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Sun, 09/19/2010 12:00 PM Killed 5 dead 4 injured  0.0  Chhattisgarh 
 India 
       
Lightning claims five lives in Chhattisgarh Larger | Smaller Agencies Tags : Raipur, Lightning Posted: Sun Sep 19 2010, 16:35 hrs Raipur: Freelance JobsDiscount ShoesChina WholesaleWholesale Discussion Blogs So cheap - By vishaal Cong won't spoil cha... - By chandru mani iyer Rubbish sonia - By Ajit Praise for rahul - By Col A K Tiwari , VSM Deepest entries - By Lokesh HK Communal rss - By rao Congress apathy to t... - By Samsad At least five persons, including three women, died and four others injured as lightning stuck them in three separate incidents, even as incessant rains over the last couple of days affected normal life in the state. Raipur's SP Deepanshu Kabra said three women were killed at village Tekari in the district, about 15 km from here, following lightning on Saturday. Four other women were injured in the incident. Their condition is stable. In two separate mishaps, a youth was killed in the industrial area here and another at Patthalgaon in Jashpur district, police said. All the rivers in the state are in spate due to the torrential rains which have affected life for over past three days. 5
Wed, 09/15/2010 07:00 PM Injured Chris Kern  0.0  Cokato MN 
 USA 
  in metal shed working on vehicle    Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Indirect,Ungrounded Shelter 
Cokato man is hit by lightning SEPT. 27, 2010 Share By Jennifer Kotila Staff Writer COKATO, MN  Not many people can be struck by lightning and live to tell about it. Chris Kern, of Cokato, is one of those lucky few. Kern was working on a vehicle in a metal shed at his property on Morrison Avenue Southwest, Cokato, the evening of Sept. 15 during thunderstorms that rolled through the area, according to the Wright County Sheriffs report. All of a sudden, Kern was thrown from the creeper he was laying on (used to work under a vehicle). He had been struck by lightning, according to the report. The initial call to the sheriffs office was for a granary that caught fire from the lightning strike about 10 feet away from the metal building Kern was in. Upon the sheriffs arrival, Kerns wife, Kari, asked if someone could check her husband out because he had been hit by lightning and was not breathing normally. At that point, the sheriffs office dispatched Cokato ambulance, according to the report. Kern had a small red mark where the lightning had entered his body on his side. The lightning exited at his shoulder. Kern was taken by ambulance to the Buffalo hospital, where he was treated and released. Cokato Fire Department extinguished the fire in the granary.
Sun, 09/12/2010 03:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  The Village OK 
 USA 
  in driveway   N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Outside,Raining,Umbrella 
THE VILLAGE, OK -- While many Oklahomans were enjoying a rainy Sunday in front of the televisions, one Oklahoma City woman was thanking her lucky stars. She survived a lightning strike. Sunday afternoon Alicia Helsley was dodging raindrops in her driveway, with her umbrella and house keys in hand, when she was hit. Helsley says, "I just heard this loud crack and zap! Then down we went." Helsley and her two young children fell to the ground; her children were uninjured. Because Alicia was carrying two metal objects, she felt the brunt of the strike. "It felt like I'd grabbed onto an electric fence and didn't let go," she said. Helsley lives in the area of Britton and Pennsylvania in The Village. Experts speculate the strike was close, but not a direct hit. They say she would probably not have survived a direct strike. EMSA paramedics responded to check Alicia's heart. She didn't have any serious injuries other than a headache and some minor damage to her right ear drum. EMSA medic John Graham says, "Most of the time if you're by objects that are taller than you, they'll take the brunt of it. But you can get the flash-over effect especially if you have metal in your hands or you're standing on metal. You're really going to feel it." Each year, 600 people across the US are killed by lightning strikes. Alicia Helsley is taking this opport
Fri, 09/10/2010 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed at wedding  0.0  Mauritania 
 Africa 
       
Mauritania lightning strike kills 4 at wedding (AP)  1 day ago NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania  A witness says a lightning strike has killed four people at a wedding in a village in Mauritania. Wedding guest El Hadi Ould Mohamed says the lightning bolt struck the Friday morning festivities and killed two women and two men. He says two other people were burned by lightning and taken to a hospital near the village of Idini, which is some 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of Nouakchott, the capital. He says the bride and groom were not killed or injured. Heavy rains have hit the West African nation in the recent week.
Fri, 09/10/2010 08:00 PM Injured Cato Mott ll 1 of 2  26.0  Apopka FL 
 USA 
  holding metal rail at football game  N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Metal Railing,Outside,School 
ootball resumed at Wekiva High School on Saturday morning after a week that included the death of a player during a Tuesday practice and a lightning strike that injured two spectators Friday night. The Tater Bowl game against Apopka High began where it had ended: with no fanfare and five minutes and 40 seconds left on the clock in the first quarter. Apopka defeated Wekiva 35-14 Saturday. Officials had been forced to stop Friday night's game due to a dangerous storm that later injured two people when lightning struck lights around Wekiva High's field. The game had been expected to include another tribute to Olivier Louis, a 15-year-old ninth grader who died Tuesday after collapsing on the football field during practice. Get the day's top stories in your inbox. Click here to sign up for the Midday Update newsletter Dozens of people  many of whom said they had been there the night before  arrived at Mustang Field for the 10 a.m. start. Although there were about 20 umbrellas in the stands, this time they were to protect fans from the blistering sun, not wind and rain. Still, the previous night's storm and the lightning strike were the talk of the crowd. An announcer said the football field's scoreboard had been damaged during the storm. It was unclear when the scoreboard would be repaired. One of the people injured Friday night was former Apopka High football player Cato Mott II. Mott, 26, said Saturday that he was holding a metal handrail when the lightning struck nearby. "I heard the sound, and then I was knocked out," Mott said. Mott said he was aware of people moving around him while he was on the ground, but couldn't move or speak. Mott said he was released from the hospital about midnight, and made an appearance at the game Saturday. Though physically OK, "I was just drained," he said. "Right now I'm just trying to rest," he said. According to Mott, the other victim was his sister-in-law, Iyonna Tynes, who attends Wekiva High School. Mott said Tynes also was not seriously injured. In the aftermath of the lighting strike, students and other fans yelled as they stampeded from the metal bleachers. "We screamed," said Cassidy Berger, 14, a Wekiva ninth-grader who attended Friday night's game and returned to watch its conclusion. "I saw sparks and I ran," said Lorenzo Johnson, 18, who attended Dr. Phillips High School. School officials had suspended the game just before the strike because of the dangerous weather conditions and asked fans to leave the stands. Ketayvia Smith, 16, a Wekiva junior, said she already was in a car when the lightning struck, but heard and saw as the panicked crowd flee the field. Firefighters said Mott and his sister-in-law were in stable condition when they were transported to the hospital. The funeral for Olivier Louis is scheduled for Saturday, his older sister, Ruth Louis, said. The family has not selected a site for the service, but is considering Wekiva High's auditorium, she said. Meanwhile, Spruce Creek High football player Jordan Petersen, who went into cardiac arrest after being hit in the chest during practice the same day Olivier died, was released Friday from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Petersen's father said tests showed minor bruising on his son's heart. Though Jordan will undergo outpatient therapy for amnesia, Brian Petersen said his son's memory is improving already. Jeff Weiner and Stephen Ruiz of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. Anika Myers Palm can be reached at 407-420-5022 or apalm@orlandosentinel.com. Ready to be horrified? Check out pictures from
Fri, 09/10/2010 08:00 PM Injured sister in law 2 of 2  0.0  Apopka FL 
 USA 
  at football game  N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Sports Field 
By Nick VinZant, Reporter Last Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:02 PM VIDEO STORIES Lightning strike at football game APOPKA -- A football game dedicated to the memory of a fallen player turned into chaos after a lightning strike. Ambulances came screaming into Wekiva High School and paramedics rushed to the scene. A powerful bolt of lighting landed in a crowd of people at about 8:10 p.m. Friday. "I thought it was right near us and then we saw the guy lying on the ground and we said let's get out of here," said parent Gregory Sampson. Like hundreds of others, Sampson was leaving the field when it happened. School officials had just called the game. One man was leaning against a fence when the lightning bolt hit the fence and passed right into the man. Another woman was also injured. "Obviously it was very scary, particularly in light of what has happened here in this last week. Starting to feel like we are a little bit jinxed," said Orange County School official John Edwards. The entire incident happened in front of a packed crowd of hundreds of people in attendance for a special game. Earlier this week, freshman Olivier Louis collapsed at football practice and later died at a local hospital. This game was supposed to be in remembrance of him. "You know we are out here supporting Apopka and Wekiva you hear about what happens to a young football player and then this happens. It's just too much right now," Sampson said. At the game, schools officials announced that they will designate a special jersey in honor of Louis. Players will also be wearing a decal with his initials on it throughout the season. The game was replayed on Saturday morning at Wekiva High School. Wekiva lost to Apopka, 14 to 35.
