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Fri, 08/20/2010 12:00 PM Injured postal worker  0.0  St. Charles MO 
 USA 
  sitting in car  N/A  In a car,In a Car or Vehicle,Indirect,Mail Carrier,Work 
St. Charles postal worker alert after being struck by lightning Credit: Russell Kinsaul, KMOV.com (KMOV)  A postal worker has been struck by lightning during Fridays storms. According to post office employees on the scene, a mail carrier was struck by lightning at 191 Hastings Way in St. Charles. After being struck, the worker called her office to send help. (KMOV / August, 20, 2010) KMOV.com Posted on August 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM Updated yesterday at 10:42 PM Related: Storms hit St. Charles, punish festival Gallery SEE ALL 3 PHOTOS » Hastings way ©2010 Google - Map data ©2010 - Terms of Use VIEW LARGER MAP (KMOV)  A postal worker has been struck by lightning during Fridays storms. According to post office employees on the scene, a mail carrier was struck by lightning at 191 Hastings Way in St. Charles. After being struck, the worker called her office to send help. The worker was sitting in his car and suddenly felt a tingling sensation. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution. News 4s Russell Kinsaul is at the scene and reports the man is alive and alert. This is the second time this summer a postal worker has been struck by lightning. In June, a carrier in Jennings was struck and killed by lightning.
Fri, 08/20/2010 05:00 PM Injured person   0.0  Boca Raton Fl 
 USA 
    N/A  Outside 
Lightning Strikes 1 In Boca Raton Victim's Condition Not Known POSTED: 6:10 pm EDT August 21, 2010 UPDATED: 6:17 pm EDT August 21, 2010 Email Print Comments BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials said a person was struck by lightning in Boca Raton on Saturday. The lightning strike happened at a park off Glades Road at about 5 p.m. The victim's condition was not immediately known. There were no further details available. Stay with WPBF 25 News and WPBF.com for the latest details. Copyright 2010 by WPBF.com. All rights reserved
Thu, 08/19/2010 11:00 AM Injured man   20.0  Grantsville UT  
 USA 
      Outside 
Man hit by lightning in Salt Lake City-area storm Story Associated Press | Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 1:48 pm Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Summer thunderstorms packing heavy rain, winds and lightning swept through the Salt Lake Valley, flooding intersections and causing scattered power outages. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a 20-year-old man was in good condition after being struck by lightning in Grantsville about 11 a.m. Thursday. Flooding was reported in parts of several communities, and authorities in South Salt Lake issued an emergency alert after several vehicles stalled in pools of water at 3300 South and Interstate 15. Officials in Draper reported water in court and police offices, and Unified Fire Battalion Chief Clint Smith said firefighters were using ropes to reach hikers stranded along Little Cottonwood Creek. Rocky Mountain Power reported pockets of between 50 and 130 customers without electricity around the Salt Lake Valley. ___ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM unknown safety tips  0.0  WY 
 USA 
      Education 
Lightning victim: No safe place outdoors print page | send as email | email editor By Angus M. Thuermer Jr. August 18, 2010 Second of two parts  Eds. Wyoming is an average state when it comes to the number of days thunderstorms will occur, a valley meteorologist says. Florida leads the nation on that score, said Jim Woodmencey, radio weatherman, meteorologist and operator of Mountainweather.com. In Wyoming, lightning strikes the ground at least once on only about 40 days a year, he said. But when it comes to deaths, Wyoming finds itself at the top of the list this year, along with Georgia. According to statistics com-piled by StruckbyLightning.org, an independent clearinghouse, three persons have died in each of the two states so far in 2010. One of those Wyoming deaths was Brandon Oldenkamp who was knocked off the Grand Teton by a lightning strike July 21. The Web page lists only one death in Florida. Thats only one seemingly contradictory aspect of lightning, which despite drawing attention as an awesome and universal phenomenon, remains somewhat mysterious. Information about lightning can confound the public, create debate among educators, and lead even scientists to admit they are at a loss to explain all its aspects. That thunder and lightning should signal retreat is something every dog knows, as do most people by the time they are of grade-school age. Many aspects of lightning and thunderstorms are well-understood and easily taught. Its sixth-grade science, Woodmencey said. When pressed to explain some aspects, however, he reaches for his college notes and groans a scientists lament: We dont understand it completely. Ill bet you the average physics teacher, he would have to run to a book, Woodmencey said during a discussion about positive and negative charges, volts and amps, stepped leaders, ionized paths, plasma columns and pilot streamers. Lightning is kind of a hard thing to study, he said. It puts you at great risk. It isnt easily explained. Lightning victim Michael Utley, who formed StruckbyLightning.org in 2000, agrees some aspects are not understood. And despite ample knowledge about other aspects, education on safety is flawed, he said. As an example of the conundrum, We dont know how lightning starts, Utley said. We havent come that far from Ben Franklin. After years of study, his mantra is simple: Theres no safe place outside in a thunderstorm, he said in a telephone interview this week. Theres nothing you can do. Why then is there so much advice regarding lightning? Why does Utley think the National Outdoor Leadership School is wrong to teach the lightning position, an admittedly controversial crouch advocated as a last resort that might reduce the chances of being hit or shocked? Unfortunately, the government is looking for something to tell people to do, he said of advice such as getting down. If you want to be safe from thunderstorms and lightning, go inside, he urges. And if one is in the backcountry and cant, prayer is a good thing, he said. Utley seems to take particular relish in deriding the lightning position. NOLS curriculum manager John Gookin advocates adopting the crouch, with the feet together, to reduce the chance of ground currents traveling from foot to foot through the body or of side flashes hitting a person. Although instructor Gookin is careful to say that crouching is not a defense against the rare direct strike, Utley rejects the concept outright. If you think going to three feet from six feet makes a difference at all when youre taking about something five times hotter than the sun with the power of a nuclear power plant moving at a couple million miles an hour, Ive got a bridge to Idaho to sell you, Utley said. It doesnt work. Youre trying to give people an option when there isnt one, he said. Youre perpetuating something that gets people doing the wrong thing. Turning to science, Utley said, Nothing attracts lightning. Charged thunderclouds send feelers or stepped leaders groundward looking to make a connection. Similar pilot streamers grow skyward for shorter distances. The two are ionized, plasma columns, narrow, magnetic channels through which charges travel. In a completely flat world, a person would do well to crouch, Utley says. This has been described in a scientific paper, Utley said, adding his footnote: Theres no perfectly flat place in the world. Even blades of grass and pebbles can emit upward pilot streamers. Each is a potential connection point. Which one does the lightning pick? he asked. Who knows? Its a matter of chance. He dismisses the notion that lightning always strikes the tallest thing around. Theres a picture of lightning hitting a blade of grass next to the Washington Monument, he said. Lightning is like an elephant, Utley said. It goes where it wants. It doesnt have to hit the tall objects  it can hit the short objects. To help comprehend lightnings randomness, he describes the average bolt. It is 10 to 15 miles long. One recorded in Houston was 112 miles long. On such an electronic odyssey, Utley asked, what difference does a few feet  or a few dozen, a few hundred or even a few thousand feet  make to a massive bolt? Mountains, which Woodmencey says receive seven times more lightning strikes than a valley, may get more strikes not necessarily because they are higher but because they force lifting that charges clouds and storms, Utley said. If one believes that taller objects are more prone to being struck, and also that crouching or keeping your feet together will reduce your chances of becoming a lightning victim, he suggested an unusual tactic. Squat down on one foot and hop downhill, he said. Lighting outdoor safety  it is a joke. Sometimes it seems as if Utley uses hyperbole to make his point. In fact, he agrees that lightning tends to strikes higher places more often, and his Web page says to avoid such places. Scientists know that air is a good resistor to electricity and the ground, high peaks included, is not. Utley advocates scheduling outdoor activities to avoid lightning and to avoid trees, one of Gookins first recommendations. And Utley urges CPR, the rescue first-aid that saved him when he was struck on a golf course. While he preaches largely to the urban crowd  When thunder roars, go indoors!  he would propose advice for the backcountry. I would spread out so if somebody is struck, the other people could give him CPR, he said, echoing a recommended NOLS tactic. If in a tent, Id probably stay in the tent and stay dry. If he were hiking with a group, he would probably ask members to spread out and keep moving, just so I had only one foot on the ground, he said. Metal climbing gear doesnt attract lightning, but it will conduct it, he said. Also, it will burn once it serves as a conduit. Finally, climbers carry a particular danger, he said. The biggest problem with climbers is the wet ropes, Utley said. It hits one wet rope and its going down to hit everybody.
