was no exit wound. He said he appeared to have been hit once. When paramedics arrived, Taylor was not breathing and had no pulse, Clayton said. Members of the Redwood Volunteer Fire Department tried to revive him and he was transported to Durham Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Clayton. "It's sad," Clayton said, adding that Taylor attended the same church as one of his fellow deputies Read more: The Herald-Sun - Farmer feeding livestock dies after hit by lightning bolt in thunderstorm
Sat, 06/11/2011 08:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Colonial Heights VA 
  outside     Burnt,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Alix Bryan CBS 6 Web Staff 12:14 a.m. EDT, June 12, 2011 COLONIAL HEIGHTS This afternoon's round of storms proveD to be dangerous. A man is in the hospital tonight after being burned by an indirect lightning strike. It happened in the 2200 of Boulevard in Colonial Heights around eight this evening outside "The Flaming Pit" barbeque restaurant. Topics Colonial Heights (Colonial Heights, Virginia) CLICK TO WIN: Become a Facebook fan. Click to win great prizes from CBS 6. Police tell us the man's shoe and foot were burned when lightning struck. He was taken to the hospital. No word on his conditio
Sat, 06/11/2011 06:45 PM Injured Joseph Morales  55.0  Connelly Springs NC 
  directing traffic, holding umbrella    Ground Strike,Indirect,School,Umbrella 
RSS Text Size PrintShare This HOME / NEWS / Lightning strikes man at East Burke graduation By MATTHEW HENSLEY Published: June 12, 2011 » 0 Comments | Post a Comment CONNELLY SPRINGS -- Lightning struck a man in the East Burke High School parking lot an hour before the class of 2011 was scheduled to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. Joseph Morales, a REACT member, was in the parking lot directing traffic on Friday at about 6:30 p.m. when a bolt of lightning struck nearby, sending a major shock to the 55-year-old through an umbrella he was holding, according to officials. He was taken to Valdese Hospital at 6:45 p.m., where he was treated and released at 10 p.m. Christine Melott Morales, his wife, wrote on Facebook that Joseph Morales is fine other than numbness in his hand. The lightning strike came as hail pelted crowds of people seated at the East Burke High School football stadium for the graduation ceremony. The ceremony was moved inside to the auditorium and began at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. According to Burke Weathers Facebook page, lightning has struck 11 in Burke County so far this year
Sat, 06/11/2011 07:00 PM Injured Jeff Rogers  0.0  Colonial Heights VA 
  touching door    Outside,Standing in Doorway,Thrown,Work 
Restaurant manager survives brush with lightning BY MARKUS SCHMIDT (STAFF WRITER)Published: June 21, 2011 ARTICLE TOOLS SHARE | FONT SIZE: [A] [A] [A] SIGN UP NEWSLETTER rogers COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Jeff Rogers, manager of The Flaming Pit II, is fortunate he wasn't smoked to a crisp when he was struck by lightning on a weekend earlier this month. Rogers was just about to take the trash out of the restaurant on a Saturday evening when a bolt of lightning hit the back door that he was touching, running 30,000 amps through his body and throwing him more than 15 feet through the air. On Wednesday, Rogers was released from Southside Regional Medical Center, with no visible physical damage. "I know I was extremely lucky," Rogers said. What might have saved his life was his pair of brand new shoes with thick, little worn plastic soles that now bear burn marks as evidence of brush with death. It was shortly after 7 p.m. June 11, when storm clouds gathered over the barbecue restaurant on the Boulevard in Colonial Heights. Rogers decided to take out the trash before it started raining. "It was getting dark across the street, but the sun was still out where we were," he said. Rogers opened the big metal door leading to the back and stepped outside. When he turned around to close it, he suddenly saw a light bolt strike the door that he was touching. "There was a flash and a pop sound," Rogers said. It was the last thing that he remembered before passing out. Ronette Landry, the restaurant's owner and Rogers' fiance, was inside when she heard one of her employees scream for help. "We had just heard the severe thunderstorm warning on the radio when a staff member came running inside and said she heard a loud 'boom' right by the back door where Jeff had been," she said. When they checked outside, they found Rogers laying in the back alley, about 15 feet away from the door. "He was super delirious and he didn't know where he was or what had happened," Landry said. On the metal door was a black mark, indicating where the lightning had struck. Rogers doesn't remember much. "Everybody was asking me if I was OK and I was trying to get up but couldn't," he said. Staff members carried Rogers, whose body showed no burns or other injuries, into the office. "That's when I started getting sick and throwing up," he said. The next thing Rogers remembers was being in an ambulance and, minutes later, into the emergency room at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg. "They did some tests and my heart was doing some crazy things," he said. But Rogers survived. Landry believes that it was his new shoes and possibly the fact that the metal door was hollow that saved his life. "Everyone told me that I was really lucky, that I should have been dead after a hit like that," Rogers said. Rogers was lucky that he only suffered what is called a contact strike - a strike into an object he was touching. A direct hit is almost always fatal. An estimated 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured. In the United States alone, the fatality rate among those struck is 10 percent. About 40 to 50 Americans die each year as a result of lightning strikes, making it the second deadliest weather killer after floods. The odds of an average American being struck by lightning in a given year is 1 in 500,000. Rogers feels lucky that he doesn't appear to have permanent damage; more than 80 percent of survivors sustain long-term injuries. "My back still hurts very badly, but I don't know if this is from the lightening or because I was thrown to the ground," he said. For now, Rogers has no plans for his return to work at the Flaming Pit. "I don't know when I'll go back," he said. "Right now, all I can think about is how fortunate I am to be still alive." - Markus Schmidt may be reached at 722-5172 or Read more:
Fri, 06/10/2011 04:00 PM Injured Kenneth Davis  0.0  Durham NC 
  getting out of car  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
HICKORY, NC - A pop up thunderstorm in Hickory literally blew away one man. Kenneth Davis says he was getting out of his car when lightning struck the tree beside him. The shock sent him flying eight feet into gravel. Luckily, he has no major injuries; just a little road rash on his arm. Davis says he's not a religious person, but says there's only one way to describe the shock. He says it was like the power of God: That's the only words that come to mind; that show the power and the immenseness of the power that was running through my body last night." Davis says a few chunks of wood shot right thru his house. Were told he found some pieces more than 50 feet away from the strike
Thu, 06/09/2011 07:05 PM Killed Levi Lantz 1 of 2  13.0  Lancaster county PA  
  bailing hay in field    Direct hit,Field,Outside 
UPDATE: Lancaster County teen killed by lightning strike VideoImages Reported by: Ben Russell Email: Contributor: Nate Wardle Contributor: Andrew Forgotch Print Story Published: 6/09 7:29 pm Share Updated: 4:38 am UPDATE: CBS 21 News has learned the name of the teen struck and killed by lightning in Lancaster County. According the the Lancaster County Coroner, 13 year-old Levi Lantz was working in a field when he was struck by lighting. Lantz was standing next to a bailer while his father pulled a team of horses. He was pronounced dead on scene. According to Lancaster County Communications the person struck by lightning was a 13 year old male who has died from that strike. The coroner is en route to the scene.
