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Thunderstorms

If you hear a thunderstorm coming, what should you do?

    Stand under a tree for protection.
    Go immediately inside a sturdy building or vehicle with a metal top and side.
    Lie down flat on the ground.

Which of the following occurs with ALL thunderstorms?

    Lightning
    Tornadoes
    Hail

Which of the following indicates that you are in danger from lightning?

    When you can hear thunder or see lightning.
    You feel your hair stand on end.
    Both of the above; If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. If you feel your hair stand on end, you have waited too long to get to safety.

When are thunderstorms most likely to happen?

    During the winter months in the early afternoon hours.
    During the spring and summer months in the afternoon and evening hours.
    During the fall months in the morning hours.

If you can't get inside during a thunderstorm, what should you do?

    Stand under a tree to keep from getting wet.
    Stand outside in the open away from trees.
    Run toward a substantial building or vehicle with a metal top and sides