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Sat, 07/17/2010 12:00 PM Injured Lynn Knox  0.0  Mooresville NC 
 USA 
  running from car to house  N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Metal,Metal Railing,Outside,Walking,Walking to Vehicle 
Mooresville Woman Struck By Lightning Posted: 8:54 pm EDT July 17, 2010Updated: 9:15 pm EDT July 17, 2010 MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- A Mooresville woman was struck by lightning Saturday walking into her home on Kistler Farm Road. Lynn Knox told Eyewitness News she was running from the car to the front door of her home when she was stuck by a bolt of lightning. There was this big boom as though it was a transformer that had been hit. And I said oh my god the lightning struck a transformer and she said no it struck me. Said Sherly Knox, the victims mother. Knox said she remembered telling her mother the lightning hit her and hitting the floor but not how she had gotten there. Lynn is OK and didnt go to the hospital. Firefighters said the lightning may have hit something else nearby, then ricochet off the metal railings on the front porch. Copyright 2010 by WSOCTV.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Area woman struck by lightning By Greg Argos wcnc.com Posted: Sunday, Jul. 18, 2010 CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands are dealing with the aftermath after powerful storms slammed the Charlotte area Friday and Saturday afternoons. "It was raining, hard, hard, hard," explained Lynn Knox, who experienced the storms in Mooresville. Knox says she was caught in one particularly strong storm Saturday afternoon. "All of a sudden we heard this loud pop," she recalled. That's when Knox says she saw the flash of lightning. "I remember saying it hit me, it hit me!" Knox says she was knocked out, but came to when paramedics arrived. "Did I want to go to the hospital? I told them, 'No!'" Her close call is just the latest incident in a weekend of wicked weather. Friday, at least four homes struck by lightning. Three homes were damaged in Charlotte, and another in Fort Mill. "All I could see was red, and orange, and so I slammed the door back, ran to the front and I called my brother and said 'My house is on fire,'" recalled one woman whose home was damaged by the strikes. Saturday afternoon, more severe storms rolling through the Charlotte area. The latest toppling a tree into a home off of Glenham Drive with two people inside "They are very fortunate it didn't come through," said Charlotte Fire Captain Brian Davenport. Davenport says the tree is stable, but even so, he's not taking any chances. "We are currently trying to find them a place to stay overnight until the tree can be removed for their safety," he explained. Davenport says no one was hurt at the home damaged by the tree, and Knox says she's also very lucky. "I was totally shook up. I never experienced anything like that in my life, and it's only by God's grace and mercy that I'm still here," said Knox. MOORESVILLE, N.C.  A 50-year-old Iredell County woman who was struck by lightning last weekend while trying to fix a storm gutter says she has a new perspective on life. Being the Mrs. Fixit I am, I thought I would come over and just bang it and it will dislodge whatever is in it," Joanna Brewer said. As she was holding onto her garage door's siding, Brewer said a huge flash of lightning appeared. Brewer wasn't knocked down or burned but the jolt still left its mark. "I have nerve damage on my shoulder, my arm, down to my hand, my hip down into my leg," she said. Brewer says she isn't sure where the lightning touched down in her yard but does now the shocking event gave her a new life perspective. "It gives you a total appreciation that you are not in control, and I know, for some reason, I'm totally blessed," she said. Brewer had tests done this week for her heart and brain but she says they found no damage. She'll begin physical therapy next week to help repair nerve damage as a result of the lightning strike.
