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    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 02 00 PM Killed 1 killed 2 injured 0 0 M 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 06 2008 12 00 PM Killed Gulsher Solangi 18 0 M 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 04 2008 04 05 PM Killed Lincoln Botha 17 0 M 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 Thembelihle Mavuso killed 3 injured 9 0 F 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 12 03 2008 12 00 PM Killed boy 9 0 M 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 11 26 2008 12 00 PM unknown mid week lightning pollution 0 0 U 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 M 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 M 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 U 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 U 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 U 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 M 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 â 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 â said Chief Supt Mawere â During the session a bolt of lightning struck resulting in the man dying while his colleague sustained severe burns all over the body â 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 â 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 â said Chief Supt Mawer 11 17 2008 12 00 PM Killed Leone Dakailoa 14 0 M 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 M 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 M 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 M 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 M 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 M 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 U 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 U 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 U 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 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    he said Fagundes said the employee was transported to Adventist Medical Center to get checked out and that he will likely be held overnight for observation No details were provided on the severity of the injuries the employee sustained although Fagundes said he was conscious and talking after the incident He was in shock he said You could tell he was a little rattled The Hanford Fire Department has put out the fire on the pole and is cleaning up the area Fagundes said the damage was extensive enough that a new pole may have to be inserted Lightning also caused a palm tree to catch fire in the backyard of a Hanford residence at around 7 15 a m Firefighters quickly arrived on scene in the 900 block of Togneri Street to put out the fire The fire department said the lightning strike not only caused the tree to catch fire but also struck a portion of the resident s patio creating an 18 inch deep hole all the way through to the foundation of the house The lightning traveled through the hole and struck a water pipe traveling through the pipe and blew holes in the line and surrounding earth The National Weather Service in Hanford said there was a total of 0 41 of an inch of rain in Hanford today which they said shattered the 0 18 of an inch record for the month set in July 1982 Mon 07 06 2015 10 00 AM Injured Carlos Mungia 2 of 2 17 0 M Phoenix NM USA landscapers Ground Strike Outside Tree Work PHOENIX Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries Thomas Mendoza 31 and Carlos Mungia 17 were working in a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning A bystander said it was like two shotguns went off near his head Coworker Alan Chute said the two had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System Mendoza said staff mistakenly believed he was in a car accident I told them I got hit by lightning Mendoza told KTAR News Mac Gaydos The receptionist was like Oh my gosh What side of the car where you on And I go Excuse me And she said You got hit by a Ford Lightning correct I said No Mendoza said staff told him his body temperature was 146 degrees when he arrived Mendoza said he couldn t feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning He spent two days in the hospital Mendoza and Mungia were expected to make full recoveries Mon 07 06 2015 10 00 AM Injured Thomas Mendoza 1 of 2 31 0 M Phoenix NM USA landscapers N A Ground Strike Near Trees Outside Tree Work PHOENIX Two Glendale landscapers who were struck by lightning during a monsoon storm are recovering from their injuries Thomas Mendoza 31 and Carlos Mungia 17 were working in a Phoenix yard when lightning hit them Monday morning A bystander said it was like two shotguns went off near his head Coworker Alan Chute said the two had been standing on the sidewalk while he was on the dirt Mendoza was knocked backward into a palm tree and Mungia was slammed against a vehicle Chute drove the men to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System Mendoza said staff mistakenly believed he was in a car