Roads often flood in the nearly flat state within minutes; winds reach gusts of more than 55 mph and the driving rain can make it difficult for your windshield wipers to keep your windscreen clear.
This might be why the Florida Highway Patrol has issued a series of safety tips for drivers who may or may not be aware that the Sunshine State can turn dark and dangerous within minutes:
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) urges drivers to follow safety tips that can save lives:
Stay put. – Avoid driving in heavy storms, and stay in a safe place after the storm. Be prepared to remain where you are for an extended period. Often, injuries and deaths occur in the aftermath of storms. Sightseers impeding roadways cause obstacles for emergency personnel responding to those in need.
Slow down. – Roadways remain slick after storm so if you have to drive, decrease your speed to avoid hydroplaning.
Be cautious of high winds. – Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as motorcycles. Gusty wind makes driving difficult, especially when it is rapidly changing speed and direction.
Pay attention. – You may come up on an intersection that is no longer controlled by a traffic control device. If a law enforcement officer is directing traffic, follow his directions. Otherwise, treat the intersection as you would treat an intersection governed by a four-way Stop sign.