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Sat, 08/17/2019 12:00 PM Injured man  31.0  Estes Park CO 
 USA 
  hiking    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside,Park,Tree 
ESTES PARK, Colo.  A 31-year-old Thornton man suffered serious injuries as a result of a lightning strike inside Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), according to a release from the park. The man was hiking below the treeline between Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha on Saturday afternoon when the lightning strike occurred, the release said. Other hikers found him injured along the trail and called park rangers. It is not known whether the man was directly struck by the lightning, according to the park. RMNP Search and Rescue team members provided medical care to the man. Team members brought him down the trail in a wheeled litter to the Bear Lake Trailhead. He was taken by Estes Park Health ambulance to Glacier Basin Campground. RELATED: 3 injured after lightning strikes near group of climbers at Devil's Head Due to ongoing storms along the Front Range, Classic Air Medical from Steamboat Springs flew from west of the Continental Divide to a large meadow near the Glacier Basin Campground. The man was then flown to Medical Center of the Rockies. Last month, a Denver man died and his wife was injured when they were struck by lightning while hiking on the popular Bear Peak Trail in Boulder County. The victim was identified as Peter Jornroth. According to a release from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a 911 call on July 14 from a hiker reporting that two other hikers had been struck by lightning. The release said Jornroth was unconscious and not breathing, and that a passerby had started CPR. His wife was conscious and alert. RELATED: Denver man who died after lightning strike identified The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said rescue crews found the couple about a quarter-mile up the Bear Creek Trail from the trailhead, which is in the 2700 block of Bison Road. The investigation suggested that Jornroth took a direct lightning strike to his upper body, the release said. His wife was not directly hit, but she suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the electrical current.
Sat, 08/17/2019 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Lake Park FL 
 USA 
  walking    Ground Strike,Outside,Walking 
LAKE PARK, Fla. -- A man and his dog were walking down W. Jasmine Dr. Saturday afternoon when the pair was struck by lightning, knocking them both to the ground. I just saw a bunch of sparks so initially I thought it was a transformer that blew, said Michael Yaylagul. Instead, to Yaylaguls horror he saw the gentlemen and his dog laying on the ground. I was kind of in shock, Its just like a freak accident, its just insane Ive never witnessed something like that actually, said Yaylagul. Cell phone video shows a group of men running over and immediately performing CPR until first responders arrived at the scene. And he had his leash still in his hand and to think wow it was just insane, it was nuts, said Yaylagul. People who live nearby say the man and the dog, known as Remy, are a staple in the neighborhood. Im devastated, Im literally in shock, said Kathaleen O'Connor. The man was rushed to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and at last check is in critical condition. Hes a good neighbor, very good neighbor very quiet very good, willing to help anybody he didnt care, said O'Connor. Unfortunately, the dog died at the scene. This incident comes just a little more than 2 weeks after a bolt of lightning struck a roof in Wellington that injured 6 people. Sadly, one of the people was a 20-year-old woman who died last Friday from her injuries.
Thu, 08/15/2019 12:00 PM Injured man  28.0  Gulf Shores AL 
 USA 
  outside    Outside 
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG)  Gulf shores officials confirm a 28-year-old man was struck by lightning on Augusta Drive in Craft Farms Thursday afternoon. Officials say he was in cardiac arrest when they were transporting him. A medical helicopter could not be dispatched due to weather at the time. The mans condition is currently unknown. He was transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.
Wed, 08/14/2019 08:20 PM Injured 3 construction workerws  0.0  Iowa colony TX 
 USA 
  at construction site    Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside 
IOWA COLONY, Texas (KTRK) -- Three construction workers are recovering after being struck by lightning as a storm rolled through Wednesday night in Iowa Colony, located in Brazoria County. This happened around 8:20 p.m. as they worked on a home in the Sterling Lakes subdivision near Melmack and Acklen Run Drive. The Iowa Colony Fire Department says the crew was working in the garage when lightning hit the home, striking the workers. One of the men is in critical condition. Bystanders started performing CPR on the man because he was unconscious. Iowa Colony police officers and deputies with the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office arrived shortly after that and took over. Volunteers with the Iowa Colony Fire Department also arrived quickly and helped with CPR. The first responders were able to get a pulse back on the patient, who was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital. "Without the quick action of the Iowa Colony Police Department and Brazoria County Sheriff's Office... it is believed those actions saved that person's life," said Allen King with Iowa Colony PD. The other two workers, including one who fell and hit his back, were also taken to the hospital. "I am extremely proud of the way all of the agencies worked together in a seamless manner to give this young man a chance," the fire department said on Facebook. One first responder said this is why they volunteer, because they can make a huge difference in people's lives. The fire department is asking for prayers for the man.
Fri, 08/09/2019 Injured Brandon Darby  19.0  Chatham NJ 
 USA 
  jogging    Ground Strike,School 
19-Year-Old Felt 'a Little Numb, a Little Tingly' After Surviving Lightning Strike While Running "The last thing he remembered was that he needed to get off the field as the storm was approaching," Brendan Darby's father said By Jason Duaine Hahn August 14, 2019 07:27 PM FB Twitter More Brendan Darby Brendan Darby A 19-year-old New Jersey man survived a lightning strike that left him motionless for several minutes, his parents told local outlets. Brandon Darby was practicing sprints on the field of a local middle school near his home in Morris County last Thursday night when he was suddenly knocked unconscious after a lightning bolt struck a soccer post located near him and other children on the field, according to New Jersey.com. He woke up wet and confused on the ground, his father, Jack Darby, told the outlet. The last thing he remembered was that he needed to get off the field as the storm was approaching. A teenager who was nearby said he saw sparks jumping along the field just before Brandon fell, Jack explained. Right when I woke up, it felt like something major just happened, Brandon told ABC 6. I had no pain, I was a little numb, a little tingly. I dont know if that was adrenaline or all that electricity running through my body. PAID CONTENT Sponsored Video Watch to learn more From americanexpress.com Beth Tunny, who arrived on the field after the incident, agreed that Brandons adrenaline was running pretty high. He said, I was struck by lightning, I passed out, I just woke up, you could just tell that his adrenaline was running pretty high and he was just talking a lot and everything, but he went out sitting up in the ambulance, Tunny told CBS New York. RELATED: Colorado Newlywed Honors Bride Killed by Lightning on Honeymoon Hike: She Was So Happy That Day Brandon was taken to Morristown Medical Center, where he was later released. He is now recovering at home. He woke up this morning with a severe headache, Jack told NewJersey.com. But other than that, hes fine. It was an indirect hit and there were no (visible) injuries. RELATED: Motorcyclist Hit by Lightning in Florida Crashes and Dies Brandon added to ABC 6, Today, its like, Im still a little pinching myself that I got hit by lightning.