accident I told them I got hit by lightning Mendoza told KTAR News Mac Gaydos The receptionist was like Oh my gosh What side of the car where you on And I go Excuse me And she said You got hit by a Ford Lightning correct I said No Mendoza said staff told him his body temperature was 146 degrees when he arrived Mendoza said he couldn t feel his lower body for several hours but was able to take his first steps Tuesday morning He spent two days in the hospital Mendoza and Mungia were expected to make full recoveries Sun 07 05 2015 01 30 PM Injured 1 of 8 0 0 U Fort Morgan AL USA at the coast Beach Ground Strike Outside FORT MORGAN Ala The National Weather Service Office in Mobile and the Baldwin County Fire Department report eight people were affected by a lightning strike on the Alabama coast Sunday afternoon Officials say one person was transported to the hospital The strike happened around 1 30 p m Sunday as thunderstorms were developing in the area There have been 14 lightning deaths in the U S this year Two deaths occurred in Alabama on June 23 in Opp Sun 07 05 2015 01 30 PM Killed unknown 0 0 F Fort Morgan AL USA Camping CPR Critical Delayed Death Ground Strike Outside BALDWIN COUNTY AL WALA Even though there was hardly a cloud in the sky over Fort Morgan on Tuesday there was still a somber mood about the beach It s devastating you know It choked me up I mean I didn t know her personally but I know what it means to have little girls and a beach vacation and this is the last thing you would expect to happen Warren Biddle said Biddle and his family made the 9 1 1 call on Sunday afternoon after 12 year old Megan Nickell was struck by lightning It took about six minutes for Fort Morgan Volunteer Firefighters to arrive on scene Captain A J Andreasen said the rain and lightning made it a risky job Firefighter safety is always a concern Like I said there s always a risk involved Our firefighters were notified prior to being on the scene They made the call to go ahead and assist the patient Andreasen said You just tune it out and go on and do what you need to do and that s what we all did Firefighter Sunny Farris said They performed CPR on Megan all the way to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center She was then taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola Central Arkansas Christian Schools held a prayer service for the seventh grader Monday night It was during that service that they received word that Megan had died News traveled quickly to the beach where the incident happened There was a lot of crying last night We just told them God must ve had a plan we don t understand it it s only for him to know It s just sad It s just horrible Biddle said He added that at the beach everyone is family It s like one big happy family when things are going well And when things don t go well everybody hurts Everybody s sad So you ve just got to pray for them pray for the family pray for their friends pray for the responders that helped them out Biddle said No information was known as of Tuesday night about funeral arrangements or a celebration of life service All content 2015 WALA Mobile AL A Meredith Corporation Station All Rights Reserved Sat 07 04 2015 07 00 PM Injured 2 of 6 at campsite 0 0 U Sabine Parish LA USA under tree at campsite Camping Ground Strike Outside Tree Under Trees West Louisiana officials say lightning injured six people at an RV park near the Louisiana Texas state line Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson tells KTBS TV http bit ly 1M4BfJs that a lightning bolt struck during a Fourth of July celebration at an RV park at Toledo Bend Reservoir Parish Warden Joe Dewil tells KSLA TV http bit ly 1H88lXE it s believed to have hit a tree just after 7 p m Saturday Richardson says all six people went treated at a local hospital Their names and conditions were not available Dewil says they are believed to have non life threatening injuries such as chest pain and headaches The RV park is part of the 114 acre Cypress Bend Park owned by the Sabine River Authority which manages the 185 000 acre reservoir created by damming the Sabine River Share Share on email0 Comments Sat 07 04 2015 07 00 PM Injured 1 of 6 at campsite 0 0 U Sabine Parish LA USA under tree at campsite N A Camping Ground Strike Outside Tree Under Trees SABINE PARISH LA KSLA A lightning strike in Sabine Parish reportedly injured 6 people Saturday night According Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil lightning is believed to have struck a tree at Cypress Bend Park at Teldo Bend in Sabine Parish just after 7 p m Six people at the campsite were taken to the Sabine Medical Center They are believed to have non life threatening injuries such as chest pain and headaches A RV camper and truck were also reportedly damaged during the lightning strike Copyright 2015 KSLA All rights reserved Tue 06 30 2015 01 18 PM Killed Alvaro Montoya 32 0 M Benson AZ USA outside Outside BENSON The monsoon took a deadly turn early Tuesday after a Benson