Severe Weather Tips

What Is A Polar Vortex & Why All The Hype?

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It seems like the media has helped make the words polar vortex another popular weather phrase that everyone is using now to describe really cold weather events. Don't forget, there was also snowicane, snowpocalypse and snowmageddon... It may just be me, but there's much more fuss about cold weather these days than there used to be. The Weather Channel didn't help when they started naming winter weather systems during the 2012/13 winter season. … [Read more...]

How To Prevent A Heart Attack When Snow Shoveling – Tips That Could Save Your Life!

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Shoveling snow can feel like moving a ton of bricks sometimes.There's a reason people call that wet, heavy white stuff heart attack snow.  Shoveling Snow And Heart Attacks According to the American Journal of Cardiology and Lancet, the number of ischemic heart disease deaths rose by 22% during the week of a major blizzard and stayed above average for the following 8 days.A study from the Centers for Disease Control suggests 1,200 Americans die during or after a blizzard … [Read more...]

What To Do If Lightning Strikes Your Car

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Being on the road in a car while lightning is flashing all around me is something I don't think much about when it's happening, given that I was born and raised in Florida, a state historically known as the Lightning Capital of the World. But, I have always wondered what would happen if lightning were to hit my car while I was driving. How do I stay safe in that situation?I have grown up hearing that cars are generally a safe place to be during a thunderstorm, and that lightning really can’t … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Getting Your Roof Gutters Ready for Spring Snowmelt

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Your roof gutters may have been designed to handle rainfall, but if you live in the northern climes, your gutter system may also have to handle winter storms and the subsequent melting snow.While the amount of snowmelt you experience will differ from year to year, melting snow nevertheless always poses hazards to you and your home.From falling ice that can damage your car to black ice that can form on the ground below your roof's drip line and cause potentially serious injuries, snowmelt … [Read more...]

Hurricane Shutters & Hurricane Windows: How They’re Different From Standard Windows And Shutters

Retrofitting your existing home or building a new one with the aim of resisting hurricane-force winds can be an expensive but worthy endeavor.One area many homeowners are especially prudent to focus on improving the durability of their windows and protecting windows and doorways from high winds and flying debris.The best way to ensure protection against brutally high winds is to install hurricane shutters and hurricane windows.But what's the difference between hurricane shutters and … [Read more...]

Ways You Can Fortify Your House To Make It A Hurricane-Safe Home

Hurricanes have the power to destroy homes and businesses with power sustained winds of more 74 miles per hour or more.However, you can have the power to restrict hurricane damage to your home by building a hurricane-safe home.Fortified construction has long been used in places like Florida, where hurricanes are a threat throughout hurricane season. Hurricane-Safe Rooms Versus Hurricane Safe HomesCommonly seen today are hurricane safe rooms -- concrete bunkers that … [Read more...]

Why An Overpass DOESN’T Make A Good Tornado Shelter!

You've probably seen the famous tornado movie where a film crew was chased by a tornado and they wound up taking shelter under a Kansas highway overpass.The following videos provide some great reasons you why you do NOT want to seek shelter under an overpass, if you happen to be driving in your car when a tornado approaches. Tornado Overpass Video #1 This first video highlights the danger of riding out a tornado under and overpass:    Tornado … [Read more...]

5 Tips That’ll Help You Prevent A Summer Storm From Ruining Your Vacation

Don't let a summer storm ruin your vacation!Heating in the summer time often means thunderstorms pop up in the afternoon hours.While the rain is often welcome relief from hot temperatures, it can dampen your day while you are on vacation, camping, or spending a day at a theme park.5 Tips For Avoiding Getting Caught In A Summer Storm: Theme park rides, golf courses, and resort swimming pools normally close down when lightning is within 5 to 10 miles -- enjoy these recreation hotspots … [Read more...]