Understanding storms

UK Storms: Understanding different types and staying safe



Electrical Storms

When there's thunder and lightning

  • Work out how close the storm is by counting between seeing lightning and hearing thunder. Anything under 30 seconds means you're close to an electrical storm.
  • Put your umbrella down and avoid activities like fly fishing or kite flying.
  • Try to stay clear of high places like exposed hilltops and open fields. If this isn't possible keep a good distance from any metal objects.
  • Find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles.

High Winds

When it's blowing a gale

  • If you can, stay at home. If you do go out try to stay clear of buildings and trees.
  • Don't be tempted to repair any damage until the wind dies down.
  • Take care when driving on exposed roads or bridges. Try to find an alternative route or don't travel.

Coastal storms

When there are big waves by the sea

  • If you can, stay at home. If you do go out, try to stay clear of buildings and trees.
  • Keep your distance from impressive looking waves - they are very powerful and could knock you off your feet.
  • If your home is close to sea and at low level, it could be at risk of flooding.

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