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Red Cross safety Minute: How to Stay Safe in T-Storms

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BOZEMAN - The American Red Cross of Montana warns us thunderstorms can be more dangerous than we think.

Every thunderstorm produces lightning and more people are killed by lightning each year than by tornadoes or hurricanes.

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

So how do you stay safe during a thunderstorm?

Listen to local news or NOAA weather radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.

Postpone outdoor activities before the storm arrives. Many people struck by lightning are in areas where it is not yet raining or hailing.

If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued: take shelter. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors.

If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.

The Red Cross of Montana has tips to prepare for any kind of disaster and even a mobile app that can direct you to safety in case of an emergency.


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