Flash Updates: Weather Outlook

Darkening skies, thunder, hair standing up on the back of your neck or tingling skin mean lightning is imminent.


  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • An important lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder
  • Always keep the earthing working to avoid damage to electrical equipment.
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.


(A) If Indoors

  • Unplug all electrical equipment before the storm arrives. Don’t use corded telephones, electrical devices, chargers, etc.
  • Stay away from windows and doors; stay off verandas.
  • Don’t touch plumbing and metal pipes. Do not use running water.

(B) If Outdoors

  • Get inside a house/building. Stay away from structures with tin roofs/metal sheets.
  • If caught under the open sky, crouch. Don’t lie down or place your hands on the ground.
  • Don’t take shelter near/under trees. Spread out; don’t stand in a crowd. Stay clear of water bodies.
  • If you are outside, seek refuge in a car or grounded building when lightning or thunder begins
  • Stay put if you are inside a car/bus/covered vehicle
  • Don’t use metallic objects; stay away from power/telephone lines
  • Get out of water - pools, lakes, small boats on water bodies.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields and beaches.


  • Watch out for fallen power lines and trees. Report them immediately.

Treating the affected

  • Administer CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), if needed.
  • Seek medical attention immediately