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Understanding the Dangers of Thunderstorms Billowing thunderstorms rolling over the Great Plains of the United States, bringing with them their awesome displays of power and dazzling spectacles of light shows composed of clapping thunder and lightning have woven themselves into the frame work of American lore. Their unmatched power and beauty stand as reminiscent shadows of the wild and free spirit foundation that supports the fabled American dream. But with all of their beauty the wild thunderstorms across the country bring with them destructive and devastating forces that, if not prepared for, can wreak havoc on a family’s home, business, or other property. Part of a thunderstorm’s arsenal of destruction is the lightning that is always present during the course of the storm.

Lightning Lightning strikes account for over twenty deaths per year, twenty nine in 2010, and over one hundred and eighty injuries. While the numbers of fatalities from lightning strikes has decreased steadily over the past few decades, the danger posed by lightning is ever present and very real. A homeowner can prepare their property and themselves for the event of an electrical storm by following a few simple suggestions. The first way to secure the property of a home from danger of being struck by lightning is to remove rotting or dead trees, branches, or other overhanging objects that could be dislodged by a lightning strike or thunderstorm.

These items can cause damage to a home or to a person if they fall from even a small height. Placing a lightning rod away from the home may also help misdirect lightning strikes away from the residence and from persons. When lightning is sighted, it is important to remember the thirty thirty rule. This rule is designed for the safety of the individual and states that if lightning is spotted and the person cannot count to thirty before hearing thunder than they should seek shelter immediately and not venture outside for at least thirty minutes after seeing the last lightning strike.

Flash Floods Another major, and even more deadly threat posed by thunderstorms than is lightning, is the frequent presence of flash flooding that often accompanies thunderstorms. Flash floods are responsible for over one hundred and forty fatalities in the United States every year. These deaths occur when individuals get caught in the path of raging walls of water that seem to appear out of nowhere and engulf everything in its route. These flood waters often cause destruction by more than just introducing water into a home; they likewise destroy by dragging in debris and foreign materials that the flash flood waters have swept in with them. Water damage in Tampa thus results from the occurrence of flash floods brought on by thunderstorms or simply by the massive amounts of water that a thunderstorm can bring. Water damage because of flash flooding can be avoided by understanding the risk to the home from flash floods and fully preparing the home against that threat. By taking all of the necessary precautions and by being aware of the dangers of a thunderstorm, you can take the necessary steps to ensure your personal safety as well as the safety of your property. Photo Credit: Nicholas_T, Brujo+, and ShardsOfBlue via Photo Pin cc

Understanding the Dangers of Thunderstorms  

Thunderstorms can be exciting and fun to watch, but to stay safe you should be aware of a few things.

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