Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Georgia's Emergency Management Agency is continuing to encourage folks this week to get prepared for severe weather. Thursday's topic focuses on lightning safety which is the state's third highest weather-related cause of death.
Lightning strikes the ground an estimated 25 million times each year in the United States, and all too often the consequences are deadly.
It has the potential to travel more than 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. That's why officials with the state's "Ready Georgia Campaign" are urging people to learn to "30/30" rule. If you hear thunder less than 30 seconds after you see lightning, go indoors and stay there at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder. Experts say this rule can come in handy when an unexpected lightning strike moves into your area.
"It is important that once you hear the thunder, you need to seek shelter as soon as you hear it and never seek shelter under a tree. You want to go into a home. You don't want to be under a tree and you don't want to be in an open area either. Those are two things you don't want to do," says WALB Meteorologist Chris Zelman.
Officials also want to clear up a common misconception about carrying for someone who's been hit by lightning
Even if someone has been struck, they carry no electrical charge and performing CPR or rescue breathing is completely safe for you and the patient.