BE PREPARED FOR THUNDERSTORMS
A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning. Thunderstorms can produce hail, wind gusts, heavy rain and lightning, causing flash flooding, wind damage, fallen trees, downed utility lines and widespread power outages.
- Listen to the radio or watch TV for any warnings about bad weather.
- Avoid using electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery powered TVs and radios instead.
- Metal pipes conduct electricity. Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
- Shutter windows if possible, close doors and keep away from windows.
- Unplug all appliances, including air conditioning, before the storm hits.
- If you are outside, take shelter, avoid high ground, high trees and metal buildings.
- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle, turn on your emergency flashers and avoid touching metal surfaces.