Joy had planned to host her classmates on Saturday for her birthday. All arrangements had been made for an outdoor celebration filled with various activities and games such as a bouncing castle, netball, table tennis, sack race, dance competition, and so on. But that Saturday morning, everyone woke up to a heavy rain storm, which made it difficult for anyone to step out of their houses. So the planned event did not hold. How do you think it would feel? (Allow learners to respond).

Thunder and lightning have been observed to occur simultaneously. Hence whenever there is a flash of lightning in the atmosphere, many people will take precautions to protect themselves from the intended thunder some would run under a shelter, close their ears, stand still at a safe comer and so on, All these show that thunder can be a dangerous natural occurrence,

1. Rainstorm

A rainstorm is a strong wind with a heavy downpour, which is sometimes accompanied by snow, hail, thunder, lightning, sand, or dust.

Causes of Rainstorms

When the atmospheric temperature rises, more water vapor from the ocean evaporates into the atmosphere with some energy. This later results in an intense downpour, which is sometimes accompanied by a strong wind, thunder, lightning, and the like.

Effects of Rainstorms

Rainstorms can result in several hazards such as flooding, damage to buildings and infrastructure, loss of crops, loss of animals, landslides, and disruption of transportation and communication. According to OluwaseunAkingboye in The Guardian newspaper on March 7, 2022, “Rainstorm destroys properties worth millions in Akure, Ondo State.”The rainstorm destroyed a family’s only car; it moved the roof of their building to the top of other buildings.

It can also threaten human lives. It was also reported that the rainstorm killed six people destroyed 166 households, and flooded as a result of a rainstorm in Kano State; Six people were killed in Yobe by a rainstorm and One of the houses was destroyed in Yobe.

Response to Rainstorms and Prevention of the Effects of Rainstorms

  • Stay indoors during rainstorms.
  • Avoid metal and electrical objects during rainstorms.
  • Stay away from tall objects during rainstorms.
  • Put on protective clothes.

Conclusion

Rainstorms can cause severe loss and damage, so necessary precautions must be taken as a means to control their effects. Because God is in control of the entire universe, we can always pray and trust Him to protect us and preserve our environment from the effects of rainstorms. Since a rainstorm is a natural occurrence, what can you do to reduce its effects?

Prayers against rainstorm

  • I thank you for protecting me and my family members for all this while. Take all glory in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
  • Ask God to protect you and your environment from a damaged rainstorm.
  • Oh God, save me and my family from a rainstorm that will cause a terrible calamity to my life in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Lord Jesus, stop any rain that will destroy all my inheritances and possessions from today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Almighty God, stop the rainstorm that will cause severe loss to our houses and businesses in the special of Jesus Christ.
  • Father, preserve our nation and community from rainstorms that will cause severe damage to our lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • My Father, let your power protect me from loss of life and property through rainstorms right from today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Oh Lord, be in control of this universe and protect our environment from rainstorms today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Make me away from the rainstorm and save me from the negative effects of it in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.
  • Oh Lord, put us and our possessions under your shield from today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • My Father put your guard on me and all that belongs to me from now in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • I thank you for your maximum protection from the danger of rainstorms over me and my family from today in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

2. Thunder and Lightning

Lightning is described as flashes of light seen in the sky when there is a discharge of atmospheric electricity in the clouds or between clouds and the ground, usually occurring during a thunderstorm(Microsoft Encarta Dictionaries 2009). While thunder is a loud noise usually heard after the lightning. Lightning and thunder occur when warm moist air collides with cooler air violently and rapidly. This action produces an electrical spark, which is seen as lightning, and an acoustic effect or sound known as thunder. There are three thunderstorms namely: single-cell, multi-cell, and super-cell.Supercell thunderstorms are the strongest and most severe. It is usually a short-lived weather disturbance.

Safety Caution in Responding to Thunder and Lightning

The following safety tips are given as what to do during and after a thunder and lightning:

  • Take safety action immediately upon hearing thunder.
  • Avoid touching electrical appliances such as fridges, freezers, electric ovens, and the like, during thunderstorms.
  • Close and stay away from windows and doors.
  • Do not bathe or shower, as plumbing conducts electricity.
  • If driving, safely exit the road, turn on hazard lights, and park (let your parents know this).
  • Remain inside the vehicle and avoid touching metallic objects.
  • Do not shelter under tall or isolated trees during thunderstorms.
  • Be alert for natural signs of an approaching storm.
  • Monitor forecasts and weather conditions to know whether thunderstorms are likely to occur in your area.
  • Avoid playing in the rain.
  • Always pray to God to protect against thunderstorms.

Conclusion

Thunderstorms and lightning can occur in any geographical location and cause great hazards. However, when necessary safety precautions are adhered to, we can be safe. Also, we should always pray to God to protect us and prevent thunderstorms from destroying our environment. As children of God, what do you think you can do to avert the bad effects of lightning and thunder? You can also inform your friends about what you have learned. Ask God to protect your family and friends from destructive thunderstorms.

Prayers against thunder and lightning

  • I thank God for keeping me, my family members, and my properties from the dangers of thunders and lightning. All glory to God Almighty in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.
  • My God, protect me from the effects of thunderstorms and lightning that can cause damage and loss to me and all that belongs to me in the special name of Jesus Christ.
  • Father, save my community and nation from the hazards of thunder and lightning today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • God, protect us and prevent thunderstorms from damaging our environment right now in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • My God, protect my friends, career, and business from destructive thunderstorms and lightning in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • My gracious father, take my safety very seriously from any damaging and destroying thunderstorms and lightning from today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • My father, do not let me die and perish in thunderstorms and lightning in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • My Lord, I prophesy that I will not be a victim of thunderstorms and lightning from now and forevermore in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
  • Lord Jesus, be my guard and my friends and my properties from thunderstorms and damaging lightning in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.
  • Everlasting God, send your angels to shield me and my household from the danger of thunderstorms and lightning from today in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Jesus, put us all under your canopy so that thunder and lightning will not strike us to death in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
  • I thank You for answering us and for protecting us and our properties and possessions. All glory to You Oh Lord. Accept the glory in the name of Jesus Christ.