Springtime in Las Vegas is upon us. While the change of seasons brings warmer temperatures, it also brings high winds. March through June are typically the windiest months of the year in the valley, with some gusts causing damage and power outages. That’s why it’s important to know what to do during high wind events. The National Weather Service offers several high wind safety tips.
If the National Weather Service issues a high wind warning, which involves sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of at least 58 mph, avoid outdoor activities until the warning has expired. If you are outside during a high wind event, take cover or shelter. Stay clear of roads and/or railroad tracks and watch for flying debris.
Prepare your home for windy weather by securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside. High winds have been known to knock out power in valley neighborhoods. If a power outage occurs, keep freezers and refrigerators closed; take stock of anything in your home that requires power and check on your neighbors. If necessary, head to a nearby shelter or cooling station.Be sure to report any downed power lines and avoid downed lines or anything touching them. See more power outage tips
When driving during high wind events, keep both hands on the wheel and slow down. Watch for debris on the roads, and keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially high-yield vehicles such as semis or RVs. If the wind makes driving too dangerous, pull over to an area clear of tall objects.
Gusting winds are a part of life in Las Vegas. A little preparedness can minimize the damaging effects of these weather events.