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Thu, 09/20/2018 07:20 AM Injured Carrington Monk, 1 of 3  13.0  Chicago IL 
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  at bus stop under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Tree,Under Trees 
CHICAGO (CBS)  Three children were injured by a lightning strike Thursday morning in north suburban Round Lake Heights. A group of children was waiting at a bus stop around 7:20 a.m., and sought shelter from the rain under a tree, when lightning struck nearby, school and fire officials said. It was not immediately clear if the lightning struck the tree itself, or the ground nearby. The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded to reports of the lightning strike, and firefighters arrived to find three children lying on the ground near the tree. Charlene Monk raced to the scene after learning her daughter, 13-year-old Carrington, had been struck by lightning. When she arrived, Charlene saw her daughter being loaded into an ambulance. Wow. I was terrified, and in shock, and panicked, and started driving faster, she said. Carrington was stabilized at Advocate Condell Medical Center, and was able to tell her mother about her ordeal. She just told me that she was standing under a tree, her and the other two girls, to shield themselves from the rain, Charlene Monk said. All of a sudden the lightning struck, and they all fell. Carrington was knocked unconscious, but will be okay. Her mother said she will stay in the hospital overnight for observation. The other two children also were being treated at Condell. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The other victims ages were not immediately available. Lake Villa School District 41 Supt. Alex Barber said the three injured children are students at Palombi Middle School. He said they were waiting for a bus with six other students, when lightning struck nearby. The students who were not injured were either taken to school, or went home with their parents.
Tue, 09/18/2018 02:45 PM Injured Erik Clement  0.0  Westerly RI 
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  standing outside touching doorknob  N/A  Outside,Work 
WESTERLY, R.I. (WJAR)  A man told NBC 10 News he was hurt by a lightning strike in Westerly during Tuesdays thunderstorm. Erik Clement, who is a manager at the Sea Shell Motel on Winnapaug Road, said he saw the brightest flash and loudest bang while he was standing outside the motel near a pond around 2:45 p.m. He said he was resting a hand on a doorknob when he felt extreme pain in his arm. ADVERTISING I felt it go into my left arm, he said. (It) felt worse than any shock I have ever had. By 5 p.m., Clement said his arm was numb and stilling tingling like pins and needles. Clement also sent NBC 10 a seven second video, which he was recording when he was injured. Footage shows trees and shrubbery being whipped by heavy rain and wind before a big flash appears. He then starts screaming, Oh, oh, oh! and loses control of the camera. Clement said police and fire responded to the scene and evaluated him despite being scared beyond belief. He said authorities told him a lightning rod hit the pond, with the electricity traveling to where he was standing. They said the lightning strike probably came through the pond to the door and then zapped me like that, he said. Clement said he still has a headache, but is grateful he wasnt seriously harmed. I am OK, he said. I prayed with my rosary and thanked God Im alive. Some other nearby businesses along Winnapaug Road lost power due to the storm, but electricity has since been restored. (NBC 10's Sam Read contributed to this report.) xxx Man struck by lightning shares story It started out as a stormy afternoon at the Sea Shell Motel in Westerly. For motel manager Eric Clement, that Tuesday thunderstorm quickly turned into a one-in-a-million brush with death. Thursday, September 20th 2018, 12:35 am EDT by John Krinjak Updated: Thursday, September 20th 2018, 12:36 am EDT Play Video WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE) -- It started out as a stormy afternoon at the Sea Shell Motel in Westerly. "I'm standing here, I'm filming it with my phone, that's when it happened. Right when I grabbed the door like this," said motel manager Eric Clement. For Clement, that Tuesday thunderstorm quickly turned into a one-in-a-million brush with death. "The loudest bang, the biggest flash I've ever seen and then all of a sudden I felt it right here in the tips of my fingers and go up my arm," said Clement. Clement says the pain was indescribable, and he was scared for his life. "I got shocked by a fuse box at my house, and I can't even tell you how much worse it was," said Clement. Clement was treated by EMTs but walked away largely unscathed. "For this gentleman it's very fortunate that he survived," said Dr. Lauren Gallagher, an emergency room physician at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. Dr. Gallagher described to us just what happens when someone gets struck. "The human body is acting as a vessel for the current to travel through so we worry about electrical injuries such as burns, but also internal injuries such as cardiac manifestations and neurologic manifestations," said Gallagher. A day later, Clement says he's feeling much better. "Everything has improved except for the fingertips, and a little bit maybe in the shoulder," said Clement. He believes the fact that he's still alive is more than just luck. "I feel like God spared me. I'm not really that religious but I prayed, and I feel blessed," said Clement. He hopes others will learn from this, and stay inside, rather than running out into a storm. "Stay safe. It's not worth risking your life for a lightning strike or a thunder cloud or rain or whatever you're videoing. It's not worth it," said Clement. © WLNE-TV / ABC6 2018
Mon, 09/17/2018 03:00 PM Injured Maurice Hurt  14.0  Charlotte county VA 
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  at water fountain inside  N/A  Indoors,School 
https://wset.com/news/local/boy-struck-by-lightning-at-charlotte-county-middle-school CHARLOTTE Co., Va. (WSET) -- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said a middle school student was struck by lightning during storms Monday. The sheriff's office said the boy is under the age of 18 and was struck by lightning at Central Middle School. They said the student was attending school at the time he was hit. Severe weather and tornadoes on Monday have brought major damage to multiple counties and areas in Central Virginia. The storms spawned a tornado warning in Charlotte County, but there were no reports of damage. There is no word on the boy's condition. Charlotte County Public Schools will be closed for all students and staff on Tuesday, September 18 due to multiple road closings throughout the county. xx CHARLOTTE Co., Va. (WSET) -- Maurice Hurt, 14, literally got the shock of his life during a storm. Despite the threat of storms and potential flooding in the area, kids like 8th grader Maurice went to school as normal Monday. During the afternoon, there were tornado warnings for Charlotte County, where he lives. Everything changed during his art class, in a matter of one second. He was struck by lightning when he went to wash his hands at the water fountain inside the classroom. I heard a big boom and then I felt electric go through my hand, and then it went up my arm," Maurice said. The school called an ambulance and his mother, Phinon Hurt. He was checked out at Southside Community Hospital in Farmville and released. "Im just grateful," he said. "I had an angel watching over the top of me. His mother says schools should be closed during extreme weather. I feel like if the kids were at home, this could have been avoided," Phinon said. Mother and son are both counting their blessings. "Im truly blessed," she said. "I dont now what I would do without him. Hes my world, hes my miracle baby. Phinon has battled lupus for years and recently wasn't expected to survive herself. But she did. The dynamic duo is glad to fight on, choosing faith over fear. Maurice has a follow up visit with his family doctor, and he cant play any sports for the next few days. But his mother says its something he can live without, especially after what he just survived.
Thu, 09/06/2018 02:51 PM Injured man  0.0  Adamsville WV 
 USA 
  outside    Outside 
ADAMSVILLE, W.Va. - According to 911 officials, a man was stuck by lightning in Adamsville on Thursday afternoon. 911 officials said the incident occurred at approximately 2:51 p.m. Officials said that the man was transported by the Harrison County EMS to the hospital, and the extent of his injuries are not yet known at this time. Officials also said that the Shinnston Fire Department and Boothsville Fire Department also responded to the scene. Stay with 12 News for more updates.
Tue, 09/04/2018 Injured Michael Thomas  0.0  Christiana DE 
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  outside    Lifeguard,Outside,Pool,Work 
CHRISTIANA, Del. (WPVI) -- A lifeguard in Delaware is recovering after taking an indirect hit from lightning. Michael Thomas was guarding the pool at the Cavalier Country Club Apartments in Christiana on Labor Day. A brief storm moved over the area. He was working to clear the pool area when lightning struck. "I see through the corner of my left eye, it hit the fence, and then from the fence, it came to me. That's when I was incapacitated for five seconds and all my muscles froze," Thomas told Action News. Thomas spent the night in the hospital for observation. Aside from being a bit sore, he is otherwise OK. Ad Duration00:15 - visit sponsor's site PLAYPLAY Current time00:00 Seek 00:00 Duration00:39 TOGGLE MUTE Volume SETTINGS PIP TOGGLE FULLSCREEN EMBED MORE NEWS VIDEOS Delaware lifeguard struck by lightning. Brian Taff reports during Action News at 4:30 p.m. on September 4, 2018.
Mon, 09/03/2018 12:00 PM Injured college student  20.0  South Abington township PA 
 USA 
  walking to class    Ground Strike,Outside,School,Walking 
SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Officials with Clarks Summit University say a student may have been struck by lightning while walking between classes. It happened around 1 p.m. Monday on the college campus in South Abington Township. The 20-year-old freshman told people the force of the strike knocked him off his feet, but he was able to get up and get help. Officials called 911, and the student was taken to the hospital. He is expected to be OK.
Mon, 09/03/2018 Killed Guillermo Navarrete-Quintana,1 of 2  33.0  Naperville IL 
 USA 
  fishing in water  N/A  Delayed Death,fishing,In Water,Outside,Water 
Fire officials say a 33-year-old man struck by lightning Monday while fishing with his 13-year-old son at the Whalon Lake Forest Preserve in Naperville is in guarded condition at Edward Hospital. The man was found laying face up in the water about 10 to 15 feet from shore. Naperville Fire Department Deputy Chief Andrew Dina said the man did not have a pulse and was not breathing when paramedics found him. ADVERTISING Both were restored by paramedics and Edward Hospital medical personnel, according to a news release from the fire department. Additional information about the mans identity was not made available. According to the news release, the mans 13-year-old son was able to flag down a jogger and cyclist for help. The boy, who injured his leg while running to get help, also was transported to Edward Hospital for treatment. Will County Forest Preserve District Police Chief Tracy Chapman said the 13-year-old boy first saw a flash of light and then saw his father fall in the water. Chapman said paramedics worked on the father for about 30 minutes before transporting him to the hospital. She said the father did not regain consciousness before he was transported from the scene. The news release credited EMS crews and the citizen who called 911 for saving the life of the 33-year-old father. Napervilles Water Rescue Team along with water rescue teams from the Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Darien-Woodridge, Lise-Woodridge and Warrenville fire districts provided assistance. Whalon Lake Forest Preserve is located in Naperville on Royce Road, west of Route 53. Alicia Fabbre is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun. xxx NAPERVILLE, IL  A 33-year-old Chicago man died Thursday, days after he was struck by lightning while fishing at Whalon Lake Forest Preserve in Naperville. Guillermo Navarrete-Quintana was fishing with his 13-year-old son at the preserve on Labor Day when he was hit. Navarrete-Quintana died Thursday, the DuPage County Coroner's office told the Chicago Tribune. Naperville fire officials said Navarrete-Quintana was found face-up in the water roughly 15 feet from shore, "pulseless and not breathing," but had a pulse by the time he arrived at Edward Hospital. (For more information on this and other neighborhood stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.) At around the same time crews responded to Whalon Lake, police received a call about a male with an injured leg, who turned out to be Navarrete-Quintana's son. Officials said the teen hurt his leg while trying to get a jogger's attention to get help for his dad. The son was also taken to Edward Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Mon, 09/03/2018 04:36 PM Injured lifguard  0.0  Christiana DE 
 USA 
  outside near pool    Ground Strike,Outside,Pool 
A lightning strike at the Cavalier Country Club Apartments in Christiana sent a lifeguard to the hospital and triggered fire alarms at a nearby apartment building late Monday afternoon, according to eyewitnesses and emergency responders. The lifeguard's name and condition were not immediately available but he was conscious as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance. The lightning hit about 4:36 p.m. during a strong but short-lived downpour that formed over central New Castle County and dissipated in about a half hour, according to the National Weather Service. Cavalier resident Clinton Robertson said he was watching the storm from his apartment window when he saw the lighting come down near a tree between the apartment complex's pool and Building 7C. "It looked like it hit the tree and then spread out in a bunch of different directions," the 41-year-old said. "The lifeguard was standing by the pool when it came down and then he ran into the bathroom. It was unbelievable." Amol Polke, left, and Clinton Robertson inspect a tree near the Cavalier Country Club Apartments where lightning came down before striking a lifeguard at the pool, seen in the background.Buy Photo Amol Polke, left, and Clinton Robertson inspect a tree near the Cavalier Country Club Apartments where lightning came down before striking a lifeguard at the pool, seen in the background. (Photo: SCOTT GOSS/THE NEWS JOURNAL)
Sat, 09/01/2018 Killed Norma Woeller  49.0  Levy county FL 
 USA 
  in yard near tree    Outside,Tree 
The Levy County Sheriff's Office says that a 49-year-old woman has died after being struck by lightening on Saturday, September 1, 2018. L.C.S.O. says that the woman, Norma Woeller, lives off US 27 between Williston and Bronson, and was struck while she working in her yard. They say that she was stripping the bark off a tree that had been struck sometime last week. EMS did respond, but were unable to save the victim. According to the National Weather Service, fewer than 20 people have died in the U.S. so far this year from lightning strikes.
