January 14, 2019 - January 18, 2019
Florida - the Sunshine State. We have plenty of it. Yet we're also home to extreme weather conditions. January 14th to 18th, 2019 is Florida Hazardous Weather Awareness Week. The Florida Division of Emergency Management wants residents and visitors alike to be prepared for whatever risks the weather may bring. Each day features statistics, preparedness tips, and resources to face the different weather hazards we face here. Come back daily to learn about every one of them and become Weather Ready!
January 16, 2019, All Day
In order to tell how close a lightning strike is, count the seconds between the lightning flash and the resulting thunder. For every five seconds you count, lightning is one mile away. A good rule of thumb with regards to lightning safety is to remember that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Even if it is not raining where you are, lightning can still reach you. Lightning can travel as far as 10 miles away from its thunderstorm, and has been observed as far as 25 miles away. This is why the best thing you can do when you see lightning is seek safe shelter as soon as possible. Click to download a Tornadoes and Thunderstorms Fact Sheet.