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Posted on: March 31, 2014

City Installs a Lightning Warning System in Two Parks

The City of Casselberry recently installed the Thor Guard, a lightning warning system in two of the community parks - Secret Lake Park and Wirz Park. Unlike some of the more commonly used devices that detect lighting after it strikes, Thor Guard predicts lightning before it strikes - even as much as 20 minutes before! With Florida being known as the lightning capital of the United States, this high-tech equipment designed to predict lightning could possibly safe lives by alerting park attendees, staff and coaches when the atmosphere is primed for a lightning strike.

Currently used in the parks throughout Orange County and Seminole County, Thor Guard has a sensor that measures static electricity at ground level and in the atmosphere within a two-mile radius and then applies the data to complex algorithms to predict the likelihood of a strike. Park attendees will be alerted by a powerful horn putting out a loud 15-second blast. A strobe light will also flash for 20 minutes after the blast warning and once conditions are clear of lightning, the horn will sound an all-clear blast 3 times for 5 seconds each. This warning system should help stop lightning injuries and fatalities that occur when people go back out too soon.

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