Expect pea-sized hail and thunderstorms in east-central Alabama on Sunday
An updated report from the National Weather Service was issued Sunday at 10:55 PM for severe thunderstorms through 11:30 PM in Calhoun, Cleburne, Clay and Randolph counties.
Expect pea-sized hail (0.25 inch) and wind gusts up to 40 mph.
“At 10:55 p.m., Doppler radar tracked a strong thunderstorm near Corinth, or 7 miles south of Heflin, moving east at 55 mph,” the weather service says. “Gusty winds can knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects. Minor damage to vegetation is possible.”
Locations affected by the warning include Anniston, Oxford, Heflin, Fort McClellan, Ranburn, Fruthhurst, Edwardsville, Morrison Cross Roads, Barfield, Corinth, Muscadine, Abernathy, Fosters Cross Roads, Delta, Mars Hills, Graham, Newell, Coleman Lake and Campground. And Chocoloko and Trikim.
The weather service states, “If you are outdoors, consider seeking shelter indoors. Heavy rain is also occurring with this storm and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive across flooded roadways.”
When Lightning Strikes: Expert tips for safety during thunderstorms
Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times each year, and the bulk of these electrical discharges occur during the summer months. Sadly, lightning kills about 20 people a year, according to the weather service. The risk of lightning-related accidents increases as thunderstorms approach, reaching their peak when the storm looms directly overhead. However, it gradually subsides as the storm moves away.
To ensure your safety during thunderstorms, consider the following recommendations:
1. Lightning safety plan:
- When going outdoors, it’s essential to have a lightning safety plan.
- Be vigilant by monitoring the sky for ominous signs and listening for the sound of thunder. If thunder is audible, this is a clear indication that there is lightning nearby.
- Seek shelter immediately in a safe place, preferably indoors.
2. Safety measures inside:
- Once inside, avoid corded phones, electrical appliances, and plumbing fixtures, and stay away from windows and doors.
- Lightning can follow conductive paths, and these precautions reduce the risk of electrical surges.
3. Wait for it to clear:
- After the last lightning strike or thunderclap, wait at least 30 minutes before resuming outdoor activities.
- Lightning can strike even after the storm has passed, so you need to be careful.
When indoor shelter is not available:
If you find yourself outside without access to indoor shelter during a thunderstorm, follow these steps for maximum safety:
- Avoid open fields, hilltops or hilltops, as they put you at greater risk of lightning.
- Stay away from tall, isolated trees and other prominent objects. In forested areas, stay close to low trees.
- If you are in a group, make sure people are spaced apart to prevent lightning transmission between people.
- It is highly not recommended to camp outdoors during a thunderstorm. If there is no alternative, set up camp in a ravine, ravine, or other low-lying area. Remember that a tent does not provide any protection against lightning.
- Do not approach bodies of water, wet objects, or metal items. Although water and metals do not attract lightning, they conduct electricity effectively and can pose significant hazards.
In short, when faced with a lightning threat, preparedness and vigilance are your best allies. By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of lightning-related incidents and prioritize your safety.
Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips
When heavy rain falls, the risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions increases. Whether it’s prolonged rainfall or rapid runoff, preparation is essential. Here are some valuable safety tips from the weather service to ensure you stay safe in heavy rain:
Beware of swollen waterways:
- Avoid parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water during heavy rain can carry you away.
Maintain safe driving distances:
- Follow the two-second rule to maintain a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of you. In heavy rain, allow an additional 2 seconds of clearance to compensate for reduced traction and braking effectiveness.
Reduce speed and drive carefully:
- If it rains and the roads are wet, slow down. Lift your foot off the accelerator and let your speed gradually decrease. Never apply the brakes suddenly as this may cause the vehicle to skid.
Choose your path wisely:
- Stay toward the middle aisles – water tends to pool in the outer aisles.
- Enhance your visibility during heavy rain by activating your headlights. Be especially vigilant for vehicles in blind spots, as rain-stained windows can obscure them.
Beware of slippery roads:
- Be very careful during the first half hour after the rain starts. Dirt and oils on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery.
Keep a safe distance from large vehicles:
- Large trucks and buses can reduce your visibility with tire spray. Avoid tracking and pass quickly and safely.
Take care of the windshield wipers in your car:
- Heavy rain may overload the wiper blades. When visibility is so limited that road edges or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to stop and wait for the rain to subside. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected areas.
- When stopping on the side of the road is your only option, park your vehicle as far off the road as possible, preferably behind guardrails. Keep your headlights on and activate your emergency lights to alert other drivers of your location.
By following these safety measures, you can significantly reduce risks and ensure your well-being when heavy rain falls. Stay informed about the weather conditions and listen to advice from local authorities to make your trip safe and sound.
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