Stay safe from summer storms Saint John NB

Winter's fury may be long forgotten, but unexpected summer storms can be just as dangerous. Heavy rains, strong winds, and lightning strikes can caus ...

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(NC)-Winter's fury may be long forgotten, but unexpected summer storms can be just as dangerous. Heavy rains, strong winds, and lightning strikes can cause serious damage to property and threaten the safety of you and your family.

Severe summer storms can be large, slow-moving systems that cause flooding as they hang around for days, or quick-moving thunderstorms that seem to come out of nowhere-sometimes bringing intense downpours, hail, or even tornadoes.

With these potential severe weather conditions, it is important to know what to do to prepare and protect yourself:

Watch for signs of an impending storm, including:

• Hot muggy days and warm uncomfortable nights

• A build-up of clouds near or before noon that struggle to reach high altitudes

• South or southeast winds that increase and become gusty in the afternoon

• Clouds that stand straight up or appear to tilt and have cauliflower edges

• Dark clouds approaching from the west

• Frequent lightning at night

• A long, horizontal roll or shelf of clouds approaching from a distance

Listen to weatheradio, local radio and television broadcasts for information and advice.

Monitor www.weatheroffice.gc.ca for severe weather watches and warnings and up-to-the-minute maps of areas affected by severe weather.

Have an emergency plan for you and your family-whether you're at home, work, or play. Tips are available online at www.getprepared.ca.

Assemble emergency kits for your home and car, and update them routinely.

Use the 30-30 rule for lightning safety. Take shelter when you count less than 30 seconds between lightning and thunder, and stay there for 30 minutes after the last thunder.

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