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Mon, 07/10/2017 12:00 AM Injured Lauren Potts  27.0  Luderdale Lakes FL 
 USA 
  holding umbrella near pool    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Pool,Work 
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. - A 27-year-old swimming instructor was taken to a hospital after she was jolted by a nearby lightning strike, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. The woman, identified as Lauren Potts, was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived at the Lauderdale Lakes Swimming Pool Complex on Northwest 39th Street. More News Headlines Woman gives birth to baby boy after struck by lightning in Fort Myers Pregnant woman struck by lightning in Fort Myers Man dies after struck by lightning at Pembroke Pines construction site She was taken to Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and has since been released. "I felt a jolt through my left arm where I was holding the umbrella and I kind of couldn't move," Potts said. "I think I'm definitely blessed and I have angels looking over me. I definitely feel like I was in good favor." According to authorities, Potts had been sitting in her car, waiting for the rain to let up when she decided to walk into the building. "She was sitting in her vehicle to allow the rain to pass. Once the rain passed, she took her umbrella and headed into the building, and before she could get into the building, she was struck," city spokeswoman Marna Mobley said. Authorities said lightning struck a cement pole nearby, and the jolt traveled through the ground to where the woman was walking. Potts made it inside the building, where she suddenly felt dazed. "Of course, she was a little shaken up, first of all, and then she mentioned that she had a little issues with her right side -- you know, a little nervousness with her right side," Mobley said. Mobley said Potts has worked for the city for six years. Authorities said about six Floridians are killed annually by lightning. "Let this close call be a reminder that anytime there's lightning, anytime you hear thunder or see lightning or even see dark clouds -- we're heading into the rainy season now -- seek shelter," Jachles said.
Mon, 07/10/2017 12:00 PM Killed Jeremy Harper  37.0  Baker FL 
 USA 
  camping    Camping,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
BAKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials, a Kentucky man died from his injuries after lightning struck near him while he was camping Monday night. Thirty five year old Jeremy Harper was camping at the Wilderness Landing Campground off Corduroy Road in Baker when lightning hit a tree next to him. Harper reportedly got knocked to the ground. He was camping with eight others family members, but the lightning didn't injure anyone else. Paramedics rushed Harper to North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview. He reportedly died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Sat, 07/08/2017 12:22 AM Injured 2 of 3  0.0  Martin County FL 
 USA 
  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Sat, 07/08/2017 12:20 AM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Stuart FL 
 USA 
  near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Lightning strike injures 3 in Martin County Posted: Jul 08, 2017 9:12 PM EDT Updated: Jul 08, 2017 9:15 PM EDT Credit: Mathias Krumbholz / CC BY-SA 3.0 Credit: Mathias Krumbholz / CC BY-SA 3.0 STUART, Fla. (WPBF)  Three people were injured when lightning struck a tree just west of Stuart on Saturday afternoon, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. Fire Rescue crews responded to Phipps Park, along the St. Lucie Canal just northwest of the Kanner Highway exits to Interstate 95 around 12:20 p.m., said Martin County Fire Rescue. The people were standing near the tree when the strike happened. Two people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The condition and ages of those injured have not been released. A pregnant Fort Myers woman was struck by lightning a week ago while standing outside her home. She was a week away from her due date. Meghan Davidson was released from the hospital Friday. Her baby son, Owen, was delivered via emergency C-section when Davidson arrived at the hospital. His condition has not been released. - RELATED: What to do when lightning strikes
Sat, 07/08/2017 11:22 PM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Martin County FL 
 USA 
  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
MARTIN COUNTY  Three people near a lightning strike in Phipps Park were injured Saturday afternoon, Martin County Fire Rescue said. The storm moved into the southern park of the county and rumbled over the park, at 2175 N.W. Locks Road, south of the St. Lucie Canal and west of Florida's Turnpike. The lightning struck a tree in the park, near the three injured people, Fire Rescue Division Chief Jon Belding said. A 911 call was made at 12:22 p.m. Two of the three were hospitalized, while the third person declined after an evaluation by paramedics, Belding said. More: Fort Pierce man dies after being struck by lightning in May in Martin County The extent of their injuries was not known, but Belding said all of them were conscious when paramedics arrived. The National Weather Service said there's a 50 percent chance for more thunderstorms the rest of the afternoon in Martin. Chances drop to 30 percent in the evening.
Sat, 07/08/2017 12:22 AM Injured 3 of 3  0.0  Martin County FL 
 USA 
  near a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Thu, 07/06/2017 12:00 PM Injured Kentrell Toliver  30.0  Amherst VA 
 USA 
  touching screen door    Indirect,Indoors 
Amherst man struck by lightning, lives to tell story; "I thought about playing lottery" by Valencia Jones & Elizabeth Tyree Friday, July 7th 2017 Kentrell Toliver, 30, poses with children Leeah, 9, and Jayden, 5 (Photo: Valencia Jones) AA AMHERST, Va. (WSET) -- Lightning struck a man in Amherst and he lived to tell his story. "I came in the house, and I reached for the door handle, but there's no handle, so I turned to my right, and as soon as I grabbed the door, it shocked me," Kentrell Toliver said. The 30-year-old was struck by lightning and couldn't move for about 10 seconds. Lightning had traveled up one forearm, down the other, and through his shoe. "It blew the sole off the shoe, and once it blew the sole off, this was the exit area," he explained. His daughter saw him leaning against the wall shortly after. "I just thought, 'Wow, my dad just got struck by lightning. Is he gonna be ok?'" Leeah Toliver said. "I told her to check on my son. She went down the hall to check on him, and I made it to the bedroom," Kentrall added. "My aunt came like 10 minutes after this happened." His parents also came by and took him to the hospital. "He showed me his thumb, and it was black, and you could smell it," said Brenda Brown, his aunt. The National Weather Service reports the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 1,083,000. The odds of being struck in a lifetime are 1 in more than 13,000. "They say there's a better chance of hitting the lottery than getting struck by lightning, and I actually thought about playing the lottery after that," Toliver said. "We're just thankful that he's alive, because we know that it's God who kept him," said Brown. "I'm just blessed that I'm still alive for my kids and they're still here to see me," Toliver added. Toliver says the lightning strike did result in a minor heart complication and doctors said the problem should repair on its own. MORE TO EXPLORE
Wed, 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Injured Faith Mobley  16.0  Haleyville AL 
 USA 
  working inside  N/A  Door,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
