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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 »

Cemetery Jogger Killed by Lightning Strike

Cincinnati woman dies after sheltering from storm under tree

(Newser) - Three women were jogging through Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery on Friday when a security guard—seeing a storm approaching—offered them a ride, a cemetery rep tells WLWT . They declined the offer, and all three were hit by a lightning strike moments later as they sheltered under an oak... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Lightning Strikes on Jupiter Differ From Ours in One Way

Strikes can occur at same rate and in the same frequency, but the where isn't the same

(Newser) - Astronomers have been intrigued at the notion of lightning strikes on Jupiter since Voyager 1 detected flashes nearly four decades ago, notes Space.com . Now the Juno orbiter has revealed a surprise: Those strikes are more similar to lightning strikes on Earth than previously thought. For one thing, Jupiter'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 »

Pregnant Mom Hit by Lightning Gets a Second Chance

Meghan Davidson and her newborn were placed in ICU

(Newser) - Even lightning couldn't stop Meghan Davidson from having a loving family. The Florida woman was nine-months pregnant when lightning struck her last year, stopping her heart and the heart of her unborn son Owen—and plunging her family into uncertainty for weeks, the News-Press reports. Already a mother of... 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 »

Lightning Strike Kills Woman on Horseback and Her Horse

A teen rider was also seriously injured

(Newser) - A 37-year-old woman was killed by a lightning strike as she rode her horse on a trail in Sedalia, Colo. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was riding along Rainbow Creek Road with a 15-year-old girl when lightning hit them at 3:24pm Sunday. They were on... More »

World's Longest Lightning Bolt Traveled Nearly 200 Miles

Another record-setting bolt lasted more than 7 seconds

(Newser) - Even among lightning, these two bolts shone bright. For the first time ever, the World Meteorological Organization has added official records for lightning to its list of notable temperatures, winds, and rains, USA Today reports. That means we now know the longest traveling lightning bolt was over Oklahoma in June... More »

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