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Wed, 07/20/2016 12:50 AM Injured David Lyons, 2 of 3  17.0  Humphreys Peak AZ 
      Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, a 911 call came into the Coconino County Sheriffs Office Dispatch from hikers near the summit of Humphreys Peak, with a report that they had been struck by lightning. At least one hiker was reported to be unresponsive. Due to severe and continuous lightning on the peaks, emergency responders were staged at Agassiz Lodge and coordinated with the hikers to get them to safety. Wade Young, age 17, of Tempe, Arizona, is confirmed deceased after being struck by lightning. Two other males, 18-year-old David Lyons and an unidentified 17-year-old, were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) with injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike. The two injured hikers were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them around 4 p.m. The hikers and rescue teams met up with medics staged in the Snowbowl parking area around 5:15 when they were transported to FMC. The three hikers are from the Tempe area. On Thursday around dusk, an Arizona DPS Air Rescue Helicopter pilot out of Kingman, a Coconino County Sheriffs Office deputy, and a Coconino Sheriffs SAR member recovered the body of the 17-year-old victim of Wednesdays lightning strike near the summit of Humphreys Peak.
Wed, 07/20/2016 12:00 PM Killed Wade Young, 1 of 3  17.0  Humphreys Peak AZ 
  hiking  N/A  Ground Strike,Hiking,Outside 
CNN)A lightning strike killed a teenage hiker this week at the highest point in Arizona, police said. The unidentified 17-year-old male hiker was fatally struck Wednesday near the summit of Humphreys Peak, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said. Two other hikers, ages 17 and 18, were transported to a Flagstaff hospital. Their condition is unknown, but they were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them, the Sheriff's Office said. Their injuries were apparently related to their proximity to the lightning strike. At 12,633 feet, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in the state, and with a trail that leads directly to the summit, is a popular hiking spot in the Flagstaff area. "It's the middle of our monsoon season here. Some hikers did get caught in that today," said Erika Wiltenmuth, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. Authorities were alerted to the lightning strike after a 911 call from a group near the summit. Rescue crews waited for the weather to subside before heading up the trail. Mountain hiking is high on the list of activities where people are injured or killed by lightning, according to the Coconino National Forest website, which lists tips to avoid getting hit. "If you are caught above the tree line when a storm approaches, descend quickly. Avoid isolated trees. It is better to run into a forest," the website said. CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report
Tue, 07/19/2016 04:30 PM Injured Cameron Poimbouef,1 of 2  15.0  Sand Key FL 
  outside  N/A  CPR,Ground Strike,Outside 
Emergency crews are at Clearwater Beach on Sand Key where two people were hit by lightning behind the Lighthouse Towers Condos Tuesday evening. A call went out to crews around 4:30 p.m. One person was taken to Tampa General Hospital and the other taken to Largo Medical Center. The two were on the sand at the time. A pediatric RN on vacation was watching from her hotel and ran down 16 floors -- the elevator was broken -- to provide first aid. She gave CPR to the person who was most injured at the time After being struck by lightning while playing 'Pokemon Go,' a North Carolina teenager has decided to open up about the traumatic experience. On July 19, 15-year-old Cameron Poimbouef was with a friend on Sand Key Beach, near Clearwater, when a storm swept in overhead as the two were fixated upon the location-based app, 'Pokemon Go.' Poimbouef told Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-TV, "It was just really dark, I was on my phone and everything went black." In the next few moments, he was then struck by lightning in his back and through his leg." "Everyone was standing there looking at me," Poimbouef recalled. "I was trying to figure out if I was hurting or anything, but my body was pretty much numb." The lightning strike left the teenager unresponsive for three days following the incident, and he spent nearly one week in the ICU at a local hospital, according to WFTS. He informed the news outlet that he is "still a little bit dizzy, but it is a lot better." Karen Poimbouef, Cameron's mother, mentioned that her son's initial prognosis was not good. She believes that Cameron is still alive thanks to the help of three Good Samaritans on the beach, and the rescue crew that arrived on the scene. "We were also told from the cardiologist it was the level of expert CPR that he got that made the difference," Karen stated. "They did not give up after minutes of CPR, that they kept working and kept working and kept working." 18-year-old Jansen Tabor, Cameron's friend, was also hit in the leg but Cameron took the worst of it as the strike temporarily stopped his heart. Cameron says that he is about 70 percent recovered, and is getting better. The doctors will continue to monitor Cameron for signs of long term cognitive function damage, eye issues, and nerve damage, according to ABC News. 'Pokemon Go' is a gaming phenomenon that has already surpassed popular apps such as Twitter and Tinder, but there are some people who are clearly not quite as fond of the new game as teenagers such as Cameron Poimbouef and Jansen Tabor are.
Tue, 07/19/2016 08:15 PM Killed Hunter Blankenship  20.0  Lawrence county AL 
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala.  Lawrence County Coroner Greg Randolph has confirmed the death of a 20-year-old man who was struck by lightning. The incident happened Tuesday night. Emergency crews were called to County Road 146 in the Hatton Community around 8:15 on July 19th after reports of a man being struck by lightning. Randolph has identified the young man as Hunter Blankenship. He was taken to UAB for treatment. The hospital contacted Randolph around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday about Blankenships death. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Tue, 07/19/2016 12:00 PM Killed Peter Hawkes, 1 of 2  23.0  Arvada CO 
  sheltering under tree    Critical,Delayed Death,Golf Course,Outside,Taking Shelter,TV,Under Trees 
ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)  A man was killed after getting struck by lightning on a golf course Tuesday evening. Golfer Gene Lucero described Tuesdays deadly storm that hammered the Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada. There were about four strikes we had seen, Lucero told CBS4s Tom Mustin. I saw a bolt of lightning that was right where the golf course is located. The fast-moving storm caught golfers by surprise. Sources confirm two 23-year-old men were struck by lightning on the course  Peter Hawkes was killed. Peter Hawkes (right) (credit: Facebook) Peter Hawkes (right) (credit: Facebook) Lucero arrived for his tee time right after the deadly strike. Firemen, police and ambulances were there on the course, said Lucero. Witnesses say the two men had huddled under a tree when the bolt struck. They were as far apart as you and I, two feet away is how it was described to me. Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Inside the clubhouse a man described how he and his daughter tried to help the victim. His daughter, who had been a lifeguard at a swimming pool and with knowledge of CPR, applied CPR to the victim, said Lucero. Lucero says Hawkes was rushed to the hospital. The other man seemed to be okay. He was sitting up in the gurney as he was lifted into the ambulance. Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Peter Hawkes (credit: Facebook) Golfer Mike Honeyman had finished his round a few hours before the storm. He says a few months ago he too had been caught in a storm on the course. He rode out the storm in one of the courses shelters. Wed teed off on 17, a short Par 3. By the time we got to the green it was covered in hail, Homeyman said. Honeyman says the bottom line is when severe weather looms, get inside. Youve got to get out of the lightning. You just cant take a chance with it. 3 Additional Information " Tuesdays death is the 15th this year in the United States from lightning, first in Colorado this year " Colorado averages three deaths and 17 injuries each year from lightning " Colorado typically sees about 500,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes each year " Lightning in Colorado tends to peak in late July and early August due to the daily monsoon storm threat, and the Front Range foothills and Palmer Divide are hot spots for ligthtning " Lightning can strike more than 10 miles away from thunderstorm Lightning Facts Outdoor Lightning Safety_1 Outdoor Lightning Safety_2 Indoor Lightning Safety Tom Mustin is CBS4s Weekend Anchor. He has been with CBS4 since 2002, and is always looking for great story ideas. Connect with Tom on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @TomCBS4.
