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City Urges Residents to Prepare for Thunderstorms

A warm front that moved through Monday morning helped cleared the clouds and allowed for moisture to return. This is providing fuel that eventually triggers a few scattered showers and storms by mid-afternoon. While these can feature heavy downpours and possibly some wind gusts over 40 mph, there is a greater than normal threat for a line of stronger storms late afternoon that lasts into the early evening as the attendant cold front sweeps in. These could pack a bit of punch with potentially damaging wind gusts capable of bringing down tree limbs and power lines, even an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Cloud to Ground Lightning can be frequent with storms this afternoon & evening

The Norwalk Fire Department- Office of Emergency Management offers the following safety tips for severe thunderstorms:

· Remember the 30/30 lightning safety rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

· Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for the latest weather forecasts, or download the CT Prepares App on Apple or Android devices. Postpone outdoor activities if severe weather is expected.

· Secure outdoor objects, like furniture, grills and decorations, that could blow away or cause damage.

· Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.

· Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

· Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.

· Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However, the frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

 

Avoid the following:

· Natural lightning rods such as tall, isolated trees in an open area.

· Hilltops, open fields, the beach, or a boat on the water.

· Isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.

· Anything metal —motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs and bicycles.

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit  www.ready.gov   

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