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Sun, 07/11/2010 12:00 PM Killed man   63.0  Sheridan WY 
  on a forest service road    Delayed Death,Outside 
E-mail Print Share + Comments Jul 13, 2010 4:31 pm US/Mountain Lightning Kills Sheridan Man In The Big Horns SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP)  A Sheridan man has died after being struck by lightning in the Big Horn Mountains. Chad Fehr, assistant coroner for Yellowstone County, Mont., says David Westlake died Monday at a Billings hospital from cardiac arrest, one day after the lightning strike. The Sheridan County Sheriff's Office says a U.S. Forest Service employee found the 63-year-old in an unresponsive state on a Forest Service road on Sunday evening. Westlake's friends say he was well known in Sheridan's long-distance running community. He placed first in the 100- mile race in the 60-69 age division in the Big Horn Trail Run in June. ___ Information from: The Sheridan Press,
Sun, 07/11/2010 12:00 PM Injured Richard Beesley  0.0  Guthrie OK 
  going to garage    Outside 
Lightning strikes man from Guthrie Written by Priscilla BorregoNewsJul 13, 2010 Richard Beesley, from Guthrie is still traumatized after getting struck by lightening while going to his garage. Doctors find it nothing short of a miracle that the man survived the fatal shock. Lightening struck the man that was then followed by a loud thunder. The intense bolt seemed to tingle through out his body as he lay on the ground as the side of his face began to turn purple. Luckily his wife was there and called 911. Richard was released after only one night at the hospital, he suffered a ruptured eardrum and unexpected sudden shocks along with some bruises. Guthrie is expected to make a a full recovery
Sat, 07/10/2010 12:05 AM Killed Francisco Juarez 1 of 2   40.0  Tucson Az 
  at driving range on golf course  N/A  Delayed Death,Golf Course,Outside 
Golfer fighting for life after lightning strike Posted: Jul 10, 2010 7:09 PM Updated: Jul 10, 2010 7:11 PM Reporter: Sergio Avila TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A golfer is fighting for his life tonight after a bolt a lightning struck him on the golf course. It happened late Saturday morning at the Fred Enke Golf Course. The course has been shut down for the day but the reminder is still fresh in the minds of those who were here when it happened. The morning here at the course started calm, Tom Tatum was enjoying a day at work just before it happened. Clouds were building up to the east and the folks at the Fred Enke golf course hadn't heard any signs of danger. "I was actually in the pro shop there at the counter there and we heard this big, sounded like an explosion. Shortly after that somebody came in and said, hey some guy got hit by lightning on the range," Tom Tatum, a professional golfer working at the course, said. The 40-year-old man who was hit was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another man who was about 50 feet away was shocked by the lightning but not hurt. "It's really scary. I've been in Tucson my whole life and played for UA for six years and I was talking with one of the guys I played with on the team and said you know we played in weather a hundred times worse then this. Maybe not anymore because there was really no warning of that," Tatum said. Fire Captain Trish Tracy's advice for the monsoon is "when thunder roars, go indoors." KGUN 9 News asked her what happens in a case like this where witnesses tell us they didn't hear any warning. "It might now appear to be lightning or thundering so that's why we all need to pay attention. If you hear any thunder or see any lightning, the best place for you to be is indoors or a vehicle with a metal top," Tracy, said. Tracy also told us once you start seeing clouds and rain around you, that's a pretty good indication lightning could be close. Reporter: Joel Waldman Web producer: Danya Kline TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A man that was struck by lightning on a golf course is fighting for his life, his family is saying. Francisco Juarez' family describes him as big, strong, and always smiling. The news that he was struck while golfing at Fred Enke Golf Course shocked them. "My dad had been struck by lightning, and he was in critical condition and being rushed to UMC. It was really hard, I was the one who had to give the news to my mom," Angelica Juarez said. Francisco has been moved from the trauma unit and is being given medication to treat seizures he is having. The family is praying for his recovery, but there is no certainty. His son, Fernando Juarez, said even the doctors didn't make any promises. "All they're telling us right now is that it's just a waiting game. He's having a lot of seizures because of the shock his body went through." Lightning was not something Francisco expected to have to face. He was playing golf with a new driver. Reports show that 7 lightning strikes hit near him, even though there were very few clouds. Vaisala, a local company, is one of the world experts when it comes to lightning. R emus Zaharescu said there were a few isolated cells, so it's very easy to avoid being rained on, and to avoid the clouds. But lightning can still strike. It's a phenomenon called "bolt from the blue." Zaharescu said that roughly 100 people per year are struck by lightning in the United States. Zaharescu said humans being hit is rare because there are 25 million lightning strikes nationwide on average per year. Francisco's family believes he will recover. "We have faith and we are praying that he does pull through this," his daughter Angelica said. TUCSON- A man struck by lighting more than one week ago is laid to rest on Monday. 53 year old Francisco Juarez was golfing at the time. He passed away three days later. Family, friends and co-workers came to St. Augustine Cathedral to pay tribute to a man who died doing what he loved. "His passion was golfing," says sister Mary Casillas. "He will be forever in our hearts as a special friend, a beloved brother, a great husband and an admirable father," says his grandson from the pulpit. "He's resting now," says son Fernando Juarez. "And a lot of people are going to miss him." Funeral services continued at South Lawn cemetery. "He used to take me golfing," says one grandson. "So I just thank him for everything he's done for me. I love him so much." Fernando says lightning struck just five months after Juarez lost his mother, "So he's up there with my parents." Juarez leaves behind a wife, four children and three sisters, "He was always smiling," says another grandson. "He never had a frown on his face. Every time I was sad he would cheer me up when I was with him. I'm going to miss him. They says among juarez's passions include travel, spending time with family and golf.
Sat, 07/10/2010 12:05 AM Injured man 2 of 2  0.0  Tucson Az 
  driving range on golf course    Golf Course,Outside 
Lightning strike injures 2 people on golf course Posted: Jul 10, 2010 4:15 PM Updated: Jul 10, 2010 10:06 PM Video Gallery Lightning strike injures 2 people on golf course 1:34 By Sarah Sanchez- email TUCSON, AZ (KOLD)- A man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after reportedly being struck by lightning at a Southeast side golf course, said Trish Tracy, a spokeswoman for the Tucson Fire Department. It happened at approximately 12 p.m. Saturday at Fred Enke Golf Course, located on Irvington and Camino Seco, Tracy said. Someone called 911 to report a 40-year-old man who was unconscious after an apparent lightning strike, Tracy said. Tucson Fire crews arrived on scene and transported the man to the hospital, Tracy said. Another person was apparently injured by the strike. He was shocked while standing about 50 feet away from the man who was struck, Tracy said. He was treated at the scene and released. KOLD News 13 did confirm a lightning strike in the area at the time of the incident. Stay tuned to KOLD News 13 and for updates.
Sat, 07/10/2010 01:40 PM Injured Michal Montanari  20.0  Colorado Springs Co 
  playing paint ball  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,Military,Outside,Paint Ball 
Airlifted After Being Struck By Lightning Medical Crews Performed CPR On Victim Ryan Budnick, 7NEWS Assignment Producer POSTED: 5:47 pm MDT July 10, 2010 UPDATED: 6:00 pm MDT July 10, 2010 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A man was airlifted to University of Colorado hospital after being struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon. Jackie Brinkman, spokeswoman for university hospital, confirmed that the man was airlifted to the medical center. Ellicott Fire Department reported that a 20-year-old man was playing paintball at Dragon Man's Paintball park. Sometime after 2 p.m. a thunderstorm rolled into the area and the man was struck. CPR was performed on the man after emergency crews arrived on the scene. The man's condition is unknown at this time. Man struck by lightning while playing paintball Comments 1 | Recommend 0 July 10, 2010 6:46 PM JAKOB RODGERS THE GAZETTE A lightning strike left a paintball player critically injured Saturday afternoon and a bolt hit a hilltop where six people were gathered, firefighters said. Firefighters with the Ellicott Fire Department said the man, in his 20s was hit at about 1:40 p.m. as he played at Dragon Man's Paintball Park off Highway 94 near Schriever Air Force Base. He was standing with five others atop a hill when the bolt hit. Amazingly, only one person was injured, firefighters said. The man was flown by helicopter to a Denver hospital. His condition wasn't available Saturday evening. Forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Pueblo said the area near Schriever was struck three times by lightning as a powerful afternoon storm moved through. Forecasters said people should head indoors or climb in a vehicle when thunderclouds are overhead. Read more: The family of a Fort Carson soldier who was struck by lightning earlier this month says he's recovering well and they're grateful for the help and support the U.S. Army has given them. Spc. Michael Montanari was hit by lightning on July 10 at a paintball facility called Dragon Man off Highway 94. Montanari was critically injured by the strike but was helped by total strangers when they applied their life-saving training, before he was flown to the University of Colorado Hospital. It's been a slow but steady recovery for him over the last 10 days. The family released an update Spc. Montanari's condition Tuesday, saying he's improving on a daily basis. The family also made it a point to emphasize the extraordinary treatment and support they've received from the Army and Fort Carson. The family released the following statement on Tuesday, July 20: On Saturday, July 10, 2010, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Spc. Michael Montanari was struck by lightning at a paintball field near Colorado Springs. While he was critically injured, Michael has been improving on a daily basis. The day after the injury, the U.S. Army provided transportation to Colorado for us, Michaels family and girlfriend, to be with him while he recovered from the lightning strike. The Montanari family cant thank the Army enough for taking care of us and Michael since his injury. Those assigned to make sure our needs are met have been phenomenal. The support they have shown and the help they have given our family has exceeded anything we could have expected. The personnel from Ft. Carson should also be commended for their show of support. They have taken care of everything and we greatly appreciate their help. They have shown us the Army is a very tight family and the way they have supported Michael is amazing. The staff in the Burn Unit at University of Colorado Hospital has also been amazing. The physicians and nurses are expert at treating this kind of injury and we can rest a bit easier knowing Michael is in such good hands. While we appreciate the media interest, we would also appreciate privacy as Michael continues to heal. We believe he will make a full recovery.
