Residents were awakened to the sound of trash cans rolling, banging down the streets as 22 MPR sustained winds whuch blew across South-Central Illinois last night and this morning, especially once emptied.
As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion (and it's only mid-February) it stirs the quandery what will March, April and May bring?
Some of the older generation remembers seasons bringing storms such as the Northeast suffered recently which dealt out it's fury, but even some of them can't remember anything like the recent years have unfolded. But as in the line from Dorothy,speaking to her dog in the "The Wizard of OZ," "We aren't in Kansas anymore."
The new consistrancy in weather is it's inconsistancy. As the weather becomes more unstable, we can no longer enjoy the luxury of the opinion, "It won't happen to me."
The only answer to this dilemna is to obey local, state and federal governmental officials when severe alerts are posted. Keep updated with your local radio or TV stations, and now with realtime, the internet weather websites have become invaluable tools when inclement weather has been announced.
Pre-preparedness is not only wise, but may mean the difference in surviving a catastrophy. Simple items like having medications, bottled water, blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit are reasonable items to have in your home before an emergency arises. Personal experience taught me that, during the Palm Suunday outbreak of 1965 in Northeast Indiana or the blizzard in Fort Wayne, IN, in 1978.
I personally carry 2 bottles of drinking water, a first aid kit, road assist lantern, a flashlight, disposable wipes and a blanket in my vehicle year round. The life you save may not be your own.