While thunderstorms are sometimes underestimated as a serious weather threat, they can be deadly—strong winds can turn tree branches and ordinary loose objects into dangerous projectiles and lightning can take people by surprise, striking up to 10 miles away from where a storm is occurring.  

Here are some “best practices” from the National Weather Service, for before and during a storm: 

  • Cut down trees and trim limbs that may be in danger of falling; haul the limbs to the curb and call the City’s BABIC service for free pick-up (www.cor.net/BABIC). 
  • Consider buying surge protectors or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances and electronic devices. 
  • When thunder roars or you receive a thunderstorm warning, go indoors immediately, even if the weather seems mild where you are. 
  • During a storm, avoid running water or using landline phones; unplug appliances and other electric devices. Electricity from a lightning strike can travel through plumbing, phone lines and electrical outlets. 
  • If away from a building, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch anything metal during a thunderstorm. 

More information: www.weather.gov/safetycampaign