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Authorities Advise Residents to Protect Houses From Severe Weather
Written by Ian Grimley
Last updated on July 26, 2014 @ 7:23PM
Created on July 26, 2014 @ 5:46PM
There is another storm threat in our area. These storms are frequent in the Mountain State in the summer, but some of you are still unsure of how to prepare your house for severe weather.
North Central West Virginia gets an average of just under six inches of rainfall every July, making it the rainiest period of the year. Much of this rain comes in the form of severe thunderstorms, which are known for the damage they cause. 5 News spoke to a local firefighter who gave us some helpful advice on how to keep your house safe.
"Whenever there's severe storms, they need to unplug any unprotected electronics, things that aren't plugged in surge protectors, or expensive items: TVs, computers, in the event of a lightning strike or a power surge from downed trees and lines," said Bridgeport Fire Department Lieutenant Keith Linger.
Some other ways to protect your house from severe weather are to close all windows, remove or tie down any loose items in your yard, and finally, authorities advise you to stay indoors.

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