UK Storms: Understanding different types and staying safe
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.
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.
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.