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM unknown Lightning Victim; No safe place outdoors  0.0  Jackson Hole WY 
 USA 
    N/A  Education,mpu 
Wyoming is an average state when it comes to the number of days thunderstorms will occur, a valley meteorologist says. 3 Creek - In Story Quarter - 50k Florida leads the nation on that score, said Jim Woodmencey, radio weatherman, meteorologist and operator of Mountainweather.com. In Wyoming, lightning strikes the ground at least once on only about 40 days a year, he said. But when it comes to deaths, Wyoming finds itself at the top of the list this year, along with Georgia. According to statistics com-piled by StruckbyLightning.org, an independent clearinghouse, three persons have died in each of the two states so far in 2010. One of those Wyoming deaths was Brandon Oldenkamp who was knocked off the Grand Teton by a lightning strike July 21. The Web page lists only one death in Florida. Thatâ¬"s only one seemingly contradictory aspect of lightning, which despite drawing attention as an awesome and universal phenomenon, remains somewhat mysterious. Information about lightning can confound the public, create debate among educators, and lead even scientists to admit they are at a loss to explain all its aspects. That thunder and lightning should signal retreat is something every dog knows, as do most people by the time they are of grade-school age. Many aspects of lightning and thunderstorms are well-understood and easily taught. â¬SItâ¬"s sixth-grade science,⬝ Woodmencey said. When pressed to explain some aspects, however, he reaches for his college notes and groans a scientistâ¬"s lament: â¬SWe donâ¬"t understand it completely.⬝ â¬SIâ¬"ll bet you the average physics teacher, he would have to run to a book,⬝ Woodmencey said during a discussion about positive and negative charges, volts and amps, stepped leaders, ionized paths, plasma columns and pilot streamers. â¬SLightning is kind of a hard thing to study,⬝ he said. â¬SIt puts you at great risk. It isnâ¬"t easily explained.⬝ Lightning victim Michael Utley, who formed StruckbyLightning.org in 2000, agrees some aspects are not understood. And despite ample knowledge about other aspects, education on safety is flawed, he said. As an example of the conundrum, â¬SWe donâ¬"t know how lightning starts,⬝ Utley said. â¬SWe havenâ¬"t come that far from Ben Franklin.⬝ After years of study, his mantra is simple: â¬SThereâ¬"s no safe place outside in a thunderstorm,⬝ he said in a telephone interview this week. â¬SThereâ¬"s nothing you can do.⬝ Why then is there so much advice regarding lightning? Why does Utley think the National Outdoor Leadership School is wrong to teach the â¬Slightning position,⬝ an admittedly controversial crouch advocated as a last resort that might reduce the chances of being hit or shocked? â¬SUnfortunately, the government is looking for something to tell people to do,⬝ he said of advice such as getting down. If you want to be safe from thunderstorms and lightning, go inside, he urges. And if one is in the backcountry and canâ¬"t, â¬Sprayer is a good thing,⬝ he said. Utley seems to take particular relish in deriding the lightning position. NOLS curriculum manager John Gookin advocates adopting the crouch, with the feet together, to reduce the chance of ground currents traveling from foot to foot through the body or of side flashes hitting a person. Although instructor Gookin is careful to say that crouching is not a defense against the rare direct strike, Utley rejects the concept outright. â¬SIf you think going to three feet from six feet makes a difference at all when youâ¬"re taking about something five times hotter than the sun with the power of a nuclear power plant moving at a couple million miles an hour, Iâ¬"ve got a bridge to Idaho to sell you,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt doesnâ¬"t work. â¬SYouâ¬"re trying to give people an option when there isnâ¬"t one,⬝ he said. â¬SYouâ¬"re perpetuating something that gets people doing the wrong thing.⬝ Turning to science, Utley said, â¬SNothing attracts lightning.⬝ Charged thunderclouds send feelers or â¬Sstepped leaders⬝ groundward looking to make a connection. Similar â¬Spilot streamers⬝ grow skyward for shorter distances. The two are ionized, plasma columns, narrow, magnetic channels through which charges travel. In a completely flat world, a person would do well to crouch, Utley says. This has been described in a scientific paper, Utley said, adding his footnote: â¬SThereâ¬"s no perfectly flat place in the world.⬝ Even blades of grass and pebbles can emit upward pilot streamers. Each is a potential connection point. â¬SWhich one does the lightning pick?⬝ he asked. â¬SWho knows?⬝ Itâ¬"s a matter of chance. He dismisses the notion that lightning always strikes the tallest thing around. â¬SThereâ¬"s a picture of lightning hitting a blade of grass next to the Washington Monument,⬝ he said. â¬SLightning is like an elephant,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt goes where it wants. It doesnâ¬"t have to hit the tall objects ⬠it can hit the short objects.⬝ To help comprehend lightningâ¬"s randomness, he describes the average bolt. It is 10 to 15 miles long. One recorded in Houston was 112 miles long. On such an electronic odyssey, Utley asked, what difference does a few feet ⬠or a few dozen, a few hundred or even a few thousand feet ⬠make to a massive bolt? Mountains, which Woodmencey says receive seven times more lightning strikes than a valley, may get more strikes not necessarily because they are higher but because they force lifting that charges clouds and storms, Utley said. If one believes that taller objects are more prone to being struck, and also that crouching or keeping your feet together will reduce your chances of becoming a lightning victim, he suggested an unusual tactic. â¬SSquat down on one foot and hop downhill,⬝ he said. â¬SLighting outdoor safety ⬠it is a joke.⬝ Sometimes it seems as if Utley uses hyperbole to make his point. In fact, he agrees that lightning tends to strikes higher places more often, and his Web page says to avoid such places. Scientists know that air is a good resistor to electricity and the ground, high peaks included, is not. Utley advocates scheduling outdoor activities to avoid lightning and to avoid trees, one of Gookinâ¬"s first recommendations. And Utley urges CPR, the rescue first-aid that saved him when he was struck on a golf course. While he preaches largely to the urban crowd ⬠â¬SWhen thunder roars, go indoors!⬝ ⬠he would propose advice for the backcountry. â¬SI would spread out so if somebody is struck, the other people could give him CPR,⬝ he said, echoing a recommended NOLS tactic. â¬SIf in a tent, Iâ¬"d probably stay in the tent and stay dry.⬝ If he were hiking with a group, he would probably ask members to spread out and keep moving, â¬Sjust so I had only one foot on the ground,⬝ he said. Metal climbing gear doesnâ¬"t attract lightning, but it will conduct it, he said. Also, it will burn once it serves as a conduit. Finally, climbers carry a particular danger, he said. â¬SThe biggest problem with climbers is the wet ropes,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt hits one wet rope and itâ¬"s going down to hit everybody.⬝
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Loris SC 
 USA 
  in a building    Indirect,Indoors 
Woman injued in lightning strike in Loris area By Steve Jones - sjones@thesunnews.com E-MAIL PRINT COMMENTS (0) RECOMMEND (0) REPRINT OR LICENSE TEXT SIZE: A woman was injured this afternoon when lightning struck a building in the Loris area, said Leslie Yancey, spokeswoman for Horry County Fire Rescue. Yancey said the woman was in the building, but had no other details. She said the woman was transported to Loris Hospital. Similar stories: 1-year-old Loris boy killed in crash on S.C. 9 is identified Infant dies in two-car crash in Horry County Two Horry County women killed in car crash Horry County trio indicted in kidnapping, home invasion in Conway Police | Two teens sought in vehicle theft No information the woman's condition could be obtained tonight. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20102108011908_woman-injued-in-lightning-strike.html#ixzz0xGIwN0qN
Wed, 08/18/2010 12:00 PM unknown Press  0.0  Jackson Hole WY 
 USA 
       
Wyoming is an average state when it comes to the number of days thunderstorms will occur, a valley meteorologist says. 3 Creek - In Story Quarter - 50k Florida leads the nation on that score, said Jim Woodmencey, radio weatherman, meteorologist and operator of Mountainweather.com. In Wyoming, lightning strikes the ground at least once on only about 40 days a year, he said. But when it comes to deaths, Wyoming finds itself at the top of the list this year, along with Georgia. According to statistics com-piled by StruckbyLightning.org, an independent clearinghouse, three persons have died in each of the two states so far in 2010. One of those Wyoming deaths was Brandon Oldenkamp who was knocked off the Grand Teton by a lightning strike July 21. The Web page lists only one death in Florida. Thatâ¬"s only one seemingly contradictory aspect of lightning, which despite drawing attention as an awesome and universal phenomenon, remains somewhat mysterious. Information about lightning can confound the public, create debate among educators, and lead even scientists to admit they are at a loss to explain all its aspects. That thunder and lightning should signal retreat is something every dog knows, as do most people by the time they are of grade-school age. Many aspects of lightning and thunderstorms are well-understood and easily taught. â¬SItâ¬"s sixth-grade science,⬝ Woodmencey said. When pressed to explain some aspects, however, he reaches for his college notes and groans a scientistâ¬"s lament: â¬SWe donâ¬"t understand it completely.⬝ â¬SIâ¬"ll bet you the average physics teacher, he would have to run to a book,⬝ Woodmencey said during a discussion about positive and negative charges, volts and amps, stepped leaders, ionized paths, plasma columns and pilot streamers. â¬SLightning is kind of a hard thing to study,⬝ he said. â¬SIt puts you at great risk. It isnâ¬"t easily explained.⬝ Lightning victim Michael Utley, who formed StruckbyLightning.org in 2000, agrees some aspects are not understood. And despite ample knowledge about other aspects, education on safety is flawed, he said. As an example of the conundrum, â¬SWe donâ¬"t know how lightning starts,⬝ Utley said. â¬SWe havenâ¬"t come that far from Ben Franklin.⬝ After years of study, his mantra is simple: â¬SThereâ¬"s no safe place outside in a thunderstorm,⬝ he said in a telephone interview this week. â¬SThereâ¬"s nothing you can do.⬝ Why then is there so much advice regarding lightning? Why does Utley think the National Outdoor Leadership School is wrong to teach the â¬Slightning position,⬝ an admittedly controversial crouch advocated as a last resort that might reduce the chances of being hit or shocked? â¬SUnfortunately, the government is looking for something to tell people to do,⬝ he said of advice such as getting down. If you want to be safe from thunderstorms and lightning, go inside, he urges. And if one is in the backcountry and canâ¬"t, â¬Sprayer is a good thing,⬝ he said. Utley seems to take particular relish in deriding the lightning position. NOLS curriculum manager John Gookin advocates adopting the crouch, with the feet together, to reduce the chance of ground currents traveling from foot to foot through the body or of side flashes hitting a person. Although instructor Gookin is careful to say that crouching is not a defense against the rare direct strike, Utley rejects the concept outright. â¬SIf you think going to three feet from six feet makes a difference at all when youâ¬"re taking about something five times hotter than the sun with the power of a nuclear power plant moving at a couple million miles an hour, Iâ¬"ve got a bridge to Idaho to sell you,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt doesnâ¬"t work. â¬SYouâ¬"re trying to give people an option when there isnâ¬"t one,⬝ he said. â¬SYouâ¬"re perpetuating something that gets people doing the wrong thing.