Fri, 07/09/2010 04:00 PM Killed boy   12.0  Saurashtra district Gujarat 
  working in field    Field,Outside 
12-year-old struck by lightning; loses life Rajkot, Jul 9 : A 12-year-old boy lost his life after he was struck by lightning in Jamnagar district as heavy rains lashed Saurashtra region of Gujarat during the last 24 hours. Ramesh Dhoriyani was struck by lightning while working in a farm-field in Rajpar village of Jodiya taluka of Jamnagar district, a report reaching here from Jamnagar said today. Vehicular traffic was severly affected on Savarkundala-Amreli Highway due to the rains. Rain water had entered several shops located in low-lying areas at Savarkundala, the report stated. Four youths, who had clung to electric polls near Adhyapan Temple in Savarkundala to save themselves from being carried away by water current of the Savali river, were rescued by villagers with ropes after about 90 minutes. The highest rainfall of 175 mm was recorded at Jafrabad, followed by Savarkundala 150 mm and Rajula 125 mm (all in Amreli district). Una in Junagadh district registered 150 mm of rainfall. Elsewhere in Saurashtra, rainfall ranging from 15 mm to 100 mm was recorded, the report added.
Fri, 07/09/2010 01:30 PM Injured man   64.0  Kearns Ut 
  working on boat in driveway    Outside 
Man injured after lightning strike in Kearns Published: Friday, July 9, 2010 10:37 p.m. MDT 0 comments E-MAIL | PRINT | FONT + - KEARNS  A 64-year-old man was in stable condition Friday after a lightning strike may have caused him to be injured. The man was working outside on his boat, parked in a driveway near 5500 West and 5900 South, about 1:30 p.m. when a storm rolled over the Oquirrh Mountains. The man fell off the boat when lightning struck nearby, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Smith. "The percussion knocked him off the boat onto the ground," he said. The man was reportedly conscious and breathing but not alert when emergency crews were called. He was taken to Jordan Valley Medical Center with lower back pain. Doctors could not find any burn marks or heart problems commonly associated with lightning strikes. "It doesn't appear he took a direct hit," Smith said.  Pat Reavy
Thu, 07/08/2010 06:30 PM Injured man   50.0  Washburn Il 
  flagger on highway job    Construction site,Outside,Road 
Worker struck by lightning Yellow Pages Find whatever you're looking for with Totally Local Yellow Pages Search provided by Featured Business » By Journal Star staff Posted Jul 08, 2010 @ 10:56 AM Last update Jul 08, 2010 @ 11:17 AM WASHBURN  Thunderstorms that moved through central Illinois Tuesday afternoon left one construction worker hospitalized in a Springfield hospital burn unit after he was struck by lightning. Don Kapraun, a truck driver, said he was headed north on Illinois Route 89 about 6:30 p.m. when he neared a construction flagger. "Just all at once there was a flash, bang  it shook the truck," said Kapraun, a Metamora resident, adding 'the flagger just fell backwards.' Kapraun said he ran out of the truck, noticed the man was still breathing and went back to his truck to call 911. Returning to the construction worker, Kapraun said he appeared to have been struck in the left shoulder, noting "areas were turning purple," and his orange rain slicker 'looked like a lawnmower run over it.' Other passers-by stopped, including a woman who provided a blanket and a man who apparently had some medical knowledge and who began assessing the man, later identified only as Jim, who said he was from Lexington. Local police also did not know the man's identity. Kapraun said the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, had burns and that the lightning strike looked to have exited at his left foot, where part of his boot had been blown off. Emergency crews transported him to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was later transferred by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Wed, 07/07/2010 05:00 PM Injured McKenzie Aucion  12.0  Citronelle Al 
  holding on to metal tent pole     Metal,Outside,Tent 
Girl recovers from lightning strike Updated: Friday, 09 Jul 2010, 9:20 AM CDT Published : Thursday, 08 Jul 2010, 6:28 PM CDT Cherish Lombard Photojournalist: Robert Brown CITRONELLE, Alabama (WALA) - A twelve-year-old is okay after being struck by lightning. It happened at a campground off Sam Lewis Road in Citronelle. McKenzie Aucion spent the day swimming and playing on four-wheelers with her friends. But just after 5:00 Wednesday afternoon a storm developed in Citronelle, and McKenzie was hit by lightning. "Me and my sister-in-law both saw it happen. We thought she was just scared of the lightning. Come to find out, when she let out a scream, that's when she told me she was shocked," said Mindy Aucion. McKenzie was holding on to a pole attached to the camper's awning when lightning struck the camper. Her mom said it knocked her back about three feet. "That's one thing a mother does not want to go through, is hearing her daughter scream her name in pain," said Aucion. "She had no shoes on, so it went straight into the ground so she didn't get a connect hit of the lightning, but she did get some of it." McKenzie was rushed to Children and Women's Hospital, where she had an MRI. She was released from the hospital a few hours later, but her mom's keeping a close watch on her. "She has to walk around because when she was hit her muscles tensed, so now they want her to move around. The more she moves the better her muscles are, and if she stays in a spot too long her muscles tend to tense up again. For the next couple of days we have to watch her, make sure she's not vomiting or anything like that, and seizures," explained Aucion. Aucion said she's just glad her daughter wasn't hurt worse. "She's a little sore and her back is hurting, but other than that, we have our blessings," Aucion said.
Wed, 07/07/2010 04:00 PM Injured Gerard Ojeda  34.0  Stephenville TX 
  working on roof  N/A  Burnt,Cardiac Arrest,Coma,CPR,On a Roof,Outside 
Man struck by lightning in critical condition By SARA VANDEN BERGE Managing Editor Published: Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:50 PM CDT A 34-year-old man is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon while working on Tarleton State University's new dairy facility, located on US Highway 281. Randy Zaddach, Texas A&M project manager, said Thursday that the man was working on top of a roof just after 4 p.m. when he was struck. A man working alongside him was able to get him off the roof and call 911, Zaddach said. Lucky to be alive Man struck by lightning released from hospital By SARA VANDEN BERGE Managing Editor Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:00 PM CDT One week after Gerardo Ojeda was struck by lightning, he shows the burns on his leg from where the strike exited. Doctors said Ojeda, who was released from the hospital Sunday, is lucky to be alive. SARA VANDEN BERGE/E-T Gerardo Ojeda doesn't remember anything about the moments before or after he was struck by lightning on Wednesday, July 7, while working on Tarleton State University's new dairy facility. In fact, the entire day has been erased from his memory - and now he is struggling with short-term memory loss. But in the grand scheme of things, those worries are minor compared to what could have been. Doctors tell Gerardo and his wife, Shalon, that he is lucky to be alive. After Shalon received the call that her husband had been in an accident, she rushed to the hospital - only to be greeted by a chaplain. "When they sent a chaplain to talk to me, I thought he was already dead," Shalon recalls. "I was terrified." Ojeda, 34, was transported in critical condition from Stephenville by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where he remained in the burn unit in a chemically-induced coma and on a ventilator for two days. On Sunday, Gerardo was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home in Stephenville. Ojeda had been working for CRW Contracting in Stephenville, the company hired to construct Tarleton's new dairy, for about three months when the accident occurred. Ojeda was on the roof when a storm blew in and was told by his coworkers about the moment when lightning struck. "Sometimes when the drill gets wet, it trips the breaker," Ojeda said. "My friend, Anthony, said he asked me to check the drill and when I picked it up and pulled the trigger, I was struck in the head by lightning." The strike exited his legs, leaving behind severe and painful burns Shalon applies medication to several times a day. Anthony performed CPR while others called for help. Gerardo said he is grateful for the help from his coworkers in those initial moments after the strike and is now just trying to recover. Although he tires easily, his biggest struggle is with his short-term memory loss. "The doctors told us it could last days, months, years or forever," Shalon said. "We have no idea what to expect." Ojeda, who has no insurance and will be out of work for an extended period of time, is hoping that workmen's compensation benefits will kick in. Shalon said the claim takes 15-20 days to process, and they are keeping their fingers crossed that they will qualify for benefits. Meanwhile, a fund for the family with four children has been set up at Town & Country Bank to help with living and medical expenses. Shalon, who works at Wal-Mart SuperCenter, said she has taken a leave of absence while her husband recovers. "He is a miracle," Shalon said. "God was definitely on his side."
Sun, 07/04/2010 02:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Lighthouse Point FL 
  boating     Boat,On Water,Outside 
LIGHTHOUSE POINT  A man was struck by lightning while out boating Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The man was boating offshore near Lighthouse Point when he was hit at about 2 p.m., said Commander Mike Oh of the Lighthouse Point Police Department. The man was brought into a marina in Pompano Beach, where he was evaluated by Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue officials, Oh said. He did not appear to have serious injuries, Oh said of the man, who was not identified. He was taken to North Broward Medical Center, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Sat, 07/03/2010 08:00 PM Killed 1 dead 1 injured  0.0  Bratislava  
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
One bather killed, another injured in lightning strike in Slovakia Posted : Sat, 03 Jul 2010 10:43:31 GMT By : dpa Category : Europe (World) News Alerts by Email ( click here ) Europe World News | Home Bratislava - Two people were struck by lightning, one fatally, at an outdoor public swimming pool in the Slovak capital Bratislava, media reports said Saturday. A 53-year-old woman died after being admitted to hospital on Friday night, while a 61-year-old man remained in intensive care on Saturday. A spokesman for the hospital said said his chances of recovery were good. The two had sought shelter under a tree during a summer storm, despite an explicit warning not to do so, the pool's management told the media. Copyright DPA
Sat, 07/03/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Delray Beach FL 
Man Injured By Lightning Strike Posted: 9:16 am EDT July 4, 2010 DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A man was hospitalized after reportedly being struck by lightning in Delray Beach. Rescuers found the man Friday evening and took him to Delray Medical Center. The man, whose name was not released, appeared to be in stable condition.