HALEYVILLE, AL (WBRC) - A Haleyville teenager is recovering at UAB Hospital Thursday morning after being struck by lightning while working at McDonald's Wednesday afternoon. Faith Mobley, 16, says she was washing a gravy bowl when she saw a flash of light outside. She says the lightning hit the building, traveled through the water to her body, went through her drive-thru headset, went through her body and exited through her foot and shoe. She even has a hole in her shoe where the lightning exited. "When it hit, I seen a flash of light right in front of me and somebody actually had to catch me because I went to fall backwards," she said. Mobley says she had a blister on her foot Wednesday, but it was gone by Thursday morning. She says when the lightning hit her she fell backwards and a coworker caught her. Her coworkers called an ambulance and they rushed her to UAB Hospital to the burn center. "It was like 20 people in the room and they took me straight to trauma and the burn center because there was a burn on my foot and like everyone else was just watching," she said. "And later I thought everyone was supposed to be in there, and they said they were just really amazed by the story." Mobley is expected to be released from the hospital later Thursday. Even though she's only 16, Mobley is a student at Bevill State Community College. She skipped several grades and graduated high school in May. Mobley says she's thankful to be ok and looking forward to returning to her classes and work. Copyright 2017 WBRC. All rights reserved. ? Teen says lightning strike improved her vision and changed her eye color Posted: Jul 07, 2017 6:09 AM EDT Updated: Jul 07, 2017 6:34 AM EDT LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A Haleyville, Alabama teen says a lightning strike corrected her vision and changed the color of her eyes. Faith Mobley, 16, was struck by lightning on Wednesday while she was working at McDonald's. She says she remembers washing dishes when the storm blew thru and she heard a loud boom. "When it hit, everything just tightened up. My muscles just spasmed mostly, and everything went numb," said Mobley. The lightning hit the building, traveled through the water to her body and drive-thru headset, before exiting through her foot and shoe, according to Mobley. Since the lightening strike Mobley says she no longer needs to wear her glasses. She also said her eyes used to be dark green and now they are a lighter color. "This is the first time I've ever seen or heard of this, but it's a great thing that it happened and we're very happy for her," said Dr. James Hwang. Mobley says she's looking forward to going back to work and school. Copyright 2017 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.
Tue, 07/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured Mike Whitfield  0.0  Vilonia AR 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Stormy Weather 
VILONIA, Ark. - Whether it's good or bad, sometimes life is all about luck. "The lightning came up the top and skinned the tree," says Mike Whitfield. Mike's luck is a mixture of good and bad. "I ran out to grab that hammock, reached up to start to unhook it and boom," he says. Lightning knocked him to the ground on Independence Day while he says thunderstorms were several miles away. He says his life flashed right before his eyes. "In my own mind, I seem to be fully aware of what happened. I was kind of talking to myself in a little bubble," he says. Mike's wife, Meredith Whitfield, says she had to roll him over to get out hot spots because his clothes were smoldering. "I'm putting my ear to his chest to see if I can hear him breathing because it's raining so hard at this point," Meredith says. Their kids were outside when the strike happened. Meredith says while helping her husband physically recover she's also helping her children recover mentally. "Their eyes just don't continue to replay that because I know I do," she says. Mike says he thought the lightning strike was going to kill him. "There was a moment. The first thought that went through my mind was this is it. This is how it all ends right here and I was completely at peace. I was never really scared," Mike says. With strong family values and his faith, Mike says he has good luck because he's able to breathe. "It was God that protected me from getting severely injured," says Mike. "I do feel like I get another chance to live again." Mike goes to the eye doctor on Friday. He'll be back at the Burn Unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital later this month.
Mon, 07/03/2017 06:15 PM Killed David Ortiz  0.0  Midland TX 
 USA 
  sitting in driveway    Outside 
MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/FOX24) - A Midland man is dead after he was struck by lightning Monday night. Police responded to the 300 block of Maple Avenue around 6:15 p.m.where they found the man unresponsive. He was then taken to the hospital and later pronounced deceased. We will update this story as more information becomes available. The family of the man who died has a message for all: it can happen to anyone. Just one day after the tragedy, children were seen playing soccer under the shining sun at Ratliff Park  just across the street from the Ortiz familys home. But it was a completely different scene on Monday evening  when their worst nightmare became a reality. David Ortiz daughter, Andrea, recalls her father talking about the thunderstorm moments before he was killed. He was like, 'oh, it won't hit here.' Right after he finished saying that, it hit him, Andrea said. Those were Davids last words before his life was taken in the blink of an eye. Its really painful. Its something you cant describe, you know, its unbelievable, she added. David was sitting on a cinderblock wall lining his driveway yesterday chatting with family. Thats when they say they heard a loud explosion. I was standing right here and then when the lightning came I was over there, said Davids nephew, Israel, as he signaled how far the shock of the lightning bolt threw him. He added that the strike was so powerful it even knocked him out. When Israel came to, he smelled something burning and saw his uncle lying unconscious on the ground, and his cell phone on fire. I really expected him to be okay, Andrea said. Meteorologist Matt Salerno with the National Weather Service of Midland says David was most likely struck because of where he was sitting. It was probably the large tree that he was next to. We just tell people to try to stay indoors, be under cover as best you can, Salerno said. If you ever find yourself in a wide open field during an electrical storm, the best thing you can do is get into a car. Thats because if lightning strikes, the vehicles metal cage will protect you by taking the hit. Salerno also adds that as tempted as you may be to go outside and watch the storm, you really should stay inside. Lightning can travel up to 50 miles from the storm and strike anywhere. Last nights storm averaged 150 strikes every five minutes, according to Salerno and the NWS. Around six o'clock, [Monday evening] lightning was already striking part of the East side of Midland and Central Midland before the storm even reached there. It might not have even been raining at that point and there's still lightning, Salerno said. He also adds that when theres more precipitation in a storm, theres a higher chance of lightning strikes since water conducts electricity. As for the Ortiz family, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses for David.
Fri, 06/30/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  Sebago Lake ME 
 USA 
      Outside 
RAYMOND, Maine  A person was struck by lightning as a severe thunderstorm moved through the Sebago Lake area Friday afternoon. The incident happened in Raymond on Cape Road, officials said.
