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Lightning Warning System & Safety Tips

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Did you know you live in the Lightning Capital of the U.S.?

     The City of Oviedo has invested in a Lightning Detection & Warning System for all of our City Recreation & Parks locations.  Central Florida is recognized as the "Lightning Capital" of the United States and encounters more lightning per square mile than any other state.  Lightning often travels well in advance of a storm and lingers afterwards as well!

      Lightning Detection & Warning Systems at our City Recreation & Parks locations are designed to provide you with several minutes of warning should a lightning storm threaten the Oviedo community.  The Lightning Detection & Warning System will emit an approximately 15 second "horn" style blast with a blinking strobe light indicating that lightning has been detected in the immediate area.

      You are encouraged to seek immediate shelter inside a building or your vehicle for the best level of protection.  Trees, canopies, awnings, overhangs, dugouts, pop up shade structures, pavilions do not offer suitable protection.

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Fore more information contact the City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Department at 407-971-5611 or visit our Administration Office located at 1934 CR 419 West (Behind Fire Station 3).