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Mon, 05/28/2018 06:45 PM unknown person  0.0  Center Township PA 
 USA 
       
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 Injured Alfonzo Lopez Ordonez, 2 of 3  25.0  Parkland FL 
 USA 
  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 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 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 
 USA 
  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 1 of 2 construction workers  0.0  West Valley City UT 
 USA 
  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.
Tue, 04/17/2018 07:45 AM Injured 2 of 2 construction workers  0.0  West Valley City UT 
 USA 
  outside in snowstorm    Construction site,Indirect,Snowing,Work 
Mon, 04/16/2018 10:15 AM Injured Jose Campos, construction worker  48.0  Long Island NY 
 USA 
  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.
Sat, 04/07/2018 02:50 PM Killed Kourtney Lambert, 1 of 5  23.0  White Springs FL 
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  outside, seeking shelter  N/A  Outside,Taking Shelter 
WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. - STORY: JSO names suspect in stomping attack of 25-year-old mother Five people were struck by lightning in White Springs, Florida on Saturday as storms moved through the northeast part of the state. A woman died and four people were injured, according to a local storm report by the National Weather Service. Content Continues Below A source tells us the woman is Kourtney Lambert. PHOTOS: Woman killed by lightning was "sweet and outgoing" The people were struck at Woodpecker Mud Bog, officials say. A source tells Action News Jax the strikes happened at about 2:50 p.m. near a camper where people were seeking shelter under the camper's gooseneck. The source says a 23-year-old woman was struck and killed instantly. LIGHTNING ALERTS: Download the (free) First Alert Weather app © 2018 Cox Media Group.
Sat, 04/07/2018 02:50 PM Injured 5 of 5  0.0  White Springs FL 
 USA 
  outside, seeking shelters    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
Sat, 04/07/2018 02:50 PM Injured 4 of 5  0.0  White Springs FL 
 USA 
  outside, seeking shelters    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
Sat, 04/07/2018 02:50 PM Injured 3 of 5  0.0  White Springs FL 
 USA 
  outside, seeking shelters    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
Sat, 04/07/2018 02:50 PM Injured 2 of 5  0.0  White Springs FL 
 USA 
  outside, seeking shelter    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside 
Fri, 02/23/2018 12:00 PM Injured Justin Hofer  0.0  St. George UT 
 USA 
  on golf corse    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
ST. GEORGE  A plan that formed years before may have saved the life of a St. George man struck by lightning earlier this year, a plan that he recalled within seconds as he lay there on the ground. On the afternoon of Feb. 23, Justin Hofer was struck by lightning while golfing at Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George and minutes later officers and medical responders found him semi-conscious on one of the courses greens. Justin Hofer lies unconscious at University Medical Centers Lions Wound and Burn Care Center in Las Vegas after being struck by lightning. Las Vegas, Nev., circa February 2018 | Photo courtesy of Justin Hofer, St. George News Read more: Man transported to hospital after being struck by lightning while golfing Hofers survival was made possible by the quick actions of a friend who called 911, as well as the first responders who performed CPR while transporting him to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance. After being intubated and stabilized, he was flown to University Medical Centers Lions Wound and Burn Care Center in Las Vegas. Hofer suffered second- and third-degree burns, but no internal trauma. Read more: Man struck by lightning on golf course is conscious, recovering at burn unit That isnt the whole story though. An interview with Hofer Wednesday shed some light on the minutes immediately following the lightning bolt that went through his body and knocked him to the ground, when minutes before he was enjoying a day of golf. I had no indication, none whatsoever, that anything out of ordinary was going to happen that day. I was just out there golfing with a couple of friends. The sky was clear when the group began their round, but became increasingly ominous as dark clouds rolled in and it began to rain. A short time later he was struck and, after blacking out for a few seconds, the first thing he saw was his friends face above him, asking what he could do to help. Hofers answer was simple: I need a helicopter and a blessing. His friend called 911 to summon help before pursuing his second request. He was closing the blessing just as officers and EMTs arrived. Justin Hofer (center), who was struck by lightning at Sunbrook golf course, is shown with his family after his release from the hospital, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Justin Hofer, St. George News At Dixie Regional, doctors found third-degree burns over 20 percent of his body and once they stabilized him, Hofer got the helicopter he asked for and was flown to the hospital in Las Vegas. Hofer was already on life support by then, so those details would not come to light until several days later. Hofer was admitted to the intensive care unit where he remained for 10 days while being treated for severe burns on his legs and hips, as well as extensive burns on his back. He underwent several skin grafts to repair the damage. He also sustained extensive nerve damage, mainly in my lower extremities, particularly my feet, he said. Once released from ICU, Hofer returned home to St. George and one week after that he was back at work. I work in hospice and am not one to stay still for very long, so I just wanted to get back to my job and my team. It was calling me. Today, he continues to heal and is back to golfing and doing the activities that he used to do, but without the stamina he had before the incident. It is something he sometimes struggles with. Im only four or five months out on this, and I still get to be here for my family  my kids, he said. I try to remember that. Reflecting back on that day at the golf course, Hofer said his actions immediately after the strike came from an incident involving a friend, who was a physician, who had a medical emergency several years before. Immediately following the onset of the emergency, the friend asked for two things. She asked for someone to call 911 and for a helicopter, Hofer said, and thats what saved her life. Hofer continued by saying that she was still alive because she had a plan, and if both the 911 call and the helicopter transport hadnt happened there was no way she would have made it. Im glad I had a plan that day, Hofer said, but I also owe my life to those first responders. Without those guys Id be dead.
Tue, 02/06/2018 Killed Sebastian Ramos  22.0  Honey Island TX 
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  repairing fencing     
Thu, 09/21/2017 02:45 PM Injured construction worker  33.0  Lenoir County NC 
 USA 
  building     Outside,Work 
LENOIR COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A construction worker was severely injured after he was struck by lightning this afternoon as storms moved through Eastern Carolina. Lenoir County Emergency Management Director Roger Dail says it happened around 2:45 p.m. on Highway 55, just west of Jackson Store. Dail said emergency crews were able to get a pulse back on the man, who is around 33-years-old. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center, but his condition is not known at this time. Dail says the man was working to construct a livestock building on the farm property when he was hit. He said a language barrier initially hampered their efforts in getting information about what happened. So far this year there have been two lightning deaths in the state, including a Marine at the New River Air Station in Jacksonville.
