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Wed, 04/20/2011 10:45 AM Injured 1 of 2   0.0  Brevard NC 
  outside near struck tree    Ground Strike,Indirect,Under Trees 
Two taken to hospital following lightning strike at Brevard College 12:58 PM, Apr. 20, 2011 | 2 Comments Twitter Facebook Share Email Print A A A Written by From Staff Reports FILED UNDER News BREVARD  Two people were taken to the hospital following a lightning strike that hit a tree, blowing out windows and causing electrical damage at Brevard College this morning. The incident occurred between 10:30 and 11 a.m. today. There were two people transported to the hospital. One was a student and one was a community member, said Wendy Jones, director of communications and media relations for the college. Jones did not have the names of the two people, and its not clear what caused their injuries. Jones said shes been told the injuries dont appear to be life threatening. The tree hit by lightning is between the gym and The Villages residence halls on campus, Jones said. The lightning blew out windows in the gym and caused electrical, IT and fire system damage to the residence halls. Jones said college officials were still assessing the damage. They dont know yet how many students may have to move to other dorms as a result of the damage. The residence halls also sustained some water damage, either from a sprinkler or possibly a damaged pipe, Jones said.
Wed, 04/20/2011 10:45 AM Injured 2 of 2   0.0  Brevard NC 
  outside near struck tree    Ground Strike,Indirect,Under Trees 
Wed, 04/20/2011 07:15 AM Injured coach Robert Jones  0.0  Northport AL 
  sitting at desk in school    Indirect,Indoors,School,Work 
Walker Elementary PE coach struck by lightning By Jamon Smith Staff Writer Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:08 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:08 p.m. NORTHPORT | A physical education coach at Walker Elementary School was struck by lightning this morning while at the school. Tuscaloosa County Schools Superintendent Frank Costanzo said that the coach, Robert Jones, was sitting in his office inside the activity center at the school when lightning struck the building about 7:15 a.m. Costanzo said the lightning somehow traveled through the building and struck Jones. He was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center and has since been released. The lightning also knocked out the schools telephones. Costanzo said the storm caused several power outages at schools throughout the county, but the power has been restored to most of them. David-Emerson Middle School is the only school that still doesnt have power, he said. We dont anticipate power coming back on today, Costanzo said. Were trying to come up with some dismissal plan, but theres a lot of debris on the streets making it difficult.
Mon, 04/11/2011 12:00 PM unknown Pool debate  0.0   
  pool policy     Education,Science 
The Lightning Debate April 11th, 2011 The case in support of a lightning policy Kevin Johnston, M.S. Graduate Faculty, University of Idaho Senior Consultant, Professional Aquatic Consultants International Why is there even a debate? The most conservative perspective is to close both outdoor and indoor pools due to the potential risk. The most liberal perspective: the pool is a safe place based on its design and there hasnt been a documented in the water injury or death in an indoor pool as a result of lightning. Our society has become what Beck calls a Risk Society. Risk is out there lurking in the shadows but is obscure and abstract: global warming, terrorist attacks and nuclear disasters waiting to happen. Lightning and the indoor pool can be seen in these same terms. Existing State and National Standards A number of national codes and standards specifically apply to and explicitly state indoors pools in their regulations. These include the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Lightning Safety Institute, National Athletic Training Association (NATA) and the Young Mens Christians Association (YMCA). There are also a number of national organizations with lightning standards having relevance to pools which may not differentiate indoor and outdoor but plainly state swimming pools. These include the National Weather Service, American Meteorological Society and the NCAA Guideline #1D. The NATA lightning position statement specifically governs all outdoor activities and indoor pools: Even though a swimming pool maybe indoors and apparently safe, it can be a dangerous location during thunderstorms. The current can be propagated through plumbing and electric connections via the underwater lights and drains of most pools&following these pathways to the swimmers through the water. Six states have codes related to lightning. Washington Administrative Codes requires the operator to take the appropriate action during environmental conditions like lightning. Delawares code states that, during electrical storms use of a pool (indoor or outdoor) shall be prohibited. Nebraska requires that pools be closed during electrical storms. Actually Documented Lightning & Indoor Pool Incidents The YMCA, owner of more swimming pools than any other single agency in the United States, recorded lightning entering into one of their natatoriums. Fortunately they had been following the YMCAs national guideline to clear their pools thus averting the potential for a lightning injury or death. There have been other near misses: structural damage of an indoor pools roof; minor injuries to an indoor pool employee due to contact with a breaker panel; destruction of a main circulation pump motor; injuries sustained while on a telephone and in the showers. Additionally, there are records of visible lightning in natatoriums located in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Given these examples, one must take precautionary action. The Potential Risks The following are some questions to consider. Could swimmers in an indoor pool be injured or killed by a lightning strike? Would it be one swimmer or all of the swimmers in contact with the water? Is it just luck that we havent had an accident, or is it because of building design? Could it be that the lack of an accident is due to the preventive measures that many operators have taken, such as clearing indoor pools during lightning? Conduits (electrical, gas, water, sewer, phone, recirculation system) can carry the electrical charge of lightning and distribute it elsewhere. Building design can mitigate this factor by bonding and grounding the pool. However, electrical bonding and grounding is designed for manmade voltage gone astray and most strikes, while the larger lightning strikes can be 25,000 to 50,000 amps, 2 million volts and over 50,000 degrees F. The risks are high with lightning of this magnitude and scale as it may not take the path of least resistance (as usual), rendering bonding and grounding ineffective. It is also well documented that those in contact with domestic water sources (sinks, bathtubs and showers) are at risk. There are known deaths and injuries in these environments associated with household water in homes that were bonded and grounded to code. Therefore you have to ask if this could happen in an indoor pool as well. Buildings constructed using steel beams, steel roofing, with no windows are safer than others. For example, the University of Minnesota Natatorium remains open even during severe lightning activity, and has been directly struck half a dozen times. However, they are in the fortunate situation of being able to afford a lightning protection system. A lightning protection system consists of air and ground terminals connected by a conductive system, which must be continuous to