Tue, 08/28/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 women  54.0  Chicago IL 
 USA 
  under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Lightning injures two women leaving Ravinia concert Karen BerkowitzContact Reporter Pioneer Press Two women were injured by lightning Tuesday night as they were returning to their car following the Lyle Lovett concert at Ravinia Festival. Though early reports said the women were struck by lightning, the City of Highland Park said Wednesday the two women, both 54, were injured when a tree next to them was struck by lightning in the first block of St. Johns Avenue. One of the women lives in Winnetka, the other in Chicago, according to the city. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads They were leaving a concert at Ravinia and were on the way to their car when the weather turned so they went under a tree on the parkway, said Hayley Garard, assistant to Highland Park City Manager Ghida Neukirch. The women sustained cuts and bruises, but were not burned, Garard said. The Highland Park Fire Department was dispatched to nearby Bobs Pantry and Deli, 55 St. Johns Avenue, at 10:01 p.m. Tuesday. The location is just north of the Braeside Metra station and the citys southern border at Lake Cook Road. Police were first on the scene because they were in the immediate area, Neukirch said. The fire department found the (women) conscious and breathing and began attending to the them. Both women were transported to a local hospital, the city manager said. According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 47 people each year in the United States, and hundreds more are seriously injured. So far in 2018, there have been 16 deaths, according to the weather service. About 10 percent of human strikes are fatal. The weather service advises people to get inside as soon as thunder is heard, and run to a substantial building or a hard-topped metal vehicle as quickly as possible. Persons should avoid open areas where they become the tallest object in an area. The service also advises people to stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles, according to the weather service. kberkowitz@pioneerlocal.com
Tue, 08/28/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Kansas City KS 
 USA 
  near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
3 injured in KCK after lightning strikes tree Three people were injured after lightning reportedly struck a tree in KCK on Tuesday evening. Kansas City, KS. Police Chief Terry Zeigler said they were sitting under a tree. Minor injuries were reported. The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office is handling the case.
Tue, 08/28/2018 Injured Summer Conner  41.0  Deland FL 
 USA 
  outside  N/A  Outside 
DELAND, Fla. - A woman was struck by lightning Tuesday evening in a Dennys parking lot, DeLand firefighters said. Summer Conner was outside the restaurant on North Woodland Boulevard with a co-worker when she was struck by lightning, firefighters said. Related Headlines A home was hit by lightning Saturday in Indiana, across the street from a member of the Westfield Fire Department. Indiana firefighter acts quickly when neighbor's home hit by lightning A bible, similar to this one, survived a raging house fire in Kentucky this week. It was one of the only items the owners found mostly intact when they flames subsided. Photo: Pixabay 100-year-old bible miraculously survives raging house fire; family calls& Crater found after lightning strikes tank while customers pump gas in Deltona File photo. Pastor struck by lightning at church File photo. (Photo: FelixMittermeier/Pixabay) Teens recover after being struck by lightning at park After the lightning struck, they said pieces of the cross that was on top of the church flew into the street. (ActionNewsJax.com) Church cross explodes after being struck by lightning Her co-worker, Edwin Schuler, told authorities that it was barely raining and the bolt came "out of nowhere." Content Continues Below WATCH: How to protect yourself from lightning According to an incident report, "Summer was struck by lightning and was turning purple by the time she hit the ground." Conner was taken to DeLand Florida Hospital where she remains in critical condition. xxx DeLAND, Fla. - A woman was struck by lightning Tuesday evening in DeLand, city officials said. The incident happened near the parking lot of a Denny's on North Woodland Boulevard at about 6 p.m. MORE NEWS HEADLINES Lightning strike: 'The gas tank exploded and there's a huge hole' Not all lightning strikes are equal: What type is most dangerous? Who says Florida doesn't have seasons? Here are both of them The woman, identified by police as 41-year-old Summer Conner, is a manager at the restaurant and was outside talking to a man near his vehicle when she was struck. She was taken to a nearby hospital in very serious condition, authorities said. Jorin Irvin, who works at the Subway restaurant next to Denny's, said she heard a loud "boom" and saw first responders giving the victim chest compressions. "It's tragic. You see lightning every day, but you don't ever think that it could happen so close to you or see somebody actually get struck by it," Irvin said. A call to 911 detailed the moments after Conner was struck, and bystanders were left in a panic. She just literally just got struck by lightning. She was standing by the tree. Shes moving though," the caller said. When the dispatcher asked the woman on the phone whether Conner was conscious and awake, the woman said she wasn't sure because she hadn't gotten close to her. Were just standing around her. Im scared to get near her," the caller said. The woman said Conner was purple and her chest wasn't moving. Shes totally out of it right now," she said. Her hands are like balls and shes just laying there. Police said Conner's iPhone was found at the scene and had also been struck by lightning.
Tue, 08/28/2018 12:30 AM Killed Ryen Browning  35.0  Maryville MO 
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  fishing at reservoir    fishing,Outside,Water 
MARYVILLE, Mo. " Authorities say a lightning bolt has struck and killed a northwest Missouri man as he was fishing. Maryville Public Safety says authorities found 35-year-old Ryen Browning, of Maryville, dead around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when they responded to a call at the City Reservoir. Browning was struck while fishing from the bank of the reservoir. Advertisement (1 of 1): 0:12 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Browning's death marks the 17th U.S. lightning fatality this year and the second in Missouri. The other death in Missouri occurred in July when a 23-year-old man was struck while on a roof in Kansas City.
Sat, 08/18/2018 12:00 PM Killed Aneal Lall   32.0  Kings Park NY 
 USA 
  under tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
KINGS PARK, Long Island (WABC) -- A man has died after being struck by lightning on Long Island. Police say it happened just before 7 p.m.at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. The 32-year-old was standing under a tree next to a boardwalk. xxx The death of Trinidad-born Aneal Lall, who was struck by lightning at a New York park on Saturday has been described as surreal. Lall, 32, was surrounded by relatives under a tree when lightning struck at around 6.50pm. The incident occurred near a boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park. Lall, a father of a nine-year-old boy, lived Tacarigua in Trinidad but migrated to the United States States 16 years ago. His family had gone to the park to spend the day on Saturday. A relative said, "After the rain stopped everyone jumped out the cars after sheltering the rain. We started cleaning our area with no rain in sight, no thunder or lightning. The skies were clear." Seconds later, the relative said, there was an explosion. He said, "It sounded like a close range gunshot with a bright flash of white light. For a few seconds everyone looked around for a gunman but Aneal fell to the floor. The lightning had struck the tree we were standing under." Get caught up with news from the news leader Subscribe now and get access to the Trinidad Express E-paper SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN Paramedics responded and performed CPR before taking Lall to the St. Catherines Hospital in Smithtown. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Lall lived at Richmond Hill, Queens, New York with his mother, Shanti, and sister, Anisa. Relatives in Trinidad were making arrangements to travel to the US for the funeral.
