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Severe Thunderstorms Expected in Central Alabama

**Updated Alert**: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Dale County, Alabama. Residents should be prepared for:

  • **Damaging Winds**: Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected.
  • **Hail**: Quarter-sized hail (approximately 1 inch in diameter) may occur.

The warning includes the following areas: Fort Novosel, Ozark, Enterprise, Level Plains, Newton, Bells Crossroads, Hunt Field, Waterford, Dill, Hooper Stage Field, Mabson, Arguta, Snells Crossroads, Ewell, Dale County Lake, Marley Hill, Sylvan Grove, Greater Salem Church, Skipperville, and Echo.

Lightning Safety Tips

During thunderstorms, lightning poses a significant risk. Follow these safety guidelines:

  1. **Have a Plan**: When outdoors, establish a clear plan for seeking shelter in case of lightning. Monitor the sky for threatening signs and listen for thunder. Seek indoor shelter if thunder is audible.
  2. **Indoor Safety Measures**: Once indoors, avoid using corded phones, electrical devices, and plumbing fixtures. Stay away from windows and doors to reduce the risk of electrical surges.
  3. **Wait for the All-Clear**: After the last lightning strike or thunderclap, wait at least 30 minutes before resuming outdoor activities. Lightning can strike even after a storm seems to have passed.

Outdoor Safety When Shelter Isn't Available

  • Avoid open fields, hilltops, or ridge crests, as they expose you to greater lightning risk.
  • Steer clear of tall, isolated trees and other prominent objects.
  • In forested areas, stay close to lower stands of trees.
  • If you're with a group, ensure individuals are spread out to prevent lightning current from transferring between people.
  • Camping in an open setting during a thunderstorm is strongly discouraged.

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