Thunderstorms & Lightning Mitigation Information

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Thunderstorms and lightning are always a possibility in Little Elm and across North Texas. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, and in turn, produces the risk of a lightning strike to your home and yourself. 

Depending on the time of year and atmospheric conditions, thunderstorms can happen with little to no warning. As a result, we recommend everyone be educated and proactive in identifying ways to prepare and mitigate their homes and protect themselves against the dangerous and deadly effects of lightning.

Tips to Protect Yourself from Lightning Strikes

  • Check the weather; if the forecast calls for thunderstorms, avoid or postpone outside activities
  • Move inside if you hear thunder
  • If you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, move indoors. 
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder is heard. 
  • Move to the interior of your home or building, taking care to avoid concrete walls and floors. This is because lightening can travel along metal wires or rebar in concrete structures. 
  • Avoid contact with water during a thunderstorm. 
  • Avoid electronic equipment, including corded phones, radios, televisions, and gaming systems.

Lightning Facts Links:

Ready.gov: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/lightning/safetytips.html

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/

Lightning Mitigation Links:

Lightning Protection Institute (LPI): http://lightning.org/about-lpi/

Guide to protecting your house: http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_lhm/IEEE_Guide.pdf

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