Fri, 07/16/2010 08:00 PM Injured Simon (son) 2 of 2  9.0  Rindge NH 
 USA 
  holding motorcycle in one hand mom in other  N/A  Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside 
RINDGE, N.H. -- A mother and her son were rushed to the hospital after being shocked by a lightning bolt on Friday. It came all the way from up there, way up, and came all the way down the tree, out this root, across the ground, and the kids and the mother were standing right here, said one man whose family members were struck. The lightning pealed the bark off the tree in a distinct line, and hit the mans 9-year-old grandson and 45-year-old step-daughter who were vacationing from Switzerland. Its sobering, believe me. When you think about it, it could be a hell of a lot worse, said the man. The man heard the explosion and saw a bright flash of light. I jumped, I screamed. I thought somebody was fooling around, and no, I come around the corner and they were lying on the ground, crying, said the man. The child was holding his metal motorcycle in one hand, and his mothers in the other when the lightning struck. The shock from the lightning bolt was so powerful it blew the childs shoe right off his foot. I thought he might have lost his hearing for a minute because he was holding his ears, said the man. The mother and her son were taken to the hospital with minor injuries including blisters and burns, and should be released later in the night. (Copyright (c) 2010 Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Fri, 07/16/2010 08:00 PM Injured mother 1 of 2  0.0  Rindge NH 
 USA 
  walking into house near tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Tree,Walking 
Entertainment NH Chronicle Sports Health Project Economy Food Community Irresistible Get Headlines Sent To Your Email Or Phone Road Trippin Advertise With Us Local Experts All About Pets Automotive Family Dating Jobs Real Estate House & Home Education Travel Champions In Action Grow Your Business SiteWebYellow Pages Hot Topics: Your Storm Photos | Lyme Disease Resources | Storms That Changed NH As Seen On WMUR Homepage > New Hampshire News Lightning Strikes Mom, Son In Rindge Fire Officials: Both Stable, Taken To Hospital For Evaluation POSTED: 7:41 pm EDT July 16, 2010 UPDATED: 11:55 pm EDT July 16, 2010 Email Print Comments RINDGE, N.H. -- A mother and child were struck by lightning in Rindge Friday evening. The two were in the back yard of their Lake Monomonac vacation home on Wellington Road when the lightning strike occurred, police said. Family and friends said the two are visiting from Switzerland and were just walking into their vacation home when the storm moved through. A bolt of lightning hit a tree and then traveled through the ground, striking mother Bonnie Mann and her 8-year-old son, Simon. Family members said the storm was approaching Rindge, but they didn't see any lightning yet. They said the bolt that hit the mother and child was the first one they remember seeing. The family thinks the boy's sneaker was blown off his foot. "It sounded like a firework, a salute going off right behind me," said relative Mark Stratton. "It was that loud. I jumped, and I screamed." He said he came running when he heard it. "I came around the corner with a bag of groceries, and they were all laying down on the ground," he said. Mann's three other children, who were nearby, were not hurt. Rescue workers said the mother had burns on her legs, and she and her son were disoriented but both stable. They were taken to a hospital to be evaluated. Family members said both mother and son should be released from the hospital Friday night or early Saturday. They said they want to thank rescue workers at the Rindge Fire Department and neighbors for jumping into action. Tell Us More: E-mail WMUR your tips and story ideas.
Fri, 07/16/2010 05:30 PM Injured Jerry Hawkins  0.0  Matthews NC 
 USA 
  in kitchen near sink    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance 
by MARK BOONE / NewsChannel 36 E-mail Mark: MBoone@WCNC.COM Posted on July 16, 2010 at 11:37 PM Updated yesterday at 11:37 PM MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Lightning strikes sparked at least two house fires Friday evening and shocked one homeowner as he stood in his kitchen. Jerry Hawkins said he felt a jolt as the current jumped from a sink through his body and down to the floor. "It was just instantaneous," he told NewsChannel 36. "Just one quick spark." Hawkins was not injured. His home, near Margaret Wallace and Sam Newell Roads, did not appear to suffer any damage from the apparent lightning strike shortly before 5:30 p.m. "The smoke detectors went off right when (lightning) cracked, he said. "So we knew it traveled through the wiring." About one mile away, Howard Hornowski said his kitchen light fixture was shattered when lightning struck nearby. "It was just a loud boom," he said. "It could have been worse." A home in the 2400 block of Lasalle Street was damaged by a fire which investigators said was likely sparked by lightning. The homeowner escaped without injury. About two dozen firefighters battled flames for nearly an hours at a home in the Baxter Village neighborhood near Fort Mill. Riverview Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sam Lesslie said it appeared lightning struck a metal gutter and traveled through the wall of a second floor room, sparking the fire. Flames spread to the third floor of the home, causing extensive damage, Lesslie said. One firefighter was treated for symptoms related to heat exhaustion and was expected to recover, he said.
Thu, 07/15/2010 08:00 PM Injured Blake Warner 1 of 2 brothers  0.0  Lake Lewisville Tx 
 USA 
  sitting on rock near lake  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Water 
PROVIDENCE, Texas - Two boys have an amazing story of survival to tell. They were outside Sunday night when storms rolled through the town of Providence near Lake Lewisville. The next thing they know lightning strikes. FOX 4's Emily Lopez tells what happened.
Thu, 07/15/2010 12:00 PM Injured 14 students  0.0  Talcher 
 India 
       
Lightning strikes school, 14 kids hurt TNN, Jul 15, 2010, 10.30pm IST Article Comments Tags:Hospital|injured|Lightning TALCHER: At least 14 students, including 11 girls, were injured when lightning struck Kalamachhuin Upper Primary School in the Colliery police station area on Thursday. Two students were seriously injured. While Asit Kumar Swain of Class III was admitted to the district headquarters hospital at Angul and the other, Subhendu Sahoo of Class V, was sent to Talcher Central Hospital. Sources said the students were inside the classroom when the lightning struck, about 2.10 pm. Hemalata Sethy, the headmistress said: "Suddenly, I heard a bursting sound and later, I found 10-12 students lying on the floor unconsciousness. After I alerted, villagers come to our rescue." After first-aid, 12 students were released from the hospital and the condition of other two critically injured has become normal now, Angul district emergency officer Niroda Kumar Mishra said.