Tue, 07/19/2016 04:30 PM Injured Jansen Tabor,2 of 2  18.0  Sand Key FL 
  outside  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside 
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Police in Clearwater reported Tuesday afternoon that two people were apparently struck by lightning near Sand Key. One person was in critical condition. The other victim's condition was not immediately available. Both were taken to the hospital. Crews responded to Lighthouse Towers Condos and found the two victims near there. Clearwater Public Safety tweeted that both victims were "on the sand" around 4:30 p.m. when the lightning strike occurred. The City of Clearwater said the two victims were young adults from out of town, both men. The city did not release their identities.
Sat, 07/16/2016 12:00 PM Killed Scott Pasour  0.0  Dallas NC 
  putting on rain gear    Ground Strike,Motorcycle,Outside,Raining,Road 
DALLAS, NC  A motorcyclist was reportedly killed when he was struck by lightning while riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mount Mitchell State Park. Scott Pasour of Dallas, west of Charlotte, was pulling on rain gear with two other motorcyclists when the bolt struck on Saturday according to two media reports. WBTV-TV reports Pasour was a pastor at Venture Church in Dallas and had been a member of the church for 14 years. His wife called. As soon as I saw her name, I knew something happened, said Austin Rammell, the lead pastor at Venture Church to WBTV. Its heartbreaking. Pasour leaves behind his wife, two children and three grandchildren according to the TV station. He was the owner of an auto repair shop.
Sat, 07/16/2016 02:53 PM Injured woman  63.0  Pleasant Beach NJ 
  on the beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
Police Pleasant Beach police say two women struck by lightning within minutes of each other are expected to survive and recover from the incident. According to a statement from police, the boroughs first responders received two separate reports of people being struck by lightning on the beach and boardwalk. The first occurred at 2:53 p.m.; the second occurred at 3:01 p.m. Storms were passing by the area at the time. During the first incident, a 63-year-old woman was struck as she was leaving the beach, but remained conscious as she was being taken to the hospital. The second incident occurred on Ocean Avenue as a 54-year-old woman was in her vehicle. She was also conscious during transport to the hospital. Injuries to both women were described as minor by officials and both are expected to recover.
Sat, 07/16/2016 03:01 PM Injured woman  54.0  Pleasant Beach NJ 
  in a vehicle    In a Car or Vehicle 
Fri, 07/15/2016 05:00 PM Injured Courtney Koehle, 1 of 5  27.0  Long Beach NY 
  on beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)  The powerful storms that swept through the area late Thursday afternoon gave some beachgoers a serious scare in Long Beach. As CBS2s Carolyn Gusoff reported Friday, several people were taken to the hospital when lightning struck the ground. Dramatic footage from a drone hovering above the ocean captured the giant lightning bolt. We felt just the impact like in our chest, said Jason Belsky. It was pretty intense; very scary. It was 5 p.m. Thursday, and Belsky was using the drone to shoot video of a surf contest when the dark clouds rolled in. All of a sudden, it went from blue skies and got real dark, he said. It looked like a dark mushroom cloud was growing in the distance. A closer look at Belskys video showed that people were standing right beneath the lightning bolt on the beach. Among them was Courtney Koehle, 27, who also noticed the sky getting dark and took out her cellphone camera. The lifeguards hadnt blown their whistles yet. We started to pack up, and I actually took a picture of the sky, and as I was taking a picture of the sky, all of a sudden, it felt kind like a hammer; an axe, like, hit our heads, and my husband and I just blacked out, Koehle said. Koehle was unconscious for seconds. She was among five people who were treated by the Long Beach Fire Department for lightning strike injuries. Lifeguards said it was the fastest moving storm in years, deceiving even seasoned veterans. When people see a cloud like that come in and they see lightning way down there, for yourself, get off the beach, all right? said Chief Long Beach Lifeguard Paul Gillespie. Because again, its a very dangerous situation. No one was seriously injured by the lightning strike. But Belsky has a new appreciation for the power of Mother Nature. And Koehle knows the odds of being hit by lightning, and agrees with emergency staff who told her she is lucky to be alive. The Long Beach Fire Department also dealt with other emergencies, including a car fire, a stove fire, a gas leak and a water rescue during the brief storm Thursday night.
Fri, 07/15/2016 12:00 PM Injured man   58.0  Florence AL 
The Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency says a man was possibly struck by lightning on Windover Road in Florence. Florence EMA says the victim was 58 years old, and was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this point. Ambulance and firefighters are on the way to the scene right now.Â
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured man, 2 of 2  0.0  Baton Rouge LA 
  sheltering under tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured teen  0.0  Fairfield AL 
  outside    Ground Strike,Outside 
FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT)  An 18-year-old has been struck by lightning on the 900 block of Westfield Drive in Fairfield, authorities have confirmed. A Fairfield Fire crew has arrived on the scene. According to the fire chief, the teen did not have to be transported, but he does not know his condition. WIAT will bring you more details as they emerge.
