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Wed, 07/18/2018 08:35 PM Injured Jay Laughmiller, 1 of 2  0.0  Carova Beach NC 
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  on deck    Deck,Fighting Fires,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
From staff reports Wednesday, July 18, 2018 CAROVA BEACH  Two men, one of them Carova Beachs volunteer fire chief, were treated at a Virginia hospital Tuesday night after lightning struck near where they were standing. Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Chip Melton said the Carova Beach Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Crane Road in Carova Beach at 8:35 p.m. following a report of a possible fire in the woods caused by lightning. After the firefighters arrived, Melton said they tried to get an elevated view of the area by going to the third floor deck of a vacation home on the street. While they were looking for the fire, lightning apparently struck the deck where the Carova Beach Fire Departments chief and the man who was renting the home were standing. Neither man was struck by lightning, however, the proximity of the strike and its impact knocked both off their feet Melton said both men were transported by ambulance to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where they were treated and released. Because of patient confidentially rules, Melton was prohibited from releasing either mans name. Subsequent media reports, however, identified the Carova Beach fire chief treated at the hospital as Jay Laughmiller. Laughmiller told Norfolk television WTKR that when the lightning struck the deck, he felt like someone had hit him over the head with a frying pan. My phone went one way, my radio went another, Laughmiller said.
Wed, 07/18/2018 08:35 PM Injured Jay Laughmiller, 1 of 2  0.0  Carova Beach NC 
 USA 
  on deck    Deck,Fighting Fires,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
From staff reports Wednesday, July 18, 2018 CAROVA BEACH  Two men, one of them Carova Beachs volunteer fire chief, were treated at a Virginia hospital Tuesday night after lightning struck near where they were standing. Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Chip Melton said the Carova Beach Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Crane Road in Carova Beach at 8:35 p.m. following a report of a possible fire in the woods caused by lightning. After the firefighters arrived, Melton said they tried to get an elevated view of the area by going to the third floor deck of a vacation home on the street. While they were looking for the fire, lightning apparently struck the deck where the Carova Beach Fire Departments chief and the man who was renting the home were standing. Neither man was struck by lightning, however, the proximity of the strike and its impact knocked both off their feet Melton said both men were transported by ambulance to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, where they were treated and released. Because of patient confidentially rules, Melton was prohibited from releasing either mans name. Subsequent media reports, however, identified the Carova Beach fire chief treated at the hospital as Jay Laughmiller. Laughmiller told Norfolk television WTKR that when the lightning struck the deck, he felt like someone had hit him over the head with a frying pan. My phone went one way, my radio went another, Laughmiller said.
Wed, 07/18/2018 12:00 PM Injured Austin Murtha, 1 of 3 brothers  0.0  Pacific Crest Trail WA 
 USA 
  hiking in woods    Golf Course,Hiking,Outside 
Three brothers are lucky to be alive after they were hit by lightning while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail near Skykomish, Washington. Austin, Dylan and Garrett Murtha set out on June 28 with the aim of completing the entire 2,650-mile south route from the Canadian border down to Mexico. The siblings were on the Washington state leg of the trail when they saw storm clouds rolling in. Greg Murtha, the boys father, told KCRA they scrambled for safety, trying to get down from the granite mountaintop, but they werent fast enough. Lightning struck a tree next to the hikers, sending the brothers flying. Austin, who was closest to the strike, was thrown 15 feet and knocked unconscious. After seven minutes, his older brother Dylan was able to revive him. The strike was so powerful it blasted the hat of Austins head and burned holes in his clothing. It was a 15- to 20-minute lightning storm, Greg Murtha told KCRA by phone. Austin was thrown 15 feet by the force of the strike. He was unconscious for seven minutes. My oldest son revived him & and they hiked out 60 miles to Skykomish and the cardiologist said he was lucky as hell he survived. The brothers also shared videos revealing the burn marks and scars left on Austins leg. It was crazy, Im alive though, Austin said. Despite their injuries, the brothers were able to hike another 60 miles to Skykomish to seek medical treatment. Austin underwent an EKG and Greg says the cardiologist told his son he was lucky as hell to have survived. Austin picked up the trail name Tone from other hikers, because he couldnt hear anything for three days due to the ringing in his ears, Greg Murtha added. The brothers refused to let a little thing like a lightning strike hold them back and they are determined to complete the entire trail over the next four months. They are also filming the journey for their dads virtual reality company Xplorit. The odds of being struck by lightning in any one year in the US is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. A single lightning strike is made up of several 100 million volts. Lightning can be beautiful, awe-inspiring, and fatal. Between 1982 and 2011 an average of 54 Americans died a year as a result of lightning strikes. The numbers have been coming down in the last few years, many thanks to government education and safety work. In 2011 there were only 26 lightning deaths.
Sat, 07/14/2018 12:00 PM Killed Darrell Hoskins  0.0  Meredith TN 
 USA 
  mowing the lawn    Ground Strike,Mowing the lawn,Outside,Tree 
(Meredith) -- A Tennessee father of two died after being struck by lightning while mowing the lawn at his mother's house. Darrell Hoskins was cutting the last patch of grass Saturday afternoon when it began to rain in Fayette County, WREG reported. The sheriff's department said a lightning bolt hit a nearby tree and arced onto Hoskins' cellphone, which was in his shirt pocket. He died instantly. "Its just a freak accident, one of those things you read about," his aunt, Barbara Steward, told the station. The family said his 8-year-old daughter found his body lying on the lawn just moments later. "She ran three houses over until she found someone home and called 911," Hoskins' cousin, Stephanie Skelton, said in an interview with WMC. Steward and other relatives have since created a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses. "Darrell had the sweetest, gentlest spirit. Everyone loved him and he loved everybody," she said. Copyright 2018 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
Fri, 07/13/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2 at glf course  25.0  Des Moines IA 
 USA 
  in parking lot of golf course    Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot 
They were struck by lightning Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Twin Anchors golf course in Story County. One of the victims is a man in his 20's who was unresponsive, but breathing when first responders arrived. A second man in his 40's was also hit. He was conscious and alert. Both men were taken to the hospital. Neither one of their immediate conditions is known. Storms were rolling through the area at the time, but the golf course owner says the skies were relatively clear at the time of the strike. About 400 people in the U.S. survive lightning strikes each year.
Thu, 07/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 14 soldiers  0.0  Foet Jackson SC 
 USA 
  outside training    Ground Strike,Military,Outside 
UPDATE: Recruits Sent to Hospital After Lightning Strike Return to Fort Jackson, Officials Say The lightning reportedly struck about 50 meters from the soldiers, who were reportedly standing under a lightning-safe structure. Author: Amanda Hurley Published: 5:05 PM EDT July 12, 2018 Updated: 8:01 PM EDT July 12, 2018 Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Fourteen recruits are back safely at Fort Jackson after lightning struck in close proximity Thursday. About 200 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment were taking part in a training exercise on the northeast side of Fort Jackson when lightning struck a field around 4 p.m., according to Pat Jones, a public information officer at Fort Jackson. The lightning reportedly struck about 50 meters from the soldiers, who were standing under a lightning-safe structure. Those 14 recruits were taken to Palmetto Health Richland for precautionary measures, but were transported back to the base with no injuries. They are all expected to return to duty, according to a Facebook post by Fort Jackson.
Tue, 07/10/2018 02:46 PM Killed man, 1 of 2  0.0  Lake Worth FL 
 USA 
  near a park  N/A  Outside,Park,Tree,Work 
Lightning strike kills one man and critically injures another Fire engine One man died and another was listed in critical condition following lightning strike, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (Wayne K. Roustan, Sun Sentinel) Wayne K. Roustan Wayne K. RoustanContact Reporter Sun Sentinel Privacy Policy One man died and another was reported in critical condition following a possible lightning strike in Lake Worth, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Firefighters found the two men near a large park at 22nd Avenue North and Pierce Drive about 2:46 p.m. Tuesday. The two men were taken to a local area trauma hospital in critical condition, said Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto. One of the men died upon arrival at the hospital, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office said. An autopsy will be done by the medical examiners office to determine the official cause of death, she said. Dangerous lightning strikes are frequent in South Florida. One month ago, landscaper Rico Eltine, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, was critically injured by lightning in Margate. In mid-May, Maria Francisco Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth, was fatally struck by a lightning bolt while working in Parkland. Alphonso Lopez Ordonez was injured while standing about 15 feet away from Pascual, investigators said. wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4303 or Twitter @WayneRoustan
Tue, 07/10/2018 02:46 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Lake Worth FL 
 USA 
  near park    Golf Course,Outside,Tree,Work 
LAKE WORTH, Fla.  One person is dead, another injured after a lightning strike in Lake Worth. It happened near 22nd Avenue North and Pierce Drive around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Advertisement The second victim is in critical condition. WPBF 25 News spoke to a neighbor who says he heard three very loud lightning strikes and saw a burned man being taken out of the woods behind his house. I had to go back inside my dog was sitting right there, I had to go run him back inside because I thought my boat caught on fire or something. It was a big flash of lightning, it was crazy. I saw the guy all burnt up when they brought him out of the woods that was crazy, said Jamil Linares. He says the men are fumigators who work for Top Choice Pest and Environmental Services and are out here about once a month.