man was struck and killed by lightning Benson Police on Thursday confirmed the death and identified the victim as Alvaro Montoya 32 whose burned body was discovered off El Paso Lane at about 1 18 p m on Tuesday said BPD Chief Paul Moncada Authorities believe the incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 30 between 3 and 4 a m Report of the dead body initiated a response from patrolmen detectives and crime scene technicians said Moncada There were obvious signs of injury to his body said Moncada noting as investigators continued their probe a lightning strike theory began to emerge That notion was confirmed by Dr Gregory Hess chief medical examiner with the Pima County Medical Examiner s Office where an autopsy on Montoya s body was conducted on Wednesday He was struck by lightning said Hess on Thursday And while infrequent lightning related deaths occur annually It s not that common but we do get one or two a year he said But not all those are from Cochise County as his office performs autopsies for Pima Santa Cruz Gila and Graham counties as well It s unclear what Montoya was doing out in the middle of the early morning storm which the National Weather Service in Tucson said dumped about half an inch of rain Police said his vehicle described as a small Toyota sedan was discovered later in the area of Aviation and North Ocotillo Road and believe that he had been broken down The National Weather Service in Tucson confirmed that there were lightning strikes during the early morning hours of June 30 said Meteorologist Glenn Lader who noted the NWS had also received an inquiry from the medical examiner s office on Benson area lightning strikes Moncada said he could not recall any such incident in Benson in his nearly 40 years with the department but said a lightning strike killed a Pomerene woman about 20 or more years ago The Associated Press reported that a 24 year old Florida woman was killed by a lightning strike in Northern Arizona on June 28 In that incident a group of hikers had sought refuge beneath a tree in the Mogollon Rim The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 14 known lightning fatalities so far nationally with 26 in 2014 When a Safe Location is not Nearby If you absolutely cannot get to safety you can slightly lessen the threat of being struck with the following tips But don t kid yourself you are not safe outside Know the weather patterns of the area you plan to visit For example in mountainous areas thunderstorms typically develop in the early afternoon so plan to hike early in the day and be down the mountain by noon Listen to the weather forecast for the outdoor area you plan to visit The forecast may be very different from the one near your home If there is a high chance of thunderstorms stay inside Avoid open fields the top of a hill or a ridge top Stay away from tall isolated trees or other tall objects If you are in a forest stay near a lower stand of trees If you are in a group spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members If you are camping in an open area set up camp in a valley ravine or other low area Remember a tent offers no protection from lightning Stay away from water wet items such as ropes and metal objects such as fences and poles Water and metal do not attract lightning but they are excellent conductors of electricity The current from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Mon 06 29 2015 11 30 AM Injured 1 of 15 0 0 M Mount Bierstadt CO USA hiking on mountain Ground Strike Hiking Outside DENVER â Three people were transported to Denver area hospitals after a lightning strike 500 feet below the summit of popular Mount Bierstadt Sunday morning The Clear Creek County Sheriff s Office says eight adults were transported from the trailhead and that three adults were taken to Denver area hospitals One of them was in serious condition the other two had non life threatening injuries Five others refused further treatment the sheriff s office said Initial reports said as many as 16 people were injured A dog also died after the strike A call first came in about the incident at around 11 30 a m MT Rescue crews initially said all of the victims were on the way down the mountain when they were struck Sun 06 28 2015 02 00 PM Injured Ava Mott daughter 1 of 2 4 0 F Iron Range MN USA watching baseball game Baseball or Softball Ground Strike Outside Sun 06 28 2015 02 00 PM Injured Jay Mott father 1 of 2 51 0 M Iron Range MN USA watching baseball game Baseball or Softball CPR Critical Outside Man was holding his 4 year old daughter at the time she was less seriously injured By Paul Walsh Star Tribune JUNE 29 2015 7 59AM TEXT SIZE 4 6 EMAIL PRINT MORE Lightning struck a father as he held his 4 year daughter while attending a baseball game on the Iron Range prompting bystanders to administer aid that might end up saving his life authorities said Jay Mott 51 of Virginia Minn was in critical condition Sunday night at Essentia Health St Mary s Medical Center in Duluth while daughter