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Florida is the thunderstorm capital of the United States. All thunderstorms are dangerous! The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes. Of the estimated 100,000 thunderstorms that occur each year in the United States, about 10 percent are classified as severe.

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 3/4" in diameter, winds of 58 mph or stronger, or a tornado.

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Rules

  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.
  • Avoid touching metal. Utility lines and metal conduct electricity.
  • Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any purpose. Water conducts electricity.
  • If possible, stay indoors and away from windows during a storm.
  • If you are outdoors, move to a sturdy building or car. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles. Stay away from tall objects such as towers, fences, telephone poles, and power lines.
  • Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Use phones ONLY in an emergency.
  • Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage to air conditioners and other electronic devices.
  • Remember, if you see lightning or hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

    If Caught Outdoors and No Shelter is Nearby

    • Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles.
    • Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
    • If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
    • If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Do NOT lie down.
    • If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately!

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