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August: Summer Storms

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

The warm summer weather in Connecticut provides for many outdoor pleasures and fun activities. But summer weather can also bring violent and dangerous weather like severe thunderstorms, lightning, hail, and even tornadoes. Knowing what to do and how to prepare for these storms can be the difference between life and death, especially when caught outdoors. A few simple steps can minimize the impact of these weather occurrences and make summer safe and fun for everyone.

Monitor the weather: Stay alert for weather reports, like warnings and watches, and keep an eye out for darkening skies. Consider a NOAA approved weather alert radio.

When thunder roars, go indoors! If you can hear thunder, you are at risk for being struck by lightning. Seek shelter!

Seek appropriate shelter: There is NO safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Seek shelter in a substantial building. Avoid open areas and isolated trees, towers or utility poles. The majority of lightning strike victims meant to seek shelter, but waited too long!

Stay away from “CORDED” phone and plumbing: Cordless phones and cell phones are safe, but avoid corded phones and using the tub, shower or other plumbing fixtures during storms.

Turn around, Don’t Drown! During flash floods, avoid flooded roadways. Don’t try to drive through them. Avoid areas with roads known to flood and rivers that overflow. Seek higher ground.

For more information on preparing for and reacting to severe thunderstorms, lightning and tornadoes, you can download these fact sheets and visit the following sites: