Lightning strikes

Lightning, Hail, Heavy Rain

While lightning, hail and heavy rain may not seem as dangerous as a tornado, they should not be underestimated. Each, in their own way, presents a danger.

Hail can cause damage to property or injury to people; lightning can start fires or kill people when it strikes; and heavy rain can obscure visibility and even cause flooding.

In the event of such extreme weather, take the following precautions:

General tips
In the event of hail
In the event of lightning
In the event of heavy rain

General tips

  • Monitor local weather via radio, internet or TV. It is important to stay informed.
  • Always dress appropriately for the weather.
  • If you need to drive, use extreme caution.

In the event of hail

  • Take cover.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • If you are driving, pull over somewhere safe (under a bridge, for example).

In the event of lightning

  • Take shelter inside.
  • Avoid using corded electrical equipment.
  • Avoid sinks, baths, showers and other plumbing.

In the event of heavy rain

  • If possible, do not drive.
  • If you do have to drive, slow down and keep your lights on.
  • Do not drive through floodwaters or deep puddles, which can cause your car to stall or you to lose control.
  • In case of flooding, read further guidance below.

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