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Thu, 11/18/2010 Injured Boobie Baker  0.0  Darwin  
  on telephone    Indoors,Telephone 
Lightning strikes woman on phone, throws her across room From: Northern Territory News November 18, 2010 7:59AM 1 comment Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Share A WOMAN who answered a telephone call at the height of a massive storm was thrown across the room as lightning struck. Bobbie Baker was at work in her office in Darwin when a heavy storm struck the city. "The phone rang and I thought this is probably pretty stupid, so I held it out and yelled, 'There's a huge bloody storm, call back later," she told the Northern Territory News. "It threw me off the chair and I hit the wall. I couldn't get up. "I feel like someone has pulled my plug out. I haven't got any energy. It was just so big. Just right there. It was just massive." A man in a neighbouring business saw the lightning strike a telecommunications tower and bounced across on to a powerline. Related Coverage Pictures: Spectacular Lightning Storms The Bureau of Meteorology and Telstra both warn against using telephones during thunderstorms because of the danger from lightning strikes.
Wed, 11/17/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead 21 injured  0.0  Kanyakumari district  
3 struck dead by lightning in Kanyakumari, 21 injured Published: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010, 16:12 IST Place: Nagercoil | Agency: PTI Three persons working at a factory were struck dead by lightning and 21 injured in Kanyakumari district after heavy rains lashed the area for the past two days, officials said. The injured have been hospitalised. Tourism minister Suresh Rajan and district collector Rajendra Retnoo visited the injured workers. Later the minister told reporters that adequate compensation would soon be given to the families of those killed. Officials said heavy rains have been lashing Kanyakumari district for the last 24 hours, with 19.8cm recorded till 8am today.
Wed, 11/17/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed 3 injured  0.0  Andhra Pradesh 
      Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Lightning kills three in Andhra Pradesh Published: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010, 18:41 IST Place: Guntur | Agency: PTI Three persons were killed and as many injured when lightning struck them near a village here in Andhra Pradesh today, police said. The incident took place near Palakaluru village. Six persons were sitting under a tree to protect themselves from heavy rain when lightning hit them. Three of them died on the sport, while the others suffered burn injures and taken to the Government General Hospital, they said. The victims were farm workers, police added.
Fri, 11/12/2010 07:15 PM Killed teenage boy playing snooker  16.0  HaMutsha village  
  playing snooker     
Lightning strike kills teenage boy NOV 12, 2010 | CHESTER MAKANA | 18 COMMENTS A TEENAGE boy was struck by lightning and killed on Wednesday evening while playing snooker with his friends in a tuck shop at HaMutsha village outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo. Share The deceased, Allen Mulaudzi, 16, was a grade 9 pupil at Nndamuleleni Secondary School. His two friends suffered minor injuries when the lightning hit the snooker board. This was after heavy rain accompanied by powerful thunderstorms and hail. The storm toppled trees and blew off roofs. Levubu police spokesperson Warrant Officer Solly Mokhola said: "We were called to the scene at about 7.15 and found the victim's body lying on the snooker table," Mokhola said. He said the other boys, who were injured, were taken to Tshilidzini Hospital, where they received treatment. Mokhola said the boy's death had sent shock waves through the community. The incident came three weeks after a powerful thunderstorm had killed more than seven people in the province and left hundreds homeless. An inquest docket has been opened and police are investigating, Mokhola said.
Fri, 11/12/2010 12:00 PM Injured 4 injured  0.0  Baidabettu Kokkarne 
Lightning Strikes a House in Kokkarne, Four Injured News & Pics: Suvarna Brahmavar Daijiworld Media Network  Udupi (RD/RX) Udupi, Nov 12: A house was extensively damaged in the lightning and torrential rain at Kokkarne, near here on Thursday November 11. The lightning bolt destroyed the house of Lacchu Marakala, a resident of Baidabettu in Kokkarne. It also injured him and his family including his daughters Jayanti and Srusti and his son Satvik who are recovering in a hospital. The lightning has broken the roof of the house, destroying the electrical accessories and metre.
Wed, 11/03/2010 12:00 AM Killed woman   78.0  Elliotdale Eastern Cape 
 South Africa 
  in a rondavel    Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning kills woman (78) Wed, 03 Nov 2010 2:58 A woman died on Wednesday morning after she was struck by lightning in Elliotdale, Eastern Cape police said. "The 78-year-old woman was sitting with her 49-year-old son in their rondavel when lightning struck and killed her," Lieutenant-Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said. Her son was not hurt. "There was a big storm in the area. It was cloudy and still raining in the early afternoon," Fatyela said.
Wed, 10/27/2010 12:00 PM Killed farmer  76.0  Ayalur village Erode 
      Burnt to death 
Farmer, 2 bulls struck dead by lightning PTI | 01:10 PM,Oct 27,2010 Erode, Oct 27 (PTI): Lightning struck dead a 76-year-old farmer and charred to death his two bulls at Ayalur village near here, officials said. Officials said heavy rain, accompanied by lightning and thunder lashed Gobichettipalayam area. They said Erode district received scattered rainfall.Elandaikuttaimedu received 76 MM, Arachalure 26 MM, Gobichettipalayam,Bhavanisagar and Muthur 16 MM each and Erode 14 mm, they said.
Tue, 10/26/2010 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Welkom  
 South Africa 
  hunting on a vehicle    Outside 
GALLERY: Rhino capture and relocation Black rhinoceroses are being captured and relocated in South Africa in an effort to expand the populations of the critically endangered creatures. Unforgivable if Shrien involved - Anni's sister Anni Dewani's sister says it will be an "unforgivable" crime if her new British husband, Shrien, was found guilty of arranging her murder. News Opinion Business Sport Lifestyle Games Multimedia Special Reports MyNews24 Newspapers Jobs South Africa | World | Africa | Entertainment | Science & Technology Lightning strikes rifle, man in ICU 2010-10-26 08:15 Related Links Lightning kills Pta woman Girl killed by lightning Lightning kills man during storm Limpopo hailstorms cause damage 3 killed during KZN storm Weather Looking at topics such as - the weather Wind, cloud, tornadoes, twisters and more. Was R201.95 Now R171.66 BUY NOW Marisa Phillips, Volksblad Welkom - A man from Pretoria is in the intensive care unit at Welkom Medi-Clinic after being struck by lightning on a game farm outside the city over the weekend. Andries Wolmarans and his friends were on the back of a bakkie on Saturday when the weapon he was holding was presumably struck by lightning. Theunis Nel, an attorney who sat next to Wolmarans on the back of the bakkie, says everything happened very quickly. "I heard one helluva crash. At first I thought the weapon had gone off. I felt a strange feeling going through my body. Bleeding from ears "For a few seconds I had no idea what was going on, but I came to my senses when I heard someone yelling at Andries. Nel says Wolmarans was still on the back of the bakkie, but it looked like he was shaking from the shock. Then blood started running out of his ears. The bakkie didn't work after the lightning strike. They phoned the owner of the farm for help and rushed Wolmarans to the hospital. Wolmarans was still in the intensive care unit on Monday afternoon, where he was treated for bleeding on the brain, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and burst eardrums, among other things. He also has burn wounds on his body. His wife, Elmien, says hes feeling better and was able to eat and speak on Monday, but cant hear. He cant remember what happened either. Clothes shredded Nel says the doctors explained that someone who is struck by lightning is treated just like someone whos had a heart attack. It appears that the lightning hit his rifle, since there are burn marks on both the scope and rifle. "Andriess clothes were shredded. The cap he was wearing was picked up next to the bakkie in three or four pieces. It was a horrible sound. According to Nel, some say the fact that they were sitting on the bakkie saved their lives because the bakkies rubber tyres acted as a conductor. That might be the truth, I dont know. It was one helluva crash.
