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Johns Creek gets system to warn of lightning
Johns Creek gets system to warn of lightning

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Authorities in Johns Creek have installed lights and sirens they hope will detect lightning and warn residents before it strikes.

City officials say the devices are at Newtown Park and Ocee Park; the devices monitor the atmosphere's electrostatic energy and evaluate the potential for lightning.

Officials say a siren sounds for 15 seconds and a strobe light flashes when lightning threatens. When conditions improve, the siren sounds three five-second blasts to signal the all-clear.

Authorities say one device was installed this year at Newtown Park.

The Ocee Park Athletic Association installed a device at that park before the city was founded in 2006.

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