NEW INFO: OBX Lightning Strike Victim Identified

Police have identified the man killed by a bolt of lightning on the Outer Banks.

The Southern Shores Police Department in Dare County said 49-year-old Matthew Glomb of Woodbrige, VA was struck by lightning and killed Monday. The incident was reported at 5:20 p.m.

Police say Glomb was jogging south on the beach in the area of Mockingbird Lane in Southern Shores Monday when he was struck by lightning. A report says Glomb appeared to be killed instantly.

Police Chief David Kole noted in the press release that there were severe storms in the area at the time Glomb was struck and killed.



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A lightning strike is being blamed for a death on the Outer Banks.

A preliminary investigation shows the man was struck at around 5 p.m. in Southern Shores as severe weather moved through the region.

Advanced Vipir shows a tremendous amount of lightning strikes hitting the area at the time the man was hit.

Information is limited at this time but the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Chief told the Virginian Pilot that the man, believed to be in his 40's or 50's, was at the beach off Mockingbird Lane when he was hit.

WITN's sister station, WAVY-TV, reported the man is believed to be from Northern Virginia.

The man was found on the surfline and was dead when rescuers arrived.

Southern Shores Chief Bob Harvey told the Virginian Pilot this is the first time someone has been killed by lightning on the beach in Southern Shores in his 15 years there.

The National Weather Service says lightning also struck a child in the Johnston County town of Bentonville Monday. The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to reports.


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  • by B Location: VA on Oct 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    I felt moved to look this up for the first time today. Matt Glomb died in front of the house my family was renting. When I was told what had happened I ran out to the dune, thinking maybe there was something to be done. My folks yelled at me to get back inside and, to my shame, I did. I don't know if I could have helped this man, but I know what the regret of not trying feels like. I am grateful to read these comments and know that this man lived a good life and was loved. My prayers have been with his family.
  • by sarah Location: PA on Aug 1, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    i was at the outerbanks when this happened and my sister was running an hour before he got struck
  • by Bernie Location: Sandy on Jul 30, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    Shocked and heartbroken. I had the pleasure of serving under Matt in the Coast Guard. He was an inspirational leader, an outstanding shipmate and the model officer. He had a huge influence on my life and I owe him so much. He truely changed my life. Lucy, Alex & Emily may you find comfort in knowing so many are grieving with you and that we are all praying for you.
  • by Kerry Location: Lee. MA on Jul 29, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Matt knew & respected nature's power from first hand experience. He was one the wisest and most protective people I know who spent a good part of his career in the US Coast Guard rescuing others in danger. He would never put himself in harm's way because of his deep love for his family. My thoughts & prayers are with Lucy, Alex & Emily at this most difficult time.
  • by Suzanne Location: Lake Ridge, VA on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:32 PM
    Just saw the shocking and tragic news on tv this evening. Matt coached our daughter, Barbara's, soccer team when she was in elementary school. Our hearts and prayers are with Lucy, Alex and Emily Glomb with our deepest sympathy, the Ballve Family
  • by Tulips Location: Chocovillage on Jul 28, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    Was this man jogging in the thunderstorm or thunder struck him abruptly?
  • by Audrey Location: New Bern, Nc on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    We knew Matt from Lee, Mass. Our condolences to his family.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    I have never met or know Mr.Glomb. Myself and my familly would like to extend our condolances to his family ,friends and loved ones. I seems to me in these comments that Mr. Clomb was a good man,and will be very much missed.
  • by Tom Location: O'Fallon, IL on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    A very sad day for all of us, Matt was a true friend, husband, father, and Christian. He will be missed by many as he touched all of our souls. We lift him and his family up in prayer during this empty time.
  • by SMK Location: Washington, DC on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Matt was a friend and colleague, and was truly one of the good guys. The world is a lot smaller now and we are grief-stricken.
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