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Wed, 03/09/2011 11:00 AM Injured 2nd grader  0.0  Crestview FL 
  near light switch  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
12:19 p.m. update: A second-grader at Northwood Elementary was shocked when lightning shot from a light switch, struck his neck and traveled down his arm. Paramedics took the child to North Okaloosa Medical Center and he was transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola because of his age. His vitals were said to be good and his parents are being notified. 2nd grader struck by lightning in Fla. Student was sitting near light socket Updated: Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 1:54 PM CST Published : Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 1:39 PM CST CRESTVIEW, Florida (WALA) - A second grader in Okaloosa County, Florida was struck by lightning during Wednesdays storms. Kay McKinley with the school system said Northview Elementary in Crestview was struck by lightning. The lightning traveled through the wiring and out through a light switch. A student sitting near the light switch was struck in the neck and the current traveled down the students arm. The student was just near the light switch, and had not touched it. McKinley says the student was sent to North Okaloosa Medical Center for observation. Although he appeared to be fine, the facility sent him to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. No other injuries have been reported.
Wed, 03/09/2011 11:00 PM Injured teen  0.0  Milton FL 
  touching door handle  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
A Milton teenager has been transported to Santa Rosa Medical Center in stable condition after suffering an indirect lightning strike, Tsubooka said. The teen was touching a door handle at the Learning Academy, 5800 block of Stewart Street, when lightning struck nearby.
Sun, 02/20/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 children  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning kills two 2011-02-20 22:01 Related Links Lightning kills man, injures 7 Horror scene at lightning strike 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Johannesburg - Two children died after being struck by lightning in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, over the weekend, the province's co-operative governance ministry said on Sunday. Reports indicated that the children were in neighbouring homes when the lightning struck on Saturday, spokesperson Vernon Mchunu said in a statement. The department said it would assist with funeral costs. Disaster management teams were deployed to the area to assist with blankets, shelter and food. - SAPA
Thu, 02/17/2011 06:00 PM Injured 9 people  0.0  Ilam  
9 hurt in lightning Added At: 2011-02-17 11:37 PM Last Updated At: 2011-02-17 11:37 PM HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE ILAM: Nine people were hurt, three critically, when lightning struck the district yesterday evening. The injured are Prem Kumari Tamang (32) and Ishworjung Gurung of Ilam municipality-8, Singfrig, Chandamaya Limbu (60) and Nandamaya Jabegu (30) of Jitpur-7, Bimala Rai (16) and Mamata Jabegu (20) of Jitpur-1. Similarly, Kabita Limbu (14), Anil Limbu (26) and Yogesh Limbu (12) of the same family were also injured. Lightning also destroyed property worth Rs 1,15000 when it struck the house of Tej Bahadur Karki of Ilam municipality-8, Singfrig, yesterday
Thu, 02/17/2011 03:00 PM Injured football team  0.0  Bogota  
  on sports field    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 02/11/2011 04:00 PM Killed 1 dead 3 injured  0.0  Negros Occindental 
  construction site     
Lightning kills woman in Negros Posted at 02/11/2011 11:05 AM | Updated as of 02/11/2011 11:05 AM MANILA, Philippines - A woman died and 3 men were hurt after they were hit by a lightning at a construction site in Ilog, Negros Occidental on Thursday afternoon. Killed was Eva Seledono, who owns a store near the dam under construction in Barangay Balicotoc. Seledono's sons, Cheyem and Felix, and a mechanic identified as Alvin Enriquez suffered burn wounds. Rosanel Samillo, a relative of the victims, said the lightning struck past 4 p.m.. Samillo said that the lightning directly hit the store of Seledono, hitting the victims. -- Report from Mark Salanga, ABS-CBN Negros
Thu, 02/10/2011 12:00 PM Injured truck driver  0.0   
Scooby Doo Monster Truck driver struck by lightning 10 Feb, 2011 11:10 AM Scooby Doo Monster Truck driver Troy Garcia was thrown off his monster truck wheel after being struck by lightning on Friday in Whyalla. The incident took place just before 3pm when Mr Garcia had to change the battery in the truck. He said he had been outside for no longer than 10 minutes. The last thing I remember, I seen the spark and bang I was off the tyre, he said. He described the lightning like a long spark you would see from a gas lighter used to ignite stove tops. The full details about the incident appear in the Whyalla News on Thursday, February 10.
Tue, 02/08/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed 1 injured  0.0  Tawau 
February 08, 2011 17:09 PM Lightning Kills Estate Worker TAWAU, Feb 8 (Bernama) -- An estate worker from Felda Kalabakan Utara 1 here was killed while his friend suffered serious injuries after being struck by lightning during a downpour here last Sunday. District Police Chief ACP Ibrahim Chin said the deceased was identified as Alin Mohamad, 40, while the injured worker was identified as Harun Kasmuri, 41. The victims, both Indonesians, were found by their friends at about 6.30pm. Harun was later admitted at the Tawau Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Police believe both victims took shelter under a zinc roofed hut in the plantation after their work when lightening struck them. -- BERNAMA
Sat, 02/05/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead 7 injured  0.0  Libode Mthatha 
 South Africa 
Lightning kills man, injures 7 2011-02-05 23:04 Related Links Climber killed by lightning Eastern Cape man killed by lightning 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Dube calls for lightning probe Four killed by lightning in Eastern Cape Johannesburg - A 58-year-old man was killed and seven children aged between one and 19 were injured after being struck by lightning in Libode, outside Mthatha on Saturday, Eastern Cape police said. The man was killed while he was inside a rondavel with five children, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said. The five children a 1-year-old, two 12-year-olds, a 6-year-old and a 19-year-old were seriously injured. Two other children, aged 15 and 16 from a nearby house were also injured when they were struck by lightning. "There were thunder storms in the area at about 17:00," Fatyela said. - SAPA
Tue, 02/01/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead   0.0  Sao Paulo  
Storms, floods kill 6 in southern Brazil Severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people in southern Brazil and driven thousands from their homes. The Associated Press SAO PAULO  Severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people in southern Brazil and driven thousands from their homes. The Civil Defense department in Santa Catarina state says the floods that began in mid-January have forced nearly 21,000 people to leave their homes and 71 cities to declare a state of emergency. The department said in a statement Tuesday that four of the victims drowned, one was electrocuted by a loose power line and one was struck by lightning. The floods come on the heels of the devastating downpours and mudslides that hit the mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro last month, killing nearly 900 people. In 2008, floods and mudslides killed more than 100 people and displaced 80,000 people in Santa Catarina. E-mail article Print Share More from our network Semen in yogurt linked to NM grocery store worker (Seattle Times Nation & World) Second-graders report sex in California classroom (Seattle Times Nation & World) Woman, 70, dies after being hit by minivan in Seattle (Seattle Times The Blotter) Guilty plea in hate crime attack on West Seattle teen (Seattle Times The Blotter) Thomas makes Naismith list; McDonald's snubs Wroten (Seattle Times Husky Men's Basketball Blog) More from the Web Selected for you by a Sponsor Is the Era of Innovation Over? (OPEN Forum) Defense comptroller: Military wants 80 to 100 new bombers ( Why Automated Targeting Can Be Your Secret Weapon (ZippyCart Blog ) Blake Griffin - Off the Glass Throw Down (MySpace) Burglar Proofing Your Home (Man of the House) [what's this] More Nation & World UPDATE - 12:19 PM Bahrain forces fire on protesters; 50 injured Crowds call for death of Iran opposition leaders Clashes in Jordan injure 8 protesters UPDATE - 12:32 PM Egypt military says won't allow continued strikes Iraqi protesters demand better services in oil hub More Nation & World headlines... News where, when and how you want it On Facebook On Twitter On your phone On your doorstep Newsline Daily E-mail A roundup of the top headlines from news, sports, business, editorial and entertainment. Sent daily. (Sample) All newslettersPrivacy statement Comments (0) Hide comments / Show comments No comments have been posted to this article. Start the conversation. Read all comments / Share your thoughts Get home delivery today! Video Police block protesters' path on Capitol Hill As protestoes marched towards the Seattle Police precinct in Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, their path was blocked by lines of police in several locations. Protesters march through downtown, fueled by prosecutor's decision Williams family supporters protest in City Hall Diaz: Firearms Review Board determined Williams shooting unjustified Public reacts at McGinn's press conference Williams family attorney reacts to prosecutor's decision Satterberg: Officer Birk will not be charged Officer Ian Birk describes Williams' posture Officer Ian Birk testifies during inquest Raw video | The new Boeing 747-8 unveiled More videos AP Video Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech Marketplace shopping Fashion The iconic Chinese dress gets a modern makeover at Pala Pala Dress Boutique More daily find events for Friday, Feb. 18 Market Street Shoes' Make Room for Spring Sale Denim After Dark at Madewell REI Winter Clearance Save 50 percent or more at The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop More shopping events editors' picks Vintage, consignment and used clothing Spas & beauty salons Maternity shopping Local jewelry designers More shopping guides Most readMost commentedMost e-mailed Rare photo shows 8 cougars on game trail Haggen family sells majority ownership of grocery chain to Florida firm Unemployed need not apply, some firms say Despite injuries, Washington defeats Arizona State, 79-62 Man killed in wrong-way crash; Interstate 5 closed Friday morning Officer Birk quits after SPD rebuke Hwy. 520 toll transponders weren't quite 'Good to Go' Driver's license proposal stokes heated debate Why is it so hard to prosecute a cop? A question of malice Woman believes Green River killer raped her 31 years ago Most viewed images
Tue, 02/01/2011 12:00 PM unknown Mixon v Greywold  0.0  MS 
  legal  N/A  Legal 
