Severe Thunderstorms can develop quickly and can occur with little to nowarning.
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 cantravel through wires and pipes
- If you are outside, take cover in a stable facility. Avoidtaking shelter under trees
- Tune in to local TV/radio channels for emergencyadvisories 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 allelectrical appliances
- Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines.
After the storm:
- Assess your immediate environment
- Report fallen trees, flooded streets or damaged publicutilities to proper department
- Stay tuned to local weather stations for updatedinformation