work. A buildings structural steel is sometimes part of this conductive system. Since lightning takes the path of least resistance, discharges are attracted to air terminals, which extend 18 above the top of the building. The current passes through the conductors to the ground terminals, where it is dissipated to the earth. Lightning protection should include a continuous conductive system with air terminals and ground terminals installed. Most pools do not take all these protective design measures into consideration. When evaluating the risks at your indoor pool, ask the following questions: Is your bonding and grounding system intact? What is the maximum voltage that your grounding system can sustain? Do you have a functioning lightning protection system in place? I contend that the erring on the side of caution by completely clearing the water/showers and preventing the use of phones is the only near-failsafe way of reducing the risk of electrocution during lightnings threat at indoor pools. Important lightning safety policy elements: " Generate an action plan and communicate to everyone involved. " Devise a plan to alert people when they need to seek shelter. " Create a system to identify lightning and monitor weather " Identify safe-shelter locations before warnings. " Notify all persons when the threat has passed. " Have persons trained in First Aid and CPR. Lightning Response Action Plan 1. See lightning hear thunder = Clear pool 2. Avoid risks: avoid poles, metal fencing, lifeguard stands, ladder entrances, diving board stanchions 3. Close pool area Guards secure entrance to pool deck 4. Create holding area for patrons Dry, with no windows and avoids metal door frames 5. Prevent use of showers, landline telephones (except in an emergency) Cordless & cellular phones are acceptable. 6. Create monitoring procedure Signal all clear, leave holding area, reopen pools Warning and Monitoring Systems need to be in place and could include: 1. Weather radio: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 2. Weather pager 3. Weather services: Use the World Wide Web 4. Sensing devices (structure mounted, remote handheld) Lightning Liability Concerns Here are some additional questions to consider: *What is your current lightning policy? *Is your facility manager or head lifeguard trained in weather observation? *How is training conducted? *How would current policy hold up in court? While lightning may legally be seen as an act of God, advances in technology make lightning a much more foreseeable event. Hence we should act to avert the potential risk at indoor pools related to lightning. We have a professional responsibility to manage that risk and not wait for it to create unnecessary injuries or deaths. References American Red Cross: Lifeguard Training, 2001, 16-17. Andrews, C. J., M. A. Cooper, M. Darveniza, and D. Mackerras, 1992: Lightning Injuries: Electrical, Medical, and Legal Aspects. CRC, 184 pp. Walsh. Johnston, K.M., 1999. Encyclopedia of Aquatic Codes and Standards (pg. 79). K. M. Bennett, B., Cooper, M. A., Holle, R. L., Kithil, R., Lopez, R. E., 2000: National Athletic Trainers Association position statement: Lightning safety for athletics and recreation. J. Athletic Training, 35, 471-477 R. Kithil, June 2000. Lightning Safety Handbook, in press, Chapter title: Swimming Pools: Water and the Lightning Hazards, K.M. Johnston & L.D. Bruya, National Lightning Safety Institute, Academic Press R. Holle, 1999, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Storm Data (pg. 20-38). Uman, M.A., 1986. All about lightning. New York, NY. Dover Publications Waters, W.E., 1983. Electric Introduction from Distant Current Sources, Prentice Hall, Engelwood Cliff, NJ. Wiley, S. 1998. Shocking news about lightning and pools. US Swimming Safety, 4:1-2. YMCA, 2000, YMCA Safety & Risk Notes, Issue 3, August, YMCA Services Corporations. Available at Other Sources  Http:// " Weather forecasts specific to lightning:  Http://  Http:// " An indoor pool is a hazard and could be subjected the hazards of a lightning strike.  Http:// " NCAA Guideline 1G on Lightning Safety  Http:// Special thanks to C. Denison, & A. Bringle, University of Northern Iowa since this is an amended presentation we shared at the 2001 NIRSA Aquatic Symposium entitled Severe Weather Protocols and originally presented October 13, 2001 at Texas A&M
Sun, 04/10/2011 12:00 PM Killed 5 killed in separate incidents  0.0   
Lightning strikes six, tree branch falls on another Rain fury kills 7 in State Bangalore, April 10, DH News Service: Seven persons were killed in rain-related incidents as seasons first showers lashed different parts of the State on Sunday. While five persons were killed when lightning bolts struck them in separate incidents, another died when a tree branch fell on him. The scattered rainfall brought respite to people from the summer heat but it also caused grief to many. Forty-year-old Murthy and his wife, Sujatha (35), were killed on the spot as lightning struck them at Ammagudde under Yadur Gram Panchayat limits of Hosanagar taluk in Shimoga district on Sunday evening. One person each was killed as lightning struck at Mundaragi in Gadag district and Badami taluk of Bagalkot district on Sunday. Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gadag, Haveri, Belgaum and Dharwad districts received showers both on Saturday and Sunday. Deadly bolt Lightning struck six people while they were returning home from the fields on Hesarur Road on the outskirts of Mundaragi. Joolappa Hamappa Rathod (48) died on the spot while the other four were injured. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be serious. Hazrath Ali Hussain Sab Valikar (30) died when lightning struck him at the Lakkasakoppa bus stand of Badami taluk. Six others were injured in the incident and have been admitted to a private hospital in Bagalkot. Puttesha Guttal (27) was returning home from his farm at Keravadi in Byadagi taluk of Haveri district on Sunday evening, when he was struck dead by lightning. Nagaraj Kulal, a mason was riding his motorcycle when the branch of a tree fell on him due to heavy rain at Jakkanamakki near Someshwar under Hebri police station limits of Udupi district on Sunday, killing him instantly. Ganapathi Nayak, who was riding pillion was injured. Pre-monsoon showers accompanied by hailstorms, thunder and lightning were reported in several parts of Shimoga district on Sunday afternoon, including Shimoga city, Sagar, Bhadravathi and Sorab taluks. Bhadravathi also received good rainfall for an hour. Rain lashed Sagar and Sorab for half an hour, while dull weather prevailed in Tirthahalli. Davangere city also received pre-monsoon showers on Sunday afternoon. There was good rainfall in Chennagiri taluk of the district also. Rain was reported in Hassan city and surrounding areas on Saturday night and Sunday. It rained for about an hour in some parts of the city on Sunday afternoon. Rain accompanied by thunder and lightning was reported by evening in several parts of the taluk. Rain lashed Gulbarga on Saturday and Sunday. The mercury level dipped from 41 degree Celsius to 36.7 degree Celsius in the city on Sunday. Heavy rain was reported in Bidar district on Saturday and at Shahpur of Yadgir district on Sunday. Mild to heavy downpours, accompanied by lightning and thunder, were reported throughout Udupi district, including Karkala and Kundapur taluks. Puttur and Ujire in Dakshina Kannada district also received heavy rain on Sunday. There were only mild showers in Mangalore. Chikmagalur, Kalasa, Moodigere and Birur had good rainfall. In Kodagu, Madikeri, Napoklu and Kakkabbe received heavy rain, while Bhagamandala, Moornadu, Suntikoppa and Hattihole received moderate rainfall.
