If you’re caught in a lightning storm, seek shelter. Stay away from trees and bodies of water and, if you’re caught in the open, drop to your knees and bend forward with your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground.
If you see a fallen power line, keep your distance. The line can be dangerous, even if it isn’t sparking. Report the line to Black River (489-8060) and 911 immediately.
The 74-160 mph winds of a hurricane can extend inland for hundreds of miles. Following a hurricane, inland streams and rivers can flood and trigger landslides. As a hurricane approaches, the skies darken and the winds will grow in strength. Here’s what to do to prepare for a hurricane:
- Access information regarding flood stage data for area streams and waterways. Note the elevation level of your own home.
- Inquire as to the potential for inland flooding and storm surge.
- Check with emergency management officials for low points and flooding history and plan an escape/evacuation route accordingly.
- Protect windows and other glass by boarding up or shuttering large windows securely. Tape exposed glass to reduce shattering and place coverings around doors to protect against flying glass.
- Keep battery-operated radios or televisions tuned for accurate information.
Hurricanes are categorized by intensity on a scale of 1 to 5 with the following characteristics:
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