Fri, 08/17/2018 03:44 PM Injured man  0.0  Kingwood NJ 
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KINGWOOD - A man in the township was transported by helicopter to a hospital after being struck by lightning Friday afternoon. Around 3:44 p.m., a man was struck by lightning at a residence on Byram Kingwood Road, New Jersey State Police Trooper Alejandro Goez said. READ: Frenchtown fire: Newlyweds lose everything in blaze A police monitoring service indicated the person was alert and conscious, but had no feeling in his body and couldn't speak. The lightning strike appears to have occurred during a fast-developing isolated thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service radar. Staff Writer Suzanne Russell: 732-565-7335; srussell@mycentraljersey.com
Fri, 08/17/2018 Injured man  23.0  Grand Canyon AZ 
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  hiking    Hiking,Outside 
Thu, 08/16/2018 unknown Bill Michaels  0.0  Eau Claire WI 
 USA 
  at golf outing    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
EAU CLAIRE -- Lightning struck a Wisconsin radio host while he was live on the air Thursday. Syndicated sportscaster Bill Michaels survived the hit. "Immediately I couldn't feel my arms like below my elbows and my legs and feet," said Michaels. Couple Gets Married At Lambeau Field Michaels said he just finished interviewing Jerry Kramer at a golf outing in Eau Claire when he heard a buzz and felt a jolt. He drove himself to the hospital. He said the lightning struck his hand and foot. "The bolt or the current blew out through the bottom of my shoe," said Michaels. He was undercover outside broadcasting from a metal table. Michaels remembered hearing thunder in the distance and minutes later he heard an electric buzz. "I had my arms kind of underneath the table on my knees and touching the table," said Michaels. Michaels didn't see it, but he said someone else saw his table light up. "The best way I can describe it is like somebody had an electrical wire laying across my lap and put the plug in, pull the plug out, put the plug in, pull the plug out. It was like two quick buzzes," said Michaels. He said doctors said he was struck. "They use that term, but basically there's what they call transference and you can either be hit directly by a lightning bolt or the energy surrounding a lightning bolt and that's what I was hit with," said Michaels. The ordeal made him think differently. "It doesn't matter if you're in the direct path or holding a golf club up in the air, you could be struck anywhere and I was never a believer in that and I am now," said Michaels. He is surprised by the attention, including Gov. Scott Walker's tweet. "I guess I'm lucky it wasn't a direct hit, but never the less it was a pretty freaky experience for lack of a better term," said Michaels. Bill said he still doesn't have all the feeling back in his arms and legs. xxx Popular Wisconsin talk radio host Bill Michaels, whose late morning and early afternoon sports program is carried on stations all over Wisconsin, was struck by lightning Thursday in Eau Claire, an encounter detailed in a Facebook post by his wife, Sherry. The post indicated he was treated locally and released. Michaels, whose "Bill Michaels Show" runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is based on FM-105.7 The Fan in Hales Corners, had traveled to Eau Claire and was hosting his show remotely when his signal went dead mid-sentence in the first hour of his program. Producer Joe Zenzola took over thereafter, and CBS 58 personality Kevin Holden later joined the broadcast. Michaels had been hosting from a patio at Wild Ridge & Mill Run Golf Course, site of the Junior Achievement Golf Outing, when a small cell of thunderstorms moved into the area just as Michaels had finished an interview with newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer. He detailed the incident at the outset of his Friday show, still broadcasting from Eau Claire. "We chose to go on the patio because it was supposed to clear up, the fog was supposed to lift," Michaels said on his show. "The patio has metal tables, kind of a meshy type of patio table. We had a couple together, had some chairs with us. We were under cover, well away from what we believed to be the elements. ADVERTISING "I was sitting at the table ... as Joe and I were having this conversation. A lightning strike had taken place. It wasn't directly to me, but it had taken place in the area. There was enough energy - I don't know how to put it - but it hit me. It jolted me, I guess, is the best way to put it. It burned my arms, burned my fingers and found out later it had blown out through my shoe." RELATED: The shocking truth about lightning strikes: Weather expert busts our misconceptions Michaels said a witness saw the strike from inside the building behind the patio and immediately came out to make sure Michaels was OK. "I casually got up, told a few people we're off the air, I can't do the show," he said. "We're probably going to head back to the studio. I just need to know the location of the nearest hospital, because I think I've just been hit by lightning." Michaels stayed in the hospital for four hours but was given a clean bill of health. He reiterated that he's totally fine. "The only remnants I have left over from this is my finger is completely swollen up like a blister from a burn, and I need a new pair of shoes," he said. "That's about it. ... I figure I've got my one-in-a-million shot out of the way." Michaels offered thoughts during the evening preseason Packers-Steelers game and posted a blog on the team's need to acquire defensive end Khalil Mack. Michaels has been a staple of Wisconsin sports talk since 1999. In 2015, he had another unusual health scare while visiting his hometown of Cincinnati. As he tried to start a snowblower, he tore a triceps when he struck an electrical box on the side of the house, then fell to the ground and sustained a concussion
Thu, 08/16/2018 unknown Bill Michaels  0.0  Eau Claire WI 
 USA 
  at golf outing    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
EAU CLAIRE -- Lightning struck a Wisconsin radio host while he was live on the air Thursday. Syndicated sportscaster Bill Michaels survived the hit. "Immediately I couldn't feel my arms like below my elbows and my legs and feet," said Michaels. Couple Gets Married At Lambeau Field Michaels said he just finished interviewing Jerry Kramer at a golf outing in Eau Claire when he heard a buzz and felt a jolt. He drove himself to the hospital. He said the lightning struck his hand and foot. "The bolt or the current blew out through the bottom of my shoe," said Michaels. He was undercover outside broadcasting from a metal table. Michaels remembered hearing thunder in the distance and minutes later he heard an electric buzz. "I had my arms kind of underneath the table on my knees and touching the table," said Michaels. Michaels didn't see it, but he said someone else saw his table light up. "The best way I can describe it is like somebody had an electrical wire laying across my lap and put the plug in, pull the plug out, put the plug in, pull the plug out. It was like two quick buzzes," said Michaels. He said doctors said he was struck. "They use that term, but basically there's what they call transference and you can either be hit directly by a lightning bolt or the energy surrounding a lightning bolt and that's what I was hit with," said Michaels. The ordeal made him think differently. "It doesn't matter if you're in the direct path or holding a golf club up in the air, you could be struck anywhere and I was never a believer in that and I am now," said Michaels. He is surprised by the attention, including Gov. Scott Walker's tweet. "I guess I'm lucky it wasn't a direct hit, but never the less it was a pretty freaky experience for lack of a better term," said Michaels. Bill said he still doesn't have all the feeling back in his arms and legs.
Mon, 08/13/2018 12:00 PM Injured man playing soccer  45.0  Pittsburg PA 
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  playing soccer    Outside,Soccer 
PITTSBURGH - A man is in critical condition after being struck by lightning while he was playing soccer Monday afternoon in a Pittsburgh park. The 45-year-old man was hit in Schenley Park, a city spokesperson confirmed. Bystanders performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived and resuscitated him. RELATED STORY: Lightning Safety: What you need to know Content Continues Below "We heard the thunder and the lightning was pretty much right after it and we could see the bolts were pretty close," said Sam Bellin, who helped the victim. Bellin told his team to stop everything they were doing and run to a pavilion for safety. DOWNLOAD THE WPXI WEATHER APP He said he noticed a group of guys out in the grass who continued their soccer game. Then, one of his boys saw danger. "He said he yelled, 'Really, oh my God. I see smoke,'" Bellin said. It was coming from the same area where those men were playing soccer. Bellin said he had someone call 911 and then ran over and saw a man on the ground. TRENDING NOW: Man struck by lightning in Pittsburgh park, in critical condition Hail, flooding strike western Pa. as strong storms linger Police seek woman charged with homicide in toddler's death VIDEO: Boa constrictor found under car hood "I knelt down next to him and I said, 'Sir, sir, are you OK? Can you hear me?' and there was no response," Bellin said. Bellin said he was afraid to touch the man because he thought he would get electrocuted. He checked his pulse and there was nothing. "I thought we should start CPR and I also thought but I can't touch him because then I'm gonna die too," Bellin said. The victim is now at UPMC Presbyterian. The lightning strike happened just after 2 p.m., while a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in place for the area. Pittsburgh's Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper was able to isolate the strike believed to have struck the man.
Sun, 08/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured Pastor Ricky Adams  0.0  Jasper AL 
 USA 
  in doorway    Church,Door,Indirect 
JASPER  Lightning has struck a pastor in Alabama following church service. Local media reported that Walker County dispatchers sent the Argo Area Volunteer Fire Department to the Argo Church of God Sunday afternoon. Firefighters discovered Pastor Ricky Adams had been hit by an indirect lightning strike. The pastor says he went to lock the church's front door and was holding it when the lighting struck nearby and shocked him. Fire Chief Terry Pickett says the pastor was alert and talking when first responders arrived. Pickett says he has been in fire service for nearly 30 years and had never been called out for a lightning strike. He says Adams didn't suffer any major injuries and didn't need to be transported to a hospital. Adams says, "the Lord had his hand on me."
Fri, 08/10/2018 12:00 PM Injured Calletano Morales  15.0  Phenix AZ 
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  outside filming    Ground Strike,Outside,Telephone,Umbrella 
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A 15-year-old in Phoenix is lucky to be alive after getting hit by lightning Friday night. It happened on W. Hadley Drive near 15th Avenue and Buckeye Road. [SPECIAL SECTION: Monsoon 2018] The teen, Calletano Morales, was outside on the sidewalk shooting video with his cell phone of the lightning. He had an umbrella in one hand and his phone in the other. He said he heard a loud boom and then fell to the ground. "It shocked me. It put me on the ground and I was just shaking there, a little terrified," Calletano explained. His mother rushed him to the hospital and the doctors monitored him for more than 24 hours to make sure his heart was OK. "They told me to my face that if it wasn't for the umbrella, I probably wouldn't be talking right now." "It brought him down but when it brought him down the lightning went off of the umbrella away from him," his mother, Pearl Morales said. Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app. Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Thu, 08/09/2018 Injured Josiah Wiedman, 1 of 2  13.0  El Mirage AZ 
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  skateboarding  N/A  Critical,Ground Strike,Outside 
EL MIRAGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Family members of an El Mirage boy believe its a miracle the 13-year-old survived a lightning strike. Reginald and Kelley Steele say their nephew Josiah Wiedman was in a park near Moreno Boulevard and Poppy Street Wednesday with another 13-year-old boy when the bolt hit both of them. [ORIGINAL STORY: El Mirage PD: 2 teen boys struck by lightning] The Steeles say Josiahs friend is still in the hospital but was well enough to tell them what happened. It actually went through my nephew and it hit him, says Reginald. [Josiahs friend] says they both took off flying. He landed on his chest but my nephew, unfortunately, landed on his head and that's why he has a fractured skull. The Steeles say Josiah is in a medically-induced coma. According to the last update from Phoenix Children's Hospital, he is in critical condition. Yesterday, there was a lot of movement going on but he couldnt open his eyes but he was moving, says Reginald. [SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Monsoon 2018] The doctors want the siblings to talk to him so he can hear their voices so he can open his eyes, says Kelley. The Steeles are also grateful for the bystander that performed CPR on Josiah. Theyre calling him an angel. If I had 10,000 tongues I couldnt express the thankfulness that I have that he took the time out to do that, says Reginald. It goes to show he's a selfless individual. The Steeles say Josiahs parents will be dealing with a lot of medical bills. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family with expenses. Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app. Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. xxx PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Divine intervention: that's how the father of the boy struck by lightning earlier this week described the outcome of his son's near-death experience. 13-year-old Josiah Wiedman's heart stopped after the bolt hit him. On Friday, however, the teen is up, talking, and on the road to recovery. His family even got a chance to to meet the man who helped save Josiah's life. While Josiah is now out of intensive care, he is still being treated at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Josiah's father says the teen has no burns or marks from the lightning strike, and no internal injuries. by Taboola Sponsored Links Ad Content Code in Node.js, Java, Python, & Other Open Source Languages Microsoft Azure Cruise to See New England's Legendary Lighthouses Connecticut Tourism As Josiah recovered, his father hugged the man he calls his son's guardian angel, downstairs. photo "You're a hero to my son," said William Wiedman. "I was telling him I was coming downstairs to meet you. He still remembers nothing of it. He said that's the guy who saved my life." "I'm just glad I was there," Cory Cieszynsky replied. "Glad that I got there in time." Cory lives right next to the park. He served in the army, and was trained in CPR and life-saving skills, which he used on Josiah. He's relieved to know the teen not only survived, but also that he didn't suffer any major injuries. "No internal injuries whatsoever," said Wiedman. "All his organs are working well. They're checking his heart and lungs." William said Josiah was holding his skateboard when he was struck, and the electricity transferred to the skakeboard. GoFundMe for Josiah Wiedman https://www.gofundme.com/lightening xxA 13-year-old boy who survived a strike of lightning  despite being hurled nine feet in the air, and losing his heart beat for an entire minute  is nonchalantly speaking out about the ordeal. Josiah Wideman was walking through a park in El Mirage, Arizona, on August 8 with a friend at his side and a skateboard in hand when the bolt struck. Video of the incident shows Josiah becoming engulfed by orange light, before being flung up, then bouncing on his head and landing on his back. Today, the relaxed teenager told Good Morning America the only thing he remembers of the incident is a little bit of heat, as he calmly described being coaxed back to life by a bystander who rushed over to perform CPR. [Im] trying to live my life a bit more because I know that it can end at any time now, he said. Describing what happened to him, Josiah softly shrugged: All I remember is just a little bit of heat, like kind of walking, barely. The main thing hes dwelling on now is Cory, the man who was walking past and rushed to help. He helped me survive and if he werent there and I probably would have been dead, Josiah said. Lightning strikes are rare  just one in 1.2 million people are hit. But survival is not. Ninety percent of those who are struck survive the bolt. Doctors believe Josiah was dealt much better odds of survival thanks to a combination of Corys CPR, and the fact that Josiah was carrying the skateboard, which he only started using three months ago. While his mother Krista Wiedman, 35, is certain the skateboard is the reason he was struck, it also helped by channeling the majority of the voltage into the ground, rather than his body. His friend Javier Tapia was also struck as they walked home during the storm, feeling a burning sensation and suffering a mark on his hip but nothing more. Meanwhile, Josiah hit his head on the sidewalk and was unconscious as Javier screamed his name. Cory rushed over to give Josiah CPR before paramedics arrived and rushed him to Phoenix Childrens Hospital. Josiah was taken to the hospital and put in a medically-induced coma for three days. He had fallen head first and had suffered a concussion, a fractured skull, burns on his leg and some short-term memory loss. But once he came round, doctors said he could walk out the hospital, with no health issues to be concerned about. Earlier this week, Josiah gave his first interview about the ordeal, saying: I just remember a burst of heat and then everything went out. I woke up three days later in the hospital and thought I had taken a nap. I didnt know I had been in there three days. Without my skateboard with me I probably would have been dead to be honest, or in a little pain. It saved my life in a way. He also had tubes inserted into his lungs to remove excess vomit that he had breathed in because of the shock, but medics say it could have been much worse. Krista, a mother-of-four who works as a night auditor, said: He is so blessed. His father William Wiedman, 45, a machinist, said: After the lightning hit, Javier was sitting up and screaming Josiahs name but Josiah was out. The doctors said that when he was hit by the lightning his heart stopped for a minute, and he was put in a three-day medically-induced coma. No one really knows what happened  we can only speculate  but the skateboard took a blunt hit of it and it didnt even break. They attribute the board to helping save his life because if it wasnt there it would have penetrated his body and severely injured him. The chance of getting struck by lightning is minute and who would think a skateboard would help, of all things? Josiah is doing fine now. He is bummed out that he cant go to school for two weeks because hes Mr Popular now, but hes doing well. Dr Craig Egan, at Phoenix Childrens Hospital, said the team was unable to identify an entry or exit point on Josiah. Josiah, who has been discharged from hospital, said: Right now Im pretty much perfectly fine. My leg doesnt even hurt whatsoever. The average bolt of lightning contains a billion joules of energy, enough to power a 60-watt light bulb for six months, according to experts. The chance of being hit is around one in 300,000 and its estimated that around 24,000 people are killed each year by the natural phenomenon globally. Over the past decade, around 27 people per year in the US have been killed by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. While around 90 percent of those struck survive, many suffer life-changing injuries including severe burns or cardiac arrest. The family are raising money for Josiahs medical bills. Click here to donate.