Sun, 04/10/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed 1 injured  0.0  Balaghat  
One killed by lightening PTI | 07:04 PM,Apr 10,2011 Balaghat (MP), Apr 10 (PTI) A labourer was killed and his colleague was injured after lightning struck them at Katanga village in the district, police said today. The lightning struck when around 60 - 70 labourers were working at the forest department's nursery under Lalbara police station area last evening, police said. Baliram Serva (36) died on the spot while Gopal Titarmara was injured. He was shifted to district hospital. PTI COR LAL
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 7 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 1 0f 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy  N/A  Canopy,Dogs,During the storm,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Stormy Weather,Taking Shelter 
Lightning strike sends 7 to hospital in N.C. Forecasters warn of severe weekend weather in Midwest, South Below: Text x Jump to discussion Loading comments... Discussion Related Advertise | AdChoices Open in new window Show more videos staff and news service reports updated 46 minutes ago Share Print Font: Lightning struck a fairgrounds in North Carolina on Saturday, sending at least seven people to the hospital, as forecasters put much of the nation's midsection on alert for rough weekend weather. More from Bumbo-riding babies on Roombas not cool Babies in Bumbo chairs put atop Roombas seem to be having a little film fest on YouTube lately, although the practice is not recommended. TODAY anchors share their school daze snaps Runway fixed, Prince Harry back from Arctic Pizza crust contestants gets creative (and gross) Mother reveals secret life as a fugitive The lightning strike at the Burke County Fairgrounds in Morganton came as thunderstorms showered the city with baseball-size hail. Much of the area was also under a tornado watch. Seven people were taken from the fairgrounds by ambulance to a hospital, The News Herald reported. Their conditions were not immediately known. Forecasters said the first front of spring warmth was likely to bring strong, volatile storms, including tornadoes, to the region. Severe thunderstorms, large hail and damaging winds were likely over the weekend from Iowa in the west to the Carolinas in the east, said Jack Hales, lead forecaster at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. "These storms are not going to be messing around," Hales said. "There already have been some very strong storms, producing damaging winds and large hail, in the lower Ohio Valley," he said. "And those are just going to continue and intensify, and spread down into Kentucky and eastern Tennessee, as the day goes on." Further north and west, forecasters were keeping an eye on Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, where Hales said there was a possibility of "quite a few tornadoes" Saturday and Sunday. The peak U.S. tornado season runs from March through early July. The culprit is a front of warm air surging northward across the country's midsection. Advertise | AdChoices In Chicago, where the high temperature on Friday only reached 45 degrees, forecasters were predicting a high on Sunday of 88 degrees, the biggest 48-hour jump in April temperatures in more than three decades, according to Tom Skilling, WGN-TV's chief meteorologist. But the dramatically warmer temperatures were expected to trigger strong winds and drenching downpours through Sunday. "It's a typical springtime situation," Hales said. "We have a lot of heat and we have a have a lot of instability, so it results in some pretty organized severe thunderstorms." Reuters contributed to this story.
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 2 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy  N/A  Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Severe thunderstorms, hail pound Charlotte area; 9 reportedly struck by lightning in Burke THE ASSOCIATED PRESS First Posted: April 09, 2011 - 10:55 pm Last Updated: April 09, 2011 - 10:56 pm AAA We also have more stories about: (click the phrases to see a list) Subjects: Storms (143) Weather (352) General news (9305) Places: Charlotte (92) North Carolina (555) United States (24210) North America (24329) CHARLOTTE, N.C.  Strong thunderstorms battered the Charlotte area and parts of South Carolina on Saturday evening, causing several injuries, blowing down trees and dumping large hail that smashed car windows. The storms swept through the area late in the afternoon and early in the evening. The Charlotte Observer reported that nine people were injured in Burke County when they were struck by lightning at a dog show at the county fairgrounds. An emergency dispatcher said a dog was also called. A supervisor at Grace Hospital in Morganton said two people were admitted, two were treated and released and one was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The newspaper also reported that Gastonia Airport was reporting that hail the size of baseballs had damaged several planes. The National Weather Service late Saturday lifted a tornado watch for North Carolina and western South Carolina, but it remained in effect for areas east of Columbia until 2 a.m.
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 3 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy  N/A  Canopy,Dogs,During the storm,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Nine people hurt, dog killed in lightning strike at fairground in North Carolina Text Size: A | A | A Print this Article Email this Article Sign up for text alerts Sign up for e-mail headlines By NewsCore April 10, 2011 MORGANTON, N.C. -- Nine people were hurt Saturday night after a lightning strike at a dog show at a fairground in Morganton, N.C., the Charlotte Observer reported. Officials in Burke County said those injured were struck by lightning while at the county fairgrounds about 6:10pm. An American Dog Breeders Association show was being held at the grounds, and a dog -- believed to be an American pit bull terrier -- was also killed in the incident. Seven of those hurt were transported to the Grace Hospital, where a supervisor later said two were admitted, two were treated and released and one was transported to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Rita Bond, who was at the fairgrounds, said people were sheltering under a canopy when it was struck by lightning, causing the injuries and killing the dog which was waiting to be shown. Heavy storms pummeled the region Saturday evening -- with Burke County issuing a tornado warning -- and showered Morganton with hail. The Observer reported that wind gusts of up to 60mph (96kph) were recorded in the region and hail the size of baseballs fell at Gastonia Airport, west of Charlotte, damaging several planes. Morganton, which has a population of about 17,000, is about 75 miles (120km) northwest of Charlotte. Read more:
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 4 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 6 of 9   0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 8 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 9 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 12:00 PM Injured Aaron Case (son 1 of 2 )  10.0  Crossville IL 
  holding a shotgun    Direct hit,Hunting,Outside 
Carmi, Ill.  Lightning struck a young turkey hunter near Crossville as a strong storm swept through the county Saturday morning. White County Sheriff Doug Maier identified the victim as 10-year-old Aaron Case and said he was turkey hunting with his father, Curtis E. Davis, of 1540 County Road 2500 N. The younger Davis was reportedly holding a shotgun with the muzzle pointed up when lightning struck the weapon. The force of the strike knocked the stock off the weapon and injured both the boy and the father. Maier reported both were taken to an Evansville, Ind., hospital where the boy's condition was reportedly improving Monday morning (today). Turn to the Monday, April 11 issue of The Carmi Times for the complete story.aa
Sat, 04/09/2011 12:00 PM Injured Curtis Davis (father, 2 of 2)  0.0  Crossville IL 
  hunting with son    Hunting,Indirect,Outside 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 5 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Wed, 04/06/2011 08:20 PM Injured Richie Amoncio  26.0  Davao City  
  sitting on terrace    Outside,Porch 
A MAN who was just seated on a terrace landed in the hospital after he was struck by lightning Tuesday night. Based on records of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the victim was identified as Richie Amoncio, 26, a resident of Purok Tandawan, Barangay Magtuod, Davao City. Post your online prayers for Japan earthquake victims The victim's father said that Richie was seated at their terrace around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when lightning struck him and left him unconscious. As of Wednesday morning, the victim was still undergoing treatment at the SPMC. Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy is also undergoing treatment at the SPMC after he was gored by a carabao around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The victim was identified as Jeff Lloyd Palen, a resident of Barangay Dominga, Calinan district. Palen was reportedly tending to the carabao when the animal was irked and gored him. One side of the victim's body was seriously wounded and he is still undergoing treatment. (AD) Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 07, 2011.
