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Family marks 10 years since lightning tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA

July 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Thursday, July 23rd is a painful anniversary for a local family. Ten years ago lightning took the lives of 38 year-old, Tommy Summerlin and his 7 year-old stepson, Noah Butler. Ever since the family has worked to raise awareness of the dangers of lightning.

July 23rd, 2005

Ten years ago a family was shattered in an instant. Tommy Summerlin was running down the beach on Gulf Shores holding the hand of his stepson Noah Butler. They were chasing a beach ball when the sky lit up. Thirty feet away Sharon Summerlin and the rest of her family saw the bolt of lightning strike.

via Family marks 10 years since lightning tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Orange Beach crews called to assist swimmers, but rescues not necessary – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 20, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A report of swimmers in distress turned out to be false alarms, but Orange Beach Fire and Rescue crews fielded multiple calls on Sunday, July 19.

“We’re busy,” acting Battalion Chief Capt. Dray Resmondo said about 2:30 p.m. “They’re going out the door again.”

via Orange Beach crews called to assist swimmers, but rescues not necessary – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Severe weather causes damage in Mobile and Baldwin counties – FOX10 News | WALA

July 20, 2015

At least one person was injured as severe thunderstorms swept across the FOX10 viewing area.

A parking lot attendant at the Mobile Regional Airport was struck by lightning, according to reports. She is being treated at a local hospital.

Particularly hit hard the Mobile area. A tree outside a home off McDonald Rd. was struck by lighting.

via Severe weather causes damage in Mobile and Baldwin counties – FOX10 News | WALA.

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School confirms girl struck by lightning has died – FOX10 News | WALA

July 08, 2015

Even though there was hardly a cloud in the sky over Fort Morgan on Tuesday, there was still a somber mood about the beach.

“It’s devastating, you know? It choked me up. I mean, I didn’t know her personally, but I know what it means to have little girls and a beach vacation and this is the last thing you would expect to happen,” Warren Biddle said.

via School confirms girl struck by lightning has died – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fort Morgan Community Mourns Death Of Lightning Strike Victim

July 08, 2015

FORT MORGAN- A 12-year old Arkansas girl struck by lightning near Gulf Shores Sunday has died.

Megan Nickell died Monday evening at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Nickell was hit by lightning Sunday afternoon while playing beach volleyball with friends on the Fort Morgan peninsula. Seven others were affected by the lightning strike but did not require medical attention.

via Fort Morgan Community Mourns Death Of Lightning Strike Victim.

12-year-old hospitalized after being struck by lightning – FOX10 News | WALA

July 07, 2015

It was a relatively calm on Monday in Fort Morgan. It was a big contrast to conditions seen on seen in the area Sunday afternoon.

Warren Biddle had just started his vacation with his family. He said when they saw the storm clouds heading their way around 1:30 p.m., they rushed up to their beach house. Looking back they saw a big flash.

via 12-year-old hospitalized after being struck by lightning – FOX10 News | WALA.

Child Struck By Lightning Near Gulf Shores

July 07, 2015

FORT MORGAN PENINSULA– A lightning strike on the Fort Morgan peninsula affected eight people Sunday afternoon and seriously injured a 12-year old girl.

Megan Nickells is in critical condition possibly suffering from a brain injury.

The lightning strike happened around 1pm on Bernard Circle East while the girl and her friends were playing beach volleyball.

via Child Struck By Lightning Near Gulf Shores.

12-year-old girl hospitalized after lightning strike on Alabama coast | AL.com

July 07, 2015

A 12-year-old girl was hospitalized Sunday after being struck by lightning while playing volleyball on the beach on the Fort Morgan peninsula.

“It was 1:30 Sunday afternoon when we got paged out for one struck by lightning,” said Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Glenn Stevens. “It was on Bernard Court East; that’s on the west end of Fort Morgan Road. When we got there we found a 12-year-old female who had been struck by lightning and CPR was in progress.”

via 12-year-old girl hospitalized after lightning strike on Alabama coast | AL.com.

UPDATED: 12-Year-Old Struck by Lightning on Fort Morgan – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 06, 2015

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) A 12-year-old girl is recovering after she was struck by lightning in Fort Morgan Sunday afternoon.

