A rain shower in which you hear thunder is a thunderstorm. All thunderstorms have lightning since thunder comes from lightning. A “severe” thunderstorm is one which contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 57.5 mph, or a tornado. Spring and summer months are when thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the afternoon and evening hours.
Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Under certain conditions, thunderstorm rainfall may cause flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Fires started from lightning cause fatalities. These storms may produce hail up to the size of softballs which can do a lot of damage. Strong winds associated with thunderstorms can knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes.
A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who are watching the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. In the case of a Watch, be prepared for more severe weather.
A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch a designated area 24/7 for severe weather that has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings mean there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the storm. In the case of a warning, act immediately to find safe shelter!
If your home or business is damaged by a storm, our professionals at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help 24 x 7 at (301) 753-8313.