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August 10, 1991 | By Marego Athans, Special to The Inquirer
Here atop a serene Burlington County plain, when the sky darkens and the thunder starts to rumble, things get weird. In Westampton, in the upscale Saddle Ridge development - with its large, expensive homes and neatly paved streets - there are people who think their land is a magnet for lightning. Nonsense, say the nation's top scientists who specialize in lightning. There's no such thing. Tell that to the folks in Saddle Ridge. Lightning has damaged at least eight properties in the last four years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2003 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Jerry Bruckheimer doesn't look like the most successful producer in the annals of movies, aiming to become the most successful producer in the annals of television. Laid-back, soft-spoken and introspective, the unassuming guy in black Polartec is, in fact, a wiry multitasker famous for booming, muscular crowd-pleasers such as Top Gun, Armageddon and Pirates of the Caribbean. He's also the engine that drives the highest-rated series on TV, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as its sister, CSI: Miami (both on CBS)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 16, 1994 | by Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News wire services contributed to this report
People all over the region continued their cleanup yesterday after Thursday evening's massive storms. The thunderstorms, with their 4,000 lightning strikes, left four Philadelphians hospitalized and claimed the life of a New Jersey woman. The storms also caused mudslides, road closings and the collapse of least 10 buildings. The dead woman was identified as Victoria Hoffman, 32, of Audubon. She died struggling to keep her head above water and to hand off her 7-year-old son to rescuers.
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April 5, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 1999 | By Mike Madden, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Think lightning never strikes twice? Try telling the folks who live in the Beagle Club neighborhood. In the last year and a half, bolts of lightning have destroyed two houses by starting fires. After the second blaze a month ago, residents of the 500-home development, which is off Cooper Road, started making nervous phone calls to get lightning rods put on their homes. "It's gotten some people concerned," said Bill Frazier, who has been talking to the local government about the lightning with his wife, Camille, who is active in the homeowners' association.
NEWS
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.
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July 19, 1995 | By John Murphy, Russell Gold and Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
By 3 p.m. yesterday, the usually air-conditioned and buzzing Merrill Lynch office on Main Street was hot, dark and quiet. The phone system that connected customers to agents and Doylestown to Wall Street was down. "When the market is going down 60 points, clients don't want to hear I don't have a phone, we don't have computers," said financial consultant Pam Milcarek. "They want to put in a trade. " Down the street, Phil Sylvester, a lanky haberdasher, was sitting in a tailor shop too dark to measure an armlength or sew an inseam.
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May 26, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robin Bailey had hoped to stretch her Memorial Day weekend into today, spending time with her family and walking her black Labrador along the sandy beaches of Ocean City, N.J. Those plans changed yesterday in a flash. A flash and a very loud boom. Shortly before 9 a.m., with Bailey away at the Shore, a bolt of lightning hit the red brick chimney atop her two-story house in the 100 block of Field Terrace in Montgomery Township. The lightning started a fire that damaged much of the top floor.
NEWS
July 28, 2008 | By Nick Pipitone INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Severe thunderstorms yesterday afternoon knocked out power to thousands in the Philadelphia area and struck buildings and beachgoers at the Jersey Shore. A lifeguard and a young girl were struck on a Cape May beach at 1:16 p.m. while fleeing the storm, the Cape May Beach Patrol said. Lightning strikes caused numerous structure fires in Cape May County and the Egg Harbor Township area of Atlantic County. The National Weather Service measured wind gusts of 43 m.p.h. at Philadelphia International Airport and hail as large as golf balls in Brooklawn, Camden County.
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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.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
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.
NEWS
August 18, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 27, 2011 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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
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