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Lightning strike kills at least 7 in Heiban County, Nuba Mountains, Sudan

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Lightning strikes killed at least seven people in the Nuba Mountains including five people in a single deadly incident on a farm about a week ago, according to local sources.
 
Muzamil Osman said his sister and two children from his relative were killed in the event plus two workers. The three women and two children were seeking shelter in a hut when the lightning struck.
 
He explained that his sister had gone with two workers to the farm located between Ajirbago and Jigeba village. After they had lunch the rain started and they ran into the hut in the farm. Two children aged 13 and 6 joined them in the hut who were coming from Ajirbago to visit their grandmother in Jigeba.
 
“So they all took cover in the same hut as it was raining the lighting struck the house killing five of them,” he said. An old woman also there was knocked unconscious and suffered burns but she survived.
 
Reportedly, three more people were also killed by lighting strikes in separate incidents early last month.
Courtesy of radiotamazuj.org

Severe storm leaves downed trees, power failures in its wake in Massachusetts, USA

A large Oak Tree fell on a house at 20 Alice Road in Raynham due to the early morning storm that came through the area on Tuesday August 4, 2015.
A large Oak Tree fell on a house at 20 Alice Road in Raynham due to the early morning storm that came through the area on Tuesday August 4, 2015
A series of intense thunderstorms that rolled through southeastern Massachusetts on Tuesday morning, leaving destruction, downed trees and power failures in their wake.
 
In Raynham, the storm’s strong winds splintered a tree in half, sending the lumber crashing through a fence and onto Brian Oldfield’s home at 20 Alice Road.
 
Oldfield said the tree, which was located in his neighbor’s yard, landed on his three-season room, ruining it. It also caused significant damaged to the roof of his home.
 
The Raynham man said he was on his way home from work when tree fell, but his wife and 5-year-old son, Michael, were both home at the time of the incident.
 
“My son was real shaken up. He thought the house was going to fall down,” Oldfield said. “He was just getting out of bed when he heard the crash.”
 
Oldfield said that his family was unable to stay in the house Tuesday night because officials had not been able to thoroughly inspect the area to make sure there was no structural damage. He added that a crane was scheduled to remove the tree from the property on Wednesday, at which point an assessment of the property’s structural integrity would be made.
 
While Oldfield was contending with the tree that had fallen on his home, residents in Bridgewater were seeking cover from a barrage of lightning strikes that was crashing down on the area.
 
Bridgewater Fire Chief George Rogers said his firefighters responded to lightning strikes at five houses and an apartment building and provided mutual aid at a two-alarm fire, all within a one-hour period Tuesday morning.
 
The lightning struck houses on Satucket Trail, Dominique Circle, Easy Street, Pheasant Lane and Pleasant Street and an apartment building at Waterford Village.
 
At Satucket Trail, lightning splintered a 40-foot pine tree then traveled underground into the house, blowing holes in the walls, Rogers said.
 
On Dominque Circle, lightning struck a shed and then traveled into the house, where it tripped the breakers, he added.
 
As the lightning rained down from the sky in Bridgewater, 3,000 Brockton residents lost their power Tuesday morning during the storm.
 
The blackouts in Brockton were on the northeast side of the city near Raintree Circle, East Ashland Street, Pomona Drive and Oberlin Drive, according to the Brockton Emergency Management Agency.
 
Residents in west Abington, Rockland, Whitman and Easton also lost power.
 
By 11 a.m. Tuesday, a spokeswoman for National Grid said that power had been restored to nearly all of the residents in the affected area.
Courtesy of raynham.wickedlocal.com

Flood waters, lightning cause problems in cities in Hampton, Virginia, USA

Storms brought lightning strikes and caused flooding, creating trouble for people across Hampton Roads Saturday.
 
“It just got real dark, and the rain just started coming real hard,” said Giovanni Torres who thought his SUV could make it down a water-covered Monticello Avenue without a problem.
 
Instead, his SUV stalled out.
 
“It didn’t look so deep, but it got pretty deep,” Torres told 13News Now.
 
Friends and strangers helped push his SUV to the side of the roadway.
 
For nearly two hours, he and others waited for tow trucks. AAA Tidewater says calls for roadside assistance increased by nearly 20 percent Saturday afternoon.
 
While Torres was stuck in Ghent, firefighters were at work in Berkley where lightning hit Mount Zion Baptist Church, starting a small fire on the roof.
 
The damage was minor, and Battalion Chief Julian Williamson said it would cause no problems for church services.
 
Virginia Beach fire crews also spent part of the afternoon putting out fires caused by lightning strikes.
 
One was on in the 1100 block of Freehold Close in Wesleyan Chase. The other was in the 1200 block of Adair Lane in Glenwood.
 
Firefighters said flames and smoke were coming from the roof of each home.
 
The American Red Cross provided help to two people displaced from the home in Wesleyan Chase.
 
A third lightning strike in Virginia Beach caused medics to take a person to the hospital.
 
Chief Tom Green with Emergency Medical Services said it happened shortly before 3 p.m. in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
 
The person was not a victim of a direct hit, but he was close enough to the strike to feel the electrical discharge.
 