Fri, 08/09/2019 12:00 PM Injured Racquel Williams-Rausch  0.0  Bitterroot MT 
 USA 
  camping near tree    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
MISSOULA, Mont.  Racquel Williams-Rausch used to love watching thunderstorms. "Its so beautiful in western Montana to see these lightning storms," she said. "Theyre our favorites and we just didn't think anything of it." Extended interview with Missoula woman who survived lightning strike Extended interview with Missoula woman who survived lightning strike That's why she wasn't too worried when a storm started to pass through their Bitterroot campsite Friday. She even talked with her husband about it. "I asked him, 'What do you think the likelihood of us getting struck by lightning is?' And he said, 'You know, it's very little.'" Her kids went to the water to retrieve a paddle board before the winds took it. When they came back with the board in hand, she raised her stainless steel tumbler in a celebratory toast. That's the moment her life changed forever. "All of a sudden I froze and couldn't move my arm and it was like everything went this amber orange color," Williams-Rausch recalls. "Immediately it just grabbed hold of me and kind of, like, shook me. I was like floating in the air and I could see myself floating in the air and all I could think was like, Im going to die. And so in that moment I prayed to God, 'Please dont take me yet, my girls need me.'" Her family called 911. Emergency crews took her first to Hamilton and then lifeflighted her to Missoula with first and second-degree burns. "I remember seeing something that said lightning strike doesnt typically kill people, they go into cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest afterward, so I was really concerned about my heart." The National Weather Service says the odds of being hit by lightning in the U.S. is less than one in a million in a year. "I'm not going to lie, I felt like Mike on Stranger Things. It just like grabbed a hold of me and paralyzed me and just went flushing through my body." You can see video of the chair Williams-Rausch was sitting in below. It burned through the carpet underneath. You can also see her showing video of the coat she was wearing that includes skin still attached on the inside. Missoula man shows the chair and campsite where his wife was struck by lightning "I definitely feel a little off," she told NBC Montana Monday. But she still has visual reminders, including the burns where metal bracelets and smart watch used to be. Things will never quite be the same. A passing ambulance siren during our interview made Williams-Rausch and her husband tense up a bit. But nothing like the thunderstorms that came Saturday and Sunday. "The storm came yesterday, it kind of felt like it just completely debilitated me." So no more storm watching. But she has a renewed sense of her own faith. "I think the most important message I could tell anyone is love those people around you."
Thu, 08/08/2019 12:00 PM Injured Don Harrington, 1 of 2  0.0  Jemez Springs NM 
 USA 
  hiking    Hiking,Outside 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)  Two Albuquerque men consider it a miracle they are both still here to tell their stories after getting struck while out on a hike. Although, a key difference in where they landed following the bolt has made each of their recoveries very different. I was in the storms way, said Bruce Ponder, who was struck last Saturday. The act of God stunned but did not stop Ponder or his friend, Don Harrington. I had this sensation of flying through the air, said Harrington. On a hike, last Saturday, the group of four saw a storm brewing north of Jemez Springs. It just came in really fast, said Ponder. They hurried down but didnt quite beat it. We werent doing anything stupid. This is the very first bolt wed seen anywhere near us, said Harrington. But one was all it took to shoot Harrington and Ponder off of the rock ledge they were about to climb down. I had the sensation of being compressed by a pressure wave, said Harrington. Harrington says he felt paralyzed but never fully lost consciousness. I landed in the tree, that saved my life, probably, said Harrington. Ponder was not so lucky. I blacked out when I got hit, said Ponder. Ponder fell down 10-12 feet straight onto a pile of rocks and hardly remembers anything. However, the aftermath of the bolt is burned into the memory of Ponders girlfriend. I was just praying up on the mountain, just because I didnt know, said Yvette Martinez-Ingram, Ponders girlfriend. Mostly unconscious and bleeding heavily, Ponder was airlifted to UNMH. I could tell that I was in trouble, said Ponder. For the next five days, Ponder fought. Just [thinking about] survival, said Ponder. Burns and bruises are visible on both men, but Ponders brain injury will need much longer to heal. Still, Ponder is happy to be home and both men are thankful to be alive. Im lucky to be alive. Im not lucky to be hit by lightning, said Harrington. Harrington was taken to the hospital but did not have to spend the night. Meanwhile, after the airlift and the five-day ER bill, Ponder is stuck with an $80,000 medical bill. Ponder owns a local bike shop and needs help covering that cost. To donate, click here. Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Thu, 08/08/2019 12:00 PM Injured Bruce Ponder, 2 of 2  0.0  Jemez Spring NM 
 USA 
  hiking    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
Sun, 08/04/2019 12:00 PM Injured Nick Williams  28.0  Pompano Beach FL 
 USA 
  under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A Pompano Beach man remains unconscious days after being struck by lightning. Nick Williams was outside in the Leasureville community on Sunday, sitting under a tree in his wheelchair when he was hit by the lightning strike. MORE NEWS HEADLINES Lightning strike causes toilet to explode in Florida home Lightning strike in Wellington leaves group of roofers injured Man possibly struck by lightning while working in Doral A neighbor who heard the strike had her husband call 911 while she rushed to help Williams. According to a GoFundMe account created in Williams' name, his wheelchair was on fire when the woman arrived. "They do believe it hit the tree he was sitting under," Williams' fiancee, Emily Netter, said. "We were told that the tree was smoldering when they responded and his chair was on fire." Pompano Beach Fire Rescue found Williams burned and unconscious under the tree in his wheelchair. He was transported to Broward Health North in critical condition. The 28-year-old was later transferred to the Ryder Trauma Center Burn Unit in Miami due to his injuries. Williams is still unconcscious and breathing with the use of a ventilator, but an update on GoFundMe says he is showing signs of improvement and brain activity while still in critical but stable condition. CLICK HERE to donate to the GoFundMe account.
Sun, 08/04/2019 Killed Kyle Brierley  32.0  Richardton ND 
 USA 
  near a recreational center    Outside 
RICHARDTON, N.D. - A 32-year-old Stark County man was killed by a lightning strike over the weekend, according to the Stark County Sheriffs Office. Lt. Eldon Mehrer says Kyle Brierley from Dickinson was found unresponsive Sunday behind his truck in Richardton. Deputies say the victim was in the area volunteering near a recreational center. The medical examiners preliminary report confirmed the cause of death, according to Mehrer. Mehrer says this is something they dont see often.
Fri, 08/02/2019 03:19 PM Injured lifeguard  0.0  Jensen Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Lifeguard,Outside,Work 
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. (CBS12)  A lifeguard was possibly hit by lightning Friday afternoon, Martin Fire Rescue said. It happened around 3:19 p.m. at Jensen Beach, according to fire officials. The call was made by the captain who happened to be on scene. The lifeguard was taken to Martin Memorial North with non life-threatening, officials said. It's not confirmed whether he was directly struck by the lightning. Officials believe he will be released from the hospital shortly.