Tue, 09/05/2017 11:00 AM Injured employee  0.0  Somerset KY 
 USA 
  walking across parking lot   N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Parking Lot,Umbrella,Work 
An employee of the Alton Blakley vehicle dealership was injured in a lightning strike Tuesday morning while walking across the lot. The employee, who is not being named at this time, was transported by Somerset-Pulaski County EMS to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital before being transported to a Lexington hospital, as confirmed by Alton Blakley Dealership Vice President Paul Hoffman. No further details on the manâ¬"s condition were available at press time. Hoffman said that just before 11 a.m. ⬠just after the main part of a thunderstorm had moved through the area ⬠the employee was walking from one vehicle lot to another while holding an umbrella. It appears that lightning struck the umbrella. SOMERSET, Ky (LEX 18)-- Somerset first responders say an employee at Alton Blakley Ford was struck by lightning around 11:00 Tuesday morning. Out of respect for the victim's family, his name hasn't been released yet. David Guffey, a manager at the Alton Blakley dealership, says he saw the lightning touch ground on the car lot, then saw the employee lying on the ground. "We heard a loud boom, sounded like a transformer being hit, a couple people witnessed it and rushed to his aid, called 911, EMS showed up very quickly, was able to get him to a local hospital," Guffey told LEX 18. Somerset EMS says they took the lightning strike victim to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and then quickly transported him to UK Hospital. Guffey says it was surreal to witness what happened to one of his employees and friend. "He wasn't responsive. He was breathing. He did look bad, but I believe that was more for the fall, just hitting his head on the ground once he got struck," Guffey stated. "It was rough for myself as well as everybody here to witness." Regarding the victim's condition, Guffey says he's been in contact with the victim's wife, and reports he's doing better at UK Hospital. "The way she talked, it sounded better than we had thought just because it's such a traumatic experience."
Mon, 09/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured Christopher Lovera, 1 of 3  0.0  Sequoia National Park CA 
 USA 
  under tree    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Park,Tree 
A California father and his two young children have lived to tell the tale after they were all struck by lightning during a backpacking trip. Chris Lovera, 12-year-old Aidan and nine-year-old Nadia were at Jennie Lake in the Sequoia National Forest on September 5 huddling under a tree as a storm swept through. Lovera, 51, from Pacific Grove, had just started recording on his video camera when a bolt of lightning suddenly came down. Scroll down for video Chris Lovera and his two kids have lived to tell the tale aftet they were struck by lightning in the Sequoia National Forest. Lovera (pictured) suffered first- and second-degree burns on sections of his upper right back, arm pit and down his right arm +11 Chris Lovera and his two kids have lived to tell the tale aftet they were struck by lightning in the Sequoia National Forest. Lovera (pictured) suffered first- and second-degree burns on sections of his upper right back, arm pit and down his right arm Aidan (pictured) has suffered partial hearing loss after his ear drum was blown out. +11 Nadia (in bed) came out the best physically, with burns on the back of her right arm and on her upper thighs +11 Aidan, 12 (left), has suffered partial hearing loss after his ear drum was blown out. Nadia, nine (right), came out the best physically, with burns on the back of her right arm and on her upper thighs A hiker several hundred feet away captured the moment that the family was struck by the lightning that also set a tree on fire (pictured) +11 A hiker several hundred feet away captured the moment that the family was struck by the lightning that also set a tree on fire (pictured) Video playing bottom right... Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00 Pause Unmute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:38 Fullscreen ExpandClose Lovera (pictured) was paralyzed for a few hours after the strike and is suffering from partial hearing loss +11 Lovera (pictured) was paralyzed for a few hours after the strike and is suffering from partial hearing loss The family, from Pacific Grove, California, was huddling under a tree as the storm was passing through +11 The family, from Pacific Grove, California, was huddling under a tree as the storm was passing through The bolt of electricity hit the tree before striking the father and kids, knocking them all unconscious. 'After that point it was each of us waking up to a different scene,' Lovera told CBS San Francisco. Aidan and Nadia awoke first, but their father was still knocked out. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next LA residents spot 'extraterrestrial' flashes in the sky... Terrifying video shows the moment an airport worker... SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share 'I thought he was dead 'cause I was just screaming at him and I couldn't see him breathing or moving,' Aiden said. It was enough to paralyze Lovera for a few hours, burning his clothes and even fusing them to parts of his body. Lovera suffered first- and second-degree burns on sections of his upper right back, arm pit and down his right arm with the burns resembling the fractal pattern of a lightning strike. Lovera, (pictured), had just started recording on his video camera when a sudden bolt of lightning came down +11 Lovera, (pictured), had just started recording on his video camera when a sudden bolt of lightning came down A rescue helicopter flew them out. Lovera (pictured) said that one of the rescuers, Nick Barton, who witnessed the event, told him it looked as if the family had been 'blown up' +11 A rescue helicopter flew them out. Lovera (pictured) said that one of the rescuers, Nick Barton, who witnessed the event, told him it looked as if the family had been 'blown up' Lovera said the strike burned through a great deal of his clothing (pictured) and even fused parts of it to his body +11 Lovera said the strike burned through a great deal of his clothing (pictured) and even fused parts of it to his body A rescue helicopter flew them out. Lovera said that one of the rescuers, Nick Barton, who witnessed the event, told him it looked as if the family had been 'blown up'. Their burns were healing but Aidan and his dad were still suffering from hearing loss after rupturing their ear drums. Nadia came out the best physically, with burns on the back of her right arm and on her upper thighs, although she also suffered partial paralysis. Of the three, Chris suffered the worst of the injuries. Dad shares moments before and after family gets hit my lightening Progress: 0%0:00 Previous Play Skip Mute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 1:33 Fullscreen Need Text Both of Lovera's kids (from left to right: Aidan, Lovera and Nadia) are now back in school, although both are dealing with the added challenges of balancing work and recovery +11 Both of Lovera's kids (from left to right: Aidan, Lovera and Nadia) are now back in school, although both are dealing with the added challenges of balancing work and recovery Although Lovera (center with Aidan, left, and Nadia, right) hopes to return to work soon, he says he is grateful that he and his family were able to walk away from the incident alive. He even now wears a 'Lucky Strike' shirt in honor of the event +11 Although Lovera (center with Aidan, left, and Nadia, right) hopes to return to work soon, he says he is grateful that he and his family were able to walk away from the incident alive. He even now wears a 'Lucky Strike' shirt in honor of the event Both of Lovera's kids are now back in school, although both are dealing with the added challenges of balancing work and recovery. Although he hopes to return to work soon, he says he is grateful that he and his family were able to walk away from the incident alive. He even now wears a 'Lucky Strike' shirt in honor of the event. 'Really, what I come away with is just the gratitude I have for this set of people who were so selfless and willing to go out in this storm  it was still lightning and raining, and they went out into this and helped us selflessly,' Lovera told The Mercury News. 'And it's just been overwhelming in a good way to see so many people in our community be willing to give. People are innately good at heart.' 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Mon, 08/28/2017 04:26 PM Injured 1 of 2   0.0  Des Plaines IL 
 USA 
  walking to car    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Walking to Vehicle 
One man and one woman were treated for minor injuries Monday after being knocked off their feet by a bolt of lighting in Des Plaines. Fire Chief Alan Wax said the two individuals were not directly struck, but were a few feet away when the lightning touched down. At the time, they were walking together toward their car. The Abington 300x250 - Mobile & In Story An ambulance was dispatched to the 200 block of Howard Avenue at 4:26 p.m., with another arriving approximately 10 minutes later. Both victims were transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. All Des Plaines Fire Dept. crews had left the scene by 5:06 p.m., Wax said.
