Storm safety: What to do in a storm
Don’t get caught out in stormy weather this summer. Here’s how to stay safe in a storm.
Victorians must brace for severe weather in the coming months with atmospheric conditions ripe for thunderstorms, heavy rains and strong winds through spring and summer.
Experts predict intense weather patterns until at least December due to the effect of La Nina, a cyclic climatic phenomenon that brings severe weather conditions like heavy rain and thunderstorms with damaging high winds.
Victorian householders got a taste of what’s to come when heavy rains lashed the state from 22 to 24 August and RACV’s Emergency Home Assist had a massive spike in call-outs for help and RACV advises people to be “storm safe” and prepare for fickle weather.
Annually, up to 10 Australians die from lightning strikes, while falling trees and branches due to strong winds cause further deaths.
“These weather events can be very localised, but intense,” warns Zoe Malempre RACV’s head of home insurance. “The strong winds and hail that accompany these storms can cause enormous damage.”
Zoe says dangers include flash flooding, which can inundate homes, strand vehicles and pose extreme risks to families.
VICSES state duty officer Brad Dalgleish says while summer storms are often short in duration, they can be “violent” and cause massive damage.
He advises home owners to check the Bureau of Meteorology website for severe weather warnings and prepare home before storms hit to minimise damage to property and people.
He says unsecured items such as outdoor furniture, trampolines and roof tiles can become flying projectiles in strong winds, injuring people and causing property damage.
He says homeowners should call 000 if lives are in danger, otherwise check here if they need the VICSES.
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