Prepare for Severe Weather

High Winds Expected Tonight (According to the National Weather Service (NWS):

People should be aware that strong winds are a good possibility and that they should consider securing lawn furniture, take-down hanging plants that are outside, and other items that are outdoors and subject to be blown around by winds.

Flooding Watch Tonight (According to the National Weather Service (NWS) :

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Flood Watch issued for the following counties:

Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne

 

Flash Flood Watch issued for the following counties:

Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Tuscarawas

Effective 10pm tonight an Aerial Flood Watch goes into effect for the Cleveland Area. Caution regarding life safety and property preservation should be taken in low-lying areas and near stream banks because heavy rain can cause ponding of water (e.g. overpass areas, etc.).

Lightning Facts: The following is according to the National Weather Service (NWS)

  • Lightning causes about 60 fatalities and 300 injuries each year.
  • Lightning occurs in all thunderstorms; each year lightning strikes the United States 25 million times.
  • The energy from one lightning flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.
  • Most lightning fatalities and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening.
  • Lightning can occur from cloud-to-cloud, within a cloud, cloud-to-ground, or cloud-to-air.
  • Many fires in the western United States and Alaska are started by lightning.
  • The air near a lightning strike is about 50,000°F–hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The rapid heating and cooling of the air near the lightning channel causes a shock wave that results in thunder.
  • When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors is the NWS’s safety information website at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/index.htm; this site helps you learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings.  For more information, handouts and brochures go to http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/more.htm

Power Outages

Power outages can happen anytime. Severe weather can bring the loss of power in areas affected whether widespread or localized.  Here are some steps you can take to prepare yourself in case the power goes out.

  • Use a flashlight for emergency lighting….Never use candles!
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out such as computers or televisions.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
  • If you use a generator, run it outside and connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home’s electrical system.
  • Listen to local radio and television for updated information.

 

Assemble Essential Supplies:

  • Flashlight;
  • Batteries;
  • Battery operated portable AM/FM radio (small or portable TV);
  • At least one gallon of water per person; and
    • A small supply of food.

Go http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/clnd_images/Homeland/preparedness_guide.pdf to download a FREE copy of the City of Cleveland’s Emergency Preparedness Guide for Citizens.  The Emergency Preparedness Guide for Citizens contains useful preparedness tips for emergencies.

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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