Cold, Windy for Dacula

Cold weather is here and the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory and a wind chill advisory for our area.

The wind advisory is in effect from about 10:00 a. m. Wednesday to 1:00 a. m. Thursday. Winds are expected to be from about 20 – 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. At those wind speeds the NWS expects weakened tree branches to fall and with our damp soil whole trees may be blown down. At the higher end of the wind speeds, it may be hard to control large vehicles. So be careful driving and just being outside during this wind event. You should take appropriate measures to secure property that might become missiles in you yards such a trash cans, some lighter toys, and other materials that might damage your home or vehicles should they become airborne.

The NWS has also issued a wind chill advisory from 7:00 p. m. today until 10:00 a. m. Thursday. Temperatures are expected to be around 11 ° F, and the wind chill expected in Dacula is to be around -5° F. It will really feel cold. You are advised to take precautions around your home to protect outside (and inside) water pipes. Dress appropriately if you need to be outside. Especially wear a hat and gloves and the appropriate layers of clothing.

Remember you pets tonight. They get cold too.

This time of cold is a good point to review your home emergency plan. Make sure smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries. You should have a rally point outside your residence that everyone in the family knows and reports to in the event of an emergency. Space heaters that produce carbon monoxide should not be used in an inclosed space. Check that electric heaters are off when you are not in the room with them. Make sure to follow manufacturers instructions for use of these devices. Nothing can be more devastating than a residential fire in the middle of the night. Practice your home emergency plan at least quarterly.