Wed, 04/06/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 students  0.0  Vizianagaram  
  in a farm field    Farming,Field,Outside 
Wed, 04/06/2011 12:00 PM unknown lightning conductors given to villagers  0.0   
 South Africa 
Lightning conductors will be provided to villagers in rural areas, particularly in the Eastern Cape, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has said. This followed the recent deaths of more than 30 people in lightning strikes, said department spokesperson Mtobeli Mxotwa. He said torrential rain had destroyed several families homes and that fast-flowing water had swept away residents crops in eight provinces. For those whose houses were damaged during stormy weather, the department is providing emergency shelter, said Mxotwa. Solar energy, gel stoves and lamps are also being provided to the families during these trying times, until permanent houses can be erected. The department aims to help the destitute in all affected provinces, Mxotwa said. Apart from Eastern Cape, relief was also already being provided to flood victims in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State.  Sap
Tue, 04/05/2011 09:30 PM Injured Joleigh Rozelle 1 of 2  23.0  Ashland AL 
  on headset at McDonalds  N/A  headset,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
ASHLAND, ALA. (WBRC) - Two women working the drive-thru window at an Ashland McDonalds were injured Monday night after lightning struck in the area. The Ashland Police Department received a call from the restaurant on Highway 9 around 9:30 p.m. Two women who were working at the drive-thru wearing headsets were complaining of head pain, said Chief Benny Davis. Davis said hes not sure how it happened, but somehow the lightning had an effect on their headsets. Local rescue units were unable to respond because of the severe storms, so police units took the women, Joleigh Rozelle, 23, and Devin Baker, 30, to nearby Clay County Hospital. The restaurants assistant manager said both women were doing fine Tuesday morning. Copyright 2011 WBRC. All rights reserved.
Tue, 04/05/2011 09:30 PM Injured Devin Baker 2 0f 2  30.0  Ashland AL 
  on headset at McDonalds    headset,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
see Joleigh Rozelle
Mon, 04/04/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Malda 
  farming    Farming,Field,Outside 
Two killed in lightning in Malda PTI | 08:04 PM,Apr 04,2011 Malda (WB), Apr 4(PTI) Two persons died when lightning struck during a storm in separate incidents in Malda district today, official sources said. While Sushil Sarkar (43)died when lighting struck his farmland where he was working at Iswarganj, Kusum Ghosh (46) lost her life similarly at Adina village. The storm damaged several houses and uprooted a large number of trees and electrict poles in Old Malda area, the sources said.
Mon, 04/04/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed 2 injured  0.0  Orissa Bargarh 
  taking shelter in a shed    Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning strike kills three in Orissa Bargarh, April 4 : Three people, including a minor, were killed and two sustained critical injuries in Orissa's Bargarh district Monday after a shed where they had taken shelter was struck by a lightning, police said. The incident took place near Tora village near the district headquarter Bargarh, some 380 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. The five had taken shelter in the shed near an abandoned stone quarry due to inclement weather, police officer Ramakanta Sai told IANS. Three people died on the spot, while the rest were taken to a local hospital, he added.
Mon, 04/04/2011 07:20 PM Injured Crystal Phelps   0.0  Knoxville TN 
  struck arm thru open window  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
KNOXVILLE  Two people have been sent to area hospitals and a dog is dead this evening after lightning bounced off a tree and struck at least three houses in Northeast Knoxville, authorities said. According to the Knoxville Fire Department, lightning struck a tree behind a house at 5209 McIntyre Road at about 7:20 p.m. The lightning apparently bounced off the tree, blowing a hole in the side of the house and destroying a bathroom inside, officials. Three people inside the residence were not hurt, but their dog was killed in the back yard, authorities said. The lightning also struck a house at 5203 McIntyre  injuring a woman and then across the street at 5202 McIntyre, where it injured a man who was sitting in the homes basement, officials said. The extent of the injuries to the unidentified man and woman was not immediately available. More details as they develop online and in Tuesdays News Sentinel. © 2011, Knoxville News Sentinel Co. Residents on McIntyre Street in North Knoxville still can't believe lightning struck their neighborhood during Monday night's storm. "We heard a big boom, and then I saw the lightning hit my arm," said Crystal Phelps. Phelps said she was laying on the couch in her living room when lightning struck her right arm through an open window. "It was like a red flash, red and purple, and blue, all at the same kind of burnt," said Phelps. She was taken to the hospital, put on oxygen, and monitored for several hours. She said doctors told her a person's organs can fail after being struck by lightning. They monitored her kidney's, but eventually sent her home. Tuesday she's still feeling the effects of the bolt. "I have blurry vision in my right eye. Muscles down the right side of me ache," said Phelps. Phelp's neighbor three doors down is also a victim in mother nature's fury.
Mon, 04/04/2011 07:20 PM Injured John Easton  0.0  Knoxville TN 
  sitting in basement  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
Phelp's neighbor three doors down is also a victim in mother nature's fury. Knoxville Fire Department officials think the bolt first struck a huge tree in Tommy Best's backyard. Then it traveled to his home and spread to Phelp's home and a third across the street. Fire officials said John Easton was in the third home at the time lightning struck. He was taken to the hospital with burns to his feet; they were touching metal when the current traveled through his basement apartment. Neighbors said Easton is out of the hospital. The bolt also destroyed Tommy Best's bathroom. It ripped a huge hole in the exterior wall, exposed pipes, and started a small fire in the home's basement. "My nerves are ruined," said Best,"we just heard a loud bang. It sounded like an explosion, like a bomb went off." Best was home with his wife and 11-year-old son during the storm. The lightning also killed his dog, Shiloh, who was tied to a tree so he wouldn't run off. No one else at the Best's home was injured. "I knew lightning was dangerous, but I never knew it could do this kind of damage," said Best. The Best's plan to rebuild their bathroom after they deal with their insurance company. Crystal Phelps is home resting, trying to move past being struck by lightning. She is grateful mother nature didn't unleash a more powerful current. "Someone was looking out for us. It could have been worse," said Phelps.
