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Sat, 07/23/2011 03:21 PM Killed Lisa Mann 2 of 3  0.0  Mio MI 
 USA 
  exiting Au Sable River  N/A  Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Water,Outside,Water 
Lewiston women killed by lightning after tubing in Oscoda County Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 1:28 PM Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 2:37 PM By LaNia Coleman | The Bay City Times Follow 15 Share Email Print BIG CREEK TOWNSHIP  Two Lewiston woman were killed Saturday when lightning struck them as they sought shelter from a storm while tubing on the Au Sable River. Lisa Mann and Cheryl Nickert-Keyser, both 54, were standing near the river bank about 3:30 p.m. when they were struck and killed, said Oscoda County Sheriff Kevin R. Grace. A third person, 57-year-old Robert Mann of Lewiston, also was struck and was in critical condition at St. Marys of Michigan hospital in Saginaw, said Grace. The incident occurred near Cherry Creek Road east of Red Oak Road, he said.
Sat, 07/23/2011 10:00 AM Injured Kimberly Bridgewood  0.0  Raynham MA  
 USA 
  looking out sliding glass doors    Indirect,Indoors 
Raynham woman makes inspiring recovery after being struck by lightning Gets married in rehab facility two weeks after incident Zoom Photos Purchase this photo Wicked Local photo by Ashley McCabe Kimberly Bridgwood, who was struck by lightning in July, shows a picture she made for her sister who passed away recently. « » By Rebecca Hyman Wicked Local Raynham Posted Nov 29, 2011 @ 05:02 PM Last update Nov 29, 2011 @ 06:30 PM Raynham  Kimberly Bridgwood was looking out her sliding glass doors at the tranquil pond in her backyard on a wet and windy summer morning thinking about her bridesmaids dresses. It had been thundering and lightning for hours, but she didnt mind. Shed been hoping for rain. It had been a brutally hot, dry July and the tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and radishes in her garden were thirsty. She never imagined the storm that had finally soaked the ground would change her life forever. The next thing she knew, she was thrown back several feet onto the floor. She felt as though her legs, back and head were on fire. Kimberly Bridgwood, a 38 year-old mother of three, was struck by lightning in her own home on July 23 two weeks before her wedding day. But thats not the end of her story. It was just the beginning of a four-month journey in which she relearned to walk and talk, read and write, a journey on which everything was new to her, from the seasons first snowfall to faces shed known for a lifetime that had been erased from her memory. But instead of recoiling in fear or hopelessness, she has inspired those around her with her determination, positive attitude and remarkable recovery, her husband Jimmy said. The two were married at Radius HealthCare Center in Plymouth on Aug. 7, the exact date they had set before she was injured. A radiant bride in her white lace dress, Kim wasnt allowed to wear fancy shoes, so she decorated her sneakers with pretty little bows. Her father walked her down the aisle, in this case literally, as she rested her weight on him, unable to walk on her own yet. There wasnt a dry eye in the place, Jimmys mother Madeline of Pine Hill Estates in Raynham said. Jimmy and Kims vows were tested before they ever took them. Jimmy said he never, ever thought about canceling the wedding because of Kims injury. The only thing that crossed his mind was to wait until she was well enough to enjoy it. But when she heard that, she thought he was having second thoughts. She told him it was okay and not to worry about her. He knew in that instant it didnt matter if she were well enough to walk down the aisle on her own. What mattered is they be together & for better or worse, in sickness and in health. Our love is so strong. I get better for you, she said. She felt she had something to live for, he said. The lightning that injured Kim, who was living on Carver Road in Plymouth at the time, didnt hit her directly. It was a proximity strike. The firefighters found a singed area in the grass about 75 feet from the house. Thats probably where the fateful bolt hit but theres no way to be sure, Jimmy said. Wherever it struck, it traveled across the ground until it found Kim. She had no entrance or exit wounds, nor any external burns. Jimmy said he was told that meant the lightings current was less than 100,000 amps. Just before the strike, she had been alone in the basement apartment they shared standing barefoot on a throw rug on a concrete floor reinforced with steel bars, a highly conductive material that must have carried the current, Jimmy said. Now she recoils if she sees someone walking around barefoot. Shes convinced rubber-soled shoes might have protected her. Jimmy was upstairs and heard her screaming. When he found her, she was in excruciating pain. After a few minutes, the initial agony was replaced with paralysis. She couldnt feel or move her legs and her speech was impaired. She was transported to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, where the neurologist said she had suffered a minor trauma, would recover quickly and could go home in the morning, Jimmy said. The diagnosis would have been a relief but it didnt make sense, Jimmy said. Kim couldnt even sign her name. Even more alarming, she didnt know what it meant to sign her name, Jimmy said. As it turned out the doctor was very wrong, Jimmy said. She was eventually diagnosed with transcortical motor aphasia. Her brain injury has affected her memory, speech and cognitive functioning, she said. When Jimmy watched a recent interview with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has touched the nation with her heroic struggle to battle back from a gunshot wound to the head, it was like seeing Kims twin, Jimmy said. He recognized the halting speech as well as the indomitable spirit. Kim was sent home from Radius after just a couple of weeks and immediately began to regress, Jimmy said. He knew she needed more intensive rehab but had trouble convincing the insurance company. He was denied again and again but refused to give up. Jimmy has been relentless in getting care for Kim, said Stephen Fraga, a Raynham neighbor and close family friend. They all shudder to think what would have happened to Kim if shed had no one to advocate for her. Jimmy is convinced shed be confined to a wheel chair and unable to communicate effectively. Instead, he eventually succeeded in getting her approved for a stay at Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Middleboro, which unlike Radius, specializes in brain injuries, and she progressed in leaps and bounds, Jimmy said. While at Neuro, as serious as her own condition was, she took the time to help others, visiting with the patients who seemed most isolated, the ones who were unable to move at all or communicate. The staff began to call her Florence Nightingale and marveled at her extraordinary recovery. When Kim was discharged on Nov. 16, she could once again walk on her own, though still with a noticeable wobble, and speak clearly, though she still omits words the way a young child might, as when she said with a disarming smile, I one smart cookie. Jimmy doesnt know how much more progress Kim will make. He was told to expect very little. But instead, hes open to whatever comes their way. Jimmy said Kim is how he imagines she must have been as a child. But at the same time, she has an old souls wisdom and maturity and is an exceptional judge of character, Fraga said. I think shes going to have a richer life, said Fraga, a retired high school English teacher. She may have forgotten facts and words, but she hasnt forgotten what really matters. Her spiritual, intuitive side is not only unscathed. It seems to have been unleashed, Fraga said. She refuses to call Madeline her mother-in-law. No law, just mom, Kim said. When she heard about the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts, she asked Why would someone give me present? Its Jesus birthday, not mine. Jimmy and Kim had been planning to write their own vows but when she heard the traditional vows, as if for the first time, to love, honor and cherish, she asked, How you improve on that? How many supposedly normal people can say that? Fraga asked. When Kimberly Bridgwood was 14 years old, she was in a devastating motorcycle accident and was paralyzed from the waist down for two years, Jimmy said. But when she was recently told about the motorcycle accident, which shed forgotten, instead of asking Why do these things keep happening to me? she saw it as a sign of hope. She said, If I can overcome that, I can overcome this. Shes never given up. Shes a miracle, Jimmy said. Copyright 2011 Raynham Call. 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Sat, 07/23/2011 12:45 AM Injured woman   30.0  Plymouth MA  
 USA 
      Indirect,Indoors 
Woman reportedly struck by lightning in Plymouth By Matt Stout The Enterprise Posted Jul 23, 2011 @ 02:15 PM PLYMOUTH  A woman was was taken to the hospital to be evaluated Saturday afternoon after she was reportedly struck by lightning, fire officials said. The woman  who officials said was in her 30s but did not identify  did not have any obvious injuries, said Deputy Fire Chief Michael Young, and was taken to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. Young said the fire department got a call at approximately 12:45 p.m. reporting that a woman was struck by lightning at 261 Rear Carver Road. When emergency personnel arrived, there was no damage to the home, and the woman did not appear to be seriously injured, he said. Young theorized that it might have been a proximity strike. It was the most notable of about a dozen calls fire officials received about lightning strikes Saturday as short-lived but violent storms swept through the region. There were a handful of house strikes, including one that started a fire in a wall at 28 Forest Edge shortly after 1 p.m., Young said. Firefighters extinguished it, he said, limiting it to minor damage. Young said no injuries were reported in any of the other instances. Copyright 2011 The Enterprise. Some rights reserved Read more: http://www.enterprisenews.com/archive/x920808249/Woman-reportedly-struck-by-lightning-in-Plymouth#ixzz1SzCkKH5E BOSTON -- A woman was shocked by lightning at her home in Plymouth on Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. The woman was inside her home on Carver Road at about 12:45 p.m. when it was struck. Fire officials said she was shocked by some residual electricity permeating through the home. The woman was taken to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth to be evaluated. Officials said her injuries did not appear to be serious. The strike was one of at least a dozen reported, according to fire officials. At about 1 p.m., a small fire broke out at a home on Forest Edge Road when lightning struck a wall. Another fire, likely caused by the lightning storm, was reported at a home on Curtis Drive a short time later. Damage to both houses were minor. No injuries were reported in either case. Read more: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/28644870/detail.html#ixzz1SzDNfz85
