A thunderstorm complex capable of producing quarter-sized hail and 50 to 60 mph winds was moving through Oklahoma last Friday night and Saturday morning. These storms could produce some locally damaging winds, heavy rainfall and cloud-to-ground lightning, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
WHAT KINDS OF DAMAGE CAN A THUNDERSTORM CAUSE? 1
Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. I found the road in front of my house flooded Saturday morning.
Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities.
Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. The thunderstorm also caused power outages and water logging into the floor.
THUNDERSTORM SAFETY 2
Always listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.
A THUNDERSTORM WATCH means a thunderstorm is possible for your area. A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means a thunderstorm is taking place in your area.
IF YOU’RE OUTDOORS:
IF YOU’RE INDOORS:
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING:
Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or send for help immediately. The injured person does not carry an electrical charge, so it is okay to touch them.
1: Thunderstorm Basics, http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/thunderstorms/
2: Thunderstorm Safety, http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-safety-thunderstorm.htm