Thu, 09/09/2010 07:26 PM Injured girl 1 of 2  9.0  Porter TX 
 USA 
  at soccer practice  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Soccer,Sports Field 
ightning strikes man, girl during soccer practice Law enforcement personnel check as paramedics work on a 21-year-old man and 9-year-old girl struck by lightning Thursday night during a soccer practice at Crippen Elementary School in Porter. By Nancy Flake Updated: 09.10.10 PORTER  A 21-year-old man and 9-year-old girl were transported to area hospitals Thursday night after being struck by lightning during a soccer practice at Crippen Elementary School. New Caney Independent School District Police Chief Troy Wootton said an ambulance transported the man to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. Another ambulance transported the girl to Kingwood Medical Center, Wootton said. Officials at both hospitals would give no information late Thursday on the condition of the patients without their names. Wootton said he had no further information, but NCISD Police Officer Kirby Cowles said he was told the injured man was on his cell phone when the cloud came out of nowhere. Witnesses on the scene said the 21-year-old was a coach of a soccer team practicing on the field. A Montgomery County Hospital District dispatcher said the first call regarding the lightning strike was received at 7:26 p.m. Wootton said the practice was not affiliated with New Caney ISD or the school. Observer reporter Stefanie Thomas contributed to this report. Nancy Flake can be reached at nflaker@hcnonline.com.
Thu, 09/09/2010 07:26 PM Killed Franco Olascoaga coach 2 of 2  21.0  Porter TX 
 USA 
  at soccer practice on cell phone  N/A  Cell Phone,CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Field,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Soccer,Sports Field 
PORTER,TX (KTRK) -- The soccer coach struck by lightning is in critical condition, and the girl who was also hit is expected to be OK. Related Content STORY: Lightning strike injures two at school MORE: Got a story idea? Let us know! They were hit Thursday night during soccer practice at Crippen Elementary School in Porter. Several children were out on the practice fields when it happened. It was a scary sight for them all. The teams practicing Thursday night were not school team, but an independent youth soccer league. (Copyright ©2010 KTRK-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
Wed, 09/08/2010 11:00 PM Killed Michael A Pasakarnis  29.0  Plymouth MA  
 USA 
  in a cemetary  N/A  Cemetery,Ground Strike,Outside 
Local man found dead in cemetery PLYMOUTH  Police are investigating the death of a man found in a local cemetery. Michael Pasakarnis, 29, was found early Wednesday night beneath a tree atop Burial Hill, the historic cemetery overlooking downtown. Police Chief Michael Botieri would not comment on the cause of death, but said it does not appear suspicious. A couple from North Carolina found Pasakarnis shortly before 6:30 p.m. while touring the cemetery. The man was lying face down beneath a large beech tree. Paramedics responded with police and verified the man had been dead for a while, Capt. Bruce McNamee said. Local and State Police detectives are investigating. A spokesman for District Attorney Timothy Cruz could not be reached Thursday or Friday for a comment on the investigation. Michael A. Pasakarnis | Visit Guest Book Michael A. Pasakarnis 1981-2010 PLYMOUTH - Michael A. Pasakarnis, of Plymouth formerly of Springfield and Bridge-water, passed away on September 8th, struck by lightning during an unexpect-ed storm, while doing what he most loved: spending time outdoors. Michael enjoyed running, biking, the ocean, nature, animals and family. His artistic skills included writing poetry, which he recited frequently at local venues, and drawing and painting. As he wrote himself, "The time has come for the light of nature to free my soul." He was 29. Michael is survived by his beloved parents Michael Pasakarnis and his wife Beth of Mashpee and Kathle Struzik-Rapoza and her husband Joseph of Springfield. He also leaves his loving sisters Jennifer (Goodwin) Clapp and her husband Donald and their daughters Zoe and Casey of Easthampton, Karra Kiely of Quincy and Kristina Kiely of Springfield; his uncle Bob Struzik and his wife Betty of Bridgewater, his aunts Patricia Johnston and her husband John and Ann Shores and her husband Gary all of Palm Bay, FL and many cousins. Michael was born in Ft. Pierce, FL and graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 15th at 11 AM at the Richard Davis Funeral Home, 373 Court St (Rt 3A), N. Plymouth. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday September 14th from 6 to 8 PM Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations in his memory be made to NAMI Mass, 400 West Cummings Park, Suite 6650, Woburn, MA 01801-6528 or at www.manimass.org. On-line condolences may be made at www.richarddavisfuneralhome.com
Wed, 09/08/2010 02:00 PM Killed 3 dead 3 critical  0.0  Ligao City  
 Philippines 
  in rice field    Farming,Outside 
Lightning kills 3 farmers, injures 3 others in Albay By Mar S. Arguelles, Rey M. Nasol Inquirer Southern Luzon First Posted 12:17:00 09/08/2010 Filed Under: Accidents (general), Weather LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines -- Lightning struck a farming village in Ligao City, Albay on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the lives of three farmers and seriously wounding three others, a local official said Wednesday morning. Vice Mayor Patricia Gonzales-Alsua, in a phone interview, identified those killed as Reynaldo Prias, Jogi Pobar and Miguel Olazo, all residents of Barangay (village) Tinampo. Quoting a police report, she said the injured were Joel Borromeo, 34; Rogelio Prades, 32; and Anthony Borromeo, 19, of the same village. Alsua said the victims were rushed to the Doña Josefa Belmonte Memorial District Hospital in Ligao City but the three were declared dead on arrival due to third degree burns sustained while the three others injured were under observation. The elder Borromeo, however, who was in critical condition, was transferred to the Bicol Teaching and Training Hospital (BRTTH) for treatment in Daraga town. Alsua said the victims were tilling a rice field at around 2 p.m. when a heavy downpour and thunderstorm occurred. The victims sought refuge in a nipa hut in the middle of the ricefield when lightning struck the area, she added. Governor Joey Salceda, head of the Albay Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, said lightnings which kill humans, animals and even burn trees, is very dangerous. It is wise to stay indoors as there is no safe place outdoor during thunderstorms. Albay experienced on Tuesday low to moderate rains with thunderstorm spawned by a low pressure area northeast of Basco, Batanes.
Wed, 09/08/2010 07:15 AM Injured Jo Frechette  55.0  Wakefield MA  
 USA 
    N/A  Basement,Indirect,Indoors 
Person struck by lightning in Wakefield By Colneth Smiley Jr. Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - Updated 38 minutes ago E-mail Print (2) Comments Text size Share Buzz up! A Wakefield resident was struck by lightning early this morning as a severe thunderstorm moved across the region, authorities said. Wakefield Fire Department and paramedics with Action Ambulance Services responded to a 7:15 a.m. call to 28 Bryant Street where neighbors say a huge crack of lightning struck a local person. I had the front door open watching the storm with my kids and a huge crack of lightning hit, said neighbor Suzanne Powers, who lives across the street from where the lightning struck. I jumped, my kids jumped and started crying. We even hid in the closet then we heard the fire and ambulance sirens, said Powers. A spokesman with Action Ambulance told the Herald that the victim was transported to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, but could not comment on the condition of the patient. National Weather Service in Taunton said the storm was a head of a cold front that will pass by this afternoon. There was lots of lightning and heavy downpours in many places across eastern Mass., said meteorologist Charlie Foley. Its out over the ocean waters right now, and were looking for a mix of sun and clouds by midday with temps high in the 70s. WAKEFIELD, Mass., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts woman said she received a shock when she touched an iron after her house was struck by lightning. Jo Frechette, 55, of Wakefield, said she was preparing for work at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when she heard a strange sound that she later discovered was lightning striking her home, the Boston Globe reported Thursday. Frechette said she was thrown a distance of 6 feet when she placed her right hand on her iron. "Everything seemed to happen in such a flash second," Frechette said. She said she does not know whether the shock knocked her out, but she got off the ground when the phone rang and discovered she had "no feeling in my right arm and felt tingling all the way up to my face." Frechette said doctors told her the shock affected her right eardrum and equilibrium but expected her to make a full recovery within about 48 hours.
Mon, 09/06/2010 12:00 PM Killed 3 kids  0.0  Chhattisgarh  
 India 
       
Three children die after lightning in C'garh PTI | 01:09 AM,Sep 07,2010 Raipur, Sept 6 (PTI) Three children from a family died while another four injured after lightning at a village in Chhattisgarh's Janjgir district, police said. SP of Janjgir Anand Chhabda said the incident occurred near government run primary school at village Powna in the district. It started raining all of a sudden by noon and students going to school took shelter under a tree when lightning struck them. The injured children have been admitted to hospital, he said.
