A Grateful Attitude

We all have a lot for which to be Thankful this season. Hopefully, you'll be able to spend time with friends, family and of course, enjoy some good food. While many in the southeast would like rain, no one wants to see destructive storms. But when the rumbling starts, one WeatherCall client is grateful to be getting the information he needs that ultimately saves his company money. Doug, a plant manager in Athens, Georgia, was introduced to WeatherCall's lightning notification last year and gladly renewed (which made me grateful). He depends on timely lightning notifications to let him know if ...
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“This storm will kill you!”

That was the dire warning Florida governor Rick Scott gave today in advance of the dangerous and deadly category four Hurricane Matthew's arrival to his state tomorrow. Currently, the storm is packing 145 mph winds with gusts up to 165 mph. Hopefully, people will heed the evacuation orders and take the threat seriously. This isn't hype, it's real and the things the Governor said are meant to scare the complacent into action. Those moving inland need to be aware of the often overlooked feature of land-falling hurricanes: tornadoes. Often, small, but powerful twisters develop in the spiraling outer bands of ...
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WeatherCall Success Story During Hermine

One hundred and ninety miles away from the center of Hurricane Hermine's Florida landfall, a tornado warning was issued just outside of Savannah, Georgia. That's where over one hundred residents of an assisted living community waited out the storm. WeatherCall service had just been installed there and it performed flawlessly. In an emergency situation, like a tornado, staff had been instructed to move all residents to a designated safe area in the building. No easy task when so many in your care have awareness, mobility and health issues. Certainly more challenging to pull off at 3:30 am! However, they didn't ...
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Here Comes Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine (pronounced her-MEEN), strengthening in the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico has much of Florida in its sights. Hurricane watches are posted from north of Tampa stretching all along the panhandle. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the "elbow" of Florida and as of Wednesday afternoon, a tropical storm watch is up for parts of the Georgia coast, mainly south of Savannah. Here is the track as of Wednesday afternoon for this storm from the National Hurricane Center: Keep in mind that tropical storms and hurricanes often spawn isolated tornadoes inland, either before, during ...
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Know A Senior Living Alone?

Hearing the roar of thunder when you live alone, perhaps with health, awareness or mobility issues, can be frightening. It may just be a passing storm, or it could be something worse. If you have an aging relative living alone, wouldn’t you want to know if they were in possible danger? Consider getting a WeatherCall @Home subscription for them. Enter your loved one’s address, and contact number for them and up to two other family members. Those other numbers can be family members who live elsewhere, perhaps in a different state. WeatherCall works anywhere in the U.S. If the senior’s ...
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Back To School

It’s that time of year! According to the National Center for Education Studies, an estimated 50 million students will head to elementary and secondary schools and seventeen million will enroll in college this fall. For some, it will be a familiar environment, but for others – it could be a strange and different world. Those headed to college may not just be away from home for the first time, but also now living in a place where the weather can be very different from what they’re accustomed. In times of dangerous weather, parents may be concerned about their child’s safety ...
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So, where are we again?

Why am I showing you a map of the over 3,000 counties in the U.S.? Read on... Imagine being on the vacation you've carefully planned for weeks. It's a beautiful spot - a cabin in the woods or maybe a great Florida beach resort. You pretty much tune out, enjoying time at the beach or a refreshing nature walk. Suddenly, skies grow dark, there's a tell-tale rumble of thunder followed by flashes of lightning. As downpours descend, you run for cover inside the hotel or elsewhere. A TV shows a list of county names scrolling across the bottom of the ...
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Mayhem On The Fourth

I know a few things about the weather having been an on-air meteorologist for over twenty years. One thing I know for sure is that weather doesn’t follow a schedule. Just ask the people shopping at the Wal-Mart in Louisa, Kentucky on July fourth. A fast-moving storm emerged over hilly terrain and eyewitnesses saw a funnel approaching the town that lies nestled along the Kentucky/West Virginian border. Moments later people scrambled for cover as damaging storm winds struck. The roof came crashing in at the store and cars and shopping carts were tossed like toys in the parking lot. Based ...
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Lightning and Beaches – What You Need to Know

4th of July weekend on Topsail Beach, NC, a tragedy followed a tragedy because of lightning. When storms developed and moved over the beach, a 14 year old girl was struck by lightning. When responders arrived, she was alive, but not responding to verbal commands, and had burns on her ears. When she was taken to Emergency Medical Services rescuers, and taken to the hospital, an officer stayed on the beach to make sure no one else was injured or struck. That is when another bolt struck near him, knocking him off his feet, and required him to seek medical ...
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