Update: The severe thunderstorm warning is expected to expire at 2:45 p.m

Update: The severe thunderstorm warning is expected to expire at 2:45 p.m

The warning was for Clark and Wilcox counties.

“The storm that triggered the warning has weakened below severe limits, so the warning will be allowed to expire. However, gusty winds are still possible with this thunderstorm,” the National Weather Service said.

Preparing to be close to lightning: Expert safety 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 a year, 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 going outdoors, it’s essential to have a lightning safety plan.
  • Watch the sky for signs of a threat and listen for the sound of thunder. If thunder is audible, this is an indication that lightning is 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.
  • 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 wooded 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 you have no alternative, set up camp in a ravine, ravine, or other low-lying area. It is important to note that the 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.

Driving during heavy rain: safety tips for wet roads

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:

  • In heavy rain, refrain from parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water can pose a serious hazard.

Maintain safe driving distances:

  • The two-second rule for distance tracking is your ally in heavy rain. Extend it to four seconds to ensure safe spacing in adverse conditions.

Slow down and be careful:

  • 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.

The importance of vision:

  • 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:

  • The first half hour of rain is when the roads are smoothest due to a combination of rain, dirt and oil. Use extreme caution during this period.

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 limits your visibility, stop and wait for conditions to improve. Resort to 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.

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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