Thunder, Lightning, and Flash Floods, OH MY!
According to Ready.gov lighting is the leading cause of both injury and death from all weather-related hazards. Majority of victims of a lightning strike survive, but many report that they experience a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms following the incident. While thunder and lightning are scary enough, these storms may also be accompanied by winds reaching over 50 mph, hail storms, and flash flooding and tornadoes. Here are some actions you can take to make sure you are reacting to these storms in the safest way possible!
Know the risk of thunderstorms in your area, and sign up for your community's local warning system. These will give you a proper warning for large storms on the radar that the local population has to be aware of. Cutting down or trimming any trees that are in danger of falling on your home is another preventative measure that can be taken.
When you first hear a thunderstorm, it is time to take cover. Head indoors or into a car, and pay attention to the weather reports and warnings of the storm. It is smart to avoid all running water and landline phones because both are susceptible to electricity travel. Lastly, unplug your electronics and appliances and secure any outdoor furniture to make sure your possessions do not get ruined.
Be Cautious Post Storm:
Even after you think the storm has passed, make sure to check your local weather forecasts and warnings before heading outside again in case of the potential for flash flooding. It is also important to watch for fallen power lines and trees and report them immediately to help keep others safe.