Wed, 06/30/2010 12:00 PM unknown bad info  0.0  TX 
Texas A & M      Bad Safety info 
Power of Lightning June 30, 2010 Weather Whys No Comments Q: Some bolts of lightning seem very faint, while others brighten up the entire sky. How powerful is lightning? A: Most people arent aware of the incredible energy and power of lightning, says Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. Its true that some bolts of lightning are much stronger than others, he explains. At any given moment, there are about 1,200 thunderstorms occurring all over the Earth, and its estimated that each second, there are about 100 lightning flashes somewhere over our planet. A typical lightning bolt contains about 15 million volts of electricity and instantly heats up the air around it to over 60,000 degrees, with some reaching more than 100,000 degrees. Thats why the total energy of a strong thunderstorm can exceed the energy released during an atomic explosion. Q: Then how do people survive when struck by lightning? A: Many dont, McRoberts adds. Since 1959, about 90 people a year die in the U.S. as the result of lightning strikes, he says. Many people do survive after being hit by lightning, and there are some remarkable stories about individuals being literally knocked out of their shoes, or of horseshoes being blown off of horses as the bolt passes through their bodies. Florida and Arizona are two states known for lightning fatalities. In the summer months, Arizona has thunderstorms that occur almost every day and these usually contain lightning. Arizona averages about 4 lightning deaths a year, and nearly all of these fatalities occur during this 3-month period. ABOUT WEATHER WHYS&. Weather Whys is a service of Texas A&M Universitys Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Past and current topics can be viewed via the web at For more information, contact Keith Randall at (979) 845-4644 or Suggestions for future topics may be directed to Share and Enjoy:
Tue, 06/29/2010 12:00 AM Injured Ceyora Taylor  15.0  Mcdonough Ga 
  walking home taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Lightning Strikes Two Georgia Teenagers, Kills One Friday, July 02, 2010 Print ShareThis A lightning bolt struck two Georgia teenagers Tuesday night, killing one and injuring the other, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Ceyora Taylor, 15, and Eric Terrell West, 14, were walking home in McDonough, Ga. when a lightning bolt knocked them to the ground. Taylor regained consciousness at the scene, but West, who lives two houses down from Taylor, died. Taylor, who is still recovering in the hospital, lost muscle control instantly. Her body was like a limp noodle, Reginald Marine, Taylors adoptive father, said. West was in cardiac arrest when the Henry County Fire Department arrived at the scene. The emergency crew brought both teens to Henry County Medical Center, where West was pronounced dead. When she first arrived, they were mostly concerned with muscle atrophy, neurological damage and organ damage, Marine said. "[West] was actually walking her home in the rain. They ran under a tree and used it like an umbrella. He was holding onto the tree, so the roots carried the electric current to the ground." Taylor was later transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Doctors at Egleston are monitoring her hydration, but she is primarily suffering from a few burn spots on her body. Marine waited to tell Taylor about the death of West, who neighbors nicknamed Terrell, or Tyrone. "He was a loving kid, very mindful," Wests father, Brandin, said. "You only had to ask him to do something once and he'd do it." According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, there were 50 emergency room visits and nine hospitalizations for lightning-related incidents in 2007, including three deaths. Nate Mayes, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, warned that lightning can travel through metal pipes and phone lines, so it is best to not take showers or baths during a thunderstorm, or to talk on a land line phone. He recommended staying indoors or inside vehicles during a thunderstorm and avoiding open fields and bodies of water. "The best thing you can do is listen," Mayes said. "Lightning causes thunder. When you see lightning, start counting. Every five seconds that pass until you hear thunder is a mile in [distance]."
Tue, 06/29/2010 12:00 PM Killed Eric West 1 of 2  14.0  Mcdonough Ga 
    N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in Henry County say one of two teenagers who were struck by lightning Tuesday night has died. Fourteen-year-old Eric West died during the night at Henry Medical Center, according to Henry County Coroner Greg Cannon. Authorities say a 15-year-old girl was also struck by lightning as storms passed through McDonough. She was also taken to Henry Medical Center. Her identity and condition have not been released.
Mon, 06/28/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Bluff Hole Park Ar 
  walking around outside    Outside 
Politics Community Irresistible Arkansas CW Get Headlines Sent To Your Email Or Phone Advertise With Us Illinois River Watershed Partnership Half Off Deals Going Green Automotive Family Dating Jobs Real Estate House And Home Travel Grow Your Business Education SiteWebYellow Pages Hot Topics: Gas Prices | Hurricane Updates | Oil Spill As Seen On 40/29 Homepage > Local News Man Struck By Lightning POSTED: 12:00 am CDT June 28, 2010 UPDATED: 7:00 am CDT June 28, 2010 Email Print Comments MULBERRY, Ark. -- Sharla Spoon A man at the Bluff Hole Park on the Mulberry River was struck by lightning while talking to emergency crews and police. Emergency crews were searching for three missing boaters when the storm rolled in. They found the missing people and then tried to get everyone safe and in cars. Mulberry Police Chief Joshua Craig said the bolt of lightning sent out electricity emergency crews felt. "There were kids out here, lightning starting hitting repeatedly so we was trying to get all the kids and stuff, get them in cars, but a lot of people had lost their keys," Craig said. "Then lightning hit a tree behind us, so we took off running. And lightning hit another tree in front of us where a guy was hit by lightning. They pull him away, it knocked me down." The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known, yet Craig said he saw the man up and walking around. Craig also saw a branch hit another man, and a third man with an eardrum injury. Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
Mon, 06/28/2010 12:00 AM Injured man   0.0  Mulberry AK 
Man Struck By Lightning POSTED: 12:00 am CDT June 28, 2010 UPDATED: 7:00 am CDT June 28, 2010 Email Print Comments MULBERRY, Ark. -- Sharla Spoon A man at the Bluff Hole Park on the Mulberry River was struck by lightning while talking to emergency crews and police. Emergency crews were searching for three missing boaters when the storm rolled in. They found the missing people and then tried to get everyone safe and in cars. Mulberry Police Chief Joshua Craig said the bolt of lightning sent out electricity emergency crews felt. "There were kids out here, lightning starting hitting repeatedly so we was trying to get all the kids and stuff, get them in cars, but a lot of people had lost their keys," Craig said. "Then lightning hit a tree behind us, so we took off running. And lightning hit another tree in front of us where a guy was hit by lightning. They pull him away, it knocked me down." The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known, yet Craig said he saw the man up and walking around. Craig also saw a branch hit another man, and a third man with an eardrum injury. Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This
Mon, 06/28/2010 08:00 PM Injured Nick Burgess  18.0  Caldwll County NC 
  in bathroom    Indirect,Indoors 
Story Lightning Strikes Building, Shocks Teen Posted: 5:24 pm EDT June 28, 2010Updated: 1:56 pm EDT June 29, 2010 CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A bolt of lightning sparked a fire in a Caldwell County apartment, traveled through a baseboard into another apartment and shocked a teenager. SLIDESHOW: Lightning Strikes Building, Shocks Teen The lightning strike set fire to the roof of the Del Mar Street Apartments in Hudson on Sunday night, damaging much of the second floor. Brett Bingham said he saw the bolt hit a power pole and then jump to the building. The next thing I know, it was this God-awful sound -- and it hit the pole, and you could just see it rush against the apartment, Bingham said. The lightning traveled through the building in the cable lines, according to Caldwell County EMS. It then shocked 18-year-old Nick Burgess. Burgess said he was in the bathroom at the time and his heel was touching a baseboard heater. It burnt through the side of my foot and then came out through the back, he said. My fingers started tingling, my arms tensed up like this and I couldn't move for three to five seconds. I remember laying there and yelling for my mom. Burgess said he is OK and did not need to go a hospital for treatment. The damage to the apartments has displaced some of its residents for several days. The Red Cross is assisting the people affected.
Fri, 06/25/2010 04:00 PM Injured Mitzi Bowlby  0.0  Carbondale Il 
  in a parking lot    Outside,Parking Lot 
Local woman survives lightning strike By Jennifer Rukavina Story Created: Jun 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM CDT Story Updated: Jun 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM CDT CARBONDALE, Ill. - Mitzi Bowlby of Carbondale, Illinois, found herself on the ground of a Wal-Mart parking lot after a lightning bolt arced her way. She is lucky enough to be alive and to be able to share her story with us. "All of a sudden, there was a deafening sound," Bowlby recalled."I looked down and where it struck me was on the foot and I saw the strike come across from the casters on the cart over to my ankle. It knocked me back and by the time I got up my 7-year-old son Will was on the phone calling my husband." Summertime brings afternoon storms, sometimes unexpectedly along with the deadly threat of lightning. Bowlby had just finished her grocery shopping and rather than wait the storm out, she made a run for the car to unload her cart. "Got the boys in the car and started loading my groceries and lightning was close, you know how thunder and lightning are close together?" Lightning carries 100 million electrical volts but Bowlby said she didn't feel the shock. "It wasn't like getting shocked by an outlet or a dry shock like that, but it felt like a rod going into my ankle," she said. "It was a dull pain but it jolted my entire body." It was when she arrived at the Carbondale emergency room that she realized she had a mark on her thumb where the lighning had exited her body. Bowlby was extremely lucky. On average, 58 people die each year after being struck by lightning. "Just don't take it for granted. The fact that instincts would have told me better but I didn't listen to them and I went ahead and worried about my daily life," she said. "I was just thanking God because I felt like I was spared."
