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Thunderstorms: How to Prepare

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

How to prepare for thunderstorms

Summer heat is definitely here and that means thunderstorms are too. Thunderstorms especially in summer can pop up unexpectedly and it is important to be prepared. Thunderstorms can be very dangerous and cause significant damage

A thunderstorm is created by surface heating. In a thunderstorm, there is upward atmospheric motion that transports whatever is in the air along with it. A thunderstorm is a result of this convection. They are most common in the spring and the summer months during the afternoon and evening hours of the day. 

Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Lightning can be very dangerous and when it strikes it can cause fires. Hail during thunderstorms can also be a hazard. Hail forms when drops of water freeze together in the cold upper atmosphere. Large hail can severely damage cars and homes. Strong winds can also knock down power lines and cause damage. Thunderstorms are also often associated with flooding, which can cause damage to your yard and the exterior of your home as well as inside your home.

It is important to be prepared for these intense weather events, and fortunately, there are steps that you can take to stay safe during summer thunderstorms.

If You’re Indoors

If you are already safe inside of the house, avoid using corded items such as computers or power tools, as lightning can travel along electric currents and damage electronics. High winds and hail have the potential to shatter glass, so be sure to stay away from windows and glass doors in your home during a severe thunderstorm. 

If You’re Outdoors

If you are outside and see dark clouds or hear lightning, take shelter immediately. Head for enclosed buildings if possible rather than garages or pavilions. If there is nowhere inside to go, get inside of a vehicle and get off of motorcycles and bikes. If no shelter at all is available, squat low to the ground and find the lowest possible place to take shelter in such as a ditch or roadside. If you are in water, head to shore immediately, as water can carry electrical current. 

How to Protect Your Home and Belongings Before The Storm

Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning. Put your entire house on a surge-protection system to avoid having your electronics damaged during a storm surge. Any furniture or toys should be brought indoors or tied down to prevent wind from blowing objects around. 

If your home has been damaged by a recent summer thunderstorm, SERVPRO in South Mecklenburg County can help. For more information about our services, contact us at (704) 840-6112.

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