Ava came away from the lightning strike with less serious injuries the St Louis County Sheriff s Office reported The Motts were hit at about 2 p m and about two hours later and 65 miles to the southeast a 12 year old boy was struck by lightning during a storm at Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth Police said he also was in critical condition The boy s identity has yet to be released According to the Sheriff s Office About 2 p m Mott was carrying his daughter while at the ballgame at the Cherry Township Town Hall recreational facility about 10 miles east of Hibbing when lightning from a thunderstorm hit him Mott was revived on the scene by bystanders who administered CPR the Sheriff s Office statement read An ambulance took him to a hospital in Hibbing before his transfer to Essentia Health where he daughter was already being treated Sun 06 28 2015 04 00 PM Injured boy at golf course 12 0 M Deluth MN USA on golf course Critical Golf Course Outside DULUTH Minn A 12 year old boy is in critical condition after being struck by lightning More from Fox21Online 2016 Iditiarod Sign Up Chisholm Man to Race New Greenhouse Proposed for West Duluth Largest Hog Farm in Wisconsin to be Discussed this Week Missing kayaker on Cloquet River found safe Raising Funds to Help Dogs and Cats Duluth Police tell Fox21 it happened just before 4 00p m Sunday afternoon at the Enger Tower Golf Course The young man was taken to a Duluth hospital Sat 06 27 2015 05 40 PM Injured man standing in water 0 0 M St Johns County FL USA standing in water at beach Beach In Water Outside Possible lightning strike hits man in ocean Saturday in St Johns County By Joe Daraskevich Sat Jun 27 2015 7 06 pm updated Sat Jun 27 2015 7 15 pm Authorities in St Johns County treated a man who suffered injuries from a possible lightning strike Saturday while he was standing in ankle deep water in the Atlantic Ocean according to multiple agencies Rescue workers responded to the 6000 block of Florida A1A South in Crescent Beach about 5 40 p m after the lightning strike was reported said Jeremy Robshaw spokesman for St Johns County Fire Rescue Robshaw said the lightning strike was not confirmed but rescue workers treated the victim at the scene He could not give a description of the victim but Cmdr Chuck Mulligan with the St Johns County Sheriff s Office confirmed the victim was a man He was transported to a Jacksonville hospital in serious condition Sat 06 27 2015 12 00 PM Killed Christine Garcia 1 of 8 24 0 F Coconino National Forest AZ USA taking shelter under a tree Ground Strike Outside Park Taking Shelter Tree Under Trees Florida woman killed by lighting strike on Mogollon Rim in Arizona Police say Christine Garcia 24 of Orlando Fla was killed in the strike while seven others were injured By Fred Lambert Contact the Author June 28 2015 at 8 42 PM Leer en Español Comments Comments share with facebook share with twitter share with google Officials say a lightning strike in Arizona on June 27 2015 killed a Florida woman and injured several others Photo by Mike Lehmann Mike Switzerland CC Wikimedia Commons FLAGSTAFF Ariz June 28 UPI A lightning strike killed one person and injured seven others in Arizona s Coconino National Forest on Saturday according to officials The strike killed Christine Garcia 24 from Orlando Fla and injured seven other people The group was hiking near the Mogollon Rim and had taken refuge under pine trees to escape a storm Coconino County sheriff s deputies said ADVERTISING A lightning bolt hit one of the trees knocking the group to the ground but it didn t strike anyone directly deputies said One critically injured male hiker was airlifted to a trauma center and three others a man and two women were taken by ambulance to Payson Regional Hospital for unknown injuries The hikers reportedly left Phoenix on Friday for a weekend of camping and hiking Some tried reviving Garcia but were unsuccessful according to ABC 15 The U S Forest Service describes Mogollon Rim as a rugged escarpment that forms the southern limit of the Colorado Plateau providing some of the most far reaching scenery in Arizona Also on Saturday officials say a lightning strike killed a dog and injured 15 hikers on Mount Bierstadt in Colorado Sat 06 27 2015 12 00 PM Injured woman on tarmac 0 0 F Columbia NC USA leaving airplane N A Airplane Ground Strike Outside AP Officials say lightning struck a female passenger who was getting off a plane at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Multiple media outlets report an airport spokeswoman says the woman whose identity hasn t been given was traveling on an American Airlines flight Saturday Airport officials say the plane was traveling from Hartford Connecticut to Charlotte North Carolina when it was diverted to Columbia due to bad weather Airport spokesman Kaela Harmon says as the woman left the plane and walked across the tarmac lightning struck her Officials say she was transported to a hospital in the Columbia area and was listed in