Weather Awareness Week helps residents prepare

By: Stacia Strong Email
By: Stacia Strong Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Governor Hickenlooper along with the National Weather Service in Colorado has partnered up to make this week Severe Weather Awareness Week.

As we head further into spring and summer the melting snow up in the high country can cause severe floods, and flash floods, being prepared for this and other storms is very important.

Jim Pringle from the Grand Junction National Weather Service says being prepared and knowing what to expect during thunderstorms, rain showers, hail, and even tornadoes can be critically important to your safety.

“When thunderstorms approach we recommend that people seek shelter quickly," said Pringle.

Officials also suggest checking the weather regularly before heading outdoors is important since severe weather can happen very quickly, and knowing what to listen for when watching the weather can be just as important.

“Flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible, and then a flash flood warning means that a flash flood is occurring or imminent," said Pringle.

But if you are caught outdoors when a thunderstorm or flood approaches, the safest thing to do is get to stay calm, get to high ground, and take shelter in a substantial building.

Picnic benches and trees are not recommended because they can be just as dangerous as being unprotected.

Weather officials report that more people in Colorado are struck and killed by lightening every year than by any other direct weather cause.

In 2013 more than 22 people were struck by lightning, but there were no reported deaths.

For more information on how to prepare for the upcoming weather season you can visit the link to the right.

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