⬝ Turning to science, Utley said, â¬SNothing attracts lightning.⬝ Charged thunderclouds send feelers or â¬Sstepped leaders⬝ groundward looking to make a connection. Similar â¬Spilot streamers⬝ grow skyward for shorter distances. The two are ionized, plasma columns, narrow, magnetic channels through which charges travel. In a completely flat world, a person would do well to crouch, Utley says. This has been described in a scientific paper, Utley said, adding his footnote: â¬SThereâ¬"s no perfectly flat place in the world.⬝ Even blades of grass and pebbles can emit upward pilot streamers. Each is a potential connection point. â¬SWhich one does the lightning pick?⬝ he asked. â¬SWho knows?⬝ Itâ¬"s a matter of chance. He dismisses the notion that lightning always strikes the tallest thing around. â¬SThereâ¬"s a picture of lightning hitting a blade of grass next to the Washington Monument,⬝ he said. â¬SLightning is like an elephant,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt goes where it wants. It doesnâ¬"t have to hit the tall objects ⬠it can hit the short objects.⬝ To help comprehend lightningâ¬"s randomness, he describes the average bolt. It is 10 to 15 miles long. One recorded in Houston was 112 miles long. On such an electronic odyssey, Utley asked, what difference does a few feet ⬠or a few dozen, a few hundred or even a few thousand feet ⬠make to a massive bolt? Mountains, which Woodmencey says receive seven times more lightning strikes than a valley, may get more strikes not necessarily because they are higher but because they force lifting that charges clouds and storms, Utley said. If one believes that taller objects are more prone to being struck, and also that crouching or keeping your feet together will reduce your chances of becoming a lightning victim, he suggested an unusual tactic. â¬SSquat down on one foot and hop downhill,⬝ he said. â¬SLighting outdoor safety ⬠it is a joke.⬝ Sometimes it seems as if Utley uses hyperbole to make his point. In fact, he agrees that lightning tends to strikes higher places more often, and his Web page says to avoid such places. Scientists know that air is a good resistor to electricity and the ground, high peaks included, is not. Utley advocates scheduling outdoor activities to avoid lightning and to avoid trees, one of Gookinâ¬"s first recommendations. And Utley urges CPR, the rescue first-aid that saved him when he was struck on a golf course. While he preaches largely to the urban crowd ⬠â¬SWhen thunder roars, go indoors!⬝ ⬠he would propose advice for the backcountry. â¬SI would spread out so if somebody is struck, the other people could give him CPR,⬝ he said, echoing a recommended NOLS tactic. â¬SIf in a tent, Iâ¬"d probably stay in the tent and stay dry.⬝ If he were hiking with a group, he would probably ask members to spread out and keep moving, â¬Sjust so I had only one foot on the ground,⬝ he said. Metal climbing gear doesnâ¬"t attract lightning, but it will conduct it, he said. Also, it will burn once it serves as a conduit. Finally, climbers carry a particular danger, he said. â¬SThe biggest problem with climbers is the wet ropes,⬝ Utley said. â¬SIt hits one wet rope and itâ¬"s going down to hit everybody.⬝
Tue, 08/17/2010 03:20 PM Injured teen  15.0  Tiffin IA 
 USA 
    N/A  Basement,Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
A teenage boy was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon at a home in Tiffin and taken by ambulance to a local hospital, Tiffin Fire Chief Brian Detert said. The fire department received a page for a lightning strike about 3:20 p.m. at 283 Woodfield Drive. Detert said the victim was up and walking around when help arrived, and his injuries did not appear serious. Detert said no fire resulted from the strike, and damage to the home was minimal. Thunderstorms throughout the afternoon brought rain totals of 1 to 2 inches in the Iowa City area. According to the National Weather Service, a spotter in Wellman reported 2.1 inches of rain in one hour Friday, which resulted to some flash flooding. The Iowa City Fire Department said they hadn't had any reports of damage or traffic problems as a result of the weather. iffin teenager struck by lightning at home Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by Christopher Pratt. The home of a Tiffin teenager about an hour after it was struck by lightning. (Christopher Pratt/The Gazette) One teenage male was sent to a medical care facility by ambulance after lightning struck him while he was using a laptop computer this afternoon, said Fire Chief Brian Detert. The lightning struck the house at 283 Woodfield Drive in Tiffin around 3:20 p.m. It sent a shock through to the victim who was using a computer in the basement. Detert said the victims injuries were not believed to be serious. Emergency response crews from Tiffin and Oxford came to the subdivision. No smoke or flames were reported and damage was said to be minimal.
Mon, 08/16/2010 08:00 PM Injured woman   41.0  Blanket TX 
 USA 
  standing in a field  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Outside 
Woman Struck by Lightning Monday Evening Tuesday, 17 August 2010 15:32 | Written by Lisa Tipton | | | Local News Monday evening, a 41-year-old woman was reportedly struck by lightning at a local business in Blanket, Texas as a thunderstorm was building in Brown County. Hot weather often relates to quick forming summer thunderstorms. This held true Monday evening as the storm built and resulted in a lightning strike in a field near where the woman was standing. Guardian EMS officials report the woman was apparently holding something in the air which somehow transferred the current to the woman. Guardian EMS and first responders were quickly on scene and transported the woman to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. She is said to be in good condition despite the days event. Officials did not release the womans name.
Mon, 08/16/2010 04:15 PM Injured man   0.0  Beaumont TX 
 USA 
  working inside a home    Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Lightning strike, fire, water-filled underpasses Comments 0 August 17, 2010 4:25 PM Scott Lawrence BEAUMONT - An air conditioning repairman was indirectly affected but okay after a lightning strike during heavy thunderstorms that kept firefighters busy Tuesday afternoon. The repairman was working inside a home in the 1 thousand block of Palermo in south Beaumont, and he told KFDM News lightning struck a transformer nearby and he felt a jolt but was okay. The 911 call came in at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters also responded to a report of a small fire and smoke in a building in the 5 thousand block of MLK Parkway. The fire was minor and no one was hurt. Undepasses quickly filled with water on MLK near Lamar University. Police urge drivers to stay away from the area. Stay with KFDM News and Weather for the latest on the storms.
Mon, 08/16/2010 04:22 PM Injured Akieem Davis  0.0  Agusta GA 
 USA 
  inside his house    Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
Man and woman struck by lightning By Kyle Martin Staff Writer Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 Two people were struck by lightning within five minutes of each other in Richmond County this afternoon, but neither appears to be seriously hurt. Akieem Davis was hit first at 4:22 p.m. at his home in the 2600 block of Anacua Way. He was taken to a hospital and apparently was not seriously injured, his father said. Davis was inside when he was struck, his father said. Allison Newton, 14, was knocked down by lightning that struck near her home in the 1900 block of Mcdade Farm Road in Hephzibah at 4:27 p.m. She was on the front porch, trying to get her dog inside and felt electricity surge through her legs, which were still sore two hours later, she said. She was examined by paramedics but was not taken to a hospital. Stay with augustachronicle.com for more details.
Mon, 08/16/2010 04:27 PM Injured Allison Newton  14.0  Agusta GA 
 USA 
  on front porch getting dog inside    Dogs,Ground Strike,Indirect,Porch 
Mon, 08/16/2010 12:20 AM Injured Savanah Vowers  14.0  Littleton CO 
 USA 
  washing car  N/A  Driveway,Ground Strike,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Washing Car 
irl Survives Lightning Strike In Jefferson County Reporting Jodi Brooks JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)  Click to enlarge 1 of 1 Savanah Vowers points to where she was when she was struck by lightning. CBS A teenage girl survived a lightning strike Monday afternoon while washing an SUV near Littleton. The girl hit by lightning was washing a car on Cooper Drive in unincorporated Jefferson County near Coal Mine Avenue and Simms Street. Savanah Vowers, 14, was crouched over by the rear wheels while washing her parents' SUV at about 12:20 p.m. when the lightning struck. She said the sky was clear and sunny. She then saw a flash of light before she felt some pain. "My whole right side of my body was tingling and my hand went numb soon after that and it started to hurt a little bit," Vowers said. "I feel extremely lucky. They had to do a whole bunch of heart tests and I was afraid I'd have all these heart problems, so I'm very thankful that it was just minor nerve stuff." Vowers was treated at Swedish Medical Center. The residual effect for Vowers is shaking in her hand and arm. She says it comes and goes and will likely get better over time. A lightning strike also caused a small fire in Golden and another struck a tree in Jefferson County Monday afternoon. West Metro Fire reports that 25 people have been hit and killed by lightning strikes this year in the United States.
Sun, 08/15/2010 03:05 PM Injured Herb Rice  0.0  Lexington KY 
 USA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
Lightning strikes Lexington man A man has been rushed to the hospital after being struck by lightning during Sunday afternoon's storms. Posted: 6:11 PM Aug 15, 2010 Reporter: Kristen Kennedy Email Address: kristen.kennedy@wkyt.com Lightning strikes Lexington man Story 2 Comments Font Size: A little after 3 this afternoon, firefighters responded to a call that a man was struck by lightning. Herb Rice lives at 2560 Eastpoint Drive. Family told firefighters Rice was looking outside during the storm when a bolt of lightning struck near the spot he was standing. Close to that spot in his backyard are some very tall trees that firefighters say could have carried electricity through the roots and very close to his feet. "Seems like he's going to be okay. We didn't find any burn marks on him which is always a positive thing. We didn't have any entrance or an exit. A lot of times with lightning if you're struck directly you'll have an entrance and an exit and those can be very severe wounds but luckily in this case there weren't those," says Major Ed Davis with the Lexington Fire Department. Firefighters say this isn't the first time they've been called out to that neighborhood during a bad storm. Last year they responded to a call that two construction workers were hit by lightning.
Sun, 08/15/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Toronto  
 Canada 
  standing in yard    Outside,Yard 
n adult male was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon as he stood in the middle of a school yard. Emergency crews rushed to the grounds of Blantyre Public School on Blantyre Avenue in the Toronto's east end and located the victim at the rear of the school. They immediately started to administer CPR. The man, who is believed to be in his late 20s, was rushed to hospital in critical condition. Thunderstorms drenched the city as Environment Canada issued several severe weather warnings for southern and northern Ontario. A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for northern Durham region, Uxbridge and Beaverton. Earlier, a tornado warning was issued but Environment Canada downgraded the forecast just after 5 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch has also been issued for parts of York Region, including Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.
