To prepare for an ice storm, create an emergency plan, and gather enough food, water and medical supplies to last for at least three days. To prevent weather-related accidents and illnesses, install fire and carbon monoxide detectors, stay indoors and insulate the home before the storm begins.Continue Reading
Determine the specific weather outlook for the upcoming storm, and locate nearby shelters that are available to the public in the case of an extended power outage. Do not leave home if the roads are not safe for travel unless it is an emergency.
A reliable heat source, such as a wood-burning stove, food and water should be available to all members of the household for the duration of the storm. Store at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day, and enough non-perishable foods to last the household for at least three days. Increase the amount of food stored in the home if the storm is expected to impact travel for longer than three days.
Plan to remain indoors during the storm, and bring pets inside. Install carbon monoxide detectors, and check fire alarms for proper operation to prevent accidents and illnesses caused by faulty heat sources. If necessary, insulate water pipes and windows.
Before a severe snowstorm strikes, prepare home and help family members and pets stay safe by creating emergency survival kits, stocking up on nonperishable foods and water, having a supply of flashlights and batteries, and ensuring the house has a working radio. Power outages frequently occur in severe winter weather, which makes having extra warm clothing on hand essential. Stock extra supplies of fuel heating material, such as logs, wood chips and propane.Full Answer >
Floods occur when the ground is incapable of absorbing water from rainfall, melting snow or ice. Each spring, many regions experience warmer temperatures along with heavy precipitation. This is the ideal combination for flooding. If the ground has not completely thawed, it is even more likely to flood as there is no place for the water to drain.Full Answer >
Thunderstorms cause hail when strong winds push raindrops upward into the atmosphere where the extremely cold air supercools the water and causes it to freeze into spheres of ice. This can occur several times, with balls of ice falling and then being lifted by updrafts, collecting condensation as they go. This results in a distinct layering in hailstones each time a layer of liquid water freezes on the surface.Full Answer >
An ice storm is a dangerous weather event that occurs when snow melts in a warm layer in the atmosphere before freezing as it reaches the ground. Ice storms cause build-up of ice on roads, buildings, cars and trees. Driving conditions are often poor during and after an ice storm.Full Answer >