Mon, 07/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2, utility worker  0.0  Cooper City FL 
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      Burnt,Outside,Work 
Mon, 07/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2, utility worker  27.0  Cooper City FL 
 USA 
  working on pole    Indirect,Outside,Power Pole,Work 
COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took a Pike utility worker to the hospital after, officials said, he was struck by lightning in Cooper City. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the near electrocution in the area Stirling Road and North Lake Boulevard, in the Rock Creek community, Monday afternoon. Officials said the Florida Power and Light contractor was working on a power pole in a utility bucket when he was injured. In a statement, and FPL spokesperson wrote, While working on a project to ensure electric service reliability in the area, lightning struck a pole the crew was working on. Paramedics transported the 27-year-old victim to Memorial Regional Hospital, and he is expected to be OK. He was conscious and alert when he got to the hospital. The FPL statement reads in part, As a precaution, the FPL contractor was taken to the hospital for observation. Officials said he will likely be kept overnight for further observation. Another worker suffered burns, but he refused transport. FPL officials said there was a power outage in the area where the utility crew was working, which left about 3,000 customers without electricity, but power has since been restored to the area. Copyright 2018 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sun, 07/08/2018 12:00 PM Injured volnteer  0.0  Rocky Mountain National Park CO 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Park 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK  A volunteer on the west side of the park was injured when lighting struck the ground near her Sunday. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to Granby Medical Center with injuries that were classified as not life-threatening, according to Rocky Mountain National Park. The volunteer was on the Red Mountain Trail, which is located off the Colorado River Trail, about one mile from the trailhead when the lightning struck Sunday afternoon, according to a press release from Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail is on the west side of the national park. "It appears that the volunteer was not struck directly by lightning, but lightning struck the ground nearby," the release states. No other information was released.
Sat, 07/07/2018 02:54 PM Injured Alice Tran, 1 of 3 in water  23.0  Isla of Palms SC 
 USA 
  in water  N/A  In Water,Indirect,Outside,Water,Wet 
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C.  A man and woman were struck by lightning Saturday at a South Carolina beach during a thunderstorm. The Post and Courier reported that crews were called to the Isle of Palms beach shortly before 3 p.m. and discovered the victims in the water. The child was also in the water nearby, but it was not clear if the child was struck. The woman suffered cardiac arrest and was given CPR. All three were taken to the hospital. The woman is in serious condition and the other two are in stable condition, according to the paper. Alice Tran sat soaking in the warm beach sun when clouds began to brood above. Drizzle misted. The sky darkened, and soon rain poured down. Her brothers family scurried up the Isle of Palms beach along with a thicket of others fleeing the incoming storm. Alices longtime boyfriend, Seth Baird, carried a cooler back to their car. Alice and her 9-year-old sister, Heaven, stayed. Alice would start a dental hygienist program back home in Tennessee in six weeks. She had planned this trip to spend time with her family, and she was determined to enjoy this day, July 7, at the beach. By the time Seth returned, rain drenched him. Thunder rumbled. Lightning flashed as he joined Alice and her sister in the water. Its getting pretty bad, he cautioned. Yet, another family still tossed a football up the beach. A half-dozen others played in the surf at a distance. I really hate to drive all this way and not enjoy the beach, Alice said. +9 Alice Tran and Seth Baird Alice Tran and Seth Baird. Provided Just then, a boom shattered the sky. Heaven clamped her eyes shut against a blinding explosion as lightning struck the water. Seths mind went dark, a switch flipped. Then, stillness. And quiet. Until Heaven screamed. The sound pierced Seths ears and jarred him awake. He tasted salt water. Rain pummeled him. Lifting his head from the water, he turned toward Heaven. The little girl pointed frantically. Five feet away, face up in the water, 23-year-old Alice floated. Her long black hair splayed over the oceans roiling surface. She did not move. Through his muddled thoughts, legs wobbly, Seth clambered toward her. Gripping beneath her armpits, he dragged Alice toward the beach. Waves shoved him. Rain pounded. Sand drained beneath his footing. As his strong arms weakened, Alices head dipped. Water reached into her mouth. Go to the bag and get a phone! Call 911! he yelled. Heaven scrambled away. The race to save Alice was on. The starters Loud as his weakened body could muster, over the roar of rain and waves, Seth screamed: Help! From the family playing football in the distance, two men sprinted down the beach toward him and helped pull Alice onto the sand. Seth grasped one slender wrist feeling for a pulse. Nothing. Her eyes rolled back in her head. Do you know CPR? one of the men asked. Seth had taken a class more than a year earlier through his job as a mechanical engineer  protocol for those who handled high voltage. He never imagined hed actually use it, and he remembered very little. He did, however, recall that chest compressions were the most important part. +9 Alice and Heaven Tran before they were struck by lightning Alice Tran, 23, and her sister, 9-year-old Heaven. Provided Positioning the heels of his palms on her lower sternum, he pressed hard in rapid succession. One of the bystanders breathed into Alices mouth. When Seths arms quaked with exhaustion, he and the man switched places. As they did, Heaven found Alices cellphone in their beach bag. Jabbing at the numbers, she couldnt get through the passcode. The other bystander ran over to help her. It was 2:54 p.m. A crew of paramedics happened to be four blocks away responding to another call when their radios crackled with this new, more urgent emergency. One drove his Tahoe onto the beach toward the two men performing CPR. James Brashear and his partner parked the ambulance, grabbed their gear and sprinted down the long stretch of sand. They clustered around Seth. All right, man. I got you, one said. Seth stepped back. The first responders took over. Pass the baton Alice had no pulse, no heartbeat. She was in cardiac arrest. Brashear sat at her head, directing the crew. Hovering about 8 feet away, Heaven sobbed. A fire commander scooped her up and put her in his pickup. She didnt need to be right there watching, if her big sister died. Paramedics shocked Alice with a defibrillator. They shoved a breathing tube down her throat. With each passing second, Seth felt the slow tick of Alices life ebbing away, until someone called out: Ive got a pulse! The men hoisted Alice onto a backboard and rushed her to the waiting ambulance. Her condition: unstable and critical. Brashear stood beside Seth at the ambulances back doors. You want to go? he asked. Seth did, but he shook his head. He couldnt leave Heaven alone. The ambulance doors closed. Traffic choked both routes off the Isle of Palms as beach-goers fled the intense storm. Police moved in to help the ambulance get off the island so it could make the 17-mile journey to Medical University Hospitals emergency room and the areas highest-level trauma bay. Following behind in another ambulance, Heaven sat with Seth in a blanket, clutching a stuffed fire dog. The traumatized child had calmed. Seth tried to mask his fear. When they finally arrived, MUSC Childrens Hospital staff found that Heaven, while deeply shaken, appeared physically fine. Seth refused treatment. He needed to find Alice. Still sandy and wearing his swim trunks, he hurried to the adult ER, where someone led him to a room. Inside, a chaplain waited. Seth panicked: Was Alice dead? Her brother, Stan, and his family gathered with him. So did Alices distraught mother, Mary Phan. A Vietnam native, she had just been grocery shopping for a nice family meal that night. Instead, they all waited in tense silence until a team of doctors bustled in, filling the room. Alice was alive, but she was critically ill. So far, she had not responded to any of their commands. They did not know how much brain damage, if any, she had suffered. Only time will tell. Alice had joined a band of the few, given anyones odds of getting struck by lightning in a year were roughly one in 1 million. +9 Alice Tran in MUSC's medical intensive care unit Alice Trans loved ones and medical crews had no idea how much brain damage she suffered as she lingered in a medically induced coma to preserve what function remained. Provided The good news: After suffering cardiac arrest on the beach, Alices heartbeat was strong. A lightning bolt can contain 100 million to 1 billion volts, clearly enough to jolt the hearts electrical rhythm and cause cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death among those struck. Dr. Todd Gandy, a pulmonology fellow, explained that he would admit Alice to an intensive care unit where she would be placed into a medically induced coma. They would cool her body to help preserve and restore brain function. Do you all want to come see her? In a somber line, her family followed the team to a room where she lay amid a narrow field of tubes and machines. Clumps of sand matted her hair and coated her body. A breathing tube snaked down her throat. IVs sprouted from her arms. Seth stepped to the bedside, then leaned down and kissed her, just above her cheek bone. Hed always been told that hearing was the last sense to go. He whispered, I love you. They couldnt linger for long, however. The medical team needed to run with the baton of Alices fragile life. +9 nails alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Seth Baird holds his girlfriend Alice Trans hand in an MUSC hospital room. The 23-year-old Tennessean was fighting for her life after lightning struck her July 7 on the Isle of Palms beach. Baird pulled her from the water and performed CPR. Wade Spees/Staff The power runners About a year earlier, MUSC had begun using a new method of induced hypothermia, which chills the core body temperature of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest or with head injuries, to preserve brain function. It involved doctors inserting a large catheter into patients necks or groins so water could cool their blood as it passed. In Alices case, Dr. Gandy inserted one into her right leg. For 24 hours, he lowered her core to just above 93 degrees Fahrenheit, about five degrees below normal. In her ICU room, nurses guided a careful dance of cooling and sedation. A technician brushed Alices long, tangled hair and braided it so she could tape electrodes to Alices scalp. Others wiped sand off her body. +9 Alice Tran before lightning struck Alice Tran before lightning struck. Provided After 24 hours, the medical team began to slowly rewarm her. As they worked, Alices family moved from a rental house to a hotel so they could rotate shifts at her bedside. Each day, they vacuumed up every scrap of news her nurses and doctors could provide. Each day, the team cautioned: Its going to take time. For three days, Alice lay in a medically induced coma, a machine breathing for her. Electrodes monitored for seizures. An IV pumped sedation. A big green neck brace held her head still. A white hospital gown with stars and moons covered her thin, motionless body. Little Heaven climbed into Seths lap. The 9-year-old had spent her nights crying, her days worrying that her big sister might never wake up. Is it our fault we decided to stay? she asked. The question haunted them all. Seth answered carefully. Heaven, sweetheart, its not your fault whatsoever, he assured. Youre the hero. He reminded her that she had woken him in the water and that shed found the phone to call 911, just like hed told her to, even though she was so frightened. He didnt say that, yes, they should have left the beach, or that theirs would become a cautionary