Thu, 07/14/2016 02:45 PM Injured worker  0.0  Redstone AL 
  working outside    Outside,Work 
Redstone Arsenal officials confirm that a contractor working for the Public Works Department was possibly struck by lightning Thursday afternoon. Garrison officials say that the man was working near PEO Aviation at 2:45pm when he was injured. Although details are limited right now the Garrison confirms that the man was either struck by lightning, or lightning struck near him, exactly which is unclear at this time. He was transported to UAB Hospital's Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit via helicopter, and his condition is currently unknown.  â¬SOur thoughts and prayers are with this teammate and his family,⬝ said Chris Colster, a US Army Garrison, Redstone Spokesman. â¬SWe hope for a speedy recovery and remind everyone to stay safe.⬝
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed Jose Humberto Vasconcelos, 1 of 2  70.0  Baton Rouge LA 
  sheltering under tree  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Taking Shelter,Tree 
BATON ROUGE - Sources say one of two men injured during a lightning strike earlier on Thursday afternoon has died. Officials said the men were seeking shelter under a tree at the Spires of Sherwood apartment complex on Old Hammond Highway during a fast-moving and lightning-filled thunderstorm when the tree was struck. Both men were injured, but the older of the two would later die at an area hospital. The younger man was seriously injured, according to police.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Injured woman  0.0  Wrightsville Beach NC 
      Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Lightning struck an ocean rescue vehicle near access 2 in Wrightsville Beach Thursday evening. According to Wrightsville Beach Town Manager, Timothy Owens, it appears that the ocean rescue vehicle was struck and indirectly hit a woman in the vicinity. The woman had a broken ankle and was dazed, but seemed in good condition otherwise. The ocean rescue vehicle will not start and has a fried antennae. Copyright 2016 WECT. All rights reserved.
Thu, 07/14/2016 03:30 PM Injured Justin Lewis  18.0  Oxford Township NJ 
  in doorway    Door,Indirect,Lifeguard,Metal,Outside,Work 
OXFORD TOWNSHIP - An Oxford Township lifeguard is recovering after a close encounter with a lightning strike Thursday afternoon. Officials say that around 3:30 p.m., what is believed to be a microburst tore through the area of Oxford Furnace Lake. About 60 people were out on the lake and beach area, including at least 40 Boy Scouts, according to the mayor. Everyone had to quickly take shelter inside cement bathrooms after the storm suddenly appeared. See alsoWatch News 12Forecast DetailsWeather CenterLive VideoLive Traffic and Weather According to officials, 18-year-old lifeguard Justin Lewis was attempting to secure a metal door when he was indirectly hit by lightning. I was screaming for [my brother] out the door, so I had my hands on the sides of the door and I was about to run out and before I could, I remember seeing white and falling back, Lewis says. The teen was taken to the hospital to be checked out, and was cleared to go home. "My mom is on vacation so she's freaking out, Lewis says. My dad said Youre OK but mom will freak if you don't go [to the hospital] so I had to go." The storm knocked over about three dozen trees. The Oxford Township Department of Public Works is in the area cleaning up the debris and trying to reconnect powerlines that were knocked down by the storm. Officials hope to have the Oxford Furnace Lake area reopened by Friday. Lewis says he will go back to work Friday to help with the cleanup.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed Francine Crowl  65.0  Dover TN 
  under tree  N/A  Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
DOVER, Tenn. ⬠An autopsy will be performed on a 65-year-old Clarksville woman to determine if her death Thursday was caused by a lightning strike while camping in Stewart County. Stewart County Emergency Medical Service Director Greg Barrow, who also serves as the countyâ¬"s coroner, said Thursday afternoon the womanâ¬"s death appears to be from a lightning strike but only an autopsy will confirm it. Barrow said the woman was found next to a tree at Piney Campground, which is part of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in western Stewart County. â¬SThere was not any sign of lightning striking the tree,⬝ he said, adding that many times tree bark will be knocked off by a strike. He said he could not comment about specifics of the womanâ¬"s injuries. THE LEAF CHRONICLE Coroner: Woman apparently killed by lightning in Stewart County EMS received the call at 11:51 a.m., which was when a thunderstorm was moving across the area. The woman, whom he declined to identify at the time, her husband and two grandsons were camping in a tent in the Black Oak section of the campground, which is near Kentucky Lake. â¬SHer husband was inside the tent and said he heard a loud boom and saw a flash. He called out for her and didnâ¬"t hear anything. He went outside and saw her lying by a tree,⬝ Barrow said. Other campers were on each side of their campsite in the popular campground, he said. â¬SOne man said it (lighting) actually kicked off the (electrical) breaker in his camper,⬝ Barrow said. â¬SHe said he could feel electricity in his arm when he was outside" just before the strike that is suspected of killing the woman. Injuries and death from lightning strikes are rare. â¬SIn my 35 years (with SCEMS), that was actually the second one we have worked,⬝ Barrow said, referring to a previous incident 20 or more years ago. â¬SThereâ¬"s been nothing recent that was confirmed as a lightning strike.⬝ Mark Hicks can be reached at 931-212-7626 or on Twitter: @markhicksleaf.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed Robert Miller  23.0  Bedford VA 
  lying on rode    Delayed Death,Outside,Road 
BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) A man hit by lightning along a Bedford County road earlier this month has died. Robert Miller died Friday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. He was taken to the hospital's burn unit after a state trooper found him lying along Route 122 near Bedford July 14. Doctors determined he had burns consistent with a lightning strike. A family member said Miller was taken off of life support late last week. He was 23.
