Extreme Heat and Severe Weather Storms Threaten Illinois Chicagoland Areas!
ABC 7 Chicago reports Tuesday morning residents are left without power as strong storms moved throughout the region. Winnebago, Lake, Cook County, and more are on high alert for storms that could produce damaging winds at up to 70 miles per hour.
This comes only weeks after a damaging supercell swept throughout northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. The June 13th storm produced strong winds reaching up to 84mph and hundreds of trees being uprooted, downed, or damaged. Bellwood and Broadview experienced some of the most damaging effects of the storms. Many were left without power as a heatwave as Broadview and Bellwood join Westchester in declaring the villages in a local state of emergency. As SERVPRO launched into our communities to provide assistance to those in need we learned quite a bit of information to help you prepare for a natural disaster. So here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare for a rise in temperatures.
Stay hydrated. You don’t need to wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Sipping water throughout a hot day can help you remain hydrated and keep fluids high
Dress for the weather. Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing can ensure your body is able to breathe and allow a cool breeze to lower your body/skin temperature.
Staying inside. Remain in a cool or air-conditions environment. During the following days of the Illinois supercell, many villages opened cooling stations and busses. Those who lost power during the supercell were able to stay cool while the city worked to restore power to homes.
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