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Tue, 05/31/2011 03:00 PM Killed 3 dead 8 injured  0.0  Jinga 
 Uganda 
       
Lightning kills three in Jinja Tuesday, 31st May, 2011 E-mail article Print article Wakooli being taken to a ward at Jinja Hospital By Jackie Namboga THREE people, including two children from one family were yesterday struck dead by lightning during an afternoon downpour. The children were pupils of Nawangoma primary school in Budondo sub-county, Jinja district, Eight other pupils were rushed to Jinja hospital in critical condition. A police officer, Henry Magoola, said the children were primary five pupils whose classroom was struck by lightning at around 3:00pm while they attended lessons. He identified the pupils as Denis Kironde, 15 and Nelson Kalyabi, 14, both sons of Tom Kalyabi of Nawangoma village. Irene Isabirye, a resident of Kivubuka village was struck from inside her house and died instantly. The injured included Cyrus Wakooli, 13, Bitu Tibaidhukira, 12, Rose Awori, 10, Mariam Kutesa, 10 and Alice Ali, 13. Others are Hatim Mukungu, 12, Bosco Tabitila, 15 and another pupil only identified as Peace
Thu, 05/26/2011 12:00 PM Injured ems worker  0.0  Lawrence county TN 
 USA 
      Rescue work,Work 
Yahoo! Alerts Yahoo! News - My Alerts - Edit Alert Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:39 AM PDT Lawrence County EMS Worker Struck By Lightning WSMV Nashville Thu, 26 May 2011 02:58 AM PDT A Lawrence County EMS worker was struck by lightning after severe storms pushed through Middle Tennessee overnight
Thu, 05/26/2011 06:30 PM Injured Eric Wolman  0.0  Atlanta GA 
 USA 
  standing outside      
Sure thing. It was about 630pm EDT in Atlanta on Thursday May 26 2011. I was walking from my car back to my condo only to discover the power was out. I entered my house, put everything down except my phone, which I used as a light source to fin the flashlight in the bedroom. I switched my phone for the flashlight and put some things away. Then I stepped outside to see what things were looking like. Being outside less than a minute, lightning struck a nearby tree, which sent a ground shock directly to me a few yards away. I almost blacked out and felt like all the air was kicked out of me, but remained on my feet, bud did take a few steps backward to lean against a stairwell for stability. After the strike, I called my wife, who noticed my cognitive abilities were not up-to-par, slurring words, etc. And she rushed home and took me to the ER. The weather coming through at the time was stormy, with high winds and rain, but when I was struck, it was a 5 minute lull from the main strong storms. I believe I was outside in between 2 storm cells passing through. I live in the Buckhead, Atlanta area. Let me know if this helps.
Thu, 05/26/2011 06:30 PM Injured Eric Wolman  0.0  Atlanta GA 
 USA 
  standing outside     Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside 
Sure thing. It was about 630pm EDT in Atlanta on Thursday May 26 2011. I was walking from my car back to my condo only to discover the power was out. I entered my house, put everything down except my phone, which I used as a light source to fin the flashlight in the bedroom. I switched my phone for the flashlight and put some things away. Then I stepped outside to see what things were looking like. Being outside less than a minute, lightning struck a nearby tree, which sent a ground shock directly to me a few yards away. I almost blacked out and felt like all the air was kicked out of me, but remained on my feet, bud did take a few steps backward to lean against a stairwell for stability. After the strike, I called my wife, who noticed my cognitive abilities were not up-to-par, slurring words, etc. And she rushed home and took me to the ER. The weather coming through at the time was stormy, with high winds and rain, but when I was struck, it was a 5 minute lull from the main strong storms. I believe I was outside in between 2 storm cells passing through. I live in the Buckhead, Atlanta area. Let me know if this helps.
Wed, 05/25/2011 09:00 AM Injured 1 of 2 tree trimmers  0.0  Liberty township OH 
 USA 
  in a tree    Outside,Tree,Work 
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -- Two people were injured when they were shocked by a lightning strike in Liberty Township on Wednesday morning. Authorities said a four-man crew was working to clean up storm damage from Sunday at a Devon Road home just after 9 a.m. One worker was in a tree, another on the home's garage and two others in the driveway, authorities said. Lightning struck a 30-foot pine tree on the other side of the home, splitting it down the middle. Two of the three workers suffered some level of electric shock, authorities said. Images: Men Hurt By Nearby Lightning Strike The man in the tree jumped or fell after the strike and was transported to West Chester Medical Center for treatment. A worker in the driveway was treated at the scene. Bobby Anderson was working across the street when the strike happened. He described the strike as looking like a "dome" of lightning that came from the sky. Anderson said he'd never seen anything like it in his life. A strong thunderstorm was moving through near the area at the time of the strike. But one of the workers told News 5's John London that when the strike hit, there was only light rain and the workers had not heard any thunder or seen any lightning beforehand. The workers' names and conditions have not been released, but the injuries were considered non-life-threatening. Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/news/28018462/detail.html#ixzz1SKBHexhg
Wed, 05/25/2011 09:00 AM Injured 2 of 2 tree trimmers  0.0  Liberty township OH 
 USA 
  on a garage roof    Ground Strike,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Tue, 05/24/2011 07:00 PM Injured police officer   0.0  Irving TX 
 USA 
  putting out flares    Ground Strike,Indirect,Police Officer,Road,Work 