Thu, 06/29/2017 04:30 PM Killed Owen Davidson (newborn)  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
      Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside 
FORT MYERS, Fla. - According to a friend of the family, the baby of a pregnant mother who was struck by lightning died Wednesday. Owen was delivered a week before Meghan Davidson's due date after she was struck June 30. She was out walking with her mother outside of her Whispering Palms home. At last check, Davidson still has some pain because she had a collapsed lung and went into cardiac arrest, but is recovering. - RELATED: Pregnant mom struck by lightning showing signs of improvement We've been told she has been able to react with her eyes when her husband, Matt, says her name.
Thu, 06/29/2017 04:30 PM Injured Meghan Davdson  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
  walking   N/A  Outside,Walking 
FORT MYERS, Fla. A nine-month-old pregnant woman struck by lightning Thursday afternoon remained in critical condition on Friday. Doctors delivered Meghan Davidsons baby boy at Lee Memorial Hospital after she was struck on Triangle Palms Lane in the Whispering Palms neighborhood. The condition of the baby, who was taken to Golisano Childrens Hospital, was not immediately known. Davidson was struck as heavy storms moved through the area. A BJs Wholesale Club store less than two miles from the neighborhood was evacuated after it was also struck by lightning. Pregnant woman struck by lightning gives birth, expected to make full recovery Posted: Jul 06, 2017 10:45 AM EDT Updated: Jul 06, 2017 10:54 AM EDT (ABC News) -- A pregnant mother who was struck by lightning and delivered her baby by emergency cesarean section has been moved out of ICU and is improving, according to her husband. - Using our app? WATCH VIDEO HERE She is doing a lot better, Matt Davidson, of Fort Myers, Florida, told ABC News today. Dramatic video shows friends caught in lightning strike on Australian bay Davidsons wife, Meghan Davidson, was walking alone near the familys home last Thursday when she was struck by lightning. Meghan Davidson, who was in her third trimester, was taken to a local hospital where the couples son, Owen, was delivered via C-section. Davidson did not provide an update on Owen, saying only that the newborn is still hospitalized. Its just a waiting game at the moment, he said. Meghan Davidson is currently in fair condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman told ABC News. 911 calls provided to ABC News by the Lee County Department of Public Safety show that neighbors responded immediately after Meghan Davidson was struck. One neighbor told the 911 operator he could not find a pulse and was later instructed to use his own shirt to wedge as a cushion under her back. Another neighbor told the 911 operator he was outside with his son and saw Meghan Davidson walking. He described the weather at the time as a little cloudy but no rain or thunder or lightning that we could tell. Then all of a sudden there was a flash of lightning, he told the 911 operator. It startled my son.
Wed, 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman   0.0  Bozeman MT 
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Outside 
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Lightning is proving to be dangerous in southwest Montana. A Three Forks woman is recovering after she was hit by lightning. The woman was struck Wednesday afternoon on the 1600 block of Skyline Road north of Three Forks. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office tells NBC Montana she suffered minor injuries to one of her legs as a result of the strike. They say she was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for treatment. NBC Montana reached out to American Medical Response for more information on the incident but have not received further details. Lightning is a major cause of storm related deaths. According to weather.com, when you weigh the population of each state, Wyoming has the highest lightning death rate per million. That's followed by Colorado and Montana.
Tue, 06/27/2017 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Pembroke Pnes FL 
 USA 
  at construction site    Construction site,Outside,Work 
PEMBROKE PINES  One man was killed and another was injured when lightning struck at a Florida construction site. The Sun Sentinel reported that the lightning hit Tuesday afternoon in Pembroke Pines. Police said both men were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of them died. It appeared that the man who survived wasnt hit directly.
Tue, 06/27/2017 12:00 PM Killed Edwin Ramos JARQUIN, 1 of 2  33.0  Pembroke Pines FL 
 USA 
  at construction site  N/A  Construction site,Outside,Work 
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.  One man was killed and another was injured when lightning struck at a Florida construction site. The Sun Sentinel reports that the lightning hit Tuesday afternoon in Pembroke Pines. Police say both men were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of them died. It appeared that the man who survived wasnt hit directly. Funeral services were held Friday for Edwin Ramos Jarquin Armas, who died after being struck by lightning while working at a construction site in Pembroke Pines. Jarquin, 33, of Miami, was working on the City Center project at 103rd Avenue and Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines when he was hit on Tuesday, according to officials. ADVERTISING He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where he later died, Pembroke Pines police said. Jarquins identity was confirmed by the Broward Medical Examiners office and his brother, Byron Jarquin Armas of Miami. Paid Post WHAT'S THIS? Forget Social Security if you Own a Home (Do This) A Message from MorningFinance If you own a home, you should read this. Thousands of homeowners did this yesterday, and banks are furious! Do this now before it's... See More A second man also was taken to the hospital after the strike, although he did not appear to be directly hit, authorities said. The name of the injured person has not been released. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. A native of Nicaragua, Jarquin had been working in the U.S. for about eight years, according to his brother. . Jarquin leaves a son in Nicaragua, his brother said.
Thu, 06/15/2017 08:25 PM Injured person  0.0  Charlotte NC 
 USA 
  outside    Outside 
CHARLOTTE. N.C. -- One person was hospitalized after getting struck by lightning Thursday night. Medic responded to a call in the 3300 block of Freedom Drive in west Charlotte. The person was struck around 8:25 p.m. Person struck by lightning off Freedom drive around 8:25pm ET. pic.twitter.com/JpXdai0IpH Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) June 16, 2017 Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said lightning strikes way ahead of the storm and way behind the storm. "We find most lightning strike victims are hit when it's not raining because rain would force you to go inside," Panovich said. Panovich said it's important to wait 30 minutes after the last lightning strike you see or thunder you hear before going outside. Medic said the victim sustained minor injuries from the lightning strike. © 2017 WCNC.COM
Tue, 06/13/2017 12:00 PM Injured Richard Lane  57.0  Elkhart IN 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
ELKHART ⬠A local man is fighting to recover Tuesday after being struck by lightning. It happened Tuesday at an Elkhart apartment complex. Neighbors say the victim was trying to help others. Neighbors tell WSBT 22 that 57-year-old Richard Lane is known for saying â¬SHi⬝ to people and was in the neighborhood offering his mechanic services. They stayed with him Tuesday afternoon until first responders arrived. Alma Ocampo witnessed the lightning strike. â¬SHe said, â¬ÜHeyâ¬" to me, and that's when the lightning -- I seen it in the tree and when I turned, the guy just fell on the ground," Ocampo said. A scar on a tree in the Elkhart Green Apartment complex shows the force of a lightning bolt that struck Lane. It happened Tuesday afternoon just as Lane got off his parked bike under some tree branches, headed to fix a neighbor's car. Ocampo came outside to play with her daughter in the rain. "I didn't want to touch him because I didn't know, I didn't want to hurt him. I actually seen smoke coming out of his shirt, so I was scared," Ocampo said. Crushed glasses on the ground still mark where Lane fell. A family member who doesn't want to be named says she's not surprised Lane would get hurt doing something he loves: helping others. Neighbors say Lane is a staple in this community. He's often seen riding his motorcycle and stopping by to help people by fix their cars. â¬SI grabbed the phone, called 911, and I got close to him. I was trying to talk to him," Ocampo said. Neighbors say Lane was responsive when paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later. Family says he's in the hospital in stable condition. His bike is still with the neighbors who say they benefitted from his help and big heart. "I just want to hope he comes out good. I've seen him here. He was a nice guy, " Ocampo said. Family members said Lane is at a Fort Wayne Burn Center after first being transported to Elkhart General Hospital. They are asking for prayers.
Mon, 06/05/2017 12:00 AM Injured Nick Gemayel  47.0  Rochester NY 
 USA 
  at desk inside    Indirect,Indoors,Work 
Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester man is recovering after he was struck by lightning while sitting at his office desk on Monday. Nick Gemayel, owner of Rochester AutoWerks, was sitting in the office of his garage when thunderstorms hit, according to News 10 NBC in Rochester. A bolt of lightning hit the sidewalk in front of the building and traveled inside. Gemayel said electricity arced from a nearby light switch into his left hand, according to News 10. He recalled hearing the loudest cracking or popping sound he had ever heard and seeing a bright flash. The strike burned out wiring, computer systems and telephones and knocked out the power. It took about half an hour before Gemayel realized he was hurt, News 10 said. "My muscles started contracting and tensing," he said, according to the station. "And very foggy thinking. I started to feel very strange. Then my hand started to blister. You don't feel like yourself."
Sun, 06/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  San Antonia TX 
 USA 
  near struck plane    Airplane,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
A Southwest Airlines ramp agent was hospitalized Sunday after lightning struck a nearby plane at San Antonio International Airport. The employee, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital as a precaution and is in good condition, the airline said in a prepared statement. The agent reportedly "felt the effects from the strike" on the nearby aircraft, and was examined by local emergency personnel. Dallas-bound plane gets stuck in mud at San Antonio airport, grounding other flights On Saturday, a Dallas-bound American Airlines plane departing from San Antonio veered off the runway and became stuck in mud. It's not know why the plane went off the runway.
Sat, 05/27/2017 10:30 PM Injured man  0.0  Davis OK 
 USA 
  standing outside truck    Ground Strike,Outside 
DAVIS, Okla. (KXII) A man is recovering after being struck by lightning near Turner Falls on Saturday night. It happened around 10:30 pm. Davis Police Chief Dan Cooper said the man was standing outside of his truck near Keiryo Shop when he took a direct lightning strike to the chest. Cooper said he thinks the man was watching the storm when it happened. We're told the strike was so powerful it blew off his pants and shoes. The man was found walking along Highway 77 after he was hit. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore with severe burns but is expected to survive. According to the National Weather Service, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Cooper said people should remain indoors and out of danger during thunderstorms.
Thu, 05/18/2017 08:45 PM Injured man on a bike  0.0  Cohoes NY 
 USA 
  on a bike    Bicycle,Outside 
http://wnyt.com/news/cohoes-lightning-bicycle/4489134/
Wed, 05/17/2017 12:00 PM Injured worker  0.0  Martin County FL 
 USA 
  working on a pool    Outside,Pool,Work 
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - A man was transported to the hospital after possibly being struck by lightning in Martin County Wednesday afternoon, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. The incident happened near Ocean Breeze Park construction site. The patient was taken to Martin North Hospital in critical condition. Sheriff Snyder said the man was working on a pool and was possibly holding something metal at the time. The workers told our investigators that there was a flash of light and the boom. Obviously, associated with the lightning strike," said Sheriff Snyder. While we still have to wait for the hospital reports to determine if this was, in fact, a lightning strike, Snyder says it should serve as a reminder of how dangerous lightning can be. If there is a storm approaching, the best time to seek shelter is before the storm is right on top of you because that leading edge of the storm is often times where we see the lightning strikes," said Snyder. Martin County Sheriff's Office, Martin County Fire Rescue and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident. Worker injured, near Ocean Breeze Park construction site, possible lightening shock. MCSO, MCFR, OSHA investigating. pic.twitter.com/DQZFrzbKv7  MartinCountySheriff (@MartinFLSheriff) May 17, 2017 Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Wed, 05/17/2017 12:00 PM Killed Guadalupe Salinas  0.0  Fort Pierce FL 
 USA 
  working on pool    Delayed Death,Outside,Work 
UPDATE: Fort Pierce man killed by lightning strike By Kimberly Miller June 22, 2017 | Filed in: Weather The National Weather Service is reporting that a Fort Pierce man who was struck by lightning May 17 has died. It was the second death this year caused by lightning. The first occurred in Colorado on May 7. Related: Top 5 lightning myths. According to an incident report, construction worker Guadalupe Salinas was working on a pool and clubhouse in northern Martin County when he was struck. Lightning strikes south of Belvedere Road near I-95 in West Palm Beach on July 9, 2009. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post) He was taken to Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart and transferred to St. Marys Medical Center. Related: Amazing video of Florida lightning strike. John Jensenius, the weather services lightning expert, said the average number of lightning deaths for this time of year is nine. Although we are encouraged by the low number of lightning fatalities this year, the peak months for lightning fatalities are still to come  late June through early August, Jensenius said. Urgent request for county workers to staff hurricane shelters Your eyes will fry under normal sunglasses during 2017 eclipse, here's why
Sun, 05/07/2017 03:30 PM Killed Laura Miller, 1 of 2  36.0  Sedalia CO 
 USA 
  on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) A woman and her horse were killed when lightning struck during a ride Sunday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital. The two were riding their horses down a community bridle trail outside Sedalia and were on their way to meet the deceased's mother when they were hit by lightning. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there had been visible lightning in the area prior to the fatal strike. Both the woman and her horse were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to the hospital. At last report, her condition had improved since arriving at the hospital, but authorities didn't release any further information. The sheriff's office has not said if the two victims are related and are not releasing the name of the deceased until more family have been notified. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased during this very difficult time," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while this season is wonderful for enjoying outdoor recreational activities, please remember that lightning/thunder storms can be dangerous and/or fatal. There have been two-plus reported lightning strikes in the Denver Metro area in just the past few days. As a general guideline: if you can hear thunder, then the storm is too close. Seek shelter inside a hard top vehicle with the windows up or a substantial structure with electrical and plumbing. If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts." DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- The woman killed in a lightning strike while horseback riding on Sunday was identified Monday. The Douglas County Coroner's Office said Laura Miller, 36, died in the 7000 block of Rainbow Creek Road in Sedalia after the lightning strike about 3:20 p.m. Sunday. The horse she was riding was also killed in the strike and a 15-year-old female relative of Miller's was injured. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by fire crews. The girl was found conscious and breathing, and was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Her condition was not updated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Monday. The sheriff's office said the two were riding on a community bridle trail to meet Miller's mother when the strike happened. The sheriff's office said lightning was visible in the area.
