It's that time of year... varsity high school football officially kicks off Friday night. The players are prepared for the game, but are you prepared to deal with severe weather if it comes your way?
It's been a rule of thumb for years. If you hear lightning, start counting to see how far away it is. And if it seems far enough away, you're safe. But today, the rules are different.
"Now the procedure says that if you hear thunder, or if you see ground to cloud or cloud to ground," says Wade Labecki, "lightning, you have to stop play for thirty minutes, after the last strike."
That's right; one clap of thunder or one strike of lightning and the football game comes to a halt.
"Anytime there is danger out there we want to respect that," Labecki explains, "and weather is one of those things that you really have to respect"
Wade Labecki of the WIAA says even if the lightning is far away, the safest route is to head inside.
"We would recommend that if there's a facility close by a lot of football fields are by a school that they evacuate to the school. evacuate the players to their locker room."
If there isn't a school nearby, the best place to go is in your vehicle.
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