Thousands lose electricity in North Texas storms By TERRY WALLACE Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press May 25, 2011, 6:03AM Share Del.icio.usDiggTwitterFacebookStumbleUponEmail DALLAS  Storms that blew through North Texas and generated funnel clouds have left thousands of people without electricity and a police officer hurt after being struck by lightning. Oncor early Wednesday reported more than 39,000 customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Utility spokeswoman Ashley Burton says crews made significant progress overnight, after nearly 70,000 customers lost electricity in Tuesday night's storms, accompanied by tornado warnings and hail the size of tennis balls. Irving police say an officer was hospitalized in good condition Wednesday after being struck by lightning while placing flares in a road. The name of the officer injured Tuesday night was not immediately released. Hail and wind damage in Watauga, Argyle, Azle (AY'-zil) and Denton included windows broken out of vehicles and some lost roofs. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. Officials will get a clearer picture Wednesday of the damage from severe thunderstorms that packed large hail and damaging winds, including tornadoes, that swept through North Texas. Only daylight Wednesday would make the extent and severity of the damage clear, said Fort Worth city spokesman Jason Lamers. "It's been really difficult to get a grasp of the damage at night," he said. There were no reports of injuries. Initial reports suggested the damage from tornadoes and other winds was largely confined to roofs, trees and lawn furniture and play equipment, he said. "The hail was probably more destructive," said Steve Fano, National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth. It was the hail  some as big as baseballs  that damaged cars and windows Tuesday night. At least one report of a softball-size hailstone was received from the Dallas area Tuesday night, Fano said. Oncor reported 70,000 customers were without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Wednesday promised a much more peaceful weather picture, Fano said. "It looks like the only areas (with thunderstorms) will be the eastern and southeastern parts of the state," he said. Only in northeast Texas was there a chance of severe storms in the forecast. The storms in Texas were among a series that threatened a swath of the central U.S. on Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Severe storms killed at least eight people in Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, just days after the massive tornado that killed at least 122 people dead in Joplin, Mo. Storm sirens sounded across the Dallas-Fort Worth area and areas to the north and northwest Tuesday afternoon as storm spotters reported a profusion of funnel clouds. Few of them touched ground, however, and the ones that did, did so only briefly. Travelers and staff at the two major North Texas airports were moved to safety as the worst of the weather threat crossed moved into the area about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Everyone in and around the Dallas Love Field terminal was moved to a basement beneath the terminal after the lights went out and lemon-size hail, high winds and radar signatures of a possible tornado threatened the airport about 9 p.m. Tuesday, spokesman Jose Torres said. No tornadoes were spotted, he said, and flights began taking off again later in the night. "The Love Field basement is huge, and because of the lateness of the hour there weren't too many people in there," he said. People in the terminals and aboard planes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were moved Tuesday evening away from the windows and into interior stairwells and restrooms, airport spokesman David Magana said. A few flights may be able to take off later in the night, he said, but crews needed to inspect parked aircraft for hail damage and runways for any debris. About 50 incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports to the south, Magana said. The main concourse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was evacuated as a precaution against hail during a rain delay in Tuesday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers. Club officials moved fans from the concourse into the tunnels beneath the ballpark. Earlier in the game, lightning prompted evacuation of the ballpark's upper deck Read more: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20112505094517_7580360.html#ixzz1NN6jrUzQ
Tue, 05/24/2011 08:00 PM Injured Jim Schwartz  0.0  Canton OH 
 USA 
  on garage floor    Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Indirect,Indoors 
Does this count as being struck by lightning? I was laying on the ground in the grauge and lightning hit the grauge and came up thru me out of the ground and arced out of my finger tip onto the ATV I was working on. I had my back flat on the ground and I was reaching up for the spindle on the ATV and a 2" blue arc of electricity came off of the end of my finger tip and on to the spindle. I had no electricle cords near the ATV, the ATV does have a 12 volt batery that was connected up. The storm that went thru was really bad tons of rain in a very short period of time. The shock I recieved felt like one you would get out of a wall outlet. It left no visible damage to my finger. This hapened around 8:00pm in Canton Ohio. Thanks Jim Schwartz 1009 Bedford ave SW Canton OH 44710
Mon, 05/23/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 men   0.0  Zywiec  
 Poland 
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Lightning Struck Two Men We recommend Poll Do you pay any attention to Polish politics at all? yes no Lightning Struck Two Men 2011-05-23, 09:54 Lightning / photo by Axel Rouvin Both men are dead. The horrific incident took place during a football match in the village of Lipowa in {ywiec County, Silesian Voivodeship, in southern Poland. Lightning struck the tree under which a group of football fans had sought shelter from a heavy rain storm. Men aged 31 and 56 years were watching a local football teams match  says the Zywiec police spokesman, Paul Roczyna. When the storm broke, along with other fans, they took refuge under a tree. At some point the tree was struck by lightning. Two men were electrocuted. Despite on-the-spot resuscitation they died after being taken to a hospital. Institute of Meteorology and Water Management issued a warning against violent storms. Strong wind, rain and thunderstorm in the evening and at night can be expected in Western Pomerania and Gdansk. (AG)
Mon, 05/23/2011 12:00 PM Killed Jeff Taylor, police officer  31.0  Joplin MO 
 USA 
