Thunderstorms affect relatively small areas when compared with Hurricanes and Winter Storms.
Despite their small size, all thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding. Strong winds, hail, and tornadoes are also dangers associated with some Thunderstorms.
Of the estimated 100,000 thunderstorms that occur each year in the United States, only about 10 percent are classified as severe.
Watches and Warnings
Conditions are right for severe thunderstorms to form. When your area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A Severe Thunderstorm has been spotted by a trained observer or detected on radar. Take action immediately. A storm is classified severe if it produces hail at least¾- inch in diameter, wind 58 mph or higher, or tornadoes.
Thunderstorm Safety Tips
If You Are Outdoors:
FirstAlert Severe Weather Alerts can be seen on NewsChannel 11 and Heard on KLLL, KMMX & KONE