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For Immediate Release: 6/19/2014
|County Urges Preparedness for Summer Storm Season|
The Atlantic hurricane and summer storm season officially begins this month. Just two years ago, on the evening of June 29, 2012, Montgomery County was hit by a severe thunderstorm with heavy straight-line winds that categorized it as a "derecho". While a storm of that magnitude is uncommon in the County, our area does experience several severe thunderstorms every summer that cause property damage, personal injury and sometimes loss of life. Community members are encouraged to take severe storm warnings issued by the National Weather Service seriously - and take the appropriate precautions to stay safe.
The effects of a hurricane or tropical storm can be far-reaching. Areas impacted directly by a hurricane or tropical storm, and even fringe areas of these storms, can be adversely affected by its high winds and heavy rains. Property along waterways and in low-lying areas is particularly vulnerable to flooding.
A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of winds of tropical storm force. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of winds of tropical storm force. Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or greater, and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions to protect life and property should begin immediately after the warning is issued.
Residents are urged to sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive up-to-date information on hurricane watches, warnings and other storms. Alert Montgomery sign-up information is also available on-line at the County’s Call Center MC311, or by calling 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alerts can be sent to one or more electronic devices including: cell phones, pagers, smart phones and home and work email accounts.
Storm Preparedness Tips
• Keep flashlights, battery-powered radios and extra batteries on hand, along with a basic first aid kit, medicines and emergency non-perishable food (with non-electric can opener) and water to last each member of your family approximately 72 hours.
|Release ID: 14-268
Media Contact: Public Information 240-777-6507
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