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12/30/2008 12:00 PM Injured Andrew Bolin  12.0  Seabreeze Place  
 Australia 
  using a computer    Computer / Video Game,Indirect,Indoors 
RESIDENTS of Seabreeze Place, Boambee East, were in for a shock on Monday night when the storm that appeared to be over sent lightning through the street. “It was all over before anyone knew it,” local Steve Bolin said. “It was just like an explosion. All you could smell was acid.” Mr Bolin's house suffered damage to the phones and computers. And his son, Andrew, received a minor zap on his hand where he was holding the mouse to the computer. Further up the street, Toni and Tony Nyssen were lucky; their surge protectors wore the brunt of the power surge. “It saved the computer, printer and fax,” Mrs Nyssen said. The surge protector is now burnt out, but the computer and fax are still working. “There was no gap between the thunder and the lightning,” another resident, Lance Gilbert said. Mr Gilbert's son, Glen, was also using the computer at the time of the strike. “A big fireball roared out the front of the computer at him,” Mr Gilbert said. Mr Gilbert added it took them all by surprise as it was 'dead calm' before the strike. “It was so quick,” local Eleanor Wotherspoon said. Mrs Wotherspoon was lifted from her chair with fright as a large flash of light came through the front window near her TV. Country Energy have reported that 1300 customers were impacted with blackouts in the Woolgoolga area when vegetation came into contact with the lines around 7pm. Crews isolated the causes of problem and restored power by 7.30pm. Storm Tips • Don't use a landline phone, unless there is a genuine emergency (this also applies to electrical equipment connected to a phone line such as computers or faxes). • When outdoors during a storm, only use a handheld mobile phone if you are in a metal roofed car and the phone is not on a charger, not connected to an external aerial or you use it hands free.
12/28/2008 12:00 PM unknown Utah   0.0  Ut 
 USA 
      Education 
Nature can be cruel to outdoors-loving Utah Dangers » State has high risk of death from weather related events By Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Updated: 12/26/2008 08:27:17 PM MST In Susan Cutter's red-and-blue map of the U.S., Utah is one of the reddest states. That wouldn't be surprising except that the University of South Carolina geographer's map is not about politics. It gives a county-by-county look at the relative risk of being killed by forces of nature, and red Utah stands out as a place where you stand a higher chance of dying from natural hazards such as wind storms, floods, wildfires and avalanches. In fact, the entire Intermountain West shows elevated mortality rates, typically associated with winter weather and floods, relative to the rest of the country, according to Cutter's study published last week in the International Journal of Health Geographics . The Southeast, with its lightning and tornadoes, has the highest overall number of deaths. "This work will enable research and emergency-management practitioners to examine hazard deaths through a geographic lens," Cutter, an authority in the field of hazards and vulnerability research, said in a statement. "Using this as a tool to identify areas with higher-than-average deaths can justify allocation of resources to these areas with the goal of reducing loss of life." While weather-related events take the biggest toll, Utah public safety officials caution that the gravest risk is posed by earthquakes, which don't appear in the study's data because no one has died in a Utah quake in decades. Cutter, a professor of geography, and Advertisement doctoral candidate Kevin Borden examined databases that covered nearly 20,000 deaths between 1970 and 2005, and organized them by where and how they occurred. The result was a map that gives county-level resolution, identifying areas where more (in shades of red) and less (in shades of blue) deaths occur relative to the counties' population. Southeast Utah and northern Arizona, the heavily touristed and sparsely populated scenic wonderland known as Canyon Country, stand out as a dangerous hot spot where outdoor visitors die from drowning, lightning strikes and dehydration. A flash flood in Antelope Canyon, for example, washed 11 tourists to their deaths near Page, Ariz. in 1997. Every year exposure kills a handful of hikers and hunters in Utah, while avalanches claim an average of four victims a winter -- most recently two snowmobilers on Logan Peak and a Snowbird skier. The Cutter study identified 10 Utah counties with excessively high mortality rates: Garfield, Kane, San Juan, Grand, Juab, Rich, Summit, Daggett, Morgan and Wasatch. Meanwhile urban areas such as Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix and Albuquerque appear as islands of blue because their high populations water down the statistical chance of being killed by a natural hazard. Headline-grabbing calamities, namely earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes, combined to cause hardly 700 of the total deaths, or less than 5 percent, according to Cutter's study. (The researchers' data sets predate Hurricane Katrina, which killed hundreds of Louisianans in 2005.) Severe weather is the leading killer. Heat/drought ranked highest among the hazard categories, causing 19.6 percent, or 3,906 of total deaths, closely followed by severe summer weather and winter weather. "It's more of the day-to-day mortality. That means that in the spring time you get tornadoes in the Midwest," said Bob Carey, earthquake program director for the Utah Division of Public Safety. "We have flash flooding and lightning in [Utah's] southeast. In the later part of the summer, the flash floods increase in our monsoon season when storms roll up from Baja." But earth movement, not flooding and weather, is Carey's main concern, even though no one has died in a Utah earthquake since the magnitude 6.6 Hansel Valley earthquake killed two in 1934. Were a similar quake to pull open the Salt Lake segment of the Wasatch Front fault today, deaths could top 6,200, depending on the time of day and time of year, and damage would approach $80 billion, Carey said. bmaffly@sltrib.com
12/28/2008 02:15 PM Injured David Brewer  36.0  Belmont Newcastle 
 Australia 
on a 16' catamaran    N/A  Boat,On Water,Outside,Water 
Sailor struck by lightning A sailor racing in the final series ahead of the A Class Catamaran Worlds, was this afternoon struck by lighting at Belmont south of Newcastle, as a severe storm swept through the area. The 40-year-old Victorian sailor was competing in the Australian National Championships. The event is being sailed under the auspices of the Belmont 16 foot Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie and Sailing regatta spokeswoman Vicky Endert says steps were taken to protect competitors when the bad weather set in. 'We thought the storm was getting close so we finished the race immediately and the fleet was off the water, when the lightning struck the water in the boat park next to club and in the heavy rain the sailor, who has his hand on the carbon fibre mast of his boat, received a very severe shock. The incident occured at 2:15pm. The sailor is now in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital. The A Class Catamaran Australian titles will be sailed until Wednesday afternoon, then the World titles run from January 2nd-9th 2009. The five times world champion Glenn Ashby also from Victoria is leading the National series. Ashby is the 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist in the Tornado double handed catamaran class. by Rob Kothe 7:03 AM Mon 29 Dec 2008 GMT Sailor back in water day after hit by lightning BY TYRON BUTSON 31/12/2008 4:00:00 AM THE Victorian sailor struck by lightning while on board his catamaran off Belmont was back on the water yesterday an hour after his release from hospital. David Brewer, 36, was holding the base of his catamaran's mast on Monday afternoon following a warm-up event of the Australian International A Division Catamaran Association's Australian championships when it was struck by lightning. Mr Brewer was knocked out and rushed to John Hunter Hospital, where he spent the night recovering. But the father-of-three was determined to compete in the championship event at Belmont, which has attracted a number of international sailors. "The whole thing [lightning strike] was just very surreal, one minute you're standing there and then you're all over the place asking, 'What happened?'," Mr Brewer said yesterday. "I'm a bit wobbly . . . it's not something you really want to experience again, but I'm fine." Mr Brewer, from Black Rock, said he refused to let the accident interfere with the competition. "You train all year for these events, you can't let something like this spoil what you do," he said. "I came here to compete and I will even if the missus isn't too pleased about it." The lightning strike is not Mr Brewer's first close call. Aged 21, he was involved in a horrific car accident that required weeks of rehabilitation and operations to insert metal plates in his skull. The two incidents have left his partner, Melissa Endall, understandably nervous. "I've told him: 'Any lightning out there and you have to come straight back in', so hopefully he pays attention," she said. "The whole thing was so scary. I had been sitting on-board and David told me to get off, then I saw the flash and he was down and everyone was running towards him. "He's cheated death twice now, it's just so crazy." Shocked onlookers ran to Mr Brewer's aid fearing the worst after the strike, which happened about 2.30pm, but they found him breathing and relatively unhurt. "He's very lucky, a very lucky man," catamaran association president John Goldsmith said. "But he's a tough boy and we think he shouldn't have any trouble competing." The championships, which begin this week, have attracted big names including Australian Olympians Glenn Ashby and Scott Anderson.