Wed, 08/08/2018 Injured Javier Tapia, 2 of 2  13.0  El Mirage AZ 
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  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
EL MIRAGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Two teenage boys were struck by lightning Wednesday at a park in El Mirage, police said. The incident happened near Flores Drive and Moreno Boulevard, according to the El Mirage Police Department. Police said firefighters responded to a call reporting two teens were struck by lightning. Victor Valencia was at the park with his family. He rushed to help when the two boys were struck by lightning. "Me and my buddy, we called 9-1-1 and we just came and tried to help out. There was a guy before me giving CPR and then I kind of took over and helped out the kid, and as soon as he catch some air, I felt a little better but that's when the paramedics came in. They took over," he said. Crews arrived and treated both 13-year-old boys. They were transported to local hospitals. Police said one of the boys is in critical, but stable condition. The other boy is also in stable condition. xx One of the two 13-year-old boys in Arizona who were struck by lightning is out of the hospital. The pain's pretty much gone for Javier Tapia, but the worry and the fear are still there. Advertisement After all, potentially millions of volts of electricity went through him and his friend Wednesday night. "At first I didn't feel anything, but after I was able to get control of my arms, after they were helping me and I got control of my arms, that's just when everything started burning," Javier said of the lightning strike. That burning sensation lasted for four hours, especially on his left foot, where doctors say the lightning bolt left his body after entering through his right hip. It destroyed the black sock he was wearing. "I got struck. I didn't feel myself fall down," Tapia said. "It felt like I was floating. But I was still able to hear everything." He said he lost his vision for a bit, but never lost consciousness. Josiah Wiedman was much worse off. "I thought he just fell at first but that's when I saw his eyes roll back and that's when I thought, 'Oh my God! He's in trouble!'" Tapia said. Wiedman is still in the hospital. Tapia says his friend has a concussion and a fractured skull. Members of Wiedman's family told KTVK that he is awake and is talking to them. He had been in a medically induced coma since the incident. A neighbor across the street from the park said it could have happened to anyone. His security camera caught the very bolt that hit the boys. "I was like, 'Wow! I did get it!'" Manuel Moreno said about finding the moment recorded on his camera footage. Tapia is shaken up as he waits to learn more about Wiedman's progress. He said that when the lightning bolt struck it was only raining very lightly. The bolt that hit them was the first lightning bolt they had seen all night.
Tue, 08/07/2018 07:55 PM Injured man, 1 of 3  0.0  New York City NY 
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  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
Another man was hit by lightning in Queens a short time later, at 7:55 p.m. near Baisley Boulevard and 155th Street before he was taken to Jamaica Hospital, officials said. The 31-year-old was expected to survive his injuries
Tue, 08/07/2018 Injured 1 of 3  30.0  New York City NY 
 USA 
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer 
Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens on Tuesday  leaving one in critical condition  as a brief but powerful storm pounded the area, law enforcement sources said. The two victims, 30 and 42, were playing soccer at the sprawling park at 7:30 p.m. when the wild weather struck. Both men were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital with the 30-year-old in critical condition, police said.  ADVERTISEMENT  Another man was hit by lightning in Queens a short time later, at 7:55 p.m. near Baisley Boulevard and 155th Street before he was taken to Jamaica Hospital, officials said. The 31-year-old was expected to survive his injuries.
Tue, 08/07/2018 07:30 AM Injured 1 of 3  42.0  New York City NY 
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playing soccer  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer 
Lightning struck two men in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens on Tuesday  leaving one in critical condition  as a brief but powerful storm pounded the area, law enforcement sources said. The two victims, 30 and 42, were playing soccer at the sprawling park at 7:30 p.m. when the wild weather struck. Both men were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital with the 30-year-old in critical condition, police said.
Tue, 08/07/2018 unknown 1 of 4 at fort meade  0.0  Fort Meade MD 
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      Ground Strike,Military 
One person injured, National Night Out cancelled after lightning strike in Fort Meade by Danielle Jackson Tuesday, August 7th 2018 Four people offered treatment after effects of lightning strike in Fort Meade AA FORT MEADE, MD. -- WBFF -- Officials say that four people complained of tingling sensations after a lightning strike in Fort Meade, on Tuesday evening. According to Fort Meade officials, the nearby strike caused people preparing for National Night Out to "feel secondary effects." They were all offered medical treatment, one man accepted treatment and was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The lightning did not hit McGlachin Parade Field where the National Night Out event was set to take place. The event was pushed back due to weather and then canceled due to thunder and lightning in the area. xxx 'We all screamed': Volunteers recall lightning strike near Fort Meade Alexander Pyles Staff writer The rain came down harder and the wind picked up, but Mavi Conner held out hope the Tuesday afternoon storm would blow through. Conner, 32, president of the Enlisted Spouses Club at Fort George G. Meade, was among the dozen people setting up for the Army bases National Night Out event, part of an annual nationwide effort to promote good relationships between local law enforcement and their communities. ADVERTISING As the weather worsened, Conner and others grabbed hold of ropes attached to tents on McGlachlin Parade Field, hoping to keep them from flying away. Then it happened: she saw what looked like fire or an explosion five or 10 feet from her face. It was a lightning strike. Paid Post LEARN MORE Which of These Smoking Situations Describes You? Which of These Smoking Situations Describes You? The decision to quit smoking is the first step in your journey toward better health. SPONSORED CONTENT BY NRT We all screamed and our children started crying, Conner, whose 13-year-old son was nearby. No one on the base was struck  a Fort Meade spokeswoman said the lightning hit nearby, but not on the field  but many were shaken. I was scared, Conner said Wednesday, but I would be lying if I told you I felt some wave went through my body and said my hair stood up. She attributed what she felt afterward  a headache and back pain  to fright. Sherry Kuiper, a base spokeswoman, said one man was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center for observation after the strike. The man was released from the hospital Tuesday night, Kuiper said. Man taken to hospital after lightning strikes near him at Fort Meade Base officials had already decided to delay the start of the 5 p.m. event as weather worsened. After the lightning strike at about 4:30, the evenings plans were canceled. Fort Meade police officers cleared the field, telling event volunteers to take shelter in their vehicles. Mindy Rodriguez, 34, was among those who were examined by Fort Meade Emergency Medical Services after the nearby lightning strike. She said the sight and sound  like fire being shot from the sky and a bomb going off  frightened her so much she jumped backward. Then her hand touched a metal tent poll. She felt static electricity. She started shaking. EMS checked her out. She was OK. It was weird, said Rodriguez, whose 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son saw the strike from the safety of her truck. Ive never been that close to lightning before. Thats why I jumped back. Its an overwhelming feeling. A few minutes of heavy rain  we were all completely drenched, Rodriguez said  and a moment of fright had upended months of planning. The club had planned to hand out 300 backpacks to Fort Meade children getting ready to head back to school. Instead, theyll do so at a smaller barbecue event on the base next week. We were hoping that it was a passing storm, but lightning was spotted in the area and, unfortunately, after we see that we dont get to delay things any more, Kuiper said. Rodriguez and Conner were able to laugh about Tuesday evenings drama on Wednesday afternoon. And whatever they felt after the strike had faded away  for the most part. I feel a little hungover, said Conner, who is seven months pregnant. Of course, I havent drank in seven months.
