Severe Thunderstorms can develop quickly and can occur with little to no warning. Heavy winds and lightning caused by storms can cause extended power outages, uprooted trees, landslides, and downed or broken utility lines. Additionally, heavy rains can cause flash floods.
Familiarize yourself with the following terms to stay alert and prepared:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning - A severe thunderstorm has actually been observed by spotters or indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.
During the storm:
Avoid handling metal, electrical equipment, telephones, bathtubs, water faucets and sinks, because electric current from lightening can travel through wires and pipes
If you are outside, take cover in a stable facility. Avoid taking shelter under trees
Tune in to local TV/radio channels for emergency advisories and instructions
Avoid walking through water that has seeped in your home -it may contain hazardous materials
If you are asked to evacuate your home, disconnect all electrical appliances
Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines.
After the storm:
Assess your immediate environment
Report fallen trees, flooded streets or damaged public utilities to proper department
Stay tuned to local weather stations for updated information