Sat, 09/04/2010 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead 1 injured  0.0  Bikaner 
 India 
       
BIKANER: One person died and another was injured as lightning struck Chani village of Shri Kolayat in the district on Friday. According to Gajner SHO Devendra Singh, Sadul Singh Rajput and his son Ummed were constructing a hut in their farm when lightning hit the duo around 4 pm, severely injuring both of them. Farmers working in nearby fields brought them to Govt PBM Hospital. However, doctors declared Ummed (24) dead while Sadul Singh is undergoing treatment. According to hospital sources, there were burn marks on Ummed's right thigh. The cellphone kept in the right side pocket of his pant was also burnt. Social activist Anand Vyas told TOI that Ummed purchased the mobile six months ago. His father too had a mobile of the same company but nothing happened to it. Bikaner Engineering College principal Dr M P Punia told TOI that mobile phones can't be blamed for damage to human body since these have less quantity of metal, and that too is covered with insulated plastic. There are chances that lightning took support of this little available metal, causing a blast in the handset, and, as it was raining, a wet Ummed would have worked as a conductor for it to pass through to the earth, thereby killing him
Fri, 09/03/2010 11:30 AM Injured woman   0.0   
 Australia 
      Outside 
Woman hit by lightning as sinkhole opens From: AdelaideNow September 03, 2010 1:29PM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Email Share Add to Digg Add to Facebook Add to Kwoff A WOMAN has been struck by lightning and there have been reports of a sinkhole opening up as storms hit South Australia's Eyre Peninsula and Gawler region this morning. The woman was struck at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation about 11.30am and was treated by ambulance crews, Adelaide Now reports. She was conscious. Thunderstorms and torrential rain have caused flooding on Eyre Peninsula and in Gawler. Kimba has received 40mm of rain since 9am and there are reports Kimba Area School, a road house and up to six houses in the town have been flooded. The State Emergency Service reports local roads in the area are impassable because of flooding. Related Coverage South braces for downpour The Australian, 9 days ago Floods kill 34 in Pakistan Adelaide Now, 28 Jul 2010 More rain for flood-hit China The Australian, 25 Jul 2010 Brace for more days of deluge Daily Telegraph, 4 Jun 2010 Agatha creates giant sinkhole in Guatemala The Australian, 1 Jun 2010 Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/woman-hit-by-lightning-as-sinkhole-opens/story-e6frfku0-1225913813375#ixzz0zKOJXMWP
Mon, 08/30/2010 12:00 PM Killed 2 brothers  0.0  Silgivillage  
 India 
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside 
Lightning kills two brothers PTI | 01:08 PM,Aug 31,2010 Balaghat (MP), Aug 31 (PTI) Two persons of a family were killed when lightning struck them at Silgi village near here, police said today.Basant Gadawal and brother Neelesh had taken shelter under a tree in an agricultural field following heavy rains last evening when the mishap occured, they said.Basant died on the spot while Neelesh breathed his last at the Paraswada Health Centre, police added.
Mon, 08/30/2010 02:00 PM Injured 7 hurt  14.0  Tamworth  
 Australia 
      Outside,School 
Seven hurt as lightning strikes NSW school August 30, 2011 - 5:44PM Ads by Google Special Needs: K12www.K12.com/Massachusetts K12 Provides The Support Children Deserve, w/ Free Books & Materials! AAP A bolt of lightning has injured a teacher and at least six children in Tamworth, in northwest NSW. Paramedics rushed to Tamworth High School just after 2pm (AEST) on Tuesday, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said. Lightning struck a tree, severing a branch which struck a woman on the head. Advertisement: Story continues below Six children aged between 13 and 15 suffered flash burn, which is a painful inflammation of the cornea when a person's eyes are exposed to bright ultraviolet (UV) light. The woman and the children were taken to Tamworth Base Hospital for treatment. Eight other children present at the scene did not appear to be injured but went to the same hospital for observation.
Sat, 08/28/2010 03:30 PM Injured Charlie David III  0.0  Belton SC 
 USA 
  holding metal tent pole  N/A  Church,Ground Strike,Metal,Outside,Tent 
Man Struck by Lightning; Find Out More On How To Survive A Strike Related Links » Link: Find out how to survive a ,lightning strike By SARA LEWIS Published: August 21, 2010 Updated: August 23, 2010 - 2:19 PM » 0 Comments | Post a Comment vote now Buzz up! According to the Anderson Independent Mail, a man is recovering tonight after being struck by lightning on Saturday during a church function. Charlie Davis III was struck by a bolt of lightning as he was touching a collapsible tent with ametal frame. Davis was taken to AnMed Medical Health Center by the Belton Rescue Squad. According to the paper, Davis appeared to be fine, walked inside the church after the lightning strike and was responsive to questions. News Channel 7's Carmen Coursey will h ANDERSON COUNTY  This story has been corrected from its original version. Strong rains and thunderstorms blew through Anderson County and the Upstate on Saturday. There were scattered reports of lightning strikes, officials said, and a man was hit by lightning at a church festival in Belton. Charlie Davis III was struck by a lightning bolt as he was touching a collapsible tent with a metal frame at the Second Baptist Church in Beltons Faith and Family Festival, said Mitch Brooks, one of the organizers of the event Brooks said two bolts of lightning illuminated the sky and hit the grounds of the church in quick succession around 3:30 p.m. Others at the scene, who were under a tent separate from the one Davis touched, said they felt the hair on their arms or head standing up when the lightning hit. Davis was taken to AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson by the Belton Rescue Squad, Brooks said. Davis appeared to be fine but was going to be checked for internal damage, Brooks said. He added that Davis walked inside the church after the lightning strike and responded to questions at that time. The church packed up the event early because of Saturdays rains. Aside from the lightning strike, there was little damage because of the storms, officials said. We have had no calls generated from the storms, said Anita Donley, spokeswoman for the Anderson County Emergency Services branch of the County Sheriffs Office. No downed trees, no powerlines, nothing unusual. There were few power outages in the area, and less than 50 people total were out of power in Anderson and Oconee counties as of 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Duke Energys online outage tracker. Anderson County received an average of up to half an inch of rain during the afternoon storms, said Blair Holloway, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service branch in Greer. Its certainly not a whole lot of rainfall, nothing that should cause any flooding in most areas, he said. The next few days will warm up, Holloway said. There is a 50 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms today, he said. The highs are expected to be in the 90s. As the week rolls on, the chances of rain falling will drop, and temperatures should be in the low 90s or upper 80s, Holloway said.
Sat, 08/28/2010 02:00 PM Killed Thomas Bell  0.0  St James  
 Jamaica 
  in open field    Metal,Outside,Work 
Man retrieving scrap metal killed by lightning Was sheltering from rain under piece of zinc Jamaica Observer Sunday, August 29, 2010 THOMAS Bell, otherwise called Souljie of Crooked River, Clarendon, died after he was struck by lighting at Unity Hall, St James yesterday. Anchovy Police reported that about 2:00 pm Bell, who is a scrap metal collector, was in the process of retrieving a piece of scrap metal in an open field. Because it was reportedly raining heavily at the time, he used a piece of zinc to shelter himself from the rain, and was struck by lightning. He reportedly died on the spot. Detectives processed the scene; the body was removed to the morgue.
Fri, 08/27/2010 12:00 PM Killed 25 dead  0.0   
 India 
       
Sonebhadra loses precious lives to lightning Binay Singh, TNN, Aug 27, 2010, 07.55pm IST Article Comments Tags:ntpc|electrostatic discharge|chopan police station VARANASI: A 28-year-old youth, Pappu, a resident of Bharahari village under Chopan police station in Sonebhadra district, was killed when lightning struck him on Wednesday evening. Pappu was not alone who lost his life in lightning, but 25 other persons have also been similarly killed in the past five months in different areas of Sonebhadra district. "From April 1 to August 24, as many as 25 persons and 65 big and small cattle heads have been killed due to lightning in different parts of the district," ADM (Sonebhadra) Udya Bhan Tripathi told TOI on Friday. According to him, Dudhi and Robertsganj tehsils witnessed maximum lightning deaths. It may be mentioned here that the Sonebhadra district is known for power generation with many thermal power plants of NTPC and UP government. The district also has other industrial units. The areas close to industrial units are comparatively safe from lightning as the industrial units have their own lightning protection devices. But, the areas closer to forests and hills are prone to lightning. "These areas witness lightning deaths every year," said Tripathi. Lightning is a powerful natural electrostatic discharge produced during a thunderstorm. The electricity passing through the atmosphere rapidly heats and expands the air, producing lightning and thunder sound. Different locations have different potentials and currents for an average lightning strike. The Sonebhadra district has a forest cover spread in an area of 6,788 square km, including dense forest in 1,078 square km area. The trees are frequent conductors of lighting to the ground. It is also believed that a tree standing alone is frequently struck by lightning. "Following a detailed study of different areas of the district, we have sent a proposal to the state government for the installation of anti-lightning devices or lighting protection system in such areas so that the lives of people can be saved," said Tripathi. However, the district administration is yet to get any nod from the government in this regard. Many of such deaths can be prevented if basic precautions are taken. A lightning protection system is designed to protect a structure from damage due to lightning strikes by intercepting such strikes and safely passing their extremely high voltage currents to the ground. "Most of the victims of lighting were outside their homes when lightning struck them. However, the district administration provided financial relief of Rs 1 lakh to the kin of each lightning victims," said Tripathi. (A) Things to avoid when outside during thunderstorm High places and open fields Isolated trees Rain or picnic shelters Communications towers Flagpoles Light poles Metal fences Metal-shafted or conductive umbrellas, shovels and fishing rods (B) Things to avoid when inside during thunderstorm Use of the telephone (cellular and cordless telephone use is safe) Taking a shower or bath Washing your hands or dishes Any contact with conductive surfaces with exposure to the outside such as metal door or window frames, electrical wiring, telephone wiring, cable TV wiring Using electrical appliances that plug into the wall Being near windows and doors in general Read more: Sonebhadra loses precious lives to lightning - Varanasi - City - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/Sonebhadra-loses-precious-lives-to-lightning/articleshow/6446915.cms#ixzz0xu55iPsD
Fri, 08/27/2010 06:45 PM Injured girl   12.0  Springville UT  
 USA 
  holding metal tent pole    Football,Ground Strike,Metal,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Girl shocked by lightning during Springville High School football game By Peter S. Lozancich The Salt Lake Tribune Updated 7 Hours Ago A bolt of lightning shocked a girl Friday night during a high school football game in Springville. The 12-year-old girl was hospitalized with minor injuries, and the game was delayed until the electrical storm passed over the area, said police Lt. Dave Caron. Nobody else was injured in the incident. About 6:45 p.m., during the second quarter of the game between Springville High School and Reno, Nevadas Wooster High School, lightning struck the ground outside the northwest boundary of the gridiron. The lightning apparently traveled under the ground to the southwest side of the field, where the drill team had set up a booth to sell scones. I would guess it was 100 yards away from where the lightning hit the ground, Caron said. The girl, a sister of a drill team member, was helping at the booth. She was holding on to a metal pole that was supporting an awning over the booth. The electrical charge apparently went up a metal pole, shocking the girl and throwing her backward and to the ground, Caron said. Nobody close to the strike was injured, he said. It was a freak of nature kind of thing. Caron said the girl was alert and talking after the shock, but wasnt quite sure what had happened to her. She had a small mark on her left hand where the electricity had entered her body, he said. She said her left arm feels very, very weak ... but I dont know of any other injuries aside from the electricity coursing through her body, he said. The girl was treated by fire personnel and EMTs and transported by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, where she was being kept for observation. Immediately after the lightning strike, authorities evacuated the field and the game was delayed until the storm passed, about an hour later, Caron said. Springville defeated Wooster, 40-0.