Jolt from lightning strike sparks benefits for shoulder injuries In Mississippi, a presumption of total occupational loss of a member arises only when a worker demonstrates that he has been unable, despite reasonable attempts, to find suitable employment. Case name: Mixon v. Greywolf Drilling Co., L.P., No. 2009-WC-01536-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 12/14/10). Ruling: The Mississippi Court of Appeals held that a worker struck by lightning while working was entitled to benefits for his injuries. Related Coverage Deputy sheriff can't secure medical benefits for back problems (11/16/09) After foiled attempt to deny benefits, Wal-Mart entitled to subrogation credit (04/01/10) Florida court trims lawn care services from award (08/19/10) First employer on hook for later surgery costs (08/23/10) Voluntary removal from workforce supports suspension of benefits (03/02/09) What it means: In Mississippi, a presumption of total occupational loss of a member arises only when a worker demonstrates that he has been unable, despite reasonable attempts, to find suitable employment. Summary: A floorhand on an oil rig was working when a storm blew in. The floorhand was standing over a drainage pit that had begun to overflow due to the rain storm. Lightning struck somewhere close to or on the rig and the floorhand felt electricity go through his body. The floorhand did not see the lightning strike the oil rig, but he heard the crack of the lightning and was "jolted up" and "driven back." His vision became hazy, and he experienced uncontrollable shaking, so he went to the emergency room. Over the next several days, his shoulders began to hurt. He suffered from a torn rotator cuff. The rig terminated his employment the day after the incident. The floorhand began working odd jobs to sustain himself and secured a full-time position on a ship. The floorhand sought benefits. The Mississippi Court of Appeals held that the floorhand was entitled to benefits for his injuries. The rig argued that there was no causal connection between the floorhand's shoulder injuries and the lightning incident. The court disagreed, stating that multiple doctors testified that the floorhand's shoulder injuries were caused by the lightning strike. Although the doctors assumed that the floorhand was thrown, the floorhand's testimony supported the doctors' opinions. The floorhand argued that he should be entitled to benefits for a 100 percent occupational loss. The court noted that the floorhand was working in a field of his usual employment based on his past job experience. The court also mentioned that the floorhand's loss of use of his arms was not total because he returned to work on a full-time basis performing work that he was qualified for. Additionally, the work required the use of his arms. The floorhand also argued that his average weekly wage should be higher. The floorhand's work schedule was seven days on, seven days off, and a 12-hour per day workday. The court found that the floorhand's "off" weeks should be excluded from the calculation of benefits. Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage. January 24, 2011 Copyright 2011© LRP Publications
Mon, 01/31/2011 12:00 PM unknown bad safety info  0.0  Fl 
      Bad Safety info,Education 
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross announced that they will again team up to sponsor Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week from January 31  February 4, 2011. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events. During each day of the Week, a different weather event that may affect Florida will be highlighted: The focus on Monday, January 31 is Lightning With an average of 1.4 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes each year, no other state in the country experiences more lightning strikes than Florida. Lightning is very dangerous and can travel as far as 10 miles from a thunderstorm! So while it may not be raining at your location, lightning can still reach you. The key to remaining safe from a lightning strike is to keep an eye to the sky and watch for darkening skies on the horizon along with distant rumbles of thunder. The two main tips to remember about lightning safety are: being outside is never safe during a thunderstorm and if you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning! Always remember the 30/30 rule: Go inside if you hear thunder within 30 seconds of a lightning flash. Wait at least 30 minutes after you hear thunder before going back outside. Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Monday's Focus Is On Lightning View Monday's Focus on Lightning Video
Wed, 01/26/2011 02:00 PM Killed Heiko Tillwick  29.0  Johannesburg  
 South Africa 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
Climber killed by lightning 2011-01-26 10:17 Heiko Tillwick (Climb SA website) Galleries · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories Related Links Four killed by lightning in Eastern Cape Eastern Cape man killed by lightning 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Danger of lightning underestimated Weather Looking at topics such as - the weather Wind, cloud, tornadoes, twisters and more. Was R207.95 Now R176.76 BUY NOW Buks Viljoen, Beeld Johannesburg - An experienced mountain climber from Johannesburg died when he was struck by lightning in Waterval-Boven in Mpumalanga over the weekend. Heiko Tillwick, 29, an IT specialist at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, sustained serious burns and his backpack and clothes also had burn marks. Waterval-Boven police warrant officer Alwyn Venter said Tillwick's socks melted in his shoes due to the intense heat. "There was also an ugly burn mark and deep wound to the side of his head. This is presumably where he was hit by lightning." Loud cracks of thunder Tillwick, a member of the Johannesburg branch of the Mountain Club of South Africa, had gone to Waterval-Boven for the weekend with a group of mountaineering friends. Tillwick and a group of climbers went to climb Hallucinogen Wall, a popular cliff about 8km outside the town, for the last time on Sunday afternoon. He apparently told the group at about 15:00 that he would start climbing a cliff of about 20m as he wanted to go home earlier. Shortly after he reached the top of the cliff in Elandskloof in the foothills of the Drakensberg, there were two loud cracks of thunder. According to Alex Janse van Rensburg, co-owner of Rock & Rope Adventures in the town, none of the climbers paid any attention to it. "When they climbed the cliff and walked along the footpath on the plateau a while later, they saw Tillwick lying on the ground," said Janse van Rensburg. Venter said Tillwick's body lay in the path about a kilometre from the camping area where the climbers had spent the weekend. Unusual An inquest was held on Tuesday. Tillwick went to Waterval-Boven at least twice a month to go climbing. His wife, Irene, didn't go along this time. Dean van der Merwe, spokesperson of the Mountain Club of South Africa's search and rescue team in Gauteng, said it was extremely unusual for climbers or hikers to be struck by lightning. "Heike's case shows, however, that it can happen and people who walk or climb in mountains should be careful if there is lightning in the area. You should take steps early on to look for shelter but if you can't, squat down on your haunches, feet together with your arms around your knees." Tillwick's mother, Anna-Marie Tillwick, said on Tuesday on the mountain club's website that he will be buried on Friday.
Fri, 01/21/2011 04:00 PM Killed farmer  27.0  Vatawai Ba 
Your views Ba farmer dies by lightening strike Read or post your comments Ba farmer dies by lightening strike Publish date/time: 21/01/2011 [16:48] Print this page Email this page A 27 year old farmer of Vatawai, Ba died after he was struck by lightening yesterday afternoon. The farmer was hunting for pigs up in the hills with a 17 year old villager while it was raining and he was struck by lightening. He died instantly. Police went to the scene and managed to bring his body to the Ba Mission hospital where doctors confirmed that he was struck by lightning
Thu, 01/20/2011 12:00 PM Killed boy   17.0   
Boy (17) killed by lightning 04 January, 2011 10:39:00 By Sibusisiwe Ngozo Font size: LAST Thursdays thunder showers did not only bring joy to farmers, but despair to a Vilakati family when one of their children was struck by lightning. The storm did not only claim the life of a boy, but also destroyed several homes in other areas of the country. The lightning incident that claimed the life of a 17-year-old Vilakati boy of Mahlabatsini in Gege happened in the late afternoon hours of Thursday. He died about 300 metres away from home, where he was later found. It was reported that lightning first struck on Wednesday in the same area but fortunately no one was injured. It was said that it struck a place which was mostly used by women vendors, but on the day no one was inside. Gege Member of Parliament Musa Kunene confirmed the incident. He said the boy was with another one from the grazing land when they were struck by the lightning. Kunene said the boys ran home when they realised that the thunderstorms were worsening. The other one was fast enough, while the deceased followed behind and when the first reached home he thought his brother was coming only to discover that he was dead, said Kunene. The MP said the deceased was found after the rains had subsided, when the family went in search of him and his body was discovered a few metres away from home. We were all shocked by such, especially the fact that he died a few metres away from home. He has not been buried, he said. In Mpolonjeni in the outskirts of Mbabane, some families were also not spared by last Thursdays storm. Mbabane and surrounding areas received a huge downpour on the day which lasted for about two hours, but left huge damage in some areas. Motshane MP Robert Magongo confirmed that on Thursday in his constituency three homesteads were affected by the storms. We were fortunate as no one was injured, but only roofs were blown off in the three homesteads which are situated in close proximity. Baphalali Red Cross Society helped us a lot on the day and now the National Disaster Management Agency has taken over, he said.
Tue, 01/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed trainer killed player injured  61.0  Buenos Aires  
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Racing loses masseur, player injured due to storm César Nardi, the teams trainer. Racings football practice was interrupted in the early evening Tuesday, when lightning struck the Open Door field and César Nardi, the teams masseur, was killed by the impact. The incident occurred during the middle of a fierce electrical storm while Miguel Ángel Russo's team was practicing. Nardi lost his life at 61, and is said to have been working in the Racing club in the Buenos Aires Provincial area of Luján, for ten years. The teams masseur was not the only one affected: defender Brian Lluy was also injured by the impact and was being treated in Luján Hospital. It has been reported that his life is not in danger. The players were preparing for their match against Estudiantes de La Plata when the storm hit the complex.
Fri, 01/14/2011 12:00 PM unknown thunderstorms and antimatter  0.0   
Forget the Hadron Collider, thunderstorms shoot bursts of antimatter into space every day By: Jeffrey Van Camp "January 12, 20110digg Share 52 Scientists have discovered that thunderstorms emit bursts of antimatter into space. Trekkers, you can start blueprinting those warp drives now. Scientists have finally found antimatter, and its emitted every time lightning strikes, reports the American Astronomical Society. Antimatter, though usually the subject of science fiction, is the opposite of matter. In antimatter, protons have negative charges, electrons have positive charges, etc. Though lightning storms have been known to spur gamma-ray flashes, the Fermi telescope has discovered that they also shoot out electrons and antimatter positrons. This is the first time antimatter has been discovered, incontrovertibly, in thunderstorms. The Fermi telescope is designed to study gamma-ray bursts both distant and near. The BBC explains: When gamma rays pass near the nuclei of atoms, they can turn their energy into two particles: an electron-positron pair. Because electrons and positrons are charged, they align along the Earths magnetic field lines and can travel vast distances, gathered into tightly focused beams of matter and antimatter heading in opposite directions. The dance of light and matter continues when positrons encounter electrons again; they recombine and produce a flash of light of a precise and characteristic colour. It is this colour of light, picked up by the Fermis GBM, that is a giveaway that antimatter has been produced. The magnetic field can transport the particles vast distances before this characteristic flash, and one of the Fermi detections was from a storm that was happening completely beyond the horizon. Scientists say this discovery helps us better understand the nature of lightning and gamma-rays. It is more difficult to say what, if any, impact this will have on science in the short term. Before now, antimatter could only be created at huge collider facilities like CERN. Knowledgeable on antimatter? Comment and let us know what your thoughts are. Is there any practical value to knowing where to find antimatter?
