Riding it Out

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Riding it Out

Examine the building and plan in advance what you will do if winds become strong. Strong winds can cause structural failure and turn loose objects into deadly missiles. Don’t stay if you’re been ordered to leave.

Take Cover

Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object, and make sure you hold and protect your head. Keep all windows and doors closed tightly during the storm. Stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered.

Unsafe Spots

Spacious rooms, areas around windows, garages and top floors are not safe. If you are in a multi-story building and away from water, go to the first or second floor and take refuge in the halls or other interior rooms away from windows.

Find the Safest Place

Stay in a room near the center of the house, on the side opposite the direction the wind is blowing. Stay alert to radio broadcasts for the changes in wind direction, especially once the eye of the hurricane has passed. The safest places in your home are small, enclosed rooms away from windows. These include hallways and closets.

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

Dangerous Driving

Driving in Windy Conditions

Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles; in windy conditions, your best course of action is to slow down. Speed and wind make for a very dangerous driving situation. Strong gusts can blow a car, cyclist or motorcyclist off course. Gusty wind can be one of the trickier driving conditions, especially when it is rapidly changing direction and intensity. Turn on and listen for weather information for the area that you are in or driving to.

Driving Through Standing Water

Hurricanes could produce copious amounts of rainfall as they traverse the state. NEVER go through flooded areas. Don’t take risks. Even if you are familiar with the roads, it could turn out to be hazardous. The flooded area may contain dangers such as debris, tree branches, or power lines that are not visible.

Inoperative Or Missing Traffic Lights Or Signs

Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver approaching an intersection should come to a complete stop before entering the intersection. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection. If two or more vehicles reach the four-way stop intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.


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