Monsoon season officially begins June 15 and continues through September. Storms generally peak between mid-July and mid-August, bringing high winds, high temperatures, and high moisture resulting in potentially dangerous weather conditions.
High winds also have the potential to toss debris around, down trees, damage power lines, and destroy structures like roofs and shelters. The Bullhead City Fire Department would like to remind citizens to prepare and plan before the monsoon storms arrive. Knowing what to do when in an emergency is key to staying safe.
To help drivers minimize hazardous situations or injuries, ADOT recommendations suggest motorists keep in mind these practical tips to avoid the worst of the severe storm season:
- Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
- If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle and begin slowing down.
- Don’t wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to pull off the road – pull aside as soon as possible and exit the highway if you can.
- Don’t stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
- Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers. You don’t want other vehicles approaching from behind to use your lights as a guide, possibly crashing into your parked vehicle.
- Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
- Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
- Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
- Have extra supplies, including a fully charged cell phone, drinking water, and an emergency kit in case you experience an extended highway closure.
- Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated. Even a few inches of running water can pose a serious risk.