The Power Bank Jump Starter Cassie Gannis Swears By
June 15th through September 30th marks monsoon season and it is upon us in Arizona. Prepared as we are, monsoon season brings with it a prolonged period of extreme heat along with days and weeks of moisture which lead to severe thunderstorms. The heat is deadly in its own right, but monsoons alsoproduce blinding dust storms called Haboobs along with severe bursts of wind called microbursts, in addition to thunderstorms that strike suddenly and cause flash flooding. Before we discuss what steps to take if you are caught in a storm let’s review some monsoons terms.
Some people may ask what is the difference between a dust storm and a Haboob. Dust storms are generally closer to the ground and more widespread, blowing dust across a wide area. Haboobs are created from a thunderstorm cell and create giant walls of dust hold high winds up to 50 mph rushing out of a collapsing thunderstorm. Cold air in front of the storm rushes down at an incredible rate, picking up massive amounts of dust and sand blowing them into the air. It looks like a huge encroaching wall of dust.
A microburst is a strong, localized downburst, that occurs during a thunderstorm. When thunderstorms build, they push moisture into the upper atmosphere. Eventually, when the storm ends, it collapses and cold air rushes down to the ground. A microburst is an intense and localized downburst that usually is less than 1-2 miles across and can contain winds up to 120 mph. These winds can take out power lines, large trees, and move cars. If an area of damage is much bigger than a few miles, it is called a macroburst.
Arizona, especially Phoenix, is sunny 360 days out of the year, amassing only 6 to 7 inches of rain per year. Because of this, rain is rare and comes all at once to our hard desert floor and mountains where there are natural and man-made washes. The heavy rain during the monsoon season causes rapid flooding to low-lying areas, washes, rivers, dry lakes, basins and roadways called flash flooding.
During a flash flood, be sure to avoid flooded areas like washes. Do not attempt to cross a flowing wash or stream. If you are driving and approach a flooding wash, turn around. Pay attention to barricades. It doesn’t take long to learn how powerful water’s force is until your car is overtaken by a flash flood. The average automobile can be swept off the road in only 12 inches of moving water.
In addition to flash flooding, dust storms pose another real danger during the monsoon season. As duststorms approach, their wall devours nearly every object in sight. Even swallowing whole buildings! They seem to turn the sky red and nearly impossible to see while driving. If you are driving and a dust storm occurs, they’re just as dangerous as a snow blizzard and can cause major accidents and huge pile-ups. The Arizona Department of Transportation suggests you pull off the road and park, turn off your lights, take your foot off the brake so that other cars don’t follow you and be sure to leave your seatbelt on. This is called PULL ASIDE – STAY ALIVE.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
There are several things I suggest carrying in your car. I recommend a few gallons of water as monsoon season brings extreme temps and can cause dehydration. A blanket will also come in handy if the temperature drops.
Keep your cell phone charged and carry a power bank jump starter. I like the Rugged Weatherproof 8000 mAh Dual Battery Pack because it is ready to work in any type of weather, secure in its indestructible case, and can charge your phone 4 to 5 times on one charge. Be sure to remember the appropriate cable for your phone. I suggest the SafeCharge Protective Cable with Circuit Breaker. This cable has a built-in protection against power surges that may occur with lightning.
Carry a flashlight in your car. I love the Jolt! It is a multi-purpose power bank jump starter flashlight. It comes in a convenient travel bag and is easy to use. This multi-purpose tool can break a window and be used as a power bank. It’s onboard flashlight and SOS flashing LED emergency light can be utilized in times of need.
Through education about monsoons, taking precautions and being prepared, lives can be saved and losses minimized. So, remember to stay safe out there during monsoon season. Drive carefully! PULL ASIDE – STAY ALIVE!
This blog was written by our Brand Ambassador, Cassie Gannis.
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