Thu, 06/09/2011 07:05 PM Injured Mr. Lantz 2 of 2 (father)  0.0  Lancaster county PA  
  bailing hay in field    Field,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Thu, 06/09/2011 09:35 AM Injured Michael Hyde  37.0  Essex NY 
  standing in front yard  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Yard 
June 9, 2011 Man hit by lightning LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican ESSEX  A man was struck by lightning in Essex, and a house was damaged by fire in Keene after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region Thursday morning. A 37-year-old man was taken to Elizabethtown Community Hospital by Essex Emergency Squad at about 9:35 a.m. Thursday after he was struck by lightning while standing in his front yard on Main Street in Essex. Twin Valley Lane and Main Street in Essex Hospital officials did not have a condition report Thursday afternoon. Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said the man suffered electrical burns from the strike. In the Town of Keene, an apartment house at Route 73 and Hulls Falls Road was damaged by fire at 6:10 a.m. after it was struck by a tree. "The tree fell on the house and took down primary lines, which are high voltage," Jaquish said. "The house caught fire." He said there are two apartments in the home, but only one was occupied, by an unidentified man. The tenant moved out after the tree fell, he said, so no one was home at the time of the fire. The tree had been downed by a storm, Jaquish said, and the fire did moderate damage to the house. "Once they killed the power, the fire department was able to extinguish it," Jaquish said. "The tree broke the roof members when it fell. It put a hole in the roof." The house at 2837 Route 73 is owned by 5th-Plus-20th LLC of Keene. There were power outages in Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake Thursday morning, but those have been cleared up. A tree fell on power lines on Whitney Street in Port Henry late Thursday morning, near the railroad overpass, but that has been removed. "We had hundreds of calls yesterday and today (Wednesday and Thursday), mostly due to the storm," Jaquish said. Email Lohr McKinstry at: Struck by lightning, Essex man escapes serious injury Press-Republican ESSEX  Michael Hyde was wearing a metal belt buckle and steel-toed shoes  perhaps not the best choice of wardrobe. "I had gone out to the shed behind my mother's house to look for something, just opened the door, and remember hearing a "zzz" sound, and then something blew me right into the shed," he said. Violent thunderstorms popped up around the North Country Thursday; earlier, in Keene, a tree was blown over, landing on a house and tearing down electric wires. Fire erupted there a few hours later, further damaging the house owned by 5th-plus-20th LLC. For Michael, it was lightning that he never saw coming. "... it was like someone flipped a switch," he said. The force of the jolt knocked him over a push mower, and he flew about 6 feet into the shed, where he apparently hit a wooden shelf. "When I woke up I saw a hole in my pants on my upper leg," said Michael, who's 37. He pointed to his upper leg, which showed some discoloration but no entrance or exit wounds. "It feels pretty sore." Singe marks show clearly on the trousers he wore at the time. And he was walking with a limp Friday. "I remember walking to the house and then falling," Michael continued his story. "My mother (Linda) tried to roll me over, and I was lifeless. 'HE BLANKED OUT' Thinking back to the Thursday morning storm, Linda had heard a rumble in the distance. "I happened to look outside and saw (Michael) holding his leg," she said. "When I touched it, he was shaking and told me it burned. I told him to sit down. Mike then said, 'There's something wrong with me,' and I tried to grab him, but he fell." Michael told her his head was pounding. "And then he blanked out," she said. "I was very upset and called 911." When he came to, Michael said he was thirsty, and he had a copper-like taste in his mouth. "The dispatcher told me not to give him anything to drink ..." Linda said. VERY LUCKY The Essex Emergency Squad took Michael to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. At the ER, his legs were still shaking out of control. "They said I was very lucky. They told me that lightning can travel distances through the ground and then come up." "Thank God the Lord was with us, and that I was not working that day, so I was there to help him," Linda said. This was not the first time the Essex man had a close encounter with lightning. He believes when he was 12 years old, lightning traveled along a pasture fence behind their home, then jumped and gave him a shock. "I was zapped," he said. "I was definitely not touching the fence." Email Alvin Reiner at:
Thu, 06/09/2011 06:00 PM Injured Kim Dulka  0.0  Bridgeport  
  touching metal frame in greenhouse    Ground Strike,Indirect,Metal,Outside 
Seymour farmer struck by lightning Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer Published 09:36 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011 1 of 2 VIEW: LARGER | HIDE Kim Dulka from Red Clover Farms in Seymour prepares her produce for the start of the Greenwich Historical Society's Green Market, in this March 2010 file photo. Dulka was recently struck by lightning while working on her farm in Seymour and is recovering. Photo: File Photo / Greenwich Time File Photo Comments (0) 0 Share Larger | Smaller Printable Version Email This Font OTHER NEWS Police investigating homicide of 5-month-old baby in Ansonia Man charged with operating cocaine ring in Fairfield Probate Judge Ganim averts eviction by leaving home SEYMOUR -- They say bad things happen in threes. But for Kim Dulka and her Red Clover Farms in Seymour, it has already been four this year. First came the repeated breakdowns of the tractors. Next, the well ran dry. Then they were denied approval to run a farmstand on High Ridge Road in Stamford. Most recently, around 6 p.m., during the height of a thunderstorm last week, Dulka was struck by lightning. After spending the past few days in the cardiac care unit at Bridgeport Hospital, Dulka was well enough Saturday to speak by phone. "You know that you are overdue at the hair salon when the trauma team at the hospital asks if your gray hair is due to being hit by lightning and you have to tell them you simply haven't had time to touch up the roots," she said jokingly. But being struck was no joke. "I'm still lethargic, my mind feels foggy, and my heartbeat is erratic," said Dulka, who operates Red Clover Farms on Benham Road in Seymour with her family. They sell their vegetables at farmers markets in downtown Seymour, at the Bush-Holley Historic Site in Greenwich and, until recently, on High Ridge Road in Stamford. But those physical feelings are nothing compared to what could have happened if Dulka had used her left hand rather than her right to crank down the sides of the farm's coldframe. "The doctors said I would probably be dead because the path of the lightning would have taken it through my heart," she said. This all happened after Dulka ran to safety inside her home just as the first heavy drops of rain began to fall and the wind began to whistle. Just as she was ready to sit down, her father advised her that he didn't crank down the left side of the coldframe -- a large greenhouse-like structure where vegetables are started in the ground. She said if she hadn't gone back outside to accomplish that, the wind might have torn it down. "So I ran out across the field. I could feel my hair standing up, probably because of the static electricity," she said. "When I reached the coldframe, I put my right hand on the metal crank and began turning it." Then she saw a bolt of lightning, almost like an eerie painting, coming down from the sky into her hand. "It was so bright that I turned my head away," she said. "I saw the lightning continue its path through my body ... I let go of the pole and as soon as I did, the lightning spark flashed out of my hand and traveled down the length of the pole. I could see it dancing down to the ground." Still, Dulka again grabbed the metal pole and continued to lower the coldframe's sides before returning to the house. "I said to my father I think I was struck by lightning," she said. "But I did