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High: 38 Winds: SE 5-10 mph
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DP&L Prepares For Tornado Season & So Should You
WEST CARROLLTON -- Dayton Power & Light is starting to parepare as Ohio's tornado season begins.
goes from April to July.
DP&L has been working in a West Carrollton neighborhood.
"All day, right now there's six, seven trucks. They came out this morning around 9:00," said Jerry Elrod who has lived here 30 years and knows what severe weather season does to his home. "When it rains we normally lose power. If it rains real hard."
But before the storms hit, DP&L crews are workign on a transformer that serves about 10 houses in West Carrollton.
"So this part of the system is that much more stable when the wind starts the dust and the thunder and lightning starts to approach as we go into the crux of the storm season," said DP&L director of operations Bruce Coppock. "It really sets us up to be prepared for anything mother nature sends us."
While the DP&L crews do their seasonal maintenance, it's also important for you at home to do what you can right now before tornado season hits.
"Right now is the time to get a plan. Getting a plan once mother nature hits it's too late," said Coppock. "The fundamental things like making sure you have a battery-operated radio, making sure you have food, nonperishable food, specifically water, things like that so you are ready for when mother nature does it."
The other thing you can do now, start trimming the trees in your yard.
"You can imagine the force that comes down with a very large tree," said Coppock. "It takes down a lot of poles and a lot of wires that's generally the biggest issue we see right now."
And if the strong storm winds or lightning do take down your tree, check to make sure there are no downed wires.
"If there is a wire involved when a tree comes down, call us," said Coppock. "Let us come out and at least make the situation safe."
Click here for more tips on what you'll need in that storm kit this tornado season and for some landscaping tips that don't pose a safety risk.
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