Storm Spotting and Chasing Safety Tips
Are you one of those people who love to sit outside and watch the thunderstorm? Some people find thunderstorms and rainfall to have a calming effect.
What is the difference between a storm spotter and a storm chaser? A storm spotter is someone who observes storms either from a fixed location or they are mobile. A storm chaser is someone who actively pursues imminent or existing thunderstorms. Storm chasers are typically willing to travel miles and miles to observe a storm. The National Weather Service does not condone storm chasing in any capacity.
Your number one concern should always be safety. Below are some tips to stay safe:
- Always spot with a partner: The saying says, “two brains are better than one.” But in this case, four eyes are better than two.
- Watch for water on the road: If you are traveling in a car, keep a look out for water on the road. Hydroplaning can pose a serious threat to drivers.
- Avoid the most intense areas of the storm: For one reason or another storm chasers, will sometimes make the poor decision to head into the core of the storm. This is a very dangerous risk because there can be heavy rain, strong winds, low visibility, and hail large enough to damage your car.
- Always have an escape route in mind: Always have a plan for how you will get out of harm’s way should the storm become life threatening. This requires some expertise and knowledge of how storms behave and move. It is smart to always have a map with you, especially if you are in a new location. Keep in mind, sometimes roads change faster than maps do.
- Lightning: Lightning gives no warning before striking. Avoid being the tallest object in the area and don’t get too close to power lines or poles. Don’t wait for a warning sign, before taking shelter.
Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.
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