Sat, 07/23/2011 12:45 AM Injured woman   30.0  Plymouth MA  
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Woman reportedly struck by lightning in Plymouth By Matt Stout The Enterprise Posted Jul 23, 2011 @ 02:15 PM PLYMOUTH  A woman was was taken to the hospital to be evaluated Saturday afternoon after she was reportedly struck by lightning, fire officials said. The woman  who officials said was in her 30s but did not identify  did not have any obvious injuries, said Deputy Fire Chief Michael Young, and was taken to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. Young said the fire department got a call at approximately 12:45 p.m. reporting that a woman was struck by lightning at 261 Rear Carver Road. When emergency personnel arrived, there was no damage to the home, and the woman did not appear to be seriously injured, he said. Young theorized that it might have been a proximity strike. It was the most notable of about a dozen calls fire officials received about lightning strikes Saturday as short-lived but violent storms swept through the region. There were a handful of house strikes, including one that started a fire in a wall at 28 Forest Edge shortly after 1 p.m., Young said. Firefighters extinguished it, he said, limiting it to minor damage. Young said no injuries were reported in any of the other instances. Copyright 2011 The Enterprise. Some rights reserved Read more: http://www.enterprisenews.com/archive/x920808249/Woman-reportedly-struck-by-lightning-in-Plymouth#ixzz1SzCkKH5E
Sat, 07/23/2011 03:21 PM Injured Robert Mann 3 of 3  57.0  Mio MI 
 USA 
  exiting Au Sable River  N/A  Critical,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Water,Outside,Water 
Sat, 07/23/2011 05:45 PM Injured 2 o 2 boys  11.0  Middletown IN 
 USA 
  at cemetery    Cemetery,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Children hurt by Henry County lightning strike Updated: Jul 23, 2011 10:34 PM HEADLINES Colts players react to the end of the lockout Disaster status sought for Vermillion, Wayne counties Cathedral's "Breakfast Club" serves needy families City, Children's Museum close to deal on Winona Hospital site Indiana says key I-69 section moves forward Heat concerns extend to car windshields Employers required to monitor heat in workplace Players vote to OK deal to end NFL lockout Super Bowl organizers ready to cancel backup plans Man charged with shooting boy jailed on $100K bond MIDDLETOWN - Police in Henry County are investigating a lightning strike that injured two children Saturday afternoon. The children were reportedly struck by lightning in Miller Cemetery in the 5600 block of West CR 300 North near Middletown around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. The victims, who were both 11 years old, were transported to St. John's Hospital in Anderson. They were later taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Their conditions are not available at this time.
Sat, 07/23/2011 03:21 PM Killed 1 of 3  54.0  Mio MI 
 USA 
  exiting Au Sable River  N/A  Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Water,Outside,Water 
Read more: Local, Au Sable River Oscoda Lightning, Lightening Kills Two in Oscoda, Fatal Accident in Oscoda, Au Sable River Fatality, Lighting Kills Two in Northern Michigan, Lightening Kills Two Injures One, People Killed Leaving Au Sable River, Lighting Statistics, Lightening Statistics, How many People are Killed by Lighting in Michgian, Fatal Lighting Accident, Oscoda Michigan Lighting Strike Oscoda County law enforcement has reported to the National Weather Service that two people have been killed and one person has been injured after being struck by lightning. Authorities say the people were exiting the Au Sable River near Mio as storms were moving in. The two deceased are 54 year old women from Lewiston. The injured 57 year old man is at Mercy Hospital in Grayling. The report was at 3:21 Saturday afternoon near Mio. No other details are available at this point.
Sat, 07/23/2011 05:45 PM Injured 1 of 2 boys  11.0  Middletown IN 
 USA 
  at cemetery  N/A  Cemetery,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Struck By Lightning At Cemetery Boys Recovering at Riley Hospital POSTED: 6:53 pm EDT July 24, 2011 UPDATED: 6:24 am EDT July 25, 2011 MIDDLETOWN, Ind. -- Two 11-year-old boys were hospitalized after being struck by lightning at a cemetery in Middletown, police said. Officials said the boys were visiting Miller Cemetery on County Road 85 North with their parents on Saturday. A storm rolled in, and the family said they saw a bolt of lightning strike the ground where the boys were standing, 6News' Myrt Price reported. Cemetery caretaker Charles Corn said he couldn't believe that the boys survived the strike. "I've never heard of anything like that happening, especially at a grave site. It's very upsetting to the whole community," Corn said. "You never know when lightening is going to strike." Emergency crews rushed the boys to St. Johns Hospital in Anderson. The boys were later transferred to Riley Hospital For Children in Indianapolis, officials said. After the strike, news of the incident spread throughout the small community of Middletown, and residents said they hope the boys will make a full recovery. "We were very sad and shaken by this. We hope and pray the boys will be OK, and our prayers are with the families also," Mary Kay Corn said. Officials did not release the boys' names or their condition.
Sat, 07/23/2011 06:00 PM Injured woman on cellphone  39.0  Columbia MI 
 USA 
  outside on cellphone    Cell Phone,Outside,Park 
Woman's cellphone struck by lightning Published July 23, 2011 at 9:16 p.m. Updated July 24, 2011 at 2 a.m. ADVERTISEMENT A 39-year-old womans cellphone was struck by lightning just before 6 p.m. yesterday at Cosmo Park, where events for the Show-Me State Games are being held this weekend. A University Hospital ambulance was dispatched to the scene, and the woman was transported to the emergency room to be checked, said Emily Lorenz, marketing and media coordinator of the Show-Me State Games. Lorenz said hospital sources said the woman was not showing any signs or symptoms of being struck by lightning. The womans name is not being released at this time, Lorenz said. Also, Lorenz said she did not know where the phone was or whether the woman was holding it at the time. Games at Cosmo had been stopped because of lightning at the time when the womans cellphone was struck, Lorenz said. Youth male baseball was being held before the delay, she said.
Fri, 07/22/2011 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Charleston WV 
 USA 
  working on down light pole    Ground Strike,Indirect,Metal,Outside,Power Pole,Work 
0 Worker Struck By Lightning Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 ; 06:40 PM Updated Friday, July 22, 2011; 07:01 PM The man was rushed to the hospital, but is said to be alert. By Kevin Howell Email | Other Stories by Kevin Howell CHARLESTON -- A worker repairing a light pole that fell over earlier in the day was apparently struck by lightning. That's according to a state Department of Transportation supervisor. The pole had come down earlier in the day, blocking traffic for several hours. The worker told emergency crews he was touching a metal cable when he felt shocked. The incident occurred just as a heavy storm with frequent lightning moved through the area. The worker's name and condition aren't known, but his injuries, if any, aren't believed to be severe
Fri, 07/22/2011 06:00 AM Injured man   35.0  Grayslake IL 
 USA 
  loading up to go to job site    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Work 
July 22, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Lightning from Friday morning's storms struck a landscape worker just before 6 a.m. in Grayslake. Officials say the man was struck in front of Landscape Concepts at in the 31700-block of North Alleghany. He was part a crew loading up to go a job site when the lightning hit. One of his co-workers says there are lightning rods around the business. "The lightning struck one of our lightning rods and energized the area and shocked him but he was OK. We were able to get him to ambulance and get him taken care of," said the victim's co-worker Phil Moore. The Grayslake fire chief says the 35-year-old victim was transported to Condell Hospital in stable condition Updated: July 23, 2011 2:06AM A 35-year-old man was injured in Grayslake when a lightning bolt struck nearby during Friday mornings storm, but he was ready to go back to work in a few hours. Grayslake Fire Department Deputy Chief Greg Formica said the man touched a gate at Landscape Concepts Management, 31745 N. Alleghany Road, at the same time lightning struck the buildings lightning rod, causing the gate to fling open and hit him the chest. He was pretty sore, he said. The north suburban man was alert and talking when paramedics arrived at the scene and there were no outward signs that he was hit by the lightning. You can still have some effects when it strikes close by, Formica said. The man spent 30 minutes in the emergency room of Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, and then went back to the office ready to work, said Mark Avallone, the companys director of human resources. We told him to go home and calm his wife down. He was ready to go back to work, he said. The victim declined to be interviewed. He was a little shaken up, Avallone said.