Thu, 07/15/2010 04:00 PM Injured Marianne Donovan  0.0  Peterborough Ontario 
 Canada 
  struck 2X inside    Indirect,Indoors 
PETERBOROUGH, Ont.  She heard the thunderous crash of lightning outside her window, then a blinding flash of light before electricity coursed through her body. Marianne Donovan, who lives on the eighth floor of an apartment building on Talwood Crt., was struck by lightning twice during a storm Tuesday afternoon. I saw a big flash of light and all my hair stood on end, she described. At the time, Donovan was sitting at her dining room table reading an essay and looking out the open balcony door as a thunderstorm rolled in. When the lightning first hit, she could hear the tenants in the penthouse apartment upstairs scream. I heard, oh my God! Did you see that! she said. It must have hit our balconies or something. The flash of light was right in my apartment, right in front of my face. Nothing caught fire and she wasnt seriously hurt, she said. I read on the Internet that the odds of being struck by lightning twice is about one in nine million, she laughed. Geoff Coulson, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said lighting can travel through a building, especially one like Donovans thats high off the ground with a balcony thats fitted with metal. Donovan believed the metal office chair she was sitting in at the time acted as a conductor for the bolt. It all happened so quickly, she said. But I remember it was the loudest boom of thunder Ive ever heard. Coulson said its important to take precautions during a thunderstorm, regardless of where you live, he advised. If theres metal around, theres a chance the charge could travel further, be conducted further, he said. For example, lighting can travel down metal fencing. The rule of thumb to remember in determining the distance of the storm is to count the seconds between the flash and the rumble of thunder, he said. If theres no break between the thunder and flash of lighting, the storm is right on top of you, he said. If youre close enough to hear the thunder, the storm is close enough to be dangerous. About five years ago, an Environment Canada and Health Canada study was released that said about 10 Canadians die each year due to lightning and about 100 to 150 are injured, Coulson said. If you hear thunder, get inside. Find the best shelter and dont stand near an open window, patio or balcony, he said. There is no safe place outside. Do what you need to do to get inside. Donovan consulted with a nurse practitioner yesterday to ensure she sustained no serious health problems as a result of the electric shock. The nurse told her shed continue to feel tingly for a while. I can still feel a little in my leg, but my right arm still has that shaky, trembling feeling inside, she said. Also the back of my shoulders is a little sore and my legs are a little tingly. After being struck by lightning twice, Donovan bought a lottery ticket, thinking she may have some newly found good luck. She didnt win.
Thu, 07/15/2010 08:00 PM Injured girl   14.0  Virgo County In 
 USA 
  standing in water in basement    Basement,In Water,Indirect,Indoors 
Terre Haute (WIBQ)-A 14 year old Vigo County girl was struck by lightning last night while standing in her basement. According to reports, the teenager and her mother were downstairs when lightning hit a nearby transformer. The girl was standing in a little bit of water and the shock traveled to the basement and hit her. She was taken to Union Hospital for treatment and said she felt a tingling in her hands, feet and face.
Thu, 07/15/2010 02:10 PM Injured Ashley Elliott 4 of 4  18.0  Vestaburg Mi  
 USA 
  outside under umbrellas  N/A  Baseball or Softball,Ground Strike,Outside,Umbrella 
Thu, 07/15/2010 02:10 PM Injured Charity Tucker 3 of 4  14.0  Vestaburg Mi  
 USA 
  outside under umbrellas  N/A  Baseball or Softball,Ground Strike,Outside,Umbrella 
OWOSSO (WJRT) -- (07/18/10) -- A Shiawassee County girl struck by lightning last week has been released from the hospital Sunday. Published reports say 14-year-old Charity Tucker, of Owosso, was one of four children hurt Thursday night at a church campground in Montcalm County. Charity's father is a pastor at Owosso Bible Missionary Church and has been posting updates throughout the weekend on the church's Facebook page. A posting Saturday states Charity was discharged from the hospital. Pastor Tucker writes two of the other victims are 'doing well' and have also been released.
Thu, 07/15/2010 02:10 PM Injured Noah Drake 2 of 4  12.0  Vestaburg Mi  
 USA 
  outside under umbrellas    Baseball or Softball,Outside,Umbrella 
Updated: Lightning hospitalizes four Comments 0 | Recommend 0 July 15, 2010 3:58 PM MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3)  Lightning strikes have put four people in the hospital in Montcalm County. Authorities say all four were on a softball diamond at Rock Lake Bible Methodist Church Camp when lightning struck. Montcalm County Deputies say four youths were standing near a baseball field, huddled under umbrellas when they were struck. Officials say all were knocked to the ground and suffered burns and numbness to their extremities. Two of the youths were transported by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Rapids. The other two were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Twelve-year-old Noah Drake and ten-year-old Mahlah Drake were taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. Fourteen-year-old Charity Tucker and 18-year-old Ashley Elliott were flown to a burn unit in Ann Arbor. All four are in stable condition.