Tue, 08/07/2018 04:30 PM Injured Mark Cantrell  0.0  Upatoi GA 
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  inside    Indoors 
August 08, 2018 12:13 PM Despite having to live the next several weeks in a hotel, MCSD board member Mark Cantrell is feeling grateful after surviving without injury a lightning bolt that zapped his home and struck 10 feet from where he was sitting Tuesday afternoon. The Lord has blessed me, Cantrell told the Ledger-Enquirer in a phone interview Wednesday morning. Cantrell saw lightning in the sky while driving home Tuesday afternoon on J.R. Allen Parkway, near Beaver Run. It was dry as can be, he said. No rain, not even cloudy. SIGN UP Be the first to know. No one covers what is happening in our community better than we do. And with a digital subscription, you'll never miss a local story. SIGN ME UP! About 15 minutes later, he arrived at his Upatoi home and was relaxing in the master bedrooms recliner. Around 4:30 p.m., a monster lightning bolt created the loudest boom Ive ever heard in my life, Cantrell said. Everything turned bright and white in front of my eyes, like a flashbulb going off, he said. I jumped out of my seat and I could smell smoke in the air. The lightning had entered his home through the garage, penetrating the adjoining wall in his bedroom approximately 10 feet from where he was sitting. I know good well I could have been dead, he said. His wife, Bonita, and daughter Jeanita, werent home, but his Maltese dog was, so after calling 911, he grabbed Sugarpie, and went outside, fearing the house would catch on fire. Cantrell never saw flames, but breakers and outlets throughout the house were burned out. He praised the firefighters who responded within what he estimated was 5 minutes. The lightning punctured a few walls, knocked down an electrical panel, destroyed six windows, blew up a 6-inch-thick cement walkway and tossed chunks of it more than 60 feet away, and exploded a hole 2 feet deep and 3 feet wide from the house and through the front yard, Cantrell said. It threw mud all the way around the house and into the pool in the back yard, he said. Firefighters knocked out the adjoining wall in the computer room. They waited an hour to ensure a secondary fire didnt ignite, Cantrell said. They had just left, and in the back bedroom, my daughter starting smelling smoke again, he said. So we called 911 again and told them, Yall need to come back. Then they had to knock out that wall because it was smoldering. & All the firefighters were saying they had never seen a power surge like this. I was lucky that it went out through the attic instead of inside the house or it would have killed me. Cantrell didnt have a cost estimate yet, but he expects all the damage to be repaired, and he is grateful he didnt lose anything thats irreplaceable. Ive got my whole lifetime of memories and pictures that could have burned down with my whole house, he said. & Im just dealing with the insurance now. They told me we will have to live in a hotel for six to eight weeks. Theres no power. Theyve got to rewire most of the house, and theres no water because were on a pump system from a well. The two English bulldogs he keeps in a pen outside will need to be put in kennels while his family stays in the hotel. Sugarpie is staying with Bonitas father. The outpouring of support from hundreds of phone calls, texts, emails and Facebook messages, have lifted Cantrells spirits. Yesterday, I was sort of numb, he said. Its weird having to go to a hotel in your own city. & So I appreciate everyones concern. It makes you feel good that so many people care. WRBL chief meteorologist Bob Jeswald explained the science behind the lightning strike at Cantrells home. Although rare, lightning can strike even with a blue sky overhead, Jeswald told the Ledger-Enquirer in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service lists seven types of lightning. Based on Tuesdays weather evidence and Cantrells description, Jeswald concluded the type of lightning that struck Cantrells home probably is whats called bolt from the blue. The NWS defines it as a positive lightning bolt which originates within the updraft of the storm, typically two-thirds of the way up, travels horizontally for many miles, then strikes the ground. In the Cantrell case, severe thunderstorms that were in Taylor County weakened and generated a new storm that traveled approximately 30 miles west toward Columbus. The storm fizzled in Muscogee Countys northeastern panhandle, Jeswald said, but lightning popped out of it. That lightning bolt doesnt necessarily come from the physical core of the storm, he said. Thats why they call it a bolt from the blue. Such a bolt has been known to strike as far as 20 miles away from the thunderstorm, Jeswald said. The damage to Cantrells home is understandable, Jeswald said, considering that lightning is estimated to be as hot as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly five times the surface temperature of the Sun. The power generated in a lightning bolt is typically around 300 million volts and 30,000 amps, according to the NWS, while household current is 120 volts and 15 amps. So the average bolt could light a 100-watt incandescent bulb for three months or a compact fluorescent bulb for a year, the NWS says. Each one has its own strength and static charge, Jeswald said, but, obviously, Marks was remarkable. Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE Comments Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20181008083152_article216295835.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Mon, 08/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  PAXTON IL 
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  unknown     
PAXTON, Ill. (WAND) - Responders say lightning struck a person in the Paxton area Monday. Emergency management leaders say it happened before 9 p.m. near the intersection of South Cherry Street and West Ottawa Street. Specific details about the person's condition are unknown Monday night. Firefighters could not elaborate when WAND-TV called for information at about 9:20 p.m. This developing story will be updated as the station learns new details.
Sun, 08/05/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 playing soccer  0.0  Cincinnati OH 
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  at soccer game    Ground Strike,School,Soccer 
Felicity-Franklin Local School District superintendent Dave Gibson clarified earlier reports of a lightning strike at a boys' soccer game in Felicity against Georgetown on Friday night. "Good Evening. By now many of you have heard that there was a lightning event at the high school soccer game earlier this evening. No one was struck by lightning however, some felt the effects of the nearby strike. Four people were transported to local hospitals for follow up evaluations. At this time, I am happy to report all are doing well," Gibson said on felicityschools.org's Live Feed. Athletic Director Ryan Taulbee posted photos on the website's Live Feed earlier in the evening with the caption, "Rain delay at soccer means team bonding in bus barn." Georgetown Exempted Village Schools superintendent Christopher Burrows published a Facebook post earlier about the lightning strike: There were lightning delays at area high school sporting events throughout the evening, including the Middletown-Hamilton football game in Hamilton and the West Clermont-Anderson football game at West Clermont. Felicity is in Clermont County, about 35 miles southeast of Downtown Cincinnati. Get the latest news from your favorite high school teams. Download the Varsity app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Sat, 08/04/2018 08:20 PM Injured man  0.0  Campbell County WY 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
GILLETTE (WNE)  A 60-year-old man was struck by lightning during Friday evenings thunderstorm, which brought rain and strong winds to Campbell County. The man was struck at about 8:20 p.m. on Knickerbocker Street in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision, said Sheriffs Cpl. Dan Maul. The man was conscious and breathing after the strike but appeared confused. He was taken to the emergency room for treatment. No hail was reported in Campbell County, although hail was spotted to the east and west, according to the National Weather Service. Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Stream TypeLIVE Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Mute Winds gusted up to 52 mph in Gillette and hit 60 mph in the northern part of the county. Despite the numerous lightning strikes, the Campbell County Fire Department didnt respond to any fires overnight Friday. On Saturday, the National Weather Service reported a tornado touched down about 11 miles south of Douglas in Converse County. 1 1 1 2
Tue, 07/31/2018 Injured 1 of 2  0.0  Ely MN 
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  camping near tree    Camping,Tree 
Two people and their dog were injured when they were struck by lightning at a campground northeast of Ely. The Lake County Sheriffs Office reported that lightning struck some trees near a man and a woman while they were sitting with their dog in their tent at the Fall Lake Campground at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday. The man and woman were transported to the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriffs Office. The dogs injuries were also non-life threatening.
Mon, 07/30/2018 12:00 PM Injured Zach Petersen, 1 of 2  0.0  11 Mile State Park CO 
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  touching truck, camping    Camping,Indirect,Touching a vehicle 
PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado couple now has a bond that makes them one in a million. They say they were both hit by lightning during a weekend camping trip and they walked away mostly unharmed. The couple believes their truck might have saved their lives because they were both touching it when the lightning struck. Zack and Bri Petersen tell 11 News they decided to go on a camping trip at Eleven Mile State Park Friday. Their trip ended just a few hours later when storms rolled in. "We were starting to cook dinner and the clouds started rolling," said Bri Petersen. We saw a little bit of lightning and decided that we might need to pack up camp. The Petersens started to pack up their truck when Bri grabbed a metal chair nearby. I picked up the chair and I was like, 'Oh, I have this horrible feeling. I feel like I shouldnt be touching this,'" Bri Petersen recalled. "So, I just moved it out of the way and not even a second later reached out to open the truck door ... the next thing I knew, there was this big flash and I was on the ground and couldnt move. The lightning sent a shock into Zack, through their truck, and then into Bri, who had just touched the passenger door. I came to about 15 feet away from the truck," said Zack Petersen. "I had actually gone over top of a table that was sitting behind me. Zack Petersen says when he opened his eyes again he saw his wife lying on the ground feet away, screaming. "Fight or flight instinct kicked in, and I hobbled over to her and I tried to pick her up, but I couldn't. I had no muscle control whatsoever." He somehow managed to get over to her and help. He even drove them both to the hospital 45 minutes away. I knew that I had been hit, but that was the last thing on my mind," Zack Petersen said. "I put the pain out of my head and everything, and I was just like, 'I have to save Bri. I have to save my wife.' The Petersens describe the feeling of being struck by lightning like a rush of senses through your entire body. "You cant feel anything at first, and then all of a sudden theres, like horrible burning, like your whole body is on fire," Bri Petersen said. "Sharp pains everywhere and then nothing moves. You cant move anything and it all hurts. Both Zack and Bri Petersen walked away with only minor injuries. Bri sprained her ankle and both have some burns. If I hadnt touched the truck when I did, because the truck has the rubber on it, it would have gone right back into him and probably either blown his hands off or God knows what else," Bri Petersen said. The Petersens can now both answer the question: What does it feel like to be hit by lightning? You can say the experience really energized their souls and given them a new perspective on life. "I mean, we are walking miracles," said Zack Petersen. Bri adds, "You realize how much you love the people that you love and how much they love you. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 1,171,000. Only about 10 percent of people who are struck by lightning are killed, leaving 90 percent with various degrees of disability.
Sun, 07/29/2018 02:30 PM Injured Gerarado Hernandez Rivera  41.0  Wake county NC 
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  walking in salvage yard    Critical,Outside 
Sunday, July 29, 2018 06:27PM RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- A man is in critical condition after lightning struck an object near him in Wake County, authorities say. Officials say the incident happened when the man was walking through Jackson Auto Salvage around 2:30 p.m. at 7120 Poole Road. The man has been identified as Gerardo Hernandez Rivera, 41. Rivera was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh and is in critical condition. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App
Fri, 07/27/2018 12:00 PM Injured Rose Carloni  0.0  Ormand Beach FL 
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  outised     
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A lightning bolt hit the roof of a home in Ormond Beach on Friday, fire officials said. Crews with Ormond Beach Fire Rescue and Volusia County Fire Rescue learned of the situation, which was reported as a house fire, at about 6 p.m. in the 900 block of Northbrook Drive. MORE NEWS HEADLINES Check out these lightning strikes in Orlando, caught on camera Friday Crews were able to put out the fire, containing it to only roof damage. The city of Ormond Beach issued a brief statement Friday night confirming that the fire was indeed caused by the lightning strike. The four occupants and their two dogs were safely evacuated from the home without injury. "(We) followed down the copper piping for the air conditioning," Battalion Commander David King said. "You can see the path that the lightning bolt took. So, lightning has a lot of power to it." Rose Carloni said she fell to the ground after the large bolt hit the roof of her son's home. "I was on the patio, and suddenly, a bolt of lightning like I've never seen hit the ground about five feet away from me," Carloni said. "(I saw an) orange light (and it) pushed me off the chair. I felt a shock." Lyle Shearer, who lives next door, said he thought the lightning bolt hit his home. ormond-beach-house-fire-2-072718.jpg Courtesy the Volusia Professional Firefighters Associations "I saw this lightning and it went 'Boom!' And I said, 'Oh my gosh.' I go, 'That just hit my house,'" Shearer said. "Smoke is pouring out and then all of a sudden, about 20 seconds later, here comes the fire out of the roof and I'm like, 'Wow! I got to get my neighbors out of the house.'" Carloni said her family inside had no idea that their roof had caught fire. "The lights went out and we were concerned about that," Carloni said. Officials said the fire caused about $45,000 in damage.