Fri, 07/22/2011 06:00 AM Injured man   0.0  Grayslake IL 
 USA 
  loading up to go to job site    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Work 
July 22, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Lightning from Friday morning's storms struck a landscape worker just before 6 a.m. in Grayslake. Officials say the man was struck in front of Landscape Concepts at in the 31700-block of North Alleghany. He was part a crew loading up to go a job site when the lightning hit. One of his co-workers says there are lightning rods around the business. "The lightning struck one of our lightning rods and energized the area and shocked him but he was OK. We were able to get him to ambulance and get him taken care of," said the victim's co-worker Phil Moore. The Grayslake fire chief says the 35-year-old victim was transported to Condell Hospital in stable condition
Fri, 07/22/2011 08:00 PM Injured Stephen Snuffer  62.0  Cool Ridge WV 
 USA 
  hit thru skylight    Burnt,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,Window 
Last night, July 22, my father, Stephen Snuffer, Age 62,(coincidentally his birthday) was struck by lightning in his Cool Ridge WV, Raleigh County home. The lightning struck through the sky lite of his home and hit his leg. He has a nasty burn but doesn't feel he should go to hospital because he has no insurance .He was just diagnosed w diabetes and used his last few dollars at that visit last week. I am deeply concerned of damage he could have elsewhere from the lightning. I have heard horror stories. Can you give me some information to convince him to seek medical care. I will take him if I can convince him. this is by no means a joke. I started googling lightning striking people for more info and found your site. Thank you Concerned Daughter S. Geneseo
Fri, 07/22/2011 12:00 PM Injured Britney Wehrle   11.0  Washington County PA  
 USA 
  leaving pool  N/A  Bolt out of the blue,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Water,Outside,Pool,Water 
Girl struck by lightning on sunny day by Stephanie Backus Posted: 07.27.2011 at 10:11 PM savesendprint Stephanie Backus Stephanie is the interactive managing editor for connectmidmissouri.com read more » Become a Fan Follow Stephanie Contact Stephanie Stephanie's feed 1 48 |more Read more: Local, Agriculture, Weather, Bolt from the Blue, Lightning Strikes Girl in Sunny Skies, Girl Recovering from Lightning Strike, Bolt from the Blue Strikes Girl Several Miles Away, Girl Struck by Lightning Several Miles Away, Girl Struck by Lightning on Sunny Day Bolt from the Blue is dangerous lightning that comes from the back end of a storm and can strike an object several miles away. / National Weather Service An 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl is recovering after a lightning strike last Friday. The girl's mother said the sun was shining when her daughter was struck by a bolt from the blue. It was apparently from a storm several miles away. Bolts from the blue are extremely rare, so we asked Chief Meteorologist Chester Lampkin to shine some light on this weather phenomenon. "Lightning on a clear and sunny day is a real and very dangerous phenomenon. These errant strikes of lightning, sometimes called "bolts from the blue" are in fact associated with thunderstorms. It's just you can't see the storm," Lampkin said. "Occasionally lightning strikes emerge from the back side of a thunderstorm cloud, travel a relatively long distance before angling downward to the ground. From the view point of a person near the strike, it would seem the lightning came out of blue skies. In reality, the storm where this deadly bolt comes from may be up to 25 miles away. That's what makes bolts from the blue so dangerous." The National Weather Service recommends waiting at least 30 minutes after the final appearance of lightning before resuming outdoor activity. If someone hears thunder, they should head inside. The 30 minute rule can keep families safe while enjoying the great outdoor activities Mid-Missouri offers. Weather Call also offers a mobile lightning option which gives the user a heads up when lightning enters and exits the area. As always, you can find weather information on KRCG or our website for the latest conditions. 11-Year-Old Girl Struck By Lightning July 27, 2011 9:13 PM Share this 4Share No comments The 11-year-old girl had just gotten out of her familys pool when she was struck by lightning. (Credit: KDKA) Filed Under Local, News, Syndicated Local Related Tags Dr. Thomas Pirosko, Jon Greiner, Lightning, Washington County, Washington Hospital WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA)  The sky was clear, but an 11-year-old girl was struck by lightning. This happened last Friday in Washington County. The girl had just gotten out of her familys swimming pool and was walking in her backyard. The lightning went in her shoulder and out through her arm which is now broken. More often than not its serious injury such as sudden death or cardiac arrest, Dr. Thomas Pirosko, an emergency room physician at Washington Hospital, said. So, if anyone is struck by lightning, you should obviously call 911 as soon as possible and get to your nearest emergency room. The girls father says they feel very fortunate that she is alive. If you hear thunder, lightning is very likely close by, so seek shelter. Remember, it can hit you coming or going. And if you do hear that lightning, thunder and youre doing activities outside, you need to wait at least a half an hour to resume your activities outside, Dr. Pirosko said. Britney Wehrle was walking with a friend on a sunny, warm day when she was suddenly struck by lightning, even though the sky above her was clear and blue. And while that may sound like a rare or even freakish event, it's not that uncommon for lightning to travel far from its originating cloud, experts say. In some cases, bolts have struck as much as 25 miles from where they originated. Scientists refer to these wayward streaks of electricity as "bolts from the blue," since it often seems as though the lightning comes out of a clear blue sky. HSW: How Lightning Works As 11-year-old Wehrle recovers from a broken arm and a burn mark on her shoulder, it may be a good time to refresh your memory about how to protect yourself from lightning. At the top of the list: Avoid exposing yourself to it. "When thunder roars, go indoors, and stay in there for 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder clap," said Susan Buchanan, spokeswoman for the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, Md., and a member of the agency's lightning safety team. "Lightning is unpredictable," she added. "There's no safe place outdoors in a thunderstorm. If you remain outdoors during a thunderstorm, you are taking a gamble that you won't become one of the statistics." And those statistics are staggering. Every year, according to the National Weather Service, the Earth experiences 16 million thunderstorms. That amounts to an average of 1,800 storms happening at any given moment. Over the course of a year, 25 million bolts strike the ground, usually during thunderstorms but also during intense forest fires, heavy snowstorms, volcanic eruptions, nuclear detonations and large hurricanes. NEWS: Thunder Could Help Track Lightning on Titan Lightning kills an average of 55 people every year, Buchanan said, but it hits and severely injures hundreds more. According to calculations on NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory website, there is a one in 3,000 chance of getting killed or injured by lightning in your lifetime, assuming an average life span of 80 years. The chances of lightning hurting someone close to you is one in 300. To form, lightning requires a specific combination of circumstances, said Vladimir Rakov, an electrical engineer and lightning expert at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The recipe includes hot temperatures on the ground and moist conditions, as well as strong updrafts that propel wet air into the cooler atmosphere, where it condenses and form clouds. With its warmth, humidity and sea breezes that blow off two coasts, Florida experiences more lightning than any other state. But even there, clouds have to get high enough for ice to form, because electrification only happens within clouds that contain water in both its solid and liquid states. As electric charges accumulate inside cloud, sparks start to fly, much like the sparks you sometimes see as you reach for a doorknob after shuffling your feet on a carpet. Some bolts travel within clouds. Others hit the ground. But exactly where a lightning bolt will end up is anyones guess. And often, it ends up in more than one place. PHOTOS: Lightning's Incredible Power A flash of lightning can last for up to a second, Rakov explained, and each flash is usually made up of many strokes. Sometimes, those strokes all follow the same path. But studies show that between one-third and one half of flashes end up sending bolts to multiple end-points. Why that happens isn't completely clear. One theory is that the first few strokes create a charge that repels subsequent strokes, diverting them elsewhere. Scientists also know that bolts can emerge from the side of a cloud and they may then travel for miles through long horizontal channels before eventually striking ground. Whatever the cause, bolts from the blue can, on rare occasions, be deadly. The best thing people can do to avoid getting hit is to be vigilant of weather forecasts. If the radar shows storms approaching, Buchanan said, postpone outdoor activities. If you're outside and you hear thunder, go inside right away. And a pavilion doesn't count. Lightning can come in through the sides or travel through the ground. WATCH VIDEO: Do you have a calling as an Extreme Storm Surveyor? There are only two absolutely safe places to be during a thunderstorm. One is in a metal car. The other is in a house with a roof, four walls, and plumbing and electric systems that can absorb the electricity of a lightning strike. Once youre inside, don't touch anything that's plugged into the wall. And stay away from sinks, bathtubs, showers, even toilets. Electricity travels efficiently through water and metal. In a car, dont fiddle with the radio. Buchanan couldn't emphasize enough her urgent advice to get inside as soon as you hear thunder. The majority of people who get struck, she said, had just waited too long before heading toward safety. If you're camping in the wilderness and inside is not an option, stay away from tall isolated trees. Get off of hills and ridgelines in favor of low-lying areas -- though you should also watch out for flash flooding. Unfortunately, tents offer no protection from lightning. "A lot of times people who are outside run for trees because they are more concerned about getting wet," Buchanan said. "But that makes them more vulnerable."
