What are the chances of being struck by lightning? It may be higher than you think: 1 in 10,000 over the course of your lifetime. In comparison, your chance of winning the Powerball lottery is only 1 in 176 million.
Florida is widely considered the lightning capital of the U.S. More than 450 people have been struck and killed in Florida over the past 50 years and thousands more have been injured – some seriously – from the long-term effects of a lightning strike. To minimize injury from lightning and severe weather, WeatherBug – Earth Networks is working with schools across the country to provide advanced alerting and weather information.
Concerned parents Frank and Christina Veloso learned about the advanced alerting tools and technology from WeatherBug and made the critical decision to donate a state-of-the-art lightning detection sensor, plus a lightning visualization and early warning alerting tool, to St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School in Coral Gables, Florida, to help keep kids safe.
“In 1991, during my years at Christopher Columbus High School, lightning struck a practice field and killed the assistant football coach at South Miami High School,” says Frank Veloso. “Two other coaches were struck, and a classmate of mine since middle school was seriously injured – but fortunately recovered. In 1975, Julio Portela was struck and killed while practicing with his Columbus High School football team. Growing up with Carlos and Julio Gimenez, their uncle’s absence was my first introduction to the tragic results of lightning. Safety must be our number-one priority, and I’m both challenging and encouraging individuals, families, corporations, organizations and elected officials to install — and create legislation to upgrade — older lightning alerting systems in South Florida with new technology for peace of mind and safety.”
Watch this short video and learn more about the Velosos’ personal decision provide a lightning detection and alerting technology to keep students safer from severe weather:
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-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team