Thu, 07/15/2010 02:10 PM Injured 1 of 4   9.0  Vestaburg Mi  
 USA 
  outside under umbrellas  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Umbrella 
Entertainment Participate Community eightWest Local Guides Home : News : Local : Central Mich : VideoPhoto Advertisement 4 struck by lightning, 2 headed to U-M Happened near Bible Methodist Church in Vestaburg Updated: Thursday, 15 Jul 2010, 6:34 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 15 Jul 2010, 3:02 PM EDT VESTABURG, Mich. (WOOD) - Four people ranging in age from 9 to 18 were struck by lightning in a ball field near the Rock Lake Bible Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon. A 12-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister were flown by medical helicopter to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment. The boy is listed in serious condition. The two other victims -- a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old -- originally were taken to local hospitals but now are being flown to the University of Michigan hospital for further treatment. The victims were staying at the Rock Lake Bible Church camp as part of a 10-day religious retreat on church grounds, said John Capshaw, the acting office manager for the church. A baseball game wrapped up as the rain started, but the group of four decided to stay outside. They were huddled under some umbrellas when the lightning hit, according to a news release. All were knocked to the ground and suffered numbness to their extremities, along with burns. All four were responsive when they left the grounds, witnesses said, contrary to previous reports from dispatchers. One of the teenage girls is from Vestaburg and the other three are not from West Michigan. Two ambulances, two rescue units, two police officers and fire personnel responded to the scene around 2:10 p.m., on North Pine Grove Road. The church is located in the 8200 block.
Thu, 07/15/2010 08:00 PM Injured Kurt Warner 2 of 2 brothers  16.0  Lake Lewisville Tx 
 USA 
  sitting on rock near lake  N/A  Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Water 
PROVIDENCE, Texas - Two boys have an amazing story of survival to tell. They were outside Sunday night when storms rolled through the town of Providence near Lake Lewisville. The next thing they know lightning strikes. FOX 4's Emily Lopez tells what happened. K
Wed, 07/14/2010 04:00 PM Injured Ricky Cooper  46.0  Mount Holly NJ 
 USA 
  camping at Rancocas State Park.   N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Tent 
State police are investigating a lightning strike incident that hospitalized two Hainesport men who were allegedly camping illegaly at Rancocas State Park in Burlington County. Ricky Cooper, 46, of Hainesport is listed as critical but stable at Temple University HospitalBurn Center in Philadelphia. Thomas Gardiner, 37, also of Hainesport is listed as being in fair condition at Temple, according to Larry Hajna, state DEP spokesman. The men were injured by lightning during Wednesday afternoon thunderstorms, Hajna said. The were transported from Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly. Camping is not allowed at Rancocas State Park. The 1,252-acre park is located along Rancocas Creek near Mount Holly. HAINESPORT  Two Hainesport men were seriously injured Wednesday after they said they were struck by lightning at Rancocas State Park. Ricky Cooper, 46, and Thomas Gardiner, 37, told police they were camping at the 1,252-acre park when a thunderstorm rolled through the region. Both men were at Temple University Hospital's burn unit Thursday. Cooper was in critical but stable condition and Gardiner was in fair condition. Lawrence Hajna, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection, said the men were camping illegally. But Earlene Gardiner, Thomas' mother, said they were simply enjoying a day in the woods when the incident happened. She said they stopped by her house at about 4 p.m. Wednesday and talked about pitching a tent. "I'm very upset," said Gardiner, who learned Thursday morning her son had been injured. "You never think that's going to happen to you." The men were initially treated at Virtua-Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly before being transferred to Temple, authorities said. State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones said the two told a trooper they were holding a tent pole when the lightning struck and they were knocked out. Jones said it was unclear exactly when the incident happened or how the men were able to make it out of the woods and to the hospital. "It's a mystery to me," Jones said. But Gardiner said her son managed to drive himself and his friend out of the park and head to the home of Cooper's mother, who lives near the park in Hainesport. Cooper's mother drove them to Virtua, Gardiner said. "God knows how long they would have had to wait for help out there," said Earlene Gardiner. Jones said troopers summoned to the hospital at 12:47 a.m. Thursday were told Cooper and Gardiner had been struck by lightning while camping at the park, but a search for their campground yielded nothing. Hajna said New Jersey State Park Police also were unable to locate their campsite. Gardiner, who is wheelchair bound, said she has not seen her son since the incident. Cooper has three children and Thomas Gardiner has four children. Over the past 30 years, an average of 58 lightning fatalities per year have been reported nationwide, but only about 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning are killed, according to Storm Data, a National Weather Service publication. The odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are 1 in 750,000. Reach Lavinia DeCastro at (856) 486-2652 or ldecastro@courierpostonline.com
