Thunder warning for Doncaster as weather forecast predicts storms – here’s how to stay safe when lightning strikes

A weather warning for thunderstorms is in place for Doncaster on Monday – and the Met Office has issued some important advice.

Monday, 15th June 2020, 3:35 pm

The alert covering South Yorkshire and surrounding regions lasts from 1pm to 9pm, warning that heavy showers and thunder will break out during the afternoon before slowly fading in the evening.

“Whilst not all places will be affected by these shower and thunderstorms, where they do occur torrential downpours are possible,” forecasters said.

“Fifteen to 25mm rain may fall in an hour in some places whilst a few spots could see 30 to 40mm rain in two or three hours. Frequent lightning is possible and a few places may see some hail.”

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Lightning in the village of Kreva, some 100 km northwest of Minsk, on June 9, 2020. Picture: SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images.

What to expect according to the Met Office

Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures

Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes

There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus

Delays to train services are possible

Some short term loss of power and other services is likely

What to do and not to do in a thunderstorm according to the Met Office

One of the most notable aspects of thunderstorms can be the localised nature of the impacts they could bring. This, in particular, can be the case with rainfall amounts, with big differences in amounts that fall from one place to another and over a very short distance. This can make driving conditions very hazardous. Other hazards include hail, decreased visibility, sudden gusty winds, standing water and of course lightning.

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Before the thunderstorm

Lightning can cause power surges, unplug any non-essential appliances if not already using a surge protector.

Seek shelter if possible. When you hear thunder you are already within range of where the next ground flash may occur, lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the centre of a storm.

During the thunderstorm

Telephone lines can conduct electricity so try to avoid using the landline, unless in an emergency.

If outside avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.

Avoid activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating on a lake.

Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf buggies, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing and rails. If you are in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles.

If you find yourself in an exposed location it may be advisable to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground.

If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately.

After the thunderstorm

Avoid downed power lines or broken cables.

If someone is struck by lightning, they often suffer severe burns. The strike also affects the heart, so check if they have a pulse.

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