Sat, 08/14/2010 04:40 PM Injured Mailcarrier  0.0  Macon GA 
 USA 
  delivering mail  N/A  Ground Strike,Mail Carrier,Outside,Work 
Flooding, lightning cause damages to Bibb churches, government offices By MIKE STUCKA - mstucka@macon.com Sign up for daily e-mail news alerts Buzz up! E-Mail Print Reprint|license Text Size: Weekend storms may force a county office out of the Bibb County Courthouse and have hurt the structures of two Macon churches. Also, a mail carrier reported that she was struck by lightning Saturday afternoon, and a strike also damaged First Baptist Church of Christ on High Street. A substitute rural mail carrier reported that she was struck by lightning about 4:40 p.m. Saturday while delivering mail on Rocky Creek Road, said Nancy Ross, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman. Clearisse Jackson was placing mail into a mailbox when lightning reportedly struck her. She drove herself to the post office on Rocky Creek Road, notified a supervisor and asked for medical attention, Ross said. Paramedics couldnt find anything wrong with Jackson. She was taken to a hospital and later released, Ross said. At First Baptist Church, lightning from Saturdays storm hit the roof near the church spire, knocking out air conditioning, the phone system, the audio system and more, said the Rev. Bob Setzer. The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department checked the church after Sunday services, finding no smoldering timbers, Setzer said. It could take thousands of dollars for repairs, he said. At the courthouse, Bibb County Probate Court Judge Bill Self said he doesnt want to reopen the basement office that issues marriage and gun licenses. The office flooded for the third time in several months, and Self said a smell of sewer gas, worries about electrical shocks and concerns about mold and mildew had him requesting a different temporary space  and a new permanent location. Self didnt know if there was more room in the courthouse.  Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20101209102941_flooding-lightning-cause-damages.html#ixzz0zKFxAv7i
Fri, 08/13/2010 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed   0.0  Assam 
  
  in a field    Farming,Field,Outside 
Five killed as lightning strikes Assam village 2010-08-13 16:50:00 At least five people, including three of a family, were killed Friday when lightning struck them in a field in Assam, police said. A police spokesperson said the incident occurred at village Dudhnoi in Goalpara district, about 120 km west of here. 'All the victims were working in a paddy field when lightning struck the area Friday afternoon,' a police official said. Three of the victims were from the same family - a father and two minor sons. 'The bodies were charred,' the official said. Thundershowers lashed the area soon after the lightning strike.
Fri, 08/13/2010 12:00 PM Killed Jovie Tablos  42.0  Laoag City  
 Philippines 
  getting livestock in out of storm    Farming,Field,Outside 
Lightning kills female farmer in Laoag abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 08/13/2010 11:48 AM | Updated as of 08/13/2010 11:48 AM MANILA, Philippines - A 42-year-old female farmer was killed after being struck by lightning in Calayab village, Laoag City Thursday. Jovie Tabios was planting rice with her husband when they felt the onset of rain. Tabios's husband went to a separate field to bring their cows to shelter, leaving Jovie behind. He said he later saw Jovie fall to the ground after a lightning strike. The victim was immediately rushed to hospital where she was declared dead on arrival due to cardiac arrest. Dr. Elizer Asuncion said Tabios's body bore no wound, indicating that she might have been electrocuted after the lightning bolt struck near where she was standing. Farmers also said the area where Tabios was standing bore signs of a lightning strike. Tabios is the second victim of a lightning strike in Laoag City this year.
Fri, 08/13/2010 01:13 PM Injured 3 people @ air show  13.0  St John  
 UK 
  holding umbrella at air show    Airplane,Outside,Umbrella 
Unlucky for some: Lightning strikes 13-year-old boy at 13:13 on Friday the 13th By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 9:22 AM on 14th August 2010 Comments (30) Add to My Stories Lucky strike: The 13-year-old boy escaped with minor burns after the lightning strike For some people 13 is an unlucky number. St John Ambulance volunteers improved the luck of a 13-year-old boy when they treated him after he was struck by lightning - at 13:13 on Friday 13. The boy was struck at Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival today, Firday 13th, and it was only while the ambulance team was treating him that they noticed the time - 1.13pm. The unnamed buy suffered a minor burn and was taken to James Paget Hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery. Two other people have been treated at the event today for lightning strikes - they were all holding umbrellas at the time. Rex Clarke, who leads the team of St John Ambulance volunteers at the event, said: Thered been very heavy rain all day, but this afternoon we saw a big flash of lightning over the sea and a loud clap of thunder. 'We got a call that someone had been struck by lightning so we immediately sent our paramedics to the scene, followed by an ambulance. Lightning strikes can cause cardiac arrest, but when our volunteers arrived the boy was conscious and breathing. 'We treated two more injuries from lightning burns in the space of twenty minutes - all three people were holding umbrellas at the time, which acts as a conductor for electricity.' Clive James, first aid expert at St John Ambulance, says: The biggest risk of a lightning strike is that it could stop the heart and breathing. 'If this happens, you need to start CPR immediately and call for an ambulance. Other likely effects are burns - which happened in this case - or injuries from being knocked down by the force. 'If the person can walk, move away from the area immediately as lightning can strike in the same place. Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20101408101830_Lightning-strikes-boy-13-13-13-Friday-13th.html#ixzz0wdZ2yeia
Thu, 08/12/2010 04:00 PM Killed Kyus Caines  5.0  Toronto  
 Canada 
  on a soccer field    Cardiac Arrest,Delayed Death,Soccer 
Boy, 5, dies after lightning strike in Brampton park Canwest News Service: Monday, August 16, 2010 RELATED Father 'devastated' after son hit by lightning Photo Gallery: Toronto lightning storm MAP: Lightning Strike Location EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Lightning Strike Witness VIDEO: Lightning Safety Oral Caines, father of five-years old Kyus, gathers himself Aug. 13, 2009, at Toronto's SickKids Hospital.... Allan Hughes looks upon the hole created by lightning which critically injured three people at Brampton's... Toronto mom, 2 boys critical after lightning strike TORONTO  Kyus Caines, the five-year-old boy who was struck by lightning last week, has died in Torontos Hospital for Sick Children. Kyus, who suffered a direct hit from the bolt, was reportedly carrying a metal scooter at the time. The boy was at a soccer field on Aug. 12 in Brampton, when a bolt of lightning struck him. Investigators say that after the boy was hit by the bolt, a secondary charge spread to his 26-year-old mother and his three-year-old friend. The playmate and the mother have since recovered. "I wish it happened to me, instead," Kyus father, Oral Caines, told Global News as his son lay in critical condition. According to Environment Canada, as many as 70 people are hit by lightning a year. Six to 10 people die.
Wed, 08/11/2010 08:15 AM Injured man   0.0  Muncie IN 
 USA 
      Outside 
Man struck by lightning as storm hits Muncie hard BY NICK WERNER " NWERNER@MUNCIE.GANNETT.COM " AUGUST 11, 2010 Comments(38) Recommend Print this page E-mail this article Share Type Size A A A MUNCIE  This mornings thunderstorm started at least one fire, struck a man with lightning and has created flooding problems throughout the city. As of 8:15 a.m., firefighters were still battling a house fire at 3605 E. Gilbert St., which may have been caused by lightning. Emergency dispatchers told The Star Press that a man was struck by lightning in the 1800 block of South Macedonia Ave. The man was alert and conscious as he was transported to Ball Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover. Many streets are also under water, including the Reserve and North street intersection and the Madison Street railroad underpass. At least two vehicles were stuck in the Madison underpass, one of them almost completely under water.
Wed, 08/11/2010 04:00 PM Killed Michael Haslett  37.0  Salmon ID 
 USA 
  herding cattle on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
Idaho man, horse killed by lightning strike by KTVB NWCN.com Posted on August 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM SALMON, Idaho -- A 37-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Tuesday, according to Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman. Michael Haslett was herding cattle around 4 p.m. at the Hot Springs Ranch, a University of Idaho-owned research facility. Two other men were with him. Haslett and the horse he was riding were both struck by lightning, Bowerman said. The horse died at the scene. Haslett was taken to Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon where he was later pronounced dead. The other two men who witnessed the accident were not hurt. Bowerman said a wild weather system moved through the area Tuesday that included rain, hail and lightning strikes that appeared to dance on the ground. The thunderstorms passed over in about a half hour.
Wed, 08/11/2010 12:00 PM Injured Annie Phillips  75.0  Indian Wells AZ 
 USA 
  herding sheep with umbrella    Farming,Outside 
Struck by lightning, says sheep herder WINDOW ROCK, Aug. 19, 2010 Navajo Times Text size: A A A E-mail this story ADVERTISEMENT Navajo Nation Police reported this week that a 75-year-old Navajo woman was struck by lightning on Aug. 11 during the recent rainstorms on the Navajo Reservation. The woman, Annie Phillips of Indian Wells, Ariz., was herding sheep near her residence. She had taken an umbrella because of the threat of rain and later reported that she had been struck by lightning. She sustained burns on the right side of her body and was taken to Sagebrush Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Tue, 08/10/2010 08:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Orange TX 
 USA 
  at travel stop    Outside 
ORANGE, Texas - A man survived with minimal injuries after he was struck by lightning at the Flying J travel stop in Orange. Just before 8 p.m., the man was struck by lightning and was taken to Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital, according to a spokesperson from Acadian Ambulance. His status was considered non-emergency. No other details were immediately available.
