A downed power line could still be energized! To avoid serious injury or even death, stay clear of all downed power lines. Keep others, including your pets, away from the line and do not try to touch, move or repair a downed power line. If you encounter a downed power line, call The Energy Cooperative at 1-888-535-5732.

Areal Flood Advisory

Issued:
4:51 PM EDT on August 19, 2017
Expires:
7:45 PM EDT on August 19, 2017
72° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied with high winds, freezing rain, sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures. Driving and walking can be extremely hazardous during a winter storms. Always listen to the radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.

BEFORE A WINTER STORM:

  • Have a disaster plan.
  • Prepare a winter storm preparedness kit for your home and car. See below for details.
  • Be aware of changing weather. Keep informed via weather radio, weather apps, and television.

DURING A WINTER STORM:

  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
  • Drink plenty of water. Also, drink warm broth and juices.
  • If you must go outside, wear layered clothing, mittens and a hat.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing to prevent the loss of body heat.
  • If you must drive, carry a cell phone.
  • Keep the gas tank full.
  • Let someone know where you’re going, just in case your car gets stuck.
  • If you’re car gets stuck, stay with it and wait for help unless help is visible within 100 yards.

AFTER A WINTER STORM:

  • Avoid driving until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling snow are the leading cause of deaths during the winter.
  • Check on neighbors to make sure they are okay.

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