Fri, 07/20/2018 12:30 PM Injured Brittney N Pehn  22.0  Twin Lakes WI 
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  outside at campground  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
UPDATE: TWIN LAKES -- A woman who was struck by lightning overnight at the Country Thunder Music Festival grounds has been identified after deputies initially weren't sure who she was. Deputies say 22-year-old Brittney N. Pehn is from Illinois. She has been transferred to the Loyola University Medical Center with serious injuries. Deputies were called to the campgrounds just after 12:30 a.m. Friday for a medical emergency, where they found the woman unconscious but still breathing. Campers around the area were trying to piece together what happened overnight. "I just heard a huge lightning bolt," Robert Kruse of Illinois said. "Me and a friend walked out and every cop rushed over there. Her shoe exploded off, her other shoe was all black and burnt. She had blood coming from her ears." Those around where she was found are feeling lucky it wasn't them. The powerful storms came through as they scrambled to find shelter in tents. "I feel lucky," Thomas Wiskarchen of Elgin, Illinois said. "I'm really close to where this happened. It could have happened anywhere. We heard a lightning strike and it sounded close like a mortar went off underneath our tent." "It was pretty scary honestly," Nick Bauer of Elmhurst, Illinois said. "It happened a few times. A lot of thunder and right by us, huge cracks." Campers say the lightning strike was close to a black pickup truck. They say the owner of that truck had the electric inside ruined and couldn't start his vehicle. Pehn wasn't carrying any identification on her at the time, so deputies weren't initially able to identify her. She was alone at the time of the incident. It is a difficult situation to be in for campers. When a thunderstorm comes through, they don't have many safe options to seek shelter. Tiny tents make up the majority of living space at Country Thunder. However, law enforcement says to try and be neighborly if you have a safe spot for people to seek shelter. "If someone with a larger vehicle can accommodate them, head over there and see if you can work together and gain some assistance from other folks here camping," Sgt. Tony Gonzalez with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said. "Mother Nature is pretty unforgiving at times. It's unpredictable at time sand happens quite fast. Try to do the best you can in conditions you're in. If you're in need of help, reach out to law enforcement or call 911. We'll do our best to rescue you as well." Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. TWIN LAKE, Wis.  A woman was struck by lightning Thursday evening at Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said. Brittney N. Prehn, 22, of Illinois was holding her cellphone when she was hit. A bolt struck her in the ear and went through her body. Advertisement RELATED CONTENT Video captures lightning bolt that struck woman at Country Thunder "It's a burn. Anytime electricity goes through a substance that doesn't conduct electricity well, it heats it up. And so the entire path the lightning, the electricity takes through your body will burn parts of your body and cause damage," Marquette University professor Dr. Chris Stockdale said. The Kenosha County Sheriff's office said at first they had trouble identifying Prehn because she had no ID on her and was unconscious. "The mother called in. She heard about someone who was struck by lightning. She wasn't able to get a hold of her daughter, her 22-year-old daughter, and the mother called in and by a tattoo, she said that sounds like my daughter," Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said. Prehn was seriously injured and was taken to Northern Illinois Medical Center for treatment and has since been moved to Loyola University Medical Center. "This is definitely a once in a lifetime career kind of call. You don't normally get people who have lightning strikes and survive or have lightning strikes period," paramedic Kevin Myers said. Stockdale said phones won't increase someone's odds of getting struck by lightning. "If you're out someplace where there's lots of lightning going on, get under a building or something like that, get yourself covered don't be walking around," he said. xxx WOODSTOCK, Ill. (CBS 58) -- "I remember everything up to getting hit, and then I remember waking up in the hospital," says Brittney Prehn. It's been nearly two months since the 22-year-old was hit by lightning at the Country Thunder music festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. She is still healing, but the Illinois woman is back on her feet and has doctors amazed. CBS 58 spoke with Prehn at Nikos Red Mill in Woodstock, Illinois where there will be a fundraiser in her honor on Saturday, September 15th. With therapy four days a week, the medical bills are piling up. For those that can't make it, Brittney does have a GoFundMe page. "They don't know how it's like this -- how I'm alive," said Prehn. She is walking and talking -- telling us her doctors are amazed she's able to tell her story. Prehn was talking on the phone to meet up with friends, while camping at the Country Thunder musical festival on July 20th when lightning struck her. "I was talking to him and then that's the last thing I remember," said Prehn. Brittney now knows what happened when lightning struck her. She says it hit the phone and her ear and entered her head. The lightning threw her phone yards away and separated the lightning bold. She says the lightning then traveled through the right side of her body, down her legs and out through her foot. She has scars on her body along the lightning's path. The lightning detached her ear, exposed her brain, and left her with brain bleeds in the hospital. She's still working through many injuries. The right half of her face is paralyzed, the lightning twisted her hips so she has trouble walking, hip pain and balance issues from brain trauma. She is deaf in her right ear and partially deaf in her left. She also feels electric shocks regularly, and has body pains and migraines, - just to name a few things, she's dealt with since waking up in the hospital. Brittney explains some of the injuries and pain she's dealing with. Woman struck by lightning explains injuries from CBS 58 News on Vimeo. Brittney doesn't remember getting struck and didn't know why she was in the hospital when she woke up. Woman struck by lightning explains waking up in the hospital from CBS 58 News on Vimeo. Despite what she calls the worst pain imaginable, she is thankful. "I don't wish this on anyone, not even myself, but I'm glad it happened to me rather than someone who doesn't have a support system at home. There was little kids there, and pregnant mothers, and people that probably didn't have the willpower to fight like I do," said Prehn. She says she wants to meet and thank the paramedics who saved her life at Country Thunder. Prehn says she did speak to the young woman that first found her.
Fri, 07/20/2018 12:00 PM Injured Dylan Murtha, 1 of 3 brothers  0.0  Truckee CA 
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  hiking in woods    Ground Strike,Hiking 
TRUCKEE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) ⬠Three Truckee brothers set out to conquer the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail last month, but their journey nearly took a fatal turn. Just over a week after leaving the Canadian border and heading south, the Murtha brothers encountered a severe storm while they were 55 miles from civilization. Greg Murtha, the father of Dylan, Austin and Garrett, said that instead of continuing to hike on a granite face, the boys opted to take cover in the forest. "Dylan said it was about a half hour of just a firestorm of lightning all around them." While they were setting up camp for the night, a bolt of lightning bounced off a tree and hit 20-year-old Austin, throwing him 15-20 feet and knocking him unconscious, Greg said. Despite suffering second-degree burns, cuts and possibly a concussion, Greg said Austin was mostly fine, and the boys hiked out the next day. "I was struck by lightning. It was crazy but I'm alive," Austin said in a cellphone video recorded after the strike. The brothers hiked the 55 miles into Skykomish, Washington, where Austin was checked out by a doctor and cleared to continue the trek. "We could be having a completely different conversation right now if they weren't as lucky as they were," Greg said. Austin and his brothers are expected to pass through the Tahoe area around the Labor Day holiday, when they will be reunited with their parents before continuing toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wed, 07/18/2018 08:35 PM Injured Jay Laughmiller, 1 of 2  0.0  Carova Beach NC 
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  on deck    Deck,Fighting Fires,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
From staff reports Wednesday, July 18, 2018 CAROVA BEACH  Two men, one of them Carova Beachs volunteer fire chief, were treated at a Virginia hospital Tuesday night after lightning struck near where they were standing. Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Chip Melton said the Carova Beach Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Crane Road in Carova Beach at 8:35 p.m. following a report of a possible fire in the woods caused by lightning. After the firefighters arrived, Melton said they tried to get an elevated view of the area by going to the third floor deck of a vacation home on the street. While they were looking for the fire, lightning apparently struck the deck where the Carova Beach Fire Departments chief and the man who was renting the home were standing. Neither man was struck by lightning, however, the proximity of the strike and its impact knocked both off their feet Melton said both men were transported by ambulance to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where they were treated and released. Because of patient confidentially rules, Melton was prohibited from releasing either mans name. Subsequent media reports, however, identified the Carova Beach fire chief treated at the hospital as Jay Laughmiller. Laughmiller told Norfolk television WTKR that when the lightning struck the deck, he felt like someone had hit him over the head with a frying pan. My phone went one way, my radio went another, Laughmiller said.
Wed, 07/18/2018 08:35 PM Injured Jay Laughmiller, 1 of 2  0.0  Carova Beach NC 
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  on deck    Deck,Fighting Fires,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
From staff reports Wednesday, July 18, 2018 CAROVA BEACH  Two men, one of them Carova Beachs volunteer fire chief, were treated at a Virginia hospital Tuesday night after lightning struck near where they were standing. Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Chip Melton said the Carova Beach Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Crane Road in Carova Beach at 8:35 p.m. following a report of a possible fire in the woods caused by lightning. After the firefighters arrived, Melton said they tried to get an elevated view of the area by going to the third floor deck of a vacation home on the street. While they were looking for the fire, lightning apparently struck the deck where the Carova Beach Fire Departments chief and the man who was renting the home were standing. Neither man was struck by lightning, however, the proximity of the strike and its impact knocked both off their feet Melton said both men were transported by ambulance to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where they were treated and released. Because of patient confidentially rules, Melton was prohibited from releasing either mans name. Subsequent media reports, however, identified the Carova Beach fire chief treated at the hospital as Jay Laughmiller. Laughmiller told Norfolk television WTKR that when the lightning struck the deck, he felt like someone had hit him over the head with a frying pan. My phone went one way, my radio went another, Laughmiller said.
Wed, 07/18/2018 12:00 PM Injured Austin Murtha, 1 of 3 brothers  0.0  Pacific Crest Trail WA 
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  hiking in woods    Golf Course,Hiking,Outside 
Three brothers are lucky to be alive after they were hit by lightning while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail near Skykomish, Washington. Austin, Dylan and Garrett Murtha set out on June 28 with the aim of completing the entire 2,650-mile south route from the Canadian border down to Mexico. The siblings were on the Washington state leg of the trail when they saw storm clouds rolling in. Greg Murtha, the boys father, told KCRA they scrambled for safety, trying to get down from the granite mountaintop, but they werent fast enough. Lightning struck a tree next to the hikers, sending the brothers flying. Austin, who was closest to the strike, was thrown 15 feet and knocked unconscious. After seven minutes, his older brother Dylan was able to revive him. The strike was so powerful it blasted the hat of Austins head and burned holes in his clothing. It was a 15- to 20-minute lightning storm, Greg Murtha told KCRA by phone. Austin was thrown 15 feet by the force of the strike. He was unconscious for seven minutes. My oldest son revived him & and they hiked out 60 miles to Skykomish and the cardiologist said he was lucky as hell he survived. The brothers also shared videos revealing the burn marks and scars left on Austins leg. It was crazy, Im alive though, Austin said. Despite their injuries, the brothers were able to hike another 60 miles to Skykomish to seek medical treatment. Austin underwent an EKG and Greg says the cardiologist told his son he was lucky as hell to have survived. Austin picked up the trail name Tone from other hikers, because he couldnt hear anything for three days due to the ringing in his ears, Greg Murtha added. The brothers refused to let a little thing like a lightning strike hold them back and they are determined to complete the entire trail over the next four months. They are also filming the journey for their dads virtual reality company Xplorit. The odds of being struck by lightning in any one year in the US is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. A single lightning strike is made up of several 100 million volts. Lightning can be beautiful, awe-inspiring, and fatal. Between 1982 and 2011 an average of 54 Americans died a year as a result of lightning strikes. The numbers have been coming down in the last few years, many thanks to government education and safety work. In 2011 there were only 26 lightning deaths.
Sat, 07/14/2018 12:00 PM Killed Darrell Hoskins  0.0  Meredith TN 
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  mowing the lawn    Ground Strike,Mowing the lawn,Outside,Tree 
(Meredith) -- A Tennessee father of two died after being struck by lightning while mowing the lawn at his mother's house. Darrell Hoskins was cutting the last patch of grass Saturday afternoon when it began to rain in Fayette County, WREG reported. The sheriff's department said a lightning bolt hit a nearby tree and arced onto Hoskins' cellphone, which was in his shirt pocket. He died instantly. "Its just a freak accident, one of those things you read about," his aunt, Barbara Steward, told the station. The family said his 8-year-old daughter found his body lying on the lawn just moments later. "She ran three houses over until she found someone home and called 911," Hoskins' cousin, Stephanie Skelton, said in an interview with WMC. Steward and other relatives have since created a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses. "Darrell had the sweetest, gentlest spirit. Everyone loved him and he loved everybody," she said. Copyright 2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Fri, 07/13/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 at glf course  25.0  Des Moines IA 
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  in parking lot of golf course    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot 
They were struck by lightning Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Twin Anchors golf course in Story County. One of the victims is a man in his 20's who was unresponsive, but breathing when first responders arrived. A second man in his 40's was also hit. He was conscious and alert. Both men were taken to the hospital. Neither one of their immediate conditions is known. Storms were rolling through the area at the time, but the golf course owner says the skies were relatively clear at the time of the strike. About 400 people in the U.S. survive lightning strikes each year.
