Lightning & Tornadoes

Safety Tips

Severe Thunderstorms & Lightning

Lightning is extremely dangerous and kills more people each year than tornadoes. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, so you need to be prepared.

  • Get out of boats and away from water.
  • If a sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hardtop vehicle and keep the windows up.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning - find safe shelter immediately.
  • Move to a sturdy building and stay away from the windows.


Tornadoes can occur any time of the year, but spring brings the time of greatest potential in our area for tornadoes to occur. They can happen any time of day. These tips will help keep you safe in the event of a tornado.

  • A mobile home does not provide a safe shelter.
  • Don't try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • If you are in a vehicle or if no shelter is available, exit the vehicle, find the most low-lying area - such as a ditch or ravine - lay flat on your stomach, and cover your head with your hands.
  • In a home or building, move to a predesignated shelter such as an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • When a tornado watch or warning has been issued, look out for a dark, often greenish sky, a wall cloud, large hail, and a loud roar, similar to a train.