tale for others who roll the dice with lightning. The nurses slowly reduced Alices sedation. The only way to gauge her brain function would be to interact with her  and that meant waking her up and seeing if she could breathe on her own well enough to remove the ventilator. Alices family crowded her room, eager for this reckoning. The medical team started with 30 minutes of watching to see if Alice initiated her own breaths and inhaled well enough. She did, but the doctors still worried. Fluid was building in her body due to her ailing kidneys. They waited another 24 hours. The next day, Alice breathed on her own again. However, her breaths came rapidly with the ventilator off, and her heartbeat raced. Her blood pressure shot up. A doctor removed the tube in her throat but ordered oxygen, worried she might need to return to the machine. Yet, as the sedation ebbed, Alice still breathed on her own. She tried to open her eyes. She turned her head. She nodded. She moved her arms and legs. Little signs that deep inside the wounded brain, at least something of her remained. Mary prayed at her daughters bedside each day, placing a picture of Buddha onto Alices forehead as she did so. Seth, a Christian, also prayed and clung to the hope that Alice could still hear him. He recounted favorite memories of their four-year relationship and his hopes of bringing her home to play games and eat out at new restaurants, which she enjoyed. They would do that again, he promised. One day, he set his cellphone near her head and played a song. It was I Like Me Better by Lauv. To not know who I am but still know that Im good long as youre here with me ... Can you hear it? he asked. Alice nodded. His heart jumped. It was their song. Can you recognize it? She nodded again. Alice was in there, he felt certain. The final leg of the race, the anchor leg, was hers to win. It would be the toughest, though, and she would need to become the fiercest of competitors. +9 wideroom alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Family surrounded Alice Tran as she struggled to recover from a lightning strike and cardiac arrest. Her mother, Mary Phan, stands beside Alices older brother, Stan. Her boyfriend, Seth Baird sits across the hospital bed. Wade Spees/Staff The anchor leg As Alice emerged from the coma, confusion muddied her thoughts. Her kidneys still struggled. She might need dialysis. Her heart rate soared. Her blood pressure spiked. In a weak voice, she whimpered, Mommy, I hurt. Her chest throbbed from CPR trauma. One day, she woke up enough to ask Mary: Why did you bring me here? Her long-term memories remained mostly intact. But she remembered nothing about coming to Charleston, nothing about the beach, nothing about getting struck by lightning. Mary peppered her with questions. Who is the president? Obama. What restaurant did they just go to for her birthday? Alice couldnt remember. +9 hold alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Mary Phan is happy with every step of progress her daughter Alice Tran makes  including sitting up in the hospital bed. The 23-year-old Tennessean has been in a fight for her life after a July 7 lightning strike on the Isle of Palms. Brother Stan Tran and boyfriend Seth Baird were also in the room. Wade Spees/Staff Wade Spees As the days passed, physical therapists got Alice to sit up in bed. When they helped her over into a soft chair beside it, her head flopped. Her knees buckled. She grimaced with pain. Every day, they lugged her out of bed again. Every day, Alice could help them a little more. Almost 12 days after Alices heart stopped, her primary nurse arrived for a shift. Stephanie Pettiet noticed something right off: She could hear Alices Tennessee drawl. Where before Alice had sounded so weak, often confused, she seemed much more with it. She even remembered details that Seth had just told her about what happened on the beach. Alice also wanted to walk. I have to get back to school, she insisted. +9 betweenhands alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Alice Tran held the hands of her brother, Stan, on her right, and boyfriend Seth Baird on her left as family gathered in her MUSC hospital room to support her. Wade Spees/Staff Alice worked as a dental assistant and had gotten into a competitive dental hygienist program. Classes started in five weeks. She needed to get home. Stephanie called a physical therapist who helped Alice get out of bed. On her own, despite pain in her back and chest, Alice stepped with a metal walker across her room and through the doorway. Stephanie followed closely with a chair. Mary followed with a camera. Alice walked down the entire hall, about 100 feet. After two weeks in the ICU, she moved to a regular hospital room. She didnt stay there long. Alice left MUSC for good late last Sunday, 15 days after arriving. She rode in a wheelchair, covered with hospital blankets as her family profusely thanked the doctors and nurses who saved her. During the seven-hour drive home to Knoxville, she mostly slept, to Seths relief. He pulled into their home at 2:30 a.m. and helped her inside. She melted into her own bed. The next day, she showered by herself, scrubbing and rinsing her long black hair. Her short-term memory remained a struggle. But her classes started in a month, and she was determined to be ready for them. A new race was on. To help Alice Tran Alice Tran did not have health insurance when lightning struck her at the beach. To help her pay medical bills, her family has set up a Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/alice-tran. +9 sittingup alice tran lightning.jpg Buy Now Mary Phan is happy with every step of progress her daughter Alice Tran makes  including sitting up in the hospital bed. Alices brother Stan and boyfriend Seth Baird were also in the room. Wade Spees/Staff Wade Spees Contact Jennifer Hawes at 843-937-5563. Follow her on Twitter @jenberryhawes. Facebook Twitter Email Print Alice Tran and her family were hoping for a relaxing vacation in South Carolina before she went back to school. Their vacation was anything but relaxing. In fact, it was almost deadly. Tran, a 23-year-old dental hygienist student from LaFollette, Tennessee, was nearly struck by lightning in the Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. On July 7, Tran; her boyfriend, Seth Baird; and her 9-year-old sister, Heaven Phan, were walking in the shallow part of the ocean while it was raining. Taking it all in was bad idea "We wanted to take it all in since we were there for only a few days," Tran said. They had arrived late the day before and were able to spend only a little time at the beach. As thunder rolled in, lightning struck the water. "Before it hit, all I remember is the girls smiling and laughing," Baird said. "It happened as quick as a light switch." Baird said after she was shocked by the impact of the lightning strike, Tran was floating face up a few feet away, not responding. He dragged her out of the water with the help of two bystanders, started performing CPR and asked Phan to call 911. Alice Tran, left, poses with her younger sister Heaven Phan. Phan helped save Tran by calling 911 after her near-death accident near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. Alice Tran, left, poses with her younger sister Heaven Phan. Phan helped save Tran by calling 911 after her near-death accident near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. (Photo: Alice Tran and Seth Baird) "I just prayed the whole time I was doing it," Baird said. "I knew in that moment it was just me, her and God, and that was it." Paramedics responded at around 3 p.m. and took over for Baird. Tran was suffering from cardiac arrest, so they shocked her with a defibrillator and placed a breathing tube down her throat. Shortly after, Trans pulse was back. Paramedics placed Tran in an ambulance. Baird and Phan followed behind in a separate ambulance. 'We just sat there and prayed' "We just sat there and prayed the whole time," Baird said. Phan was admitted to the children's hospital as a precautionary measure. Baird stayed with her for a while, then went to find Tran. Tran's brother, Stan Tran, his family and Alice Trans mother, Mary Phan, met at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. Alice Tran, middle, poses with her brother, Stan Tran, right, and her sister, Heaven Phan. Alice Tran was on vacation with her sister and brother when she was nearly struck by lightning near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. Alice Tran, middle, poses with her brother, Stan Tran, right, and her sister, Heaven Phan. Alice Tran was on vacation with her sister and brother when she was nearly struck by lightning near Charleston, South Carolina, in early July. (Photo: Alice Tran and Seth Baird) Alice Tran was in critical condition. She was hooked up with IV fluids and electroencephalogram cords. She was admitted to ICU and placed in a medically induced coma for three days. After emerging from the coma, Tran remembered everything up until the trip itself. "It even took me a while to remember it actually," she said. She struggled to move initially, doubling over when trying to get out of her hospital bed. But 12 days after the accident happened, she was able to walk the entire hospital hallway. Tran left the hospital on Sunday, July 22, and headed back to her home in LaFollette. The odds of getting struck by lightning are about one in 1 million. According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 47 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured. Tran, however, isn't letting this accident dictate her life. "Right now I'm just trying to work on getting better," she said. "I have a million things on my mind, and (the accident) happened at the worst time." STORY FROM CITI Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Card See more ’ She starts her dental hygienist program in less than a month, but she's already noticing the challenges she'll be facing in the upcoming weeks. "I hope it gets better, but my hands are weak, my body is weak," she said. "Even standing up, Im wobbly. Im nervous that I wont be able to perform the tasks I need to." She will be going to physical therapy, which will hopefully help with the shakiness. "Im looking forward to getting better for sure," she said. "Thats my main goal right now." Regardless of everything that's happened, she said she had support the whole time. "You know, there are those that are close to you and shower you with love every day," she said. "But when something like this happens and those who dont talk to you every day reach out  thats the silver lining. It makes the whole situation more bearable. I cant be more appreciative." Lightning safety tips and resources In 2018 so far, 15 people have died from being struck by lightning, according to the National Weather Service. There are a few ways that you can keep yourself safe if lightning strikes. Get inside as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning; Avoid open areas. Dont be the tallest object in the area; Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles; If you can't make it inside an enclosed building, a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed provides good protection.
Sat, 07/07/2018 Injured 1 of 2  0.0  Fremont county CO 
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  outside  N/A  Outside 
Officials believe lightning sparked one of two wildfires burning in Fremont County Saturday. The sheriff's office said two people were reportedly struck by lightning in Royal Gorge Park around the same time the fires started. Their conditions are unknown, but they did deny any medical treatment. One fire is behind the quarry near Fremont Peak, close to mile marker 275. The other is off Fremont County Road 3 near the old Buckskin Joes. Heavy smoke and flames were visible throughout the day. The fire near Fremont Peak is being called the Quarry Fire, which is reportedly over 10 acres. The fire burning off Fremont County Road 3 is being called the Twin Fire. Eastridge campground off County Road 3 has been evacuated as a precaution, the sheriff's office said. Multiple agencies are on scene responding to the blaze. Bureau of Land Management crews have been able to establish a line around the Twin Fire, that is 1/10 of an acre in size. Several single engine air tankers and a helicopter were doing water drops over the Quarry Fire, along with a number of hand crews on scene. Air attacks have slowed down, as crews will monitor the blaze throughout the night.
