John is a fan of the great outdoors and when the skies aren't stormy you'll find John with fishing rod in hand, headed for his favorite spot to toss out a line. He and his family are avid campers as well.
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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is just about to move into your area.
You must take action immediately!
If you are outdoors, get inside. Find safe shelter in a building or hardtop car
If you are in the water, get out!
If you are boating get to land and find safe shelter immediately!
What if there is no safe shelter nearby?
Find a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding. Don't seek shelter under a large tree that stands alone. If you are in the woods, you can take shelter under a group of shorter trees.
Don't stand on a hilltop (you do not want to be higher than your surroundings)
Don't huddle close together in groups, lightning can easily pass from one person to the next.
Don't hold on to anything metal. Get rid of any metal objects on your body.
Make yourself the smallest target possible. Squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet and place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Do not lie flat on the ground! This will make you a larger target and increase your contact with the wet ground.