Mon, 10/25/2010 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed  0.0   
 South Africa 
flashes - November 25, 2010 November 25, 2010 Edition 2 Lightning-hit tip after five struck dead Lightning strikes have killed five people in 72 hours, ER24 said yesterday. "If the person is unconscious and not breathing, start CPR, and an emergency call-taker at the ER24 084- dispatch centre will talk you through the steps if you don't know how to do CPR," spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said. When lightning was present, people should stay indoors with windows and doors shut, and electronic equipment should be unplugged. People caught outside in an open space during a lightning storm should lie or crouch on the ground. "Do not stand under canopies, porches, picnic shelters or trees, and any body of water should be avoided, as water is a good conductor of electricity," she said. - Sapa
Mon, 10/25/2010 12:00 PM Killed woman  5.0  Pretoria  
 South Africa 
Weekend storms kill 5 Oct 25, 2010 11:55 PM | By NIVASHNI NAIR Five people died during storms at the weekend. Share A 50-year-old woman was found dead under a tree in Eersterus, north of Pretoria, after being struck by lightning on Sunday. In Limpopo, a three-year-old girl was killed when a wall of her Vleifontein home collapsed on her during a storm, Sapa reported. Police spokesman Portia Maleka said the woman was "walking along with her two children" when she was struck by lightning. The children were not injured. In northern KwaZulu-Natal, an 84-year-old woman and two 30-year-old men were killed on Saturday by what locals described as a "tornado". Vryheid mayor George Dlamini said yesterday that the woman died when a wall collapsed on her and the two men were crushed to death when a shop's roof caved in. The AbaQulusi municipality, which administers Vryheid, has been plagued by flash floods and deadly winds. The municipality has delivered tents to homeless families and is now "working on a plan for food", but it might be hindered by more thunderstorms predicted for this week. SA Weather forecaster Wisani Maluleke warned that thunderstorms are expected to start again tomorrow. -
Sun, 10/24/2010 10:30 PM Injured Warren Mullins 1 of 2  41.0  Littleville AL 
  at TVA fossil plant  N/A  Boat,Near Water,On Water,Outside,Water,Work 
Shoals man struck by lightning Posted: Oct 25, 2010 1:21 AM Updated: Oct 25, 2010 1:40 AM Click image to enlarge COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF)- Officials tell WAFF 48 News a man has died after being struck by lightning. It happened late Sunday night at the TVA fossil plant near Littleville. EMA officials say the person was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other details have been released at this time Two Men Hit By Lightning In Colbert County One is in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital, the other was treated for minor injuries at a Shoals-area hospital and released 26 Share 0 digg Topics Health Hospitals and Clinics Huntsville See more topics » Claire Aiello Web Content Manager 1:08 p.m. CDT, October 25, 2010 E-mailPrint Share Text Size COLBERT COUNTY, AL  A man is in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital after being struck by lightning. He and another co-worker were hit last night in Colbert County. The two men were working outside at the Colbert Steam Plant, pulling a group of empty coal barges together. Light rain was reported, but no lightning. However, both men were struck. Sign up for news & weather email alerts from WHNT NEWS 19! The second man was taken to a Shoals-area hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Both men work for Ingram Barge, which is headquartered in Nashville. The man who is in Huntsville Hospital is 41-year-old Warren Mullens. He lives in eastern Kentucky.
Sun, 10/24/2010 10:30 PM Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Colbert County AL 
    N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water,Work 
Back to News Posted: 2:54 PM Oct 27, 2010 Barge Worker Struck by Lightning Warren Mullens, 41, of Boyd County is in critical condition in a Huntsville Alabama hospital. Reporter: WSAZ News Staff Email Address: Story 10 Comments Font Size: COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WSAZ) -- A barge worker from Boyd County, Ky. remains in critical condition after being struck by lightning. Various media reports out of Alabama say that Warren Mullens, 41, and another man were helping assemble coal barges at a power plant near Barton, Al. Sunday night when they were struck. ADVERTISEMENT The reports say emergency personnel were not able to treat Mullens until 40 minutes after he was injured. That was time it took the towboat to reach the dock. One local fire chief says the lightning struck without warning Wednesday morning, a Huntsville Hospital spokesperson told that Mullens is in critical condition in the hospitals cardiac care unit. The other man was treated and released. Both men work for the Ingram Barge Company. Mullens was a senior deckhand on the towboat M.V. Clarence Frame
Fri, 10/22/2010 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed 13 injured  0.0  Jammu 
2 killed, another injured in lightning in JK PTI | 03:10 PM,Oct 22,2010 Jammu, Oct 22 (PTI) A girl was among two persons who were killed and another was injured when lightning struck at two places in Ramban and Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.37-year-old Rattan Singh was killed when lightning hit him in Panchari area in Udhampur district this afternoon, officials said.In another incident, lightning struck a house in Alfar belt of Gool tehsil in Ramban district early today killing 20-year-old Gulzar Bano, they said, adding the house was also partially damaged in the incident.In another incident, Gulam Nabi of Purliya village in Kalakote tehsil of Rajouri district was injured last night when lightning struck him, they said.Three transformers of Power Development Department were also damaged in lightning following which electric supply was snapped in various areas of Jammu district. « PreviousNext »
Thu, 10/21/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 women  0.0  Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh 
Three women die in lightning in Andhra Pradesh PTI | 10:10 PM,Oct 21,2010 Hyderabad, Oct 21 (PTI) Three women died when lightning struck them at an agricultural field in Andhra Pradesh's Nizamabad district this evening, police said. The incident occurred at around 4.30 pm when the three victims identified as G Godavari (38), G Bhaghyashree (18) and G Gangamai (28) were working in their agricultural field in Madnoor village, they said. "The trio died on the spot in the incident while another suffered injuries. The bodies were sent to a hospital for autopsy," a police officer told PTI over the phone, adding it was raining heavily in the region when the incident occurred.PTI VVK
Wed, 10/20/2010 12:00 AM Killed 2 killed 13 injured  0.0  Uttar Pradesh 
2 killed, 13 injured after being struck by lightning Press Trust Of India Lucknow, October 20, 2010First Published: 13:09 IST(20/10/2010) Last Updated: 13:13 IST(20/10/2010) share more... 0 Comments email print Two persons were killed and 13 others injured after being struck by lightning in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, police said here on Wednesday. Krishna (18) died in Dhaneshwar village in Dhobiamau area of Pratapgarh district after being struck by lightning, they said, adding that nine persons were injured in a similar incident in Kithawar Bazar. In Jaunpur district, Usha Devi (50) died and four others were injured after lightning struck them in Sengamau area, deputy Superintendent of Police R D Chaurasiya said
Wed, 10/20/2010 05:23 PM Killed John Yerima  0.0   
Nigeria: Lightning Kills Man in Kwali Abubakar Sadiq Isah 20 October 2010 Email| Print| Comment Share: Residents of Sheda community in Kwali Area Council were last Thursday thrown in to pandemonium when a 20-year-old man, John Yerima, was killed by lightning. A witness, Emeka Kabaku, said the incident happened around 5:23 pm when the thunder struck during a light rain after the deceased left home to weed his Cassava farm located few metres from his home. According to the witness, the deceased left home with three neighbours to farm but failed to return on time. "After the family members waited and did not see him, we now mobilised ourselves that evening to search for him and his body was discovered in the farm with his short knickers torn," the witness said. He explained that when the deceased was found dead, the search team returned home to inform his father, who then joined them to carry his corpse and he was buried on Saturday morning. Our reporter learnt that the thunder strike also pulled down some trees and buildings at the village, as electric appliances were also destroyed. When contacted, the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Malam Usman Umar, said the incident was not reported to the station and so was not aware of it. Relevant Links West Africa Nigeria Climate Environment Sustainable Development Meanwhile, the Kwali Council's chairman, Mr. Joseph K. Shazin, yesterday expressed shock and sadness over the death of the 20-year-old John Yerima. The council boss, who was speaking when he led members of his cabinet on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased, urged the family to bear the loss in good faith. He described the late Yerima John as a hardworking and committed member of ANPP who campaigned vigorously for him during the last council elections. The chairman assured the family of the deceased that his administration would continue to assist them and prayed for the soul of the deceased.
Fri, 10/15/2010 12:00 PM Killed injured while they canvassed for votes  0.0  Kyauk Pru  
  in a boat     Boat,Outside 
Kyauk Pru: Candidates in Kyauk Pru Township from the military-regime's proxy party, the USDP, narrowly escaped death when they were struck by lightning, but have been hospitalized with serious injuries, report local residents who witnessed the incident. They were struck by lightning as they were traveling in a machine boat to a rural area of Kyauk Pru Township to canvass for votes on 8 October, 2010. Local sources said U Wai Kiang, a USDP candidate in Kyauk Pru for the people's parliament, and two party organizers - U Tun Htwee and U Kyaw Shwe Lwin - were injured in the lightning strike that occurred after they had traveled to many villages to canvass for votes. The villages they had already visited include Lan Pyuk, Pu Sein Pyauk, Wra Thit Kay, Pwe Phyr, and Chaung Pyr. A teacher from Kyauk Pru said, "The incident took place at 10:30 am when they arrived at the mouth of Mingan Creek in a machine boat after they had canvassed for votes in some villages. Three leaders were hospitalized at Kyauk Pru hospital with injuries, and some of them lost consciousness." U Kyaw Swe Lwin is in the most serious condition due to suffering a head injury. "The news is now prevailing among the local residents and people were happy when they heard of the event because the candidates were from the USDP. Some people were joking that god was punishing them with the lightning because they are stupid people," the teacher said. Some foreign-based Burmese radio programs aired news of the lightning strike and many audiences applauded when they heard it, a source said. According to local sources, there were a number of lightning strikes across Arakan last week when a minor tropical storm passed through and brought heavy rain. A farmer from Set Tha Wra Village in Mrauk U Township was killed after being struck by lightning while he was tending his cattle in a field near his village. Three women from the same village were also
Tue, 10/12/2010 04:30 PM Injured 1 of 2 boys  0.0  Center Point AL 
  near strike    Ground Strike,Outside 
Two kids struck by lightning in Center Point Posted: Oct 12, 2010 6:11 PM Updated: Oct 12, 2010 6:14 PM CENTER POINT, AL (WBRC) - Two children were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon during a thunderstorm in the eastern portion of Jefferson County. Paramedics were called to Tammera Trail at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of two children struck by lightning. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said two boys were in close vicinity of a lightning strike. They were transported to Children's Hospital. Their condition was not immediately known. A strong thunderstorm was moving through the area at the time of the lightning strike. No word on damage.