Wed, 01/12/2011 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed 9 injured  0.0  Buenos Aires  
Lightning kills 4, injures 9 in Argentina Jan 12, 2011, 16:17 GMT Buenos Aires - Lightning killed four people and injured nine more in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentine health authorities said Wednesday. The storm on Tuesday claimed the lives of two children who were at a daytime summer camp, the massage therapist of the top-flight football club Racing Avellaneda who was struck during the team's training session and another adult. Four children are among the injured. The life of one of them, aged 7, hung in the balance after lightning caused cardiac arrest. The children had just gotten out of the swimming pool at their camp in the Buenos Aires suburb of Florencio Varela and were walking among trees when they were struck by lightning. Massage therapist Cesar Nardi, 61, collapsed during Racing's training session in the suburb of Open Door. He was taken to hospital and died soon afterwards. Defender Brian Lluy was also struck, although his condition was not serious.
Wed, 01/12/2011 07:00 PM Killed fisherman  0.0   
Lightning kills Sinazongwe fisherman By Sandra Lombe Wed 12 Jan. 2011, 04:00 CAT [548 Reads, 0 Comment(s)] Text size Print A 35-year-old fisherman of Sinazongwe has died after he was struck by lightning as he was preparing food near Lake Kariba. Southern Province police commanding officer Lemmy Kajoba yesterday named the deceased as Alarm Sikanyolo of Kanyemba village in chief Mweembas area. Kajoba said the incident happened on Sunday around 17:00 hours as Sikanyolo was about to prepare food while his friends were fishing on Lake Kariba. » More from Home News » Homepage
Mon, 01/10/2011 11:00 AM Injured Steve Chamberlin  62.0  St. Johns Golf & Country Club Fl 
  standing on the 8th hole, after alert sounded  N/A  Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
Man Struck By Lightning While Golfing Golfer Taken To Hospital In Good Condition POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 UPDATED: 5:05 pm EST January 10, 2011 A lightning strike caused the ground to split on the eighth hole of the St. Johns Golf and Country Club golf course. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was injured by a lightning strike while he was golfing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club near County Road 210 on Monday morning. St. Johns County Deputy Graham Harris said 62-year-old Steve Chamberlin was struck while he was standing on the eighth hole at about 11 a.m. Harris said Chamberlin's friends took him to the clubhouse, and Chamberlin was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South in good condition. Two men who were golfing with Chamberlin said they did not hear the lighting alarm, but were told by a passerby that play had ceased, according to a police report. The men acknowledged that person and decided to finish the hole before leaving the golf course, deputies said. Shortly after the passerby left, the lighting struck, knocking Chamberlin to the ground, according to deputies. Immediately, after being struck, Chamberlin was conscious and awake and told his friends he couldn't walk or feel his legs, deputies said. Chamberlin's friends lifted him to the golf cart and took him to the front parking lot of the clubhouse, where rescuers tended to him, deputies said. The ground where the lightning struck could be seen split in several areas. Copyright 2011 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Man Hit on Golf Course Comments (6) Recommend (2) Print Email Article Larger Smaller Viewer Content LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Steve Chamberlin has played five or six rounds of golf in the last three weeks. He knows that because it was three weeks ago he was struck by lightning while playing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club. "I played with the same clubs," he said while holding his 8-iron. It has a black and blue burn where the lightning exited on the club head. He's in a great mood. Maybe that's because he knows how lucky his is. "I talked to a golf pro who knew two people struck, one died instantly, the other was never the same person again." The strike happened just before a line of storms moved through Monday, January 10, right around 11:45 in the morning. He says some employees of the golf course had come out to tell them it was time to head in. "And the three of us looked and decided we can finish," they were on the last hole of a Monday scramble. "So I said I was game, then I went to grab a club and I saw the explosion, that was a big mistake." He said his arms and legs felt like they were on fire, and he was numb from the waist down. He was taken to the hospital, where he spent one night. He was back on the golf course two days later. "I would have played the next day, but my whole body was sore," he said. Chamberlin is holding on to all the mementos from the day: His burned irons, a melted grip and the charred shirt he was wearing. He says they'll be a constant reminder to never make that mistake again. "It changed the way I'll play in a storm, if I hear thunder, I'm heading to the house. You may think you can finish, not really, you may not ever finish."
Mon, 01/10/2011 12:00 PM Killed 7 people  0.0   
Ekunha  Seven people died between January 02 and 10,in Tchikala village, Ekunha District, central Huambo Province, victim of lightning, on Tuesday here announced the chieftain Daniel Chingula, ANGOP has learnt. The heavy rains and lightning also caused the death of 16 heads of cattle, destroyed 70 hectares of plantations of sweet potato, beans and maize. Meanwhile, 87 residences were also destroyed by the rains and lightning, living 98 families homeless.
Sun, 01/09/2011 12:00 PM unknown KwaZulu-Natal  0.0   
 South Africa 
What's up with the weather - War declared on lightning MEC asks for a probe after recent spate of fatal incidents Jan 9, 2011 12:03 AM | By SUBASHNI NAIDOO Why are the rural people of KwaZulu-Natal so prone to lightning strikes? That's a question that has left a KwaZulu-Natal MEC so perplexed that she's called for a full-scale national probe. Share 9 RELATED ARTICLES Granny 'back from the dead' after floods demolish her mud house in Ladysmith Desperate crush to cool off in Cape heatwave Residents count the costs of Vaal River's flooding Man's impact 'disrupting natural cycles' And, says Nomusa Dube, the MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs, her department is prepared to "fight" and wage war against the pesky freaks of nature that have claimed several lives in the country over the past month. "We can't stop an act of God but as people we can't die without a fight," said her spokesman, Lennox Mabaso, this week. He said Dube wants to know from the Department of Science and Technology why remote, rural areas are more prone to incidents of lightning. But meteorologist Mark Todd says: "South Africa has always been prone to severe lightning. It's just a factor of our climate. Most of our rainfall in our summer rainfall areas comes from thundershowers, and lightning has always been a danger and unfortunately lives are lost." He said a large factor which contributed to deaths in rural areas was the type of dwellings people lived in. "If you are in a solidly built house you are generally very safe from lightning. However, if you are living in a metal shack or a hut with a thatched roof, lightning will unfortunately penetrate and kill people inside as the roof material is not lightning-resistant." Dube this week visited Makhimba near Mpumazi in Eshowe, where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning last week. Eight people were also killed by lightning in the Eastern Cape on New Year's Day. At a function held at a crèche in Pongola late last year, seven people, including a toddler, died and 60 were injured when lightning struck a marquee. Mabaso said the probe was to establish why there had been frequent lightning strikes with more fatalities, and why some places were more susceptible than others. "This phenomenon seems to be new." Mabaso said Dube had turned to the Department of Science and Technology for help because she wants to give people advice on how they can protect themselves. "People have been saying, place an iron rod on the roof but that is not based on scientific evidence and we understand lightning to be a scientific issue as well." Department s pokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said they would do what they could to find a solution to the problem. During 2005, the South African Weather Service installed a network of 24 highly sensitive lightning sensors around the country. Said project manager Georgie George: "These sensors have a detection efficiency of over 95% and can pinpoint a cloud-to-ground lightning strike with up to 500m accuracy." He said the data collected from the sensors is critical in safeguarding the power generation and communications industry infrastructure. "The same technology, together with that of the national radar network and the satellite stations, provides the forecasters with the tools to be able to issue specific warnings to local disaster management agencies and local municipalities of impending danger." He said though there was sufficient data, the way information was being provided to the rural public posed a problem. Such warnings were either "not taken seriously or cannot be acted on as a result of a lack of adequate infrastructure". "Rural communities are particularly vulnerable due to the construction of the dwellings, which are often on high points and surrounded by trees, with no lightning conductors or earth protection," he said.
Wed, 01/05/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead  0.0  Chipinge  
Harare Tue25° C18° CWed26° C18° C Select your city HOMENEWSSPORTBUSINESSENTERTAINMENTCOLUMNISTSCLASSIFIEDSPROPERTY NEWS | NATIONAL | GENERAL Lightning kills three in Chipinge OBEY MANAYITI | HARARE - Jan 05 2011 19:14 0 comments | Post your comment Three people were killed by lightning in Chipinge last week, in separate incidents. In one of the incidents, the victims husband and three children sustained injuries after the hut they were in caught fire, while another person was struck ploughing in his field and yet another was killed after seeking shelter under a tree from the rains on her way home. Chipinge is one of the districts in Zimbabwe where superstitious beliefs, especially associated with witchcraft and lightning, are rife. Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Brian Makomeke confirmed in an interview with NewsDay yesterday the three had been struck on December 30 and 31. Mary Simango (40) was struck and killed by lightning as she was sitting in her bedroom hut along with her husband Albert Simango (51) and their three children, Makomeke said. What happened is that their bedroom hut was burnt to ashes as Mary got struck by the bolt. The three children sustained considerable injuries and they were rushed to Mt Selinda Hospital in Chipinge where they were admitted. The incident happened at Village A1 in the Tazviona area in Chipinge. In a separate incident but in the same district, 21-year-old Florence Magaha was killed by a lightning bolt while sitting under a tree where she had sought shelter from heavy rains that caught her as she was walking on a footpath. Her body was discovered by a fellow villager, David Masuku, who then made a police report. On the same day a 36-year-old man, Elias Muchaendayo of Gwinji village in Chief Musikavanhu area, was struck by lightning while ploughing in his field.
Tue, 01/04/2011 12:00 PM Killed 7 people  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning strike kills 7 in South Africa Home » News » World Tue, 4 Jan 2011 News: World South African police say seven people from neighboring families have been killed in a lightning strike. Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said the victims were members of two families in adjacent homes. The exact circumstances remained unclear, but police said the victims were burned beyond recognition. Among the dead were four children, including two toddlers. One other family member remains hospitalized in critical condition following the Sunday afternoon storm in Eshowe, located in KwaZulu-Natal province. The family members were the latest victims of deadly storms in South Africa. In neighboring Eastern Cape province, four others were killed and 20 injured in a New Year's Day lightning strike.