Fri, 06/25/2010 12:00 PM Killed 86 struck in Boer War  0.0   
Boer War records show 86 were struck by lightning Getting struck by lightning was a real hazard for British soldiers in the Second Boer War, according to military records put online for the first time. By Stephen Adams Published: 12:01AM BST 24 Jun 2010 On one occasion two soldiers were killed within moments of each other, when lightning struck their base in the appropriately-named Stormberg in an area known as the Cape Midlands. Photo: AP During the late Victorian conflict 86 men were killed or injured by lightening while serving in southern Africa, the records published online today by genealogy website show. On one occasion two soldiers were killed within moments of each other, when lightening struck their base in the appropriately-named Stormberg in an area known as the Cape Midlands. Related Articles North and South Korea stand on 'the brink of war' North Korea cuts all links with South Korea Doctor facing disciplinary action over drug prescriptions Claiming £25 a day without receipts shows that MPs will not reform themselves 10 ways the recession is changing Britain US Army to increase soldier numbers by 22,000 They are included in a collection detailing 55,000 British and colonial soldiers who were killed, wounded, captured or died of disease during the conflict, which lasted from 1899 to 1902. Of those, more than 22,000 died. Despite the risk posed by the Boer troops in the battle for land and gold in the disputed colonies, the most common cause of death was disease, with dysentery, typhoid fever and intestinal infections accounting for some 12,000 deaths. One unlucky soldier met a more savage end: he was eaten by a crocodile in the Usutu River in what is now Swaziland. Dan Jones comments: These records are a stark reminder of the atrocities of a conflict that is often eclipsed by wars that took place closer to home. They detail a dark and regrettable period of history, but one that should never be forgotten. Dan Jones, from, said: "These records will be of great significance to anyone trying to find out more about an ancestor or soldier who fought in the Second Boer War, particularly as British soldiers who fought in the conflict wont appear in the 1901 England and Wales Census because they were fighting in South Africa."
Fri, 06/25/2010 04:00 PM Injured John Jones  0.0  Dickson Ok 
  in yard  N/A  Outside,Yard 
Man struck by lightning, lives to tell about it DICKSON, OK -- Over the past three decades, lightning has killed an average of 58 people a year, across the United States. But one Texoma man struck by lightning just days ago, is one of the lucky ones. And he says there's a number of reasons why he's alive tonight. Reporter: Shelby Levins Email Address: Click for video S DICKSON, OK -- The National Weather Service calls lightning - the underrated killer. Experts say, over the past three decades, lightning has killed an average of 58 people a year, across the United States. But one Texoma man struck by lightning just days ago, is one of the lucky ones. And he says there's a number of reasons why he's alive tonight. "It's one of those things that never in a million years you thought would have happened, John Jones said. Storms clouds overhead have never scared Jones. But after last Friday afternoon, he has a new respect for thunder clouds. "I heard a huge boom - and it seemed like it was instantaneous - you hear boom, and I was on the ground, Jones explained. Jones had been working with his father in their yard in Dickson, when lightening stuck him in the head. "He said when it hit me - I did a complete flip in the air. I landed on my right shoulder, Jones said. You can still see the dead grass in the yard. But the lightening strike didn't cause any permanent damage to Jones - it just singed off almost all the hair on his body. Health experts say that's not usually the case. "It causes cardiac arrest most of the time and seizures and usually results in death, Ralph Falconer, PA-C with Urgent Care of Ardmore, said. But doctors told Jones he was saved because his heavier build insulated his vital organs and because he was drenched in sweat. "He said since you were sweating and sweat is primarily electrolytes - the outside of your body was covered in sweat and when you took the hit, the current stayed on the outside of your body and exited the ground through the bottom of your feet, Jones explained. But that wasn't the only thing that protected Jones. Doctors say the crocs he was wearing saved his feet. "He said if you would have had shoes that were tied to your feet - they couldn't have gone anywhere and would have probably blown your toes off, Jones said. Jones says every muscle in his body still aches from the direct shock of electricity, But more than the pain, he says he feels lucky to be alive. Jones says it wasn't raining outside when he was struck, and experts say that's not uncommon. Experts with the National Weather Service say, lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from the area where it is raining - and that's about the distance you can hear thunder. So they say -- If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance -- and suggest you go inside or seek safe shelter immediately. CARTER COUNTY, OK- - A local man is lucky to be alive after a scary situation this weekend. Just a regular old day, working in the garden, until he was struck by lightning and somehow lived to tell about it. Meredith Saldana met with him and has more on his story. It was a scary situation for the Jones family who says they're counting their blessings and are thankful that John Jones wasn't severely injured. Jones prides himself in his garden and hard work he puts into his yard. Friday, it was slightly overcast and he decided to help his dad with his yard. But it wasn't long before he was in a dangerous situation. "I came around the south side of his house and heard a big boom and from there it kinda went down hill," says Jones. That's when his dad rushed to his side. "He came running over and asked if I was okay and I said, man, I think I got struck by lightning and he said, yeah you did. Told me it made me do a complete flip in the air when it hit me and I landed on my right shoulder," says Jones. The paramedics were called and Jones was rushed to the hospital. "The doctor came in and said that I took a direct hit, top of my head. Because I was outside working and sweating profusely, the current travels the path of least resistance, and since perspiration is primarily electrolytes the current followed on the outside of my body." His arms were black and the hair had burned off. The doctors told him because of his size, the current didn't get to his organs. "I was like, okay, so I'm alive because I'm fat and now I need to lose some weight? And the doctor said yes." His wife says now they'll think twice before going outside. "It wasn't a big deal to play out in the lightning and the rain and stuff," says Rachel Jones. "So it's kind of taken us all a step back from the storms." John adds, "I feel really lucky. I really do. As a matter of fact I should've went and bought a lottery ticket but I didn't." John was wearing rubber Croc shoes that shot off of his feet when he was struck, allowing the current to exit his body, preventing further injury. -Meredith Saldana, KTEN News
Fri, 06/25/2010 08:00 PM Injured girl 2 of 2  15.0  Dickson Ga 
    N/A  Outside 
Teens Struck By Lightning By Chris Camp @ June 30, 2010 3:48 AM Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBacks (0) (WSB Radio) -- A teenager struck by lightning in Henry County has died, according to authorities. Eric West, 14, was struck Tuesday night as strong thunderstorms moved through metro Atlanta. Henry County Coroner Greg Cannon told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that West died overnight at Henry Medical Center. A second teen was also struck by the lightning bolt. She was also taken to Henry Medical Center; her identity and condition were not available Wednesday morning. The teens were outside about 8 p.m. when they were struck. Storms also delayed some arriving flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, said FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. For about 30 minutes, beginning around 9:45 p.m., the weather prevented flights from landing in Atlanta, Bergen said. Categories: local
Thu, 06/24/2010 09:31 AM Injured Jerry Duff  47.0  Houston TX 
  harvesting crabs in a boat    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
A 30-year-old crabber died Thursday morning when his boat was struck by lightning on the Intercoastal Canal near the Texas 124 bridge in Chambers County. Charles Franklin Weaver, of Liberty, was pronounced dead at the scene. His fishing companion, Jerry Duff, 47, also of Liberty, was flown by helicopter to a Houston hospital, where he was reported to be in fair condition, authorities said. Men on a tug boat were the first to come up on the crabbers after the lighting struck and alerted occupants of another boat, who contacted emergency authorities about 9:30 a.m. The accident was investigated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Galveston County Sheriffs office, Winnie Fire and EMS and the Chambers County Sheriffs office.
Thu, 06/24/2010 04:43 PM Injured man 2 of 2  39.0  Newark DE 
  in a car  N/A  In a car 
Two say lightning struck their car in Newark BY TERRI SANGINITI " THE NEWS JOURNAL " JUNE 24, 2010 Comments (4) Recommend Print this page E-mail this article Share Type Size A A A Two people suffered minor injuries after they said their car was struck by lightning this afternoon in Newark. New Castle County paramedics were called to the 100 block of E. Main Street about 4:43 p.m. for a reported lightning strike. Paramedics could not, however, determine if the car struck by lightning or if lightning struck nearby. A 48-year-old woman complained of being disoriented, said Assistant Paramedic Chief Richard D. Krett. A 39-year-old man complained of a hearing problem. Both patients were taken to Christiana Hospital for evaluation.
Thu, 06/24/2010 09:31 AM Killed Franklin Weaver  37.0  Houston TX 
  harvesting crabs in a boat  N/A  Boat,fishing,Ground Strike,On Water,Outside,Water 
Lightning Kills Boat Operator at Sea Updated: Thursday, 24 Jun 2010, 8:03 PM CDT Published : Thursday, 24 Jun 2010, 8:03 PM CDT JOHN PERERA Web Producer HOUSTON - A lightning strike in the Intracoastal Canal Area near the Highway 124 bridge has killed one man and injured another. Charles Franklin Weaver Jr., 37, and Jerry Duff, 47, were harvesting crab south of Stowell when lightning struck their boat around 9:31 a.m. on Thursday. A tugboat in the area alerted another boat's crew who contacted Chambers County Sheriff's authorities. Weaver died at the scene while Duff was transported to a Houston hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Thu, 06/24/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 fishermen  16.0  Manila  
  fishing     fishing,Outside 
Manila - Three fishermen were killed Thursday when they were struck by lightning in a lakeshore town just outside the Philippine capital, a town police chief said. The victims, two 16-year-old teenagers and a 25-year-old man, were struck by lightning while fishing in the village of Biliran in Binangonan town in Laguna province 20 kilometres east of Manila. Senior Superintendent Jonathan Miano said the victims died on the spot.