Tue, 10/12/2010 04:30 PM Injured 2 of 2 boys  0.0  Center Point AL 
  near strike    Ground Strike,Outside 
wo kids struck by lightning in Center Point Posted: Oct 12, 2010 6:11 PM Updated: Oct 12, 2010 6:14 PM CENTER POINT, AL (WBRC) - Two children were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon during a thunderstorm in the eastern portion of Jefferson County. Paramedics were called to Tammera Trail at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of two children struck by lightning. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said two boys were in close vicinity of a lightning strike. They were transported to Children's Hospital. Their condition was not immediately known. A strong thunderstorm was moving through the area at the time of the lightning strike. No word on damage. Copyright 2010 WBRC. All rights reserved. 4 votes
Mon, 10/11/2010 09:25 PM Injured man   0.0  Lake Ronkonkooma NY 
lightning in Lake Ronkonkoma October 11, 2010 By BILL MASON AND ZACHARY R. DOWDY.,, A man was struck by lightning Monday night in Lake Ronkonkoma, police said, during a dangerous thunderstorm that moved through the area rapidly and dumped hail in some parts of Nassau and New York City. Suffolk police said the lightning strike was on Decatur Lane in Lake Ronkonkoma at about 9:25 p.m. Nesconset Fire Department officials confirmed they brought the man to Stony Brook University...
Mon, 10/11/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead 8 injured  0.0  Buhweju district 
Lightning kills three in Buhweju Monday, 11th October, 2010 E-mail article Print article THREE people died on the spot, while eight sustained injuries after they were struck by lightning on Sunday afternoon. The Rwengwe sub-county LC5 NRM councillor, Rogers Bishanga, said the lightning struck homes in Nyakishojwa village and a trading centre, commonly known as Masaka, in Nyakishojwa, Buhweju district. He said the injured were rushed to Nsika health centre. The dead were Jolly Keishanyu, Bernard Tumusiime Katiti and Irene Monday.
Mon, 10/11/2010 09:30 PM Injured Philip Colacioppo  33.0  Lake Grove NY 
  walking to vehicle  N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Outside,Walking,Walking to Vehicle 
OTO: Lightning Strikes Twice For Lake Grove Man October 12, 2010 5:51 PM Print Share 6 Photo of Philip Colacioppo/Mona Rivera NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2/WCBS 880)  A Long Island man was struck by lightning in Lake Grove Monday night, and he says its not the first time. Ferning shown on Colacioppo's back/Photo credit: Janine Colacioppo Well, sort of. Philip Colacioppo was struck around 9:30 p.m. at his home on Decatur Lane in Lake Grove. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, and was released Tuesday morning. Colacioppo told 1010 WINS reporter Mona Rivera that his den was hit by lightning in June. The incident happened during the intense storm that pounded the Tri-State Area with heavy rain and hail. The 33-year-old internet marketer and married father of two said he was jolted a couple of feet and hit his driveway. Colacioppo told WCBS 8802s Sophia Hall he managed to stumble into the house and that is when he felt a burning on his back. LISTEN: WCBS 8802s Sophia Hall talks with the lightning strike victim LISTEN: 1010 WINS Mona Rivera with a description of the lightning strike from the victim I just felt something smack me in the back  really hard. It stung, it burned, it almost felt like pieces of glass shattering into my back, Colacioppo told CBS 22s John Slattery. Colacioppo sustained a mark that doctors call ferning, on his back. Ferning appears when a person is struck by lightning. The mans wife said she is just grateful her husband is alive. I feel very fortunate and very thankful to God that my husband is here, Janine Colacioppo said. Perhaps its time to consider moving? Shocking Story of a Long Island Man Struck by Lightning By GREG CERGOL Updated 6:38 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 13, 2010 BUZZ UP! 8retweet 0digg Bill Stonehouse "It was frightening, it was frightening -- I really thought I was gonna die," said Phil Colacioppo. Its a story Phil Colacioppo is glad hes here to tell. The story of how, right in his Lake Grove driveway, the 33-year-old was struck by a bolt of lightning "The sound rocked the house," said his wife, Janine. "It was a huge boom!" She was with their two daughters -- the family just back from a trip to Great Adventure. Phil and Janine Colacioppo outside of their Lake... Picture of Phil Colacioppo's upper back where the... All Hail Breaks Loose: Region Hit With Rocky Storm And with a lightning storm delaying the Jets game on TV, Colacioppo decided to unload the family minivan. That's when he got the shock of his life. "I felt just this violent blow to my back," he said. Colacioppo was thrown face first onto the ground, feeling a current rushing through his body -- but he never lost consciousness. "Within a couple of seconds, I was able to get myself up and the more I moved around I realized, Im alive... I think Im okay," said Colacioppo. In fact, other than this fern like mark on his shoulder Colacioppo is fine. He was treated and released from Stony Brook University Hospital. Colacioppo had taken off his wedding ring and watch and left behind his wallet just before the lightning strike and doctors say that may have helped save him. Amazingly, the National Weather Service reports that only 10% of those struck by lightning are killed. But the odds of being hit in any given year are about 1 in three quarters of a million "Really makes you appreciate life and realize how quickly things can change," said Janine Colacioppo. A lesson Colacioppo will remember every time he looks at his little girls "A miracle from God th
Fri, 10/08/2010 07:00 PM unknown Shelly Miller  0.0  North Platte NE 
  at concession stand at football game  N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,School,Sports Field 
Lightning strike injures NP woman By Heather Johnson | Sunday, October 10, 2010 4:12 AM CDT Comment | Rate it | Print it! | Email it Adjust story text size: The North Platte Telegraph Friday evening's thunderstorms brought much needed rain to the area, but the lightning caused significant problems. It interrupted a number of football games throughout Lincoln County and is blamed for injuries in Maxwell. Mark Miller of North Platte was the announcer for the Maxwell High School football game. As the storm rolled in, he made an announcement over the loudspeaker that the game would be delayed. He and athletic director Aub Boucher had to tell people to take shelter, because some continued to sit on the bleachers and play football on the field. After that, Miller went to the announcer's stand to wait out the rain. "There was a downpour for a couple of minutes, and then it just quit," said Miller. "All of a sudden there was one heck of a bolt of lightning and a bright flash. I thought it hit the announcer's booth. Some people thought it hit trees, or the tennis court poles. No one's really sure where it struck, all we know is that it did." Shortly thereafter, Miller got a phone call that his wife, Shelly, who was in charge of the concession stand, needed him. Shelly had been knocked forward into a table by the strike. Another man in the building helped her sit down. "My first thought was that she must have been touching something electrical at the time," said Mark. "There's two pop coolers, a popcorn popper and hot plates in there. But, she doesn't think she was. She told me it felt like someone had punched her right between the shoulder blades, and then the electricity ran through her whole body and her left arm went numb." She was transported by ambulance to Great Plains Regional Medical Center, and Mark said she vomited and dry-heaved the entire trip. Once at the hospital, physicians ran a series of neurological tests and checked to make sure her organs were functioning properly, which they were. Mark said Shelly was complaining Saturday morning that her jaw hurt and so did the area on her right leg between her calf muscle and her ankle. "We got off lucky," said Mark. "It kind of opened our eyes to the fact that such a thing can happen." Several other people had been in the concession stand with Shelly, but she was the only one injured. Bob Norton and Maxwell coach Ryan Jones were about 10 yards away from the building when the lightning hit. "He was knocked to the ground, and both of us had ringing ears," said Norton. "You never think that's something that could happen to you. After Shelly got injured, people started taking the storm seriously and heading for cover. It's unfortunate that someone had to get hurt for everyone to realize how dangerous it was." North Platte National Weather Service meteorologist Chauncy Schultz said anyone who is a high point in an area is at risk for being struck by lightning. That includes fans sitting on bleachers or golfers swinging metal clubs. People in water are also more susceptible to being struck. "I think a lot of times lightning isn't considered to be as big of a threat as a tornado or hail," said Schultz. "But every year in the U.S., an average of 90 people are killed and 300 are wounded by lightning. All it takes is one bolt to kill someone." Schultz said May through August are the prime months for thunderstorms, however, they're not uncommon in October. Schultz said the chance for storms will continue throughout the weekend, but they'll consist mostly of rain and not lightning. Click on this story at to post your comments, or e-mail
Tue, 10/05/2010 03:05 PM Injured Dane Zdunich 1 of 2  17.0  St. George UT 
  in parking lot near tree  N/A  CPR,Critical,During the storm,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Parking Lot,Raining,School,Tree,Wet 
2 Santa Clara teens critically injured in lightning strike October 5th, 2010 @ 6:40pm By Nkoyo Iyamba (Photo credit: Samantha Clemens/The Spectrum) The teens were standing next to this tree when they were struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon. (Photo credit: Samantha Clemens/The Spectrum) SANTA CLARA -- Two students at Snow Canyon High School in Santa Clara have been injured in a lightning strike. St. George police say just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, two 17-year-old boys were outside the school when a sudden lightning storm came up. "It was totally overcast, and rain was pouring down, and lightning was striking all around, when apparently lightning struck two 17-year-old boys that were located on the north side of Snow Canyon High School near a tree," says St. George Police Officer Craig Harding. School employees rushed the boys inside and immediately began CPR. Both were transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition. St. George police Sgt. Craig Harding says from there the boys were transported via medical helicopter to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where they will be treated in the burn unit. A spokesman from the Washington County School District has identified the teens as Alex Lambsen and Christopher Dane Zdunich. Stay with, KSL-TV and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM for the latest information on this developing story. E-mail:
