Thunderstorms & Lightning

A thunderstorm is always accompanied by lightning and can cause destructive winds, tornadoes, heavy rain, hail and flash flooding. Lightning causes more damage in a typical year than floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined. 

Are You Inside?

  • Stay inside and postpone outdoor activities.
  • Unplug electrical devices not necessary for obtaining weather information.
  • Avoid using appliances and telephones except for in an emergency.
  • Do not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm.

Are You Outside?

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building or a vehicle with a hard top.
  • Avoid touching metal objects, such as bicycles, fences, golf clubs, and lawnmowers.
  • Don't go near tall trees, poles, hills, wires, or metal pipes.
  • In water, get to shore immediately and seek shelter.
  • In the woods, take shelter in a low area under thick, shorter trees.
  • In the open, head for low ground (such as a valley or ravine) and crouch down, If golfing, leave the course immediately.
  • In a group, don't huddle, spread out.

Be Prepared for Thunderstorms

  • Install a lightning protection system, which provides a safe path for grounding electric current. They are not noticeable and do not attract lightning.
  • Install a surge protector to shield electrical equipment and appliances. These range from surge protectors for each item to those that protect the entire house.
  • Have your home inspected to make sure it is properly grounded for lighting strikes.