12/13/2008 12:00 PM unknown safety risk in Gulf  0.0   
 Dubai 
    N/A  Education,Stats 
Dubai's lightning risk soars with highrises By Alia Al TheebStaff Reporter Published: December 13, 2008, 00:20 Dubai: With more and more tall structures coming up in Dubai, the chances of a lightning strike is increasing, according to a technical expert. Sonjib Banerjee, technical director of Duval Messien, a French multinational specialised in Global Protection services, told Gulf News that it seems it is now mandatory to have lightning protection systems which are pro-active, intelligent, remotely monitored and maintenance-free for tall structures. He said it is a myth that Dubai and the Gulf area are not vulnerable to lightning strikes. He referred to a lightning strike near Burj Dubai on November 26 and said it confirms the need for adequate lightning protection measures for all tall structures. "The thunderstorm days in the UAE are about 10 per year. This means that, one lightning strike may happen per square kilometre per year in worst conditions, with a minimum of one lightning strike per 7 square kilometre per year," he said. "A 100-metre-high building of 30 floors is five times more at risk in comparison to 50-metre-high building of 15 floors. This risk factor goes up, as the height of the building goes up," he said. Banerjee said the probability of a lightning strike is calculated based on utility, type of construction and location of the structure. Banerjee also said proper earthing is the only "safety valve" in the event of any electrical fault or lightning strike. The key challenge of the industry is to disseminate the latest knowledge in earthing science and to incorporate the latest technology in the country's safety regulations, he said. "A survey reveals that 70 per cent of the residents in the UAE are at risk of being involved in electrical fires. Use of proper electrical accessories like three-pin plugs and sockets and branded circuit breakers are some precautionary measures against electrical fire hazards," he said. Banerjee said the issue of electrical safety impacts the community, including the environment. The intelligent community needs to be more aware of each safety component, the options available and how electrical faults are dissipated. He said all facilities that use electricity are at risk. The intensity of damage depends on the load capacity of each equipment. Faults can strike anywhere and cause an accident. "We need to have safety measures inbuilt in the system to avert it. Inflammable materials catch fire faster, but they are part of our life at home or work. The consequential damages in both cases are huge," he said. Safety standards Standards of electrical safety of structures are defined in various international codes. Banerjee said the structures in Dubai need to follow these codes without compromise. The implication of such compromise may directly affect the safety of lives and assets. It also involves understanding the effect of the structures on the environment. "In the entire concept of electrical safety system, buildings in Dubai like all parts of the world, must adhere to proven standards. Currently we believe there may be a need to re-evaluate some areas of concern, based on latest available technology and proven science," he said.
12/09/2008 12:00 PM Injured Mayor Tommy Allen  0.0  Hollywood Al 
 USA 
  in fire department bay    Garage with door open 
Hollywood mayor knocked down by lightning Posted by David Brewer December 10, 2008 12:00 PM Categories: News HOLLYWOOD - Mayor Tommy Allen was knocked down from the force of a lightning bolt that struck in front of City Hall during last night's thunderstorm. Court Clerk Susanne Holland said Allen,who is also a volunteer firefighter, was in a bay in the adjoining Fire Department preparing to go out on an emergency call during the storm when the lightning struck, making a hole in his office wall and "knocking him off his feet." Holland said Allen initially thought he was struck by lightning until he was examined by medical personnel, who arrived at the department after receiving a radio call about the incident. She said Allen was not hurt.
12/07/2008 12:00 PM Killed Journalist, 8 buffaloes die, seven persons sustain  0.0  Dadu  
 Pakistan 
       
Journalist, 8 buffaloes die, seven persons sustain injuries as lightening falls By Ali Asghar Laghari DADU: A young journalist identified as Gul Hassan Jamali and 8 buffaloes were killed and seven persons sustained critical injuries when lightning poured down on them on Saturday. According to the details, heavy rain hit Dadu and lightning poured down at the different areas of Dadu. And as a result, a young journalist identified as, Gul Hassan Jamali and 8 buffaloes of UC-Lakha Naib Nazim and other died, whereas, 7 persons including, Muhammad Soomar, Allah Warayo Lakho, Gul Sher Solangi, Shahan, Mujeeb and others sustained critical injuries. The injured persons were rushed to the local hospitals. Woman injured for offering resistance to robbers A woman sustained critical injuries for offering resistance with robbers as crimes activities increased in Dadu on Saturday. According to the details, 5 unidentified armed men entered in the house of local businessman, Qurban Ali Abbasi in Gharibabad Mohalla Dadu and looted the golden jewelry of the worth of Rs.400, 000 after making the hostage to the family members. Later on, they injured Mst. Gulzar Khatoon Abbasi for offering resistance with them and managed to flee away from the scene easily. The injured woman was rushed to local hospital, whereas, the case of the incident was lodged against unidentified persons.
