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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Be Prepared for Thunder Storms and Lightning

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Thunderstorms are common and can be dangerous. They can bring intense wind, flash flooding, hail and dangerous lightning.

Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and powerful (50+ mph) winds. They can create lightning and hail as well as flooding and tornadoes.

If you are under a thunderstorm warning, find safe shelter right away:

  • When thunder roars, go indoors
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings
  • Move from outdoors into a building or car
  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones

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When a thunderstorm threatens: 

  • Prepare Now
    • Know your area's risk of thunderstorms
    • Sign up for your community's warning system(s)
    • Identify sturdy buildings close
    • Cut down or trim trees
    • Consider buying surge protectors
    • Secure outside furniture
  • Surviving During
    • When thunder roars, go indoors
    • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings
    • If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones
    • Protect your property by unplugging electrical devices and appliances
    • If boating or swimming get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately
    • If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides
    • Avoid flooded roadways, Turn Around, Don't Drown
  • Be Safe After
    • Listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside
    • Watch for fallen power lines and trees


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