Thu, 06/24/2010 04:43 PM Injured 1 of 2   48.0  Newark DE 
  in a car  N/A  In a car 
Two say lightning struck their car in Newark BY TERRI SANGINITI " THE NEWS JOURNAL " JUNE 24, 2010 Comments (4) Recommend Print this page E-mail this article Share Type Size A A A Two people suffered minor injuries after they said their car was struck by lightning this afternoon in Newark. New Castle County paramedics were called to the 100 block of E. Main Street about 4:43 p.m. for a reported lightning strike. Paramedics could not, however, determine if the car struck by lightning or if lightning struck nearby. A 48-year-old woman complained of being disoriented, said Assistant Paramedic Chief Richard D. Krett. A 39-year-old man complained of a hearing problem. Both patients were taken to Christiana Hospital for evaluation.
Wed, 06/23/2010 05:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 scout leaders  0.0  Rock Island IL 
  holding on to metal tent poles    Boy Scouts,Camping,Outside 
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Four leaders of a Rockford, Illinois Boy Scout group may be wishing they had taken their own advice, after being struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon in Rock Island. "The sirens went off. The radio with us, it went off. So we sent the boys up for protection and it just happened real quick," said Jesse McDuell, a scout leader who was hit by lightning. About 5 p.m. Wednesday night, a slew of dangerous storms closed in on the KOA campground where the scouts were staying since Sunday. With the seven boys in a restroom shelter, the four leaders grabbed onto the metal braces of an awning, trying to keep it from blowing away. "I mean, it went from almost no wind to 'Oh my god!' The awnings were coming off the ground and everything was shot," said McDuell. That move put him and the other leaders directly in harm's way. "We thought we were through it," said McDuell. "Just about ready to let go and try to clean up a little bit when the next thing I know, there's a flash of light." That flash of light left a hole in the ground just feet from the leaders. Rock Island emergency crews examined the 4 people hit. One man was taken to the hospital, injured from the powerful jolt. "It wasn't a direct strike so they just felt the tingle. Some of them couldn't close their hands and stuff like that. One guy had trouble hearing. He's the one going to the hospital," said Rock Island Fire Dept. Lt. Enyo Dwith. After the storm passed, the group examined their tents and belongings for damage. The scouts, earning badges of courage in the face of Mother Nature's wrath. "Have to respect it," said McDuell. "There ain't a day goes by I don't respect Mother Nature." The man's injuries are not believed to be serious. No boy scouts were injured in the dangerous storms. Read 2 comments »
Wed, 06/23/2010 12:00 AM Killed 1 killed 25 injured  16.0  Uluberia Howrah 
Lightning strikes school in West Bengal, 1 student dies PTIWednesday, June 23, 2010 15:20 IST Email Print Share Howrah (WB): A student was killed and 25 others were hospitalised with severe burns today when lightning struck a school at Uluberia in Howrah district. You may also want to see Calcutta HC Lawyers ransack chief justice's court room CESC Ltd may trim Haldia project size One more arrested in Gyaneshwari derailment case Fire destroys telephone exchange in West Bengal La Martinere suicide: CNI questions child rights commission's impartiality in probe Related videos Sweet sellers around West Bengal cash in on World Cup fever Train derailment: 90 dead, more bodies still trapped Train derailment: IAF copters join rescue operation The police said a 16-year-old student died on the spot when lightning hit a madhyamik institute during school hours at Joargari village this noon. The injured students were rushed to a hospital in Uluberia, sources said.
Wed, 06/23/2010 05:00 PM Injured 2 of 4 scout leaders  0.0  Rock Island IL 
  holding on to metal tent poles    Boy Scouts,Camping,Outside,Tent 
Tue, 06/22/2010 06:00 PM Injured man   40.0  Fair Hill NJ 
  near a row of trees    Near Trees,Outside 
Fair Hill man struck by lightning in critical condition Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:32 AM CDT A Fair Hill man was fighting for his life after being struck by lightning just before Tuesday evening's downpour, which also left thousands of area homes without power. According to police and fire officials, the 40-year-old man survived the initial lightning strike but remained in critical condition at Christiana Hospital about two hours later. A neighbor reported seeing the man walking from a garage to the house at 3031 Appleton Road near the Pennsylvania line and the Delaware border when the lightning bolt struck him and a row of nearby pine trees, police said. The man reportedly was thrown about 15 feet. The name of the victim was not available. People at the scene declined to comment while calls to the home were not answered Tuesday evening. Delmarva Power reported that the storm left more than 2,000 customers in Cecil County without power, although company officials said they expected most of those outages to be repaired by today.
Tue, 06/22/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   40.0  Cecil County MD 
  walking from garage to house    Outside,Walking to Vehicle 
Md. man struck by lightning A 40-year-old Cecil County man is in critical condition at a local hospital after being struck by lightning Tuesday evening, the Cecil Whig reports. A neighbor told police the man was walking from a garage to a home when lightning struck, throwing him about 15 feet. By Lori Aratani | June 23, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Mon, 06/21/2010 06:00 PM Injured man on computer  0.0  New Whiteland In 
  on a computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
New Whiteland, Ind. - It was a hectic day in New Whiteland where lightning struck a house, injuring the two people inside. Authorities said a man was on his computer inside and a woman was putting clothes in the dryer. They survived with minor injuries. Firefighters can't believe how Monday's brief thunderstorm caused so many problems. The Fishers Fire Department received nine lightning and storm related calls in just 13 minutes. They quickly put out a fire in the 14700 block of Christie Ann Drive. A bolt hit the roof, causing a fire in the attic.
Mon, 06/21/2010 06:00 PM Injured wom 2 of 2  0.0  New Whiteland In 
  putting clothes in dryer    Indirect,Indoors,laundry 
Sun, 06/20/2010 03:00 PM Injured Matt Leathers  19.0  Providence RI 
  in a treehouse    Outside,Tree,Tree House,Yard 
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A man in Rhode Island is home from the hospital after being hit by lightning. Matt Leathers, 19, was sitting on these treehouse steps at his home in North Providence Sunday afternoon. Suddenly it started raining very hard. A friend says that's when she heard a loud crack. He was knocked unconscious for like a couple of minutes...and then he woke up and he had burns all over his stomach, and I've never heard of anyone getting hit by lightning, so it was really, really scary, she said. Leathers is expected to be okay. A second lightning strike hit a home on Lyman Avenue, just about a mile away from where Leathers was hit. (Copyright (c) 2010 Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Sun, 06/20/2010 04:00 PM Injured Vicki Nadeau  20.0  Winslow Me 
  going to car to put up windows    Outside,Walking to Vehicle,Walking to vehicle to put windows up 
WINSLOW Posted: 12:00 AM Waitress considers self lucky after surviving lightning bolt Likely passed through hand and out knee WINSLOW -- All Vicki Nadeau remembers about the moment is a "big, bright, white light" and a "big huge noise." click image to enlarge Vicki Nadeau, of Winslow, was struck by lightning in a Waterville parking lot about a month ago. Select images available for purchase in the Maine Today Photo Store Then she was thrown about 5 feet backward, up against the side of a building. Confused but alert, Nadeau noticed her left hand was covered by something. It was blood. Her left leg was bleeding, too. The odds that you'll be struck by lightning in a given year, according to the National Weather Service, is one in 750,000. It seems the odds were against Vicki Nadeau, 20, of Winslow. She was jolted recently by a blast of lightning that left her bloodied and burned. Fortunately, nearly a month later, Nadeau's wounds mostly have healed, and she's able to talk about the experience. "My doctor said I'm lucky to be alive," Nadeau said. "A lot of people don't live through lightning strikes." The strike occurred June 20, on a stormy Sunday afternoon. Nadeau, who is a waitress at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Waterville, noticed that it was starting to rain outside; so she walked outside -- car keys in hand -- to roll up her car windows and see whether anyone else had theirs down. Suddenly, before she reached the car, it happened. The electrical discharge touched down somewhere nearby and zapped her. After she was thrown against the wall, Nadeau got up and went back into the restaurant, which had lost its electricity, and "everybody was staring at me." "I was all bloody and my manager said, 'What happened?' and I said, 'I really have no idea,'" Nadeau said. Using a first-aid kit, "they wiped off the blood, and I noticed I had burns on my left hand and left knee." Nadeau said she wasn't concerned enough about her wounds to go to the hospital right away. Instead, two days later she went to her doctor's office, Three Rivers Family Practice in Waterville, and saw Dr. Rich Charlebois. The doctor's office officially listed both injuries as caused by lightning or its effects, according to a note written by Charlebois and provided by Nadeau. She was concerned that the burn on her hand might be infected. Nadeau, according to the doctor's note, has been "very jittery since" the incident and was "anxious" during her visit, though she seemed to be healthy otherwise. He recommended she use a healing cream on the burn, apply a new bandage and take a prescription medication used to treat infections. Charlebois told Nadeau that the lightning probably "went through my hand and out my knee." Though her wounds have healed, Nadeau remains nervous about whether she's more prone to another lightning strike now that she's been hit once. Still, she's gone about her life and continued working at the restaurant. Her mother, Cathy Nadeau, has been a little scared about her daughter going outside if there's a chance of lightning; but Vicki Nadeau said her 27-year-old brother, who's a member of the Coast Guard, "thought it was cool." "I think she's the luckiest person alive, to tell you the truth," Cathy Nadeau said. "It's just -- wow -- that's how I feel." According to the weather service, most people struck by lightning survive the experience. Only about 10 percent are killed. The service also says lightning strikes are probably underreported. It estimates an average of 600 lightning-strike victims in the United States per year, including about 60 who died. Scott Monroe -- 861-9253
Sun, 06/20/2010 12:00 PM unknown bad info  0.0  Charlotte NC 
 USA      Bad Safety info 