12/06/2008 12:00 PM Killed Gulsher Solangi  18.0  Fakir Ji Khoi Sindh 
 Pakistan 
  talking on cell phone    Cell Phone 
First winter rain claims four lives in Sindh Dawn Report HYDERABAD, Dec 6: Four people were killed and several others injured in rain-related incidents in the interior of Sindh on Saturday. Various areas of Karachi received a heavy rainfall accompanied by stormy winds and lightning on Saturday night. Umvi Khatoon, 18, died and three others suffered injuries when the roof of their house collapsed in the Fakir Ji Khoi village, Nawabshah. Gulsher Solangi, 18, was talking on mobile phone on a road when lightning struck him in Moro town of Naushahro Feroze district. He died on the spot. Four-year-old Sameera died when the wall of her house collapsed in Ahmedpur area of Khairpur district. A man was electrocuted near the Pir Jo Goth bus stop in the district. The first spell of winter rainfall, which started on Friday night, continued intermittently on Saturday in Sukkur, Nawabshah, Khairpur and other parts of upper Sindh. The weather turned chilly after the shower.
12/06/2008 02:00 PM Killed 1 killed 2 injured  0.0  Himamaylan  
 Manila 
       
Lightning kills 1, injures 2 others in Negros Occ. 12/06/2008 | 04:21 AM Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines - A sugarcane cutter was killed and two others sustained burns when lightning that struck an electric post hit them in Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental Wednesday. Online news Visayan Daily Star cited belated reports that Rogelio Loro Flores was declared dead on arrival at the Valeriano Gatuslao Memorial Hospital. He sustained burns in the neck and head. Fellow sugarcane cutters Reden and Pio Toquiero were brought to a hospital. Reden was later transferred to a hospital in Bacolod. He had burns in his head. Pio’s right hand was injured. The victims were among several sugarcane cutters who were at a store in Carabalan village in Himamaylan City at about 2 p.m. Wednesday when the incident occurred. Investigation showed the group was taking shelter from the rain in the store after working in the field when the lightning struck the transformer of an electric post. Lightning bolt "bounced" and fell where they were standing, knocking many of them to the ground. The other workers sustained minor bruises in their legs and thighs.- GMANews.TV
12/04/2008 04:05 PM Killed Lincoln Botha  17.0  Evander  
 South Africa 
  under a clump of trees    Cell Phone,Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Mom misses son's last call 04/12/2008 08:07 - (SA) Want to know more? Answerit can help. Boy, 9, killed by lightning Lightning kills boys in Berg Soccer players hit by lightning Lightning strikes church Man struck while filling up Arisja Jacobs, Beeld Evander - Lincoln Botha's missed call to his mother will never be answered. About 10 minutes after the 17-year-old made the call, passers-by found his body under a tree where he had presumably been killed by lightning. His cellphone was still in his hand. He was struck at about 16:00 on Tuesday while seeking shelter from a hail storm under a clump of trees. "Lincoln left the missed call on his mother Jennifer's phone at 15:48, but she didn't see it. "We suspect Lincoln wanted to ask whether someone could come and pick him up. It was raining really hard," his father, Raphael Botha, said on Wednesday. "We were on our way home when we saw my eldest son in a police vehicle. We followed them to the morgue where we waited for the police to arrive with the body. I believe Lincoln died on the scene," said Botha, a nurse at the Evander hospital's casualty ward. Lincoln, a Grade 11 pupil at Secunda High School, visited a friend close to his parents' home on Tuesday and then walked to the town centre to buy airtime. He was struck by lightning in a park on the corner of Archen and Stellenbosch Street, opposite the high school's rugby field. It seems that the lightning hit the bottom branch of the tree and that the charge moved down the tree trunk. The police suspect Lincoln was leaning against the trunk when the tree was struck. Sensible young man "We are deeply shocked. Lincoln was a wonderful, quiet boy and his friends looked up to him because he was such a sensible young man," Botha described youngest child. Lincoln loved soccer and dreamed of playing for the 2010 World Cup team. His sister, Charmaine, had just completed her matric exam. Hannelee Doubell, spokesperson for the South African Weather Service, said the cellphone call could not have influenced the lighting because cellphones do not carry an electrical charge. "It's so tragic to hear about Lincoln. The Highveld is renowned for its thunderstorms and a few tall trees close together are dangerous lightning conductors." - Beeld
12/03/2008 12:00 PM Killed boy   9.0   
 Soweto 
       
Soweto boy killed by lightning December 03 2008 at 06:51PM A nine-year-old boy was killed on Wednesday when lightning struck in the veld at Protea Glen where he had been playing with friends, Soweto police said. Inspector Kay Makhubela said the boy's three friends, aged five, six and eight, were receiving counselling. "This incident traumatised them so they are being treated for shock," he said. An inquest docket was opened. - Sapa
12/03/2008 12:00 PM Killed Thembelihle Mavuso killed, 3 injured  9.0  Protea Glen Soweto 
 South Africa 
  playing in the veld  N/A  Outside 
Soweto boy killed by lightning December 03 2008 at 06:51PM A nine-year-old boy was killed on Wednesday when lightning struck in the veld at Protea Glen where he had been playing with friends, Soweto police said. Inspector Kay Makhubela said the boy's three friends, aged five, six and eight, were receiving counselling. "This incident traumatised them so they are being treated for shock," he said. An inquest docket was opened. - Sapa
11/26/2008 12:00 PM unknown mid week lightning & pollution  0.0   
 USA 
  pollution causes lightning ?    Education 
Nov. 26, 2008 -- As if getting through "hump day" could get any tougher, new research shows that the middle of the week is the worst time for lightning. There are 10-20 percent more strikes on Wednesdays and Thursdays than there are on the weekends. The weekly spike in dangerous weather appears to occur in the summer in the southeastern part of the United States as a result of air pollution. "The one thing that seems to change most during the week is heavy truck traffic," Thomas Bell of NASA's Goddard Space Fight Center in Maryland said. "It starts rising on Monday, then peaks around Wednesday or Thursday. We don't know why that would be, but it's a pretty dramatic pattern." In previous research, Bell found that summer precipitation in the southeastern United States follows a similar pattern. He suspects that microscopic particles spewed from trucks' diesel engines act as seeds for forming water droplets in clouds. With more seeds in the air more droplets form, but they are smaller. Rising bubbles of warm air can easily loft small droplets high into the atmosphere, forming huge, towering thunderheads. And if the droplets get high enough, they freeze. Related Content: Discovery News Blog: Earth Impacts Laser-Made Lightning Claim Has Doubters How Stuff Works: Lightning "The thinking is that ice crystals colliding with one another plays a big role in the charge separation that causes lightning," Bell said, though he added that the exact mechanism is still a bit of a mystery. Using data from the National Lightning Detection Network, Bell compiled lightning strike information from 1998 to 2006 over the continental United States. He found that in several regions -- and especially the southeastern United States -- summer lightning strikes went up significantly during the middle of the week. The study is due to be presented next month at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. "People have been debating about the effects of aerosols on weather for the last five years or so," Dong Wu of the California Institute of Technology said. "We know there is a relationship between aerosol loading in the atmosphere and rainfall; it's one way humans seem to be influencing the climate." A series of studies over the past few years have shown that surface temperature, cloud formation, and precipitation all appear to follow a weekly cycle that could be linked to human activity. "Earth's climate is going to warm significantly in the next 50 to 100 years," Wu said. "We want to know what role aerosols play in this; is it a warming effect, cooling, or neutral? It's a hard problem, untangling anthropogenic influence on weather from what is just natural variability. Looking at the effects of aerosol pollution is one way we can do that."
