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Thunder and Lightning

Thunder is a series of sudden electrical discharge resulting from atmospheric conditions. This discharge results in sudden flashes of light and trembling sound waves which are commonly known as thunder and lightning.

IF YOU’RE OUTDOORS:

  1. Keep an eye at the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning, or increasing winds. Lightning often proceeds rain, so don’t wait for the rain to begin. If you hear the sound of thunder, go to a safe place immediately.
  2. The best place to go is a sturdy building or a car, but make sure the windows in the car are shut. Avoid sheds, picnic areas, baseball dugouts and bleachers.
  3. If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees. Crouch down in the open area, keeping twice as far away from a tree as far as it is tall. Put your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
  4. If you’re with a group of people stay about 15 feet from each other.
  5. Stay out of water. It’s a great conductor of electricity. Swimming, wading, snorkeling and scuba diving are not safe. Also, don’t stand in puddles.
  6. Avoid metal. Stay away from clotheslines, fences, and drop your backpacks because they often have metal on them.
  7. If you’re playing an outdoor activity, wait at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning strike or thunder.
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IF YOU’RE OUTDOORS:

  1. Avoid water. It’s a great conductor of electricity, so do not take a shower, wash your hands, wash dishes or do laundry.
  2. Do not use a corded telephone. Lightning may strike exterior phone lines.
  3. Do not use electric equipment like computers and appliances during a storm.
  4. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING:

  1. Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or send for help immediately.
  2. The injured person does not carry an electrical charge, so it is okay to touch them.

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY

Thunderstorm Watch

A thunderstorm is possible in the area you live in.Be prepared to move indoors.             

Thunderstorm Warning

A thunderstorm is happening in the area you live in.You should be indoor at this time and away from windows.

During a Thunderstorm

  1. If you hear thunder or see lightning move indoor immediately.Do NOT wait for rain to begin.
  2. If you can not get inside a buliding,stay in your car.(Make sure all windows and door are closed)
  3. If you do not have a car,crouch down in an open area.Keep your feet together and cover your ears from thunder.
  4. Stay as far away from tree as you can.
  5. Stay out of ALL water.(It can conduct electricity)
  6. Do NOT touch anything metal.
  7. Do NOT use a telephone with a cord.(Lightning could hit a phone line)
  8. Do NOT use electical equipment like appliances or computers.
  9. Wait at least 30 minutes after you last saw lightning or heard thunder before returning outside.
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