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Posted by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Summer is winding down, but we're likely to have a least a few major thunderstorms before snow flies. If you have ever been caught outdoors during a big storm, especially with your kids, you know it's pretty terrifying. It's important to know how to stay safe during a storm, even indoors, so you can enjoy nature's light show safely!

If you're inside, stay off the land line (lightning can hit a telephone pole and the current will make it into your phone, causing a shock). Also, don't take a shower or bath; believe it or not, because if lightning strikes your house it could send a current through your house via the metal plumbing. Also, stay away from windows, and if you are getting a lot of lightning you might want to disconnect computers and appliances, so they won't be fried by a power surge.

If you're in your car, pull to the side of the road (under an overpass if it's safe) and avoid touching metal objects (although you'll want to keep the kids buckled in). Make sure you're not in the path of trees or power lines that could fall on your car.

If you're outside, avoid tall things like trees, flagpoles and power lines. Stay away from bodies of water. Try to take shelter in a building; if that's not possible, spread out if you are in a group. If you start to feel your hair stand up, that means lightning is about to strike! Crouch down on your knees, bend forward and keep your hands on your knees....the idea is to make yourself as small as possible.

Do you have any scary storm stories?

by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Sandra on Aug. 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM

no scary storm stories here..

by on Aug. 24, 2012 at 6:41 AM

by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM

thunderstorms aren't scary... maybe I've lived in the South too long... but they're not.

You (in general) should have electronics plugged into a power strip, not directly into the outlet. You can turn it off in a storm, but it will keep your stuff from getting zapped.

by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 7:12 AM

great plan! no scary storm stories here. we have an emergency kit in the car, need to get one together for the house

by Pam on Aug. 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM

I remember a long time ago we were in a hurricane and the wind blew my dad's metal shed building away.

We're preparing for hurricane isaac's visit this weekend. It is suppose to hit us on Tuesday and Wednesday. Supppose to get a  lot of wind, rain, and flooding here.

by Sara on Aug. 24, 2012 at 7:40 AM

my friends and I were swimming in the ocean during a storm, we figured we were already wet why not. Then we saw lightening strike the water far away from us and freaked and ran up the beach and then lightening struck the water really close to where we were. I am terrified of thunder and lightening now :(

by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

The worst we have been in is a hail storm this past spring .. we were in the van and and it lasted for a good 20 mins .. the kids and i were all worried that the hail would bust the glass .. thankfully it didnt . I do not want to go through it ever again !

by Ruby Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM
by Amanda on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I "survived" the Ice Storm in 1998. I was in college...on break but still in the area. I didn't feel in danger, but I had to stay in a shelter with my best friend. 

by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

only how loud it can get and branches falling....

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