Sat, 07/07/2018 02:30 PM Injured Isaiah Cormier, camper  18.0  boulder county CO 
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  outside near tent  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tent 
One near-death experience for a Colorado couple ended up making their love truly come alive. On Saturday, Isaiah Cormier and his girlfriend of two years, Juliette Moore, went on a camping trip, but things almost turned deadly when Moore found her boyfriend face down on the ground with no pulse. Cormier had been struck by lightning as he stood next to their tent, the Boulder County Sheriffs Office said in a press release. Thankfully, Moore, of Boulder, Colorado, had taken a CPR class just one month before and sprung into action. I only had to do one round, and he came back and started gasping, she told Denver 7. And he stopped breathing again, so I gave him a second round of CPR after that he was breathing and doing alright. She was eventually able to get him into their car and drive him to a highway to get some help. RELATED ARTICLE: Woman Whose Baby Died After She Was Struck By Lightning While In Labor Is Pregnant Again Rescue personnel from the Nederland Fire and Indian Peaks Fire protection districts continued to render medical aid to the man until they were met by AMR Ambulance, the sherrifs office said. The man was subsequently transported to a local Boulder hospital for treatment. At the time he was transported, he was conscious and breathing. Cormier  who was released from the hospital a day and half later  is still extremely sore and has a mark on his neck from where the lightning entered his body. I was going to die she brought me back, the lucky 18-year-old told Denver 7. Moore, who is also 18, says in her head she was saying, You cannot go yet. I have too many things I wanna do with you. Youre not allowed to leave me this soon. The teenagers boyfriend now says she lights up his life more than lightning. His family started calling him Flash, everyone we talked to asked what his superpower was and when the next Marvel movie is coming out, she added. The couple also wants to stress how important they think it is to learn CPR  if Moore had not been trained, her boyfriend would not have made it. I first of all think the entire situation is ridiculous, Cormier told CBS. We never could have expected anything like this could have happened, but Im very grateful that my girlfriend was there and knew CPR. RELATED VIDEO: Husband Saves Wife by Administering CPR as She Went Into Cardiac Arrest Weeks After Giving Birth Play VideoYOU MIGHT LIKE VICTORIAS SECRET MODEL SUES AFTER SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY MASSACRED BY BEDBUGS AT CALIFORNIA HOTEL NEW JERSEY MOM WHO SURVIVED CAR CRASH THAT KILLED HUSBAND AND DAUGHTERS LEARNS FAMILY'S FATE His doctor, Anne Wagner, at UCHealth Burn Center, agrees. He wouldnt have survived if she didnt know CPR, she told CBS, adding that only two of her patients have ever survived being struck. Its a super high voltage injury that transfers through the body. It does a lot of its damage under the skin. Going forward, both Moore and Cormier feel blessed for the people they have in their lives. Take a little time to be grateful for the people in your life today because theyre wonderful, Moore told CBS. Hold them a little closer. BOULDER COUNTY, Colo.  A 19-year-old man was revived after being struck by lightning in Boulder County Saturday afternoon. According to the Boulder County Sheriff, a woman called 911 around 2:30 p.m. saying her boyfriend had been struck by lightning. The pair had been camping in the Ruby Gulch area off of Forest Service Road 328E. The woman immediately began trying to resuscitate her boyfriend as she called 911. She then got him into the car and drove to the Peak to Peak Highway, where she met emergency medics. Rescue personnel from the Nederland Fire and Indian Peaks Fire protection districts continued to render medical aid to the man until they were met by AMR Ambulance. The man was subsequently transported to a local Boulder hospital for treatment. At the time he was transported, he was conscious and breathing, the Boulder County Sheriffs Office said in a release.
Sat, 07/07/2018 Injured 2 of 2  0.0  Fremont county CO 
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  outside    Outside 
Fri, 07/06/2018 01:30 PM Killed Al Frazier  67.0  Russellville AR 
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  near a tree  N/A  Golf Course,Indirect,Outside,Tree 
A 67-year-old man died after being struck by lightning Friday afternoon in Pope County, the coroner said. The strike happened about 1:30 p.m. as Al Frazier went outside his Russellville residence in the 1500 block of Lands End Point South during a period of light rain, Pope County Coroner Danny White said. White said lightning hit a nearby tree and arced, striking Frazier. Frazier was taken to Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville, where he was pronounced dead about 2 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Two people have died in lightning strikes in Arkansas this year, according to the National Weather Service's North Little Rock office. Metro on 07/08/2018 Print Headline: Man, 67, is killed in lightning strike
Fri, 07/06/2018 12:00 PM Killed Leonel Sanchez  23.0  Kansas City MO 
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  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
July 06, 2018 11:01 PM A man who was struck by lightning while working on a roof Thursday afternoon in eastern Kansas City has died, a family friend told The Star. Leonel Sanchez, 23, and another man fell from a roof at a residence near 49th Street and Raymond Avenue. They were taken to a hospital. Another roofer called Sanchez's cousin, Martin Contreras, and the cousin's girlfriend, Lizeth Garcia, to tell them that Sanchez was dead, Garcia said in a phone interview on Friday. Sanchez had been in the U.S. for about seven months and was planning to return to his hometown of Tierra Nueva in central Mexico, Garcia said. He lived and worked with Contreras in Springdale, Ark., before relocating to Kansas City to work with some other cousins. SIGN UP Read more here: http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20180807011120_article214483719.html.htm#storylink=cpy
Fri, 07/06/2018 12:00 PM Killed Everett Massengill  0.0  Kingston TN 
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  mowing the lawn    Mowing the lawn,Outside 
Their home has been filled with friends and neighbors giving their condolences for a man they'll never forget. Author: Shannon Smith Published: 6:21 PM EDT July 7, 2018 Updated: 6:40 PM EDT July 7, 2018 Kingston, Tenn.  Friends and family of one Roane County man are still in disbelief after he was killed by a lightning strike Friday afternoon. Everett Massengill of Kingston was mowing his lawn on Friday when he was struck by lightning. The Roane County Sheriff's Office pronounced him dead on the scene. Massengill is described as a man who knew everyone. He served on the Roane County School Board for decades, and worked for AT&T even longer than that.
Fri, 07/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured family of 4  0.0  Elizabeth TN 
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  rafting    On Water,Outside 
ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) - Four people have been taken to the hospital with minor burns after getting struck by lightning this afternoon in Carter County, according to the Carter County Sheriff's Office. The four individuals, all from the same family, were rafting on Watagua River when a storm approached the area of Blue Springs Road. The family, including a 32-year-old, 29-year-old, a 5-year-old and 1 year-old had taken shelter under a tree when lightning struck them. According to the sheriff's office, the family was on a guided raft tour from River and Earth Adventures of Boone, North Carolina.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured 3 of 4 on boat  28.0  Lake Mahopac NY 
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  on boat    Boat,Outside,Water 
http://kicks1055.com/4-injured-after-lightning-strikes-on-july-4th-in-hudson-valley/ Two men and two women, ranging in age from 28-41, were on the boat. One male passenger told police his boat and the entire group had been struck by lightning, adding three of the four needed immediate medical care. With the help of Mahopac Marine, the disabled boat and passengers were towed to shore. Once the disabled boat reached a dock, two paramedics, along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department, boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers. Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, police say. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene. According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled. Download the KICKS Mobile App to Listen, Win, and Keep Up With Everything Local Read more local stories:
Wed, 07/04/2018 10:30 PM Injured 3 of 4 at fireworks  0.0  Chicago IL 
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  outside at fireworks at fireworks    Outside 
Two people were struck by lightning along the lakefront Wednesday night in Chicago shortly after Fourth of July fireworks, and two others were hit by lightning about 65 miles southwest of the city. As more thunderstorms rolled into the city Thursday afternoon, professionals warned those outside to take precautions and know what to expect in a lightning storm. ADVERTISING Eight people nationally have been killed by lightning strikes so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. None of those deaths occurred in Illinois or surrounding states. It has been five years since the last fatal lightning strike in the state. In 2013, 17-year-old Jennie Dizon of Downers Grove was struck and killed in a park. Earlier that year, 29-year-old Jonathon Olisio died after he was struck while fishing in Shelbyville. John Jensenius, the weather service's lightning expert, said the state ranks 36th in number of lightning deaths per capita. None of the four reported lightning strike victims on Fourth of July had died due to their injuries as of Thursday afternoon. Chicago-area lightning strikes on the Fourth of July The incidents included a woman who was hit around 10:30 p.m. near Maggie Daley Park at Monroe Drive and Lake Shore Drive. She was taken in serious to critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was stabilized, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Her condition was changed to good Thursday, said Linnea Mason, a spokeswoman for Northwestern. A half-hour before the woman was struck, a man was standing with a group celebrating at Belmont Harbor when he saw a flash and felt a charge, police said. When paramedics arrived, he was conscious and alert and declined to be taken to a hospital, police said. In the village of Sheridan, two people, including a young girl, were critically injured by a lightning strike. The Sheridan Fire Department said the incident happened at a baseball field ahead of a scheduled fireworks display in the village. The show was canceled. The odds of being struck by lightning in the United States in a year is 1 in 1,171,000, according to the weather service. There are different ways a person can be hit, Jensenius said. The man who said he first felt a charge may have been part of an initial charge buildup on the ground before a nearby lightning bolt hit. Once the strike hit ground, the area would be discharged, and that could have been what the man felt. The woman who was struck could have suffered a direct hit, Jensenius said. Typically in these cases, the lightning would "flash over," meaning it passes over the skin rather than going in through the body, Jensenius said. These hits can be fatal. One of the most common and fatal lightning strikes, though, are "ground currents." This occurs when lightning strikes a tree or another object, then travels along the ground, Jensenius said. A person or animal nearby would be at risk for lightning entering the body and going through the cardiovascular or nervous systems. These strikes often affect livestock. Wednesdays storm also sent crowds under viaducts, building awnings and bus shelters in Chicago. Police on the scene radioed that thousands of people sought shelter under a bridge on Lake Shore Drive. Jensenius warned that even taking shelter under a bridge might not be sufficient protection from lightning. He recommend being "inside a substantial building or a hardtop vehicle" when a storm starts and to not go outside until 30 minutes after thunder subsides. If you hear thunder, its important to get inside right away, he said. You definitely want to take precautions before the first strike. Dr. Kent Bailey, emergency medicine physician at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, said anyone who is struck by lightning should seek help immediately and be evaluated, even if they appear OK. A lightning strike doesn't typically create many exterior burns, but internally there can be significant burn damage to muscles, nerves and bones, Bailey said. For anybody who is struck by lightning, an ambulance should be called, he said. They should always be evaluated. ... The sooner you get on a monitor and evaluated, the better off you are." The Associated Press contributed.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured Nova Esparza, 2 of 4 at fireworks  4.0  Sheridan IL 