Mon, 08/09/2010 02:30 PM Injured Tierney Bourage  17.0  Southwind TN 
 USA 
  outside at school  N/A  Burnt,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,School,Walking 
Southwind High student struck by lightning outside school Girl was revived and hospitalized in critical condition By Jody Callahan Posted August 9, 2010 at 4:34 p.m., updated August 9, 2010 at 7:37 p.m. EmailDiscussShare »PrintAAA Search our databases A senior at Southwind High School was struck by lightning this afternoon and stopped breathing, but was revived and hospitalized in critical condition. The girl, 17, was struck outside the school at about 2:30, Shelby County Fire Department spokesman Brent Perkins said. She had burns on her torso, arms and both feet, Perkins said. The girl fell to the ground and stopped breathing, Perkins said. A bystander started CPR, followed by paramedics who managed to resuscitate her on the way to Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. She was in critical condition this afternoon. Today was the first day of classes for Shelby County School Shelby County, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County high school student was struck by lightning while walking home from class on the first day of school. The lightning strike happened around two o'clock Monday afternoon, on Hughes Meadow, just outside of Southwind High School in Southeast Shelby County. Friends identify the teenager as 17-year-old Tierney Bourage. She was still at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center Monday night. At last update, she was still unconscious, and in critical condition. But she was showing some signs of improvement. "It was just a regular street," Bourage's friend Charles Esaw said. "No trees coming over, nothing." Friends say they saw the seventeen year old lying on the ground. "There was probably a crowd of ten and a couple of women on the ground doing CPR," Esaw said. When Charles Esaw discovered who the girl was, he was stunned. "Just broke down, speechless." The Shelby County Fire Department says when paramedics arrived the teen wasn't breathing, and her heart wasn't beating. Esaw says Bourage's mother was frantic. "Crying and praying," he said. The fire department says the girl's heart started beating by the time paramedics got her to the hospital, but her breathing was still very labored. Esaw says the storm started suddenly. "It was just sunny, and the next thing I know it was raining, thundering and lightening." Marquis Beasley says he used to walk home from school with Bourage before he graduated. "She's a real sweet person," Beasley said. "The kind of person you'd like to get to know." Beasley says he will now take lightening much more seriously. "It scared me. Because it could have happened to me or anybody else." LeBonheur is not releasing any updates on Bourage's condition. The Shelby County Fire Department says she was showing signs of slight improvement, such as movement in her legs and feet, and a tear in her eye. Experts say those are good signs. Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. Father Of Southwind Senior Hit By Lightning Asks Questions James Bourage Wants To Know If Incident Could Have Been Avoided If Students Had Remained In School After Class Dismissed Alex Coleman 4:49 PM CDT, August 10, 2010 Related links Lightning Critically Injures Southwind High Student FAST FACTS: Southwind High School Senior Recovers From LIghtning Strike The Father Of Tierney Bourage Asks Questions About The Incident Shelby County Schools Discuss Their Bad Weather Policy (Memphis 8/10/2010) James Bourage relives his emotions when he first heard his 17-year-old daughter, Tierney, was struck by lightning Monday afternoon. "At first, I couldn't believe it. Tierney? I got some clothes on and rushed out here," Bourage said. The Southwind High School senior had left the school building on the first day of class when the bolt struck her while walking home in Southeast Shelby County. Sign Up For ALERTS From Us "This makes me me feel awful when it comes to kids. Letting them out like that to me just wasn't smart," Bourage said. The lightning left burn marks on her torso, arms and both feet. Bourage wants to know if Shelby County Schools could have done more to keep students safe? "Not let the kids out of schools if there's a storm over head. I'm sure they got the weather report. If there is a storm right over you I don't think they should let the kids out," Bourage said. Shelby County School administrators say it was raining when school let out around 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, but the round of lightning didn't strike until about 15 to 30 minutes later and off campus. Mike Tebbe heads communications for Shelby County Schools. "What took place was 15 minutes after the dismissal of school, the students walking home. Again some things are inexplicable acts of nature and this certainly is one of them," Tebbe said. School administrators say they have safe guards in place to keep students during bad weather, but they say the lightning struck after school hours and without warning. "But we take precautions and rely on Channel 3 and the National Weather Bureau to tell us if there is imminent danger with severe thunderstorms in the area and that was not issued," Tebbe said. School leaders also say if kids are on a playground when bad weather is approaching, they always come indoors, and if lighting strikes during football games, the games will be either delayed or cancelled all for the sake of safety. Posted: Sep 17, 2010 5:30 PM Updated: Sep 17, 2010 8:03 PM Video Gallery Lightning victim recovers 2:00 Click image to enlarge Most Popular Stories Family looks for help with curing girl's mysterious illness Full body scanners go online at Memphis International Airport City employee charged with West Memphis murder Willie Herenton to soon host radio talk show Man accused of shooting at OCU officers beloved in neighborhood UPDATE: Missing Kirby High School teacher located Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Bardog Tavern Body found in Jackson, exam to determine identity Suspect's relatives not surprised by parking garage elevator attack Online daters falling victim to "love scams" By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis teen continues to recover after she was struck by lightning on the first day of school. August 9, 2010 was Tierney Bourage's first day of school as a senior at Southwind High. That afternoon, lightning struck her down as she walked home from school. "To see her like that, you didn't think it was much of a chance, but faith in God overruled all that," said Tierney's father, James Bourage. Six weeks after the strike, James Bourage is grateful to be able to share some good news about his daughter. "The burden lifted off my shoulder to see her open her eyes, try to talk and she did laugh, and move her arms," he said. Bourage said his 17-year-old daughter's six week stay at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital was touch and go at times. "She would wake up crying, and we'd try to tell her that she had an accident, she's in the hospital, and she's getting better," he said. Then, just a few days ago, doctors noticed a vast improvement. "I heard one doctor say, 'Amazing, amazing,'" Bourage said. Wednesday, Tierney was transferred from Le Bonheur to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta rehab center. They will help her learn to walk and talk again, but doctors can't predict a full recovery. "He said she could come back 100 percent, but maybe not," James Bourage said. Bourage never thought he'd be sharing such a happy ending to his family tragedy. But then, he never dreamed his daughter would be struck by lightning. "Take nothing for granted, especially your kids," he said. A bank fund has been set up to help Tierney Bourage and her family with medical costs. You can donate at any First Tennessee Bank Branch to the account. "Barbara Turner for the benefit of Tierney Bourage." Barbara Turner is Tierney's mother. Southwind High School students are also planning fundraisers for their classmate. MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - A girl on the brink of death when lightning struck her on the first day of her senior year, made it back to life, and graduated with her class Tuesday. It is a moment she fought for. "I thought I'd be in the hospital, in a wheelchair, in rehabilitation, but I'm walking, across the stage today," Tierney Bourage said before her graduation. As she walked home from the first day of her senior year, a bolt of lightning stopped her heart, and knocked her unconscious. "She had the look that I'm no longer here, and that was devastating to me," Barbara Turner, her mother said. Doctors weren't sure if the Southwind High School Senior would ever walk or talk. Nine-and-half months and countless hours of rehabilitation later, she made it. "I remember what my mom said, she said, 'God, brought you through this, and he's going to be with you the whole way, so don't give up now,'" Tierney said. The road hasn't been easy. Tierney says the toughest part about rehabilitation was learning how to walk, because her legs were stiff and sore when she stood on them. Now she says she doesn't have any pain, but walking is still difficult because her vision is still blurry. Doctors tell her they expect her vision to make a 100 percent return. While she's learned more lessons than any high school could teach, she is not graduating with the accolades she expected to before the lightning strike. As a junior, Tierney tutored students in math and was an honor student at Southwind High School. "I worked my hardest, I took honors classes, but I guess I'll get my reward from God," Bourage said. As Tierney's name was called at Tuesday's graduation ceremony, the crowd erupted in a standing ovation. "It's awesome that God actually does keep his promises," Turner said. The first responders who saved Tierney's life came to the ceremony, and got to see her graduate. Tierney plans to spend at least the next year continuing rehabilitation. She then plans to go to college and become a neo-natal nurse. Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.
Sat, 08/07/2010 08:00 PM Killed Bryan A Pack  34.0  Bay Minette AL 
 USA 
  in a boat  N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Taking Shelter,Water 
Alabama Man Killed by Lightning as He Boated 34-year-old man is dead after he was struck by lightning as he drove his boat on the Tensaw River. Posted: 4:36 AM Aug 9, 2010 Font Size: BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) - A 34-year-old man is dead after he was struck by lightning as he drove his boat on the Tensaw River. Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson said Bryan A. Pack of Semmes and his wife were heading back to the dock as storm clouds gathered overhead Saturday evening. Pack was hit by lightning and collapsed in the boat. He was transported by ambulance to North Baldwin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sat, 08/07/2010 08:00 PM Injured Lucy Ward  0.0  Albany NY 
 USA 
  standing in carport  N/A  Carport,Ground Strike,Outside 
Albany woman struck by lightning Posted: Aug 07, 2010 11:36 PM Updated: Aug 07, 2010 11:47 PM More News Headlines Murder suspect behind bars Woman dies in Crisp Co. car wreck Albany woman struck by lightning Shadowlawn's clean-up effort Albany armed robbery and stabbing Store owner dies a month after armed robbery ASU to kick off new academic year Monday Worth County hosts National Night Out Murder suspect on the run By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany woman was taken to the hospital tonight after she said she was struck by lightning while standing in her car port. Lucy Wiard's husband said she was walking to her car at her home off Forest Ridge road to get her purse when lightning knocked her off her feet. Her husband says she did not suffer any burns. Paramedics checked her vital signs, which seemed to be normal, and took her to the hospital.
Sat, 08/07/2010 04:00 PM Killed 1 dead 2 critical  16.0  Samokow  
 Bulgaria 
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
3 Boys Struck by Lightning in Bulgaria Environment | August 8, 2010, Sunday Photo by BGNES A 16-year-old boy was killed and two others were severely injured by a lightning near the Bulgarian town of Samokov. The three boys went to collect mushrooms outside the town on Saturday when a thunder storm started. They found shelter from the rain under a tree, which, however, was struck by a lightning. One of them died immediately, while the other two were found and later taken to hospital in Sofia. Their lives are still in
Fri, 08/06/2010 01:00 AM unknown fish killed by lightning  0.0  ID 
 USA 
  fish killed in hatchery pond    fishing,Science 
Fishing Utah Brett Prettyman Brett Prettyman writes about the outdoors, recreation and fishing for The Salt Lake Tribune Article Tools » Comments (2) » E-mail this story » Printer-friendly version Fish killed by lightning Published on Aug 9, 2010 04:10PM 2 Comments Electrifying tidbit in the weekly news release from Idaho Fish and Game. The Powell Trap is located in northern Idaho. Here's the info from the release: Lightning Apparently Kills Salmon at Powell Trap In the midst of a building storm, Joseph Blackburn checked on the Chinook salmon in the Powell trap with a flashlight about 1 a.m., August 6; he did not see any dead fish. But later that morning Blackburn, the Powell trap attendant, notified Fish and Game officials that half the fish in the adult Chinook female pond had been killed during the night. Apparently 141 fish, scattered the full length of the all female pond, had been electrocuted. A violent thunder and lightning storm during the night had lasted three to four hours. Blackburn reported lightning strikes so close to the cabin that they lit up the room as if it were daytime. He had cleaned the screens during the storm and checked the flows through the ponds. Flow was never lost or reduced to the holding ponds. A trap attendant had contacted the U.S. Forest Service Powell Ranger Station and their satellite imaging confirmed that at least three lightning strikes occurred in proximity of the cabin and holding ponds. Fish and Game fishery biologists cant remember a hatchery ever being hit by lightning, electrocuting fish. Weve never seen this, said Paul Kline, assistant chief of fisheries at Fish and Game. Doug Munson, Idaho Fish and Games fish pathologist, and Clearwater Hatchery superintendent Jerry McGehee went to the Powell trap to investigate. They found dead fish scattered randomly the entire length of the holding pond. Some were bent in a slight C shape, and many of them had black bruised areas on their backs and sides. When they dissected the area under the bruise marks, they found hemorrhages. Some were localized while others ran laterally along the spine. Internal organs also were traumatized and hemorrhaged. These signs are similar, though more severe, to those occasionally observed by biologists who routinely use electro-fishing equipment to sample fish populations. The fish kill at the Powell trap is not expected to affect the number of fish produced at the Clearwater Hatchery. Because of the abundant return of adult Chinook to Idaho this year, Fish and Game will be able to get eggs from other hatcheries to make up for the loss of fish at Powell.
