Hurricane Preparedness and Road Safety Tips
As summer winds down, cities and towns along the east coast begin to brace themselves for hurricane season. Hurricane season runs from August through November, and while weather forecasters are currently predicting an overall mild season, it is good to be prepared. In Charleston and through the Lowcountry, hurricanes and tropical storms typically mean flooded roadways. Flooding, heavy rain, and thick fog all present serious dangers to drivers and can translate into an increase in car accidents resulting in serious injuries. To protect yourself and your loved ones this storm season, take the necessary precautions in terms of hurricane preparedness and road safety.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season outlook posits there is a 90 percent chance the upcoming hurricane season will see a decrease in the average number of storms. That does not leave South Carolinians of the hook though. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center warns east coast residents that there is still the likelihood for several hurricanes this season, as well as a number of tropical storms.
The South Carolina Department of Public Service (SCDPS) advises residents to play it safe by having plans in place in case of an emergency. In the event of a major storm, there will generally be two types of alerts: a hurricane watch or a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible in a specific area; a hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected.
In the event of a severe storm, officials may order an evacuation. Residents should prepare for hurricane season be having an evacuation plan ready. In the event an evacuation takes place, follow these safety tips:
- Expect delays, and carpool if possible
- Make sure your vehicle is running well, and keep the gas tank filled
- Take an adequate supply of food and drinking water
- Make sure you have any medications or medical supplies you need
- Know where you will stay in the event of an evacuation, as well as the driving route to get there
Make sure you know in advance the quickest evacuations routes for your area, and listen to the radio for additional evacuation instructions.
Driving on Flooded Roads
Hurricanes and tropical storms bring heavy rains that can result in flooded roadways. The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles offers motorists these tips for driving on flooded roads:
- Go slow, and use extreme caution
- Allow plenty of space between yourself and other vehicles
- Use low beam lights to help fight glare
- Beware of dips in road where flood waters can accumulate
- Do not drive through flooded roads; turn around and go another way
Just six inches of water can result in stalled engines, and two feet of water can carry away a vehicle. If there is no other way to go, wait out the store on higher ground.
Reach Out to Our Office for Assistance
Taking the necessary precautions can ensure the safety of you and your family this hurricane season and can help to avoid accidents. If you or someone you know is hurt or injured due to a car accident, contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys may be able to help you will get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.