Thu, 08/01/2019 12:00 PM Injured man, 1 of 2  31.0  New Castle county DE 
 USA 
  under a tree    Critical,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Two Delaware men were seriously injured when they were struck by lightning. The Delaware News Journal reports a 31-year-old man went into cardiac arrest and a 37-year-old man was seriously hurt when the lightning struck a tree. ADVERTISEMENT NWS Mount Holly  @NWS_MountHolly A single lightning strike well away from a thunderstorm resulted in serious injuries yesterday in northern DE. The graphic shows the radar image at that time, and also includes lightning safety info. A chance of some storms remain through the weekend. #dewx #njwx #pawx #mdwx View image on Twitter 91 4:13 PM - Aug 2, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 59 people are talking about this The paper says a spokeswoman for New Castle County paramedics confirmed responders had to restart the 31-year-old victim's heart at the scene. He was listed in critical condition. The second victim suffered injuries to his chest and leg and is in serious condition. PAID POSTWhat Is This? Why Music Lovers Will Be Obsessed With the Mazda CX-5 Why Music Lovers Will Be Obsessed With the Mazda CX-5 From seat materials to speaker placement, the CX-5 was engineered for your audio enjoyment. SEE MORE Sponsored Content by Mazda Latino Both men were found under a tree. One neighbor told the paper it sounded like a bomb went off when the lightning hit the tree. ___ Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com
Wed, 07/31/2019 12:00 PM Killed Romelia Ramierz, 1 of 6  20.0  Wellington FL 
 USA 
  on roof  N/A  Critical,Delayed Death,Direct hit,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
The other three victims brought to the hospital have been released, PBSO reports. WELLINGTON  A woman struck by lightning Wednesday remains in critical condition Friday afternoon, said the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office. The three other men brought to the hospital have been released, PBSO reports. The people hurt Tuesday were working on the roof of a townhome on Shakerwood Lane just west of the Mall at Wellington Green. Five men, including one who was knocked off a ladder and another who fell from the roof, were doing well. The womantook a direct hit as she stood next to the homes air-conditioning unit, then fell two stories from the roof, the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office said. One neighbor said he came across her in burned clothing, lying in grass, and saw neighbors performing CPR on her. It wasnt raining when the lightning bolt hit, said Esteban Rubio, one of those injured and treated at the scene. Rubio said the strike knocked him off the roof. Agencies did not identify the roofing company. But Rubio identified his employer as Greenwise Construction and Roofing based in Plantation. He said hed worked for the Broward County company for 31 years. The founder, Tom Hellberg, Sr., of Houston, Texas, said the company is monitoring the employees health and well-being. Were reaching out to the families and seeing what we can do. blefever@pbpost.com @blefever10 The 20-year-old woman struck by lightning on a Wellington rooftop last month has died of her injuries, Palm Beach County Sheriffs officials confirmed Sunday. Romelia Ramirez had been in critical condition since July 30, when she was struck by lightning as she and several others were repairing the roof of a townhome in the Shaker Wood development. Ramirez and five men, all employees of the Broward County-based Greenwise Construction and Roofing, had been working near the air conditioning unit on the roof of one of the homes when Ramirez took a direct hit from the lightning strike, knocking her to the ground from the top of the two-story townhouse. Another worker, who was knocked off a ladder and hit his head, survived his injuries. The other four workers were treated either on the scene or at nearby hospitals and sent home. Palm Beach County Sheriffs spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a news release late Sunday that Ramirez died of her injuries late Friday. dduret@pbpost.com
Fri, 07/26/2019 12:00 PM Injured girl scouts, 1 of 9  15.0  Ely MN 
 USA 
  outside    Boy Scouts,Outside 
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on the rescue of Girl Scouts from a remote Minnesota island: __ 12 p.m. Officials say none of the Girl Scouts who were rescued from a remote Minnesota island near the Canadian border overnight were directly struck by lightning, after all. The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines says in a Facebook post that all of the girls were back at their canoe base Saturday morning after being checked at a hospital in Ely, which is about 215 miles (345 kilometers) north of Minneapolis. It says no one was directly struck by lightning, but "they might have experienced ground current." Two of the girls in the group of nine, which included a guide, were reported to have been injured by the lightning strike Friday night. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad says its members reached the group on a Knife Lake island in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness at about 4 a.m. Rick Slatten of the rescue squad told the Star Tribune that the scouts were 15 to 18 years old. __A group of Girl Scouts were rescued from Knife Lake in the BWCA after feeling the effects of a lightning strike. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad was dispatched after reports of a group of six girls age 15-18 and their leaders from Chicago, IL reported they might have experienced ground current after a nearby lightning strike. The event occurred Friday night after a strong storm passed through the Ely area and even attracted the attention of Gov. Tim Walz who tweeted, A group of very brave Girl Scouts need your prayers tonight. Theyre waiting out dangerous conditions and potential injuries in BWCA, while search & rescue teams try to locate them. Our first responders train for this. We're going to do everything we can to bring them home safe. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad used motorboats from Moose Lake and then portages and paddled their way to Knife Lake in the dark to find the group. When they arrived around 11 p.m. the rescuers reported, All patients are awake, alert, and able to move without assistance. The group came out of the BWCA after 3 a.m. and were checked out at Ely Bloomenson-Community Hospital before returning to the Girl Scout Base on Moose Lake. Breaking News_
Fri, 07/26/2019 12:00 PM Injured man  50.0  Doral FL 
 USA 
  at construction site    Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
MIAMI (CBSMiami)  A construction worker has been rushed to a local hospital after being struck by lightning in Doral on Friday afternoon. It happened along 114th Avenue and 70th Street. Construction crews were working in the area, repaving the street when it happened. Investigators say the man is in his 50s and is being treated at Kendall Regional Trauma Center. There is no word on his condition.
Thu, 07/25/2019 04:15 PM Injured mechanic  0.0  Bridgeport CA 
 USA 
  at maintenance yard    Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Work 
BRIDGEPORT, CA (KOLO)-- A mechanic working for a California Department of Transportation contractor was struck by lightning Thursday in Mono County, Caltrans spokeswoman Florene Trainor said. The mechanic was laughing and joking as he was loaded into an ambulance to be taken to a Reno hospital so the injuries did not seem life-threatening, Trainor said. The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. at a maintenance yard at the Sonora Junction at U.S. 395 and California 108, Trainor said. The mechanic had just gotten out of a pickup truck and lightning hit the truck and then him, Trainor said. He works for Road and Highway Builders, which is working on a highway shoulder project for Caltrans.
Sun, 07/21/2019 09:20 PM Injured Juniel Velez  6.0  Bethlehem PA 
 USA 
  outside on bike    Bicycle,Ground Strike,Outside 
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A young boy was injured on Sunday after a lightning strike in Bethlehem, Pa. It happened around 9:20 p.m. on the 800 block of Argus Court. A young boy was injured after he was reportedly struck by lightning on July 21, 2019. Lightning struck the sidewalk hitting 6-year-old Juniel Velez's bike while he played outside. The force from the lightning pushed the bike into his face. He was rushed to the hospital where he had to get stitches for injuries he sustained to his mouth. Juniel's mom saw a bright light when the lightning struck and says her son believes lightning also struck the grassy area near their Bethlehem apartment. The bolt left a mark on the sidewalk and Velez's family says they are happy he wasn't seriously hurt. He is going to see the Lion King when he feels better.
Sat, 07/20/2019 12:00 PM Injured boy watching soccr  16.0  Aurora IL 
 USA 
  running to shelter    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field,Taking Shelter 
AURORA, Ill. (WICS/WCCU)  A 16-year-old teen is recovering after being struck by lightning while watching a soccer game. The incident happened Sunday near Aurora, Ill. Officials evacuated the crowds as storms moved in. A witness described what happened as the teen ran for shelter. "As they were running, lightning hit," Witness Rafhael Moreno said. "Smoke came up and he just went straight back." "(The lightning) struck right in front of him," Witness Ruben Chavez said. "He fell down and he tried to get back up...An ambulance came took him immediately." The teen was taken to a nearby hospital.
