Severe thunderstorm warning updates for North Texas for Thursday

Severe thunderstorm warning updates for North Texas for Thursday

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NWS Fort Worth TX issued an updated Severe Thunderstorm Warning Thursday at 5:10 p.m. The warning is for Jack, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties.

Expect quarter-sized (1 inch) hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph.

“At 5:10 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was over Grafford, or 13 miles northwest of Mineral Wells, moving east at 30 mph,” the NWS says. “Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.”

The thunderstorm is expected to affect the following areas:

• Grafford around 5:15 p.m

• Ballville around 5:55 p.m

“For your protection, get into a sturdy structure and stay away from windows,” the NWS states.

This warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m

How do you behave when faced with the danger of lightning?

Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Most attacks occur in the summer, killing 20 people each year, according to the National Weather Service. The chance of lightning increases as a thunderstorm approaches and reaches its peak when the storm is in the sky. It diminishes as the storm moves away.

Here are recommendations for staying safe during thunderstorms:

• To reduce the risk of being struck by lightning, when you go outside, make a plan to get to a safer place.

• If the sky becomes ominous and you hear thunder, find a safe place to take shelter.

• Once inside, avoid touching corded telephones, electrical and plumbing equipment, windows and doors.

• Wait 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder before going outside.

If finding indoor shelter is not an option:

• Avoid open fields, hilltops or hilltops.

• Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other high objects. If you are in the forest, stay near low trees.

• If you are with a group, distribute to prevent transmission between members.

• If you are camping in an open area, set up camp in a ravine, ravine, or other low place. Keep in mind that a tent does not protect you from lightning.

• Stay away from water, wet objects and metal objects. Water and metals do not attract lightning, but they are excellent conductors of electricity.

What steps should be followed when driving in the rain?

• Turn your headlights on — Even when it’s light out, using your headlights can improve visibility and alert other drivers of your presence.

• While on the road — choose middle lanes and stay on high ground. Rainwater tends to collect along the edges of the road.

• Avoid puddles — Driving through puddles or areas with low rainfall can cause vehicles to hydroplane or lose control.

• Do not approach large vehicles — trucks or buses can release water spray that impairs visibility.

• Avoid flooded areas — If you encounter a flooded road, make a U-turn and reverse. Strong currents of flash floods can send drivers off the road. Driving in deep water can also damage a vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems.

What is hydroplaning?

Hydroplaning is the term given to when a car begins to slide uncontrollably on wet roads.

This occurs when water builds up in front of the tire faster than the vehicle’s weight, pushing the water off the road. Then the water pressure causes the car to rise and slide on a thin layer of water between the tires and the road, causing the driver to lose control of himself. Hydroplaning is mostly due to three factors:

1. Vehicle speed — When vehicle speed increases, tire traction and vehicle control decrease. Drive at a low speed during wet weather.

2. Water depth – The deeper the water, the more traction the car loses on the road. It doesn’t matter how deep the water is, even a thin layer can lead to aquaplaning.

3. Tire Tread Depth – It is important to check your tire tread before hitting the road, as low or no tread can lead to skidding.

In case your car hydroplanes, here’s what you should know:

• Ease off the accelerator — Ease off the accelerator to slow the vehicle down so the tires can grip.

• Turning into a skid zone — Shifting into a skid zone can help realign the vehicle’s tires to regain control.

• Make sure the tires reconnect with the road — During a slide, wait for the tires to reconnect with the road and then gently adjust the wheels to regain control.

• Brake gently as needed — brake normally if your car has antilock brakes, and pump the brakes gently if you’re in an older car.

Source: National Meteorological Directorate

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