Thu, 08/26/2010 12:00 PM Injured worker  0.0  Shanghai  
  
      Construction site,Outside,Work 
Worker in critical status after lightning struck 2010-08-26 07:40 One worker was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm while working on a construction site of a primary school in Shanghai on Wednesday afternoon. The worker was still in critical condition after being rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. The thunderstorm packed with heavy rains sweeping across the city while hail hit the southwestern area of and gales swept some other parts following a sunny morning noon. Shanghai Meteorological Bureau warned such a mixed weather within the day may continue into next week, adding it would help cool down the heat. The maximum temperatures for the remaining week are expected to drop to about 33 degrees Celsius, the bureau forecast. The hail started at about 2:48pm in the city's southwest Minhang District. Hailstones were as big as nine millimeter in diameter, the bureau said. Hailstones were reported to have slightly damaged some cars. No one was reported injured by the hailstones. An orange storm alert, the second level of a four-scale warning system, was issued at 3:10pm and a yellow gale alert, the third level of the four-scale warning system, was issued earlier at 2:30pm. Source:Shanghai Daily
Tue, 08/24/2010 12:00 PM Killed 4 family members  0.0  Baili village Nalanda 
  
      Outside 
Four of family killed in lightning strike in Nalanda Advertisement Share Print E-mail Comment[ - ] Text [ + ]STAFF WRITER 20:13 HRS IST Biharsharif, Aug 24 (PTI) Four members of a family were today killed when lightning struck them in Baili village, while four other women sustained burn injuries in a similar incident in Palatpura village in Nalanda district, police said. All the four of the family were killed on the spot when lightning struck them while they were sitting outside their house, police said, adding the deceased have been identified as Seovalak Ram, his wife Bacchi Devi, sons Dhoni Ram and Kapil Ram. In the second incident, four women sustained burns when lightning struck them while they were grazing their livestock in a field in Palatpura village, police said, adding seven cattle perished in the same incident.
Sat, 08/21/2010 05:30 PM Injured child  11.0  Whitley county KY 
 USA 
      Outside 
Posted: 9:57 PM Aug 21, 2010 Child hit by lightning A scary afternoon for a southern Kentucky child after being struck by lightning. Story 0 Comments Font Size: A scary afternoon for a southern Kentucky child after being struck by lightning. The bolt hit the 11-year-old around 5:30 tonight on KY 904 near Yarden Church Road in Whitley County. Officials say the child was hit in the hand. Emergency responders treated him at the scene and he's expected to be okay.
Fri, 08/20/2010 12:00 PM Injured postal worker  0.0  St. Charles MO 
 USA 
  sitting in car  N/A  In a car,In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect,Mail Carrier,Work 
St. Charles postal worker alert after being struck by lightning Credit: Russell Kinsaul, KMOV.com (KMOV)  A postal worker has been struck by lightning during Fridays storms. According to post office employees on the scene, a mail carrier was struck by lightning at 191 Hastings Way in St. Charles. After being struck, the worker called her office to send help. (KMOV / August, 20, 2010) KMOV.com Posted on August 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM Updated yesterday at 10:42 PM Related: Storms hit St. Charles, punish festival Gallery SEE ALL 3 PHOTOS » Hastings way ©2010 Google - Map data ©2010 - Terms of Use VIEW LARGER MAP (KMOV)  A postal worker has been struck by lightning during Fridays storms. According to post office employees on the scene, a mail carrier was struck by lightning at 191 Hastings Way in St. Charles. After being struck, the worker called her office to send help. The worker was sitting in his car and suddenly felt a tingling sensation. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution. News 4s Russell Kinsaul is at the scene and reports the man is alive and alert. This is the second time this summer a postal worker has been struck by lightning. In June, a carrier in Jennings was struck and killed by lightning.
Fri, 08/20/2010 04:00 PM Killed 5 die   0.0  Jharkhand 
 India 
       
Five die in lightning PTI Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), Aug 20 (PTI) Five persons including a woman were killed and five others injured when lightning struck them while they were working in the paddy field at Katkumsandi of Hazaribagh District, official report received here today said.All the injured were admitted to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital and are recovering said the police.According to the details available after a prolonged dry spell some parts of Hazaribagh District received good rainfall which prompted the farmers to complete the transplantation of paddy seedlings to salvage some crop and started the operation in Bahimar village under Katkumsandi village when the lightning struck them killing Taruna Devi and Pawan Singh a youth on the spot and injuring five persons all women.All the injured women were brought to Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital. In the second incident of lightning Budho Yadav was killed due to lightning when he was working in village Danr also of Katkumsandi Police Station of Hazaribagh District. All the dead bodies were handed over to their relatives by the Police after the post mortem examination.Immediately after the tragedy the villagers and relatives of the deceased moved the Block Office at Katkumsandi for payment of compensation to the family of the deceased The Circle Officer of Katkumsandi Manish visited the house of the victims and assured them that very soon compensation will be paid to the family of deceased.In the third incident of the lightning two persons of village Khakadih under the Jamua Police station of the adjoining Giridih District were killed on spot when lightning struck on their hut last night killing two on the spot. PTI COR AMD
Fri, 08/20/2010 04:00 PM Injured 5 footballers  0.0  Kelo village Orissa 
 India 
  playing soccer    Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Five footballers injured in lightning strike PTI Rourkela, Aug 20 (PTI) Five football players were injured when lightning struck them during a match in a field at Kelo village under Bonai police station in Orissa's Sundargarh district. Police sources said, a football match between Baramusa and Kelo village teams were on when lightning struck the ground injuring five players. All injured were rushed to Bonai government hospital.PTI SCP
Fri, 08/20/2010 02:00 PM Injured Alex Cartwriht  12.0  Morrison IL 
 USA 
  struck leaving school  N/A  Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Playground,School 
MIDWEST: Illinois 12-year-old Critically Injured by Lightning EMAIL THIS ARTICLE FACEBOOK DIGG PRINT THIS ARTICLE Story Created: Aug 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM CDT MORRISON, Ill. (AP)  A 12-year-old western Illinois boy is in critical condition after being struck by lightning as he left school. Morrison police Chief Brian Melton says the boy was struck as he left Morrison Southside School at about 2 p.m. Friday. The boy is in critical condition at the burn unit of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City. That's the third hospital he's been in since Friday's accident. He was initially taken to Morrison Community Hospital, then airlifted to Illini Hospital in Silvis. The boy's family has asked that his name not be released. Counselors and clergy will be available at the school Saturday morning and Monday. Video from WQAD-TV/WQAD.com Morrison boy struck by lightning improves By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer CLINTON  A Morrison boy struck by lightning in the Southside Elementary School playground last week is improving. In a Thursday post on www.carepages.com, 12-year-old Alex Cartwrights mother, Diane Williams, said her sons breathing tube was removed. She said the doctors have to make sure his airway remains clear and she hoped they would not have to put a new breathing tube in. In a Friday post, Williams stated that the breathing tube was still out. Thanks again to all that have showed their continued support. Alex is a hero! I love the fight in my boy, wrote Williams in the Friday post. A donation account has been created in Cartwrights name at the Community State Bank. Donations can be made at the Morrison, Sterling, Rock Falls, and Fulton locations. The carepages posts also can be accessed through www.thecity1.com.
