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Sat, 07/07/2018 02:54 PM Injured Alice Tran, 1 of 3 in water  23.0  Isla of Palms SC 
 USA 
  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 
 USA 
  outside  N/A  Outside 
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.
Sat, 07/07/2018 02:30 PM Injured Isaiah Cormier, camper  18.0  boulder county CO 
 USA 
  outside near tent  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent 
One near-death experience for a Colorado couple ended up making their love truly come alive. On Saturday, Isaiah Cormier and his girlfriend of two years, Juliette Moore, went on a camping trip, but things almost turned deadly when Moore found her boyfriend face down on the ground with no pulse. Cormier had been struck by lightning as he stood next to their tent, the Boulder County Sheriffs Office said in a press release. Thankfully, Moore, of Boulder, Colorado, had taken a CPR class just one month before and sprung into action. I only had to do one round, and he came back and started gasping, she told Denver 7. And he stopped breathing again, so I gave him a second round of CPR after that he was breathing and doing alright. She was eventually able to get him into their car and drive him to a highway to get some help. RELATED ARTICLE: Woman Whose Baby Died After She Was Struck By Lightning While In Labor Is Pregnant Again Rescue personnel from the Nederland Fire and Indian Peaks Fire protection districts continued to render medical aid to the man until they were met by AMR Ambulance, the sherrifs office said. The man was subsequently transported to a local Boulder hospital for treatment. At the time he was transported, he was conscious and breathing. Cormier  who was released from the hospital a day and half later  is still extremely sore and has a mark on his neck from where the lightning entered his body. I was going to die she brought me back, the lucky 18-year-old told Denver 7. Moore, who is also 18, says in her head she was saying, You cannot go yet. I have too many things I wanna do with you. Youre not allowed to leave me this soon. The teenagers boyfriend now says she lights up his life more than lightning. His family started calling him Flash, everyone we talked to asked what his superpower was and when the next Marvel movie is coming out, she added. The couple also wants to stress how important they think it is to learn CPR  if Moore had not been trained, her boyfriend would not have made it. I first of all think the entire situation is ridiculous, Cormier told CBS. We never could have expected anything like this could have happened, but Im very grateful that my girlfriend was there and knew CPR. RELATED VIDEO: Husband Saves Wife by Administering CPR as She Went Into Cardiac Arrest Weeks After Giving Birth Play VideoYOU MIGHT LIKE VICTORIAS SECRET MODEL SUES AFTER SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY MASSACRED BY BEDBUGS AT CALIFORNIA HOTEL NEW JERSEY MOM WHO SURVIVED CAR CRASH THAT KILLED HUSBAND AND DAUGHTERS LEARNS FAMILY'S FATE His doctor, Anne Wagner, at UCHealth Burn Center, agrees. He wouldnt have survived if she didnt know CPR, she told CBS, adding that only two of her patients have ever survived being struck. Its a super high voltage injury that transfers through the body. It does a lot of its damage under the skin. Going forward, both Moore and Cormier feel blessed for the people they have in their lives. Take a little time to be grateful for the people in your life today because theyre wonderful, Moore told CBS. Hold them a little closer. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo.  A 19-year-old man was revived after being struck by lightning in Boulder County Saturday afternoon. According to the Boulder County Sheriff, a woman called 911 around 2:30 p.m. saying her boyfriend had been struck by lightning. The pair had been camping in the Ruby Gulch area off of Forest Service Road 328E. The woman immediately began trying to resuscitate her boyfriend as she called 911. She then got him into the car and drove to the Peak to Peak Highway, where she met emergency medics. Rescue personnel from the Nederland Fire and Indian Peaks Fire protection districts continued to render medical aid to the man until they were met by AMR Ambulance. The man was subsequently transported to a local Boulder hospital for treatment. At the time he was transported, he was conscious and breathing, the Boulder County Sheriffs Office said in a release.
Sat, 07/07/2018 Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Fremont county CO 
 USA 
  outside    Outside 
Fri, 07/06/2018 01:30 PM Killed Al Frazier  67.0  Russellville AR 
 USA 
  near a tree  N/A  Golf Course,Indirect,Outside,Tree 
A 67-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Friday afternoon in Pope County, the coroner said. The strike happened about 1:30 p.m. as Al Frazier went outside his Russellville residence in the 1500 block of Lands End Point South during a period of light rain, Pope County Coroner Danny White said. White said lightning hit a nearby tree and arced, striking Frazier. Frazier was taken to Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville, where he was pronounced dead about 2 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Two people have died in lightning strikes in Arkansas this year, according to the National Weather Service's North Little Rock office. Metro on 07/08/2018 Print Headline: Man, 67, is killed in lightning strike
Fri, 07/06/2018 12:00 PM Killed Leonel Sanchez  23.0  Kansas City MO 
 USA 
  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
July 06, 2018 11:01 PM A man who was struck by lightning while working on a roof Thursday afternoon in eastern Kansas City has died, a family friend told The Star. Leonel Sanchez, 23, and another man fell from a roof at a residence near 49th Street and Raymond Avenue. They were taken to a hospital. Another roofer called Sanchez's cousin, Martin Contreras, and the cousin's girlfriend, Lizeth Garcia, to tell them that Sanchez was dead, Garcia said in a phone interview on Friday. Sanchez had been in the U.S. for about seven months and was planning to return to his hometown of Tierra Nueva in central Mexico, Garcia said. He lived and worked with Contreras in Springdale, Ark., before relocating to Kansas City to work with some other cousins. SIGN UP Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20180807011120_article214483719.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Fri, 07/06/2018 12:00 PM Killed Everett Massengill  0.0  Kingston TN 
 USA 
  mowing the lawn    Mowing the lawn,Outside 
Their home has been filled with friends and neighbors giving their condolences for a man they'll never forget. Author: Shannon Smith Published: 6:21 PM EDT July 7, 2018 Updated: 6:40 PM EDT July 7, 2018 Kingston, Tenn.  Friends and family of one Roane County man are still in disbelief after he was killed by a lightning strike Friday afternoon. Everett Massengill of Kingston was mowing his lawn on Friday when he was struck by lightning. The Roane County Sheriff's Office pronounced him dead on the scene. Massengill is described as a man who knew everyone. He served on the Roane County School Board for decades, and worked for AT&T even longer than that.
Fri, 07/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured family of 4  0.0  Elizabeth TN 
 USA 
  rafting    On Water,Outside 
ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - Four people have been taken to the hospital with minor burns after getting struck by lightning this afternoon in Carter County, according to the Carter County Sheriff's Office. The four individuals, all from the same family, were rafting on Watagua River when a storm approached the area of Blue Springs Road. The family, including a 32-year-old, 29-year-old, a 5-year-old and 1 year-old had taken shelter under a tree when lightning struck them. According to the sheriff's office, the family was on a guided raft tour from River and Earth Adventures of Boone, North Carolina.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 on boat  28.0  Lake Mahopac NY 
 USA 
  on boat    Boat,Outside,Water 
http://kicks1055.com/4-injured-after-lightning-strikes-on-july-4th-in-hudson-valley/ Two men and two women, ranging in age from 28-41, were on the boat. One male passenger told police his boat and the entire group had been struck by lightning, adding three of the four needed immediate medical care. With the help of Mahopac Marine, the disabled boat and passengers were towed to shore. Once the disabled boat reached a dock, two paramedics, along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department, boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers. Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, police say. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene. According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled. Download the KICKS Mobile App to Listen, Win, and Keep Up With Everything Local Read more local stories:
Wed, 07/04/2018 10:30 PM Injured 3 of 4 at fireworks  0.0  Chicago IL 
 USA 
  outside at fireworks at fireworks    Outside 
Two people were struck by lightning along the lakefront Wednesday night in Chicago shortly after Fourth of July fireworks, and two others were hit by lightning about 65 miles southwest of the city. As more thunderstorms rolled into the city Thursday afternoon, professionals warned those outside to take precautions and know what to expect in a lightning storm. ADVERTISING Eight people nationally have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. None of those deaths occurred in Illinois or surrounding states. It has been five years since the last fatal lightning strike in the state. In 2013, 17-year-old Jennie Dizon of Downers Grove was struck and killed in a park. Earlier that year, 29-year-old Jonathon Olisio died after he was struck while fishing in Shelbyville. John Jensenius, the weather service's lightning expert, said the state ranks 36th in number of lightning deaths per capita. None of the four reported lightning strike victims on Fourth of July had died due to their injuries as of Thursday afternoon. Chicago-area lightning strikes on the Fourth of July The incidents included a woman who was hit around 10:30 p.m. near Maggie Daley Park at Monroe Drive and Lake Shore Drive. She was taken in serious to critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was stabilized, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Her condition was changed to good Thursday, said Linnea Mason, a spokeswoman for Northwestern. A half-hour before the woman was struck, a man was standing with a group celebrating at Belmont Harbor when he saw a flash and felt a charge, police said. When paramedics arrived, he was conscious and alert and declined to be taken to a hospital, police said. In the village of Sheridan, two people, including a young girl, were critically injured by a lightning strike. The Sheridan Fire Department said the incident happened at a baseball field ahead of a scheduled fireworks display in the village. The show was canceled. The odds of being struck by lightning in the United States in a year is 1 in 1,171,000, according to the weather service. There are different ways a person can be hit, Jensenius said. The man who said he first felt a charge may have been part of an initial charge buildup on the ground before a nearby lightning bolt hit. Once the strike hit ground, the area would be discharged, and that could have been what the man felt. The woman who was struck could have suffered a direct hit, Jensenius said. Typically in these cases, the lightning would "flash over," meaning it passes over the skin rather than going in through the body, Jensenius said. These hits can be fatal. One of the most common and fatal lightning strikes, though, are "ground currents." This occurs when lightning strikes a tree or another object, then travels along the ground, Jensenius said. A person or animal nearby would be at risk for lightning entering the body and going through the cardiovascular or nervous systems. These strikes often affect livestock. Wednesdays storm also sent crowds under viaducts, building awnings and bus shelters in Chicago. Police on the scene radioed that thousands of people sought shelter under a bridge on Lake Shore Drive. Jensenius warned that even taking shelter under a bridge might not be sufficient protection from lightning. He recommend being "inside a substantial building or a hardtop vehicle" when a storm starts and to not go outside until 30 minutes after thunder subsides. If you hear thunder, its important to get inside right away, he said. You definitely want to take precautions before the first strike. Dr. Kent Bailey, emergency medicine physician at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, said anyone who is struck by lightning should seek help immediately and be evaluated, even if they appear OK. A lightning strike doesn't typically create many exterior burns, but internally there can be significant burn damage to muscles, nerves and bones, Bailey said. For anybody who is struck by lightning, an ambulance should be called, he said. They should always be evaluated. ... The sooner you get on a monitor and evaluated, the better off you are." The Associated Press contributed.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured Nova Esparza, 2 of 4 at fireworks  4.0  Sheridan IL 
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  outside at fireworks    Outside 
CHICAGO (CBS)  Lightning strikes across the area ended the Fourth of July fun for four people. Two people in Chicago and two others in Sheridan were hit Wednesday night. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads In Sheridan, four-year-old Nova Esparza and 20-year-old Dawson Fuller are recovering after lightning hit a tree they were near. Novas family says she will be recovering in the hospital for five more days. lightning strike victims 2 Chicagoans, 2 Sheridan Residents Struck By Lightning As for Dawson Fuller, CBS 2s Vince Gerasole reports he is still feeling dazed by the incident and says he feels lucky to be alive. I am still dazed. I must have smacked my head when I got hit, Fuller said. Typically there are more strikes on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Dawson Fuller says he cant remember what happened after he was hit by lightning, but the same bolt also zapped the bark of the tree he was passing under as a storm rolled through Sheridan. I didnt see anyone near me. I didnt hear anything out of the ordinary, Fuller stated. Fortunately, the off-duty firefighter who performed CPR on Fuller realized something was wrong. I was 30 feet from the tree when it was struck. I felt the shock and the hair and knew, stated Daren Peterson, the off-duty firefighter. Next thing I knew, I woke up at the hospital in DeKalb and I was freaking out, said Fuller. Lightning is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injury in the U.S. It is caused by small bits of ice in the clouds bumping into each other, creating an electric charge. On a much larger scale, it is similar to the static electric experiments on display at the American Science and Surplus. Things are bumping up against each other. They are creating that static charge, explained Paul Seelentag of the American Science and Surplus. And at a certain point, somethings got to give. Its got to go somewhere. Electricity doesnt like much resistance and the ground doesnt offer much resistance. As many are told as young children, lightning is attracted to the tallest point in a particular spot, so you want to avoid being that target. Lightning can travel far. Even if skies are clear overhead, you can be hit by a bolt thats ten miles away. Fortunately Dawson Fuller survived the lightning strike. I didnt think I would be under a tree that was struck and I would get blown five feet off the ground! Dawson exclaimed. lightning safety tips 2 Chicagoans, 2 Sheridan Residents Struck By Lightning Authorities are issuing a reminder that no place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. The national weather service says if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you, so move indoors. While indoors, stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment. If you are stuck outdoors with no safe shelter, stay away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