Green told 13News Now the incident was not a major one. The victim went to the hospital to be checked out.
Courtesy of 13newsnow.com

Lightning kills 2 and injures 2 others on the mountains at Brecon Beacons in Wales

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Two people have died after being struck by lightning while they were on mountains in the Brecon Beacons.
 
A total of four people were injured in two separate strikes, including on Pen Y Fan in Powys, Mid Wales.
 
Two of them, including a man in his 50s, were taken by helicopter to the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil in a critical condition.
 
It was later reported that they had died.
 
At least one other person was also taken to hospital, although doctors said their condition was not life-threatening.
 
A statement on the hospital’s Facebook page read: “As a result of two separate lightning strikes today in the Brecon Beacons, we can confirm that two people have died, another has been transferred to Morriston Hospital because of burns and one other person continues to receive treatment at Prince Charles Hospital.”
Courtesy of Sky News

Spectacular lightning strikes Disneyland in Florida, USA

Onlookers caught the moment a lightning storm struck the castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Onlookers caught the moment a lightning storm struck the castle at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Visitors waiting for a fireworks show at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park experienced a different kind of light show.
 
An incoming thunderstorm delayed Friday night fireworks at the Disney theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The storm also brought lightning strikes directly above Cinderella’s Castle, leading to striking pictures taken by visitors.
 
Kelsey Carragher, a visitor to the park who took one of the photos, said guests didn’t seem to be frightened by the close bolts of lightning.
 
“The crowd seemed to be enjoying the lighting as much as they would have the fireworks,” Carragher said.
 
Shortly after the storm, Disney World was able to continue with the special Fourth of July fireworks show, which was on Friday and Saturday.
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Amazing lightning storms struck Southern parts of the UK last night

Andrew Lanxon Hoyle tweeted this picture in Ealing, west London, saying: 'There is one hell of a lightning storm over London'
Andrew Lanxon Hoyle tweeted this picture in Ealing, west London, saying: ‘There is one hell of a lightning storm over London’
Massive lightning bolts were seen hitting the Isle of Wight last night as a 'megastorm' swept in to the south coast
Massive lightning bolts were seen hitting the Isle of Wight last night as a ‘megastorm’ swept in to the south coast
Chris Nesbit captured dozens of lightning bolts with a two-minute exposure in the New Forest. Nearby Swanage received half its monthly rainfall in just one hour and the area was hit by 66 lightning strikes a minute at the height of the storm
Chris Nesbit captured dozens of lightning bolts with a two-minute exposure in the New Forest. Nearby Swanage received half its monthly rainfall in just one hour and the area was hit by 66 lightning strikes a minute at the height of the storm
Lighting struck above Canary Wharf  in the early hours of this morning, but many woke up to pleasant and misty conditions today
Lighting struck above Canary Wharf in the early hours of this morning, but many woke up to pleasant and misty conditions today
Amateur photographer Daryll Davies captured multiple  lightning strikes in just a two minute exposure in Bournemouth
Amateur photographer Daryll Davies captured multiple lightning strikes in just a two minute exposure in Bournemouth
Rhiannon Watson posted this image of lightning over Canary Wharf and said her husband took the spectacular shot 
Rhiannon Watson posted this image of lightning over Canary Wharf and said her husband took the spectacular shot
Spectacular displays of lightning and lit up the skies in London for several hours, pictured is several bolts over Canary Wharf 
Spectacular displays of lightning and lit up the skies in London for several hours, pictured is several bolts over Canary Wharf 
Pictured today in the early hours of Saturday morning 4/7/15 is a lightning storm passing over the south coast, viewed from Fareham, Hampshire with the storm approx 30 miles away with the M27 in the foreground\n\nPlease credit: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com\n\nStandard reproduction rates apply, contact Paul Jacobs to arrange payment - 07923 866166, pictureexclusive@gmail.com\n
Electrical storm seen passing over the south coast last night, captured from Fareham, Hampshire, with the M27 in the foreground
A helmsman at RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station based at Victoria Embankment captured this image of the lightning 
A helmsman at RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station based at Victoria Embankment captured this image of the lightning
The Met Office said the electronically active storm was caused by  the heatwave, pictured is lightning over a bridge on the River Thames
The Met Office said the electronically active storm was caused by the heatwave, pictured is lightning over a bridge on the River Thames
Phillip Didd captured this image of lightning from south London which shows Crystal Palace transmitting station
Phillip Didd captured this image of lightning from south London which shows Crystal Palace transmitting station
Toml shared this image of a bolt of lightning hitting Blackheath in Greenwich as the stormed raged last night 
Toml shared this image of a bolt of lightning hitting Blackheath in Greenwich as the stormed raged last night
Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Dramatic pictures show lighting bolt striking wing of passenger jet as it flies through thunderstorm

Lighting Bolt Strikes A Planes Wing
Lighting Bolt Strikes A Planes Wing
These shocking photos capture the moment lightning strikes the wing of an passenger jet as it flies through a thunderstorm.
 