Fri, 07/22/2011 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Beachwood OH 
 USA 
      Burnt,Outside 
BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Beachwood Firefighters were called out to help a victim that was apparently struck by lightning during the thunderstorms that swept through Northeast Ohio Friday. Witnesses tell 19 Action News it happened on Chagrin Boulevard. They say the man was burned badly by the incident. Fire officials will not release the name of the victim. Copyright 2011 WOIO. All rights reserved.
Tue, 07/19/2011 06:00 PM Killed David Toy  62.0  Middletown PA  
 USA 
  in yard     Outside,Yard 
Pa. man apparently killed by lightning Published: July 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM Comments (0)EmailPrintListen Advertisement MIDDLETOWN, Pa., July 20 (UPI) -- A man found dead in his yard Tuesday in a Philadelphia suburb appears to have been struck by lightning, Pennsylvania State Police said. David Toy, 62, of Middletown, was pronounced dead by emergency workers just after 6 p.m. EDT, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. A neighbor said she heard a loud burst of thunder right around that time. Louise Lorenz said she was in her house and did not see what was happening outside. "It scared us," she said. "It was so close." The Philadelphia area was hit by thunderstorms late Tuesday afternoon after a day of oppressive heat and humidity, with temperatures in the 90s. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to do an autopsy Wednesday, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/20/Pa-man-apparently-killed-by-lightning/UPI-44581311137035/#ixzz1SdvfebFi
Tue, 07/19/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed 2 injured  0.0  Korkino  
 Russia 
  under an umbrella    Outside,Umbrella 
Lightning strike kills three, injures two in Russias Chelyabinsk Oblast 19 JULY 2011 59 VIEWS NO COMMENT BY: BNO NEWS KORKINO, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) -- Three people were killed on Tuesday when a group of people hiding under an umbrella were struck by lightning in Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast, local media reported on Wednesday. The accident happened in the town of Korkino as a thunderstorm moved over the region, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. It said a group of five people was using an umbrella for shelter after they had taken a swim in a nearby pond. The report said a lightning strike struck the top of the umbrella, instantly killing two men and a women. The two other people, a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, were taken to an area hospital with critical injuries. Earlier this month, on July 10, at least seven people were killed and others were injured when a lightning strike caused rocks to slide down a hill in northern Pakistan. And late last month, 18 children were killed and 36 others were injured when lightning struck a primary school in the Kiryadongo district of Uganda. According to a 2008 study by researchers Holle and Lopez for Finnish company Vaisala, lightning strikes each year kill an estimated 24,000 people and injure more than 240,000 others. (Copyright 2011 by BNO News B.V. All rights reserved. Info: sales@bnonews.com.)
Mon, 07/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed 12 killed   0.0  Uttar Pradesh 
 India 
       
12 killed as lightning strikes in UP July 18, 2011 Age Correspondent Lucknow a a a SHARE EMAIL PRINT Twelve persons have died during the past 24 hours due to lightning and thunderstorm while over a dozen persons have been injured in various parts of the Uttar Pradesh. According to reports reaching here, five persons died in Allahabad, four in Sonebhadra and three in Barabanki district. The injured persons have been admitted to various hospitals. In Allahabad, in Khania village, a farmer was working in the fields when lightning struck. Apart from the farmer Sudarshan, Reena (15), Shrawan (15), Dharmendra (16) and Dhaneshwar died on the spot while seven others received burn injuries and have been hospitalised. *
Mon, 07/18/2011 12:00 PM Injured Shad Hinkley (father) 1 of 2  0.0  Shelby County KY 
 USA 
  walking back to truck with fishing rod  N/A  During the storm,fishing,Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Lightning strike leaves father and son recovering Posted: Jul 18, 2011 6:12 PM Updated: Jul 18, 2011 6:45 PM By Maira Ansari - bio | email Shad Hinkley and Braedin Hinkley (Source; Hinkley family) Gene Wilder SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A fishing trip takes a terrifying turn and a father and son are recovering. A lightning strike sent them to the hospital. The youngest victim's grandmother told us 10-year-old Braedin Hinkley is expected to be okay. He was released from the hospital Monday. It was his father, Shad Hinkley, who was hit by the lightning strike in Shelby County. Shad is still in the hospital in Frankfort. Both father and son tried to go fishing with Gene Wilder on Wilder's property off of Bagdad Road on Sunday. 'They went out made a couple casts and it started lightning real bad and came back to the truck," said Wilder. "He was just walking along and carrying his pole. BANG! That lightning, it was like a bomb went off." Wilder says a lightning strike hit Shad and knocked him to the ground, his son Braedin was right next to him. Wilder knew Shad was hit bad. "He went down and I jumped out of the truck and of course he was out for probably out for 3 to 5 minutes," said Wilder. "He come to and looked around and said what happened? Where am I at? What's going on? And said man, I can't feel my legs and I can't walk. I said everything will be okay." Wilder called 911 and got Shad and his son in his car. Family members told WAVE 3 that Braedin only had a headache and was released from the Kosair Children's Hospital after careful observation. His father is still recovering. Shad's ear drum was ruptured, his fingers were burnt, and is in quite a bit of pain. Wilder says it could have been a lot worse. "It's a miracle from God that he is alive," said Wilder. "You are right, miracle from God." Family members tell WAVE 3 they hope Shad will be released from the hospital Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, 1 in 700,000 people are struck by lightning and only 10 percent of people die. Copyright 2011 WAVE News. All rights reserve SHELBYVILLE, Ky.  A man and his son have survived being struck by lightning while fishing. Shad Hinkley's fishing pole was reduced to strands of fiberglass by the strike Sunday as Hinkley and his 10-year-old son Braedin fished at a friend's farm pond in Shelby County, east of Louisville. Shad Hinkley's friend Gene Wilder told WAVE-TV Hinkley and his son were walking to a truck after a storm approached when the strike occurred. Wilder said Shad Hinkley was unconscious for a few minutes and then was disoriented. The boy was released from Kosair Children's Hospital after observation. The father has now been released from a hospital and is recovering from burns on his hand and a ruptured ear drum.
Mon, 07/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed   0.0  Rajkot Gujarat 
 India 
       
Lightning kills three in Gujarat PTI | 03:07 PM,Jul 18,2011 Rajkot, Jul 18 (PTI) Three persons including a woman, were killed in lightning as heavy rains lashed Saurashtra region of Gujarat since yesterday, police said today. Pala Kodiyatar (45) was killed when lightning struck him in Billeshwar town of Porbandar district, they said. In a similar incident, Jayesh Vasava (33) was killed in Jetalsar town of Rajkot district. Also, a woman identified as Vasant Vekariya (30) was working in a field when she was struck by lightning in Nagvadar town of Rajkot, police said. Two others sustained burn injuries due to lightning. The entire Saurashtra region received moderate to hevy rains in past 24 hours, MET sources said
Mon, 07/18/2011 12:00 PM Injured Ian Hett  0.0  Royal Gorge Bridge NM 
 USA 
  on bridge    Bridge,Ground Strike,Indirect,Metal Railing,Outside,Raining 
Hi, my name is Ian Hett and I was struck by lightning yesterday in new Mexico. My family was stopping at the royal gorge bridge when it started to sprinkle, so, stupidly, we thought we had better hurry to get some good pictures. We started walking out on the bridge. I was about 20-30 yards in front of everyone else when bam, I lost consciousness for a second and came to falling to the ground. I heard what sounded like the second half of the thunder but had no idea what happened, my family saw me and quickly asked if I was okay. They got hit very little, I think it jumped from the railing on the side of the bridge, and must have hit a lot closer to me. I'm glad to still be here today! Ian Hett
Mon, 07/18/2011 09:50 PM Injured Richard McQuaid  0.0  Norwalk CT 
 USA 
  outside to get dog in    Dogs,During the storm,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Michael, Good Afternoon. The date was July 18,2011. It happen at 9:50pm. In Norwalk Ct. on my back porch area. Weather conditions were very humid with a storm approaching very fast. I went outdoors to bring our dog in, no shoes on, wet puddles on patio. I was hit by what they called a ground hit It went up through my feet and exited through my hands. I now have disability in my biceps and numbness in my hands. Please keep me informed of your organization , I look forward to working with you to get out the information of the dangers of lightning. Rick McQuaid Town Clerk Norwalk,Ct.
Mon, 07/18/2011 12:00 PM Injured Braedin Hinkley (son) 2 of 2  10.0  Shelby County KY 
 USA 
    N/A  During the storm,fishing,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Police in Shelby County say lightning struck two people during a storm Sunday evening. It happened along Bagdad Road around 7 p.m. Shelby County dispatch says one person was taken to a hospital in Frankfort, the other to a hospital in Louisville. Officials have not released the names of the victims and no other details are available.
