Living in Southern Arizona, we have the privilege of enjoying some of the best weather on the planet, but we also endure one of most unique seasons of the year: the monsoon season. From June 15th to September 30th, heavy rain, high winds, and nasty dust storms occasionally interrupt the usual stretch of hot, sunny, dry weather we enjoy each summer. These storms van be dangerous and it is important to follow these Tucson monsoon safety tips.
With these extraordinary weather conditions, it’s important to be extra cautious and follow these Tucson monsoon safety tips, especially if you’re caught in them while on the road. Every year in Arizona, monsoon season contributes to thousands of injuries. To steer clear of accidents during monsoon season, here are some weather-driven Tucson monsoon safety tips to keep in mind.
If you think a flash flood is on its way, trust your instincts. Always follow signs and turn around. Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles, so never drive into a puddle or a flooded area. Moving water one to two feet deep will carry away most vehicles.
Monsoon storms frequently produce strong downward rushes of air called microbursts. These winds can gust in excess of 100 mph and cause extensive property damage.
Lightning and Thunderstorms
Remember this saying: “If the thunder roars, head indoors.” Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a storm. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
If you do get caught up in a dust storm while driving, avoid running into another vehicle and make your vehicle less likely to be hit:
From all of us here at Zanes Law, we hope everyone is cautious out there this monsoon season. Watch nature’s spectacular show of lightning, rain and high winds from a safe place.