Warped weather bound for big St. Pete event

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Some warped weather could make things dangerous for fans at the Vans Warped Tour in St. Pete on Friday.

As one of America's biggest music festivals rocks its way into St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, we're expecting some big weather extremes.

When it's not scorchingly hot, there's a good chance it will be dangerously stormy, especially from the morning through around 1 p.m.

And when you have thousands of people out in open spaces, lightning is a real worry.

Lightning strikes at Clearwater Beach on Thursday came far out in front of a storm.

One bolt started a fire, while another hurt two people. A man from Tampa needed surgery from the burns. A lifeguard lucked out, with no lasting damage.

In the past week, people in Sarasota and Ft. Myers have been killed by lightning.

When it comes to lightning, remember, if you can hear lightning, it's generally close enough to strike where you are. When thunder roars, go indoors.

Once the sun comes out at Vinoy Park, there's danger as well. Our 10 Weather forecast has temperatures reaching up into the low 90's.

Heat exhaustion and even heat stroke can take down anyone who's not resting and not drinking enough water.

To beat the heat, the Vans Warped Tour says it will have:

- Free water stations

- Low-priced bottled water

- Shade areas

- Misting stations

For more information, check out the FAQ at the Vans Warped Tour website.


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