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Thunderstorms pose significant risks to people and
property. According to the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) thunderstorms produce a number of
dangerous hazards. These include tornadoes, strong
winds, hail and flash flooding. FEMA notes that
flash floods are responsible for more fatalities
– more than 140 annually – than any
other hazard associated with thunderstorms. Another
hazard produced by thunderstorms is lightning. The
dangers posed by lightning are significant as well.
FEMA estimates that about 300 people are injured
and 80 people are killed by lightning strikes every
FEMA offers these interesting facts about
Thunderstorms may occur as a single event, in clusters
or in lines.
Some of the most severe thunderstorms are those
that occur as a single event affecting a single
location for an extended time.
Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rainfall for
a brief period ranging from just a few minutes to
Thunderstorms are typically the result of cold and
humid fronts mixing with warmer conditions.
About 10 percent of all thunderstorms are considered
severe which means they may produce hail at least
three quarters of an inch in diameter, winds of
58 miles per hour or higher and tornadoes.
FEMA offers these interesting facts about
The unpredictability of lightning increases its
risk to people and property.
Lightning can strike far away from rainfall, occurring
as far away as 10 miles.
Heat lightning refers to lightning that strikes
even when the actual thunderstorm is too far away
to hear the thunder.
Heat lightning strikes are a good indication that
a thunderstorm may be moving in your direction.
Most deaths associated with lightning strikes occur
when people are outside in the afternoons or evenings
during the summer months.
The chances of being stuck by lightning are estimated
to be one in 600,000. The risk of being struck by
lightning can be reduced even further by following
Knowledge is power and comfort when it comes to
dealing with the effects of a thunderstorm. Knowing
what to do before and during the storm will go a
long way in reducing your risks and enhancing your
recovery. FEMA offers these important tips:
Before a thunderstorm
If weather officials predict a thunderstorm in your
area, do the following:
Postpone outdoor activities.
Get inside a home, building or hard-top car. Even
though you could possibly be injured by lightning
while in a car, it is much safer than being outside.
Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause
Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If you
do not have shutters, close window blinds, shades
Do not take a shower or bath. Plumbing and bathroom
fixtures can conduct electricity.
Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless
and cellular telephones are safe to use.
Unplug appliances and other electrical items such
as computers. Turn off air conditioners. Power surges
from lightning can cause serious damage.
Keep a battery-powered radio on hand to receive
weather updates from local officials.
Stay away from natural lightning rods such as tall
isolated trees in an open area.
Stay away from hilltops, open fields, the beach
and boats on the water.
Do not seek shelter in isolated sheds of other small
structures located in open areas.
Stay away from anything metal such as tractors and
other farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf
clubs and bicycles.
During a thunderstorm
If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm,
do the following:
If you are in a forested area, seek shelter in a
low area under a thick growth of small trees.
If you are in an open area, go to a low place such
as a ravine or valley. Be on the alert for flash
If you are on open water, go to land and find shelter
If you feel your hair stand on end, this is an indication
that lightning is about to strike. If this happens,
squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet.
Place your hands over your ears and your head between
your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible
and minimize your contact with the ground. Do not
lie flat on the ground.
Aiding the injured
If someone has been struck by lightning, the American
Red Cross recommends the following:
People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge
and can be handled safely.
Call for help immediately. Dial 9-1-1 or your local
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number.
The injured person has received an electrical shock
and may be burned, both where they were struck and
where the electricity left their body. Check for
burns in both places. Being struck by lightning
can also cause nervous system damage, broken bones
and loss of hearing or eyesight.
Give first aid. If breathing has stopped, begin
rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating,
a trained person should give CPR. If the person
has a pulse and is breathing, look and care for
other possible injuries.