Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect from May 30, 04:15 PM PDT until May 30, 11:00 PM PDT

Posted: May 30, 2020 at 7:45 pm

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a severe thunderstorm watch today, May 30, 2020, from 4:15 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  They expect high winds, blowing dust and hail. If you experience a power outage, please call us at 888-774-8272.

Be safe. It is essential to know what actions to take during a thunderstorm.

There is no safe place from lightning when you are outside.

To be as safe as possible, you must seek shelter indoors or in an enclosed metal-topped vehicle when there is a thunderstorm in the area.

Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

It is a good idea to heed the advice of the National Weather Service, “When thunder roars, go indoors.”

However, if you make it indoors, that does not mean you are completely clear from danger.

Electrical current from lightning can enter your home through:

  • phone lines
  • electrical wires
  • cables and
  • plumbing.

During a thunderstorm

  • Stay away from electrical outlets and any corded devices that could carry an electrical surge if lighting were to hit your home
  • Turn off or unplug such appliances
  • Stay away from television sets
  • Do not depend on surge protectors to absorb a lightning strike
  • Turn off your air conditioner to protect the compressor from a power surge and avoid a costly repair job
  • Avoid water and contact with piping, including sinks, baths, and faucets
  • Do not wash dishes, shower, or bathe during a thunderstorm
  • Avoid washers and dryers since they not only connect with the plumbing and electrical systems but also contain an electrical path from the outside through the dryer vent

After a storm

  • Wait until 30 minutes have passed without lightning or thunder before returning outside. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the area it is raining.