Lightning Strikes Harm 13
Many in serious, critical condition in hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
Lightning strikes above the Geysers area of northern Sonoma County, early Thursday, July 4, 2013 near Geyserville Calif.   (AP Photo/Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kent Porter)

(Newser) – Nine people were injured—two critically, four seriously—by a lightning strike as they worked at a Colorado farm yesterday. Authorities say the workers weren't responding appropriately to questions, had weak muscles, and tingling or loss of feeling after the strike. And they weren't the week's only lightning-strike victims: A 65-year-old woman was struck by lightning near a trailhead in the state's Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday, and in Montana, two adults and a child were injured Wednesday after lightning struck near them as they hiked on a trail in Glacier National Park.

The three initially were unconscious and not breathing after the lightning strike. "Some bystanders performed CPR, which was a life-saving measure," a park rep said. They remain in serious condition. A nursing supervisor said the lightning didn't directly hit the hikers, so they weren't burned, but they did suffer effects from the noise and electrical field.

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Jul 20, 2013 1:35 PM CDT
just ma nature with pms!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 20, 2013 12:53 AM CDT
Well Zeus isn't getting reelected. Hades is calling a press conference.
Jul 19, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
I was talking to a group of kids this past week in a YMCA day camp. They were at a local non profit center that has about 20 acres on a small lake. While this is a day camp, it was the mom's day/night out where the kids build a camp and cook and sleep near the small lake. Most of these kids are single parent mom homes. You could tell it because they craved attention real bad. So I went through the spiel about safety, storms, disasters, etc. It was just basic stuff from FEMA. Then I saw trees nearby and their tents and the lake. I then drilled them on where they would go with lightning. I described the lightning position to them. But I also told them that their passenger van was nearby and they really should go there. But I wanted them to know where to go in case that van left for whatever reason. Then out of the blue they start asking about tsunamis. Well, I covered that along with earthquakes. I exceeded my time and left them with activity packets. As I was leaving the HP trooper had his turn as he turned in with his cruiser. I wanted to roll down the window and tell him to be ready for anything but decided to let him wing it.