Fri, 08/20/2010 05:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Boca Raton Fl 
 USA 
    N/A  Outside 
Lightning Strikes 1 In Boca Raton Victim's Condition Not Known POSTED: 6:10 pm EDT August 21, 2010 UPDATED: 6:17 pm EDT August 21, 2010 Email Print Comments BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials said a person was struck by lightning in Boca Raton on Saturday. The lightning strike happened at a park off Glades Road at about 5 p.m. The victim's condition was not immediately known. There were no further details available. Stay with WPBF 25 News and WPBF.com for the latest details. Copyright 2010 by WPBF.com. All rights reserved
Thu, 08/19/2010 11:00 AM Injured man   20.0  Grantsville UT  
 USA 
      Outside 
Man hit by lightning in Salt Lake City-area storm Story Associated Press | Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 1:48 pm Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Summer thunderstorms packing heavy rain, winds and lightning swept through the Salt Lake Valley, flooding intersections and causing scattered power outages. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a 20-year-old man was in good condition after being struck by lightning in Grantsville about 11 a.m. Thursday. Flooding was reported in parts of several communities, and authorities in South Salt Lake issued an emergency alert after several vehicles stalled in pools of water at 3300 South and Interstate 15. Officials in Draper reported water in court and police offices, and Unified Fire Battalion Chief Clint Smith said firefighters were using ropes to reach hikers stranded along Little Cottonwood Creek. Rocky Mountain Power reported pockets of between 50 and 130 customers without electricity around the Salt Lake Valley. ___ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM unknown Lightning Victim; No safe place outdoors  0.0  Jackson Hole WY 
 USA 
    N/A  Education,mpu 
Wyoming is an average state when it comes to the number of days thunderstorms will occur, a valley meteorologist says. 3 Creek - In Story Quarter - 50k Florida leads the nation on that score, said Jim Woodmencey, radio weatherman, meteorologist and operator of Mountainweather.com. In Wyoming, lightning strikes the ground at least once on only about 40 days a year, he said. But when it comes to deaths, Wyoming finds itself at the top of the list this year, along with Georgia. According to statistics com-piled by StruckbyLightning.org, an independent clearinghouse, three persons have died in each of the two states so far in 2010. One of those Wyoming deaths was Brandon Oldenkamp who was knocked off the Grand Teton by a lightning strike July 21. The Web page lists only one death in Florida. Thatâ¬"s only one seemingly contradictory aspect of lightning, which despite drawing attention as an awesome and universal phenomenon, remains somewhat mysterious. Information about lightning can confound the public, create debate among educators, and lead even scientists to admit they are at a loss to explain all its aspects. That thunder and lightning should signal retreat is something every dog knows, as do most people by the time they are of grade-school age. Many aspects of lightning and thunderstorms are well-understood and easily taught. â¬SItâ¬"s sixth-grade science,⬝ Woodmencey said. When pressed to explain some aspects, however, he reaches for his college notes and groans a scientistâ¬"s lament: â¬SWe donâ¬"t understand it completely.⬝ â¬SIâ¬"ll bet you the average physics teacher, he would have to run to a book,⬝ Woodmencey said during a discussion about positive and negative charges, volts and amps, stepped leaders, ionized paths, plasma columns and pilot streamers. â¬SLightning is kind of a hard thing to study,⬝ he said. â¬SIt puts you at great risk. It isnâ¬"t easily explained.⬝ Lightning victim Michael Utley, who formed StruckbyLightning.org in 2000, agrees some aspects are not understood. And despite ample knowledge about other aspects, education on safety is flawed, he said. As an example of the conundrum, â¬SWe donâ¬"t know how lightning starts,⬝ Utley said. â¬SWe havenâ¬"t come that far from Ben Franklin.⬝ After years of study, his mantra is simple: â¬SThereâ¬"s no safe place outside in a thunderstorm,⬝ he said in a telephone interview this week. â¬SThereâ¬"s nothing you can do.⬝ Why then is there so much advice regarding lightning? Why does Utley think the National Outdoor Leadership School is wrong to teach the â¬Slightning position,⬝ an admittedly controversial crouch advocated as a last resort that might reduce the chances of being hit or shocked? â¬SUnfortunately, the government is looking for something to tell people to do,⬝ he said of advice such as getting down. If you want to be safe from thunderstorms and lightning, go inside, he urges. And if one is in the backcountry and canâ¬"t, â¬Sprayer is a good thing,⬝ he said. Utley seems to take particular relish in deriding the lightning position. NOLS curriculum manager John Gookin advocates adopting the crouch, with the feet together, to reduce the chance of ground currents traveling from foot to foot through the body or of side flashes hitting a person. Although instructor Gookin is careful to say that crouching is not a defense against the rare direct strike, Utley rejects the concept outright. â¬SIf you think going to three feet from six feet makes a difference at all when youâ¬"re taking about something five times hotter than the sun with the power of a nuclear power plant moving at a couple million miles an hour, Iâ¬"ve got a bridge to Idaho to sell you,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt doesnâ¬"t work. â¬SYouâ¬"re trying to give people an option when there isnâ¬"t one,⬝ he said. â¬SYouâ¬"re perpetuating something that gets people doing the wrong thing.⬝ Turning to science, Utley said, â¬SNothing attracts lightning.⬝ Charged thunderclouds send feelers or â¬Sstepped leaders⬝ groundward looking to make a connection. Similar â¬Spilot streamers⬝ grow skyward for shorter distances. The two are ionized, plasma columns, narrow, magnetic channels through which charges travel. In a completely flat world, a person would do well to crouch, Utley says. This has been described in a scientific paper, Utley said, adding his footnote: â¬SThereâ¬"s no perfectly flat place in the world.⬝ Even blades of grass and pebbles can emit upward pilot streamers. Each is a potential connection point. â¬SWhich one does the lightning pick?⬝ he asked. â¬SWho knows?⬝ Itâ¬"s a matter of chance. He dismisses the notion that lightning always strikes the tallest thing around. â¬SThereâ¬"s a picture of lightning hitting a blade of grass next to the Washington Monument,⬝ he said. â¬SLightning is like an elephant,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt goes where it wants. It doesnâ¬"t have to hit the tall objects ⬠it can hit the short objects.⬝ To help comprehend lightningâ¬"s randomness, he describes the average bolt. It is 10 to 15 miles long. One recorded in Houston was 112 miles long. On such an electronic odyssey, Utley asked, what difference does a few feet ⬠or a few dozen, a few hundred or even a few thousand feet ⬠make to a massive bolt? Mountains, which Woodmencey says receive seven times more lightning strikes than a valley, may get more strikes not necessarily because they are higher but because they force lifting that charges clouds and storms, Utley said. If one believes that taller objects are more prone to being struck, and also that crouching or keeping your feet together will reduce your chances of becoming a lightning victim, he suggested an unusual tactic. â¬SSquat down on one foot and hop downhill,⬝ he said. â¬SLighting outdoor safety ⬠it is a joke.⬝ Sometimes it seems as if Utley uses hyperbole to make his point. In fact, he agrees that lightning tends to strikes higher places more often, and his Web page says to avoid such places. Scientists know that air is a good resistor to electricity and the ground, high peaks included, is not. Utley advocates scheduling outdoor activities to avoid lightning and to avoid trees, one of Gookinâ¬"s first recommendations. And Utley urges CPR, the rescue first-aid that saved him when he was struck on a golf course. While he preaches largely to the urban crowd ⬠â¬SWhen thunder roars, go indoors!⬝ ⬠he would propose advice for the backcountry. â¬SI would spread out so if somebody is struck, the other people could give him CPR,⬝ he said, echoing a recommended NOLS tactic. â¬SIf in a tent, Iâ¬"d probably stay in the tent and stay dry.⬝ If he were hiking with a group, he would probably ask members to spread out and keep moving, â¬Sjust so I had only one foot on the ground,⬝ he said. Metal climbing gear doesnâ¬"t attract lightning, but it will conduct it, he said. Also, it will burn once it serves as a conduit. Finally, climbers carry a particular danger, he said. â¬SThe biggest problem with climbers is the wet ropes,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt hits one wet rope and itâ¬"s going down to hit everybody.⬝
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM unknown safety tips  0.0  WY 
 USA 
      Education 
Lightning victim: No safe place outdoors print page | send as email | email editor By Angus M. Thuermer Jr. August 18, 2010 Second of two parts  Eds. Wyoming is an average state when it comes to the number of days thunderstorms will occur, a valley meteorologist says. Florida leads the nation on that score, said Jim Woodmencey, radio weatherman, meteorologist and operator of Mountainweather.com. In Wyoming, lightning strikes the ground at least once on only about 40 days a year, he said. But when it comes to deaths, Wyoming finds itself at the top of the list this year, along with Georgia. According to statistics com-piled by StruckbyLightning.org, an independent clearinghouse, three persons have died in each of the two states so far in 2010. One of those Wyoming deaths was Brandon Oldenkamp who was knocked off the Grand Teton by a lightning strike July 21. The Web page lists only one death in Florida. Thats only one seemingly contradictory aspect of lightning, which despite drawing attention as an awesome and universal phenomenon, remains somewhat mysterious. Information about lightning can confound the public, create debate among educators, and lead even scientists to admit they are at a loss to explain all its aspects. That thunder and lightning should signal retreat is something every dog knows, as do most people by the time they are of grade-school age. Many aspects of lightning and thunderstorms are well-understood and easily taught. Its sixth-grade science, Woodmencey said. When pressed to explain some aspects, however, he reaches for his college notes and groans a scientists lament: We dont understand it completely. Ill bet you the average physics teacher, he would have to run to a book, Woodmencey said during a discussion about positive and negative charges, volts and amps, stepped leaders, ionized paths, plasma columns and pilot streamers. Lightning is kind of a hard thing to