Tips for driving in severe weather

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The National Hurricane Center announced Wednesday night that Tropical Storm Hermine will more than likely strike the Florida Gulf Coast as a hurricane - the first hurricane to hit Florida since 2005 when Wilma hit us.

This means the First Coast will get hit with a lot of rain and wind as the system passes Florida. 

Here are some safety tips from the Weather Channel on how to drive through severe weather. 

Note: In Florida, it is illegal to drive with your hazard lights

HURRICANE CENTRAL 

Rain

Change windshield wiper blades at least twice a year or every 6,000 miles.
Nothing is more important when driving in rain than having a good set of wiper blades.
Spray a good rain repellant on your windshield before driving to help provide a clear view.
Check your tires regularly for visible signs of wear or damage.
Don't use cruise control or overdrive on wet roads.
Flash floods

"Turnaround, Don't drown”; if you don't know the depth of water before crossing.
Abandon stalled vehicles immediately and seek higher ground.


Tornadoes

Never try and out drive a Tornado.
Leave your vehicle, and go to a concrete shelter.
If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch with your hands shielding your head.
Be alert for rapidly rising waters in the ditch.
Do not seek refuge in an overpass where winds can be magnified.


Hurricanes

Prepare an evacuation plan. Know where you will go and research several alternate routes before a hurricane threatens.
Have current maps on hand.
Alert friends and family members of your route and destination.
Fill your gas tank before the storm ”“ power outages will shut down gas stations.

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