Friday Night Lightning

Friday Night Lightning

You might hear more than just the roar of the crowd and the sounds of the marching band this week at area football games. There is chance you could hear a load clap of thunder and see a lightning bolt.

According to the UIL, the game will be suspended when thunder is heard less than 30 seconds from a lightning strike or when cloud-to-ground lightning is observed.

"We have lightning meters that are hand held. We also use apps that are on our cell phones. We have administration here at the games. Administration keeps a good eye on [the weather]. We also talk to local meteorologist to get the idea of whats going on," said City View's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Rudy Hawkins.

Hawkins said during a lightning delay all the players, cheerleaders and band members are brought into the field house until it is safe to play again. The game will not resume again until 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder or strike of lightning.

The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is inside a sturdy building. If you can't find one, your vehicle is the next best option if lightning is the main hazard.

According to the National Weather Service, there have been 34 lightning related deaths this year in the United States.

Before you head out for the big game this week make sure you have the Skywarn 6 Weather App. It will tell when lightning is near you. It's free in the App Store or Google Play.

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