Tue, 10/05/2010 12:00 PM Killed 28 dead 27 injured  0.0  Vidarbha 
NAGPUR: Twenty-eight persons were killed and 27 received serious burn injuries as lightning struck and rains lashed various parts of Vidarbha on Monday. Buldhana and Yavatmal districts reported the highest number of deaths, officials at the Nagpur divisional control room, said. According to officials, six persons were killed in Buldhana, Yavatmal - 5, Murtijapur (Akola) and Washim - 4, Risod (Washim) - 3, Bhiwapur (Nagpur) and Amravati - 2 and one death was reported each from Hingna, and Lakhandur (Bhandara). Most of the victims were farm labourers and were either working in the farms or returning after work. In Murtijapur, lightning struck four people including a teenaged girl at farms in Ambhora and Gorkhedi. The deceased have been identified as Ganesh Godse (42), Shankar Godse (40), Priyanka Godse (14), Shyam Gawande. Sixteen injuried labourers were admitted to Akola general hospital. Read more: Lightning strikes kill 28 in region - The Times of India
Tue, 10/05/2010 12:00 PM Killed 1/4 global fatalities  0.0   
angladesh records one-fourth of global deaths due to thunder strike BSS, Dhaka Bangladesh recorded one-fourth of the total global fatality due to thunderbolt in last one year, as it claimed lives of over 100 people, mostly women and children. According to US National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), total global annual deaths due to thunder strike is around 400. However, local administration sources said thunderbolts in Bangladesh claimed lives of at least 102 persons in one year till date and injuring many others, while many incidents remained unreported. In the eight districts of northern Rangpur Division, at least 48 persons were killed and 35 suffered serious burn injuries while 42 persons died in three hill districts and nine in Khulna division during the period. The worst incident of lightning happened in Chapainawabganj in May this year when a total of nine including six children died in a single day as they were struck by lightning during nor'wester. "Many of the victims are farmers, who met their tragic end at the time of cultivation in the field and a large number of them are women and children, who died when thunderbolt struck their homes made off thatches and bamboo," said Police Super of Khagrachhari hill district, where 18 persons died in thunderbolts this year. He, however, said the deaths may be more as officially they do not keep record of deaths in thunderbolt separately. Sources said more deaths might be added to the list of thunder strikes deaths if scrutinized meticulously. "Police record such a killing as unnatural death when anybody brings it to our notice," he said adding most of such death cases remain unreported. Thunder is always associated with lightning and thunder is the shockwave created by super heated air in the lightning channel. According to Climate Change Connection (CCC), a hub for information about climate change in Canada, thunderstorms and their destructive winds are likely to become more frequent and severe due to climate change. "Longer and hotter summers generate warmer surface temperatures, causing the air to become more buoyant, and the air, laden with moisture from increased evaporation, rises into the atmosphere more rapidly and more often causing lighting," it said. According to the US National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI), there are about 15-20 million lightning strikes per year in the USA and more than three million lightning flashes worldwide per day. Florida has the most strikes with about 12 per square kilometer in some places. The risk of being killed by lightning is 1:28,500 per exposed individual, according to the NLSI. Lightning heat exceeds 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit or three times hotter than the surface of the sun. The worst tragic incident of lightning happened in Africa in the fall 1998 when an entire football team of 11 players were killed by a lightning strike. The high fatality of women and children in Bangladesh due to lightning shows lack of safety in dwelling houses and working places particularly in rural areas, district administration officials said. Although there is no universal lightning risk management code, the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in its new guideline recommended 30 seconds to take shelter as soon as one notices lightning flash, saying a thunder takes five seconds to travel one mile. Additional risk management includes the use of conventional lightning rods and overhead shield wires and mast systems. Local sources also termed the plantation of trees particularly the variety of green coconut in and around homestead as one of the remedy to be saved from lightning. The NCAR said, lightning could strike through telephones, except for the cellular variety. One should avoid taking showers or standing by windows, screen, or doorway. To protect household appliances, one should unplug them before storms and get away from isolated trees, metal fences, wire clotheslines, and avoid standing in an exposed area or near water. The safest form of traveling in vehicle during thunderbolt is keeping the windows fully closed, NCAR said adding severe thunderstorms generally strike at day time, in the warmer months and late evening.
Tue, 10/05/2010 03:05 PM Injured Alex Lambson 2 of 2   17.0  St. George UT 
  in parking lot near tree  N/A  Burnt,CPR,Critical,Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Raining,School,Taking Shelter,Tree,Under Trees,Wet 
2 Utah students struck by lightning The two teens are in critical condition news services updated 2 hours 0 minutes ago Share Print Font: ST. GEORGE, Utah  Two students at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, Utah, have been injured in a lightning strike, according to Police told that the students were struck outside the high school just after 3 p.m. Both have been transported to the hospital where the Deseret News was reporting they were in critical condition. The two boys, identified as Alex Lambsen and Dane Zdunich, were to be flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for further treatment. St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding told the Deseret News that both boys fell to the ground after the strike. A principal, two vice principals and a resource officer from another school, carried the boys inside the building and began CPR, Harding told the Deseret News. ST. GEORGE, Utah - Two St. George teenage boys are in critical condition after a lightning bolt hit a tree they were standing under at about 2:55 p.m. today. Washington County School District Spokesman, Marshall Topham says the boys, one a senior, the other a junior at Snow Canyon High, were walking home from school when they took shelter from a downpour under a pine tree about 10 feet from the school. Lightning hit the tree, which shocked the teens severely enough to knock them both unconscious, according to Topham. Topham says that several witnesses saw the lightning strike. The boys received immediate aid after the incident. Get It Now: FOX 13 News E-mail Newsletters and Text Message Alerts | Mobile Web Site and Smartphone Apps | Twitter and Facebook A school resource officer and other staff administered CPR until paramedics arrived and took the boys to the hospital. The boys were airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas to receive care at the hospital's burn unit. As of 5 p.m. they are both considered to be in extremely critical condition. Teens struck by lightning on road to recovery; one sent home Published: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 12:31 a.m. MDT By Wendy Leonard, Deseret News 2 comments E-MAIL | PRINT | FONT + - Page:12Next > LAS VEGAS  Alex Lambson believes he's still waiting for his stepbrother to pick him up from school. It is a piece of information that is more than a week old, but it is a thought no one believed the 17-year-old would be having after surviving a lightning strike last week. Alex, at 6-foot-2, is much taller and bigger than the other children being treated in the pediatric burn unit at Las Vegas' University Medical Center and his parents say that just like any child, he's reluctant to want to stay in the hospital much longer. But because a large part of his body was burned by the lightning, the teen still requires various skin graft surgeries and has yet to move his left side, according to his mother, Kaleen Talley, who spoke to media during a press conference at the hospital Tuesday afternoon. From the archive Lightning victim grateful for life  Oct. 13, 2010 Utah lightning strike victims' condition upgraded  Oct. 9, 2010 Friends hit by lightning making good progress, family members say  Oct. 6, 2010 3 tornadoes tear across northern Arizona, damage homes  Oct. 6, 2010 2 high school students struck by lightning identified, flown to Las Vegas hospital in critical condition  Oct. 5, 2010 On Oct. 5, Alex and his friend, 16-year-old Christopher "Dane" Zdunich, were struck by lightning as they waited by a tree near Snow Canyon High School, in Santa Clara, for their ride home. The two are off life support, and are being encouraged to become more mobile, according to the hospital's chief of pediatrics, Meena Vohra. Vohra said they are both "recovering very fast" and Dane was released from the hospital Tuesday evening. "Dane has a burn on his face where the lightning hit him and then it traveled through his body and out his feet," said Chris Zdunich, Dane's father. "So he has five exit wounds on his feet, they look sort of like bullet holes or something." He said the burns are third-degree and about the size of a nickel. The nerves in Dane's feet were reportedly killed by the injury, resulting in little or no pain, which is why he can walk around and Alex can't. Dane's heart was reported to have stopped working for almost 30 minutes after Tuesday's flash, but he was revived and was also taken to the UMC for treatment. His condition has improved greatly in the week since the incident. But his parents say he didn't want to leave the hospital without his friend. "I think it is emotional for both of them," said Leslie Broderick, Dane's mom. "Dane is very concerned about him. They are very close." The two boys met a year-and-a-half ago as members of the school's debate team. They spent the school year traveling with the team, then spent the entire summer together and have been inseparable since the beginning of this year. "They're together constantly," Talley said, adding that her son is just starting to piece it all together. "When you say there was a lightning strike, he's like, 'no way, how can that happen again?" said Alex's father, Arden Lambson. Lambson mentioned that prior to the accident, Alex's statistics class had determined the probability of lightning hitting the school and came up with "zero. And then of course, a couple hours later, they're both struck by