Spring weather can be very unpredictable. Planning ahead for severe weather can help avoid damage to your home and to your health. Major storms in the Spring include: thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes. Prepare your home and your family from severe weather.
Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. Thunderstorms occur when warm, moist air combines with cool, dry air.
There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S.
Severe Thunderstorm– A thunderstorm is severe when it there is hail one inch or larger, 57.5 mph winds, or a tornado.
Tornadoes– A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that runs from the storm down to the land.
There are about 1,200 tornadoes that hit the U.S. each year.
Spring Thaw– Warmer temperatures along with snow can create a fast melt. This thaw can produce large amounts of water in a short period of time. A cubic foot of snow is equal to gallons of water.
Spring Rains– Spring storms can bring several inches of rain within just a few hours. These rains can lead to severe flooding.
Flash Flooding– A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low areas in less than six hours. These are caused by a significant amount of rainfall from a severe thunderstorm.
Levees and Dams– Levees and dams are built to protect from the possibility of flooding. However, they can erode, weaken, or fail over time. Once they fail flooding can then occur.
When a disaster hits it is extremely important to have a well thought out safety plan. A safety plan is one of the most effective ways to protect you and your family. Create a plan for all potential disasters that may affect the area in which you live:
Go over the plans with your family and keep it somewhere that is easily accessible.
Keep an emergency kit in your home and car. Some items to include are: