FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County's 13 high schools have implemented state of the art lightning detection technology. Fort Myers High School administrators, staff, and students participated in a drill Monday to test the new WeatherBug system.
A blaring horn and flashing lights on the outdoor warning system go off when lightning is detected within a 10 mi. radius of school property.
"It will give me much more peace of mind not having to look up in the sky all the time, because it's just something we have to deal with in this climate. I think it's definitely something that will make everybody feel a little more at ease," Fort Myers High Football Coach Sammy Sirianni said.
The web-based system includes thousands of lightning sensors and cameras to detect dangerous weather, with live electronic alerts sent to a person's cell phone, e-mail, or a central computer on school property.
"We think of teaching as just that, teaching, but there's a real guardian protector role that administrators and teachers have and Lee Co. Has really lived up to that," Enterprise Solutions Director Frank McCathran said.
The district has been working since March of 2012 to get the new technology which cost $176,000 to install at all 13 schools.
To learn more about the WeatherBug Program, click here.