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:
During the storm:
- 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.
After 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.
- 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