  standing next to atv, rescue work  N/A  Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Riverside Officer Hurt By Lightning Strike POSTED: 8:11 pm CDT May 23, 2011 UPDATED: 8:29 pm CDT May 23, 2011 JOPLIN, Mo. -- A Riverside police officer was injured by a lightning strike while helping out with the tornado relief effort on Monday afternoon in Joplin. Co-workers at the scene said the 31-year-old officer had just finished driving a fire commander back to the command post on a Riverside police ATV and was standing next to the ATV when lightning hit the ground beside him. The lightning strike sent an electrical charge through the officer. The officer, who has worked for the Riverside police for 4 1/2 years, was treated for burns and other injuries at a Joplin-area hospital. The city of Riverside had sent a contingent of six public works staff members, four police officers and two firefighters to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts following Sunday's EF4 tornado. Copyright 2011 by KCTV5.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed Officer's status critical after lightning strike Dangers present challenge even for trained responders. 12:00 AM, May. 25, 2011 | Comments Taylor Twitter Facebook Share Email Print A A A Written by Cory de Vera FILED UNDER News Ozarks News Related Links Joplin EF-5 twister deadliest single tornado in 60 years; 122 dead, 750 injured; 8,000 structures damaged How you can help Joplin relief efforts Deadly tornado in Joplin Joplin tornado aftermath, 5/23 Joplin tornado aftermath, 5/23 afternoon Joplin tornado aftermath, 5/23 evening Joplin tornado aerial photos, 5/24 A police officer from Riverside is in critical condition in a Springfield hospital after surviving a Monday lightning strike. Jeff Taylor, 31, was one of the many first responders who went to Joplin in the aftermath of Sunday's devastating tornado. Meredith Hauck, the public information officer from Riverside, a community near Kansas City, said Taylor was riding back to the command post on an ATV when lightning hit the ground next to him. His injuries underscore the dangers that even trained responders face in a disaster situation; the situation can be all the more dangerous for survivors or well-meaning but untrained volunteers. Those dangers include not only dealing with lightning, but also ruptured gas lines, downed power lines and loss of electricity, and dangers in the debris itself. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency reported that 1,000 tetanus shots were being sent to Joplin, and another 300 to Jasper County. They are being made available at the Joplin Health Department and the Jasper County Health Department. "There is a lot of ripped up metal, and a lot of nails on the roadway," said Shea Lane of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team. "People get cut, and they don't know when their last tetanus shots were -- the vast majority do not." Lane estimated there are well over 100 fire, law enforcement and other agencies from around Missouri and other states being coordinated in Joplin. The key to minimizing risks for them is in the training they have had before they were sent, said Lane. Equipment makes a difference, too. Firefighters have "bunker gear" which includes their heavy coat, fire-retardant pants and boots with steel toes and soles, said Lane. It is up to individual agency supervisors to organize debriefing for crews as they come off their shift, and help connect crew members with appropriate counseling if needed, said Lane. "The American Red Cross is very active in psychological trauma issues, they have counselors on site and in the shelters," said Lane. The Department of Mental Health has set up a Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 1-800-494-7355, according to Missouri SEMA. Riverside police officer dies from lightning injuries in Joplin tornado zone Share1(1) edited news release from City of Riverside 11:33 a.m. CDT, June 3, 2011 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Officer Jefferson Jeff Taylor, who was struck by lightning on Monday, May 23, while on tornado disaster response duty in Joplin, passed away at a hospital here on Friday. He was 31 years old. He worked for Riverside, a suburb on the north side of Kansas City. Jeff Taylor volunteered to assist with the Joplin disaster recovery, said Greg Mills, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for the City of Riverside. He was a highly dedicated officer and a devoted public servant, and we will always remember his sacrifice. Officer Taylor is the first officer in the history of Riverside Police Department to die in the line of duty, and the first emergency disaster responder to pass away as a result of the tornado in Joplin on May 22. Topics Joplin (Jasper, Missouri) Joplin, Missouri Tornado (2011) Tornadoes See more topics » Win $50 in Gas Money! Sign Up Right Now! Taylor was part of Riversides 12-member contingent of police officers, firefighters and public works staff members who responded to the Joplin tornado disaster. On the evening after the tornado, as a new line of storms moved through the Joplin area, Taylor had just returned to a command post when lightning struck the ground near where he was working. Public Safety workers on the scene performed CPR and stabilized him for further treatment. He underwent successful skin graft surgery and was being treated for other complications when he died. Family members were at his side when he died at 9:25 a.m. on Friday. We are heartbroken, Chief Mills said. Our department, our community and law enforcement as a whole have lost a dedicated professional doing what he did best  helping those who were in need. The fragility of life gives way to the enduring spirit Jeff showed to us all. Our department will never be the same. We are saddened by the loss of our officer and loyal public servant. He died upholding a tradition of our community and many communities like ours to serve and protect, and to help neighbors in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," said Riverside Mayhor Kathy Rose. Taylor joined the Riverside Police Department in 2005 and held the rank of Master Patrolman at the time of his death. He was named Officer of the Year in 2008. Many in the community knew Taylor from his work with the departments K-9 Unit from 2007 through 2010. He previously was an officer with the Webb City Police Department. Information about survivors and services will be announced as soon as details are finalized. Cards and messages are welcome: Taylor Family City of Riverside Police Department 2990 NW Vivion Road Riverside, MO 64150. In addition, an account has been established in honor of Officer Taylor to assist his family with expenses: Taylor Benefit Account K.C. Police Credit Union 2800 East 14th Street Kansas City, MO 64127 www.kcpcu.org
Mon, 05/23/2011 12:00 PM Injured police officer 2 of 2  0.0  Joplin MO 
 USA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Police Officer,Rescue work,Work 
Lightning Strikes 2 Joplin Police Officers, 1 Critically Injured Posted: May 24, 2011 12:23 PM Updated: May 24, 2011 5:05 PM NewsOn6.com JOPLIN, Missouri -- Two Joplin Police Officers were injured, one critically, when they were struck by lightning Monday. The two officers were on duty at 20th and Connecticut in central Joplin when they were hit. Weather continues to hamper rescue operations in Joplin as Monday's downpour will be followed by the threat of more severe weather, including tornados Tuesday.