Mon, 01/03/2011 12:00 PM Injured climber  17.0  Mount Tomah  
Police have slammed a teenage rock climber for not carrying an emergency beacon, saying it 'hampered' efforts to rescue him after he was injured when lightning struck him in the Blue Mountains yesterday. The 17-year-old and a friend in his 20s walked out of Pierces Pass, near Mount Tomah with the help of the Blue Mountains Police Rescue Squad just after 1pm - about 13 hours after they had called triple-0 for help. Rescuers from the Blue Mountains Police Rescue Squad, Ambulance SCAT and Rural Fire Service officers spent more than five hours trekking through difficult terrain in the dark last night to reach the pair after the triple-0 call about 8.20pm, where they found the boy suffering from back and leg injuries. Advertisement: Story continues below But they were unable to winch the teen and his friend out of the bushland by helicopter because of difficult weather conditions and instead camped in the area overnight, NSW Ambulance spokesman Craig Pusser said. Today, rescuers took a few hours to reach the pair and the five emergency services officers accompanying them. Police said the boy 'failed to ensure proper preparations', including carrying an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) with him. They compared the rescue of three canoeists along Colo River, Colo Heights last Monday, where the trio were 'quickly and easily' found as they had activated an emergency beacon to the 'lengthy rescue' of the teenage boy today. Rescuers pleaded with hikers and canoists to carry an emergency beacon whenever they embarked on expeditions, adding that an activated beacon would be monitored by satellite's from a search and rescue centre in Canberra. Lightning 'not forecasted' Guy Moxley, a local mountain guide with more than 10 years' climbing experience, said the area was popular with rock climbers and had some well-established climbs. He added that it was possible the two climbers may not have been aware of the weather closing in around them yesterday as the weather above and around them could have been quite different. "Storms can build up and if you are rock climbing, you may not even know that the storms are building up around you," Mr Moxley said. "When you look above, it's blue sky, but the storms could be building up further south and they go across the Blue Mountains towards the Penrith-Richmond-Windsor area." Mr Moxley said that when he had looked at the weather forecast yesterday, he did not see any storm warnings, although a change came in around 1.30pm. "All I saw was that the forecast was sunny and today ... a change was coming through. There may have been [warnings], but I didn't see any warnings for lightning or thunderstorms. "Looking at the way the weather rolled around yesterday, the weather did change a bit [around the Katoomba and Leura area]. It was hot until around 1.30pm and it started to build up and rumble." Last Thursday, a 55-year-old man died after he fell up to 80 metres down a cliff at Mt Piddington in the Mount Victoria region in the Blue Mountains. The day before, a 44-year-old man suffered multiple injuries after he smashed against a cliff near Margarine Ridge, in the Grose Valley, also in the Blue Mountains. Ads by Google
Mon, 01/03/2011 12:00 PM Killed 11 killed  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning claims 11 in E Cape, KZN January 3 2011 at 08:47pm Two children and a woman are being treated in hospital after they were struck by lightning in the Ngsebe village, near Cofimvaba and Ngcobo, the Eastern Cape. Photo: Eleven people, including four children, died when they were struck by lightning in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape during the New Year's weekend, police said on Monday. Four were killed and 20 others injured in Mamolweni, Eastern Cape, on Saturday night. Police initially said on Sunday that eight people had died. A day later, seven people died and two were injured in Eshowe, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Of the 20 injured in Mamolweni, 12 were still in a critical condition in hospital, said Captain Zamukulungisa Jozana. Eight were treated and discharged. Police said families were shattered and homes destroyed in the thunderstorm. Families were supposed to be celebrating the New Year and instead they are planning to bury their loved ones, Jozana told Sapa. In Mamolweni, all the deceased were neighbours living on the same street. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the local government ministry was attending to the affected families in Eshowe and providing counselling. Other officials were expected to visit the area on Monday. All the deceased had been identified and mass funerals would be held in both provinces. Only KwaZulu-Natal was able to release the names of the deceased who were members of the Mahaye and Cele families. They are Velephi Mahaye, 60, Aphiliswa Mahaye, two, Senamile Mahaye, three, Edith Cele, 57, Nokuzola Cele, 37, Lindani Cele, 12, and Thandolwethue Cele, two. - Sapa
Sun, 01/02/2011 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed at funeral  0.0  Nyabdebi Eastern Cape 
 South Africa 
Jan 2, 2011 2:44 PM | By Sapa Four people were killed when lightning struck as they were having a ceremony for a deceased man in Nyandeni, near Lebode in the Eastern Cape, the area's mayor said. Share 7 Eskom powerlines Photograph by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND RELATED ARTICLES Seven die in KZN lightning strike MEC calls for lightning probe "Four people were killed and three others hospitalised when they were struck by lightning on Saturday," Nyandeni mayor, Thokozile Sokanyile, said. She said they were having a ceremony a year after a woman's husband died when lightning struck between 2pm and 3pm. Social development had gone to the families to do counselling and Sokanyile planned to go and visit them on Monday. The mayor, however, said there was no further information available about the deceased at the moment. Sokanyile said the incident comes after three members of a family were also killed nearby in Lebode on December 29 when their house was hit by lightning.
Sat, 01/01/2011 12:00 PM Injured 75 people in 2010  0.0   
Casualty stung by 1,100 wasp attacks (not to mention 75 lighting strikes and 460 lawn mower injuries in a single year) By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 1:25 AM on 1st January 2011 Comments (0) Add to My Stories Lightning never strikes twice? Try telling that to hospital A&E departments. Seventy-five people had hospital treatment for lightning strikes in one year, according to NHS accident figures. A list of other unusual hospital cases include 460 admissions nationally for injuries from a powered lawn mower, 1,120 from wasp, bee or hornet incidents, 30 due to 'cataclysmic storms' and 24 for rat bites. Painful: Wasps have been out in force, causing hundreds of people to report to hospital casualty departments The figures come from the Hospital Episode Statistics inpatient data for the year to April 2010. Sadly the raw data doesn't explain curiosities such as four admissions due to 'a prolonged stay in a weightless environment'. There were 3,680 injured riders or passengers on animal-drawn vehicles and 6,420 people who fell on or off a ladder. Four people were admitted for exposure to noise. The ice and snow took a huge toll, with 18,570 patients admitted after winter falls. There were 1,420 patients who fell out of trees and 310 injuries from contact with plant thorns, spines and sharp leaves. And there were 2,080 admissions from falls when being carried or supported by other persons - including being dropped. Meanwhile 18,610 admissions were due to striking against or being struck by other objects - including walking into a wall. Hot household appliances, including ovens, were to blame for 790 admissions and 370 were due to exposure to an uncontrolled fire in a building or structure. Read more:
Sat, 01/01/2011 12:00 PM Injured Golfer killed 2 injured  60.0  Laguna National Golf Course Changi 
    N/A  Golf Course,Outside,Raining 
The Straits Times Singapore Home > Breaking News > Singapore > Story Jan 1, 2011 Golfer survives lightning strike with burns By Grace Chua A GOLFER in his 60s was struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon on a golf course near Changi, but survived with burns to his head and hand. The skies were cloudy and there was a slight drizzle, but there was no lightning warning at the time, said golfers at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club. Normally, a siren sounds to warn golfers to get off the course. The siren at the neighbouring Tanah Merah Country Club is also audible from Laguna National, and it too did not sound. A golfer in her 50s, who declined to be named, said: 'It was very sudden lightning without any warning. We were on the 11th or 12th hole and he was on the 18th... I think lightning struck his driver and the current went through that way.' The Singapore Civil Defence Force was called at 3.25pm, its spokesman said. The man was conscious when he was sent to Changi General Hospital in an ambulance, which got there at 3.47pm. Mr Chen Yuk Fu, 62, was struck by lightning while playing golf at Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Changi. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE WHEN she heard the shocking news that her husband had been struck by lightning, Mrs Chen knew she had to provide him with whatever help he needed. 'I spent the whole night reading up on lightning strike victims, what they go through, and how they feel, so I can take care of him,' said the 50-year-old, who did not want to give her full name. Her husband, Mr Chen Yuk Fu, 62, regained consciousness on Sunday - more than 10 hours after he was struck while playing golf last Saturday afternoon. Mrs Chen has visited him in the intensive care unit of Changi General Hospital, where he is in a stable condition. She said she was relieved he could recognise her. She told The Straits Times how she cried for hours until she lost her voice, after a friend told her about the accident at Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Changi. Mr Chen, a technology firm director, suffered burns to his head, neck and han
Sat, 01/01/2011 12:00 PM Injured 75 people last year  0.0   
75 lightning strikes, 24 rat bites and people falling off the TOILET: The bizarre injuries seen in A&E departments this year By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 4:25 PM on 31st December 2010 Comments (21) Add to My Stories Rat bites accounted for 24 hospital admissions in Britain in the last year Yearly hospital admissions data has revealed a host of unusual reasons for trips to the emergency room. Seventy five people needed treatment for lightning strikes, according to the NHS figures. There were 460 admissions nationally for injuries from a powered lawn mower, 1,120 from wasp, bee or hornet incidents, 30 due to cataclysmic storms and 24 for rat bites. The figures come from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) inpatient data for the financial year ending April 2010. Sadly the raw data doesn't explain curiosities such as four admissions due to a prolonged stay in a weightless environment. There were 3,680 injured riders or passengers on animal-drawn vehicles and 6,419 people who fell on or off a ladder. Four people were admitted for exposure to noise. The ice and snow took a huge toll, with 18,570 patients admitted after winter falls. There were 1,419 patients who fell out of trees and 310 injuries from contact with plant thorns, spines and sharp leaves. And 2,079 admissions from falls when being carried or supported by other persons (including being dropped) and 46,463 were due to a fall on the same level (including falling from or off a toilet). Meanwhile 18,613 admissions were due to striking against or being struck by other objects (including walking into a wall). Read more:
Fri, 12/31/2010 12:00 PM Killed couple died 20 others struck  0.0  Bugambe Hoima 
Lightning strikes 22, couple dies E-mail article Print article A victim of the lightning receiving treatment at Hoima Hospital By Pascal Kwesiga and Robert Atuhairwe A man and his wife died and 20 others were admitted to Hoima Hospital and Kabalega Medical Centre after being struck by lightning. Simon Irumba died instantly when lightning struck during the burial of his father-in-law, Tamiteo Isingoma, at Muhwiju in Bugambe sub-county, Hoima district on Wednesday evening. Irumba died in his seat as his wife Kelvin Nyangoma was serving him a drink. Nyangoma also fell down and lost consciousness. Allan Alinaitwe, a witness, said several mourners lost consciousness after they were hit. Many people who were seated and standing near Irumba when his wife fell down. We ran for our lives thinking they were all dead. Most were lying still, while others were groaning, he said. The victims were rushed to Hoima hospital and Kabalega medical centre in Hoima town. Nyangoma died on arrival at Hoima Hospital. Scores of people from Hoima town and neighbouring areas crowded the hospital to find out if their relatives had been involved in the incident. When New Vision visited the hospital, most of the victims were lying on the floor in the casualty wing, where they were being treated. Some of them were given first aid and discharged. Those still admitted at Hoima Hospital are Francis Mbabazi, 30, Dan Tugume, 27, Josephine Tibenda, Annet Kabadaki, Florence Tibuliba and Timbigamba, 32. Bridget Kemigisa and Bosco Tugume are admitted at Kabalega medical centre. The victims sustained serious burns and complained of severe pain. Tugume recalled that he was seated in a tent when the incident occurred. I was seated in a tent when lightning struck. I saw a lot of light and that is all I can remember, he said. I have just found myself in the hospital this morning but I dont know how I came here. I feel a lot of pain and I can see burns on my body, Tugume added. An old woman who witnessed the incident attributed the lighting to the devil. This is the work of devil and I have never seen it in my life time. You cannot go to bury your father-in-law and get struck by lightning and you die, she said. The LC1 chairman for Muhwiju village, Eric Bendebule, said the incident was the first of its kind in the area and had shocked many residents. It is a big surprise and it has shaken the whole village. I am an old man but have never seen this happen in my area, he said. Costance Aseru, a nursing officer at Hoima Hospital, said most of those affected had been given first aid treatment and discharged. She added that the victims sustained burns, while others had recovered from shock. We have put all of them on treatment and they are out of danger. I hope they will be fine and we shall discharge them soon, she said. Irumba and his wife Nyangoma will be buried at Kitoma village in Busiisi division in Hoima.