not pass out, and I did not have any burns." Yet almost as soon as she said that, she felt a burning in her right hand. That was quickly followed by similar feelings throughout her body, which she felt heating up. An ambulance was called. Preliminary tests by the emergency medical technicians concluded that her EKG and blood pressure readings "were off the charts." They also told her most of the damage from being struck by lightning occurs internally. She was taken to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, where they discovered her muscles released high levels of lactic acid, which could have permanently damaged her kidneys if left untreated. They began flushing her body and admitted her for a few days. Dulka suspects she did not receive the full blast of the bolt because there were other routes on the metallic coldframe for the lightning to travel. "My mom lives in Texas, where she is a nurse," Dulka said. "She asked me if I ever saw the movie about a guy who was hit by lightning, became brilliant and started writing symphonies. I guess I will just wait and see what happens. Maybe I will turn into a genius composer." For now, Dulka is working to get a new farmstand up and running at the Jewish Community Center in Stamford. Read more:
Wed, 06/08/2011 01:15 PM Injured woman   0.0  Houma LA 
  in parking lot     Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
HomeNewslog COMMENTS SHARE EMAIL PRINT REPRINTS ENLARGE TEXT One allegedly hit by lightning outside Houma Walmart Published: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 4:20 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 4:20 p.m. HOUMA  One woman was allegedly struck by lightning this afternoon outside a local Walmart, emergency response officials said. The 28-year-old woman, who was five months pregnant, was taken by Acadian Ambulance around 1:15 p.m. to Terrebonne General Medical Center, said an ambulance service supervisor and Terrebonne sheriff's Maj. Malcolm Wolfe. The ambulance did not use its lights or sirens, indicating that the injuries were not serious, the ambulance official said. "The lady was able to walk and talk and able to say everything that happened," Wolfe said. One resident at the store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard said he saw paramedics and law enforcement officials assisting the woman who had been outside the store in the parking lot. He did not see the alleged lightning strike but was told by other customers that she was allegedly hit. They pulled the lady inside to get her out of the rain, said Joseph Billiot of Houma. To get hit by lightning by Walmart, that's a scary thought. I've never heard or seen anything like that in my life.
Wed, 06/08/2011 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 air force cadets (75 possible)  0.0  Camp Shelby MS 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Jun 08, 2011 2 hospitalized after lightning strike at Miss. base Comments16 By Michael Winter, USA TODAY Updated 2h 59m ago Lightning struck Camp Shelby, Miss., this afternoon. A base official said two cadets were hospitalized and 75 others evaluated. All were reported responsive and stable. Update at 5:49 p.m. ET: A camp official tells the Associated Press that two Air Force cadet reservists were taken to the hospital by ambulance and that 75 others were bused to hospitals to be examined. All remain responsive and stable. They were among reservist cadets from around the country involved in two weeks of training. Update at 5:02 p.m. ET: WLOX-TV reports that 77 Air Force Cadet personnel are being sent to hospitals in the Hattiesburg area for evaluation after being in the area of a lighting strike about 2 p.m. Camp officials said all personnel are responsive and in stable condition. Original post: A lightning strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., has injured at least 76 soldiers who are being sent to a hospital, the Associated Press is reporting. The camp, the largest state-owned and operated field training site in the country, is a training center for National Guardsmen and reservists. It is also a training ground for the Abrams M1 tank, Paladin Howitzers and home to the 3rd Brigade 87th Division Training Support CAMP SHELBY, Miss.  Two Air Force Reserve cadets were taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike Wednesday at a southern Mississippi military training base, a spokeswoman said. Air Force Reserve cadets from around the country were at the Joint Forces Training Center for two weeks of work, said Army National Guard Maj. Deidre Musgrave. All were responsive and stable after the lightning hit about 2 p.m., she said. Forrest County emergency operations director Terry Steed told a National Weather Service forecaster that nobody was directly hit when lightning hit a power pole near tents. All were taken to hospitals as a precaution, said Mike Edmonston, a senior meteorologist in Jackson. Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg is the nation's largest state-owned military training center. Its 136,000 acres cut out of southern Mississippi's rolling hills and pine forests includes mock cities designed to look like Iraq and Afghanistan to give soldiers realistic training. Soldiers and airmen from around the country train there each year and tens of thousands of National Guard troops from across the country have prepared there for missions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wed, 06/08/2011 02:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 air force cadets  0.0  Camp Shelby MS 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside,Tent 
CAMP SHELBY  Two Air Force Reserve cadets were taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike Wednesday at a southern Mississippi military training base, a spokeswoman said. Air Force Reserve cadets from around the country were at the Joint Forces Training Center for two weeks of work, said Army National Guard Maj. Deidre Musgrave. All were responsive and stable after the lightning hit about 2 p.m., she said. Forrest County emergency operations director Terry Steed told a National Weather Service forecaster that nobody was directly hit when lightning hit a power pole near tents. All were taken to hospitals as a precaution, said Mike Edmonston, a senior meteorologist in Jackson. Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg is the nation's largest state-owned military training center. Its 136,000 acres cut out of southern Mississippi's rolling hills and pine forests includes mock cities designed to look like Iraq and Afghanistan to give soldiers realistic training. Soldiers and airmen from around the country train there each year and tens of thousands of National Guard troops from across the country have prepared there for missions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Read more: - UPDATE Lightning hits Camp Shelby 77 to hospital2 of 2
Wed, 06/08/2011 04:00 PM Injured North Korea Soccer team  0.0  Pyongyang  
 North Korea 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer 
North Korea Women Blame USA Defeat On Getting Struck By Lightning By Chris Wright Artists representation Most interested parties suggested that, after putting in a disciplined shift for the majority of the game, North Korea Women eventually lost out to the USA yesterday due to their telling lack of experience - they have the youngest squad at the World Cup, with an average age of just 20  though not NKs coach, who chose to pillory an altogether more atmospheric scapegoat. For you see, Kwang Min Kim has blamed his sides 2-0 loss to the US on several of his players getting struck by lightning in the build up to the tournament  claiming that more than five (six? seven? why you no be specific?) of his squad were hospitalised with electrocution after a training match on 8th June. Said Kwang: When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised. Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us. The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament, but World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they dont want to think about anything but football. The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will. &or the lingering threat of being exiled to work in the salt mines for the rest of your remaining days. Or&Kwangy is a big, fat liar. Take your pick.