Mon, 07/18/2011 05:00 PM Injured man   67.0  Wareham MA  
 USA 
  at boat yard  N/A  Boat,Fence,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Water,Outside,Water 
Man hospitalized after indirect lightning strike in Wareham Text Size: A | A | A Print this Article Email this Article ShareThis July 19, 2011 12:00 AM POPULAR TODAY Most Read·Most Emailed Man arraigned in daytime North End shootingOur View: Blame Iran, not Libya, for Pan Am Flight 103 bombingDowntown needs park more than parking spacesSouthcoast adds Boston ambulance companyNew Bedford pier electrification could start in the fallMan hospitalized after indirect lightning strike in WarehamFDA OKs flu vaccine for coming season WAREHAM  A 67-year-old man was indirectly struck by lightning that apparently traveled through the ground Monday afternoon, police said. The lightning strike occurred around 5 p.m. at The Multihull Source, a business located at 3 Narrows Road, police said. Police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene. They found the victim was conscious and alert, and he was walking and talking. He was taken to Tobey Hospital for evaluation, according to police. Police had released no further details of the incident at press time. 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Bob Gleason, owner of The Multihull Source at 3 Narrows Road, said he was watching the lightning from his business and witnessed the strike. "I was watching this horrendous lightning show going on and I looked over and saw this flash and heard a big bang. Then I saw this guy fall to the ground," Gleason said. The man, who does not wish to be identified, was treated at Tobey Hospital and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The man was putting a lock on a chain link fence on the Narrows Road property when lightning struck the fence, Gleason said. "Basically I thought he got struck by lightning, but apparently there was this quarter mile chain link fence and his hands were about a foot away (from it)," he said. The lightning jumped from the fence to the man's hands, Gleason said. "He actually was down for maybe a minute or so. ... It was a really short period of time and he got up and came in." The strike took place at Multihull's gate, according to Gleason, who said his company leases space from its neighbor, Cape Cod Shipbuilding. The man who was struck is an employee of Cape Cod Shipbuilding, confirmed company president Gordon Goodwin.
Mon, 07/18/2011 07:00 PM Injured Curtis Lotti 1 of 2 (father)  33.0  Moore Township PA  
 USA 
  outside   N/A  Football,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Umbrella,Under Trees 
Police identified a 33-year-old Moore Township man struck by lightning shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday as Curtis Lotti. Lotti and his 8-year-old daughter, whom Moore Township Police Chief Gary West would not name because she is a juvenile, were hit by lightning while at a football field in the township. West said the father and daughter were standing beneath a tree under an umbrella when they were struck. The injuries, West said, were not life threatening and both individuals were conscious and alert when emergency crews arrived. Police said Lotti and his daughter were taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill. According to West, Lotti complained of a burning sensation in his feet and the young girl said her right eye felt sore shortly after the incident. West had no word on how the family was recuperating today. Calls to a number listed for the Lottis' went unanswered early this afternoo
Mon, 07/18/2011 07:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 (daughter)  0.0  Moore Township PA  
 USA 
  outside     Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Sun, 07/17/2011 04:30 PM Killed Marlene Dennis-Clocking  40.0  Burnt Savannah St Elizabeth 
 Jamica 
  at a fruit stand    Outside,Work 
Burnt Savannah woman killed by lightning Jamaica Observer Monday, July 18, 2011 A higgler from Burnt Savannah district in St Elizabeth died after she was struck by lightning along the Woolwich main road in Lacovia yesterday. She has been identified as 40-year-old Marlene Dennis-Clocking. The Lacovia Police report that about 4:30 pm, Dennis-Clocking was at her fruit stall  a board and zinc structure  along the main road. During a downpour of rain, she attempted to put away her fruits but was reportedly struck by lightning. The police were summoned and she was taken to the Black River Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Burnt-Savannah-woman-killed-by-lightning#ixzz1SV5oS6EM
Sun, 07/17/2011 04:00 PM Injured John Goheen  0.0  MA  
 USA 
  fishing offshore in a charter boat    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside,Salt Water,Work 
My name is John Goheen. I am a college student and working on a charter fishing boat for the summer in Massachusetts. About 2 weeks ago we were out fishing when a storm came through. I was reeling in one of the stern lines (wire line) while behind the boat about half a mile a lightning bolt came down. At the same time as i saw the bolt i got zapped and i saw the wire line sparking in front of my eyes. I ended up being fine after sitting down for a little and have not experienced anything unusual since then. The way the rods are set up is that there is 150ft of wire line then 12ft of dacron (cloth line) then another 50ft of wire. When i was reeling it in the cloth all of the line was out and the cloth line was above water. Is it possible that there are bolts that come off the side of the main bolt that could have hit the wire between me and the dacron that i did not see or is what i experienced the electricity traveling through the water and coming up the wire line? Once the storm passes and i had rested for a little i reeled in the rest of the line and went to let it out. As i did so, the wire broke clean off (60 pound test wire). I fixed it and let it back out. When the first fish came on the wire broke again clean in a random spot. If you have the time i would appreciate it if you could get back to me with more details of how i could have been electrocuted.
Fri, 07/15/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 boys  8.0  Bharwara village Mohoba 
 India 
  playing in courtyard    Outside 
Lightning claims two lives TNN | Jul 16, 2011, 09.53pm IST Article Comments Read More:Kulpahar Police|Hari Singh KANPUR: Two boys died when they were struck by lightning at Bharwara village, under the limits of Kulpahar police in Mahoba district on Friday. Naresh (8), son of Khemchandra and his cousin Awdhesh (6), son of Hari Singh were playing in the courtyard of the house, when the incident occurred. The two injured were rushed to the community health centre in Panwadi, where they were declared brought dead on arrival. Senior police and district officials rushed to the spot to take note of the situation and console the bereaved family members. "Compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the kin of boys have been released by the district administration," SDM Vindhyavasini Rai said
Thu, 07/14/2011 12:00 PM Injured Patrick Melton  0.0  NC 
 USA 
  jogging in mountains parallel to storm    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Today I was jogging near a storm in the NC mountains. It was not raining and I traveled to a place parallel to the storm because I wanted to avoid the rain and lightning. My head was slightly down and then BANG! I saw a bright light as I was in mid stride. When my right foot hit the ground I felt an electrical current up to the ankle. I was not injured but scared half to death. My hypothesis is the lightning struck the ground right beside me and I was not injured because: a) I was airborne when most the voltage was disapated, or b) I only had one foot on the ground at a time so the amps could not flow through me What are your thoughts? To me it would be safer to jog to your car during a storm than walk if you stay away from trees.
Thu, 07/14/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed 5 injured  0.0  Badhpura Etawah 
 India 
       
One killed, five injured in lightning PTI | 07:07 PM,Jul 14,2011 Etawah (UP), Jul 14 (PTI) One person was today killed and five others injured when they were struck by lightning in Badhpura area here, police said.The incident occurred when six persons were returning to their village on a tractor and lightning struck them killing Pappu (30) on the spot, they said.The injured were rushed to a hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
Thu, 07/14/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 farmers  0.0  Meura Chak village Ailau area 
 India 
       
Lightning kills two farmers in UP PTI | 01:07 PM,Jul 15,2011 Mainpuri (UP), Jul 15 (PTI) Two farmers died after being struck by lightning during heavy rains in Ailau area, police said here today.Lal Mohammad and Sarvesh died yesterday after being hit by lightning in Meura Chak village, they said. The district administration has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.20 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. PTI CORR AVA PG MNS
Thu, 07/14/2011 05:40 PM Injured Muhammad Izzaw Muqry Muhammad Yaakub  18.0  Kuching Borneo 
 Malaysia 
  outside on cell phone with earphones  N/A  Burnt,Cell Phone,Ground Strike,headset,Indirect,Outside,School 
KUCHING: A teenager is lucky to have survived after being struck by lightning while talking on his mobile phone late yesterday afternoon. The 18-year-old from Petra Jaya was standing outside a surau at Batu Lintang Teachers Training College when the incident occurred around 5.40pm. The teen, a student of the college, was said to be cleaning a wall at the surau while talking on his mobile phone via a hands-free kit when he suddenly fell to the ground after being hit by the bolt of lightning. Several fellow trainees nearby immediately came to the aid of the victim, who was still conscious, and sent him to the Sarawak General Hospital for treatment. The victim, who is reportedly in a weak but stable condition, suffered burns to his right ear, as well as light cuts and scrapes to his head from the fall. Trainee teacher doing well after lightning strike KUCHING: The teenager, who was struck by lightning while he had his earphone from his handset stuck to his ear on Thursday, is recovering. Muhammad Izzaw Muqry Muhammad Yaakub, 18, from Jalan Seruling, Petra Jaya, was looking forward to going home when met in the Sarawak General Hospitals ward yesterday. His mother, who was by his bed, said he was on his way back to the hostel with his fellow trainees at the Batu Lintang Teachers Training Institute after an extra curricular activity when the lightning struck. According to Izzaws friend, he was ahead of the group, alone and was listening to music via earphones. When they heard a thunderclap, they saw a lightning bolt hitting the area near Izzaw, she said. He was still conscious when a lecturer sent him to the hospital for treatment. Medical officers had Izzaw put under intensive care and found that he only sustained head injuries and some burns to his right ear. All the injuries were from the fall and the burnt earphone. Izzaw sustained no injuries from the lightning bolt, his mother said.