Tue, 12/28/2010 12:00 PM Killed Education cuts death toll  0.0   
  114 dead vs 140 last year    Education 
Toll decreases: Lightning deaths down on 2009 TUESDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2010 15:01 MOM KUNTHEAR Toll decreases THE number of people killed by lightning strikes this year fell by 26 compared to last year, largely thanks to education campaigns instructing people to remain indoors, keep away from trees and unplug electrical items during thunderstorms, an official said yesterday. Keo Vy, chief of cabinet at the National Committee for Disaster Management, said 114 people were killed by lightning strikes during rainy season storms this year. A further 58 people were injured, 65 head of cattle were killed and three houses were destroyed, he said. The number of deaths is lower than last year, when 140 people died, 59 were injured, and 38 cattle were killed, he said. We keep on educating and explaining to the people about how to avoid the lightning.
Mon, 12/27/2010 12:00 PM unknown Thunder snow  0.0   
scientific american      Education,Science 
Thunder, Lightning and... Snow Scientists study winter storms involving thundersnow to pinpoint where heavy snowfalls may occur By Nikhil Swaminathan | December 27, 2010 | 2 Share Email Print THUNDERSNOW: "Thundersnow," a weather phenomenon featuring the unusual combination of thunder, lightning and snow, was part of the winter storm that hit the East Coast December 26. Image: COURTESY OF JWIZMAN96, VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Editor's note: This article originally was published March 4, 2009. We are re-posting it because thundersnow was observed in New York City during the storm that hit the East Coast in the past few days. It's been more than 30 yearsduring the Blizzard of 1978 to be exactsince Neil Stuart saw "thundersnow," a weather phenomenon featuring the unusual combination of thunder, lightning and snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist was 10 years old, living near Boston. The stormwhich he says "is famous in meteorological circles" and influenced his career pathdumped 27 inches (67 centimeters) of snow on the ground over two days. The heaviest snow, however, came during a six-hour thundersnow storm that delivered one foot of snow over a six hour period. Seeing thundersnow come down is "like watching a time-lapse movie of the snow building up, because it falls so quickly," Stuart says. Thunder and lightning during a snowstorm is different from a run-of-the-mill snowstorm; it is extremely rarefewer than 1 percent of observed snowstorms unleash thundersnow, according to a 1971 NSW study. But recorded observations of the phenomenon date back to 250 B.C., say ancient Chinese records translated in 1980 by atmospheric scientist Pao-Kuan Wang, now of the University of WisconsinMadison. Today, researchers are interested in thundersnow for its predictive value. According to Patrick Market, an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri, a 30-year study of snowfall found that when lightning is observed during a snowstorm, there is an 86 percent chance that at least 15 centimeters of snow will fall within 113 kilometers of the flash. Researchers are trying to determine the combo of atmospheric conditions required to create thundersnow to help them better predict heavy snowfallwhich they define as at least 20 centimeters falling at a rate of 7.5 to 10 centimeters per hourand issue warnings about hazardous weather before it hits, giving people time to prepare, take cover and get off the road. (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 800 deaths were caused by snow-related traffic accidents in 2007.) By the time the lightning flashes during a thundersnow-storm, it is often already too late to prepare local residents for the whiteout on the way. "If we're talking about the observation of thundersnow," Market says, "the predictive value is on the order of minutes to hours." Thundersnow-storms share some characteristics with summer thunderstorms. In both, a region of relatively warm air causes moisture to condense into clouds. A temperature gradient then forms with colder air farther up and warmer air closer to Earth's surface. If the relatively warm air begins to rise, the turbulence causes some water molecules to lose electrons and others to gain them, forming charges within the atmosphere that lead to electrification (discharged as lightning) and a sudden heating and expansion of the air. Thundersnow is unique, scientists believe, because due to the subzero temperatures, interactions between supercooled liquid water, ice crystals and larger ice particles can also generate lightning. In both types of storms, thunder results from the sound waves created by the rapid cooling and contraction of the air superheated by the lightning. In the U.S. thundersnow is most likely to form in mountainous regions like the Rockies (thanks to warm air pockets caused by sudden changes in elevation) as well as in the vicinity of comparatively warm and large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes. Snow requires a cold environment, adequate moisture to form clouds, and rising air; thundersnow makes an appearance when a fourth ingredient is added: thermal instability, which is created by the addition of relatively warm air. (Market estimates that temperatures need to get cooler by at least four degrees Celsius per 1.6 kilometers of altitude as warm air travels upward to create the needed turbulence. Scott Steiger, an assistant meteorology professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, recently discovered that there are about six thundersnow storms a year in the lower Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario) region, most of them in November and December. "These storms don't move, so they can dump up to seven feet [two meters] of snow in one day," he says. "They are very intense snowstorms, but they are very local." When thundersnow occurs away from mountains and lakes, its heat sources aren't found near the ground but rather at altitudes upward of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). It is these less-frequent occurrencesin more populous areas in the Great Plains and the Northeastern U.S., as during the 1978 blizzardwhere this type of storm has the greatest potential to cause damage. During a March 1 thundersnow storm that covered parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, five to to 7.6 centimeters fell per hour, an extremely rare occurrence in that part of the country, Stuart says. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported visibility of only about 402 meters for more than an hour around noontime that day, and there were power outages in some areas of northern Georgia due to the heavy, wet snow, he adds. Market last month joined a team of storm-chasing University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign researchers using various radars to examine what takes place inside storm clouds to cause snowfall. The team is surveying atmospheric conditions in several locations in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. A field mill, a device that measures electric fields near the ground, will be used to determine whether there is an accumulation of charged ice particles in the clouds above. The team next year plans to fly into snowstorms in NWS planes and drop parcels containing thermometers, barometers and other devices that, like weather balloons, will measure temperature on their way down. If the team encounters thundersnow during its study, it may be able to confirm the conditions needed to produce it, making such icy tempests easier to forecast. "With some lead time, [be it] hours or even a day or two," Stuart says, "we can see a big storm and predict which areas will see extreme snowfall."
