WPIAL Reminds Schools Of Storm Guidelines For High School Football Games

WPIAL Reminds Schools Of Storm Guidelines For High School Football Games
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WEEKEND FORECAST THAT PROMISES TO BE COOLER COMING UP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEW AT 6:00 P.M. WITH STORMS MOVING IN THERE COULD BE CHANGES TO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES. THEY HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS IN PLACE IN CASE OF THE RAINY WEATHER AND AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL IS ALREADY MAKING CHANGES. JOHN SHUMWAY IS LIVE TONIGHT WITH THAT STORY. JOHN? Reporter: LIGHTNING IS NOTHING TO MESS AROUND WITH AS WE KNOW AND YOU HEARD JEFF DETAILING HOW THIS WILL MOVE THROUGH THIS EVENING. THERE IS PLENTY OF PLACES TO SEEK SHELTER AT THE PARK BUT IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS IT IS NOT LIKE THAT. PENN HILLS WILL TRY TO GET AHEAD OF THE STORM AND MOVE THE GAME UP TO 6:30 P.M. EVERYBODY ELSE IS ENCOURAGED TO DECIDE HOW THEY WILL HANDLE IT BEFORE KICKOFF. ONCE THERE IS A SCORE IN A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME, PERSPECTIVES CHANGE SO THEY SCENT OUT A LETTER TO — SENT OUT A LETTER TO ALL SCHOOLS TO GET WITH THEIR OPPONENT TODAY. ESTABLISHED AN APPROACH TO THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INTERINTERRUPTED GAME. HOW LONG — INTERRUPTED GAME. Reporter: WHILE THE STORMS WON’T BE AROUND LONG THE POTENTIAL IS REAL. THE DAMAGING WINDS, AND CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. Reporter: WE KNOW THE ODDS OF BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING ARE LONG — IT IS NOT TAKING THE RISK. Reporter: IT IS UP TO THE SCHOOLS TO MAKE THEIR DECISION. THE GUIDELINES SPELL OUT AT THE FIRST SIGN OF THUNDER OR LIGHTNING, CLEAR THE FIELD AND IF YOU HEAR THUNDER YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK. EVERY TIME THERE IS A SIGN OF LIGHTNING OR THUNDER THE 30 MINUTE TIME TO BE AWAY STARTS ALL OVER AGAIN. YOU CAN BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING EVEN IF THE STORM PASSED YOU, MILES. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL SECTION FOOTBALL GAMES, CONFERENCE FOOTBALL GAMES ARE COMPLETED. Reporter: BECAUSE OF THE PLAINTIFFS. BUT THAT DOESN’T MANDATE THE GAME HAS TO BE FINISHED TONIGHT. THE GOOD NEWS, AT ANY ONE STADIUM THE WEATHER SHOULD CLEAR IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. Reporter: THEY SAY THEY RECOMMEND NOT MORE THAN A 90 MINUTE DELAY TO RESUME THE GAME BECAUSE OF THE STRESS ON THE ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN OUT THERE WORKING OUT IN THE GAME AND FOR FATIGUE REASONS. IF THAT IS THE CASE, COME BACK TOMORROW, PICK IT UP AND FINISH THE GAME. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT AS YOU HEARD THEY WILL MOVE THROUGH QUICKLY AND THEY ARE HOPING TO GET ALL THE GAMES IN TONIGHT. LISTEN FOR YOUR STADIUM ANNOUNCER IF YOU ARE GOING TO A GAME, THEY ARE READY FOR THIS. IF YOU NEED TO EVACUATE THEY

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