Thu, 07/14/2016 12:00 PM Killed Jacob York  19.0  Redstone arsenal AL 
  working outside    Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Sun, 07/10/2016 12:00 PM Killed Scotty Rosier  45.0  Pineville LA 
  holding umbrella walking to car  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Umbrella 
Scotty Rosier, 45, died Wednesday from injuries he sustained being struck by lightning Sunday in Pineville. Source: Family Photo Sunday after church, he was doing just that: walking people to their car in the rain holding an umbrella. Thats when tragedy hit. "He was actually doing what he loved that day which was helping ladies out to their vehicle in the rain, said Rosiers sister, Stacy Deville. According to a witness, a lightning bolt hit behind Heart of Worship church in Pineville, and a branch of that bolt struck Scotty in the parking lot in front of the church. "That's how you see him, in a baseball cap and a t-shirt and jeans. Deville described a picture of Scotty taken just a few weeks ago. "He loved us all, and he loved life, she said. The Pineville resident passed away Wednesday, after spending several days in the Medical ICU at Rapides Regional Medical Center fighting for his life. For both Deville and Rosiers friend, Michael Bradshaw, it was no surprise that Scotty was doing a good deed when the unthinkable happened. "That's what he enjoyed doing, said Bradshaw. He enjoyed serving the people, and doing things for the people. "Would he have done it again? Absolutely. He would do it every day of the week, said Deville. Rosiers loved ones, who said they ground themselves in their faith in God, are now leaning on that faith to get through this tough time. "There has to be a purpose as to why it happened, said Deville. "We don't know that purpose, and we don't know that reason." "I wholeheartedly believe that there's a reason, that there's a purpose behind why this happened and why it happened to Scotty, said Bradshaw, who started a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical and funeral expenses. He said the family should be thinking about Scotty at this time, not thinking about how to afford the unforeseen circumstances. Those who were close to Scotty said they hope his story continues to impact others like he did throughout his life. "To think consciously when you're walking outside that if there's a lightning strike, it's probably best just to get wet because it can hit you, said Deville. He loved helping people and that's what he was doing and that's some kind of comfort. If you'd like to help Scotty's family out with expenses, you can find the link to the GoFundMe page on the right side of this page in the Related Links column. Funeral arrangements for Scotty Rosier are as follows: --Wake at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel in Centerpoint, Friday, July 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. --Viewing at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel in Centerpoint, Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. --Funeral at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel in Centerpoint, Saturday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Thu, 07/07/2016 12:00 PM Injured couple, 1 of 2  0.0  Oak Grove CT 
  on a bikepath    Ground Strike,Outside 
Theyre lucky to be alive. You get that impression in a chilling video that was shared by West Haven police on Monday showing two people who survived a lightening strike on July 7. Just before 6 p.m. the two were injured on the shorefront bike path near Oak Grove when lightning struck and downed a tree. On its Faceboook page West Haven Police posted: They were getting out from the storms path and as they walked past a tree that tree was struck by lightning causing the couple to also receive the energy transfer to knock the couple to the ground. This is a surveillance camera video depicting that event. Watch for the flash, the falling tree, and the couple on the sidewalk. Always seek shelter during a lightning storm always. The two were taken to the hospital and later released.
Sun, 07/03/2016 05:00 PM Injured girl  14.0  Topsail Bearc FL 
  at the beach    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside 
TOPSAIL BEACH, Pender County - Topsail Beach Police Department says two people were struck by lightning including a police officer. According to WWAY, Topsail Beach Police says Sgt. Zach Kooke was responding to a report about a 14-year-old girl who was struck by lightning near Serenity Point on the south end of the island at the beach around 5:00 p.m. Police say the girl was transported to the hospital. On the way off the beach the officer was then struck by lightning. Officials say the extent of the teen's injuries are unknown at this time. The officer went to the hospital, but he is expected to be okay.
Sun, 07/03/2016 05:00 PM Injured Sgt. Zach Kooke  0.0  Topsail Beach NC 
  responding to lightning strike vic    Beach,Ground Strike,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Sat, 07/02/2016 07:00 PM Injured girl  0.0  Glade Park CO 
  riding an atv    All Terrain Vehicle,Ground Strike,Outside 
SOURCE: MGN Around 7 p.m., the Glade Park Fire Department, along with aid from the Lower valley Fire District, responded after a girl was struck by lightening during a storm. The Glade Park Fire Department said she was riding an ATV when she was struck. Officials said she was conscious and breathing and was transported to a local hospital. Her condition was unknown. A firefighter said this was the first time he has heard of or responded to a person being struck by lightning in his 16 years with the Glade Park Fire Department.
Fri, 07/01/2016 11:00 PM Injured Nate A Neal  16.0  Foresdale MA 
  on a pc    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
The electrical charge from a lightning strike traveled into a Forestdale home on July 1, sparking an electrical fire, and zapping 16-year-old Nate A. Neal who, at the time, was playing an online video game on his laptop computer. That night, Nate sat down in his leather rolling office chair in the basement of his 58 Greenville Drive residence around 11 PM to play Left for Dead II online with a few friends. His $1,200 MSI gaming laptop sat plugged into the wall next to a PC monitor on a desk, which was built into the wall in a cozy nook.
Mon, 06/27/2016 05:00 PM Killed Charles Whorton 3rd  0.0  Lumberton MS 
  outside    Direct hit,Outside 
A Lamar County man is dead after being struck by lightning Monday night, becoming Mississippi's second lightning fatality of the year and the ninth in the nation. Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem said Charles Whorton III of Lumberton died of the consequences of a lightning strike. He was pronounced dead at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg at 6:06 p.m. Klem said Whorton was struck on Pine Burr Road in Lumberton. Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith said Whorton and another man were outside and the other man was walking around the back of a pickup when he heard a loud pop near the front of the truck and saw Whorton fall to the ground. The other man called 911 and administered CPR until responders arrived on scene, Smith said. Smith said the lightning bolt that hit Whorton left a hole in the ground. "I guess this is what you would call a direct hit," he said. Both Klem and Smith said it's the first lightning strike death they have worked in their careers. In April, 37-year-old Tim Edge of Mantachie was riding horses with his father when lightning struck Edge and his horse. Brian Jones of Florencedied in a house fire after lightning struck his home in April. A lightning strike killed four miniature horses in Lawrence County last year, and a woman was injured and her horse was killed in 2014 when they were struck by lightning. According to NOAA statistics, 27 people were killed by lightning strike in the United States last year, 11 in the month of June. The summer months tend to have the most instances, partly because people are outside more frequently. Contact Therese Apel at Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Sun, 06/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured EMT , 2 of 2  0.0  Grayson County KY 
  loading vic into ambulance    Ground Strike,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
Sun, 06/26/2016 12:00 PM Injured EMT , 1 of 2  0.0  Grayson County KY 
  loading vic into ambulance    Ground Strike,Outside,Police Officer,Work 
GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. Two Grayson County EMS workers are recovering after their ambulance was hit by lightning. 2 EMS WORKERS INJURED WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES AMBULANCE Two Grayson County EMS workers were injured Sunday when their ambulance was hit by lightning on the Western Kentucky Parkway. MORE It happened at a crash scene on the Western Kentucky Parkway. The sheriff's department said the workers were loading an accident victim into their ambulance when a bolt of lightning knocked both of them to the ground. They were taken to the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield; Both workers were treated and released about two hours later. GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. Two Grayson County EMS workers are recovering after their ambulance was hit by lightning. 2 EMS WORKERS INJURED WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES AMBULANCE Two Grayson County EMS workers were injured Sunday when their ambulance was hit by lightning on the Western Kentucky Parkway. MORE It happened at a crash scene on the Western Kentucky Parkway. The sheriff's department said the workers were loading an accident victim into their ambulance when a bolt of lightning knocked both of them to the ground. They were taken to the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield; Both workers were treated and released about two hours later.