Sun, 12/26/2010 12:00 PM unknown new pain treatment for victims  0.0   
New device treats UT teen's lightning injury pain Dec 26, 2010 4:37pm Email Print SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  Doctors are using a new FDA-approved device to help a Utah teenager manage pain from injuries he got when he was struck by lightning. Alex Lambson and Dane Zdunich (zuh-DEN'-itch) were both hit as they stood outside Snow Canyon High School in St. George on Oct. 6. KSL-TV reports that Lambson suffered the most serious injuries, including burns over 40 percent of his body and nerve damage that leaves the 17-year-old with excruciating pain. Doctors are using a new device called Calmare on Lambson that uses electricity, not narcotics, to treat pain. The Calmare transmits a 'no pain' message through disposable surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient's pain. "It has to do with manipulating how your body understands what's happening in the peripheral nerves," Lambson's doctor, Robert Chalmers of the Spero Clinic in St. George, said. "Instead of using drugs by manipulating chemicals, we work with one specific part, which is the electricity that travels through nerves." Doctors believe electrical manipulation may be re-training the brain to think that pain is not there, especially after an injury has healed. As Chalmers explains, it's similar to the Phantom Limb Syndrome experienced by amputees after the loss of a limb. "You can undo what basically has been imprinted into that patient's brain by being in pain for a long time," Chalmers said. Lambson, who said he experiences "pretty much every kind of pain imaginable," said the treatments provide him with quick relief. "Usually five minutes after I get plugged in my pain is almost completely gone," he said. On the pain scale of one to 10, Lambson said he was suffering level 10 pain when he left the hospital. But after 16 treatments with the Calmare, he said the intervals of relief are longer and the pain less intense when it returns, especially in the first 24 hours. "Normally it only gets to a five or six now," Lambson said. The Calmare device is only available at 21 U.S. medical centers. The one used by Chalmers in St. George is the only device in Utah. Chalmers said he has treated 32 patients since he began using the machine six months ago and that the results vary depending on the patient's nerve injury and the length of time they've suffered chronic pain. ___ Information from: KSL-TV,
Sat, 12/25/2010 10:00 PM Killed 4 die, 23 injured  0.0  Pokot County  
HomeNewsProvincial PROVINCIAL Four die as lightning strikes SHARE BOOKMARKPRINTEMAILRATING By BERNARD KWALIA bkwalia@ke.nationmedia.comPosted Monday, December 27 2010 at 21:00 IN SUMMARY Festivities turned into mourning after the disaster at fundraiser that also left eight people blind A fund-raising ceremony in Pokot County turned tragic on Christmas Day after lightning struck four people dead, leaving 23 others injured. Mr Chelokotio Pokoriangas family had assembled to collect funds for a student of Muhino Secondary School and thereafter celebrate Christmas at their home in Paraywa Village of Pokot Central District. The incident occurred at 10pm during a four-hour heavy downpour. The injured were taken to Ortum Mission and Kitale District hospitals. The student sustained minor injuries. Kenya Red Cross Society officials and security personnel arrived at the scene to help in the rescue mission. A Red Cross official in Pokot, Mr Peter Domororita, told the Nation on phone that initial reports indicated four people had died instantly. Mr Domororita said that out of the 23 injured, 13 were treated and discharged, while the rest were admitted to the two hospitals. Eight of the victims lost their sight. He gave the names of those who were killed as Ms Chekopus Lokudonyamwai, 14, Mr Philemon Lokudonamwai, 16, Mr Jacob Lokedi, 19, and Mr David Katuma, 23. Pokot Central police boss Nicolas Musila said the number of people who had attended the function had not been established. Mr Musila said the bodies were moved to the mission hospitals mortuary awaiting post-mortem
Fri, 12/24/2010 11:35 PM Killed 3 dead  0.0  Jotsholo Matabelelad North 
  in a hut     
Lightning kills 3 at Xmas party 29/12/2010 00:00:00 by Lindie Whiz E mail this to a friend Printable Version RELATED STORIES Man dies in bicycle collision Proud polygamist eyes wife 8 Sex change baby mum's suicide bid Police chief warns woman rapists Assault rap for charcoal burn prophet Fifth hitchhiker raped by women Magic sex 'rapist' in court Court throws out virginity lawsuit Donkey quarrel leads to eye loss Thief begs court to jail him 'Cheating' woman sliced off hubby's willy Mum romped with son as hubby watched Faith sect dad jailed over measles deaths Kidnappers suck woman's breasts Anger over dog-eating Chinese man Wife cuts oral sex turn-off hubby's willy Mum jumps off building with baby on back Man beat wife over cheating dream Girl offered $500 for her hand Witchcraft ring: Boy's head cut off THREE people taking shelter in a hut from a Christmas Eve downpour died after being struck by lightning. Police said 16 others suffered varying degrees of burns in the same incident in Jotsholo, Matabeleland North. Lupane District Chief Superintendent Johannes Gowo said the victims had gathered for a Christmas party at the home of one Jabulani Ncube in Ngondo Village when it started raining just after 11.30PM. Some people moved into the kitchen to shelter from the light showers. A few minutes later, lightning struck and demolished the hut, Chief Superintendent Gowo said. Three people died on the spot while 16 were rushed to Fatima Clinic with varying degrees of burns all over their bodies. Two were treated and discharged the same day and 14 were admitted but are now said to be in a stable condition. The dead included members of the same family -- Esnath Tshuma, 41 and Farai Tshuma, 2 -- and a teenager, Gladmore Luphahla, 8. Superstitious locals have blamed the incident on witchcraft. One local man who helped pull survivors from the rubble said: I was asleep when I heard a loud clap of thunder, which was followed by people screaming. We went out to investigate and found the hut destroyed with its roof smouldering. I think an evil villager caused the rain to fall and then sent the lightning to kill these people. It is suspicious that the light showers produced the lightning that caused so much damage. People are now living in fear as they thought whoever had sent the lightning would do it again.
Mon, 12/20/2010 12:00 PM unknown X rays from lightning photographed  0.0   
X-rays from lightning photographed December 14, 2010 By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg Enlarge Rocket-triggered lightning allows scientists to measure the properties of a bolt. Credit: Dustin Hill / International Center for Lightning Research and Testing Using a custom-built camera the size of a refrigerator, Florida researchers have made the world's first crude pictures of X-rays streaming from a stroke of lightning. Seeing X-rays in relation to the lightning "leader," the initial spark and the channel it makes through the air, should help researchers build better models of the twisty and still unexplained ways that lightning behaves. The images are beyond blurry. They look like near-abstract blotches of white and green, better deciphered when displayed in a series with a rough sketch of the lightning tip superimposed. You can see the X-ray source descending, Joseph Dwyer, a physics professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, told a group of lightning specialists gathered Monday in San Francisco. You start to see the air glow in X-rays. Dwyer took the pictures in July and August in collaboration with a team from the University of Florida at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing. He turned 25 of them into video clip that shows 2.5 millionths of a second in the life of one lightning strike. It is a painstaking look at an elusive subject. We understand how a star explodes halfway across the universe better than we understand the lightning right above our heads, Dwyer said in an interview before his talk at the American Geophysical Union conference, a gathering of 18,000 scientists in specialties ranging from glaciers to volcanoes. The basics of lightning taught in grade school are correct as far as they go: a negative charge builds within a cloud and then is released downward, connecting with a positive charge. Once that connection is made, we see the lightning discharge, a glowing streak of the electrically altered, ionized air. Yet how that spark begins is still unknown. Electrical fields that have been measured in clouds seem too small account for it, Dwyer said. We also dont know what happens in the millionth of a second when lightning attaches to the ground, or why the lightning leader sometimes darts and sometimes, relatively, dawdles. Scientists have long speculated that lightning might produce X-rays, and in the past decade Dwyer has been one of the key researchers who helped confirm the presence of high energy photons. His group is among a handful worldwide that triggers lightning, generating it by shooting a rocket trailing copper wire up into a thunderstorm. This past summer the group made a series of pictures of four different lightning strikes, and recorded both X-rays and higher energy gamma rays along with them. It actually worked the very first time. It was unbelievable, Dwyer said. The hulking camera, towed on a trailer, relies on 30 radiation detectors pointed above the horizon and software written by Dwyer that turns its voltage measurements into images. Each detector contributes its bit of data to the picture, so the result is looks like a photo with only 30 pixels. Having even such low resolution pictures is a big step forward, Steven A. Cummer, a Duke University professor who was not involved in the work, said in an interview. Showing in the images exactly where the X-rays are coming from and when is significant, he said. While Dwyer's group has taken other measurements of X-rays in lightning, nothing replaces seeing it. "This is actually sort of what Superman would see," Dwyer said at a Tuesday morning press conference on his work. "Superman has X-ray vision." Eventually, Dwyer hopes to build a bigger machine with 150 detectors, but in the meantime and he and Meagan Schaal, who helped build the smaller version as part of her doctoral work, plan to improve its focus and take many more pictures this coming summer. Theres a whole zoo of different kinds of lightning that wed like to see, Dwyer said. There are dart leaders, which can hurtle at one-sixth the speed of light, and step leaders, which zip forward, hesitate for perhaps 10 microseconds, then zip again. There are chaotic leaders, which hesitate too but lack a regular pattern. And theres upward, positive lightning, which moves in the opposite direction of the most common, downward lightning strike. One of lightnings many mysteries is whether the X-rays are essentially just along for the ride, or actually play a role in its steps, darts and other dynamics. Its possible that the work might eventually lead to reducing the damage lightning can do, but thats not what sends Dwyer out to the testing site during hot summer thunderstorms. Its just great fun, he said. I love the idea that this is something so familiar, and we dont understand the simplest things about it, how it gets started, how it moves. Provided by Inside Science News Service (news : web)
Thu, 12/16/2010 12:00 PM unknown Lightning warns of volcano activity  0.0   
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Researchers Use Lightning Detection For Early Warning Of Volcanic Ash Home : National Contributor: Voxy News Engine Thursday, 16 December, 2010 - 12:57 New Zealand scientists are playing a key role in developing a new system to give early warning of aviation-endangering volcanic eruptions by detecting the lightning their ash clouds trigger. The system, publicly unveiled by US researchers today, uses data from the World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) to create automated email alerts within minutes of suspicious lightning activity occurring near volcanoes. The WWLLN was founded by now retired University of Otago Professor Richard Dowden, and the computer code for generating the new system's alerts was written by Dunedin-based Otago PhD graduate Dr James Brundell. Otago Physics researcher Dr Craig Rodger, who leads New Zealand's WWLLN activities, says the early warning system is an exciting development for both the network and in helping to ensure safer skies. "In some of the world's remote regions that otherwise lack good monitoring of volcanic activity, this system could pick up the slack and allow local aviation early warning of potentially hazardous ash plumes," Dr Rodger says. In October this year, the system proved its potential by giving the first indication of an eruption of a volcano in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. An hour before the ash cloud appeared in satellite images, an automatic email was sent to Dr Brundell and researchers from the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey, he says. The system involves monitoring lightning strokes occurring around all of the world's 1500 or so volcanoes, as well as more distant lightning from each volcano (up to 100 km) to help determine if new strokes over the volcano are possibly weather related. Because weather-related lightning is very common in many parts of the world where volcanoes are found, only those in Alaska, the Marianas, and the Russian Far East are currently assigned to the automatic real time alerts, he says. "To avoid 'crying wolf', local meteorological conditions in other regions would need to be more carefully checked before any warnings were issued," he says. Dr Rodger says that the warning system is one of the latest in a multitude of research avenues enabled by WWLLN, which has grown into an international consortium of over 60 universities and government laboratories. The network's 50 stations that underpin the warning system stretch across the globe, including sites in Dunedin and New Zealand's Antarctic Scott Base. The stations consist of Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio receivers that register the pulses created by lightning from up to 10,000 kilometres away. Their data is constantly sent over the internet to two central processing computers - one at the University of Washington in Seattle and the other at the University of Otago - which calculate the location of lightning strikes by triangulating pulse reports from several stations. Scientists from the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey announced the ash cloud warning tool today at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting, the largest gathering of Earth scientists in the world. More information about WWLLN can be found at:
