March is not usually associated with dangerous, life-threatening wind damage, but meteorologists in the mid-Atlantic area have measured high winds that have been sustained up to 40 – 50 mph. Believe it or not, according to NOAA, wind claimed the lives of 54 people in the United States in 2014, including two residents in Washington D.C.
The National Weather Service advises: “During the spring months, two factors work in tandem to create strong winds.” These elements include the polar jet stream traveling northward and the sun’s angle rising higher in the sky causing warm air in the surface as high as 10,000 feet.
Protect Your Property with Consistent Maintenance
• While driving, keep both hands on the steering wheel. Exercise caution in extreme weather conditions. • Park your car inside a garage, not on the street or under a tree. • Make sure the shingles on your roof are up to code and able to withstand the impact of flying objects. • Check siding and windows for loose attachments. • Look for cracks or crevices in walls that could allow for air to get inside.
Keep Yourself Safe by Taking Proper Precautions
• Seek a safe haven, preferably a basement, during strong winds. • Wear goggles, gloves and sturdy shoes. • Protect your head with a hat, and watch for flying items. • Drink plenty of water and moisturize dry, cracked skin. • Limit your time outdoors.
Stay abreast of the latest local and national climate changes. Then develop safety strategies for taming the roaring lion.
If you or someone you know got hurt during a windstorm or other event, and you believe that someone’s negligence or carelessness was to blame, call our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.