Thu, 03/31/2011 08:22 AM Injured school worker  0.0  Holiday FL 
  blowing leaves under covered court    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,School,Work 
Holiday, FL -- A custodial employee at Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday was apparently shocked by lightning Thursday morning. It happened at 8:22 a.m., which is about an hour and twenty minutes before the start of school. Photo Gallery: Pictures of today's storms and storm damage The man is a custodial employee and was blowing away leaves underneath a covered basketball court when it happened, the school's principal said. The man and another custodian are believed to have been the only people on campus at the time. They were working in different areas of the school, making their rounds to open up the campus for the day. Principal Chris Clayton said, from what the school's staff can tell, a bolt of lightning struck somewhere close by the covered basketball court. Soon after that, a teacher who was getting to school spotted the custodian hunched over and clearly stunned. "He's been an employee here for over 25 years, he's very devoted to the school, he's a hard worker, and everybody loves him," the principal said. "As a matter of fact, he called me and told me he was okay from the hospital and he wanted to come back to work. And, of course, I told him to take the day off." It does not appear that a lightning bolt went through the man's body. He was alert and responsive when paramedics took him to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital as a precaution. The Pasco County School District is not releasing the man's name because of healthcare privacy laws. Grayson Kamm, 10 News
Tue, 03/29/2011 12:00 PM Killed Kaling Pertin  0.0  Itanagar  
  playing cricket    Cricket,Ground Strike,Indirect,School,Sports Field 
Lightning kills student, cattle in Arunachal TNN, Mar 29, 2011, 10.39pm IST ITANAGAR: A college student and 22 cattleheads died while another student was injured when a lightning hit Roing and Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday evening. According to sources here on Tuesday, Kaling Pertin, a final year student of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu was killed when a thunderbolt struck him on Monday when the victim was playing cricket with his friends at the playground of the college's boys hostel in the afternoon. Another student was also st
Fri, 03/25/2011 04:00 PM Killed i killed 6 wonded  13.0  Tagum city Davao del Norte 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
Lightning kills girl inside school Published : Thursday, March 31, 2011 00:00 Article Views : 232 A GIRL was killed while six others were wounded by a lightning inside their school in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. The fatality was identified as Hazel Grace Deguilmo, 13, of Barangay San Miguel. She was a student of the Laureta National High School. She was declared dead on arrival at the Davao Regional Hospital. Undergoing treatment in the same hospital are Jenny Beltran, 15; Kate Jacklyn Meparanum,13; Rico Lumando,17; Roselyn Monte,20, Herlyn Libres,13 and Ivy Marie Malacaste,13. Belated reports reaching the office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council revealed that the victims were struck by lightning at 4 p.m. last March 25 inside the Laureta National High School in Tagum City. Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca
Thu, 03/24/2011 unknown Sarah Rimboch  0.0  Bowling Green OH 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,School,Umbrella 
Hi there, I live in Bowling Green, Ohio and am a student at BGSU. I was struck by lightning today! Actually, I guess my umbrella was struck, but it took me by such surprise. The metal on the top of my umbrella allowed the electric current to flow all the way down the handle and it shocked my right hand and I even heard the noise of it flowing through the umbrella. It was really scary. I'm alright, but my hand feels sort of tight/sore compared to my other hand. It odviously didn't strike me with too much strength, thank God, but I'm worried now that I could have side effects from it or something. Hopefully it's just a little sore and it will go away. Do you have any thoughts about it?? Thanks!
Thu, 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Killed Dr Lynne Dowd  51.0  Haenertsburg  
 South Africa 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Doctor remembered for her kindness March 30, 2011 Ads by Google Angie's List Find The Best Doctor In Your Area. Read Local Reviews & Choose! A Sydney doctor killed by lightning in a freak accident in South Africa has been remembered as a kind and caring woman who was happy-go-lucky. Lynne Dowd was bushwalking with her husband Bruce and four other friends at Limpopo last week when the weather turned on them, the website iAfrica reported. They were struck by a bolt of lightning at Brawn's Knob, about 22 kilometres outside Haenertsburg. Advertisement: Story continues below Everyone in the group suffered burns, but Dr Dowd, 51, was the only one who didn't regain consciousness and the mother of two died on Friday. Dr Dowd had worked at a medical practice in Gladesville, in northwest Sydney, for 22 years. She had been popular among staff and patients, fellow GP Louis Gallo said. "She was a caring doctor, she will be sadly missed by myself and the patients," Dr Gallo told AAP on Tuesday, adding that the practice had been inundated by calls of support from patients. Dr Gallo said Dr Dowd was "happy go lucky" and bubbly and was held "in very high regard from everyone in the community". In addition to her work at the medical centre in Gladesville, Dr Dowd was flown by the Royal Flying Doctor (RFD) Service every eight weeks to visit the small central NSW town of Lake Cargelligo. She was needed there because the town doesn't have a female doctor. "She would fly in for two days. She dealt mostly in women's issues," said Sheree Quinn, a program coordinator for the RFD. The Lake Cargelligo trips had been part of Dr Dowd's routine for four-and-a half years. "She was always looking for something else to do," Ms Quinn said. "She would ask if there were more clinics she could go to. "She was well respected. Every one (at Lake Cargelligo) is deeply sad." Dr Dowd had a special interest in indigenous communities and often went to the Northern Territory to do additional work, Ms Quinn added. A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said the government was working to bring Dr Dowd's body home. "The High Commission in Pretoria is liaising with the funeral director who is responsible for the repatriation of the woman's body to Australia," the spokeswoman said in a statement. AAP
Mon, 03/14/2011 12:00 PM Killed 24 dead last 4 months  0.0  Soweto 
 South Africa 
Families mourn kids MAR 14, 2011 | CORRINNE LOUW | 5 COMMENTS LIGHTNING unleashed a wave of destruction in Kwazulu-Natal on Saturday night, killing one young person while another was allegedly struck to death in Welbedacht near Chatsworth RELATED ARTICLES Shock as lightning hits soccer-mad boy This brings to 24 the number of people killed by lightening in the province over the past four months. Sphamandla Zwane, 19, was struck by lightning while Siphosethu Ngxola, 17, was electrocuted while trying to help Zwane. Zwane, who had gone to a temporary housing settlement near his home to watch a soccer match on television, was allegedly killed while trying to save Ngxola's life. The corrugated iron house in which Ngxola was preparing a meal was allegedly struck by a lightening bolt that killed him. Vernon Mchunu, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube, said: "Zwane was allegedly killed when he tripped over one of the illegal electricity connection that informal settlements are known for." Ngxola's mother, Nonsapho. was inconsolable over the death of her son who would have completed high school this year. The residents of Welbedach have been living in the temporary corrugated iron housing shelters for the past four years in the hope of one day getting their own RDP houses. Dube said action would be taken to paint the corrugated zinc houses. The houses are currently silver - a prime conductor of lightning. The tragedy comes three days after a mother and her four children were burnt to death when their rondavel was struck by lightning last Wednesday night in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. On Friday Dube said her department was working with national government to get funding to put up lightning conductors in parts of the province. In Lamontville, south of Durban, two families were lucky to escape with their lives when a massive mud slide caused by Saturday night's storm washed away their homes. Fikile Msomi said her family was watching television when mud from a nearby river bank was forcibly pushed into their home.
