How to keep safe in High Wind weather
POSTED: Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 9:36am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Today is a perfect day to keep some of these windy tips in hand.
Fortunately we aren't seeing extremely high winds, but they are still strong enough to cause some major damage.
We are all aware of the type of damage winds can cause, for example, bringing down trees, power lines, and turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles.
But what we may not all be aware of is how to stay safe in the event that we are caught in the middle of a wind storm.
I have made a list courtesy of The Weather Channel that I found to be pretty helpful if you are caught outside.
•Take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter. (pretty obvious)
•Stand clear of roadways or train tracks, as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle. (this is a much too common mistake, if you are near a road, try to get as far away as you can, gusts can be strong enough to lift you up.)
•Use handrails where available and avoid elevated areas such as roofs.
In the event of a downed power line:
•Report downed lines to your local utility emergency center and to the police. (after you have stayed clear of one.)
•Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.
•If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle. Do not touch any part of the metal frame of your vehicle.
•Honk your horn, roll down the window and warn anyone who may approach of the danger. Ask someone to call the police.
•Do not exit the car until help arrives, unless it catches fire. To exit, open the door, but do not step out. Jump without touching any of the metal portions of the car's exterior, and quickly get safe ground.
If you are driving:
•Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
•Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path.
•Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel.( And make sure to not tail gate. As it is, visibility is already reduced and you will need enough space to brake in the event that a car has suddenly stopped)
•Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts.
•If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, safely pull over onto the shoulder of the road and stop, making sure you are away from trees or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle.
These are just some tips, but one way to prevent having to put any of these into effect is by staying home if at all possible.