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'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 "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

'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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

'Mother of All Thunderstorms' Hits UK

Up to 20K lightning strikes recorded in overnight storm

(Newser) - British meteorologists say up to 20,000 lightning strikes hit the UK during a powerful overnight thunderstorm, reports the AP , and a London-area airport is reporting flight disruptions after an aircraft refueling system was damaged. London Stansted Airport said Sunday that a lightning strike had rendered the fueling system "... More »

Lightning Strike Instantly Kills 2 Surfers

Ex-soccer pro, instructor die at Bali beach

(Newser) - A single lightning strike in Bali instantly killed two surfers on their boards, authorities in Indonesia say. Belgian-born former soccer pro Denis Dasoul was killed along with his surfing instructor at Batu Bolong beach in Canggu on Sunday when the bolt of lightning hit as they were finishing a training... More »

Sad End for Baby Delivered After Mom Hit by Lightning

Owen Davidson died this week in Florida

(Newser) - The baby delivered last month by a woman who had been struck by lightning died this week, WBBH reports. Meghan Davidson was nine months pregnant and walking with her mother June 29 in Florida when she was hit by lightning . Davidson suffered a collapsed lung and went into cardiac arrest.... More »

Lightning Hits Bride's Father During Wedding Speech

He'd just told the groom he was a lucky guy

(Newser) - JP Nadeau might not be the luckiest man alive, but he can certainly give an electrifying speech. The Canadian was speaking at his daughter's wedding in an apple orchard in Woodstock, New Brunswick, on Saturday when he was struck by lightning, the Guardian reports. "The father of the... More »

Pregnant Woman Was Out for a Walk. Then Came the Lightning

Florida woman, newborn son in hospital after strike

(Newser) - "We are just all praying for a miracle," a churchgoer tells WBBH in Fort Myers, Fla., where a woman delivered a baby boy after being struck by lightning. Meghan Davidson was just seven days from her due date when lightning struck her in the head as she walked... More »

Is Lightning Over Ocean Really More Powerful Than Over Land?

It sure is, according to a recent study

(Newser) - It's a popular myth that golfers account for most deaths from lightning strikes. In fact, the Palm Beach Post reports more than three times as many fishermen die from lightning strikes than golfers. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in February and recently getting some attention may explain... More »

Guy Struck by Lightning While Sitting at Desk

He says he's 'just happy to be alive'

(Newser) - A New York business owner says he's "just happy to be alive" after being struck by lightning while sitting at his office desk, the AP reports. Nick Gemayel tells WHEC-TV in Rochester he was inside his auto repair shop on Monday when severe thunderstorms rolled across the area.... More »

Pain Is Only the Beginning of a Lightning Strike

Survivors detail a litany of unexplained effects: Charlotte Huff

(Newser) - "If you've ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body." According to Justin Gauger, that's what it feels like to be struck by lightning. Because 90% of people hit by a lightning strike... More »

A Gruesome Scene in Norway: 323 Dead Reindeer

Local officials believe animals were killed in freak lightning strike(s)

(Newser) - In a story Sputnik News is labeling "Thor vs. Santa," a Norwegian environmental official making his rounds south of Hardangervidda on Friday stumbled upon a gruesome sight: more than 300 dead reindeer, apparently victims of a lightning strike, the Local reports.The reindeer— known as caribou in North... More »

Teen Hiker Killed During Lightning Storm

More than 100 strikes recorded in an hour on Arizona mountain

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy killed by lightning on Arizona's highest peak Wednesday was hiking in an area that experienced over 100 strikes within a one-hour period and is known for its extreme weather, authorities said. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office identified the boy as Wade Young of Tempe, Arizona,... More »

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