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Stories tagged: lightning

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Six injured in lightning strike at Tour Championship in Atlanta

Atlanta police say six people were injured when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship, showering the area with debris. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Flash Flood Watch issued for area; thunderstorms expected in Spokane

Heavy rain is coming to Spokane and the Inland Northwest Saturday and Sunday, bringing the chance of flash floods and lightning that could start wildfires despite the rain. Slow moving …

Yellowstone confirms fire tower was destroyed by lightning

Yellowstone National Park officials have confirmed that a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a historic lookout tower during a severe thunderstorm.

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Lightning in the lens: tips and tricks for photographing thunderbolts

The summer storm that struck the Spokane area Tuesday evening did more than just start fires and spark power outages. It also provided area photographers with a brilliant, powerful and …

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Storm brought 3,500 lightning strikes to Inland Northwest

The storm blew over trees and sparked numerous fires, most of which were quickly doused by firefighters or heavy rain.

Wildfire risk causes Red Flag Warning in Spokane; burn ban in effect today

The city of Spokane may experience lightning strikes and gusty winds from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, causing elevated wildfire conditions and a Red Flag warning, issued by …

Storm-detection radar shutting down for upgrade

Spokane’s National Weather Service office will rely on satellite and lightning detection to forecast rain and thunderstorms while its radar is out of service from June 24 to July 5.

UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Lightning strikes two homes near Post Falls during heavy storm Thursday; area near Colville sees power outage from wind

Lightning struck two houses near Post Falls during a brief but heavy thunderstorm Thursday evening. The houses saw light damage and no one was hurt.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018

Possible overnight dry lightning causes red flag warning in Spokane; smoke may lessen from nighttime winds

The possibility of lightning prompted a red flag warning Thursday and into Friday morning for Spokane and the Palouse region.

Finnish brothers killed by lightning as they heated sauna

Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike’s electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland.

UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Officials say lightning likely killed more than 100 geese

A lightning storm likely killed more than 100 geese in Idaho Falls, wildlife officials said.

150 homes ordered to evacuate amid Montana wildfire

Residents have been ordered to evacuate about 150 homes in western Montana because of a lightning-caused wildfire.

Lightning storm ignites multiple wildfires in southwest Idaho

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says a lightning storm ignited multiple fires in southwest Idaho.

Girl, 14, killed by lightning while on personal watercraft

A 14-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities …

Lightning strike hits birthday party in Paris; child in critical condition after bolt

Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children’s birthday party, a …

Lightning hits children’s soccer match in Germany

More than 30 people were taken to the hospital after lighting struck Saturday at the end of a children’s soccer match in western Germany, police said.

NHL notebook: Lightning, Rangers face off for chance at Cup

It’s one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and the chance to play for hockey’s biggest prize. That’s what the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers …

House Call: Lightning injuries can strike in a flash

A few weeks ago we had a spectacular lightning storm. We have several each summer, and there are some that really stand out as impressive. It is important to remember, …

Storm packed wind, lightning, but scant rain

Sunday was certainly a wild night weatherwise as another round of thunderstorms moved through Eastern Washington and North Idaho. There were many lightning flashes and strikes, but not much rain …

Glacier Peak Wilderness hikers find nature untamed near hidden volcano

Holly Weiler was blunt in the Spokane Mountaineers calendar item about the August trip she was leading through the Glacier Peak Wilderness: “We’re hiking a loop –Trinity Trailhead (near Lake …

Glacier Peak Wilderness hikers find nature untamed near hidden volcano

Holly Weiler was blunt in the Spokane Mountaineers calendar item about the August trip she was leading through the Glacier Peak Wilderness: “We’re hiking a loop –Trinity Trailhead (near Lake …

Hundreds of lightning strikes hit Washington

SEATTLE — Hundreds of lightning strikes hit Washington overnight as thunderstorms rolled across the state and authorities are watching for smoke Wednesday to see if they sparked wildfires.

Wildfire crews wary of lightning

WENATCHEE – Firefighters battling large blazes in Central Washington were on alert Saturday, as possible dry lightning storms and erratic winds had the potential to ignite new blazes or whip …

Lightning sparks fires across middle of state

The Wenatchee River Ranger District reported 12 fires started by lightning early Sunday. Most of the fires are in the lower Wenatchee Valley, but some are also near Lake Wenatchee, …

Landers: Lightning deserves utmost respect

Tornadoes and hurricanes make most of the headlines for weather- related disasters. But here’s the shocking news: The deadliest weather event is lightning.

47 dogs rescued from kennel near Deer Park

It may take Lightning, a Labradoodle with yellow fur matted by filth, weeks or even months to not shy away from people at the door of his kennel. Lightning is …

Fire crews get weather’s help in Idaho

BOISE – Fire crews on Saturday gained the upper hand on some fires thanks to cooler weather in Idaho. Most of the fires were touched off by lightning strikes. The …

UI ranch worker killed by lightning

Lemhi County officials said a University of Idaho ranch employee was struck and killed by lightning during a strong thunderstorm in east central Idaho.

Thunderstorms sparking fires throughout region

Thunderstorms north of Spokane County sparked 34 fires Saturday and more may be on the horizon as the chance of storms continues Sunday.