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Severe Summer Weather

Practical advice in case of bad weather

Storm, lightning, strong winds, hail, tornado

  • If you are in a tent or camper, take cover in a building such as a comfort station, washroom or community hall, or get into a hardtop vehicle.
  • If there is no building close by, crouch down in a ditch or other low-lying area and cover your head with your arms.
  • In the event of a tornado, leave your car immediately as the violent wind could easily flip it over. If there is no sturdy building nearby to protect you, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other depressed area, and protect your head with your arms. Beware of flying debris.
  • If you are in the water or on a boat, head for shore at the first sign of bad weather and take cover.
  • Wait for 30 minutes after the storm has passed before returning to an open area or to the water.

Cloudy Weather

Photos: © – 2011

Heavy rain, flash flooding

  • Do not camp too close to streams or rivers because heavy rain may cause a rapid rise in the water level.
  • Never cross flooded streams or rivers because the undercurrents can carry you downstream.
  • In the event of a flash flood, head to higher ground immediately.