Wed, 07/04/2018 07:20 PM Injured Dawson Fuller, 1 of 4 at fireworks  18.0  Sheridan IL 
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  outside  N/A  Outside 
Dawson Fuller, 18, was at Robertson Field in Sheridan around 7:20 p.m. He was there with his girlfriend. His mother Cindy Fuller was on the way to meet them to watch fireworks. I got the phone call he got struck by lightning and was on the ground unresponsive,  Cindy Fuller said. He was thrown backwards into the air 5 to 7 feet and landed on his head. Plainfield firefighter and paramedic Eric Watkins was at the park with his family. He, along with St. Charles firefighter Darrin Peterson, ran to help and quickly saw there was not one, but two victims. I heard screaming and I went over there and found an unconscious, unresponsive 4-year-old girl not breathing, Peterson said. (We) started rescue breathing and CPR. The girl was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in critical condition. Fire officials did not have an update on her condition. Dawson Fuller was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in Dekalb. He is expected to be discharged Thursday night. (He is) basically a walking miracle, Cindy Fuller said. We're very grateful and thankful for just the turn of events everyone who was there right place at right time. A woman was also struck by lighting shortly after the city of Chicagos fireworks display. She was struck near Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive and taken to Northwestern hospital and was stabilized. The Chicago Tribune reported that a fourth person was also injured--a man was struck by lightning near Belmont Harbor. Authorities say two people were critically injured by a lightning strike as people gathered for a Fourth of July fireworks show in Sheridan and another person was hit by lightning after Chicagoâ¬"s fireworks. The injuries came as severe thunderstorms moved through Illinois on Wednesday night. WLS-TV reports the Sheridan Fire Department says two people, including a young girl, were struck by lightning at a baseball field ahead of a scheduled fireworks display in the village of Sheridan. The show was canceled. A heartfelt reunion was had recently between one of the victims struck by lightning on the 4th of July in Sheridan and a paramedic who helped to save his life. Family and friends gathered with Plainfield firefighter/paramedic Eric Watkins and 18 year-old Dawson Fuller of Sheridan. Watkins and St. Charles paramedic Capt. Darin Peterson were attending the Sheridan fireworks show as spectators when a bolt of lightning hit a large tree in Robertson Field around 7:20 p.m. on the 4th of July. The lightning strike injured Fuller and a four year-old girl. Watkins and Peterson administered CPR to the two victims. Fuller was later released from the hospital. Family of Watkins shared a video with WSPY where Fuller recently attended a family party. He hugged and thanked Watkins for his life saving efforts who embraced him. Fuller's mother also thanked Watkins. You can view the full video, above. Several fireworks shows were canceled and rescheduled on the 4th of July after rough weather moved into many parts of the WSPY listening area around dusk when people were gathered for fireworks. At a press conference the following day Watkins had described the situation where lightning struck in Sheridan. Family of the four year-old girl who was injured reached out to WSPY and reported that young girl is making progress but only has 10 percent of her lungs working because of internal burns and fluid buildup. She is currently at a Peoria Hospital recovering from additional injuries, as well.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 on boat  0.0  Lake Mahopac NY 
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  on boat    Boat,On Water,Outside 
A lightning strike on Lake Mahopac sent three people out boating to the hospital and slightly injured another. The incident took place around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 when Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Matthew Monroe of the department's Marine Patrol Unit responded to a report of an occupied disabled boat on Lake Mahopac, the department said. ADVERTISING During heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes Monroe was able to locate the disabled vessel, near the northwest corner of the lake. The vessel was occupied by two men and two women, all ranging in age from 28-41, officials said. One male passenger told Monroe that his boat and all of its passengers had been struck by lightning and that three of the four passengers required immediate medical care. The sergeant immediately called for the Mahopac Fire and Ambulance to be dispatched to Mahopac Marina. With the assistance of Charlie Melchner, the owner of Mahopac Marine, Monroe was able to tow the disabled vessel, while the passengers were still on board. Once the disabled boat reached the dock, two EMSTAR paramedics along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers, the department said. Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center, and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene. Upon further inspection by Monroe and Deputy Christopher Tompkins, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 4 on boat  0.0  Lake Mahopac NY 
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  on boat  N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water 
A lightning strike on Lake Mahopac sent three people out boating to the hospital and slightly injured another. The incident took place around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 when Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Matthew Monroe of the department's Marine Patrol Unit responded to a report of an occupied disabled boat on Lake Mahopac, the department said. ADVERTISING During heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes Monroe was able to locate the disabled vessel, near the northwest corner of the lake. The vessel was occupied by two men and two women, all ranging in age from 28-41, officials said. One male passenger told Monroe that his boat and all of its passengers had been struck by lightning and that three of the four passengers required immediate medical care. The sergeant immediately called for the Mahopac Fire and Ambulance to be dispatched to Mahopac Marina. With the assistance of Charlie Melchner, the owner of Mahopac Marine, Monroe was able to tow the disabled vessel, while the passengers were still on board. Once the disabled boat reached the dock, two EMSTAR paramedics along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers, the department said. Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center, and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene. Upon further inspection by Monroe and Deputy Christopher Tompkins, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.
Wed, 07/04/2018 06:40 PM Killed Egan Stanley  0.0  Dalton GA 
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  Fishing  N/A  Delayed Death,fishing,Outside 
Dalton man struck by lightning while fishing on July 4 Officials called it a "freak incident." Author: Adrianne Haney Published: 4:10 PM EDT July 6, 2018 Updated: 4:13 PM EDT July 6, 2018 DALTON, Ga.  Fire officials confirm a Georgia man was struck by lightning while fishing on the Fourth of July. According to the Dalton Fire Department, Egan Stanley was fishing with his kids at the Dalton Golf and Country Club July 4 when he was struck. Dalton Fire Chief Todd Pangle told 11Alive the country club has a fishing rodeo for kids there every year. Fire crews arrived around 6:40 p.m. where they found Stanley lying on the ground unconscious. First responders initially took him to the Hamilton Medical Center, but later flew him to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Pangle called it a "freak incident." 11Alive spoke to Stanley's wife over the phone, who declined an interview but said the only thing she wants to do is be there for her husband right now. There was no further indication on his condition. DALTON, Georgia (WDEF)  The man who was struck by lightning on the 4th of July died over the weekend. Egan Stanley was attending the holiday celebrations at the Dalton Golf and Country Club. - Advertisement - The 37 year old was being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta when he died from his injuries on Sunday. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. Friends have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to cover expenses here.
Sat, 06/30/2018 01:30 AM Injured Corey Wilmer  15.0  Brainerd MN 
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  inside cabin    Indirect,Indoors 
BRAINERD, Minn.  A 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning early Saturday, June 30, escaping the ordeal with just marks on his back and shoulderand a remarkable story to tell. Corey Wilmer of Oak Grove was sleeping in what the family calls the "Man Cave," a small cabin built on their park model property at Donneybrook Farms, a lake association on North Long Lake, north of Brainerd. Wilmer, a junior at St. Francis High School in St. Francis, said the lightning struck about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. His friend Josh Tope also was in the cabin and slept through the whole thing. "I was already awake. ... I've always been afraid of storms so I was trying to convince myself to fall asleep and it just struck," Wilmer said of the lightning strike. "We believe it hit the roof, traveling down through the siding here where it cracked and it happen to pass through me. The cabin took most of the lightning and I just took a part it. "The lightning lifted me off my bed and it was a short amount of like extreme burning pain. ... Once it passed through I just snapped and woke me up, I mean I was awake but ... I only felt the pain when it passed though. "It came in through my shoulder and exited my back. I got up right away and I couldn't move my shoulder. ... I got up and saw my bed was on fire and I had a half bottle of water sitting by the bed and attempted to put it out but it didn't work. I woke up my friend and my stepdad threw the bed out (of the cabin) and we went to the Brainerd hospital." Wilmer said the lightning left white markings on his shoulder and back immediately after it struck, and then the markings changed to a spider web pattern. The markings are quickly fading and as of Sunday afternoon the one on his shoulder was gone, but the one of his back was still visible. "I thought it was some sort of nuclear bomb," Wilmer said of his first thoughts that went through his brain when the incident happened. "I quickly realized it was lightning and my ears were ringing and it was so surreal." The family said the lightning went through the roof, leaving a hole. Once inside it passed through Wilmer, the boxspring of the bed and exited the cabin through an electrical outlet, breaking a window. The electrical wiring in the cabin and the air conditioner were damaged from the lightning strike. "There are lots of things to worry about when you have kids and the last thing you worry about is them being hit by lightning in their bed," Kristi Griego, Wilmer's mom, said. "We are so grateful nothing major happened to him and that someone is watching out for him. We have a happy ending story and a great one to tell." Griego, as well as others, at first found it difficult to believe Wilmer was actually struck by lightning. "We didn't believe it," Griego said. "He was walking and talking and was fine. We took him to the Brainerd hospital and no one believed it, either, and said 'We have to see this.'" Wilmer now has a new nickname as people in the park are calling him "The Flash," the DC Comics character who gained superspeed after being hit by lightning. Wilmer, though, said he didn't think he could run any faster than normal. He joked that the worst part "about all of this is it scared the fish out further" on North Long Lake. The storm Damage reported to the National Weather Service in Duluth following a thunderstorm early Saturday morning included trees downed in Pequot Lakes, Crosby and in southern Crow Wing County near Highway 25. Other damage in the southern part of the county included a shed and a corral fence. The storm brought wind gusts as high as 50 mph northeast of Brainerd, quarter-inch hail in Breezy Point and nickel-sized hail at Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County. About a half-inch of rain was reported at 2 a.m. Saturday and .65 inches Sunday for Brainerd, as measured at the Brainerd lakes Regional Airport. Almost 500 Crow Wing Power residents were out of power from the Friday night/Saturday morning storm. Char Kinzer, public relations manager for Crow Wing Power, said crews began getting calls around 2 a.m. Saturday and the power outages were sporadic all over its service area. Crow Wing Power serves more than a 5,200 square-mile area from Remer to Royalton and from Motley to Crosby. Nine crews of two were out working and got everything cleaned up by 7 p.m. Saturday, except for six households. Kinzer said these places have to have their own electricians come in to do some work before Crow Wing Power is able to do their service work. Kinzer said when it came to downed trees and lightning, the worst of the damage was mainly in the eastern part of its service from Emily to South Long Lake. Kinzer kept Crow Wing Power's Facebook page up to date to inform residents. She said the main message was to inform people to call in any downed power lines, as people may be traveling and are not home, especially as it is Fourth of July week. She also encouraged people to call if they were out of power as they don't know until it is reported to them. Nelson's Berries in rural Brainerd also reported damage on its Facebook page. It stated its shed was blown over and moved, the porta potty was tipped over and many large trees blew over. It was going to have to temporary close the farm to berry pickers because of the damage. However, in less than 24 hours, the farm was all cleaned up. Rain will continue this week, with showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through the Fourth of July. In Brainerd, the NWS reports a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. Monday, July 2, and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday night. Tuesday there is a 30 percent chance and Wednesday a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs this week will be in the 80s.
