With torrential weather possibly coming to our Tri-State on Monday, CenterPoint Energy offered some safety tips in case you get caught in a thunderstorm or tornado.
One of the biggest threats on Tuesday will occur during the predawn hours, primarily between 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Center point is urging customers to stay safe and have a plan.
"We ask the customers to please stay away from downed power lines," said Alyssia Oshodi, lead communications specialist at CenterPoint Energy. "If you see a downed power line, please make sure to call in and report that and let us know. We can still be reached at the same number: 1-800-227-1376."
When bad weather comes, make sure to get indoors and find a safe, enclosed shelter. Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
And CenterPoint has crews ready to go if the weather gets bad on Monday night or Tuesday morning.
"Our crews are on standby and ready to respond as safely as it's possible to do so, so if we do see some damage to our system from the severe storms, we will wait until it's safe for our crews to get out, and they will start restoring power," said Oshodi.
They’re also reminding everyone to never touch downed wires.
If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous.
Do not touch or try to move it, and keep children and animals away
Report those downed lines immediately by calling 911.
And if you do end up experiencing a power outage, due to severe weather, CenterPoint doesn't want you to hesitate to let them know.
"If a customer experiences an outage, they can go to centerpointenergy.com, and you will need to select Indiana from the drop down menu, so from there, our outage map is there, so you can see if you're part of the outage. Also, you can report your outage on centerpointenergy.com"
And if do you lose power on Monday night or Tuesday morning, use flashlights and not candles, due to the risk of fire. You should also make sure your phone is fully charged, in case of emergency.