11/21/2008 02:00 PM Injured Cornel Critchfield  19.0  Gordonvale Cairns 
 Australia 
  working on a crane  N/A  Construction site,Crane,Outside 
Man survives lightning strike in Cairns Article from: Font size: Decrease Increase Email article: Email Print article: Print Submit comment: Submit comment November 21, 2008 07:45am A MAN who was thrown 10m into the air after the crane he was working on at Gordonvale was struck by lightning has miraculously escaped unharmed. Cornel Critchfild walked out of Cairns Base Hospital and declared to The Cairns Post: "I feel a bit lucky!" Man strikes it lucky Friday, November 21, 2008 © The Cairns Post THIS is the relieved smile of a man who was thrown 10m into the air by a deadly lightning bolt and miraculously escaped unharmed. Just hours after the crane he was working on at Gordonvale was hit by lighting, potentially carrying up to a billion volts of electricity, Cornel Critchfild walked out of Cairns Base Hospital and declared to The Cairns Post: "I feel a bit lucky!" The 19-year-old, originally from the Gold Coast, was working at the Mulgrave River bridge construction site near Gordonvale when the crane was struck about 2pm. He was so close to the impact zone he was thrown more than 10m into the air, witnesses said. Paramedics rushed to the scene but amazingly the 19-year-old was able to walk to the ambulance before being transported to Cairns Base Hospital. He was assessed in the emergency department before being released about 6.30pm. Before getting into his waiting foreman's ute, a shy Mr Critchfild told The Cairns Post: "I couldn't really describe it. It was a bit horrific." Earlier, a colleague at the site said workers had watched the storm come down over the mountains from the Atherton Tableland. He said several big lightning strikes hit close to the construction site before Mr Critchfild’s crane was hit. Residents in nearby streets reported hearing a loud bang. "There was a massive bang and everyone ran out onto the street," a Mighell Close resident said. "There wasn't much lightning around but when we heard that one we knew something had been hit." A Main Roads spokesman said the incident would be investigated. "Main Roads takes the safety of its employees and contractors very seriously and is investigating the accident in conjunction with the police and other regulatory authorities, including Workplace Health and Safety," he said. Mr Critchfild’s lucky escape comes after two airport workers survived being struck by lightning while they refuelled a plane at Lockhart River in January. The lightning bolt hit as they stood halfway up a ladder by the plane, surging in through one hand and out the other of both men, travelling through their bodies and vital organs. The Far North's stormy weather is expected to continue today, with the weather improving tomorrow before more rain on Sunday.
11/20/2008 01:30 PM Killed army officer killed 7 injured  21.0  Sungai Wariou Kampung Tambulion Laut 
 Malaysia 
  having lunch inside    Indoors,Military 
DAILY EXPRESS NEWS Fatal lightning strike, so army exercise off Kota Belud: An army officer from Unit 22 of the Royal Malay Regiment from Sri Kinabatangan Camp, Sandakan, died after he was struck by lightning while camping at Sungai Wariou at Kampung Tambulion Laut, here, last Thursday. Lt Wan Norsharfian Mohmed Noor, 21, was having lunch with the unit when the tragedy occurred at 1.30pm. He was buried at Taman Desa Peringat, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. One of the victims, Sergeant Mior Azrimy Ahmad Sham, 39, said when lightning struck the camp, everyone inside was thrown several metres. He said Wan fell from where he was standing while eating a starfruit. Fifth Brigade Brigadier-General Masrani Paiman said seven army personnel also suffered injuries during the freak accident causing the planned Gempur Wira exercise to be postponed. The injured personnel were recuperating at the Kota Belud Hospital. Some 43 members of Unit 22 had been camping at the swampy area. The accident was the second. An officer also died after being struck by lightning while training at Kota Belud Camp in 1988.
11/20/2008 12:00 PM unknown flash floods & lightning  0.0   
 USA  
      Education 
The most common natural disaster in the U.S. is flash flooding, which usually hits out of the not clear blue sky. Now researchers are trying to establish an early warning system for flash floods—by counting another flash, lightning. Normal floods often come from melting snow, so there’s plenty of time to prepare. But heavy rains lead to quick flash floods, which are the leading weather-related cause of death in the U.S. Colin Price at Tel Aviv University is studying the link between lightning and the flash floods that result from downpours. Price and researchers from five European universities are measuring radiation emitted by lightning. The lightning info enables scientists to pinpoint the most intense thunderstorms, and thus calculate both the path of a storm and the locations of the heaviest rain. Add data about ground topography and vegetation cover and you have what insiders call not forecasting but nowcasting: predictions about weather in the next minutes and hours. Price says that satellites will soon provide real-time detection of lightning worldwide, which should let researchers predict floods in a flash. —Steve Mirsky
11/19/2008 05:03 PM unknown Mihama nuclear plant  0.0  Fukui 
 Japan 
am not pm      Insurance 
ansai Electric Shuts Mihama Reactors After KansaLightning Strike By Shigeru Sato and Michio Nakayama Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Kansai Electric Power Co., Japan's second-largest utility, shut two reactors at its Mihama nuclear plant after transmission wires were struck by lightning. Repair work at the plant in the western prefecture of Fukui may take ``several days,'' spokesman Kimihito Kawabata said by phone from Osaka. The company shut the 340-megawatt No.1 reactor at 5:03 a.m. and the 500-megawatt No. 2 reactor at 4:59 a.m., he said. The No. 3 reactor, which can generate 826 megawatts, is operating normally. To contact the reporter on this story: Michio Nakayama in Tokyo at Mnakayama4@bloomberg.net; To contact the reporters on this story: Shigeru Sato in Tokyo at ssato10@bloomberg.net. Last Updated: November 19, 2008 20:25 EST
11/19/2008 12:00 PM unknown Firefly  0.0   
 Md 
  Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes    Education 
