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Thunderstorms & Lightning

Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include Lightning and can create or cause any of the following:

  • Flash flooding and/or tornadoes 
  • Powerful winds over 50 mph
  • Hail

Tips on preparing for Thunderstorms & Lightning:

  • Know Your Risk: Know your area's risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour. Sign up for your community's warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Strengthen Your Home: Consider buying surge protectors or other supplies in the event of a power outage.
  • Make an Emergency Plan: Create an emergency plan so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from the effects of a thunderstorm. Identify sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.

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