Sat, 08/26/2017 03:45 PM Killed Taylor Harsh, 1 of 6  24.0  Gulf Shores AL 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Critical,Direct hit,Outside 
Six friends were struck by lightning on the beach in Gulf Shores Saturday, leaving one of them severely injured. Taylor Harsh, a 24-year-old graduate of Mountain Brook High School and the University of Alabama, is listed in critical condition at UAB Hospital's Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit, according to a hospital spokeswoman. A second young man, Stephen Clark, was hospitalized at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center with injuries described by authorities as serious, but he is expected to be OK. He also was transferred to UAB where he remained on Sunday. "It just happened really fast,' said Oliver Brown, who was one of the young men knocked down by the strike. Gulf Shores Fire Department Battalion Chief Bo Smith said authorities responded about 3:45 p.m. Saturday to a beach house on West Beach Boulevard. Harsh and five other young men were on the beach when all six were impated by a lightning bolt. All six of the young men were knocked unconscious, Smith said, however family of one of the men said all were knocked down but not all were unconscious. Brown said there was a slight rain but they had not seen any lightning nor heard any thunder. They were packing up to go inside when tragedy hit. "There was a really bright flash of light out of nowhere,' he said. "It hit Taylor and then arced to Stephen and then one other guy." "After that, it was over. I was a little dazed,' he said. "I didn't really know what was going on." Another man, he said, was nearby and saw it all happen. "He said all of us were up, and then all of us were down,' Brown said. "I remember thinking there's lightning close, and then I was on the ground." Harsh stayed unconscious and his friends started life-saving measures. When rescue workers arrived on the scene, the CPR was in progress, fire officials said. Several other friends were inside the house and saw the incident happened and rushed to help their friends, he said. Harsh, the son of a Birmingham physician, and the other young man were rushed to South Baldwin. Harsh was then flown to UAB Hospital early Sunday, and Clark also was transferred. Initially, Clark was only able to move his head and his right arm. Brown said he's now recovering well. Smith said the weather on the beach was overcast at the time, and a strong storm cell moved in to the area quickly and unexpectedly. "The lightning was horrible,' he said. "The suddenness is what really shocked me,' Brown said. "It came out of nowhere.' GULF SHORES, Alabama (WKRG)  A man was fatally struck by lightning on West Beach in Gulf Shores on Saturday. News 5 is told 24-year-old Taylor Harsh of Mountain Brook was killed after being struck directly by the lightning bolt. Saturdays radar shows the storm as it formed north of the Gulf and began moving south. A lightning bolt struck and struck all 6 of them, says Gulf Shores Fire Chief Hartley Brokenshaw. Carol Cordon witnessed the aftermath, So sad, young boys hands on their heads, they were all on their cell phones they were distraught. It was a really sad situation. Beaches can be deadly during a storm filled with lightning. A lot of times you see lightning in the distance but theres sunshine over you so, you think, oh well maybe its moving that way or maybe its moving that way so you kind of take your chance but its not worth it. Some witnesses dispute whether the group in town for a bachelor party did what they should as the storm approached. Regardless, Chief Brokenshaw says the results are devastating and plans to put more emphasis on lightning safety. They were down here to have a good time. They werent doing anything wrong. Everything was going good and this happens and it hurts me. Five others were affected and one remains in serious condition. They are all from the Birmingham area.
Thu, 08/24/2017 Injured Mathias Steinhuber  31.0  Tinker Knob CA 
 USA 
  hiking    Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
An Austrian teacher hiking the Pacific Crest Trail had just raised his arms for a picture. BY OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ AND JONATHAN J. COOPERASSOCIATED PRESS Share facebook tweet email print Comment Comment SACRAMENTO, Calif.  There was no rain, no rumbling, no sign of danger before the blinding flash and deafening bang of a lightning bolt threw Mathias Steinhuber to the ground, tore off his clothes and burned a gaping hole in his shoe. The 31-year-old Austrian teacher, an avid hiker, had just reached the 9,000-foot summit of a Northern California mountain range ahead of his companions when he raised his arms for a picture and was struck in the back of the head. The electricity shot through his body and exited through his foot, and he was too stunned to know what had happened. Mathias Steinhuber of Innsbruck, Austria, who survived being struck by a lighting bolt, pauses while discussing the near-fatal event Thursday in Sacramento, Calif. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli It was like in a dream, Steinhuber told The Associated Press Thursday. I woke up. I had blood everywhere. My clothes were ripped apart. At some distance I heard my girlfriend scream my name. My first conclusion was that I probably fell down the mountain. He crawled to a ledge and saw his girlfriend and their friend below and wondered, if hed fallen off a cliff, why was he still above them? Thats when he heard the girlfriend, Kathrin Klausner, scream that he was struck by lightning. Steinhuber had cuts and bruises from his fall and a number of burns he described as mostly superficial. The hair on one of his arms was singed when he spoke to the AP at the University of California, Davis Hospital Burn Center in Sacramento. Hes struggling to hear through his left ear. He and Klausner, who are from Innsbruck, Austria, were hiking a stretch of the long Pacific Crest Trail as they neared the end of a nearly four-week trip to the United States. He hurried ahead, looking to get an extra workout as he climbed to the top of Tinker Knob, a bare peak near Lake Tahoe with sweeping views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada peaks and forests below. Some of the wounds Mathias Steinhuber received from being struck by a lighting bolt are seen on his right foot. His left foot, where the lightning exited his body, is wrapped. Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli The trio was hiking from Donner Summit to Squaw Valley, a short section of the rugged, 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada and challenges experienced hikers from all over the world. Steinhuber doesnt remember being struck, only the aftermath, and drifting in and out of consciousness until help arrived. He was taking a picture and the next thing I know, I see this white flash, like an explosion, the couples friend, Cara Elvidge, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Fairfield, California. Elvidge and Klausner took shelter and called for help, not knowing if hed survived. Authorities told the women not to climb up to help, lest they put themselves in danger. A helicopter landed on Tinker Knob, elevation 8,949 feet, and dropped off a paramedic who tended to Steinhuber. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Truckee then flown to the burn center in Sacramento, where he was listed in fair condition late Thursday. Meanwhile, Elvidge and Klausner had to hike out for six long hours without knowing whether Steinhuber would survive or endure debilitating injuries, Klausner said. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for just being here, for him to be alive, Klausner said. Seeing him like this is a miracle, and Im thankful every day for this. The couple was supposed to return to Innsbruck on Thursday, but they spent the day in the hospital. Theyre eager to go home but unsure when Steinhuber will be well enough for the lengthy plane ride, he said. Somebody told me the odds are higher winning the lottery than getting struck by lightning, Steinhuber said. I wouldve rather won the lottery. 