Thu, 07/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 14 soldiers  0.0  Foet Jackson SC 
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  outside training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
UPDATE: Recruits Sent to Hospital After Lightning Strike Return to Fort Jackson, Officials Say The lightning reportedly struck about 50 meters from the soldiers, who were reportedly standing under a lightning-safe structure. Author: Amanda Hurley Published: 5:05 PM EDT July 12, 2018 Updated: 8:01 PM EDT July 12, 2018 Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Fourteen recruits are back safely at Fort Jackson after lightning struck in close proximity Thursday. About 200 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment were taking part in a training exercise on the northeast side of Fort Jackson when lightning struck a field around 4 p.m., according to Pat Jones, a public information officer at Fort Jackson. The lightning reportedly struck about 50 meters from the soldiers, who were standing under a lightning-safe structure. Those 14 recruits were taken to Palmetto Health Richland for precautionary measures, but were transported back to the base with no injuries. They are all expected to return to duty, according to a Facebook post by Fort Jackson.
Tue, 07/10/2018 02:46 PM Killed man, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake Worth FL 
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  near a park  N/A  Outside,Park,Tree,Work 
Lightning strike kills one man and critically injures another Fire engine One man died and another was listed in critical condition following lightning strike, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel) Wayne K. Roustan Wayne K. RoustanContact Reporter Sun Sentinel Privacy Policy One man died and another was reported in critical condition following a possible lightning strike in Lake Worth, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Firefighters found the two men near a large park at 22nd Avenue North and Pierce Drive about 2:46 p.m. Tuesday. The two men were taken to a local area trauma hospital in critical condition, said Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto. One of the men died upon arrival at the hospital, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office said. An autopsy will be done by the medical examiners office to determine the official cause of death, she said. Dangerous lightning strikes are frequent in South Florida. One month ago, landscaper Rico Eltine, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, was critically injured by lightning in Margate. In mid-May, Maria Francisco Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth, was fatally struck by a lightning bolt while working in Parkland. Alphonso Lopez Ordonez was injured while standing about 15 feet away from Pascual, investigators said. wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4303 or Twitter @WayneRoustan
Tue, 07/10/2018 02:46 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake Worth FL 
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  near park    Golf Course,Outside,Tree,Work 
LAKE WORTH, Fla.  One person is dead, another injured after a lightning strike in Lake Worth. It happened near 22nd Avenue North and Pierce Drive around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Advertisement The second victim is in critical condition. WPBF 25 News spoke to a neighbor who says he heard three very loud lightning strikes and saw a burned man being taken out of the woods behind his house. I had to go back inside my dog was sitting right there, I had to go run him back inside because I thought my boat caught on fire or something. It was a big flash of lightning, it was crazy. I saw the guy all burnt up when they brought him out of the woods that was crazy, said Jamil Linares. He says the men are fumigators who work for Top Choice Pest and Environmental Services and are out here about once a month.
Mon, 07/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2, utility worker  0.0  Cooper City FL 
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      Burnt,Outside,Work 
Mon, 07/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2, utility worker  27.0  Cooper City FL 
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  working on pole    Indirect,Outside,Power Pole,Work 
COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took a Pike utility worker to the hospital after, officials said, he was struck by lightning in Cooper City. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the near electrocution in the area Stirling Road and North Lake Boulevard, in the Rock Creek community, Monday afternoon. Officials said the Florida Power and Light contractor was working on a power pole in a utility bucket when he was injured. In a statement, and FPL spokesperson wrote, While working on a project to ensure electric service reliability in the area, lightning struck a pole the crew was working on. Paramedics transported the 27-year-old victim to Memorial Regional Hospital, and he is expected to be OK. He was conscious and alert when he got to the hospital. The FPL statement reads in part, As a precaution, the FPL contractor was taken to the hospital for observation. Officials said he will likely be kept overnight for further observation. Another worker suffered burns, but he refused transport. FPL officials said there was a power outage in the area where the utility crew was working, which left about 3,000 customers without electricity, but power has since been restored to the area. Copyright 2018 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sun, 07/08/2018 12:00 PM Injured volnteer  0.0  Rocky Mountain National Park CO 
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  outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK  A volunteer on the west side of the park was injured when lighting struck the ground near her Sunday. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to Granby Medical Center with injuries that were classified as not life-threatening, according to Rocky Mountain National Park. The volunteer was on the Red Mountain Trail, which is located off the Colorado River Trail, about one mile from the trailhead when the lightning struck Sunday afternoon, according to a press release from Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail is on the west side of the national park. "It appears that the volunteer was not struck directly by lightning, but lightning struck the ground nearby," the release states. No other information was released.
Sat, 07/07/2018 02:54 PM Injured Alice Tran, 1 of 3 in water  23.0  Isla of Palms SC 
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  in water  N/A  In Water,Indirect,Outside,Water,Wet 
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C.  A man and woman were struck by lightning Saturday at a South Carolina beach during a thunderstorm. The Post and Courier reported that crews were called to the Isle of Palms beach shortly before 3 p.m. and discovered the victims in the water. The child was also in the water nearby, but it was not clear if the child was struck. The woman suffered cardiac arrest and was given CPR. All three were taken to the hospital. The woman is in serious condition and the other two are in stable condition, according to the paper. Alice Tran sat soaking in the warm beach sun when clouds began to brood above. Drizzle misted. The sky darkened, and soon rain poured down. Her brothers family scurried up the Isle of Palms beach along with a thicket of others fleeing the incoming storm. Alices longtime boyfriend, Seth Baird, carried a cooler back to their car. Alice and her 9-year-old sister, Heaven, stayed. Alice would start a dental hygienist program back home in Tennessee in six weeks. She had planned this trip to spend time with her family, and she was determined to enjoy this day, July 7, at the beach. By the time Seth returned, rain drenched him. Thunder rumbled. Lightning flashed as he joined Alice and her sister in the water. Its getting pretty bad, he cautioned. Yet, another family still tossed a football up the beach. A half-dozen others played in the surf at a distance. I really hate to drive all this way and not enjoy the beach, Alice said. +9 Alice Tran and Seth Baird Alice Tran and Seth Baird. Provided Just then, a boom shattered the sky. Heaven clamped her eyes shut against a blinding explosion as lightning struck the water. Seths mind went dark, a switch flipped. Then, stillness. And quiet. Until Heaven screamed. The sound pierced Seths ears and jarred him awake. He tasted salt water. Rain pummeled him. Lifting his head from the water, he turned toward Heaven. The little girl pointed frantically. Five feet away, face up in the water, 23-year-old Alice floated. Her long black hair splayed over the oceans roiling surface. She did not move. Through his muddled thoughts, legs wobbly, Seth clambered toward her. Gripping beneath her armpits, he dragged Alice toward the beach. Waves shoved him. Rain pounded. Sand drained beneath his footing. As his strong arms weakened, Alices head dipped. Water reached into her mouth. Go to the bag and get a phone! Call 911! he yelled. Heaven scrambled away. The race to save Alice was on. The starters Loud as his weakened body could muster, over the roar of rain and waves, Seth screamed: Help! From the family playing football in the distance, two men sprinted down the beach toward him and helped pull Alice onto the sand. Seth grasped one slender wrist feeling for a pulse. Nothing. Her eyes rolled back in her head. Do you know CPR? one of the men asked. Seth had taken a class more than a year earlier through his job as a mechanical engineer  protocol for those who handled high voltage. He never imagined hed actually use it, and he remembered very little. He did, however, recall that chest compressions were the most important part. +9 Alice and Heaven Tran before they were struck by lightning Alice Tran, 23, and her sister, 9-year-old Heaven. Provided Positioning the heels of his palms on her lower sternum, he pressed hard in rapid succession. One of the bystanders breathed into Alices mouth. When Seths arms quaked with exhaustion, he and the man switched places. As they did, Heaven found Alices cellphone in their beach bag. Jabbing at the numbers, she couldnt get through the passcode. The other bystander ran over to help her. It was 2:54 p.m. A crew of paramedics happened to be four blocks away responding to another call when their radios crackled with this new, more urgent emergency. One drove his Tahoe onto the beach toward the two men performing CPR. James Brashear and his partner parked the ambulance, grabbed their gear and sprinted down the long stretch of sand. They clustered around Seth. All right, man. I got you, one said. Seth stepped back. The first responders took over. Pass the baton Alice had no pulse, no heartbeat. She was in cardiac arrest. Brashear sat at her head, directing the crew. Hovering about 8 feet away, Heaven sobbed. A fire commander scooped her up and put her in his pickup. She didnt need to be right there watching, if her big sister died. Paramedics shocked Alice with a defibrillator. They shoved a breathing tube down her throat. With each passing second, Seth felt the slow tick of Alices life ebbing away, until someone called out: Ive got a pulse! The men hoisted Alice onto a backboard and rushed her to the waiting ambulance. Her condition: unstable and critical. Brashear stood beside Seth at the ambulances back doors. You want to go? he asked. Seth did, but he shook his head. He couldnt leave Heaven alone. The ambulance doors closed. Traffic choked both routes off the Isle of Palms as beach-goers fled the intense storm. Police moved in to help the ambulance get off the island so it could make the 17-mile journey to Medical University Hospitals emergency room and the areas highest-level trauma bay. Following behind in another ambulance, Heaven sat with Seth in a blanket, clutching a stuffed fire dog. The traumatized child had calmed. Seth tried to mask his fear. When they finally arrived, MUSC Childrens Hospital staff found that Heaven, while deeply shaken, appeared physically fine. Seth refused treatment. He needed to find Alice. Still sandy and wearing his swim trunks, he hurried to the adult ER, where someone led him to a room. Inside, a chaplain waited. Seth panicked: Was Alice dead? Her brother, Stan, and his family gathered with him. So did Alices distraught mother, Mary Phan. A Vietnam native, she had just been grocery shopping for a nice family meal that night. Instead, they all waited in tense silence until a team of doctors bustled in, filling the room. Alice was alive, but she was critically ill. So far, she had not responded to any of their commands. They did not know how much brain damage, if any, she had suffered. Only time will tell. Alice had joined a band of the few, given anyones odds of getting struck by lightning in a year were roughly one in 1 million. +9 Alice Tran in MUSC's medical intensive care unit Alice Trans loved ones and medical crews had no idea how much brain damage she suffered as she lingered in a medically induced coma to preserve what function remained. Provided The good news: After suffering cardiac arrest on the beach, Alices heartbeat was strong. A lightning bolt can contain 100 million to 1 billion volts, clearly enough to jolt the hearts electrical rhythm and cause cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death among those struck. Dr. Todd Gandy, a pulmonology fellow, explained that he would admit Alice to an intensive care unit where she would be placed into a medically induced coma. They would cool her body to help preserve and restore brain function. Do you all want to come see her? In a somber line, her family followed the team to a room where she lay amid a narrow field of tubes and machines. Clumps of sand matted her hair and coated her body. A breathing tube snaked down her throat. IVs sprouted from her arms. Seth stepped to the bedside, then leaned down and kissed her, just above her cheek bone. Hed always been told that hearing was the last sense to go. He whispered, I love you. They couldnt linger for long, however. The medical team needed to run with the baton of Alices fragile life. +9 nails alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Seth Baird holds his girlfriend Alice Trans hand in an MUSC hospital room. The 23-year-old Tennessean was fighting for her life after lightning struck her July 7 on the Isle of Palms beach. Baird