About 3 or 4 times an afternoon we'll broadcast the latest weather forecast based on NOAA predictions.  Of course, afternoon weather this time of year can be brutal at times.

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Everyone likes to get fired up about hurricane preparations as soon as there's 'circulation off the coast of Africa'. But what about these non-organized wandering rambling pass-through storms we'll get almost daily from now until late July?

You know the ones: you drive through impossible blinding rain for five minutes and then into sunshine.

Let me make a prediction right now that certainly has a chance of 100% accuracy in a lot of neighborhoods in Lake Charles and surrounding areas - you're going to lose power.  Your lights will be out at some point during a storm this summer due to the storm itself or someone running into a power pole or something.  Your lights will be off for a few minutes up to a few hours or even days.

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Start thinking about these minor occasions and what your 'Power Out Prep' plan is.

Five Things to Think About Summer Rain Storms and Power Failures 

1. Do you have young children or very old people in the house? Heatstroke is dastardly to these age groups - have a plan to keep the kids and grandparents cooled down and that can be as little as taking them out to the car for 10 minutes of AC every hour while your house is powerless.

2. Do you have an alternative way of charging your phone and devices and anything else that needs charging for its power? Have you chargers in the car for everything? .

3. Don't wait for 'circulation in the Atlantic off Africa's coast' to hit the stores... On your routine trips now, pick up an extra few canned items, flashlights, batteries, bottled water NOW and avoid the rush.  Start getting medicines and financial docs you may need in an escape... I mean, evacuation scenario.

4. In a limited geographical power failure event, places nearby will have power, lighting and AC so plan now where you might take the family for a while during a failure.  The movies, the mall, the library, art gallery, grocery store and so on.

5. If you don't have one, consider purchasing a generator, even a small one.  Our family has ridden out 3 major hurricanes with a small 2500 watt lawn-mower engine type generator for years.  It will power two small (120v) window AC's, one refrigerator, a TV and VCR and a couple of lamps on about a gallon of fuel per day.

Don't panic, there's no giant storm that's been sighted - just looking at today's weather and seeing that some of the storms 'are capable of producing heavy downpours and lightning' and thought about reminding ourselves about getting ready for the times the power goes out for at least a short period.  Hope for the best, but prepare for the Worst.