'I would've rather won the lottery': Hiker, 31, jokes about odds after he was struck in the HEAD by lightning while taking a photo in California mountains and left covered in blood Mathias Steinhuber was visiting California from Austria He and his girlfriend were hiking in the Tahoe area with a friend in Truckee, California At the top of a point called Tinkers Knob, Steinhuber was struck by lightning while taking a photo on his phone The lightning strike blasted away his clothes and burned a hole in one of his shoes He said: 'Somebody told me the odds are higher winning the lottery than getting struck by lightning, I would've rather won the lottery' By Mollie Cahillane and Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com PUBLISHED: 10:55 EDT, 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 EDT, 25 August 2017 e-mail 10 shares 10 View comments An Austrian man hiking 9,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada was on a peak taking a photo on Tuesday when he was struck by a lightning bolt that blasted away his clothes, burned a hole in one of his shoes and left him with severe burns. Mathias Steinhuber, 31, was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with his girlfriend and their friend had an entry wound on his head and an exit wound on his foot from the lightning. His phone and the picture he was taking survived. The photograph has a bright orange and white stripe on it. An Austrian man took this photo the moment he was struck by lightning while hiking in Northern California. The lightning hit him in the head and exited through his foot +8 An Austrian man took this photo the moment he was struck by lightning while hiking in Northern California. The lightning hit him in the head and exited through his foot 'Somebody told me the odds are higher winning the lottery than getting struck by lightning,' Steinhuber said from the University of California, Davis Hospital Burn Center. 'I would've rather won the lottery.' Steinhuber was struck the day before a Massachusetts woman won $758.7 million in the Powerball jackpot. 'It was like in a dream,' he said. 'I woke up. I had blood everywhere, my clothes were ripped apart. At some distance I heard my girlfriend scream my name. My first conclusion was that I probably fell down the mountain.' The couple from Innsbruck, Austria was visiting a friend, Carla Elvidge, in Truckee, California, near Lake Tahoe. Elvidge said she, Steinhuber and his girlfriend, Kathrin Klausner, were hiking from Donner Summit to Squaw Valley and that all are avid hikers. Some of the wounds Mathias Steinhuber received from being struck by a lighting bolt are seen on his right foot. His left foot, where the lightning exited his body, is wrapped +8 Some of the wounds Mathias Steinhuber received from being struck by a lighting bolt are seen on his right foot. His left foot, where the lightning exited his body, is wrapped He was taken by helicopter to the the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, before being flown to the University of California, Davis Hospital Burn Center where he is listed in fair condition. He said he received the wound near his eye from falling on rocks after the lighting strike +8 He was taken by helicopter to the the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, before being flown to the University of California, Davis Hospital Burn Center where he is listed in fair condition. He said he received the wound near his eye from falling on rocks after the lighting strike The strike blasted the clothes off his body, including his underwear  +8 The strike blasted the clothes off his body, including his underwear Steinhuber feels extraordinarily lucky that he survived being struck by lightning  +8 Steinhuber feels extraordinarily lucky that he survived being struck by lightning Steinhuber was hiking ahead of his friends and had reached the top of Tinkers Knob, a bare peak with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and the forests below. 'He was taking a picture and the next thing I know, I see this white flash, like an explosion,' Elvidge said. Steinhuber was thrown away and his shoes and all his clothes, including his underwear, were ripped off from his body. The lightning bolt singed his clothes and burned a gaping hole through one of his tennis shoes. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Revealed: Student, 20, who suddenly started vomiting while... British hiker, 57, dies after collapsing at famous Hell's... SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share A second lightning bolt struck next to Klausner, who felt the electricity in her body, and the two decided to take shelter and call for help, Elvidge said. A helicopter landed on Tinker Knob, which is at an elevation of 8,949 feet, and dropped off a paramedic who tended to Steinhuber. He was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee and then flown to the University of California, Davis Hospital Burn Center, where he was listed in fair condition on Thursday. Elvidge and Klausner hiked out, uncertain whether Steinhuber would survive or endure debilitating injuries, Klausner said. Steinhuber and Klausner said they feel extraordinarily lucky that he survived and are grateful for the quick response from rescuers. A video posted to Facebook by the California Highway Patrol Valley Air Operations unit shows Steinhuber's clothes that have holes burned in them +8 A video posted to Facebook by the California Highway Patrol Valley Air Operations unit shows Steinhuber's clothes that have holes burned in them The hiker's singed shoes are shown above. The photo was taken from the CHPVAO video +8 The hiker's singed shoes are shown above. The photo was taken from the CHPVAO video The CHPVAO included helicopter footage in the Facebook post about the incident +8 The CHPVAO included helicopter footage in the Facebook post about the incident Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4823346/Hiker-struck-lightning-woke-blood-everywhere.html#ixzz4qrTc5eWH Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Thu, 08/24/2017 01:00 PM Injured Keith Potts  45.0  Iredell NC 
 USA 
  mowing lawn    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Yard 
A bolt of lightning zapped a tree in the backyard of a home on Hoke Lane, off Mock Mill Road in western Iredell. Keith Potts was mowing the grass underneath the tree at the time and was also hit. SHAWN TAYLOR/STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK Family members say an Iredell man is lucky to be alive after he was struck by lightning on Wednesday while doing yard work. Keith Potts, 54, was knocked off his feet when the bolt of electricity zapped a tree in the backyard of a home on Hoke Lane, off Mock Mill Road in western Iredell. Potts was mowing the grass underneath the tree at the time and was also hit. He was transported by Iredell EMS to Iredell Memorial Hospital in stable condition. Family members say he was not unconscious and was expected to be released the same day after doctors tested his heart for damage. â¬SMan, he dodged a bullet,⬝ Lloyd Potts, the manâ¬"s son, said, while looking at the tree that was struck. The tree had a stripe down its trunk where the bark had been blasted off and parts of it were singed black. A thunderstorm rolled over Iredell shortly after 1 p.m. Lloyd Potts said the storm â¬Scame out of nowhere.⬝
Fri, 08/18/2017 11:00 AM Injured Frank Sink  75.0  Clearwater FL 
 USA 
  on golf course    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - A round of golf at a Clearwater golf course took a frightening turn Friday when a bolt of lightning struck nearby, knocking a golfer unconscious. Frank Sink, 75, was golfing in a foursome that included his friend, 84-year-old Walter Staats. They were approaching the green of the fourth hole at the Clearwater Country Club when lightning struck. "It was just rainy, just overcast and rainy. We hadn't had any sign of lightning or we hadn't heard any thunder," Staats recalled later Friday. Seemingly out of nowhere, at about 11 a.m., a thunderstorm built up overhead. "That big boom hit," Staats said. "We looked at each other and said, 'we're out of here.' And we turned around and there's Frank laying on his back. I didn't see him get hit. I didn't see him fall. But just, he was laying on his back on the cart trail." Staats said Sink didn't appear to be breathing and was turning blue. One of their other golfing partners ran over and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. "He did a fine job, he kept him alive," Staats told FOX 13, adding the situation was very scary. "You feel like running, taking off running but you don't have any place to go." Sink was in critical condition for a couple of hours at Tampa General Hospital but, by late in the afternoon, his condition had been upgraded to fair. Staats said he golfs with Sink three times a week and hopes he can get back on the course with him again soon. In the meantime, he's relieved more golfers weren't hurt. "It could have happened to all of us, any of us, all three of us, if we had been together all in a bunch," he said.