study, he said. It puts you at great risk. It isnt easily explained. Lightning victim Michael Utley, who formed StruckbyLightning.org in 2000, agrees some aspects are not understood. And despite ample knowledge about other aspects, education on safety is flawed, he said. As an example of the conundrum, We dont know how lightning starts, Utley said. We havent come that far from Ben Franklin. After years of study, his mantra is simple: Theres no safe place outside in a thunderstorm, he said in a telephone interview this week. Theres nothing you can do. Why then is there so much advice regarding lightning? Why does Utley think the National Outdoor Leadership School is wrong to teach the lightning position, an admittedly controversial crouch advocated as a last resort that might reduce the chances of being hit or shocked? Unfortunately, the government is looking for something to tell people to do, he said of advice such as getting down. If you want to be safe from thunderstorms and lightning, go inside, he urges. And if one is in the backcountry and cant, prayer is a good thing, he said. Utley seems to take particular relish in deriding the lightning position. NOLS curriculum manager John Gookin advocates adopting the crouch, with the feet together, to reduce the chance of ground currents traveling from foot to foot through the body or of side flashes hitting a person. Although instructor Gookin is careful to say that crouching is not a defense against the rare direct strike, Utley rejects the concept outright. If you think going to three feet from six feet makes a difference at all when youre taking about something five times hotter than the sun with the power of a nuclear power plant moving at a couple million miles an hour, Ive got a bridge to Idaho to sell you, Utley said. It doesnt work. Youre trying to give people an option when there isnt one, he said. Youre perpetuating something that gets people doing the wrong thing. Turning to science, Utley said, Nothing attracts lightning. Charged thunderclouds send feelers or stepped leaders groundward looking to make a connection. Similar pilot streamers grow skyward for shorter distances. The two are ionized, plasma columns, narrow, magnetic channels through which charges travel. In a completely flat world, a person would do well to crouch, Utley says. This has been described in a scientific paper, Utley said, adding his footnote: Theres no perfectly flat place in the world. Even blades of grass and pebbles can emit upward pilot streamers. Each is a potential connection point. Which one does the lightning pick? he asked. Who knows? Its a matter of chance. He dismisses the notion that lightning always strikes the tallest thing around. Theres a picture of lightning hitting a blade of grass next to the Washington Monument, he said. Lightning is like an elephant, Utley said. It goes where it wants. It doesnt have to hit the tall objects  it can hit the short objects. To help comprehend lightnings randomness, he describes the average bolt. It is 10 to 15 miles long. One recorded in Houston was 112 miles long. On such an electronic odyssey, Utley asked, what difference does a few feet  or a few dozen, a few hundred or even a few thousand feet  make to a massive bolt? Mountains, which Woodmencey says receive seven times more lightning strikes than a valley, may get more strikes not necessarily because they are higher but because they force lifting that charges clouds and storms, Utley said. If one believes that taller objects are more prone to being struck, and also that crouching or keeping your feet together will reduce your chances of becoming a lightning victim, he suggested an unusual tactic. Squat down on one foot and hop downhill, he said. Lighting outdoor safety  it is a joke. Sometimes it seems as if Utley uses hyperbole to make his point. In fact, he agrees that lightning tends to strikes higher places more often, and his Web page says to avoid such places. Scientists know that air is a good resistor to electricity and the ground, high peaks included, is not. Utley advocates scheduling outdoor activities to avoid lightning and to avoid trees, one of Gookins first recommendations. And Utley urges CPR, the rescue first-aid that saved him when he was struck on a golf course. While he preaches largely to the urban crowd  When thunder roars, go indoors!  he would propose advice for the backcountry. I would spread out so if somebody is struck, the other people could give him CPR, he said, echoing a recommended NOLS tactic. If in a tent, Id probably stay in the tent and stay dry. If he were hiking with a group, he would probably ask members to spread out and keep moving, just so I had only one foot on the ground, he said. Metal climbing gear doesnt attract lightning, but it will conduct it, he said. Also, it will burn once it serves as a conduit. Finally, climbers carry a particular danger, he said. The biggest problem with climbers is the wet ropes, Utley said. It hits one wet rope and its going down to hit everybody.
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM unknown Press  0.0  Jackson Hole WY 
 USA 
       
Wyoming is an average state when it comes to the number of days thunderstorms will occur, a valley meteorologist says. 3 Creek - In Story Quarter - 50k Florida leads the nation on that score, said Jim Woodmencey, radio weatherman, meteorologist and operator of Mountainweather.com. In Wyoming, lightning strikes the ground at least once on only about 40 days a year, he said. But when it comes to deaths, Wyoming finds itself at the top of the list this year, along with Georgia. According to statistics com-piled by StruckbyLightning.org, an independent clearinghouse, three persons have died in each of the two states so far in 2010. One of those Wyoming deaths was Brandon Oldenkamp who was knocked off the Grand Teton by a lightning strike July 21. The Web page lists only one death in Florida. Thatâ¬"s only one seemingly contradictory aspect of lightning, which despite drawing attention as an awesome and universal phenomenon, remains somewhat mysterious. Information about lightning can confound the public, create debate among educators, and lead even scientists to admit they are at a loss to explain all its aspects. That thunder and lightning should signal retreat is something every dog knows, as do most people by the time they are of grade-school age. Many aspects of lightning and thunderstorms are well-understood and easily taught. â¬SItâ¬"s sixth-grade science,⬝ Woodmencey said. When pressed to explain some aspects, however, he reaches for his college notes and groans a scientistâ¬"s lament: â¬SWe donâ¬"t understand it completely.⬝ â¬SIâ¬"ll bet you the average physics teacher, he would have to run to a book,⬝ Woodmencey said during a discussion about positive and negative charges, volts and amps, stepped leaders, ionized paths, plasma columns and pilot streamers. â¬SLightning is kind of a hard thing to study,⬝ he said. â¬SIt puts you at great risk. It isnâ¬"t easily explained.⬝ Lightning victim Michael Utley, who formed StruckbyLightning.org in 2000, agrees some aspects are not understood. And despite ample knowledge about other aspects, education on safety is flawed, he said. As an example of the conundrum, â¬SWe donâ¬"t know how lightning starts,⬝ Utley said. â¬SWe havenâ¬"t come that far from Ben Franklin.⬝ After years of study, his mantra is simple: â¬SThereâ¬"s no safe place outside in a thunderstorm,⬝ he said in a telephone interview this week. â¬SThereâ¬"s nothing you can do.⬝ Why then is there so much advice regarding lightning? Why does Utley think the National Outdoor Leadership School is wrong to teach the â¬Slightning position,⬝ an admittedly controversial crouch advocated as a last resort that might reduce the chances of being hit or shocked? â¬SUnfortunately, the government is looking for something to tell people to do,⬝ he said of advice such as getting down. If you want to be safe from thunderstorms and lightning, go inside, he urges. And if one is in the backcountry and canâ¬"t, â¬Sprayer is a good thing,⬝ he said. Utley seems to take particular relish in deriding the lightning position. NOLS curriculum manager John Gookin advocates adopting the crouch, with the feet together, to reduce the chance of ground currents traveling from foot to foot through the body or of side flashes hitting a person. Although instructor Gookin is careful to say that crouching is not a defense against the rare direct strike, Utley rejects the concept outright. â¬SIf you think going to three feet from six feet makes a difference at all when youâ¬"re taking about something five times hotter than the sun with the power of a nuclear power plant moving at a couple million miles an hour, Iâ¬"ve got a bridge to Idaho to sell you,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt doesnâ¬"t work. â¬SYouâ¬"re trying to give people an option when there isnâ¬"t one,⬝ he said. â¬SYouâ¬"re perpetuating something that gets people doing the wrong thing.⬝ Turning to science, Utley said, â¬SNothing attracts lightning.⬝ Charged thunderclouds send feelers or â¬Sstepped leaders⬝ groundward looking to make a connection. Similar â¬Spilot streamers⬝ grow skyward for shorter distances. The two are ionized, plasma columns, narrow, magnetic channels through which charges travel. In a completely flat world, a person would do well to crouch, Utley says. This has been described in a scientific paper, Utley said, adding his footnote: â¬SThereâ¬"s no perfectly flat place in the world.⬝ Even blades of grass and pebbles can emit upward pilot streamers. Each is a potential connection point. â¬SWhich one does the lightning pick?⬝ he asked. â¬SWho knows?⬝ Itâ¬"s a matter of chance. He dismisses the notion that lightning always strikes the tallest thing around. â¬SThereâ¬"s a picture of lightning hitting a blade of grass next to the Washington Monument,⬝ he said. â¬SLightning is like an elephant,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt goes where it wants. It doesnâ¬"t have to hit the tall objects ⬠it can hit the short objects.⬝ To help comprehend lightningâ¬"s randomness, he describes the average bolt. It is 10 to 15 miles long. One recorded in Houston was 112 miles long. On such an electronic odyssey, Utley asked, what difference does a few feet ⬠or a few dozen, a few hundred or even a few thousand feet ⬠make to a massive bolt? Mountains, which Woodmencey says receive seven times more lightning strikes than a valley, may get more strikes not necessarily because they are higher but because they force lifting that charges clouds and storms, Utley said. If one believes that taller objects are more prone to being struck, and also that crouching or keeping your feet together will reduce your chances of becoming a lightning victim, he suggested an unusual tactic. â¬SSquat down on one foot and hop downhill,⬝ he said. â¬SLighting outdoor safety ⬠it is a joke.⬝ Sometimes it seems as if Utley uses hyperbole to make his point. In fact, he agrees that lightning tends to strikes higher places more often, and his Web page says to avoid such places. Scientists know that air is a good resistor to electricity and the ground, high peaks included, is not. Utley advocates scheduling outdoor activities to avoid lightning and to avoid trees, one of Gookinâ¬"s first recommendations. And Utley urges CPR, the rescue first-aid that saved him when he was struck on a golf course. While he preaches largely to the urban crowd ⬠â¬SWhen thunder roars, go indoors!⬝ ⬠he would propose advice for the backcountry. â¬SI would spread out so if somebody is struck, the other people could give him CPR,⬝ he said, echoing a recommended NOLS tactic. â¬SIf in a tent, Iâ¬"d probably stay in the tent and stay dry.⬝ If he were hiking with a group, he would probably ask members to spread out and keep moving, â¬Sjust so I had only one foot on the ground,⬝ he said. Metal climbing gear doesnâ¬"t attract lightning, but it will conduct it, he said. Also, it will burn once it serves as a conduit. Finally, climbers carry a particular danger, he said. â¬SThe biggest problem with climbers is the wet ropes,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt hits one wet rope and itâ¬"s going down to hit everybody.⬝
