Severe Weather Awareness Week (Lightning Safety)- Tuesday Update

This week is severe weather awareness week. Each day includes a new form of dangerous weather, as we move into our active severe weather season. Today’s topic is lightning. While lightning isn’t considered severe weather, it’s very dangerous and can be life threatening. Below are some lightning safety rules from the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Move inside a well constructed house, a large building or an all-metal vehicle. Stay away from electrical appliances and do not use the telephone. If you are in a boat, get off the water and into a  substantial building or at least into an enclosed and all-metal vehicle with the windows up.

If you are caught in an open metal boat, lie down in the boat with cushions between you and the metal sides and bottom.

If you are caught outdoors during a storm and are too far away from appropriate shelter, you only have one last ditch effort to lower your chances of being directly struck. Crouch down low, but do not lie flat on the ground. 

If in a ravine or valley, be alert for the threat of flooding. The best advice is to check the forecast and watch the sky for storm development and not put yourself in the situation where you are out in the open when a thunderstorm occurs.

Move away from motorcycles, scooters, golf carts, bicycles, tractors and other metal farm equipment. Avoid wire fences, clotheslines, metal pipes and drains, railroad tracks and any other metal surfaces.

Avoid isolated trees. Stay away from the tallest trees. If caught in the woods, pick a small grove of trees as your shelter and stand at least 5 feet from the trunk of the nearest tree to avoid flying bark if the tree is struck.

Avoid standing in a small isolated shed or other small ungrounded structure.

If you are with a group of people in an open area and can not get to appropriate shelter, spread out before you take last ditch efforts.

Be sure to scroll down below for Tuesday’s Forecast Discussion!

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott


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