Sun, 05/07/2017 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Highlands Ranch CO 
 USA 
  near tree with umbrella    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Umbrella 
HIGHLANDS RANCH - One woman was killed and another injured by lightning strikes over the weekend. While watching her stepson play baseball in the Arapahoe Youth League's Veterans Memorial Tournament on Saturday, an ER nurse helped a woman injured by a nearby lightning strike. Pauline Parises said the game was delayed because of a storm in the area. She said people took shelter under tents, in cars and in the dugout. However, she said one woman from the opposite team did not. "She was just standing next to a tree," Parises said. "She was standing kind of by herself with a chair and an umbrella." In another incident Sunday, a woman and her horse were killed ear Sedalia, marking the first death of its kind this year. Visit our partners at http://www.9News.com for the complete stories.
Sun, 05/07/2017 03:30 PM Injured teen on horse, 2 of 2  15.0  Sedalia CO 
 USA 
  on a horse  N/A  Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) A woman and her horse were killed when lightning struck during a ride Sunday afternoon. A 15-year-old girl is in the hospital. The two were riding their horses down a community bridle trail outside Sedalia and were on their way to meet the deceased's mother when they were hit by lightning. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there had been visible lightning in the area prior to the fatal strike. Both the woman and her horse were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was conscious but in serious condition and was taken to the hospital. At last report, her condition had improved since arriving at the hospital, but authorities didn't release any further information. The sheriff's office has not said if the two victims are related and are not releasing the name of the deceased until more family have been notified. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased during this very difficult time," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while this season is wonderful for enjoying outdoor recreational activities, please remember that lightning/thunder storms can be dangerous and/or fatal. There have been two-plus reported lightning strikes in the Denver Metro area in just the past few days. As a general guideline: if you can hear thunder, then the storm is too close. Seek shelter inside a hard top vehicle with the windows up or a substantial structure with electrical and plumbing. If you do get stranded in the outdoors, do not seek shelter under trees or along metal fences or posts."
Sat, 04/29/2017 12:00 PM Injured person  0.0  Prentiss MS 
 USA 
      Outside 
PRENTISS, Mississippi (WJTV)  A person has been struck by lightning in the Jefferson Davis County town of Prentiss, Mississippi. Authorities with the Emergency Management Agency inn Jefferson Davis county have confirmed the incident to WJTV. The identity and condition of the person has not been released at this time. This is a developing story. More information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Fri, 04/28/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Godfry MO 
 USA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Friday afternoon, firefighters were called to a Godfrey residence near Humbert road and Roach road in response to a man being struck by lightning. The Godfrey Fire Protection District received the call after a man in his 50s was doing auto maintenance in front of his residence, and a nearby tree was struck by lightning. The man was found conscious when responders arrived, which is apparently atypical for a direct lightning strike. He was taken by ambulance to an Alton hospital for treatment of his injuries where he was also prepared to be taken for further evaluation at a St. Louis hospital. A member of the victim's household placed the 9-1-1 call. (Copyright WBGZ Radio / www.AltonDailyNews.com)
Thu, 04/27/2017 06:30 PM Injured man  0.0  Elk Creek Township PA 
 USA 
  unloading propane tanks    Indirect,Outside,Work 
Thursday Posted Apr 27, 2017 at 7:58 PM Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 9:33 PM By Staff report A man was struck by lightning Thursday evening in the 9600 block of Route 6N in Elk Creek Township, according to Erie County dispatch. The lightning strike happened at about 6:30 p.m. at Inergy Propane, according to dispatchers. Authorities said the man was unloading propane tanks when he was struck by lightning. He suffered a burn mark to a hand, and was conscious when he was placed in an ambulance and taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment.
Thu, 04/27/2017 12:00 AM Injured woman  0.0  Cold Spring KY 
 USA 
  walking with umbrella     Outside,Umbrella 
COLD SPRING, Ky.  As strong storms swept across the Northern Kentucky area Saturday morning, a woman was struck by lightning in Cold Spring. Advertisement It happened in the 3700 block of Alexandria Pike. Authorities said the woman was holding an umbrella while walking outside. The lightning apparently struck her umbrella. The woman claims she felt a tingling feeling, dropped the umbrella and fell to the ground. Witnesses say the woman was shaken up, but appears to be OK. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Thu, 04/13/2017 11:36 AM Injured 2 of 2 paintball  0.0  St. Joseph MN 
 USA 
  paintball    Ground Strike,Outside,Paint Ball 
Thu, 04/13/2017 11:36 AM Injured 1 of 2 paintball  0.0  St. Joseph MN 
 USA 
  paintball    Ground Strike,Outside,Paint Ball 
TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH -- Two men playing paintball were seriously injured Friday in a St. Croix County lightning strike. The men, whose identities were not immediately released, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what St. Croix County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson described as very serious injuries. The incident occurred at 11:36 a.m. in a wooded area at Splat Tag Inc., 835 County Road E, in the town of St. Joseph. ... Splat Tag owner Darrin Johnson said the victims were part of a bachelor party that was in the field at the time of a sudden, brief storm that brought a lightning strike. Thank God it wasn't a direct hit, he said Friday. Knudson said burn marks found on the men suggested that a lightning strike had occurred near them. Johnson said he and others at the 100-acre paintball facility inspected the wooded area where the men were found injured, but couldnt find where the bolt struck. He and others at the facility said the deafening report left no doubt that it occurred very close. Knudson said a deputy who was in the area at the time reported significant lightning around the time of the report at the paintball facility.
