July 20, 2014
A story Friday about victims of lightning strikes said Michael Utley reported that he was brain-dead after being struck in 2000. Brain dead, however, is by definition an irreversible condition.
July 19, 2014 |
Odds are 1 in 12,000 that a person will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime. But if you find yourself in the shoes of David Bodkin-Parris, 14, who was hit by a bolt of bad luck Monday in Glenolden, it can change your life forever. Michael Utley knows this all too well. In May 2000, Utley, 63, was golfing in Cape Cod, Mass., when it happened. Rain and hail began to fall as the siren blared, alerting golfers to get off the course. Severe weather was coming. As Utley headed inside, a bolt hit him. "My buddies saw me fall to the ground," Utley said.
June 26, 2013 |
A maintence worker at the Glen Mills School in Delaware County was taken to the hospital as a precaution when a nearby lightning strike left him feeling "tingly," officials said. The unidentified man was working on one of the school's baseball fields with a weeder around 2 p.m. when the incident occurred. He was able to walk on his own into an ambulance, said Jay Halverson, diector of special services at the school. The man was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, he said. The school is a residential facility for troubled youths.
April 9, 2013 |
For the second time in two weeks, a Hess station in Lehigh County has minted a millionaire, while a Gloucester County ticket won a piece of a Cash 5 jackpot. Saturday night, nobody hit the Powerball jackpot, but a ticket that almost did was sold at the Hess at 3640 Route 309 in Orefield. It's worth $2 million because the player matched all the numbers except the Powerball while having the Power Play prize-boosting option. The numbers were 4, 7, 8, 29 and 39, with a Powerball of 24. The Hess also produced a $1 million winner in the March 23 Powerball drawing.
August 18, 2012 |
Along with heat, the summer of 2012 also has generated a prodigious harvest of lightning-related trauma in the region, from Wildwood to the Poconos. Yet another round of well-electrified storms is due to rumble through the region tonight, with the potential for "dangerous" lightning and up to a half-inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Comparable lightning-strike data are elusive, but the fatality and injury numbers are telling. So far in 2012, four people have been killed and 29 injured in Pennsylvania and New Jersey this year, according to www.struckbylightning.org , maintained by Michael Utley, one of the nation's most visible lightning-safety advocates.
August 16, 2012
FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Ten New Jersey National Guard soldiers hospitalized Tuesday night after lightning struck near them resumed their duties Wednesday, officials said. Members of the Lawrenceville-based 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were evaluated at local hospitals, and four were checked again by a medical team at the fort before rejoining their unit, officials said. The soldiers were in a training meeting about 8:30 p.m. when the lightning struck, First Sgt. David Moore said.
August 8, 2012 |
Two days after a Pocono Raceway lightning strike killed one fan and injured nine others, officials at the sprawling northeast Pennsylvania track Tuesday continued to review the chaotic hour that surrounded the premature end of the Pocono 400. "We are awaiting logs and tapes from outside agencies to complete the time line," said track spokesman Bob Pleban. What went on during that period is important since some at Sunday's rain-shortened event have raised questions about the warning procedures for the 85,000 fans as the storm closed in on the remote mountain facility.
May 31, 2012
Wildfires raging across wide areas DENVER - Driven by high winds, brittle conditions and lightning strikes, wildfires raged across swaths of the Southwest and the Midwest on Wednesday, the latest rash of blazes in what has already been an especially volatile fire season. In southwestern New Mexico, more than 1,200 firefighters were battling a large fire in the Gila National Forest that was sparked by a pair of lightning strikes and has since burned 170,272 acres. Fire officials said Wednesday that the fire, named the Whitewater-Baldy Complex blaze, was still burning unchecked and was now the largest in state history.
April 5, 2012 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - The sky along the oceanfront had become an ugly purple that afternoon as three men poured concrete from large metal buckets hoisted seven stories to the rooftop where they worked. The pelting rain didn't bother them at first. But when the wind began to whip, thunder boomed and a half-dozen lightning strikes hit nearby, the crew helping build the $2.4 billion Revel casino knew it had to seek cover. Yet the buckets containing the concrete and a quick-setting agent "kept coming, kept coming, kept coming," according to Dennis Lamond, 35, of Egg Harbor Township.
September 27, 2011 |
A 48-year-old man received minor injuries after he was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon on a Gloucester County golf course. The man, who was not named by authorities, was on the Beckett Golf Course in Woolwich Township about 4 p.m. when he was zapped by a bolt, said Chief Russell Marino. The victim was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Marino said, where his condition was unknown Tuesday evening. Follow the Inquirer at www.Twitter.com/PhillyInquirer and www.Facebook.com/PhillyInquirer