Luckily Tropical Storm Hermine has not become a hurricane yet but she will bring plenty of rain and some strong winds to the Tampa Bay area. Many of us have been through this before and tend to get complacent, myself included, but lots of rain and wind can cause a lot of damage. I’ve made a list of some reminders to help you stay safe:
- Do not drive through deep puddles of water. You don’t know how deep the water actually is and you can have engine damage
- Do not touch downed power lines. You do not know if they are live wires or not. Call the power company to move the lines. They will turn them off from the pole before they touch them
- Watch out for flood water. 6″ of moving water can knock you down, 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away
- Avoid standing water. You do not know how deep the water is or what debris could be in there
- Do not drive with your flashing lights on. Many people think it makes their car more visible to other vehicles on the road but just confuses other motorists. Your warning lights are to be used when your car is not moving
Please be smart and be safe!
(the photo is from the Tampa Bay Times when the last storm came through)