High winds can down power lines, move unsecured objects, and topple trees, especially when the ground is saturated by rain or snow and soil is loosened. With the potential for damaging winds in the forecast, now is a good time to think about home safety.
Viewer Tip: Keeping your backyard trees and shrubs trimmed can make them more wind-resistant – remove limbs that are weak or diseased, and make sure that wind can blow through the branches. Before a storm, be sure to bring lightweight items inside, such as trash cans, toys, garden tools, and lawn furniture, which can easily be picked up and blown away. And, don’t forget to bring pets inside, too – animals left outdoors can be injured by blowing debris.
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
(Source: NOAA National Weather Service. Boston Forecast, October 27, 2006; The National Disaster Education Coalition, Talking About Disaster: A Guide for Standard Messages.)