Citrus County has installed a Lightning Prediction System in nine major parks. This system is designed to predict a lightning strike within a defined geographical region. Once pre-established detection limits are reached, the system activates a series of horns and strobe lights to warn those in the park to seek shelter. Since this system is automated it can provide warning even when there appears to be no evidence of lightning.
When conditions for a lightning strike exists, the following will occur from the system:
- A 15-second blast on the horn cluster.
- A yellow strobe will activate and stay on until the danger has passed, or at least 10 minutes after the last detection of lightning.
- The horns will activate an all-clear signal (3 short blasts) and the strobe light will go off, once the potential for a lightning strike has passed.
- The Lightning Prediction System is shut down at park closing time and activates at 7:00 am the following morning.
- Park users should stop their activities and seek shelter anytime they believe lightning threatens them, even if a signal has not been sounded.
Should you hear the Lightning Prediction System activate, then you should go inside a motor vehicle or to a lightning equipped shelter.
Warning horns and strobes have been installed in the following parks: