|Vehicle Accidents |
One of the leading causes of indirect hurricane deaths (i.e. those not caused by wind or water) are vehicle accidents. According to meteorologist Jonathan Belles, “These occur most often in the frenzy that occurs before and just after a hurricane landfall.” Bad visibility, windy and rainy conditions and slick roads are all factors that heighten the risk for dangerous crashes.
Drive after the storm only if it’s absolutely necessary. Avoid flooded roads and bridges, and watch out for debris, loose or dangling power lines and out-of-service traffic lights.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
When it’s still extremely hot and the power goes out, carbon monoxide poisoning can be a real threat. “People are still putting their generators in or near their homes, or running their cars in their garages for a moment of cooler air,” Belles says. “Both of these pump deadly gasses into their homes.”
This kind of indirect hurricane death is very preventable. “Move the generators outside and away from any air intake spots. And you can also get a carbon monoxide detector that runs on batteries,” Belles advises.