Severe Weather Awareness

  • Lightning is a big threat with any thunderstorm.

    • If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
    • When you hear thunder, you should immediately go to a safe shelter.
    • Safe shelter from lightning is a substantial building or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.

  • Floods are a significant danger - Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown

    • Most flood fatalities are vehicle-related.
    • Never attempt to cross, by foot or by vehicle, a road covered by water.
    • Less than a foot of fast-moving water can move a car.

  • Be aware, know the basic tornado safety tips

    • A tornado watch means that severe weather, including tornados, are possible in and close to the watch area. You should pay attention to changing weather conditions.
    • A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar. Anyone inside a warning area should take shelter immediately.
    • You should take shelter immediately if you notice:
      • Large hail and heavy rain
      • Blowing dust and debris in the air
      • A roar, or continuous rumble, which doesn't fade like thunder.
    • The best shelter is in a basement, under a sturdy piece of furniture.
    • If no basement is available, go to the lowest floor and find a central room. Avoid windows.
    • For more, detailed safety tips...