Sat, 07/20/2019 Killed Garry Perks, 1 of 8 on beach  32.0  Clearwater FL 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside 
Clearwater Beach, Fla.  Authorities say a lightning strike at a Gulf Coast beach in Florida left eight people hurt, one of them critically. Clearwater Deputy Fire Chief Marvin Pettingill told local media outlets the lightning strike occurred at Clearwater Beach after midday Sunday after lifeguards had left their towers because of bad weather. The reports said the man in critical condition took a direct hit and went into cardiac arrest. Seven other people nearby were injured, at least one with burns. Authorities said five were taken to hospitals, and three refused treatment. Witnesses told the news outlets people were moving off the beach when the lightning struck. The reports say some people at a nearby restaurant dragged the injured indoors as rain poured down and began administering first aid. Sandy Harper told CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV she noticed clouds darkening overhead but they appeared to be blowing away from shore. "As soon as I said that, there was a strike," Harper said. It was her cue to go, and lifeguards followed suit trying to get everyone out of the water and away from the beach. Harper said she heard the thunder  and saw the vivid flash, believed to be the injury-causing strike  as she and others headed for the parking lot. Harper looked out the window of a friend's hotel room and saw the ambulances and fire trucks responding to victims. All the while, people still hung out at the beach. The injured were not immediately identified. CLEARWATER, Fla.  A New Port Richey man died on Wednesday after he was directly struck by lightning at Clearwater Beach on Sunday afternoon. Clearwater Police say 32-year-old Garry Perks died days after the strike, which caused him to go into cardiac arrest. ORIGINAL STORY: Lightning strikes Clearwater Beach, injuring at least 8 Perks and seven others were injured after the lightning struck behind Frenchy's Rockaway Grill around 12:42 p.m. on Sunday. Lifeguards left their towers that day just minutes before the strike due to bad weather. RELATED: Florida is the lightning capital of the US. This is why Bystanders performed CPR on Perks after he was struck. He was then rushed to Morton Plant Hospital. Three of the other people injured refused transport for treatment and the remaining four were treated for various injuries. They are reported to be in good condition. No other information was immediately available. Copyright 2019 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CURATION BY 8 out of 10 people have cried at work 8 out of 10 people have cried at work [Pics] The Iconic Scene That Ended 'Gilligan's Island' [Pics] The Iconic Scene That Ended 'Gilligan's Island' History 101 [Pics] This Woman Thought She Was Having A Baby, But When She Looked At The Ultrasound, Her Jaw Dropped [Pics] This Woman Thought She Was Having A Baby, But When She& Ice Pop 2-month-old dies after I-75 crash involving dump truck 2-month-old dies after I-75 crash involving dump truck Massive hammerhead caught on video stealing tarpon from captain's hands Massive hammerhead caught on video stealing tarpon& Doctor: Do This If You Have Tinnitus (Ear Ringing) Doctor: Do This If You Have Tinnitus (Ear Ringing) healthylife.zone Top 6 Cards If You Have Excellent Credit Top 6 Cards If You Have Excellent Credit NerdWallet [Pics] The Tragedy Of 'Deadliest Catch' Just Gets Sadder And Sadder [Pics] The Tragedy Of 'Deadliest Catch' Just Gets Sadder And Sadder Science 101 Mom upset with rezoning threatens shooting at Florida elementary school Mom upset with rezoning threatens shooting at Florida elementary school FWC busts suspects for illegally harvesting and selling alligators, deer, gopher tortoises, snook FWC busts suspects for illegally harvesting and selling& 4 Side Income Ideas in 2019 And Why People Ignore #4 4 Side Income Ideas in 2019 And Why People Ignore #4 Raging Bull How Far Does $1 Million Go in Retirement? How Far Does $1 Million Go in Retirement? Fisher Investments Walgreens will close about 200 stores in United States Walgreens will close about 200 stores in United States Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife and 1-year-old daughter involved in E. Tennessee plane crash Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife and 1-year-old daughter involved in E. Tennessee& All-Day, LOCAL News and Storm Tracking on Your Streaming TV
Sat, 07/20/2019 12:00 PM Killed Richard Eberhardt  65.0  Bremen IN 
 USA 
  on a boat    Boat,Direct hit,On Water,Outside 
The Marshall County Coroner was contacted by the Marshall County Sheriffs Department at 8:32 P.M. Saturday, July 20, for a 65 year male that was struck by lightning and had died. Richard Eberhardt and a special friend were on a pontoon on Lake of the Woods, when a strong storm blew in. As the two were trying to get to shore there were several strikes of lightning in the area. One of the lightning bolts did strike Mr. Eberhardt causing him to collapse in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated immediately and Lutheran EMS along with Bremen Fire Department responded. All efforts were exhausted and Mr. Eberhardt was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Eberhardts friend was on the pontoon at the time of the lightning strike, however was not injured. The investigation continues by the Marshall County Coroner and the Marshall County Sheriffs Department. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday. Marshall County Coroner John Grolich and Chief Deputy Coroner Les Trump were assisted by the Marshall County Sheriffs Department, Bremen Fire, and Lutheran EMS.
Sat, 07/20/2019 04:15 PM Injured 2 people  0.0  Smith Lake AL 
 USA 
  heading to car    Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Two people were struck by lightning after a pop up thunderstorm at Smith Lake on Saturday. The storm occurred around 4:15 p.m. People began leaving the park for their cars when two people were hit by lightning. Both people were transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center. Their condition is not know at this time. Copyright 2019 WBRC. All rights reserved.
Mon, 07/15/2019 12:00 PM Injured boys fishing 1 of 2  0.0  Outer banks NC 
 USA 
  fishing     fishing,Outside 
Mon, 07/15/2019 12:00 PM Injured Paul Beaupre  0.0  Jackson WY 
 USA 
  in parking lot of airport  N/A   
A doctor in Wyoming who drove through a storm to pick his son up at the airport didnt realize he had been struck by lightning until two days later, when he finally went to the hospital for growing pain in his face and chest. I saw a big flash of light, Paul Beaupre, who was walking in search of his car at the airport terminal, told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The next thing I knew I woke up face-planted on the asphalt. MAN SAID VAPE PEN EXPLODED 'LIKE A ROCKET,' LEFT HIM WITH SEVERE LEG BURNS But because nobody came to help, Beaupre figured his injuries werent severe enough to warrant medical attention, and he got in his car and drove to the other airport. He then celebrated the Fourth of July with family and friends before heading to the hospital the next day, according to the news outlet. He was determined to have a broken nose, jaw and three broken ribs, and when staff saw his creatine-kinase levels were high, they figured out that he had been struck by lightning. Beaupre, who has since returned to treating patients of his own, said he had heard thunder and seen lightning, but nothing striking close by before he was hit. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Lightning is a major cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S., as it can result in cardiac arrest, according to the National Weather Service. Over the last 10 years the U.S. has seen an average of 27 reported lightning fatalities each year, but only about 10 percent of people who are struck are killed. JACKSON, Wyo.  A Wyoming man says he is recovering after being knocked out by lightning in an airport parking lot. Paul Beaupre says he'd gone to Jackson Hole Airport to pick up his son but a storm delayed the flight. Beaupre says he was in the parking lot heading back to his car when he saw a "big flash of light." Beaupre woke up on the ground. A doctor and CEO of a local hospital, Beaupre figured his injuries weren't serious and drove home. Beaupre tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide bruising and pain caused him to go to the emergency room two days later.