USRA to Participate in NSF/NASA Mission to Study Link Between Lightning and Gamma Ray Flashes (2008-11-19) By: Universities Space Research Association , PR Newswire Association LLC COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce its participation in the upcoming National Science Foundation (NSF)/NASA "Firefly" CubeSat mission, with USRA scientist Dr. Joanne E. Hill serving as Co-Investigator on the mission. Firefly is a nano satellite mission funded and managed by NSF and developed as a collaborative effort by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USRA, Siena College, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the Hawk Institute for Space Sciences. Firefly will explore the relationship between lightning and massive energy releases, called Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs), that occur in the upper regions of Earth's atmosphere. Lightning is thought to be the mechanism that gives rise to these bursts of radiation, which are channeled upwards and can only be detected from space. While the Earth's atmosphere shields us from the effects of this radiation, the mechanisms at work can have major impacts on the upper atmosphere and on Earth's space environment. Firefly will explore which types of lightning are associated with TGFs and, by allowing investigation of the occurrence rate of weaker TGFs, will provide information on the effect that the millions of lightning flashes that occur worldwide each day have on the Earth's upper atmosphere and near-Earth space environment. The NSF CubeSat program represents a new "low cost access to space" system for performing high-quality, targeted science on a low budget. As a CubeSat, Firefly will accomplish this focused science mission in a much smaller package than a typical satellite. About the size of a football (4" by 4" by 12"), Firefly will be highly cost-effective, with the development, launch, and 3-year on-orbit operations cost of less than $1M. The mission will fly as a secondary payload inside a Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) provided by California Polytechnic State University with a probable launch date in 2010 or 2011. "USRA is very proud to be a part of this innovative and scientifically important mission," said USRA CEO and President Dr. Frederick A. Tarantino. "This type of mission stands as an excellent example of how to pursue significant science goals in an efficient manner while providing talented scientists like Dr. Hill with important research opportunities. Missions like this one are vitally important as models for future endeavors." Dr. Joanne Hill, Co-Investigator on the Firefly mission and lead scientist on the prime Firefly instrument, the Gamma-Ray Detector, is a USRA research scientist with the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST) working on the design of new X-ray polarimeters to study persistent celestial sources and bright explosions from the early universe. About USRA The Universities Space Research Association, established in 1969 by the National Academy of Sciences, is a private, nonprofit consortium of 102 universities offering advanced degrees in space- and aeronautics-related disciplines. USRA's mission is to conduct leading-edge research, develop innovative technologies, promote education and policy across the breadth of space science, and operate premier science and technology facilities by involving universities, private industry and government. SOURCE Universities Space Research Association
11/18/2008 12:00 PM Killed man   24.0  Beitbridge  
 zimbabwe 
  praying in the bush    Outside 
Sect member fatally struck by lightning while in prayer Beitbridge Reporter A 24-year-old member of the Apostolic Faith sect in Beitbridge died while his 30-year-old colleague escaped by a whisker when they were struck by a bolt of lightning while they were praying in the bush, police said yesterday. The Officer Commanding Beitbridge District, Chief Superintendent Nicholas Mawere, said the incident occurred on Wednesday at about 6pm in a bushy area on the outskirts of the border town. “The now deceased and his colleague were praying under a huge baobab tree and were among a group of Johane Masowe Apostolic Faith sect worshippers who had gathered under the huge tree during a church service,” said Chief Supt Mawere. “During the session a bolt of lightning struck resulting in the man dying while his colleague sustained severe burns all over the body.” The other church members reported the matter to the police. Chief Supt Mawere could not release the name of the deceased saying they have to notify his next of kin. His body was taken to the Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary. The injured, Bhekani Ncube, of Dulibadzimu suburb was rushed to the local hospital. “As police we would like to urge people to desist from gathering under trees or any other tall object during thunderstorms as they risk their lives,” said Chief Supt Mawer
11/17/2008 12:00 PM Killed Leone Dakailoa  14.0  Matakunea  
 Fiji 
  picking mangoes    Outside 
Bolt death 'a lesson' Monday, November 24, 2008 THE death of Leone Dakailoa, the 14-year-old killed by a bolt of lightning more than a week ago, has taught parents to monitor their children at all times. Dromoninuku Village headman Luke Ramasima said parents are now more vigilant about the whereabouts of their children. Leone was among a group of six boys, aged between 13 and 16, who had stopped to pick mangoes and kavika along the way to Matakunea to watch movies. His friends watched while a bolt of lightning struck the bamboo he was holding, killing him instantly. His parents, who were away at a wedding party, said their son had refused to go with them and opted to stay with his friends.
11/15/2008 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed 1 hurt  0.0   
 Zimbabwe 
       
Lightning kills two Herald Reporter. TWO people died while another escaped with serious injuries after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents recorded since the onset of the rainy season. The deceased were identified as Shadreck Ruzvidzo of Gokwe and Steven Siyapereka of St Mannox Farm in Nyabira. A third victim, Muzondiwa Alzvere, is battling for his life at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital. Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri confirmed the incidents, adding that the two were the first fatalities since the beginning of the rainy season. Supt Phiri said Siyapereka was walking from Mannox Farm to Solar Farm in the company of Alzvere when they were struck. Ruzvidzo was on his way home when tragedy struck.
11/14/2008 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Melbourne  
 Australia 
  cleaning out gutters    During the storm,Outside 
At the height of the storm, ambulance officers treated a man after lightning struck his house while he was cleaning gutters and a bolt of lightning blew apart a chimney on another house.
11/14/2008 12:00 PM Killed 2 brothers  0.0  Kirongo village Bugiri district 
 Uganda 
  resting in a downpour     
Lightning kills two brothers Friday, 14th November, 2008 E-mail article Print article By Moses Bikala in Bugiri TWO brothers were yesterday struck by lightning in Kirongo village, Bulidha sub-county in Bugiri district. Abdallah Waibi and Badru Mulongo were found dead after a heavy down pour that lasted over three hours. According to Nasser Kagere, a nephew to the deceased, the two brothers said they would have a rest during the heavy downpour but was surprised to find them dead. The Bugiri district Police commander, Dan Byaruhanga, said 10 people have so far been struck dead by lightning this year in the district. Byaruhanga said Buwunga, Muterere and Bulidha sub-counties were the worst affected in the area. He appealed to people to install lightning conductors on their houses.
