Entries in Lightning (6)


Ariz. Golfer Struck by Lightning, Survives

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) -- An Arizona man had to be resuscitated after being struck by lightning during a golf game on Thursday. According to the Prescott Daily Courier, 75-year-old Ray Row was on his 18th hole at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, Ariz., when he was hit by lightning.

When Row wasn’t responsive, two nearby golfing partners started CPR and called for help.

“He was not breathing and had no pulse,” Rob Zazueta of the Chino Valley Fire District told the Prescott Daily Courier. “We got a pulse right before he was loaded on the gurney.”

Row is reportedly in stable condition at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz.

Row was struck by lightning just three days after a married couple were killed by a lighting strike at the LeFevre Scenic Outlook in Fredonia, Arizona. A teenage boy was also injured in that lightning strike.

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Florida Man Recovers from Lightning Strike

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) -- A Florida man who was critically injured after kitesurfing on a beach is recovering from his injuries.

Falk Weltzien, 39, was on Vilano Beach Monday with his 14-year-old son, Kai, when he was struck by lightning, the St. Augustine Record reported.

For a moment, Kai thought he had lost his father.

“There’s like a big white flash,” Kai told ABC News.  “I dropped my kite and then I looked over and I saw him laying on the ground.”

Weltzien, of St. Augustine, had been hit by as much as one billion volts -- enough electricity to light up a small town.

“When I looked at him his eyes were open and he was foaming from the mouth,” Kai said.  “Then I didn’t look at him anymore because I was really scared.”

An off-duty nurse who was nearby performed CPR.

In a 911 call for the incident, Kai could be heard telling the emergency operator that his father was turning blue.

“Make sure he’s breathing,” the dispatcher replied, advising that CPR be performed on the stricken man.

Weltzien was taken to Flagler Hospital.  After a night in the intensive care unit, he survived with no major injuries.

“I’m feeling very thankful,” Falk Weltzien said. “I know I could have been dead.”

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One Dead, Nine Injured by Lightning at NASCAR Race

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) -- One person was killed and nine others were injured Sunday evening after lightning struck at a racetrack in Pennsylvania.

The NASCAR race at the Pocono Raceway had been called because of severe weather, with just 98 of the scheduled 160 laps completed.  Racetrack officials made announcements telling fans to evacuate, and as they were leaving, at least one bolt came crashing down into the parking lot.

ABC News' Michael Barr was at the racetrack for the Pennsylvania 400.

"Lightning struck several spectators.  The race had just completed the halfway point when heavy storms started rolling through the area and people started scurrying from the stands, and at that point that's when the lightning bolts started coming into the area.  People were trying to take shelter," he said.

"Those lightning bolts, they were were rather scary.  There was a couple of times I'm looking at the car and I had do a double take like, whoa, that was pretty severe," Barr added.

Ten people were injured by the lightning, one of whom later died at a hospital.

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Lightning Strike at Mississippi Base Sends 77 Cadets to Hospitals

Comstock/Thinkstock(HATTIESBURG, Miss.) -- Seventy-seven Air Force cadets wound up in the hospital Wednesday after their military training base in Mississippi was struck by lightning, officials said.

According to ABC News affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, the cadets were in the vicinity of the strike, which came down around 2 p.m. at Camp Shelby.

"There was a light pole that was struck and there were several people that were in the proximity in a tent," Lt. Col. Jim Ainsworth said.  "What happened is they were in the proximity and they felt the ground shake; that kind of thing, and we just wanted to make sure that they were OK."

All of the cadets were taken to nearby hospitals for evaluations, with two of them being rushed by ambulance as a precaution. U.S. Army representatives say all 77 are doing well.

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Lightning Strikes JetBlue Plane?

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A reported lightning strike and smell of smoke in the cockpit led the crew of a JetBlue flight to request emergency assistance upon the aircraft's arrival at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport early Tuesday morning.

JetBlue flight 180 was carrying 151 passengers and five crew members from Phoenix to JFK when it reported a possible lightning strike; it landed without incident at 7:06 a.m. ET. Emergency vehicles met the plane on the runway "out of an abundance of caution," the airline said in a statement provided to ABC News Radio.

JetBlue said that all passengers deplaned without injury.

Poor weather conditions prevented inspectors on the ground from immediately conducting a full review of the aircraft.

Lightning strikes on airplanes are far more common than mose fliers realize, but they rarely cause significant damage to planes; airliners are specially designed to dissipate and deflect the strikes' massive energy.

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Two JetBlue Flights Struck By Lightning

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (file)(BOSTON) -- Two planes were struck by lightning Friday, according to officials at JetBlue.

The flights, each bound for Boston’s Logan Airport, hit a patch of storms around the 9 p.m. hour.

A Massport spokesperson said the first plane, from Tampa, Fla., landed safely just before 9:30 p.m. Pilots had reported smelling smoke in the cockpit.

The second flight, traveling from Baltimore, was hit by lightning before a successful landing at 9:47 p.m.

No one was hurt in either of the lightning strikes, but some turbulence was reported.

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