Star Staff Reports
“Stay alert! The National Weather Service predicts severe thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and into the night. Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats. Severe thunderstorms are also possible Friday night and this weekend with a potential for flash flooding,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness. “Your best defense is awareness, knowing where to shelter, and having a plan.”
Severe Thunderstorm Safety Tips:
- Monitor Forecasts and River Levels: Have a NOAA all-hazards radio and download mobile weather apps. Look for darkening skies, lightning, heavy rain, and high winds.
- Communications Plan: Ensure family members have emergency numbers programmed in cell phones. Keep cell phones charged.
- Postpone Outdoor Activities: If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors!
Shelter in a sturdy building or hardtop vehicle if no sturdy building is available. Avoid open fields and tall trees.
Stay away from downed power lines.
Have a go kit (flashlight, batteries, NOAA radio, bottled water, non-perishable food). Secure outdoor objects that can blow away.
Avoid using corded phones and unplug electrical equipment.
Avoid contact with plumbing.
Stay away from windows and doors.
If you are stuck in traffic, stay in your car with your seatbelt on.
Pull to the shoulder and turn on emergency flashers.
Avoid touching metal.
Do not drive through flooded roads. Remember, turn around – don’t drown! Have alternative routes planned.Resources: MLGW Outage Hotline: 901.544.6500. MLGW Emergency: 901.528.4465 MLGW Outage Map: www.mlgw.com/residential/outagemap
National Weather Service: www.weather.gov and www.fema.gov