Thu, 12/16/2010 04:00 PM Killed 2 military academy coeds  0.0   
Home » Baguio » Local News Lightning kills university coed, hurts another Comment | More | Thursday, December 16, 2010 More Sections Local News Opinion Business Sports Feature Lifestyle Entertainment A FUN stroll on the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) grounds took a deadly turn for two coeds when they were struck by lightning during Tuesday afternoon's heavy downpour. The victims are Michelle Quicio and Rachelle Ventura, both from Isabela and students of the University of Baguio. PMA Information Officer Lynette Flores reported that Quicio was thrown a short distance due to the force of the lighting. Attempts to revive her failed and she expired around 4 p.m. Ventura, on the other hand, sustained minor injuries. She is being monitored at the PMA Fort del Pilar Station Hospital and has been declared stable. The parents of Quicio and Ventura have already been informed of the incident. PMA committed to provide financial assistance to the families. Quicio's body was brought to the Baguio Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. According to the Wikipedia, an estimated 10,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 100,000 are injured. Lightning, which usually occurs during thunderstorms, travels at a speed of 220,000 kilometers per hour and the energy it releases has a temperature of 30,000°C (54,000°F). (Rimaliza Opiña) Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 17, 201
Thu, 12/16/2010 04:00 PM Killed 2 military academy coeds  0.0   
Home » Baguio » Local News Lightning kills university coed, hurts another Comment | More | Thursday, December 16, 2010 More Sections Local News Opinion Business Sports Feature Lifestyle Entertainment A FUN stroll on the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) grounds took a deadly turn for two coeds when they were struck by lightning during Tuesday afternoon's heavy downpour. The victims are Michelle Quicio and Rachelle Ventura, both from Isabela and students of the University of Baguio. PMA Information Officer Lynette Flores reported that Quicio was thrown a short distance due to the force of the lighting. Attempts to revive her failed and she expired around 4 p.m. Ventura, on the other hand, sustained minor injuries. She is being monitored at the PMA Fort del Pilar Station Hospital and has been declared stable. The parents of Quicio and Ventura have already been informed of the incident. PMA committed to provide financial assistance to the families. Quicio's body was brought to the Baguio Memorial Chapel on Wednesday. According to the Wikipedia, an estimated 10,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 100,000 are injured. Lightning, which usually occurs during thunderstorms, travels at a speed of 220,000 kilometers per hour and the energy it releases has a temperature of 30,000°C (54,000°F). (Rimaliza Opiña) Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 17, 201
Thu, 12/16/2010 12:00 PM unknown X-Ray of lightning  0.0  FL 
X-ray vision sheds new light on lightning strikes The worlds first X-ray images of lightning capture it just before it strikes the ground at almost 1/10 the speed of light. By LiveScienceThu, Dec 16 2010 at 1:16 PM EST Comments SHEDDING NEW LIGHT: A fridge-sized X-ray lightning camera is pointed at the rocket launch site where researchers try to trigger lightning. (Photo: Dustin Hill) If Superman and Lois Lane watched lightning strike the tallest buildings of Metropolis, the superhero might puzzle his lady friend by describing a glow as seen through his X-ray vision. Now scientists have spotted the same by building a camera that captured the world's first X-ray images of lightning. Earn Points What's this? Comments Email Facebook Twitter Stumble Digg Share The fridge-sized camera snapped 10 million frames per second in order to capture lightning processes that last just millionths of a second. Florida researchers pointed the camera at a launch tower where they sent rockets soaring with trailing copper wire  a modern-day Ben Franklin experiment to trigger lightning. "It's been 250 years since Franklin's kite experiment, and only within the last decade [eight years ago] we found that lightning emits X-rays," said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. The announcement and a first viewing of the images came at a press conference held Dec. 14 here at the fall 2010 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Here comes the glow The X-ray glow follows a so-called lightning leader  a channel in the air that forms a path for the lightning. The leader's charged tip creates an electric field that accelerates electrons almost to the speed of light and causes the X-ray emissions. [Electrifying Images of Volcano Lightning] That means the lightning itself is not the direct cause of X-ray emissions. "Lightning is too cold to emit X-rays," Dwyer explained. "Fifty-thousand degrees Fahrenheit may seem hot to us, but in terms of X-ray temperatures it is downright frigid." The lightning leader that triggered the X-ray imagery was traveling at about one-sixth the speed of light  faster than the leader speeds of one-tenth or one-twentieth the speed of light seen in natural lightning strikes. [X-ray lightning image] More than rocket science Success aside, putting together the X-ray camera first required some heavy lifting. The camera has just a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) pinhole that allows X-rays through the front, with heavy lead sheets shielding all other parts of the camera to prevent X-ray entry. "Each sheet, which was approximately 2 by 1 foot, weighed 60 pounds," said Meagan Schaal, a graduate student in the physics and space sciences department at the Florida Institute of Technology. "Getting them into place and drilled into place was extremely difficult." (That's about 0.6 by 0.3 meters and 27 kilograms.) The efforts paid off this past summer when the camera recorded four rocket-triggered lightning flashes. Other cameras at the launch site even captured a surrounding glow of gamma rays that also followed the lightning strikes. A greenish cloud also appears to trail along the rocket-triggered lightning strikes in visual images, but that's not from gamma rays. Instead it marks the destruction of the copper wire that the rocket unspools in its wake. "The green is from the copper vaporizing," Schaal said. Anyone who recalls their high-school chemistry classes may have seen a similar greenish reaction when they put copper over a Bunsen burner, Schaal told LiveScience after the press conference. Step by step Another camera at the launch site captured a natural lightning strike from a storm that moved through the area. That lucky coincidence created the fastest frame-rate measurements ever taken of a lightning leader from a natural lightning strike. "The camera was conditioned for rocket-triggered charges, but was fortuitously triggered by natural lightning," said Dustin Hill, a lightning researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The camera's 300,000 frames per second showed how the lightning leader creates a step-wise channel downward through the air. The lightning leader is also known as a step leader, because it seems to travel by leaps and bounds rather than in a continuous line. The trail left by the step leader allows negative charge to travel down, even as positively charged leaders travel upward from the ground to meet in the middle. That triggers a so-called return stroke moving upward from the ground toward the cloud  the flash of what human eyes see as lightning. Such images confirmed that laboratory spark experiments and rocket-triggered lightning seem to match well with natural lightning, at least in terms of the step-leader process. That suggests researchers may be on the right track when it comes to understanding the mysteries of lightning. "The strokes after the step leader seem to be exactly [the] same as natural lightning," Hill said. "The advantage of triggered lightning is that it's like a laboratory experiment  we now have a repeatable experiment that we can do." This article was reprinted with permission from LiveScience.
Wed, 12/15/2010 05:00 PM Injured 9 children & grandmother  0.0   
10 STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 15 December, 2010 10:50:00 By Faith Vilakati Font size: SURVIVORS: Gogo Dlamini with the children who survived lightning; they are Bongani, Zinhle, Nokwanda, Londiwe, Nolwazi, Thembala, Nosipho and Thabiso TRAGEDY struck at a Dlamini family of Siphofaneni as nine children and their grandmother were struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon. To add to the familys woes, their house was gutted by fire from the bolt of lightning. They lived to tell the tale of starring death in the face at around 5pm. The childrens age ranges between one to 21 years whilst Gogo Sidziya Dlamini is 77. Dlamini, still reeling from shock in that she almost did not see the light of another day, told the Swazi Observer that all the children collapsed when the lightning struck. She said although she also collapsed, she was the first to regain consciousness maybe because, she said, the lightning struck her right foot while the children were struck on their bodies. Samkelisiwe (21) was severely burnt at the back while her one-year old son Thembela Simelane was burnt on the leg and foot. All the other children sustained injuries on their buttocks. The other survivors are: Thabiso, Nolwazi Londiwe and Zindle aged 13, nine, 10 and six years old respectively. The others are six year old Nokwanda, Bongani who is two years old and Nosipho who is four years old. They are all Dlaminis. Samkeisiwe has not recovered fully and is complaining of heat inside the stomach. She would now and again drink cold water. Her condition is so serious that yesterday she was rushed to Sithobela Health Centre. After the incident they were all rushed to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital where they were treated and discharged. However, Samkelisiwe and two other children were discharged later than the others. She has blisters all over her back and cannot even lift her son because of the pain. She also vomits every now and then since the incident happened. Giving details, Dlamini (granny) explained that they were all gathered in her house where they went to hide from the storm. She said earlier on she told her grandchildren not to sit next to each other and they obliged. Dlamini speculated that the lightning was a result of black magic practices. However, this is a widespread belief among many people who forget that there are other causes of lightning strikes. Government is on record teaching people against such beliefs and equipping them with skills to avoid being struck. She was reluctant though to say if she had enemies in the area or not. Asked why she believed it was witchcraft Dlamini said it was because it passed all the other homesteads in the area to struck her home.
Wed, 12/15/2010 03:00 PM Killed 1 killed 1 injured  0.0  Baguio  
Lightning kills PMA visitor, hurts companion By Vincent Cabreza Inquirer Northern Luzon First Posted 11:47:00 12/15/2010 Filed Under: Nature BAGUIO CITY, PhilippinesA lightning bolt struck two college students strolling around the Philippine Military Academy campus on Tuesday, killing one of them. The bolt threw Michelle Quicio a short distance away from the Relics Point at 3 p.m. and could not be revived by doctors at the Fort del Pilar Station Hospital. The place is popular among tourists because it displays old war vehicles and cannons. Rachelle Ventura, Quicio's companion, survived and was in stable condition, said Captain Agnes Lynette Flores, PMA spokesperson. Noli Gabilo, a photographer who was at the PMA when the incident happened, said it was drizzling at the time and power at the academy fluctuated whenever thunder erupted. I was shooting cadets at Melchor Hall (which is about two kilometers away from Relics Point) but we were immediately alerted about the accident. People near the area saw the bolt strike ground, he said. The victims, both from Isabela, are students of the University of Baguio here. Their parents have already been informed of the accident, Flores said. Michelle was seriously hit... Even after several attempts by the attending doctors to revive her, she died on or about 3:58 p.m. of the same day while Rachelle, who was knocked down, only sustained minor injury, she said. Ventura has been confined at the PMA hospital where her condition is being closely monitored. Flores said the PMA would provide financial support for the families of Quicio and Ventura.