Wed, 04/05/2017 12:00 PM Injured boy  0.0  Hairston NC 
 USA 
  waiting for bus    Outside,Parking Lot,School,Umbrella 
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)  A North Carolina child was hospitalized after a possible lightning strike Wednesday and several homes near Charlotte was damaged in lightning strikes, reports said. CLICK FOR MORE LIGHTNING DAMAGE PHOTOS WFMY-TV reported that a Hairston Middle School student was holding an umbrella when he was possibly hit by lightning. RELATED: Central NC storms could bring hail, isolated tornadoes tonight, overnight The boy, who was rushed to a nearby hospital, was waiting for his school bus when the lightning bolt hit Wednesday afternoon, the TV station reported. Officials told WFMY that the lightning might have hit the boys umbrella.
Wed, 04/05/2017 01:50 PM Injured man  18.0  Santa Rosa County FL 
 USA 
      Indirect 
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) ⬠Two lightning strikes a little too close for comfort were reported to Santa Rosa County officials in the midst of Wednesday's stormy weather. Midway and Holley-Navarre Fire responded to a call at 1:40 p.m. after a homeowner's water heater caught fire from a lightning strike. The incident happened in Midway in the 1700 block of Lighthouse Point Drive. ADVERTISING Officials say it appears lightning hit a telephone pole, traveled through the house's wall and then hit a wire that hit the water heater. The second lightning incident happened in the 9300 block of Pouder Lane around 1:50 p.m. Officials say an 18-year-old man was indirectly hit by lightning. The man lost feeling in his arm, but told officials that it is coming back. Holley-Navarre Fire, Navarre Beach Fire, Pensacola Beach Fire and Baghdad Fire responded to the scene. EMS unit were canceled because he told officials he did was OK.
Wed, 04/05/2017 12:45 AM Injured 1 of 2 on phone  0.0  Navarre FL 
 USA 
  telephone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
NAVARRE  Three people were struck by lightning early Wednesday afternoon as a series of storms moved through the area. The first incident occurred at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center in Navarre about 12:45 p.m. Two people who were talking on a landline phone were injured when lightning struck the phone line, according to Santa Rosa County officials. They were taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where they were in stable condition as of 5 p.m., officials said. The second incident happened about 1:50 p.m. at a home on Pouder Lane. An 18-year-old boy was sitting in a metal chair when lightning struck the home. He told responders he was fine and declined to be taken to the hospital. Officals reported the incidents to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama. Meteorologist Cody Lindsey said the Weather Service urges people to go inside when its thundering, and Wednesdays incidents were unusual because they occurred indoors.
Wed, 04/05/2017 12:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 on telephone  0.0  Navarre FL 
 USA 
  telephone    Indirect,Indoors,Telephone 
Mon, 04/03/2017 Injured student  0.0  Pensacola FL 
 USA 
  walking     Ground Strike,Outside,School,Walking to Vehicle 
A University of West Florida student was indirectly struck by lightning while walking through a parking lot during Monday's storm. UWF Police Department Chief John Warren said a lightning strike hit the ground about 2 feet in front of where the student was walking near the campus' main entrance. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about noon. The student reported tingling in his hands and ringing in his ears but didn't want treatment, Warren said.
Thu, 03/30/2017 Injured Fernando Perez  0.0  Houston TX 
 USA 
      Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston man is still recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital after being struck by lightning. Fernando Perez spoke with Eyewitness News from his hospital bed. Perez told ABC13 in Spanish, he's grateful to God for his life. He didn't remember much about what happened as he worked on new construction. ORIGINAL STORY: Local man survives lightning strike EMBED MORE NEWS VIDEOS A local man's hat was shredded as he was struck by lightning on Wednesday morning, but he managed to survive the harrowing ordeal. "I'm in a little pain. My body feels sore around my arms and chest but I feel very grateful to God because once more he has shown his power and glory," said Perez. "I don't remember anything until I was in the ambulance. They told me that lightning had hit me but I didn't feel anything when it hit." Perez said he should've taken Wednesday's storms more seriously.
Wed, 03/29/2017 Injured Josh Carnaggio  0.0  Arkansas City KS 
 USA 
  inside walmart    Indirect,Indoors 
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (KWCH) -- A Cowley County, Kansas man says he feels extremely lucky after he was struck by lightning. It happened Tuesday night in Arkansas City. Josh Carnaggio says he was walking inside Walmart when he saw lightning, heard thunder and then felt a sharp pain shoot up his right leg. "There was a pole maybe about 20 to 30 feet from where I was at. It hit the pole, down to the closest ground, which happened to be me," he said. Carnaggio said the next thing he remembers is coming to with people surrounding him. "I remember looking down at the ground. My whole body was nothing but pain. I remember shaking, like uncontrollably, my chest was killing me, having trouble breathing a little bit," he said. Carnaggio was taken to the hospital and checked out by doctors, then later released. With no scars or bruising, Carnaggio says he feels lucky. "I need to start playing the lottery," he said.
Tue, 02/28/2017 02:00 PM Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Raleigh county WV 
 USA 
  in a mine    Indirect,Indoors,Mine 
Tue, 02/28/2017 02:00 PM Injured 1 of 2  0.0  Raleigh county WV 
 USA 
  in a mine    Indirect,Indoors,Mine 
RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WCHS/WVAH) ⬠Two people are in the hospital after emergency workers said they were struck by lightning in Raleigh County, WVVA reported. The incident happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday at an abandoned mine in Workman Creek. At this time, it is unclear why the men were at the mine. Their names and conditions have not been released.
Mon, 02/27/2017 10:30 AM Injured man  0.0  Wilmore KY 
 USA 
  inside    Indirect,Indoors 
WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ)  The National Weather Service says a lightning bolt struck a man inside a Wilmore home on Tuesday at about 10:30 a.m. It happened on Barefoot Drive. Wilmore police say an officer stayed at the house until EMS arrived to take the man to the ER. A neighbor tells ABC 36 that the man was able to walk out of his home. No word on his current condition. ABC 36s Melanie Kendall will have a full report on ABC 36 News at 5.
