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451 NOUS41 KBOX 221356 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-221800- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 956 AM EDT Thu Jun 22 2017 ...National Lightning Safety Preparedness Week - Medical Effects of Lightning... Lightning is primarily an injury to the nervous system, often with brain injury and nerve injury. Serious burns seldom occur. People who do not suffer cardiac arrest at the time of the incident may experience lesser symptoms, which often clear over a few days. These symptoms may include Muscle soreness, Headache, nausea, stomach upset and other post-concussion types of symptoms. Lightning strike victims also face the possibility of having longer term problems such as having problems multitasking, slower reaction time, irritability and personality change, and chronic pain from nerve injury. If you have been a victim of lightning, you can contact The Lightning Strike and Electric Shock Survivors, International (LSESSI). LSESSI is a support group formed in 1989 by a lightning survivor. LSESSI has helped hundreds of survivors, families, physicians and other professionals by providing print and related materials, Supporting family and friends of survivors, connecting survivors with others in their area, and Organizing an annual meeting where survivors and their families can come together for support and information. You can contact them at: Phone: 910-346-4708 Email: For additional information about lightning or lightning safety, visit the NOAA lightning safety awareness Web site at $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at You can follow us on Facebook at You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.