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WTOC introduces new lightning alert feature in weather app

Did you know lightning kills an average of 49 people each year in the U.S. Based on the last 10 years, Georgia's 13 deaths is tied with Missouri for the 5th greatest number of deaths in the U.S.

Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud, so even if isn't raining, getting an alert well ahead of the storm could save your life.

We're thrilled to introduce lightning alerts sent directly to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Any time lightning strikes within five miles of your location, a message will pop up on your screen and your device will play an alert. This way, you can stay on top of the latest weather conditions, no matter where you are in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

These alerts are part of our commitment to keeping you safe and informed as you go about your day. 

Don't forget to check out the new Lightning layer on the map section of the app. With this layer, you can see which storms are producing lightning, as well as the location of the strikes. Just tap the "Layers" button and tap the "Lightning" button.

Wou can download our weather app by searching "WTOC" in your device's app store. 

A few technical notes:

  • Because of licensing restrictions, you must be within 100 miles of our station, located at 11 News Place in Savannah for the alerts to work
  • You must make sure the location in your app is set to "Use Current Location." This can be done by tapping the location dropdown at the top of the WTOC weather app.
  • If lightning strikes within five miles of your location, you will receive a notification. You will not receive another lighting alert for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, any new lightning strikes that meet the conditions will trigger another alert.
  • To turn the alerts on or off, tap the "Settings" button in your WTOC weather app and toggle the "Lighting Alerts" switch.
  • You must have alerts enabled in your phone's settings to be able to receive alerts. For information on how to enable those alerts, consult your phone's help guide.

More information on lightning and lightning safety can be found at:

Questions? Email WTOC Digital Content Director Kimberly Schupp at kschupp@wtoc.com 

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