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June 24, 2013
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NOAA’s National Weather Service has discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths.
It’s never too late to prepare for excessive heat in Alabama. There are several things you can do to help your family deal with rising temperatures. Also, it’s helpful to know the heat-related hazard terms used by the National Weather Service and local meteorologists. Here are a few helpful tips and terms:
Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
Summertime heat in Alabama is often a less recognized danger to many. Across the US, there are on average more heat related deaths each year than other weather hazards, including tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and lightning. The following safety tips during excessive heat can help prevent illness, and possibly death.
What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
Follow these tips when thinking about ways to effectively donate or volunteer to the Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.
With Spring and Summer Thunderstorms in Alabama, Flash Flooding with heavy thunderstorms is possible. Please use the following tips when driving in heavy rain/flooding situations:
Pay attention to barricades.
Don’t ignore them by driving past them.
Do not drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots.
The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.
April 15, 2011 was one of the largest tornado outbreaks in Central Alabama history. Overshadowed by the historic devastation of April 27, 2011, the April 15 outbreak helped make April 2011 the most active month for tornadoes in Alabama on record. Please remember to build/check your Emergency Kit for your home or business!
Alabama’s primary severe weather season is underway. Keep your household and business prepared by building/updating your Emergency Kit. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR EMERGENCY KIT.
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