Wed, 06/08/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 people  0.0  Parsa 
Lightning takes two lives leaving one injured Added At: 2011-06-08 10:35 AM Last Updated At: 2011-06-08 10:35 AM Share| RSS PARSA: Two persons including a girl child lost lives and one seriously injured when lightning took place in Parsa on Tuesday night. Manisha Chaudhary, 11, of Chorni VDC of Parsa lost her life being struck by lightning last night while she was playing at home, informed District Police Office, Parsa. Similarly, Madan Thakur, a farmer of bairiyabirta was also killed in lightning. Arati Gurung, another child of Chorni VDC sustained serious injuries. The injured are being treated in Narayani sub-regional hospital in Birgunj, police informed
Wed, 06/08/2011 unknown Jon Naholnik  0.0  Monteville CT 
  touching his car  N/A  Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Montville man struck by lightning lives Updated: Thursday, 09 Jun 2011, 11:39 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 09 Jun 2011, 5:29 PM EDT Tina Detelj MONTEVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) - A Montville man is lucky to be alive tonight after being hit by lightning. Firefighters say it happened right outside of his house on Fellows Road. Jon Naholnik says the lightning entered his body through his left hand an exited out his right foot. "I was coming out of the house over here to the car. I opened up the car door and then boom. I just fell straight backwards and I was stiff, and I don't know what happened," says Naholnik. His family quickly came to his aide. He was unconscious. "So, I kind of just put his head in my lap and he started to come to," says Brandi Naholnik, sister. Still groggy, Naholnik says he is lucky to be alive. A burn mark is left on the inside of his sneaker as well as the burns to his foot and hand. But his pain goes beyond the obvious injuries. "I felt like I got a sledge hammer to my head. It was pretty painful," says Naholnik. The lightning which struck down the Afghanistan veteran Wednesday night was brought in by thunderstorms which also caused a fire at the DWT scrap yard in Montville and several power outages. Naholnik has always loved storms, but he'll watch them from inside now. "I'm not going anywhere near cars or anything like that," says Naholnik. "He is a tough guy, like I said he did a year in Afghanistan, he comes home and gets struck by lightning, what are the odds," says Brandi Naholnik. All of Jon's nieces and nephews were able to stay home today because they were up so late with all the excitement and concern. But his oldest niece did go to school and she brought his burnt sock with her as proof.
Tue, 06/07/2011 07:00 PM Killed Jay Greenleaf  49.0  Shreveport LA 
  on a golf course    Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Golf Course,Ground Strike,Indirect 
Coroner: Lightning likely a factor in golf course death Posted: Jun 08, 2011 5:56 PM Updated: Jun 08, 2011 5:56 PM By Adria Goins - email Jay Greenleaf (Source: Facebook) East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Friends, co-workers and family are stunned by the sudden death of Shreveport attorney Jay Greenleaf, who died Tuesday on a local golf course in what appears to be a freak weather-related accident. 49-year-old Jay Greenleaf collapsed on the fairway at the East Ridge Country Club around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly as a result of lightning in the area. Management at East Ridge says Greenleaf was at the tee box on hole #7 when two lightning bolts were reportedly spotted in the area. Greenleaf, who was by himself at the time, collapsed. Witnesses say the force of the blow was so powerful it knocked the shoes off his feet. Several golfers rushed to his side and attempted CPR, but it was too late. He was taken to Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital where he died from his injuries. While Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma says Greenleaf did not suffer a direct hit, it's believed his death was caused by the electro-magnetic energy released by the lightning. Dr. Thoma says it tests will take several weeks to confirm. Greenleaf was an attorney at Anderson Oil & Gas. Wednesday afternoon, the family-owned oil and gas exploration company released the following statement: The Anderson family and employees of Anderson Oil and Gas are deeply saddened by the death of Jay Greenleaf. Jay worked for Anderson from November 2001 to present. He served in various capacities before being named Chief Executive Officer. Jay will be missed not only for his tremendous management, financial, and legal abilities but also for his keen interest and concern for the well-being of the Anderson family and his fellow employees. He will be sorely missed.
Tue, 06/07/2011 08:30 PM Injured Kenneth Davis  23.0  Burke County  
  near struck tree    Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Thrown 
Man struck by lightning thrown eight feet Submitted by Alison Hill, Community Web Producer Wednesday, June 8th, 11:45 am 1 9 PrintE-mail Kenneth Davis BURKE COUNTY - A Burke County man suffered the shock of a lifetime during a pop-up thunderstorm Tuesday night. Twenty three-year-old Kenneth Davis pulled into his driveway along Airport Rhodhiss Road around 8:30 p.m. when he noticed the storm rolling in. Click here to view a photo gallery from the scene! Davis turned to his roommate after getting out of his car and said, "Oh look, a pop-up thunderstorm." As if on cue, Davis said, a bolt of lightning struck a tree about ten feet from where he was standing. The electricity traveled through the ground and into Davis, tossing him about eight feet through the air and dropping him on a pile of gravel, Davis told WBTV Wednesday morning. More News (story continues below): SC wildlife officials hope to trap bear with honey buns and sardines Beer-glars strike again: Another bar has beer stolen Sheriff: Female inmate puts hit out on woman, child Boys hospitalized with burn marks, mom arrested Cops: Mom does drugs in front of baby Teen hid 42-inch Samurai sword in his pants, police say According to Davis, the sun was still out and the storm appeared to still be about ten to 15 miles away. "I had no clue what happened," he said, "I thought a bomb went off." Davis said it felt as though all of his teeth were coming out as he was flying through the air. The smell of burning hair and the tingle running through his entire body confirmed to him that he had, in fact, been struck by lightning. "I feel ok today," Davis said, other than some stiffness and a sore arm from landing on the ground. The tree wasn't as lucky. Davis describes a hole left in the ground near the base of the tree, which sits right next to his house. Shards of bark punctured the side of the home from the lightning strike. One piece of wood even made its way through the wall into Davis' bedroom. Medic was called to examine Davis. Other than high blood pressure, they gave him a clean bill of health. When asked what his prognosis was, Davis exclaimed, "Extremely lucky!