Wed, 07/13/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  St. Petersburg  
 Russia 
  taking shelter under a tree    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
5@525AB8 =0 @CAA:89 Print this article IN BRIEF Published: July 13, 2011 (Issue # 1665) Killed by Lightning ST. PETERSBURG (SPT)  Two people were killed when they were struck by lightning during a thunderstorm in the city center on Friday evening. The tragedy occurred in a courtyard at 8 Ulitsa Vosstaniya, where a man and woman were sheltering from the heavy rain under a 30-meter poplar tree that was struck by lightning, Fontanka reported. Both were killed instantly. An investigation into the tragedy identified the man as a 41-year-old originally from the ChechenIngush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and his companion as a 31-year-old woman
Wed, 07/13/2011 11:00 AM Killed David Rayborn boy scout 1of 2  12.0  Scofield Reservoir UT  
 USA 
  taking cover from storm  N/A  Boy Scouts,Camping,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Direct hit,Hail,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Weather Alert: AREA FLOOD WARNING Boy scout hit by lightning, killed near Scofield Reservoir Story Comments Share Print Story Updated: 6:11 pm | Published: 1:38 pm Written by: Dan Metcalf Jr. VideoImages SCOFIELD RESERVOIR, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Carbon County officials say two boy scouts have been struck by lightning near Scofield Reservoir. A Boys Scouts of America spokesman said one of boys has died. One of the boys was waiting to be flown by medical helicopter to Wasatch Front hospital, but was declared dead by a Lifeflight crew. The helicopter was delayed from take-off due to weather. The other boy was transported by ground to a Carbon County hospital to be treated for burns. Utah National Parks Council BSA Spokesman John Gailey told ABC 4 News the boys were with a scout leader when a quick-moving thunderstorm moved into the BSA Camp Scofield located above Scofield Reservoir. Gailey said the boys and a leader took cover from the storm when the lightning struck. According to Gailey, the 12-year-old boys and their leader were associated with a troop from the South Salt Lake area. Carbon County Sheriff James Cordova told ABC 4 News that the lightning hit at around 11:00 a.m. Matthew Pockrus, an 18-year-old leader for another troop from the American Fork area ws in the camp when the storm hit. Pockrus said it was one of the more violent storms he'd seen in the area. Pockrus said he has spent time in training at the camp in years' past. According to Pockrus, the storm was so bad, he took cover in his car until it passed. When the storm was over, Pockrus said he saw other leaders clearing a spot for a helicopter to land and that he also saw leaders trying to revive the boy. Pockrus said he did not know what troop the boys belonged to. Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story Parents of Boy Scout killed in lightning strike issue statement of thanks July 14th, 2011 @ 9:50pm By Emiley Morgan SOUTH SALT LAKE  The parents of a South Salt Lake boy who was killed Wednesday in a lightning strike are thanking those who tried to save their son's life. David Rayborn, 12, died after being struck in the middle of a fast-moving hailstorm at Schofield Reservoior. Fellow Scout Sean Smith, 12, was also struck and injured. In a statement released Thursday, David's parents, John and Connie Rayborn, called Sean a hero for doing what he could to help their son. "No words can describe the pain and sorrow that we are feeling due to the tragic loss of our beloved son," they said. "We would like to thank those that tried to render first aid. David was a wonderful, caring boy who will be sorely missed." Members of the Scout troop from the Granite Park LDS Stake in South Salt Lake were heading to seek cover at their campsite from a hailstorm when the strike happened Wednesday. Leaders and other Scouts saw the lightning hit David, and emergency responders and a medical helicopter were called to the scene. CPR was performed on the boy, but he was pronounced dead around 12:35 p.m. In the statement, the Rayborn's said that Sean Smith's parents do not wish to release a statement at this time but that Sean is doing well and resting at home. Email: emorgan@ksl.com.
Wed, 07/13/2011 11:00 AM Injured Sean Smith boy scout 2 of 2  12.0  Scofield Reservoir UT  
 USA 
    N/A  Boy Scouts,Camping,Ground Strike,Hail,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Parents of Boy Scout killed in lightning strike issue statement of thanks July 14th, 2011 @ 9:50pm By Emiley Morgan SOUTH SALT LAKE  The parents of a South Salt Lake boy who was killed Wednesday in a lightning strike are thanking those who tried to save their son's life. David Rayborn, 12, died after being struck in the middle of a fast-moving hailstorm at Schofield Reservoior. Fellow Scout Sean Smith, 12, was also struck and injured. In a statement released Thursday, David's parents, John and Connie Rayborn, called Sean a hero for doing what he could to help their son. "No words can describe the pain and sorrow that we are feeling due to the tragic loss of our beloved son," they said. "We would like to thank those that tried to render first aid. David was a wonderful, caring boy who will be sorely missed." Members of the Scout troop from the Granite Park LDS Stake in South Salt Lake were heading to seek cover at their campsite from a hailstorm when the strike happened Wednesday. Leaders and other Scouts saw the lightning hit David, and emergency responders and a medical helicopter were called to the scene. CPR was performed on the boy, but he was pronounced dead around 12:35 p.m. In the statement, the Rayborn's said that Sean Smith's parents do not wish to release a statement at this time but that Sean is doing well and resting at home. Email: emorgan@ksl.com.
Wed, 07/13/2011 08:00 PM Injured Kyra Gustafson  38.0  Midwest City OK 
 USA 
  jumping on trampoline  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Yard 
Midwest City woman struck by lightning A 39-year-old Midwest City woman was struck by lightning while jumping on a trampoline in the 2100 block of Mill Creek Way about 8 p.m., police said. BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com 1 Published: July 13, 2011 MIDWEST CITY  A woman jumping on a trampoline was struck by lightning Wednesday night, authorities said. ADVERTISEMENT The 39-year-old woman was jumping on the trampoline at a home in the 2100 block of Mill Creek Way when a lightning bolt struck the ground, throwing her from the trampoline about 8 p.m., Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital. She was conscious, but complained of chest pains, Clabes said. Her condition was not known late Wednesday Read more: http://newsok.com/midwest-city-woman-struck-by-lightning/article/3585429#ixzz1S4vvqvgx MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- A Midwest City mom, 38-year-old Kyra Gustafson, feels lucky to be alive after being injured by lightning Wednesday night. "As I was laying there I thought, 'I'm fixing to die maybe,'" she said. Gustafson was trying to fix the safety screen on her family's trampoline and said bad weather wasn't over her neighborhood yet. Then she said she suddenly got quite a shock. "Next thing I knew there was a bright flash and I was thrown backwards about 4 feet," she said. "Next thing I knew I was on my stomach hollering for my daughter to come help me. I was in so much pain." Officials believe lightning struck a tree, traveled through the ground and up the trampoline pole. Midwest City Fire official Jerry Lojka says it's a warning for all of us. "When you hear thunder that means it's within a 10-mile radius. That lightning can be within that 10-mile radius and you have to take it seriously," he said, Something Gustafson says she will do from now on. She said, "If there's a storm don't go outside." Gustafson says she's in pain but is expected to make a full recovery.
