What To Do When a Severe Thunderstorm is Headed Your Way

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A server thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Western Carolina Region. Don’t get caught in a summer storm without being prepared! The American Red Cross wants you to #stayinformeduringthestorm here are a few simple tips on how!

  • Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of the weather and put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Learn about your community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors
  • Keep your trees and shrubbery trimmed, and remove damaged branches
  • Watch for signs that a storm is near such as darkening of skies, flashes of lightning, and increased winds
  • Postpone any outdoor activities
  • Do not take a bath or a shower or use plumbing
  • Protect your pets by ensuring that any outside buildings that they are housed in are protected in the same way as your home

Flooding

  • Prepare to evacuate at a moment’s notice and head for higher ground when a flood or flash warning is issued
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving waters can sweep you off your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road, and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children away from water

*If you can hear thunder you are close enough to be in danger of being struck by lightning, which kills more people every year than tornadoes and hurricanes. Many people struck by lightning are not in a location where it is raining.

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