I love watching summer thunderstorms -- the wind and the rain and the lightening streaking across the sky. It's fun to watch them when I'm inside feeling safe, it's not so fun watching summer storms when I'm caught off guard and out in my car trying to drive through the storms.
The United States experiences a lot of severe weather during the summer. The southeastern portion of the country enters hurricane season , while the middle of the country is at the end of tornado season and just about anywhere can experience a wicked thunderstorm.
To stay safe in severe weather, know what kinds of storms most often impact your community and be prepared for them.
Keep emergency supplies somewhere you can easily access them, whether that's a flashlight in case you lose power, or some bottled water and nonperishable food in case you can't leave your house for a few days. FEMA provides great tips on how to be prepared for storms.
So you aren't caught off guard, stay up to date on weather warnings for your area from the storm prediction center . Even if you're on the go you can check the mobile site for updates. You don't want to get caught in a bad storm because you didn't know it was coming.
What's your best tip for preparing for summer storms?