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  outside at fireworks    Outside 
CHICAGO (CBS)  Lightning strikes across the area ended the Fourth of July fun for four people. Two people in Chicago and two others in Sheridan were hit Wednesday night. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads In Sheridan, four-year-old Nova Esparza and 20-year-old Dawson Fuller are recovering after lightning hit a tree they were near. Novas family says she will be recovering in the hospital for five more days. lightning strike victims 2 Chicagoans, 2 Sheridan Residents Struck By Lightning As for Dawson Fuller, CBS 2s Vince Gerasole reports he is still feeling dazed by the incident and says he feels lucky to be alive. I am still dazed. I must have smacked my head when I got hit, Fuller said. Typically there are more strikes on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Dawson Fuller says he cant remember what happened after he was hit by lightning, but the same bolt also zapped the bark of the tree he was passing under as a storm rolled through Sheridan. I didnt see anyone near me. I didnt hear anything out of the ordinary, Fuller stated. Fortunately, the off-duty firefighter who performed CPR on Fuller realized something was wrong. I was 30 feet from the tree when it was struck. I felt the shock and the hair and knew, stated Daren Peterson, the off-duty firefighter. Next thing I knew, I woke up at the hospital in DeKalb and I was freaking out, said Fuller. Lightning is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injury in the U.S. It is caused by small bits of ice in the clouds bumping into each other, creating an electric charge. On a much larger scale, it is similar to the static electric experiments on display at the American Science and Surplus. Things are bumping up against each other. They are creating that static charge, explained Paul Seelentag of the American Science and Surplus. And at a certain point, somethings got to give. Its got to go somewhere. Electricity doesnt like much resistance and the ground doesnt offer much resistance. As many are told as young children, lightning is attracted to the tallest point in a particular spot, so you want to avoid being that target. Lightning can travel far. Even if skies are clear overhead, you can be hit by a bolt thats ten miles away. Fortunately Dawson Fuller survived the lightning strike. I didnt think I would be under a tree that was struck and I would get blown five feet off the ground! Dawson exclaimed. lightning safety tips 2 Chicagoans, 2 Sheridan Residents Struck By Lightning Authorities are issuing a reminder that no place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. The national weather service says if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you, so move indoors. While indoors, stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment. If you are stuck outdoors with no safe shelter, stay away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
Wed, 07/04/2018 07:20 PM Injured Dawson Fuller, 1 of 4 at fireworks  18.0  Sheridan IL 
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  outside  N/A  Outside 
Dawson Fuller, 18, was at Robertson Field in Sheridan around 7:20 p.m. He was there with his girlfriend. His mother Cindy Fuller was on the way to meet them to watch fireworks. I got the phone call he got struck by lightning and was on the ground unresponsive,  Cindy Fuller said. He was thrown backwards into the air 5 to 7 feet and landed on his head. Plainfield firefighter and paramedic Eric Watkins was at the park with his family. He, along with St. Charles firefighter Darrin Peterson, ran to help and quickly saw there was not one, but two victims. I heard screaming and I went over there and found an unconscious, unresponsive 4-year-old girl not breathing, Peterson said. (We) started rescue breathing and CPR. The girl was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in critical condition. Fire officials did not have an update on her condition. Dawson Fuller was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in Dekalb. He is expected to be discharged Thursday night. (He is) basically a walking miracle, Cindy Fuller said. We're very grateful and thankful for just the turn of events everyone who was there right place at right time. A woman was also struck by lighting shortly after the city of Chicagos fireworks display. She was struck near Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive and taken to Northwestern hospital and was stabilized. The Chicago Tribune reported that a fourth person was also injured--a man was struck by lightning near Belmont Harbor. Authorities say two people were critically injured by a lightning strike as people gathered for a Fourth of July fireworks show in Sheridan and another person was hit by lightning after Chicagoâ¬"s fireworks. The injuries came as severe thunderstorms moved through Illinois on Wednesday night. WLS-TV reports the Sheridan Fire Department says two people, including a young girl, were struck by lightning at a baseball field ahead of a scheduled fireworks display in the village of Sheridan. The show was canceled. A heartfelt reunion was had recently between one of the victims struck by lightning on the 4th of July in Sheridan and a paramedic who helped to save his life. Family and friends gathered with Plainfield firefighter/paramedic Eric Watkins and 18 year-old Dawson Fuller of Sheridan. Watkins and St. Charles paramedic Capt. Darin Peterson were attending the Sheridan fireworks show as spectators when a bolt of lightning hit a large tree in Robertson Field around 7:20 p.m. on the 4th of July. The lightning strike injured Fuller and a four year-old girl. Watkins and Peterson administered CPR to the two victims. Fuller was later released from the hospital. Family of Watkins shared a video with WSPY where Fuller recently attended a family party. He hugged and thanked Watkins for his life saving efforts who embraced him. Fuller's mother also thanked Watkins. You can view the full video, above. Several fireworks shows were canceled and rescheduled on the 4th of July after rough weather moved into many parts of the WSPY listening area around dusk when people were gathered for fireworks. At a press conference the following day Watkins had described the situation where lightning struck in Sheridan. Family of the four year-old girl who was injured reached out to WSPY and reported that young girl is making progress but only has 10 percent of her lungs working because of internal burns and fluid buildup. She is currently at a Peoria Hospital recovering from additional injuries, as well.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 4 on boat  0.0  Lake Mahopac NY 
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  on boat    Boat,On Water,Outside 
A lightning strike on Lake Mahopac sent three people out boating to the hospital and slightly injured another. The incident took place around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 when Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Matthew Monroe of the department's Marine Patrol Unit responded to a report of an occupied disabled boat on Lake Mahopac, the department said. ADVERTISING During heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes Monroe was able to locate the disabled vessel, near the northwest corner of the lake. The vessel was occupied by two men and two women, all ranging in age from 28-41, officials said. One male passenger told Monroe that his boat and all of its passengers had been struck by lightning and that three of the four passengers required immediate medical care. The sergeant immediately called for the Mahopac Fire and Ambulance to be dispatched to Mahopac Marina. With the assistance of Charlie Melchner, the owner of Mahopac Marine, Monroe was able to tow the disabled vessel, while the passengers were still on board. Once the disabled boat reached the dock, two EMSTAR paramedics along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers, the department said. Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center, and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene. Upon further inspection by Monroe and Deputy Christopher Tompkins, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.
Wed, 07/04/2018 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 4 on boat  0.0  Lake Mahopac NY 
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  on boat  N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water 
A lightning strike on Lake Mahopac sent three people out boating to the hospital and slightly injured another. The incident took place around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 when Putnam County Sheriff's Sgt. Matthew Monroe of the department's Marine Patrol Unit responded to a report of an occupied disabled boat on Lake Mahopac, the department said. ADVERTISING During heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes Monroe was able to locate the disabled vessel, near the northwest corner of the lake. The vessel was occupied by two men and two women, all ranging in age from 28-41, officials said. One male passenger told Monroe that his boat and all of its passengers had been struck by lightning and that three of the four passengers required immediate medical care. The sergeant immediately called for the Mahopac Fire and Ambulance to be dispatched to Mahopac Marina. With the assistance of Charlie Melchner, the owner of Mahopac Marine, Monroe was able to tow the disabled vessel, while the passengers were still on board. Once the disabled boat reached the dock, two EMSTAR paramedics along with members of the Mahopac Fire Department boarded the vessel and rendered aid to the injured passengers, the department said. Two of the passengers were transported to Putnam Hospital Center, and one passenger was transported to Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. The remaining passenger was evaluated and released at the scene. Upon further inspection by Monroe and Deputy Christopher Tompkins, it was determined that the lightning strike destroyed the majority of electrical equipment on the boat, rendering it disabled. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.
