A big storm is approaching the Northwest coast and there’s no guarantee you’ll be in the clear when the storm hits.
Here’s how to stay safe in the worst-case scenario.
Get to a location with good weather forecasts.
The storm is expected to be mild in the Northwest, but strong winds and a strong front are expected in the Southeast.
Winds are expected to travel south and west on Wednesday and will bring heavy rain and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service.
Stay away from power lines.
Wind chills could be as low as 40 degrees in some areas and winds will be gusty in others.
Wear long-sleeved shirts.
Winds will be a bit gusty, especially in the Northeast, but that’s OK because you can still dress well with short-sleeve shirts and long-leg pants.
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Wind chill ratings in the 50s is expected, so stay in the shade and wear sunscreen and water-resistant clothing.
If you need a place to stay and you don’t want to be seen by people, there are shelters and motels available.
Keep an eye out for downed trees.
Trees will be downed in many areas, especially along the coast.
If a tree falls, it could cause an evacuation and cause power outages.
Avoid driving during the storm.
There’s no indication the storm is weakening and the storm could still be a significant hazard for motorists in the area.
Wear proper clothing, especially if you are wearing a helmet.
Heavy rain and wind can cause skin damage and eye injuries.
Wear eye protection and sunscreen and wear a hat if you need to drive.
Get a good place to sleep.
Most motels, hotels, and motel compartments are equipped with bunk beds and a sleeping bag to help keep you dry and comfortable.
You can find a full list of motels and hotels on the National Association of Realtors website.
Be aware of wind chills.
In the forecast, there’s a possibility that winds will drop to the low 40s and gusts to the high 60s, which is a danger zone for motorists.
If the wind is strong enough to move you out of the highway, keep an eye on the road to the south and south-east to make sure you’re not going too fast.
Use a cellphone or computer to stay updated on the weather.
The National Weather Center will provide a live feed of the storm, but you can also check the NWS Weather Alerts app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer for updates.