Mon, 05/23/2011 04:00 PM Killed 40 killed 150 injured  0.0   
 Bangladesh 
  harvesting rice    Outside 
Lightning strikes kill 40 Last updated 19:08 24/05/2011 Share Print Text Size Asia Asia's richest woman, her feng shui lover and the 'forged' will Bomb blast kills eight Nato soldiers in Afghanistan New leak feared at stricken Japan nuclear plant Blast rocks Chinese government building Thais deny tourists' deaths linked Kim's armoured train arrives in Beijing Suicide bomb kills two at police station Meltdowns confirmed at Fukushima reactors Iranian president escapes refinery explosion Lightning strikes kill 40 Lightning strikes during a heavy rainstorm in Bangladesh killed at least 40 people and injured more than 150, most of them harvesting rice in fields or fishing, police say. The deaths, the largest number of casualties from lightning in a single day, occurred on Monday (local time). Ten people died in northwestern Chapainawabganj district. Rainstorms ahead of the monsoon season starting in May or June often bring electric storms that kill residents and damage crops
Mon, 05/23/2011 04:00 PM Killed 6 die  0.0   
 Malda 
      Outside 
6 die as lightning strikes in Malda Advertisement Share Print E-mail Comment[ - ] Text [ + ]STAFF WRITER 14:4 HRS IST Malda (WB), May 24 (PTI) Six persons, including five teenagers, have died and five others injured after being struck by lightning in several blocks of Malda district, police said today. Four of them, including a woman, died after being hit by thunderbolt in Baisnabnagar, Manikchak, Englishbazar and Kaliachak blocks yesterday, they said. Two others, from Gajole and Manickchak blocks, who were admitted to hospital with serious burn injuries succumbed this morning, police said, adding that the injured were treated at different health centres in the blocks. The thunderstorm damaged mango orchards, spread over an area of 2250 hectares, in the district, a horticulture officer said. The total loss in mango cultivation was estimated at Rs 2.41 crore, the officer added.
Thu, 05/19/2011 12:00 PM Injured Donald J Ross  0.0  Brighton CO 
 USA 
  working on train    Ground Strike,Indirect,Work 
I don't remember the Exact time, but my co-workers are telling me it was about 13:30 on May 18th Outside my work office Located close to where I-76 and Highway 85 come together in Henderson CO. I believe the zip code is 80640. I work as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad and it struck close to the tracks and the nearest road is about 1/2 a mile away, so I-76 and Highway 85 is about the closest roads I can come up with as to where the strike hit. I don't know how detailed of a location you need, but if you look on a map for those two highways merging then look for the small railroad yard just to the east of that merging that would be the location! hank You very Much for the info I am going to try and set up an appointment to see Dr. Yarnell. I really appreciate your help on this! I got hit or buzzed is what I would call it because it wasn't Extremely powerful like I would assume lightning would be. I was hit with an arc or side splash of some sort from a pole that got hit about 5 feet from me and I've had a lot of questions from what I experienced to what all the test results mean that I have had - specifically high CPK in my blood test and slightly lower HGB, HCT, MCV MCH, and MCHC in the blood test and my EKG was showing an RBBB right bundled branch blockage. I'm going in on wednesday to see a Nuerologist and hopefully have an EEG test done. Anyways I didn't have any holes or blown off fingers of any kind - I had viens in my left arm throbbing out for about 2 hours after the hit. and a small white skin streak on my hand about a half an inch that resembled the same white colored skin you would see when having a wart frozen off. My hair raised when it hit and it wasn't like goosebump raising it felt like someone grabbed my hair and was pulling it up with a little force, also I had hair sticking straight up in the middle of my head and the rest of my hair was parted away from it. I did not hear loud thunder at all, but the 4 other people in the area said it had extremely loud thunder. I heard a slight rumble and an electrical charge and thats all. I was very disoriented and confussed for about an hour and a half after, and dramatically improved with a little time on the IV from the hospital. Since then My arms have been cramping up, I started to develop ringing in the ears, and the second night after the hit I kept getting Jolted awake from my body jolting dramatically every time I was just about to fall in deep sleep - that happened 5 times in a row that night but not again since. Every bowel movement I've had since has had bright red blood streaks on the toilet paper too. Also the very next day after the hit where my hair was sticking up, I felt tingling like ants where walking around in circles on top of my head - I still feel that when I stop and think about it. Based off these statements should I assume I was hit with lightning or just really close to it? My work is saying I am lying because I have no Exit wounds or burn marks - And I don't even know if I was even hit which is what I told them but I did have the characteristics described above, and 4 witness' who claim I was acting weird right after the hit, and they decided to take me to the ER. I was hit by a finger of lightning that arced off a pole that was hit next to me today while at work. I went to the Platte Valley emergency room in Brighton Colorado afterwards. I didn't have any physical signs of the strike but I was extremely disoriented and confussed for about an hour and a half after and still a little loopie 10 hours later. I am having a real hard time trying to find information about long term effects I might expect and also I would like to see a doctor who has a little insight on lightning strikes, could you recommend anyone in the Denver CO metro area?