Wed, 08/16/2017 12:00 PM Injured Donald & Margaret Korstad  0.0  Granite Falls MN 
 USA 
  in a car    In a car,Indirect 
All Donald Korstad wanted to do was go to Menards. But as he and his wife, Margaret, were driving their GMC Envoy to Willmar on Sunday, August 13, something unexpected happened - they were struck by lightning. The event happened while the couple was taking Highway 23 to Willmar. I had noticed that my hair was standing up, said Margaret Korstad afterwards. And then, without warning, the whole car was filled with a bright white light, which was quickly followed by a bang. It sounded like somebody was shooting a shotgun inside our car, added Korstad afterwards. In fact, the car had just been struck by a bolt of lightning, which entered through the antenna (which was almost completely destroyed). According to testimony from witnesses, a plume of black smoke was expelled from beneath the vehicle. Inside the car, the airbags automatically deployed. After pulling over and getting out, the couple noticed that both front and back tires on the drivers side were blown out. The couple feels incredibly lucky to escape the freak accident unscathed. While rubber tires provide some protection (and make lightning strikes uncommon), vehicles are not impermeable to lightning. The couple hopes that their experience will serve as a cautionary tale to others driving close to lightning.
Wed, 08/16/2017 12:00 PM Injured Tesia Swearingen   0.0  Hall County GA 
 USA 
  in kitchen with door open    Indirect,Indoors 
HALL COUNTY, Ga. - A woman says she is a walking miracle after she was hit by lightning while cooking in her kitchen. Tesia Swearingen said she was cooking as a thunderstorm rolled through Monday. She said she made the mistake of opening the door to hear the storm. We always have the doors open. We love listening to the thunderstorms, Swearingen said. The woman said suddenly everything turned white. TRENDING STORIES: There are 32 active hate groups in Georgia, report says Heres the exact timing of when youll see the eclipse in your city Man livestreamed during SWAT standoff, police say I felt this jolt of electricity come out the tips of my fingers and there was a loud pop and spark, she said. I was very dizzy and lightheaded and, yeah, I was electrocuted. Swearingen drove herself to North Georgia Medical Center, where she went through a series of tests, X-rays and blood work. I dont have any burns or anything like that from where the lightning came out. Im fine, she said. The woman said shes learned her lesson. Theres not a lot of people who can make it out completely unharmed and be able to tell their story because that was a lot of electricity, Swearingen said. She said from now on when Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Glenn Burns says to be weather aware, she will listen.
Tue, 08/15/2017 03:00 PM Injured man  31.0  Homestead FL 
 USA 
      Outside 
A man was struck by lightning in Homestead Monday afternoon, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. Emergency crews responded to the scene on Southwest 272nd Street and 224th Avenue around 3 p.m. Officials said a 31-year-old man was transported to Homestead Hospital after he was struck by the lightning bolt. His condition is unknown. No other information was available. Source: Man Struck by Lightning in Homestead - NBC 6 South Florida http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20172508095305_Fire-Rescue-Responds-to-Report-of-Man-Struck-by-Lightning-in-Homestead-440364723.html.htm#ixzz4qm7BTqLa Follow us: @nbcmiami on Twitter | NBCMiami on Facebook
Sun, 08/13/2017 12:00 AM Killed John Daniel Huisjen  24.0  Telluride CO 
 USA 
  Biking    Bicycle,Outside,Taking Shelter 
A 24-year-old Durango man was struck and killed by lightning Sunday while mountain biking near Telluride, according to the San Miguel Sheriffs Office. The Sheriffs Office identified the man as John Daniel Huisjen. Next of kin have been notified, authorities said. According to a news release, Huisjen was mountain biking with his girlfriend on the East Fork Trail near the Lizard Head Wilderness, about 17 miles south of Telluride, when a lightning storm moved in just before noon. SPONSORED CONTENT [Video] Why Employees at This Company Are Encouraged to Volunteer BY EVERSOURCE Huisjen and his girlfriend, along with other groups of mountain bikers, sought shelter below tree line when Huisjen was struck. Huisjens girlfriend ran to get help, finding an off-duty Telluride EMT, who was also in the area mountain biking with a friend, about a 100 yards away. The EMT told the Sheriffs Office he ran to Huisjen, who was unresponsive, pulseless and breathless. The EMT started CPR and sent his friend to call 911 and track down an AED. Other bystanders also helped with CPR, but ultimately, efforts to revive Huisjen were unsuccessful. In a prepared statement, Sheriff Bill Masters thanks all those who responded and did everything they could for this young man. This is a horrible tragedy, Masters said. Our thoughts are with his family. Huisjens girlfriend was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the release said. According to his Facebook account, Huisjen studied at Fort Lewis College, and worked at the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College, as well as the U.S. Forest Service as a forestry aid (fire). jromeo@durangoherald.com
Fri, 08/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 3 Thompson sisters  4.0  Lily Lake UT 
 USA 
  at lake  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Water 
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)  Police say a lightning strike at mountain lake injured three sisters in eastern Utah, leaving two in critical condition. Authorities said the girls aged 2, 7 and 8 were at Lily Lake near the Wyoming border when they were struck Friday afternoon. Summit County Sheriffs Lt. Andrew Wright says the two older girls were flown to hospitals with critical injuries. The third was taken by ambulance in fair condition. Wright says the lake is one of hundreds in the Uinta Mountains used for camping, hiking and fishing. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. EVANSTON  Three young sisters from Evanston were struck by lightning on Friday afternoon, leaving two critically injured. The three Thompson sisters, all under the age of 10, were with their parents on a camping and fishing trip at Lily Lake in the Uinta Mountains just south of the Wyoming border. According to law enforcement, the family has asked not to release their first names. The lake, about 32 miles or 45 minutes from Evanston, is a popular summer spot, and there were many other people there that day. Evanston Fire Captain Tim Overy said a fast-moving thunderstorm rolled in early Friday afternoon, prompting the girls father to direct his family away from the water to shelter under some small trees. From what we were told, the storm moved in at such a quick pace, and it was violent, very dramatic, said Summit County Sheriffs Lt. Andrew Wright. ... Witnesses that were up there described it as coming in [with] extremely violent lightning. He said that some witnesses knew the lightning struck ground and heard people screaming, but Wright was unsure whether the screams were directly related to the girls injuries. Dispatch received the 911 call around five minutes after the lightning strike. Spotty cell phone service may have delayed the call, which was made by someone not related to the family. In addition, the call was first routed to a Wyoming call center at 1:47 p.m. before being transferred to Summit County at 1:49 p.m. The first officer on the scene, Uinta County Sheriffs Deputy Calvin Robinson, said that it took him a little over 30 minutes to arrive. According to police scanner updates Friday afternoon, responders struggled to find the exact location as they headed through the rocky, winding roads on the mountain. Robinson said the paths in the area are basically rocky two-tracks, and although he got his truck through and the fire department used ATVs, other vehicles couldnt navigate the road. Considering the location, the remote area in the forest, ... I guess the response time was pretty good, actually, Wright said. Through the back-and-forth among dispatch, the caller and the responders, responders finally found the family on the south side of Lily Lake after using sirens to confirm they were en route. At one point, the dispatcher reported, the woman calling asked if she could start carrying one of the girls toward the approaching sirens. Responding vehicles included three ambulances (one from Summit County and two from Evanston) and two helicopters. In the meantime, the girls father immediately leapt into action to perform CPR on his two older daughters, aged 7 and 8, who had been knocked unconscious. According to the reports on the police scanner, one of the girls remained unconscious for most of the time responders were on their way, but Robinson said the father had managed to revive them by the time he got to the scene. When I arrived, the two older girls