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How Do Campgrounds Handle Heat and Lightning?

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WESTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — When the sun’s out, you can find kids splashing around at Northampton/Springfield’s KOA Campgrounds.

However, on stormy days, it can be scary hearing thunder and seeing those bolts flash across the sky in your house, let alone sleeping under the stars.

“The second we hear thunder, or we see a storm coming in the area, we actually shut the pool down. The pool is cleared out, that’s 1st off. Then actually, a lot of them moved into the pavilion. On the breakers for the campers, it’s automatically triggered if there’s a surge like that,” General Manager Michael Kelsey stated.

According to FEMA, when you’re camping during thunderstorms, you should never lie flat on the ground, or seek shelter under a single tree to reduce your risk of getting struck.

The intense weather also poses another issue, keeping campers entertained during a heat wave, which could be pretty challenging.

“The camp has a variety of activities to keep folks cool, including using an old Westhampton fire truck, which still works and shoots out water at everyone it passes by. As some campers prove, you don’t have to get wet to stay cool. “I don’t mind the heat, my wife, not so much. We’re sitting here in the shade, hoping for a breeze, having a good time. We’re on vacation,” added Warren Watson.

The camp also provides free ice cream on these types of days, which might be the tastiest way to chill out.

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