lightning," he said. Talley says the boys' school has a motto: Stay strong. And the school mascot is a warrior, which she believes both the boys are. From the archive Lightning victim grateful for life  Oct. 13, 2010 Utah lightning strike victims' condition upgraded  Oct. 9, 2010 Friends hit by lightning making good progress, family members say  Oct. 6, 2010 3 tornadoes tear across northern Arizona, damage homes  Oct. 6, 2010 2 high school students struck by lightning identified, flown to Las Vegas hospital in critical condition  Oct. 5, 2010 "They're really fighting," she said. Students across St. George have given them cause, rallying together to collect donations intended to help with medical bills, as well as keep both the boy's siblings, who also attend Snow Canyon High School, in good spirits. A fund has been set up at Zions Bank, in the boy's names, also to help the families cope. "The days kind of flow together, it's hard to remember the sequence of things," said Broderick, "but I know that I have just prayed for continuous progress, hour by hour. No setbacks was my No. 1 thing. But we're getting there." Teen lightning strike survivors still moving forward Story Discussion Sheena McFarland | Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:03 am | 1 Comment Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Cobb Condie ADVANCE FOR USE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Oct. 3, 2011, photo, Alex Lambson, left, and Dane Zdunich pose for a photo in front of the tree they were under at Snow Canyon High School when they were struck by lightning a year ago, in St. George, Utah. A year later, the two are dealing with the repercussions from the day they were struck by lightning. They battle bodies that are forever changed, learning to navigate both their daily lives and the national attention heaped on them. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Cobb Condie) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT SALT LAKE CITY -- A storm looms on the red rock horizon of southern Utah, but only a light drizzle is falling. No one runs to the cars in the parking lot for cover. On the football field at Snow Canyon High School in St. George, a cheer goes up from the crowd. Alex Lambson and Dane Zdunich linger beneath the tree where they always wait for a ride home. Lambson, a senior who aspired to serve in the military elite, and Zdunich, a junior with a passion for science, chat and text message friends. It's Oct. 5, 2010, and they have no idea how much their lives are about to change. In the next frame of the school's surveillance video, it happens in a split second: a bright flash fills the screen and the boys fall to the ground. A year later, the two are dealing with the repercussions from the day they were struck by lightning. They battle bodies that are forever changed, learning to navigate both their daily lives and the national attention heaped on them. Lambson, now 19, has come to the realization that he is physically disabled -- difficult for anyone, but a particularly hard truth for a young man who aspired to military service and now can't pick up a pen. Zdunich, now 17, hasn't had as many physical repercussions, though he's struggling to gain weight and strength. But he lost his father three months after the strike, and the specter of future health problems haunts the fringes of daily life. Lambson has lost fine motor skills in his hands, meaning he can grip a cup but can't hold smaller objects. He also battles daily pain throughout his back, shoulders and upper arms because his muscle fibers essentially melted together during the strike. Doctors are hopeful those muscle fibers will regrow in time and the pain will dissipate. He can walk and run, though balance can be a challenge, and his left side will always be a bit weaker than his right due to a stroke after the lightning strike. After weeks in the hospital, Lambson didn't return to Snow Canyon High School to finish his senior year but instead graduated by completing subject packets from his school. He ended up with a lot of spare time each day "because those packets weren't designed for a 4.0 student." He quickly found that he had talent in digital film editing, and he is physically capable of navigating the mouse. "I notice a lot of teens just waste time goofing around on the Internet," he said. "If you have a lot of time to kill, find a hobby or talent that you can monetize." In addition to redirecting his military dreams to visual editing, he's also had to ask for help. His younger brothers, ages 15 and 12, help him with wrappers and jars. But he also spends much less time holed up in his room playing video games and more time talking with his family. "Basically, it made me realize how very fragile life is," Lambson said. "I used to think about the people who were in the Twin Towers who just went to a normal day of work and ended up dead or badly injured. Then something like that ended up happening to me. It made me realize how easy it is for everything to change." Now taking a full-time load in college, Lambson depends heavily on his iPad, which, unlike a typical keyboard, has digital keys that require no strength to push. His mother, Kaleen Talley, said she cried as much during her son's first week of college as the week after the strike. She had held out hope that an extra month or two in the hospital or extra physical therapy sessions would return her son to his former physical self, but she has had to accept her son's limitations. "Now we celebrate that he can move his pinkie," she said. "He's a miracle, considering what happened, and he's doing amazing -- he's in college, he's learned to drive, he can run, he can walk, and we're ecstatic. Still the reality, it's just sad." As for Zdunich -- his pancreas gave him significant trouble for months after the strike, which made eating and absorbing nutrients difficult. Recent tests, however, have shown he's back within normal ranges, said his mother, Leslie Broderick. Zdunich spent only a week in the hospital, but the first three months of recovery after the strike were overwhelming. "He was not healed yet, and he was not himself," Broderick said. "There was a lot of care for him at home to get him back to school, and all the physical therapy he had to endure." His father had put off classes he was taking to become a registered nurse to care for his son, and just as Zdunich re-entered high school in January, he died. "That sent us all tumbling. It was devastating," Broderick said. "His dad was a huge part of the recovery, and that was a huge setback for him." Zdunich, though, approaches the past year with as positive an attitude as he can. " Sheena McFarland writes for the Salt Lake Tribune. Read more:
Mon, 10/04/2010 04:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Huntington Lake CA 
  working on a pole  N/A  Near Utility Pole,Outside,Work 
Lightning strikes man near Huntington Lake Posted at 04:50 PM on Monday, Oct. 04, 2010 The Fresno Bee SHARE BUZZ UP! E-MAIL PRINT TEXT SIZE: Similar stories: More erratic weather possible for hot, humid SoCal Thunderstorms trigger outages in hot, humid SoCal Wild weather as thunderstorms hit inland Calif. Local briefs: Auberry home burns More erratic weather possible for hot, humid SoCal A man working on a pole in the Huntington Lake area was struck by lightning Monday afternoon, a Fresno County sheriff's spokesman said. The man, who likely took a direct lightning hit, was conscious and coherent, said sheriff's Lt. Steve Wilkins. A deputy drove him to a helipad in the Big Creek area, where a Skylife helicopter flew him to a hospital, Wilkins said. His condition is unknown, but he did not have any visible injuries, Wilkins said. The deputy reported hail in the area where the man was struck Read more:
Mon, 10/04/2010 12:00 PM Killed 13 lives  0.0   
Lightning claims 13 lives in Marathwada Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Oct 4 : Thirteen people, including four women, were killed after being struck by lightning as heavy rains pounded several districts of Marathwada in the last 24 hours. Thirteen people, including four youths, were killed in four districts of Marathwada since last evening when lightning struck them, sources from the divisional commissioner's office told UNI. Five people were killed and two others injured in two separate incidents in Jalna district, adjoining Aurangabad in last 24 hours. Dwarkabai Kolhe (25), from Masegaon village of Dhansawangi Tehsil, was standing under a tree when lightning struck, killing her on the spot. In another incident, Bhagwan Khandagale (50), Akshaya Khurdole (14), Balasaheb Khurdane (13) and Yogesh Adhav took shelter below a tree due to heavy rains when lightning struck them, killing all of them. Four people were killed and six injured in Hingoli district. In Pan Kopargaon village of Sengaon tehsil, lightning struck when Sangeeta Deshmukh (35) and Bhagwan Deshmukh (45) were engaged in agricultural work in their farms, killing both on the spot. A woman Anusaya Dhavale (60) died in Savna village, while Bhanudas Savke (42) died in Taktoda village as lightning hit them when they were busy sowing related work in farms. Two more people lost their lives in Nanded district in separate incidents. Dhrupatabai Borde (40) was killed when lighting hit a tree where she and other women took shelter in Kasrali village of Biloli tehsil. In another incident, Govind Kadam (38) was killed when he was caught in heavy rains in Warphali village of Himayat Nagar tehsil and stood below a tree in his land to save himself from rains. However, lightning struck the tree killing Kadam. In Parbhani, two people were fatally struck by lightning. A 48-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy were the victims. Meanwhile, the death-toll in the rain-related incidents since June 2 have mounted to 127 in Marathwada region, official sources said. the highest number of casualties-27 were reported from Aurangabad. The city was lashed today by rains for over two hours, leading to disruption of normal life due to flooding of low-lying areas. A number of trees were uprooted, telecommunication link snapped and power failure was reported from several areas. --UNI
Mon, 10/04/2010 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed   0.0   
 Sri Lanka 
Lightning kills five in Sri Lanka Indo-Asian News Service Colombo, October 04, 2010First Published: 07:57 IST(4/10/2010) Last Updated: 07:58 IST(4/10/2010) share more... 3 Comments email print At least five people were killed by lightning and many were missing due to floods triggered by torrential rains in different parts of Sri Lanka, officials said. Pradeep Kodippily, national co-ordinator of the disaster management centre said five people were killed by lightning in Moneragala, Gampaha and Ratnapura districts during the weekend. The island has been experiencing heavy rains since Friday, Xinhua reported. Kodippily said Badulla district's main highway between Badulla and Haputale was closed on Sunday following landslides. Several roads in Galle district were also blocked due to floods, officials said.