Mon, 03/14/2011 02:00 PM Killed Koketso Tladi  14.0  Protea Glen Soweto 
 South Africa 
  on a soccer field    Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Shock as lightning hits soccer-mad boy MAR 14, 2011 | SIBONGILE MASHABA | 35 COMMENTS Koketso Tladi (aged 14), of Protea Glen in Soweto, died instantly at the local ground where his team, Super Boys United, was playing Sea Rovers from Naledi in the Protea Zonal League TRAUMATISED: Friends at the home of Koketso Tladi who died after he was struck by lightning at a soccer match in Soweto RELATED ARTICLES Families mourn kids Lightning kills 6 - including 5 from one family JOSEPHINE Tsiu, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was struck dead by lightning on Saturday, yesterday said her son was so crazy about football that even an injury could not keep him from the game. Koketso, of Protea Glen in Soweto, died instantly at the local ground where his team, Super Boys United, was playing Sea Rovers from Naledi in the Protea Zonal League. The distraught and grieving mother said her son had sneaked out of home for the love of soccer despite nursing an injury. Tsiu said her son fell and injured his arm two weeks ago and they had an agreement that he would stay away from practice until he was properly healed. Koketso, who was the referee, and 12 others were struck by a thunderbolt on Saturday afternoon in a soccer field. Two boys who were seriously injured are still in hospital while the others were treated for minor injuries and shock. "It seems he had been sneaking out to go to practice. He hadn't been playing when the lightning struck him but was the referee," Tsiu said, holding back tears. "He was a humble son and was very helpful. You could never tell when he was angry." Super Boys United is a development side for Platinum Stars. His friends and teammates could not hold back their tears when they arrived at his home yesterday. Dennis Boshomane, 15, who was also injured, said there were about 15 spectators. "It hurts. I didn't expect this to happen. When lightning struck, I opened my eyes and no one was standing. I was treated for shock," he said in a shaky voice. "Koketso was determined and worked hard. My friend was talented and was a good runner." Pastor Nelson Baloyi from the Temple of Grace told the family and other mourners: "The boys are very traumatised. I brought them here because they wanted to. "They have all received counselling from the church and will continue receiving it until they recover." He offered to help the family and give them support. Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Percy Morokane said chaplains would be dispatched to the families of those affected to provide counselling. "They will be given emotional support until their situation has improved. "Their families have suffered secondary trauma and will also be counselled. Those who witnessed or have been touched by the incident should also go to the nearest fire station and receive counselling," he said.
Mon, 03/14/2011 12:00 PM Injured man   49.0  CA 
  setting up camp    Boy Scouts,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside 
Man Struck by Lightning and Survives HE WAS WALKING AROUND WHEN POLICE ARRIVED By the Associated Press Posted May 16, 2011 12:19 PM CDT STORY COMMENTS (2) Do you like this story? 6 Share (AP)  A man was struck by lightning in California on Saturdayand survived. He was hit while helping set up tents for a Boy Scout outing, according to police. The 49-year-old, who police are choosing not to identify, was standing by a tree in Industry, Calif., when he was struck; no children were nearby. The man was up and walking around when police arrived, though he was treated later at a hospital for a wound where the lightning bolt apparently exited his
Wed, 03/09/2011 11:00 AM Injured 2nd grader  0.0  Crestview FL 
  near light switch  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
12:19 p.m. update: A second-grader at Northwood Elementary was shocked when lightning shot from a light switch, struck his neck and traveled down his arm. Paramedics took the child to North Okaloosa Medical Center and he was transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola because of his age. His vitals were said to be good and his parents are being notified. 2nd grader struck by lightning in Fla. Student was sitting near light socket Updated: Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 1:54 PM CST Published : Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 1:39 PM CST CRESTVIEW, Florida (WALA) - A second grader in Okaloosa County, Florida was struck by lightning during Wednesdays storms. Kay McKinley with the school system said Northview Elementary in Crestview was struck by lightning. The lightning traveled through the wiring and out through a light switch. A student sitting near the light switch was struck in the neck and the current traveled down the students arm. The student was just near the light switch, and had not touched it. McKinley says the student was sent to North Okaloosa Medical Center for observation. Although he appeared to be fine, the facility sent him to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. No other injuries have been reported.
Wed, 03/09/2011 11:00 PM Injured teen  0.0  Milton FL 
  touching door handle  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
A Milton teenager has been transported to Santa Rosa Medical Center in stable condition after suffering an indirect lightning strike, Tsubooka said. The teen was touching a door handle at the Learning Academy, 5800 block of Stewart Street, when lightning struck nearby.
Sun, 02/20/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 children  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning kills two 2011-02-20 22:01 Related Links Lightning kills man, injures 7 Horror scene at lightning strike 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Johannesburg - Two children died after being struck by lightning in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, over the weekend, the province's co-operative governance ministry said on Sunday. Reports indicated that the children were in neighbouring homes when the lightning struck on Saturday, spokesperson Vernon Mchunu said in a statement. The department said it would assist with funeral costs. Disaster management teams were deployed to the area to assist with blankets, shelter and food. - SAPA
Thu, 02/17/2011 06:00 PM Injured 9 people  0.0  Ilam  
9 hurt in lightning Added At: 2011-02-17 11:37 PM Last Updated At: 2011-02-17 11:37 PM HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE ILAM: Nine people were hurt, three critically, when lightning struck the district yesterday evening. The injured are Prem Kumari Tamang (32) and Ishworjung Gurung of Ilam municipality-8, Singfrig, Chandamaya Limbu (60) and Nandamaya Jabegu (30) of Jitpur-7, Bimala Rai (16) and Mamata Jabegu (20) of Jitpur-1. Similarly, Kabita Limbu (14), Anil Limbu (26) and Yogesh Limbu (12) of the same family were also injured. Lightning also destroyed property worth Rs 1,15000 when it struck the house of Tej Bahadur Karki of Ilam municipality-8, Singfrig, yesterday
Thu, 02/17/2011 03:00 PM Injured football team  0.0  Bogota  
  on sports field    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Fri, 02/11/2011 04:00 PM Killed 1 dead 3 injured  0.0  Negros Occindental 
  construction site     
Lightning kills woman in Negros Posted at 02/11/2011 11:05 AM | Updated as of 02/11/2011 11:05 AM MANILA, Philippines - A woman died and 3 men were hurt after they were hit by a lightning at a construction site in Ilog, Negros Occidental on Thursday afternoon. Killed was Eva Seledono, who owns a store near the dam under construction in Barangay Balicotoc. Seledono's sons, Cheyem and Felix, and a mechanic identified as Alvin Enriquez suffered burn wounds. Rosanel Samillo, a relative of the victims, said the lightning struck past 4 p.m.. Samillo said that the lightning directly hit the store of Seledono, hitting the victims. -- Report from Mark Salanga, ABS-CBN Negros
Thu, 02/10/2011 12:00 PM Injured truck driver  0.0   
Scooby Doo Monster Truck driver struck by lightning 10 Feb, 2011 11:10 AM Scooby Doo Monster Truck driver Troy Garcia was thrown off his monster truck wheel after being struck by lightning on Friday in Whyalla. The incident took place just before 3pm when Mr Garcia had to change the battery in the truck. He said he had been outside for no longer than 10 minutes. The last thing I remember, I seen the spark and bang I was off the tyre, he said. He described the lightning like a long spark you would see from a gas lighter used to ignite stove tops. The full details about the incident appear in the Whyalla News on Thursday, February 10.