Wed, 07/14/2010 04:00 PM Injured Thomas Gardiner  37.0  Mount Holly NJ 
 USA 
  camping at Rancocas State Park.   N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Tent 
2 NJ Campers Hospitalized After Lightning Strike TRENTON, N.J. (AP)  Authorities say two men camping in southern New Jersey were injured when lightning struck their tent. The state Department of Environmental Protection said 46-year-old Ricky Cooper of Hainesport was in critical but stable condition on Thursday at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Thirty-seven-year-old Thomas Gardiner, also from Hainesport, was in fair condition. Authorities say Gardiner drove his friend to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly after they were hurt on Wednesday. Their campsite was in Rancocas State Park, where no camping is allowed Two Burlco campers burned severely by lightning Two Burlington County men were in critical condition Thursday after being struck by lightning a day earlier. Ricky Cooper, 46, and Thomas Gardiner, 37, both of Hainesport, told state police that they had been camping at Rancocas State Park in the county when a thunderstorm rolled through. Shortly before 1 a.m., the men drove to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly with severe burns. They were transferred to the Temple University Hospital Burn Center, where they were reported in critical but stable condition. Troopers searched for the men's camping equipment but could not find their campsite, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman. Camping is not permitted in Rancocas State Park, said Lawrence Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. Read more: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local/nj/20100716_Two_Burlco_campers_burned_severely_by_lightning.html#ixzz0twR0XElP Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else
Tue, 07/13/2010 06:00 PM Killed Theresa Seabrum 2 of 2  16.0  Austell Ga 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  CPR,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Lightning Strike Kills Austell Teen Updated: Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010, 8:42 AM EDT Published : Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010, 5:47 PM EDT By: MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A teenage girl is dead and another girl is hurt after the girls stood under a tree that was struck by lightning in Austell Tuesday. Dan Dupree with the Cobb County Fire Department says the girls ages 15 and 16 -- were standing under a tree in front of some apartments. Authorities took the girls to Grady Memorial Hospital where one was pronounced dead. The other was in critical condition Tuesday Powerful storms dropped heavy rain and caused lightening throughout the metro Atlanta region Tuesday afternoon. 14-year-old girl died Wednesday after being struck by lightning more than a week ago in Cobb County, police said. More Atlanta area news » Man indicted in 2001 killing 911 call on Buckhead killing released Fla. loses ruling in water war Former gang members, crime victims create youth safety net Theresa Seabrum, of Jonesboro, died at Grady Memorial Hospital, where she had been hospitalized in critical condition since July 13. Theresa and her 16-year-old cousin, Chaquille Hunter, were walking home from a friend's apartment when they both were struck by lightning as they walked past a tree, Officer Joseph Hernandez with Cobb County police said. Chaquille died shortly after being transported to Grady. Family members told the AJC the girls were always together, and Theresa was spending the summer with Chaquille at her family's apartment near Austell. The girls had planned to visit Six Flags White Water to celebrate a friend's 15th birthday last week. Theresa is the third metro Atlanta teenager killed by lightning in less than a month. On June 29, a 14-year-old Henry County teenager died when he was struck by lightning outside of his home. The best way to avoid being struck by lightning is to avoid being outdoors when it is thundering, according to Cpl. Brandon Gurley with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office. Other tips include: A safe building is one that is fully enclosed. Stay away from showers, sinks, hot tubs, and electronic equipment such as