Indiana frequently experiences severe weather, which is defined as a storm having wind gusts of at least 58 m.p.h. or producing hail at least 1 inch in diameter. Any storm that produces lightning can be deadly, and flooding can occur from rain or a broken pipe nearly anywhere.
Severe Weather & Flooding
Things you should do
- If you can count 30 seconds or less between lightning and thunder, seek safe shelter inside a building or hard-topped vehicle.
- Have a NOAA weather radio at home with fully charged batteries.
- Check your local weather forecast before spending extended time outdoors.
- If a storm produces large hail, seek sturdy shelter and stay away from windows.
- Know that a weather Watch means be alert and a weather Warning means you need to take action to be safe.
- Have an emergency kit.
Don’t do these
- Don’t drive over flooded roadways or through water.
- Don’t walk through rushing water; as little as 6 inches of floodwater can knock you over.
- Don’t rely solely on weather radar to determine dangers; dangerous winds can precede a storm by miles.
- Don’t shelter near trees or other tall objects in storm; shelter underneath a roof.
- Don’t shelter under a bridge; winds can be funneled and made even stronger underneath.
- Don’t stay on or in the water while there is any lightning.
- Don’t use a landline telephone during a storm; lightning can travel through the wires.
DISTANCE LIGHTNING CAN TRAVEL FROM A STORM
WATER DEPTH IN WHICH A CAR WILL FLOAT
STRONGEST STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS RECORDED IN INDIANA