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In Your Car When Severe Weather Strikes?
AAA Mid-Atlantic Offers Tips for Staying Safe
PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 26, 2019) – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch and hazardous weather outlook for the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware through 9 p.m. tonight. Strong thunderstorms and even tornados can strike quickly and fiercely.
The potential for severe weather will likely take place between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., meaning the risk for dangerous driving conditions increases just in time for the afternoon/evening commute. Because dangerous, damaging storms could catch many motorists on the roads, AAA Mid-Atlantic is urging drivers and their passengers to be prepared and take appropriate safety precautions should they face severe weather while traveling in a vehicle.
“Storms are common throughout the spring and summer, which means drivers will face storm-related challenges while in their vehicles,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager, public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “A vehicle can either be very dangerous or a place of safety, depending on the weather conditions. Motorists should remain alert and not take any unnecessary chances while driving during or under the threat of severe weather.”
The key is being prepared for severe weather and reacting the right way to what Mother Nature throws at you.
Heavy Rain and Flooding
Heavy downpours make it difficult to see while driving.
The National Weather Service reports that lightning strikes about 25 million times a year, killing an average of 49 people in the United States and severely injuring hundreds more.
NOAA reports that the United States is the most tornado-prone country in the world, with about 1,000 tornadoes touching down each year. Tornado warnings mean danger is imminent. If a tornado has been sighted, move to the safest place possible.
AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends that motorists create a spring/summer severe weather emergency kit to carry in their cars. The kit should include items such as nonperishable food/snacks and water, tool kit, flashlight, hand-crank or battery-powered radio, extra batteries, cell phone and charger, first-aid supplies, flares or reflectors, rain coat or poncho, a towel or blanket, and rain boots or an extra pair of shoes.
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