What to Know About Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of South Bronx
Summer usually reminds most people of sunny days, spending the days outside with the family playing games or swimming. But what we don’t realize is summer typically brings more rain than the other months.
The saying is “April showers bring May flowers,” but it seems that lately summer brings even more rain. Summer weather brings two important ingredients for storms—heat and moisture in the air. When those combine, storms and rain result.
Here in The Bronx, we’re familiar with this trend and see increased precipitation during the summer. The good news? It typically starts to diminish beginning at the end of August.
Are You Ready?
While the average rainfall in summer increases and showers are more common, it’s important to remember that all storms have a chance of becoming severe. It’s imperative to pay close attention to the weather or storm alerts that come across.
With technology today, you can easily stay up to the minute with weather alerts, but if you lose power you might be out of luck. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in an NOAA Weather radio, which is battery-operated.
It’s smart to be cautious during storms. Storms can cause flooding, or they can wreak havoc on your belongings. You can take safety precautions throughout the year by keep up with your yard maintenance and clearing your property of debris that can be stirred up by wind or water during a storm.
Many people die every year from storm-related incidents, so it’s always best to use caution during any kind of bad weather event.
Storms can be somewhat peaceful at times, but if you hear thunder or see lightning, it’s best to stay indoors. And anytime you hear thunder, you should always know that lightning is sure to follow.
Like your mother or grandmother used to warn, stay away from windows and avoid bathing during a bad storm.
It’s also important to keep an emergency kit prepared for your family. Having one in your car is also a good idea.
Flooding can happen quickly and also bring about many dangers, so it’s best to stay on high ground and avoid any flood waters if possible. As kids we remember playing in the water puddles or flooded ditches, but these waters can conceal electrical wires.
When flooding conditions are present, stay off the roads. Even a small amount of standing water can be dangerous or even life-threatening.
There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.