Sat, 06/30/2018 12:00 AM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  La Pointe WI 
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  at campsite    Camping,Indirect,Tent,Touching a vehicle 
LA POINTE, Wis.  Three people were injured from a lightning strike at the Big Bay Town Park on Madeline Island early Saturday morning. According to authorities an officer responded to the call and found three victims at a tent camping site. The female victim told the officer she was struck while trying to get into her vehicle and thrown to the ground. Two other victims were found at the site; one male victim was self-transported to the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland and a second male victim had burns all over his body. After investigating the scene authorities say the lightning struck a tree close to the tent site where it followed the root system through the tent to the nearby vehicle. The female and one male victim have been medically cleared from the hospital, while one male victim remains in the hospital for his injuries.
Fri, 06/29/2018 06:15 PM Injured woman  0.0  Escambia county FL 
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  outside     Outside 
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) ⬠A woman was taken to an area hospital after she was struck by lightning Friday afternoon. According to Escambia County, EMS and Fire Rescue responded to a lightning strike in the 6400 block of Sarasota Street just before 6:15 p.m. First responders transported a woman to Sacred Heart Hospital due to her injuries.
Thu, 06/28/2018 12:00 PM Injured Ronald Collins  0.0  Mobile AL 
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  watching from garage  N/A  Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI)  Ronald Collins, 54, was just standing and watching the rain fall from his garage when a lightning bolt came within inches of him, knocking him backward. His brother, George Smith, was in the laundry room and heard the loud boom as his brother was struck, running to his aide. He rushed out just in time to catch his brother, who immediately suffered a seizure, before he hit his head on the concrete floor. Ads by ZINC Smith said he was running on pure adrenaline and didnt even stop to think if he could get injured himself. Collins was taken to the hospital and treated, then released Saturday afternoon and told to rest and recover. He did not suffer burns to his body because the bolt struck just next to him, blowing a four inch long hole in the concrete of his garage. We spoke with him just hours after he was struck, and both Collins and Smith thanked Mobile Fire-Rescue and paramedics for their fast response and care. If that bolt had hit me directly, I wouldnt be standing here now, said Collins. MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - Two Gulf Coast residents have been struck by lightning in the past week, both were standing near or in their garage. But, your odds of being injured by a pillow in your bed are greater than being a victim of a lightning strike. It should come as no surprise with its terrain and beaches, Florida is the number one state for lightning strikes and fatalities, according to the national weather center. Right behind the sunshine state is Texas, then Alabama. Believe it or not, lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach about fifty-thousand degrees Fahrenheit. I was standing right where the garage lets down. I was just standing there watching it rain. There was no thunder, no lightning. All of a sudden one came out of the sky and hit here and sparks flew," said Mobile resident, Ronald Collins, in an interview with News 5 on Sunday. Collins walked away okay, and wasn't directly hit by the lightning. His incident is the second locally in the past week. On Friday, a woman was struck by lightning also in her driveway in Northwest Florida. If youre talking about being near a building, under an awning or a tree, the lightning is still going to look for the quickest, easiest path to the ground and sometimes that is through you," said News 5 Meteorologist, John Nodar. The National Weather Service says eight people have died so far in 2018 from lightning strikes. Five of those people were in Florida, at least two of them were under trees. It may sound intimidating, but you're odds of dying from a lightning strike are about one in ten million. Your chances of dying in a work-related accident around about one in forty-thousand. Your odds of being murdered are much higher than being struck by lightning, at one in one-hundred thousand. If you can see the lightning, if you can hear the thunder, youre close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning can occur as far as nine miles away from its parent cloud," said Nodar.
Thu, 06/28/2018 12:00 PM Killed Jo Somers  70.0  Huntsville AL 
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  under a tree  N/A  Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The woman struck by lightning in Thursday's storms remains in the hospital. Her family tells us she is in a coma at Huntsville Hospital. Family members tells us Jo Somers is the woman injured. The Hampton Cove Homeowners' Association say she was inspecting a sea wall as the storm arrived. Family members say doctors are watching Somers closely. She remains in a coma as of Friday afternoon. Emergency crews responded to the incident around 2:00 Thursday afternoon. HEMSI emergency officials took Somers to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit. Neighbors say Somers was standing under a tree when the lightning struck, critically injuring her. A construction worker told us they saw the lightning strike the house, bounce off and hit the tree, before striking the victim. "I hope and pray for this lady that they carried away. No, no. Lightning is not a good thing. The amazing thing here was nothing around it was hit. So if there is any lightning in the forecast you don't want to be outside," said neighbor Jack McCrary. Huntsville 90° News Woman Struck by Lightning in Madison County By: Mary Stackhouse Updated: Jun 28, 2018 06:37 PM CDT 74 The woman was struck by lightning while standing under this tree. More headlines Elderly man, dog die in Midland City apartment fire How to spot a potential shooter DEVELOPING: Puppy rescue operation in South Huntsville June 28, 2018 - A 70-year-old woman in Owens Cross Roads was reportedly struck by lightning this afternoon during severe storms outside a home on Peninsula Circle. The homeowner was inside when it happened. "A gentleman that was preparing the sea wall ran up to the house and started banging on the window," said Louis Consagra. "I looked out the window, and I saw the lady on the ground, and I said to my wife, 'Call 911'." Workmen say the woman is a colleague and was overseeing the job on the sea wall. "The gentleman told me that lightning apparently came off my roof, hit the tree, and the lady came from underneath the house to get out of the rain," said Consagra. "But when the lightning hit the tree, apparently, it hit her, and she collapsed." Consagra says he checked her pulse before authorities arrived but didn't feel anything. "The lady didn't seem to be breathing or anything at all," he said. Michael Johnson, from HPD, says HEMSI paramedics were able to resuscitate the woman on the way to the hospital and she was stable upon their arrival to the hospital. HEMSI officials say the symptoms mimic lightning strike. According to Huntsville Hospital, what happened to the woman looks like a regular heart attack. Jo Somers MADISON COUNTY, Ala.  A Madison County woman has died after being in a coma for two weeks. Lightning hit Jo Somers, 73, during a storm on June 28, while she was inspecting a seawall under construction in the Hampton Cove neighborhood. Family members told us Somers was a local civil engineer who was a pioneer for women in her industry. Neighbors say Somers was standing under a tree when the lightning struck, critically injuring her. HEMSI emergency crews took her to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit.
Wed, 06/27/2018 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Georgetown SC 
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  unknown    Ground Strike,Outside 
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV)  A Georgetown County woman has been hospitalized after a nearby lightning strike. The incident happened on South Island Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Georgetown County EMS officials. The woman was not physically struck by lightning, but the bolt did strike "very close by," and the woman fell and suffered an injury, officials say.
Wed, 06/27/2018 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Orlando FL 
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  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
man apparently working on a roof was struck by lightning on Wednesday afternoon, according to Orlando firefighters. It happened shortly before 4 p.m. at a home on Lake Arnold Place, which is off Primrose Drive, just south of State Road 408. He was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. Strong thunderstorms were hitting much of the area on Wednesday afternoon. dharris@orlandosentinel.com, 407-420-5471 or @DavidHarrisOS
Wed, 06/27/2018 06:21 PM Killed Jeffrey J Moyer  44.0  Umatila FL 
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  in boat fishing    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside,Water 
UMATILLA  A man found dead in a boat Wednesday may have been struck by lightning, according to sheriffs investigators. Jeffrey J. Moyers neighbors called the Lake County Sheriffs Office at 6:21 p.m. to say they found the 44-year-old slumped in a seat on his small pontoon boat at 40703 Long Island Drive. There did not seem to be any signs of trauma, but investigators did notice a superficial, square-shaped laceration on his back that may have been the result of him scraping his back on the chair after his death, according to a sheriffs report. After the Medical Examiners Office removed the body, the investigator noticed the seat was cut. The chair was white in color but did have some noticeable black marks that may have been the result of a burn. The floor also appeared discolored, the report said. Detectives also found his cell phone on the floor, and a phone number for his next of kin. One of the neighbors said Moyer was a visitor who came to the area for a few months to go fishing. It was not clear from the report where Moyer lives full-time. Property owner Ed Vaughn told deputies he was a friend of the familys and would help get Moyers personal effects to relatives.
Mon, 06/25/2018 06:15 PM Injured soldier, 1 of 4  0.0  Fort Bragg NC 
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  conducting training exercise    Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Four Fort Bragg soldiers who were struck by lightning Monday have been released from the hospital. According to Lieutenant colonel Joe Buccino, the spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. while the soldiers were conducting a training exercise. Buccino says lightning struck a satellite communication terminal, a common piece of equipment used by Army communicators in the field. According to Buccino, the lightning strike energized a water trailer about 30 meters away. Two of the soldiers were touching the trailer and the other two were near it when the lightning struck. Lightning All four were transported to Womack Army Medical Center on post. Three were released from the hospital on Monday, and the fourth was released Tuesday. ADVERTISING The injuries were not life-threatening but will require addition follow-up exams and possible treatment. All four soldiers are members of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade. In August 2015, 60 soldiers were on an open firing range when lightning struck. The soldiers took cover, but despite their efforts to stay safe, 18 soldiers were struck by lightning. They were taken to the hospital and were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Lightning https://www.wral.com/fort-bragg-soldiers-struck-by-lightning-during-training/17658633/
Mon, 06/25/2018 Injured Alexander Williamson  0.0  Seattle WA 
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  on balcony    Deck,Indirect,Outside 
Alexander Williamson didn't know at first if it was lightning that struck him on his Phinney Ridge balcony last month, but doctors say his injuries are consistent with lightning strikes. Author: Ryan Takeo Published: 9:20 PM PDT July 7, 2018 Updated: 8:44 AM PDT July 8, 2018 A Seattle man who said he was hit by lightning last month is still recovering. Alexander Williamson said at first he didnt know if it was lightning that struck him on his Phinney Ridge balcony early June 25, but doctors have said his injuries are consistent with lightning strikes. 911 logs confirm paramedics were called to the scene. Williamson pointed to the metal siding on his building as a possible conductor. He said he noticed sparks of lightning near the tops of nearby trees before impact. All of a sudden, I get thrown like somebody picked me up, he said, adding he landed inside his apartment and might have hit his head on some furniture. His wife, Laura Severance, said she was asleep at the time. He was just in full panic attack, she said. Williamson said the lightning singed his pants and darkened parts of his balcony. He said his tooth fillings were blasted out of his mouth and caused bleeding. He believes hes had neurological effects as well speech that includes stuttering. Williamson also claims his mind becomes fatigued later in the day. I know thats one of his biggest concerns and worries, you know, is that mental capacity, said Severance. Williamson said hell need $5,000 worth of dental care, but that might also include seeking dental care internationally. His friends have started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his medical expenses.
