As we are nearing the end of spring and transitioning into summer, there is no better time to review thunderstorm safety. Remember enjoying a good, summer thunderstorm? Those days seem long ago as thunderstorms today seem to have the ability to turn severe quickly! Bottom line is that thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. To begin preparing for a thunderstorm, and any weather related disaster, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Investing in a NOAA Weather Radio is also a good idea. During a thunderstorm always seek shelter. Avoid contact with electrical equipment, cords and plumbing. Plumbing and electrical appliances can conduct electricity. A Thunderstorm Warning is more serious than a Thunderstorm Watch. However, if a Watch or Warning is issued, take it seriously and find shelter! As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and thunderstorms are in the forecast, remember these tips. Enjoy and be safe! Happy Memorial Day!