Thunderstorms with pea-sized hail in Mobile and Baldwin counties on Sunday

Thunderstorms with pea-sized hail in Mobile and Baldwin counties on Sunday

An updated report from the National Weather Service was issued Sunday at 8:21 PM for severe thunderstorms through 9:15 PM in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Winds are expected to reach 30 mph and pea-sized (0.25 inch) hailstones are expected.

“At 8:21 p.m., Doppler radar tracked strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Midtown Mobile to 4 miles west of Dauphin Island. The movement was east at 25 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 Midtown Mobile, Downtown Mobile, Daphne, Tillmans Corner, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Foley, Theodore, Spanish Fort, Robertsdale, Point Clear, Dauphin Island, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Bon Secour, Summerdale, Silverhill, Elberta, Fort. Morgan, I10 and I65.

“If you are outside, consider seeking shelter inside a building,” the weather service states.

Preparing for impending lightning strikes: Expert safety recommendations

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 inside, avoid corded phones, electrical appliances, and plumbing fixtures, and stay away from 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.
  • 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, 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.

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 rapid water flow:

  • Avoid parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water during heavy rain can carry you away.

Maintain safe driving distances:

  • Use the two-second rule to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and allow an extra two seconds in heavy rain.

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:

  • Stick to the middle lanes to reduce the risk of aquaplaning. Exterior walkways are more susceptible to water accumulation.

Prioritize vision

  • 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.

In the face of heavy rain, these precautions can make a big difference in ensuring your safety on the road. Remember to stay informed of the weather conditions and listen to local authorities’ advice for a safe trip.

Advanced Local Weather Alerts is a service provided by United Robots, which uses machine learning to collect the latest data from the National Weather Service.

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