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Scores Hurt, Missing After Lightning Hits Oil Tank
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Cuba Has Oil Tank Fire Just About Under Control

Officials expect blaze to burn longer but not spread

(Newser) - Update: After almost five days, crews have brought the oil fire that threatened to further strain Cuba's power supply nearly under control. An official said the fire might continue for a couple of days more but not spread, the AP reports. Once it's out, the oil storage base...

2 Killed in Lightning Strike Near the White House

2 others are in critical condition

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Two of the four people critically injured in an apparent lightning strike near the White House Thursday evening have died, authorities say. Police identified them as Wisconsin residents Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, the Washington Post reports. Authorities say the...

Soldier Killed, 9 More Hurt by Lightning Strike

They were participating in a training exercise when tragedy occurred

(Newser) - A lightning strike at an Army post in Georgia left one soldier dead and nine others injured Wednesday as a thunderstorm moved through the area, authorities said. The extent of the injuries to the survivors wasn't immediately known, the AP reports. “It is with a heavy heart Fort...

'Unimaginable': Lightning Kills Husband of One Tree Hill Star

William Friend, husband of Bevin Prince, was on a boat in NC

(Newser) - The husband of One Tree Hill star Bevin Prince has reportedly become the third person killed by a lightning strike in the US this year. William Friend, 33, was struck around 3:15pm Sunday while on a boat near North Carolina's Masonboro Island. Marine units from the New Hanover...

Woman Killed as SoCal Hit With 25K Lightning Strikes

Meteorologist places that in top 2% of daily California lightning totals

(Newser) - The night skies over Southern California were studded with an atypical number of flashes. The North American Lightning Detection Network logged 25,000 strikes between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, which meteorologist Chris Vagasky says falls in the top 2% of daily California lightning totals; about a third were close...

Jersey Shore Lifeguard Killed by Lightning Strike

Seven others were injured

(Newser) - A young lifeguard was killed and seven other people, including four other lifeguards, were injured when lightning struck a Jersey Shore beach Monday afternoon, authorities tell the AP . It marked the second death of a young lifeguard at the Jersey Shore in a little over a week. The New York ...

17 Dead After Lightning Strikes Boat Carrying Wedding Party

Another 14 were injured in tragedy in Bangladesh

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a day of celebration turned into a day of mourning in Bangladesh, after a lightning strike killed more than a dozen people in a wedding party. Authorities say a boat headed toward the bride's house on Wednesday had just reached the banks of the...

Lightning Strikes Kill 38 in 24 Hours in India

Deaths by lightning are common during monsoon season

(Newser) - Lightning has killed at least 38 people across two Indian states over the past 24 hours, officials said Monday. A majority of the deaths occurred in the western state of Rajasthan, where 11 people died after being struck by lightning near a watchtower at the 12th century Amber Fort, police...

Tybee Island Lightning Strike Kills Teenage Tourist

Girl, 15, was visiting the area with her family

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl visiting Tybee Island, Ga., with her family from Alabama was killed Saturday by a lightning strike. The teen was swimming off the coast at the time, CNN reports. As NOAA explains, lightning usually strikes land, but when it hits the ocean, the water acts as a conductor....

Lightning Strikes Rare Mountain Gorillas

4 dead in Uganda in 'big loss for species'

(Newser) - There are about 1,000 mountain gorillas left on planet Earth, and there are four fewer after a lightning strike felled the rare creatures in Uganda, reports the BBC . The three adult females, including a pregnant female, and infant male were discovered in Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions"...

'One in a Million': Runner Killed by Lightning Near Finish Line

Organizers say storm blew in without warning

(Newser) - A 33-year-old distance runner in Kansas was less than a quarter mile from the finish line in a 31-mile ultramarathon when he was killed by lightning. Carolyn Robinson, director of the FlatRock trail race, says Thomas Stanley was struck around 2:15pm Saturday after a small storm blew in "...

Lightning Strikes 6 at Tour Championship

'It was just a flash out of the corner of the eye,' says bystander Brad Uhl

(Newser) - Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in...

Lightning Lit Up the Skies. Then Her Toilet Blew Up

Marylou Ward's toilet exploded after lightning hit septic tank

(Newser) - Some people stay out of the shower during a lightning storm; Marylou Ward may be staying off the toilet during one from here on in. That's because, per FOX 13 , the Port Charlotte, Fla., resident is still cleaning up the wreckage in her bathroom and on other parts of...

Race Was Paused for Weather, but She Wasn't Alerted

44-year-old Norwegian ultrarunner dies in lightning strike in Italy

(Newser) - The Südtirol Ultra Skyrace race calls itself "the most extreme experience in the Alps." One runner didn't survive it. USA Today reports that a 44-year-old Norwegian woman was hit by lightning Saturday evening while participating in the three-day, 75-mile race, which begins and ends in Bolzano,...

9 Girl Scouts Were Camping When the Ground Came Alive

2 were injured and held overnight in a Minnesota hospital

(Newser) - A camping trip took a terrifying turn Friday when nine Girl Scouts were hit by lightning in the Minnesota wilderness, ABC News reports. The group was in St. Louis County near the Canadian border when heavy storms rolled in and electrostatic discharge lashed out of the sky. "The lead...

The Lifeguards Fled the Beach. Then the Lightning Struck

8 hurt, one critically, in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - Authorities say a lightning strike at a Gulf Coast beach in Florida has left eight people hurt, one of them critically. Clearwater Deputy Fire Chief Marvin Pettingill told local media outlets that the lightning strike occurred at Clearwater Beach about 12:45pm Sunday after lifeguards had left their towers because...

'Billion to One' Lightning Strike Kills 2 Giraffes

Florida park says it couldn't force them to seek shelter

(Newser) - Lightning usually strikes the tallest object in the area. Unfortunately for two giraffes at a Florida wildlife park, it was apparently them. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee says 10-year-old female Lily and Jioni, a 1-year-old male, were killed instantly by lightning during a storm early last month. The older giraffe...

Lightning Strikes Motorcyclist on Highway

45-year-old man did not survive subsequent crash in Florida

(Newser) - A 45-year-old motorcyclist is dead after his helmet was struck by lightning as he rode in Florida Sunday afternoon, causing a crash that the man did not survive, WFTV reports. The man, who was from Charlotte, North Carolina, was on I-95 south in east-central Florida at the time, ABC News...

2 Brothers Went to Rev Up a Sauna. They Were Found Dead

Police in Finland believe the men were electrocuted after a nearby lightning strike

(Newser) - Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike's electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland. The brothers, born in 1950 and 1953, had arrived at the cottage in Juuka, a community of 3,200 in the...

Lightning Kills Arkansas Father of 2

Tyler Grisham was doing construction work when a tree close to him was struck

(Newser) - A father of two was killed by lightning last week as storms blew through central Arkansas, KARK reports. Tyler Grisham was working at a construction site Friday when a tree nearby him was struck. Grisham was also hit and rushed to a hospital, but it was too late. Grisham's...

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