Thunderstorms & Lighting

All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. If you can see lightning you are close enough to be struck. Lightning can occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall and is responsible for killing more people than tornadoes each year. Other dangers associated with thunderstorms include flash flooding, strong winds (i.e. straight-line winds), hail, wildfires, and tornadoes.

When a thunderstorm is in your area:

  • Stay away from glass doors and windows.
  • Move to a basement or interior room in the house.
  • Keep outdoor objects secure that could become projectiles, such as lawn chairs, trash cans and toys.
  • Close window blinds, shades or curtains to buffer any glass breakage or flying debris.
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio, or local radio and TV broadcasts for storm updates.
  • Assemble a family preparedness kit and create your emergency plan that designates a place for your family to meet both in and outside your immediate neighborhood should you become separated.

For more information about Thunderstorms & Lightning, see the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) brochure entitled, Thunderstorms and Lightning…the Underrated Killers (pdf).

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