TVs, radios, corded telephones and computers because electrical currents can travel through wires and plumbing Unsafe buildings include those that are open, such car ports, open garages, covered patios, picnic shelters, and baseball dugouts Similarly, safe vehicles are those that are fully enclosed. If you drive into a storm, slow down and use caution or pull over if possible. Stay inside the vehicle until the storm passes. Lightning victims gone but not forgotten by Jon Gillooly jgillooly@mdjonline.com July 23, 2010 12:00 AM | 193 views | 0 | 1 | | Mary Hunter holds a family picture along with a stuffed animal and purple flower from her daughters funeral on Wednesday. She returned to the spot where her daughter, Chaquille Hunter, was struck and killed by a lightning strike which hit a tree, left, that she and her cousin were walking under on July 13. Photo by Laura Moon On Wednesday, Mary Hunter was grieving at the funeral of her only daughter, who had been killed in a lightning strike the week before, when more bad news arrived. Her daughter's cousin, Theresa Seabrum, 15, of Jonesboro, who had been staying with them in Austell for the summer, and who had also been hit in the same lightening strike, died at Grady Memorial Hospital. The girls, who live in the Highland Hills Windwood Apartment Homes by Riverside Primary School, were headed home from a friend's house, where they had gone to borrow a game for their XBox, when they were caught in a rainstorm. The sidewalk that leads to their apartment building passes between a couple of trees, and it was there were the girls were struck. Hunter said her daughter, Chaquille "Tootie" Hunter, 16, was killed instantly, while her cousin, Theresa, was knocked unconscious and taken to Grady. The nickname "Tootie" is a play on her apartment number, which is 2D, Hunter said. "It came through the tree and hit my baby," said Hunter, who was at work when relatives and neighbors called and told her to come home immediately. "What I'm thinking is it must have come out of my baby and hit (Theresa) too, because they was holding arms like this and walking." Hunter said her daughter wanted to join the military, inspired by one of her cousins in Mississippi who is in the Army. "I know she was going to sign up for the service, I think in her 10th grade year. She wanted to do it," Hunter said. "She was always a happy person and always wanted to see people smile, and she always made people laugh, always. No matter how their day was doing, she always put a smile on their face," Hunter said. Both girls loved to dress up. Hunter said her niece reminded her a lot of her daughter. "She liked to keep a smile on people's face too. She liked to be with her and she liked to change clothes a 100 times a day, like they were in a fashion show," Hunter said. Hunter said she's coping with the tragedy through prayer. "That's all I can do is pray. God only calls the best home to start this terrible world over, so I'm blessed that he took my child and my niece, that's a blessing. Why be mad and upset? And my child died with a smile on her face. She had that smile that let me know she was at peace." Hunter said the outpouring from the community has been wonderful, with people coming to her door to ask what she needs. "She was my best friend, my little lifeline, yes, she was like my oxygen that I breathe. I can just hear her saying 'Mama, everything will be all right. God is watching over you,'" Hunter said. Tootie's friend Bobbi Boome, 14, who attends Pebblebrook High, said her late friend was always there for her. "She was somebody to talk to when you needed somebody to talk to," Boome said. Cherokee Tribune/Samantha Wilson Janis Marshall-Kroen of Canton, a member of the Cherokee County Master Gardeners, tastes the 'Mexico Midgets' tomato during the organization's annual tomato taste test at the Cherokee County Senior Services senior center in Canton on Thursday morning. Read more: Cherokee Tribune - Lightning victims gone but not forgotten
Tue, 07/13/2010 06:00 PM Killed Chiquille Hunter 1 of 2  16.0  Austell Ga 
 USA 
  taking shelter under a tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees 
Lightning Strike In Austell Kills One Teen Second Teen Critically Injured In Lightning Strike POSTED: 5:39 pm EDT July 13, 2010 UPDATED: 9:11 am EDT July 14, 2010 AUSTELL, Ga. -- One teenage girl was killed and a second critically injured when they were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m. at The Highlands Apartments off Shenandoah Trail near Austell in Cobb County. Officer Joe Hernandez of the Cobb County Police Department said the two girls were in their homes when a lightning strike knocked out power to their homes. Hernandez said the girls then went outside to take cover under a nearby tree. Lightning struck the tree and traveled to the ground, striking both girls. Emergency workers transported the 16-year-old and 15-year-old girls to Grady Memorial Hospital, where one of them later died. The identities of the two victims were not immediately known.