Mon, 01/09/2017 12:00 PM Injured man fishing  0.0  Port Orange FL 
 USA 
  fishing on jetty    Dock/Pier/Jetty,fishing,Ground Strike,Near Water 
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla.  A man was struck by lightning while fishing at the Ponce Inlet Jetty. Claire Metz reports. Advertisement WEBVTT HIS OWN LIFE TORESCUE THE VICTICLAIRE: JAMES CHURCH SAYS HE WASCASTING LIKE THIS MAN WHEN ABOLT HIT HIS FISHING ROD ANDIMPACTED HIM AT SEVERAL POINTSON HIS BODY.THE LIGHTNING WAS COMING FASTAND FURIOUSLY WHEN A LONEFIREFIGHTER RAN TO HIS AID.>> THERE ARE LIGHTNING STRIKESALL AROUND.CLAIRE: ACTING LIEUTENANTFIREFIGHTER JOHN BROOKS SAID HEDID NOT THINK TWICE ABOUTRUNNING DOWN THE JETTY FIRE INTHE MIDST OF THE STORM.>> I DID NOT THINK ABOUT WHATWOULD HAPPEN TO ME, YOU JUSTTHINK ABOUT WHAT ALREADY HAVE ANTO SOMEBODY.I CAN'T LEAVE HIM OUT THERE.>> YEAH, I LOST MY FINGERS.DISPATCHER: YOU LOST YOURFINGERS?CLAIRE: ALONE ON THE JETTYSOMEHOW, THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TOCALL 911 HIMSELF.DISPATCHER: WHAT DO YOU MEANGONE?>> I CAN'T FEEL IT.CLAIRE: THE LIGHTNING HADSEVERELY INJURED JAMES CHURCH,WITH 3 EXIT WOUNDS.JAMES BROOKS WAS GOING TO WAITFOR OTHER RESCUERS, BUT WHEN HEKEYED UP HIS RADIO, HE COULDHEAR THE ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR.>> LIGHTNING STRUCK AGAIN, AND ISAID SIR, WE HAVE TO GO RIGHTNOW.CLAIRE: THE FIREFIGHTER HALFCARRIED, HALF PULLED TO THEVICTIM TO THE AMBULANCE, THENGETTING INTO THE HOSPITAL.A POSSIBLE HERO -- HUMBLE HEROSAYS IT IS ALL IN A DAY'S WORK.CHURCH IS IMPROVING, BUT ISSTILL IN BAD SHAPE.
Mon, 01/02/2017 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Santa Rosa County FL 
 USA 
  in a tent    Camping,Ground Strike,Tent 
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) ⬠A Santa Rosa County man was reportedly struck by lightning during Monday night's storm and survived. Captain Gary Yeagley with the Bagdad Fire Department said that was the first time he has ever been on a call for lightning striking a person. He said that evening they had several calls for lightning striking homes, but the call to the Pelican Palm RV Park was unexpected. "I asked him what happened and he said he was in his tent and through the little vent flap, the lightning had come in and struck him," Yeagley said. The man who was struck did not want to be identified. He told WEAR-TV that he thinks the lightning hit his tent before it hit him. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but was not injured. He is considered very lucky because of what lightning can do to a person. "It affects your heart," Yeagley said. "It can throw it into spasms, it could stop it." Permanent residents at the Pelican Palms RV Park were surprised to learn what happened to their neighbor. Donna Wolfenden said he should either play the lottery or go to church, if he does not already. "He was being watched over," Wolfenden said. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 1,042,000. Each year in the United States, about 30 people die and 300 are injured from lightning strikes.
Sun, 01/01/2017 12:00 AM Injured man duck hunting  20.0  Vicksburg MS 
 USA 
  duck hunting  N/A  Hunting,Indirect,Outside 
WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A 20-year-old Vicksburg man was struck by lightning early Monday as he and three others were duck hunting in the Mahanna Wildlife Management area. Warren County officials say he sustained no major injuries and just suffered a severe headache after the event. He was taken to River Region Hospital in Vicksburg for evaluation. He was hunting with a small hunting party when the strike occurred. His name is not being released at this time. We will update this story as soon as we know more. Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved. VICKSBURG, MISS. Jonathan Gardner is either one of the luckiest, or one of the unluckiest people, in the world. Whichever one it is might depend on a personal view of the world, but there's no doubt which side of the ledger Gardner thinks he falls on. The 20-year-old Vicksburg resident was struck by lightning while duck hunting on Jan. 2, yet walked away with only "a headache," the knowledge of how close he came to death, and a new appreciation for life. ADVERTISING "It's not too many people that can survive it, and if they do they come out with really horrible injuries. I came out of it with just a headache," Gardner said. "I feel very lucky. I'm really, really lucky. God gave me a second chance." The morning of Monday, Jan. 2, began like hundreds of others for Gardner. He and his best friend, Austin Bond, along with another friend Colton Scariano, left the house around 3:30 a.m. and headed to Mahannah Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena County to go duck hunting. Thunderstorms were in the forecast, but it was nothing the veteran hunters hadn't seen before. As they headed toward their spot, Gardner said they passed a lot of fellow hunters who were also braving what was at the time just a rainy morning. "People were calling me an (idiot) for going out there in a storm. Well, every hole we passed was full so there were a lot of other (idiots) out there, too," Gardner said with a laugh. When they arrived at their hunting spot they sat on a small dirt mound, just a couple of feet apart, talking and watching an early-morning storm roll across the Delta. Just after dawn, their fun duck hunting trip turned into a battle for survival. "About 6:45 we're looking for the birds to come in. Next thing I know, I see something come down about 20 feet away and hit the water, and everything went white," Bond said. "It was light like I've never seen before, and it was followed by a loud crack. That's when I knew it was lightning." A bolt of lightning had hit the water nearby. Although it wasn't a direct hit, it was close enough to send a charge through the water and toward three men. Bond and Scariano were stunned, but unhurt. They were wearing insulated waders that protected them. Gardner was not. His boots and waders were not insulated and he took the brunt of the lightning's fury. "Austin said I looked like I had a seizure. Every muscle in my body was just tensed up and locked in place," Gardner said, slowing his story and becoming emotional about the memory. "All I can explain it as, it was the worst thing I ever felt in my life." The jolt had flipped Gardner over on his stomach, while Bond and Scariano instinctively rolled over to protect themselves. Once Bond got his wits about him, more instinct took over. Bond is a tankerman trainee for Magnolia Marine. As part of his training for working on the river, he'd had some instruction in first aid and CPR. Gardner did not require the latter, but the first aid training helped Bond stay calm as he assessed the situation and figured out the next move. "We got scared, but if we got riled up it wasn't going to do any good," Bond said. Miraculously, Gardner had survived the lightning strike without any obvious life-threatening injuries. He was not burned and was conscious. He was even able to stand up for a moment as Bond and Scariano carried him to a safer location. "He stood up and it was like a newborn baby deer, stumbling all over the place," Bond said. Gardner remembered the immediate aftermath in flashes. "I came to and was holding on to my best friend's leg. My body was shaking real