Thunder warning for Leeds as weather forecast predicts storms - how to stay safe in a thunderstorm

Thunder and lightning is forecast for LeedsThunder and lightning is forecast for Leeds
Thunder and lightning is forecast for Leeds
Weather forecasters say a thunderstorm is on its way to Leeds on Monday - and the Met Office has issued this warning.

Thunderstorms are set to hit Leeds at about 5pm on Monday, lasting until at least 7pm, according to the Met Office.

Though the temperature will be warm (23C), there is a 60% chance of heavy rain and thunder between 5 and 7pm on Monday.

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A yellow weather warning for thunder has been issued for Leeds and parts of West Yorkshire and thunderstorms may cause travel disruption in a few places.

What to expect according to the Met Office

Some flooding of a few homes and businesses 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

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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.

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

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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

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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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