Tue, 05/17/2011 05:00 PM Injured Miriam Aleroso  38.0  Laguna National Golf Course  
 Phillippines 
      Indirect,Indoors 
Woman struck by lightning in Laguna abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 05/18/2011 12:04 PM | Updated as of 05/18/2011 12:04 PM LAGUNA, Philippines  A 38-year-old woman was struck by lightning in her home in San Antonio, Bay, Laguna on Tuesday, reports said. The victim, identified as Miriam Aleroso, was with her husband Edwin when the incident happened. Edwin said he and his wife were inside the house when he heard an explosion around 5 p.m. Hawak niya ang electric fan nung may sumabog. Nakahandusay siya. Akala ko nga katapusan na niya, he said. Edwin said it was raining hard that afternoon. Miriam was left unconscious and was immediately brought to a hospital. Doctors could not say the exact amount of voltage that hit the victim. -- Report from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News
Tue, 05/17/2011 02:45 PM Injured Oinam Roma  25.0  Malom Makha Leikai  
 Phillippines 
       
Mon, 05/16/2011 07:30 PM Killed 6 killed 4 injured  0.0  Kishorefani district  
 Bangladesh 
      Ungrounded Shelter 
6 killed, 4 injured as lightning strikes Bangladesh (philstar.com) Updated May 16, 2011 03:27 PM Comments (0) DHAKA (Xinhua) -- Six people were killed and another four injured in lightning strikes Monday morning in Bangladesh's Kishoreganj district, 117 km northeast of capital Dhaka. Locals of Nikli sub-district were quoted by private news agency UNB as saying that during a storm three people took shelter in a cow-shed at about 7:30 a.m. local time. But suddenly a thunderbolt struck the cow-shed leaving the three dead on the spot. Another lightning strike killed three people and injured four in Bajitpur sub-district while they were doing fishing work at about 8 a.m. local time. The injured were admitted to local hospital.
Sun, 05/15/2011 08:30 PM Injured man   49.0  Beaver county PA  
 USA 
  clearing area of scouts  N/A  Boy Scouts,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Tree 
Lightning strike leaves Industry man with only exit wound About the writer Contact information for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's staff can be found here. Ways to get us Be a Facebook fan Follow us on Twitter E-mail Newsletters On your mobile By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Sunday, May 15, 2011 A Beaver County man survived being struck by lightning while trying to clear a Boy Scout camp site, Industry borough police said. The 49-year-old Industry man, whom police did not identify was treated at the Heritage Valley Beaver hospital and released. He had a wound to his buttocks that resulted from lightning exiting his body, borough officer Aaron Lopez said. "It astonished me," Lopez said. He said the man was conscious, alert and walking around. Lopez said the man and others were working to clear Boy Scouts and camping supplies off a site along Kelly Road in advance of an approaching storm on Saturday night. Lightning struck a tree near the Industry man and the current traveled through the ground and into the man. No children were nearby. INDUSTRY, Pennsylvania (AP) - Police say a man has survived a lighting strike while helping set up tents for a Boy Scout outing. Police in the town of Industry say the 49-year-old man was standing by a tree hit when he was struck by a bolt of lightning at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Industry officer Aaron Lopez says the man and others were moving scouts and camping supplies off the site as a thunderstorm approached. Lopez says no children were nearby when the man was struck. 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 body. Police are not identifying the man. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed
Sun, 05/15/2011 12:00 PM unknown Lightning & Endeavour  0.0  FL 
 USA 
  education    Education,Science 
Written on MAY 15, 2011 AT 12:46 PM by CARLA VOORHEES Countdown to Endeavour: Lightning Protection Is a Must Filed under EARTH SCIENCES{0} 22 Share Kathy Winters is an Air Force Civilian Meteorologist at the 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. She is the Space Shuttle Launch Weather Officer providing weather support to the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center as the Launch Team prepares for the 29 April 2011 launch of Endeavour. You can find out more about the 45th Space Wing at their Facebook page. Example of Cloud to Ground Lightning Detection System data provided to the Shuttle team to assist in the analysis of whether lightning affected any Shuttle ground or vehicle systems. As launch day approaches, we are expecting thunderstorms to impact the Florida East Coast, some which could produce severe weather. When meteorologists use the word severe weather, we arent talking about the everyday, afternoon thunderstorms. Severe weather indicates thunderstorms could produce winds 50 knots or greater, hail, and/or tornadic activity. If severe weather occurs, the Shuttle team inspects the vehicle to ensure weather has not caused any damage. Also, if we have close lightning strikes, we provide detailed lightning data to ensure the team knows if the strike potentially caused damage to the shuttle or any launch pad ground systems. Lightning protection for launch complexes is a must, and the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pads have a significant amount of lightning protection to protect vehicles and launch pad structures from damage due to lightning strikes. For the Shuttle launch pad, a 1-inch thick grounded wire stretches 1000 feet each direction from the 80-foot fiberglass mast at the top of the structure. A 4-foot lightning rod extends from the mast. All structures on the pad are grounded, including the Mobile Launch Platform. The hydrogen, oxygen, and water storage tanks provide their own ground, and a gridwire system protects hypergolic fuel storage areas. Overall, the area is well protected to minimize damage from lightning. Endeavour is no stranger to lightning. This photo by an Operational Television Camera captures a lightning strike on Launch Pad 39A in July 2009 while Endeavour was on the launch pad for the STS-127 mission. This is a great example of the lightning protection system doing its job! (Photo courtesy Kennedy Space Center Public Affairs) To learn more about lightning, check out the National Severe Storms Laboratory. The 4 towers surround the Altas V vehicle are all part of the launch pads lightning protection at Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Photo courtesy Kennedy Space Center Public Affairs) Luckily, by launch day, the weather should be off to our east, and our main concerns are a low-cloud ceiling and a crosswind at the Shuttle Landing Facility for abort landing weather. Wish us luck!
