Thunderstorms produce many dangerous and severe forms of weather. Lightning, destructive winds, heavy rain, and hail can all be products of thunderstorms.

What to do:

  • If you're outside, get into a building, car or bus.
  • If in the woods, pick a low area under thick small trees.
  • If swimming or boating, get out of the water immediately, get to land as soon as possible.
  • If in an open area, head for low ground such as a valley or ravine, or crouch down.
  • If golfing, leave the course as soon as possible and take shelter in the club house.

What not to do:

  • Don't touch metallic objects such as bicycles, fences, golf clubs, and equipment such as lawnmowers.
  • Don't go near trees, poles, hills, clotheslines, overhead wires, metal pipes, or water.
  • If in a group, don't huddle. Spread out.
  • Don't use the telephone except in an emergency.
  • Don't take a shower or bath.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch - means conditions are favorable for severe weather continue normal activity, but monitor weather conditions closely.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning - means to seek shelter and monitor radio or television.  Follow all of the above instructions until the storm passes.