Wed, 07/13/2011 12:00 PM Injured several people at gravesite 1 of 2  0.0  Hickory NC 
 USA 
  at gravesite    Funeral,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Several People Injured By Lightning At Funeral Service Posted: 6:42 am EDT July 14, 2011Updated: 7:08 am EDT July 15, 2011 HICKORY, N.C. -- Wednesday's storm caused some scary moments for several people at a graveside service in Hickory. A lightning strike injured people at that service. Employees at the Catawba Memorial Park said the lightning hit a tree near the service, and workers believe the lightning traveled down through the tree and through the ground causing minor injuries. Some described having a ringing sensation in their ears after the strike. "It's unusual. It's never happened that I'm aware of. But it's a cemetery and it's out in the open and there are trees next to us, so it is probably inevitable," said Jack Tickle with the memorial park. Paramedics said no one went to the hospital as a result of the strike. Copyright 2011 by WSOCTV.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or
Tue, 07/12/2011 12:00 PM Killed Rob Christopher  0.0  AZ  
 USA 
  camping     Camping,Outside 
Popular Air Academy high teacher killed by lightning Comments 6 July 17, 2011 6:20 PM MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ The Gazette A popular social studies teacher and historian is being mourned by students and staff at Air Academy High School after his sudden death. Rob Christopher, who has been a teacher at the school for 11 years, died July 12 from a lightning strike while on a camping trip in Arizona. Air Academy principal Toria McGill sent an email to the Air Academy community Saturday night. She said a Facebook page, RIP Rob Christopher, has been set up for students and friends to share their thoughts on Christopher. Students are sharing lovely memories of an excellent teacher, coach and mentor who nurtured a love of learning in so many students, McGill wrote. She said Sunday she learned of Christophers death when his wife contacted a staff member. She declined to comment further on Christopher. By Sunday afternoon, the page had more than 100 comments on it. Mr. Christopher, You were always my favorite teacher, wrote his former student Bradley Chiga. Your passion for teaching was truly inspirational. I will always remember the way you supported us, your students, your friends. Thank you for everything you did for me. I will always remember you. Rest in Peace. Kristine Helena, another Facebook poster agreed. Mr. Christopher was a rare type of teacher, teaching was more than just a job for him, he went out of his way to help his students to actually learn something and the importance of history. He was a great man and treated people as his equal and with respect, a hard thing to do when teaching high schoolers. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him, may he rest in peace. Christopher was a teacher for 19 years, spending 11 of those years at Air Academy. He taught AP government, U.S. history and honors U.S. history. Along with teaching, Chrisopher was also an historian. (See a story the Gazette wrote about Christopher on Aug. 2010.) He was tapped to be the education consultant to the Naval Historical Foundation for a Cold War Gallery under development. His volunteer role was to create materials for teachers and students for use at the museum and online. Christopher also created a foundation to find the remains of the first USS Arizona, a Civil War gunboat that sank in the Mississippi River supposedly in an accidental fire. He had read a mention of the boat in the library at Arizona State University, and there was so little information that he started his own research. He found the remains of the boat in 2001. He has a masters degree in military history from Norwich University in Vermont and was working on his doctorate from Exeter University in England, focusing on clandestine Confederate operations against Union ships. Services for Christopher will be July 25 in Castle Rock, and the details will be announced later this week. Principal McGill said the school is setting up a scholarship fund in Christophers memory. Gazette reporter Kristina Iodice contributed to this report. Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/academy-121674-air-christopher.html#ixzz1SVCe6pTX
Tue, 07/12/2011 06:15 PM Injured man   0.0  Ballwin MO 
 USA 
  opening car door    Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
HomeNewsWeather 7-Day Forecast Alerts Forecast Conditions Radar E-Updates School Closings Severe Weather Guide Forecast On Demand Weather Live Video Webcams SportsVideoConnectShowsFeatures Sign upLog in FEATURED:I'm Just Sayin'PhotosTrafficMomsDealChicken SEARCH Flood Warning issued for: Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Jefferson, Madison, Randolph, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Warren | Flash Flood Warning issued for: Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Phelps, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington Ballwin man injured in lightning strike 10:49 PM, Jul 12, 2011 | comments Twitter Facebook Share Email Print - AAA + Written by Kevin Held FILED UNDER Headlines Ballwin, MO (KSDK) - A Ballwin man is recovering at Missouri Baptist Hospital Tuesday night after lightning struck a tree located just a few feet away from him. According to the hospital, he is now resting comfortably and feeling fine. Authorities said it happened about 6:15 p.m. on Vernal Hill Court. Lightning struck a tree in the victim's front yard. At the time he was about 10 feet away. The man said he opened his car door, heard a bang and then was knocked forcefully back into his vehicle. He said his leg felt numb and his heart was racing. His family called paramedics, who told him it was a good thing he was wearing sneakers at the time. Neighbors also came running. Many of them heard and saw the lightning come down. "It sounded like two twelve gauge shot guns went off outside the window," said neighbor Matt Young. "It looked like a dud firework went off, just sparks went everywhere and I mean I thought I was going to go up there and see maybe something on fire," said neighbor Dave Puricelli. "And went up there and talked to the two people and they had not any idea what had happened." Authorities are calling this a minor shock with no major injuries. The man is expected to be released from the hospital soon, likely Wednesday. KSDK
Mon, 07/11/2011 03:55 PM Killed Joseph Louis Geiser  56.0  Wedge Overlook UT  
 USA 
  outside   N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Hiking,Outside 
San Rafael Desert lightning victim identified First published Jul 12 2011 12:07PM Updated 5 hours ago The Emery County Sheriffs Office has identified the victim of a Monday afternoon lightning strike in the San Rafael Desert. Sheriff Greg Funk said Tuesday that the victim was Joseph Louis Gieser, 56, of Price. Funk said Gieser was near the Wedge Overlook, about 20 miles east of Castle Dale, when he was struck and killed by the 3:55 p.m. bolt. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, where CPR was already being performed by a family member [but they] were unable to revive the victim, and he passed away at the scene, Funk said. Bob Mims
Sun, 07/10/2011 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed 15 injured  0.0  Orissa  
 India 
       
4 killed in lightning strikes 0 You recommend thisYou don't recommend this Share Bhubaneswar, July 10 (PTI) Four people, including three wedding guests, were killed and 15 others suffered burns in separate incidents of lightning in Orissa's Khurda and Jajpur districts, police said today. A wedding reception party ended in a tragedy as three guests were killed at a temple at Taratua village, about 30 km from here in Khurda district when a thunderbolt struck yesterday, they said. The newly-wed couple had left the temple after the rituals when the tragedy took place. The deceased were identified as Sarab Dehuri (65), Kathia Majhi (22) and Dilu Dehuri (14). The injured, including five children and two women, have been admitted to the district headquarters hospital at Khurda for treatment, police said. In another incident, a 25-year-old youth identified as Brundaban Behera of Haripur village in Jajpur district died after being struck by lightning on the same day, police said. PTI COR SKN SUS
Sun, 07/10/2011 10:40 PM Injured man   0.0  Ham Lake MN 
 USA 
      Outside,Road 
About 15 minutes later, a neighbor called authorities in Ham Lake after spotting a man lying in the street. While the injury was first reported as a lightning strike, there were no visible signs of an injury from lightning, Ham Lake Fire Chief Don Krueger said. The man, who was responsive, was taken to an area hospital.
Sun, 07/10/2011 10:25 PM Injured Chip Richards   0.0  Andover MN 
 USA 
  backyard patio taking down umbrella  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Umbrella,Yard 
Print Email Font Resize Two men reported to be struck by lightning in weekend storms By Chris Harrell charrell@pioneerpress.com Updated: 07/11/2011 10:08:00 PM CDT Two Anoka County men were believed struck by lightning during this past weekend's severe storms, which left a path of damage through central and southern Minnesota. The injured men --one from Andover, the other from Ham Lake - survived the strikes and were responsive as paramedics took them to area hospitals. Meanwhile, cleanup efforts continued Monday as power company crews worked to restore electricity to thousands of customers and homeowners cleared fallen trees and limbs. In the metro area, the northern suburbs appeared hardest-hit. The Andover man was struck by lightning about 10:25 p.m., Anoka County 911 manager Linda Hanson said. He had a black mark on his toe and was still shaking but "conscious and alert" when authorities arrived. He was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Andover Fire Chief Dan Winkel said. About 15 minutes later, a neighbor called authorities in Ham Lake after spotting a man lying in the street. While the injury was first reported as a lightning strike, there were no visible signs of an injury from lightning, Ham Lake Fire Chief Don Krueger said. The man, who was responsive, was taken to an area hospital. There were no injuries in Forest Lake, but high winds knocked a tree into a house and another onto some cars, said Forest Lake police Sgt. Greg Weiss. "We have lots and lots of trees and power poles down," Weiss said Monday. "Xcel (Energy) predicted they'll have most people's power back on by tonight." Several Advertisement downed trees hit a major power circuit in the city, causing outages for about 6,300 customers, according to Xcel Energy officials. Meanwhile, officials from Burnett County in Wisconsin breathed a sigh of relief that the storm missed the area. They continue to clean up after a July 1 storm swept through with straight-line winds and caused damage to homes, with roads blocked by downed trees and power lines. The county is applying for state disaster aid and some in the Danbury area, a mile from the Minnesota border, are still without power. In Sauk Centre, Minn., straight-line winds damaged homes, downed numerous trees and knocked down power lines. A tornado was also thought to have touched down in Grove City, near Willmar, according to early indications from the National Weather Service. Elizabeth Mohr, Maricella Miranda and the Associated Press contributed to this report. Chris Harrell can be reached at 651-228-5116. Updated: 07/13/2011 6:26 PM Created: 07/13/2011 5:16 PM KSTP.com | Print | Email By: Joe Mazan Andover Man Survives Lightning Strike Severe weather rolled through the metro and central Minnesota on Sunday. One Anoka County man says he'll never look at storms the same way again. Chip Richards was struck by lightning while standing outside his Andover home. Richards was on his backyard patio taking down an umbrella when he was hit. Richards was knocked to the ground and rushed to the hospital. He checked out fine but still has a headache. Richards grandfather was struck by lightning twice years ago and survived
Sat, 07/09/2011 12:00 PM Killed 7 dead  0.0   
 Pakistan 
       
Lightning strike claims seven lives in northern Pakistan BATTAGRAM, PAKISTAN : At least seven people were killed on Saturday when a lightning strike caused rocks to slide down a hill in northern Pakistan, destroying several homes, local media reported on Sunday. The Express Tribune newspaper reported in its Sunday edition that the incident happened in a village about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) east of Battagram, a district in the Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It happened on Saturday evening when rains and thunderstorms moved through the area. According to the newspaper report, lightning struck a small hill in the village near union council Shamlai, causing water and rocks to slide down the hill, destroying several houses. "After the lightning it was like lava gushing out of the hillock," resident Naeem Rehman told The Express Tribune. Eight houses were completely destroyed by the slide while dozens more were damaged. Four bodies had been recovered as of Sunday while three others were presumed to have been killed. Those killed were two women and five children, the paper said, adding that 17 others were injured. Late last month, 18 children were killed and 36 others were injured when lightning struck a primary school in the Kiryadongo district of Uganda. Lightning also struck other buildings throughout Uganda last month, killing more than 40 people combined. According to a 2008 study by researchers Holle and Lopez for Finnish company Vaisala, lightning strikes each year kill an estimated 24,000 people and injure more than 240,000 others. --BNO News Share this article at
Sat, 07/09/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 children  16.0  Azamgarh 
 India 
  going to fetch water     
Lightning kills two children in UP PTI | 01:07 PM,Jul 10,2011 Azamgarh, Jul 10 (PTI) Two children died after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents across the state, police said today.Narsingh Prajapati (16) died yesterday after being hit by lightning in Kadipur Harikesh village while he had gone to the terrace to fetch water, they said.In a similar incident, Ruby (13) died after being struck by lightning in Mishrapur village near here, police said.
