What you need to know: Preparation and safety advice ahead of storms

News 12 Storm Watch Meteorologist Michele Powers recommends having dependable sources to get reliable weather information and seeking shelter indoors.

Michele Powers and Roberto Torres

Apr 6, 2023, 9:20 PM

Updated 475 days ago

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News 12 Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Michele Powers shared some storm preparation and safety advice ahead of Thursday night's stormy weather.
"When thunder roars, go indoors" -- Powers says lightning can travel 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. That is just about the distance one will first hear that thunder.
Powers recommends having dependable sources to get reliable weather information quickly ahead of any potential storms.
Powers recommends taking shelter indoors immediately if one is outdoors at a park or playground, even the home's backyard. She also recommends not standing under tall trees because it could be very dangerous.
If there is no safe shelter nearby, Powers says one should immediately get inside their car. She says the vehicle's metal frame will protect anyone if lightning strikes. To play it safe, Powers says to stay inside at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
The house is a safe place to be, but Powers says avoid anything that conducts electricity, so unplug and do not use any electrical appliances.
Powers recommends to stay away from metal doors, plumbing and from windows because debris can easily fly and the windows could break.
Drivers who encounter flooding should remember "turn around, don't drown" - because the depth of the water is unknown.
Powers also says to watch for fallen power lines and trees.


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