Wed, 05/11/2011 11:00 PM Injured Aaron Paiz  30.0  Grand Rapids MI  
 USA 
  watching storm on porch  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Porch,Watching from Porch or Window,Window 
Grand Rapids man has close call with lightning strike, felt charge go through body Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 5:19 PM Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 5:29 PM By John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press Follow Share 8 0 Share Em Aaron Paiz GRAND RAPIDS -- Standing on his porch in Alger Heights late Wednesday as the rain started, Aaron Paiz was about to head inside when he was startled by a brilliant flash and jolt. Today, he feels lucky to be alive after lightning apparently struck directly next to him, with a surge of electricity running through his body. "I saw a huge flash of light that was blinding. I felt the electricity go through me before I heard the crack," said Paiz, 30, who lives on Mildred Avenue SE. At his doctor's urging, he went to the hospital and spent the night at St. Mary's hospital. Doctors wanted to keep him for observation and also determine whether he had any internal burns. They cleared him to go home this afternoon. Paiz had been watching the storm come in about 11 p.m. Wednesday with his 12-year-old stepson, Cameron, near him on the porch. When the lightning struck, he said he felt dizzy and was having trouble breathing. He said he could feel a surge go through his chest. Paiz was leaning against the door when the bolt hit, and he believes the jolt caused the door's screen to pop out. "it was like nothing I've ever felt before," he said. "I feel very lucky. I hear at least 50 people die each year because they were struck by lightning," he said. E-mail John Tunison: jtunison@grpress.com Lightning finds GR man irresistible 'Felt it run up my body and heard a loud crack' Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2011, 6:48 PM EDT Published : Thursday, 12 May 2011, 11:16 AM EDT By Brett Thomas and Steve Kelso GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - He just wanted to get a better look at the storm. It was around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and the storm was putting on quite a show. As the lightning bolts skittered across the sky, Aaron Paiz and his 11-year-old stepson looked on from the front porch of their Alger Heights home. "It started to get a little intense," Paiz told 24 Hour News 8, "so I said we should go inside." That is when the lightning found him. It all happened so fast. "I saw a bright flash, felt it run up my body and heard a loud crack," Paiz said. The force of the blast knocked the screen off the door of the home in the 2400 block of Mildred Avenue SE. Paiz' wife, Amy, said it sounded like a car hit the house. "I felt a numbing sensation up my legs and across my chest," Paiz said, adding he felt a little light headed and dizzy. "I felt it, my knees got weak. I dropped down and grabbed my chest." He called his doctor. The doctor said, "Get to the hospital." In the emergency room at Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, the doctors let Paiz know how lucky he was. They ran a number of tests but didn't find any internal damage. It's not clear right now exactly where the bolt of lightning hit. But it didn't hit Paiz directly. Otherwise, there might have been a very different outcome from that foray onto the porch. From his hospital bed, Paiz told 24 Hour News 8 he is feeling pretty good, considering he had such a close call with Mother Nature. On her Facebook page, Amy Paiz kept everyone up to date on her husband's brush with death, but couldn't hide her shock that it happened to her family. "I love watching storms," she wrote, "And never thought in a million years this would happen! It was seriously the scariest thing I ever heard/seen! What a night!" There's no such thing as being too safe when it comes to lightning, Storm Team 8 meteorologist Matt Kirkwood said. "If you have watched lightning before, you can see how it branches out in a horizontal fashion," Kirkwood said. "Well, if you are sitting on a porch, inside a garage with an open door, anywhere that is still exposed to the open -- where the lightning is -- it can break out horizontally, and you can be struck." About 50 people are killed each year in the U.S. by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. Hundreds more are hit, and survive often with long-term medical problems. The safest place to be during a storm is inside a closed building -- which is where Paiz said he'll be for future storms
Sat, 05/07/2011 07:00 PM Injured 9 injured  0.0  Manila  
 Phillippines 
  taking shelter under plane    Airplane,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Raining,Taking Shelter,Work 
Lightning hits grounded airliner in NAIA, 9 injured' (philstar.com) Updated May 08, 2011 11:04 AM Comments (0) MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Lightning struck an Airbus 320 plane parked at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport late yesterday, injuring 9 airport workers, local TV stations reported today. The Philippine Airlines airliner had just arrived from Bangkok and was on a turn-around flight to the Thai capital when it was hit by lightning around 7 p.m. last night, said the reports. Passengers as well as the crew servicing the departing plane were unharmed, while six baggage loaders and three ground staff who sought shelter under the plane during a downpour were injured. Of the nine injured, the reports said, six were rushed to two hospitals, where doctors said they suffered mainly from burns. After the incident, Philippine Airlines changed the damaged plane, which was brought to the airport hangar for inspection. The flight with a replacement airliner eventually left the airport after a delay of some 45 minutes, said the reports. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council issued a tropical cyclone warning late Saturday as tropical storm Aere, locally known as Bebeng, was moving closer to the Luzon region of the country.