Mon, 10/04/2010 04:00 PM Killed 2 children killed 2 injured  0.0  Hathiadanda village Banka district 
  coming from school    Outside 
Two children killed in lightning PTI | 09:10 PM,Oct 04,2010 Banka (Bihar), Oct 4 (PTI) Two children were killed and as many injured in lightning at Hathiadanda village in Bihar's Banka district today. Police said the children were returning home from school when they were struck by lightning killing two of them on the spot, the sources said. The two injured have been admitted to a hospital, the police added.
Mon, 10/04/2010 12:00 PM Injured 3 men in volcano  0.0  Masaya Volcano  
  in a volcano    Outside,Volcano 
Three Struck by Lightning in Nicaragua MANAGUA  Three men searching for a relative who jumped into the crater of the Masaya Volcano in southeastern Nicaragua from a lookout were injured when they were struck by lightning, the Red Cross and emergency services officials said. Manuel Salvador Lopez Guzman, Francisco Rivas and Cesar Antonio Ampie, who were helping rescuers search for relative Jose Rene Morales Guzman, were struck by lightning Monday while on the volcano, located 23 kilometers (14 miles) southeast of Managua. Morales Guzman apparently committed suicide by jumping from the observation deck into the crater of the 638-meter (2,092-foot) volcano on Saturday afternoon, officials said. The three men, who were unconscious, were taken to a hospital in the city of Masaya, located 29 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of the capital, Red Cross shift supervisor Gustavo Monje told Efe. Rescue workers found a pair of shoes, a cell phone and identification documents on Sunday belonging to Morales Guzman some 70 meters (230 feet) in the Masaya Volcano. The search for Morales Guzmans body is continuing, officials said
Sun, 10/03/2010 12:00 PM Killed 102 dead 54 injured  0.0   
Lightning kills man THURSDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2010 19:36 KHOUTH SOPHAKCHAKRYA A 22-year-old Siem Reap man and his four buffalo were killed when lightning struck his cart.. Heng Samang, deputy police chief of Sotnikum district, said that Nue Sonan, a student at Damdek High School, was transporting rice seedlings to his familys fields in Khchas commune when he and his buffalo were killed. "Now the mans parents and other villagers are holding a funeral ceremony and will cremate his body, he said. Uk Uory, 49, the mother of the deceased man, said during the funeral service that Nue Sonan had been the familys primary bread-winner. My husband has been seriously ill so he cannot get up from the mat ... things are hopeless now, she said. Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that lightning strikes had killed 102 people so far this year, in addition to 61 cattle. About 54 people have also been severely injured over the same period. Some 128 people were killed by lightning during 2009.
Sat, 10/02/2010 12:00 PM Injured 3 men fishing  0.0  Wushi Harbor  
  fishing from shore on a lake    fishing,Outside 
Lightning bolt strikes 3 men fishing in Yilan Three men fishing along the Yilan coastline in eastern Taiwan yesterday were struck by a bolt of lightning, leaving two in critical condition. When firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident in Wushi Harbor, Yilan County, another bolt flashed down from the sky, briefly electrifying one firefighter while causing another to fall 3 meters through the embankment when he tried to dodge the lightning. One of the struck men surnamed Tsao suffered the most severe injuries, with his right hand's fingers split apart, his hair alight in flames and burns from head to toe. Bystanders said the man had turned into a human fireball upon being hit. Both men were taken to the National Yang Ming University Hospital, where doctors surmised that electricity from the lighting bolt hit Tsao's fishing rod and entered his body through his forefinger, traveling and burning its way through the rest of his body before exiting through his foot. Running down the inner section of Tsao's legs was a long electrical burn that split open his flesh. The burns covered his face, right hand and both legs  approximately one-fourth of his body, although doctors were quick to point out that Tsao is conscious and in stable condition. The other victim surnamed Chang was reportedly struck in his right shoulder, making his heart briefly stop. His companions on the scene were able to revive him. Chang had symptoms of numbness in his right hand, with burns across his back. He is also reportedly in stable condition, although he had suffered from shock upon arrival at the hospital. The firefighter who had fallen into the embankment while assisting the men was taken to the hospital. Another one who was briefly struck described the sensation as similar to being hit by a hammer. The thunder and lightning that rattled the region was accompanied by heavy rains yesterday, which had accumulated over 200 millimeters of rain in Keelung City, Taipei City and Yangmingshang mountainous area, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) A cold front is set to arrive this Sunday, creating further instability weather-wise and bringing with it rain along with northeastern winds. Temperatures next week will be around 20 degree Celsius in the northeastern regions, the bureau predicted. Subscribe to The China Post and save 25%. Click hereShar
Fri, 10/01/2010 02:45 PM Injured 1 of 2 women  45.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
  standing on south rim  N/A  Grand Canyon,Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
California Man Dies in Fall From South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park; Women Struck by Lightning Submitted by Anonymous on October 4, 2010 - 4:41pm A California man apparently trying to leap from one outcrop to another on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park fell roughly 500 feet to his death, according to park officials. Andrew N. Stires, 42, of Burbank, fell around 1 p.m. Friday from a point between Pipe Creek Vista and the Visitor Center on the South Rim. Park officials said "an eyewitness report indicated the man was trying to jump from one outcropping to another, just off the rim trail, when he fell..." Park rangers responded after receiving a call from the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center, and with the help from a National Park Service helicopter crew returning from a flight below the rim, found the man's body about 500 feet below the rim. Because of high winds and lightning activity Friday afternoon, park rangers were not able to recover his body until Saturday. Also on Friday, at approximately 2:45 p.m., two women were struck by lightning on the South Rim. The two women, both from Seoul, Korea, were standing on the rim east of the Visitor Center when they were struck. Park rangers believe both women were hit by a secondary strike. One woman, 45-years of age, was taken by Guardian Air to the Flagstaff Medical Center where she was treated and released, according to a spokesperson from the Flagstaff Medical Center. The other woman, also 45-years of age, was taken to the Northland Community Health Center in Grand Canyon National Park, where she too was treated and released. Park officials stress that when you're visiting, whether in the backcountry or walking along the rim, always be aware of your surroundings and current weather conditions. Keep a safe distance from the edge and to pay close attention to your footing and the condition of the ground surface.
Fri, 10/01/2010 04:00 PM Injured hiker  0.0  Altadena CA 
  hiking in open area    Ground Strike,Hiking,Indirect,Outside 
Altadena lightning strike a near miss, but still injures a hiker Pasadena Star-News - Brian Charles - Oct 1, 2010 A lightning strike got close enough to a group of hikers in Altadena on Friday that it injured one man, according to County .
