There are 1.4 billion lightning strikes globally each year — 25 million of those bolts occur in the U.S., and that number may be going way up. A study, recently published in the journal Science, concludes that a 50 percent increase in lightning strike frequency is possible by the end of the century.
Two of the four restaurants in Dorset — a town of just 22 people in northern Minnesota — were reportedly damaged by fire overnight as severe storms rolled through the area. The general manager of the Dorset House restaurant said that she had been informed that the restaurant was consumed by flames, but hadn’t been there to see the damage herself yet. Witnesses said that the neighboring Compañeros was also damaged by fire.
Authorities said nobody was hurt but a home in Rosemount suffered significant damage Friday morning after being hit by lightning. Crews were called to the 13000 block of Pine Bend Trail just before 7 a.m. on a report of a house fire.
Canterbury Park has canceled Thursday evening’s races because of severe thunderstorms moving through the Twin Cities.
Authorities said as many as eight people are displaced from three homes after they were all hit by lightning just south of the Twin Cities Thursday morning.
Metro area fire officials said Tuesday a handful of Twin Cities homes have been struck by lightning in the past couple of weeks. One Maple Grove man helped his neighbors escape after lightning struck Monday night in the 9300 block of Magnolia Lane North.
The cause of fire at Roosevelt School in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday has been linked to lightning. According to the St. Cloud Fire Department, officials responded to an automatic alarm around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14.
Authorities said a fire that likely started after a lightning strike at a St. Cloud childhood center Saturday night has left the building a total loss. Crews were called at about midnight to the Roosevelt Early Childhood Center on the 3000 block of Third St. N. in St. Cloud on a report of a fire.
A farmer in Corcoran, Minn. lost his dairy barn in a fire early Saturday morning. Fire officials received report of the blaze just after 10 p.m. Friday night when a passerby noticed flames coming from the dairy barn.
A Dayton woman has been severely injured by lightning while watching a youth baseball game in Anoka County. Sheriff’s Cmdr. Paul Sommer says the 48-year-old was watching a game at Lion’s Park on Saturday afternoon when a thunderstorm moved into the area.
Officials announced Sunday morning that the Minneapolis Marathon had to be canceled due to weather concerns as rain and lightning took over the Twin Cities overnight. Race officials decided shortly after 8 a.m. that the marathon had to be canceled due to a public safety threat.
Lightning is responsible for injuring a woman and starting a house fire in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon in Ham Lake, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities received reports of lightning striking a woman at 2:45 p.m. at Lions Park at 155th Avenue and Central Avenue.
A 53-year-old man is dead after being struck by lightning in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. Monday, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office.
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Authorities said an Eden Prairie home is a total loss after lightning from an overnight storm caused it to go up in flames.
Here’s a gallery of viewer-submitted photos documenting severe weather — thunderstorms, hail, heavy rain, tornadoes — in the warm months of 2013.
Authorities are investigating what caused a house fire in Maple Grove Tuesday morning, but lightning is likely to blame after storms rolled through the metro.
The death of a 9-year-old boy from a lightning strike in Duluth this weekend underscores the dangers of lightning.
Two families are out of their homes Sunday morning, after lightning hit their duplex.
A 9-year-old, who was injured after lightning struck a Lake Superior beach area, has died from his injuries.
Friday night brought some scary moments for country music fans up north.
It was bolts of electricity that caused extensive damage to a handful of metro area homes.
Authorities are investigating a house fire in Richfield Tuesday morning that was likely started by lightning that hit the roof.
Talk about an electrifying performance. Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and Minnesota batter Ryan Doumit quickly scrambled to their respective dugouts and base runner Josh Willingham dropped to his knees when a bolt of lightning struck near Rangers Ballpark during Sunday night’s game.
As many as five homes had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon after at least one lightning strike caused a fire and a gas leak, authorities said.