Sat, 06/25/2016 04:54 PM Killed David Kennedy  72.0  Festus MO 
  standing in yard    Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
(  A man from Festus was killed after he and his dog were struck by lightning on Saturday. Daniel Kennedy, 72, died at his home while he was standing in his yard as a storm was developing. He apparently was struck by lightning just as the storm was coming in, said Lt. Gary Higginbotham of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office. Kennedy was found by a family member around 4:54 p.m. He was located by a family member, who heard a close strike, Higginbotham said. We believe he was found dead, but he was taken to a local hospital. Kennedy was a lineman for Ameren U.E, a member of IBEW 1439 and the Festus Crystal City Conservation Club.
Sat, 06/25/2016 12:00 PM Injured David Brandon, 2 of 2  0.0  Calvert City KY 
  near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
Sat, 06/25/2016 12:00 PM Injured Nathan Brandon, 1 of 2  0.0  Calvert City KY 
  near tree    Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
CALVERT CITY, Ky. - Nathan Brandon knows better than to stand outside during a thunderstorm, but on Saturday, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. "It was on the tip of my tongue," says Nathan. "I was fixing to say we were standing in the worst spot we could stand in, and before I even said it." It was too late. and before Nathan knew it, everything went black. "I didn't see anything," says Nathan. "I didn't hear anything." His friend, David Brandon  no relation  did. "It was the loudest sound I have ever heard in my life," says David. It was the sound of lightning striking a large tree in the driveway. "I felt like a freight train was just dropped straight down on my head," says David. "My brain still worked, but I felt my body just shut down," says Nathan. Local 6 Meteorologist Trent Okerson says just because lightning may strike a tree, doesn't mean that's where the electrical current will stop. "That electrical current can and sometimes does travel from the tree, though the ground, and even within about a 60-foot radius around the base of a tree. You're still in danger of possibly getting shocked," says Trent. It's called a ground current, and it's what most likely happened to Nathan and David. "Lightning is present, but I never thought I'd be struck," says David. After Saturday's trip to the emergency room, David and Nathan say they're going to think twice the next time there's a thunderstorm.
Fri, 06/24/2016 05:00 PM Injured Russell Scott, 2 of 3  0.0  Daytona Beach Shores FL 
  in ankle deep water  N/A  Beach,In Water,Indirect,Water 
Fri, 06/24/2016 05:00 PM Injured Anna Nikorak  0.0  Daytona Beach Shores FL 
  in ankle deep water    Beach,In Water,Indirect,Outside 
Tammy Holmes (pictured) was walking with a friend along the beach outside the Hyatt Place hotel in Daytona Beach Friday when a lightning bolt struck nearby. (Caitlin Wilson, staff) By Caitlin Wilson, Reporter Last Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2016, 4:55 PM 0 DAYTONA BEACH -- One woman is dead and two other people are injured after a lightning bolt touched down outside the Hyatt Place in Daytona Beach Friday afternoon. Lifeguards pulled two injured out of the water after strike Rescue crews cleared the water 10 minutes before strike 1st lightning strike fatality in Daytona Beach this year Tammy Holmes and her friend, Anna Nikorak, were walking along the Daytona Beach shore when literally out of the blue, lightning touched down. Our backs were to the storm and everything this direction was bright blue, and behind us it wasnt much more cloudy than it is today, said Holmes, recounting the moments right before the lightning touched down. The boom that hit was so loud that it busted one of my ear drums. Water was pouring out of my ear, and it picked us up off our feet and threw us on to the sand, said Holmes. She then looked up to find her friend and two others injured. Annas knees were bloody, she was quite upset and crying," said Holmes, "and I turned to my left and saw another young couple face down in the water. Lifeguards then pulled Janika Gardner, 33, and her boyfriend, Russell Scott, 41, from the water. The couple had only been standing in ankle deep water when they were struck by the bolt. Gardner succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital Friday night. Officials say ocean rescue crews had issued Red Light Conditions and cleared the water 10 minutes before the lightning struck. It did start to look like it was getting nicer out again," said Daytona Beach Lifeguard Captain Tammy Marris, "but then the lightning just kind of came out of nowhere. Nikorak has been released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries. Scott is expected to make a full recovery. According to Daytona Beach Lifeguards, this was the first lightning strike fatality for the area so far this year. They urge people to stay away from the water when red light conditions are put in place. Despite the experience, Holmes says this wont stop her and her friend from coming back to the beach in the future. "[Nikorak] has already called me and said 'let's come back down here for the walk again and get right back on the horse,'" said Holmes. "Because otherwise youd be too afraid to come back to the beach again, it was that strong. Latest News: Brevard County
Fri, 06/24/2016 05:00 PM Killed Janika Gardner, 1 of 3  33.0  Daytona Beach Shores FL 
  in ankle deep water  N/A  Beach,In Water,Indirect,Outside,Water 
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla.  A woman died late Friday after she was struck by lightning while in ankle-deep water at a beach in Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said. Janika Gardner, 33, of Georgia, died at a hospital shortly before midnight, Senior Capt. Tamra Marris said. Russell Scott, who was visiting from Georgia with Gardner, was also struck by the lightning bolt. "He is in the hospital but doing well," Marris said. Anna Nikorak, 55, of Daytona Beach, was also struck by the bolt. "Fortunately, she was able to walk away and seek medical attention elsewhere," Marris said. "She is OK." Julie Lucas, who witnessed the incident, captured cellphone footage of paramedics rushing to the beach behind the Hyatt Place hotel along South Atlantic Avenue. It just was a big lightning bolt. It was just one lightning bolt, Lucas said. It went kaboom. I said to him, I bet someone just got hit. A large grey cloud was seen over the beach at about 5 p.m., but there was no rain or wind. Even the lifeguard would never have had any warning," Lucas said. "It was a random lightning bolt." When paramedics arrived, Scott was conscious but Gardner wasn't. The woman passed away just before midnight Friday, according to Beach Patrol. Officials said the strike came from a distance during what was a stormy and busy day for lifeguards. Weve been clearing [the beach] on and off all day long, Marris said. An off-duty paramedic said he rushed over to perform CPR on Gardner and Scott.