Wed, 07/04/2018 06:40 PM Killed Egan Stanley  0.0  Dalton GA 
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  Fishing  N/A  Delayed Death,fishing,Outside 
Dalton man struck by lightning while fishing on July 4 Officials called it a "freak incident." Author: Adrianne Haney Published: 4:10 PM EDT July 6, 2018 Updated: 4:13 PM EDT July 6, 2018 DALTON, Ga.  Fire officials confirm a Georgia man was struck by lightning while fishing on the Fourth of July. According to the Dalton Fire Department, Egan Stanley was fishing with his kids at the Dalton Golf and Country Club July 4 when he was struck. Dalton Fire Chief Todd Pangle told 11Alive the country club has a fishing rodeo for kids there every year. Fire crews arrived around 6:40 p.m. where they found Stanley lying on the ground unconscious. First responders initially took him to the Hamilton Medical Center, but later flew him to Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Pangle called it a "freak incident." 11Alive spoke to Stanley's wife over the phone, who declined an interview but said the only thing she wants to do is be there for her husband right now. There was no further indication on his condition. DALTON, Georgia (WDEF)  The man who was struck by lightning on the 4th of July died over the weekend. Egan Stanley was attending the holiday celebrations at the Dalton Golf and Country Club. - Advertisement - The 37 year old was being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta when he died from his injuries on Sunday. He leaves behind a wife and two sons. Friends have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to cover expenses here.
Sat, 06/30/2018 01:30 AM Injured Corey Wilmer  15.0  Brainerd MN 
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  inside cabin    Indirect,Indoors 
BRAINERD, Minn.  A 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning early Saturday, June 30, escaping the ordeal with just marks on his back and shoulderand a remarkable story to tell. Corey Wilmer of Oak Grove was sleeping in what the family calls the "Man Cave," a small cabin built on their park model property at Donneybrook Farms, a lake association on North Long Lake, north of Brainerd. Wilmer, a junior at St. Francis High School in St. Francis, said the lightning struck about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. His friend Josh Tope also was in the cabin and slept through the whole thing. "I was already awake. ... I've always been afraid of storms so I was trying to convince myself to fall asleep and it just struck," Wilmer said of the lightning strike. "We believe it hit the roof, traveling down through the siding here where it cracked and it happen to pass through me. The cabin took most of the lightning and I just took a part it. "The lightning lifted me off my bed and it was a short amount of like extreme burning pain. ... Once it passed through I just snapped and woke me up, I mean I was awake but ... I only felt the pain when it passed though. "It came in through my shoulder and exited my back. I got up right away and I couldn't move my shoulder. ... I got up and saw my bed was on fire and I had a half bottle of water sitting by the bed and attempted to put it out but it didn't work. I woke up my friend and my stepdad threw the bed out (of the cabin) and we went to the Brainerd hospital." Wilmer said the lightning left white markings on his shoulder and back immediately after it struck, and then the markings changed to a spider web pattern. The markings are quickly fading and as of Sunday afternoon the one on his shoulder was gone, but the one of his back was still visible. "I thought it was some sort of nuclear bomb," Wilmer said of his first thoughts that went through his brain when the incident happened. "I quickly realized it was lightning and my ears were ringing and it was so surreal." The family said the lightning went through the roof, leaving a hole. Once inside it passed through Wilmer, the boxspring of the bed and exited the cabin through an electrical outlet, breaking a window. The electrical wiring in the cabin and the air conditioner were damaged from the lightning strike. "There are lots of things to worry about when you have kids and the last thing you worry about is them being hit by lightning in their bed," Kristi Griego, Wilmer's mom, said. "We are so grateful nothing major happened to him and that someone is watching out for him. We have a happy ending story and a great one to tell." Griego, as well as others, at first found it difficult to believe Wilmer was actually struck by lightning. "We didn't believe it," Griego said. "He was walking and talking and was fine. We took him to the Brainerd hospital and no one believed it, either, and said 'We have to see this.'" Wilmer now has a new nickname as people in the park are calling him "The Flash," the DC Comics character who gained superspeed after being hit by lightning. Wilmer, though, said he didn't think he could run any faster than normal. He joked that the worst part "about all of this is it scared the fish out further" on North Long Lake. The storm Damage reported to the National Weather Service in Duluth following a thunderstorm early Saturday morning included trees downed in Pequot Lakes, Crosby and in southern Crow Wing County near Highway 25. Other damage in the southern part of the county included a shed and a corral fence. The storm brought wind gusts as high as 50 mph northeast of Brainerd, quarter-inch hail in Breezy Point and nickel-sized hail at Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County. About a half-inch of rain was reported at 2 a.m. Saturday and .65 inches Sunday for Brainerd, as measured at the Brainerd lakes Regional Airport. Almost 500 Crow Wing Power residents were out of power from the Friday night/Saturday morning storm. Char Kinzer, public relations manager for Crow Wing Power, said crews began getting calls around 2 a.m. Saturday and the power outages were sporadic all over its service area. Crow Wing Power serves more than a 5,200 square-mile area from Remer to Royalton and from Motley to Crosby. Nine crews of two were out working and got everything cleaned up by 7 p.m. Saturday, except for six households. Kinzer said these places have to have their own electricians come in to do some work before Crow Wing Power is able to do their service work. Kinzer said when it came to downed trees and lightning, the worst of the damage was mainly in the eastern part of its service from Emily to South Long Lake. Kinzer kept Crow Wing Power's Facebook page up to date to inform residents. She said the main message was to inform people to call in any downed power lines, as people may be traveling and are not home, especially as it is Fourth of July week. She also encouraged people to call if they were out of power as they don't know until it is reported to them. Nelson's Berries in rural Brainerd also reported damage on its Facebook page. It stated its shed was blown over and moved, the porta potty was tipped over and many large trees blew over. It was going to have to temporary close the farm to berry pickers because of the damage. However, in less than 24 hours, the farm was all cleaned up. Rain will continue this week, with showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through the Fourth of July. In Brainerd, the NWS reports a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5 p.m. Monday, July 2, and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday night. Tuesday there is a 30 percent chance and Wednesday a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs this week will be in the 80s.
Sat, 06/30/2018 12:00 AM Injured 1 of 3  0.0  La Pointe WI 
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  at campsite    Camping,Indirect,Tent,Touching a vehicle 
LA POINTE, Wis.  Three people were injured from a lightning strike at the Big Bay Town Park on Madeline Island early Saturday morning. According to authorities an officer responded to the call and found three victims at a tent camping site. The female victim told the officer she was struck while trying to get into her vehicle and thrown to the ground. Two other victims were found at the site; one male victim was self-transported to the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland and a second male victim had burns all over his body. After investigating the scene authorities say the lightning struck a tree close to the tent site where it followed the root system through the tent to the nearby vehicle. The female and one male victim have been medically cleared from the hospital, while one male victim remains in the hospital for his injuries.
Fri, 06/29/2018 06:15 PM Injured woman  0.0  Escambia county FL 
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  outside     Outside 
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) ⬠A woman was taken to an area hospital after she was struck by lightning Friday afternoon. According to Escambia County, EMS and Fire Rescue responded to a lightning strike in the 6400 block of Sarasota Street just before 6:15 p.m. First responders transported a woman to Sacred Heart Hospital due to her injuries.
Thu, 06/28/2018 12:00 PM Injured Ronald Collins  0.0  Mobile AL 
 USA 
  watching from garage  N/A  Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI)  Ronald Collins, 54, was just standing and watching the rain fall from his garage when a lightning bolt came within inches of him, knocking him backward. His brother, George Smith, was in the laundry room and heard the loud boom as his brother was struck, running to his aide. He rushed out just in time to catch his brother, who immediately suffered a seizure, before he hit his head on the concrete floor. Ads by ZINC Smith said he was running on pure adrenaline and didnt even stop to think if he could get injured himself. Collins was taken to the hospital and treated, then released Saturday afternoon and told to rest and recover. He did not suffer burns to his body because the bolt struck just next to him, blowing a four inch long hole in the concrete of his garage. We spoke with him just hours after he was struck, and both Collins and Smith thanked Mobile Fire-Rescue and paramedics for their fast response and care. If that bolt had hit me directly, I wouldnt be standing here now, said Collins. MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - Two Gulf Coast residents have been struck by lightning in the past week, both were standing near or in their garage. But, your odds of being injured by a pillow in your bed are greater than being a victim of a lightning strike. It should come as no surprise with its terrain and beaches, Florida is the number one state for lightning strikes and fatalities, according to the national weather center. Right behind the sunshine state is Texas, then Alabama. Believe it or not, lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach about fifty-thousand degrees Fahrenheit. I was standing right where the garage lets down. I was just standing there watching it rain. There was no thunder, no lightning. All of a sudden one came out of the sky and hit here and sparks flew," said Mobile resident, Ronald Collins, in an interview with News 5 on Sunday. Collins walked away okay, and wasn't directly hit by the lightning. His incident is the second locally in the past week. On Friday, a woman was struck by lightning also in her driveway in Northwest Florida. If youre talking about being near a building, under an awning or a tree, the lightning is still going to look for the quickest, easiest path to the ground and sometimes that is through you," said News 5 Meteorologist, John Nodar. The National Weather Service says eight people have died so far in 2018 from lightning strikes. Five of those people were in Florida, at least two of them were under trees. It may sound intimidating, but you're odds of dying from a lightning strike are about one in ten million. Your chances of dying in a work-related accident around about one in forty-thousand. Your odds of being murdered are much higher than being struck by lightning, at one in one-hundred thousand. If you can see the lightning, if you can hear the thunder, youre close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning can occur as far as nine miles away from its parent cloud," said Nodar.