bad and hurting all over. I had a terrible headache in one spot," he said. The group reached a levee and started yelling for help. The closest hunters were several hundred yards away and didn't appear to hear their cries over the rain. Bond started running to his truck nearly a mile away, and as he was coming back another hunter was bringing Gardner to him on a four-wheeler. They transferred Gardner to the truck and started racing back to the hospital in Vicksburg. After reaching the intersection of Highway 61 and Floweree Road, they flagged down a Warren County Sheriff's deputy. Gardner was switched over to an ambulance and taken to Merit Health River Region from there. "I thank God me, Colton and the people in the other field were there to help him," Bond said. "If we weren't there it could've gone really bad, really fast. I'm glad we were there and knew what to do." Gardner felt the same way. "If it wasn't for my best friend Austin I probably would've drowned," he said. One of the most amazing parts of the story wasn't that Gardner survived, it's that he did it with barely a scratch. Exhausted and hurting, he slept until late that evening but went duck hunting again the next morning. "We were grilling that night and cracking jokes," Bond said. "We nicknamed him 'Sparky.'" Although he didn't have any lasting physical scars, Gardner admits he's got some psychological ones from the incident. He got choked up while recounting the events of that morning, and says he's a lot more wary around severe weather now. "I never checked the weather as much as I do now. When they say it's a possibility of thunderstorms, I check the Weather Channel like crazy," Gardner said. "Austin does the same thing. He said after he got back home somebody shot some fireworks and he about jumped off the porch." Even though Gardner has been back duck hunting several times since then, he hasn't been back to Mahannah yet. "They were like, 'Let's go to Mahannah,' and I said, 'No. Let's go somewhere else.' I wasn't ready for that yet," Gardner said. "I went ahead and went (hunting) because I got it from my mom. Don't let it get me down. Do what you love." That's a lesson everyone who was on that dirt mound that day seems to have taken to heart. It wasn't lost on the 21-year-old Bond how close he came to suffering a terrible fate at a young age. "Without a doubt it changed all our perspectives on life," Bond said. "You don't get tomorrow. You don't realize how true that is until you're staring it in the face. It's definitely brought us closer and made us realize you only get one shot at this. Always tell your friends and family you love them. You only get one shot." Gardner, likewise, is still coming to terms with his near-death experience. His answer is to just keep moving forward. "It's hard. I really can't explain it too well. It sucks that this happened, but I have to keep living and keep going. I'm lucky. Not too many people survive something like that," he said. "It hits me hard because I could've died out there. Sometimes I wake up and start crying. I keep my head up high and keep going." Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/state/mississippi/article128710569.html#storylink=cpy
Wed, 10/05/2016 01:15 PM Injured ma, 1 of 2  50.0  Bingham Canyon UT 
 USA 
  working at copper mine    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BINGHAM CANYON, Salt Lake County  Two men are expected to be OK after lightning struck near them while they worked near Kennecott Copper Wednesday afternoon, police said. Emergency crews responded to the report of the individuals possibly being struck by lightning sometime around 1:15 p.m., Unified fire officials said. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman with Rio Tinto Kennecott, said two employees were beginning to stop work due to the weather conditions when lightning struck near them. "They were not directly struck, but there was a strike near them," Bennett said. "Right now my understanding is that they do not appear to be injured as a result of the nearby strike, but we're going to continue to watch and evaluate them to make sure that they're safe and OK." Unified police said the two employees were a 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old man. Both were transported to a local hospital in good condition," police added. Bennett said the company does have an early warning lightning detection system, but he said he wasn't sure if the employees had stopped their work because of it. More information will be added as soon it becomes available. Contributing: Dave Cawley
Wed, 10/05/2016 01:15 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  35.0  Bingham Canyon UT 
 USA 
  working at copper mine    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
BINGHAM CANYON, Salt Lake County  Two men are expected to be OK after lightning struck near them while they worked near Kennecott Copper Wednesday afternoon, police said. Emergency crews responded to the report of the individuals possibly being struck by lightning sometime around 1:15 p.m., Unified fire officials said. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman with Rio Tinto Kennecott, said two employees were beginning to stop work due to the weather conditions when lightning struck near them. "They were not directly struck, but there was a strike near them," Bennett said. "Right now my understanding is that they do not appear to be injured as a result of the nearby strike, but we're going to continue to watch and evaluate them to make sure that they're safe and OK." Unified police said the two employees were a 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old man. Both were transported to a local hospital in good condition," police added. Bennett said the company does have an early warning lightning detection system, but he said he wasn't sure if the employees had stopped their work because of it. More information will be added as soon it becomes available. Contributing: Dave Cawley
Thu, 09/29/2016 04:24 PM Injured man   0.0  Wellington FL 
 USA 
  walking     Outside 
WELLINGTON, Fla. - A man was rushed to the hospital after being reportedly struck by lightning in Wellington Thursday afternoon, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain Albert Borroto. The incident happened at 4:24 p.m. on the 15000 block of Sunnyland Lane, at the Palm Beach Point community. The patient was transported to a local trauma center for treatment. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Back to Top SHARE ARTICLE RELATED More West Palm Beach News Read Full Story
Sun, 09/25/2016 12:00 PM Killed Michelle Ann Wolf  37.0  Austin TX 
 USA 
  running on trail    Jogging / Running,Outside,Tree 
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ⬠Investigators say a 37-year-old woman found dead on a trail in Austin had been struck by lightning. The Travis County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced a medical examiner determined Michelle Ann Wolfe of Austin died from electrocution by lightning strike. A sheriff's statement says a runner late Sunday afternoon came upon Wolfe's body and called 911. The victim was about a mile from the River Place trailhead. Detectives say a tree limb was down close to the body and some nearby objects were singed. The death has been ruled accidental.

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