Thu, 08/05/2010 08:00 PM Killed 88 lightning deaths  0.0   
 Cambodia 
       
[August 05, 2010] Cambodia reports 88 lightning deathes PHNOM PENH, Aug 05, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Cambodian government said Thursday that 88 people, mostly in rural areas -- have died of lightning strikes. Keo Vy, communication officer of National Committee of Disaster Management said that by the end of July, there were 88 people have died in lightning strikes. However, he said, the figure is still less than that in the same period last year as 110 died of lightning incidents. Keo Vy noted that Pursat province, located about 200 kilometers north of Phnom Penh was recorded with more victims than the other 23 provinces and cities throughout the country. He said last year more than 20 victims reported from Pursat province alone. By mid June this year, Cambodia recorded only 48 deaths by lightning.
Thu, 08/05/2010 04:50 PM Killed Stephen O'Brien  50.0  Boston MA  
 USA 
  on a walkway  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Delayed Death,Direct hit,Outside,Raining,Walking 
Update 7:15pm: Boston EMS says a male in his 50s was found by bystanders, and suffered from cardiac arrest. he was transported to Boston Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time. (NECN: Boston, Mass.) - Massachusetts State Police say a man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by lightning on a walkway at Castle Island in South Boston. Few details are available at this time -- police say the man was walking on a walkway near Pleasure Bay when he was struck, but are not releasing the man's name or age. The heavy rains from the storms also caused flooding on a number of area roadways just before the evening commute. Parts of Storrow Drive were closed by heavy rain. And at the Massachusetts State House, corridors were drenched as rainwater poured throughed parts of the roof undergoing repairs, according to the State House News Service. A man believed to be in his 50s was struck by lightning and critically injured in South Boston yesterday, as flash thunderstorms and heavy downpours strafed the eastern part of the state. Tweet Be the first to Tweet this! Yahoo! BuzzShareThis The man, whose name was not released, was in the area known as the Sugar Bowl on Castle Island when he was hit, said Trooper Sean Reardon of the State Police, who was at the scene at about 5:45 p.m., nearly an hour after the incident. The man was in cardiac arrest and in critical condition as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center, said Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for Boston Emergency Medical Services. The man was still alive as of late last night, said David Procopio, a State Police spokesman. Man remains in critical condition after lightning strike Stephen OBrien struck while waiting to pick up his daughter from day camp By John P. Kelly Gatehouse News Service Posted Aug 08, 2010 @ 06:00 AM BOSTON  The 50-year-old husband of a Rockland selectwoman remained in critical condition Saturday night after being struck by lightning Thursday near Castle Island. While waiting to pick up his daughter from a day camp, Stephen OBrien was taking a walk in the area when he was caught in a thunderstorm. State police and Boston Fire and EMS were notified of the lightning strike about 4:50 p.m. Thursday. Selectman William Minahan said he was at Rockland Town Hall when OBriens wife, Deborah, received notification that her husband had been struck. I got an e-mail from Deb (Friday) morning, Minahan said. He was in intensive care at Boston Medical (Center). I dont think he was conscious yet. Minahan said he was told OBrien was on a respirator. He said the lightning struck him in the temple with the electricity going through his body. Stephen OBrien works at AMPM Glass in South Boston. He lives on Eleanor Lane with his wife and children. It looks like he took a direct hit on the top of his head, his son, Stephen OBrien II, told Channel 7. Hes got some burns down his back, down his leg. Hes in a medically induced coma. The next few days are crucial, and weve got a lot of family support up here, he added. Everyones praying for him. Hes a tough guy so hopefully he pulls through. Man Dies After Lightning Strike Man Hit In Head While On Castle Island POSTED: 10:49 am EDT August 9, 2010 UPDATED: 10:57 am EDT August 9, 2010 Email Print Comments (6) BOSTON -- A man who was struck by lightning on Castle Island last week has died, according to Boston Medical Center. Stephen OBrien, of Rockland, was walking on Castle Island in South Boston late Thursday afternoon when he was struck by lightning during a storm, the Patriot Ledger reported. Rockland Selectman William Minahan, who serves on the board with O'Brien's wife, Deborah, told the paper that the man was struck in the temple, and the lightning exited through his foot. O'Brien was taken to Boston Medical Center, but died a few days late
Thu, 08/05/2010 11:00 AM Killed Mary Ella Leid  16.0  Russellville KY 
 USA 
  digging for potatoes in field    Farming,Field,Outside 
By Lightning Girl, 16, Dies While Digging For Potatoes POSTED: 2:52 pm CDT August 5, 2010 UPDATED: 7:20 pm CDT August 5, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. -- A 16-year-old girl in Russellville, Ky., died Thursday morning after being struck by lightning, according to the Logan County Sheriff's Department. Related: Upload Your Weather Photos The girl, Mary Ella Leid, was digging for potatoes in an open field behind her house when she was struck. The Logan County coroner pronounced her dead Thursday. Thunderstorms affected southern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee for much of the day. At 12:35 p.m., trees were blown down in Castalian Springs, Tenn., on Rock Springs Road in Sumner County. Trees were blown down at Berea Church Road and Coles Ferry in Lebanon, Tenn. Large tree limbs were down on Wallace Lane, just west of Hillsboro Pike in Nashville. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down across southern Dickson County. Large trees were blow down on Baxter Road in Cookeville. Many trees and power lines were damaged across northern White County. A tree blew down onto power lines in Summertown, Tenn., north of Lawrenceburg. Also, many trees down were on Polk Street in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Thu, 08/05/2010 03:40 PM Injured boy   14.0  Toney AL 
 USA 
  leaning against window  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,Window 
een Appears O-K After Lightning Strike Posted: Aug 5, 2010 05:44 PM Local News more>> Oil Disaster Day 109: BP waits for cement to dry in blown-out well Three Shot in North Huntsville - Suspect Sought Over 100 World War Two Veterans Get Ready to Fly to Washington, D.C. 7 Football Players At Huntsville Hospital For Heat Injuries Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Team Up Again New Information in Tuesday Shooting Huntsville Named 8th Geekiest City in America Police : Burglary Suspect Shot Self New Madison High Already the Talk of the Town Teen Appears O-K After Lightning Strike A family in Toney got quite a scare Thursday afternoon during a round of thunderstorms. HEMSI director Don Webster tells WAAY 31 that his office received a call about a child struck by lightning around 3:40 p.m.. It happened on Counterpoint Drive, which is just off Jeff Road in the Belmont Farms subdivision. However, when emergency crews got to the scene, Webster says the child's parents refused treatment, and the child appeared to have only suffered minor injuries. The victim, a 14 year old boy, is talking with WAAY 31 about the incident. He says he was leaning up a window when the strike went through his body.
Thu, 08/05/2010 12:00 PM Injured man   88.0  Raleigh NC 
 USA 
  leaning against camper  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside 
88-year-old recovering after lightning strike News Alerts to your Email & Cell Phone Breaking News 7am Headlines Noon Headlines 4pm Headlines Video Alerts RALEIGH, N.C.  An 88-year-old New Jersey man was recovering Friday after being struck by lightning Thursday while camping at Falls Lake. Rangers said a bolt of lightning hit a power supply line, electrifying a camper at the Holly Point campsite. The man was leaning against the camper at the time, and the lightning struck him in the back. "There was a bad storm and a loud boom, and the next thing you know, paramedics and everything just started coming in," said William Christian, who was camping nearby. The man, whose name wasn't released, was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
Thu, 08/05/2010 04:00 PM Injured Weibe boy  6.0  Raleigh NC 
 USA 
  taking out garbage  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
Mother shocked when son is almost struck by lightning By RACHEL GALLAHER Published: August 07, 2010 » 0 Comments | Post a Comment vote now Buzz up! RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lightning from the week's storms delivered a close call in North Carolina. A woman in Raleigh got a scare when she saw it strike near her six-year-old son. The boy and his brother went outside to move a couple of trash cans in their backyard during the storm on Thursday. They put the cans behind some bushes and tried to get inside their house when the lightning bolt hit. It sent a blue fireball up his back. Patty Weibe says her son looked stunned when it happened. "Static electricity discharge, I think is what he said, and it's getting shocked. I hesitated about letting them run out to get those things and I should have followed that instinct. I should have kept them in," Wiebe said. Wiebe called the paramedics who said her son probably didn't get hit by the lightning. He complained about some back pain, but he should be fine.
