Severe Weather Safety


Spring is coming soon, and with the arrival of spring comes severe weather season in most areas of the country. With that in mind, here are some tips about the most frequent problems with severe weather.

TORNADOES

  • Do not try to outrun the tornado in a vehicle.
  • Place as many walls between you and the tornado as possible.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home, as they are not safe in a tornado.
  • If caught outdoors, lie face down in a ditch.

FLOODS

  • Do not drive through flood waters, no matter how shallow the water. It only takes a few inches of water to wash a car away.
  • Do not play or walk in flooded areas.
  • When flood watches or warnings are issued, stay away from low lying areas, especially close to streams or rivers, that can flood with very little warning.

LIGHTNING

  • Obey the 30-30 rule: if thunder is less than 30 seconds after lightning, it is close enough to strike you. Also, do not go outside for 30 minutes after the last lightning strike of a storm.
  • If you feel your hair tingling, lightning could strike at any moment. Get as close to the ground as possible.

For more severe weather information, including watches and warnings, visit www.weather.gov and www.weather.com today.

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