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Severe weather safety tips

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 3:41 PM -

Severe storms are racing through southern Ontario, prompting tornado watches and thunderstorm warnings.

On Tuesday morning York Regional Police said four people were injured at Bethesda Grange Golf Course as lightning struck the area early afternoon.

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As the day progressed humidity set in, elevating the severe weather threat across southern Ontario.

Residents are being advised to take cover immediately should severe weather develop.

Here are a few tips that can help keep you safe, courtesy of The Weather Network and the Canadian and American Red Cross.


  • Stay away from windows.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use the telephone.
  • Avoid running tap water.
  • Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT  considered safe).
  • Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
  • If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.


  • Call for help / dial 911.
  • The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
  • People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  • Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.

Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder. 

KEEP ON TOP OF ACTIVE WEATHER: Visit the Alerts section of the website


  • Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
  • In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado.
  • Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
  • DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.


  • Large hail
  • Strong winds
  • Debris clouds and tree damage
  • Torrential rain 
  • Severe thunder/lightning
  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Funnel clouds

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