Tue, 02/08/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed 1 injured  0.0  Tawau 
February 08, 2011 17:09 PM Lightning Kills Estate Worker TAWAU, Feb 8 (Bernama) -- An estate worker from Felda Kalabakan Utara 1 here was killed while his friend suffered serious injuries after being struck by lightning during a downpour here last Sunday. District Police Chief ACP Ibrahim Chin said the deceased was identified as Alin Mohamad, 40, while the injured worker was identified as Harun Kasmuri, 41. The victims, both Indonesians, were found by their friends at about 6.30pm. Harun was later admitted at the Tawau Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Police believe both victims took shelter under a zinc roofed hut in the plantation after their work when lightening struck them. -- BERNAMA
Sat, 02/05/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead 7 injured  0.0  Libode Mthatha 
 South Africa 
Lightning kills man, injures 7 2011-02-05 23:04 Related Links Climber killed by lightning Eastern Cape man killed by lightning 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Dube calls for lightning probe Four killed by lightning in Eastern Cape Johannesburg - A 58-year-old man was killed and seven children aged between one and 19 were injured after being struck by lightning in Libode, outside Mthatha on Saturday, Eastern Cape police said. The man was killed while he was inside a rondavel with five children, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said. The five children a 1-year-old, two 12-year-olds, a 6-year-old and a 19-year-old were seriously injured. Two other children, aged 15 and 16 from a nearby house were also injured when they were struck by lightning. "There were thunder storms in the area at about 17:00," Fatyela said. - SAPA
Tue, 02/01/2011 12:00 PM unknown Mixon v Greywold  0.0  MS 
  legal  N/A  Legal 
Jolt from lightning strike sparks benefits for shoulder injuries In Mississippi, a presumption of total occupational loss of a member arises only when a worker demonstrates that he has been unable, despite reasonable attempts, to find suitable employment. Case name: Mixon v. Greywolf Drilling Co., L.P., No. 2009-WC-01536-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 12/14/10). Ruling: The Mississippi Court of Appeals held that a worker struck by lightning while working was entitled to benefits for his injuries. Related Coverage Deputy sheriff can't secure medical benefits for back problems (11/16/09) After foiled attempt to deny benefits, Wal-Mart entitled to subrogation credit (04/01/10) Florida court trims lawn care services from award (08/19/10) First employer on hook for later surgery costs (08/23/10) Voluntary removal from workforce supports suspension of benefits (03/02/09) What it means: In Mississippi, a presumption of total occupational loss of a member arises only when a worker demonstrates that he has been unable, despite reasonable attempts, to find suitable employment. Summary: A floorhand on an oil rig was working when a storm blew in. The floorhand was standing over a drainage pit that had begun to overflow due to the rain storm. Lightning struck somewhere close to or on the rig and the floorhand felt electricity go through his body. The floorhand did not see the lightning strike the oil rig, but he heard the crack of the lightning and was "jolted up" and "driven back." His vision became hazy, and he experienced uncontrollable shaking, so he went to the emergency room. Over the next several days, his shoulders began to hurt. He suffered from a torn rotator cuff. The rig terminated his employment the day after the incident. The floorhand began working odd jobs to sustain himself and secured a full-time position on a ship. The floorhand sought benefits. The Mississippi Court of Appeals held that the floorhand was entitled to benefits for his injuries. The rig argued that there was no causal connection between the floorhand's shoulder injuries and the lightning incident. The court disagreed, stating that multiple doctors testified that the floorhand's shoulder injuries were caused by the lightning strike. Although the doctors assumed that the floorhand was thrown, the floorhand's testimony supported the doctors' opinions. The floorhand argued that he should be entitled to benefits for a 100 percent occupational loss. The court noted that the floorhand was working in a field of his usual employment based on his past job experience. The court also mentioned that the floorhand's loss of use of his arms was not total because he returned to work on a full-time basis performing work that he was qualified for. Additionally, the work required the use of his arms. The floorhand also argued that his average weekly wage should be higher. The floorhand's work schedule was seven days on, seven days off, and a 12-hour per day workday. The court found that the floorhand's "off" weeks should be excluded from the calculation of benefits. Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage. January 24, 2011 Copyright 2011© LRP Publications
Tue, 02/01/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead   0.0  Sao Paulo  
Storms, floods kill 6 in southern Brazil Severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people in southern Brazil and driven thousands from their homes. The Associated Press SAO PAULO  Severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people in southern Brazil and driven thousands from their homes. The Civil Defense department in Santa Catarina state says the floods that began in mid-January have forced nearly 21,000 people to leave their homes and 71 cities to declare a state of emergency. The department said in a statement Tuesday that four of the victims drowned, one was electrocuted by a loose power line and one was struck by lightning. The floods come on the heels of the devastating downpours and mudslides that hit the mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro last month, killing nearly 900 people. In 2008, floods and mudslides killed more than 100 people and displaced 80,000 people in Santa Catarina. E-mail article Print Share More from our network Semen in yogurt linked to NM grocery store worker (Seattle Times Nation & World) Second-graders report sex in California classroom (Seattle Times Nation & World) Woman, 70, dies after being hit by minivan in Seattle (Seattle Times The Blotter) Guilty plea in hate crime attack on West Seattle teen (Seattle Times The Blotter) Thomas makes Naismith list; McDonald's snubs Wroten (Seattle Times Husky Men's Basketball Blog) More from the Web Selected for you by a Sponsor Is the Era of Innovation Over? (OPEN Forum) Defense comptroller: Military wants 80 to 100 new bombers ( Why Automated Targeting Can Be Your Secret Weapon (ZippyCart Blog ) Blake Griffin - Off the Glass Throw Down (MySpace) Burglar Proofing Your Home (Man of the House) [what's this] More Nation & World UPDATE - 12:19 PM Bahrain forces fire on protesters; 50 injured Crowds call for death of Iran opposition leaders Clashes in Jordan injure 8 protesters UPDATE - 12:32 PM Egypt military says won't allow continued strikes Iraqi protesters demand better services in oil hub More Nation & World headlines... News where, when and how you want it On Facebook On Twitter On your phone On your doorstep Newsline Daily E-mail A roundup of the top headlines from news, sports, business, editorial and entertainment. Sent daily. (Sample) All newslettersPrivacy statement Comments (0) Hide comments / Show comments No comments have been posted to this article. Start the conversation. Read all comments / Share your thoughts Get home delivery today! Video Police block protesters' path on Capitol Hill As protestoes marched towards the Seattle Police precinct in Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, their path was blocked by lines of police in several locations. Protesters march through downtown, fueled by prosecutor's decision Williams family supporters protest in City Hall Diaz: Firearms Review Board determined Williams shooting unjustified Public reacts at McGinn's press conference Williams family attorney reacts to prosecutor's decision Satterberg: Officer Birk will not be charged Officer Ian Birk describes Williams' posture Officer Ian Birk testifies during inquest Raw video | The new Boeing 747-8 unveiled More videos AP Video Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech Marketplace shopping Fashion The iconic Chinese dress gets a modern makeover at Pala Pala Dress Boutique More daily find events for Friday, Feb. 18 Market Street Shoes' Make Room for Spring Sale Denim After Dark at Madewell REI Winter Clearance Save 50 percent or more at The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop More shopping events editors' picks Vintage, consignment and used clothing Spas & beauty salons Maternity shopping Local jewelry designers More shopping guides Most readMost commentedMost e-mailed Rare photo shows 8 cougars on game trail Haggen family sells majority ownership of grocery chain to Florida firm Unemployed need not apply, some firms say Despite injuries, Washington defeats Arizona State, 79-62 Man killed in wrong-way crash; Interstate 5 closed Friday morning Officer Birk quits after SPD rebuke Hwy. 520 toll transponders weren't quite 'Good to Go' Driver's license proposal stokes heated debate Why is it so hard to prosecute a cop? A question of malice Woman believes Green River killer raped her 31 years ago Most viewed images
