High Winds Expected

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Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:57 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued the following for the Spokane Area:

Wind events are dangerous and difficult to predict and often bring strong gusts that cause damage and power outages. However, if you follow a few simple safety tips, you can significantly reduce the amount of damage a wind storm can cause.

Monitor the Weather for Severe Storms

The best way to keep up-to-date on weather activity in your area is to monitor a battery-powered (in case of power loss) NOAA Weather Radio. If an NOAA Weather Radio is not available, the weather can also easily be monitored through TV, radio, and cell phones as power and service allow. Responding quickly to advisories is the most crucial step in keeping people and property safe.

Bring Loose Items Indoors

If the forecast calls for high winds in Spokane, gathering loose objects and safely storing them indoors is essential.

Outdoor objects (trash containers, chairs, tables, etc.) can become projectiles and potentially injure people and property, or the objects can be lost, damaged, or ruined.

It is important to remember that nothing is more important than the safety of people, so objects should only be brought indoors if it is safe to do so.

Close and Secure Doors and Windows

Closing windows and doors is a simple step that can be easily forgotten while everyone secures objects, collects their belongings, and heads indoors. Open windows can result in water damage or broken glass. If there are shutters, it is essential to close them. Also, close and secure doors since strong winds can easily rip them from hinges.

If Caught Outside or Driving

Take shelter in your car if you are not near a sturdy building. If possible, drive to a nearby sturdy building. Otherwise, move your vehicle to a location where it is less likely to be hit by falling trees or power lines.

If no shelter is available, avoid trees, power lines, and the side of the road. Keep in mind that power lines that are lying on the ground may be live. Please do not go near them!

Instead, try to find a place that will block blowing or falling debris.

If you are driving and aren't near a sturdy building, hold the steering wheel with both hands and slow down.

Keep a distance from high-profile vehicles such as trucks, buses, and vehicles towing trailers. One strong gust of wind can be enough to flip one of these trailers onto its side.