Fri, 10/01/2010 09:42 AM Injured man touching crane  0.0  Fontana CA 
  touching crane    Construction site,Crane,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Work 
Man injured in Fontana when lightning strikes a construction crane he was touching October 1, 2010 | 10:52 am A man at a Fontana construction site was treated at a hospital Friday morning after lighting struck a crane he was touching. The unidentified man was injured at 9:42 a.m. at Sierra Avenue and Valley Boulevard, near Kaiser Medical Center, said Regional Dispatch Supervisor Donna Mueller. Paramedics found him conscious and breathing, and he was able to stand, Mueller said. Southern California has been experiencing scattered thunder and lightning the last few days, including several lightning strikes Friday morning in the Fullerton area. The National Weather Service has forecast scattered thunderstorms through Saturday. -- Richard Winton
Fri, 10/01/2010 02:45 PM Injured 2 of 2 women  45.0  Grand Canyon National Park AZ 
  standing on south rim  N/A  Grand Canyon,Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
Fri, 10/01/2010 08:00 AM Injured Bertha Arenas  92.0  Covina CA 
  standing in driveway looking at rainbow  N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Outside 
Print Email Font Resize 92-year-old weathers lightning strike better than area utility poles By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer Posted: 10/01/2010 05:44:28 PM PDT A brief rain storm surprised motorists and pedestrians on Whittier Boulevard at Ocean View Avenue in Whittier on Friday October 1, 2010. The storm came shortly after record heat temperatures were recorded earlier this week. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger) Several lightning strikes caused havoc for those living, working and playing in the Whittier area and San Gabriel Valley Friday morning. Sporadic heavy rainshowers pelted La Mirada and La Habra with thunder and lightning mixed in with the monsoonal humidity. The pool at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, 13806 La Mirada Blvd., had to be closed because of the thunder and lightning. "There were no normal classes scheduled, but there were private lessons at the time," said Pamela Passow, community services manager. "We were minimally affected." A 92-year-old Covina woman who was struck by lightning as she admired a rainbow Friday weathered the electrical storm better than area utility poles. A lightning bolt electrified the metal cane Bertha Arenas was holding to stand in the driveway of her home at about 8 a.m., knocking her off her feet and ruining her view of the morning sky. "I've never seen a more beautiful morning and all of a sudden a ball of fire was right next to me," Arenas said. Los Angeles County firefighters brought Arenas to Queen of the Valley Hospital, where she was treated for minor burns to her right hand. "(The paramedics) kept saying I smelled like burnt steak," Arenas said. "The doctor said I was lucky it didn't hit me on my head or shoulders." Arenas withstood the storm better than area utility poles that were knocked out by lightning bolts. Some 5,000 San Gabriel Valley residents were left without electricity as crews worked to repair utility poles damaged in the storm, Edison spokesman Paul Klein said. "We've got every crew in the area out working," Klein said. About a mile from where Arenas was struck, lightning splintered a utility pole in the 17000 block of West Covina Boulevard. That lightning strike knocked out power to area homes and traffic signals along the road. Edison crews worked through the morning Photo Gallery Area Thunderstorms A pedestrian races to avoid the rain as he crosses Whittier Boulevard at Ocean View Avenue in Whittier on Friday October 1, 2010. The storm came shortly after record heat temperatures were recorded earlier this week. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger) to restore electricity to the neightborhood. Lightning also knocked out power to Lark Ellen Elementary School. Staff at the school said they heard what sounded like an explosion shortly before the electricity went out. Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the school and examined the damaged pole outside. The National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms and rain showers through Sunday. Arenas said she plans on taking it easy for a couple of days. "I've been through a lot of storms and I've never seen anything like this," Arenas said. Staff Writer Sandra T. Molina contributed to this story. Lighting strike victim faces string of unfortunate events, dies By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer Posted: 03/25/2011 09:19:57 PM PDT Bertha Arenas, 93, of Covina, survived a lightning strike last fall, but never fully recovered from the jolt and the 93-year-old died earlier this month. (Courtesy Photo) After surviving a lightning strike in October, a 93-year-old Covina woman died earlier this month. Bertha Arenas' funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oakdale Memorial Park Chapel in Glendora, 1401 S. Grand Ave. While Arenas survived the jolt last fall with relatively minor burns to her hand, the event would eventually lead to her death, said her husband of 68 years, Carlos Arenas. Arenas fell in the kitchen and broke her hip after taking a doctor prescribed medicine for the electrical burns she sustained, Carlos Arenas said. During the hospital stay that ensued, she contracted an infection that killed her last month, Arenas said. Family members and friends described Arenas as an uncommonly caring individual. "She was the most beautiful person," friend Sandra Derman said. "She wasn't the regular 93-year-old. She acted like she was probably a 30-year-old; she had so much joy and spunk." Arenas lived in her Covina home for 54 years. She was enjoying her morning routine of feeding the birds when she was struck by lightning, Carlos Arenas said. Right up until the Oct. 1 jolt, Arenas enjoyed tending to her garden. "Even at 92 years old she'd be out there weeding and planting and singing," Derman said. Before moving to California, Arenas lived in New York City, where she worked as a personal shopper for celebrities that included Frank Sinatra, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Advertisement Betty Grable. Besides her husband, Arenas is survived by her grandson, Sean Arenas. "She was a very sweet, caring loving person," Carlos Arenas said. 626-962-8811 ext. 2477
Thu, 09/30/2010 05:30 PM Killed boy   12.0  Kerr Pateh  
Lightning kills 12 year old boy, building collapse kills another 7 year old in NBR 30 September, 2010 10:47:00 HARUNA KUYATEH, NBR Font size: Email to a friend Print version Plain text A lightning strike during the Eid-l-Fitr (Koriteh) celebrations in the village of Kerr Pateh, Central Baddibu district of NBR has led to the death of a 12 year old boy, son of one Mr. Ebrima Jallow. The incident occurred at around 5.30 pm on the Koriteh day, and the victim was laid to rest the same day. Speaking with TODAY Newspaper, the regional disaster coordinator, Mr. Poulo Joof confirmed the death, as he expressed shock over the demise of the twelve-year old boy. He also extended to the family on behalf of National Disaster Management Agency and the Regional Disaster Management Committee. He prayed for Gods mercy on the deceased. Mr. Joof also used the opportunity to advise parents to shield their children from walking about in the rain. He said that last year, Kerr Pateh witnessed a similar occurrence of lighting and thunder as a result of which a child and a horse were killed. In a related development, a 7 year old boy of Kerr Sulay in Upper Baddibu District of North Bank Region has also been confirmed dead after he was trapped under a collapsed building. The incident happened at around 5.00am last Monday. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the AFPRC Hospital in Farafenni. According to the regional disaster coordinator, Poulo Joof, his committee was concerned about disasters as these. He said his committee had paid a condolence visit to the affected family. He said they also took the opportunity to assess the level of damages, as well as advised the people on adopting safety measures. He also launched an appeal, urging philanthropists to come on board and support the regional disaster committee to enable them lend a humanitarian support to the disaster victims in the region. According to him, disaster management, mitigation and prevention calls for collective support as everybody is prone to disaster and therefore donations of any kind to the committee would contribute in making a difference on the lives of the affected families. Mr. Joof asserted that the committee will continue to monitor and assess all disaster issues in the region and urged all village and district authorities to continue to live up to expectation by providing up-to-date information to the committee.
Tue, 09/28/2010 09:00 AM Injured man   0.0  Frenchman's Creek Beach FL 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning strike injures man in Palm Beach Gardens Share 1 digg digg Topics Bodies of Water Hospitals and Clinics Palm Beach Gardens See more topics » 6:46 p.m. EDT, September 28, 2010 E-mailPrint Share Text Size A man was hospitalized after lightning struck near him at the entrance of a Palm Beach Gardens development Tuesday morning, according to dispatch reports. The man, who was not identified, was injured by lightning that hit about 9 a.m. at an entrance to Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club at Frenchman's Creek Drive. The man was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. He was conscious and breathing. PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Witnesses told WPBF 25 News that they helped a man who said he was struck by lighting Tuesday morning. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at Frenchman's Creek. A group of landscapers said the victim told them he was struck by lightning and couldn't feel anything below his waist, so they put him in the back of their pickup truck and drove him to the front office to wait for emergency crews. Palm Beach Gardens Fire-Rescue spokesman C.R. Brown said the man was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in stable condition.
Tue, 09/28/2010 12:00 PM Injured 35 pupils  0.0  Trans Mara West District  
  in school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
Lightning bolt leaves 35 pupils injured SHARE BOOKMARKPRINTEMAILRATING By Nation Correspondent Posted Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 22:00 Thirty five pupils were injured when lightning struck their school in Trans Mara West District. Three of the Osinoni Primary School pupils sustained serious burns while the others suffered minor injuries and shock in the Monday incident. The injured pupils were taken to Trans Mara District Hospital. The hospitals Medical Superintendent, Dr Samwel Misoi, said one of the pupils with serious burns was transferred to Tenwek Mission Hospital. We have received 35 injured children, three of them with serious burns, said Dr Misoi. Two pupils were admitted to the hospital. The rest were treated and discharged. Heavy thunderstorm Headteacher James ole Sosio said the Standard Six pupils were in class when lightning accompanied by thunderstorm struck at 3pm. I was teaching in the next classroom when I heard a loud bang. The pupils panicked and ran out of the school compound screaming. When I rushed to the affected classroom I found three pupils engulfed in a ball of fire, said the headteacher. All books and other writing materials in the classroom were destroyed. Trans Mara West district officer Felix Kisalu asked school management committees to ensure thunder arresters were installed to avoid similar incidents.
Tue, 09/28/2010 12:00 PM Killed Niluka Perera  32.0  Piliyandala  
 Sri Lanka 
  charging mobil phone     
Mahanama Vithanage - Malwana group correspondent A mother of three died after being struck by lightning while charging a mobile phone. This was revealed at the inquest held on the death of Niluka Damayanthi Perera, 32, of Piliyandala by Inquirer into Sudden Deaths, Kirindiwela, P W Amarasekara. The inquirer recorded a verdict of accidental death. Kirindiwela police led evidence.