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Loris SC 
 USA 
  in a building    Indirect,Indoors 
Woman injued in lightning strike in Loris area By Steve Jones - sjones@thesunnews.com E-MAIL PRINT COMMENTS (0) RECOMMEND (0) REPRINT OR LICENSE TEXT SIZE: A woman was injured this afternoon when lightning struck a building in the Loris area, said Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue. Yancey said the woman was in the building, but had no other details. She said the woman was transported to Loris Hospital. Similar stories: 1-year-old Loris boy killed in crash on S.C. 9 is identified Infant dies in two-car crash in Horry County Two Horry County women killed in car crash Horry County trio indicted in kidnapping, home invasion in Conway Police | Two teens sought in vehicle theft No information the woman's condition could be obtained tonight. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20102108011908_woman-injued-in-lightning-strike.html#ixzz0xGIwN0qN
Tue, 08/17/2010 03:20 PM Injured teen  15.0  Tiffin IA 
 USA 
    N/A  Basement,Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
A teenage boy was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon at a home in Tiffin and taken by ambulance to a local hospital, Tiffin Fire Chief Brian Detert said. The fire department received a page for a lightning strike about 3:20 p.m. at 283 Woodfield Drive. Detert said the victim was up and walking around when help arrived, and his injuries did not appear serious. Detert said no fire resulted from the strike, and damage to the home was minimal. Thunderstorms throughout the afternoon brought rain totals of 1 to 2 inches in the Iowa City area. According to the National Weather Service, a spotter in Wellman reported 2.1 inches of rain in one hour Friday, which resulted to some flash flooding. The Iowa City Fire Department said they hadn't had any reports of damage or traffic problems as a result of the weather. iffin teenager struck by lightning at home Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by Christopher Pratt. The home of a Tiffin teenager about an hour after it was struck by lightning. (Christopher Pratt/The Gazette) One teenage male was sent to a medical care facility by ambulance after lightning struck him while he was using a laptop computer this afternoon, said Fire Chief Brian Detert. The lightning struck the house at 283 Woodfield Drive in Tiffin around 3:20 p.m. It sent a shock through to the victim who was using a computer in the basement. Detert said the victims injuries were not believed to be serious. Emergency response crews from Tiffin and Oxford came to the subdivision. No smoke or flames were reported and damage was said to be minimal.
Mon, 08/16/2010 12:20 AM Injured Savanah Vowers  14.0  Littleton CO 
 USA 
  washing car  N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Washing Car 
irl Survives Lightning Strike In Jefferson County Reporting Jodi Brooks JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)  Click to enlarge 1 of 1 Savanah Vowers points to where she was when she was struck by lightning. CBS A teenage girl survived a lightning strike Monday afternoon while washing an SUV near Littleton. The girl hit by lightning was washing a car on Cooper Drive in unincorporated Jefferson County near Coal Mine Avenue and Simms Street. Savanah Vowers, 14, was crouched over by the rear wheels while washing her parents' SUV at about 12:20 p.m. when the lightning struck. She said the sky was clear and sunny. She then saw a flash of light before she felt some pain. "My whole right side of my body was tingling and my hand went numb soon after that and it started to hurt a little bit," Vowers said. "I feel extremely lucky. They had to do a whole bunch of heart tests and I was afraid I'd have all these heart problems, so I'm very thankful that it was just minor nerve stuff." Vowers was treated at Swedish Medical Center. The residual effect for Vowers is shaking in her hand and arm. She says it comes and goes and will likely get better over time. A lightning strike also caused a small fire in Golden and another struck a tree in Jefferson County Monday afternoon. West Metro Fire reports that 25 people have been hit and killed by lightning strikes this year in the United States.
Mon, 08/16/2010 04:22 PM Injured Akieem Davis  0.0  Agusta GA 
 USA 
  inside his house    Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
Man and woman struck by lightning By Kyle Martin Staff Writer Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 Two people were struck by lightning within five minutes of each other in Richmond County this afternoon, but neither appears to be seriously hurt. Akieem Davis was hit first at 4:22 p.m. at his home in the 2600 block of Anacua Way. He was taken to a hospital and apparently was not seriously injured, his father said. Davis was inside when he was struck, his father said. Allison Newton, 14, was knocked down by lightning that struck near her home in the 1900 block of Mcdade Farm Road in Hephzibah at 4:27 p.m. She was on the front porch, trying to get her dog inside and felt electricity surge through her legs, which were still sore two hours later, she said. She was examined by paramedics but was not taken to a hospital. Stay with augustachronicle.com for more details.
Mon, 08/16/2010 04:15 PM Injured man   0.0  Beaumont TX 
 USA 
  working inside a home    Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Lightning strike, fire, water-filled underpasses Comments 0 August 17, 2010 4:25 PM Scott Lawrence BEAUMONT - An air conditioning repairman was indirectly affected but okay after a lightning strike during heavy thunderstorms that kept firefighters busy Tuesday afternoon. The repairman was working inside a home in the 1 thousand block of Palermo in south Beaumont, and he told KFDM News lightning struck a transformer nearby and he felt a jolt but was okay. The 911 call came in at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters also responded to a report of a small fire and smoke in a building in the 5 thousand block of MLK Parkway. The fire was minor and no one was hurt. Undepasses quickly filled with water on MLK near Lamar University. Police urge drivers to stay away from the area. Stay with KFDM News and Weather for the latest on the storms.
Mon, 08/16/2010 04:27 PM Injured Allison Newton  14.0  Agusta GA 
 USA 
  on front porch getting dog inside    Dogs,Ground Strike,Indirect,Porch 
Mon, 08/16/2010 08:00 PM Injured woman   41.0  Blanket TX 
 USA 
  standing in a field  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Outside 
Woman Struck by Lightning Monday Evening Tuesday, 17 August 2010 15:32 | Written by Lisa Tipton | | | Local News Monday evening, a 41-year-old woman was reportedly struck by lightning at a local business in Blanket, Texas as a thunderstorm was building in Brown County. Hot weather often relates to quick forming summer thunderstorms. This held true Monday evening as the storm built and resulted in a lightning strike in a field near where the woman was standing. Guardian EMS officials report the woman was apparently holding something in the air which somehow transferred the current to the woman. Guardian EMS and first responders were quickly on scene and transported the woman to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. She is said to be in good condition despite the days event. Officials did not release the womans name.
Sun, 08/15/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Toronto  
 Canada 
  standing in yard    Outside,Yard 
n adult male was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon as he stood in the middle of a school yard. Emergency crews rushed to the grounds of Blantyre Public School on Blantyre Avenue in the Toronto's east end and located the victim at the rear of the school. They immediately started to administer CPR. The man, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was rushed to hospital in critical condition. Thunderstorms drenched the city as Environment Canada issued several severe weather warnings for southern and northern Ontario. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for northern Durham region, Uxbridge and Beaverton. Earlier, a tornado warning was issued but Environment Canada downgraded the forecast just after 5 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch has also been issued for parts of York Region, including Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.
Sun, 08/15/2010 03:05 PM Injured Herb Rice  0.0  Lexington KY 
 USA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning strikes Lexington man A man has been rushed to the hospital after being struck by lightning during Sunday afternoon's storms. Posted: 6:11 PM Aug 15, 2010 Reporter: Kristen Kennedy Email Address: kristen.kennedy@wkyt.com Lightning strikes Lexington man Story 2 Comments Font Size: A little after 3 this afternoon, firefighters responded to a call that a man was struck by lightning. Herb Rice lives at 2560 Eastpoint Drive. Family told firefighters Rice was looking outside during the storm when a bolt of lightning struck near the spot he was standing. Close to that spot in his backyard are some very tall trees that firefighters say could have carried electricity through the roots and very close to his feet. "Seems like he's going to be okay. We didn't find any burn marks on him which is always a positive thing. We didn't have any entrance or an exit. A lot of times with lightning if you're struck directly you'll have an entrance and an exit and those can be very severe wounds but luckily in this case there weren't those," says Major Ed Davis with the Lexington Fire Department. Firefighters say this isn't the first time they've been called out to that neighborhood during a bad storm. Last year they responded to a call that two construction workers were hit by lightning.
