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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Disaster Prep Wednesday: Take Cover

When you are aware of the possibility of high winds in your area, it's a good idea to head for a safe place.
Not the house in question, but a warning nonetheless

Sadly, Man killed after tree falls on him during storm:
One person was killed Wednesday evening when a tree fell on him as heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms moved through the Triangle.

The man, who was in his 50s, was standing on his back deck on Roper Lane in Chapel Hill at about 7 p.m. when the tree fell, killing him instantly, Chapel Hill police said. The street is in Chapel Hill city limits but located in Durham County.

Damaging straight line winds with gusts up to 60 mph were reported in the Triangle, resulting in downed trees and power lines, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
Some good hints here:
Preparing for High Winds
In advance of any storm, be sure your property is secure. Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures, loose roofing materials and objects in yards, patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away. If a high wind warning is issued:
• Take shelter and tune in to local weather forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.
• Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors.
• Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies.

Safety Tips
The safest place to be during high winds is indoors.
• Watch for flying debris.
• Take cover next to a building or under a shelter. Stand clear of roadways or train tracks.
• Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.
• Do not touch anyone who has been shocked who may be in direct or indirect contact with a power line.
• When driving, keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
• If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, get onto the shoulder of the road and stop.
• If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle. Do not to touch any of the metal frame of your vehicle. Honk your horn, roll down the window and warn anyone who may approach of the danger.

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