SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: BE PREPARED!
Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: TAKE ACTION!
Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warning indicate imminent danger to life and property.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A THUNDERSTORM
- Remember the 30/30 lightning safety rule: Look for lightning and go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder; stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunderclap
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
- Unplug electronic equipment
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging
- Water conducts electricity, so avoid contact with plumbing
- Avoid natural lightning rods, such as tall isolated trees, and avoid isolated small structures in open areas
- Avoid contact with metal, including farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, and bicycles
- If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle
- Never drive through a flooded roadway
- Avoid storm-damaged areas
- Stay away from downed power lines. Report them to Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative at 800-225-4532 or call 911 immediately.
If You Feel A Shock, Swim Away From The Dock!
If you are in the water and feel electric current:
1. SHOUT to let others know.
2. TUCK your legs up to make yourself smaller.
3. Try to go out AWAY from anything that could be energized.
4. DO NOT head to boat or dock ladders to get out.
If you are on the dock or shore when a swimmer feels electrical current:
1. Do NOT jump in.
2. THROW them a float.
3. Eliminate or TURN OFF the source of electricity as quickly as possible.
4. Then CALL for help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Electricity can enter water from energized boats and docks.