Sun, 07/14/2019 Killed Peter Jornroth, 1 of 2  36.0  Boulder county CO 
 USA 
  hiking  N/A  Direct hit,Hiking,Outside 
eamDAF/iStock(BOULDER, Colo.)  A man was killed and his wife was injured when he was struck by lightning as they hiked in Colorado on Sunday. The couple was on the Bear Creek Trail on Flagstaff Mountain when the bolt struck him around 1 p.m., according to the Boulder County Sheriffs Office. Another hiker spotted the couple an alerted authorities. Initial investigations from the scene show that the man was struck directly in his upper body, and his wife was injured from ancillary electrical current from the strike that hit her husband, the sheriffs office said. She was conscious and breathing and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man was temporarily resuscitated on scene but died at the hospital. The identities of the man, 36, and his wife, 37, are being withheld pending notification of their families. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Sat, 07/13/2019 01:30 PM Injured man  70.0  Lauderdale county AL 
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A 70-year-old man was being treated Saturday after being struck by lightning in Lauderdale County, authorities said. The mans identity was not released but officials confirmed he was taken to North Alabama Medical Center. Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency Director George Grabryan said the man was conscious while being treated at the scene. The incident occurred in the 4000 block of Lauderdale 6, Grabryan said. He said he spoke with National Weather Service officials, who told him there was very little amount of lightning in the area at that time. The incident was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. That goes to show you, you can get struck by lightning with very little out there, Grabryan said.
Fri, 07/05/2019 12:00 PM Injured unknown  0.0  Watkins Glen NY 
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  camping near tree    Camping,Outside 
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) A few people are recovering after being struck by lightning, Friday night. Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman said that a group of campers was struck by lightning at Watkins Glen State Park. Yessman added they were injured, but their injuries were not fatal.
Thu, 07/04/2019 Killed Ryan Gamble, 1 of 12  0.0  Lawshe Plantation SC 
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  on shore line near tree    Ground Strike,Near Trees,Outside 
Ryan Gamble, of Andrews, was identified by Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Chase Ridgeway as being the victim of the incident. Lightning hit a tree near Lawshe Plantation in Georgetown County on Thursday afternoon, according to Georgetown County Battalion Chief David Geney. The lightning struck a tree on shore next to the river, Geney explained to WCSC. The strike injured as many as a dozen people. Geney said the area is remote, and pouring rain and unpaved back roads made it difficult to reach the area. Three people were taken to a hospital for treatment, one of whom was in critical condition and died shortly after, WPDE reported. A homeowner claimed that the family had been grilling pork chops at the time of the lightning strike. We were just sitting in the river waiting for the storm to blow over, survivor Joseph Dalzell said. The lightning hit the tree and ran through all of us. I was worried about everyone, who was okay and who wasnt&Im amazed it happened; wasnt expecting it. Asked what it felt like, survivor Billie Camlin replied, Like a shock through your body. Indescribable. Camlin said everyone who was affected belonged to one group of family and friends, ranging in age from 9 to 46. She recalled that one person wasnt good and needed CPR performed on them. Edward Williams alerted authorities once the strike hit. I was chilling there in the house and the next thing I knew there was someone banging there on the door, he described. And I was just thinking like, Im sure everyone is out of the river by now. It was a little kid in a panic that said a bunch of people got struck by lightning and he wanted me to call 911. Williams said he struggled with what to do and had a hard time getting a phone signal. A moment of not confusion, he added, but for a brief second not sure what to do first. You know like go help or go get help. Which I knew there was nothing I could do so I went to go get help and try to get the rescue people in here. The witness said the group was all hugging each other and distressed. The hunting attraction and event venue is located along the Black River near the coast.
Sun, 06/30/2019 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 8  0.0  Douglas couty CO 
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  on mountain trail    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY  Eight people were injured, one critically, after lightning struck near a group of hikers at Devils Head Sunday afternoon. The Larkspur Fire Department said the group of eight people was hiking near the Devils Head Lookout at the summit around 3 p.m. when the lightning strike occurred. Ryan Smedra, the incident commander for Jackson 105 Fire Protection District, said the strike hit a rock wall near the hikers, and the blast knocked many of them violently to the ground. Five of the hikers were able to walk out of the area on their own, the fire department said. They were treated for minor injuries. But a couple of them had burns from the strike, Smedra said. Some of the patients also complained of having tingling sensations. Two other adults required assistance  one of them was transported to the hospital for observation. The eighth victim, an adult woman, suffered critical injuries. She had to be carried down from the trail in a stretcher and was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Officials could not say what type of injuries she sustained. However, Smedra said she did not appear to have burns. Douglas County Search & Rescue said the operation was challenging due to the areas terrain. More than 30 people from multiple agencies were involved in rescue efforts. The lookout tower, established in 1912, is used by the U.S. Forest Service to spot fires. Its accessed by the Devils Head National Recreation Trail. -Story written by Robert Garrison, KMGH
Tue, 06/25/2019 01:50 PM Injured mother of scout, 2 of 2  0.0  Great Smokey Nat'l Park NC 
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  standing in parking lot    Boy Scouts,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Parking Lot 
Lightning struck a crowded campsite parking lot Saturday afternoon in the Great Smoky Mountains National park, sending two people to the hospital, family members told WLOS. The victims include Haywood County District Court Judge Roy Wijewickrama and a woman standing nearby, the station reported. The N.C. Judicial Branch confirmed Wijewickramas injury in a Facebook post wishing a speedy recovery. Both victims were standing amid a group of Boy Scouts in the parking lot about 1:50 p.m. when lightning struck about a foot away, creating a 3-foot deep hole in the pavement, reported WNCN. David Wijewickrama told the station his brother, Roy Wijewickrama, is in intensive care after suffering serious injuries that include third-degree burns. Unlimited Digital Access: Only $0.99 For Your First Month Get full access to The Charlotte Observer content across all your devices. SAVE NOW The woman injured with Wijewickrama was identified as the mother of one of the Scouts, according to The Mountaineer. Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article231925268.html#storylink=cpy
Tue, 06/25/2019 12:00 PM Injured call center employee  0.0  San Antonio TX 
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  on headset in call center    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
SAN ANTONIO  Employees of the Centene Call Center at the 10000 block of Highway 151 all got an unexpected shock Monday afternoon. According to one of the employees, a nearby lightning strike when the storm rolled in caused some of the employees wearing headsets to "feel something." EMS was called to have the employees checked out. ADVERTISING It appears that a building surge caused some of the employees to feel static in their headsets. A manager on the site confirmed that nobody was hurt.
