For months weather forecasters across the globe have been discussing and arguing the potential strong El Nino this winter. According to the latest models found on Weather.com, this year’s El Nino could potentially be the strongest rainy season in twenty years. Understand the driving hazards during El Nino to keep you and your loved ones safe.
The last time El Nino was this bad, California’s widespread flooding and storm damage cost residents over $550 million in repairs. Not to mention the deaths of 17 people. Close to 35 counties were declared disaster areas at the time. While the rain may come as a welcome relief to a drought that is entering its 5th year, many experts warn that much of the rain runoff could do more harm than good.
Expect this winter season to pose a significant risk to motorists and pedestrians. Before stepping out into our seasonal rain bucket, consider some of the following tips:
Take It Slow. If you are driving or walking, it is better to get there safely than not get there at all. Roads will be particularly slippery, as months of oil and debris will be released from the various fissures. Sidewalks are no different, so tread lightly.
Keep an Eye on The Road. Heavy rain and storms mean low visibility. Whether you are walking, biking or driving, keep an eye out for those who may not see you.
Beware of Construction. Construction zones and sites will be particularly hazardous in an El Nino winter. It doesn’t take long for ditches and open trenches to become raging rivers, capable of carry you and whatever you may be driving away.
If you are involved in a slip and fall accident or automobile collision while out in the rain, be sure to give the Law Office of Rick D. Banks a call to discuss your legal options. We can be reached at (559) 222-4891.