REMINDER OF THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A lightning strike in Yellowstone National Park injured nine people waiting to see Old Faithful geyser erupt. One man was hospitalized while the others suffered minor injuries. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says the lightning struck about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
He says a 57-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Nash says his condition was not available but some bystanders performed CPR on him before rangers arrived. Seven others complaining of shortness of breath, tingling or numbness were treated and released from Old Faithful Clinic, while a ninth person struck did not seek medical attention. Hundreds of visitors were in the area at the time.
This is a great reminder on the dangers of lightning. An estimated 25 million lightning strikes occur in the U.S. each year. On average, 58 people per year are killed as a result of lightning and is the second largest killer of weather phenomenon.
To stay safe, first, stay weather aware and watch for developing thunderstorms. During the summer, thunderstorms can develop quickly with little or no warning. If the sky begins looking dark and unsettled head indoors. Also, remember that lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from where it is raining. So if you hear thunder, take cover.