Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Warning
The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing both a thunderstorm "Watch" and thunderstorm "Warning".
THUNDERSTORM WATCH - When conditions are such that winds reach or exceed 58 miles per hour or hail three-fourths of an inch in diameter are likely to occur.
THUNDERSTORM WARNING - A severe thunderstorm meeting the "thunderstorm watch" conditions has been sighted or observed on radar.
Warning signs of thunderstorm conditions:
· Dark towering or threatening clouds
· Distant lightning and thunder
During a Thunderstorm
OUTDOOR HAZARDS - During thunderstorms dead or rotting trees and branches can fall during a severe thunderstorm and cause injury or property damage. Time permitting, tie down lawn chairs and other objects, or else bring them inside a storage shed, garage or other secure place.
Personal Protection Information
- IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS
- Attempt to get inside of a building.
- If no building is available, squat low in an open space such as a field.
- Place your hands on your knees and do not lie flat on the ground.
- Never stand underneath a single tree. If in a wooded area, find an area protected by a low clump of trees.
- Kneel or crouch with you hands on your knees.
- Avoid natural lightning rods such as tools, golf clubs, tractors, fishing rods, bicycles or camping equipment.
- IF YOU ARE IN A CAR
- Stay in the car, but pull safely off to the shoulder of the road and stay away from trees that could fall onto the vehicle.
- Stay in the car and use your emergency flashers until the storm passes.
- DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER OVERPASSES. This could lead to the stopping of traffic and will prevent emergency personnel from getting to those in need of assistance.