Sun, 06/24/2018 12:00 PM Killed James W Barton  33.0  Siesta Key FL 
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  on beach  N/A  Beach,Outside 
SIESTA KEY, Fla. - One person died after they were struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while on a beach near Sarasota, authorities said. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said the victim was struck just after 2 p.m. in the 6000 block of Midnight Pass Road in Siesta Key. The victim, who was not identified, was treated at the scene by paramedics and lifeguards. More Storm Headlines Man dies after being struck by lightning while carrying weed wacker in Margate Woman killed, 2 people hurt after lightning strike at Parkland farm Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, where the victim died. Florida routinely leads the nation in lightning deaths, according to the National Weather Service. Five of the 16 fatal lightning strikes in the U.S. in 2017 happened in Florida, which was down from 2016, when there were 10 fatalities in the state. This year in South Florida, one man was killed earlier this month in Margate while doing yard work and a farm worker was killed in Parkland in May. Two other workers were hurt during the same storm. "In terms of lightning, Florida has the most lightning per square mile of any state in the U.S. and also a sizable population," National Weather Service lightning safety specialist John Jensenius said in a news release earlier this year. "In addition, Florida has many outdoor recreational activities that cause people to be vulnerable to a lightning strike. Finally, in Florida, lightning is a very common afternoon threat for those who work outside or are outside as part of their daily routine." Man killed by lightning on Siesta Key was heading indoors when struck "He saw it where it hit his keys hanging on his belt loop. It came up to his head and down through his chin. It took him instantly, As soon as it hit, he was gone. At least I know he wasn't suffering." Author: Isabel Mascareñas Published: 5:19 PM EDT June 25, 2018 Updated: 6:02 AM EDT June 26, 2018 SIESTA KEY, Fla. - Talena Goad was numb of the news that her 33 -year-old son, James, was killed by a lightning strike. You dont expect your kids&to die before you especially not by a freak accident, she said as tears ran down her face. James was on Siesta Key beach at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a severe storm rolled in.
Fri, 06/22/2018 05:25 PM Injured person  0.0  Viera FL 
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  unknown     
Person struck by lightning in Viera, sheriff's office says Posted: 6:16 PM, June 22, 2018 Updated: 6:16 PM, June 22, 2018 Share Your OpinionShare534 Copyright 2016 Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. VIERA, Fla. - One person was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning in Viera during a storm Friday, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. The victim was struck on Murrell Road in Viera around 5:25 p.m. More News Headlines Not all lightning strikes are equal: What type is most dangerous? Fulgurite: Dangerously beautiful creations made by lightning Brevard County Fire Rescue was at the scene. The victim's condition was unknown. No further information was available. Central Florida was experiencing a lashing of heavy rain and lightning Friday evening. At the same time the incident in Brevard County occurred one county over in Orange County fire crews were pointing out a house fire caused by a possible lightning strike. Check back for updates on this developing story. Copyright 2018 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Fri, 06/15/2018 07:15 PM Injured 1 of 3 people  0.0  New Smyrna FL 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Three people were hospitalized after lightning struck in New Smyrna Beach. The incident happened at the New Smyrna Dunes Park just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, says New Smyrna Beach Police. The three people were reportedly on the edge of the boardwalk that leads to the beach. According to PIO Lt. Mike Greene, one man collapsed, and a bystander performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived. Volusia County Sheriff's Department told Spectrum News 13 that all three people were transported to the hospital. No word yet on their conditions.
Tue, 06/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2, on beach  0.0  Atlantic Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Outside 
Emergency personnel in Atlantic Beach, Florida, are reporting that two men were struck by lightning on Monday after a small but fast-moving thunderstorm moved through the area. First Coast News reports the men survived but were hospitalized after the strikes. According to the Atlantic Beach Police Department, a man who reported being struck by lightning off 19th Street and Beach Avenue in Atlantic Beach was hospitalized. Another man was reportedly struck on the beach near the 17th Street access in Atlantic Beach. The man told lifeguards he felt the charge go from his head to his foot. He was conscious when he was transported to a hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition. Lightning is also being blamed for a house fire on Oceanwalk Drive in Atlantic Beach. Police and neighbors said the house was struck by lightning which sparked a fire and damaged the roof. No injuries were reported in the house fire.
Tue, 06/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 on beach  0.0  Atlantic Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Mon, 06/11/2018 08:20 AM Injured teenager  0.0  Lynn Haven FL 
 USA 
  walking home from cutting grass    Critical,Outside 
Lynn Haven, Fla. - Lynn Haven Police are investigating injuries sustained by a local teen when he was apparently struck by lightning. At approximately 8:20 a.m. Monday, first responders were called to the 1500 block of Inverness Road in reference to a reported unconscious and unresponsive person being found shortly after a reported lightning strike, officials wrote in a news release. Under the guidance of a 9-1-1 dispatcher, the original caller began and continued resuscitation efforts until the arrival of first responders who then assumed care of the patient. The patient was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for injuries consistent with a lightning strike and is listed as being in critical, but, stable condition, officials wrote. The investigation revealed that two teenaged brothers had been cutting grass at a home in that area when they were forced to stop, due to an approaching storm. As they were returning home, lightning struck in their immediate vicinity. Immediately thereafter, the victim was found lying on the ground by his brother. A nearby resident also exited their home and provided emergency assistance by helping to move the victim under shelter and administering CPR. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lynn Haven Police Department at (850) 265-4111. photo
Mon, 06/11/2018 11:40 AM Killed Rico Eltine  55.0  Margate FL 
 USA 
  weed whacking lawn    Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
MARGATE, Fla. - A 55-year-old man died after he was struck by lightning in Margate, authorities said. As of Monday, officials said the man was hospitalized. MORE LIGHTNING STRIKE HEADLINES Woman killed in lightning strike remembered as hard worker, dedicated mother Woman killed, 2 people hurt after lightning strike at Parkland farm Florida woman hit by lightning while pregnant is expecting again On Friday, investigators confirmed he had died. The incident was reported about 11:40 a.m. Monday at the Oriole Gardens Phase One Condominium, located at 7400 NW Fourth Place. "When I heard the thunder, or whatever it was -- I'm afraid of them," witness Susana Miranda said. "But then I thought about him, and I went to look at him and he was already on the ground." Margate Fire Rescue officials said the landscaper, identified as Rico Eltine, was carrying a weed wacker when he was struck by lightning. Miranda, who said Eltine was lying facedown in the grass and was unresponsive, called 911, but first responders were initially forced to take cover amid the severe lightning that appeared to hover over the Margate area. Rico Eltine "At the time when they got here, there was a lot of lightning strikes still going on," Margate police Sgt. Robert Kriplear said. "So, they were able to get a car back there -- one of the police cars. They picked him up in one of the police cars and got him back here. The rescue personnel transferred him to the hospital, where he is currently at now." People who were working in the area said their boss told them to seek shelter just before the man was struck by lightning. "His brother is in the backyard, running, running, running, screaming, 'My brother! My brother! My brother! Don't go! My brother!'" Iris Rosario said. Authorities said paramedics performed CPR on Eltine as he was being transported to Northwest Medical Center. Eltine was an employee of Potter's Lawn and Landscaping. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Eltine's loved
Sat, 06/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured adult, 1 of 3  0.0  Baltimore MD 
 USA 
  at tennis court  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tennis 
BALTIMORE (AP)  Two children and an adult have been hospitalized after they were struck by lightning in Baltimore. News outlets report that the trio were out by tennis courts in Patterson Park near Fells Point when they were struck during a brief storm Saturday afternoon. Fire officials said all three were in serious condition. The two children were taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The adult was taken to a nearby hospital. The children's ages were not immediately available. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sat, 06/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured child, 2 of 3  0.0  Baltimore MD 
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  at tennis court    Ground Strike,Outside,Tennis 
Sat, 06/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured child, 3 of 3  0.0  Baltimore MD 
 USA 
  at tennis court    Ground Strike,Outside,Tennis 
Fri, 06/08/2018 02:30 PM Killed Tyler Grisham  27.0  Maumelle AK 
 USA 
  working in yard    Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Yard 
MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP)  A central Arkansas man has died a day after he was struck by lightning. Family members have confirmed that 27-year-old Tyler Grisham died around 5 a.m. Saturday. Grisham had been hospitalized after being struck by in Maumelle around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Grisham was working in a yard when the lightning struck him. The victim was injured as a series of strong thunderstorms swept across central and southwestern Arkansas on Friday. Storms packing 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail blew trees onto homes, roadways and power lines Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says as much as 3 inches of rain was recorded in some areas. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says Grisham is the fifth lightning fatality in the U.S. this year and the first in Arkansas. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wed, 06/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured Donovan Massey  0.0  Shoals AL 
 USA 
  carport    Outside 
Donovan Massey was hit by lightning on Wednesday at his home on County Road 304. Massey works as an EMT for Shoals Ambulance and said he never expected to be struck by lightning. "I didn't even hear any thunder or anything so I figured it was okay to be outside, but I didn't ever think this was going to happen to me," said Massey. Massey was working on his car Wednesday afternoon when it started raining. So he moved his car under his carport and kept working. "There was a loud bang and a big blue flash of light and it felt like someone was hitting me in the chest and I realized I had just gotten hit by lightning," said Massey. Massey said even though he was in a lot of pain he stayed calm and called 911. "I've got a good family at Shoals Ambulance and I knew they were coming out to me pretty quick," he said. Massey was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital where he stayed for four hours to be observed to make sure his heart was in correct rhythm. "They ran the EKG on me and ran a few other tests, some blood work and found where everything was okay," said Massey. Massey believes the lightning struck the carport then shocked him. He said he is lucky he didn't take a direct hit. "I couldn't be here if it would have been a more direct hit, but I guess I got lucky," said Massey. Massey said he thinks this should serve as a lesson to anyone out there. If you know a storm is coming, go inside to avoid being struck by lightning.
Wed, 06/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Athens AL 
 USA 
  in parking lot    Outside,Parking Lot,School,Work 
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - It is reported that an Athens High School construction worker was struck by lightning on the job. Athens Fire and Rescue responded to a call around 1:40 p.m. Friday, regarding a construction worker who was struck by lightning while working on the new Athens High School construction site. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the man who was struck by lightning this afternoon as a storm rolled into Athens was in the parking lot of the new Athens High School construction site. "He was leaving for the day, and witnesses saw him fall to the ground," Johnson said. The victim was transported from the scene by ambulance, Johnson said. "Co-workers at the scene were already performing CPR, and we assisted until EMS arrived," Thornton said. Thornton said the ambulance transported the man to Athens-Limestone Hospital. WAFF 48 News will have more information as this story develops. Copyright 2018 WAFF. All rights reserved.
