What to do – and not do – when a storm hits

Posted July 25, 2008 7:20 p.m. EDT

Monitor WRAL-TV,, and for updates.

Stay indoors in an interior room, away from doors and windows.

Stay away from telephones, electrical outlets and water pipes, all of which can conduct lightning.

Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.

If power goes off, turn off major appliances to avoid a surge when electricity is restored.

Turn off electricity if flooding begins.

Don’t go outside in the brief calm during the eye of the storm.