11/12/2008 06:14 PM Killed 2 killed 10 injured  0.0  La Castellana Negros Occidental 
  
      Outside 
Lightning strike kills 2, injures 10 in Negros - report 11/12/2008 | 01:20 PM Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines — At least two people were killed and 10 others were injured in a lightning strike in La Castellana in Negros Occidental province, a radio report said. Visayas-based Bombo Radyo reported that four of the wounded were in critical condition as of Wednesday morning. The report identified the two who died on the spot as Mario Rio, who succumbed to head injuries; and Digoy dela Cruz, who had chest injuries. In critical condition were Pablo Sarinas, Roger Bornea, Julito Bacaso and Jerry Bornea, who are confined at the Western Visayas Regional Hospital. All four were reported as residents of Tabugon village in Kabankalan city Negros Occidental. The lightning strike occurred in Hacienda Kamansi in La Castellana’s of barangay Robles at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday, while the victims were putting up a tent in the middle of the field. Initial investigation showed that while they were working, a heavy downpour occurred and lightning struck the victims. - GMANews.TV
11/10/2008 12:00 PM Killed 2 boy killed  6.0  Drakensberg  
 South Africa 
  fetching the sheep    During the storm,Farming,Outside 
Published: 11/10/2008 15:22:49 Lightning kills two boys in Drakensberg JOHANNESBURG - Two boys, aged 6 and 10, died after being struck by lightning in the Jozanashoek area of the Drakensberg near Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape police said on Monday. Captain Ursula Roelofse said the two left their home to fetch sheep and cattle from the mountain around 6pm on Sunday. On the way back to their house a thunderstorm erupted over them. Shepherd Songezo Mdidimba found the two boys lying unconscious under an aloe plant. He carried the boys to his house but they died on the way. A post mortem would be conducted on the bodies during the week, Roelofse said. - Sapa
11/07/2008 12:00 PM unknown Brown Ferry Nuclear & DAS  0.0  AL 
 USA  
does this technology really work       
Power Engineer - Nuclear Power Solving the lightning strike problem at nuclear power plant Date: 07/11/2008 Lightning solution keeps the Browns Ferry Nuclear plant's off-gas stack strike-free reducing lightning strikes by 80 per cent within a 500metre radius. Del Williams reports. Like all power generation plants, the Browns Ferry Nuclear (BFN) Plant, in northern Alabama, USA, faces many challenges to meet the power demands of a growing and urbanising population. With Alabama's frequent and intense storms, the challenges posed by lightning had proven to be especially trying due to repeated strikes to the off-gas stack. Today, BFN prides itself on safe, efficient, and affordable electric power generation for its customers. As the first nuclear power plant of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation's largest public power company, BFN was the first nuclear plant in the world to generate more than 1 billion watts of power and was the world's largest when it began operation in 1974. In 2006 BFN helped TVA achieve 99.999 per cent operational reliability for the fifth year in a row. But a decade ago, lightning strikes to BFN's off-gas stack were hampering reliability. "The off-gas stack was originally protected by Franklin rods, but equipment on the stack and around its base (was) routinely damaged during lightning storms," says Rick Brehm, a TVA manager of electromagnetic interference and instrumentation, and control systems. "Lightning strikes to the stack were observed." The damage from strikes required considerable equipment replacement and repair. While the automated monitoring equipment was offline, extended periods of human monitoring were necessary, which increased the workload and expense. To improve reliability and reduce downtime, BFN turned to Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc (LEC), which specialises in lightning prevention technology, a relatively new innovation in the lightning protection industry. BFN's move is not uncommon; a growing number of respected power generating utilities have successfully reduced costs by choosing engineered lightning prevention systems to avoid storm-related damage. Unlike antiquated lightning rods, which collect and direct lightning at a site, charge transfer technology prevents direct strikes by reducing the local electrical field to below lightning-collection potential. LEC's charge transfer device, the Dissipation Array System or DAS, has been installed at industrial facilities around the world and is custom-engineered to interface with almost any structure. To design a comprehensive protection scheme, LEC took into account factors such as the off-gas stack's location, size, shape, equipment, geography, and exposure to lightning activity. They then engineered, and deployed an integrated lightning prevention system for BFN, which included DAS strike prevention. Spline Ball Terminals (SBTs), a form of hybrid preventer/collector, were used to augment the protection for the sensitive equipment around the off-gas stack's landings. "The result has been no known lightning strikes to the off-gas stack in almost 10 years," says Brehm. "Instead of using our resources to repair broken equipment and pay emergency overtime, we're preventing the problem in the first place." As part of an internal review process, BFN consulted a database of lightning activity to determine the number and location of lightning strikes around the off-gas stack in the three years before and after DAS implementation. They compared the number and location of lightning strikes within 500 metre, 3, 6, and 10 mile radius circles of the off-gas stack for these periods (Figs. 2 and 3). "Following DAS implementation, we found an 80 per cent reduction in lightning strikes within 500 metres of the off-gas stack," explains Brehm. "The weighted data for strikes in the wider areas showed no change of statistical significance, though lightning frequency increased by almost 63 per cent in a 10 mile radius around the stack in the three years after DAS implementation. The data shows us the DAS system works. It has undoubtedly saved us from tons of potential lightning strikes since it's been implemented.' In another test of DAS's effectiveness, BFN recently monitored the voltage drop on a ground cable downcomer from the DAS array on the off-gas stack down to the ground via a voltage sensor. The monitoring lasted about six months, during which time they detected no lightning strikes and current flow remained in the milli-amp range. "We saw milli-amps of current flowing up and down the downcomer," says Brehm. "This indicated that DAS was making the stack a less attractive strike target. The data showed DAS functioning as intended." "It's preventing strikes to the protected area and proving to be an effective long-term solution." Because of the DAS prevention system's success in protecting the off-gas stack from lightning strikes, BFN is looking into extending the area of protection to a nearby intake pumping station, which recently sustained motor damage due to lightning. LEC has used Dissipation Array protection systems to provide engineered areas of protection in a variety of public utilities and facilities. Del Williams is a technical writer based in Torrance, California. LEC Inc is based in Boulder, Colorado, USA. www.LECglobal.com.
11/07/2008 12:00 PM unknown American Softball Association  0.0  Oklahoma City OK 
 USA  
does this technology really work       
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Partners with ThunderBolt ASA announces partnership with Spectrum Electronics to promote lightning safety. Oklahoma City, OK, November 07, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Amateur Softball of America Association announced recently it is working cooperatively with Spectrum Electronics in a new partnership to promote Lightning Safety through the use of the ThunderBolt® Storm Detector to all ASA members and its use at all field facilities. "The state-of-the-art technology provided by the ThunderBolt® Storm Detector will be of great benefit to our members when they conduct sporting events and outdoor activities at any complex or facility, in the community," said ASA Director of Marketing Kelly McKeown. "The ThunderBolt® Storm Detector, which actually tracks storms and provides the estimated time of arrival to the user, can only enhance efforts by ASA members to provide safety and protection consistent with severe weather safety for all parties at an event. It is a device that will revolutionize the manner in which our members learn of the presence of severe weather at their events. I believe this is a very inexpensive, potentially life-saving piece of equipment." "On behalf of Spectrum Electronics, we are very excited to be working with the Amateur Softball Association of America ," said Steve Vazquez, Representative for Spectrum Electronics. "We are eager to support and work with all ASA members regarding storm and lightning safety." The Amateur Softball Association of America founded in 1933 has a membership of over 230,000 teams, with more than 3 million players and 60,000 umpires. ###
11/07/2008 12:00 PM unknown horses and people  0.0  Terengganu 
 Malaysia 
  riding in an endurance race    Horse,Outside 
Lightning, Illness Rein in U.S. Team at Endurance Championship by: Irene Stamatelakys November 19 2008, Article # 13133 Print Email Republish Link RSS ShareThis A cloud of bad luck hung over the U.S. squad at the first-ever FEI World Endurance Championship in Asia, held Nov. 7-8 in Terengganu, Malaysia. Of the six American riders, only two completed the 160-kilometer (99.4-mile), course, having endured a tropical thunderstorm, high humidity, and darkness in the first event to be held at night. The biggest scare came during the second phase when lightning nearly struck Jan Worthington, riding Golden Lightning, and Meg Sleeper, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, riding Syrocco Reveille. "I saw the bolt of light and sparks all around us," recalled Sleeper, an assistant professor and cardiology section chief at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. "The thunderclap was immediately after and both horses bolted. Unfortunately, Leon (Jan's horse) bolted into Rev and pushed both horses out into the jungle. We hit a tree, and both horses went down and rolled." Scratched and bruised, once the women determined their injuries were minor and the horses were sound, they remounted and finished the loop. "It turns out a (lightning) bolt had hit the venue as well, and since everyone was standing in water over their feet because of the rainfall, they had actually felt the electricity run up their feet," said Sleeper. Although both horses passed the following vet checks without trouble, the accident eventually caught up with them, and both horses were eliminated due to lameness in the legs that took the brunt of their collision. Cheryl Dell, the third team member, started the event strong. But she was quickly overcome in the second phase by severe nausea and vomiting caused by a bacterial infection. Dell withdrew at Gate 2 and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Of the four entries on the U.S. team, Katharine Brunjes and Theatric were the only U.S. pair to finish, placing 24th. In individual competition, Valerie Kanavy and Flash Flame were 25th, just two hours behind the leader. Another individual rider from the United States, John Crandell III and HH Saba Shams, were eliminated at Gate 2 for lameness. Despite the challenging conditions, the completion rate for the 126 riders from 32 countries participating was just under 40%, one of the highest ever recorded for this event.