Wed, 06/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured Bruce Palmer  74.0  Durham NC 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
DURHAM, NC (WTVD) -- The food-truck customer struck by lightning Thursday in Durham remained hospitalized Friday. Authorities have identified him as 74-year-old Bruce Palmer of Durham. Palmer is listed in fair condition at UNC's Jaycee Burn Center. He was waiting for his sandwich Thursday evening when lightning struck a tree nearby. According to witnesses, Palmer was holding his umbrella when the bolt flashed white, as described by those in attendance. Community residents attending the food truck event at Fairfield Swim & Tennis Club were advised to seek shelter when rain began to soak the area. As the bolt struck the tree, Palmer fell to the ground. A 74-yr-old man was struck by lightning Thursday as he was standing next to this tree. Hes at UNC Burn Center. Awaiting word of his condition. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/WhczFp0eg7  DeJuan Hoggard (@DeJuanABC11) July 6, 2018 "The umbrella was fried," said witness Davonte' Ford. "He was laid out, just sprawled out beside the tree." Palmer lay on the ground and was attended to by several people before first responders arrived. Man, tree struck by lightning in Durham A food truck customer was struck by lightning Thursday at Fairfield Swim & Tennis Club in Durham. The 74-year-old man was taken to UNC for treatment of burns. "It's the loudest thing I ever heard," said Tyler Auten, who operates The Cow and the Oak food truck. Auten took Palmer's order and was preparing it moments before the man was struck. "My initial thought was I just saw someone die," Auten recalled. "I put my spatulas down, ran off the truck, and went over there. He was wearing a red jacket. But after he got struck, there was only little bits and pieces of it left." According to the State Center of Health Statistics, there have been five lightning-strike deaths in North Carolina since the beginning of 2016. Across the US, there are a total of eight cases so far in 2018, with Florida leading the way with five cases.12
Mon, 05/28/2018 06:45 PM unknown person  0.0  Center Township PA 
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Emergency crews were called Monday evening to a Center Township home for a report of a person struck by lightning, officials said. CENTER TWP.  Emergency crews were called Monday evening to a township home for a report of a person struck by lightning, officials said. According to a dispatcher at the Beaver County 911 Center, responders were called at 6:45 p.m. when a Center Township resident reported a person was hit by lightning. Medics called to the home evaluated the person and cleared the call. Officials said no one was taken to the hospital as a result of the incident.
Mon, 05/28/2018 03:30 PM Killed Levi Yoder  7.0  McKenzie TN 
 USA 
  under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Under Trees 
A seven-year-old Amish boy was killed when he was struck by lightning while playing with other children under a tree in rural Tennessee, authorities said. The boy, whose name has not been released, was killed Monday afternoon during a lightning storm near McKenzie, Tennessee, about 100 miles west of Nashville, according to the Weakly County Sheriff's Department. PHOTO: An undated stock photo of lightening.STOCK/Getty Images An undated stock photo of lightening. "The way I understood it, he was playing under a tree and the lightning struck the tree and the electricity hit him," Chief Deputy Mark Black of the sheriff's department told ABC News today. (MORE: 2 women taking selfies struck by lightning in Germany) (MORE: California father, 2 children recovering after being struck by lightning) (MORE: Pregnant woman struck by lightning gives birth, expected to make full recovery) Black said other children were playing with the boy, whom he described as Amish, but were not injured. Black said the child was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred during a thunderstorm Monday in which multiple lightning strikes were reported. The storm also brought torrential rains throughout the central Tennessee area and caused widespread power outages, authorities said. McKENZIE  A local Amish community is coping with the loss of one of their own after a 7-year-old boy was killed after being struck by lightning Monday afternoon in Weakley County. A family friend, who did not want to be identified, said that while the community is dealing with a tough loss, the family remains in good spirits. We believe children (who die) are assured a place in heaven, the family friend said. The Weakley County Sheriff's Department responded, along with an ambulance, about 3:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, to Blaylock Store Road, in the McKenzie area of Weakley County, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Department. A group of children had been playing outside under a tree when the tree was struck by lightning. One of the children, 7-year-old Levi Yoder, was killed by the lightning strike, according to a family friend. The Weakley County Medical Examiners Office has ruled the death an accident. Levis death was the fourth lightning death in the U.S.  and first in Tennessee  in 2018, according to the National Weather Service. In 2016, there were 16 lightning deaths, less than half of the 40 lightning deaths in 2017. A McKenzie boy died after being outside next to thisBuy Photo A McKenzie boy died after being outside next to this tree when lightning struck it. According to the family, on Monday, May 28, their 7-year-old son went outside by this tree after the rain had stopped when the lightning struck. (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun) The Yoder family friend said everyone in the community is doing their part to help the family and themselves get through Mondays tragedy  as they have as an Amish community for the past 400 years. "We're all helping to do whatever needs to be done," the family friend said. Levi is survived by his parents, three brothers, ages 9, 6 and 4, and one sister, who is a year old. He will be buried in a private ceremony on Thursday. Reach Omer Yusuf at (731) 425-9637, oyusuf@jacksonsun.com, or on Twitter: @OmerAYusuf.
Wed, 05/23/2018 09:00 AM Injured James Palazzolo  0.0  Macdoel CA 
 USA 
  in a bucket truck    Indirect,Outside,Under Trees,Work 
A Klamath Falls man is recovering at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon after being struck by lightning in Macdoel, California while on the job last Wednesday. James Palazzolo Sr. is a 24-year veteran as an electrician, husband, father of four and grandfather of six, got the shock of his life when he was struck by lightning while at work. THE ACCIDENT It was just another Wednesday at work for James. About 9 oclock in the morning James was finishing an install at a home in Macdoel, California. An install that he was not able to fully complete the evening before. The tree that was struck by lighting before arching into James Palazzolo Sr.  The tree that was struck by lighting before arching into James Palazzolo Sr. James climbed into the bucket of his work truck and lifted into the air, when the unthinkable happened. A bolt of lightning struck the tree next to him, arching across into the back of his head, out his left shoulder and grounding into the bucket truck. James collapsed into the bucket of his Quality Electric work truck. His apprentice, Chris Hand watched the entire accident unfold. Chris was able to think quickly, securing the bucket and calling 911 for help. First responders arrived quickly, upon seeing James, they immediately called in for air transport to Sky Lakes Medical Center. It was about this time when wife, Deana Palazzolo received a phone call about the accident. I thought he was dead. said Deana Palazzolo. If he wasnt he was going to be, people dont live from that. James was stabilized at Sky Lakes intubated and placed into a medically induced coma before being flown by Air Link to OHSU, where he is being treated and starting recovery. ARRIVAL AND ASSESSMENT AT OHSU After arriving at OHSU, the medical team admitted James into the Intensive Care Unit. Their assessment found that James has suffered; trauma to his brain, severe burns to the inside of his ears, potentially ruptured ear drums, potentially broken ear bones, and second & third degree burns to his head, neck and shoulder. The first night was rough, says Deana. They tried to take him out of the coma and he immediately tried to pull the respirator out. They tried three times and each time he [James] tried to pull out the tubes. The next morning, they slowly pulled him out of the coma and he was fine. He was unintubated within 24 hours of the accident, she continues. He doesnt remember the accident, but he remembers what he was doing. He has even asked, who finished the service, Im sure I blew up the service when I was electrocuted, says Deana. He knows that he was hit by lightning. RECOVERY The next day James showed great recovery and was downgraded from the ICU to the Trauma Unit at OHSU. The TU can focus their energies on his injuries and rather than his stabilization and survival. Things are progressing quickly, says Deana. The doctors are impressed with his recovery. He is very cognitive. They did some tests yesterday and I do not know if I would have gotten the questions right and he did. says wife Deana. He recognizes everybody, he knows who everyone is. He knows their role in the family. He did not lose any of that. James says he can hear dogs barking but obviously there are no dogs in the hospital. However, the doctors and nurses say that is a good thing, says Deana. He does get dizzy and nauseous and that is related to the damage of his ears. Deana reports that James has slept up to 6 hours through the night but still battles hallucinations and delusions. When resting, James often tinkers with his hands as if he is at work. When he wakes up, James is confused about where he is and thinks he should be at work. However, James is aware of the delusions. When he wakes, he often asks if he was dreaming about working, he is aware. According to the doctors, patients in this situation often are not able to separate the delusions from reality. As of this morning, James still cannot hear due to the damage of his ears. It is currently unknown if the damage will be permanent or temporary due to the burns and swelling of his ears. James has been able to get up and walk a few times. He even was able to step outside for some fresh air. In a video posted to Lightning Strike Survivor, a Facebook page created to show the journey of James ordeal, (more below) He is off and running. I dont know where the zippiness came from, but I cant keep up with him. Throughout this ordeal, James has had great spirits, joking around, and even giving the nurses a hard time. The family is feeling optimistic about James recovery but knows uncertainty is real. Part of me wants to believe that James will be ok in a week, and the other part of me just dont know, says Deana. 95% of me says he is going to walk out of here James and there is that 5% that hits me when I am by myself. When Im like, I dont know if I can care for him. He is the majority of our income, he has always been the provider. He is my rock, people can turn and cry to their spouse, and mine is there [points to the hospital bed]. I cant even cry to him, so that has been hard. Deana continues, We are best friends. Our whole family we always do stuff together. Family day every Sunday, we do trips and things, [points to James in bed again] thats the center of our circle. That is what panics me. LIGHTING STORM The bolt of lighting that struck James was the first known strike in the area related to Wednesdays storm. There had been no lighting earlier in the morning before the strike that hit James. There were reports of scattered afternoon thunderstorms but there were no signs of lighting in the morning to have raised concerns of doing the electrical work that James was performing that morning. Later that same afternoon, the storm grew and rocked parts of the basin as it rolled through. Dumping rain, flashing lighting and rumbling with thunder until the early hours of Thursday morning. Deana Palazzolo lays with her husband James in his hospital bed at Oregon Health Siciences University. Deana Palazzolo lays with her husband James in his hospital bed at Oregon Health Siciences University. HOW YOU CAN HELP With this having been an on the job injury, Palazzolos medical expenses, air ambulance, recovery, etc. will most likely be covered by his workers compensation insurance through his employer. However, the family has been hit hard, as Deana has been unable to work since the accident and does not anticipate returning to work anytime soon. The household bills continue to come in, and the expenses of travel to and from Portland are beginning to take a toll on the Palazzolo Family. An account in Palazzolos Name has been established at Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union. Anyone can help the family by deposit and donate to the Palazzolo Family. This can be done by stopping in or calling any branch of Pacific Crest. Visit www.mypcfcu.org to find a branch near you. If you wish to follow along the journey, the Palazzolo Family has established a Facebook Page, Lighting Strike Survivor. The family asks you to follow along with Jamess recovery, watch videos of his progress and see behind the scenes photos from the hospital. They do ask that only close friends and family to contact them personally. All other contact should be made to the Lighting Strick Survivor Facebook Page. When asked is there anything you would like to say or that you would like anyone to know, Deana said, Prayers so far are working so we just need to keep doing that. We just need to keep praying for him because I believe that the prayers we have received is how we have progressed to where we are. He should not be where he is already. THE LONG ROAD AHEAD Recovery will be a long road for the Palazzolos there are many unanswered questions that only time will answer  will James recover to where he can go back to his career? How long will recovery take? Is there permanent damage? Will James ever the be same as before the strike? Etc. We at Klamath Falls News will follow along the journey and will update on the journey of James and Deana Palazzolo as we can. Photos and videos used by permission from the Palazzolo Family, https://www.facebook.com/Lightning-Strike-Survivor-1972680949662616/