that were more injured were, I guess, semi-conscious, Robinson said. Their eyes were open, they were breathing, but not necessarily talking or interacting. Wright described the girls father as a hero. Summit County responders arrived shortly after the Uinta County responders, Wright said, as some were looking for a missing hiker just 20 miles away. Normally, Summit County responders would be located in Park City, Utah, about 60 miles away from Lily Lake. The two older girls were in critical condition and were Life Flighted to a Salt Lake area hospital as soon as the helicopters could land on a hastily constructed landing area, which Overy said was set up within 50 feet of the strike. Reports over the police scanner indicated that one of the girls was suffering from agonal breathing, which is typically associated with cardiogenic shock or cardiac arrest. Robinson said the older girls had welts or abrasions down their chests, and Wright said one of the responding Summit County deputies thought the lightning directly hit at least one of the girls. He describes her having marks that went through her back and came out her hip, Wright said, although he said, without direct medical confirmation, he is uncertain whether she was hit directly or if the strike was transferred through a tree. The youngest girl was doing much better than her sisters and was taken to Evanston Regional Hospital by ambulance for evaluation. Initial reports indicated that she is 2 years old, but Robinson said he found she is 4 years old after talking with her. Wright was unable to confirm the girls current condition, saying the medical centers in the area do not release that information because of HIPAA regulations. However, the girls are expected to live. At least two GoFundMe pages have been set up to benefit the family, and other fundraisers are in the works as well. I think the final thing that I would add is that we consider the father a hero in this situation, Wright said. ... Theres absolutely nothing that that father could have done different. He said the family was just enjoying time together on vacation, and it was simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our hearts go out to them, Wright said. ... All of us that were involved in that day  its difficult for first responders to go to something like that when you have three victims, three young children. He again pointed to the father as doing everything he could  getting his children away from the water, trying to direct them to safety and rushing to action when his daughters were struck. When they were struck by lightning, [he] saved his childrens lives, Wright said, and we were able to get medical help to them as quick as we could. We consider the father a hero, and, again, our hearts and prayers go out to the family. The National Weather Service does have some tips about avoiding lightning strikes, but emphasizes that no place outside is safe when there are thunderstorms. The NWS advises getting to shelter, a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up, and remaining there for at least 30 minutes after last hearing thunder. If caught outside in a thunderstorm, people should avoid open or elevated areas, water, isolated trees, objects that conduct electricity and rocky overhangs or cliffs. The NWS also advises never lying flat on the ground or gathering in groups.
Fri, 08/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured 3 of 3 sisters  8.0  Lily Lake UT 
 USA 
  at lake    Camping,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside 
Fri, 08/04/2017 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 3 sisters  7.0  Lily Lake UT 
 USA 
  at lake  N/A  fishing,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Water 
KUTV) Friday afternoon near Lily Lake in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, three sisters are considered lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning. The Thompson family was out fishing when a fast-moving storm came through the area. The three young girls ages 2, 7, and 8 tried to escape the lightning by hiding under nearby trees, but tragedy still struck. The 2 older sisters ages 7 and 8 are currently in Salt Lake City hospitals in critical conditions. The younger sister age 2 is in fair condition after a lightning strike that could have killed them. Two of the girls had entrance wounds on their back from the lightning that then exited at their hips. The father of the girls performed CPR to revive his daughters after they had fallen unconscious. The sheriffs office says the father did everything he was supposed to in that situation. He managed to get his daughters away from the water as fast as possible and now is being called a hero. EVANSTON  A week after being struck by lightning, the Thompson sisters are back at home and recovering well. The girls father, Kyle Thompson, said the girls are all doing great now, although there are still some lingering effects from the lightning strike. In addition to the heroic efforts of others at the lake and medical personnel, one of the things Kyle Thompson stresses is how knowing CPR made the difference between life and death. If it wasnt for that, I would have just sat there and watched my kids die, he said. BraiLynn sustained a minor brain injury like a concussion and will need some speech therapy, and both BraiLynn, aged 7, and Peyton, aged 6, have some memory loss and severe burns. Zoey, the youngest, turned 4 years old just days after the lightning strike. She had the fewest injuries, with first degree burns on her legs and hips. Kyle Thompson said his family, which had moved to Evanston in February, was out at Lily Lake (about 30 miles from Evanston in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest) on Friday, Aug. 4. Kyle and Janika Thompson were enjoying a day of fishing with their daughters, BraiLynn, Peyton, Zoey, and their 1-year-old son, Vayden. Kyle Thompson said he had just caught a fish and let it go after taking pictures of his kids, and he was casting out the line again when it started sprinkling. He got his family away from the water into the trees, and within two minutes, there was a downpour and they started packing up. Then lightning struck. I felt energy in the air and just all around me, and I knew it was a close strike, but I didnt know at the time that it hit my children, Kyle Thompson said, adding that he heard the strike before he saw it. However, Janika Thompson, holding Vayden, saw the strike out of the corner of her eye and started screaming. Kyle Thompson then remembers hearing Zoey crying and screaming and saw her trying to crawl away, just 15-20 feet away from Janika Thompson. BraiLynn and Peyton, though, were convulsing on the ground, eyes rolled back in their heads and not breathing. It was later determined that they had both been struck directly by the lightning. Peyton at first appeared to be in worse shape, Kyle Thompson said; she was smoking out of her head, and her clothes were ripped and split at the seams and even burning in several spots. Both Brailynns and Peytons boots had also been blown halfway off and were burned. Kyle Thompson didnt even hesitate to assess the situation, saying he didnt care about anything but helping his daughters. He started with four compressions on Peyton before she started breathing, then after he helped her into the recovery position, he went to help BraiLynn. Whether because of his nerves or her condition, he didnt feel a heartbeat, but he persisted in doing compressions and taking breaths for her. I [took] several minutes to get her going before she took her first breath on her own, he said. In the meantime, other people at the lake were jumping into action, trying to get cell phone service and help the distraught family. When the two LifeFlight helicopters arrived, Kyle Thompson said, he carried Peyton and another man carried BraiLynn. The two older girls were flown out to Primary Childrens Hospital in Salt Lake City while Zoey was taken to Evanston Regional Hospital by ambulance. The older girls were initially said to be in critical condition. All told, Kyle Thompson said, there were four days in the ICU, a day and a half in neurological ICU, two Life Flight helicopters landing at the scene and an ambulance. He said he is grateful to all the first responders and nurses and doctors who took care of his daughters, as well as to the community for prayers and support. To help with the medical expenses  Kyle Thompson said he is looking at probably $300,000 in medical bills, and his insurance probably wont cover a lot of it  two GoFundMe pages have been set up and there is a fund at U.S. Bank for the family. Although the monetary costs are high, Kyle Thompson is thankful that his daughters are recovering and doing well  and hopes that others will learn about the value of CPR from his experience. He said that everyone, not just parents, should be trained in it and pay attention in case it is needed someday. Im glad that I was trained in CPR, he said again. If I wasnt, I would have just sat there and watched my children die.
