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Lightning alerts now issued at City Center, George Mullen Activity Center

Post Date:09/19/2018 2:50 PM

The City of North Port has installed a weather alert notification system at the George Mullen Activity Center.

If lightning is detected within a 10-mile radius of the community center, the Earth Networks’ Outdoor Alerting System will issue one long 15-second horn blast notification.  Also, a flashing strobe light will indicate that lightning was detected within the area. The light will continue to flash until the area has been free from lightning for 30 minutes. Three short five-second horn blasts will indicate an all clear and that it is safe to resume outdoor activities.

The lightning notification equipment was installed at the George Mullen Activity Center, which is next to the Larry Thoennissen Athletic Fields and the City Center Front Green, a site of many outdoor community events.

“We are proud to be able to provide this lightning notification system to help alert those that use the fields behind the Mullen Center and participants at events taking place on City Center Green,” said Parks & Recreation Manager Tricia Wisner.

Up-to-date lightning detection information is also available at Organizations and individuals are encouraged to check the webpage for the alerts and anticipated time to an all clear notification.

The equipment is attached to a weather app, WeatherBug, which is a brand of GroundTruth and includes a mobile app and website. Lightning detected at the George Mullen Activity Center will be reported to WeatherBug’s Spark Lightning feature on the app.

City Center is a hub of activity in the City of North Port. Through football season, the Larry Theonnissen Athletic Fields are used by local youth sports organizations for games, practices, and tournaments. The City Center Front Green is often used for local community events, including many of the City’s annual events.

For more information about Parks & Recreation’s programs, services, and activities, call (941) 429-7275 or visit  

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