18 Cape Coral facilities get lightning detectors

Posted at 11:01 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 11:01:07-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- WeatherBug Lightning Detection and Alerting Systems have been installed at 18 facilities in the city of Cape Coral.

According to Cape Coral Park & Recreation, the system will detect lightning up to 10 miles away, and alert the public at specific parks’ locations using sound (horn) and strobe lights.  The City is using the same system as the Lee County Government and Lee County School District.  The cost for the system was $118,000.

If lightning is detected, the horn will sound a continuous blast for 15 seconds, advising the public to seek shelter.  If lightning is in the specific area, the strobe light will begin flashing.  Once the lightning has cleared and it is safe to resume outdoor activities, the horn will sound three, short, five-second blasts.

The alert system also provides the ability for users to monitor the conditions at any specific park online via the WeatherBug page on the City’s website.  When an alert has sounded at a location, users can watch a “live” status update with a time estimate until the “All Clear” signal.   

Here are the athletic and neighborhood parks equipped with this new system along with their HTML codes for saving the widgets to your personal devices: