Thunderstorms bringing pea-sized hail to hit Mobile County on Sunday
The National Weather Service issued a weather alert at 6:47 PM Sunday for severe thunderstorms until 7:30 PM in Mobile County.
The storms are expected to bring pea-sized hail (0.25 inch) and wind gusts up to 30 mph.
“At 6:46 p.m., Doppler radar tracked strong thunderstorms along a line extending from 4 miles northeast of McLaurin to 14 miles east of Wiggins to 11 miles north of Latimer. Movement was eastward at 35 mph,” according to the weather service. “Gusty winds may cause tree limbs to fall and fly around loose objects. Minor damage to outdoor objects is possible.”
The warning is for Tillmans Corner, Theodore, Grand Bay, Lucedal, Bayou La Batre, Beaumont, New Augusta, McLain, Tanner Williams, Coden, Mobile Regional Airport, Wilmer and the Port of Alabama.
“If you are outside, consider seeking shelter inside a building,” the weather service states.
Staying safe as lightning approaches: Expert advice
Every year, lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times, and the majority of these dramatic events occur during the summer months. Unfortunately, lightning is responsible for claiming the lives of approximately 20 people annually, according to the weather service. The danger of lightning becomes more pronounced as thunderstorms approach, peaks when the storm is directly overhead, and then gradually diminishes as it moves away.
To protect yourself during thunderstorms, consider these recommendations:
1. Lightning safety plan:
- When venturing outdoors, it’s essential to have a clear plan for seeking shelter in the event of lightning.
- 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.
- Find a safe place to take shelter, preferably indoors.
2. Safety measures inside:
- Once you find shelter indoors, refrain from using corded phones, electrical appliances, or plumbing fixtures, and refrain from going near windows and doors.
- These precautions help reduce the risk of electrical surges, as lightning can follow conductive paths.
3. Wait for it to clear:
- After the last lightning strike or thunderclap, wait at least 30 minutes before resuming outdoor activities.
- It’s important to remember that lightning can strike even when the storm appears to have passed, so 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, vigilance and preparedness are your best allies. By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce your chances of lightning-related accidents and prioritize your safety.
Mastering Wet Roads: Safety Tips for Heavy Rainfall
Heavy rain may lead to flooding if it continues for a long time or if there is excessive runoff. Excessive runoff can be the result of saturated ground and/or intense rainfall. Follow these recommendations from the weather service to stay safe in heavy rain:
Beware of rapid water flow:
- During heavy rain, avoid parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water can pose a serious hazard.
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:
- On wet roads, deceleration is crucial. Gradually ease the accelerator pedal and avoid sudden braking to prevent skidding.
Choose your path wisely:
- Stay toward the middle aisles – water tends to pool in the outer aisles.
- Turn your headlights on and be aware of other vehicles behind you and in blind spots as they are especially difficult to see through rain-splashed windows.
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:
- Do not follow large trucks or buses too closely. The spray generated by their large tires reduces your visibility. Be careful when passing them too; If you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
Take care of the windshield wipers in your car:
- Overloaded wiper blades can obstruct visibility. If rain severely impairs your visibility, stop and wait until conditions improve. Seek shelter in rest areas or protected places.
- 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 of the weather conditions and listen to advice from local authorities to make your trip safe and sound.
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