Mon, 01/31/2011 12:00 PM unknown bad safety info  0.0  Fl 
      Bad Safety info,Education 
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross announced that they will again team up to sponsor Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week from January 31  February 4, 2011. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events. During each day of the Week, a different weather event that may affect Florida will be highlighted: The focus on Monday, January 31 is Lightning With an average of 1.4 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes each year, no other state in the country experiences more lightning strikes than Florida. Lightning is very dangerous and can travel as far as 10 miles from a thunderstorm! So while it may not be raining at your location, lightning can still reach you. The key to remaining safe from a lightning strike is to keep an eye to the sky and watch for darkening skies on the horizon along with distant rumbles of thunder. The two main tips to remember about lightning safety are: being outside is never safe during a thunderstorm and if you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning! Always remember the 30/30 rule: Go inside if you hear thunder within 30 seconds of a lightning flash. Wait at least 30 minutes after you hear thunder before going back outside. Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Monday's Focus Is On Lightning View Monday's Focus on Lightning Video
Wed, 01/26/2011 02:00 PM Killed Heiko Tillwick  29.0  Johannesburg  
 South Africa 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
Climber killed by lightning 2011-01-26 10:17 Heiko Tillwick (Climb SA website) Galleries · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories Related Links Four killed by lightning in Eastern Cape Eastern Cape man killed by lightning 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Danger of lightning underestimated Weather Looking at topics such as - the weather Wind, cloud, tornadoes, twisters and more. Was R207.95 Now R176.76 BUY NOW Buks Viljoen, Beeld Johannesburg - An experienced mountain climber from Johannesburg died when he was struck by lightning in Waterval-Boven in Mpumalanga over the weekend. Heiko Tillwick, 29, an IT specialist at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, sustained serious burns and his backpack and clothes also had burn marks. Waterval-Boven police warrant officer Alwyn Venter said Tillwick's socks melted in his shoes due to the intense heat. "There was also an ugly burn mark and deep wound to the side of his head. This is presumably where he was hit by lightning." Loud cracks of thunder Tillwick, a member of the Johannesburg branch of the Mountain Club of South Africa, had gone to Waterval-Boven for the weekend with a group of mountaineering friends. Tillwick and a group of climbers went to climb Hallucinogen Wall, a popular cliff about 8km outside the town, for the last time on Sunday afternoon. He apparently told the group at about 15:00 that he would start climbing a cliff of about 20m as he wanted to go home earlier. Shortly after he reached the top of the cliff in Elandskloof in the foothills of the Drakensberg, there were two loud cracks of thunder. According to Alex Janse van Rensburg, co-owner of Rock & Rope Adventures in the town, none of the climbers paid any attention to it. "When they climbed the cliff and walked along the footpath on the plateau a while later, they saw Tillwick lying on the ground," said Janse van Rensburg. Venter said Tillwick's body lay in the path about a kilometre from the camping area where the climbers had spent the weekend. Unusual An inquest was held on Tuesday. Tillwick went to Waterval-Boven at least twice a month to go climbing. His wife, Irene, didn't go along this time. Dean van der Merwe, spokesperson of the Mountain Club of South Africa's search and rescue team in Gauteng, said it was extremely unusual for climbers or hikers to be struck by lightning. "Heike's case shows, however, that it can happen and people who walk or climb in mountains should be careful if there is lightning in the area. You should take steps early on to look for shelter but if you can't, squat down on your haunches, feet together with your arms around your knees." Tillwick's mother, Anna-Marie Tillwick, said on Tuesday on the mountain club's website that he will be buried on Friday.
Fri, 01/21/2011 04:00 PM Killed farmer  27.0  Vatawai Ba 
Your views Ba farmer dies by lightening strike Read or post your comments Ba farmer dies by lightening strike Publish date/time: 21/01/2011 [16:48] Print this page Email this page A 27 year old farmer of Vatawai, Ba died after he was struck by lightening yesterday afternoon. The farmer was hunting for pigs up in the hills with a 17 year old villager while it was raining and he was struck by lightening. He died instantly. Police went to the scene and managed to bring his body to the Ba Mission hospital where doctors confirmed that he was struck by lightning
Thu, 01/20/2011 12:00 PM Killed boy   17.0   
Boy (17) killed by lightning 04 January, 2011 10:39:00 By Sibusisiwe Ngozo Font size: LAST Thursdays thunder showers did not only bring joy to farmers, but despair to a Vilakati family when one of their children was struck by lightning. The storm did not only claim the life of a boy, but also destroyed several homes in other areas of the country. The lightning incident that claimed the life of a 17-year-old Vilakati boy of Mahlabatsini in Gege happened in the late afternoon hours of Thursday. He died about 300 metres away from home, where he was later found. It was reported that lightning first struck on Wednesday in the same area but fortunately no one was injured. It was said that it struck a place which was mostly used by women vendors, but on the day no one was inside. Gege Member of Parliament Musa Kunene confirmed the incident. He said the boy was with another one from the grazing land when they were struck by the lightning. Kunene said the boys ran home when they realised that the thunderstorms were worsening. The other one was fast enough, while the deceased followed behind and when the first reached home he thought his brother was coming only to discover that he was dead, said Kunene. The MP said the deceased was found after the rains had subsided, when the family went in search of him and his body was discovered a few metres away from home. We were all shocked by such, especially the fact that he died a few metres away from home. He has not been buried, he said. In Mpolonjeni in the outskirts of Mbabane, some families were also not spared by last Thursdays storm. Mbabane and surrounding areas received a huge downpour on the day which lasted for about two hours, but left huge damage in some areas. Motshane MP Robert Magongo confirmed that on Thursday in his constituency three homesteads were affected by the storms. We were fortunate as no one was injured, but only roofs were blown off in the three homesteads which are situated in close proximity. Baphalali Red Cross Society helped us a lot on the day and now the National Disaster Management Agency has taken over, he said.
Tue, 01/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed trainer killed player injured  61.0  Buenos Aires  
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Racing loses masseur, player injured due to storm César Nardi, the teams trainer. Racings football practice was interrupted in the early evening Tuesday, when lightning struck the Open Door field and César Nardi, the teams masseur, was killed by the impact. The incident occurred during the middle of a fierce electrical storm while Miguel Ángel Russo's team was practicing. Nardi lost his life at 61, and is said to have been working in the Racing club in the Buenos Aires Provincial area of Luján, for ten years. The teams masseur was not the only one affected: defender Brian Lluy was also injured by the impact and was being treated in Luján Hospital. It has been reported that his life is not in danger. The players were preparing for their match against Estudiantes de La Plata when the storm hit the complex.

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