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured 7 of 9  0.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Tue, 04/26/2011 07:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Moorefield WV 
 USA 
       
WV May Have Been Hit By Lightning A man in Moorefield, West Virginia may have been struck by lightning Tuesday night. Posted: 11:50 PM Apr 26, 2011 Reporter: Melanie Lofton Email Address: mlofton@whsv.com Lightning Strike Story 0 Comments Font Size: A man in Moorefield, West Virginia may have been struck by lightning Tuesday night. The Hardy County emergency communications center says they did receive a call of a possible lightning strike. The patient was transported to grant memorial hospital. WHSV spoke with the patient's doctor who says he still can't confirm that it was lightning, but says it does appear to be so. © Copyright 2011 WHSV / Gray Television Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured 6 of 9   0.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured 8 of 9 man  0.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,Field,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
At least two victims in Portage lightning strike still hospitalized Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 11:25 AM Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 6:56 PM By Paula M. Davis | Kalamazoo Gazette Follow Share 54 0 Share Email Print View full sizeEd Finnerty | Kalamazoo Gazette Portage police and fire officials stand near the site of a lightning strike early Tuesday night that seriously injured at least one person on a soccer field at Westfield Park, 4500 W. Milham Ave. PORTAGE  The man who suffered cardiac arrest after being struck by lightning Tuesday evening in Portage was breathing on his own upon arrival at Bronson Methodist Hospital, according to a press release issued today by the Portage Fire Department. The man was the most seriously injured of seven people who were transported to local hospitals after the lightning strike. The Portage Fire Department has provided the names of all the victims  ages 12 through 41  but did not identify which one of the seven suffered the cardiac arrest when struck by lightning at Westfield Park on a soccer field at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, a bystander was performing CPR on the victim in cardiac arrest. The park is on Milham Avenue, east of 12th Street. Five victims were transported to Bronson for treatment and two went to Borgess Medical Center, the news release said. The following are the victims from Bronson: Pablo Soria, 33, listed in good condition. Oscar Garcia, 20, also listed in good condition. Joseph Economos, 12, and 13-year-old Lauren Stefl were discharged. The hospital had no information on another victim brought to Bronson after the lightning strike, 22-year-old Fernando Aguirre (Update: A hospital staff member said Wednesday evening that Aguirre was discharged from Bronson). Jesus Vargas, 41, and Byran Hernandes, 12, were treated and released from Borgess. Portage fire officials say they believe several others at the park were also injured but sought their medical treatment on their own, the release said. Fire officials say that the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Kalamazoo County at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday and the warning was in effect at the time of the park incident, the release said.
Tue, 04/26/2011 07:00 PM Injured Joseph Economos 1 of 9 @ soccer game  12.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
PORTAGE Fire officals say at least nine people, including small children, were struck during a soccer practice in Portage. The game was happening at Westfield Park, at 4500 West Milham around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. The park is a large open area consisting of several fields, making it a popular practice spot for youth teams according to the park's website. Several ambulances and fire trucks responded to the scene. The victims, a mix of adults and children, were transported to Bronson and Borgess hospitals. Two of those struck are reported to be in stable condition, the condition of the others is unknown at this time.
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured 5 of 9  0.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured Oscar Garcia 4 of 9  20.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Lightning injures 9 at Portage park At least two released from hospitals Updated: Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011, 6:22 AM EDT Published : Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011, 8:21 PM EDT By Marc Thompson PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD/AP) - A fire official says lightning struck a park where children and adults were practicing soccer, seriously injuring one young adult and sending at least eight others to hospitals, according to the Associated Press. Adults and children were playing soccer at Westfield Park around 7 p.m. Tuesday when storms rolled through Kalamazoo County, and lightning touched down. The park is located at 4500 W. Milham Road in Portage. When emergency personnel arrived, crews found a number of people needing treatment. Victims were taken to both Bronson and Borgess hospitals, and at least two of them have since been released. One person is described as in very serious condition. No other information is known about the conditions of the others. Officials said more people may seek treatment on their own. "We heard a big crack and said, 'that hit a couple of blocks from here!' " said Debbie Dumas, a neighbor. An engine from the Portage Fire Department was nearby and responded to the call quickly. Initial reports said two children were hurt. "When we arrived, we asked for two more ambulances," said Battalion Chief Charles Wellman, of the Portage Fire Department. "We had one person that was seriously injured." People from the neighborhood surveyed the aftermath, still disturbed by what they saw and heard. "After the crash, we could hear them from our house," Dumas said. "We could hear screaming." The storm rolled through quickly, leaving little time to take cover. "Lightning can strike quickly," Wellman said. "Even on a sunshiny day."