stable condition Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press All Rights Reserved WEST COLUMBIA SC WIS WIS is learning more about a lightning strike that hit an airline passenger at Columbia Metropolitan Airport and now a passenger aboard the same flight is speaking out She says she has big concerns with the incident because she believes the whole thing may have been prevented if different actions were taken On Saturday night a flight from Hartford Connecticut to Charlotte North Carolina carrying 75 passengers was diverted to Columbia because of bad weather but as the US Airways flight unloaded onto the Tarmac a 52 year old female passenger was struck by lightning I didn t even get into the terminal when I heard a sound that sounded like a bomb going off recalled a fellow passenger on US Airways Flight 5137 who spoke under the condition of anonymity The fellow passenger who s also an E R trauma nurse says she quickly jumped into action Columbia Metropolitan Airport officials say the plane landed at 5 07 PM but an incident report says the flight didn t start unloading onto the Tarmac until about 45 minutes later There was a huge delay between the time we hit the ground and the officials contemplating what to do with us the nurse said She said for whatever reason the plane did not get a gate and said there was some amount of discussion on board the plane before offloading onto the Tarmac She said at that point a storm was brewing A radar image pulled from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research website shows a storm in the area even though an airport incident report says The weather appeared to be clear with dark clouds approaching I was the second person to deplane the airplane and as I came down the stairs I actually saw lightning hitting the ground to the left of the plane you know within my field of vision the anonymous passenger and trauma nurse said I walked to the terminal and the rain actually was hitting me already She told WIS after the strike she noticed a passenger with a bloody arm walking toward the terminal Then the nurse said she noticed another passenger face down on the Tarmac It was obvious she had taken a direct hit by the lightning She was bleeding from the mouth She was bleeding from her forehead she said The nurse said she along with another nurse and a couple public safety officers helped move the injured woman inside but the nurse felt the public safety department s response wasn t good enough when the lightning strike victim went into cardiac arrest The nurse told WIS she had to ask for an Automated External Defibrillator AED about five times The people who did respond although certainly professional were also I felt ill prepared and not given the resources they would need I was shocked to see that first responders would respond without any gloves the nurse said In a newly released statement the airport tells a different story CAE said the two public safety officers already in the area were at the passenger s side in 45 seconds While the two public safety officers didn t have rubber gloves the airport said they were joined by two more with gloves in four minutes The airport said first responders had retrieved an AED within 30 seconds The airport spokesperson also said the responders had medical training that exceeded FAA requirements In the midst of chaos the Columbia Metropolitan Airport response team managed the situation with calm professionalism and with utmost care of the passenger in mind The quick action on their part in all likelihood saved this passenger s life and to imply that our public safety officers provided anything less than first class service does in fact perpetuate WIS agenda to cast a pall over our facility and incite fear and mistrust among its viewers the statement concluded The nurse said despite the airport s comments she still has grave concerns Myself and the nurse are actually the ones that applied the AED We turned it on as we ve been trained to do and it actually advised a shock so this woman was as we suspected in severe trouble she said The nurse also hopes the injured passenger is on her way to a full recovery I pray for her I think about her during the day She is the last person I m thinking about when I fall asleep the nurse said As far as the patient s condition she was last reported to be in a stable condition as of Sunday morning There have been no updates since then In a statement American Airlines the operator of US Airways said Since Saturday night we ve worked around the clock to provide assistance to our passenger who was seriously injured by a lightning strike on June 27 in Columbia and her family The airline also thanked the passengers and airport personnel who helped in the medical response before the passenger was transported to Lexington Medical Center by Lexington County EMS WIS has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Lexington County to get the complete dispatch records of the incident Copyright 2015 WIS All rights reserved Read