Severe Weather Tips

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...]

Avoid That Squall Line! It’ll Bring Rain, Lightning, Heavy Wind & Other Severe Weather

What's a squall line? You've probably seen plenty -- squall lines are long lines of severe weather that most often precede cold fronts. A squall line can approach from the horizon with a line of low-hanging, dark clouds. Squall lines often move very quickly. If you see one coming, be sure to take cover quickly. After all, squall lines are notorious for producing heavy rain, hail, high winds, lightning, and tornadoes. Check out this video of a powerful squall line:     … [Read more...]

Lifesaving Tornado Shelter And Safety Tips: All The Best Ways To Stay Safe During The Storm!

Finding shelter during a tornado is vital to your survival. By the time a tornado is heading toward you, it's usually too late to make a plan. That's why you should know what your best option is when it comes to finding a quick tornado shelter in midst of a storm. It could literally save your life!  Here's what you need to know about the best places to take shelter during a tornado...  … [Read more...]