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured Pablo Soria 3 of 9   33.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured 9 of 9  0.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Tue, 04/26/2011 06:45 PM Injured Lauren Stefl 2 of 9 @ soccer game  13.0  Portage MI  
 USA 
  at soccer game  N/A  Field,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
April 26, 2011 8:10 PM PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3)  Police in Portage say seven people were sent to the hospital Tuesday after being struck by lightning. Police say a group of adults and children were playing soccer around 6:45 pm at Westfield Park on Milham Avenue when the group was hit by lightning. We had multiple people down in multiple spots, said Battalion Chief Charles Wellman, Portage Fire Department. I was stopped on my way in by someone in a car that was injured. So I stopped at that and worked on a child in a car. Then multiple parents came up to me with their children. Police say one person was seriously injured by the strike. The ages of those injured ranged from middle-school aged to adults. Newschannel 3 will update this story as information becomes available
Tue, 04/26/2011 08:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Richmond VT 
 USA 
  on a road    Outside 
Richmond, Vermont - April 27, 2011 The massive storms rocking our region came as a shock to one Vermont man. At about 8:00 on Tuesday night, authorities say a Richmond man was struck by lightning on Christmas Hill Road. He was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care with minor injuries. His name is not being released due to medical privacy laws.
Mon, 04/25/2011 12:00 PM Injured Euvaldo Dominguez   22.0  Henderson county TX 
 USA 
  working outside    Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside,Work 
East Texan struck by lightning in critical condition CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>> Consumer Corner: Gas prices and electric cars Web Exclusive: 85 cent gas for a day Web Exclusive: Kate's mystery dress What's Trending: Changes for air traffic controllers Web Exclusive: Royal wedding preps Web Exclusive: Fine print of college acceptance letters What's Trending: World's most beautiful woman Web Exclusive: 28 stuck on an elevator Consumer Corner: Changing driving habits Web Exclusive: How to get unfriended HENDERSON COUNTY (KYTX) -- A 22-year-old East Texas man remains in critical condition Tuesday after he was hit by lightning in Henderson County Monday afternoon. Euvaldo Dominguez was working outside in Star Harbor when lightning struck a tree next to him. Lightning traveled from that tree through his body. He was taken from ETMC Athens to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where he is in critical condition.
Mon, 04/25/2011 06:45 PM Injured woman   26.0  Clearwater FL 
 USA 
  leaning against van    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
Woman injured from lightning strike in Clearwater ADVERTISEMENT TBO.com Published: April 26, 2011 Updated: 04/26/2011 10:12 am A 26-year-old woman in Clearwater was hit by lightning and taken to the hospital as a precaution as thunderstorms moved over Pinellas County Monday evening, police said. The woman was struck at 1032 Hollywood Ave. about 6:45 p.m., said Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater police spokeswoman. The woman was not identified. She was leaning against a van and was shocked, possibly by an indirect hit from a nearby lightning strike, Watts said. She was taken to Morton Plant Hospital as a precaution and was responsive when paramedics arrived, Watts said. Thunderstorms started forming over eastern Tampa Bay about 5:30 p.m. and moved northwest over Hillsborough and Pinellas. The weather service said the storms had the potential for heavy rain and gusty winds. About 6:30 p.m., the weather service reported thunderstorms near the Feather Sound and Palm Harbor area moving to the northwest. During the evening, storms popped up from the Tampa Bay area through Levy County, riding the sea breeze from the Gulf of Mexico. Some strong storms also swept through Carrollwood, Citrus Park and Lutz late Monday afternoon. Though more afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast, the weather service expects most to remain farther inland today. Also, most of the storms that form today will move to the northeast and away from the coast. Storms on Monday moved to the northwest. Areas near the Gulf may see some rain early this afternoon but will be mostly dry later in the day, said Ernie Jillison, weather service meteorologist. Storms are also possible on Wednesday but any that form should stay inland, he said. A front is expected to move over the peninsula on Thursday and dry air behind it should lower humidity and shut off the rain and thunderstorms through the rest of the week.
Wed, 04/20/2011 10:45 AM Injured 2 of 2   0.0  Brevard NC 
 USA 
  outside near struck tree    Ground Strike,Indirect,Under Trees 
Wed, 04/20/2011 07:15 AM Injured coach Robert Jones  0.0  Northport AL 
 USA 
  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.
Wed, 04/20/2011 10:45 AM Injured 1 of 2   0.0  Brevard NC 
 USA 
  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.
Mon, 04/11/2011 12:00 PM unknown Pool debate  0.0   
 USA 
  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 http://www.yservicescorp.com/docs/Issue_03.pdf Other Sources  Http://www.lightningstorm.com/lightningstorm/gpg/lex1/mapdisplay_free.jsp " Weather forecasts specific to lightning:  Http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/wrhq/javaLinks/index.html  Http://www.weather.com/maps/news/severeforecast/northwestustormforecast_large.html " An indoor pool is a hazard and could be subjected the hazards of a lightning strike.  Http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_pls/swimming_pools.html " NCAA Guideline 1G on Lightning Safety  Http://www.ncaa.org/sports_sciences/sports_med_handbook/1d.pdf 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   
 India 
       
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  
 India 
       
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 1 0f 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
 USA 
  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 msnbc.com 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 TODAY.com 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 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  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: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/04/10/2212912/winds-large-hail-pummel-region.html#
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 4 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 5 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 6 of 9   0.0  Morganton NC 
 USA 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 7 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
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  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 9 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
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  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 
 USA 
  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 
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  hunting with son    Hunting,Indirect,Outside 

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