Sat, 08/14/2010 04:40 PM Injured Mailcarrier  0.0  Macon GA 
 USA 
  delivering mail  N/A  Ground Strike,Mail Carrier,Outside,Work 
Flooding, lightning cause damages to Bibb churches, government offices By MIKE STUCKA - mstucka@macon.com Sign up for daily e-mail news alerts Buzz up! E-Mail Print Reprint|license Text Size: Weekend storms may force a county office out of the Bibb County Courthouse and have hurt the structures of two Macon churches. Also, a mail carrier reported that she was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon, and a strike also damaged First Baptist Church of Christ on High Street. A substitute rural mail carrier reported that she was struck by lightning about 4:40 p.m. Saturday while delivering mail on Rocky Creek Road, said Nancy Ross, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman. Clearisse Jackson was placing mail into a mailbox when lightning reportedly struck her. She drove herself to the post office on Rocky Creek Road, notified a supervisor and asked for medical attention, Ross said. Paramedics couldnt find anything wrong with Jackson. She was taken to a hospital and later released, Ross said. At First Baptist Church, lightning from Saturdays storm hit the roof near the church spire, knocking out air conditioning, the phone system, the audio system and more, said the Rev. Bob Setzer. The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department checked the church after Sunday services, finding no smoldering timbers, Setzer said. It could take thousands of dollars for repairs, he said. At the courthouse, Bibb County Probate Court Judge Bill Self said he doesnt want to reopen the basement office that issues marriage and gun licenses. The office flooded for the third time in several months, and Self said a smell of sewer gas, worries about electrical shocks and concerns about mold and mildew had him requesting a different temporary space  and a new permanent location. Self didnt know if there was more room in the courthouse.  Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20101209102941_flooding-lightning-cause-damages.html#ixzz0zKFxAv7i
Fri, 08/13/2010 01:13 PM Injured 3 people @ air show  13.0  St John  
 UK 
  holding umbrella at air show    Airplane,Outside,Umbrella 
Unlucky for some: Lightning strikes 13-year-old boy at 13:13 on Friday the 13th By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 9:22 AM on 14th August 2010 Comments (30) Add to My Stories Lucky strike: The 13-year-old boy escaped with minor burns after the lightning strike For some people 13 is an unlucky number. St John Ambulance volunteers improved the luck of a 13-year-old boy when they treated him after he was struck by lightning - at 13:13 on Friday 13. The boy was struck at Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival today, Firday 13th, and it was only while the ambulance team was treating him that they noticed the time - 1.13pm. The unnamed buy suffered a minor burn and was taken to James Paget Hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery. Two other people have been treated at the event today for lightning strikes - they were all holding umbrellas at the time. Rex Clarke, who leads the team of St John Ambulance volunteers at the event, said: Thered been very heavy rain all day, but this afternoon we saw a big flash of lightning over the sea and a loud clap of thunder. 'We got a call that someone had been struck by lightning so we immediately sent our paramedics to the scene, followed by an ambulance. Lightning strikes can cause cardiac arrest, but when our volunteers arrived the boy was conscious and breathing. 'We treated two more injuries from lightning burns in the space of twenty minutes - all three people were holding umbrellas at the time, which acts as a conductor for electricity.' Clive James, first aid expert at St John Ambulance, says: The biggest risk of a lightning strike is that it could stop the heart and breathing. 'If this happens, you need to start CPR immediately and call for an ambulance. Other likely effects are burns - which happened in this case - or injuries from being knocked down by the force. 'If the person can walk, move away from the area immediately as lightning can strike in the same place. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20101408101830_Lightning-strikes-boy-13-13-13-Friday-13th.html#ixzz0wdZ2yeia
Fri, 08/13/2010 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed   0.0  Assam 
  
  in a field    Farming,Field,Outside 
Five killed as lightning strikes Assam village 2010-08-13 16:50:00 At least five people, including three of a family, were killed Friday when lightning struck them in a field in Assam, police said. A police spokesperson said the incident occurred at village Dudhnoi in Goalpara district, about 120 km west of here. 'All the victims were working in a paddy field when lightning struck the area Friday afternoon,' a police official said. Three of the victims were from the same family - a father and two minor sons. 'The bodies were charred,' the official said. Thundershowers lashed the area soon after the lightning strike.
Fri, 08/13/2010 12:00 PM Killed Jovie Tablos  42.0  Laoag City  
 Philippines 
  getting livestock in out of storm    Farming,Field,Outside 
Lightning kills female farmer in Laoag abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 08/13/2010 11:48 AM | Updated as of 08/13/2010 11:48 AM MANILA, Philippines - A 42-year-old female farmer was killed after being struck by lightning in Calayab village, Laoag City Thursday. Jovie Tabios was planting rice with her husband when they felt the onset of rain. Tabios's husband went to a separate field to bring their cows to shelter, leaving Jovie behind. He said he later saw Jovie fall to the ground after a lightning strike. The victim was immediately rushed to hospital where she was declared dead on arrival due to cardiac arrest. Dr. Elizer Asuncion said Tabios's body bore no wound, indicating that she might have been electrocuted after the lightning bolt struck near where she was standing. Farmers also said the area where Tabios was standing bore signs of a lightning strike. Tabios is the second victim of a lightning strike in Laoag City this year.
Thu, 08/12/2010 04:00 PM Killed Kyus Caines  5.0  Toronto  
 Canada 
  on a soccer field    Cardiac Arrest,Delayed Death,Soccer 
Boy, 5, dies after lightning strike in Brampton park Canwest News Service: Monday, August 16, 2010 RELATED Father 'devastated' after son hit by lightning Photo Gallery: Toronto lightning storm MAP: Lightning Strike Location EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Lightning Strike Witness VIDEO: Lightning Safety Oral Caines, father of five-years old Kyus, gathers himself Aug. 13, 2009, at Toronto's SickKids Hospital.... Allan Hughes looks upon the hole created by lightning which critically injured three people at Brampton's... Toronto mom, 2 boys critical after lightning strike TORONTO  Kyus Caines, the five-year-old boy who was struck by lightning last week, has died in Torontos Hospital for Sick Children. Kyus, who suffered a direct hit from the bolt, was reportedly carrying a metal scooter at the time. The boy was at a soccer field on Aug. 12 in Brampton, when a bolt of lightning struck him. Investigators say that after the boy was hit by the bolt, a secondary charge spread to his 26-year-old mother and his three-year-old friend. The playmate and the mother have since recovered. "I wish it happened to me, instead," Kyus father, Oral Caines, told Global News as his son lay in critical condition. According to Environment Canada, as many as 70 people are hit by lightning a year. Six to 10 people die.
Wed, 08/11/2010 12:00 PM Injured Annie Phillips  75.0  Indian Wells AZ 
 USA 
  herding sheep with umbrella    Farming,Outside 
Struck by lightning, says sheep herder WINDOW ROCK, Aug. 19, 2010 Navajo Times Text size: A A A E-mail this story ADVERTISEMENT Navajo Nation Police reported this week that a 75-year-old Navajo woman was struck by lightning on Aug. 11 during the recent rainstorms on the Navajo Reservation. The woman, Annie Phillips of Indian Wells, Ariz., was herding sheep near her residence. She had taken an umbrella because of the threat of rain and later reported that she had been struck by lightning. She sustained burns on the right side of her body and was taken to Sagebrush Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Wed, 08/11/2010 08:15 AM Injured man   0.0  Muncie IN 
 USA 
      Outside 
Man struck by lightning as storm hits Muncie hard BY NICK WERNER " NWERNER@MUNCIE.GANNETT.COM " AUGUST 11, 2010 Comments(38) Recommend Print this page E-mail this article Share Type Size A A A MUNCIE  This mornings thunderstorm started at least one fire, struck a man with lightning and has created flooding problems throughout the city. As of 8:15 a.m., firefighters were still battling a house fire at 3605 E. Gilbert St., which may have been caused by lightning. Emergency dispatchers told The Star Press that a man was struck by lightning in the 1800 block of South Macedonia Ave. The man was alert and conscious as he was transported to Ball Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover. Many streets are also under water, including the Reserve and North street intersection and the Madison Street railroad underpass. At least two vehicles were stuck in the Madison underpass, one of them almost completely under water.
Wed, 08/11/2010 04:00 PM Killed Michael Haslett  37.0  Salmon ID 
 USA 
  herding cattle on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Idaho man, horse killed by lightning strike by KTVB NWCN.com Posted on August 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM SALMON, Idaho -- A 37-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Tuesday, according to Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman. Michael Haslett was herding cattle around 4 p.m. at the Hot Springs Ranch, a University of Idaho-owned research facility. Two other men were with him. Haslett and the horse he was riding were both struck by lightning, Bowerman said. The horse died at the scene. Haslett was taken to Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon where he was later pronounced dead. The other two men who witnessed the accident were not hurt. Bowerman said a wild weather system moved through the area Tuesday that included rain, hail and lightning strikes that appeared to dance on the ground. The thunderstorms passed over in about a half hour.
Tue, 08/10/2010 08:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Orange TX 
 USA 
  at travel stop    Outside 
ORANGE, Texas - A man survived with minimal injuries after he was struck by lightning at the Flying J travel stop in Orange. Just before 8 p.m., the man was struck by lightning and was taken to Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital, according to a spokesperson from Acadian Ambulance. His status was considered non-emergency. No other details were immediately available.

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