Wed, 08/02/2017 12:00 PM Killed Richard Lutes  82.0  Brewster OH 
 USA 
  in a field    Field,Outside 
BREWSTER, Ohio Authorities are investigating whether an 82-year-old Ohio man found dead in a field behind his house was struck by lightning. The body of Richard Lutes, of Brewster, was found Wednesday afternoon by his wife. Authorities say Lutes was outside during a brief storm that rolled over Stark County in northeast Ohio. A coroners investigator says Lutes had a lesion on his chest that could have been caused by lightning. The Stark County Coroners Office is expected to determine the cause of Lutes death on Thursday. Brewster is about 15 miles southwest of Canton.
Tue, 08/01/2017 12:00 PM Injured 3 of 3   0.0  Indianapolis IN 
 USA 
  paving a parking lot    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Work 
Tue, 08/01/2017 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2   0.0  Indianapolis IN 
 USA 
  paving a parking lot    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Work 
Tue, 08/01/2017 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  Indianapolis IN 
 USA 
  paving a parking lot    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,Work 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana authorities say a school police officer and a rescue crew have revived a man after a lightning strike left him without a pulse. The fire chief says the man was among three contractors paving a parking lot who sought shelter from a storm under a tree Tuesday afternoon. When lightning struck it knocked all three men to the ground, and the one nearest the strike went into cardiac arrest. That's when the school officer began CPR and shocked him once with an external defibrillator. Then rescue crews shocked him twice more before they revived him.
Fri, 07/28/2017 05:25 PM Killed Lamar Rayfield, 1 of 2   35.0  Satellite Beach FL 
 USA 
  at beach  N/A  Beach,Outside,Park 
Lightning struck two men, killing one, iust north of Satellite Beach on Friday afternoon, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and Brevard County Fire Rescue. Brevard County Lifeguard Captain Ashley Nolan was the first to respond to help the men. The men were hit at SPRA Park in the 400 block of State Road A1A at the end of Berkeley Street. "I was just heading home and you could see the lightning strikes and how close it was to the beach," Nolan said. "I see a gentleman darting directly out into traffic, waving for help. I knew instantly that someone had been struck." Nolan gave CPR to the man and checked his pulse until paramedics arrived. "I knew he had been down for less than a minute," she said. That man, whose name was not released Friday, died from his injuries at a hospital, Sheriff's Office spokesman Tod Goodyear announced at 7:45 p.m. The other person struck was being treated at a hospital Friday night, he said. Neither of the men were Brevard County residents, Goodyear said. Florida's rainy season, with its frequent afternoon storms, presents a lightning threat, particularly for beachgoers. "We try to warn people all the time and try to get people off the beach" when a storm is coming, Nolan said. Officials have identified the man who died after being struck by lightning just north of Satellite Beach. More: Man killed by lightning in Satellite Beach area The victim was Lamar Rayfield, 35, of Philadelphia, who was struck by lightning while walking along the beach with a group of people, according to Brevard County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tod Goodyear. Rayfield was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital. A second man in the group also was struck by lightning. Goodyear said that man was "disoriented, but awake," after he was struck, and was hospitalized in stable condition. More: Bomb threat evacuates Searstown Mall in Titusville According to a National Weather Service database, Rayfield was the fifth person to die after being struck by lightning in Florida this year and the 11th nationwide. The Rayfield and the other man were hit shortly before 5:25 p.m. at S.P.R.A. Park, a neighborhood beach park located along the 400 block of State Road A1A at the end of Berkeley Street. Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguard captain Ashley Nolan was the first to respond to help the men. Nolan was heading home from work at the time of the lightning strike, when she pulled over in her car to provide medical assistance. She spoke afterward about the dangers of lightning along the beach. "We try to warn people all the time," Nolan said. "These Florida summers, we try to get people off the beach all the time ... because people don't take the lightning seriously, but it is so dangerous and so deadly. Lightning in Florida in the summertime is not something you want to mess with. It takes one second, and one strike, and unfortunately, that's what happened here today." Kevin Rodriguez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, said the storm associated with the fatality produced 60 to 65 cloud-to-ground strikes of lightning between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday in an area stretching from Rockledge to Melbourne Beach. Other victims of fatal lightning strikes in Florida this year include a 46-year-old man in Jensen Beach, a 35-year-old man in Baker, a 34-year-old man in Pembroke Pines and an infant boy in Fort Myers. The National Weather Service database lists the last fatal lightning strike in Brevard as having occurred in 2009 in Melbourne Beach. The victim was a 54-year-old man who was in the process of seeking shelter. Staff photographer Malcolm Denemark contributed to this report. Contact Berman at 321-242-3649 or dberman@floridatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bydaveberman and on Facebook at facebook.com/dave.berman.54
Fri, 07/28/2017 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Satellite Beach FL 
 USA 
  at beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
Fri, 07/28/2017 12:30 AM Injured 2 o 2 girls  12.0  Beaver County UT 
 USA 
  on a hike    Camping,Direct hit,Hiking,Outside 
Fri, 07/28/2017 12:30 AM Injured 1 of 2 girls  16.0  Beaver County UT 
 USA 
  on a hike    Camping,Hiking,Indirect,Outside 
(KUTV) Two girls were struck by lightning in Beaver County, Utah Friday. One of them is in critical condition, after both were airlifted for medical care after a family dog led rescuers to the victims according to the Beaver County Sheriff's Office. A release from the sheriff's office said a dog, with the girls at the time of the strike, returned alone to their camp at a family reunion and led family back to where the girls were found unconscious on the ground. One of the girls is 16-years-old, the other is 8-years-old. The girls were on a hike in the area of Puffer Lake when lightning struck the 8-year-old on the top of her head and traveled into the older girl, according to Wende Wilding with Fishlake National Forest. Det. Kelly Davis of the Beaver County Sheriff's Department said the girls left their camp on an ATV to go hiking about 25 miles east of Beaver, Utah, in an area known as Big Flat. According to Davis, the girls left State Route 153, that runs across the mountain, when they were struck. An employee from Eagle Point Resort responded first after hearing dispatch on the radio. The girls were airlifted around 12:30 p.m. and initially taken to Beaver Valley Hospital and then to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. As the pair were transported from Beaver, the younger girl was listed in critical condition and the older girl in serious but stable condition. The family reunion had people from Payson and Mapleton, Utah.
