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Natural Disasters/Thunderstorm

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Thunderstorms are a common weather event in many parts of the world. While dangerous, with proper preparation and precautions, they can be easily handled.

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Long Term[edit | edit source]

  • Ensure your buildings have properly installed lightning rods, and ideally a complete lightning protection system.[1]
  • Be ready for strong winds associated with thunderstorms.[2]

Just before a storm[edit | edit source]

  • Unplug electronics prior to storm, especially if they are ungrounded.
  • Bring any animals inside, and ensure they are calmed.
  • If outside, seek shelter immediately inside a building or metal roofed car.[3]

During[edit | edit source]

A lightning stike.

What to do[edit | edit source]

Stay inside if possible.

Stay away from windows and avoid touching plumbing and electrical or gas appliances for the duration of the storm.[3]

Common Mistakes[edit | edit source]

Trees[edit | edit source]

Do not take shelter under a tree. While the tree will likely be a tall enough object to channel lightning, the resulting strike will likely harm anyone near the tree.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Lightning Rods" (in EN-US). US Department of Commerce - NOAA. https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-rods. 
  2. "Thunderstorms" (in en-CA). Transport Canada. 19 January 2010. https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/marine-safety/thunderstorms. 
  3. a b c "Lightning Myths" (in EN-US). US Department of Commerce - NOAA. https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-myths.