Wed, 06/22/2016 11:45 AM Injured on computer 1 of 4  0.0  Richmond KY 
  inside on computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Four people were treated for minor injuries after lightning hit a building. It happened just before noon on Wednesday at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Richmond. The building is located on Anna Hume Road. A lightning bolt struck the back of the building. We're told the victims were on their computers when that lightning hit, causing them to get shocked. All four people are expected to be okay. The lightning bolt caused the building's computer server to crash. As a result, the office is closed for the day. A lightning strike also sparked a garage fire on Hume Branch Road near Waco.
Sun, 06/19/2016 05:00 PM Injured 1 of 8  0.0  Crooked Lake MN 
  spread out sitting on vests    Camping,Ground Strike,Outside,Tree 
CROOKED LAKE A powerful bolt of lightning knocked four teenage girls unconscious and left most of their group with extensive burns as a line of strong storms moved through the border country last Sunday evening. The eight-person canoe party, on the sixth day of a 28-day Outward Bound experience, had set up camp on an island near Sunday Bay as high winds from the approaching storms made it too difficult to safely paddle on the big border lake. As the storm approached, the group, comprised of two adult leaders and six teenage girls, took safety measures against possible lightning strike, by separating themselves and sitting on their life vests to insulate them from the ground. They were doing a lightning drill at the time, said Jon Olson of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. It probably saved their lives. The lightning bolt struck a large white pine about 100-150 feet away from where the group was riding out the storm. The blast stripped the tree of branches, blew 2x4 width chunks of wood from the trunk and even blew bark off of nearby trees. The force of the blast also threw one of the girls in the air in addition to knocking four of them unconscious. Most of the other girls, ranging in age from 14-16, also suffered fairly extensive second degree burns to the backs of their legs and buttocks, according to Olson. The group used a satellite phone shortly after the incident to request medical help. But extremely high winds that continued to blow in the wake of the storms made an immediate rescue impossible. Rescuers were able to make it to the party about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, using a U.S. Forest Service Beaver floatplane. A Forest Service pilot transported personnel from the county rescue squad, the Ely Ambulance and Outward Bound, to the scene, where EMTs conducted initial assessment of the injuries. They later brought the five most injured girls out first, and transported them to the Ely Hospital, where they were admitted for observation. Another girl and one of the adult leaders came out in a second evacuation, leaving one of the group leaders behind to wait for recovery of all of the gear by another Outward Bound party. Olson said the girls were all in pretty good spirits despite their ordeal. They were lucky, he said. The tree was just obliterated by the lightning. There were pieces everywhere. Fatality in Cook County The same line of storms toppled a large white pine onto a campsite at Duncan Lake, in the far eastern end of the Boundary Waters, killing the brother and severely injuring the nephew of U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who represents Minnesotas First District. Craig Anthony Walz, 43, of Rochester, was with his son and another man and his son, when the storm toppled the tree. Walz was a math and science teacher at St. Charles High School. A second individual was injured on Clove Lake, by a falling tree, suffering injuries to his upper body.
Sat, 06/18/2016 05:30 PM Injured man  0.0  Tulsa OK 
  in park    Outside,Park 
A man is hospitalized after being struck by lightning on Saturday evening. Authorities say it happened about 5:30 as the man and a friend were in the Riverparks near 31st and Riverside Drive. After the man was struck by the lightning bolt, the friend called 911 for help. EMSA says he was taken to the hospital in serious condition. A strong, but not severe, thunderstorms was moving east to west across Tulsa at the time.
Wed, 06/15/2016 12:47 AM Injured restaurant worker, 1 of 3  0.0  Murrells Inlet SC 
  in kitchen    Indirect,Indoors,Kitchen/Appliance,Work 
MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF)  Lightning struck the Taqueria las Comadres restaurant in Murrells Inlet Wednesday afternoon, sending three people to the hospital and causing minor injuries to the restaurant owner. The Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department responded to the call at about 12:47 p.m. The owner of the restaurant at 3040 Highway 17 Business said the strike came through the cooking area vent hood where they were preparing food. Isabel Cruz, the owner, said she had a minor burn on her ear and an abrasion on her elbow. Were working, taking some orders out, and lightning came through the hood and hit  I just hear a big explosion, Cruz said. When I turned, I burned a little  my ear, my hair, my arm. Two of my workers are in really bad condition. They have their face and arms all burned. My gosh, I was so scared. Four people in total were affected by the strike, and three people were sent to the hospital, according to the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Department. Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.
Mon, 06/13/2016 05:15 PM Killed Fleuridor Kercizan,1 of 3  47.0  Myakka City FL 
  loading a truck  N/A  Farming,Outside,Work 
Farmworker struck, killed by lightning in Manatee County Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:12 AM EDT Updated: Jun 14, 2016 5:12 AM EDT MYAKKA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after they say a farmworker was struck and killed by lightning in Manatee County. News agencies report the Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened Monday evening. Deputies say the 47-year-old victim who worked at the Falkner Farm, was helping two other farmworkers load a truck when the storm began just after 5 p.m. Authorities say all three workers were struck by lightning and taken to the hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead. The victim's name has not been released
Mon, 06/13/2016 12:30 AM Injured roofer, 2 of 2  0.0  Liberty GA 
  working on roof    Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Mon, 06/13/2016 12:30 AM Injured roofer, 1 of 2  0.0  Liberty GA 
  working on roof    Indirect,On a Roof,Outside,Work 
Two construction workers at Libertyville High School were hospitalized Monday after they may have been indirectly struck by lightning, officials said. The Libertyville Fire Department responded about 12:30 p.m. to a call that someone was struck by lightning while working on the roof of the high school at 708 W. Park Ave., Assistant Chief Michael Cloe said. "The roofers were not struck directly by lightning, but appear to have sustained some energy from the lightning strike as it moved across the roof," District 128 spokeswoman Mary Todoric said. The roofers, both men in their 30s, were off the roof by the time paramedics arrived and appeared to be "shaken up," fire officials said. They were taken in good condition to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Promoted Stories Flashback: Hillary Clinton through the years PoliticsChatter Dancing in Dallas: George Ws bizarre behavior at police memorial PoliticsChatter Confusion, chaos as military coup erupts in Turkey PoliticsChatter Lightning strike Lightning strike Joe Shuman / Chicago Tribune A roofing worker is seen atop Libertyville High School after the Libertyville Fire Department responded to a report of two roofing workers struck by lighting on June 13, 2016. A roofing worker is seen atop Libertyville High School after the Libertyville Fire Department responded to a report of two roofing workers struck by lighting on June 13, 2016. (Joe Shuman / Chicago Tribune) Riddiford Roofing Company was hired to replace a section of roof on south side of building as part of scheduled maintenance, Todoric said. A company spokesman, who did not want to be identified, said the workers were hospitalized as a "precaution." "It was not as serious as originally thought," he said. School officials said the building was hit, but no damage was found, Fire Chief Rich Carani said. Gino Izzi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the fast-moving thunderstorm produced about 10 lightning strikes in the area of Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. A Libertyville police officer saw a lightning bolt near the school, but did not know at the time exactly where it struck, Sgt. Ed Sindels said. Cloe added that people should take cover when lightning appears in the area. Robert McCoppin is a Tribune staff reporter and Frank Abderholden is a News-Sun staff reporter.
Sun, 06/12/2016 10:30 AM Injured fisherman, 1 of 3  0.0  Baby Lake MN 
  on a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Three anglers out in a boat on a Cass County lake were injured by a lightning strike Sunday morning. The Cass County Sheriff's Office reported that the three men were on Baby Lake, about 8 miles northeast of Hackensack, when the lightning strike occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Emergency personnel found that one man had been struck by lightning and the other two also had been injured. One of the men was transported by air to a Twin Cities-area hospital, authorities said. The other two were transported by ambulance to a Brainerd hospital. The names of those injured and their conditions were not immediately released.
Sun, 06/12/2016 10:30 AM Injured fisherman, 2 of 3  0.0  Baby Lake MN 
  on a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water 
Sun, 06/12/2016 10:30 AM Injured fisherman, 3 of 3  0.0  Baby Lake MN 
  on a boat fishing    Boat,fishing,Indirect,On Water,Outside 
Sun, 05/22/2016 12:00 PM Injured Karen Pedersen  0.0  Fort Collins CO 
  touching a car    Ground Strike,Outside,Touching a vehicle 
FORT COLLINS  A woman was struck by lightning while attending a memorial service for her nephew in Colorado. The Coloradoan reports ( ) that Karen Pedersen and her sisters lingered after a rainy May 7 memorial service for 21-year-old Justin Brien in Masonville. Pedersen had her hand on her sister's car when a bolt of lightning hit a transformer and she felt a burning sensation in her left arm. Her sisters thought she was just startled, but then realized she wasn't breathing normally and couldn't remove her hand from the car. The bolt hit about 30 feet away and is believed to have traveled through the ground and up Pedersen's left leg. She stayed overnight at a burn unit in Greeley and will seek further treatment from her home in Nevada. ___ Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,
Wed, 05/18/2016 12:00 PM Injured girl  12.0  Delray Beach FL 
  in parking lot    Ground Strike,Outside,Parking Lot,School 
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. A child was hospitalized Wednesday after lightning struck a parking lot at Carver Middle School, school officials reported. RELATED Middle school evacuated in Vero Beach Students return to classes after... Local student heads to National... Police investigate double shooting in... Storms brewing in Palm Beach County,... A 12-year-old girl was taken to Bethesda Hospital as a precautionary measure but was not struck by lightning, authorities said. Carver Middle School is located at 101 Barwick Road. It is unknown if the girl had a preexisting health condition. An adult was treated on the scene and released.
Tue, 05/17/2016 06:20 PM Injured Luke Shimer  29.0  Jacksonville FL 
  on balcony  N/A  Coma,Outside,Porch 
By Robert Alonso Jacksonville, FL  A man was airlifted in critical condition and a dog had to be rescued during a night of lightning strikes and rain in the Jacksonville area. First responders in St. Johns County were kept busy Tuesday night because of the weather, responding to at least three reported lightning strikes. The first happened on the 600 block of Ajo Road in the Treasure Beach area around 6:20 p.m., according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue. Paramedics found a man who had been reportedly hit by lightning while standing on a balcony and had him airlifted to Flagler Hospital. The dog was found at an empty home on Datil Pepper Road just outside of St. Augustine around 7:20 p.m. as firefighters worked to put out a fire at that home, one that officials believe was caused by a lightning strike. The fire destroyed that home before firefighters put the blaze out. Another home on Green Turtle Lane in St. Augustine also had a reported lightning strike around 6:40 p.m., but firefighters only found a small hole in the roof that they patched up. No injuries were reported in either of those incidents. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says at least a half-inch to one inch of rain fell throughout the area Tuesday night, with some parts of St. Johns and Clay counties getting up to one and a half or two inches. He expects more action from Mother Nature between now and the weekend thanks to a front coming in from the Gulf of Mexico that left a trail of storms as it passed through Texas on Tuesday night. "Some spots may see several inches of rain," Buresh added. "Five [or] six inches [is] not out of the question by the time we get to Saturday night." The wet weather should start going away by Sunday, according to Buresh. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.  