more http www foxcarolina com story 29458630 questions remain after passenger struck by lightning at cae ixzz3eyWAHbxq Fri 06 26 2015 12 42 AM Injured man 0 0 M West Boynton FL USA outside Outside man was hospitalized after possibly being struck by lightning in West Boynton according to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue news release Firefighters responding to a report of a lightning strike found a man on the ground about 12 42 p m Friday in the 10000 block of Tamarisk Trail The man was taken to a hospital for treatment His condition was not released The incident happened as thunderstorms and wind gusts were in the forecast across South Florida cComments ADD A COMMENT 0 asacasa tribpub com 561 243 6607 or Twitter Instagram adamsacasa Fri 06 26 2015 05 00 PM Killed Steven Lee Gang 25 0 M Port Orange FL USA working on roof N A On a Roof Outside Work PORT ORANGE Fla Authorities say one person is dead after a report of a lightning strike at a Volusia home on Friday afternoon Port Orange police said the possible storm related death was reported in the 1600 block of Arash Circle Volusia County fire officials say a man was found on the roof not breathing and has died Multiple workers were also on the roof according to officials Quick Clicks Storms bring damage record rain Storms leave trail of damage Storms move across Central Fla Brush fires ignite in Brevard Volusia Lightning suspected in brush fire An autopsy will determine cause of death and an investigation is underway The identity of the victim has not been released pending next of kin notification No other details were immediately available PORT ORANGE Fla WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO Authorities are investigating a possible storm related death a spokesman with the Port Orange Police Department says At around 4 30 p m officers responded to a residence on Arash Circle where there were reports of a lightning strike When they arrived at the scene they discovered 25 year old Steven Lee Gang of Orange City deceased Gang was working on the roof of a home It was just so instantaneous said neighbor Mary Tarrant but I do definitely pray for his soul and for his family My heart goes out to all of them Investigators are trying to find out if lightning played a role You just hear the thunder and the lightening happen like simultaneously here so when we came out that s when we found out that it s a gentlemen who s been helping people get their roofs done after the storms from last year said neighbor Teresa Sekerak Residents said it is concerning because this could have happened to anyone They tell us this tragedy definitely makes them more aware when it comes to seeking shelter during a storm We tend to play the odds Oh it s not going to happen to us but definitely lightning is a thing Sekerak added and while you may be out there 100 times and nothing happens to you that s the one time that it does happen The Volusia County Medical Examiner s Office is expected to perform an autopsy early next week to determine the cause of death Earlier this month an 11 year old boy visiting from Georgia was injured by lightning while standing in the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach Shores The lightning strike hit Bowen Tyre on the left side of his head near his ear He was treated in an Orlando hospital before being transferred to rehab where he s working with occupational and physical therapists Last week an elderly man was killed after being struck by lightning in a Tampa Bay area neighborhood Largo police say 81 year old Jay Freres was walking along a sidewalk when a storm came up Fire officials say emergency responders at a nearby station heard the thunder and saw the lightning They reported making it to the scene within three minutes Freres was pronounced dead at the scene Fri 06 26 2015 12 00 PM Killed man working on farm 30 0 M Seymour MO USA working on farm Farming Ground Strike Horse Outside SEYMOUR MO A man has died after being struck by lightning in a southwest Missouri farm field KYTV reports http bit ly 1GPwCS0 the 30 year old Amish man died Friday morning along with two horses he was using to cultivate the field near Seymour The Webster County Sheriff s Department says both horses also died The county coroner says he ll try to determine whether the man was killed by the lightning or a secondary injury The man s name hasn t been released Read more here http www struckbylightning org news sbl20152706083938 article25629031 html htm storylink Thu 06 25 2015 12 01 AM Injured 1 of 6 0 0 U Pikes Peak CO USA Ground Strike Near Struck Vehicle Outside Work All clear Six people treated in aftermath of Pikes Peak lightning strike are OK Google Survey FAQ By Chhun Sun Updated June 26 2015 at 9 15 pm 0 A tow truck driver and five first responders who were in the vicinity of a lightning strike Thursday afternoon on Pikes Peaks were treated at the scene and medically cleared El Paso County Sheriff s Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said Friday