pulled her from the water and performed CPR. Wade Spees/Staff The power runners About a year earlier, MUSC had begun using a new method of induced hypothermia, which chills the core body temperature of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest or with head injuries, to preserve brain function. It involved doctors inserting a large catheter into patients necks or groins so water could cool their blood as it passed. In Alices case, Dr. Gandy inserted one into her right leg. For 24 hours, he lowered her core to just above 93 degrees Fahrenheit, about five degrees below normal. In her ICU room, nurses guided a careful dance of cooling and sedation. A technician brushed Alices long, tangled hair and braided it so she could tape electrodes to Alices scalp. Others wiped sand off her body. +9 Alice Tran before lightning struck Alice Tran before lightning struck. Provided After 24 hours, the medical team began to slowly rewarm her. As they worked, Alices family moved from a rental house to a hotel so they could rotate shifts at her bedside. Each day, they vacuumed up every scrap of news her nurses and doctors could provide. Each day, the team cautioned: Its going to take time. For three days, Alice lay in a medically induced coma, a machine breathing for her. Electrodes monitored for seizures. An IV pumped sedation. A big green neck brace held her head still. A white hospital gown with stars and moons covered her thin, motionless body. Little Heaven climbed into Seths lap. The 9-year-old had spent her nights crying, her days worrying that her big sister might never wake up. Is it our fault we decided to stay? she asked. The question haunted them all. Seth answered carefully. Heaven, sweetheart, its not your fault whatsoever, he assured. Youre the hero. He reminded her that she had woken him in the water and that shed found the phone to call 911, just like hed told her to, even though she was so frightened. He didnt say that, yes, they should have left the beach, or that theirs would become a cautionary tale for others who roll the dice with lightning. The nurses slowly reduced Alices sedation. The only way to gauge her brain function would be to interact with her  and that meant waking her up and seeing if she could breathe on her own well enough to remove the ventilator. Alices family crowded her room, eager for this reckoning. The medical team started with 30 minutes of watching to see if Alice initiated her own breaths and inhaled well enough. She did, but the doctors still worried. Fluid was building in her body due to her ailing kidneys. They waited another 24 hours. The next day, Alice breathed on her own again. However, her breaths came rapidly with the ventilator off, and her heartbeat raced. Her blood pressure shot up. A doctor removed the tube in her throat but ordered oxygen, worried she might need to return to the machine. Yet, as the sedation ebbed, Alice still breathed on her own. She tried to open her eyes. She turned her head. She nodded. She moved her arms and legs. Little signs that deep inside the wounded brain, at least something of her remained. Mary prayed at her daughters bedside each day, placing a picture of Buddha onto Alices forehead as she did so. Seth, a Christian, also prayed and clung to the hope that Alice could still hear him. He recounted favorite memories of their four-year relationship and his hopes of bringing her home to play games and eat out at new restaurants, which she enjoyed. They would do that again, he promised. One day, he set his cellphone near her head and played a song. It was I Like Me Better by Lauv. To not know who I am but still know that Im good long as youre here with me ... Can you hear it? he asked. Alice nodded. His heart jumped. It was their song. Can you recognize it? She nodded again. Alice was in there, he felt certain. The final leg of the race, the anchor leg, was hers to win. It would be the toughest, though, and she would need to become the fiercest of competitors. +9 wideroom alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Family surrounded Alice Tran as she struggled to recover from a lightning strike and cardiac arrest. Her mother, Mary Phan, stands beside Alices older brother, Stan. Her boyfriend, Seth Baird sits across the hospital bed. Wade Spees/Staff The anchor leg As Alice emerged from the coma, confusion muddied her thoughts. Her kidneys still struggled. She might need dialysis. Her heart rate soared. Her blood pressure spiked. In a weak voice, she whimpered, Mommy, I hurt. Her chest throbbed from CPR trauma. One day, she woke up enough to ask Mary: Why did you bring me here? Her long-term memories remained mostly intact. But she remembered nothing about coming to Charleston, nothing about the beach, nothing about getting struck by lightning. Mary peppered her with questions. Who is the president? Obama. What restaurant did they just go to for her birthday? Alice couldnt remember. +9 hold alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Mary Phan is happy with every step of progress her daughter Alice Tran makes  including sitting up in the hospital bed. The 23-year-old Tennessean has been in a fight for her life after a July 7 lightning strike on the Isle of Palms. Brother Stan Tran and boyfriend Seth Baird were also in the room. Wade Spees/Staff Wade Spees As the days passed, physical therapists got Alice to sit up in bed. When they helped her over into a soft chair beside it, her head flopped. Her knees buckled. She grimaced with pain. Every day, they lugged her out of bed again. Every day, Alice could help them a little more. Almost 12 days after Alices heart stopped, her primary nurse arrived for a shift. Stephanie Pettiet noticed something right off: She could hear Alices Tennessee drawl. Where before Alice had sounded so weak, often confused, she seemed much more with it. She even remembered details that Seth had just told her about what happened on the beach. Alice also wanted to walk. I have to get back to school, she insisted. +9 betweenhands alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Alice Tran held the hands of her brother, Stan, on her right, and boyfriend Seth Baird on her left as family gathered in her MUSC hospital room to support her. Wade Spees/Staff Alice worked as a dental assistant and had gotten into a competitive dental hygienist program. Classes started in five weeks. She needed to get home. Stephanie called a physical therapist who helped Alice get out of bed. On her own, despite pain in her back and chest, Alice stepped with a metal walker across her room and through the doorway. Stephanie followed closely with a chair. Mary followed with a camera. Alice walked down the entire hall, about 100 feet. After two weeks in the ICU, she moved to a regular hospital room. She didnt stay there long. Alice left MUSC for good late last Sunday, 15 days after arriving. She rode in a wheelchair, covered with hospital blankets as her family profusely thanked the doctors and nurses who saved her. During the seven-hour drive home to Knoxville, she mostly slept, to Seths relief. He pulled into their home at 2:30 a.m. and helped her inside. She melted into her own bed. The next day, she showered by herself, scrubbing and rinsing her long black hair. Her short-term memory remained a struggle. But her classes started in a month, and she was determined to be ready for them. A new race was on. To help Alice Tran Alice Tran did not have health insurance when lightning struck her at the beach. To help her pay medical bills, her family has set up a Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/alice-tran. +9 sittingup alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Mary Phan is happy with every step of progress her daughter Alice Tran makes  including sitting up in the hospital bed. Alices brother Stan and boyfriend Seth Baird were also in the room. Wade Spees/Staff Wade Spees Contact Jennifer Hawes at 843-937-5563. Follow her on Twitter @jenberryhawes. Facebook Twitter Email Print Alice Tran and her family were hoping for a relaxing vacation in South Carolina before she went back to school. Their vacation was anything but relaxing. In fact, it was almost deadly. Tran, a 23-year-old dental hygienist student from LaFollette, Tennessee, was nearly struck by lightning in the Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. On July 7, Tran; her boyfriend, Seth Baird; and her 9-year-old sister, Heaven Phan, were walking in the shallow part of the ocean while it was raining. Taking it all in was bad idea "We wanted to take it all in since we were there for only a few days," Tran said. They had arrived late the day before and were able to spend only a little time at the beach. As thunder rolled in, lightning struck the water. "Before it hit, all I remember is the girls smiling and laughing," Baird said. "It happened as quick as a light switch." Baird said after she was shocked by the impact of the lightning strike, Tran was floating face up a few feet away, not responding. He dragged her out of the water with the help of two bystanders, started performing CPR and asked Phan to call 911. Alice Tran, left, poses with her younger sister Heaven Phan. Phan helped save Tran by calling 911 after her near-death accident near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. Alice Tran, left, poses with her younger sister Heaven Phan. Phan helped save Tran by calling 911 after her near-death accident near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. (Photo: Alice Tran and Seth Baird) "I just prayed the whole time I was doing it," Baird said. "I knew in that moment it was just me, her and God, and that was it." Paramedics responded at around 3 p.m. and took over for Baird. Tran was suffering from cardiac arrest, so they shocked her with a defibrillator and placed a breathing tube down her throat. Shortly after, Trans pulse was back. Paramedics placed Tran in an ambulance. Baird and Phan followed behind in a separate ambulance. 'We just sat there and prayed' "We just sat there and prayed the whole time," Baird said. Phan was admitted to the children's hospital as a precautionary measure. Baird stayed with her for a while, then went to find Tran. Tran's brother, Stan Tran, his family and Alice Trans mother, Mary Phan, met at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. Alice Tran, middle, poses with her brother, Stan Tran, right, and her sister, Heaven Phan. Alice Tran was on vacation with her sister and brother when she was nearly struck by lightning near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. Alice Tran, middle, poses with her brother, Stan Tran, right, and her sister, Heaven Phan. Alice Tran was on vacation with her sister and brother when she was nearly struck by lightning near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. (Photo: Alice Tran and Seth Baird) Alice Tran was in critical condition. She was hooked up with IV fluids and electroencephalogram cords. She was admitted to ICU and placed in a medically induced coma for three days. After emerging from the coma, Tran remembered everything up until the trip itself. "It even took me a while to remember it actually," she said. She struggled to move initially, doubling over when trying to get out of her hospital bed. But 12 days after the accident happened, she was able to walk the entire hospital hallway. Tran left the hospital on Sunday, July 22, and headed back to her home in LaFollette. The odds of getting struck by lightning are about one in 1 million. According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured. Tran, however, isn't letting this accident dictate her life. "Right now I'm just trying to work on getting better," she said. "I have a million things on my mind, and (the accident) happened at the worst time." STORY FROM CITI Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Card See more ’ She starts her dental hygienist program in less than a month, but she's already noticing the challenges she'll be facing in the upcoming weeks. "I hope it gets better, but my hands are weak, my body is weak," she said. "Even standing up, Im wobbly. Im nervous that I wont be able to perform the tasks I need to." She will be going to physical therapy, which will hopefully help with the shakiness. "Im looking forward to getting better for sure," she said. "Thats my main goal right now." Regardless of everything that's happened, she said she had support the whole time. "You know, there are those that are close to you and shower you with love every day," she said. "But when something like this happens and those who dont talk to you every day reach out  thats the silver lining. It makes the whole situation more bearable. I cant be more appreciative." Lightning safety tips and resources In 2018 so far, 15 people have died from being struck by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. There are a few ways that you can keep yourself safe if lightning strikes. Get inside as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning; Avoid open areas. Dont be the tallest object in the area; Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles; If you can't make it inside an enclosed building, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed provides good protection.
Sat, 07/07/2018 Injured 1 of 2  0.0  Fremont county CO 
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Officials believe lightning sparked one of two wildfires burning in Fremont County Saturday. The sheriff's office said two people were reportedly struck by lightning in Royal Gorge Park around the same time the fires started. Their conditions are unknown, but they did deny any medical treatment. One fire is behind the quarry near Fremont Peak, close to mile marker 275. The other is off Fremont County Road 3 near the old Buckskin Joes. Heavy smoke and flames were visible throughout the day. The fire near Fremont Peak is being called the Quarry Fire, which is reportedly over 10 acres. The fire burning off Fremont County Road 3 is being called the Twin Fire. Eastridge campground off County Road 3 has been evacuated as a precaution, the sheriff's office said. Multiple agencies are on scene responding to the blaze. Bureau of Land Management crews have been able to establish a line around the Twin Fire, that is 1/10 of an acre in size. Several single engine air tankers and a helicopter were doing water drops over the Quarry Fire, along with a number of hand crews on scene. Air attacks have slowed down, as crews will monitor the blaze throughout the night.

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