The wife of a 29-year-old man who was struck by lightning in St. Augustine says he is a fighter. Luke Shimer was struck Tuesday while talking on his cellphone on his balcony. Related Headlines Mother said man shot by officer in Springfield is Vernell Bing, 22. (Photo from family) Man shot once in head in officer-involved shooting, police said Burger King customer Joseph Pietruszka (left) and Russell Peeples Customer tackles suspected thief at Westside Burger King, hopes to be hired Photo courtesy of the family.. 11-year-old bit by shark at Huguenot Park Kerry Shimer said her husband is the toughest man she knows. Luke Shimer spent six years in the Army, including two deployments, one of them to Afghanistan. Family members said his heart stopped beating after he was struck by lightning, but started beating again when he got to the hospital. Luke Shimer is in a coma, but doctors have detected brain activity. "He has brain activity, which is obviously tremendous news when we got it and a blessing, said Shane Sinnott, the victims father-in-law. The issue right now is they don't know the extent of any damage to his brain from the swelling." His family said they know he can beat this. He's just so strong right now, and if anyone can get through this, it's him, Kerry Shimer said. A GoFundMe page for him has raised more than $8,000. Veteran survives war, struck by lightning outside Florida home BY REUVEN BLAU NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:12 AM 9 Tweet email Luke Shimer was struck by lightning on the upper deck of his home in Saint Augustine, Fla. on May 17 shortly after 6 p.m. Luke Shimer was struck by lightning on the upper deck of his home in Saint Augustine, Fla. on May 17 shortly after 6 p.m. (FAMILY HANDOUT) He survived a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan and lived through a nasty bomb blast about six years back. Then, earlier this year, Luke Shimer was equally fortunate to survive a harrowing lightning strike. The veteran from St. Augustine, Fla., remains in rehab where he is doing everything he can to one day be able to walk, eat and breathe on his own. He opens his eyes to watch the people around him; lifts his head to get his hair cut and, occasionally, mouths hello. Those are some of the steps Shimer has taken since he was struck on the upper deck of his home on the evening of May 17. N.J. teen struck by lightning while taking video of storm We are praying every day that he will (fully) wake up and move to the rehab level of care, said his wife, Kari, who has been by his side throughout it all. The Army veteran and special education teacher, just weeks shy of his 30th birthday, had just come back from a jog when his body was hit by approximately 500 megajoules of energy, a jolt so strong it could instantly simmer 250 gallons of water. His father-in-law, Shane Sinnott, who lives downstairs, heard the house shake and noticed the electronics go out. He raced outside to check the damage and found Shimer lying unconscious on the floor. Two professors abducted at American University of Afghanistan Luke Shimer spent six years in Army including a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan where he survived an IED explosion in 2010. Luke Shimer spent six years in Army including a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan where he survived an IED explosion in 2010. (FAMILY HANDOUT) At first I thought he was asleep, but once I got to him I realized after about 10 seconds & that he had been struck," Sinnott recalled. He called 911 and, with help from the operator, spent the next 10 minutes performing CPR. MOST POPULAR The Last Mambo King: Meet the Bronx native keeping the music alive Ex-professor sentenced to six years in prison for slay of rapist Arizona hiker, 17, fatally struck by lightning Wikileaks founder says site plans to release Trump's tax returns Foot traffic at Donald Trump hotels and casinos plunges Doctors at Flagler Hospital concluded that Shimer had gone into cardiac arrest and sustained minor swelling of his brain. They kept him sedated in the intensive care unit for three weeks. Since then, he has slowly begun to breathe on his own and regain awareness of people around him. Doctors have worked to reduce the level of sedation and, gradually, to bring him back to a more lucid state. Teen fired from Jack-in-the-Box for giving veteran free tacos His wife created a GoFundMe page to help the family meet the mounting costs of his care. On the site, she provides relatives and friends daily updates of her husbands condition. Mom & and I were trained on how to suction Luke today and change his trach, one post says, referring to the tube that helps him breathe. Sorry to brag, but thats one thing I can do for my sweet hubby now! So yay! The road to recovery has been slow-going. Luke Shimer with his wife Kari Shimer. Luke Shimer with his wife Kari Shimer. (FAMILY HANDOUT) Shimer was transferred to the Select Specialty Hospital in Daytona Beach, where doctors spent seven weeks stabilizing him. Arizona hiker, 17, fatally struck by lightning Early on, he gained back feeling in his body, but speaking remains a struggle. If you know Luke well, you know how ticklish he is, Kari posted. He has officially gained that back in his feet. If you tickle his feet just a tiny bit he moves his toes around and shakes his leg a bit. The couple has since moved to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where he gets hours of therapy each day and has slowly begun to drink on his own. His rehabilitation is confounded by the uniqueness of his case. A total of 2,800 people were struck by lightning between 2006 and 2015, according to records from the National Weather Service; 313 of those people  or about 11% - were killed. For the roughly 90% who survive, doctors say theres little more they can do beyond attending to their immediate needs. Its not in any literature, said Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, a retired emergency room doctor who has written about the topic, and spoke with the Daily News in May. Those who survive a strike often require treatment for post-concussive ailments like headaches, nausea and memory loss. Many complain of long-lasting or chronic discomfort. Kari Shimer created a GoFundMe page to help the family meet the mounting costs of his care. Kari Shimer created a GoFundMe page to help the family meet the mounting costs of his care. (FAMILY HANDOUT) Shimer spent six years in the Army, including a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan where he survived an IED explosion in 2010. He worked as a special education substitute teacher at the Gaines Alternative School at the time of the lightning strike. Luke is an American hero and an incredible person, his father in law said. Kari has moved to Atlanta, where she has received free housing from the Shepherd Center for 30 days. When that time is up, she says shell sleep on a chair in his room if necessary. The GoFundMe page has raised $17,531 to pay for costs associated with his rehabilitation. As the recovery progresses, the family is praying he regains his faculties with the help of intense therapy and medication to stimulate the brain. Pray for him to continue to progress neurologically, he needs to contribute to his therapy and follow commands, Kari posted. Pray for no more infections, hes off antibiotics now so we need to keep him off and infection free. Thank you for all of the support and prayers.
Sat, 04/30/2016 12:00 PM Injured man on horse  31.0  Buckeye AZ 
  riding a horse    Ground Strike,Horse,Outside 
BUCKEYE, AZ - A horseback rider was taken to the hospital after being struck by lightning. Marciopa County Sheriff's Office deputies say the man and his horse were riding in the area of Airport and Arlington in Buckeye Saturday when the pair were struck by lightning. The bolt killed the horse. The rider, who authorities said was a 31-year-old man, was hospitalized in serious condition. No other information was immediately available. This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 and for updates.
Fri, 04/29/2016 12:00 AM unknown American Airlines  0.0  NC 
Friday, April 29, 2016, 3:04 PM - American Airlines and Columbia Metropolitan Airport are being sued by a family of a passenger who was struck by lightning and killed last summer. Last June a flight from Hartford, Connecticut to Charlotte, North Carolina was diverted to Columbia, South Carolina due to bad weather. As the passengers exited the aircraft, 52-year-old Sonya Dockett was struck by lightning on the tarmac and later died.

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