Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Monsoon 2017: Preparing for the storms.
With monsoon season 2017 in full swing, people living or visiting the Colorado River Tri-State area should be prepare for any monsoon storms that may surprise you.
Here are some information you, your family, and friends should know about to get ready for the next storm during Monsoon 2017.
**** Preparing For The Storms Tips: ****
- Flooding Around Property:
Sandbags are the best way to divert water from doorways and help to protect your home from flooding during a monsoon storm. Free sand is available for pickup at many fire stations throughout the Valley.
Some stations provide bags and shovels for use, but others require residents to bring their own shovels and bags.
You can call your local fire department or check its website to see what you will need to bring to get sandbags for your home.
- Flooded Roadways:
According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related.
Never drive into a flooded roadway and if barricades are set up, never drive around the barricades. The barricades are there for a reason, usually because flooding is anticipated or has already happened.
It is extremely difficult to estimate the depth of running water or the strength of a current.
In addition, the road could be damaged and unsafe for drivers.
Remember that saying, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float most vehicles, including S.U.V.’s.
If you spotted somebody in a vehicle stuck in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.
- People Playing Around Floodwaters:
Never allow anybody, especially children to play around floodwaters or washes during heavy rain storms.
As the great weatherman Dave Munsey from Fox 10 Phoenix always say for years at the end of his weather forecasts, “Watch your kids around water”.
They can be swept away and possibly drown in the fast moving floodwaters.
If you spotted somebody in the fast moving floodwaters and is in need of help, please call 911 immediately.
- Thunderstorms and Lightning:
If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Take shelter in a sturdy building or a hard-topped vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder.
Telephone lines conduct electricity, so avoid using landline phones during a storm.
Metal pipes also conduct electricity, so avoid taking showers and baths or using running water during a storm.
Bring pets indoors.
- High Winds:
Thunderstorm winds often exceed 40 mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.
Move into a central interior room away from windows to avoid blowing debris that could shatter glass.
If you are driving in high winds, slow down and anticipate steering correction when moving from protected to unprotected wind areas or when encountering large passing vehicles.
Be aware of high-profile vehicles such as semi trucks, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer because they can be unpredictable during high winds.
Before the monsoon storm hits, evaluate large trees close to your home for potential hazards.
- Dust Storms:
If you get caught in a dust storm while driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely possible, turn off headlights and taillights, put the vehicle in park, and take your foot off the brake.
With reduced visibility, other drivers behind you could see the brake lights and assume you are driving on the road and follow your lights.
When severe dust storms occur, consider cleaning your smoke detectors.
Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.
- Downed Utility Lines:
If utility lines are down across a roadway, consider any downed power line to be energized and dangerous.
Never touch a downed power line or anything close to it.
High voltage can travel through the ground.
Stay at least 100 feet away from any downed lines.
If utility lines are down across a vehicle and the vehicle is occupied, stay in the vehicle until professional help arrives.
Avoid contact with metal surfaces both inside and outside the vehicle.
If there is a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle landing on both feet.
Hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.
** Remember to have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle in case of any weather related emergency and make sure to have a plan ready in case you need to evacuate because of a weather elated incident. Only call 911 if there is a life threatening emergency and following all local weather and news outlets, including the National Weather Service and ZachNews for the latest information on the storms as well as foe the latest weather conditions for the rest of the week. Take Care, Be Safe, and Be Ready!! **
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