What To Do When The High Winds Hit Kalamazoo
If it's not snow, it's rain...now it's wind!
I have driven a Jeep Wrangler since the mid 1990's and have discovered the one thing that can take me out on the road...big winds. I have blown off the expressway more them a few times and there is nothing as scary as losing control of your vehicle. Today is a day that I will stay off Sprinkle Road, the express or any other ave with high speeds so that I don't get knocked around.
Mlive.com is reporting that the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory...
A wind advisory has been issued for Friday, May 4, 2018, for the tan shaded areas. The wind advisory goes until 6 p.m. over southwestern Lower and 7 p.m. over southeastern Lower.
So how can we stay safe during the windy season? Safebee.com had some terrific advice!
What To Do If When The High Winds Start To Blow...
- Stay inside and tune in to local weather forecasts on TV or the radio. “Indoors is the safest place to be during a wind storm,” Read says.
- Close windows and brace doors that lead outside.
- If you’re caught outside during a storm or blizzard, get as far away from balconies as you can so you don't get hit by falling objects.
- If you’re on foot, look for shelter but stay clear of roadways and train tracks. A gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Avoid anything that might be touching downed power lines, including cars and tree branches. Puddles and wet or snow-covered ground can conduct electricity.
- If you’re driving, keep both hands on the wheel and slow down. Watch for objects blowing across the road.
- Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes as strong gusts could push a vehicle into your lane.
- Stay as far away as you can from trucks, vans, SUVs and vehicles towing trailers, which are susceptible to flipping over in high winds.
- If winds become too severe to drive in, pull over to the shoulder away from trees or other objects that could fall on your car.
- If a power line falls on your vehicle, stay inside. Don't touch any metal. If your car catches fire, open the door and jump out without touching an exterior part of the car.
Storm season is upon us, so any precautions we can take to keep our loved ones safe is a great idea!