Enjoy the celebration of our country's independence but do so safely and responsibly. The misuse of fireworks account for a significant number of emergency room visits. Make sure you are around to see them this year and in the future.
View the Fireworks Safety Checklist
Since lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the main area of the storm, it's important to remember the National Weather Service motto:
"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"
The National Weather Service provides educational information about lightning safety at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/?n=outreach_lightningmain.
The following video is an excellent source of lightning safety information.
Hurricane Rita - image by NASA/GSFC
The primary hazards from hurricanes are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents. While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depressions can also be devastating. Flooding from heavy rains can cause extensive damage and loss of life. For example, Tropical Storm Allison produced more than 40 inches of rain in the Houston area in 2001, causing about $5 billion in damage and taking the lives of 41 people.
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