The Risk of Summertime Storms | SERVPRO® of Macon
Summer months are in full effect, and while we love those long summer nights full of outside play with family, it’s important to remember that summer is time for rain as well.
In fact, it may seem that summer months are more rainy. That’s totally true. In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions in the summer that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.
In our area, from May to August, there’s a 32% greater chance of rain.
Even though wetter weather is common during the summer months, that doesn’t mean you can treat it lightly! You still need to stay on top of things by being prepared and making sure you are receiving storm alerts.
It’s important to keep up with weather updates, and if you have an NOAA Weather radio, you can still receive alerts even if there is no power.
Flooding is always a possibility and it’s rarely predictable, but if it seems likely, you need to plan to stay off the road. If you have extreme weather, there’s also a possibility of high winds or damaging hail.
Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. It’s imperative that you stay aware and prepared, because the weather is always unpredictable.
Ways to Stay Safe
If lightning is visible, then it’s best to get indoors. Even if you don’t see lightning, as long as there is thunder, lightning is around, too.
When you are indoors, it’s best to stay away from windows and to avoid bathing or showering.
When storms get out of hand, make sure that you have an emergency kit prepared and in safe reach. Know your evacuation route so that you don’t have to figure it out at the last minute.
Flooding can happen and typically before there’s much we can do about it. Never attempt to drive through flood waters because they can easily sweep your car away. It’s also not a great idea to walk through flood waters because you never know what is in it.
There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.