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The Facts about Lightning

City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation

Lightning Safety Information:

What You Should Know About  Our Lightning Prediction Systems

In the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning each year. To encourage lightning safety, the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Parks and Recreation Department has installed lightning prediction systems at several park locations. The Parks and Recreation Department will utilize the lightning prediction systems as a weather-monitoring tool that will provide additional protection to employees, recreational program participants and other park patrons.

The following park locations have been equipped with the lightning prediction systems that will be operational ONLY during normal park hours and as warranted for special events:

  • Bass Park – 2750 N.W. 19th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Bayview Park – 4401 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
  • Croissant Park – 245 W. Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • Floyd Hull Stadium – 800 S.W. 28th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • George English Park – 1101 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Holiday Park – 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Joseph C. Carter Park – 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Lauderdale Manors – 1340 Chateau Park Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Mills Pond Park – 2201 N.W. 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Osswald Park – 2220 N.W. 21st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Riverland Park – 950 S.W. 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
  • Snyder Park – 3299 S.W. 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
  • Warfield Park – 1000 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Lightning Prediction System: How It Works

The lightning prediction systems have been installed to provide protection from lightning disasters. Lighting prediction senses and evaluates the shifts and changes in the electrostatic field that precede the occurrence of an actual lightning strike. Lightning is a violent act of nature and the City of Fort Lauderdale recognizes the threat of injuries or death from lightning strikes cannot be entirely eliminated. However, certain precautions can minimize the potential for lightning related injuries.

When the lightning warning system sounds (one 15-second horn blast), the outdoor facility must be cleared of all patrons as soon as possible. The City of Fort Lauderdale has trained staff to help clear the park’s fields. Also, all persons must seek and remain in buildings or vehicles. All persons must wait until the weather clears and the all-clear signal sounds (three five-second blasts) before patrons can resume play. Activities may only resume once the all-clear signal sounds.

It is recommended that when possible, park patrons and staff seek and remain in a sheltered area. If such shelter is unavailable, patrons are encouraged to get into their vehicles. Pavilions, sheds, picnic shelters, tents, covered porches, dugouts or trees should not be used for shelter, as they do NOT protect you from lightning. Individuals should keep away from metal objects such as fences, umbrellas, etc. This policy shall apply to programs and facilities operated by the City of Fort Lauderdale and its affiliated groups.

Lightning Safety Information

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has provided the following information on lightning safety.

Avoid the Lightning Threat

  • Have a lightning safety plan. Know where you’ll go for safety and how much time it will take to get there. Make sure your plan allows enough time to reach safety.
  • Postpone activities. Before going outdoors, check the forecast for thunderstorms. Consider postponing activities to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.
  • Monitor the weather. Look for signs of a developing thunderstorm such as darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing wind.
  • Get to a safe place. If you hear thunder, even a distant rumble, immediately move to a safe place. Fully enclosed buildings with wiring and plumbing provide the best protection. Sheds, picnic shelters, tents or covered porches do NOT protect you from lightning. If a sturdy building is not nearby, get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close all the windows. Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
  • If you hear thunder, don’t use a corded phone except in an emergency. Cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
  • Keep away from electrical equipment and wiring.
  • Water pipes conduct electricity. Don’t take a bath or shower or use other plumbing during a storm.

More Information

For more information on lightning safety, please visit the following websites:

For more information on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s lightning prediction systems, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (954) 828-7275 or e-mail