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As Australia’s storm experts, there are many storm safety questions we are often asked:
- What should I do if I’m in my car during a storm?
- Is it safe to close or open my curtains during a hailstorm?
- What should I have if a severe storm hits? And many more…..We understand.
What is a Hailstorm?
A hailstorm is a weather phenomenon in which balls of ice fall from the sky. Hail is nothing more than solid precipitation that will form under certain weather conditions.
A hailstorm generally forms when highly developed Cumulonimbus clouds are present, these clouds are massive anvil or mushroom shaped clouds that can be seen throughout thunderstorms which can reach heights of up to 65,000 feet. Extremely strong currents of air, commonly known as updrafts must be ascending through these clouds. These updrafts contain ice particles, as large water droplets are supercooled, they adhere to each other, forming thin layers of ice upon one another until reaching sizes of up to 4.50 inches. The last remaining condition is that the cloud must contain high concentrations of supercooled liquid water.
In the wake of an impending severe hailstorm, your safety begins with proper preparation. If strong winds, thunderstorms, hurricanes or tornadoes are in your latest forecast, the following precautions and safety action guide will help save your life and property.
Before A Hailstorm
In order to protect your home and family, be sure to do whatever you can to minimise the damage before the hailstorm hits.
- Clear your gutters of blockages and debris to minimise the chance of overflow of water.
- Have your roof inspected for damage and have any issues repaired.
- Remove any wear branches or trees within a close proximity to your home.
- Store all outside furniture and loose objects kept outside in an enclosed space or tie objects down.
- Be sure to keep your vehicles in a garage, under an overhang or purchase a hail protector cover to avoid costly repairs
When the storm surges in, you can be sure things like plant/flower pots, patio furniture, shades or kids’ trampolines could become harmful projectiles. All loose and light objects should be kept away in your garage as they are likely to be picked up by the wind and may cause damage. All heavier objects you have outside should be fastened down and covered in order to prevent hazards.
Bring all your household members and pets into a safer place inside your house and ensure all of your vehicles are safely parked inside the garage or under an overhang.
Our team of professionals here at storm assist recommend that you keep a VHF Marine weather radio and extra dry cells to power it for up-to-date information and instructions. You can find storm warnings about the storm and its progress as well as updates on hail sightings and wind speeds on government media website BoM.
Keep a keen eye out for tell-tale signs of impending thunderstorms like lightning flashes, strong winds, darkening skies, heavy rainfall and thunder rumbles.
Prepare an emergency supply kit which should have adequate provisions for your family to survive on for about three days. The kit should also include battery-powered torches, water and first-aid supplies.
Loose or damaged tiles or corrugated sheets on your roof should be firmly secured so it doesn’t become a projectile in enhancing the risk of floods to your home. Ensure your gutters and down-pipes have no blockages or a pile-up of debris. These can encourage flooding during heavy rainfall.
If considered feasible, construct barriers to prevent flood waters from going into the building. Openings in walls within the basement should also be sealed with waterproof compounds.
During A Hailstorm
If you get caught in a hailstorm while you are outside, the first thing you should do is get inside the closest building, even the smallest of hail can still be dangerous and has the potential to cause injuries. Avoid seeking shelter under a tree as hailstorms often come with lightning that sometimes strikes trees.
If you are inside during a hailstorm, move away from doors, windows and exterior walls to a safer, interior room within your home. This way, you’ll remain safe just in case your windows are shattered.
It is best to make sure all windows and doors are closed as well as shades, curtains and blinds. This additional safety measure can help prevent winds from blowing debris through the openings in your home.
After A Hailstorm
After a severe hailstorm be aware of these hazards:
- Be wary of the fallen power lines. If you see a wire, just assume it is active and deadly, keep clear of it and call for help from the authorities immediately.
- Check for broken tree branches, other debris and try to keep off hazardous items.
- If there is a power outage, keep all electronics turned off in order to avoid damage from a power surge.
- Use flashlights instead of candles, which can be a fire hazard.
- If you detect any gas leaks, switch valves off.
- Document any damage through video or photo evidence.
- Contact storm assist immediately.
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As a trustworthy resource for forecasting and mapping out impending storm movement in Australia, we provide estimations and reliable weather information to help with your basic risk awareness as well as a guide for decision making in the wake of a threatening storm.
Storm Assist is constantly monitoring satellite imagery and storm radars across the country to detect thunderstorms and extreme weather events.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Will Be Issued If The Following Is Expected:
- Damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more)
- Large hail (2cm diameter or more)
- Very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding)
Note: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail.
Storm Assist endeavours to work closely with trusted weather monitoring sites, like the Bureau of Meteorology, to ensure that our valued customers are alert, informed and supported throughout weather events of all shapes and sizes.
The information contained in this article is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs, objectives or circumstances into consideration, and is not financial advice, legal advice or otherwise a recommendation to purchase any financial product or insurance policy. You should seek your own independent financial advice from a qualified financial and insurance adviser before making any financial decisions, and seek your own independent legal advice from a qualified solicitor before making any decisions of a legal nature.
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