Thu, 06/28/2018 12:00 PM Killed Jo Somers  70.0  Huntsville AL 
 USA 
  under a tree  N/A  Critical,Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Near Water,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Water 
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The woman struck by lightning in Thursday's storms remains in the hospital. Her family tells us she is in a coma at Huntsville Hospital. Family members tells us Jo Somers is the woman injured. The Hampton Cove Homeowners' Association say she was inspecting a sea wall as the storm arrived. Family members say doctors are watching Somers closely. She remains in a coma as of Friday afternoon. Emergency crews responded to the incident around 2:00 Thursday afternoon. HEMSI emergency officials took Somers to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit. Neighbors say Somers was standing under a tree when the lightning struck, critically injuring her. A construction worker told us they saw the lightning strike the house, bounce off and hit the tree, before striking the victim. "I hope and pray for this lady that they carried away. No, no. Lightning is not a good thing. The amazing thing here was nothing around it was hit. So if there is any lightning in the forecast you don't want to be outside," said neighbor Jack McCrary. Huntsville 90° News Woman Struck by Lightning in Madison County By: Mary Stackhouse Updated: Jun 28, 2018 06:37 PM CDT 74 The woman was struck by lightning while standing under this tree. More headlines Elderly man, dog die in Midland City apartment fire How to spot a potential shooter DEVELOPING: Puppy rescue operation in South Huntsville June 28, 2018 - A 70-year-old woman in Owens Cross Roads was reportedly struck by lightning this afternoon during severe storms outside a home on Peninsula Circle. The homeowner was inside when it happened. "A gentleman that was preparing the sea wall ran up to the house and started banging on the window," said Louis Consagra. "I looked out the window, and I saw the lady on the ground, and I said to my wife, 'Call 911'." Workmen say the woman is a colleague and was overseeing the job on the sea wall. "The gentleman told me that lightning apparently came off my roof, hit the tree, and the lady came from underneath the house to get out of the rain," said Consagra. "But when the lightning hit the tree, apparently, it hit her, and she collapsed." Consagra says he checked her pulse before authorities arrived but didn't feel anything. "The lady didn't seem to be breathing or anything at all," he said. Michael Johnson, from HPD, says HEMSI paramedics were able to resuscitate the woman on the way to the hospital and she was stable upon their arrival to the hospital. HEMSI officials say the symptoms mimic lightning strike. According to Huntsville Hospital, what happened to the woman looks like a regular heart attack. Jo Somers MADISON COUNTY, Ala.  A Madison County woman has died after being in a coma for two weeks. Lightning hit Jo Somers, 73, during a storm on June 28, while she was inspecting a seawall under construction in the Hampton Cove neighborhood. Family members told us Somers was a local civil engineer who was a pioneer for women in her industry. Neighbors say Somers was standing under a tree when the lightning struck, critically injuring her. HEMSI emergency crews took her to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit.
Wed, 06/27/2018 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Georgetown SC 
 USA 
  unknown    Ground Strike,Outside 
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV)  A Georgetown County woman has been hospitalized after a nearby lightning strike. The incident happened on South Island Road Wednesday afternoon, according to Georgetown County EMS officials. The woman was not physically struck by lightning, but the bolt did strike "very close by," and the woman fell and suffered an injury, officials say.
Wed, 06/27/2018 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Orlando FL 
 USA 
  on a roof    On a Roof,Outside,Work 
man apparently working on a roof was struck by lightning on Wednesday afternoon, according to Orlando firefighters. It happened shortly before 4 p.m. at a home on Lake Arnold Place, which is off Primrose Drive, just south of State Road 408. He was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. Strong thunderstorms were hitting much of the area on Wednesday afternoon. dharris@orlandosentinel.com, 407-420-5471 or @DavidHarrisOS
Wed, 06/27/2018 06:21 PM Killed Jeffrey J Moyer  44.0  Umatila FL 
 USA 
  in boat fishing    Boat,fishing,On Water,Outside,Water 
UMATILLA  A man found dead in a boat Wednesday may have been struck by lightning, according to sheriffs investigators. Jeffrey J. Moyers neighbors called the Lake County Sheriffs Office at 6:21 p.m. to say they found the 44-year-old slumped in a seat on his small pontoon boat at 40703 Long Island Drive. There did not seem to be any signs of trauma, but investigators did notice a superficial, square-shaped laceration on his back that may have been the result of him scraping his back on the chair after his death, according to a sheriffs report. After the Medical Examiners Office removed the body, the investigator noticed the seat was cut. The chair was white in color but did have some noticeable black marks that may have been the result of a burn. The floor also appeared discolored, the report said. Detectives also found his cell phone on the floor, and a phone number for his next of kin. One of the neighbors said Moyer was a visitor who came to the area for a few months to go fishing. It was not clear from the report where Moyer lives full-time. Property owner Ed Vaughn told deputies he was a friend of the familys and would help get Moyers personal effects to relatives.
Mon, 06/25/2018 06:15 PM Injured soldier, 1 of 4  0.0  Fort Bragg NC 
 USA 
  conducting training exercise    Ground Strike,Indirect,Military,Outside 
Four Fort Bragg soldiers who were struck by lightning Monday have been released from the hospital. According to Lieutenant colonel Joe Buccino, the spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. while the soldiers were conducting a training exercise. Buccino says lightning struck a satellite communication terminal, a common piece of equipment used by Army communicators in the field. According to Buccino, the lightning strike energized a water trailer about 30 meters away. Two of the soldiers were touching the trailer and the other two were near it when the lightning struck. Lightning All four were transported to Womack Army Medical Center on post. Three were released from the hospital on Monday, and the fourth was released Tuesday. ADVERTISING The injuries were not life-threatening but will require addition follow-up exams and possible treatment. All four soldiers are members of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade. In August 2015, 60 soldiers were on an open firing range when lightning struck. The soldiers took cover, but despite their efforts to stay safe, 18 soldiers were struck by lightning. They were taken to the hospital and were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Lightning https://www.wral.com/fort-bragg-soldiers-struck-by-lightning-during-training/17658633/
Mon, 06/25/2018 Injured Alexander Williamson  0.0  Seattle WA 
 USA 
  on balcony    Deck,Indirect,Outside 
Alexander Williamson didn't know at first if it was lightning that struck him on his Phinney Ridge balcony last month, but doctors say his injuries are consistent with lightning strikes. Author: Ryan Takeo Published: 9:20 PM PDT July 7, 2018 Updated: 8:44 AM PDT July 8, 2018 A Seattle man who said he was hit by lightning last month is still recovering. Alexander Williamson said at first he didnt know if it was lightning that struck him on his Phinney Ridge balcony early June 25, but doctors have said his injuries are consistent with lightning strikes. 911 logs confirm paramedics were called to the scene. Williamson pointed to the metal siding on his building as a possible conductor. He said he noticed sparks of lightning near the tops of nearby trees before impact. All of a sudden, I get thrown like somebody picked me up, he said, adding he landed inside his apartment and might have hit his head on some furniture. His wife, Laura Severance, said she was asleep at the time. He was just in full panic attack, she said. Williamson said the lightning singed his pants and darkened parts of his balcony. He said his tooth fillings were blasted out of his mouth and caused bleeding. He believes hes had neurological effects as well speech that includes stuttering. Williamson also claims his mind becomes fatigued later in the day. I know thats one of his biggest concerns and worries, you know, is that mental capacity, said Severance. Williamson said hell need $5,000 worth of dental care, but that might also include seeking dental care internationally. His friends have started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his medical expenses.
Sun, 06/24/2018 12:00 PM Killed James W Barton  33.0  Siesta Key FL 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Outside 
SIESTA KEY, Fla. - One person died after they were struck by lightning Sunday afternoon while on a beach near Sarasota, authorities said. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said the victim was struck just after 2 p.m. in the 6000 block of Midnight Pass Road in Siesta Key. The victim, who was not identified, was treated at the scene by paramedics and lifeguards. More Storm Headlines Man dies after being struck by lightning while carrying weed wacker in Margate Woman killed, 2 people hurt after lightning strike at Parkland farm Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, where the victim died. Florida routinely leads the nation in lightning deaths, according to the National Weather Service. Five of the 16 fatal lightning strikes in the U.S. in 2017 happened in Florida, which was down from 2016, when there were 10 fatalities in the state. This year in South Florida, one man was killed earlier this month in Margate while doing yard work and a farm worker was killed in Parkland in May. Two other workers were hurt during the same storm. "In terms of lightning, Florida has the most lightning per square mile of any state in the U.S. and also a sizable population," National Weather Service lightning safety specialist John Jensenius said in a news release earlier this year. "In addition, Florida has many outdoor recreational activities that cause people to be vulnerable to a lightning strike. Finally, in Florida, lightning is a very common afternoon threat for those who work outside or are outside as part of their daily routine." Man killed by lightning on Siesta Key was heading indoors when struck "He saw it where it hit his keys hanging on his belt loop. It came up to his head and down through his chin. It took him instantly, As soon as it hit, he was gone. At least I know he wasn't suffering." Author: Isabel Mascareñas Published: 5:19 PM EDT June 25, 2018 Updated: 6:02 AM EDT June 26, 2018 SIESTA KEY, Fla. - Talena Goad was numb of the news that her 33 -year-old son, James, was killed by a lightning strike. You dont expect your kids&to die before you especially not by a freak accident, she said as tears ran down her face. James was on Siesta Key beach at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a severe storm rolled in.
Fri, 06/22/2018 05:25 PM Injured person  0.0  Viera FL 
 USA 
  unknown     
Person struck by lightning in Viera, sheriff's office says Posted: 6:16 PM, June 22, 2018 Updated: 6:16 PM, June 22, 2018 Share Your OpinionShare534 Copyright 2016 Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. VIERA, Fla. - One person was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning in Viera during a storm Friday, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. The victim was struck on Murrell Road in Viera around 5:25 p.m. More News Headlines Not all lightning strikes are equal: What type is most dangerous? Fulgurite: Dangerously beautiful creations made by lightning Brevard County Fire Rescue was at the scene. The victim's condition was unknown. No further information was available. Central Florida was experiencing a lashing of heavy rain and lightning Friday evening. At the same time the incident in Brevard County occurred one county over in Orange County fire crews were pointing out a house fire caused by a possible lightning strike. Check back for updates on this developing story. Copyright 2018 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Fri, 06/15/2018 07:15 PM Injured 1 of 3 people  0.0  New Smyrna FL 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Three people were hospitalized after lightning struck in New Smyrna Beach. The incident happened at the New Smyrna Dunes Park just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, says New Smyrna Beach Police. The three people were reportedly on the edge of the boardwalk that leads to the beach. According to PIO Lt. Mike Greene, one man collapsed, and a bystander performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived. Volusia County Sheriff's Department told Spectrum News 13 that all three people were transported to the hospital. No word yet on their conditions.