11/04/2008 12:00 PM Killed boy in town for soccer game  13.0  Rome  
 Italy 
  taking shelter under a tree    Soccer,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
Chelsea fans in Rome caught up in massive thunderstorm that kills one and turns roads into rivers By NICK PISA Last updated at 12:34 AM on 05th November 2008 Comments (0) Add to My Stories Chelsea supporters were last night caught up in a massive thunderstorm that hit Rome and left a 13-year-old boy dead. The Blues fans were in the Italian capital for a Champions League clash against Roma and many were on their way to the stadium when the torrential downpour began. Within minutes roads had turned to rivers as drains were unable to cope and the blackened sky was lit up with a spectacular series of lightning. Scroll down for more Before the flood: Chelsea players train at Rome's Olympic Stadium One fan said: 'We thought we would get a bit of sun in Italy after the awful summer we had in England. 'I've never seen anything like this - it's absolutely torrential and the lightning is amazing.' Police said the boy was killed after a tree under which he was sheltering during the storm in the south-east of the city was struck by lightning. He was hit by a branch and although paramedics were quickly on the scene and rushed him to the nearby Vannini Hospital he died shortly after arriving. A Rome fire brigade spokesman said that they had dealt with more than 400 calls in less than an hour as the storm struck just before 5pm. Elsewhere across the city there was a spate of minor injuries after people were hit by flying debris whipped into the air by the strong wind.
11/02/2008 10:37 AM Killed 3 killed 22 injured  0.0  Burambi town  
 Burundi 
  inside a church  N/A  Church,Indoors 
Three die in lightning strike November 04, 2008 Edition 1 BURUNDI: Three people were killed and 22 injured when lightning struck a church in south-west Burundi, local authorities said yesterday. "Yesterday (Sunday) morning, heavy rain and lightning poured down on Burambi town. A flash of lightning struck a Protestant church, killing three people," the governor of Bururi province, Beatrice Havuginoti, said. Seven of the 22 people injured in Sunday's dramatic lightning flash were seriously hurt.
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 8 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 1 of 14 students  16.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
time is am  changing classes    Outside,School 
Lightning strike at Buffalo High School Published: Friday, October 31, 2008 12:06 PM CDT Fourteen Buffalo High School students were affected by a lightning strike between the Shewmaker Center and the main building on campus at 10:37 a.m. during class change. Office personnel stopped additional students from going outside after the strike. There are no serious injuries; however, several students reported a tingling feeling in their hands, and one student had a substantial red mark on her foot. Click image to enlarge Dallas County R1 Superintendent Gary Arthaud indicated that after hitting the tree, the lightning exited the ground near the curb where the roots are exposed. It is believed that the students injuries were caused by the lightning traveling through the ground after hitting the tree. Emergency services are on site; all parents have been notified.
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 2 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 3 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 4 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
       
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 5 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
       
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 14 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 6 of 14  0.0  Buffalo Mo 
 USA 
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 9 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 10 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 11 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 AM Injured 12 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
    N/A  Outside,School 
Students Receive Minor Injuries After Lightning Strike By Will Carter Story Created: Oct 31, 2008 Story Updated: Oct 31, 2008 According to the Assistant Superintendent of the Dallas County School District, 14 students received minor injuries Friday morning after lightning struck a tree outside the cafeteria of Buffalo High School. We're told out of the 14 students, only one was taken to the hospital by their parents. None of the students injuries are life-threatening, and all of their parents have been notified. The lightning strike hit around 10:30 in the morning as students were in the middle of a class change. None of the students were directly hit. We're told the only damage was to the tree itself. Paramedics who responded told the school the students should be fine. It's being left at their parents discretion as to whether or not they should be checked out by their physician.
