Heavy rain predicted for days, Red Cross tips on how to avoid danger

Clouds over Columbia- Terry Ward photo.

Tuesday is the beginning of a potential 10-day-long streak of rainy weather in the Midlands.

Rainfall is expected to vary from light to heavy. With the possibility of bad weather, the American Red Cross is reminding South Carolinians to remain aware of conditions.

According to a press release from the Red Cross, there are specific precautions to take when experiencing heavy thunderstorms:

-As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building

-If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with windows closed and turn on emergency flashers.

-Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of vehicle

-If you are inside a home, unplug appliances and avoid using the phone or any electrical appliances

-Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose

-If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, or tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers

-Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are not safe

If Midlands counties experience any kind of flooding, the Red Cross reminds residents to turn around and go another way if you come upon a flooded road while driving. Do not attempt to drive through the water. Most vehicles can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

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