Sun, 06/05/2011 07:00 PM Injured Brandon Spirio  0.0  Elizabethton TN 
  working on car in garage    Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Elizabethton man survives lightning strike Updated June 7, 2011 11:39 PM By Rex Barber - Press Staff Writer Related Video The odds of getting struck by lightning are slim, but Brandon Spirio became one of the few to get struck and survive on Sunday. We were at the BP gas station near ETSU, Spirio said from his bed at Johnson City Medical Center. We were going to fix the battery on my car. It had died the night before. The rain just passed us. It was still lightning and thundering in the distance that I saw. But he thought nothing of the severe thunderstorm Sunday evening that appeared to have moved out of the area and went to work on his car. One hand was on the car, the other holding a crescent wrench. Then the lightning hit. And all I remember was it sounded like a flash bang grenade go off, Spirio said. All of a sudden I saw the flash and (heard) a big boom, like somebody shot a gun off in my ear, and I hit the ground. His left hand, the hand gripping the wrench, was locked up and completely purple. He was on the ground screaming as his friend Rusty dragged him out of the rain, which had started to fall again. His wife Kim was on the other side of the gas station and came running to their car, scared of the unusually loud thunder. She was going to insist they all go home for the time when she saw her husband on the ground. She immediately called 911, but a Johnson City police officer was already at the gas station and had called for paramedics. Spirio said he was cognizant during the ordeal but unsure of what had happened. He was breathing heavy and heard the paramedics say his body had stiffened up as though he had rigor mortis. He heard someone else say a defibrillator was nearby in case his heart stopped. I didnt realize I had got struck by lightning until I was in the trauma room and somebody said, He definitely got struck by lightning,  Spirio said. The lightning probably hit something else nearby and the bounced to Spirio, because there was no entry and exit wounds for the lightning and he was not burned. He was probably surrounded by the lightning. Ive been through car wrecks, Ive been through a lot of stupid situations when I was younger, but nothing that I feared I wouldnt be going home to my wife and my son. It scared me to death. He looked it up and found that the odds are one in 700,000 that a person will be struck by lightning, Spirio said. Rusty, the man who dragged him to safety, was also a victim of a lightning strike. Spirio could not find the odds of best friends being both hit by lightning. Hes going to help me through it because he knows what Im going to expect in the next couple of months, Spirio said. His friends are already helping him through the ordeal. One friend made a lightning rod out of tin foil for Spirio to wear on his head. Rusty has promised to find a shirt with Sparky written on it. So everybodys keeping good humor about it, he said. Spirio lives in Elizabethton but grew up in Florida, where severe thunderstorms are common, so he never thought much about the dangers of lightning. As a kid, since I had been able to go outside and play, Ive been playing in thunderstorms, he said. Lightning, rain, the water, the pool, ocean, I was always there. Been through hurricanes, been through tornadoes, never thought anything about it. And then, the odds of working on my car, and its not even raining, and I get struck by lightning. Spirio is weak right now and gets an occasional tingling sensation but he was expected to leave JCMC Tuesday. I should be fine, he said. Ill have the shakes for a while every now and then. And Ill have weakness for a couple of weeks. But other than that I was very lucky, very lucky. Spirio said the experience has not made him afraid of life, if anything it has made him want to live life to the fullest. I dont think hell ever work on a car in a thunderstorm again, his wife said with a laugh Read more:
Sat, 06/04/2011 12:00 PM unknown golfer's family sues  0.0   
      Golf Course,Legal 
Jun 4, 2011 Golfer's family sues TMCC for lightning death Widow, son claim club failed to ensure there were effective warning procedures in place By K. C. Vijayan, Law Correspondent THE family of a golfer who died after he was struck by lightning at a golf course is suing Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) for damages. His widow, Madam Tan Lee Hwa, 51, and son Jeffrey, 23, claim that the club failed to ensure there were effective procedures in place to warn golfers and others of the approach of lightning. Mr Soh Lye Huat, 57, was on the 17th hole of the golf course with three friends when lightning struck in October 2009. He was the only one hit. His friends called for an ambulance and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A TMCC marshal turned up about 10 minutes later with a first-aid kit and an automated external defibrillator (AED), which is a life-saving device. As Mr Soh had a weak pulse, the AED was not used, in line with TMCC's first-aid plan, which requires the AED to be used only when neither breathing nor a pulse is detected.
Fri, 06/03/2011 07:00 PM Killed shepherd  40.0  Saurashtra Gujarat 
  in cattle field    Outside 
Shepherd killed in lightning as showers lash parts of Sau Rajkot, Jun 3: A shepherd was killed after being struck by lightning in Saurashtra region of Gujarat as high velocity winds, accompanied by rains, lashed the region last evening. The 40-year-old Shepherd Ratibhai Hirabhai was busy in cattle grazing in his field at Rafala village in Bagsara Taluka of Amreli district last evening when lightning struck him, killing him on the spot. Rains also lashed Dhari, Bagasara, Kunkavav and Lilya areas of Amreli district last evening, official sources said. Several trees were also uprooted, the sources said. A report from Surendranagar said Limbadi and its surrounding areas also experienced light to moderate showers last night
Thu, 06/02/2011 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Charlemont MA  
  seated next to outlet inside building    Indirect,Indoors 
W.Mass. woman survives lightning strike June 3, 2011 E-mail|Print|Comments (0) Text size  + CHARLEMONT, Mass.A western Massachusetts woman who survived a lightning strike during the violent weather that slammed the region this week couldn't have been in a better place at the time. Tweet Be the first to Tweet this! ShareThis The woman in her 20s was struck while undergoing wilderness rescue training at an outdoor adventure company in Charlemont on Wednesday. Zoar Outdoor President Bruce Lessels tells The Recorder of Greenfield the woman from the town of Florida was seated near an electrical outlet inside a building when struck. The instructor was Sawyer Alberi, a former combat medic in Iraq. Alberi and the other students went into action, checking the conscious woman's vital signs and keeping her comfortable until an ambulance arrived. The fire chief says the woman had no outward signs of a strike. Her name was not made public.
Tue, 05/31/2011 03:00 PM Killed 3 dead 8 injured  0.0  Jinga 
Lightning kills three in Jinja Tuesday, 31st May, 2011 E-mail article Print article Wakooli being taken to a ward at Jinja Hospital By Jackie Namboga THREE people, including two children from one family were yesterday struck dead by lightning during an afternoon downpour. The children were pupils of Nawangoma primary school in Budondo sub-county, Jinja district, Eight other pupils were rushed to Jinja hospital in critical condition. A police officer, Henry Magoola, said the children were primary five pupils whose classroom was struck by lightning at around 3:00pm while they attended lessons. He identified the pupils as Denis Kironde, 15 and Nelson Kalyabi, 14, both sons of Tom Kalyabi of Nawangoma village. Irene Isabirye, a resident of Kivubuka village was struck from inside her house and died instantly. The injured included Cyrus Wakooli, 13, Bitu Tibaidhukira, 12, Rose Awori, 10, Mariam Kutesa, 10 and Alice Ali, 13. Others are Hatim Mukungu, 12, Bosco Tabitila, 15 and another pupil only identified as Peace
Thu, 05/26/2011 06:30 PM Injured Eric Wolman  0.0  Atlanta GA 
  standing outside     Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside 
Sure thing. It was about 630pm EDT in Atlanta on Thursday May 26 2011. I was walking from my car back to my condo only to discover the power was out. I entered my house, put everything down except my phone, which I used as a light source to fin the flashlight in the bedroom. I switched my phone for the flashlight and put some things away. Then I stepped outside to see what things were looking like. Being outside less than a minute, lightning struck a nearby tree, which sent a ground shock directly to me a few yards away. I almost blacked out and felt like all the air was kicked out of me, but remained on my feet, bud did take a few steps backward to lean against a stairwell for stability. After the strike, I called my wife, who noticed my cognitive abilities were not up-to-par, slurring words, etc. And she rushed home and took me to the ER. The weather coming through at the time was stormy, with high winds and rain, but when I was struck, it was a 5 minute lull from the main strong storms. I believe I was outside in between 2 storm cells passing through. I live in the Buckhead, Atlanta area. Let me know if this helps.