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 13 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/31/2008 10:37 PM Injured 7 of 14  0.0  Buffalo MO 
 USA  
      Outside,School 
10/27/2008 12:00 PM unknown Sister Elnora Butaslog  0.0  Misamis Oriental  
 Philippines 
time not accurate  standing on seashore after swimming in storm    Beach,During the storm 
Nun dies after lightning-strike (12:14 p.m.) A NUN from the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross (MSOLTC) died after being struck by lightning in Misamis Oriental early this week. Sr. Elnora “Nora” Butaslog was killed on October 27 while standing on the seashore of Bubantugan Beach, Jasaan of the said province. Sister Ma. Violota Navarro, founder and mother superior of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross, said the victim, together with Sister Maricho Hermosa, went swimming on the beach. Sister Violota narrated that Hermosa told her that after the fast and loud thunder, she saw Butaslog fall to the ground. “It was pouring rain and there was an extreme amount of lightning in the area at that time when Sister Nora was hit,” Navarro said, in an article posted on the CBCPNews website. Sister Butaslog entered the MSOLTC congregation in 1988. She was assigned to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish in Ozamiz City. She received her perpetual vow in 1993 and she also served at the Holy Cross Parish of Panaon and the St. Joseph Parish Sincaban, Misamis Occidental. Sister Butaslog was assigned to Bubantogan, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental for the Mission Vocation. Her body lies in state at the funeral home of Jasaan. A one-night vigil will be held at the Bustaslog residence in Lugait on October 29. On October 30, her body will be brought to the MSOLTC Mother’s house Chapel, Pingol, Ozamiz City. The interment will be at 8 a.m. on November 1, 2008, which will coincide with All Saints Day.(FP/Sunnex)
10/26/2008 12:00 PM Killed 4 people  0.0  Al-Mahwit Sanaa 
 Yemeni 
       
More than 60 killed in fierce Yemen storms 1 day ago SANAA (AFP) — Aid operations swung into higher gear in Yemen on Saturday after floods killed at least 58 people and six more died from lightning strikes during two days of fierce storms. The interior ministry, updating an earlier toll, said at least 58 people died in flooding fed by torrential downpours that hit Hadramaut and Mahara provinces on Thursday and Friday. At least five others were reported missing in Mahara. Four people were also killed by lightning in the southern provinces of Tayez and Lahj, and a mother and son also died when struck by lightning in the Al-Mahwit region north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. But the toll could rise even further as rescue teams searched for victims who may still be trapped in homes swept by the floods and as the authorities launched an airlift to fly aid to the stricken areas. A first batch of six aircraft took off from Sanaa on Saturday loaded with tents, food and medicine for the Hadramaut capital of Al-Mukalla and Mahara, airport officials said. "Other airlifts are scheduled for later in the day," one official said, adding that public and private organisations had joined ranks to help victims of the disaster. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference described the situation as a "national catastrophe" and launched on Saturday a drive to collect funds to help Yemen's flood victims. OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in a statement issued in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah, urged members of the 57-strong Islamic body as well as charity organisations in Muslim countries to help Yemen surmount "the grave humanitarian crisis." Ihsanoglu called for "OIC solidarity with the people of Yemen in these difficult circumstances" and also urged the international community to provide assistance to Yemen, one of the world's least developed nations. The oil-rich United Arab Emirates has said it will send emergency aid. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh toured Al-Mukalla on Friday to oversee operations after tasking a government commission with handling the rescue effort. Rescue coordinators said that among the victims were seven people who perished in Al-Mukalla, which is on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Both Hadramaut and Mahra provinces have been officially declared disaster zones. Bad weather continued to batter southeast coastal regions on Saturday but residents said the skies were clearing inland. Military helicopters and others operated by oil firms were hampered on Friday by strong winds as they fought to rescue thousands of people stranded by the floods, according to one emergency official. Local authorities in Yemen said that more than 500 houses were destroyed across Hadramaut province and 3,500 families made homeless. Flooding also caused heavy damage to roads and power and water networks. Among the affected areas was the UNESCO world heritage site of Shibam which was totally cut off by the flood waters. But the situation was returning to normal on Saturday, local officials said. Shibam, with more than 20,000 residents, is famed for its high-rise mudbrick buildings, mostly dating from the 16th century, that have given the town the moniker "the Manhattan of the desert." It was established in the third century and built with the profits from frankincense, which is still sold there. Floods and lightning also claimed the lives of at least 25 people in April 2006 across eight provinces of the Arabian peninsula country.
10/23/2008 12:00 PM Killed farmer charred to death  40.0  Chinnathada village Salem district 
 India 
  ploughing his field     
Salem, Oct 23 : A farmer was charred to death when lightning struck him at Chinnathada village in the district, police said today. Lightning struck Swaminathan (40) while he was ploughing his land last evening, they said. There had been widespread rains in and around Salem district.(Agencies) Published: Thursday, October 23, 2008
10/22/2008 07:40 PM Injured Albert Robinson  45.0  North Truro Ma 
 USA  
  closing a gate    Fence,Indirect,Outside 
By Mary Ann Bragg STAFF WRITER October 22, 2008 NORTH TRURO - A North Truro man shaken up by an indirect hit of lightning Tuesday evening was treated and released from a Hyannis hospital, a hospital spokesman said. Rescuers picked up Albert Robinson, 45, at his home at 21 South Highland Road at around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday and drove him to Cape Cod Hospital, said Truro fire chief Brian Davis. Robinson was indirectly struck by lightning as he closed a gate at another location, Davis said. Robinson then drove himself home and rescuers were called. The National Weather Service reported that showers, thunderstorms and some lightning strikes occurred early Tuesday evening in the region, caused by a low pressure area that moved up along the southern New England coast.
10/22/2008 12:00 PM Killed 3 children  8.0  Kisima village  
 Kenya 
       
By NATION Reporter Posted Thursday, October 23 2008 at 18:45 Three children died following a lightning strike at Kisima Village in the newly-created Buuri District. According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, the incident in Eastern Province on Wednesday occurred around 6pm. Ten people sustained injuries and were taken to Kirua Mission and Meru District hospitals. And at least 22 families have been displaced by floods in Thimanjiri Village, three kilometres from Meru Town. The Kenya Red Cross branch office on Thursday distributed blankets to the affected families.
10/21/2008 Killed father killed son injured  0.0  Pinamungajan town Cebu 
 Philippines 
  sitting in shade in a rain storm    Outside 
Lightning kills pa, hurts son Cebu Daily News First Posted 14:14:00 10/21/2008 CEBU CITY, Philippines - A farmer was killed while his son was injured after lightning struck them during a heavy rain on Sunday afternoon in Pinamungajan town, Cebu. Herman Hernani Sr. of Barangay (village) Tupaz suffered severe burns in the back and chest, which caused his death while Herman Jr. sustained first degree burns in the back and is still undergoing medical treatment. Investigation showed that the two were doing chores outside the house when it suddenly rained. They sat in the shade and waited for the rain to stop. But a lightning bolt struck from behind and hit a ground wire which was partly buried. The strong electric current hit both victims. /Correspondent Rene F. Alima
10/14/2008 02:30 PM Killed man swimming  28.0  Batangas Novaliches 
 Philippines 
  swimming with his sister    In Water,Swimming 
Lightning kills man taking a dip in Batangas resort MARK MERUEÑAS, GMANews.TV 10/14/2008 | 11:31 AM Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines - A man was killed Sunday afternoon after he was struck by lightning while taking a dip at a Batangas resort, police said. The Batangas provincial police identified the victim as Alejandro Espinocilla, a 28-year-old resident of No. 105, Mayang Pula St in Santa Monica village in Novaliches, Quezon City. Initial reports said that the victim was swimming together with his sister, Zenaida Nomura, at the Mananquil Beach Resort in Wawa village when the incident happened about 2 p.m. Sunday. The victim was still rushed to the Nasugbu Doctors Hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Superintendent Jesus Gatchalian, Batangas provincial police director, was quoted in a radio report as saying that Nomura, a vacationing overseas Filipino worker, emerged unharmed. Two days before the Batangas incident, lightning also struck in Sorsogon province that killed a fisherman and wounded his companion. Initial investigation showed that the two victims, along with three other fellow fishermen, were fishing off Bulan town’s coast when they were hit by lightning early Friday morning. - GMANews.TV

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