Preliminary forecasts indicate that we could be in for another overly active hurricane season, predicting as many as 14 to 17 tropical storms, nine to 11 hurricanes and four to five major hurricanes in 2021.
Just after 4:00 pm on April 18th, 2020, a lightning strike caused a power failure at Chalmette Refining plant in St. Bernard Parish. Residents of St. Bernard Parish and those in New Orleans neighborhoods reported seeing smoke and smelling a strong chemical odor shortly after.
Check out our 4 main takeaways from the 2019 Lightning Report that home and business owners should take note of.
In the early morning hours of July 10th, 2019, New Orleans residents awoke to heavy rain and flooding streets. A week after the flooding, the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board announced that several pumps across the city were knocked out of service due to lightning strikes. Could lightning pose a serious threat to the city’s pumping stations and cause major flooding in the future? Yes, and here is how!
You might think you know the basics of shielding yourself from a strike, but there are some extra precautions you can take to make sure you and your loved ones are safe. Lightning is a risk for everyone, but you should pay close attention to these tips if you live in Gulf Coast states!