Wed, 12/15/2010 12:50 AM Killed golfer killed 2 injured  65.0  Hawks Nest Golf Club  
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erstorm warning is put in place for Sydney, with damaging winds forecast. At least one person has been killed and two others injured after being struck by lightning as a powerful summer storm rips across eastern Australia. The 65-year-old victim was struck by lightning while playing golf with two friends at Hawks Nest Golf Club, north of Newcastle, at about 12:50 p.m. local time, the Associated Press reported. The storm which began early Thursday afternoon dumped large hailstones, and about 30 millimeters of rain in some areas, causing minor flooding. Wild weather also forced the evacuation of some seven hundred people from the Penrith Panthers club in Sydney after part of the roof collapsed. The neighboring Chifley Hotel was also damaged. Thunderstorms are relatively common in Sydney during early summer, which starts in December in the southern hemisphere. Storms have also been causing havoc across southeast Queensland for the second day where more than 82,000 homes were without power. Heavy rain with hail has been reported across the region and more than 20,000 lightning strikes have been recorded since this morning. Lightning bolt kills fun-loving Marty, blowing off his shoes on tee Erik Jensen December 17, 2010 Lightning strike kills NSW man A man has died and two others are injured after they were struck by lightning during heavy storms while playing golf. Video feedbackVideo settings Popular golfer Marty Jones didn't stand a chance when storms swept across NSW yesterday. The 65-year-old was standing on the fifth tee about to hit his iron shot when he was struck by a lightning bolt on a golf course at Hawks Nest, north of Newcastle. Advertisement: Story continues below Marty Jones ... "made everyone laugh". The force of the bolt blew off his shoes and ripped apart the club he was using. Mr Jones's playing partners, aged 64 and 62, suffered minor injuries and were flown to John Hunter Hospital for observation. 'Marty made everyone laugh, was a magnificent cook and always went out of his way for his mates,' his wife said. Deadly storm ... an injured golfer is flown to hospital. Photo: Ryan Osland 'He just loved the game, and there would be no better way for him to go.' The same storm swept across western Sydney late yesterday, leading to 220 calls for help. The State Emergency Service rescued people from their cars at Cranebrook and Windsor. The storm dumped 43 millimetres of rain on Penrith in less than an hour, with the roofs of several businesses collapsing and forcing evacuations. Parts of Penrith Hospital were also flooded. Penrith Panthers remained closed last night after a portion of its roof collapsed in a hail storm about 2pm, flooding a Chinese restaurant. "We can report that there have been no injuries to any of our patrons or staff," said the club's chief executive, Ric Simpson. "What was pleasing is that the club was fully evacuated within minutes." A forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, Andrew Haigh, said the rain would continue for several days but it was too early to predict whether similar falls could be expected in January. 'All we can say is that summer is more likely to be wetter than average. It's a probability thing. It's more favourable for higher rainfall.' Sydney received just 6 millimetres of rain, compared with Windsor (31 millimetres), Blacktown (26 millimetres) and Parramatta (12 millimetres). Trains on the north shore and northern lines were running 15 to 20 minutes late after lightning strikes damaged signalling equipment at Hornsby. The Weatherzone website reported 4842 lightning strikes yesterday.
Sun, 12/12/2010 09:00 PM Killed girl  0.0  Gilgit 
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GILGIT: At least three girls died and one was injured after a tent they were camped in caught fire early Saturday, officials said. The incident occurred in Gaise Bala, a remote valley of Chilas that was struck by lightning this summer, killing 55 people and leaving many others injured. Scores of families had to take shelter in tents after the floods swept away dozens of houses in the valley. The injured girl is in a critical condition and the other three girls died when their tent caught fire, Sibtain Ahmed, the deputy commissioner of Diamer told The Express Tribune. He said that the family living in the tent forgot to extinguish the fire before going to bed at night, and as a result, the camp caught fire. A resident of the valley told The Express Tribune that some relatives of the girls had already lost their lives in the floods that struck Gilgit-Baltistan in September this year. According to him, people in the area living in tents were forced to keep the fire burning throughout the night to provide them with warmth to counter the freezing winds as temperatures fell as low as -10 degrees. The chief secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan Saifullah Chattha flew to the valley to meet the aggrieved families, said the official. The family of the injured girl was given Rs100,000 for her immediate treatment. The official added that the injured girl had been shifted to Islamabad for timely treatment.
Wed, 12/08/2010 12:00 PM Killed tv explodes killing man  0.0  Madrid  
ore flooding in southern Spain Dec 8, 2010, 10:30 GMT Madrid/Lisbon - Rainstorms Wednesday sparked more flooding in southern Spain, where the storms have claimed at least two lives. Dozens of homes were evacuated overnight in Lora del Rio, near Seville, after the Guadalquivir river overflowed its banks, Spanish National Radio reported. Rescuers found the body of a nine-year-old boy who disappeared after the car he was travelling in was swept away by currents near Ciudad Real, officials said. The first fatality was a man whose television set was hit by a lightning bolt, sparking an explosion at his farmhouse near Jaen on Tuesday. Road and rail traffic remained interrupted. However, the weather appeared to be calming down. In neighbouring Portugal, about 30 people were injured by a storm which devastated the central municipality of Tomar on Tuesday, damaging homes, schools and vehicles as well as uprooting trees and severing road links
Wed, 12/08/2010 12:00 PM Killed man   25.0  Kimba  
Earlier, a man was hit by lightning as the storms swept across SA. The Ambulance Service said the man, 25, was hit during wild weather at Kimba on Eyre Peninsula on Tuesday. He was treated for burns at Kimba Hospital then flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 1,000 calls for help from across SA overnight. Melissa Veal from the SES says many areas across SA remain flooded this morning. "We had responded to some people who had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars," she said
Tue, 11/30/2010 06:30 PM Killed mother killed baby survives  14.0  Swaziland 
MIRACLE BOY SURVIVES AS LIGHTNING KILLS MOTHER 30 November, 2010 10:00:00 By Faith Vilakati Font size: MIRACLE: Young Phiwokwakhe Hlophe with his grandmother who is taking care of him after the passing away of his mother who was struck by lightning A-nine-month old baby that was on its mothers back survived a lightning strike that took the life of the latter. The child fell off from its teenage mothers back when the lightning struck. Jabulile Hlophe (14) had gone to collect her sickly fathers E20 for sweet water fish (bhabuli) from a resident across the valley. The 14-year old mother was walking through the local playground when she was struck by lightning. It was around 6:30pm when the incident happened and she was discovered dead, her body full of blisters almost two hours later. Her son was rescued by two herdboys who, after the heavy rain, thunder and lightning went out to look for cattle. They heard the child crying and went to investigate and thereafter called the areas community police for assistance as they suspected that there was something wrong with the mother because she was lying on the ground face down. A passing-by car was used to ferry both the dead mother and son to hospital and mortuary. She is survived by his sickly father, Mbongwa, and eight brothers. The father said he lost his wife five years ago and was currently staying with his daughter who was helping him as he was sickly. He said Jabulile was responsible for the fields because he was not fit to go there and cooked for him and two of his brothers. I was worried when she failed to come home on time with the money because I wanted to buy salt and sugar. I never thought she was in danger or even dead but thought she might have gone to another homestead because of the heavy rain. In the middle of the night one of my brothers came to my home asking for the babys blanket but did not explain the reason why he wanted it. I was confused and never asked him because he was in the company of police and looked like he was rushing somewhere. In the early hours of Sunday he came again with some family members and told me what had happened, he said.
Sat, 11/27/2010 12:00 PM Killed 7 killed 60 injured  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
WORLD BREAKING NEWS The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION Lightning kills 7 attending nursery school meeting in rural South Africa By: The Associated Press Posted: 27/11/2010 1:40 AM | Comments: 0 PRINT E¬MAIL 0 SHARE 0 SHARENEW REPORT ERROR JOHANNESBURG - A government official says a lightning strike in a remote area of eastern South Africa has killed seven people attending an end-of-year meeting for nursery schools. Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe, the provincial welfare minister, said Saturday that a four-year-old child was among those killed Friday. The others were adults and included a nursery school principal and teachers who had gathered from across the rural area for the meeting. Radebe says 40 others were injured. He spoke to the AP as he drove to the scene, a community hall in an impoverished area of KwaZulu-Natal province. He says his department will pay for funerals and provide other assistance. KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Meshack Radebe yesterday visited the site where seven people, including a toddler, were killed and more than 60 were injured when lightning struck a marquee during a year-end function at a crèche in Pongola in the north of the province. Share Eskom powerlines Photograph by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND RELATED ARTICLES Seven killed, 40 injured by lightning in KZN Parents, teachers and children from crèches in the Ntuthuko area of Pongola were attending the function in a marquee at the Inkosiyethu crèche when disaster struck on Friday. Yesterday the KwaZulu-Natal weather bureau said a storm warning had been issued on Friday to the provincial disaster management office after a climatologist predicted a possibility of hail and winds in the area. KwaZulu-Natal disaster management co-ordinator Mthokozisi Duza said her department, along with Radebe's office, would be meeting the families to see what assistance could be provided. Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said seven people - a two-year-old, two parents, two teachers and two other staff members - died on the scene. The injured suffered serious burns and were rushed to nearby Itshelejuba Hospital. The victims included two-year-old Sevile Moya, Thobisile Buthelezi, Thalitha Sukazi, Thembhekile Mathonsi, Nondumiso Khumalo and two other women whose full names were not released. Naicker said Pongola police had opened an inquest docket for further investigation.
Sat, 11/27/2010 04:00 PM Killed pupil  17.0  Kasama Boys High School  
Zambia: Lightning strikes dead Kasama Boys High School pupil A 17-year-old pupil of Kasama Boys High School died on the spot after being struck by lightning. The incident happened on Monday evening following heavy rains experienced in the District. Kasama Boys High School head teacher Alex Mulenga confirmed the death of a grade eleven pupil whom he named to ZANIS in an interview, yesterday. Mr. Mulenga explained that the pupil met his fate while he was returning home from Newtown area. The body of the deceased is lying in Kasama General Hospital mortuary awaiting burial. In a related development, a one by three classroom block at Musenga Basic School in Kasama has had its roof blown off by heavy rains coupled with strong winds. This came to light when Mr. Mwansa and Ms. Mvula visited the school yesterday to check on the extent of the damage to the school infrastructure. The DC assured school authorities that government would soon repair the damaged infrastructure so that lessons at the school could continue without disruption.

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