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Thunderstorms and Lightning

Thunderstorms can happen at any time of year, and every thunderstorm produces lightning. Lightning is one of the leading causes of injury due to weather-related events. Thunderstorms are dangerous and it is important to avoid exposure to them as much as possible.

See current weather conditions in Kirkland.

Before a Thunderstorm

​Secure Your Space

  • Cut down or trim trees or branches that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Plan to stay inside if you know a storm is coming. Be ready for power outages.
  • Secure any outdoor furniture and bring pets inside.

​Know the Terms

​Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible in the area. Get ready and monitor local weather information online, on the news, and using a NOAA Weather Radio.

Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorm conditions are occurring or will occur shortly. Indicates immediate threats to safety and property for those in the area. Take protective actions.

Sign that says 'when thunder roars, go indoors! Stop all activities. Seek shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle. Wait 30 minutes after the storm to resume activities'During a Thunderstorm

  • When thunder roars, go indoors! Stay inside a sturdy building if possible.
  • If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.
  • Protect your property by unplugging appliances and other electric devices. Secure any outdoor furniture.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and get into a sturdy shelter or vehicle immediately.

After a Thunderstorm

  • Wait for 30 minutes after the storm ends to resume outdoor activities.
  • Never drive through flood waters or on flooded roads.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. Call 9-1-1 to report them.


Thunderstorm and Lightning Preparedness
Additional preparedness information for thunderstorms and lightning.

Kirkland Weather Information
Current weather conditions and 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service.

Take Winter By Storm
Regional preparedness information for severe weather.

Downed Power Lines
Safety information regarding downed power lines.
A still from a video about downed power line safety from Puget Sound Energy

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671