Tue, 06/25/2019 unknown 2 of 2  0.0  Honolulu HI 
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      Airplane,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Tue, 06/25/2019 12:00 PM Injured Neziah Ki-Lusi  10.0  Honolulu HI 
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  in back of pick up truck    Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
By Dillon Ancheta | June 25, 2019 at 6:59 PM HST - Updated June 26 at 9:39 PM HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three people were struck by lightning during severe weather Tuesday night, in a rare occurrence that prompted city officials to urge residents to take extra precautions during thundershowers. Those injured include a 10-year-old boy  Neziah Ki-lusi  who was struck while riding in the back of a pickup truck in Kalihi. Authorities said lightning hit the front of the truck and a transformer about 9 p.m. On Wednesday, after being released from the hospital, the fifth grader said he know hes lucky. Im really thankful that Im still alive," he said. It felt like I got one big huge, one big huge shot from a gun in my hand. He said he was with his family and theyd just pick up his mother and aunt from work when the incident happened. With the cab of the truck full, hed hopped in the back with his dad for the short ride home. The rain was coming down hard when they saw a bright flash and what sounded like a cherry bomb. At first I never knew he got hit, said the boys dad, Niko. All I see is him jumping on me and then he said I felt it. I felt it. And I said, You felt what? Neziah said after the lightning strike he was screaming in pain as he waited for an ambulance to arrive. But on Wednesday, the red streaks on his arm were all but gone. He said before he was discharged from the hospital, his doctors gave him some advice: Stay out of the rain. The lightning strike injuries were extremely rare for Hawaii. Hawaii only sees lightning about eight days out of the year and rarely in June. National Weather Service Meteorologist Derek Wroe said during the height of the storm, Oahu saw about 70 lightning strike an hour. The two other people injured in lightning strikes were airport employees. A state Transportation Department spokesman said the two were outside on the tarmac when a plane was struck by lightning. Both men  an American Airlines caterer and cargo handler  complained of injuries to their left arm, and were hospitalized in serious condition. The incident prompted officials to warn the public about lightning strike hazards. During severe weather, they said, its best to stay indoors and away from metal objects. This story will be updated.
Tue, 06/25/2019 Injured 1 of 2 airport workers  0.0  Honolulu HI 
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  at airport    Airplane,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
y Dillon Ancheta | June 25, 2019 at 6:59 PM HST - Updated June 26 at 9:39 PM HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three people were struck by lightning during severe weather Tuesday night, in a rare occurrence that prompted city officials to urge residents to take extra precautions during thundershowers. Those injured include a 10-year-old boy  Neziah Ki-lusi  who was struck while riding in the back of a pickup truck in Kalihi. Authorities said lightning hit the front of the truck and a transformer about 9 p.m. On Wednesday, after being released from the hospital, the fifth grader said he know hes lucky. Im really thankful that Im still alive," he said. It felt like I got one big huge, one big huge shot from a gun in my hand. He said he was with his family and theyd just pick up his mother and aunt from work when the incident happened. With the cab of the truck full, hed hopped in the back with his dad for the short ride home. The rain was coming down hard when they saw a bright flash and what sounded like a cherry bomb. At first I never knew he got hit, said the boys dad, Niko. All I see is him jumping on me and then he said I felt it. I felt it. And I said, You felt what? Neziah said after the lightning strike he was screaming in pain as he waited for an ambulance to arrive. But on Wednesday, the red streaks on his arm were all but gone. He said before he was discharged from the hospital, his doctors gave him some advice: Stay out of the rain. The lightning strike injuries were extremely rare for Hawaii. Hawaii only sees lightning about eight days out of the year and rarely in June. National Weather Service Meteorologist Derek Wroe said during the height of the storm, Oahu saw about 70 lightning strike an hour. The two other people injured in lightning strikes were airport employees. A state Transportation Department spokesman said the two were outside on the tarmac when a plane was struck by lightning. Both men  an American Airlines caterer and cargo handler  complained of injuries to their left arm, and were hospitalized in serious condition. The incident prompted officials to warn the public about lightning strike hazards. During severe weather, they said, its best to stay indoors and away from metal objects.
Sun, 06/23/2019 12:00 PM Killed Jamie Elder  41.0  Murray KY 
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  on campus  N/A  Delayed Death,Outside,Parking Lot,School 
MURRAY, Ky. (WAVE)  A woman died after she was struck by lightning on Murray State Universitys campus. The woman was struck Sunday evening and taken to Murray Calloway County Hospital, according to WAVE 3 News affiliate WPSD. Her name has not been released. Murray State University officials said the woman was visiting the campus at the time. Monday evening, we were informed that a visitor to campus passed away as a result of a weather-related incident which occurred Sunday evening. The family was bringing their child to the university to participate in a summer program, Murray State University Director of Communications Shawn Touney said in a statement to WPSD. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Thu, 06/20/2019 12:00 PM Injured Scott Robison, 1 of 2  45.0  Millard county UT 
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  in a park  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
https://kutv.com/news/local/lightning-strike-injures-2-in-millard-county KUTV)  At least two people were struck by lightning in Millard County on Thursday evening, said Eugene Swalberg, public information officer for Utah State Parks. Emergency medical personnel responded to the Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum, Swalberg said. The two, a father and daughter, were transported to a medical facility in Fillmore. Another female juvenile was transported to the hospital as well "with unknown injuries," Swalberg said. No more information about the incident was available. Stick with 2News for updates. Fillmore (KSTU)  A Taylorsville father and his 17-year-old daughter are both in the hospital after being hit by lightning in central Utah Thursday night. Scott Robison, 45, and his daughter Chloë, both from Taylorsville, were struck while playing pioneer games near a tree at the Territorial State House State Park in Fillmore. They were participating in the Building Zion Youth Conference, which was cut two days short because of the strike. Several youth groups from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were camping outside when the strike hit during a partly-cloudy sky. Just the biggest bang you want to hear in your life, West Valley City Bishop Scott Hartley said. Hartley saw about 80 teens and leaders run for cover around 8 p.m. When it cleared, you could see they were working on two people down there, so we went down to see what was going on, Hartley said. In that moment, I was devastated. I was scared, said 17-year-old Marcus Newton. Newton was playing games with his friends when the bolt hit nearby. I looked down and I see two people laying down there on the ground, like, parallel to each other, side by side laying there, Newton said. Chloë suffered first degree burns and a damaged eardrum. A family spokesperson said she is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days. Scott is in worse shape. Hes heavily sedated in a Salt Lake City hospital undergoing tests. The spokesperson said a youth group leader who performed CPR is credited with saving Scotts life. A second girl also received minor injuries. I would have never thought in a million years that this would happen. It is, like, the biggest shock to me, Newton said. With youth groups from across the Salt Lake Valley at the site of Utahs first capitol building, Hartley said they were still blessed. Its bad that two got hurt, but for a crowd like that they were in, its surprising nobody else got hurt, he said. Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.
Thu, 06/20/2019 12:00 PM Injured Chloe Robison, 2 of 2  17.0  Millard county UT 
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  in a park    Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
Tue, 06/18/2019 03:45 PM Injured man  0.0  HalifX county VA 
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  digging in woods    Near Trees,Outside 
HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)  The National Weather Service reports that around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, a man was struck by lightning in Halifax County along Tune Trail. Authorities say he was digging in the woods by his house in the Vernon Hill Area. The man who was struck called 911 to report it happening. When emergency responders arrived, the man chose not to be transported, and his injuries were very minor.
Sun, 06/16/2019 12:00 PM Killed Charles Jackson  59.0  Africatown AL 
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  on a ladder on roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Sun, 06/16/2019 12:00 PM Injured Charles Jackson Jr  59.0  Prichard AL 
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  working on roof    Critical,On a Roof,Outside 
PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA)  A man is fighting for his life after being struck by lightning on the roof of a Prichard home Sunday. Family identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Jackson Jr. His sister says he was working on his parents roof on Shelby Street when the bolt of lightning struck him, shaking the entire house. The lightning almost caved in a portion of the roof, leaving insulation and wood scattered throughout one of the homes rooms. Mobile Fire-Rescue says Jackson went into cardiac arrest after being struck and was unresponsive when an ambulance arrived, but he regained a pulse on his way to the hospital. As of Sunday afternoon, family says Jackson is on life support. A Diversified Investment Ad By ROBO Global See More The location of the lightning strike is also the address listed for a local food truck, called Plucking Good Chicken.
