Albany stadium uses new technology to keep fans safe from lightning - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Albany stadium uses new technology to keep fans safe from lightning

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:57:38 GMT
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School.The "Go Back. Move Ahead." Campaign will help Georgians who completed some college to return and finish their degrees.It's part of Governor Deal's "Complete College Georgia" initiative. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection."People are always learning and we want to make sure that we embrace that when they come back to schools," said Beth ...More >>
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School.The "Go Back. Move Ahead." Campaign will help Georgians who completed some college to return and finish their degrees.It's part of Governor Deal's "Complete College Georgia" initiative. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection."People are always learning and we want to make sure that we embrace that when they come back to schools," said Beth ...More >>
  • Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:34:46 GMT
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
  • Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:42:06 GMT
    Dr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant CoachDr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant Coach
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>

September 2, 2003

Albany -- Several South Georgia high school football games were cancelled or delayed because of lightning Friday night. Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany used its their lightning detector to keep teams and fans safe.

Lightning is the second most dangerous weather phenomenon in the United States. Fans and players in an open stadium are highly exposed to the dangers of lightning. That's why Hugh Mills Stadium bought this piece of equipment called Sky Scan.

Dougherty County Schools Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks said "We use this as a guideline, not as the final judgement. But it detects lightning flashes from 0 to 40 miles."

While fans are enjoying football, Stadium authorities stay in close touch with airport personnel watching doppler radar. It's not perfect, but they keep a close eye on storms to protect the people in the stadium. Seabrooks said "Lightning can come up so quickly, and this will help guard against a sudden storm catching us by surprise."

The National Federation on High School Sports required all it's member stadiums to draw up an evacuation plan, to clear a stadium quickly in case of emergency. Seabrooks said "We will move the athletes to the locker room. We will evacuate the stands, asking the fans to go their cars."

 Lightning is a danger. Thursday afternoon one of the scoreboards at Hugh Mills was struck. Stadium authority members have taken steps they can to make sure no one gets hit.

Lightning kills 100 people in the United States per year and injures more than 500.

posted at 3:56 PM by jimw@walb.com