Thunderstorms and lightning are common in Florida
Florida summers include severe thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes. and hail. Thunderstorms build along with the heat during the day and unleash their power in the afternoon. Lightning strikes often begin well before the storm arrives. When you see storms building and the sky turns dark, it is best to take cover inside. Learning the storm terms will help you better understand the situation when inclement weather approaches.
Thunderstorms with lightning is the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard people experience in Florida and the central part of Florida, where we are located is the highest lightning strike region of the nation. In the U.S. lightning kills 75-100 people each year. Add to that the fact that flash floods are the number ONE weather killer - 146 deaths annually and it makes it all the more important that you learn how to prepare and look out for storms.Before a storm hits...
Severe weather warnings are issued on a by county basis. Check the weather forecast often and watch for signs of approaching storms. If thunderstorms are imminent, stay inside. Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Avoid using any electrical appliances and use phones ONLY in an emergency. Do not take a bath or shower.
When thunderstorms approach...
Get to higher ground if flash flooding or flooding is possible. Once flooding begins, abandon cars and climb to higher ground. Do not attempt to drive to safety. Most flash flood deaths occur in automobiles.
If caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby...
Other resources for information are...
To report an outage by phone, call 1-800-SECO-141 (1-800-732-6141) or your local SECO office and follow the prompts. To report an outage online go to SECO's Storm Center/report.
Page last updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2012