You hear it softly in the distance, a low rumble. Then the ping-ping-ping of thick, heavy rain drops. North Carolinians can expect to hear the familiar, rhythmic sounds of thunderstorms 40-50 times per year, mostly during summer months, according to our State Climate Office. Though familiar, the sounds sometimes precede dangerous weather capable of impacting every nook and cranny of North Carolina.
Summer storms in North Carolina run the gamut from rain to hail to high winds, and even tropical storms and hurricanes. June is the official kickoff to hurricane season, and it’s a good month to refocus on tips and information that will help keep you safe this summer regardless of what kind of North Carolina weather you encounter.
SUMMER STORM SAFETY TIPS
- Develop an evacuation route now, in advance of summer storms and hurricane season. The plan should identify the safest routes away from your area, as well as the closest shelters.
- Determine a safe place in the home to gather during severe thunderstorms, away from windows, skylights or glass doors that could be broken by hail.
- Create a family disaster supply kit and be sure to include the following: a battery operated radio, flashlights, a first aid kit, non-perishable food items, a three-day water supply, a non-electric can opener, medicines and cash.
- Teach children to call 911 in case of an emergency. Communicate with family members to be sure they know how to respond in a storm situation.
- Remember your pets when planning for possible evacuation. Not all emergency shelters allow pets. Contact your local humane society to learn which animal shelters accept pets during disasters.
- Keep JOEMC’s outage reporting phone number (800-681-4146) in a handy place.
KEEP UP WITH OUTAGES ONLINE AT OUR WEBSITE
Providing reliable power is our top priority. However, sometimes circumstances beyond our control cause members to lose power. To keep up with the outages on our system, members can go to joemc.com and click on the “Outage Management” section on our homepage. The map has around-the-clock access to outage information, is updated in real-time, and shows the number of customers affected by outages.