What to do if threat of lightning exists

Unfortunately, the threat for thunderstorms also will be around, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.

A cold front will work through the Miami Valley, sparking showers and storms through the afternoon and early evening hours. The threat for a few strong or severe storms also will be possible.

Damaging wind gusts and localized heavy rain can put a damper on plans. Whether or not storms become strong, with outdoor activities like festivals, lightning is a threat that shouldn’t be ignored, Zontini said.

“If you are out with the family and hear thunder, seek shelter and don’t wait,” Zontini said. “Try to look for an enclosed building with electrical and plumbing. Your enclosed metal car can also keep you safe from lightning if a building can’t be found. You want to avoid standing under trees, going into metal sheds or picnic pavilions during a thunderstorm.”

To stay ahead of the activity, make sure your free WHIO weather app is set up.


Turn on push notifications and set your location to the city you are in. You can sign up for lightning detection that will alert you when lightning strikes are nearby.

Another feature is the interactive radar that has a layer that will display current lighting strikes as well.

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