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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 year.

FEMA offers these interesting facts about thunderstorms:

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 an hour.
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 lightning:

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 important precautions.
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 damage.
Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If you do not have shutters, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
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 floods.
If you are on open water, go to land and find shelter immediately.
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.
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