Wed, 07/26/2017 12:00 PM Killed Robert Byrd  16.0  Dothan AL 
 USA 
  on porch    Ground Strike,Outside,Porch,Tree 
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP)  An Alabama teenager who was struck by lightning at his home has died. The Dothan Eagle reports Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd says 16-year-old Aron Eugene Dunn had stepped out on the porch of his home Wednesday when lightning struck. Byrd says the lightning ran through a tree, and then jumped to the teen, going through his body and exiting his foot to the ground. Byrd says emergency responders worked on the teenager at the scene for 15 to 20 minutes before taking him to Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Share this:
Mon, 07/24/2017 12:00 PM Injured boy  11.0  Vestavia Hills AL 
 USA 
  fishing    fishing,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside 
A young boy was taken to Children's of Alabama after he was possibly struck by lightning while fishing in Vestavia Hills. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. on a small lake near Lambert Terrace in Liberty Park. Vestavia Hills Fire Capt. Ryan Farrell said the boy was about 10 or 12 years old. It appears lighting struck somewhere near him and he was showing signs of lightning-related injuries to his extremities. He was alert and talking at the scene, and is said to be in stable condition.
Sat, 07/22/2017 12:00 PM Injured kayaker  31.0  Ormond Beach FL 
 USA 
  standing in water    Boat,In Water,Outside,Salt Water 
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A 31-year-old kayaker has been struck by lightning and was rushed to the hospital. Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito said the victim was standing in a shallow area of the Intracoastal Saturday night when a bolt of lightning struck nearby. She was injured by the electric shock. He said paramedics found her alert and conscious. Her name was not released. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports she was taken to the hospital but her condition was not known. Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sat, 07/22/2017 12:00 AM Injured Austin Dunn  21.0  Fort Myers FL 
 USA 
  near aircraft  N/A  Airplane,Indirect,Outside,Work 
FORT MYERS, Fla. A NavStar Aviation employee was reportedly injured after lightning struck a nearby airplane Saturday afternoon at the Southwest Florida International Airport, Lee County Port Authority spokeswoman Vicki Moreland said. The victim was injured at around 12 p.m. at the Southwest Florida International Airport on 11000 Terminal Access Rd, Moreland said. The lightning bolt struck a Sun Country aircraft and the shock hit the victim who was standing nearby, Moreland said. The victim was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, Moreland said. No further information was immediately available.
Fri, 07/21/2017 08:00 AM Killed Toby Burrow  34.0  Lake Harding AL 
 USA 
  on a boat  N/A  Boat,Direct hit,On Water,Outside,Water 
By Kim Chatelain kchatelain@nola.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A 34-year-old man died Friday night (July 21) after an apparent lightning strike to the head while boating on lake in Alabama, AL.com reported. The victim was on the vessel with four friends on Lake Harding in Lee County when a storm developed quickly. The boaters were trying to get to shore when the incident happened, the website reported. Medical personnel arrived and transported the victim to East Alabama Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. The victim was identified Saturday as Toby Burrow of Valley, Ala. Lake Harding is a 5,850-acre reservoir that straddles the Alabama/Georgia state line on the Chattahoochee River. LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms that a 34-year-old Toby Burrow died from a lightning strike to the head on Lake Harding in East Lee County. Lee County Deputies, EAMC EMS and Beulah Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to an area on Lake Harding near Lee Road 793. Upon their arrival, they located 34-year-old Toby Burrow, of Valley, with no signs of life. Burrow was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 9:35 PM CST from severe injuries from what appears to be a direct lightning strike. It is reported that Burrow and four other people were in a boat on Lake Harding when they were caught off guard by a storm and were attempting to get to land when the lightning struck Burrow and the boat. Two of the occupants of the boat had to swim the boat to land as the strike had disabled the vessel. The other two in the boat performed CPR on Burrow until they could reach land and meet with EMS. Two of the four survivors sought medical attention on their own and two did not seek medical aid. The accident remains under investigation by the Lee County Coroners Office and the Lee County Sheriffs Office. According to the National Weather Service website, Burrow is the eighth person in the United States to die from being struck by lightning in 2017. The other 7 deaths occurred one each in Colorado, Texas, North Carolina and four in Florida. Harris tells News Leader 9 in his 30 plus years in the coroner's office, he can't remember a lightning-related death. Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.
Thu, 07/20/2017 12:00 PM Injured men on roof, 2 of 2  0.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Thu, 07/20/2017 12:00 PM Injured men on roof, 1 of 2  0.0  Jacksonville FL 
 USA 
  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA/NBC)  Two men are in critical condition after being struck by lightning in Jacksonville on Thursday. The Jacksonville Fire Department said four people were on a roof when lightning struck one of them. Officials said one man was struck by lightning and knocked off the roof. Another man suffered burns from the strike. Both men were taken to a hospital where they remain in critical condition. A third man was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The fourth man was uninjured.
Wed, 07/19/2017 01:30 PM Injured man  34.0  Bass River NJ 
 USA 
  on a dock    Dock/Pier/Jetty,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside 
A man survived getting struck by lightning at a Burlington County yacht facility Wednesday afternoon, authorities say. The 34-year-old was struck around 1:30 p.m. at the Viking Yachts facility on Route 9 in Bass River near the border of Burlington, Atlantic, and Ocean counties, according to the New Jersey State Police. The man, who was on a dock, was conscious and alert when emergency services units arrived, police said. He was transported to an area hospital in stable condition, according to authorities. Strong thunderstorms generating several cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were impacting the area at the time.
Tue, 07/18/2017 07:30 PM Killed David Everette  0.0  Sanford NC 
 USA 
  under a tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
SANFORD, N.C.  A man died after being struck by lightning Tuesday night in Sanford, according to a neighbor who witnessed the scene. The incident happened on Vance Street at about 7:30 p.m. as strong storms moved through the area. Neighbors said the storm was punctuated by a particularly loud lightning strike on a tree at the corner of Vance and Crestview streets. Neighbor Harmon Cochrane said he came outside to find authorities surrounding a person who was dead on the ground. Every now and then you would hear a little lightning but for one instance you heard two big booms and I just took for granted that the lightning hit something. I never thought it was going to be the individual, never did, he said. "That was a serious freak accident there, oh my God." Al Smith, a family friend and local pastor who spoke to WRAL News, identified the man who was killed as David Everette and said he was walking to the store as the heavy storm moved through. WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said North Carolina is the third deadliest state in the country for lightning strikes, behind Florida and Texas. Maze said 198 people in the state have been killed by lightning between 1959 and 2016. Cochrane said he thinks the lightning victim may have gone under the tree to get away from the heavy rain. "Where that gentleman was, by a tree, that is not the place to be. You need to be in a building or a metal-top car," Maze said. Police have not commented on the incident or confirmed the identity of the person who was killed.

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