Lake Ouachita thunderstorms can get on you fast and can create microburst winds, waterspouts and lighting.
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Video of Waterspout in front of Brady Mountain
Don't get on the lake if bad weather is forecast. If your on the lake get off.
If you are caught outside during a thunderstorm
(See Lake Ouachita thunderstorms for more information)
the National Weather Service recommends these steps:
If you are in a boat with an anchor and there is no time to leave the water, anchor the boat, get as low as possible. If there is time get to the shore stay low. If possible, get into a nearby structure or hard-top vehicle. Soft-top convertibles are not safe. Make sure all doors are closed and windows rolled up.
Do not touch any metal surfaces. Stay inside the vehicle or structure until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder.
Do not seek shelter under a partially enclosed building.
If no structure or vehicle is available, do not seek shelter under a tall tree.
Avoid any tall, isolated object.
Lightning typically strikes the tallest object.
Stay away from metal objects such as fences, poles and backpacks. Metal is an excellent conductor.
If you're in a group that can't find protection, stay at least 15 feet from each other so the lightning won't travel between you if someone is hit.
Waterspouts are simply tornadoes on water
Waterspouts form much differently.
Waterspouts can form beneath puffy cumulus clouds without lightning or thunder.
Even though waterspouts are usually weaker than tornadoes over land, they can be a real danger to boaters.
Waterspouts tend to come from clouds with a dark, flat bottom when there is just the first hint of rain.
If one heads your way, try to escape by going at right angles to its path.
Lake Ouachita Storms