Storms develop quickly and can occur with little to no warning. Heavy winds and lightning caused by storms can cause extended power outages, uprooted trees, landslides, and downed or broken utility lines. Additionally, heavy rains can cause flash floods.
While watching the weather, listen for:
- Tornado Watch
- Tornado Warning
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch
- Severe Thunderstorm Warning
During the storm:
- Avoid handling metal, electrical equipment, telephones, bathtubs, water faucets and sinks, because electric current from lightening can travel through wires and pipes.
- If you are outside, take cover in a stable facility. Avoid taking shelter under trees.
- Tune in to local TV/radio channels for emergency advisories and instructions.
- Avoid walking through water that has seeped in your home - it may contain hazardous materials.
- If you are asked to evacuate your home, disconnect all electrical appliances.
- Call 911 to report fallen trees or tree limbs, or clogged catch basins.
- Call 911 to report flooded streets.
- Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines. Report them to 911.
After the storm:
- Assess your immediate environment.
- Report fallen trees, flooded streets or damaged public utilities to proper department.
- Stay tuned to local weather stations for updated information.