Thu, 05/17/2018 12:00 AM unknown gamma-rays  0.0  UT 
 USA 
  education    Education 
Team makes breakthrough in understanding rare lightning-triggered gamma-rays May 17, 2018, University of Utah A bolt of insight A Telescope Array Surface Detector and its neighbors, deployed in Utah's west desert. The 507 detectors are arranged on a grid covering 700 square kilometers, about the same as the land area of New York City. Credit: Telescope Array collaboration In the western Utah desert, the Telescope Array sprawls across an area the size of New York City, waiting for cosmic rays. The facility detects the high-energy particles that collide with Earth's atmosphere constantly; the cosmic rays trigger the 500-plus sensors once every few minutes. While pouring over data in 2013, Telescope Array physicists discovered a strange particle signature; the photon equivalent of a light drizzle punctuated by a fire hose. The array had unexpectedly recorded an extremely rare phenomenongamma rays, the highest-energy light waves on the electromagnetic spectrum, produced by lightning strikes that beam the radiation downward toward the Earth's surface. Five years later, an international team led by the Cosmic Ray Group at the University of Utah has observed the so-called downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs) in more detail than ever before. The Telescope Array detected 10 bursts of downward TGFs between 2014 and 2016, more events than have been observed in rest of the world combined. The Telescope Array Lightning Project is the first to detect downward TGFs at the beginning of cloud-to-ground lightning, and to show where they originated inside thunderstorms. The Telescope Array is by far the only facility capable of documenting the full TGF "footprint" on the ground, and show that the gamma rays cover an area 3 to 5 km in diameter. "What's really cool is that the Telescope Array was not designed to detect these," said lead author Rasha Abbasi, researcher at the High-Energy Astrophysics Institute and the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U. "We are 100 times bigger than other experiments, and our detector response time is much faster. All of these factors give us the ability that we weren't aware ofwe can look at lightning in a way that nobody else can." The study published online on May 17 in The Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. An accidentally perfect laboratory The work builds on a study published by the group last year that established a strong correlation between similar bursts of energetic particle showers detected between 2008 and 2013, and lightning activity recorded by the National Lightning Detection Network. The physicists were stunned. "It was BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM. Like, four or five triggers of the detectors occurring within a millisecond. Much faster than could be expected by cosmic rays," said John Belz, professor of physics at the U and principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded Telescope Array Lightning Project. "We realized eventually that all of these strange events occurred when the weather was bad. So, we looked at the National Lightning Detection Network and, low and behold, there would be a lightning strike, and within a millisecond we would get a burst of triggers." The researchers brought in lightning experts from the Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at New Mexico Tech to help study the lightning in more detail. They installed a nine-station Lightning Mapping Array developed by the group, which produces 3-D images of radio-frequency radiation that lightning emits inside a storm. In 2014, they installed an additional instrument in the center of the array, called a "slow antenna", that records changes in the storm's electric charge caused by the lightning discharge. A bolt of insight The bright flash of light is only one stage of lightning; there's a substructure that happens too fast for the eye to see. 'Step leaders' proceed toward the ground in stages. Negative electric charge builds at the leader tip until it is sufficient to cause the air to break down and form a new conducting path. The study found that terrestrial gamma rays are produced within the first 1-2 milliseconds of the initial breakdown stage, which is the least understood part of lightning. Credit: National Oceanography and Atmospheric Administration "Taken together, the Telescope Array detections and the lightning observations constitute a major advance in our understanding of TGFs. Prior to this, TGFs were primarily detected by satellites, with little or no ground based data to indicate how they are produced", said Paul Krehbiel, long-time lightning researcher at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and co-author of the study. "In addition to providing much better areal coverage for detecting the gamma rays, the array measurements are much closer to the TGF source and show that the gamma rays are produced in short duration bursts, each lasting only ten to a few tens of microseconds." An extremely rare phenomenon Until a FERMI satellite recorded the first TGF in 1994, physicists thought only violent celestial events, such as exploding stars, could produce gamma rays. Gradually, scientists determined that the rays were produced in the initial milliseconds of upward intracloud lightning, which beamed the rays into space. Since discovering these upward TGFs, physicists have wondered whether cloud-to-ground lightning could produce similar TGFs that beam downward to the Earth's surface. Previously, only six downward TGFs have ever been recorded, two of which came from artificially-induced lightning experiments. The remaining four studies with natural lightning report TGFs originating much later, after the lightning had already struck the ground. The array's observations are the first to show that downward TGFs occur in the initial breakdown stage of lightning, similar to the satellite observations. "The downward-going TGFs are coming from a similar source as the upward ones. We safely assume that we have similar physics going on. What we see on the ground can help explain what they see in the satellites, and we can combine those pictures in order to understand the mechanism of how it happens," said Abbasi. "The mechanism that produces the gamma rays has yet to be figured out," added Krehbiel. What's next The researchers have many questions left unanswered. For example, not all lightning strikes create the flashes. Is that because only one particular type of lightning initiation produces them? Are the scientists only seeing a subset of TGFs that happen to be large enough, or point in the right direction, to be detected? The team hopes to bring additional sensors to the Telescope Array to enhance the lightning measurements. In particular, installing a radio-static detecting "fast antenna" would enable the physicists to see the substructure in the electric field changes at the beginning of the flash. "By bringing other types of lightning detectors and expanding the effort, I think we can become a significant player in this area of research," said Belz. Explore further: NASA's Firestation on way to the International Space Station More information: R. U. Abbasi et al, Gamma-ray Showers Observed at Ground Level in Coincidence With Downward Lightning Leaders, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (2018). DOI: 10.1029/2017JD027931
Wed, 05/16/2018 12:00 PM Killed Maria Francisco Pascual, 1 of 3  44.0  Parkland FL 
 USA 
  farm worker  N/A  Farming,Outside,Work 
PARKLAND, Fla. - A woman died and a man was injured Wednesday afternoon after they were struck by lightning at Hendricks Farm in Parkland, authorities said. The lightning strike was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at the farm at 12210 Loxahatchee Road. Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department officials said the man was taken to Broward Health North in critical condition. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said the victim's body was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center because they did not want to leave it at the property during the investigation because of the dangerous weather conditions. "The simplest message I can give to your viewers is to stay indoors," Division Chief of Fire Administration Mike Moser said. "The weather is nasty. We have said time and time again that this weather can be deadly, and today is really obvious, simple proof that this the case. It's not worth going outside in weather like this. Today, again, somebody lost their life." The victims are believed to be farm workers, but their identities have been not been released. Maria Francisco Pascual's cousin saw her die. At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Lake Worth woman was coordinating workers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton when a bolt of lightning from a storm system struck and killed her. Pascual, 53, left a husband, three daughters and two sons, and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual said Thursday. "She was passionate of what she was doing there. That was her living," Pascual said. "She's a sharing person. There's no words that can describe how beautiful she is." Maria Pascual's sister said she grew up in Guatemala. While she was in her 20s, like so many in her native country, she came to South Florida for economic opportunity. In the quarter-century-plus since then, Maria was a migrant worker, in South Florida most of the year and in North Carolina in the summer, her sister said. Alicia Pascual said Maria has worked for about 15 years for C.W. Hendrix Farm, along Loxahatchee Road far west of Parkland in far northwest Broward County. Her brother is a crew chief who coordinates the buses that bring workers to the farm, and a cousin also works there. Maria started in the fields, picking peppers, and had been promoted to time keeper, her sister said. On Wednesday, Alicia said, Maria was in the field, one hand holding her cellphone and the other a portable device into which she entered readings each time a worker dumped a bucket of produce into a bin. Alicia Pascual said the cousin saw the bolt hit Maria. "It struck her and she fell," Alicia said. She said one of two other workers hit by the bolt had been atop a truck and fell from it. Alicia said she did not know either of the two injured workers. + photo Alicia, who is a certified nurse assistant, said she did not know if the electric devices her sister held attracted the bolt, or if they magnified its deadly impact. She said she has not heard yet from either authorities or managers of the farm. The family has not set a date for the funeral, but it will be at Brown Funeral Home in Lantana, Alicia Pascual said. She said the family hopes to be able to cover expenses but might seek community help. A person who answered the phone Thursday morning at Hendrix said he could not comment and would give no information or identify himself. He would not say what products the farm produces. A national produce webpage says the farm grows cucumbers, eggplant and bell peppers. + photo The Broward County Sheriffs Office identified the other two workers who were struck as Blanca Bertila Alvarenga and Alfonzo Lopez Ordonez. The two are both from Palm Beach County, according to authorities. Ordonez, who is in his 20s, was taken to Broward Health North with serious injuries. Alvarenga, who is described as in her 40s, showed up at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the Broward sheriffs office. Spokepersons for the two hospitals didnt return calls Thursday. A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday that OSHA is investigating the incident, which was in effect a workplace fatality. Wednesdays death is the second in Florida this year from lightning; the first was in April near Lake City. The state regularly tops the nation in lightning-related deaths. It recorded five of the 16 deaths nationwide in 2017. As workers bent down to pull cucumbers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton, foreman Jim Gamble scanned the skies. He heard thunder and saw cracks of lightning in the distance. Nearby, supervisor Maria Francisco Pascual stood with a hand-held device, adding up cucumbers picked. Gamble turned to crew leader Pascual Francisco. Should we stop? the foreman asked. As soon as Gamble said it, a crack split the sky. Francisco got his bearings. He looked around. Maria Pascual, his sister, lay in the dirt. A bolt of lightning had slammed into her head, raced through her body and torn a hole in her shoe. She was dead. >>RELATED: Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning A Broward County Sheriffs report and information from the countys medical examiner provide more details about that millisecond of impact on May 16 that left a mother and grandmother dead and put two co-workers in a hospital. Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth left a husband, three daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual told The Palm Beach Post the day after her death. She was passionate of what she was doing there. That was her living, Pascual said. Theres no words that can describe how beautiful she is. Maria Pascuals sister said Maria grew up in Guatemala and left in her 20s. She spent the next quarter-century-plus as a migrant worker. For the past 15 years, shed been at C.W. Hendrix Farm, located along Loxahatchee Road far west of Parkland in northern Broward County. Pascual Francisco, her brother, coordinated the buses that bring workers to the farm. The sister said she was told Maria was struck as she stood, one hand holding her cellphone and the other a portable device into which she entered readings each time a worker dumped a bucket of produce into a bin. She said a cousin who was a co-worker saw the bolt hit Maria. An official at the Broward Medical Examiner said Wednesday the report was not complete, but that the woman had a burn mark on her head and her boot was blown out where the bolt exited. According to a Broward County Sheriffs incident report, Gamble, the foreman, told deputies the lightning bolt hit about 2 p.m. He contacted farm owner C.W. Hendrix, then moved his work truck to where co-workers placed Pascual in the front passenger seat. Gamble then raced about a fourth of a mile to the entrance, where he met Broward County deputies and paramedics. A fire-rescue lieutenant then declared Pascual dead at 2:25 p.m. Co-worker Alfonso Ordonez, who had been knocked off a truck by the lightning strike, was unconscious, but alive. Another worker drove him to the farm entrance, and he was taken by paramedics to North Broward Medical Center. His condition was not known Wednesday. The sheriffs report said another worker, Bertila Alvarenga, who deputies said was in her 40s, did not have life-threatening injuries and drove herself to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. The report said deputies and fire-rescue workers did not immediately go to the site of the lightning strike because of flooding and mud and because of weather safety concerns. By 4:45 p.m., an investigator for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had arrived at the farm, the report said. Gamble, who lives west of Boca Raton, said Wednesday by phone that he was busy working and had no comment. A woman who answered the phone at Hendrix Farms said the company could not comment. As workers bent down to pull cucumbers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton, foreman Jim Gamble scanned the skies. He heard thunder and saw cracks of lightning in the distance. Nearby, supervisor Maria Francisco Pascual stood with a hand-held device, adding up cucumbers picked. Gamble turned to crew leader Pascual Francisco. Should we stop? the foreman asked. As soon as Gamble said it, a crack split the sky. Francisco got his bearings. He looked around. Maria Pascual, his sister, lay in the dirt. A bolt of lightning had slammed into her head, raced through her body and torn a hole in her shoe. She was dead. >>RELATED: Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning A Broward County Sheriffs report and information from the countys medical examiner provide more details about that millisecond of impact on May 16 that left a mother and grandmother dead and put two co-workers in a hospital. Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth left a husband, three daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual told The Palm Beach Post the day after her death. She was passionate of what she was doing there. That was her living, Pascual said. Theres no words that can describe how beautiful she is. Maria Pascuals sister said Maria grew up in Guatemala and left in her 20s. She spent the next quarter-century-plus as a migrant worker. For the past 15 years, shed been at C.W. Hendrix Farm, located along Loxahatchee Road far west of Parkland in northern Broward County. Pascual Francisco, her brother, coordinated the buses that bring workers to the farm. The sister said she was told Maria was struck as she stood, one hand holding her cellphone and the other a portable device into which she entered readings each time a worker dumped a bucket of produce into a bin. She said a cousin who was a co-worker saw the bolt hit Maria. An official at the Broward Medical Examiner said Wednesday the report was not complete, but that the woman had a burn mark on her head and her boot was blown out where the bolt exited. According to a Broward County Sheriffs incident report, Gamble, the foreman, told deputies the lightning bolt hit about 2 p.m. He contacted farm owner C.W. Hendrix, then moved his work truck to where co-workers placed Pascual in the front passenger seat. Gamble then raced about a fourth of a mile to the entrance, where he met Broward County deputies and paramedics. A fire-rescue lieutenant then declared Pascual dead at 2:25 p.m. Co-worker Alfonso Ordonez, who had been knocked off a truck by the lightning strike, was unconscious, but alive. Another worker drove him to the farm entrance, and he was taken by paramedics to North Broward Medical Center. His condition was not known Wednesday. The sheriffs report said another worker, Bertila Alvarenga, who deputies said was in her 40s, did not have life-threatening injuries and drove herself to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. The report said deputies and fire-rescue workers did not immediately go to the site of the lightning strike because of flooding and mud and because of weather safety concerns. By 4:45 p.m., an investigator for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had arrived at the farm, the report said. Gamble, who lives west of Boca Raton, said Wednesday by phone that he was busy working and had no comment. A woman who answered the phone at Hendrix Farms said the company could not comment. As workers bent down to pull cucumbers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton, foreman Jim Gamble scanned the skies. He heard thunder and saw cracks of lightning in the distance. Nearby, supervisor Maria Francisco Pascual stood with a hand-held device, adding up cucumbers picked. Gamble turned to crew leader Pascual Francisco. Should we stop? the foreman asked. As soon as Gamble said it, a crack split the sky. Francisco got his bearings. He looked around. Maria Pascual, his sister, lay in the dirt. A bolt of lightning had slammed into her head, raced through her body and torn a hole in her shoe. She was dead. >>RELATED: Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning A Broward County Sheriffs report and information from the countys medical examiner provide more details about that millisecond of impact on May 16 that left a mother and grandmother dead and put two co-workers in a hospital. Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth left a husband, three daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual told The Palm Beach Post the day after her death. She was passionate of what she was doing there. That was her living, Pascual said. Theres no words that can describe how beautiful she is. Maria Pascuals sister said Maria grew up in Guatemala and left in her 20s. She spent the next quarter-century-plus as a migrant worker. For the past 15 years, shed been at C.W. Hendrix Farm, located along Loxahatchee Road far west of Parkland in northern Broward County. Pascual Francisco, her brother, coordinated the buses that bring workers to the farm. The sister said she was told Maria was struck as she stood, one hand holding her cellphone and the other a portable device into which she entered readings each time a worker dumped a bucket of produce into a bin. She said a cousin who was a co-worker saw the bolt hit Maria. An official at the Broward Medical Examiner said Wednesday the report was not complete, but that the woman had a burn mark on her head and her boot was blown out where the bolt exited. According to a Broward County Sheriffs incident report, Gamble, the foreman, told deputies the lightning bolt hit about 2 p.m. He contacted farm owner C.W. Hendrix, then moved his work truck to where co-workers placed Pascual in the front passenger seat. Gamble then raced about a fourth of a mile to the entrance, where he met Broward County deputies and paramedics. A fire-rescue lieutenant then declared Pascual dead at 2:25 p.m. Co-worker Alfonso Ordonez, who had been knocked off a truck by the lightning strike, was unconscious, but alive. Another worker drove him to the farm entrance, and he was taken by paramedics to North Broward Medical Center. His condition was not known Wednesday. The sheriffs report said another worker, Bertila Alvarenga, who deputies said was in her 40s, did not have life-threatening injuries and drove herself to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. The report said deputies and fire-rescue workers did not immediately go to the site of the lightning strike because of flooding and mud and because of weather safety concerns. By 4:45 p.m., an investigator for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had arrived at the farm, the report said. Gamble, who lives west of Boca Raton, said Wednesday by phone that he was busy working and had no comment. A woman who answered the phone at Hendrix Farms said the company could not comment. As workers bent down to pull cucumbers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton, foreman Jim Gamble scanned the skies. He heard thunder and saw cracks of lightning in the distance. Nearby, supervisor Maria Francisco Pascual stood with a hand-held device, adding up cucumbers picked. Gamble turned to crew leader Pascual Francisco. Should we stop? the foreman asked. As soon as Gamble said it, a crack split the sky. Francisco got his bearings. He looked around. Maria Pascual, his sister, lay in the dirt. A bolt of lightning had slammed into her head, raced through her body and torn a hole in her shoe. She was dead. >>RELATED: Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning A Broward County Sheriffs report and information from the countys medical examiner provide more details about that millisecond of impact on May 16 that left a mother and grandmother dead and put two co-workers in a hospital. Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth left a husband, three daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual told The Palm Beach Post the day after her death. She was passionate of what she was doing there. That was her living, Pascual said. Theres no words that can describe how beautiful she is. Maria Pascuals sister said Maria grew up in Guatemala and left in her 20s. She spent the next quarter-century-plus as a migrant worker. For the past 15 years, shed been at C.W. Hendrix Farm, located along Loxahatchee Road far west of Parkland in northern Broward County. Pascual Francisco, her brother, coordinated the buses that bring workers to the farm. The sister said she was told Maria was struck as she stood, one hand holding her cellphone and the other a portable device into which she entered readings each time a worker dumped a bucket of produce into a bin. She said a cousin who was a co-worker saw the bolt hit Maria. An official at the Broward Medical Examiner said Wednesday the report was not complete, but that the woman had a burn mark on her head and her boot was blown out where the bolt exited. According to a Broward County Sheriffs incident report, Gamble, the foreman, told deputies the lightning bolt hit about 2 p.m. He contacted farm owner C.W. Hendrix, then moved his work truck to where co-workers placed Pascual in the front passenger seat. Gamble then raced about a fourth of a mile to the entrance, where he met Broward County deputies and paramedics. A fire-rescue lieutenant then declared Pascual dead at 2:25 p.m. Co-worker Alfonso Ordonez, who had been knocked off a truck by the lightning strike, was unconscious, but alive. Another worker drove him to the farm entrance, and he was taken by paramedics to North Broward Medical Center. His condition was not known Wednesday. The sheriffs report said another worker, Bertila Alvarenga, who deputies said was in her 40s, did not have life-threatening injuries and drove herself to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. The report said deputies and fire-rescue workers did not immediately go to the site of the lightning strike because of flooding and mud and because of weather safety concerns. By 4:45 p.m., an investigator for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had arrived at the farm, the report said. Gamble, who lives west of Boca Raton, said Wednesday by phone that he was busy working and had no comment. A woman who answered the phone at Hendrix Farms said the company could not comment. As workers bent down to pull cucumbers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton, foreman Jim Gamble scanned the skies. He heard thunder and saw cracks of lightning in the distance. Nearby, supervisor Maria Francisco Pascual stood with a hand-held device, adding up cucumbers picked. Gamble turned to crew leader Pascual Francisco. Should we stop? the foreman asked. As soon as Gamble said it, a crack split the sky. Francisco got his bearings. He looked around. Maria Pascual, his sister, lay in the dirt. A bolt of lightning had slammed into her head, raced through her body and torn a hole in her shoe. She was dead. >>RELATED: Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning A Broward County Sheriffs report and information from the countys medical examiner provide more details about that millisecond of impact on May 16 that left a mother and grandmother dead and put two co-workers in a hospital. Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth left a husband, three daughters, two sons and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual told The Palm Beach Post the day after her death. She was passionate of what she was doing there. That was her living, Pascual said. Theres no words that can describe how beautiful she is. Maria Pascuals sister said Maria grew up in Guatemala and left in her 20s. She spent the next quarter-century-plus as a migrant worker. For the past 15 years, shed been at C.W. Hendrix Farm, located along Loxahatchee Road far west of Parkland in northern Broward County. Pascual Francisco, her brother, coordinated the buses that bring workers to the farm. The sister said she was told Maria was struck as she stood, one hand holding her cellphone and the other a portable device into which she entered readings each time a worker dumped a bucket of produce into a bin. She said a cousin who was a co-worker saw the bolt hit Maria. An official at the Broward Medical Examiner said Wednesday the report was not complete, but that the woman had a burn mark on her head and her boot was blown out where the bolt exited. According to a Broward County Sheriffs incident report, Gamble, the foreman, told deputies the lightning bolt hit about 2 p.m. He contacted farm owner C.W. Hendrix, then moved his work truck to where co-workers placed Pascual in the front passenger seat. Gamble then raced about a fourth of a mile to the entrance, where he met Broward County deputies and paramedics. A fire-rescue lieutenant then declared Pascual dead at 2:25 p.m. Co-worker Alfonso Ordonez, who had been knocked off a truck by the lightning strike, was unconscious, but alive. Another worker drove him to the farm entrance, and he was taken by paramedics to North Broward Medical Center. His condition was not known Wednesday. The sheriffs report said another worker, Bertila Alvarenga, who deputies said was in her 40s, did not have life-threatening injuries and drove herself to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. The report said deputies and fire-rescue workers did not immediately go to the site of the lightning strike because of flooding and mud and because of weather safety concerns. By 4:45 p.m., an investigator for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had arrived at the farm, the report said. Gamble, who lives west of Boca Raton, said Wednesday by phone that he was busy working and had no comment. A woman who answered the phone at Hendrix Farms said the company could not comment.