Tue, 07/13/2010 12:00 AM Injured 18 cops  0.0  Sibonga town Cebu 
 Philippines 
  conducting field training    Outside,Police Officer 
18 cops hurt in Cebu lightning strike By Anthony Vargas Posted on Jul. 13, 2010 at 7:29pm | MANILA, Philippines  Eighteen members of an elite police unit were injured when lightning struck them as they conducted a field training exercise in Barangay Lamacan, Sibonga town, Cebu at noon Tuesday. Reports reaching Camp Crame said five of the 18 members of the Regional Police Special Battalion (RSPB)  Police Officer 2 Marl Molina, Police Officers 1 Aldrin Laurente, Edmund Sumalinog, Wilfred Aparece and Barry Entea  suffered serious burns and are being treated at the South General Hospital in Naga City. (Visited 47 times, 33 visits today) Related Posts:
Tue, 07/13/2010 02:40 PM Injured man birdwatching 1 of 2  73.0  Westhampton NY 
 USA 
  on beach birdwatching  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Publication: The Southampton Press Man rushed to hospital after lightning strike at beach in Westhampton By Will James Jul 13, 10 6:44 PM Recommend Comment Email this article Print this article Get news alerts RSS Feeds Share Digg Mixx Linked In Facebook Twitter Delicious Buzz up! The victim of an apparent lightning strike on the bed of a Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance truck on Tuesday afternoon. Photos by Will James see all images Imagery ©2010 , Map data ©2010 - Terms of Use Map Satellite Hybrid An elderly man was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon after he was injured by lightning at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton, according to witnesses. At about 2:40 p.m., moments after thunderclaps marked the start of a storm, a call went out on emergency frequencies that a man had been struck by lightning at the beach. Bill Jebaily, a witness, said he was clamming on the westernmost part of the ocean beach with four adult friends and their 11 young children when they saw lightning strike a nearby hill. They left their chairs and supplies and began running off the beach, he said. Mr. Jebaily, who has homes in Staten Island and Westhampton Beach, said his 9-year-old son, Alex, then came upon an elderly man lying on the ground on a sandy trail that leads to the shore of Moriches Bay. Mr. Jebaily, who called 911, said the man was conscious. The victim was 73 years old and complained of pains on the left side of his chest, according to another witness, who did not identify himself. Mr. Jebaily said it appeared as though lightning struck somewhere near the man rather than directly hitting his body. The victim was carrying binoculars and a camera, and appeared to be bird watching, witnesses said. When Alex found the victim, there was another elderly man standing with him, although they appeared to not know each other, Mr. Jebaily said. He said neither man was carrying a cell phone. At least four Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance vehicles responded to the scene, as well as West Hampton Dunes Constables and Suffolk County Parks Police. The victim was carried off on the bed of a Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance pickup truck, which got stuck briefly in the sand on the steep trail. Several bystanders, including Mr. Jebaily and his friends, helped push it up to the road as rain came down. Emergency personnel were at the scene within 10 minutes, Mr. Jebaily said.
Tue, 07/13/2010 02:58 PM Injured man   66.0  Clearwater FL 
 USA 
  playing golf  N/A  Golf Course,Outside 
Man struck by lightning at Feather Sound Country Club Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 CLEARWATER -- A man was struck by lightning at a country club in Clearwater. Pinellas County emergency officials reported that a man had been injured after being struck by lightning at the Feather Sound Country Club at 2:58 p.m. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue said the 66-year-old man was playing golf and the lightning struck him while he was standing out on the fairway, which caused him to fall to the ground. Fire officials say he had no burns and he is in good shape, but shaken up a bit. The man has been taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a precaution. He is the 13th person to be hit by lightning this year in Florida. There have been no fatalities from lightning strikes in Florida in 2010. There have been 12 fatalities nationwide from lightning in 2010.
Tue, 07/13/2010 01:30 PM Injured man   0.0  Wausau WI 
 USA 
      Outside 
Back to HomePage Updated: 8:02 PM Jul 14, 2010 Man Reportedly Struck by Lightning in Wausau Witnesses say they believe on person may have been struck by lightning during the storms. Posted: 7:21 PM Jul 14, 2010 Reporter: Diana Normand Story 0 Comments Font Size: Witnesses say they believe on person may have been struck by lightning during the storms. It happened at about 1:30 p.m. on Stewart Avenue. Fire crews say the person was taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. A spokesperson there says someone was injured in the storm, but did not confirm if it was lightning-related. There's no word on the victim's injuries.
Tue, 07/13/2010 12:00 PM Injured man birdwatching 2 of 2  0.0  Westhampton NY 
 USA 
  on beach birdwatching  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning strikes 2 NY birdwatchers; both are OK Associated Press - July 14, 2010 6:15 AM ET WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say two birdwatchers escaped serious injury when they were struck by lightning in a Westhampton park. The men were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for observation on Tuesday afternoon. They had been bird-watching in an isolated area of Cupsogue Beach County Park. Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Mon, 07/12/2010 08:00 PM Injured teen   15.0  West Ashley SC 
 USA 
      Outside 
EMS: Charleston teen not struck by lightning Posted: Jul 13, 2010 3:04 PM Updated: Jul 13, 2010 3:09 PM Live 5 News Headlines Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies at 80 James Island mayoral hopefuls debate without incumbent mayor Local experts discuss BP oil disaster, offshore drilling Behind the scenes: To catch an Internet predator Naval weapons station and Air Force base to merge Man arrested for Charleston sailor's 17-year-old shooting death EMS: Charleston teen not struck by lightning Downtown Charleston deli robbed, cameras capture act 3 women arrested, father still at large in Amber Alert case Charleston expert, patient explain war on PTSD WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County EMS officials Tuesday said a teen reportedly struck by lightning during Monday evening's thunderstorms was not. EMS Director Don Lundy said he examined the teen last night after the incident and found no evidence of a lightning strike. According to Lundy, a lightning strike has a definite entrance and exit wound and the area around the strike is burned. The teen had none of those characteristic marks, he said. Instead, what the teen experienced was likely the effects of a "flash." Lundy said a flash happens when a person is near an electrical current, but not actually hit with it. The proximity to the current can result in anything from tingling to actually knocking a person off his feet, he said. Other Charleston-based news agencies have talked to the teen who says the lightning traveled down the chimney and came in through the fireplace before striking him in the thigh. After the flash, the teen reported having a tingling sensation in his leg. Lundy said there were no burns or damage around the home and the tingling sensation the teen reported is consistent with a flash
Mon, 07/12/2010 12:00 AM Injured man 1 of 2   0.0  Mooresville NC 
 USA 
  standing next to a car  N/A  Church,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Parking Lot 
Man injured when lightning strikes Mooresville church ADVERTISEMENT By Dale Gowing | Mooresville Tribune Published: July 13, 2010 One man was injured Monday when lightning struck a Mooresville church where children were participating in a daycare program. The injured man, doing repair work at Triplett United Methodist Church on Mazeppa Road, was standing next to his vehicle when the lightning struck just after noon. Chief Kelly Robinson of the Shepherds Fire Department said the man was taken to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center but that his injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Robinson said the daycare occupants were evacuated from the building by firefighters, who found smoke inside but no fire. He said the church suffered about $5,000 damage from the lightning strike, including damage to the telephone system. Seventeen firefighters from the Shepherds, Mooresville, Wayside and South Iredell fire departments responded to the incident.