Thu, 05/26/2011 06:30 PM Injured Eric Wolman  0.0  Atlanta GA 
  standing outside      
Sure thing. It was about 630pm EDT in Atlanta on Thursday May 26 2011. I was walking from my car back to my condo only to discover the power was out. I entered my house, put everything down except my phone, which I used as a light source to fin the flashlight in the bedroom. I switched my phone for the flashlight and put some things away. Then I stepped outside to see what things were looking like. Being outside less than a minute, lightning struck a nearby tree, which sent a ground shock directly to me a few yards away. I almost blacked out and felt like all the air was kicked out of me, but remained on my feet, bud did take a few steps backward to lean against a stairwell for stability. After the strike, I called my wife, who noticed my cognitive abilities were not up-to-par, slurring words, etc. And she rushed home and took me to the ER. The weather coming through at the time was stormy, with high winds and rain, but when I was struck, it was a 5 minute lull from the main strong storms. I believe I was outside in between 2 storm cells passing through. I live in the Buckhead, Atlanta area. Let me know if this helps.
Thu, 05/26/2011 12:00 PM Injured ems worker  0.0  Lawrence county TN 
      Rescue work,Work 
Yahoo! Alerts Yahoo! News - My Alerts - Edit Alert Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:39 AM PDT Lawrence County EMS Worker Struck By Lightning WSMV Nashville Thu, 26 May 2011 02:58 AM PDT A Lawrence County EMS worker was struck by lightning after severe storms pushed through Middle Tennessee overnight
Wed, 05/25/2011 09:00 AM Injured 2 of 2 tree trimmers  0.0  Liberty township OH 
  on a garage roof    Ground Strike,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Wed, 05/25/2011 09:00 AM Injured 1 of 2 tree trimmers  0.0  Liberty township OH 
  in a tree    Outside,Tree,Work 
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -- Two people were injured when they were shocked by a lightning strike in Liberty Township on Wednesday morning. Authorities said a four-man crew was working to clean up storm damage from Sunday at a Devon Road home just after 9 a.m. One worker was in a tree, another on the home's garage and two others in the driveway, authorities said. Lightning struck a 30-foot pine tree on the other side of the home, splitting it down the middle. Two of the three workers suffered some level of electric shock, authorities said. Images: Men Hurt By Nearby Lightning Strike The man in the tree jumped or fell after the strike and was transported to West Chester Medical Center for treatment. A worker in the driveway was treated at the scene. Bobby Anderson was working across the street when the strike happened. He described the strike as looking like a "dome" of lightning that came from the sky. Anderson said he'd never seen anything like it in his life. A strong thunderstorm was moving through near the area at the time of the strike. But one of the workers told News 5's John London that when the strike hit, there was only light rain and the workers had not heard any thunder or seen any lightning beforehand. The workers' names and conditions have not been released, but the injuries were considered non-life-threatening. Read more:
Tue, 05/24/2011 08:00 PM Injured Jim Schwartz  0.0  Canton OH 
  on garage floor    Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
Does this count as being struck by lightning? I was laying on the ground in the grauge and lightning hit the grauge and came up thru me out of the ground and arced out of my finger tip onto the ATV I was working on. I had my back flat on the ground and I was reaching up for the spindle on the ATV and a 2" blue arc of electricity came off of the end of my finger tip and on to the spindle. I had no electricle cords near the ATV, the ATV does have a 12 volt batery that was connected up. The storm that went thru was really bad tons of rain in a very short period of time. The shock I recieved felt like one you would get out of a wall outlet. It left no visible damage to my finger. This hapened around 8:00pm in Canton Ohio. Thanks Jim Schwartz 1009 Bedford ave SW Canton OH 44710
Tue, 05/24/2011 07:00 PM Injured police officer   0.0  Irving TX 
  putting out flares    Ground Strike,Indirect,Police Officer,Road,Work 
Thousands lose electricity in North Texas storms By TERRY WALLACE Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press May 25, 2011, 6:03AM Share Del.icio.usDiggTwitterFacebookStumbleUponEmail DALLAS  Storms that blew through North Texas and generated funnel clouds have left thousands of people without electricity and a police officer hurt after being struck by lightning. Oncor early Wednesday reported more than 39,000 customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Utility spokeswoman Ashley Burton says crews made significant progress overnight, after nearly 70,000 customers lost electricity in Tuesday night's storms, accompanied by tornado warnings and hail the size of tennis balls. Irving police say an officer was hospitalized in good condition Wednesday after being struck by lightning while placing flares in a road. The name of the officer injured Tuesday night was not immediately released. Hail and wind damage in Watauga, Argyle, Azle (AY'-zil) and Denton included windows broken out of vehicles and some lost roofs. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. Officials will get a clearer picture Wednesday of the damage from severe thunderstorms that packed large hail and damaging winds, including tornadoes, that swept through North Texas. Only daylight Wednesday would make the extent and severity of the damage clear, said Fort Worth city spokesman Jason Lamers. "It's been really difficult to get a grasp of the damage at night," he said. There were no reports of injuries. Initial reports suggested the damage from tornadoes and other winds was largely confined to roofs, trees and lawn furniture and play equipment, he said. "The hail was probably more destructive," said Steve Fano, National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth. It was the hail  some as big as baseballs  that damaged cars and windows Tuesday night. At least one report of a softball-size hailstone was received from the Dallas area Tuesday night, Fano said. Oncor reported 70,000 customers were without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Wednesday promised a much more peaceful weather picture, Fano said. "It looks like the only areas (with thunderstorms) will be the eastern and southeastern parts of the state," he said. Only in northeast Texas was there a chance of severe storms in the forecast. The storms in Texas were among a series that threatened a swath of the central U.S. on Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Severe storms killed at least eight people in Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, just days after the massive tornado that killed at least 122 people dead in Joplin, Mo. Storm sirens sounded across the Dallas-Fort Worth area and areas to the north and northwest Tuesday afternoon as storm spotters reported a profusion of funnel clouds. Few of them touched ground, however, and the ones that did, did so only briefly. Travelers and staff at the two major North Texas airports were moved to safety as the worst of the weather threat crossed moved into the area about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Everyone in and around the Dallas Love Field terminal was moved to a basement beneath the terminal after the lights went out and lemon-size hail, high winds and radar signatures of a possible tornado threatened the airport about 9 p.m. Tuesday, spokesman Jose Torres said. No tornadoes were spotted, he said, and flights began taking off again later in the night. "The Love Field basement is huge, and because of the lateness of the hour there weren't too many people in there," he said. People in the terminals and aboard planes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were moved Tuesday evening away from the windows and into interior stairwells and restrooms, airport spokesman David Magana said. A few flights may be able to take off later in the night, he said, but crews needed to inspect parked aircraft for hail damage and runways for any debris. About 50 incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports to the south, Magana said. The main concourse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was evacuated as a precaution against hail during a rain delay in Tuesday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers. Club officials moved fans from the concourse into the tunnels beneath the ballpark. Earlier in the game, lightning prompted evacuation of the ballpark's upper deck Read more:
Mon, 05/23/2011 12:00 PM Injured police officer 2 of 2  0.0  Joplin MO 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Rescue work,Work 
Lightning Strikes 2 Joplin Police Officers, 1 Critically Injured Posted: May 24, 2011 12:23 PM Updated: May 24, 2011 5:05 PM JOPLIN, Missouri -- Two Joplin Police Officers were injured, one critically, when they were struck by lightning Monday. The two officers were on duty at 20th and Connecticut in central Joplin when they were hit. Weather continues to hamper rescue operations in Joplin as Monday's downpour will be followed by the threat of more severe weather, including tornados Tuesday.