Wed, 05/16/2018 12:00 PM Injured Alfonzo Lopez Ordonez, 2 of 3  25.0  Parkland FL 
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  farm worker  N/A  Farming,Outside,Work 
NEW: Lightning strike kills woman, injures man in Parkland WEATHER By Kimberly Miller and Ryan DiPentima - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 0 The deadly lightning strike occurred at about 2 p.m. at C.W. Hendrix Farms in Parkland, just south of the Palm Beach County line. (Ryan DiPentima / The Palm Beach Post) Updated: 6:43 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Posted: 6:41 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 PARKLAND  One woman was killed and a man injured by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon as storms supercharged by a ribbon of tropical moisture exploded across South Florida. The woman, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene of the strike, which occurred at about 2 p.m. at C.W. Hendrix Farms in Parkland, just south of the Palm Beach County line. The man, whose injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, was taken to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach, said Mike Moser, division chief for the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department. Moser did not know if the victims were workers at the produce farm or visitors. We believe you can go there as a consumer and walk out into the field, but we dont know, Moser said. Wednesdays death is the second in Florida this year from lightning, and a grim reminder that regular afternoon thunderstorms have arrived with the rainy season, meteorologists said. RELATED: Lightning kills randomly, know myth from fact Because its early in the season, people may not be remembering the typical things to do during a thunderstorm, which is to go inside, said Melody Lovin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Key West. The rainy season switch has been flipped. Florida regularly tops the nation in lightning-related deaths. In 2017, five of 16 lightning deaths occurred in Florida. The second-highest state was Alabama with three. Between 2007 and 2016, Florida had 51 lightning deaths. Texas had the second-highest at 21. + Two people were struck by lightning at Hendrix Farms in Parkland on Wednesday. (Ryan DiPentima/The Palm Beach Post) photo Two people were struck by lightning at Hendrix Farms in Parkland on Wednesday. (Ryan DiPentima/The Palm Beach Post) This time of year is when we especially start to see an increase in lightning strikes, said Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS in Miami. Last week, when we were announcing the rainy season, we mentioned it as one of the primary hazards. Robust thunderstorms with cloud tops towering to 50,000 feet have plagued South Florida this week. An area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico has pumped soggy tropical air into the state, helping destabilize an atmosphere primed for storminess by normal daytime heating and afternoon sea breezes. Lightning forms when strong updrafts in cumulonimbus clouds force molecules to collide, creating an electric charge. Lightning rapidly heats a narrow channel of air to temperatures as high as 54,000 degrees, which prompts the emission of light and a crack of thunder as super-heated air expands rapidly, producing shockwaves. That energy is looking for the easiest route to the ground so when a structure at the surface is sticking up higher than anything else, its like a little highway for it, Lovin said. Related: Summer lightning and golf in South Florida On Wednesday, weather service forecasters in Miami began tracking a strong thunderstorm at 1:55 p.m. over Parkland and near Coral Springs. It issued weather advisories for the area at 1:56 p.m. and 2:27 p.m. Moser said the 911 call about the lightning strike was received at 2:08 p.m. The call was from someone at Hendrix Farm reporting two people struck by lightning, he said. When we arrived, we declared one deceased at the scene. The farm is open fields, which would make anyone in the fields more vulnerable to a strike. The National Weather Service recommends going indoors when thunder can be heard. If there is no structure nearby, a car with its windows rolled up can provide shelter from lighting because the metal frame will conduct it into the ground if struck. Floridas first lightning death this year happened in April when lightning slammed into a tree at the Woodpecker Mud Bog north of Lake City, killing 23-year-old Kourtney Lambert. Lambert had sought shelter under the gooseneck of a camper trailer trying to stay out of a sudden rain shower. Nowhere outside is safe, Molleda said. At the first sign of thunder, its time to go inside. If you havent yet, join Kim on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Lightning safety rules - If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. - Shelter includes a car with a metal top, a substantial building or beach bathroom if nothing else is available. - Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. - Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. - Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. - Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls which may include metal. - Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks. - Never lie flat on the ground. - Never shelter under an isolated tree. - Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter. - Immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water. - Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.). Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Two people were struck by lightning at Hendrix Farms in Parkland on Wednesday. (Ryan DiPentima/The Palm Beach Post) 051718 LIGHTNING STRIKE GateHouse
Wed, 05/16/2018 12:00 PM Injured Blanca Bertila Alvarenga, 3 of 3  44.0  Parkland FL 
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  working in field    Farming,Indirect,Outside,Work 
Mon, 05/14/2018 12:00 PM Injured Kristina Heaton  0.0  Greenville SC 
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  outside on rope course    Outside,Rope,School,Work 
SC Teacher Struck By Lightning During Field Trip "We said we're gonna call her 'Sparky,'" said the school's principal. "I did tell her that if they stopped anywhere, she needed to buy a lottery ticket." Author: Tanya Mendis Published: 11:01 PM EDT May 14, 2018 Updated: 11:04 PM EDT May 14, 2018 LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. -- A ropes course high in the South Carolina trees seemed like the perfect spot for a field trip for Kristina Heaton and her middle school students. That is until the lightning struck. Related: Facts About Lightning That Could Save Your Life Heaton is a teacher at Buford Middle School in Lancaster County. She and about 40 students plus other faculty went on a three-day field trip to the Greenville YMCA on Friday afternoon. The students and faculty divided into three activity groups, said principal Sheri Wells. Heaton and her group of students went to the ropes course. Wells said despite a forecast for spotty showers, things looked fine. "It did look dark but not worryingly dark," Wells said. "We had not had any thunder. We had no rain." Just as the last student was crossing the course, they heard a sound that made them scream. "We heard this huge burst of thunder," Wells said. "The ground shook." Heaton was bringing up the rear of the group of students on the ropes. Witnesses say they saw a flash of blue light right where Heaton was climbing. The strike threw Heaton from the cable, Wells says, leaving her dangling midair. The staff immediately realized what happened. Once they got Heaton down, they saw burns crawling across her skin on her arm. "Our children, we didn't even have to say a word to them, they formed a prayer circle and they started praying," Wells said. Heaton was taken to an area hospital and then flown to the Augusta Burn Center. Wells said doctors ran tests and determined the lightning strike did not appear to cause any significant internal damage. They kept her for observation and released her late Saturday evening, in time for her to be home on Sunday for Mother's Day. Amazingly, Wells said, Heaton returned to school on Monday morning. The in-school suspension teacher quickly quipped that she could handle the pain of the lightning strike but wasn't quite ready to handle 500 students and returned home to rest. "We said we're gonna call her 'Sparky,'" Wells said with a relieved chuckle. "I did tell her that if they stopped anywhere she needed to buy a lottery ticket." Follow WFMY News 2 on Facebook and Twitter
Tue, 04/17/2018 07:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 construction workers  0.0  West Valley City UT 
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  outside in snowstorm    Construction site,Indirect,Snowing,Work 
Tue, 04/17/2018 07:45 AM Injured 1 of 2 construction workers  0.0  West Valley City UT 
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  outside in snowstorm  N/A  Construction site,Indirect,Snowing,Work 
WEST VALLEY CITY  A spokesman for Layton Construction said an "unusual lightning strike" during Tuesday morning's snowstorm was believed to have injured two workers. "We typically don't expect and see lightning strikes in snowstorms," said Layton spokesman Alan Rindlisbacher. Report this adAdvertise with us Two construction workers were hospitalized in critical conditions after being injured by an electrical shock Tuesday. An initial investigation concluded that lightning in the area was to blame. Comment on this story The incident happened about 7:45 a.m. at the site where the new West Valley police station is being built, near 3570 South and 2700 West. The workers were steel erectors and standing one level up on steel decking, according to Rindlisbacher. The men were standing close to each other when the incident occurred. The names and ages of the workers were not immediately released. Rindlisbacher said construction has been temporarily stopped as investigators look into the incident. Part of the team being put together to investigate will include people who have knowledge about lightning during a snowstorm, he said.
Mon, 04/16/2018 10:15 AM Injured Jose Campos, construction worker  48.0  Long Island NY 
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  outside  N/A  Construction site,Indirect,Outside 
A Long Island construction worker was struck by lightning  and suffered only minor injuries  Monday, police said. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)  A man who was struck by lightning during Mondays spring storm is speaking out about the once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Jose Campos was struck at around 10:15 a.m. while working at the Roman Stone Construction Company in Bay Shore. ADVERTISING Campos was operating a forklift when he heard thunder and lightning. Speaking through a translator, Campos said he stepped out of the forklift, and was handling boxes filled with wires, metal and cable when a lightning bolt struck right near him. The lightning traveled about 20 feet across the floor and hit him as he was handling metal cables, Campos said. After he was hit, he fell to the ground, and was unable to get up. He then passed out. Campos said he was unconscious for 15-20 minutes before he was able to crawl and then walk very slowly inside  about 150 feet. I felt my whole body was numb, he said through a translator. Campos said he felt he was very weak and had a lot of palpitations, and he felt as though his organs were shutting down. He was rushed to Southside Hospital. He seems lucky to me, said Dr. Michael Grossman. He has no structural injuries that we could detect throughout our testing&. Nothing is broken. There are no burn wounds. Grossman said Campos was awake and conscious when he arrived at the hospital. Dr. Gregory Garra said Campos may suffer from PTSD after the strike. When I got into the ambulance, all I felt was a lot of tingling, all over, Campos said through a translator. When I got here, they took care of me right away. I was also told that a lot of people, when they went through what I went through, they dont make it. My whole body was shaking, I was shaking head to toe, he said through a translator. Campos urged anyone working in construction with metal or wires to take special care during storms. Thank you for everything, please relay this message to all the hard-working people that are exposing themselves to this danger, he said. He said his shoulders, leg and toes are hurting quite a lot. I am very grateful to god that I am still alive and that I will go forward, he said through a translator. Campos is married and has two children, age 10 and 24. His wife and daughter thought he was killed by the lightning strike, he said. The odds of being struck by lightning this year are nearly one in a million, according to the National Weather Service. If you are hit, your odds of surviving are about 90 percent. The man was outside his work place at the Roman Stone Construction Company in Bay Shore in Suffolk County when a bolt of lightning hit his foot about 10:15 a.m., police and another employee said. He was outside when the lightning came  there was nobody out there with him, said Sharon DAgostino, executive vice president of the construction company. He said he felt it hit his foot, and then it had gone up to his leg to his arm. Suffolk County police said the man, who was not identified, was transported to Southside Hospital with minor injuries. DAgostino said police examined him at the work site and did not find burns on his body or clothes. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)  A man who was struck by lightning during Mondays spring storm is speaking out about the once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Jose Campos was struck at around 10:15 a.m. while working at the Roman Stone Construction Company in Bay Shore. ADVERTISING Campos was operating a forklift when he heard thunder and lightning. Speaking through a translator, Campos said he stepped out of the forklift, and was handling boxes filled with wires, metal and cable when a lightning bolt struck right near him. The lightning traveled about 20 feet across the floor and hit him as he was handling metal cables, Campos said. After he was hit, he fell to the ground, and was unable to get up. He then passed out. Campos said he was unconscious for 15-20 minutes before he was able to crawl and then walk very slowly inside  about 150 feet. I felt my whole body was numb, he said through a translator. Campos said he felt he was very weak and had a lot of palpitations, and he felt as though his organs were shutting down. He was rushed to Southside Hospital. He seems lucky to me, said Dr. Michael Grossman. He has no structural injuries that we could detect throughout our testing&. Nothing is broken. There are no burn wounds. Grossman said Campos was awake and conscious when he arrived at the hospital. Dr. Gregory Garra said Campos may suffer from PTSD after the strike. When I got into the ambulance, all I felt was a lot of tingling, all over, Campos said through a translator. When I got here, they took care of me right away. I was also told that a lot of people, when they went through what I went through, they dont make it. My whole body was shaking, I was shaking head to toe, he said through a translator. Campos urged anyone working in construction with metal or wires to take special care during storms. Thank you for everything, please relay this message to all the hard-working people that are exposing themselves to this danger, he said. He said his shoulders, leg and toes are hurting quite a lot. I am very grateful to god that I am still alive and that I will go forward, he said through a translator. Campos is married and has two children, age 10 and 24. His wife and daughter thought he was killed by the lightning strike, he said. The odds of being struck by lightning this year are nearly one in a million, according to the National Weather Service. If you are hit, your odds of surviving are about 90 percent.

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