Tue, 06/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured 1 of 2, on beach  0.0  Atlantic Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach  N/A  Beach,Outside 
Emergency personnel in Atlantic Beach, Florida, are reporting that two men were struck by lightning on Monday after a small but fast-moving thunderstorm moved through the area. First Coast News reports the men survived but were hospitalized after the strikes. According to the Atlantic Beach Police Department, a man who reported being struck by lightning off 19th Street and Beach Avenue in Atlantic Beach was hospitalized. Another man was reportedly struck on the beach near the 17th Street access in Atlantic Beach. The man told lifeguards he felt the charge go from his head to his foot. He was conscious when he was transported to a hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition. Lightning is also being blamed for a house fire on Oceanwalk Drive in Atlantic Beach. Police and neighbors said the house was struck by lightning which sparked a fire and damaged the roof. No injuries were reported in the house fire.
Tue, 06/12/2018 12:00 PM Injured 2 of 2 on beach  0.0  Atlantic Beach FL 
 USA 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Mon, 06/11/2018 08:20 AM Injured teenager  0.0  Lynn Haven FL 
 USA 
  walking home from cutting grass    Critical,Outside 
Lynn Haven, Fla. - Lynn Haven Police are investigating injuries sustained by a local teen when he was apparently struck by lightning. At approximately 8:20 a.m. Monday, first responders were called to the 1500 block of Inverness Road in reference to a reported unconscious and unresponsive person being found shortly after a reported lightning strike, officials wrote in a news release. Under the guidance of a 9-1-1 dispatcher, the original caller began and continued resuscitation efforts until the arrival of first responders who then assumed care of the patient. The patient was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for injuries consistent with a lightning strike and is listed as being in critical, but, stable condition, officials wrote. The investigation revealed that two teenaged brothers had been cutting grass at a home in that area when they were forced to stop, due to an approaching storm. As they were returning home, lightning struck in their immediate vicinity. Immediately thereafter, the victim was found lying on the ground by his brother. A nearby resident also exited their home and provided emergency assistance by helping to move the victim under shelter and administering CPR. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lynn Haven Police Department at (850) 265-4111. photo
Mon, 06/11/2018 11:40 AM Killed Rico Eltine  55.0  Margate FL 
 USA 
  weed whacking lawn    Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
MARGATE, Fla. - A 55-year-old man died after he was struck by lightning in Margate, authorities said. As of Monday, officials said the man was hospitalized. MORE LIGHTNING STRIKE HEADLINES Woman killed in lightning strike remembered as hard worker, dedicated mother Woman killed, 2 people hurt after lightning strike at Parkland farm Florida woman hit by lightning while pregnant is expecting again On Friday, investigators confirmed he had died. The incident was reported about 11:40 a.m. Monday at the Oriole Gardens Phase One Condominium, located at 7400 NW Fourth Place. "When I heard the thunder, or whatever it was -- I'm afraid of them," witness Susana Miranda said. "But then I thought about him, and I went to look at him and he was already on the ground." Margate Fire Rescue officials said the landscaper, identified as Rico Eltine, was carrying a weed wacker when he was struck by lightning. Miranda, who said Eltine was lying facedown in the grass and was unresponsive, called 911, but first responders were initially forced to take cover amid the severe lightning that appeared to hover over the Margate area. Rico Eltine "At the time when they got here, there was a lot of lightning strikes still going on," Margate police Sgt. Robert Kriplear said. "So, they were able to get a car back there -- one of the police cars. They picked him up in one of the police cars and got him back here. The rescue personnel transferred him to the hospital, where he is currently at now." People who were working in the area said their boss told them to seek shelter just before the man was struck by lightning. "His brother is in the backyard, running, running, running, screaming, 'My brother! My brother! My brother! Don't go! My brother!'" Iris Rosario said. Authorities said paramedics performed CPR on Eltine as he was being transported to Northwest Medical Center. Eltine was an employee of Potter's Lawn and Landscaping. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Eltine's loved
Sat, 06/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured adult, 1 of 3  0.0  Baltimore MD 
 USA 
  at tennis court  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tennis 
BALTIMORE (AP)  Two children and an adult have been hospitalized after they were struck by lightning in Baltimore. News outlets report that the trio were out by tennis courts in Patterson Park near Fells Point when they were struck during a brief storm Saturday afternoon. Fire officials said all three were in serious condition. The two children were taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The adult was taken to a nearby hospital. The children's ages were not immediately available. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sat, 06/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured child, 2 of 3  0.0  Baltimore MD 
 USA 
  at tennis court    Ground Strike,Outside,Tennis 
Sat, 06/09/2018 12:00 PM Injured child, 3 of 3  0.0  Baltimore MD 
 USA 
  at tennis court    Ground Strike,Outside,Tennis 
Fri, 06/08/2018 02:30 PM Killed Tyler Grisham  27.0  Maumelle AK 
 USA 
  working in yard    Delayed Death,Ground Strike,Yard 
MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP)  A central Arkansas man has died a day after he was struck by lightning. Family members have confirmed that 27-year-old Tyler Grisham died around 5 a.m. Saturday. Grisham had been hospitalized after being struck by in Maumelle around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Grisham was working in a yard when the lightning struck him. The victim was injured as a series of strong thunderstorms swept across central and southwestern Arkansas on Friday. Storms packing 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail blew trees onto homes, roadways and power lines Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says as much as 3 inches of rain was recorded in some areas. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says Grisham is the fifth lightning fatality in the U.S. this year and the first in Arkansas. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wed, 06/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured Donovan Massey  0.0  Shoals AL 
 USA 
  carport    Outside 
Donovan Massey was hit by lightning on Wednesday at his home on County Road 304. Massey works as an EMT for Shoals Ambulance and said he never expected to be struck by lightning. "I didn't even hear any thunder or anything so I figured it was okay to be outside, but I didn't ever think this was going to happen to me," said Massey. Massey was working on his car Wednesday afternoon when it started raining. So he moved his car under his carport and kept working. "There was a loud bang and a big blue flash of light and it felt like someone was hitting me in the chest and I realized I had just gotten hit by lightning," said Massey. Massey said even though he was in a lot of pain he stayed calm and called 911. "I've got a good family at Shoals Ambulance and I knew they were coming out to me pretty quick," he said. Massey was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital where he stayed for four hours to be observed to make sure his heart was in correct rhythm. "They ran the EKG on me and ran a few other tests, some blood work and found where everything was okay," said Massey. Massey believes the lightning struck the carport then shocked him. He said he is lucky he didn't take a direct hit. "I couldn't be here if it would have been a more direct hit, but I guess I got lucky," said Massey. Massey said he thinks this should serve as a lesson to anyone out there. If you know a storm is coming, go inside to avoid being struck by lightning.
Wed, 06/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured man  0.0  Athens AL 
 USA 
  in parking lot    Outside,Parking Lot,School,Work 
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - It is reported that an Athens High School construction worker was struck by lightning on the job. Athens Fire and Rescue responded to a call around 1:40 p.m. Friday, regarding a construction worker who was struck by lightning while working on the new Athens High School construction site. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said the man who was struck by lightning this afternoon as a storm rolled into Athens was in the parking lot of the new Athens High School construction site. "He was leaving for the day, and witnesses saw him fall to the ground," Johnson said. The victim was transported from the scene by ambulance, Johnson said. "Co-workers at the scene were already performing CPR, and we assisted until EMS arrived," Thornton said. Thornton said the ambulance transported the man to Athens-Limestone Hospital. WAFF 48 News will have more information as this story develops. Copyright 2018 WAFF. All rights reserved.
Wed, 06/06/2018 12:00 PM Injured Bruce Palmer  74.0  Durham NC 
 USA 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
DURHAM, NC (WTVD) -- The food-truck customer struck by lightning Thursday in Durham remained hospitalized Friday. Authorities have identified him as 74-year-old Bruce Palmer of Durham. Palmer is listed in fair condition at UNC's Jaycee Burn Center. He was waiting for his sandwich Thursday evening when lightning struck a tree nearby. According to witnesses, Palmer was holding his umbrella when the bolt flashed white, as described by those in attendance. Community residents attending the food truck event at Fairfield Swim & Tennis Club were advised to seek shelter when rain began to soak the area. As the bolt struck the tree, Palmer fell to the ground. A 74-yr-old man was struck by lightning Thursday as he was standing next to this tree. Hes at UNC Burn Center. Awaiting word of his condition. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/WhczFp0eg7  DeJuan Hoggard (@DeJuanABC11) July 6, 2018 "The umbrella was fried," said witness Davonte' Ford. "He was laid out, just sprawled out beside the tree." Palmer lay on the ground and was attended to by several people before first responders arrived. Man, tree struck by lightning in Durham A food truck customer was struck by lightning Thursday at Fairfield Swim & Tennis Club in Durham. The 74-year-old man was taken to UNC for treatment of burns. "It's the loudest thing I ever heard," said Tyler Auten, who operates The Cow and the Oak food truck. Auten took Palmer's order and was preparing it moments before the man was struck. "My initial thought was I just saw someone die," Auten recalled. "I put my spatulas down, ran off the truck, and went over there. He was wearing a red jacket. But after he got struck, there was only little bits and pieces of it left." According to the State Center of Health Statistics, there have been five lightning-strike deaths in North Carolina since the beginning of 2016. Across the US, there are a total of eight cases so far in 2018, with Florida leading the way with five cases.12

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