Mon, 05/23/2011 04:00 PM Killed 6 die  0.0   
6 die as lightning strikes in Malda Advertisement Share Print E-mail Comment[ - ] Text [ + ]STAFF WRITER 14:4 HRS IST Malda (WB), May 24 (PTI) Six persons, including five teenagers, have died and five others injured after being struck by lightning in several blocks of Malda district, police said today. Four of them, including a woman, died after being hit by thunderbolt in Baisnabnagar, Manikchak, Englishbazar and Kaliachak blocks yesterday, they said. Two others, from Gajole and Manickchak blocks, who were admitted to hospital with serious burn injuries succumbed this morning, police said, adding that the injured were treated at different health centres in the blocks. The thunderstorm damaged mango orchards, spread over an area of 2250 hectares, in the district, a horticulture officer said. The total loss in mango cultivation was estimated at Rs 2.41 crore, the officer added.
Mon, 05/23/2011 04:00 PM Killed 40 killed 150 injured  0.0   
  harvesting rice    Outside 
Lightning strikes kill 40 Last updated 19:08 24/05/2011 Share Print Text Size Asia Asia's richest woman, her feng shui lover and the 'forged' will Bomb blast kills eight Nato soldiers in Afghanistan New leak feared at stricken Japan nuclear plant Blast rocks Chinese government building Thais deny tourists' deaths linked Kim's armoured train arrives in Beijing Suicide bomb kills two at police station Meltdowns confirmed at Fukushima reactors Iranian president escapes refinery explosion Lightning strikes kill 40 Lightning strikes during a heavy rainstorm in Bangladesh killed at least 40 people and injured more than 150, most of them harvesting rice in fields or fishing, police say. The deaths, the largest number of casualties from lightning in a single day, occurred on Monday (local time). Ten people died in northwestern Chapainawabganj district. Rainstorms ahead of the monsoon season starting in May or June often bring electric storms that kill residents and damage crops
Mon, 05/23/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 men   0.0  Zywiec  
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Lightning Struck Two Men We recommend Poll Do you pay any attention to Polish politics at all? yes no Lightning Struck Two Men 2011-05-23, 09:54 Lightning / photo by Axel Rouvin Both men are dead. The horrific incident took place during a football match in the village of Lipowa in {ywiec County, Silesian Voivodeship, in southern Poland. Lightning struck the tree under which a group of football fans had sought shelter from a heavy rain storm. Men aged 31 and 56 years were watching a local football teams match  says the Zywiec police spokesman, Paul Roczyna. When the storm broke, along with other fans, they took refuge under a tree. At some point the tree was struck by lightning. Two men were electrocuted. Despite on-the-spot resuscitation they died after being taken to a hospital. Institute of Meteorology and Water Management issued a warning against violent storms. Strong wind, rain and thunderstorm in the evening and at night can be expected in Western Pomerania and Gdansk. (AG)
Mon, 05/23/2011 12:00 PM Killed Jeff Taylor, police officer  31.0  Joplin MO 
  standing next to atv, rescue work  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Riverside Officer Hurt By Lightning Strike POSTED: 8:11 pm CDT May 23, 2011 UPDATED: 8:29 pm CDT May 23, 2011 JOPLIN, Mo. -- A Riverside police officer was injured by a lightning strike while helping out with the tornado relief effort on Monday afternoon in Joplin. Co-workers at the scene said the 31-year-old officer had just finished driving a fire commander back to the command post on a Riverside police ATV and was standing next to the ATV when lightning hit the ground beside him. The lightning strike sent an electrical charge through the officer. The officer, who has worked for the Riverside police for 4 1/2 years, was treated for burns and other injuries at a Joplin-area hospital. The city of Riverside had sent a contingent of six public works staff members, four police officers and two firefighters to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts following Sunday's EF4 tornado. Copyright 2011 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed Officer's status critical after lightning strike Dangers present challenge even for trained responders. 12:00 AM, May. 25, 2011 | Comments Taylor Twitter Facebook Share Email Print A A A Written by Cory de Vera FILED UNDER News Ozarks News Related Links Joplin EF-5 twister deadliest single tornado in 60 years; 122 dead, 750 injured; 8,000 structures damaged How you can help Joplin relief efforts Deadly tornado in Joplin Joplin tornado aftermath, 5/23 Joplin tornado aftermath, 5/23 afternoon Joplin tornado aftermath, 5/23 evening Joplin tornado aerial photos, 5/24 A police officer from Riverside is in critical condition in a Springfield hospital after surviving a Monday lightning strike. Jeff Taylor, 31, was one of the many first responders who went to Joplin in the aftermath of Sunday's devastating tornado. Meredith Hauck, the public information officer from Riverside, a community near Kansas City, said Taylor was riding back to the command post on an ATV when lightning hit the ground next to him. His injuries underscore the dangers that even trained responders face in a disaster situation; the situation can be all the more dangerous for survivors or well-meaning but untrained volunteers. Those dangers include not only dealing with lightning, but also ruptured gas lines, downed power lines and loss of electricity, and dangers in the debris itself. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency reported that 1,000 tetanus shots were being sent to Joplin, and another 300 to Jasper County. They are being made available at the Joplin Health Department and the Jasper County Health Department. "There is a lot of ripped up metal, and a lot of nails on the roadway," said Shea Lane of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team. "People get cut, and they don't know when their last tetanus shots were -- the vast majority do not." Lane estimated there are well over 100 fire, law enforcement and other agencies from around Missouri and other states being coordinated in Joplin. The key to minimizing risks for them is in the training they have had before they were sent, said Lane. Equipment makes a difference, too. Firefighters have "bunker gear" which includes their heavy coat, fire-retardant pants and boots with steel toes and soles, said Lane. It is up to individual agency supervisors to organize debriefing for crews as they come off their shift, and help connect crew members with appropriate counseling if needed, said Lane. "The American Red Cross is very active in psychological trauma issues, they have counselors on site and in the shelters," said Lane. The Department of Mental Health has set up a Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 1-800-494-7355, according to Missouri