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Lightning safety signs to be posted around the area


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton / Sun-Telegraph

NOAA Warning Coordinator, Chad Hahn (left) and Region 21 Emergency Management Director, Ron Leal (right) are pictured with the yellow signs that will be posted in five counties in the panhandle. The signs read "When thunder roars, stay indoors," and help to keep residents aware of lighting dangers.

With spring and summer temperatures often accompanied by thunderstorms, it's important to understand the risks lightning can pose while enjoying the outdoors.

Region 21 Emergency Management Director, Ron Leal said Sidney residents will be among those across the panhandle that will soon be seeing signs that read "When thunder roars, go indoors."

Leal partnered with Warning Coordinator, Chad Hahn form the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to bring the signs into Cheyenne, Morrill, Kimball, Deuel and Garden counties.

Hahn said on average 47 people die a year due to light...

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