Thu, 06/13/2019 12:00 PM Killed Brendan McGowan, 1 of 2  18.0  Munt Pleasant township PA 
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  fishing under a tree on an island  N/A  fishing,Fresh Water,Near Water,Outside,Tree,Water 
MT. PLEASANT, Pa. - Two people have been struck by lightning in a Westmoreland County Park, Channel 11 has confirmed. Emergency dispatchers said the lightning strike happened at Mammoth Park around 4 p.m. INTERACTIVE RADAR Content Continues Below Channel 11 has confirmed that they both were killed.
Thu, 06/13/2019 12:00 PM Killed Kaitlyn Rosensteel, 1 of 2  18.0  Mount Pleasant township PA 
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  fishing under a tree on an island  N/A  fishing,Near Water,Outside,Tree,Water 
MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (WPXI) - A young man and woman, both 18 years old, were killed by a lightning strike during a thunderstorm Thursday in a park in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office identified the victims as Brendan McGowan, of North Huntingdon, and Kaitlyn Rosensteel, of Donora. The agency said McGowan and Rosensteel had "injuries consistent with being struck by lightning." McGowan just graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, the school's principal confirmed Friday. Rosensteel transferred out of the school at the end of her sophomore year. Rosensteel went on to Ringgold High School and graduated this year, Ringgold School District officials said. She played soccer and signed to play for West Virginia Wesleyan College. A report from the coroner's office said witnesses heard a loud crack and saw a large flash of light in the area where the two were fishing. The agency said witnesses found the splintered tree and the two people below it.
Wed, 06/12/2019 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Pembroke Pines FL 
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  landscaping    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
A man was hospitalized after a lightning strike in Pembroke Pines Wednesday afternoon, police said. Officers responded to the scene in the 8600 block of Pembroke Road, Pembroke Pines Police said. Police said the man, a landscaper in his mid to late 40s or early 50s, was holding a shovel at the time of the strike. There were no outward signs of a lightning strike such as burn marks but he became immediately unresponsive and was found in cardiac arrest after lightning struck the area, police said. Man Hospitalized After Lightning Strike in Pembroke Pines[MI] Man Hospitalized After Lightning Strike in Pembroke Pines A man was hospitalized after a lightning strike in Pembroke Pines Wednesday, police said.(Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019) The man was taken to a nearby hospital where his exact condition was unknown. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.
Wed, 06/12/2019 12:00 PM Injured boy  0.0  Statesboro GA 
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  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
t happened Wednesday at Bonnie Glen apartments. The young boy was released from the hospital and he is expected to be fine, according to Statesboro police. This incident has fire officials reminding people of the ways to stay safe during a storm. "Obviously somebody locally being affected by it puts it at the forefront of our mind. But its just something this time a year thats almost a daily occurrence for us for the next several months, this is the time of year we have thunderstorms almost every afternoon," said Statesboro Fire Assistant Chief Jason Baker. He said when lightning strikes something, it can travel pretty far from that spot through ground currents. "When the lightning strikes an object, it doesnt stay in that one spot that it hit. Its going to travel until it disperses all that energy and as everyone knows, a lightning strike has a ton of energy involved with it," said Baker. That's what happened to the boy in Statesboro. The lightning struck a tree at his apartment complex while he was playing outside and it traveled to strike him. Baker said during a storm, the best way to stay safe is to get inside as soon as you hear thunder. "You need to start making plans to go inside. People think its too far away, but lightning can strike outside of the actual storm. Once you're inside, stay away from any plumbing or electrical things," he said. If you can't get inside, the next best option is to get in your car. If you still have no other option and youre outside, you want to stay away from a lawn tree, if youre up on a hill or mountain you want to start hiking down and get to a lower spot," he said. Also, if you are outside, Baker said you should stay standing because if you lay down, there's a greater chance for a ground current to hit part of your body. Stay away from water during storms as well. "If youre on a pond or lake or a river, you want to get out of that because water is a good conductor of electricity and will travel further distances," said Baker. Baker said there are about 30 fatalities each year from lightning strikes. He also said a common misconception is that you cant touch someone whos been struck by lightning. "Some people think theyre charged with energy and you cant touch them, but once the event's over, you can definitely help them out if youve got that type of training," said Baker.
Sun, 06/09/2019 12:00 PM Killed Benjamin Austin Lee  45.0  Volusia county FL 
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  on motorcycle  N/A  Direct hit,Motorcycle,Outside 
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A motorcyclist died Sunday afternoon after being struck by lightning on I-95 in Volusia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the incident occurred just before 3 p.m. on I-95 southbound near mile marker 271. Related Headlines Man arrested after body of missing Winter Garden teen found in woods& Gas pump skimmers are growing threat to drivers in Florida, officials warn FDOT: Contractor to address flooding issues after parts of I-4 ended up& The 45-year-old man from North Carolina was struck by lightning and crashed after leaving the roadway, troopers said. Content Continues Below TRENDING NOW: Man arrested after body of missing Winter Garden teen found in woods, police say Winter Park woman accused of stabbing husband to death used to be his stepdaughter Country singer Granger Smith's 3-year-old son dies in 'tragic accident' Corrections officer accidentally shoots himself during training in Orange County An FHP spokesperson said the lightning struck the man's helmet and shattered it. Troopers said an off-duty Virginia State trooper witnessed the lightning strike. Traffic in the area is being impacted as troopers conduct an investigation. Download the WFTV weather app | Hour-by-hour in your city View image on Twitter View image on Twitter FHP Orlando @FHPOrlando This is whats left of a 45 year old mans helmet after he was struck by lightning, while riding his motorcycle southbound, on I-95 in Volusia County this afternoon. Unfortunately he did not survive the crash. 66 6:06 PM - Jun 9, 2019 The Florida motorcyclist who died Sunday after being struck by lightning while riding on the highway has been identified. Benjamin Austin Lee, 45, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was riding south on I-95 just north of Daytona Beach in Volusia County on Sunday afternoon when a lightning bolt struck his helmet, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The agency said an off-duty Virginia state trooper saw the bolt strike Lee, who veered off the road and crashed before his death, according to WFTS. The highway patrol tweeted out a photo of the victims burned and cracked helmet Sunday evening. This is whats left of a 45-year-old mans helmet after he was struck by lightning, while riding his motorcycle southbound, on I-95 in Volusia County this afternoon. Unfortunately he did not survive the crash, the agency tweeted. A GoFundMe crowdfunding page was launched in Lees memory. To anyone who knew him, knew Austin was an amazing person, the page read. He was adventurous and could not wait to See the World. He was a generous, kind, hard-working man that had an infectious personality and was just someone that you couldnt help but want to be around! He would share everything he had with you  his time, his possessions, his love, and his support. Heaven has truly gained an Angel!
