- Author : Hillary Cappel
According to the National Weather Service, monsoon season is in full swing, with stormy, unpredictable weather patterns making their way through the region annually between about June 15 and Sept. 30. Monsoons, or strong seasonal storms that can develop when wind patterns change, generate when moisture combines with the intense heat of summer, which can lead to wild weather patterns including thunder, lightning and torrential rains.
If you’ve lived through more than your fair share of monsoons, you may recognize just how much of an impact they can have on your car, your home and your plans. So, what can you do to protect yourself and your belongings when monsoon seasons makes its annual return?
Nowadays, there are a multitude of resources you can employ to get ahead of bad weather and make sure you don’t find yourself trapped in it. Listen to the radio, download a weather app or watch the news – you can also sign up to receive severe weather notifications, which can help you if storms come in quickly and you’re already out and about.
Prepare your home
Severe flooding is a very real possibility during monsoon season, and this is particularly true if you live in a flood-prone area. Homeowner’s insurance typically does not cover flooding, so if you do live in an area prone to it, you may want to consider purchasing flood insurance. If you go this route, act fast and ahead of monsoon season, however, because you must typically wait a set period before your policy will take effect. Additionally, if time allows, get your valuables up and off your floors, because after your roof or windows leak and they get wet, it may already be too late.
Seek immediate cover
Lightning is a common element of monsoons, and nowhere outside is safe from the potentially deadly effects of lightning. Even hanging indoors can prove dangerous, however, but you can mitigate the danger to some extent by unplugging electronics when you know a storm is coming (which is often in the early-to-late afternoon). You may also want to hold off on showering or using plumbing, in general, until the storm safely passes.
When it comes to monsoon safety, you simply can’t be too careful. Remember, monsoons can damage your car, your roof and even the inside of your home, but your life is the only thing that’s irreplaceable.