Story Surviving A Lightning Strike Lightning Lightning is the visual flash associated with a rapid discharge of electrical energy into the atmosphere. During a thunderstorm, cold temperatures cause the formation of ice crystals inside storm clouds. A negative electrical charge builds inside the cloud and a positive charge builds on the ground below. The positively charged particles begin to travel upward along trees, houses, telephone poles and other tall objects. At the same time, the negative charge is drawn downward to the positive charge. The visible flash of lightning occurs when the negative charge meets the positive charge. Katie Fehlinger, Weather Broadcaster with in State College, PA, says lightning can also travel from cloud to cloud or within the same cloud. Heat lightning is not caused by heat, but by a thunderstorm too far away for the sound of the thunder to be heard. According to the National Weather Service, more than 1,800 thunderstorms occur at any given time somewhere on the planet. A single bolt of lightning can be as hot as 50,000 degrees F and contain 100 million volts of electricity. Lightning can strike as far as ten miles from a storm. The thunder that accompanies lightning is actually sound created by the explosive force of the lightning. Thunder and lightning go hand-in-hand, though lightning may be too far away to be seen. Lightning Injuries The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates the risk of being struck by lightning is one in 600,000. Still, about 300 Americans are injured by lightning annually. In 2009, the National Weather Service registered 34 deaths from lightning strikes. So far this year, two deaths have been recorded (one in Indiana and one in Connecticut). Lightning can cause an injury in one of four ways. A direct strike happens when the pathway for the electrical charge travels through the body. It causes the most serious type of lightning injury. However, Mary Ann Cooper, M.D., Emergency Physician with the University of Illinois at Chicago, says direct strikes only account for about five to ten percent of all lightning injuries. In a side flash (also called a spray or splash), the lightning hits another structure and the energy is conducted through the air to someone standing nearby. Researchers say this is the most common method of injury in lightning strikes. A ground strike occurs when lightning hits the ground and the current fans out and is conducted through the legs of a nearby victim. This is another common method of lightning injury. The fourth method of injury is a flash-over. The energy from the lightning flows around the body. Sweat or moisture from rain conducts the electricity, causing the surrounding air to rapidly expand in an explosive blast. Despite the high temperature of lightning, victims rarely have burn injuries. Cooper says thats because the flash is so quick and most victims are hit indirectly. The most common type of injury associated with a lightning strike is rupture of the ear drum, caused by the intense force of the thunder shock waves. Lightning is also likely to cause neurological injuries, leading to long-term symptoms, like chronic pain, fatigue, problems with attention and memory, personality changes, sleep disorders, dizziness, muscle weakness and depression. Lightning Safety Most lightning injuries occur because people are caught off guard, dont heed warnings or fail to find appropriate shelter during a storm. Storms can move quickly or appear to come out of nowhere. A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are right for a severe thunderstorm and thunder and lightning are likely to occur. A severe thunderstorm warning means that severe weather has been spotted in the area or detected by radar. The rule of thumb for lightning safety is, If thunder roars, go indoors. Stay inside the house and dont touch a corded telephone, wires, plumbing or other objects that can carry an electrical current if lightning strikes on or near the home. Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. If you are caught outside when a thunderstorm is approaching, take shelter in a hard top automobile (not a convertible). Contrary to popular belief it isnt the rubber tires that protect you from a lightning strike, but the metal shell of the car. If you are in the open and you feel your hair standing on end, it means a nearby lightning strike is imminent. Lightning tends to strike at the tallest object. Do not hide near a tree. If you cant get to an immediate shelter, squat as low to the ground as you can while standing on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears to protect them from the explosive sound waves that accompany a lightning strike. Do not lie flat on the ground.
Sun, 06/20/2010 04:00 PM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Jacksonville FL 
  on a boat    Boat,On Water,Outside 
Family Says Boat Was Struck by Lightning at Thomas Creek Comments (1) Recommend Print Email Article Larger Smaller JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A family of three was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after they said their boat was struck lightning at the Thomas Creek Preserve. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said the family called in saying their boat had been hit by lightning. JFRD met them at the Thomas Creek Boat Ramp on Ethel Road in northern Duval County. The family described the lightning strike as a loud popping noise. JFRD said they took the mother and father to Shands Jacksonville as a precaution; their son also was taken to Shands with life threatening injuries. Lightning strikes increase in the summer months, and JFRD said lightning caused several structure fires in the last week and a half. This is the start of the National Weather Service's Lightning Awareness Week, from June 20 through the 26th
Sun, 06/20/2010 03:00 PM Injured 2 of 3   0.0  Jacksonville FL 
  on a boat    Boat,On Water,Outside 
Boater critical after possible lightning strike His parents reported a popping noise Posted: June 20, 2010 - 6:00pm Map View Map data ©2010 Google - Terms of Use Terrain 17198 ethel road, jacksonville , Florida ADVERTISEMENT By Dana Treen A boater is in critical condition after his parents said they believe their boat was hit by lightning. The possible strike happened about 3 p.m. in a creek on Jacksonville's Northside, said spokesman John Bracey of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He said the young man's parents called 911 and said they heard a loud popping noise. He said they reported it hit the boat or struck nearby. "It somehow began affecting their son," Bracey said. The son, who Bracey described as a young adult, was taken with his parents to Shands Jacksonville by rescue workers. The three were about a half mile from the Thomas Creek boat ramp on Ethel Road when the lightning hit and the couple called 911. The parents were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Bracey said.
Sun, 06/20/2010 03:00 PM Injured 3 of 3   0.0  Jacksonville FL 
  on a boat  N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water 
Boater critical after possible lightning strike His parents reported a popping noise Posted: June 20, 2010 - 6:00pm Map View Map data ©2010 Google - Terms of Use Terrain 17198 ethel road, jacksonville , Florida ADVERTISEMENT By Dana Treen A boater is in critical condition after his parents said they believe their boat was hit by lightning. The possible strike happened about 3 p.m. in a creek on Jacksonville's Northside, said spokesman John Bracey of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He said the young man's parents called 911 and said they heard a loud popping noise. He said they reported it hit the boat or struck nearby. "It somehow began affecting their son," Bracey said. The son, who Bracey described as a young adult, was taken with his parents to Shands Jacksonville by rescue workers. The three were about a half mile from the Thomas Creek boat ramp on Ethel Road when the lightning hit and the couple called 911. The parents were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Bracey said.
Sun, 06/20/2010 01:18 PM Killed Robert Jesse Gurney  70.0  Upper Sunshine Reservoir WY 
  leaving reservoir because of storm  N/A  During the storm,fishing,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Taking Shelter,Water 
Lightning strike kills man near Meeteetse Story Discussion Gazette Staff | Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 8:56 am | Loading& Font Size: Default font size Larger font size A 70-year-old man was killed by lightning Sunday near Meeteetse, Wyo., officials said. Robert Jesse Gurney of Torrington, Wyo., was fishing with his son at Upper Sunshine Reservoir when he was struck by lightning, said Park County Sheriff Scott Seward. Emergency responders were dispatched at 1:18 p.m. Bystanders performed CPR on Gurney but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. He and Richard Gurney of Lovell, Wyo., were leaving the reservoir because of lightning when the elder Gurney was hit, Seward said.
Sat, 06/19/2010 04:00 PM Injured Nick Farmer  14.0  Acworth Ga 
    N/A  Outside 
Teen hit by lightning near Lake Allatoona ShareThis PrintE-mail By Raisa Habersham The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A teen was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in Acworth after thunderstorms were reported in the area, according to Lt. Daniel Dupree with the Cobb County fire department. More Atlanta area news » Georgia has an All-America City More on soldier killed at Ft Gillem No break from the steamy weather Police: Drunken driver at fault Top news around the Web A friend of the victim flagged down an Acworth police officer near the intersection of Lake Acworth Drive and West Lakeshore Drive, Major Wayne Dennard told the AJC. The injured teen was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment, Dennard said. The teen's identity and condition are unknown. Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a watch until 9 p.m. for most of north Georgia, but heavy storms moving from the west lost most of their punch as they moved into the region. Severe thunderstorms moved into metro Atlanta Saturday afternoon, bringing lightning and significant hail. But most of the heaviest storms were confined to areas west of Atlanta. None of the metro counties reported injuries or significant damage. Sunday's forecast will be partly cloudy and hot, Nitz said. With summer beginning Monday, temperatures for the week will be in the mid 90s, with a heat index near 100 degrees. "I expect well see a few isolated storms pop up during the heat of the afternoon, but the rain chance for any one location is 20 percent," he said. Painful Recovery for Lightning Survivor 14-Year-Old Undergoes Physical Therapy By Mike Paluska, CBS Atlanta Reporter POSTED: 5:57 pm EDT July 14, 2010 UPDATED: 9:20 am EDT July 15, 2010 facebook buzz digg reddit :: Email :: Print ATLANTA -- In June, Nick Farmer was struck by lightning and the road to recovery as he describes it has been nothing short of painful. Farmer said he has trouble sleeping; he suffers from nausea, gets tired easily and has achy muscles in his calves and arms. I am grateful to be alive, Farmer said. It has gotten to the point where I cant sleep at night. When I do finally fall asleep, it is like 6 in the morning. On Wednesday, Farmer went to his first appointment for physical therapy. I am going to do basically training, leg exercises and running exercises, said Farmer. I am hoping I get back on track for football hope I am well and can finally go to sleep. Farmer is starting his freshman year at Etowah High School. His summer break has turned into just that, a break. I tried to do a lot of things the other day and I got extremely tired so I have to take it easy and stay in mostly, said Farmer. Farmers recovery is in direct contrast to Roswell police detective Michael Larkins, who was struck by lightning five years ago. He describes the jolt as extremely painful. It was like an intense charge across my entire body it seized up every muscle I had it was very intense almost un-describable, said Larkins. But, once released from the hospital Larkins said he is in no pain. Both Larkins and Farmer think they could be hit by lightning again. Absolutely, said Larkins. We could hit by lightning right now. When I see lightning or a sky that can produce lightning I head straight for the house. When I see lightning or hear thunder I sit down in the car as low as I can. People have been telling me since I was hit by lightning I have more of a chance to get hit again, said Farmer. So far this year, two people have been killed by lightning in Georgia. For more information on lightning survivor support groups click here.
