How many times has the weather changed last minute? It’s either fizzled out to nothing or has been much stronger than everyone anticipated. While meteorologists track all of the weather systems, those storms can change instantly. That unpredictability is why preparing for a bad storm is crucial. Most of the time, the severity of the storm may end up being a false alarm, but why risk it. With your preparation, you know you’ll be safe throughout and after the storm.
What types of storms does the Lehigh Valley see?
During the winter there can be a lot of snow and ice storms. This season we’ve seen a lot of high winds, sleet, and freezing rain as well because of the temperatures being more elevated. During the warmer months, there are thunder and lightning storms, tropical storms, and even parts of hurricanes coming up the coast. Tornados have also touched down in the Lehigh Valley as well. Every one of these storms can escalate quickly with a shift in pressure or wind.
How can you prepare?
No matter what season it is, there are universal rules to remember to make sure you stay safe. Those are:
- Prepare for the storm to last a few hours, if not days.
- Avoid driving if you can. If you have to drive, take it slow and increase your distance between vehicles.
- Stay indoors. Don’t go traipsing around outside for too long to help regulate your body temperature.
- Prepare for a power outage. Not all storms will knock out your power but prepare anyway. If your home is affected by power outages often or you have devices in your home that depend on electricity such as an oxygen tank, then you should invest in a generator.
- Pay attention to the local news for emergency information and alerts. Keep a battery-operated radio when you can’t get onto the TV, internet, or phone service.
- Check on your neighbors, especially if they’re elderly, sick individuals, or parents with young children.