Here’s some facts -
· All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes.
· Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many deaths from lightning occur ahead of the storm because people try and wait to the last minute before seeking shelter.
· You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough that it could strike your location at any moment.
· Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. On average, 20% of strike victims die; 70% of survivors suffer serious long term effects.
· Look for dark cloud bases and increasing wind. Every flash of lightning is dangerous, even the first. Head to safety before that first flash. If you hear thunder, head to safety!
· Blue Skies and Lightning. Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles. Even when the sky looks blue and clear, be cautious. If you hear thunder, take cover. At least 10% of lightning occurs without visible clouds in the sky.
- When lightning is detected within 6-10 miles of Canal Park ALL participants and family members will be advised to leave the fields either by electronic warning device or verbally.
- Quickly collect essential belongings (kids included) and proceed to your vehicle.
- If your child is at the fields but you are not they will be taken inside the concession stand or the appropriate restroom until the all clear is sounded.
- We will wait 30 minutes FROM THE LAST LIGHTNING STRIKE before activities will be allowed to resume.
- If this happens during practice, the practice may be canceled if the wait time will be beyond the end time of the scheduled practice.
- If this happens during a sanctioned match it will be up to the referees, coaches and facility management when to wait it out or cancel the match.
- Once the all clear is sounded please quickly return to the fields so practice/matches can resume.