LITHIA — A lightning prediction and warning system by Thor Guard was installed recently in the FishHawk Sports Complex, 16120 Fishhawk Blvd. The system, able to calculate when a lightning risk is developing within roughly a two-mile radius, also will be able to provide warning for nearby Newsome High and Randall Middle schools.
When the potential for lightning is sensed, a warning horn sequence will sound and LED strobe lights at the sports complex will flash as long as the threat exists. Another horn sequence and the lights going off will signal it is safe to return to the fields.
The FishHawk Youth Sports Association website, directs park athletes and visitors to take shelter in their vehicles if the system activates, and not to wait under trees, picnic shelters or concession building overhangs.
The Fishhawk Youth Sports Association, with help from Newland Communities, purchased and installed the system.
“Lightning strikes are a great concern for our area, so we’re thrilled to offer a higher level of safety to our players and everyone else who participates in events at the park,” said Scott Powers, president of the FishHawk Youth Sports Association board of directors. “We couldn’t have done this without Newland Communities, who has been one of our biggest supporters.”
Other contributors to the warning system were AutoNation Nissan Brandon (formerly AutoWay Nissan of Brandon), Formaggio’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria and other league sponsors and the sports association.
“The FishHawk Sports Complex is an integral part of our community and we were happy to be a part of this enhancement,” said Pam Parisi, marketing director for Newland Communities, which donated $10,000 toward the $12,000 system.
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