OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The City of Owensboro recently installed warning systems in two parks that will alert people when a storm is on the way.
The warning system, in Jack C. Fisher Park and Waymond Morris Park, will use a voice message to advise people know to seek shelter.
The $40,000 system will be activated during park hours when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
An open space like a park is not a good place to be during severe weather, "The biggest concern is lightning. We want to make sure folks are very much aware that lightning can just drop out of the sky at the front end, at the middle, at the back end of a storm and that's a very deadly occurrence," said John Clouse, Daviess Co. Emergency Management Agency.
Officials say they plan to add similar warning systems in other city parks.