Thunderstorm Information and Severe Weather Tips
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- Stay off the phone
- Stay away from windows
- Use flashlights if the power goes out
- Discontinue use of phones and electrical equipment. You may also want to unplug appliances and computers.
- Avoid taking a shower or bath. If lightning strikes your house it may send a current of electricity across metal plumbing throughout the house.
- Reduce your speed
- Pull off to the shoulder of the road. Be sure you’re away from tall objects, such as trees, which could fall due to wind or lightning and do not clog highway underpasses.
- Turn on your emergency flashers
- Remain in the car until the storm passes
- Do not touch any metal objects in the car
- Avoid driving on roads covered by water
- Stay low
- If possible, find shelter in a building
- Keep away from trees, tall objects, metal objects and water
- Boaters and swimmers should get to land as soon as possible
- If you’re in a group caught outside, spread out. If you begin to feel you hair stand on end, this indicated lightning is about to strike. You should drop to your knees and bend forward placing your hands on your knees and crouch down. Do not lie flat on the ground; this will only make you a larger target.
- When a watch is issued, you should do the following to protect your home.
- Tie down loose outdoor objects or bring them inside
- Bring vehicles under a covering or inside a garage
- Close windows to prevent rain from entering your dwelling and draw the blinds so they can help deflect glass in the event the window breaks.
- Keep an eye on the sky
- Be prepared as if a warning was going to be issued.
- Listen to radio or television for possible warnings.