Fri, 06/18/2010 08:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Burlington IA 
  near struck pole    Outside 
(Source: The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa)By William Smith, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa Jun. 20--Severe thunderstorms Friday night continually lit the darkened sky with flashes of lightning, and one stray bolt struck a light pole not more than 15 feet from the South Stage at Burlington Steamboat Days. Though it was initially believed the lightning struck an unidentified man and a nearby woman, the Burlington Fire Department confirmed the only direct victim of the lightning was the light pole. The man, who received injuries from being too close to the lightning strike, refused treatment at the scene, and a second ambulance was called in to treat a woman who was hyperventilating at the scene. Officials would not release the name of the man or the woman. The lightning strike, which happened around midnight, tore a foot-long chunk out of the concrete pillar that supports the light pole and fried nearby sound equipment used for the South Stage acts. "It took out the sound board, the snake and an amp," said Mike O'Neil, owner of Thunder and Lightning Productions based out of Danville. The "snake" is a thick blue cable that transfers all the sound (including the microphone sound) from the stage to the sound board. "It's the lifeline of the show," O'Neil said. Considering the sound board itself is worth about $15,000, O'Neil estimated the total damage to be at least $20,000. "The flood was the worst thing that happened to us. Until now," said O'Neil, who was been providing sound to the South Stage at Steamboat Days for the past six years. Waves of thunderstorms tore through most of Iowa Friday night and early Saturday morning, bringing along with it high winds that downed limbs and power lines in Iowa City and Coralville. The most severe storms skated around the north end of Burlington, but portions of Louisa County were doused with as much as 3 inches of rain. David Sheets, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said 1 to 3 inches of rain fell over the southeast Iowa area Friday night and Saturday morning, with Burlington receiving about 1.45 inches of rain. The excessive rain in Louisa County caused minor flash flooding that closed down several county roads, including 70th Street, M Avenue and O Avenue. No other damage was reported, and officials expected the roads to be clear by today. Other counties in southeast Iowa, including Henry and Lee, reported no significant damage. Sheets said the thunderstorms are far from over, though. More thunderstorms are expected today and tonight, which could drop another inch or more of rain over the area. Much of Iowa, including the southeast, remains under a flash flood watch through Monday evening, though that could be extended as more thunderstorms pop up Monday and Tuesday. "We're stuck in a weather pattern that is favorable for large thunderstorms to develop," Sheets said. "You can't take any more rainfall in that area. Much of the area has been running 6 to 8 inches (of rain) above normal for the past month." The excessive rainfall has caused area rivers to rise, though no major flooding has been forecast for either the Mississippi River or the Iowa River near Wapello and Columbus Junction. The Iowa River at Wapello was at 22.5 feet Saturday and is expected to crest at 23.8 feet Monday night, which is considered moderate flooding.
Thu, 06/17/2010 12:30 AM Killed 3 fishermen  25.0  Laguna Lake Rizal 
  fishing on a lake    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside 
Lightning strikes 3 pals By NEL B. ANDRADE June 25, 2010, 4:04pm BINANGONAN, Rizal  Lightning struck in the middle of Laguna Lake near this town last Thursday, killing three friends who had gone out fishing, police reported Friday. Senior Superintendent Jonathan Ferdinand Miano, Rizal Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, identified the fatalities as Melchor Ibañez, 16; JR Mercado, 16; and Franklin Inclan, 25, all residents of Santiago Street, this municipality. Miano said all three of them were declared dead on arrival at the hospital shortly after the incident on Thursday afternoon. Investigator-on-case, PO3 Sonnie Dones, said the three victims either sustained burns in their arms and legs while one of them had burnt hair. It was learned that the three neighbors went fishing in Laguna Lake around 12:30 p.m. during a drizzle when lightning suddenly struck them. Police observed that the weather at that time was almost as abnormal as the freak incident, noting that the sun was out while there was light rain.
Wed, 06/16/2010 12:00 PM Injured Russian couple  0.0  Novokubansk  
  sitting on terrace    Outside 
Russian couple survive being hit by the same lightning bolt From: NewsCore June 16, 2010 4:15AM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Share A RUSSIAN couple survived being simultaneously struck by the same fork of lightning as they clung to one another in terror. Vladimir Chumbasov was hit in the shoulder as he sat on a terrace outside his home in Novokubansk, southern Russia, watching storm clouds gather overhead, online newspaper Pravda reported. He claims the bolt, one of two that struck his deck area in quick succession, passed through his body before electrocuting his wife who was pressed up against him in fear. Amazingly, both of them survived. We jumped up, and it hit me in the right shoulder, went through my stomach, struck my wifes elbow that she was pushing against my side and came out of her left leg," Mr Chumbasov, 56, said. "I lost consciousness just for several seconds thinking that I was hanging between life and death. Related Coverage Melbourne hit by dramatic storm Herald Sun, 20 Apr 2010 Soccer players struck by lightning Herald Sun, 19 Apr 2010 Tree man - and tree - survive storm Perth Now, 22 Mar 2010 Man doing dishes struck by lightning Daily Telegraph, 28 Jan 2010 Lightning hits sleeping woman Herald Sun, 2 Jan 2010 "The lightning burnt my T-shirt. I wonder why it struck the wooden terrace if there was a metal roof and electric power lines nearby." The couple's 26-year-old son was standing just feet away but was unhurt. He raised the alarm and his parents were rushed to the hospital, where they have since recovered. We havent discovered anything unusual with ourselves yet," added Mr Chumbasov. "Weve heard stories saying that survivors of lightning attacks may have fortune-telling abilities or do other unusual things afterwards. Nothing like that has happened to us. "We hope that the lightning was a good sign."
Tue, 06/15/2010 01:15 PM Killed Christina Jones postal worker  34.0  Ferguson Mo 
  standing under a tree  N/A  During the storm,Ground Strike,Mail Carrier,Outside,Postal Worker,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees,Work 
Letter carrier killed by lightning in Ferguson By Tim O'Neil ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 06/15/2010 A letter carrier was struck by lightning and fatally injured this afternoon in Ferguson during a heavy thunderstorm, authorities said. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, was struck about 1:15 p.m. in the 9700 block of Venice Drive. Her name was not released, pending nofication of her family, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service. Authorities said the letter carrier was standing beneath a tree when lightning struck. She was taken to Christian Northeast Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 2 p.m. FERGUSON, Mo.  Authorities say a mail carrier was killed when lightning struck a tree while she was seeking shelter from a storm in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Officials say 34-year-old Christina Jones died at a hospital within an hour of the lightning strike Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors say the force of the strike knocked Jones' shoes and hat off and tattered her clothes. They held an umbrella over the fallen postal worker and prayed until emergency workers arrived.
Tue, 06/15/2010 07:45 PM Killed Horacio Ascencio  0.0  Graham NC 
  standing near a tree  N/A  CPR,Delayed Death,During the storm,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Yard 
GRAHAM, S.C. -- A man is being treated after being struck by lightning. Dispatchers said the incident happened at 1109 Mobile Park Road at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Paramedics said the man was taken to a hospital and that he did have a pulse. Investigators said the man was standing near a tree when he got struck. The man's condition has not been released. Copyright 2010 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ma Man struck by lightning, tree falls on house Comments 0 | Recommend 1 June 15, 2010 10:42 PM Roselee Papandrea / Times-News A man was struck by lightning in Graham, and authorities think a tornado knocked a tree onto a house in Chatham County after a severe thunderstorm storm swept through the area Tuesday evening. Horacio Ascencio was standing under a tree in his front yard on Mobile Home Park Road in Graham when he was struck by lightning at about 7:45 p.m., said Graham police Sgt. P.B. Phillips. Emergency workers performed CPR at the scene, and he was transported to Alamance Regional Medical Center. His condition wasnt immediately known. Less than an hour later, a red oak tree that was about 2-feet wide in diameter fell on a house at 7190 Siler City-Snow Camp Road in Chatham County, which is about two miles south of Alamance County. There were five people inside the house at the time, but they were in the basement, said Silk Hope Fire Department Chief Mark Gaines. Carmella Bennetts daughter was renting the house, and she was on the phone with her mother as the storm moved closer, Bennett said. They heard it coming and went to the basement, Bennett said. She said it was really bad and the noise was terrible. Shortly after, Bennett lost contact with her daughter and couldnt reach her again. She was worried so she made the drive to her daughters house. I knew it had to be bad, Bennett said. I had to make sure they were OK. When she arrived at the house, there were branches all over the yard, and a red oak that was in the back yard was lying on the roof. The trees roots were ripped from the ground. The family escaped out a back door next to the basement. No one was injured. Based on other damage in the area of Siler City-Snow Camp Road, authorities think a tornado touched down. A tree fell on a barn about a mile away. There are tree limbs and power lines down, and they way they are all twisted it looks like it might be a tornado, Gaines said. At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters were waiting for Chatham County Emergency Management to arrive on scene to assess the damage. Gaines said he wasnt sure how they were going to get the tree off the house and until that time, it was impossible to know the extent of the damages. Man dies after lightning strike Comments 0 | Recommend 0 June 16, 2010 3:44 PM Times-News GRAHAM  A 19-year-old man who was struck by lightning on Mobile Park Road in Graham Tuesday night died at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday. Horacio Alejo-Ascencio was standing under a tree in his front yard on Mobile Park Road in Graham at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday when a severe thunderstorm swept through Alamance County. Alejo-Ascencio was struck by lightning. Emergency workers performed CPR on him, and he was then taken by ambulance to Alamance Regional Medical Center. He was later transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he died.