Tue, 09/28/2010 12:00 PM Injured sound tech's  0.0   
Lightning strikes for directorial duo ELISE BARTA/FOR METRO EDMONTON John Klappstein and Knighten Richman at Empire Theatre, where their film, The Corrupted, will be playing tonight as part of the 24th annual Edmonton International Film Festival. ELISE BARTA METRO EDMONTON Published: September 27, 2010 5:43 a.m. Last modified: September 26, 2010 11:46 p.m. Share 15 Email more Be the first to comment Print article Text size For local directors Knighten Richman and John Klappstein, nothing would stop them from completing their film The Corrupted. About halfway through shooting, their camera and sound technicians were struck by lightning  but despite the odds, the project was completed and has been receiving some great reviews. The Edmonton premiere of The Corrupted is at Empire Theatre tonight during the Edmonton International Film Festival. Shooting for the film took place between Aug. 15 and Sept. 2, and took place at Bear Trap Lake, Cold Lake and Drayton Valley. By industry standards, it is considered impossible to shoot something of this length, in that amount of time, Richman said. Especially with no electricity or water. I think we both agree that no matter what, the next project we have we will make sure that we have the ability to take whatever time we need, Klappstein added. We were rushed. We basically worked 16 straight days. But, Klappstein said, the duo is happy with the way the project turned out. There are definitely a lot of positive vibes we have been getting from people. We gave it our all, and there is nothing more that we could have put into it, but at the same time this is just a step for us.
Sat, 09/25/2010 04:00 PM Killed father and son fishing  0.0  Catanduanes Bicol 
  fishing on paddle boat    fishing,On Water 
Coast Guard: Lightning kills fisherman, son off Catanduanes 09/29/2010 | 12:05 PM Share A 44-year-old fisherman and his 10-year-old son were killed when lightning struck them while fishing off Catanduanes in Bicol last weekend. The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday cited belated reports indicating the incident occurred Saturday afternoon, and the bodies of the two were recovered separately. It said it initially learned of the incident after Commander Ivanhoe Arcilla of the 904th Squadron of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Coast Guard Detachment in Virac reported the two were missing, at 1 p.m. Saturday. "According to Arcilla, he received a text message from a concerned citizen that the said the victims were hit by lightning while fishing on a paddle boat off Gigmoto," the Coast Guard said. Recovered off Gigmoto town in Catanduanes were Victor Cenon Jr., 44; and his son Mark Francis Cenon, 10. Rescue teams recovered the younger Cenon's body at 4 p.m. Saturday, and that of the elder Cenon at 4 p.m. Sunday.  LBG, GMANews.T
Fri, 09/24/2010 12:00 AM Killed bpy killed & father missing  10.0  Gigmoto  
  fishing     fishing,Outside 
Lightning kills boy, father still missing October 04,2010 Article Tools Comments (0) Printer Friendly Email this Article to a friend A 10-year old boy was killed while his fisherman father remains missing after a lightning strike off the coast of Gigmoto town at noon last Friday (Sept. 24), the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council reported. Information about the incident was relayed by the Gigmoto police to the Philippine Coast Guard detachment in Virac, with the 905th PCG Auxiliary Squadron informing Governor Joseph C. Cua. The governor immediately ordered 905th PCGA Cmdr. Ivanhoe Arcilla and the Provincial Disaster Management Office headed by OIC Edgar Reyes to investigate the incident. According to their report, a huge thunderstorm occurred at the coast of Gigmoto proper at 12 noon of Sept. 24, followed by heavy rains. Four hours later, a fisherman found the body of Mark Francis "Tyson" Cenon, 10, inside the half-sunken small outrigger boat locally known as "sibid-sibid.: Cenon was taken to the Gigmoto district hospital where he was pronounced to have died from electric shock. His body had burn marks on the body and the side of his thighs. Information gathered showed that the boy was with his father, Victor Cenon Jr., 44, in the morning of that day while spear fishing in an area called "Dalaynay" in the sea between the town proper and barangay Sioron. It was evident that both father and son were hit by lightning, with the primary bolt hitting Cenon, who probably either went overboard or was thrown off the boat. Mayor Edgar Tayam, in his capacity as chairman of the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council, dispatched a team of divers on board four motorized bancas equipped with air compressors in the early morning of Sept. 25 to scour the area. The first team was relieved at noon by a second team on two bancas but the retrieval operation had negative results. The PDCC said a standby team of professional divers has been placed on alert to help retrieve the missing body of Victor Cenon Jr.
Wed, 09/22/2010 04:25 PM Injured guard  0.0  Carlisle PA  
  working gate duty  N/A  Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
Carlisle Barracks guard injured in lightning strike Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 3:57 PM Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010, 9:17 AM KOURTNEY GEERS, The Patriot-News Follow Share this story Story tools A Carlisle Barracks guard was injured when lightning struck the ground just meters away from where he was working the Claremont Avenue pedestrian gate Wednesday around 4:25 p.m., according to the post's paper the Banner. The Department of the Army guard was taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center for observation and returned home a few hours later, Lee McLure, captain of the guards, told the Banner. The paper reports that the guard plans on returning to duty on Saturday, his next scheduled duty day.
Mon, 09/20/2010 05:30 PM Killed boy   12.0  Central Baddibu district North Bank Region 
Sep 20, 2010 (The Daily Observer/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- The home of Ebrima and Kaddijatou Jallow in Kerr Pateh in Central Baddibu District, North Bank Region was struck by lightning on Koriteh day, leading to the death of their 12-year-old boy, Alpha Salieu Jallow. Eye witnesses confirmed to this reporter that the incident happened around 5:30pm and the deceased was laid to rest on the same day. Speaking to this reporter, Poulo O.N Joof, Regional Disaster Coordinator expressed shock over the demise of the boy. He on behalf of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and the Regional Disaster Management Committee extended condolences to the bereaved family. He seized the opportunity to advise parents to be vigilant and discourage their children from walking about during the rain, adding that September and October are likely to witness downpours and possible thunder and lightening.
Mon, 09/20/2010 03:30 PM Killed Faustina Mensah  0.0   
  walking to get a taxi after missing bus    Outside 
Thunder Strikes UDS Student To Death Date: 21-Sep-2010 Share Story With Friends Comments Email Print Digg Facebook Twitter reddit StumbleUpon Delicious Related Stories A final year student of the University of Development Studies, Wa Campus was killed on Monday September 20, by lightning during a heavy downpour. Faustina Mensah, a native of Winneba in the Central Region and her schoolmate decided to walk through Mondays downpour to pick a taxi back to their hostel because they had missed the schools bus. She met her untimely death in the middle of the rain, when the lightning strike killed her on the spot at about 3:30 pm. The deceased was returning from lectures with two other schoolmates, one of whom had withdrawn from walking through the rain. The deceaseds colleague, who went through the rain with her, was also struck by the lightning but survived and is currently receiving medical care at the Wa District Government Hospital. The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Wa District Government Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy
Mon, 09/20/2010 05:30 PM Injured Sameer Amin   22.0  Black Bush Polder  
yTrack & FieldOther Black Bush man blind after being hit by lightning By Stabroek staff Published - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 33 Comments Share 76 Email This Print This Next article » Sameer Amin, 22, of Yakusari, Black Bush Polder, lost his sight after he was struck by lightning on Monday. Sameer Amin His mother, Ameena Amin told Stabroek News that her son was close to the mesh fence when the lightning struck and went straight to his eyes, around 5:30 pm. She said he shouted twice, lost consciousness and fell to the ground. The mans younger brother, Ameer, who witnessed the incident, rushed to his assistance and lifted him into the house. All the time, Sameers body was trembling and vibrating from the shock. His eyes were also swollen. Ameer then called out to relatives, who hired a taxi and rushed the injured man to the Port Mourant Hospital. Ameena said her son regained consciousness when he reached the hospital about one hour later but he could not immediately recall what had happened. He was also unable to open his eyes. According to the woman, the following morning, although the eyes were still swollen, he managed to open them and then realized that he could not see. Although his mother worried after being faced with the news that her son might remain blind, she told this newspaper, God gives tests to the believers and although it pains a lot, you got to have faith. I know God can work miracles. The mans father Munir Amin, meanwhile, said, I am pleased that the doctors are trying their best with him. I am ninety-nine percent hopeful that he would get back his sight. He said too that the bottom-line is that the doctors are not God and they cannot do Gods work. It does not matter who we take him to it is who God give the cure through. The man added that they were also praying for the young man to regain his sight and he called on the local Muslim community to offer dua (prayers) for his son. The young man was transferred to a city hospital yesterday to undergo additional tests. Mondays thunderstorm also blew off roofs from some houses, damaged trees, resulting and cut down electricity poles and wires, plunging the area into darkness. The roof of two classrooms of the Yakusari Primary School was also blown off, necessitating special arrangements for students yesterda

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