All thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. On average, lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the U.S. each year. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include strong winds, flash flooding, hail, and even tornadoes.
To Prepared for a Thunderstorm
- Trim or remove tree limbs near your home. Remove any dead or rotting trees.
- Secure outdoor items.
- Postpone or cancel outdoor activities.
- Go inside - if you can't reach a building, get in a hard-top vehicle.
- Secure doors and windows. Close blinds, curtains, or shutters.
- Unplug electronics.
When a Thunderstorm Occurs
- Remember this phrase: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors." Go inside during thunderstorms.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio such as NOAA Weather Radio for updates and information.
- Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from lightning-caused power surges.
- Water conducts electricity. Avoid water-based activities and chores during a thunderstorm.
- Windows, porches, and doorways can be dangerous in storms - stay inside.
- If you can't get inside, try to avoid natural lightning rods - like a large tree in an open field, and try not to be the tallest thing on a hill, open field, or beach.
- Try not to touch metal - including your car - metal conducts electricity.
- Stay in your car if you're driving. Pullover and turn on your hazard lights until the heavy rain ends.
After the Storm Passes
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
- Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children, the elderly, or those with access or functional needs.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
- Keep a close eye on your pets to keep them safe.
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