Although thunderstorms usually occur during the spring and summer months, they can occur at any time of the year, bringing with them the potential for lightning, flash flooding, hail, straight-line winds and tornadoes. The Commerce Emergency Management Team reminds residents that the most common cause of death during severe weather is because people are caught unprepared. Don’t wait until a severe thunderstorm watch or warning is issued before you take action.

Be Prepared:

  • All thunderstorms are dangerous regardless of the size of them.
  • Thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the late afternoon and evening hours of the day, but can occur at any time.
  • Know the names of the nearby counties because watches and warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Keep an eye on the sky and be alert for signs of approaching storms because they can develop rapidly and without warning.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.
  • Secure objects that could blow away or cause damage or injury. Take light objects inside. Dead or rotting trees and branches can fall during severe thunderstorms and cause injury or damage.