Thunderstorms have to be one of the most scary types of weather for many many users across the globe. Happening around 16 million times around the world each year and lasting around 30 minutes on average, it can be a very tense time!
I’ve taken the time here, to give you some sound tips on what to do when you get that all important news that a storm’s on the way, and some general guidelines to keep you as safe as possible. Reading these tips should not only help keep yourself as safe as possible, but also your neighbors and anybody around you too.
The first thing to do is keep well updated on what’s happening around you, by keeping you phone, checking online, or simply looking for that all important dark feeling approaching outside. Most severe weather types can now be monitored and tracked with accuracy at least a day in advance, so it’s important to keep on top of all news and up to date information.
As the storm approaches, if the winds do pick up, make sure you have all outdoor appliances covered up and secured, fly debris can be just as dangerous as lightening and electric shocks. If the storm is close, it may be wiser to leave the items as they are to save getting caught in the storm itself.
Everyone is curious as a storm gets closer but it is important to avoid being around windows or open doors as a storm passes by, these are dangerous places to be and are best avoided. Electrical appliances are also best avoided, lightening can travel through cables and wires, so avoid using your phone, or plug sockets during the storm unless it is completely necessary.
Following the above steps should help avoid the biggest dangers as the storm passes. Most storms only last around 30 minutes, so at worse this is all you will have to endure. Sometimes the storm may pass and the sun may start to shine again right away after, but it is always best to give an extra 10 minutes before you go out again. Thunder can strike from up to 10 miles away from the rain and carnage of the main storm, and often the lightening can only be found in areas outside of the main rainfall and winds.
Use your common sense and air on the side of caution, knowing the above tips you should now be well equipped to deal with any future storm.