Fri, 07/08/2011 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed   0.0  Saurashtra Gujarat 
 India 
       
Joy darkened: Lightning kills 4 TNN | Jul 8, 2011, 06.33am IST Article Comments Read More:Lightning In Saurashtra|Lightning AHMEDABAD: At least four people have died after being struck by lightning in Saurashtra , south and central Gujarat. The casualties take the rain-related death toll in the state, since June 1, to 28 . Revenue control officials said that the victims in all the four incidents, which took place on Wednesday evening, were farm labourers who were working in the open. From Wednesday, rains have been lashing parts of south Gujarat, Saurasthra and central Gujarat. In Saurashtra, Jesangbhai Sosa (40), a resident of Chhochar village in the Junagadh district died after lightning struck him at his farm. In the second incident, 25-year-old Ketal Chohaliya, a resident of Jasdan town, lost his life. Chohaliya was repairing his terrace when lightning struck. He too died on the spot. The other two incidents were reported from Sathral village in Karjan taluka in Vadodara district, where a 35-year-old man died after being hit by lightning. The fourth incident was reported from Vardoli village in Mangrol taluka of Surat . However, amid the gloom of the deaths, rains have also brought a surge of hope to the state's farmers . Of the 26 districts in Gujarat, 21 received rains on Wednesday, while 13 districts received rainfall till 4 pm on Thursday. In 45 talukas, there was heavy to moderate rains on Thursday. Of the 45 talukas, over 28 talukas received more than 15 mm of rains and another 12 received over 25 mm of rains. Revenue officials said that though rainfall was moderate to heavy in south Gujarat , there was sporadic rain in Saurashtra and north Gujarat . Kaprada taluka of the Valsad district received the maximum rainfall .
Fri, 07/08/2011 03:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Hyannis MA  
 USA 
  on cell phone at airport    Airplane,Cell Phone,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
At Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, a man was nearly struck by lightning when a bolt hit the ground near where he was standing, according to a Hyannis Fire Department official. The man was speaking on a cellphone at the time.
Thu, 07/07/2011 12:00 PM unknown Saturn's lightning  0.0   
 USA 
      Education,Science 
NASA spacecraft offers detailed views of Saturn's Great White Spot The Great White Spot, which occurs about once every 30 Earth years, is a windy, towering cloud of ammonia and water spewing out super jolts of thunder and lightning. The storm is about 10,000 times stronger than those on Earth. Share46 Comments 2 An image of Saturn taken by NASA spacecraft Cassini shows the Great White Spot in the planet's northern hemisphere. (NASA / July 7, 2011) By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times July 6, 2011, 6:27 p.m. Saturn's Great White Spot, a recurring storm on that planet that has intrigued scientists since it was first observed in 1876, is a windy, towering cloud of ammonia and water spewing out super jolts of thunder and lightning. Now astronomers and NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, have captured the most detailed views to date of the phenomenon. The luminous storm, which may be the gaseous planet's main mechanism for dissipating heat, occurs about once every Saturnian year, the equivalent of about 30 Earth years. The storms, however, do not follow a precise schedule. The latest round, the most intense on record, was first noticed by ground-based professional and amateur astronomers as a bright speck on Saturn's northern hemisphere on Dec. 5, about nine years before schedule. The previous storm occurred in 1990. RELATED Planes may increase snowfall at times Asteroid streaks harmlessly past Earth Taking dinosaurs' temperature 'Duh' science: Why researchers spend so much time proving the obvious Black holes are far older than thought Their observations coincided with Cassini's detection of a deluge of radio waves emitted by Saturn. These radio waves are a signature of lightning and can be used as a measure of its strength. During the days that followed, that small blemish, moving westward about 65 mph, grew to a size nearly equal to the diameter of the Earth. Two months later, the behemoth had blanketed the entire planet, spanning more than 180,000 miles. "It turned into a very spectacular storm, with so many [lightning flashes] we couldn't resolve individual ones," said Donald Gurnett, a physicist at the University of Iowa and a contributing author of one of two reports published Wednesday in the journal Nature. This massive eruption of lightning is caused when heat and water vapor rise from deep within Saturn's atmosphere up to its troposphere, the region of the atmosphere where weather occurs. When that water vapor cools and condenses, it releases heat and, under the right conditions, produces lightning. The lightning on Saturn originates deep inside the planet's atmosphere, where vapors are at higher pressure. That makes the lightning very intense. The images and measurements gave scientists new insight into the shape of the current Great White Spot. As water vapor and ammonia were pushed to the troposphere by vertical currents, some of the materials were dragged by eastern winds, creating the storm's characteristic "head" and straggling "tail," both of which are visible from Earth. First author Agustin Sanchez-Lavega, a planetary scientist at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, and his colleagues were able to estimate that the storm's head, where most of the lightning was concentrated, extended about 160 miles below the cloud tops. Because the sun doesn't shine there, this suggests that the planet's internal heat helps the storms to form, the scientists wrote. Great White Spots are 10 times larger than normal storms on Saturn and are about 10,000 times stronger than those on Earth. They occur seasonally due to changes in how much sunlight reaches Saturn. Scientists still don't fully understand the interplay between solar energy and Saturn's internal stores in generating these storms. daniela.hernandez@latimes.com
Wed, 07/06/2011 06:00 PM Injured airport worker  0.0  Greenville NC 
 USA 
  holding umbrella walking in a door  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Standing in Doorway,Umbrella,Work 
RSS Text Size PrintShare This HOME / NEWS / LOCAL / Airport worker struck by lightning By JENNIFER MOORE Published: July 06, 2011 Updated: July 06, 2011 - 6:36 PM » 0 Comments | Post a Comment GREENVILLE, N.C. - An airport worker was struck by lightning. Pitt-Greenville Airport officials tell 9OYS a woman who works with air traffic control was struck by lightning these storms. Greenville Battallion Chief Eric Griffin says the lightning bolt struck her umbrella as she was walking in a door. Airport officials say she seemed dazed and confused but coherent. EMS took the woman to the hospital. We will bring you details as they become available. Airport Worker Survives Lightning Strike It happened last night at the Pitt-Greenville Airport during the height of a severe thunderstorm moving through Greenville. Story 0 Comments Font Size: An airport employee survived a close call with mother nature Wednesday night in Greenville. Authorities believe the woman was struck by lightning. Pitt-Greenville Airport Director Jerry Vickers says the housekeeping employee was reporting to work around 6:00 p.m., during the height of a severe thunderstorm going through Greenville. Vickers says the employee was walking toward the building with her umbrella and when she got to the glass and aluminum door she felt a burst and saw a flash of light. Fire-Rescue transported the woman to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where she was kept for several hours as a precaution.

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