According to Fort Morgan fire officials, the girl was on the beach around 1:30 PM playing volleyball when she was struck. Several people around her were “affected”. Her and her family were visiting for the holiday weekend.

via UPDATED: 12-Year-Old Struck by Lightning on Fort Morgan – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Fast-moving storm leaves over 3,000 without power in Baldwin County | AL.com

July 01, 2015

A strong thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 50 mph pushed through Baldwin County around 2 p.m. Tuesday causing power outages.

As the storm pushed down from north Baldwin County, Riviera Utilities reported over 1,000 customers without power.

Just before 2 p.m. the National Weather Service in Mobile reported that wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Loxley.

via Fast-moving storm leaves over 3,000 without power in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA

June 17, 2015

A tropical disturbance heading toward the coast of Texas is having an impact on beaches in Alabama, causing a high risk of rip currents.

Between 15 and 20 rescues were made over the weekend according to beach safety officials. One beachgoer who frequents Orange Beach said he was concerned about the number of kids venturing out into the water on Monday.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA.

Ft. Morgan Beaches: Swim At Your Own Risk | WKRG

June 17, 2015

FORT MORGAN, AL– The Fort Morgan peninsula is a popular beach destination for families wanting to enjoy a “peaceful” vacation. Fewer crowds, less traffic and minimal hassles are a bonus, but those perks come with a price.

While both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores use lifeguards in the spring and summer, Fort Morgan beaches have never been patrolled or guarded.

via Ft. Morgan Beaches: Swim At Your Own Risk | WKRG.

Rip Currents, the “Danger” in ” Dangerous Surf” | WKRG

June 17, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL  How do you spot a rip current? “I don’t know how to recognize them,” says Laura Walker visiting Orange Beach from Mississippi.

If you don’t know, you are not alone. It can be confusing. “I think they kind of look like two coming together and one going back. Is that correct?” asks Walker.

via Rip Currents, the “Danger” in ” Dangerous Surf” | WKRG.

17 traditions that help make hurricanes more tolerable, from people who know | AL.com

June 02, 2015

Whether a storm is out in the Gulf, or whether it’s already wreaked havoc, Coastal Alabama residents know what to do to weather a storm.

We asked readers to share their hurricane traditions with us, and here’s what we learned about the ways we prepare for tropical weather and deal with the aftermath.

via 17 traditions that help make hurricanes more tolerable, from people who know | AL.com.

What’s your favorite hurricane advice? Share it with fellow AL.com readers | AL.com

June 02, 2015

For months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, a relative of mine did not go anywhere without two things: a case of bottled water and a good amount of cash. Occasionally, she packed a couple of folding chairs in case she and her father had to wait in line in the heat to buy gas.

via What’s your favorite hurricane advice? Share it with fellow AL.com readers | AL.com.

No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com

June 02, 2015

When Hurricane Ivan slammed into Baldwin County’s coast as a Category 3 storm in 2004, packing wind gusts of over 120 mph and a storm surge upwards of 14 feet, beachfront homes and condominiums took a major beating.

Many homes were destroyed, some even swept away, and two condos in Orange Beach partially collapsed in storm’s wake on Sept. 16, 2004.

via No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com.

No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com

June 01, 2015

When Hurricane Ivan slammed into Baldwin County’s coast as a Category 3 storm in 2004, packing wind gusts of over 120 mph and a storm surge upwards of 14 feet, beachfront homes and condominiums took a major beating.

Many homes were destroyed, some even swept away, and two condos in Orange Beach partially collapsed in storm’s wake on Sept. 16, 2004.

If a similar storm were to hit today, however, the outcome would likely be much different.

via No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com.

Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com

May 31, 2015

As government agencies on the Gulf Coast ramp up emergency response drills and preparations for another anxiety-filled hurricane season, officials in one coastal Alabama city have thoughts on oil possibly washing ashore during a storm.Five years ago the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, over 55 million pounds of oily material have been cleaned up on Alabama’s coast, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics.

via Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com.

Two dogs killed in beach house fire

May 27, 2015

Two dogs were killed in a house fire Tuesday on Pensacola Beach.

About 11:15 a.m., a fire erupted at a residence between Avenidas 12 and 13 on Ariola Drive.

Firefighters made entry into the residence and found two dogs deceased, an Escambia County spokesperson said. Fire crews also located another dog that survived the blaze. No people were injured in the fire.

via Two dogs killed in beach house fire.

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