Wed, 08/04/2010 10:00 AM Injured Darin Taylor  46.0  Starvation Reservoir UT  
 USA 
  surveying  N/A  Ground Strike,Metal,Outside,Surveying,Work 
Utah professor beating the odds and living to tell about it August 10th, 2010 @ 5:00pm By Kathy Aiken PROVO -- Orem's Darin Taylor is a professor at Utah Valley University. One of his lectures is on how to stay away from lightning when out surveying land. Taylor, 46, has plenty of experience with the bolt. His latest close call, this past Wednesday, turned out to be just the beginning of one amazing day. Taylor doesn't believe much in fate or superstitions. "I don't jump over cracks, not superstitious, but sometimes you wonder," Taylor declares, but he was wondering this past Wednesday when working with his brother at Starvation Reservoir on a project for the Department of Reclamation. Darin Taylor surveying. A big storm rolled through and the two were told to get back in their trucks and wait. Once they thought it was safe they went back outside. "My brother was down on the ground pounding a stake into the ground; I was holding a GPS unit, probably not the smartest thing, with an eight-foot aluminum rod with electronics on top," Taylor remembers. "It was just a flash bang; felt the jolt through my arms and through my shoulders. And no pun intended, we were shocked and like, 'Oh my lord, let's get out of here.' Things happen and you say, 'what were the odds of that?'" The odds of getting hit by lightning once is 576,000 to one, but this was Taylor's second brush with a bolt; the odds of that are nine million to one. Despite the affects of his lightning strike, problems with his back and feet, Taylor didn't see a doctor; instead he had his weekly Wednesday appointment to keep- golfing with his buddies at Eastbay in Provo. It was on the golf course, just eight hours after some of the worst luck of his life, that Taylor would find some of his best. Once a 5-handicap, Taylor is now a 13. His group approached the 14th hole. Darin Taylor on the golf course. "The truth is the hole before that he really struggled and he walked up to the tee box and said, 'I have a good feeling about this one,' said friend David Walker. "And were like, 'right.'" "I hit a 5-iron," remembered Taylor. "It wasn't one of those ugly shots that just happened to go in, it was actually a decent shot." So decent...it was a hole in one. Typical reaction from a group of golf buddies. "He was excited and we ran back and gave each other a high-5," said friend Randy Price. "I thought, 'O merciful one," joked Gary Brockett. "That's what I really thought." Brett Watson: "I wanted to go to [Las] Vegas; he wouldn't go to Vegas. He wouldn't go with us." "The hole-in-one was neat and I was giving everyone high-5's and then someone said, 'now you realize you got hit by lightning and hit a hole-in-one on the same day' and that's when it really sunk in," Taylor reminisced. This was Taylor's second hole in one in five years. But even with two holes-in-one and two lightning strikes, Taylor doesn't want to tempt Mother Nature anymore. "I think if it's clear skies they'll golf with me. If it's cloudy I'm out here by myself," Taylor jokes. Taylor says he still has some tingling in a few of his fingers, but otherwise he is doing fine. Oh, and the probability of getting struck by lightning twice and getting a hole-in-one is 45 billion to one. E-mail: kaiken@ksl.com
Tue, 08/03/2010 11:00 PM Injured Brandan Baker  31.0  Longs Peak CO 
 USA 
  camping   N/A  Camping,Cave or Rock outcropping,During the storm,Ground Strike,Outside 
Hiker rescued after being struck by lightning on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park August 4, 9:42 PMRocky Mountain National Parks ExaminerBruce Leaf Previous Comment Subscribe ShareThis A 31-year-old Minnesota man was injured when he was struck by lightning on 14,259-foot Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Rangers got a cell phone call about 11 a.m. Wednesday that hikers had found the man, whose name was not released, near 13,800 feet, according to park public information officer Kyle Patterson. He was conscious and able to walk with assistance but didnt know what caused his burn injuries, she said. A park trail crew reached him at 1:10 p.m. and determined that lightning had hit him late Tuesday, according to Patterson. They helped him down to a stone shelter at the Keyhole, above the Boulderfield, where they waited out a thunderstorm. A Flight for Life helicopter arrived at the Boulderfield about 6:30 p.m. and flew the injured man to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.man DENVER - Brandan Baker was calm and collected, if not a bit angry, as he described his fateful hike to the top of Long's Peak on Tuesday that landed him in the hospital - the survivor of a lightning strike to the head. "I'm feeling fine. My hands are a little bit numb. My feet are a little bit numb. Otherwise, I'm okay," Baker, 31, told reporters at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, where he was airlifted after being rescued from the 14,000-foot peak. Baker, a student at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, was visiting Rocky Mountain National Park with a group of students as part of a field study on climate change. He ignored the advice of his instructor and attempted to summit Long's Peak, alone. The weather turned ugly late in the afternoon and Baker began to fear for his safety. "A hail storm came through, so I laid down in the hail and rode it out. The skies cleared, so I kept on going," Baker said. "I got up to the summit and about 15 minutes later the clouds rolled in. I felt my hair starting to stand up on end, and realized that I had to get underneath something or I would be in big trouble." With cloud-to-cloud lightning all around him, Baker took shelter under a rock outcropping to wait for the stormy weather to pass. Then, he blacked out. "I just remember waking up the next morning. It was sunny out, maybe 7:30 (a.m.)," Baker said. "I had my hat on and I had no idea that anything had happened to my head." Baker began to walk down the mountain -thinking the worst he had endured was a bump on the head from a rock- when he ran into a group of hikers who helped him realize what had happened. "I took my hat off when the guys were helping me down and that's when one of them said 'Have you seen your head?' That's when (I felt my head) and I could feel a big burn." A park trail crew reached Baker shortly after 1 p.m. on "The Ledges" and determined he had been struck by lightning. They helped him down the mountain and met up with park rangers at 4:10 p.m. Baker was then airlifted to St. Anthony's Central Hospital and treated for his injuries. Doctors say it is still too early to determine the lingering health effects. Does he regret hiking the mountain alone? Not one bit. "I just would've gotten somebody else hurt."
Tue, 08/03/2010 11:00 AM Injured Tom Thrower, father 1 of 4  0.0  Gulf Shores AL 
 USA 
  on a beach  N/A  Beach,Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning Strikes 4 in Gulf Shores Photo WKRG.com Related News : Alabama News : Gulf Shores News : Orange Beach Breaking News Email Other Notifications » by Lauren Styler Published: Tue, August 03, 2010 - 1:49 pm CST Last Updated: Tue, August 03, 2010 - 2:11 pm CST Short URL: http://wkrg.com/910510 Lauren Styler GULF SHORES, Alabama - The Gulf Shores Fire Department has confirmed that four people have been struck by lightning Tuesday, August 3, in Gulf Shores. The incident happened around 11am near Sandpiper Condominiums on West Beach. Two people were transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. The group were from Missouri. A father and son are being treated in the hospital, and the father will stay overnight. Gulf Shores lifeguards closed the beaches to the public earlier in the day due to the thunderstorms. The beaches have since been reopened to the public. Orange Beach lifeguards heard about the incident and closed their beaches temporarily this morning as well.
Tue, 08/03/2010 11:00 AM Injured Marc Thrower, son 2 of 4  0.0  Gulf Shores AL 
 USA 
  on a beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Tue, 08/03/2010 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Max ND 
 USA 
  in a moving car    In a Car or Vehicle 
Lightning hits moving car, injures North Dakota woman Associated Press Updated: 08/03/2010 07:08:16 AM CDT MAX, N.D.  McLean County authorities say a Max woman suffered minor injuries in a freak incident in which lightning struck her moving car. Sheriff Don Charging says the lightning strike deployed the air bags in the woman's car while she was driving on U.S. 83 Monday afternoon. Charging called the incident unusual. He did not identify the woman.
Tue, 08/03/2010 11:00 AM Injured Brooke Thrower, 3 of 4  20.0  Gulf Shores AL 
 USA 
  on a beach  N/A  Beach,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Lightning Strike Survivors Talk To News 5 Video Map Embed: WKRG.com Related » Missouri Family Struck By Lightning& » Beachgoers Swimming In The Gulf » Gulf Swimming Advisory Lifted » Oil Slick Right Off Baldwin County& » Buffett Concert Puts Gulf Shores& News : Alabama News : Gulf Shores Related Topics alabama, gulf shores, news 5, lightning, victims, people, Breaking News Email Other Notifications » by Pat Peterson Published: Wed, August 04, 2010 - 3:36 pm CST Last Updated: Wed, August 04, 2010 - 8:23 pm CST Short URL: http://wkrg.com/910801 Pat Peterson GULF SHORES, Alabama - Four people struck by lightning Tuesday in Gulf Shores are out of the hospital and back at the beachfront condo relaxing. "All I remember is waking up in an ambulance," says Tom Thrower. Thrower, his son, daughter and a family friend were all hit by the powerful bolt. At one point, Tom stopped breathing. His son, Marc, performed CPR until paramedics arrived. "I'm happy and tickled to death I had my son here to jump-start me because not a lot of guys would want to kiss me on the mouth," says Tom. The Missouri family will have a lot to tell their friends when they return home later this week...a vacation they'll remember for quite some time.
Tue, 08/03/2010 11:00 PM Injured Brittany Bedford, 4 of 4  0.0  Gulf Shores AL 
 USA 
  on a beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Lightning strikes vacationing Stoddard County family on Alabama beach Thursday, August 5, 2010 By Noreen Hyslop ~ The Daily Statesman GULF SHORES, Ala. -- A Dexter family is safe and consider themselves "very lucky" after being struck by lightning on a Gulf Shores beach late Tuesday morning, the Daily Statesman newspaper reported. The family of Tom and Debbie Thrower were on the beach at about 11 a.m. Tuesday when a bolt of lightning struck a beach chair that their daughter, Brooke, 20, had occupied only seconds before. "Brooke had just jumped out of the chair to have a picture made with her dad," a family member told The Statesman this morning, "when a bolt of lightning struck the chair." The lightning knocked Tom, his son, Marc, and Brooke Thrower, along with Brittany Bedford, a guest of the family on the trip, to the ground. Debbie Thrower was reportedly standing a distance away from the rest of the family when the lightning hit and saw them knocked to the sand. "Debbie was not hurt, but was terrified after seeing the family hit," said Tom Thrower's mother Wednesday morning. Tom and his son, Marc, 23, bore the brunt of the strike, with Tom taking the worst hit. It was later assumed by authorities that when the bolt of lightning struck the chair, it then ricocheted off and struck the father and son. Marc Thrower was hit in the leg and his father on the face. According to accounts, Tom Thrower was not breathing, had turned blue, and was bleeding from the face when 911 was called by a witness to the strike. His face and ears had considerable swelling. Brittany Bedford and Brooke Thrower were not directly hit by the lightning, according the family, but were both jolted and slammed to the ground by the impact of the strike. Tom and Marc Thrower were taken by ambulance to an Orange Beach, Ala., hospital, where they were treated for their injuries. Marc was released from the hospital in the afternoon hours, and Tom was kept for further observation until Tuesday night. All returned to their rented condominium on the beach late Tuesday. The family is expected back in Dexter this week.
Mon, 08/02/2010 08:00 AM Injured Sonny Newbauer  0.0  Knox IN 
 USA 
  leaving his car  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Park,Parking Lot 
Lightning strike injures plant manager Comments August 5, 2010 POST-TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT KNOX -- Sonny Newbauer, the plant manager at Hoosier Custom Plastics, was struck by lightning as he was leaving his car Monday morning at the plant. Gordon Shanks, the manager of finance and administration at Hoosier Custom Plastics, said he heard a loud clap of thunder, and when he looked outside he saw Newbauer lying on the ground. A Hoosier Custom Plastics employee performed CPR on Newbauer until emergency personnel arrived and took Newbauer to Starke Memorial Hospital. Newbauer was transferred to Parkview Trauma Center in Fort Wayne, where he remains in an induced coma. On Tuesday, a lightning strike damaged the control panel for the pumping system on the Knox water tower, which is located near Hoosier Custom Plastics. Mayor Rick Chambers said there is enough water in the tower for 12-18 hours, and he said he expected the control panel to be replaced by Wednesday.