Tue, 06/15/2010 12:00 PM Injured Matt Brady, father 1 of 3  0.0  Forsyth GA 
  loading dirt bikes on truck  N/A  All Terrain Vehicle,Motorcycle,Outside 
Man, two sons hit by lightning Matt Brady and his sons, Riggs, middle left, and Tucker, middle right, were struck by lightning during a June storm. Submitted 1 of 1 View Larger RELATED CONTENT How to help " What: Care in the Community Lacrosse Invitational  Benefiting the Riggs Brady Benefit Trust " Where: Sawnee Mountain Park, 3995 Watson Road " When: Aug. 20-22 " Age groups: Boys U11, U13, U15 (12 team max per age group, four-game minimum)t " Team fee: $350 (all proceeds will be donated to the Riggs Brady benefit trust) " Registration and information: ADVERTISEMENT By Julie Arrington Staff Writer UPDATED Aug. 9, 2010 6 p.m. Matt Brady hopes an upcoming youth lacrosse benefit tournament will raise awareness about lightning safety and CPR. The coach learned first hand just how valuable the life-saving skills can be after his familys harrowing encounter with lightning earlier this summer. Brady, his 14-year-old son Riggs and 11-year-old son Tucker were struck by lightning June 15 off Jot-Em-Down Road in north Forsyth. Brady said its a miracle that Riggs is alive. The teenager suffers from short-term memory loss and other ailments as a result of the strike. He knows he got hit by lightning, Brady said. He knows he got in an accident. I dont think he knows he died. The father of three said he had taken his sons out that day to ride dirt bikes on a track at a friends house. Their fun was cut short when the sky darkened with an approaching storm. Brady said they were struck while loading their bikes onto his pickup and trailer. The truck was parked near trees, for which he was at first grateful because of the shelter they provided from the heavy rain. He said he was on the trailer, Riggs was standing in the truck bed and Tucker was by the passenger side door. It threw me off the side of the trailer, Brady said of the lightning strike. My hands were numb. I couldnt hear anything, my ears were ringing. My legs were completely numb. The shock had knocked all three of them out. When he came to, Brady said he could hear Tucker screaming that he couldnt move his arms or legs. Eventually, the boy was able to move. His brother, however, had not woken up. I looked and he was, he was down and there was nothing, the elder Brady said of Riggs. He told his younger son to get under or inside the truck. Though he still could not feel his arms or legs, Brady crawled on his elbows to the trailer and pulled himself up. Thats when I looked and [Riggs] was gone, Brady said. His hands still numb, Brady placed his mouth on his older sons neck and couldnt feel a pulse. He then dragged Riggs to the end of the truck bed, where he was able to straighten him out and place his hands on the boys chest. Brady laid on top of his own hands and, using the weight of his body, pressed down in an attempt to perform CPR. Now it is downpouring and lightning everywhere, Brady said. So were sitting there, and it is just freaking going off. Im begging and Im pleading with everybody thats holy, Just give me something, give me something. After about 10 or 15 minutes, Bradys friend arrived and called 911. Emergency medical personnel arrived, moved the teen to a nearby garage and tried to revive him for about 15 minutes. Brady said he is not sure if they were able to get a pulse before or after putting his son in an ambulance, but Riggs was dead for about 45 minutes. Doctors at Northside Hospital-Forsyth were able to stabilize the boy, who was later taken to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. He remained hospitalized there for about three weeks. Brady said doctors have told him his efforts saved his sons life. Riggs receives daily physical and occupational therapy treatments and has a tutor. The family hopes the rising ninth-grader will be able to start school this week. Brady, who suffered third-degree burns on his legs and feet, said the whole family is still recovering from the incident. He and Tucker take medication to help them sleep at night. The support his family has received from friends has been overwhelming, Brady said. He hopes the story of their life-changing experience will help others. West Forsyth Youth Lacrosse has organized the Care in the Community Lacrosse Invitational to support the Riggs Brady benefit trust. The three-day event begins Aug. 20. Im using the tournament as a backboard for CPR and lightning safety awareness, Brady said. A lightning detection system will be on site and family CPR sessions will be given during the three-day benefit at Sawnee Mountain Park VideoPhoto Advertisement Forsyth Father Saves Son After Lightning Strike Updated: Thursday, 19 Aug 2010, 6:13 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 19 Aug 2010, 6:13 PM EDT Beth Galvin By: BETH GALVIN/myfoxatlanta FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - What would you do if your child's life lay in your hands? A Forsyth County father was forced to answer that question, after he and his two sons were struck by lightning. Matt Brady hadn't taken a CPR course since college, but he was determined to do something, anything, to save his son. Most people always wonder how they'll react in a crisis. Brady faced that moment when his son Riggs was lying in the bed of a pick-up truck in full cardiac arrest and clinically dead. Brady was the only one there who could save him. It was late afternoon on July 15. "It was like one of those beautiful 100 degree days," Brady said. Brady, a builder and youth lacrosse coach, had promised his boys he'd take them to a motocross track. "My oldest son Riggs had called me throughout the day along with my son Tucker and said, 'We want to ride, we want to ride!' I said, 'OK.'" recalled Brady. The Bradys parked under a nearby tree and 11-year-old Tucker and his brother Riggs climbed on their bikes. "It was sunny coming in and then when everybody rode, we started seeing lightning in the distance," said Tucker Brady. "Then it started rolling in and it was like that fast," said Matt Brady. The Bradys scrambled to load their bikes onto a trailer. Riggs Brady was standing in the bed of the truck, and his brother was by the passenger side door. Matt Brady was on the trailer. "I picked up the ramp and bent over the back of the trailer and as soon as I stood up, it hit," said Matt Brady. Lightning shot down a nearby tree. "It picked me up and it threw me off the trailer and I'm laying on the ground and I can't move my arms and I can't move my legs," said the Forsyth County father. "I just remember getting thrown straight to the ground and I couldn't feel my legs, and it was like static in your ears," said Tucker. "He's like, 'I'm scared!' and he goes, 'Dad, I can't feel my legs!' and I said, 'It's OK, it's OK, just relax, relax,'" recalled Matt Brady. Knowing lightning could hit again, the father told Tucker to crawl under the truck. "All of a sudden, I was getting right near the truck and I yelled, 'Where's Riggs!' said Tucker. Matt Brady crawled to his oldest son with his hands and legs numb from the shock. "I saw Riggs and I saw that he was gone," he said. "I couldn't feel for a pulse, so I put my mouth on his neck and it was cold. And I remember pulling his eyelids back, to see what I could see, and his eyes had rolled, and I knew, I knew what that meant." Riggs was in full cardiac arrest, the lighting had stopped his heart. Fueled by pure adrenaline, Riggs' father started chest compressions and kept trying to revive his son for 10 to 15 minutes until firefighters could get there. "I had no idea that he was gone. So, I was asking my dad, like, 'I don't want to lose him!'" said Tucker. When the firefighters first arrived on the scene, it was still pouring and lightning, so they needed to put Riggs on a backboard and move him to the safety of a nearby garage. In order to do that, they asked his father to stop trying to save his son and let them take over. "He had no pulse and he wasn't breathing, he was in full arrest," said Forsyth County firefighter Jason Kidwell. "I remember them putting him on a wood board, his arm was hanging off and it's like what you see in a movie," said Matt Brady. "After about 300 compressions, we got a pulse back on him. And you could actually see his heart beating through his chest, which was amazing," said Kidwell. Dangling between life and death, Riggs was rushed to Northside Forsyth hospital. "I remember one doctor coming over and he's just like, 'You saved your son's life!' and I said, 'Keep him alive!'" Brady said. Riggs Brady spent the spent the next week in the ICU at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. When Riggs came of out his coma, his short-term memory was gone. "It's been compared to, if you will, a file cabinet getting tipped over, and all his files have fallen out and he's [got to] take his own time, and handle it himself and put his files back in his own thing," said Matt Brady. "It may take a year, it may take six years, it will take however long. And they said, 'You just need to patient, because he's had a lot of trauma.'" Riggs who remembers nothing about the lightning, has recovered better than doctors or his parent could have expected, and he feels lucky, his father kept the blood flow to his brain. "If I didn't have him, I probably would have died," said Riggs of his father. This week, the Bradys went to Forsyth County Fire Station 8 to meet the firefighters who revived Riggs. Each firefighter was awarded a medal with a star symbolizing the life they saved. "He looks wonderful. And it's just amazing that he's up and talking to us," said Kidwell. This weekend, a lacrosse tournament will be held in Riggs' honor, offering not just the sport the Bradys love, but lessons on lightning safety and CPR. Matt Brady says his CPR wasn't perfect, but it was enough, By: BETH GALVIN/myfoxatlanta to bring his son back. "Learn CPR, because you have absolutely no idea when you're going to need it," said Matt Brady. The Care in the Community Lacrosse tournament will be held this weekend in Cumming. The proceeds will go to help the Bradys pay Riggs' huge medical bills. There will also be information about lightning safety and how to perform basic CPR. For more information, go to .
Tue, 06/15/2010 12:00 PM Injured Riggs Brady, son 2 of 3  14.0  Forsyth GA 
  loading dirt bikes on truck    All Terrain Vehicle,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Motorcycle,Outside 

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