A strong lightning storm with dime-sized hail and winds of up to 40 miles an hour could be headed to Rockdale and metro-Atlanta, according to the National Weather Service at Peachtree City. The special weather statement is in effect until 4 p.m.
The Rockdale County Fire and Rescue department reminds readers that when you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike:
- Seek shelter immediately in a substantial building but stay away from corded telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing.
- The second safest place is a vehicle with a metal roof and metal sides.
- If you are caught outside, stay away from open areas and water. Never stand under a tall, isolated tree.
- Lightning victims are safe to touch. If someone is unresponsive or not breathing, immediately call 9-1-1 and do CPR.
Homeowners should also be alert for the smell of smoke during or after a lightning storm.