Related Information Related Articles 3 All men injured in Colorado Springs lightning strike released from hospital show more The six were responding to a motorcycle crash that killed Carl Sorensen of Centennial in a final practice run for The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb He died after he went off a cliff along a 3 mile stretch before the summit Kirby said two lightning strikes were reported one at 12 01 p m Thursday and the other two minutes later One of the strikes hit a vehicle Kirby said She did not know if the six people were in the vehicle or nearby when the incident occurred Wed 06 24 2015 12 00 PM Injured 1 of 5 at construction site 0 0 M Colorado Springs CO USA at construction site Construction site Indirect Outside Work COLORADO SPRINGS Colo Five men were injured when they were struck by lightning while working at a construction site in Colorado Springs RELATED Warning Severe thunderstorms hail flash floods Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesman Capt Steve Oswald says one person was seriously injured Three of the men were taken to a hospital Oswald says all five were construction workers at a site where an apartment complex is being built Names of the victims were not available See more at http www chieftain com news 3715386 120 colorado springs injured construction sthash NLHSdxIT dpuf Wed 06 24 2015 10 00 PM Killed Sharon G Fletcher 0 0 F Opp AL USA covering chicken coup Golf Course Outside Stormy Weather Tree Wed 06 24 2015 unknown Sharon G Fletcher 0 0 F Opp AL USA Wed 06 24 2015 10 00 PM Killed Miguel Belnar 1 of 2 0 0 M Opp AL USA covering chicken coup Ground Strike Outside Stormy Weather Tree Alabama couple killed by lightning strikeAlabama couple killed by lightning strike Print Email Cassie Fambro cfambro al com By Cassie Fambro cfambro al com Email the author Follow on Twitter on June 25 2015 at 6 33 PM updated June 25 2015 at 7 14 PM Comments LightningLightning is seen from Vestavia Hills Ala Wednesday June 24 2015 A heavy thunderstorm south of Birmingham lit the sky with lightning about 10 p m Mark Almond malmond al com MARK ALMOND An Opp Alabama couple died after being struck by lightning on Tuesday according to the Andalusia Star Miguel Belnar and Sharon G Fletcher were trying to cover their chickens to shelter them from the rain and the tree near their chicken coop was struck by lightning The lightning traveled down the tree and hit both of them Neighbors remembered them as kind sharing people according to WSFA Wed 06 24 2015 12 00 PM Injured 2 of 5 at construction site 0 0 M Colorado Springs CO USA at construction site Construction site Indirect Outside Work Tue 06 23 2015 12 00 PM Injured 1 of 5 911 dispatchers 0 0 U Salem County NJ USA inside at work Indirect Indoors Metal Police Officer Telephone Work MANNINGTON TWP Three of the five Salem County 911 center workers shocked by lightning strike at the facility Tuesday night have been cleared to return to work However two other must undergo further medical testing before they can return according to Salem County Undersheriff John Cuzzupe who oversees the 911 center Cuzzupe on Thursday also said officials are investigating whether equipment at the center is properly grounded something that could have caused the incident The employees whose titles are public safety telecommunicators or PSTs were answering emergency calls at the 911 center on Cemetery Road in Mannington late Tuesday afternoon when they were shocked during separate lightning strikes at the facility Tuesday s violent thunderstorms packed high winds torrential rain and vivid and frequent lightning It left a wide path of damage including thousands of power outages in the region RELATED Power restoration efforts continue for thousands after N J storm Cuzzupe said Thursday initially it was believed the workers were shocked by electric current from the lightning strikes traveling through the hand held telephones they were using but that might not be the case The electric current may have traveled through metal furniture he said but that s not yet definite as the investigation continues Cuzzupe said the three workers cleared to return were back on duty Wednesday night for their 12 hour shift which began at 6 p m They were anxious to get back he said Cuzzupe noted that the health and welfare of the workers comes first It was not clear when the other two workers needing the additional medical checkups would be able to return ot the 911 center After the workers were shocked Tuesday night they suffered from tingling sensations confusion and headaches The PSTs continued to work after being shocked answering a flood of storm related 911 calls and dispatching fire and rescue personnel until they were told they needed to go to an area hospital to be checked out The equipment the workers were using is new to the 911 center Bill Gallo Jr may be reached at bgallo njadvancemedia com Follow South Jersey Times on Twitter TheSJTimes Find

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