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Council's Corner: Stay safe during stormy summers by taking extra precautions

June 14, 2017

It's raining, it's pouring and everything is turning green again!

The tropical climate in South Florida has a defined rainy season - the end of May through October. Sixty-one percent of our annual rainfall is received during these months.

This is the time of year we must take extra precautionary measures to stay dry and safe. We all know the roads are slippery when wet - auto accidents occur more frequently this time of year

When accelerating your car to leave a stop, start up a little slower to avoid fish tailing. At times, it rains so hard it's hard to see. If you can't see a safe distance in front of you and can't see cars coming from the other directions, pull off the road.

Taking extra precautions during this time of year saves lives and the life you save may be your own. This is also a time of year that small children are left in the car because it's raining and their expected alone time is only a few minutes; it doesn't take very long to have your children to come into harm's way, even when the door is locked due to the outside temperatures and others passing by.

The simple task of walking can be dangerous if you are not aware of your surroundings. Don't take for granted that car is going to stop because that's what they're supposed to do. During the rainy season it takes longer to safely stop a car, give yourself enough time to safely get to the other side of the road or to your car in a parking lot.

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Roads are slippery, sidewalks are slippery, parking lots are slippery, the grass is slippery, store and business floors are slippery during the rainy season - take care of yourself and watch your step.

Homes are also in danger during the rainy season. Inspect your home for cracks, missing shingles on your roof and windows that don't seal. Same goes for your doors. Having all cracks in your home sealed will keep rain and other elements out to keep your home safe and dry.

Stay indoors during a lightning thunderstorm. Florida ranks number one in the number of deaths due to lightning, 94 percent of which occur between late May and end of September. An average of 100 people are killed in the U.S. each year (10-13 in Florida) and almost 600 injured (30 in Florida). Lightning kills more people in the U.S. than hurricanes and tornados combined.

Someone in Southwest Florida is hit by lightning every year and we all wonder why was that person taking the risk. Lightning and thunderstorms normally pass over quickly - waiting for the passing is a wait well worth taking.

We hope you enjoy the summer months by taking these precautions and staying safe!

The Community Council of Lehigh Acres serves as the voice for unincorporated Lehigh Acres.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

To contact the council, email



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