A lightning strike kills one woman and injures several others while camping in Northern Arizona.  Spokesman Gerry Blair with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says about 12 friends were hiking the Mogollon Rim in Forest Lakes took shelter under some Ponderosa Pine Trees when a thunderstorm hit.  The group

was knocked to the ground when lightning struck.  Twenty-four-year-old Christine Garcia from Orlando, Florida was hit by lightning and killed on the scene.  Four people were transferred to a nearest hospital in serious condition.  Three others suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.  Blair says it was a bad move to take shelter under a tree during a storm.

  Lightning: What You Need to Know

    NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area
    If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you
    When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up
    Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

    Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
    Never lie flat on the ground
    Never shelter under an isolated tree
    Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
    Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
    Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.

Kris Dugan