Mon, 07/12/2010 04:00 PM unknown 3 golfers  28.0  Innsbruck  
 Austria 
  playing golf    Golf Course,Outside 
Golfers unharmed as lightning strikes Three Tyrolean golfers were hospitalised after they were hit by lighting yesterday evening (Mon). Seefeld officials said today the pals  28-year-old Nadine Kagelmann, Christoph Traunfellner, 28, and Sascha Wehofer, 28  managed to get to the car park themselves after the incident at the local golf course. The friends told doctors they decided to ignore a dark cloud possibly bringing thunder as the sky was blue and clear above them when the lightning suddenly struck. They did not sustain any noticeable injuries but were hospitalised in Innsbruck after complaining about feeling unwell.
Sun, 07/11/2010 12:00 PM Killed man   63.0  Sheridan WY 
 USA 
  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, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/
Sun, 07/11/2010 12:00 PM Injured Richard Beesley  0.0  Guthrie OK 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 01:40 PM Injured Michal Montanari  20.0  Colorado Springs Co 
 USA 
  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: http://www.gazette.com/articles/firefighters-101423-lightning-hit.html#ixzz0tL1wqZjl 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.
Sat, 07/10/2010 12:05 AM Injured man 2 of 2  0.0  Tucson Az 
 USA 
  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 KOLD.com for updates.
Fri, 07/09/2010 01:30 PM Injured man   64.0  Kearns Ut 
 USA 
  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
Fri, 07/09/2010 04:00 PM Killed boy   12.0  Saurashtra district Gujarat 
 India 
  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.
Thu, 07/08/2010 06:30 PM Injured man   50.0  Washburn Il 
 USA 
  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 local.com 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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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 sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com 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 sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com 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 
 USA 
  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 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Delray Beach FL 
 USA 
      Outside 
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.
Sat, 07/03/2010 08:00 PM Killed 1 dead 1 injured  0.0  Bratislava  
 Slovakia 
  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
Wed, 06/30/2010 12:00 PM unknown bad info  0.0  TX 
 USA 
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 http://tamunews.tamu.edu/. For more information, contact Keith Randall at (979) 845-4644 or keith-randall@tamu.edu. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to tamunews@tamu.edu. Share and Enjoy:
Tue, 06/29/2010 12:00 AM Injured Ceyora Taylor  15.0  Mcdonough Ga 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
    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 08:00 PM Injured Nick Burgess  18.0  Caldwll County NC 
 USA 
  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.
Mon, 06/28/2010 12:00 AM Injured man   0.0  Mulberry AK 
 USA 
      Outside 
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 4029tv.com. All rights reserved. This
Mon, 06/28/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Bluff Hole Park Ar 
 USA 
  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 TellUsMore.com 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 4029tv.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
Fri, 06/25/2010 12:00 PM Killed 86 struck in Boer War  0.0   
 UK 
      Military 
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 Ancestry.co.uk 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 Ancestry.co.uk, 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 08:00 PM Injured girl 2 of 2  15.0  Dickson Ga 
 USA 
    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
Fri, 06/25/2010 04:00 PM Injured Mitzi Bowlby  0.0  Carbondale Il 
 USA 
  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 04:00 PM Injured John Jones  0.0  Dickson Ok 
 USA 
  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: shelby.levins@kxii.com 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
Thu, 06/24/2010 09:31 AM Killed Franklin Weaver  37.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
  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  
 Philippines 
  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.

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