Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
June 13, 2007
Albany-- Thunderstorms are quite common in South Georgia during the Spring and Summer months, and that means more dangerous lightning. Just a few days ago, lightning killed four horses in Lee County.
Lightning strikes the Earth about one-hundred times per second. Last year, lightning killed at least 47 people in the United States and injured at least 246.
Dougherty County EMA director Jim Vaught says lightning is often overlooked as a killer. "Thunderstorms and lightning do not receive the same recognition as tornadoes, but statistically kill more people annually than tornadoes do, an average of 66 people each year" said Vaught.
Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the area where it is raining. If you can hear the thunder, you are within striking distance and should seek safe shelter immediately. You should even take precautions when you're inside during a storm.
"If you're inside stay away from devices that have a cable like a telephone, avoid appliances and metal objects. If unfortunately your with someone who has been struck you can help them, they are not electrically charged and you can provide medical assistance to them" said Vaught.
If no shelter is available and you are forced to be outside, make sure you find a ditch or try to remain as low to your surroundings as possible. Trees and tall isolated objects are often targets for lightning strikes and should not be used for shelter, as we saw last Friday, when four Lee County horses were killed when lightning struck the tree they were next to.
With common sense, you can greatly increase your safety and the safety of those you are with and still enjoy the outdoors. Remember at the first clap of thunder, go to a large building or fully enclosed vehicle and wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder to go back outside.