Storms or strong winds can cause a lot of bother and damage, so it pays to be prepared. Count the number of seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder to get an idea of how far away a storm is and how long you still have before it arrives. Every three seconds is roughly equivalent to one kilometre.
Prevent storm damage
- Take patio furniture, bins, gardening tools and ornaments inside or secure them
- Close sunshades and put away parasols
- If you’re in the woods, seek shelter in a group of low trees and never stand under a tree standing on its own
- You are best protected in a car
- Don’t stand in front of an open window
- Unplug all electrical devices to prevent them being destroyed if lightning strikes
- Disconnect radio and TV cables
- Put your car in your garage or under your carport
Prevent hail damage
- Park your car in a garage or under a roof
- If you have to park your car outside, then protect it with a thick blanket
- Protect skylights with a thick blanket or old carpet
- Leave your pool cover open instead of closing it
Driving in a storm or hail storm
- Look for a safe, covered place and wait for the storm to pass
- If you cannot find shelter, then stop in a safe place and wait for the storm or hail storm to pass. This reduces the impact and damage.
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