SEMA. Riverside police officer dies from lightning injuries in Joplin tornado zone Share1(1) edited news release from City of Riverside 11:33 a.m. CDT, June 3, 2011 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Officer Jefferson Jeff Taylor, who was struck by lightning on Monday, May 23, while on tornado disaster response duty in Joplin, passed away at a hospital here on Friday. He was 31 years old. He worked for Riverside, a suburb on the north side of Kansas City. Jeff Taylor volunteered to assist with the Joplin disaster recovery, said Greg Mills, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for the City of Riverside. He was a highly dedicated officer and a devoted public servant, and we will always remember his sacrifice. Officer Taylor is the first officer in the history of Riverside Police Department to die in the line of duty, and the first emergency disaster responder to pass away as a result of the tornado in Joplin on May 22. Topics Joplin (Jasper, Missouri) Joplin, Missouri Tornado (2011) Tornadoes See more topics » Win $50 in Gas Money! Sign Up Right Now! Taylor was part of Riversides 12-member contingent of police officers, firefighters and public works staff members who responded to the Joplin tornado disaster. On the evening after the tornado, as a new line of storms moved through the Joplin area, Taylor had just returned to a command post when lightning struck the ground near where he was working. Public Safety workers on the scene performed CPR and stabilized him for further treatment. He underwent successful skin graft surgery and was being treated for other complications when he died. Family members were at his side when he died at 9:25 a.m. on Friday. We are heartbroken, Chief Mills said. Our department, our community and law enforcement as a whole have lost a dedicated professional doing what he did best  helping those who were in need. The fragility of life gives way to the enduring spirit Jeff showed to us all. Our department will never be the same. We are saddened by the loss of our officer and loyal public servant. He died upholding a tradition of our community and many communities like ours to serve and protect, and to help neighbors in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," said Riverside Mayhor Kathy Rose. Taylor joined the Riverside Police Department in 2005 and held the rank of Master Patrolman at the time of his death. He was named Officer of the Year in 2008. Many in the community knew Taylor from his work with the departments K-9 Unit from 2007 through 2010. He previously was an officer with the Webb City Police Department. Information about survivors and services will be announced as soon as details are finalized. Cards and messages are welcome: Taylor Family City of Riverside Police Department 2990 NW Vivion Road Riverside, MO 64150. In addition, an account has been established in honor of Officer Taylor to assist his family with expenses: Taylor Benefit Account K.C. Police Credit Union 2800 East 14th Street Kansas City, MO 64127
Thu, 05/19/2011 12:00 PM Injured Donald J Ross  0.0  Brighton CO 
  working on train    Ground Strike,Indirect,Work 
I don't remember the Exact time, but my co-workers are telling me it was about 13:30 on May 18th Outside my work office Located close to where I-76 and Highway 85 come together in Henderson CO. I believe the zip code is 80640. I work as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad and it struck close to the tracks and the nearest road is about 1/2 a mile away, so I-76 and Highway 85 is about the closest roads I can come up with as to where the strike hit. I don't know how detailed of a location you need, but if you look on a map for those two highways merging then look for the small railroad yard just to the east of that merging that would be the location! hank You very Much for the info I am going to try and set up an appointment to see Dr. Yarnell. I really appreciate your help on this! I got hit or buzzed is what I would call it because it wasn't Extremely powerful like I would assume lightning would be. I was hit with an arc or side splash of some sort from a pole that got hit about 5 feet from me and I've had a lot of questions from what I experienced to what all the test results mean that I have had - specifically high CPK in my blood test and slightly lower HGB, HCT, MCV MCH, and MCHC in the blood test and my EKG was showing an RBBB right bundled branch blockage. I'm going in on wednesday to see a Nuerologist and hopefully have an EEG test done. Anyways I didn't have any holes or blown off fingers of any kind - I had viens in my left arm throbbing out for about 2 hours after the hit. and a small white skin streak on my hand about a half an inch that resembled the same white colored skin you would see when having a wart frozen off. My hair raised when it hit and it wasn't like goosebump raising it felt like someone grabbed my hair and was pulling it up with a little force, also I had hair sticking straight up in the middle of my head and the rest of my hair was parted away from it. I did not hear loud thunder at all, but the 4 other people in the area said it had extremely loud thunder. I heard a slight rumble and an electrical charge and thats all. I was very disoriented and confussed for about an hour and a half after, and dramatically improved with a little time on the IV from the hospital. Since then My arms have been cramping up, I started to develop ringing in the ears, and the second night after the hit I kept getting Jolted awake from my body jolting dramatically every time I was just about to fall in deep sleep - that happened 5 times in a row that night but not again since. Every bowel movement I've had since has had bright red blood streaks on the toilet paper too. Also the very next day after the hit where my hair was sticking up, I felt tingling like ants where walking around in circles on top of my head - I still feel that when I stop and think about it. Based off these statements should I assume I was hit with lightning or just really close to it? My work is saying I am lying because I have no Exit wounds or burn marks - And I don't even know if I was even hit which is what I told them but I did have the characteristics described above, and 4 witness' who claim I was acting weird right after the hit, and they decided to take me to the ER. I was hit by a finger of lightning that arced off a pole that was hit next to me today while at work. I went to the Platte Valley emergency room in Brighton Colorado afterwards. I didn't have any physical signs of the strike but I was extremely disoriented and confussed for about an hour and a half after and still a little loopie 10 hours later. I am having a real hard time trying to find information about long term effects I might expect and also I would like to see a doctor who has a little insight on lightning strikes, could you recommend anyone in the Denver CO metro area?

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