It was captured by a passenger on board the Boeing 777 flight from Singapore to Seoul.
 
In the short clip, passenger Myagmarsuren Ricci films the view from the window as he flies through a raging storm.
 
Suddenly, a huge bolt of lightning hits the wing of the plane, sending massive sparks into the air.
 
However the bad weather does not appear to damage the plane as it passes through the storm cloud.
 
The flight even arrived in South Korea seven minutes ahead of schedule.
 
British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) spokesperson Captain Steven Draper told MailOnline Travel: “Lightning strikes do not affect the flying of an aeroplane, although when flying near or through thunderstorms, pilots might employ specific procedures.
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Near miss: The lightning bolt sent sparks flying from the wing
“Pilots use the weather radar to avoid the worst areas of a storm.”
He added most of the time lightning strikes did not cause any damage to the aeroplane and needed no action apart from a reassuring message over the tannoy.
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Undamaged: The plane suffered no harm and even landed ahead of schedule
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk

Red Alert as lightning starts 7 wild fires in Southern Oregon, USA

7 small fires started by lightning storm in Southern Oregon
 
There’s a critical fire danger warning in effect for parts of Southwestern and Central Oregon on Tuesday as a lightning storm hit part of the state.
 
A red flag warning was issued for Southwest Oregon as scattered thunderstorms and lightning strikes could ignite the dry wilderness fuels through the region. Coupled with the gusty winds, weather officials said there is the potential for explosive fire growth.
 
The storms are predicted to follow the mountains east into the evening hours, KATU’s Rhonda Shelby said.  |  Latest forecast
 
Seven fires were started by the roughly 125 lightning strikes on Douglas Forest Protective Association lands, forestry officials said. Most of the fires started Tuesday are around 1/10th of an acre, with the largest being a half-acre fire.
 
Another red flag warning was issued for the Columbia Basin and parts of Southwestern Washington, where prolonged dry conditions, low humidity, and gusty winds make for extreme fire danger.
 
Generally, Shelby says, red flag warnings like these aren’t issued until later in the summer months. 
 
“We usually look for these (conditions) after July 5,” Shelby said.
 
This is in part because of the lack of precipitation through the winter and early spring. The Oregon Department of Forestry already declared the start of fire season in the central parts of the state.
 
As fire officials prepare for a rough fire season there are some things you can do to protect your home from fire danger.
 
Establishing a defensible space can help firefighters save a structure in the event of a wildfire.
 
Clear dry grass away from buildings, and make sure your trees are trimmed up to about 10 feet above ground.
 
“The grasses that stay green through July are likely going to be gold or dry much sooner.  We see even now some of the conditions in the river, for example, that are more reflective of mid-summer, not late spring,” said Cassandra Ulven, a spokesperson for Tualatin Valley Fire & rescue.
 
It’s also helpful to move firewood, bark dust piles, and other fuel sources away from your house.
 
More tips from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Fires reported from Tuesday’s lightning storms – Douglas Forest Protective Association info:
 
Canyon Mountain Fire:  2 miles south of Canyonville, 1/10th acre
Sweat Creek Fire:  3 miles east of Canyonville, 1/10th acre
Courtesy of katu.com

Lightning strikes twice and injures 33 at Germany music festival

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Authorities in Germany say 33 people have been hurt after lightning struck a rock festival in western Germany overnight.
 
The Rock am Ring festival in the town of Mendig was hit by two lightning strikes early Saturday.
 
Police and organizers said eight people from production teams were injured when the first strike hit the backstage area around 1 a.m.
 
Organizers later halted concerts and offered visitors shelter in large, lightning-proof tents. A little before 4 a.m., lightning hit the festival’s camping area and 25 more people were injured.
 
Police say all of those injured have been taken to hospitals for observation and are in good health. None suffered a direct hit by lightning. The festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, is going ahead as planned.
Courtesy of chicagotribune.com

Severe lightning destroys a family’s house in Harris County, Texas, USA

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Thunderstorms battered the Chattahoochee Valley for much of the afternoon, taking down trees and power lines and leaving thousands without power.
 
Lightning strikes also caused a Harris County house to go up in flames, and we talked to residents who were on the scene after the storms.
 
A 91-year-old resident is still in good spirits after she had to be rescued from a fire at her home. 
 
“I talked to her and she told me 10 times what happened,” said Butch Reese, the homeowner’s son. 
 
She said she heard a big clap of thunder and suddenly saw smoke coming from her freezer on the back porch. She said she had nowhere to go but the basement. 
 
“When we arrived we found the house totally involved,” said Chief Battalion Officer Bobby Dutton. 
 
It took four of her neighbors kicking in her basement door to free her from the fire.
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“It’s tragic that after 71 years she lost everything she owned.”
 
The wife of another Columbus resident was home when trees began to damage their home.  
 
“She said she heard the roof being ripped off,” said resident Scott Kane.  
 
Kane’s wife and her daughter quickly moved to a bathroom in the middle of the house. She said she heard no sirens or warnings when the storm hit, she just knew she needed to go to safe area.
Courtesy of wtvm.com