Mon, 08/02/2010 02:12 PM Injured Joseph Guerrero  17.0  Lake Worth TX 
 USA 
  fishing from shore on a lake  N/A  Beach,Burnt,fishing,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,Near Water,Water 
xy JULIUS WHIGHAM II AND ALEXANDRA SELTZER Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Updated: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 Posted: 3:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 E-mail Print Share Larger Type Friends of 17-year-old Joseph Guerrero who visited him at Delray Medical Center said he is doing better after he was struck by lightning this afternoon. The teen was fishing in his suburban Lake Worth neighborhood when he was indirectly hit by lightning, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue spokesman Chief Steve Delai said. He was taken to the hospital after the strike about 2:12 p.m. on Vista Greens Court, Delai said. Guerrero, is a senior at Palm Beach Central High School and a pitcher and third baseman on the baseball team, said neighbor Dan Gambill, 20. Neighbor Peter Kuperman said he saw the teen fishing in a nearby lake when the lightning hit. He got in his car and rushed to the teen's aide. When Kuperman arrived, he saw Guerrero had fallen face down to the ground, had burns on his body and was bleeding from his nose. "I didn't know what to do so, with help from another kid, I rolled him over," Kuperman said. "I punched him on his chest and he came to. I was talking to him, but he couldn't feel his legs." Gambill, who lives next door to Guerrero on Woodberry Court, said that Guerrero couldn't move at all when he first got to the hospital, but was later able to talk a little and move his toes. Justin Jones, 16, was on his porch when he saw lightning. He said he ran over to where Guerrero was fishing and saw a big red ball, and then Guerrero fell to the ground. Jones called 911 and said Guerrero was bleeding from his nose and his skin was very burnt. "I told them you need to come quick," Jones said. Teen Struck By Lightning Recovering At Hospital Emergency Room Doctor Says Neighbor Who Helped Teen Did Right Thing POSTED: 3:25 pm EDT August 3, 2010 Email Print Comments (0) DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A Lake Worth teenager who was struck by lightning is recovering at Delray Medical Center, according to a hospital representative. Joseph Guerrero was fishing at a retention pond in his neighborhood when he was struck Monday afternoon. A neighbor who saw Guerrero get struck by lightning attended to the teen. "I saw him go face first down, got in my car (and) drove over here," witness Peter Kuperman said. "He was on his face. He wasn't breathing. I hit him in his chest. He started breathing." Kuperman said the father of the victim called to thank him. An emergency room physician at Delray Medical Center said Guerrero's neighbor did the right thing. "It's always safe to touch somebody," Dr. Peter Kaplan said. "You don't have to worry about being shocked yourself. What we're always concerned about is the airway, whether the person is breathing or whether they have a pulse or not." A hospital representative said Guerrero is listed in fair condition.
Mon, 08/02/2010 03:45 PM Injured stranded boater  22.0  Morningside Lake NY 
 USA 
  in a boat  N/A  Boat,Fresh Water,Ground Strike,On Water,Outside,Water 
Lightning hits stranded boater, her rescuer in NY Associated Press - August 1, 2010 11:55 PM ET FALLSBURG, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a stranded boater and a park worker who rowed out to rescue her have been struck by lightning as a thunderstorm tore across a Catskills lake. Both survived but are hospitalized. Lifeguards say the 22-year-old woman and three other people were stuck in a rowboat about 20 yards from shore on Morningside Lake as the storm approached around 4 p.m. Sunday. The lake is in Fallsburg, about 100 miles northwest of New York City. Lifeguards say a park worker paddled out in another rowboat and had just helped the woman into it when lightning hit. It hurled them both into the lake. Other lifeguards rescued them. Hurleyville Fire Chief Jim Kaufman says the park worker is alert but having trouble seeing. The woman's condition isn't known.
Mon, 08/02/2010 06:00 PM Injured airline employee  0.0  Tampa Fl 
 USA 
  outside at airport  N/A  Airplane,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Email Print Yahoo! Buzz TBO > News > Breaking News Southwest employee injured by lightning taken to hospital ADVERTISEMENT TBO.com Published: August 2, 2010 Updated: 08/02/2010 08:32 pm TAMPA - A Southwest Airlines employee was injured this afternoon after lightning struck near the tarmac or ramp area at Tampa International Airport, an airport official said. The employee was standing outside when lightning struck, said Brenda Geoghagan, an airport spokeswoman. Just after 6 p.m., he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He received an indirect hit, she said. After the lightning strike, the man was breathing and was treated by paramedics on the scene. The lightning strike occurred at around 5 p.m. when the area was experiencing a high volume of lightning and thunder
Mon, 08/02/2010 03:45 PM Injured Devin Corbit 1 of 2  23.0  Morningside Lake NY 
 USA 
  on a boat  N/A  Boat,Ground Strike,Lifeguard,On Water,Outside,Water 
Lightning strike hurls stranded woman and her rescuer into New York lake By Keith Goldberg of the Times Herald-Record From: NewsCore August 02, 2010 1:02PM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Share A LIFEGUARD'S bid to save a woman stranded in a rowboat on a New York lake ended in horror today, when a lightning strike hurled them both into the water. The 22-year-old New Jersey woman was one of four people stuck on the boat on Morningside Lake around 3.45pm (local time), as a storm roared through the surrounding town park. Park employee Devin Corbit, 23, climbed into a rowboat and paddled out to them. He had just moved the woman to his boat when, "we saw the lightning hit the water," lifeguard Joe Drobysh told the Times Herald-Record. Mr Corbit - who is also a firefighter - and the woman were thrown into the lake. Lifeguards dragged them to shore, along with the other stranded boaters. Once ashore, lifeguards worked feverishly to revive them. Related Coverage Elderly woman dies in bedroom fire Adelaide Now, 20 Jul 2010 Elderly woman dies in bedroom fire Adelaide Now, 19 Jul 2010 Missing backpacker found Daily Telegraph, 2 Jul 2010 Search for missing camper underway Daily Telegraph, 30 Jun 2010 Kobi rescued by magazine deal Adelaide Now, 3 Jun 2010 "Devin was breathing a little bit, but the girl wasn't really breathing," Mr Drobysh said. "The most I've ever had to do in six years of lifeguarding is put a Band-Aid on someone." Their pulses were restored by the time firefighters and ambulances arrived. Both Mr Corbit and the woman, who was not named, were taken to Catskill Regional Medical Centre then transferred to Westchester Medical Centre. Mr Corbit was alert overnight, but was having trouble seeing. The woman's condition was not known. Read more at the Times Herald-Record
Sun, 08/01/2010 08:00 PM Injured child  9.0  Zephyrhill Fl 
 USA 
      Fence,Outside 
Zephyrhills, FL -- A 9-year-old child was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital after a lightning strike Sunday night. First responders have released few details, but we do know they were called to a home on Diana Drive. There is no word on the child's condition. EPHYRHILLS, Fla. -- A central Florida boy is in stable condition after being struck by lightning. The 9-year-old Pasco County was standing near a fence when he was struck Sunday afternoon. An official with Pasco County Emergency Medical Services said it wasn't clear if the child was directly struck or whether the jolt transferred to the boy from the fence. The child was transported to a nearby hospital. Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/08/02/1757303/boy-9-in-stable-condition-after.html#ixzz0vYCaVAvg
Wed, 07/28/2010 08:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Louisville KY 
 USA 
  working on air conditioning system in house  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors,Plumbing,Work 
Business:Location: Auto Dealers Auto Repair Bar Carpet Cleaning Child Care Chocolate Coffee Dentist Doctor Florists Furniture Golf Course Gym Hair Salon Hotels Insurance Jewelry Landscaping Locksmith Movers Pizza Plumbing Realtor Remodeling Storage Browse all » by MojoPages Local News Share this article: Email this article Digg this! Save to Delicious Post to Facebook Share on Twitter Print print Many homes, one man struck by lightning by Melanie Kahn WHAS11.com Posted on July 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Officials say a man who was struck by lightning is at University Hospital Wednesday night. This is the third person to be hit by lightning in the past two days. Hundreds of lightning strikes hit the ground within minutes, several striking homes in eastern Jefferson County and at least one person. Firefighters tell us an Accu-Temp mechanic was working on an air conditioning unit inside a home on Beechlawn Court off Six Mile Lane during the storm. Michelle King, the homeowner, said "At some point he went back outside and then my husband heard a pop, and then we found him on the ground and called 911." Officials tell us the man was rushed to University Hospital, but the extent of injuries are unknown. This may seem like a freak accident, but this wasn't the only incident with lightning. Captain Dewayne McCrey with the Eastwood Fire Department says they got at least six calls to homes that were struck by lightning. He says "Pretty much every storm that comes through we'll get at least two alarms sounding. Today was unusual, six within 15 to 20 minutes, but the storm was pretty intense as far as lighting goes." Firefighters say the best way you can protect yourself is to stay indoors during thunderstorms, and the best way to protect your home is to install lightning rods on your home.
Wed, 07/28/2010 03:00 PM Injured John Cacey  26.0  Ketchum ID 
 USA 
  standing holding on to bike  N/A  Bicycle,During the storm,Ground Strike,Outside 
Man survives lightning strike in Ketchum By :EXPRESS STAFF The lightning storm that engulfed Ketchum yesterday afternoon certainly looked dangerous, and for one local man, it was. 26-year-old Ketchum resident John Cacey was struck by lightning near Atkinson Park but survived unharmed. Cacey was riding his bicycle down Eighth Street on his way to the river when the storm set in. According to an interview, he stopped at the edge of Atkinson Park, set down his bicycle to get his raincoat on and prepared to wait out the storm. According to Cacey, however, when he reached down to grab his bike's handlebars, the lightning struck. Cacey lay flat on the ground in an attempt not to be hit again and called for help. His cries were heard by park maintenance workers who quickly convinced Cacey to run to a building across the field. Emergency medical technicians were called. After checking Cacey for 15 minutes, they decided he didn't suffer any injuries. For the full story, including a detailed interview with Cacey, see the Friday edition of the Mountain Express.

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