High Wind Safety Rules

A TORNADO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR PARTS OF SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA AND MUCH OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY. THE FOLLOWING HIGH WIND SAFETY TIPS ARE BEING PROVIDED IN HOPE THAT THE BROADCAST MEDIA WILL FREQUENTLY BROADCAST THESE MESSAGES WHILE THE WATCH AFFECTS THEIR AREA.

A LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL IMPACT MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA THIS MORNING. THIS LINE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH AS WELL AS ISOLATED TORNADOES. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OR NEAR THESE STORMS...TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES:

1) TAKE SHELTER IN YOUR HOME...AWAY FROM WINDOWS. ABANDON MOBILE HOMES. GO TO A SUBSTANTIAL STRUCTURE OR PLACE OF SAFETY.

2) BEFORE THE STORM...BRING IN UNSECURED OBJECTS FROM PATIOS AND BALCONIES AND SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS SUCH AS LAWN FURNITURE OR GARBAGE CANS THAT COULD BLOW AWAY AND CAUSE DAMAGE OR INJURY.

3) IF YOU ARE DRIVING...SLOW DOWN AND KEEP BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL OR GET ON THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD AND STOP. STAY AWAY FROM TREES OR OTHER TALL OBJECTS THAT COULD FALL ON YOUR CAR. WATCH FOR FLYING DEBRIS SUCH AS TREE LIMBS OR STREET SIGNS. KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN VEHICLES AND FROM CARS IN ADJACENT LANES AS STRONG WINDS COULD PUSH YOUR CAR OUTSIDE ITS LANE OF TRAVEL. HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES SUCH AS TRUCKS...VANS...AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES ARE MORE PRONE TO BE PUSHED OR FLIPPED BY HIGH WINDS.

4) IF YOU OBSERVE DOWNED POWER LINES...STAY AWAY FROM THEM AND AVOID ANYTHING THAT MAY BE TOUCHING THEM...INCLUDING VEHICLES OR TREE BRANCHES. PUDDLES CAN CONDUCT ELECTRICITY. 5) IF A POWER LINE FALLS ON YOUR CAR...STAY INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE AND DO NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE METAL FRAME. WAIT UNTIL HELP ARRIVES TO EXIT THE CAR.

 

 



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