Sat, 06/08/2019 12:00 PM Injured Ah'laya Scrien  14.0  Aiken county SC 
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  inside on bed    Indoors 
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Janell Wade says the sky lit up last night. "Everything was popping. Lightning was popping everywhere last night," Janell Wade said. It was pitch black on Horse Creek Road. Storms took out power in the neighborhood. The only light was bolts clashing in the sky. "It was popping like fire," Wade said. "Everything just popped and the lights went off. You could just see the lightning just striking." One of those bolts made its way to 14-year-old Ah'laya Scriven. "She couldn't feel her fingers," Wade said. "She was on the phone and lightning had struck her." Janell says she rushed over when she heard the sound of sirens coming from across the street. The teen says she was in her bedroom when she reached for her phone, saw a lightning bolt near her window and felt electricity zap through her arm. "She was very scared," Wade said. "She was shaking and trembling a lot. She couldn't feel her fingers anymore and I guess she just threw the phone because she was in the dark when it all happened. Lightning was really out here and rain was just coming down. It was everywhere." EMS rushed Ah'laya to the hospital where she stayed through the night. Ah'laya's mom says doctors told them due to the exit wound, they believe it was a lightning bolt that struck Ah'laya. The odds of getting struck by lightning in any year in the U.S. are one in 700,000. About 10% of victims are killed 70% suffer serious long-term effects. This teen is lucky to be alive. "We love her and we hope she is okay," Miyuanna Martin and Mckienze Glanton, Ah'laya's friends said. Ah'laya is expected to make a full recovery. Her friends say they're glad she is one of the lucky ones. "We're going to make her a card when she gets back," the friends said. "It's going to say that we hope she feels better." AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT)-- A teen was reportedly struck by lightning during Saturday night storms. The 14-year-old recalls being zapped in the arm, then going numb. According to Aiken County dispatch, a 911 call came in from Horse Creek Drive just before 8 o'clock, reporting a young girl was hit by a bolt. Dispatch sent EMS to the scene to check it out. Crews found Ahlaya Scriven at her home. Neighbors initially reported Scriven was outside on her cell phone during the storm when lightning struck her. The teen's mom, Tasha Scrivens, told News 12 her daughter did have her phone in hand but she was not outside when the lightning hit. Instead, the teen was on her bed next to the window and as she grabbed her phone from the charger a bolt came down, according to the mom. The teen was released from the hospital this afternoon. The family says because of the exit wound, doctors determined it was a lightning strike that injured her. Scriven is expected to fully recover. More on this story tonight on News 12 at 11 o'clock. Copyright 2019 WRDW/WAGT. All rights reserved Get the latest updates from wrdw.com delivered to your browser
Thu, 06/06/2019 12:00 PM Injured Joshua Favor  0.0  San Antonio TX 
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  delivering shingles to roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
SAN ANTONIO  A roofer is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning while delivering shingles to a roof last week. A spokesperson with the U.S. Army Burn Center said roofer Joshua Favor is in critical condition after he was struck by lightning while delivering shingles to a home's roof Thursday, June 6 in the afternoon. A homeowner in the 27000 block of Bordelon Way said a roofing company was delivering shingles to his roof, and when it began to rain early in the afternoon, the roofers stopped working. While the rain subsided long enough for the workers to continue and it appeared to be clear, lightning struck Favor and he was taken to a nearby hospital. Favor is in critical condition at the U.S. Army Burn Center.
Sun, 06/02/2019 10:28 PM Injured Jonanthan Borriello  29.0  Northport NY 
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  on front porch    Outside,Porch 
A man struck by lightning after taking his flag down said there was "an incredible white light" and crashing sound the moment the bolt struck him. The strike on Long Island hit Jonathan Borriello, 29, of Northport, around 10:28 p.m., Sunday, June 2, in front of his home at 38 Ocean Avenue, said Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca. ADVERTISING Before the strike, Borriello went out to his front porch to get a better view of the thunderstorm and realized the U.S. flag was still being displayed. He took the flag down and placed it on the porch. He remained on the porch and a moment later, a tree about 11 feet away, was struck by a bolt of lightning, Ricca said. "The bolt ricocheted and struck him on the left shoulder and arm, and he was thrown about 20 feet," the chief said. The Northport Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene. Officers then observed burn marks to Borriello's hands and he complained of tingling in his legs. According to Northport Fire Department Chief John Jacobsen, Borriello was transported to Huntington Hospital via Northport Fire Rescue with non-life threating injuries. He was treated and released from the hospital. Borriello said that at the moment the bolt struck there he saw the bright light and sound, and then he was on the ground. He also reported that there are embers on the porch where he was standing. "The Northport Police would like to remind everyone that thunderstorms can be very dangerous and that you should remain inside a secure structure until the storm has passed," Ricco said. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.
Wed, 05/22/2019 12:00 PM Injured school security guard  0.0  Beaumont CA 
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  outside holding umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Work 
BEAUMONT, Calif. - A security guard at Mountain View Middle School in Beaumont is hospitalized after being apparently struck by lightning Wednesday. School district spokesperson Francinni Zabata confirmed "The employee was conscious and taken to an area hospital to be treated." The security guard was holding an umbrella after school was dismissed when he was struck. A second employee with that guard was also impacted but details were not immediately available on that person's condition. Loma Linda University Medical Center Public Relations Manager Briana Pastorino said the person who was struck by lightning was listed as being in "fair" condition. Cal Fire Riverside County Firefighter public information officer Rob Roseen said the patient was transported from the school on Cougar Way to the area hospital in stable condition. A second person was also impacted. "The second patient was evaluated by paramedics on scene and declined further medical treatment," said Roseen. A storm system moved into the San Gorgonio pass and Coachella Valley earlier in the day with heavy rain reported.
Sat, 05/18/2019 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Smithville MO 
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  near horse trailer    Horse,Outside 
SMITHVILLE, MO (KCTV)  A woman was struck by lightning in Smithville today. The fire department said it happened just before 2 p.m. on Collins Road, near the horseback trails. Eargos: "Indispensable" to This Award-Winning Chef The secret ingredient for this James Beard winner? Eargo hearing aids. Bon appétit! Sponsored by Eargo See More The woman was by a horse trailer and was fishing at Jack Rabbit Bend when she was struck. The 54-year-old was taken to the hospital by ambulance for burn injuries. She is in stable condition. KCTV5.com is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News.
Wed, 05/08/2019 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  henderson county TX 
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  working inside house under construction    Construction site,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Man expected to be OK after being struck by lightning near Brownsboro Webxtra: Man struck by lightning By Christian Terry and Brionna Rivers | May 8, 2019 at 1:13 PM CDT - Updated May 8 at 5:44 PM HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A man who was struck by lightning near Brownsboro is expected to be okay, Henderson County Sheriffs Office said. Sheriff Botie Hillhouse confirmed Wednesday afternoon the man was struck by lightning while working inside a house off of Redbud Road. The home is under construction, and according to a project manager, the man who was shocked is an electrician who was working at the time. The lightning bolt apparently struck a window and traveled through the electric wiring when it reached the electrician. 1 of 39 Tree topples behind Longview Toyota (Source: Drew York) Hillhouse said the man was rushed to a Tyler hospital, but he is expected to survive. Other details are limited at this time. KLTV will continue to update this story with any new information we receive. Copyright 2019 KLTV. All rights reserved.

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